Part 1: How to find the wedding photographer for you

Hurray it’s all happening, you are tying the knot! You’re probably browsing the web right now – and magazines, and everything else you can think of for inspiration – to gather ideas that will make your wedding day fantastic. I’m sure you’ve come across loads of gorgeous images and just can’t wait to have your own photos from your day. But where do you start? Who do you choose and how do you choose your photographer – and how do you get the best wedding photography on your big day?


This chapter will advise you on how to research and choose your photographer. Chapter 2 will be about how to make plans together with your photographer – exploring ideas for your day, figuring out what shots you want and getting comfortable with the camera. And finally, chapter 3 will be about your actual day – how things might run with your photographer and how to get the best shots.


Hello everyone! Today is all about David and Steph, whose wedding breaks a few of the old-fashioned rules about all the things you ‘have to have’ for your wedding day. This fantastic couple chose one wedding supplier (only!), used kids’ invitations, didn’t have readings, and created an elegant wedding without spending a fortune. I love everything about their intimate wedding in Manchester and can’t wait to share it with you today!

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All of the images are by my friend and wedding blog sponsor Phil Drinkwater Photography. Words are by Steph and David, and their story is a very romantic one indeed. I love the ‘marry me’ image, and the mention of David Hasselhoff in their ‘memorable moments’… classic. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Steph and David: a relaxed and informal wedding in Manchester

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The wedding venue: Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
Wedding photographer: Phil Drinkwater

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a very simple ceremony in front of our families and close friends


Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a really lovely day. I’m ever so pleased to be able to introduce you to my latest sponsor Wedding Paraphernalia this afternoon! Experts in elegant wedding stationery, Jo and Mandie create timeless designs and specialise in pocketfold invitations which I know you’ll love!

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Elegant stationery by Wedding Paraphernalia


Elegant wedding stationery made in the UK

Wedding Paraphernalia has been a licensed reseller for Envel­op­ments (the leading brand in pocket invitations) since 2004 and has cre­ated a stun­ning port­fo­lio using their dif­fer­ent shapes, colours and tex­tures. The designers at Wedding Paraphernalia are influ­enced heav­ily by designs from the States but love work­ing with cou­ples in order to design some­thing very bespoke for their wed­dings.

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Beautiful pocketfold wedding invitations –

I’ve known Jo and Mandie since launching my own wedding business back in 2005, and they’ve always been wonderfully supportive and inspiring to me. It’s a true pleasure to welcome Wedding Paraphernalia as a new sponsor of the English Wedding Blog today, and I recommend you head over to now to browse their beautiful collections.


Cake, cheesecake or cheese cake? When it comes to alternative wedding cakes these days you can have anything your tastes and budget allow: from a six foot croquembouche to a mini cupcake tower and everything in between. It might be all about the looks: tiers and flowers or a cake table maybe. Or perhaps your top priority is taste. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then a cheese wedding cake could be right up your street!

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Alternative wedding cakes – Purely Wensleydale cheese. Photo credit Yorkshire Dales Cheese Co.

Cheese wedding cakes are the latest trend for weddings and are getting more popular by the day with cheese manufacturers across the country experiencing increased demand for these savoury delights. A few enlightened individuals first enjoyed a cheese wedding cake way back in 2004 and the trend really started to take hold in 2006 – now there are over two dozen British companies creating cheese wedding cakes for couples up and down the country all reporting either steady or increased sales.


Exciting times in the wedding world once again as top designers launch their bridal gowns for 2014 – and you’re invited to an exclusive viewing event with Caroline Castigliano! If you’re marrying in 2014 and looking for a glamorous and romantic style for your dress then this event will be a real treat!

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Caroline Castigliano invites brides-to-be to view her 2014 bridal gowns exclusively at the flagship Knightsbridge boutique!

For two weeks only, brides-to-be are invited to join the Castigliano team at the fabulous flagship Knightsbridge boutique to view select bridal gowns from the 2014 collection, whilst enjoying the team’s wonderful Bellinis. The exclusive viewings will take place from 18th March to Saturday 30th March 2013.

Caroline’s English Heritage Collection continues the relaxed glamour theme that is so much part of the Caroline Castigliano style, many of the gowns were enhanced with delicate beaded laces – and there was a strong sense of gowns with cap and long sleeves organza was in abundance along with georgette.

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Discover your bright side with fabulously bright colours in this collaborative inspiration  shoot with the most amazing wedding dresses by UK designer Madeline Isaac-James.

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This shoot involved some amazing wedding suppliers and took place at the magnificent Northbrook Park wedding venue in Surrey. All images are by Carey Sheffield at Hoi Polloi Events, with make up by the lovely Joyce at Brides and Beauty. Flowers are by Evelyn Cole, those delicious looking cakes are by Rise and Shine Cakes, candy is from Creative Candi and cake pops were supplied by Party Pop Bakery.

I adore the stationery and details from Glasshouse Stationery – those floral tags are wonderful! Credit also to my favourite wedding accessories designers Jane at HF Couture, as well as The Vintage Sparkle company.

I know you’ll love the exciting colours and bright, springlike flavours of the sweetie tables and stationery suites in this adorable wedding blog. I instantly loved this shoot as soon as I saw it and have been looking forward to sharing it with all of you today!


