When was the last time you launched yourself with both feet into the scariest experience of your life? Are you glad you did?

As I write this post I’m about to launch myself into the stupidest, scariest adventure I’ve had for a very long time. I’m excited and terrified, but I know my business needs this – and so do I.

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I’ve never taught big calligraphy workshops before. I’ve given presentations in marketing* but even these were to groups of no more than 30 people – not the 80+ class sizes I’ll be hosting in a day or two at The Handmade Fair.

*if you count uni presentations, these were extra scary for being in French / Italian… which scared me silly!

For me, it’s like strolling into the lion’s den. I know once I’m there I’ll love it – but talk about the unknown…

For my business, this is something I absolutely need to do. Everyone teaches, shares and mentors these days: photographers, bloggers, stationers – we’re all at it.


Hey everyone! I have the loveliest English wedding to share with you today – classically beautiful but with wonderful modern touches you’ll adore, I promise! Gemma and Niall had a church wedding followed by a garden reception at Niall’s parents’ Yorkshire home.

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There are so many wonderful details: the flowers are a highlight, and are by the fabulous Susie at Hart Company. Gemma is stunning in a Lusan Mandongus gown, and Niall looks amazing in a Saville Row bespoke suit.

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Their photographers – James and Lianne – were incredible on the day and get a glowing review from the bride and groom. Do check them out if you’re planning a Yorkshire wedding:

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So now – wedding time 🙂 you will LOVE this! Watch out for the almost-tumbling cake(!) and the gorgeous portrait shots – a part of the day which was really special for lovely Gemma and Niall. Enjoy.

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Our classic fresh marquee wedding in Yorkshire – Gemma + Niall



Kelly and Sean’s wedding was fabulous, and I adore the bright and colourful styling of everything from Kelly’s bouquet to the tiered wedding cake with lemons all around – it just looks so lovely. Anyone fancy a slice of summer this morning? I do too… 🙂

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Bride Kelly is stunning; Sean her perfect match in every way. They were married at The Old Kent Barn on a beautiful sunny day and celebrated in style with family and friends. Images of their day are by Kent wedding photographers Howling Basset Photography.
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I’ve read so many generic guides to buying wedding stationery on the internet. Some are outdated, many ignore DIY brides and there’s no single article out there which considers all the options – so I’ve put together a simple guide to help you work out when to order your wedding stationery, whatever style you choose and wherever you’re ordering it from!

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Designer wedding invitations, made in the UK by Claire Gould… but when should you order your invites?

A comprehensive guide to ordering wedding invitations: when, what & why

Save the Date?

Save the Date cards are an optional extra. You don’t necessarily need them, but they can be nice if:

  • you’re getting married abroad
  • or in holiday time
  • or just to send to key people who absolutely have to be at your wedding!

Send Save the Dates up to a year in advance. Any longer and you risk guests forgetting all about them.


Send your invitations between 3 months and 6 weeks before your big day. The important thing is to remember you’ll need to buy your invitations weeks beforehand:


So there’s a wedding photographer at the end of your street, and one in the next street, and one in the town centre… you’re soooo lucky! Or are you? What if they’re ok, but there’s one a million times better in the next town, or county? What if you’re in Sussex and you’ve fallen for the work of a wedding photographer in Kent – would you get in touch?

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All images in this article by Kent wedding photographer (with passport) Benjamin Toms

In most cases, brides and grooms choose a photographer close to home. There are so many, if you visit your local wedding show and have a choice of six photographers why wouldn’t you choose the best on the day?

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Wedding blogs have changed things. There’s a reason we feature photographers from all around the country: because it widens your choice.


Hey lovely blog readers, how are you this chilly autumn morning? I have a whisper of summer to bring to your screens and make you smile… this is Isabel and John’s gorgeous Sussex wedding, courtesy of fab Duntons Photography.

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Isabel and John had everything English weddings mean to me today: bunting and top hats, roses and glamping(!), a stunning wedding dress (Isabel looks amazing!)… and of course the most beautiful images to remember their wedding day by. Their wedding photographer was lovely Steven from Duntons Photography, who I’m proud to say is one of my lovely team of handpicked wedding blog sponsors.
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If you are looking for a photographer to capture your wedding in a creative and natural way, do visit Steven’s website and contact him for further details.
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Theatre venues are special: the atmosphere is already awesome but once your guests are seated there’s such a buzz of anticipation… I absolutely love them to bits! Hannah and Rik set the scene for their day (apologies for the stage pun!) with brilliant big letters and made their wedding exciting, theatrical and generally amazing from beginning to end.

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See what I mean?

