Today’s real wedding blog is from the very beautiful Lydia and her handsome groom Lloyd at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. I fell for their wedding style as soon as I saw the first images of their day. They kept things simple and classy with chic and contemporary flowers, beautiful lace, candles and pretty accessories.

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Wedding photographer Amanda Balmain describes the ICA as having “gorgeous high ceilings, huge windows and elegant white interiors it is a beautiful setting for a romantic, stylish wedding“. It’s a new venue for me as a wedding blogger but looks really lovely. Lydia and Lloyd were impressed as well, and used the venue’s recommended suppliers who they were very pleased with.

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Before I share all the images I want to introduce today’s wedding blog with a quote from Lydia which brought tears to my eyes. Talking about the wedding ceremony, she says, “it was as if the world around us did not exist anymore, it was only HIM and ME. Only when we kissed and everybody started clapping did we realize we weren’t alone at all, and everyone who was important to us, close family and friends, were with us.


I’m forever hopping from one side of the fence to the other when it comes to wedding favours. Yes, it’s lovely to give a little ‘something’ as a gesture – if your guests will appreciate it and if your wedding budget allows. But there are some dull favours out there too! My personal favourites are of the edible variety… handmade cookies in a little packet, rustic jars of jam and the like. I also like the sound of personalised thank you notes, just one of the ideas in this article Carol has written for us all today. Oh, and the lego one. Classic! Enjoy the article, and share your thoughts and ideas below if you have a sec! Claire x

Wedding favours from Style Me Pretty blog – click the images for full credits

11 unique and unusual wedding favour ideas

by Carol


I’ve worked with brides and grooms for eight years, and never been nominated or put myself forward for an award for my wedding calligraphy. I adore my job and my clients love their calligraphy – so I promise this isn’t sour grapes (hehe) but I wonder whether having an awards badge on my website would make much difference to people. To be honest I doubt it would. What do you think?

I’ve been involved in a minor way with the Wedding Industry Awards for a couple of years, as a consultant judge. It was good while it lasted, and certainly an eye-opener. When the awards began I was impressed with the very fair system of judging and the extensive use of genuine customer reviews in selecting winners. You can read my (honest and very enthusiastic!) opinions on the first Wedding Industry Awards here.


Hi everyone! Big hugs all round today because it’s party time at English Wedding Blog HQ.

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Photo credit Christian Ward Photography

We’re having a birthday… so forgive me for not actually being here right now as you read the blog! I’m either baking myself a Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake, skipping along the beach singing happy birthday to myself or pouring champagne on my coco pops right now (depending on the weather). Anyway, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of the best wedding blogs I’ve been reading over the last few weeks with you. Ready? Enjoy! Oh, and happy birthday everyone! Claire xxx

wedding ideas blog photo credit Rebecca Douglas

Photo credit Rebecca Douglas

Real weddings – the best real wedding blogs


I think Wiz and Jeremy are amazing! I’d love to be called Wiz for starters (it’s short for Elizabeth but way cooler) and this fab couple have such a brilliant sense of style. Having looked through their wedding photos several times already this afternoon, I’m totally hooked and loving everything about their wedding! You will too…

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Jeremy is one of the coolest grooms I’ve seen this year in his tailor made suit by Cad and the Dandy, London. Wiz is just beautiful from head to toe with her wonderful beaded hair accessory which complements her Jenny Packham wedding dress like a dream. Her red patent leather shoes are fab – and both bride and groom wear the most infectious smiles! This is bliss. You’ll love it!

Congratulations to Jeremy and Wiz, and thanks for being so fantastic, for sharing your wedding report and for featuring on the English Wedding Blog today. Huge thanks also to wedding photographer Kristian Leven for submitting the images of today’s wedding blog. It’s ace! Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx
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When I read Vicky’s wedding report and saw all her lovely craft ideas I knew I had to feature her wedding to Ross on the blog. It’s just perfect – a very personal wedding day with lots of amazing ideas you can share. I love Vicky and Ross’s style – they describe their wedding as handmade vintage / romantic and the day itself looks fantastic.

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Huge congratulations then to today’s beautiful bride and gorgeous groom, and thank you for such a fab wedding report! Thank you also to my wonderful friend and wedding blog sponsor the lovely Louise Bjorling. Louise is a London wedding photographer and you can read more about her via her link in the top menu of the English Wedding Blog.

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Louise recently wrote a series of advice articles for couples on choosing the perfect wedding photographer – read How to find the wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher for you, How to pre­pare your­self for the pho­tog­ra­phy on your day and How to get the best wedding photography on the day itself.


