Wedding blog from Kent by reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey (32)

Today’s wedding blog is for all you brides and grooms planning a relaxed, informal and fun day: a wedding without stuffy rules, constraints and conventions. Tanya and Andy had a fabulous creative wedding at Brick House Farm in Kent, and reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey was first to tell me about their day.

Wedding blog from Kent by reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey (31)

I instantly loved the few images he shared with me. I knew I had to email Tanya right away and she was kind enough to share her amazing wedding story for the blog. It’s a wonderful tale – here is a bride with imagination and a wonderful confidence to create a really personal wedding day.

Wedding blog from Kent by reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey (30)

I could write for hours – but Tanya’s words are compelling so I will leave the story of this wedding to the bride herself. Suffice it for me to say she is a very beautiful bride: with her very own style, looking striking and fabulous in a wedding dress I LOVE – and enjoying every second.


It’s nice to have a little shake up in the world of wedding blogging once in a while… and if you haven’t already read “Dear Weding Bloggers, You Suck” on Hindsight Bride, you will find it a great read.

In a nutshell, Christie posted an open letter from a wedding photographer about the state of wedding blogs and our negative influence on brides. Ouch! But there were some very interesting points:

  • only elaborate, unusual weddings are ever on blogs
  • it shouldn’t be all about the details
  • we only publish pretty weddings and pretty brides
  • brides and grooms feel pressured by the images on blogs
  • wedding blogs are starting to look very samey
  • we’re not giving photographers a chance

I posted a long comment on the blog post*, and thought as I was writing it might be worth repeating here**. I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

My views on the state of wedding blogs, as shared on Hindsight Bride

Jesus – ok where do I start with this one?!


It’s a bit spooky: the second wedding in as many weeks I’ve seen from The Ashes – a wedding venue I hadn’t heard of before. But it’s gorgeous: as we sink into autumn this wedding has all the loveliest, richest autumn colours and tones – like a virtual hot toddy in the world of wedding blogs.

Wedding blog photography from The Ashes Vickerstaff Photography (1)

The wedding day begins with this beautifully cold countryside scene – this is The Ashes wedding venue in the heart of Staffordshire, a grade two listed family home with converted barns providing the perfect secluded setting for a private wedding reception.

Wedding blog photography from The Ashes Vickerstaff Photography (2)

This wedding was submitted by Vickerstaff Photography in Cheshire. Jamie and Tory Vickerstaff are experienced wedding photographers – and I love that their wedding photography blog shows as much excitement, passion and enjoyment of every wedding they photograph, after more than 200 weddings!

Wedding blog photography from The Ashes Vickerstaff Photography (3)

Wedding blog photography from The Ashes Vickerstaff Photography (4)

Wedding blog photography from The Ashes Vickerstaff Photography (5)

Jamie Vickerstaff writes up a great blog post with every wedding feature over at so I can tell you that Rachel and the girls had a lovely little cottage as part of The Ashes wedding venue complex where all the bridal preparations took place.

Emma & Justin - Clare West Photography

The competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to winner Katy!

I have a competition, some inspiration and a big treat for you today! I do love to harp on about creative weddings don’t I…. today though, I’ve decided it’s your turn! And I’m making it worth your while…

Emma & Justin - Clare West Photography

Emma & Justin - Clare West Photography

Because after all, I’m not planning my wedding – but you are. And I know from your comments, your emails and your tweets that you are a wonderfully creative and inspiring bunch of brides, grooms, even bridesmaids and wedding suppliers who are reading English Wedding blog.

Photo credit: Norsworthy Photography

I need your creative wedding ideas!

So… I want to hear about your best creative wedding ideas. Don’t be shy – share the little things that you’ve invented to make your wedding personal, special and a little bit unique.

Creative weddings aren’t always about bunting. If you’re doing a bit of wedding DIY, then brilliant. But it’s not just about that. Creativity is in the way you think:


Hi everyone! I have a lovely new sponsor to tell you about this morning: a lady with a passion and a story – wedding photographer Kat Forsyth has joined our little team on English Wedding blog.

Kat Forsyth UK wedding blog sponsor photography (2)

Kat is a wedding photographer from South Africa, who specialises in fun, fresh and natural wedding photography with an artistic and creative feel. If anyone’s now thinking, “well that’s a bit of a long way” – Kat has joined English Wedding as a sponsor because she’s moving to the UK in early 2012 and, very happily for English brides and grooms, she’s going to be a London wedding photographer (she’ll be happy to travel anywhere for a wedding, of course!). Which is fab!

I’m only sharing a couple of images with you here: one of Kat’s favourites, and my very own exciting favourite favourite (the one below – fab!)

Kat Forsyth UK wedding blog sponsor photography (1)

To find out more please visit Kat’s English Wedding Showcase Page. It gives you all the links to her website, facebook page etc, and there are lots of gorgeous wedding photos there along with more info about Kat.

looking for wedding invitations in the UK

Morning everyone! I’m on a mission today and I need your help. I’m looking for wedding stationery – the latest designs, newest trends and most exciting invitations in particular. So I’m searching for wedding invitation designers: get in touch and share your favourite designs!

Wedding invitation by Dragonfly; calligraphy by

Wedding invitation by Dragonfly; calligraphy by

Wedding invitations showcase

I’m looking for as many UK wedding invitation designers as I can find to log in to the English Wedding Showcase this month and share latest, bestselling and favourite designs. It’s a unique chance to showcase your best work – and to share it with UK brides and grooms.

Then I’ll be running a competition to find the nation’s favourite, here on English Wedding blog, throughout November. The winning designer will get six months’ free advertising on English Wedding!

looking for wedding invitations in the UKDon’t be shy! Enter now: choose your favourite design and upload it to the English Wedding Showcase to join in the competition. And good luck!

