I’ve just received an email from the Peter Tatchell Foundation – “Tories rally against gay marriage today“.  It asks if they’re still the ‘nasty’ party?… and my personal answer is a definite yes. What do you think?

“Nearly a thousand Conservatives will attend a rally against same-sex marriage at lunchtime today in Birmingham. It coincides with the Tory party conference and news that 7 out of 10 local Conservative constituency party chairmen want David Cameron to drop plans to extend marriage to same-sex couples.

“Rally speakers include Lord Carey and Anne Widdecombe, with the backing of David Davis MP.

Many of these people opposed the gay law reforms of the last decade and now they want to block marriage equality too. They’re intolerant and out of touch,” said Peter Tatchell, coordinator of the Equal Love campaign and Director of the human rights organisation, The Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Staging a rally in support of anti-gay discrimination reawakens fears that the Conservatives are still the nasty party. It’s a PR disaster that undermines David Cameron’s efforts to rebrand the Tories as modern, inclusive and compassionate.


Sean and Rachel had a very personal Cotswolds wedding – a quiet registry office trip followed by the most gorgeous party and perfect ceremony at a private country manor house in the Cotswolds.

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The family vicar officiated in the afternoon; Rachel and Sean did their own readings and made speeches. They had a high tea for guests in the morning, and the afternoon reception carried on until the early hours!

I love this. The styling of the day is wonderfully relaxed, colourful and rustic. The way Sean and Rachel planned their day is inspiring. Their story of the wedding day explains it all – read, enjoy and get inspired by this wonderful Cotswolds wedding.

With thanks also to Ruth from Finesse Planning for telling me about the wedding, and to wedding photographer Dafydd Hughes for the beautiful photos.

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Rachel and Sean’s rustic Cotswolds wedding

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Who proposed, and how?

Sean proposed in the gardens just below the Piazza de Michelangelo in Florence, whilst on holiday. Down on one knee, sun setting. It was breath-taking and totally unexpected!
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jo barnes headpiece Hollywood, the 1950s and movie stars are inspiring so many of my favourite wedding blogs this autumn.

I love the sharp suits, short dresses and sassy styling – the glamour and sophistication of those times and the way we recreate it now. If you’re a 1950s inspired bride, this article is for you!

Written by the marvellous Queens & Bowl – tips to accessorise your ’50s bridal outfit. Enjoy!

How to accessorise your fab ’50s bridal outfit

After the war torn ‘30s and 40s, the ‘50s were the decade when fun was well and truly back on the agenda! With the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn gracing the silver screen and the jetset Hollywood lifestyle well and truly established, the ‘50s was undoubtedly a glamorous era.

This glamour, coupled with some fantastic retro Americana design options and fabulous music from classic artists such as Elvis, make the ‘50s an extremely popular theme for couples planning a vintage wedding.


I use the word ‘awesome’ in honour of today’s beautiful bride. Amanda hails from America – she came back to England with groom Sam to marry in the middle of Cambridge. The wedding has flavours of American tradition – watch out for the wedding cake face-squishing! – and the most wonderful English setting and details. Loving those top hats!

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Awesome also refers to the photography – and in the English use of the word: awe inspiring. I’ve started with a night time shot, so this blog feature is all upside down and backwards… but Chris Hanley‘s photography is breathtaking, is it not?! While I have your full attention, let me introduce Amanda and Sam who’ve written their wedding story to share with you on the blog today. Congratulations to you both, and thank you so much for making English Wedding Blog so incredibly gorgeous today!

Everyone else – enjoy. x

A beautiful Cambridge wedding: Sam & Amanda

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I’d like to say a special hello to anyone who can see sunshine today! As I type it is cold and rainy here… I’m waiting for the crisp sunny autumn days to begin. Of course, it means I have plenty of time to blog, and to read my favourite wedding and photography blogs. These are my picks from the last week and a bit! Enjoy x

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Yay! Today’s full of pretty. I have a gorgeous photo shoot to share with you – the styling has “a vintage feel without being overdone, just a hint of vintage, as it seems to be a trend that is not going away” – these being the words of accessories designer Charlotte, whose designs feature in the shoot.

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I agree. A couple of years back it seemed vintage would be a wedding trend like any other, but it’s most definitely here to stay and you know what? I really love the chic elegance of a vintage wedding theme. Which is why this inspiration shoot is right at home on English Wedding Blog. I hope you love it as much as we do!

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A hint of vintage! With Charlotte Rose Designs

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I briefly caught a short story on the national news earlier this week, about the UK’s first bride and groom to wed at midnight. Did you see it? I’m not too clued up on the laws about what time you can get married, so I was pleased when wedding planner Aimee Dunne got in touch to explain the changes to the law and what it means for UK brides and grooms.

