Hello lovely! I’m smiling as I type because I know you’ll love today’s real wedding feature – it’s short and oh so fabulously sweet! Yiran and Wanqing had an outdoor wedding at Le Gothique, filmed beautifully by Deneemotion Boutique Wedding Cinema+Photo (based in London). The romance of this highlights film brought tears to my eyes… and a big grin at the end. Don’t miss the competitive bouquet toss… it’s fantastic!

Wanqing & Yiran – An Intimate wedding at Le Gothique from Deneemotion / Denee Media Films on Vimeo.

Le Gothique is a stunning setting for a wedding, and Yiran and Wanqing’s outdoor ceremony used the outside space beautifully with hanging paper pomanders and an archway filled with roses. Find out more:

Venue: Le Gothique Restaurant & Bar
Cinematography: Deneemotion Boutique Wedding Cinema (
Photography: David Bell (


Hello! I’ve been scampering around with my camera this morning to show you how to make gorgeous invites from a calligraphy printable template on Etsy. All you need is some scrapbook paper, coloured envelopes, double sided tape and a bit of lace, twine or ribbon to make these lovely wedding invitations.

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The calligraphy invitation is a personalised, printable download from my Etsy calligraphy shop. You can find it here:

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Make your own calligraphy wedding invitations – DIY project

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This is the simplest of stationery projects and with perhaps a little cheating you can make really lovely invitations on a budget and without too much blood, sweat and tears!

Making your calligraphy wedding invitations: step by step guide

  1. Purchase the printable calligraphy invite at (your personalised invitation will be ready for you in 5 working days).
  2. Buy your coloured envelopes and find some lovely scrapbooking papers at a local craft shop
  3. Print your invitations onto white card and trim to a slightly smaller size than your envelopes.

Eleanor and Sebastian’s wedding knocked my socks off the first time I saw it! I’m so delighted to be able to share it with you today – they’re the loveliest couple and this really is an incredible day. Seb wears a Vivienne Westwood suit, and Eleanor a David Fielden gown – and they look amazing.

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Images are by the lovely Alexis Jaworski Photography:

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The wedding venue is spectacular: Micklefield Hall is new to the English Wedding Blog but I really hope to feature more weddings there! By way of an introduction they really don’t get much better though… enjoy!
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Our wedding report: Eleanor and Sebastian

Wedding photographer’s website:

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, extremely pleased

Wedding venue:

Micklefield Hall, Sarratt.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Glamorous, elegant and stylish set in stunning surroundings with all of our favourite people.


Hello everyone! If you’ve been watching my facebook page recently you’ll have seen me sharing lots of wedding invitation designs with you. I really want to focus the English Wedding Blog on supporting independent businesses and I’m delighted to be able to introduce you to lovely Heather Marten today. Heather has been designing beautiful stationery since 2000 and is a brand new English Wedding Blog sponsor.

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I love this quote from Heather: “I have this romantic notion that in years to come, a young woman will be looking through her mother’s treasured possessions and will find a faded copy of her wedding invitation – and it will be one of mine.”

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Heather Marten’s wedding invitations are ever so easy to order online, and there’s a fantastic collection of designs for every bride and groom. Do take a moment to browse and find your perfect wedding stationery.
Also by Heather Marten:

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A year or two ago my facebook feed was full of cupcakes – now it’s flowers. The most gorgeous wedding trend has to be flower crowns (although the flower stole is beginning to create waves… watch this space!) and I was over the moon when Nicola from Brown Sugar Blooms sent me these pictures of her flower crown designs. All images are by Catherine Dineley Photography. Enjoy!
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Model wears white linen dress from Monsoon, Hair circlet made from a combination of Ivy, Eucalyptus, Willow, Snowdrops, Scabious, Lavender & Pheasant Feathers.

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Model wears vintage lace top, Hair Circlet made from a combination of Spray Roses, Wax Flower & Variegated Ivy.

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Model wears vintage silk camisole, Hair piece made from a combination of Spray Roses, Rhanunculus, Hyacinth Pips, Hydrangea, Limonium, and Variegated Ivy.
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Model wears silk dress from Monsoon, Hair Circlet made from Naomi & Heaven Roses, Rhanunculus & Carnations.


Morning! I thought I’d write more of a chatty post today and take a little break from real weddings, but still with lots of stunning images to inspire you. I’ve been thinking a lot about styled wedding shoots recently – they’re big news since Pinterest exploded back in 2011 and I love them.

