Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

I haven’t been around much this month to shout about this – so I have a precious few spaces left on my calligraphy workshop on Saturday (26th September) in Manchester. Are you free? Then I’d LOVE for you to come along! We start at 11, finish at 3 and it’s £59 for the workshop.

Photos by Catharine Noble Photography, Manchester calligraphy workshops (18)

You’ll learn the basics of modern calligraphy lettering with a pointed pen, and by the end of the day you’ll be writing your own characterful letters, and even learning to flourish!

Plus it’s a LOT of fun.

To book, email me (Claire):

See you there?

Photos by Catharine Noble Photography, Manchester calligraphy workshops (15)


Image credits Catharine Noble Photography.

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A few weeks ago I picked up a copper jug from a village hall sale. It’s battered, patched up and utterly gorgeous. I’ll style my calligraphy studio around it; if I was planning a wedding I would style the sparkliest of modern tablescapes around it. Today we’re taking a look at how YOU can style your own wedding with copper accents and super sparkle. Images are by lovely Amanda Karen Photography.

copper wedding stationery with calligraphy photographed by Amanda Karen Photography (2)

Amanda curated a styled shoot along with Daydreaming Bride which contrasted grey and copper tones with a city chic wedding style. I was in my element writing copper calligraphy pieces for the shoot – we came up with a handwritten invitation, envelope and menu using the palest grey card and metallic copper ink. It worked beautifully with the lush greenery on the table. (oh, those ferns…)

copper wedding stationery with calligraphy photographed by Amanda Karen Photography (6)

The shoot was lovely in every way: the overall look of the set was breathtaking; the bride was more than beautiful and every little detail was so carefully considered to fit with the chic styling of the wedding tablescapes.


How is your Monday going? We’ve just got back from our adventures at The Handmade Fair and I wanted to share something pretty and summery with you… a glorious outdoor wedding at The Pavilion at Lane End.

The flowers are fabulous; the bride and groom look amazing, the venue is one of my favourites.

Jenni and Phil’s wedding style is classic and traditional, with lovely coral and pink accents in the flowers and some brighter colour mixes through the day. The cake is tiered chocolate with tumbling fruit and chocolate swirls; it looks too good to eat!

Wedding Photographer Buckinghamshire – Heni Fourie

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Cliche it may be, but your wedding should be all about YOU! Style your day with the things you both love, and you’ll have happy memories forever. Claire and Christian did an incredible job of making their day really personal – taking things to the next level with their wedding favours (bristlebot, anyone?!) and chose a super Lake District wedding venue which they made their own for the day.

Real wedding at the Wild Boar in Windermere with Jay Emme Photography (12)

I’m so excited to feature this wedding – the room Claire and her girls got ready in is where we stayed back in August! It’s more than lovely and I know they adored the place. Claire is gorgeous and looks amazing all day as she changes from her ivory heels into green wellies and purple Converse… I LOVE a bride with personality!!

The Wild Boar is a venue which needs very little extra wedding decor. Claire and Christian told me, “It’s lovely. Low wooden beams and a little bit higgledy-piggledy! We were keen as far as possible to let it speak for itself. We decorated the tables and the Wild Boar supplied some table vases.”


Those of you who follow me on my personal instagram will know I’m lucky to live by the beautiful Lake District. My home is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I’d never dream of getting married anywhere else. Andy and Katie’s wedding is literally right up my street – and instantly shoots to the top of my list of weddings of the year. Their day is charming, full of personal touches and still wonderfully down to earth. Oh and Katie is the prettiest bride with such a wonderful smile… you’ll LOVE today’s real wedding.

Langdales wedding in Cumbria with images by Tiree Dawson Photography (25)

The colours for the day were kept in line with the Lakeland setting: blues and greens kept the styling consistent, although little decoration was needed. Katie is a keen and talented crafter, and she made 150 metres of bunting to string across the beams of the chapel and reception venue.

Langdales wedding in Cumbria with images by Tiree Dawson Photography (22)


Timeless and traditional always works like a charm. When Sophie and Daniel were married this summer they knew their day would be elegant and stylish, with pretty handmade touches and delicate detailing. I love the pretty colour scheme of dusky pinks and pastels, the little knitted dolls and the pretty tissue paper flowers decorating the marquee.

Jennifer Sinclair Photography in Hampshire on the English Wedding Blog (43)

Sophie is breathtakingly gorgeous – a beautiful bride who says the day was “a little girl’s dream come true“. Her review of Hampshire wedding photographer Jennifer Sinclair is fabulous: “Not only is her work amazing she is also a lovely, fun, patient person. Jennifer has become a friend who we will always want to stay in contact with.

Jennifer Sinclair Photography in Hampshire on the English Wedding Blog (40)

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Jennifer says, “The sunshine in the evening was amazing and I loved the warm golden light of the evening; perfect for a campsite fire outside the marquee.  As a photographer, I love the photographs taken in between to the afternoon and evening reception; the guests are really relaxed and now having fun. One of my favourite photographs is of the three little girls ready to let the balloons go.


I don’t say thank you often enough. I would love to be someone who lights up people’s days by sending surprise thank you cards… but time runs away with me and I rush from one project to another. Even as I write this, I’m making a note in my calendar to ‘say thank you’ to someone once a month! After all, the English Wedding Blog wouldn’t exist without so many wonderful suppliers sharing their images, tips and advice here – I have a LOT of people to thank!


