This morning we have two very personal and traditional weddings in one – with Tamara and Joseph’s wedding at Lympne Castle. With two ceremonies – Church of England and Catholic – over two days, there is plenty here for you to enjoy. Tamara looks so beautiful in both of her wedding dresses and while her very handsome groom Joseph wears a traditional suit with red accessories.

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This wedding is very special because it’s so personal to the bride and groom. Tamara’s mum made both of her wedding dresses, as well as her lace jacket and the red accessories for the men. Tamara made her wedding stationery, and favourite moments include the wedding readings and speeches – all in all, two days to remember for all the right reasons.

I’m delighted to be sharing images by the lovely Kent wedding photographer Aaron Tommasi with you today. Do have a look at Aaron’s own blog of this wedding – he mentions that Tamara and Joseph insisted he join them as a guest for the wedding buffet as well, which is such a lovely thing to do. Thank you to Aaron, and to such a fantastic bride and groom for sharing this wedding with us today! Enjoy! Claire xxx


Hello again! It’s turning into a bumper bonanza kind of week on English Wedding Blog… with so much to share with you I’m blogging more often than ever – and loving it. Today it’s all about weddings and creativity with something really original and different – I absolutely LOVE this! It’s been months since I first discovered Fancy Features and I’m over the moon to be sharing their giant colouring-in with you on the blog today! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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 Unique wedding entertainment – giant colouring-in!

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There are so many wonderful wedding ideas out there but it can be difficult to find something truly unique. If you’re looking for the ultimate original treat, then Fancy Features is the business for you.

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Fancy Features specialises in personalised ‘Giant Colouring-in’ murals and artwork. This is a service where a professional artist paints a black and white outline based around your stories, inspirations and interests. This artwork is then finished or ‘coloured-in’ by your guests to create a vibrant, unique and personalised picture that captures everyone’s creativity.


Good morning everyone! Today’s wedding on the blog is so much fun – and it’s full of creative touches as gorgeous bride Louise made so many of the wedding details herself. As well as the fabulous sunflower theme and homemade Scottish tablet wedding favours, there are Irregular Choice wedding shoes (LOVE these!), an Amanda Wyatt dress and a ride on the back of a tractor trailer for you to see today!

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Louise has written a brilliant wedding story which you’ll find about halfway down the page. All of the images are by Jenna Carpenter, a wedding photographer from Broughton in Furness, Cumbria. This is a wonderfully creative wedding in a village hall – inspiring for couples on a budget and very personal and special.

Enjoy! Claire xxx

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We got married at St John the Evangelist church at Woodland (Near Broughton In Furness) then we had our reception at the Woodland Village Hall where we had a hog roast. There was no bar but my old friend from primary school, Martin, who runs a local pub, ran a bar for us and did a great job


This is a special wedding film and I have been looking forward to sharing it with you for a little while now! It’s not just the “very cinematic peacock” – although he’s certainly an attention-grabber 🙂 but Debbie and Aaron’s gorgeous wedding film is full of loving looks, captivating and fabulous ideas for a rustic, English country wedding. Oh! And if you like buttons, you’ll LOVE this!

Aaron and Debbie | Preston Court, Kent from Memory Lane Films on Vimeo.

Tom from Memory Lane Films told me, “Aaron and Debbie’s big day in the countryside was a filmmaker’s dream. Everyone was very chilled out, the sun was shining, and there was a very cinematic peacock strutting around in the background.

“A Christian ceremony set in a renovated English barn was something new, but along with the gypsy caravan, pagoda and hay bales, provided a stunningly cinematic, rustic setting for a lovely couple.

“Despite hearing some very odd comments from our wireless microphones (don’t worry Debbie – they’re not included!) we kept our composure and present the teaser trailer for your viewing pleasure!”


Hello again! Today’s blog feature aims to take a little stress out of wedding planning by shifting the focus of English Wedding Blog away from details for a while – and by looking at the memories you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives.

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Focus on… Friendship in wedding photography. Photo Credit Simon Hudspeth. I love this image of the bride reaching out to all of her friends after the wedding – it makes me smile every time!

This is another episode in my ‘Focus on‘ series of wedding blogs. I was inspired by Kristin Mitchell to consider weddings from a photographer’s perspective. Your wedding will last for one day. Your wedding photographs will keep the day alive in your memories forever.

Think about your wedding for a moment. In the run up to the big day it’s so easy to get wrapped up in details: planning colour schemes, buying accessories and stretching the wedding budget to its limit. But in a year’s time when you look back on your big day you’ll barely remember all the ‘bits’. You’ll remember special moments instead: the ceremony, seeing your family and friends in church, a chat with a favourite auntie and the precious minutes you can spend together as a married couple.


Hi there! How is your day going? I’m busy updating the English Wedding Blog Shop today, and making plans for Valentines Day 🙂 Are you all ready for February the 14th? While we’re talking cards and invitations I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce my new sponsor Artemis Stationery – designer of bespoke wedding invitations with a unique and elegant style.

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Bespoke wedding stationery by Artemis Stationery

Bespoke wedding stationery designed and made in England

Artemis Sta­tionery hand makes bespoke wed­ding sta­tionery and invi­ta­tions for wed­dings and other occa­sions. Mak­ing every­thing from mag­netic Save the Dates to book­let invi­ta­tions to table plans and every­thing in between. Based in Som­er­set they sell sta­tionery all over the UK and beyond.

