Emma and Duncan were married in Bristol earlier in the year. Sometimes when I see a wedding for the first time I’m in quiet awe of the bride’s beauty, the atmosphere of the day and the lovely pictures. In this case wedding photographer Matt Tordoff had me almost holding my breath as I looked through the wedding photos.

I hope I can share that impression with you today: of quiet serenity, a sense of calm and pure beauty in these wonderful wedding images.

wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (1)I fell for the innocence in this photograph of Emma instantly. She’s beautiful and I love the look in her eyes. What a beautiful wedding hair accessory as well – so pretty.

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wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (5)Another strikingly beautiful bridal portrait – with the light playing on her veil only emphasising Emma’s contemplative gaze, I really do love this image.

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wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (7)This next photo always makes me smile: dressed and ready in plenty of time, two guests kick back and wait quietly for the celebrations to begin…


It’s great to hear from wedding photographers across the UK, whether they’ve years of experience or are just starting out. Zenna from Zen Photographic got in touch a couple of weeks ago to share this lovely Cheshire wedding with me and I loved it – the strong colour theme, fun images and gorgeous bride and groom clinched the deal and I’m very pleased to be sharing a really special wedding on the blog today. I hope you enjoy it!

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Brad and Jo met in Ibiza and after a whirlwind romance Brad proposed on the very same spot where they fell in love – how romantic is that? Two years down the line and they celebrated their marriage at Arley Hall in Cheshire. With beautiful photography by Zen Photographic and Jo’s own words to tell their wedding story, I’m going to enjoy putting this blog feature together as much as I hope you’ll love reading it. Please share a comment at the end if you have a sec!


I should reintroduce English Wedding blog venue reviews as it’s been a little while since the last one. If you’re new to the blog (hello!) I ask wedding photographers to review wedding venues they know. It’s a great way to get an expert opinion of a wedding venue and its facilities, charm and atmosphere.

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Matara wedding venue review by Howard Wedding Photography

Today, Patricia from Howard Wedding Photography shares her wedding venue review of Matara in Gloucestershire.

Photographs of Matara

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Howard Wedding Photography: Matara Venue Review

Matara is a unique and stunning wedding venue set within 28 acres of parkland in the South Cotswolds. Offering a casual and relaxed atmosphere, couples are encouraged to express themselves in their own unique way on their wedding day.

“Many brides and grooms who choose Matara are looking for something different that reflects their personal values and it is designed in such a special manner that it mirrors its foundations in nature and the value of continual exploration and creativity. With bamboo flooring, fragrant courtyard areas and original pieces of art, to the multitude of windows spreading natural light throughout the building, Matara is an unforgettable place.


Wedding photographer Cat Hepple is a lovely lady – one of the loveliest wedding photographers I’ve had the pleasure to meet via the wonders of the interweb. She’s also an inspiration and someone who can turn any day into an absolute delight… and when she sent me Jessica and Martin’s engagement shoot it made my day.Pre wedding photography north east by Cat Hepple (15)

Cat Hepple captures romance like no one else I’ve seen – her photography has a unique romantic quality I love – and it’s why I fall head over heels every time she shares a new Romance Shoot.

Cat told me a little about this stunning shoot so I will leave all the words to her today, and sit back with you to enjoy the glorious shoot!

Jessica and Martin: The Romance Shoot by Cat Hepple

“Jessica Wilkinson and Martin Chalk married on 22nd July at Rockliffe Hall in Darlington. Jess is from Bedlington in Northumberland and they really want both their wedding day and their engagement shoot to be connected to the North east of England.

Days to Go: 229


I am going to have to think of some more interesting titles for my blog posts! With so many days to go, it may seem as if I have heaps of time, but actually it’s only just over 7 months!

We have been busy since my last post! The bridesmaid dresses have been booked and mostly paid for (except for adjustments). All my bridesmaids liked Alfred Angelo 7076, and we are having it in lavender.

And yesterday, I got the team round, provided many cups of tea and we finished some of the twiddly wedding jobs!

Dad, with his lovely handwriting, was on invitation writing duty. My little brother John was making double happiness confetti and I was making the table place name tabs.

Me, Dad and little brother hard at work on wedding things!

We wanted some double happiness confetti just to have an element of Chinese culture in our wedding. My h2b is Chinese so I thought it would be nice. I couldn’t find any double happiness confetti online for love nor money so I decided we should make our own!

Tux and Tales wedding photographer Yorkshire Selby blog

I’m very happy to welcome my latest sponsor to English Wedding. Tux and Tales are wedding photographers Jaye and Matt. I’ve had a few lovely email chats with lead photographer Jaye and I can vouch for how lovely she is: she giggles at the same things I do. Which is always a bonus!

Tux and Tales wedding photographer Yorkshire Selby blog

But anyways – this little intro blog post is to tell you about Tux and Tales and show you their work, so I shouldn’t waffle. I’ve included a few pics here but you should really check out the Tux and Tales English Wedding Showcase Page to find out more.

