I think I first ‘discovered’ Jenny Packham back in 2010 when Annabel at Love My Dress began to write more and more about her designs. Those sequins and sparkles which were so uniquely Jenny Packham made an impact on me and I’ve been an admirer ever since. I look to Jenny for innovative designer dresses with flair and individuality… and her 2016 Bridal Collection is a fabulous testament to Jenny’s world class brand and signature style.

wedding dresses by Jenny Packham 2016 (29)
wedding dresses by Jenny Packham 2016 (30)

The 2016 collection is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and lives up to the imagined realm of faerie in every way. I love how a 16th century English playwright can inspire a 21st century bridal designer – and to such incredible, imaginative, beautiful effect. This is no Disney princess collection – with Jenny Packham’s 2016 Bridal Collection you can choose your fairytale style from the elegant, striking, breathtaking designs she has to offer – and you’ll be the star of your own forever fairytale for sure.

wedding dresses by Jenny Packham 2016 (9)
wedding dresses by Jenny Packham 2016 (28)


I don’t think I’ve featured unicorns on the English Wedding Blog before… so today is something of an Event. And this wedding is so very lovely – from beginning to end the focus is on colour and happiness, with outstanding images capturing every moment.

Beautiful Nailcote Hall wedding photography by Rob and Sarah Gillespie (41)

Lizzie and Henry did a LOT of research to find their perfect photographers, and chose the brilliant Rob & Sarah Gillespie to capture their day. Other suppliers were found on the internet, and Lizzie used Pinterest to collect ideas which would inject fun and colour into the day. It worked a treat.

Beautiful Nailcote Hall wedding photography by Rob and Sarah Gillespie (23)

I love today’s bride and groom – they are the sweetest couple, obviously totally besotted and the best of friends. Lizzie is gorgeous and chose a dress to suit her personality: as a Game of Thrones fan and definitely not a girly girl (like me!) she went for a style which made her look and feel like a princess… and I think she looks amazing – they both do!

Beautiful Nailcote Hall wedding photography by Rob and Sarah Gillespie (27)


Over the last week or two I’ve noticed something interesting: when couples complete their little interview to feature on the blog, they’re mentioning how they felt about having their photos taken. And those who’ve given the most glowing reviews for their photographers have had one thing in common: they had an engagement shoot.

Examples of engagement photography by Duncan McCall in Newcastle upon Tyne (8)

All images in today’s article are from engagement shoots by Duncan McCall Photography

I’m all for engagement shoots for three reasons: they’re a fun day out for you as a couple, they totally sort out your camera shyness before the big day, and you’ll really get to know your photographer. So I’m ever so happy that Duncan McCall, a top wedding photographer from Newcastle upon Tyne, has offered to share his thoughts on engagement shoots. This is well worth a read – and worth sharing the link with your other half if they might be a little camera-shy! Over to Duncan…

Examples of engagement photography by Duncan McCall in Newcastle upon Tyne (16)Examples of engagement photography by Duncan McCall in Newcastle upon Tyne (17)


There’s a difference between homemade and handcrafted details on a wedding day… at least for me. Handcrafted is a level above the norm: it’s the inclusion of real craftsmanship and skill in designing and creating showcase pieces. For David and Frances, handcrafted elements like the slate table plan and place names made all the difference. I love their Fisherman’s Retreat wedding and I know you will too.

Real wedding at the Fishermans Retreat by Vickerstaff Photography (34)

There’s a sense of artistry in today’s wedding, not only with the smaller details but with the imagery of this gorgeous couple’s day. Photographs are by my lovely friend Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography. I’m thrilled because Frances and David have given him the most amazing review – “The pictures were incredible. We laughed, cried and relived the whole day. Truly amazing pictures and we were so pleased as you never really know what you’re getting until you see the final product! We then sent the link to all our family who have all said how beautiful they are.”

Real wedding at the Fishermans Retreat by Vickerstaff Photography (9)


I’ve been blogging about weddings for so long I forget, sometimes, that new readers follow the English Wedding Blog every single day. Some of you have been planning your weddings for months; for others it’s all new: blogs, weddings, styling tips and planning advice can be a little overwhelming. However… there are some pieces of advice which every bride and groom need to hear. At the top of the list (with knobs and bells and whistles on), is ‘don’t ask a friend or relative to photograph your wedding‘. Why? Bristol wedding photographer Sandy explains it plainly in this afternoon’s super helpful feature post:

Image credit Bristol wedding photographer Love In Focus (1)

Weddings are expensive things, in fact the average spend in 2014 was just shy of £21,000, so looking for ways that you can bring down costs is a great idea. DIY projects, for example, can save money and add a personal touch to your wedding, which is great!


I do love hearing stories from all of my brides and grooms whose special days feature on the English Wedding Blog. You’re all so amazing it’s unreal! The tips and advice you share have taught me pretty much all I know about wedding planning… and I know so many other couples are inspired by your words and images every single day.

Suffolk wedding blog with Ayshea Goldberg Photography (50)

Today it’s Charlotte and Chris whose beautiful wedding will be published on the pages of the English Wedding Blog. They’re a stunning couple whose words and images about their wedding will stay with me for a long time. I found it hard to select images because so many were just gorgeous. (Happy news: there are loads for you to scroll through! Yay!)

Suffolk wedding blog with Ayshea Goldberg Photography (26)

The same goes for tips and advice from the happy couple, but I do love this brilliant advice: “make sure you plan a special exit because otherwise it tails off and you just walk out which isn’t very special. We went for the classic running through the sparklers – it was lovely and everyone got to have fun playing with sparklers as we drove off.”


