I’m a country girl – I left, once, and I will never move away again. There’s something magical in every breath of fresh air, every step across grass and sand and muddy track. Nothing beats the views across hills and fells, to forests and fields. Nothing. So country weddings are my thing; and country themed photo shoots make my heart sing!

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Today I have two shoots in one: an engagement shoot followed swiftly by some creative wedding ideas – all focused around the countryside. The images are divine – they’re by top wedding photographers Lisa Aldersley and Nichola Morton, both at Aspire.

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Styling is by Aspire’s lovely Yasmin, calligraphy is by me (and can be found in my Etsy shop). The gorgeous couple are totally in love and I just can’t put into words how much I adore the romance of the images… have an engagement shoot, everyone! 

Countryside engagement shoot photography

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While it’s so cold and blustery out there, I’m tucked away at my desk writing blog features – and I wondered if you’d like to join me? I’m looking for genuine expert advice: much like  photographer Thomas Stewart’s heartfelt plea we shared on Facebook last week.

If you’re an expert in your field: be it stationery, photography, cake or floral design, and ESPECIALLY if you have some advice burning in your heart to be said – then we’re listening, and I’d love to offer you a wider stage to shout your message from!


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The English Wedding Blog has 35,000 visitors a month, and they’re mainly UK brides and grooms. I want to share the very best advice we can give – and help with every aspect of wedding planning if we can. I’d love for you to be involved. Do you have 10 minutes to write a few sentences of genuine, brilliant advice for couples? Then email it to me!

Thank you 🙂

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Hello there lovely blog readers! I have a special, exclusive offer especially for you this morning as I launch a new range of handwritten calligraphy invites. They’re designed for intimate celebrations, written in my very own lettering, and I am about to give you – and only you, my loveliest of wedding blog friends – a secret introductory price…

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Quote the code ‘Scarlet’ when you order 20 or more invitations, and save £25

When you order these invitations in my Etsy shop, you can save £25 on the total price of your order. There’s a minimum order quantity of 20 invitations, and the offer will run until the end of this month. Your invitations will be sent within 14 days of placing your order.

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Reception stationery to match…

Continue the handwritten calligraphy theme through to your reception with matching stationery: there’s a menu, place names and escort cards in this range if you’d like to make your reception as beautiful as your invitations… email me if you’d like to know more!


It really is that time of year when wedding businesses rethink their online marketing, and I’ve had dozens of enquiries already this week. One – from a leading bridal beauty brand – inspired me to write this feature. They asked if I’d consider a free trial before they committed to advertising…

We are very interested but still working out our budget for next year. Do you offer any kind of  free trial  before we commit so that we can see how well we do?”

I can see where they’re coming from: as a small independent business owner myself, I think carefully before committing money to advertising and blog sponsorship. Will it work?

I also have a degree in marketing. I know advertising is far from a guaranteed source of success. I know it’s risky; I know it’s something to consider very carefully.

… and this is one reason why I love being the owner of a wedding blog. I’ve devised my own unique way to help my advertisers promote their brands. Here’s my reply to the business who asked me about a free trial:


Ah… music to my ears: Natalie mentions in her interview today that “Ebay isn’t always the best place to grab a bargain“! She’s spot on – and I love her for this as well as for sharing her wedding to Scott with us all today, because it’s amaaaazing…

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Natalie is one of the craftiest brides I’ve known – her handiwork is wonderful. There are so many makes in today’s real wedding you’re going to be Pinning for hours, my lovely blog readers! “We made so much for the wedding from signs, to centre pieces, sweetie buffet to popcorn and honey favours. The list is endless and thanks to pinterest the making continued right up to the day before the wedding!

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Natalie used recycled materials and was careful with her crafting budget… and it all looks incredible. So grab a cuppa and snuggle up with your tablet for this one… it’s such a beauty of a wedding and will go down as one of this year’s favourites for me!

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I love a dress which has a little something different… and I know so many of you do too. But when it comes down to your big day, I know it’s hard to choose a truly alternative wedding dress – and even girls who dress to be different on a normal day can dream of a white wedding, right?

It’s why I adore Leanne by Sassi Holford (from the 2016 Signature Collection). Here’s a dress with sassy style, a flattering shape for every bride, from one of our favourite designers. And yet this dress is guaranteed to turn heads. Its shape, elegance and danceability – because you’ll want to set the dancefloor on fire, right?! – are in a league of their own.

