Morning everyone! I’m going to share a bit of my personal work today – because the projects I’ve been working on are pretty versatile and I think they’ll work beautifully for weddings as well as for *cough* Christmas. I know! It’s early – but I’m feeling festive. There’s even a freebie for you at the end of this page! I’ve already started Christmas shopping, haven’t you? I’m ready to wrap a few prezzies already!

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Wedding or Christmas calligraphy heart tags

I’ve been working with the lovely Kirstie Allsopp writing tags and labels for all sorts of things – we’ve labelled jars of chutney, apple juice, and gift tags over the last few weeks. I’ve added some of the designs I did for Kirstie to my Etsy shop, and there’ll be more coming soon. If you’re looking for tags for special presents then have a look! I hope you like them.


Hello again! I’m happy to be bringing you a little sprinkle of summer again this morning. Sophie and Jonathan had a lovely English country garden inspired wedding and were blessed with glorious sunshine. Today’s blog is full of the prettiest details in delicious pastels – and of course, a beautiful bride, handsome groom and some romantic moments to capture your heart.

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The images today come from Ross Alexander at Moment Photography. Sophie’s wedding report includes an amazing review for Ross along with details of other top wedding suppliers (check out the florist too! – wow!). The wedding reception was at The Castle Hotel in Taunton, Somerset.

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So let’s have a look at all those beautiful photos and then read Sophie’s wedding report (at the end of the blog feature today). I should say a huge thank you to Sophie and Jonathan – and congratulations to you both! I’m so pleased to be sharing your wedding on the English Wedding Blog today (you’re making it look soooo pretty!). Thanks also to Ross aka Moment Photography for submitting this wedding 🙂 Claire xxx


Hiya! How is your day going? I’m busily typing blog features for coming weeks, and trying to ignore the left hand side of my head, which has earache. The rest of my head is still working hard, and is pondering wedding fireworks. It’s bonfire night, after all! (If you’re off to a display of any kind tonight, stay safe and stay dry!)

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A wedding with sparklers makes for beautiful pictures. Image credit Keith Riley Photography at – click the image to see the rest of the wedding

I’ve written in the past with some advice about wedding fireworks, with a lot of help from Flashpoint Fireworks. But nowadays and as a cat owner I have a bit of a thing about fireworks – organised displays twice a year (on bonfire night and New Year’s Eve) are fine by me. But I really don’t like any more than that, especially in built up areas.

Wedding fireworks are a bit different, and I’m not sure what I think about them so I was wondering if you had an opinion about them, one way or the other?


Hello my lovelies! I have a treat for you this morning from a gorgeous and creative couple – Jessica and Mike. Their wedding at Thornton Manor in Cheshire is full of little luxuries and special touches. As Jessica herself told me, “the devil’s in the detail” – a nice motto for a wedding, don’t you think?!

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Jessica and Mike chose their wedding suppliers carefully and with such a professional team in place they really couldn’t go wrong. A top class venue – Thornton Manor – set the scene. Their photographer is the lovely and talented Martin Hambleton. Flowers, music, scented candles and more combined to make this a truly memorable and special wedding day.

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Congratulations Jessica and Mike, thanks so much for sharing your awesome wedding report with us on the English Wedding Blog today. I wish you many years of happy married life together! Thank you as well to Martin for sharing images of this wonderful wedding. Do visit his website if you’re looking for a Cheshire wedding photographer –


Hey everyone, big hugs all around on this chilly November morning. What are you up to today? Could it be time to book your wedding photographer, maybe? If you haven’t booked anyone yet then I can highly recommend my latest blog sponsor, lovely London wedding photographer Rik Pennington.

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Rik was behind the camera at Henry and Carina’s stunning garden wedding featured here on Monday morning. I adored their wedding – the elegance of their day was second to none, and the photography captures the spirit of everything so beautifully.

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You’ll also love Rik’s real wedding feature on the French Wedding Style blog – he photographed Kelly and Sam’s wedding in a 14th century chateau and the images are stunning.

London wedding photography by Rik Pennington

Photo credit: Rik Pennington Photography

Rik told me, “I’m a London wedding photographer with a distinctive and creative style. My style of wedding photography is best described as creative documentary with contemporary couple portraits. Strong composition and an obsession for finding the light are key to my work.”


Hi everyone! Hurray, it’s the weekend at last. I’m currently on a Christmas shopping binge – wish me luck! I’m hoping to beat the crowds and spend the rest of November and December munching happily on mince pies knowing it’s all done. In the meantime, I have some brilliant wedding blog features to share with you. As always, do share your own favourite picks if you think I’ve missed something!

