And no, it’s not kilts this time! Today’s vintage wedding inspiration shoot is all about the decor and inspired by a crazy gorgeous bridal look from A’lissia Couture in Cheltenham.

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It shows how to create an opulent bridal look with flowers, cakes and stationery. Discover how to create a vintage wedding look but add elements such as tartan or peacock feathers to give your wedding a unique twist!

This inspiration shoot was sent in by Ruth from Finesse Planning in Gloucestershire. All images are by Suppliers are listed at the end of this post – enjoy!
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“As a wedding planner I often see unusual elements for weddings but a specific dress made with a unique green and yellow tartan material created by A’lissia Couture in Cheltenham caught my eye straight away. I knew then that I wanted to do a photo shoot featuring the dress. Then the opportunity arose to create a photo shoot at a new wedding venue, Blaisdon Hall so I contacted A’lissia Couture. For the theme of the shoot, albeit I usually stay away from vintage wedding styles, on this occasion both the dress and the venue leant itself perfectly to a Victoriana theme.


Create your own effortless bridal style and be inspired by the romance and serenity in these distinctively alluring images. They’re by Vickerstaff Photography, who shot  Vintage Styler‘s accessories so beautifully the images have since been featured on wedding blogs around the world.

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Vintage elegance by Vintage Styler, timelessly captured by Vickerstaff Photography

These beautiful images have featured on Love My Dress blog, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, So You’re Getting Married and the fabulous Borrowed & Bleu blog. The accessories are exquisite – do have a closer look!

But what strikes me most of all – and what no other blogger has mentioned – is the quality of the photography for the shoot. These images are truly timeless, crystal clear and beautifully lit. They’re enchanting. No vintage processing, no quirky fading or toning… they capture the elegance which is the true secret of vintage style.

Audrey Hepburn herself wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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It’s interesting to watch wedding styles and trends filter from the US, Australia, UK and other countries, via blogs, until wedding fashions become worldwide phenomena. The big wedding blogs started in America and began with eco-chic and rustic weddings, went via vintage, outdoorsy and are constantly evolving. Rustic chic is a current worldwide wedding trend – and one I adore.

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This shoot is from a blog I follow whenever I can – La Mariée en Colère. Nathalie’s writing is always entertaining (and keeps me in practice with my French, which is a bonus!) and her shoots are proving to be a fantastic source of inspiration.

This rustic chic inspiration shoot is full of wedding ideas for DIY brides and grooms – I love the wine bottle candle holders the best, but the whole shoot is gorgeous. I hope you like it too!

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There are some truly inspiring ideas in this shoot and I hope you loved it! Find out more about those involved:


This doesn’t happen too often – such a beautiful wedding comes in that I feel compelled to share 100 images with all of you wonderful blog readers. But as you may have read in part one yesterday, I begged photographer Sam Clayton to share it with all of you – and I couldn’t be happier to have so many amazing pictures and ideas to share!

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So this second feature of Laura and Jamie’s DIY wedding starts where we left off yesterday morning, with Jamie waiting as Laura walks down the aisle – I love the anticipation of this part of the day, and the romance as eyes meet… and today’s blog feature only gets better and better as we scroll through all the beautiful wedding pictures.

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You’ll love the rustic DIY table centrepieces, the children’s wedding favours (so cute!), the charm of Gate Street Barn wedding venue. I want you to smile at the enchantment of the sparkling candelabras, be inspired by the fabric printed table plan which Laura made, and resolve to make your own newspaper confetti cones… but most of all – just feel the love.


Wedding memories are such a personal thing – for you, for your parents, for your bridesmaids and best friends. Your wedding photos will be memories to treasure for the rest of your lives – and there’s now a very affordable way to preserve those moments which are most special for your closest family and friends: with MILK Books.

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MILK books reflect a couple’s unique personalities by showcasing their special memories in a professionally printed and bound book which they have designed and created themselves online, with guidance from an easy-to-follow design and editorial framework.

I think they’re a genius idea, and you can use your MILK wedding book however you like – think creatively and preserve wedding memories which will mean the world to you – read on for ideas!

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He proposed when Spain won the world cup… with a ring he’d bought in Santorini and snuck home without her seeing. They danced to Romeo & Juliet. She is the most glowingly beautiful bride I’ve ever seen, and the romance here sparkles like static electricity from the screen.

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Laura and Jamie were married at Gate Street Barn in May. Their wedding style was old English shabby chic. The lovely Sam Clayton was their wedding photographer, and she did the most amazing job. I saw this wedding on facebook and – well, let’s not be shy about this: I begged Sam for the images to show you on English Wedding Blog. She said we could have them… It made my week!

