A confession first of all today everyone: I’ve been gazing at the images for this wedding blog post (possibly dribbling a little) for quite a long time. I should have been typing but a mixture of admiration and hunger stopped me in my tracks! Today I’m sharing the best wedding cakes I’ve seen all year – seriously these are damned impressive and then some!

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My favourite! Au Naturale is a stack of Madagascan vanilla sponge filled with vanilla buttercream and fruity raspberry jam, with a long glossy red ribbon bow, which draped down the length of the cake creates a bold and striking focal point.

Designer wedding cakes from Cakes by Beth

Designer Beth is modest about her wedding cakes, and I suspect she’s blushing already but I really do admire her creativity, attention to detail and the passion she pours into her wedding cakes business. Beth is based in the North West, has exhibited and given demonstrations at top events like The Cake & Bake Show and designed cakes for high profile events and many, many weddings.


Smaller weddings are always my favourites! The atmosphere is relaxed and full of love and often an intimate wedding means budgets can be played with rather than stretched – meaning smaller weddings can be creative and fun. Annette and Darren’s wedding on the Isle of Wight is fantastic: their style is exciting and colourful and they’re clearly so very much in love.

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I also adore their big day because they included family in a big way. Annette told me, “our marriage means more to us than the coming together of our couple, it is also the coming together of the two sides of our family“. I think that’s magical.

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Of course there’s also a fabulous cake, Annette’s dress is amazing and she’s such a beautiful bride. The images by wedding photographer Jason Mark Harris are ever so lovely – and Annette and Darren have been kind enough to share their wedding story with us all today. I know you’ll love it!


There’s something a little voyeuristic about working as a wedding blogger in that I get to see a little of the lives of the rich and famous! This exclusive London bridal event is an example of how fabulous top wedding events can be, with a luxury bridal launch in Mayfair. The dresses by Oscar De La Renta are as classy as can be – and new fragrance “Something Blue” sounds just perfect for every bride! Mark Niemierko has shared his write up of the event – feast your eyes and enjoy. Claire xxx
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Luxury event and wedding planner Mark Niemierko hosted an evening reception to celebrate the opening of Oscar De La Renta’s London bridal salon

25th March 2013

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Mark Niemierko, the leading event and wedding planner, hosted the who’s who within the UK’s wedding industry to celebrate the arrival of Oscar de la Renta’s bridal collection to London.

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The champagne and canapés reception was held within the famed American designer’s first London store, located on Mount Street, in London’s most elegant shopping district Mayfair, on the evening of Thursday 21st March.


Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had an amazing week. It’s been busy here – I promise I’ll show you some of the wedding calligraphy I’ve been working on, as soon as I can upload the images… I even missed a day on English Wedding Blog last week as I was writing so much! (whistles… did anyone notice it went quiet last Thursday?! Oops!)

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Anyway, it’s been a brilliant couple of weeks for wedding submissions and one I loved most was from the very lovely Joseph Hall. I know you’ll love Simon and Gemma’s Bristol wedding – it’s simple and elegant and the images are wonderful. They’ll make you smile too: I don’t often say this, but watch out for the gorilla!

Simon and Gemma shared their wedding report at the end of today’s feature so do have a read, and leave a comment if you can! Congratulations to a bride and groom who are both gorgeous and generous for sharing their big day on the blog, and my thanks to wedding photographer Joseph Hall for the submission. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Have you used Pinterest for your wedding planning? I’m wondering whether I should include some of my favourite boards on this weekly* best wedding blogs feature. I’ve been pinning a lot this week and added a lovely new Pinterest button to the blog too! The old one was a piddly little thing which sat in the corner doing nothing, hehe. Anyway – let me know if you’d like more Pinterest boards in here!

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Photo credit Shaun Taylor Photography – a beautiful wedding with rustic and quirky elements

*you know the drill with this one… my definition of weekly is fluid. 😉

On we go – the best wedding blogs of the week. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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It’s competition time! Rainbow Club have a fantastic prize for you, in association with Sandals resorts. Fancy winning a honeymoon, anyone? Then here’s how you can enter! You were going to buy shoes or accessories from the very lovely Rainbow Club anyway, right?!

Win the honeymoon of a lifetime with Rainbow Club!

It’s not every day you get the chance to win the honeymoon you’ve been dreaming of since you were little but thanks to the lovely folks at Rainbow Club this dream may be about to become a reality!
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They’re offering their customers the chance to win a 14 night stay in the very wonderful Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa. The prize includes an all inclusive stay in the resort in one of their deluxe rooms which of course comes complete with a king sized bed. And because they don’t want you to worry about anything past travel insurance, they’re also throwing in a pair of return flights for the lucky couple too. Pretty great huh?