Morning everyone! Who’s got their hen night all planned then? If you need any help you’ll be pleased to know the English Wedding Blog isn’t just about the big day but everything else that comes with it too – and I do enjoy a good old infographic (which I always read with one eyebrow a little raised… hehe). I’ve shared plenty of great hen party ideas in the past, but if you want to know exactly what the nation’s hens are really getting up to, I’ve got all the facts and figures you need right here…

Girly Night Out (purveyors of some of the country’s ‘finest’ willy straws* and all kinds of other hilarious hen night accessories) teamed up with GoHen to trawl through 40,000 hen weekend bookings from the past 12 months, and they’ve summarised their findings in this awesome infographic.

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Phil and Clare’s UK wedding is beautiful and lovely and makes the most of personal touches for wedding guests. I know you’ll love today’s bride and groom (and of course adorable little Alfie!) – and I think you’ll take some of their ideas away with you too!

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Mixing the best of vintage elegance with more modern elements, Clare describes their wedding style as being “all about lace, soft pink colourings, roses, hearts and crystals. Everything encaptured one or more of these details.

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The images are by wedding photographer Kerry Diamond, who got a glowing review from the bride and groom! I hope you enjoy today’s wedding blog. Congratulations to Clare and Phil, and huge thanks for sharing and sending me such a fantastic wedding report. You two are gorgeous and utterly amazing! And thank you too Kerry for the submission. Everyone – enjoy! Claire xx

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Suffolk UK wedding blog Kerry Diamond (13)
Suffolk UK wedding blog Kerry Diamond (14)

UK Wedding venue: Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
Wedding photographer: Kerry Diamond


Along with the classic advice to ‘do it your way’, one of the things I hear most from brides and grooms after the wedding is that the whole day goes by so fast! It’s so important to find a few quiet moments together with your new wife or husband on the day. You’d think that would be easy… but as experienced wedding photographer Sean Gannon says, “everything takes longer than you expect on your wedding day“!

photo credit Energy Photographic Surrey (1)

Sean has written a fantastic article about wedding day timings and I’m ever so pleased I can share extracts of it with you here today.

It’s great to be able to share Sean’s advice from his experience of over 200 weddings, and I hope you find these wedding day timing tips really useful. My favourite part? Sean’s sample timings include this gem: “12.21 go to the loo. It might be the last chance you get for a while!

photo credit Energy Photographic Surrey (2)

10 Essential Wedding Day Timing Tips

This is an extract from Sean’s article – to see the full piece please click wedding day timing tips


Have you seen the 2014 wedding dress collection by Jenny Packham yet? Wedding blogs are always brimming with excitement at news of a new JP collection and this year is no exception! I’m delighted to be able to share my picks of Jenny’s new bridal range with you today.

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If you’re looking for that classic Jenny Packham bridal look then you’ll love Florence, Jean and Rose – for me they’re all outstanding designs which are instantly recognisable as Jenny’s with the beading and embellishments we love so much!

Other designs in the collection have the timeless elegance so popular with modern brides.  Jenny takes inspiration from The Belle Epoque or ‘beautiful era’ which transformed fashion, abandoning restrictive corsetry and creating the flowing silhouette ever since associated with the Age of Elegance.

A statement of romantically soft, feminine design, the collection encapsulates the spirit of Edwardian style and the Art Nouveau movement which defined it. Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes play homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically voluminous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs bring to mind a very modern bride, evoking scenes of a chic European destination wedding.


Morning again! I hope you’re having a lovely day so far, not working too hard… and even if you are, it’s time to have a little break and enjoy some lovely wedding ideas and inspiration now. (hehe – tell your boss I said so 😉 It’ll only take five minutes, ten if you’re extra wonderful and leave us a comment!

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Victoriana wedding ideas blog – fabulous florals and delicious little details

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Today’s wedding blog is a fantastic Victoriana inspired shoot from a quirky English wedding venue – the kind of place with decades of history and bundles of character and charm. Wedding photographer Rebecca Douglas told me all about this fantastic collaborative shoot with a bunch of Kent wedding suppliers and I knew straight away I had to share it with you! I’ll hand over to Rebecca to tell you more 🙂 Enjoy! Claire x

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Happy Monday everyone! Have you had a lovely weekend? It’s a short week for me this week as I’m off adventuring in a few days’ time, so I’m launching straight into the week with an amazing wedding blog from Charlotte and Craig.

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This is one of those times where the pictures paint a thousand words – it’s a breathtakingly beautiful marquee wedding which simply has everything you could dream of! Charlotte is stunning; Craig is ever so handsome; the dress is divine, and there are lots of gorgeous ideas to take away with you.

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All of today’s fabulous wedding blog photographs are by the very lovely Christian and Erica from Christian Ward Photography, and Charlotte and Craig have kindly written their wedding report to share with you as well. It’s full of inspiration and ideas as well as great advice – I’m especially impressed with the ladies VIP area… read all about that from about halfway down today’s blog post!

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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