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Bespoke wedding invitation by Artemis Stationery on English Wedding Blog

Designer Nathan Gardiner is the creative force behind Artemis Stationery – and you’ll have seen him around before I’m sure – Nathan’s comments on English Wedding Blog features over the last few months always make me smile. He’s already part of the team here and I’m delighted to welcome Nathan and Artemis Stationery as a new sponsor of English Wedding Blog today.


Honestly – how cold can it get?! It’s at times like these (note: from November to May in England!) when I find myself tempted to blog weddings from around the world. While English Wedding Blog usually features real weddings from England with the odd trip up to Scotland, across to Wales and Ireland and down to France, today we’re sun seeking and sharing Christine and Alex’s rustic wedding all the way from Greece.

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We need warm sunshine and smiles to brighten up what promises to be another chilly and damp week! So how does 30 degrees in the sunshine sound?… and a long table covered in candles… a vintage white VW Beetle convertible with the roof down…

Sounds perfect to me, and when you see the lovely images by wedding photographer Benjamin Toms I know you’ll agree! Today’s gorgeous bride is Christine, and she and Alex have both shared their memories of the wedding day with you. Congratulations to you both – you make a stunning couple! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us. Claire xxx


The other day a wedding photographer asked me on facebook why my blog was called English Wedding Blog when it covered the whole of the UK. (He thought he was being clever, I think.) I explained it’s just a name… and I do like to break my own rules now and then, with ventures to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and today a gorgeous wedding in France.
French wedding blog ideas Freddy Fremond (1)It took me a matter of seconds to say yes to French wedding photographer Freddy Fremond when he showed me the images of Laura and Stuart’s wedding. The details speak for themselves… and they’re such a fabulous couple. Best of all, the wedding is in two parts, with a civil ceremony followed by a more formal service. So I bring you two wedding dresses (and I adore the first: Laura’s little shift dress is so beautiful!), tons of amazing detail ideas and bags of French style.

Another favourite wedding… and I know you’ll love it too! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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A beautiful wedding in France! Laura & Stuart

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Whether you love or hate the idea of wedding shows, they’re one of the very best ways to find essential wedding suppliers. I recommend visiting at least one wedding show to meet wedding photographers and film makers, and talk to designers of everything from wedding cakes to invitations and flowers. Today I bring you an offer from The National Wedding Show – I’ll hand over to Amelia to tell you more!

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January Ticket Offer – 20% Off

Plan the day of your dreams at The National Wedding Show, Britain’s most loved wedding event.

Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional fairytale wedding, seeking more of a cutting edge and contemporary affair, or even planning a destination wedding, The National Wedding Show is the ultimate shopping destination. With over 250 wedding experts specialising in everything from stunning wedding gowns to show stopping flowers, charming photography to bespoke accessories and delicious cakes to dream honeymoons, you are sure to find everything you need to plan your big day.


What a week it’s been! From snow through to… well, more snow, and here at English Wedding Blog towers we’ve had some gorgeous weddings and ideas I’m so proud to have been able to share with you. It’s been a week of new sponsors, and lovely brides and grooms, and exciting times for wedding blogs generally – and I’ve seen some brilliant ideas and real weddings online. Want to see?

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Anoushka and Dan’s gorgeous Notley Abbey wedding, with images by Tom Redman – click the image to see lots more from this beautiful day!

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One of the true pleasures of editing a top wedding blog is getting to know wedding photographers from all over the country – and Fiona Campbell is one of the loveliest! Fiona is a London wedding photographer whose work has been fea­tured all over the world, includ­ing in Vogue.

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Wedding photography in London: Fiona Campbell

An award winning London wedding photographer

Fiona is accred­ited with the inter­na­tional guild, the Artis­tic Guild of Wed­ding Pho­to­jour­nal­ists (AGWPJA). She has pho­tographed many dif­fer­ent kinds of wed­ding, from bou­tique civil cer­e­monies at the Gherkin to a sump­tu­ous wed­ding in a villa near Rome.

Read all about Fiona Campbell on her brand new, dedicated page on English Wedding Blog. Fiona tells us her pas­sion is “show­ing peo­ple beauty in order to inspire, trans­form and delight“. She was lucky enough to grow up in the world of wed­dings – her mother was an artist in the bridal indus­try, and she says she’s loved wed­dings ever since.

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Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell, London.


Hello everyone! Time to take five… drop your pens, put on your “I’m only pretending to work” face (but keep it convincing) and smile! Today’s wedding feature is short and oh-so-sweet… as was the whole wedding planning journey for Liliya & Adenis before their wedding in Nottingham.

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Gary from wedding photographers oneLove told me that Liliya & Adenis are Russian (Although Adenis is half Cuban) but live in England. The whole wedding was arranged within 3 weeks so that their families were able to attend. They wanted a typical Nottingham wedding & so they chose the iconic Nottingham Council House.

Liliya is the most beautiful bride and together they make such a lovely couple. Friends and family are an important part of today’s wedding blog, with the bridesmaids often taking centre stage! I hope you love the images – it’s the first time I’ve seen inside Nottingham Council House, so join me and enjoy this real wedding on English Wedding Blog today!

Claire xxx

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