Claire xx


Victoria and David’s wedding is gorgeous – when Sara and Tony from Marry Me Films got in touch I instantly fell in love with this film from their Thornton Manor wedding. Victoria is a real English beauty, and her wedding dress covered in lace and sparkles is really, really lovely.

So today’s blog post is a quickie for me to write! Enjoy the wedding film – Paul Weller provides the romantic soundtrack by the way – and watch out for that first view of the magnificent ceiling* inside Thornton Manor. You’ll also be impressed, I think, by Victoria and David’s six tier wedding cake. Yes – six tiers! Wow…

The Wedding Film of Victoria & David at Thornton Manor from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

See more from Marry Me Films on Vimeo and check out the official website at


Yesterday I blogged a brilliantly eccentric bridal shoot from The Wedding Affair, with photography by Joe Dodsworth and set at Newby Hall. You will of course remember it for the antique military uniform, sword – who knew Wilkinson Sword made swords?! – and Ben, the horse. Missed it? Click: Jane Austen inspired bridal shoot

Today I have some behind the scenes photos from the shoot to share with you. They’re all by wedding photographer Nicky Chadwick, who was there to ‘shoot the shoot’ – so we get to see what goes on at a bridal shoot like this one. First of all – yesterday’s blog convinced me Anastasia had fallen from the pages of a Jane Austen novel. So let’s start with her looking very 21st century…

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (16)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (15)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick

Photographer Joe Dodsworth directs model Chris – and I’d love to know what Chris thinks of his outfit! Definitely not the usual modelling work, hey?!

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (14)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (13)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick

Wedding blog bridal shoot Jane Austen inspired. Photography Joe Dodsworth (20)

Photographer: Joe Dodsworth

I’ll warn you before I begin: this is a bit mad! Inspiration for your wedding day can come from anywhere – your taste in music, your love of books… perhaps you’ve read Pride and Prejudice, or you fancy yourself as a bit of an Emma?

I love bridal shoots. I love to see what photographers and wedding suppliers come up with when they get together to do something creative. In this case, a rather eclectic group of very talented people brought Jane Austen’s fantasies back to life in a way that’s so ‘English Wedding’ I couldn’t possibly say no! Lisa from The Wedding Affair has written a little about the shoot below. Smile, giggle if you wish, and enjoy the drama!

The Wedding Affair Jane Austen Military Photo Shoot at Newby Hall

Wedding blog bridal shoot Jane Austen inspired. Photography Joe Dodsworth (1)

Photographer: Joe Dodsworth

When we decided to do a photoshoot at the stunning Newby Hall in preparation of our October wedding fair, we looked to its history for our inspiration. For those who don’t already know, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park was filmed there a few years ago and there we found our answer – a Jane Austen inspired shoot. Perfect!


Paper Themes, an independent wedding stationery company with an impressive 100 years of history behind the brand, have relaunched their website and I’m delighted to share their offer of 30% off wedding invitations with English Wedding readers. The team behind Paper Themes are here as guest bloggers today to share a little more about the brand with you.

Unique, quality wedding invitations by Paper Themes in the UK (1)

Striking "Purple Sash" invitation design -

Paper Themes wedding invitation offer

This month, we’re celebrating the launch of the brand new Paper Themes site by offering 30% off absolutely everything. Yes, that includes wedding invitations, wedding stationery and wedding favours.

What’s more, the new site allows you to personalise all your wedding stationery from the comfort of your home, meaning you can make sure your designs are truly unique.

About Paper Themes wedding invitations

Paper Themes has been a personalised wedding stationery name for over 100 years. With the growing need for time-saving devices as our schedules get fuller, we recognised a need for a service that includes more than just stationery, but accessories, advice and much, much more.


A creative wedding day in the heart of the countryside. A beautiful English country house, a gorgeous bride and groom, stunning pictures, even a nod back to the royal wedding (who remembers that one?!) – so I think you’ll really love this wedding blog feature!

This is one of two weddings at The Ashes I have to blog – so if you love this wedding venue, keep watching English Wedding blog!

Ruth and Andy make a great couple and I’m delighted to be sharing their wedding with you today. When wedding photographer Jonny Draper got in touch with me he told me “Ruth and Andy are a gorgeous couple, their wedding had loads of lovely details – one of their ushers had made her shoes for example! (not on a whim, he is actually a shoe designer!)” And that last little comment swung it for me – I had to see more!

Real wedding blog The Ashes Jonny Draper (2)I have all of Jonny’s gorgeous wedding photography from the day here, along with a fantastic wedding report from Ruth. I’ll hand over to the two of them for the rest of the blog post. Enjoy it everyone!


Caroline Castigliano 2012 collection catwalk news (1)


An exclusive range of brand new designs from leading luxury bridal designer Caroline Castigliano will be available from the beginning of October.

Caroline Castigliano 2012 collection catwalk news (2)

A selection of gowns from the exquisite 2012 collection will be delivered into Caroline Castigliano boutiques next week, giving brides the chance to be the very first to wear exclusive Caroline Castigliano designs.

A number of independent bridal boutiques in areas across the UK, including Cheshire, Hampshire and Staffordshire, will also stock a selection of the new designs. This is the first time ever that the highly coveted designer has been available outside of her own boutiques, giving more brides the exciting opportunity to wear a dream Castigliano gown.

The new designs all reflect Caroline Castigliano’s signature of a silhouette, which is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly elegant. All of the gowns are silk and are meticulously handcrafted in the UK for a flawless result.

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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