wedding photo by Beautiful Life Photography (21)When something new drops into my lap like this, it makes my world a more exciting place. Today’s wedding is one which has me (virtually) gazing skyward, admiring the gorgeous English church in glorious detail, and smiling very, very happily in the direction of Alex and James.

This is a two-parter: today I’m sharing the pre-wedding photographs (spot the cat-mat and admire those fabulous stained-glass windows!). Tomorrow we’ll head to Harlaxton Manor for a game of croquet with the bride and groom, shall we? Photography is by Beautiful Life Photography (click for the official website).

wedding photo by Beautiful Life Photography (20)Alex makes a really beautiful bride, with the most natural and radiant smile. James looks the business in his morning suit – and together they’re the happiest, handsomest couple you could see.

There’s only one photo missing from the first part of this wedding blog: the one described by Beautiful Life wedding photographer Joy Foulds on her blog: “Alex was also getting ready in the village so I was able to photograph her getting into the wedding car (I did have to do a slight jog over the field to make sure I was at the church when she arrived, but nobody saw me so that was ok!!)” now I’d like to have seen that!


This is what English Wedding blog is all about. As well as lots of lovely real weddings, the blog was born because of my deep-rooted annoyance at our little industry. Brides, grooms: welcome to our twisted and sometimes beautiful little world. Wedding suppliers: you’ve heard bits of this before – but never quite so publicly. Awareness of the issues in the wedding industry is the first step towards change, and we need to start looking at and fixing problems before the financial and emotional pressures get too much.

Let me add a little qualifier here before I get stuck in. There are lots of fabulous, amazing, honest, genuine, creative, professional, dedicated, wonderful people in this industry. I love it – I work full time as a wedding supplier. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it. I have met many brilliant people – brides, grooms, suppliers – through my work. This blog post doesn’t define my world. It just sets out the wonky bits so we can all help put them straight. And I’n not criticising weddings themselves: it’s your choice to celebrate however you choose, and to spend however much you want to and can afford. But I’d love to see that choice become freer, with no outside pressures from a £5.5 billion industry…


wedding blog by Brett Symes (25)Anthea and Nimish had a perfectly elegant, wonderfully stylish wedding at Dartmouth House in London. An exclusive wedding venue for a couple whose calm, sophisticated personalities fit beautifully with the luxurious surroundings.

I will always believe that weddings should be ‘you’ in that they are a celebration of your own style and personality – and whether your wedding’s held in a tipi or a mansion, you should feel at home. Anthea and Nimish fit this venue like a glove. The wedding photographs by Brett Symes Photography exude the same elegance and style.

wedding blog by Brett Symes (24)Anthea shared some details of the day with English Wedding blog. I will leave you to enjoy the story of this beautiful bride and handsome groom. I hope you love today’s wedding blog – it’s special.

wedding blog by Brett Symes (23)
wedding blog by Brett Symes (22)“My wedding dress, made of ivory French corded lace, shrug and veil were all by couture wedding designer, Christine Kendall. Christine runs her bridal boutique from New Cavendish Street, London and I loved it because it was as different from the regular bridal shops as it was possible to get. I had several fittings with Christine and each time, Christine was an oasis of calm professionalism, exactly what I needed!

Days to Go: 75


We have done the seating plan! I feel as if it’s the biggest achievement of the wedding! No one tells you how difficult it is to do a table plan!

The top table was easy because we’d spent a little while deciding who was going to join us on the top table. We decided on our parents so that our best man and bridesmaids could sit with our friends and socialise.

But then, where do you start? Who do you seat first? It’s difficult to think where people go, and to think about how the tables will be arranged, as well. Some guests may take offence to being seated too far from the head table, or might want to sit with certain people. Trying to seat everyone where they’d like to sit on a seat limited table is really difficult.

We’ve finally got to grips with it though, and I think our seating plan is done.



“Hmmm”, said Claire one January morning as she battled with her stupid tax return.

Photo credit: Jean-Luc Benazet

“Hmmm, I wonder if I can get away with blogging about my very own English Wedding facebook page today.”

Over in the corner, the taxman nodded sagely, looking at his watch.

Thought Claire, “Well, I have just uploaded a batch of rather special wedding photos from a few of the real weddings I’m about to blog.” and then, looking vaguely guilty, “and it did take a whole  five minutes to do that.”

Photo credit: Martin Pemberton Photography

The taxman leant forwards. “I’ll beat you with this big stick if you think you’re going to write a full blog post, Missy.” he said in a threatening manner.

Claire hid under the table then, and published the shameless plug for her facebook page anyway.

coming-soon-on-facebook-wedding-blog-previewsMaybe someone would click the “Like” button, she thought. And the thought made her feel just a little bit happier inside.



Planning a wedding – it must be one of the hardest projects in a girl’s life! Second to A-Levels, wedding planning must take so much time and effort – I honestly don’t know how you all do it. For some of you, wedding planners will be the answer. But did you know there’s a very affordable way to get a wedding planner’s knowledge in your own head? Over to Julie Dawson aka The Wedding Genie to tell you more…

Wedding Girl Bridal WorkshopBridal Workshops 12th February and 25th March: Plan Like a Professional

  • Have you just got engaged or know a friend who has?
  • Don’t know where to start with your wedding planning?
  • How are you going to capture your dream wedding with the budget that’s available?
  • Are you struggling to keep your wedding budget from spiralling or worse haven’t even set one?

Take a deep breath! The Wedding Genie is here to help. Spend a fun and practical morning with me learning how to plan your perfect day, without running up your own contribution to the national debt. Meeting other brides just like you swapping ideas and at some of my workshops addresses! There is nothing like a bit of support.