You just don’t see much wedding stationery on blogs – or at least, not as much as I think there should be! I love paper, you see. I love graphic design and typography, handwriting (from neat lettering to extravagant scrawls) and I love details. So when I stumbled across the Truly Madly Dottie blog I was more than pleased to see them again!

I’ve actually been stumbling across these guys all week! We’re involved in a little photo shoot which I can’t tell you about, along with some other fantastic wedding people – all very exciting. And then I spotted the lovely Dottie ladies on Love My Dress blog as well!

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Why so popular? Because these two ladies are ever so talented and have combined their skills to make a rather exceptional wedding business – with Dottie Creations and Dottie Photography providing paper and pictures to UK brides and grooms!


Hi there everyone, and happy weekend! Are you up to anything nice? I’m just going to be writing a couple of wedding blogs and I’ll spend the rest of my time catching up on watching Lost – yes I know I’m a few years behind but I’ve just got hooked and it’s a nice escape from work… although I can’t help keeping one eye on the laptop all the time!

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Gorgeous stationery on a wedding blog from earlier this week – click to see more. Photo credit Dottie Photography

Anyway – it’s been a busy week and I’d love your help with something. I’m looking out for new and fabulous wedding accessories and invitation designers to share on the blog. Early in the year there are always new wedding suppliers making an appearance as well as more established small businesses doing a big promotional push – which is fab! I would dearly love to have time to discover them all for myself but I suspect many escape my radar. So – if you have seen something amazing you’d like to tell other brides and grooms about, please get in touch and tell me so I can share on the English Wedding Blog! Thank you 🙂


James and Katherine’s big day is all about timeless elegance. This couple chose a luxury Surrey wedding venue (Botley’s Mansion) to host their day, and the wedding reception was all about delicate golden colours and beautiful, traditional styling.

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Katherine describes their day as “An elegant and stylish wedding with a tasteful presence of gold, ivory and sparkle detail that provided a backdrop for the rich and colourful accents seen in the grand reception flower arrangements.” It most certainly is – and I think this wedding shows one of our most luxurious stately home wedding venues at it’s very best.

The photography is by lovely reportage wedding photographer Karen Flower, and Katherine and James have shared their wedding story with you today as well – it starts about a third of the way down the page. Enjoy – and be inspired! Claire xxx

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Katherine and James – a timeless, elegant Surrey wedding blog

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Wedding venue:

St Mary Oatlands Church and Botley’s Mansion

Wedding photographer:

Karen Flower


There’s a little clue in the title of today’s wedding blog for you. This is a very bright wedding, an absolutely fantastic theme and a blog post to make you grin from ear to ear in delight.

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Emily and Alan are a great couple – full of fun and creativity. And while Emily is stunning in her Jasmine Couture wedding dress, Alan steals the show in a bright. yellow. suit. (There’s a photo to watch out for with a handwritten note from Emily: “I love you even though you look like a bowl of custard”! which is wonderful! Seriously though – he looks great, and everything about today’s wedding blog is brilliant. Literally!

The photos are by Dorset wedding photographer Paul Underhill, who contacted me a few weeks ago and told me that Alan had changed into the canary yellow suit partway through the wedding to surprise all the guests. What a fab idea! The yellow and blue theme continues throughout the day and I love all the details and styling of the marquee as well. The photos look amazing!


Morning everyone! We’re half way through the week – and I’m delighted to have such lovely real weddings to share with you this week. We’re definitely full-on vintage this week with yesterday’s vintage military wedding and today’s fabulously delicate and beautiful celebration – I know you’ll love this.

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Laura and Paul were married in the Isle of Wight, and their photographer was Jason Mark Harris. I adore the flowers – delicious sweet peas and peonies – and all the pretty locations at the Albert Cottage Hotel. It goes without saying that Laura looks breathtakingly beautiful and Paul is gorgeous too! Laura styled the wedding and made all of her own stationery and everything looks simply amazing – so there’s plenty of inspiration to be had here. Grab a cuppa and enjoy – this is a wonderful wedding and I’m sure you’ll love it!

Claire xxx
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Laura and Paul – a beautiful vintage Isle of Wight wedding blog

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The Wedding venue:

Albert Cottage Hotel, Isle of Wight


If you’re styling a vintage military wedding then I’ve a feeling you’ll love Sara and Dave’s wedding blog. They’re a fantastic couple with a great sense of style, and used lengths of bunting and traditional decorations to theme their gorgeous wedding.

vintage wedding (1)Not only are there loads of ideas for you from Sara & Dave’s big day, I’ve created a vintage military wedding Pinterest board with more ideas to share with you – so if you’re planning a similar style for your day, do have a look!

Congratulations to Sara and Dave, and my huge thanks to Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for sharing the wedding photos on English Wedding Blog for us all to enjoy this morning.

Have a lovely day everyone! Claire xxx
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Vintage military wedding style ideas – Sara & Dave

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Ideas for styling your own vintage wedding with a military influence

  • Begin with the colours of your military uniform as a base for your venue styling
  • Use old maps for table plans and table numbers

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