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To see the full collection and find a stockist near you visit


These guys make the English Wedding Blog work. It’s not me… I curate the real wedding features, I write articles and features, and I hand pick the weddings we feature here. But without my fabulous sponsors the blog simply wouldn’t be able to share so much – and I wouldn’t know half of what I’ve learned about weddings over the last six years. Fact.

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So today I want to say a huge thank you to the little group of handpicked sponsors who support and inspire the English Wedding Blog. They are:


Rustic doesn’t have to mean basic: with a few simple touches and an eye on the smaller details you can create an elegant and natural wedding style. Gorgeous bride and groom Michael and Sarah – whose Delbury Hall wedding was featured on the blog here – had some fabulous touches to inspire all couples planning a rustic, elegant woodland inspired wedding day.

Image credits: Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography

The venue is key: look for a location which is carefully and cleanly finished, and doesn’t look too dark inside. You need more than an average barn to build in a touch of elegance.

Delbury Hall’s Coach House has all the light and brightness of an orangery combined with the fabulous and characterful beamed ceiling… it’s perfect for a rustic celebration with an elegant finish.

Lauradana Day from Wedding Creations UK added personalised touches like fairy lights, bunting and wooden bark table settings to enhance the look of the venue – and they worked beautifully. For timeless, unique woodland themed stationery try Pear Paper Co. via Not On The High Street.


I can’t let go of summer… would you care to join me for another sunny day? We’re talking daisies and buttercups, country flowers and exquisite sunshine for one of the loveliest weddings of the year on the English Wedding Blog today. Thom and Alicia are a star couple, whose personalities made their wedding simply perfect.
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The gorgeous bride and groom were married in South Gloucestershire, with a church ceremony and marquee reception in the countryside – and they styled their day to fit the reception with tons of colourful flowers looking as though they’d come straight from an English country garden…
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Images are by Joanna Bongard Photography, who Thom and Alicia recommend with some really wonderful words: “The photos were just as we’d imagined but better… So fresh and fun; they reflect every emotion shared, depicting our perfect day that we can look back on in years to come and remember it just like yesterday. She is a great talent.” 

Do find out more about Jo here:


I remember saying at the beginning of the year that I wanted to be involved in more styled shoots. I nailed it… I’ve been sending calligraphy samples to photographers all around the country (and a couple to Dubai, even!) and had some amazing images sent back to me. But the best thing to come out of this year is working alongside the team at Aspire Photography Training and all of our wonderful friends (you know who you are!). I get to share their gorgeous shoots with you – and they really are a whole world of inspiring.

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Today’s images are by Phil Barber, from Barber Photography. I love how he’s captured the details as beautifully as the essence of the styled shoot: we wanted to make a real statement with chalkboard calligraphy, and translate the chalk theme into something wider… so we went with dust and sparkle on our Pinterest boards to plan the shoot. As ever, lovely Yasmin at Aspire made the shoot more amazing than I could ever have imagined! The stunning flowers came from Made in Flowers – thank you Katie!


’tis the season for making plans, cooking up editorial schedules and drinking mulled wine with a mince pie while I blog… and the reason I’m here on a Saturday afternoon is I need your help with features for the end of the month.

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I’m looking for more weddings to feature – either cosy and colourful autumn weddings or summer celebrations to bring a little warmth back into our eyes! And I’m looking for sumptuous styled shoots I can share with English Wedding Blog readers as well. My editorial calendar has a space for your ideas… so do, please, get in touch and see if we can share right here on the blog!

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I’m also very aware that suppliers will be working their woolly socks off preparing new collections for 2016. If you’re ready to show your products to brides and grooms – because we’re all excited to see them already! – get in touch and we’ll feature them here on the English Wedding Blog. Don’t be shy!


Every once in a while I fall in love with a wedding I see on Facebook… it’s often just a sneak peek but it’s enough to get me hooked and I have to show you straight away. This is one of those times… and the location (because I know you’re all desperate to know!) is Shoreditch Studios, East London. All images are by lovely Steven Anthony Photography.


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The backdrops are stunning; Katie and Matt look amazing, every detail is eye-poppingly fabulous and I adore every image of their day.


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