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Sam sent quite a lot of beautiful pictures from Laura and Jamie’s big day for me to share. There are so many incredible moments, fabulous details and stunning images I’m sharing this wedding over two days. I couldn’t share any fewer than 100 (and spookily whittled it down to exactly this number!) Today I’ll show you ‘before the wedding’ – Laura’s Jesus Peiro wedding dress, Hetty Rose bespoke shoes, that wedding ring smuggled over from Santorini… this is all so exquisitely beautiful. Enjoy. x

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Once again I have some brilliant advice to share with all of you brides-to-be from my lovely friends at Queens & Bowl. Choosing the perfect vintage wedding shoes can be a Big Decision (capitals intended!) so for shoe lovers everywhere, here are some top tips to make sure you’re tottering beautifully in the right direction!

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Some women would argue that shoes aren’t a matter of life or death; they’re far more important than that! This is especially true when it comes to choosing wedding shoes. A bad pair of shoes can throw off an entire bridal ensemble, not to mention making the best day of your life extremely uncomfortable.

As most married women will tell you, choosing wedding shoes is hard but it could be argued that picking vintage wedding shoes is even harder. Not only do you have to consider all of the usual factors that will determine which shoes you buy, but you also have to match your wedding shoes to the era you’ll be evoking in your ceremony!


As I type it’s Tuesday night and I’ve been working since 5am with a short break! But I’m listening to the very amazing Dan Donnelly live on the radio (and chatting to him on facebook about dancing to Moondance! get me! LOVE this guy!…) so I can’t leave my laptop until he’s gone…

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Linzi and Freddie’s gorgeous English country garden wedding

Which means I have some unexpected time to write my latest round up of the best wedding blogs to share with you as you enjoy a lovely sunny, crisp Sunday morning (I hope?!) These are my favourites, saved up over the last week and a bit for your lovely eyes. Enjoy!

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It’s quite an honour to welcome today’s new sponsor Martin Hill Photography to English Wedding Blog, and of course I have some inspiring and beautiful wedding images to share with you too. Martin Hill is a top UK photographer whose work I’ve followed since my blog began years ago.

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Let’s just say he’s pretty special, and his award winning wedding photography will blow your mind.

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A wedding photographer based in the Southwest of England, Martin travels to photograph weddings through­out the UK and also he cov­ers des­ti­na­tion wed­dings, boast­ing such loca­tions as India, France, Monaco, Spain, Italy, Ire­land and South Africa.

As with all of the top wedding photographers, Martin is one of the good guys: he’s genuine and cares about your wedding photography: you’ll love the warm and friendly nature of Mar­tin and his team and you’ll be well cared for at their beau­ti­ful stu­dio in Taunton.

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This preview photograph from the new 2013 Chanticleer Collection appeared online a day or two ago to a chorus of “Wow!” so I had to share it here. Breathtakingly beautiful, isn’t it?

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Chanticleer are going to be sharing one of the most inspiring and exciting bridal collections for next year, and this is no more than a taster of what’s to come.

Dare I say they’re bound to be making waves in the wedding industry?!

The inspiring photography is by Chris Hanley Photography (of course!) and there will be more to see on the Chanticleer Brides facebook page.

Don’t miss any updates as the new collection is revealed … it’s going to be out of this world, I just know!



If life was a rainbow… I think Rebecca and Matt’s wedding would be the pot of gold at the end. I love this wedding for the bright and wonderfully happy colours, the beautiful bride and groom and the atmosphere of celebration and love in every picture.

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There’s an unusual story to introduce this real wedding with – Matt had discovered wedding photographer Jonny Draper at Rebecca’s brother’s wedding last year, and the whole thing began with a phone call even before the proposal… Jonny himself picks up the story:

“What a wedding. It was just perfect. The amazing weather smack bang in the middle of a run of rain, thunder, fire and brimstone (it felt like it a few times!) and the most perfect couple. Bex and Matt.

I’ve known Bex & Matt for a couple of years now. Last year I photographed Bex’s brother’s wedding – Ben & Jordana. Bex was one of Jordy’s gorgeous bridesmaids. I also photographed Catherine & Richard’s wedding last year. Bex was one of Catherine’s gorgeous bridesmaids. Matt was starting to feel the pressure…!!!


Brand new from Calligraphy for Weddings – a collection of wedding signs inspired by the ever-popular English country garden wedding theme. I hope you like these – the samples were a real labour of love and they’re brand new on my website this week.

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Wedding table name sign in handwritten calligraphy: romantic and gothic styles.

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Personalised calligraphy wedding signs you can use anywhere!


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Quotes from Shakespeare as wedding decor: Romeo & Juliet, and Sonnet 18 in calligraphy


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Handwritten wedding menus for an English country garden wedding theme on luxury watercolour paper


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Beautiful little escort cards in calligraphy scripts old and new!


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Calligraphy place names for an elegant English country garden wedding

Please take a look around:

Claire x

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