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York wedding photographer Tux and Tales english wedding blogRemember every English Wedding blog sponsor gets their own dedicated Showcase Page to share their best bits and introduce themselves.

English Wedding blog sponsors also have a login and password to post on the Showcase blog at – so head on over there and see what everyone’s been up to recently.


An apology is due, dear readers. I tried so hard to think of a brilliant, snappy and fun title for this guest post, as great advice deserves a strong introduction. “Top ten tips for hiring a wedding band” would have been fab, but my challenge was to think of an adjective for nine instead. “Nine nice … ” and then I wanted a word instead of tips. Starting with n. There isn’t one.

Shall I just crack on with this guest blog post? Martin from 24-7 has some great advice for you if you’re considering a live band for your wedding.

Thinking of booking a live band for your wedding reception?

Read this handy checklist first.

When it comes to creating a vibrant atmosphere for your wedding reception you’ll be hard pressed to beat a live band. There’s just something magical about watching real musicians perform with real instruments that you don’t get with other forms of entertainment. But how do you go about finding a band to hire and what are the things to watch out for?


This week on English Wedding is one of beautiful contrasts. Today is a quiet, thoughtful and peaceful day – and this blog feature is about pure, enchanting and beautiful wedding photography. Kevin Mullins is a fantastic reportage wedding photographer and I want to show you one of his latest weddings.

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Emily and Andrew’s Wiltshire wedding

Emily and Andrew were married in May at Malmesbury Abbey, a historical abbey dating back to the twelfth century, with incredible period architecture used to beautiful effect in Kevin Mullins’s wedding photography.

There’s a tranquil beauty to these wedding photographs. Scroll down slowly and enjoy.

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (21) The beautiful wedding dress…

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (20) A very English cup of tea for the bride (lovely idea: wedding party mugs!)

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (19) Watching from a quiet corner as the bride gets ready for her big day

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (18) Inside Malmesbury Abbey, a building full of history and with a clearly devoted team ensuring everything is in place and looking perfect for the wedding day


I have some funny pictures from David and Rachel’s wedding to share with you! Lucy West sent these over… so if you, like me, are missing David and Rachel already, these are especially for you.

And me 🙂

funny wedding guest photos (1)The bride and groom…. hee! They still look amazing.

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Which is your favourite?

Thanks once again to Rachel and David, and to Lucy West Images.

It’s been SO MUCH FUN!

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Today on English Wedding blog we’ve got:

  • ice cream and dancing
  • buttons everywhere!
  • graffiti and sunshine
  • a campervan, lots of love and kisses
  • the best, most creative, fun wedding – part two

Courtesy of the fabulous Lucy West Images and with help again from Rachel and David – the most exciting bride and groom you’ll see and fall in love with (these two are stars, they really are!) here’s part two of what I can only describe as the best day of their lives.

Missed the rest? Catch up on the mad, creative, painty engagement shoot we shared in April and read yesterday’s wedding report to see a really exciting church wedding service.

Ready? Enjoy!

exciting wedding photography blog feature Rachel David (1)“We had interactive games during the signing of the register, left the church to Blink 182, and had an ice cream van to greet the guests as they exited the service.

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exciting wedding photography blog feature Rachel David (3)

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exciting wedding photography blog feature Rachel David (5)We couldn’t have hoped for a better day, we had so much fun, and the day was filled with laughter… even the weather behaved itself!


Who remembers blinking in amazement and squealing in delight at the couple whose mad, exciting and painty engagement shoot I featured a little while ago? The one where they got covered in it, wrote LOVE on the wall and had to go home painted pink, yellow and blue from head to toe?

It was brilliant. I loved it. You loved it… with all your blog comments it went down a treat. And then David and Rachel got married. And the wedding day is EVEN BETTER! (of course it is… but as creative and inspiring and fun goes, it’s just incredible).

Rachel wrote the loveliest wedding report to share with us. So I’ll hand over to excellent wedding photographer Lucy West for the wedding pictures (part one) and to gorgeous bride Rachel to tell you all about it.

copyright Lucy West Images wedding photographer (1) “If there was one thing we wanted our wedding to be it would be fun, and I think we certainly achieved that! A lack of funds teamed with an overwhelming urge to be creative made our wedding quite unique. Our main themes were newspaper, buttons, graffiti paint and all things colourful!


Just a short post, as we’re off shortly to try to find Paul an outfit. Like me, he doesn’t want to wear something desperately traditional – he’s thinking either an interesting jacket and trousers (as opposed to a matching suit) or a waistcoat without a jacket. We shall have to see what Bluewater has along those lines…

My bridesmaids have all been sending me pictures of the dresses they will be wearing (I let them choose). It’s safe to say they are all going to look fantastic. So far there will be two bridesmaids in green, one in red, one in blue and one in black (there are still three whose dresses I’ve not seen yet). It’s going to be fabulously colourful, and I think the dresses will look great with the oriental fans that I gave the girls instead of bouquets.

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