Hello lovely! Today’s wedding is full of home made details by the gorgeous bride and her mum. Jamie and Geoff planned a vintage tea party theme for their day and as they were saving up for a house they needed to keep their wedding costs down. So while Geoff played cricket every Saturday during the summer, Jamie and her mum spent countless hours making everything from stationery to bunting.

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The wonderfully couple only spent money on the things which couldn’t be made: the wedding cake, entertainment, venue and of course their lovely photographer! Jamie shares some very wise advice, and I really have to highlight this: “If you want to save money, making your own things is a great idea but it takes hours… we spent every Saturday for a year and only finished a few days before the wedding.

The homespun look is big at the moment, but don’t underestimate the time it takes! Remember there’s a difference between home made and handcrafted, and there are many wonderful independent craft businesses who can save you time instead!


Cathy and Alan were married at Great Fosters in Surrey – a spectacular venue with so many gorgeous locations for beautiful photographs. Great Fosters dates from the 16th century and has so much character with its grand rooms and portraits, wood panelling and extensive landscaped gardens.

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Cathy’s wedding dress is beautiful and comes all the way from a bridal boutique in San Francisco! She told me, “it was one of the most beautiful shops I have ever seen and I could have purchased all of the dresses. My dress was so unique and special, I could not wait to wear it and loved it on the day!

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Today’s wedding is one of those lovely classic English weddings with a focus on the celebration itself rather than all the little details. When I asked Cathy to describe their wedding day in a single sentence she said it was about “love, friends, family, laughter, well wishes, great food, drink, dancing & fun.”

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Good morning everyone! How are you today? I have a treat for you – feast your eyes on these delectable wedding cakes by Fiona Cairns. Fiona designed and made a pretty famous cake for a fairly well known couple called William and Kate – and now crafts cakes on a major scale from her bakery in Leicestershire. As well as supplying cakes to Waitrose, Harrods and Selfridges Fiona makes bespoke wedding cakes which start at £500.

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The team at Fiona Cairns ensure that each Wedding Cake is a beautiful centre piece that reflects your individual style and personality. To achieve this, the design team work very closely with every bride to create a truly spectacular cake.

Delicate piping and exquisite sugar flowers that match your bouquet are the main areas of specialism, as well as the ability to recreate the lace detailing of your dress on the cake itself. The style can be traditional, contemporary, monochrome or bright and fresh. You could even decide on a collection of smaller cakes, each in a different but complementary design, or a “Naked” cake with fresh fruits and crystallised flowers.


Jenna told me all her nightmares about falling down the aisle disappeared the moment she saw Jak there waiting for her: “although I knew the room was full, it was like no one else was in the room.” Isn’t that beautiful?

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Their wedding was a vintage glam affair, liberally decorated with gypsophila which looks gorgeous. Jenna wore a silk wedding dress and Jenny Packham jewellery. The venue – wonderful Blackbrook House in Derbyshire – needed little decoration and was the perfect setting for a glamorous, vintage-inspired wedding.

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I really love this wedding for its creative little touches. Jak and Jenna have designer friends whose skills came in handy for everything from the invitations to hairdressing on the day! They chose Nottinghamshire wedding photographer Pete Henderson to capture their day and his images are just lovely.

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You’ll love this wedding – and vintage-loving brides and grooms will find plenty of inspiration here. Don’t skip the wedding report – Jenna’s closing comment made me laugh out loud! Awesome 🙂 Enjoy!
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Hello lovely! How’s your day going? It’s busy as anything here and I have so many lovely weddings to share with you – but I just had to take a little break and introduce you to my latest amazing sponsor. Sophie Duckworth is a Surrey wedding photographer – she’s featured on the English Wedding Blog before and I can’t wait to share lots more of her weddings with you all!

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See Huw and Sam’s homespun English country wedding for tons of ideas and a gorgeous peek at Sophie’s photography. Or discover the time I nearly broke my own blog with so many glorious details from Becky and Greg’s pretty, quirky English wedding.

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As a blog sponsor Sophie Duckworth now has her very own dedicated page on the English Wedding Blog: Sophie Duckworth Photography. Do head over there to see some of our favourite images and find out more about the lovely lady behind the camera!

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Some wedding photographers stand out from the crowd as artists – and that’s no mean feat with so many photographers shooting weddings. There’s a huge level of skill required to shoot a wedding: a great photographer will be unobtrusive, charming, will never miss a moment, will offer advice, and will conjure up images which will take your breath away. And then there are the artists, the wedding photographers who capture atmosphere and magic as well as romance and cherished memories.

