Let me share a little secret about me: I love fairy tales. Not the children’s stories like Cinderella, or the Disney variety (ick), but real folklore, celtic mythology and fantasy:- grown up fairy tales. So when I hear the words “fairy tale wedding”, ideas and themes like today’s woodland wedding ideas blog instantly spring to mind. And they’re exciting!

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Wedding planner Caroline Gould (no, we’re not related!) emailed me a few images from a creative wedding ideas shoot a few weeks ago. I was smitten – because this is a shoot with plenty of ideas including cute little details you can use on your own big day (all too rare in UK wedding shoots), a groom (still quite rare! – and he’s soooo gorgeous) and plenty of individuality and character. It was instantly a given that I’d want to share this shoot with you on English Wedding Blog.

With thanks to Caroline Gould Weddings for submitting the shoot and sharing her write up and ideas with us today! The images are by wedding photographers Nick Ilott Photography and Ross Dean Photography.


Nobody says you have to be different on your wedding day. The important bit is to be yourselves, to inject your own personalities into your day. And if you’re lovers of music which isn’t mainstream pop, if your everyday style is quirky and cool and amazing… then embrace it on your wedding day just like today’s fabulous couple!

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Rhiannon and Chris’s wedding is out of this world. They’re a great couple and a perfect match. As a bride and groom they look incredible, and Rhiannon in her bespoke, purple, layered, gothic-inspired wedding dress is breathtakingly beautiful.

I won’t spoil this wedding blog with too many words in the introduction. Just – enjoy. The images are by HBA Photography, and Rhiannon and Chris have written a wedding report for you which I’ve popped at the end of the feature. Claire x

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I loved reading Rhiannon’s favourite memory of the wedding day:


Big hugs to everyone reading English Wedding Blog this morning. It’s chilly out there, but I hope you’re having a nice day and keeping wrapped up in Christmas jumpers, scarves, hats, mittens… all the lovely new woolly things we all get to snuggle in at this time of year! For me it’s a day of family and friends again, and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone. In the meantime, here’s a lovely real UK wedding on the blog today.

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Kristy and Jamie were married at Clevedon Hall and chose pretty baby pinks and classic styling for their wedding day. I love the images too – Joseph Hall captures the romance of the day so beautifully in his gorgeous wedding photography. With thanks to beautiful bride Kristy for sharing a lovely wedding report with us today – and watch out for one of the very last images, of the little flower girl – it’s so pretty. I know you’ll love this wedding 🙂 Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Good morning everybody! I hope you’re having a lovely break from it all. Shall we escape to the world of weddings for a moment or two this morning? Yes, lets… because I have another great article from Queens & Bowl for you today. Vintage wedding accessories – an introduction especially for any brides-to-be who are getting started on your very own wedding planning adventure! Enjoy. Claire xxx

The festive period is one of the most popular times for couples to get engaged, the romance of the season spurring thousands of loving guys (and girls!) to get down on one knee and pop the question!

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So the chances are there are a quite few new brides-to-be out there who, following the champagne and the emotional phone call to Mum and Dad, are facing the daunting prospect of actually planning a wedding.

Post-proposal, there are a lot of things to think about and the chances are you’re going to be hit with a whole lot of information over the next few months as you start to try and piece together your wedding!


Hello there! I hope you’re having the loveliest of weeks. If you are one of those lucky people who got engaged on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, huge congratulations to you! It’s always lovely to see new brides and grooms visiting the blog in January – so do stick around and explore a little, won’t you. For now I thought an introduction to wedding blogs would be a nice start to this morning.

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What are wedding blogs? An introduction

Wedding blogs are simply the equivalent of wedding magazines, on the internet. They’re constantly updated with real weddings, ideas and inspiration, advice and expert help with wedding planning.

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Bruno and Suzy’s wedding at Hengrave Hall – Photo credit Chris Hanley (click image to see the wedding)

Wedding blogs are:

  • Free! There’s no cover price – save money on magazines and spend your time reading wedding blogs instead! Over a year, you’ll save plenty of pennies and they all count when you’re planning a wedding!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful day with your loved ones. I’m so excited it’s Christmas… a magical time of year and a chance to relax, catch up and indulge in lovely chocolates and Baileys and warm, wintery snuggles with our other halves.

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Magic and sparkle from a Christmas wedding – click to see Katie and Chris’s wedding on the blog. Photo credit Chris Hanley Photography

To every English Wedding Blog reader, I’m sending my warmest hugs and very best wishes for a beautiful Christmas time. Enjoy your day. Keep cosy, stay safe and smile…

Merry Christmas!

