Shepherd Neame Kent wedding photography of the lovely Carly and Paul

A lovely start to the day for the bridal preparations at the recently and beautifully refurbished Marine Hotel in Tankerton, Kent. Then a short drive along the coast in a 1956 Morris Minor for Carly and her dad to the market town of Faversham to the Shepherd Neame visitor centre for the wedding ceremony.shepherd-neame-brewery-wedding-0180shepherd-neame-brewery-wedding-howling-basset

A new venue for me to shoot and it’s a rabbit warren of features and surprises. The evening reception was a vast and interesting space and part of the museum itself. There was even a genuine Spitfire cockpit that of course any self-respecting groom just had to have a try in.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope it’s sunny and warm where you are as well… such a beautiful morning here at English Wedding Blog towers 🙂 and I’m feeling happy. So it’s the perfect time to chat about balloons. Wedding balloons are having a bit of a revival – and it’s going to grow and grow, with thanks to the lovely Bonbon balloons. Pretty balloons with garlands, tassels, filled with confetti… just gorgeous!

The possibilities are endless: mix and match colourful balloons outside your venue; create a backdrop to cover a wall, with candy coloured balloons filled with confetti; use balloons with tassels and garlands to hang over a cake table or escort card display.

bonbon balloonsGone are the days of basic balloons; and there’s no need to head to Clintons for your wedding balloons any more. Think creative, make your balloons a million miles more exciting and go for colourful creative displays with ribbons and garlands and sparkly bits and more!
wedding balloonsBonbon balloons have had rave reviews in the press and the blogosphere loves them! It’s easy to see why. You can even order a single balloon in a box as a special present for someone…
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It’s the first time I’ve blogged a wedding with a pet hedgehog called Derek – who inspired much of the theme for Liz and Paul’s countryside wedding at Surrey’s Coltsford Mill. They had little hedgehog stamps on their stationery, and even adorable little hedgehog cake toppers… who I’m calling Derek and Mrs Derek!

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Bride Liz looks amazing in a Lusan Mandongus designer wedding dress, with exquisite lace detailing and the most beautiful back and train – she’s simply stunning isn’t she? Paul is her perfect match, and I’m so proud to feature such a lovely couple on the English Wedding Blog today.

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Huge thanks also to Murray Clarke Photography for sharing the fabulous images of the day. There are too many for me to choose favourites, I just love them all. Do check out Murray’s wedding photography at:

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Let’s get straight to the wedding, shall we? It’s just too gorgeous to wait any longer. You’ll love it! Enjoy.
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From the romance of Yorkshire to the magic of Florence… I couldn’t resist sharing this enchanting engagement shoot by lovely destination wedding photographer Rik Pennington.

Rik Pennington Photography (1) I’ll never forget the times I spent living in Italy as a student. I visited Florence from my home in Trieste, and loved the hustle and bustle – but photographer Rik, along with gorgeous couple (ridiculously so… aren’t they?) Giorgia and Filippo explored the quieter streets, full of real untouched Italian charm and atmosphere.

Rik Pennington Photography (2) From the quiet romance of Florence’s back streets to the sights and memories of the Ponte Vecchio, this engagement shoot is so perfect, don’t you think? Are there favourite secret places you’d love to explore in your home town or on a destination shoot? I have a few ideas of my own…

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There are a few places in this beautiful land of ours which inspire fierce loyalty and pride: Yorkshire is most certainly near the top of that list. The white rose, rolling hillsides and charming towns and people make Yorkshire a perfect place to live, and to love… and today’s bride and groom chose Yorkshire as their wedding theme, location and flavour!

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Bren and Nikki married at the fabulous Ox Pasture Hall, and chose lovely Georgina Harrison Photography to capture their day. With bunting, pom poms, a vintage typewriter, jam jars with candles, mini chalk boards with easels for the name cards, a suitcase for collecting cards and their awesome ‘LOVE’ light, this is a wedding full of ideas which I know you’ll love!

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The beautiful bride – and isn’t she just gorgeous?! and her handsome hubby have very kindly shared their day with us, including a brilliant wedding report at the end of the feature. Do check out Ox Pasture Hall and of course the wonderful Georgina Harrison:


Ahh… happy Friday everyone! With the weekend beginning in – ooh about 8 hours shall we say? 😉 I thought I’d share something really special with you this morning. I had the absolute honour of styling a creative shoot at Broadoaks Country House a little while ago, and we really made the most of the amazing William Morris Music Room for a truly timeless setting which brought our shoot to life. You can almost taste the romance in the air – it’s such a beautiful setting.

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Our beautiful model Kelsey wears a Sassi Holford wedding gown with exquisite embroidery detailing around the neckline. My heartfelt thanks to Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. Kelsey’s graceful and elegant hair was styled by lovely Gareth from Aqua The Salon, and make up is by Helen at Definitions Mobile Beauty.