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Clara and Jason are a couple whose creativity and unique approach shines. Their wedding is spectacular, and I guarantee their guests will never forget such an amazing day. A music hall venue, a vintage dress, the most wonderful bouquet… You really shouldn’t miss this!

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I adored Holly and Paul from the moment I first saw their wedding pictures on Tracy Morter‘s photography blog. They’re a creative couple who planned a gorgeous wedding with a focus on family and friends. Holly’s wedding report is amazing: this lady is as wonderfully practical as she is enthusiastic and creative – it’s an unmissable read for ideas and wedding tips. Thank you beautiful Holly, you rock!

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The images, by wonderful wedding photographer Tracy Morter, are fabulous. Tracy’s photography always inspires me: she captures emotion, laughter and smiles as beautifully as she does the finer details of every wedding day. Do visit her website to find out more:

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There is so much to see, I don’t know where to begin to introduce this gorgeous wedding: Holly’s beautiful flower crown, her natural hair and make up style, the lovely dress bought in New York… and then Paul’s fantastic blue suit, the incredibly decorative venue… or the laughter and smiles from the beginning of the day through to the last dance…


As much as I love a bit of quirky, a dash of creativity and all kinds of unusual weddings, I don’t think timeless elegance and style can be beaten. Laura and Pete’s Stratford-upon-Avon wedding at The Welcombe Hotel is the perfect example.

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Laura’s orchid bouquet is exquisite; their wedding cake is impressive; the venue full of character and tradition. They married at The Holy Trinity Church before their Welcombe Hotel reception.

Images are by wedding photographer Benjamin Toms, who says, “It was a beautiful sunny and chilly winter’s day, and the light was just perfect for the bridal portrait shots back in the grounds at the Welcombe Hotel. It was a fantastic day filled with emotion and such a pleasure to be part of.

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Laura and Pete were thrilled with their photographer:

Looking back on the photos from our wedding brings a tear to my eye. They tell the story of the day so perfectly and so beautifully. Ben was fantastic and captured every moment so that we would never forget it. Thank you so much! Laura and Pete.See more…


Over the last week or so I’ve been equally intrigued and impressed by something called 20Collective – and I suspect by now you’ve heard about it too! But what is it?! I think it’s on the verge of being pretty big news in wedding photography – and I know couples who investigate 20Collective will like what they see. I know I do.

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20Collective is a group of diverse and distinctive wedding photographers. They shoot weddings all around the UK and abroad, and have joined together to bring you a fabulous shared portfolio website. It has the potential to be very powerful: a visual photography-led wedding blog. And there are some very exciting names involved in the project:

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I love the very individual approach Becky and Graham took with their wedding. There was no dress; no theme, and the day was planned in three months. And you know what? It’s beautiful. Truly. Becky wears a gorgeous blouse and skirt; Graham’s in Converse. They styled an intimate and very personal wedding with close friends and family, and I love it. I hope you will too!

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Images are all by lovely Jackie from Peony Brides

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Our wedding report: Becky and Graham

Wedding photographer’s website:

Jackie King,

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were delighted with the photos. Jackie was a pleasure to have with us on the big day – very unassuming and hard working and she delivered a beautiful collection of photographed capturing the whole experience.

Wedding venue:

Appleton Church

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A low-key country wedding with wild flowers, Italian food, close friends and family.


Recently H&M caused a bit of a stir when they launched their £59.99 wedding dress – a 1930s Hollywood inspired dress promising a “glamorous movie star look.” Wedding blogs and magazines were all over it, the discussion on facebook and twitter was fascinating. My own thoughts over on facebook – yes, I’d wear a £59.99 dress for my wedding! (But probably not that one… I’d choose something a little more individual, with a little less press coverage!) If price is more of an issue then I have another question for you: would you buy your entire wedding outfit for under £550? Tracey from Bridal Designs has written a blog post with some suggestions and I’d love to hear what you think!


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One of the things I love most about my life as a wedding blogger is stumbling across amazing little craft businesses – and I spend far too much time on Etsy! May I introduce you to someone very special today? Lovely Emma at Hapitat makes these wonderful recycled floral hair accessories using recycled and vintage fabrics. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Emma discovered her talents when she made her first giant floral hair accessory out of left over silk from her homemade wedding dress. “My signature huge silk flower headpiece was born, and I’ve been creating beautiful handmade flowers, giant and small and in-between ever since.”

I use recycled fabric new and vintage, I scout charity chops, vintage fairs, garage sales and car boot sales for old clothing fabric feathers and lace that have been unloved and unused. I create beautiful timeless headpieces that can start a new story of their own.

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