Hello fellow B2B!  Delighted to make your acquaintance, especially via Claire’s great site which I love perusing as I plan for my own wedding. I’m really thrilled to join Fran, Angharad and Loulabelle as a guest blogger bride and hope you’ll enjoy my posts here on and maybe even have a peek at my own site:

Relatively fresh-faced to the world of social media, I’m still finding my feet in the blogosphere and never would have believed you if, this time last year, you had told me that blogging and tweeting would become part of my everyday life.  Come to think of it, if you’d told me I would be getting married this year, I wouldn’t have believed you either.  So how did it all come about? Well, if you drop in at, I’ll tell you how it all started last summer, not with a kiss, but with my discovery of a steam train in Somerset. Hope to see you there soon!

Mrs Moore-to-Be x

2012 wedding industry awards venue

The best wedding suppliers were announced at the Cafe de Paris in London

The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards Event was held last night, with winners in the national categories announced. Congratulations to all the winning wedding suppliers – well deserved in every category.

In the spirit of the fabulous organisation of this event, the national results are already on the official website (somebody must be updating the site with a sore head this morning!) for the world to see.

Because I’ve seen how these suppliers were voted for and judged, based on providing a devoted service to their customers as well as priding themselves on quality and expertise, I want to help tell the world about them. So here we go:

the national winners of the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards are

Best Wedding Accessory (Tiaras etc):
Best Wedding Cake Designer:
Best Wedding Caterer (independent):
Best Wedding Co-ordinator (venue):
Best Wedding Dress Designer:
Best Wedding Dress Retailer:
Best Wedding Entertainment:
Best Wedding Florist:
Best Wedding Hair Stylist:
Best Wedding Make-Up Artist:
Best Wedding Marquee Provider:
Best Wedding Menswear Supplier:
Best Wedding Photographer:
Best Wedding Planner (independent):
Best Wedding Special Touch:
Best Wedding Transport Supplier:
Best Wedding Venue:
Best Wedding Videographer:
Best Newcomer:


wedding photo by Marshal Gray (37)Wedding photographer Marshal Gray is a wedding photographer too cool for school, with a wonderfully artistic approach and a fantastic blog. Real name Gary Marshal, I’m sure I’ve called him Marshal more than once since we first chatted online a year or so ago. He’s a lovely guy, and the perfect choice for Louisa and Andrew.

This wonderful couple were married at Surrey’s Northbrook Park last summer. The sun shone, the day went swingingly and there are some beautiful images of the bride and groom here for you to enjoy. My favourites are the look they exchange, holding hands when they’ve put the wedding rings on – and the bit where Louisa gets to try on lots of shoes… Cinderella style! I’ll leave you to see that one for yourself!

wedding photo by Marshal Gray (38)Louisa very kindly emailed her wedding story for English Wedding blog, and her own favourite memory of the day is really touching. I’ll leave you with Louisa’s words and wedding photography by Marshal Gray. Enjoy!

beads from beadcrafty

Ladies (and the more flamboyant gents out there) I have a little competition worth £50 to tempt you today… the folks behind gorgeous bead store have got a £50 online voucher for one lucky English Wedding blog reader to WIN!

beads from beadcraftySo. Are you making your own wedding jewellery? For sophisticates among you, how about a pearl bracelet or a string of pearl beads to decorate your bridal decolletage?pearl beads If you’re rocking a 1950s look, you could make a red bead bracelet to go with your dress.

red beads from beadcraftyWould you like to be in with a chance to win £50 of beads?

Whether you’re planning on making something gorgeously beady for your big day, or simply whiling away a rainy weekend with some of these lovely little balls of colourfulness, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question in the comments box below.

Answer to be in with a chance of winning. Is the bead below…

a) a duck
b) a coco pop
c) a pretty flower


wedding photo by Jonny Draper (28)

This cute hand-drawn card for “Miss Payne and Adam” got me first. Then I fell in love with the sense of camaraderie at Alexis and Adam’s Mitton Hall wedding. The icing on the cake was – well, the gorgeous little cake sculptures which are little adventures of quirkiness all to themselves.

wedding photo by Jonny Draper (30)

I feel as though I’ve followed Alexis’s wedding planning journey a little, and I was excited to see her wedding day – I’d heard all about the lovely lady from my friend and wedding photographer Jonny Draper months and months ago when we first met.

wedding photo by Jonny Draper (16)

I admired Jonny’s approach to building his (already successful) wedding photography business around friendships, both with clients and wedding suppliers. Alexis was to become a huge part of that – I’d already seen her with Adam on their cool pre-wedding shoot in Castlefield (featured here too: City Chic engagement shoot). I spotted her at the Mitton Hall Wedding Supper Club on Jonny’s blog, and then she modelled at the West Didsbury Wedding Event in March – I felt as though I knew Alexis already!

Days to Go: 82


Lots of things have been happening! I can’t believe we’re down to double figures with the days to go!

My friends have been planning my very secret hen do. All I know is where we’re going, what time I need to be there and that at some point we will be eating! I love surprises but I’m so curious about what we’ll be doing! I really want to be sneaky and find out but in all honesty I do love surprises.

I’ve also been making small wedding purchases. I have some new crystals for the tables that better suit our colour scheme, and I bought some extra clear crystals because I wasn’t sure if one bag would be enough for 10 tables, plus the top table.

I’ve also bought a ring box for us to keep our wedding rings in. I use the box my engagement ring was in to keep it nice so I thought we could keep our wedding rings in a box.

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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