It’s been the most amazing summer for English weddings – so many of my photographer friends have had a fantastic year, and I’ve seen the most wonderful, beautifully styled and photographed celebrations. We can safely say that English couples are the BEST! – and we have some of the best wedding photographers in the world to prove it. The absolute highlight of my job is discovering new wedding photographers and suppliers, and when I saw Liam Smith Photography I was blown away – what a sight for a wedding blogger’s happy eyes!

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Wedding photography in London and Milton Keynes, by the fabulous Liam Smith Photography

I’m thrilled to be able to tell you that Liam Smith Photography is my newest wedding blog sponsor – this means we’ll be seeing lots more of his wedding photography! Liam’s images are contemporary and creative, and I’m excited to think the English Wedding Blog will be an even more gorgeous place as we share lots of amazing weddings by Liam! Yay 🙂

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The neckline of Alicia’s wedding dress is just wonderful: on such a graceful and glamorous bride, this dress couldn’t be more perfect… and so sets the scene for today’s beautiful wedding blog. Alicia and Seb were married at Knowlton Court in Kent, celebrating their day with friends and family in the summer sunshine.

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Images are by the very lovely Steven Dungate of Duntons Photography. Steven describes the day as ‘an epic wedding to photograph‘! and my goodness, isn’t it just… from the historic church to the deliciously decorated wedding venue, this is a wedding to inspire you in so many ways.

Knowlton Court wedding blog (7)Alicia is an incredibly beautiful bride, and her wedding dress beyond exquisite. I adore the lace panel, the daringly low neckline and Alicia’s long, flowing skirt – and I’m so proud to be sharing her wedding to Seb on the English Wedding Blog today.


Hey everyone! Do you like the new look English Wedding Blog? I’m delighted with the new header image from lovely Joseph Hall Photography and pleased to have such a fresh and sunny look for the blog this week. I hope you love it too! I’m soooo busy in my little craft studio this morning getting ready for The Handmade Fair (are you coming?) – but quickly wanted to tell you about a feature I’ve had published by Hello Magazine in their brand new Wedding Hub.

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Matilde from Hello! asked me for my best tips for an outdoor wedding, and I shared 10 styling ideas for a rustic wedding – helped enormously by the gorgeous images from Karen Flower Photography!

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My top 10 outdoor wedding style tips, in a nutshell:

  1. DIY a rustic backdrop and keep the theme going with table decor
  2. Mix tones and textures for a rustic look
  3. Create your own rustic DIY wedding tablescape
  4. Choose a bouquet which fits the rustic outdoor theme

Hey there everyone! Did anyone else forget it was a Bank Holiday and get up early for work? Oops… but never mind, because I have the loveliest of weddings to share with you today, courtesy of Newlywed Films. Danielle and Steve were married at Hedsor House early this summer, and their wedding is fabulous. They planned their day to run smoothly and selected some of the prettiest details: a stunning dress, a fabulous designer tiered cake with roses and beautifully constructed rose boquets… you’ll adore this.

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Their cake is a real stunner: its elegant tiers with pale roses look exquisite. In the church, pew ends are decorated with bunches of baby’s breath: one of the prettiest trends for 2014. Danielle and Steve had banqueting tables for their wedding breakfast, with pretty floral table decorations, in a beautifully tranquil room at Hedsor House which breaks none of my rules about carpets or chair covers! The white hydrangea floral displays for the top table are divine!


It makes a nice change to focus on the men in our lives on the English Wedding Blog – and while I try and include everyone in all of my features, and advocate planning your day as a couple, men often take a back seat when it comes to wedding planning. Not today though! Yesterday I shared some brilliant advice for grooms choosing light and wearable summer suits. Now I’d like to offer a little help to all the guys out there who’ll be guests at a wedding this summer. With thanks to Liam from A Suit That Fits for writing and sharing today’s blog article. Enjoy!
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Most men struggle to decide on what to wear as a guest at a summer wedding. Now, we’re not implying you outshine the groom, but cutting a dash as part of the congregation is good. Whether it’s a country wedding, a beach wedding or a more formal city wedding you will want to look your best.


Despite the odd hailstone in August, I think we had a pretty good summer this year. I’ve seen some wonderfully sunny weddings and I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to show with you through September and October! For today though, I have been thinking about grooms and suits: because isn’t it a bit hot wearing a shirt, waistcoat, jacket and tie for a summer wedding? There’s a lot to say for creative groomswear: personally I love a groom in jeans, shirt and no jacket… but that’s not for everyone. Most couples love the idea of dressing up in full wedding gear, waistcoats, pocket watches and all… so I asked Hayley from A Suit That Fits for some practical summer groomswear advice.

Chris’s suit was made for him by A Suit That Fits. Image credit Tierney Photography (click to see the full wedding on the English Wedding Blog)

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