I love every wedding I publish on the blog for a different reason. Sometimes it’s the flowers, other times the handcrafted details. Today it’s the way gorgeous bride Chelsea shows her excitement and happiness in every photograph. Scrolling through the images of Luke and Chelsea’s wedding has me feeling nervous, then delighted and content along with her… and I hope you’ll enjoy all of their beautiful images as much as I have.

Image credit Heni Fourie Photography at the Pavilion at Lane End, Bucks (1)

This is another wonderful outdoor wedding from The Pavilion at Lane End. The pavilion gives the option of having an outdoor ceremony, but there’s always a back up plan in case the weather isn’t on your side… and for Chelsea and Luke it was looking gloomy until the very last minute, when the weather brightened and meant they could be married outside after all!

Image credit Heni Fourie Photography at the Pavilion at Lane End, Bucks (4)

If you’re anywhere near Buckinghamshire and looking for an outdoor wedding venue, get in touch with the lovely staff at The Pavilion at Lane End to discuss dates.
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I’m not a weepy blogger… but it’s totally true that Laura and Rob’s interview for the English Wedding Blog brought a tear to my eye. They’re the most amazing couple: their images are as wonderful as the day they planned around the passions of their family and friends.

English country garden real wedding with Wild Rose Photography (6)

We have everything in today’s real wedding blog: a beautiful bride and gorgeous groom, fabulous photography and oodles of romance.

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Wild Rose Photography – Kent & London Wedding Photography

There are also, of course, the details we all love: country garden flowers, handcrafted details, wedding signs, miles of bunting and the prettiest dress and accessories you can imagine. All are captured in the romantic and whimsical style of lovely Rebecca from Wild Rose Photography.

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Wild Rose Photography – Kent & London Wedding Photography

Laura told me the best thing about being married is “the feeling of being part of an incredible team and that you can take on the world together.” Need I say more?


There’s a minimum of fuss to Natalie and Tom’s West Sussex wedding – they chose elegant, understated details and they chose well. Their table plan is simple and contemporary; the flowers are modern and summery; venue styling is subtle and chic. I love everything about their day.

Wedding photography at Bartholomew Barn West Sussex by Jennifer Sinclair (40)

All of today’s beautiful images are by Hampshire wedding photographer Jennifer Sinclair

Barn weddings come in all shapes and flavours these days, and Natalie and Tom went for pretty pastel colours with a bright and seasonal style. The menu was veggie (which is awesome!) and guests had plenty of traditional games to keep them occupied after the meal.

Wedding photography at Bartholomew Barn West Sussex by Jennifer Sinclair (3)

Images are by my lovely sponsor Jennifer Sinclair Photography. Jennifer is a Hampshire wedding photographer whose style is romantic, natural and relaxed. Natalie told me, “We loved having Jennifer share our wedding day. She blended in with our day perfectly and all the guests commented on how professional she was… Our wedding photographs were perfect and just what we wanted – she really captured the day.


The alpacas were a surprise… Caroline told me their wedding was an informal, countryside celebration with “alpacas as the accidental stars of the show” – and I think they’re adorable. The appeal of an outdoor wedding is unpredictability, to an extent… but this is something new! I love it!

Yorkshire wedding blog from Harrogate with Susie Lawrence Photography (30)

Planning a wedding in just 4 months makes DIY a little trickier, but it didn’t stop Caroline and Rory from making their own stationery, with friends helping out with other crafty details. One friend made 200 metres of bunting for the day, and at the last minute too! It looks so lovely in blue tones strung across the reception space.

Yorkshire wedding blog from Harrogate with Susie Lawrence Photography (4)

Hunting for suppliers was done online, and our gorgeous bride and groom were lucky to find Yorkshire wedding photographer Susie Lawrence, whose images are beautiful and relaxed – a perfect fit for an informal wedding. Caroline told me, “Susie was exactly what we needed on the day – discreet and friendly, putting us all at ease.”


I lied a little… Andy from Howling Basset Photography has been a sponsor of the English Wedding Blog before, and I’m delighted to say he’s back with us for the winter! So many couples start looking for their wedding photographer between September and March – it’s the perfect time to hook you up with great wedding photographers and I’m hoping to have lots of Andy’s real weddings from the summer to share with you soon!

wedding photography Kent (1)Howling Basset wedding photography is best described as “not traditional, not cutting edge, just beautiful, simple and elegant photography. Timeless, but with individuality and style.
Howling Basset Photography images of a winter wedding at The George in Rye (2)

Andy Stonier, aka Howling Basset, is a member of The Royal Photographic Society and has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. He started Howling Basset in 2004 and has since become one of Kent’s leading wedding photographers.

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This level of wedding experience means I’m calm, professional and unobtrusive, helping me to best capture the full story on your biggest day. I simply love what I do; being part of and capturing the biggest day in a couple’s life is both an honour and rare privilege.”


I love an elopement more than anything… and as the magazines tell us weddings are getting ever more expensive, couples are embracing the latest trend and running away together again. But times have changed and we all want our lives, Instagram feeds and elopements to look amazing… so I asked Nicola from Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding to share her very modern take on elopements with us! Enjoy. claire gould calligrapher signature

“Elopement weddings, intimate weddings, runaway weddings, micro weddings – whatever you call them, they’re becoming increasingly popular.

Running a wedding venue I have regular contact with our local Wedding Registrars and they’ve been telling me that elopements are on the rise for couples. You don’t need a crystal ball to guess some of the reasons why…

According to a survey published this year by You and Your Wedding, the average cost of a wedding in the UK is over £20,000. That’s a lot of money for most couples. Add to the mix family politics, the fact that the average wedding takes 36 days to organise and you begin to see the attraction. Take a look at a previous feature on the English Wedding Blog  for some of the reasons couples choose to elope.

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Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

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