wedding blog photo credit CG Weddings (11)In part two of Adam and Angela’s Chester wedding blog we meet the carnival crowds – and stars of the day! – as our brave bride and groom traverse the ancient city streets in their horse-drawn carriage.

wedding blog photo credit CG Weddings (10)As if that weren’t enough adventure for one wedding day, the couple also arranged for a tour bus to take them through Chester with their wedding guests to enjoy the parades!

Enjoy the rest of Angela’s wedding report along with images by Cheshire’s CG Weddings!

Chester carnival wedding day

wedding blog photo credit CG Weddings (4)“Our wedding, unusually, had the added complication of a horse drawn carriage and heritage tour bus needing to traverse Chester city centre when most of the roads that day had been closed for the ‘Chestival’ parades.

wedding blog photo credit CG Weddings (5)In the end the hotel staff at the Grosvenor worked extremely hard liaising with the police and the council to ensure our carriage and tour bus had the special permissions needed.


wedding photo by CG Weddings Chester (28)Angela and Adam chose the busiest day in Chester’s calendar for their wedding – but it’s a day they’ll never forget, giant papier-mache people and all!

The Chester Grosvenor pulled out all the stops to make sure the bride and groom, their horse and carriage and the open-top bus could navigate the (otherwise closed!) roads to the hotel amidst the carnival crowds – and it makes for a spectacular wedding blog post – or two!…

I’ll share this in two parts – with words by Angela and photos by Chester wedding photographers CG Weddings. Enjoy!

wedding photo by CG Weddings Chester (31)The bridal shoes were a bargain: £40 bought from an online shop on eBay!

wedding photo by CG Weddings Chester (30)The (very heavy!) tiara was wired with Swarovski crystals and a few artificial pearls.

wedding photo by CG Weddings Chester (29)“I suppose every bride has the same sentiment but it was truly the most happy and special day of my life.

designer wedding invitation

I have really strong feelings about today’s wedding blog post so I’m going to jump straight in and share them with you: wedding invitation designers have the right to add their signature or branding to their designs. It’s a mark of quality, proof an artist takes pride in their design work. Today I’m urging wedding stationers to add their name to their designs; I want to persuade couples who are buying handmade to choose designer invitations with the maker’s name on.

designer wedding invitation

UK designer wedding invitation - Photo credit: Bunny Delicious

I’m expecting different reactions: a fair number of “ooh, this could be interesting”s – and probably a couple of sharp intakes of breath! Let me explain why this is so important to me.

The designer’s mark on a wedding invitation is:

  • an artist or craftsman’s right and tradition
  • a requisite for a small designer business
  • a sign of quality; of pride in one’s designs

Let’s start with a little background – it’s about maker’s marks and designer labels.

Days to Go: 47


I’ve got a wedding countdown ticker as an app on my Chrome browser, and when I saw the 47 days to go, my heart twisted a little in panic! Seven short weeks to go!

The To Do list is getting shorter, however. We are meeting with our church florist, I have booked a make-up trial, we’re meeting up with our photographer and the bridesmaid dresses are being altered!

The best recent wedding thing is that… I’ve been on my hen do!

Went to York – yes, in the snow. It was freezing! However, my hen do was absolutely amazing and my two chief bridesmaids who arranged it all for me made sure that I had a fantastic time. The best bit of all the amazing bits was the cocktail making classes in Revolution! We had a really cute barman and all my favourite cocktails! Bonus! On the Sunday morning I was feeling a little worse for wear but I had an amazing time!

And! I have collected my wedding dress!


Time for a little Friday afternoon blog hop, anyone?

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wedding dress cake from

I have to confess: I’m out and about this week and writing this blog post in a bit of a hurry. But I still have to share a few of the best bits of internet I’ve been enjoying over the last week or so.

Real weddings

Love my dress wedding blog

Wedding on Love My Dress blog. Photo credit: Lillian & Leonard

Think Creative

Be different


Bristol wedding blog photo (25)I’m watching the rugby with Gareth as I type, so I can’t say Bodkin out loud. But I want to: what a wonderfully English-sounding name for a wedding venue! “Bodkin”. It’s from Middle English and means dagger, according to Wiktionary! Not enough? Jane Austen once stayed at this Bristol inn, according to the wedding venue website. She scrawled her name on the window with a diamond ring – “fashionably”, so I understand!

Laura and Nathan’s glorious wedding lives up to the quality and elegance you’d expect, not just from The Bodkin wedding venue (oh I love it!) but also from Martin Pemberton Photography. I’m delighted to feature such a beautifully photographed wedding on my blog for you today.

And last but not least, Laura and Nathan. We have a beautiful bride – a delicate beauty with flowers in her hair – and a handsome groom (watch out for Nathan’s beaming smiles throughout the day – he looks so proud to be a married man)!

Laura’s written a wedding report for you – so over to the bride!


… said the wedding blogger as she tipped the worms out of her tin. But no, I’m not trying to rattle any cages or have a big discussion today. A little while ago I read a really thought-provoking comment on my wedding industry blog post and it really got me thinking. This is a question I was asking myself – and with the help of some great friends I like to think we’ve answered it for you.