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Katy and Tom’s wedding at Pendrell Hall, Staffordshire. Beautiful, creative and elegant. Image credit Rob & Sarah Gillespie

Real weddings – the best wedding blogs of the week

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Betzy and James’s Eden Project wedding – Photo credit Jason Mark Harris, click the image to see more


Hi again everyone, and happy Friday – can you believe it’s November already? The plus side… nearly time for some gorgeous winter weddings and definitely time for a reminder of those beautiful snowy wedding scenes some of you might have for your wedding day this winter. Do we have any December or January brides and grooms reading? Then today’s real wedding blog feature is for you!

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I’m so proud to be sharing Sian and Dean’s beautiful wedding in Surrey with you today. It has a festive feeling to it, and I adore how today’s couple just never stop smiling. The scenes in the forest are out of this world… magical, almost.

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Huge thanks to Sian for sharing her fantastic wedding report with us all today – I hope you love it. Congratulations, lovely lady 🙂 And my thanks also to fab Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower, who captured their day so beautifully. Do read Sian’s review for Karen, which is really heartfelt and touching. This lady comes very highly recommended!


Hello lovelies, how are you today? It’s nice to be heading towards the weekend – after such a blustery week I’m ready for a cosy Saturday by the fire I think! Today I have something very different to share with you, which you may have already seen in Brides Magazine. It’s the nation’s favourite wedding dress, designed by the incredibly talented Stephanie Allin. Have you seen it? What do you think?

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The nation’s favourite wedding dress, by Stephanie Allin

The story behind the nation’s favourite wedding dress

Stephanie Allin was asked to create the nation’s favourite wedding dress. Brides Magazine asked readers to vote and tell them what their dream dress was like, the style, cut, fabric and everything from head to toe. Close to 3,000 votes were cast on, with readers choosing details including favourite dress shape and length, sleeve length, fabric and embellishment, to find the ingredients for the UK’s most collectively coveted wedding gown. A sweetheart neckline proved most popular with Brides readers whilst lace was the most desirable of fabrics. Beading was the favoured embellishment and an overwhelming majority of voters picked full-length for their wedding dress of choice. A fit and flare shape, cap sleeves, button detailing and a waisted bodice were the final elements chosen to finish off this unique dress.


Morning everyone! A little advice for you this morning, especially if you’re a little bit addicted to Facebook or Pinterest… it can’t just be me, can it?! How will you feel on your wedding day without your smart phone? Or should you bring it, along with your iPad, because you’ll need it on the day? All the answers are here – enjoy. I hope it’s useful! Claire xxx

For the tech-savvy couples of today there are hundreds of digital tools to track, share and tag just about every element of your special day. Whatever you want your wedding day to be, when it comes to technology etiquette for the big day, there are some dos and don’ts to follow to capture the memorable moments and avoid any digital faux pas.

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Image credit: Howard Lucas Photography (Dorset)


Morning lovely people! Wherever you are in the country this morning, please stay safe and warm. I’m thinking of all of you who in the south – we’ve escaped the gales up here in the Lakes but I know from my friends around London and Exeter it’s pretty scary down there. Anyway – I couldn’t resist sharing a few sneak peeks of Carina and Henry’s Derbyshire wedding a little while ago, and I’m over the moon to be able to begin this week on a high with such an amazing celebration. You’re going to adore this!

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The images are by my lovely new sponsor Rik Pennington Photography (more about him later!) and they are just wonderful. I really think they capture the atmosphere of today’s wedding and I’d love to hear from you today too – leave a comment for the gorgeous bride and groom, or for Rik or just say hi! The comments box at the end of the post is there especially for you and I love hearing from my wonderful readers.


So I poked a little fun at the marketing team for Sharpie markers recently, when they sent out a press release telling me that marker pens were a perfect match for weddings. Maybe it was a little bit mean… they didn’t know I was a wedding calligrapher… and my choice of pen is a little more refined, traditional and elegant.

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My Sharpie marker story continues…

Rebecca Williams got in touch with me straight away after reading my post Bad wedding marketing from Sharpie marker pens – “As the director of the Sharpie PR account, I couldn’t help but notice your blog about our wedding press release. While you’re absolutely entitled to your opinion (and you’re right, Sharpies are not to be used for calligraphy) we’d love to change your mind about them being a fat marker pen.  With this in mind, I’d like to send you our standard Fine Point range, along with some of our Ultra Fine markers, for you to use in your own time.”


Most of the weddings I share on the blog have an element of DIY to them these days: invites, flowers, cakes or reception stationery being top choices for a bit of home made wedding crafting.

But equally, most of my lovely readers will buy some of these things from established wedding suppliers. And that’s fine! It makes perfect sense to balance your time so you’re not spending every weekend in the months before your wedding covered in glitter and glue.

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Marrianne and David’s gloriously colourful DIY wedding – image credit Steve Fuller Photography

Sometimes it seems as though wedding blogs focus on DIY a little too much, especially when it comes to invitations and stationery. Home made is fine, and if you know what you’re doing it can look great… but it’s not always as easy as it first seems.

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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