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

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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…


Hello again, in my last post I told you all about my trip to London last November when I went wedding dress window shopping with MoH and Mrs Adams. I stress the word ‘window’ to remind you that, contrary to what all my friends thought, I was quite sure that I wasn’t going to come home with The Dress. And I can tell you that I didn’t. But before you applaud my self-restraint and sensible approach, I think I need to tell you something. It’s about my friend Rachel Adams.  When she stepped into Sassi Holford’s shop in South Kenington she was Mrs Adams. Full stop. But when she stepped out she was Mrs Adams KoTD. Hop over to on Valentine’s Day and I’ll reveal all but in the meantime see if you can guess what KoTD might stand for.  Use the comment facility at to post your suggestions and if you are the first person to hit the nail on the head I’ll send you something nice!


Imagine winning your dream wedding dress! For today’s bride Abi, that dream came true: she entered a competition with her biscuit based proposal story and won! Today I’m handing over English Wedding blog to Abi to share that story and her wonderful wedding report with you – along with photography by PH Weddings.

Grab a cuppa – it’s the loveliest story and you’ll be here for a while!

Abi and Chris – a real wedding in Yorkshire

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wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (20)The best English weddings are full of charm which comes right from your heart: Dan and Holly’s day is a special one. Holly’s wedding report describes how she woke up at 5am on the wedding day morning bursting with excitement – “the kind you get on Christmas day when you are a child!”

So how could I resist sharing this lovely wedding full of DIY touches and great ideas with you. It’s everything you’d imagine for a countryside wedding and bundles more: there’s bunting by the mile, and as an extra treat we have a vintage tractor and of course the adorable Peanuts the pony!

wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (27)

The wedding photography is by Martyn Norsworthy, who captures all those details and the beautiful bride with her handsome groom so well.

Holly & Dan’s countryside wedding

wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (26)“I stayed at my parents’ house the night before the wedding and awoke at 5am full of excitement-the kind you get on Christmas day when you are a child! The weather looked ok so I got up and finished putting some finishing touches to the garden and marquee-within half an hour it was raining so had go and collect everything in again!

wedding invitation ideas for summer

wedding invitation ideas for summerOn Friday I asked wedding invitation designers from all over the UK to share their best bright and summery invites with English Wedding blog. A cold and frosty day turned into a little ray of sunshine for me as lots of talented designers joined in to showcase wedding invitations with a cheerful spring and summer feel to them.

A new feature on English Wedding blog

This will become a regular feature because it gives you lovely readers out there a chance to see lots of new and exciting designs and ideas, all in one place.

(I’m thinking next time I might look for jewellery and accessories on a theme… if you have a theme, season or style in mind, give me a shout and I’ll ask for ideas for your theme!)

Do pop over to the English Wedding Showcase to see the summery wedding invitations in glorious technicolour (by which I mean: bigger. They also have descriptions and more info from the designers over there). In the meantime, here’s a round up of all the designs shared: two wedding inspiration boards with all the supplier information below each one.


real wedding blog at Eshott Hall (26)Elegance and glamour with a retro twist never looked so good… today I’m sharing Becky and Ben’s gorgeous wedding day from Eshott Hall in Northumberland. Ben is a very cool and dashing groom; I adore Becky’s glamorous style, her hair and make up and the charm and class of the entire wedding day.

real wedding blog at Eshott Hall (24)The setting is captured just as beautifully by wedding photographer Alison Groves (who I was lucky enough to meet just a few weeks ago: she’s a lovely lady as you’ll see from Becky and Ben’s own testimonial at the end of this wedding blog).

There’s a lot to inspire in this real wedding feature: little details done gracefully, a theme created with style and personality. Watch out for the dancing and singing towards the end, with some of my favourite photos from the day (and unlike any I’ve shared on this wedding blog before, I think!)

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I’ll hand over to Becky, who wrote a wedding report and shared her supplier recommendations; and to Alison Groves for the beautiful wedding photography. Enjoy!

english wedding country inspiration board
english wedding country inspiration board

English Wedding inspiration board countryside theme

A final treat from Emma and Will’s gorgeous English countryside wedding and marquee reception featured earlier this week. This wedding inspiration board is for you to cut out and keep (should I say “cut, paste and keep” these days?!) or enjoy and share on Pinterest, facebook or wherever you like!

All the wedding photography is by Tino & Pip – please credit these guys for the lovely images. I made the inspiration board from their beautiful photos.

Have a lovely day!

Claire xx

Luxury wedding planner Mark Niemierko (3)
Luxury wedding planner Mark Niemierko (3)

Wedding and event styling by Niemierko. Image credit:

Mark Niemierko is the wedding planner who inspires the whole of the UK wedding industry, a hugely talented and creative man who lets his work speak for him. I approached Mark shyly via email for a mini-interview and he very kindly obliged. I almost fell off my chair.

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The Elite: Mark Niemierko – a mini-interview

Luxury wedding planner Mark Niemierko (5)

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Mark, your inspirational wedding planning and design has earned you an unrivalled reputation in the wedding industry. What does it take to be so successful in wedding planning?

“Experience and knowledge. Of all the things that could possibly go wrong, to ensure you avoid them. But a big part is being organised and have great people skills. All couples are different and you’ll need to get along with as well as understand them all.”

You’ve developed a fascinating friendship with top UK wedding blogger Kat from Rock n Roll Bride. Has Kat influenced your wedding planning style?

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