With love,

Claire xxx


Hello again! I have a question for you today: when you imagine your wedding day, is it the moments before or after the ceremony which give you that amazingly tingly feeling of excitement?

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Magical moments – my favourite image from dozens submitted by UK wedding photographers. The final moments for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids, minutes before the wedding ceremony. The photograph captures the anticipation felt by all the girls. Photo credit Martin Hambleton

I can only imagine the excitement and nerves as you both arrive at your venue and prepare, knowing there’s moments to go… but it must be amazing to look forward to the ‘kiss the bride’ moment, or to walking back down the aisle hand in hand and grinning at your guests…

Here are my favourite 10 wedding photos capturing those magical moments before and after your wedding ceremony…


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Magical moments – the bride’s excitement is pain to see. Guests smile and admire the dress; Dad’s arm is strong for her to hold and we all watch over the groom’s shoulder. Photo credit Phil Drinkwater


Morning everyone! Seriously feeling the Christmas vibe today, and I’m going to indulge in a little internet research this morning… curiosity has me looking into proposals at Christmas time. There are some interesting discussions about this online which I thought would be fun to share!

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Photo Credit: documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall (click to see the real wedding on the blog)

So – if you’re planning to propose or hoping for a proposal of marriage this Christmas I hope these 68 ideas from around the web make you smile!

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These made me chuckle – five creative Christmas proposal ideas from Yahoo. In a nutshell, there’s a very complicated and strange proposal involving little boxes in big boxes with notes about ringing bells. Then you could invite Santa to have your other half sit on his knee and propose to her while she’s perched on “Santa’s” knee (nb you’re on one knee; I’ve no idea who’d be wearing the Santa suit).


English Wedding Blog isn’t always about the blogger – the guest writers who get in touch and share fabulous articles liven this place up no end! Today I have a great feature about celebrity hen nights. celebrity hens hen nights uk (6)

Thankfully there’s not a Kardashian in sight (not that I’d recognise one if it bit me) but some interesting tales of rather cooler celeb hens for you today, by Richard (see his bio at the end of the post!) Hope you enjoy this one, I did! Claire xx

Celebrity hen night ideas to aspire to!

Whether we like to deny it or not, we idolise certain celebrities and no matter if they’re wearing a particular dress out on the red carpet or launching a new perfume, you might be the first out to buy it or try to replicate it. But what about using what celebrities are up to in other walks of their life to inspire you in your own? It might sound a little bit sad but I’m not talking about the heady levels of those parents that named their children after what the Beckhams had called theirs and so on, but instead using the pre-nuptial celebrations of the rich and famous to gain some great hen do ideas!


Hasn’t Friday taken a long time to come around this week?! I’m looking forward to the weekend – and I hope you have a lovely one. Whether you’re shopping or seeing family or friends, have a great weekend. To keep you entertained in the meantime, here are my best wedding blog posts from the last couple of weeks – with thanks to WedWeekly for a couple of ideas here too!

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Emma and Luke recreated an image from Emma’s parents’ wedding day – click the image to see their wedding on the blog. Photo credit Louise Bjorling!

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Hi again! I love the wedding features I’ve been able to share with you this week – and today’s is ever so special.

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Ryan and Laura’s wedding day is beautiful and mixes vintage elements with classic, timeless styling: from Laura’s graceful Lisa Redman wedding dress to the art deco style cocktail menus and elegant roses used throughout the day. I know you’ll love and be inspired by today’s real wedding blog from Chiswick House.

The images are by the very lovely Benjamin Toms, and beautiful bride Laura has very kindly written a full wedding report to share with all of you today. Watch out for the gorgeous little flower girl leading everyone down the aisle, and the inflatable guitars at the end of the day!

Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Laura and Ryan’s Gatsby inspired vintage wedding

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The wedding of Ryan & Laura Sandilands

The proposal: Ryan proposed during a beautiful holiday in the Maldives, whilst watching a sunset with a cocktail.

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Hey there! I’m afraid I make no apologies for plunging head first into Christmas from this point onwards! We’re going full-on festive here at English Wedding Blog – and I have a perfect article this morning for anyone planning a Christmas wedding to enjoy. Thanks as ever to Kate from Queens & Bowl for sharing this one – it’ll have you feeling inspired, snuggly and festive in minutes. Enjoy!

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Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am and hopefully not too stressed with last minute present shopping (take a look at my gift guide if you need any help)!

Despite some of the more stressful aspects of the period, Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy – just like a wedding! As such, there are a lot of marriages at this time of year and for good reason too: a Christmas-themed wedding combines all the joy of the festive period with all the joy of the happiest day of your life.

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