Part 2: How to prepare yourselves for the photography on your wedding day

Congratulations if you have now chosen your wedding photographer! (Otherwise, have you read part 1 in this series of articles? In part 1 I’m giving advice on how to find and choose your photographer)


Once you have chosen your photographer, the planning stage starts. Don’t worry, most of the planning will be done by your photographer – You have plenty of other things to sort out as well! But in my experience, a good level of communication with your photographer before your wedding day is the best recipe for some fantastic wedding photography. Photography is very much about personal taste, so if the photographer has a good understanding of what you like and what is important to you, then they will know what to focus on during your wedding day. To be acquainted in advance will also help you feel relaxed with being photographed. So here follows some advice on how you can work together to get the best shots possible when the day comes!


I was browsing wedding invitations online last week and saw these gorgeous birdcage invites to share with you – I think you’ll love them! They’re from Tickled Pink in Leicester.

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Tickled Pink Designer Nikki told me a little about them – to find out more visit the link at the end of the blog post.

“We endeavour to create fun, quirky designs and this is our new tri-fold invite, with plenty of space for wedding info, directions, menus, whatever’s needed plus a detachable RSVP and little card for useful on-the-day panic details!”

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I just love all the detail in this design – from the cute little bird and cage to the invitation format and styling. It’s fab! The colours are lovely too – it’s a great summer wedding invite, isn’t it?!
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Springtime, anyone? I think the whole country is holding its breath and waiting for cherry blossom, sunshine and open windows! So while we all shiver and look wistfully outside, here’s a little spring wedding blog inspiration for you all.

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I couldn’t resist sharing this shoot when Lorna got in touch the other week. It’s all about achievable bridal ideas with a soft, vintage style. Elegance and details come easily with a little planning – have a look at these ideas and be inspired! With thanks to Lorna from Story Wedding Photography for submitting such a gorgeous inspiration shoot to the English Wedding Blog! There’s a full supplier list for you at the end of the feature today. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Beautiful spring wedding blog inspiration shoot

“We wanted our little bridal inspiration shoot to be soft, delicate and spring-like. Using a mixture of high-st fashions, vintage props, and simple cakes and flowers we hoped to convey the idea that a wedding doesn’t have to be grand to be beautiful….it is the little details and personal touches that make a day special. We thought the modest victoria
sponge said it all – it might not be as show stopping as a big iced tiered traditional cake, but actually (we can confirm) it tasted a whole lot sweeter!’


After pleading my case for English stately homes vs French chateaux last week it seems like the perfect time to look at an English castle wedding. Amy and Dan’s big day was beautiful – a relaxed wedding in Cornwall at Pendennis Castle. Talk about a stunning venue – this is really pretty amazing.

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I love how their wedding has a style rather than a theme. It seems a lovely way to make the day’s styling very personal: to choose things you both love rather than going for a single colour or theme and finding things to fit in. Amy looks absolutely gorgeous, and she and Dan created their very own magical day – it works a treat!

The images are by wedding photographer Alan Law, and Amy and Dan have shared their wedding story at the end of the blog post today. I loved reading it – especially the surprise mentioned in the title. You won’t want to miss it, I promise! I gasped and had a tear in my eye when I read it myself!


Wedding fairs are changing, with the traditional hall full of nervous exhibitors and white table cloths taking a back seat. (Yay!) Events like Zoe Lem’s vintage wedding fair have taken centre stage, and their creative approach to planning is a refreshing change – as well as being a huge success and inspiration! Championed by top wedding blogs like Love My Dress, Zoe Lem’s Vintage Wedding Fair takes place in April. Will you be there?

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It’s showtime! Brides-to-be will get a glamour masterclass at Zoe Lem’s Vintage Wedding Fair, Sunday April 14, London

A unique wedding fair with an emphasis on education takes place this April in London. The fifth Zoe Lem Vintage Wedding Fair brings together the best suppliers and experts in the industry. This event will not just showcase glamorous trends, it will help each bride find their vintage style and push a personal twist on their enduring elegant trend.

Its Showtime! 20 second teaser for Zoe Lem’s Vintage Wedding Fair. for tickets from Ion Products & Union Videos on Vimeo.


Hello lovely you! It’s time to set feet firmly on the ground once again with our ‘Focus On’ series about the moments that make a wedding. This time we’re looking at wedding venues… and odd choice perhaps, but venues play a huge part in creating the atmosphere of your wedding day. From rustic and cosy to chic city locations, English wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes. These are some favourites!

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English wedding venues – full of character, history and unique charm | credit Vickerstaff Photography

I asked for photographers to share their best images of English wedding venues for this feature and they certainly didn’t disappoint! The images on this blog post are my picks from all of those submitted, and I’m only sorry I couldn’t share them all. So – is your venue on the list? Which is your favourite photograph? Thank you to all the photographers who shared images for this feature – and enjoy. Claire xxx


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Capesthorne Hall wedding venue | Photography credit Martin Hambleton

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