The venue is Ilkley’s Kings Hall and Winter Gardens – a fabulous period theatre in the heart of Yorkshire’s charming spa town. Letters are by Glow Love Lights (these are the best: handmade by a master carpenter and for hire across the UK) and images are by lovely Leeds-based Paul Joseph Photography. (Congratulations to lovely Kelly, one half of the photography business, who is the new star blogger at Boho Weddings Blog!)


A beautiful bride waits at a ruined church for her groom in a deliciously dark and romantic photoshoot from the fashion industry in today’s blog feature. With images by Francesca Granger Photography, this bridal shoot is the creation of make up artist Aria who styled our bride Monika with a romantic and striking bridal look.

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Dresses are from The Hadley Bridal Collection in London. Designer Rebecca creates beautifully designed wedding dresses using the finest materials. Rebecca’s Hertfordshire showroom is an exquisite space showcasing her stunning collection of dresses and bridesmaid outfits together with fabulous accessories including veils and boleros. Today’s hair accessories are by the wonderful Samantha Walden.

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The story is a bride waiting for her love to meet her at an old ruined romantic church to wed, despite the worryingly missing groom, she keeps her faith…

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Bridal fashion shoot by:

Makeup and Hair: Aria Hussain,,
Bridal dress designer: Hadley Bridal Collection,,
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Florist: Bartletts Florist,,
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Model: Monika Gasparaviciute,


When Alexandra met Lewis she was dressed as a devil. He was wearing “a 12 year old’s skeleton suit”… and they fell in love! They were married in June and their wedding is one of the loveliest classic English weddings I’ve seen. Alexandra looks divine in a Sassi Holford gown while Lewis is fabulous in a Reiss suit. Their theme was vintage travel, styled around a red post box which I love.

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With stationery by Lucy Says I Do and fabulous flowers by Caroline Hodges, the styling of this lovely Devon wedding is classy and colourful. I love all the little details – and the portraits of gorgeous Alexandra and Lewis are just so romantic!

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Huge thanks to my lovely friend Mark from Evolve Photography in Devon for sharing images with us, and of course to Alexandra and Lewis for telling us all about their day.

Find out more about the fabulous Evolve Photography here:


So many couples spend weeks or months looking for a wedding invitation that’s just a little different – and the secret is to find a bespoke design. Simple! I love discovering new designs and getting to know stationery designers, and meeting Kate from Olive and Reid was just lovely.

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The best stationery designers are those whose personalities shine in their work: the truly creative will showcase invitations and stationery which are unique and full of character. Kate’s street art wedding stationery made my heart sing: the combination of bold colours, stencil-style street art and modern calligraphy is divine!

Kate writes a great blog about her experiences learning calligraphy and she came to meet me at The Handmade Fair last month – her enthusiasm for calligraphy and design is infectious!

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Established by Kate Reid in 2014, a south west London-based calligrapher, Olive & Reid is an evolving place focused on the artistry of words through modern calligraphy and hand lettering. More than a blog or a design studio, Olive & Reid is where Kate shares her own calligraphy design, promotes the work of other stationery desginers and showcases UK-based calligraphers and lettering artists’ work. has been my favourite read this summer!


Rebecca and Howard have the most relaxed approach to wedding planning I’ve seen – the preparations took “about 6 months”, they spent as little as possible and rather than having a theme they styled their country style wedding day with the things they liked… including 1950s music, natural flowers (which I adore!) oh, and Landrovers!

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Howard looks the part in a proper English bowler hat – I love it! And Rebecca is simply stunning in a gorgeous lace sleeved dress by Ellis Bridals. The images are wonderful, and the story of this wedding is one I love. It’s a simple, natural and relaxed wedding – from start to finish. It can take months and months of preparation to make a wedding look rustic, natural and simple… or it can actually be all of those things! Rebecca and Howard’s wedding is genuine and all the more beautiful for it.

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Huge thanks to Gemma Lawrence Photography for sharing her lovely images with us today. Find out more about Gemma here:


Happy Wednesday everyone! Would you like some beautiful images to brighten your morning? Me too… and I have the perfect thing. I had a lovely chat with my friend and long term supporter of the English Wedding Blog the other day: the fabulous Benjamin Toms. Ben is a Kent wedding photographer who specialises in documentary photography.

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A brand new wedding photography website and a £100 saving for you!

Ben’s website has had a complete redesign and is looking fantastic. He’s been busy revamping the entire site which has relaunched with a gorgeous slideshow featuring tantalising peeks at some of his best wedding images. Ben’s beautiful brides and great-looking grooms are only the tip of the iceberg: I’m smiling to see the brilliant toastmaster in full flow, the guests clearly having the time of their lives, and everyone from flower girls to puppies taking centre stage!
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