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Wedding photo credit Phil Drinkwater. Click to see the real wedding (a Papakata wedding in Cheshire)

Midnight wedding, anyone?

From October 1 2012, the UK has joined the 21st century as outdated restrictions on marriage and civil partnership times are removed. The Home Office have announced that people wanting to get married or register a civil partnership will now be able to do so any time of the day or night under the Protection of Freedoms Act. Couples were previously restricted to between 8am and 6pm.


Every real wedding submission for English Wedding Blog has something that leaps out at me – and with Louise and Chris’s big day it’s the sentiment of what the wedding day meant to this very special couple.

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Yes, there are gorgeous details. But this wedding isn’t all about styling and decor. It’s a very personal celebration; very Yorkshire! Chris told me for him the personal touches really made the day sparkle, and also Louise’s words about her wedding dress – which she never loved – bring everything into perspective.

Of course she looked absolutely stunning in her Augusta Jones dress, but for today when we talk about ‘The One‘ in the context of a wedding blog… it’s especially nice that it means the groom. 🙂

I would heartily recommend a cup of Yorkshire tea with today’s real wedding, and in your best china. You’ll see why… Enjoy!

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Marketing emails make me giggle. I can’t help it. Lavazza’s creative use of puns and idealism is guaranteed to make their coffee machine the number one item on your wedding gift list… forget the honeymoon fund, apparently a coffee machine (?) is the perfect wedding present!

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Ah! His and hers coffee machines, in “wedding white” and black, sit side by side. The scene is set with cupcakes, a bouquet of flowers, and a coffee cup with a heart on top. Oh, and it says LOVE in big letters. Who’s sold?!

An “espressive” gift in “wedding white”. Nice!

They begin with a fabulous play on words: For a more ‘espressive’ wedding gift this season look no further than Italy’s favourite coffee Lavazza, who’s stylish A Modo Mio Extra coffee machines in wedding white or cool black make the perfect hand in marriage.

“Espressive”! Love it. And yes, it’s not just white, but wedding white. (Wonder if it’s more expensive than normal white?)


Amanda and Anton had two wedding receptions and mixed vintage wedding ideas from two cultures to create two of the most memorable days of their lives!

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Today’s vintage wedding blog with an Italian twist will inspire many of you I’m sure. There’s beauty in the details: soft, elegant and classy vintage roses, table decorations and styling (not to mention Amanda’s stunning wedding dress and Anton’s super classy suit).

There’s also a real atmosphere of celebration. As Amanda told me, “Italian weddings are all about sharing good food with your family and friends” – and there’s a link at the end of this page where you can see much more of their wedding.

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The lovely couple chose Hannah of Lifeline Photography to capture their vintage wedding on camera, and she did a beautiful job. I first met Hannah at top wedding photographer Chris Hanley’s enchanting and creative studio space near Manchester, the Riverside Studios, and I can tell you as well as being passionate about her wedding photography she’s also a really gorgeous and lovely and genuine lady. She photographs weddings all around the Nottingham area – so get in touch! (Read this first though 🙂


Vintage, elegant, classic… there are too many ways I could describe Steven and Jamie-Emma’s Lancashire wedding. I love their story, their passion and their obvious love for their family and friends.

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I also love Jamie’s wedding corset and skirt; I love the teacups and birdcages, the vintage table plan. I love how beautiful Jamie is, and I love the look on her mum’s face as much as I love the laughter and the hug for the little boy after what I hear was the best speech of the day.

Jamie and Ste have written their own wedding report, so I will leave you to read that (and it’s worth spending a few minutes having a real, proper read of this one I promise!) and to admire the lovely and sensitive images taken by contemporary Lancashire wedding photographer Anurag Sharma (Shutterleaf Photography). Let’s kick off with a few engagement photos though, simply because these are gorgeous! (And I miss sunshine!)

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When I launched my wedding business I was a regular on the Hitched wedding forums and loved it – so with tons of respect for Hitched in my back pocket, I was delighted when my friend and sponsor Wendy Bell emailed to let me know she’d been shortlisted for a Hitched Breakthrough award.

Congratulations, Wendy!

This blog post is to congratulate Wendy on being shortlisted. She’s a wonderful lady, a talent and thoroughly deserves a win in her category! Wendy – huge congratulations from me!!! You are a star in the making. 🙂

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The Hitched Breakthrough Awards

The Hitched Breakthrough Awards was created to celebrate new creative talent in the wedding industry.

I’ve openly criticised some of the bigger wedding industry award processes in the past – when Moss Bros and John Lewis take home all the prizes, where’s the creativity in our industry, where’s the passion?

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