I’ve had some amazing thank yous this summer. There’s nothing better than a surprise card or letter from a bride and groom, after the wedding – believe me: you’ve no idea how thrilled your favourite suppliers will be to hear from you out of the blue!

7 different ways to thank your wedding suppliers

  1. Write a thank you card. It doesn’t have to take long: spend 15 minutes writing a heartfelt thank you to a supplier whose personal touch made a real difference to your day. They’ll love you for it!

I do love a wedding success story, and Big Chief Tipis are an inspiring example of an independent family business in the wedding industry. They’re all made in Britain too! At the heart of Big Chief Tipis is a father, son and daughter team – and I met Hayley at one of my Manchester calligraphy workshops this summer… she’s brilliant and funny, a character and a lovely person! I asked Hayley to tell us all about Big Chief Tipis just in time for their open weekend in October:

Big Chief Tipis wedding hire image credit Melissa Beattie Photography (7)

All image credits Melissa Beattie Photography

Big Chief Tipis is a large event tipi hire company, based in the North West (but we cover the whole of the UK) whose aim is to turn dreams into memories! We specialize in providing tipis for any type of weather – not only for when the sun shines, but when it is “British” too! We can cater for any number of guests, from small intimate gatherings, all the way up to a wedding for hundreds as the tipis are interlinkable. Our tipis offer a quirky and original alternative to your standard white-walled marquee and look even more incredible when the sun sets and the firepit is lit inside.


Later today we’re heading for the wedding tent at Kirstie Allsopp’s second Handmade Fair – and we’re ridiculously excited about the whole thing! Before we go, I have a superb wedding to share with you all. You’ll LOVE this! We’re talking English sophistication, classy styling and elegant touches in a magnificent venue: Pendrell Hall. The bride is beautiful; the entire day just makes me feel happy.

Pendrell Hall wedding blog by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (14)

Tim and Nerissa give a glowing review for their photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie. It’s interesting to hear how a husband and wife photography team can bring so much to your wedding: for today’s bride and groom this was one of the (many!) reasons they chose Rob and Sarah as their wedding photographers. “Due to their vast wedding experience they were able to help and advise us as to what photos worked well and the timings for the day which really helped. We would highly recommend Rob and Sarah!

Pendrell Hall wedding blog by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (36)

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Two beautiful brides, four lovely bridesmaids in pink and four in blue… the most incredible bouquets and a day full of creativity and love. Today’s real wedding is one of my favourites this year and I just know you’ll love it too…

Old Rectory wedding photography by Taylor Hughes (8)

Wedding signs and slogans are best when they’re just that little bit different… so when I read ‘Choose a seat not a side, either way it’s for the BRIDE!’ it made me grin. A lot. Jessica and Fiona are a gorgeous couple whose wedding at The Old Rectory in Handsworth has plenty of lovely personal touches just like this.

Old Rectory wedding photography by Taylor Hughes (26)

Fiona told me “the best thing [about being married] is the support from friends and family. Throughout planning the wedding, the Big Day itself and day-to-day life since we have been overwhelmed by the encouragement and support we’ve had and it has made us appreciate the joy of true friendship.”

Old Rectory wedding photography by Taylor Hughes (28)

Images are by the fabulous Taylor Hughes Photography. Jack and Jade are wedding photographers based in Berkshire and you can find out all about them here:


Hello lovelies! Happy Tuesday 🙂 I hope you’re having a lovely day – and finding time for a little weddingness to brighten your eyes, maybe? 🙂 I have a treat for all of you northern brides and grooms*, as Newcastle wedding photographer Duncan McCall has joined my little team of handpicked sponsors this month. Read this and make your eyes VERY happy…

Duncan McCall Newcastle wedding photography (12)

* Oh, and for everyone else too as Duncan is happy to cover weddings all around the UK as well as destination weddings!

Duncan told me, “I try to capture as many natural moments as possible… I also like creating stunning couple portraits that will really stand out and give the newlyweds a real WOW portrait that they will enjoy looking back on over the years.”

Duncan McCall Newcastle wedding photography (11)

It is always a real pleasure to see couples and their families celebrating and enjoying themselves at weddings. I also enjoy getting to know the couple and like to stay in touch with them after the wedding. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some of their family portraits also once they have kids.


I have a confession to make: I avoid big wedding shows like the plague these days. There are only a few wedding events I’d choose to go to… and the open weekend hosted by Big Chief Tipis is one. They’re setting up camp at the historic Holford Hall in Cheshire, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. If you’re free, and anywhere near Manchester or Cheshire, then GO! It’ll be one of the most exciting and inspiring wedding events of the season.

The weekend will showcase Big Chief Tipis’ unique and high quality wedding tipis. The idea of the open weekend is to give couples an exclusive insight into how a tipi can give their big day a really special touch to make it memorable for all. The tipis themselves can seat more than 500 guests and come in three different sizes allowing couples to mix and match Big Hats, Midi and Baby Tipis to ensure that every wedding experience is bespoke.

Big Chief Tipis wedding weekend 2015 Melissa Beattie Photography (1)

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