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Is that controversial? I don’t think so. I remember reading surveys on big wedding blogs before Pinterest really hit the UK, and inspiration shoots weren’t so popular with blog readers. But the internet is changing and becoming all about pretty pictures – and styled shoots are big news now.

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People used to criticise styled shoots as being fake, too aspirational or unrealistic. US blogs would show dozens of outdoor wedding shoots before UK couples were even allowed to marry outdoors. Florists would go to town on single tables, creating extravagant displays which look amazing… but which would cost the earth to recreate at an actual wedding. Oh, and there were no grooms – shoots were called ‘bridal shoots’ for a reason.


Morning lovelies! I’ve been so excited to show you Verity and Darren’s charmingly elegant English wedding. They were married at Gosfield Hall in the Essex countryside and really made the most of their luxury venue. The flowers are fabulous – simple pink and cream roses with a peony tucked in the middle. Verity looks amazing in a beautiful lace dress with a sash, and Darren her very handsome groom.

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The happy couple chose Dave Allen at Just Hitched Photography to capture their day, and he did a brilliant job! Dave says, “These two people are so lovely, the way they are together is beautiful. They both adore each other which is clear to see from the way their eyes just drift away into somewhere wonderful when they look at each other and then the smile comes. I’m so happy for Verity and Darren and I wish them all the very best for the future.

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Hello my lovely! It’s wedding time again, and today we’re heading to The Great Barn in Rolvenden, Kent, for Chantal and Alex’s spring wedding. It’s beautiful – highlights are the styling and decor for the barn, which Chantal describes as a blank canvas. The paper lanterns are quirky and different, I think you’ll love them!

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Chantal’s wedding report includes some great advice for other couples: “Make sure you take time to yourselves as the day goes so fast and remember something will always go wrong but it really isn’t important, just remember the reason why you are getting married!” – there’s plenty more to read so do grab a cuppa and scroll right down to the end today. The lovely images from Penny Young Photography are just gorgeous so if you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Kent do check her out!

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Huge thanks to Chantal and Alex for sharing their day and writing a lovely wedding report listing suppliers and giving great advice! Everyone – enjoy!
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Hello again everyone! It’s turning out to be quite a summer and I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to when I’m not writing the English Wedding Blog! I’ve been lucky enough to work with some brilliant brides and grooms worldwide on calligraphied invitations and reception stationery – not to mention the inspiration shoots I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

So here’s a few pics of my life behind the scenes as a calligrapher – forgive the cats, they do like to help! Enjoy. And if you’d like to see more, you can find my little shop on Etsy here:


Did anyone see in the news today that we should all be having an afternoon nap at work? Anyone find time? I didn’t… but I wish I had! There’s just too much happening here, including news just in of a big saving on DIY wedding flower lessons at The British Flower School.

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The British Flower School is at Mapperton Gardens in Dorset. Courses include DIY wedding flower arranging days and they have sadly had a group cancellation for 17th June which means they unexpectedly have places spare.

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If you would like to sign up and experience a DIY wedding flowers day at half the usual price this is a fabulous opportunity! Read all about the wedding flower course here: and to book or for more details email
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Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I’ve been a busy bee working on the blog but I managed to sneak outside for a little sunshine too. This morning I wanted to show you the latest lace bridal shoes by Freya Rose, which landed in my inbox late last week. They’re so delicately pretty and intricately detailed, a feminine and flattering choice for summer brides.

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Freya Rose style ‘Hanna’ is a charming and romantic slingback shoe made with the finest French Chantilly lace.

Unique and intricate embroidery techniques are used by fine craftsmen synonymous to the Freya Rose brand to create the divine detail on Hanna, which sees a large flower hand embellished with delicate ivory beads and crystals.”

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I really admire Freya Rose for their craftsmanship and focus on design and intricate detailing. Bridal shoes are created in London and then handmade in Spain in a bespoke workshop by craftsmen who have learnt their diligent skill over generations.


Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day – I’m bathed in sunshine and surrounded by floppy, happy cats! I have some fabulous features coming up on the blog this week so do keep coming back for more… my first post for June is one I’m really pleased to be able to write: allow me to introduce you to Derbyshire wedding photographer Jon Cripwell.

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Beautiful bride Jess photographed at Ringwood Hall, Derbyshire by Jon Cripwell Photography

If you were around on Thursday you’ll have seen Tom and Jess’s beautiful wedding at Ringwood Hall in Derbyshire. It looked like such a beautiful day – and with every detail and moment captured perfectly by Jon, they’ll have such a wonderful album full of memories to look back on. I invited Jon to become a sponsor of the English Wedding Blog after seeing his inages on his own wedding photography blog.

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