Photo credit: Fiona Campbell London

Understanding wedding photography prices

Let me start at the beginning. I was intrigued by a blog comment about wedding photography pricing from the lovely Fiona Campbell. Fiona Campbell is a respected London wedding photographer whose work has featured in Vogue and across top wedding blogs. Fiona shoots weddings in the UK and Europe, and her 2012 prices start from £1750 for wedding photography. Fiona commented that many brides and grooms expect to find a top wedding photographer for £1000 – but that often they’re surprised by prices closer to £2000.


Jamie and Tory Vickerstaff photography ChesterIf I was introducing these two to you in person this morning, I’d have an arm around Tory and Jamie’s shoulders and a big beaming smile on my face.

The lovely couple behind Vickerstaff Photography have inspired me, made me chuckle, kept me sane with their emails and even ordered a little piece of my calligraphy. Having the support of such lovely people means so much.

wedding blog photo by Vickerstaff PhotographyThey’re also the creative team behind two of my favourite weddings blogged in the last few months. First there was Rachel and Steven’s winter wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire and then I featured Ivanka and Ashley’s Manchester wedding. In each case it was the photography that blew me away!

Rachel and Steven: Staffordshire wedding photography

wedding photography

Ivanka and Ashley: Manchester wedding photography

Vickerstaff PhotographyI’m delighted to have Jamie and Tory aka Vickerstaff Photography as sponsors of English Wedding blog, and to welcome them to the English Wedding Showcase.


Ok,  faced with MoH’s photographic evidence I am forced to confess that on Monday, when I told you I returned home without The Dress , I was guilty of having misled you.  The truth of the matter is that whilst I did indeed arrive home empty handed, Mrs Adams didn’t because an hour after walking into Sassi Holford I had bought The Dress and Mrs Adams had assumed the coveted role of Keeper of The Dress.


Did I feel guilty?  That Mrs Adams, KoTD  had to struggle on and off the tube and bus with my precious cargo, yes.  That I had yielded to temptation and bought The Dress? No, not a bit.  I felt ecstatic! And I know that MoH and Mrs Adams, KoTD felt pretty elated too.  To hear all about our never-to-be-forgotten afternoon at Sassi Holford and to find out why Mrs Adams is Keeper of The Dress, do take a look at


Temple Gregory real wedding in Hampshire (30)
This morning my little typing fingers have been sat quietly – I was stuck! Where to start with this gorgeous Hampshire wedding day… the breathtaking wedding photography by Elton Mogg (staircase… flowers…) or beautiful bride Hayley (swirling around in her dress with all the bridesmaids – magic!) – the elegance of the wedding venue (Rivervale Barn) or maybe the wedding dress itself (a wonderfully girly, swishy beautiful Sassi Holford gown).

Temple Gregory real wedding in Hampshire (40)Beckie Gregory – the lovely lady behind Temple Gregory wedding planners in London and Hampshire – showed me some of the photos from Hayley and David’s wedding late last year – and I loved them. This is like supreme glamour in weddings: the most exquisite, luxurious, beautiful everything you can see on a wedding blog.

Temple Gregory real wedding in Hampshire (41)I jumped at the chance to feature the wedding day on English Wedding. I’ll leave you to admire the glorious images by Elton Mogg (whose name I see time and again in the wedding press and top UK wedding blogs like Rock My Wedding and Love My Dress blog). Today’s beautiful bride Hayley has shared a wedding report with you… enjoy!


Love my job! OK this post goes… one for you, one for you, one for you, one for ME! I start out with the best of intentions to investigate the new bridal collections from Coast.

There are some beautiful wedding dresses there – prices average £600 and the designs are glamorous and elegant. They also go up to a size 18. Yay for Coast!

I urge you to have a peek at the new lines in Coast bridal collections for 2012. Here are my highlights, for you and your girls…

Coast highlights: for the bride

bridal collection coast (1)The Cora Lace Maxi Dress is totally Kate Middleton. I really do love lace… and if you want Kate’s look this is the one for you! Oh so elegant, and it won’t break the bank either with a nice £695 price tag.

bridal collection coast (2)Coast’s Miasara Duchess Satin Maxi Dress has all the Hollywood glamour you could wish for. I adore the neckline – Marilyn Monroe would have looked incredible in this one… and it’s just £395.

by wedding photographer Brett Symes (5)

by wedding photographer Brett Symes (4)

This morning as we all shiver our way through the day I have some more winter bridal inspiration to share with you. I loved this shoot, with beautiful images by wedding photographer Brett Symes -with help from make-up artist Tora Young and stylist Natalie Dale. Brett has photographed numerous bridal fashion shoots, many of which have ended up in the national wedding magazines. He told me, “it’s incredible how these shoots start in influence and spill over into the way in which I photograph a wedding”.

Winter wedding look one: ethereal lace

by wedding photographer Brett Symes (7)by wedding photographer Brett Symes (1)Lace is a huge trend in 2012 weddings. Kate Middleton made a big statement with her beautiful lace sleeves (the story of which still brings shivers up my spine: lacemakers having to wash their hands every 20 minutes, the lace so very delicate and fine) – but there’s none of the formality of Kate’s dress here. Lace is beautiful and ethereal, a fabric so intricate spiders could have made it for the queen of the fairies in a forest…

Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort


Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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