Inside Timeless Bride - a glorious bridal experience

I can’t stress this enough: if I have one Top Tip to share with brides and grooms, it’s this blog post. Every couple can afford the very best in this sense: luxury customer service costs nothing, special touches make all the difference and the Experience is what it’s all about…

Wedding suppliers also take note – are you selling a product or service, or is your wedding business providing an experience brides and grooms will truly love, remember and recommend?

Inside Timeless Bride - a glorious bridal experience

Inside Timeless Bride - a glorious bridal experience

This blog post is inspired by:

Chris Hanley Photography – top UK wedding photographer, Laura from Green Earth Flowers and Michelle from Timeless Bride in Cheshire.

With special mentions for Katy Lunsford Photography and Suzanne Laughlin, designer at Tiararama

What you should really look for in a wedding supplier

The very best wedding suppliers I’ve met are those focusing on the experience you’ll have with them. From the first time you hear about them, visit their website, call for a chat or send an email enquiry – look for someone who is enthusiastic about your wedding and delighted to be involved, and for someone who genuinely cares.

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (11)

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (5)Described as “the Naughtiest. Bridesmaids. Ever.” there are two ladies in this wedding shoot who took to photobombing like ducks to water. Cheeky! So we have some very funny photos as well as the beautiful and artistic images you’d expect from wedding photographer Joseph Yarrow.

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (1)Bride Jen takes it all in her stride and the photos shine with her smile through the entire day. Dave and Jen are just so in love you can feel it through the screen, the way their eyes meet and the way Dave looks at Jen is a lovely, lovely thing.

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (2)

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (3)

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (4)Best friends and bridesmaids… I love this photo!

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (6)Dad gets started lacing up Jen’s wedding dress – with determination in his eyes!

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (7)Something so very touching about this photo as Dad helps Jen with her Jimmy Choos.

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (8)

Bristol Marriott wedding photography by Joseph Yarrow (9)A gorgeous image, Jen looks incredible in her wedding dress – I love this style of skirt with so much structure and opulence. But who are the two shady figures in the background? 😉


Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (29)There’s a thin line between being creative and ever so slightly mad, and David and Rachel are right on that line… in fact they’re dancing along the line, happily making the most amazing pre wedding shoot with photographer Lucy West. And I love them to bits – this is inspiring, hilarious, gorgeous and thrilling.

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (25)David and Rachel are all about romance and playfulness. This photo is really sweet – and I love Rachel’s cheeky smile too. Definitely a couple who have a lot of fun together!

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (33)If like my Star Bride Sally you’re wondering whether to have an engagement shoot, then look at these photos and imagine what a memorable and crazy day out you could have…

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (32)

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (31)Heee! Love these cheeky photos…

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (30)

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (28)Rachel’s nails hint at the colour explosion that’s about to hit…

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (27)

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (26)

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (24)Did I mention what a stunning couple they make? Model material, the pair of them!

Lucy West fun engagement photography UK (23)They chose what photographer Lucy West describes as “a smelly, muddy old warehouse where the ceiling is pretty much collapsing on your head” for the shoot.


Portmeirion is enchanting: a Welsh village, built to resemble an Italian one, with colourful little houses and too cute for words! So I couldn’t resist Simon and Rachael’s wedding – I think you’ll love it. It fits perfectly with the surroundings: quirky and lots of fun.

Rachael wore a gorgeous little vintage inspired wedding dress, very Audrey Hepburn I think! With a birdcage veil and the cutest shoes to go with it. And Simon is a super cool groom (I want his glasses!).

Their wedding photographer is Martin Lyons, who told me, “This wedding was very much an intimate affair with only 24 guests & the bride and groom.”

Martin said, “In some ways this wedding was very different to others, the ceremony was very intimate which was lovely! Fortunately we managed to escape a monster downpour which came just before the groups, I then spent 45 mins with the bride & groom before the meal. There were no speeches (1st time ever). That’s what I love about weddings they are all so different! All together it was a fun, intimate, relaxed day.”


I’m sure you’ve all seen Salma’s amazing engagement shoot. I absolutely loved her pictures, and it really got me thinking for the first time about an engagement shoot of our own; Richard’s and her pictures are so natural, in an interesting setting, and, most importantly (to me), weren’t corny or clichéd at all!

Looking at Salma and Richard’s, then afterwards browsing through a few other pre-wedding shoots on English-Wedding and other blogs it really made me realize that engagement shoots don’t have to be lovey-dovey, nauseatingly sweet shots of your fiancé ‘Hollywood kissing’ you in the local park. I’ve since discovered that you can make the shoot relaxed, unpretentious and a fabulous way to reflect yourselves as a couple.

(Part of english-wedding's engagement shoot competition back in February)

Here are some I especially love:

  • Elsie and Jeremy’s “Comic Book Love”– I love how this on tells a story, and reminds me of a ‘story book’ I once made David for Valentines (The Story of Sal ‘n’ Dav.. and, no, you can’t see it!)

It’s as if someone’s announced the official launch of royal wedding pap this morning. In my inbox, two press releases I’ve decided to share only the funniest bits from. Selected highlights follow…

Are you safe from post-wedding picture blues?

by LG Electronics

“With the Royal Wedding just around the corner, 2011 will definitely be a year to remember, especially for couples who are about to tie the knot. [fine so far, but after a paragraph or two this segues into…]

“If you’re now thinking about what effect losing pre-wedding records and, worse still, the post wedding photos stored on your home PC would have, it is worth considering that compact storage devices are now available on the high street. [Ooh the fear…]

“The special ‘RAID management’ contained within the LG Super Multi NAS, keeps important data safe from unexpected hard drive failure. NAS also enables high-resolution images and video to be stored and accessed from anywhere that an internet connection is available. [How did we get to this from the Royal Wedding?!]


A week or two ago Claire emailed me asking, basically, whether I would like some free make up if I reviewed it for the blog- how could I refuse! Last week a big, red parcel arrived, with the address label written in the most beautiful calligraphy; I immediately knew exactly what it was!!

I decided to do a video review as taking self portraits showing the make up turned out to be much more difficult than anticipated! So here it is, sorry that the quality isn’t the best (done on Photo Booth!) but I hope you find it helpful!


Mineral Infused Face Primer (£6)- I’d recommend this, it feels amazing and definitely helps smooth your skin to give a good base for your foundation.

Eyelid Primer (£1.50)- I also like this, and it definitely helped keep my eyeshadow in place, and helped get rid of any redness or fine veins on the eyelid.

Hypershine Lip Gloss (£1.50)- Smelt amazing and a lovely colour, just a little sticky. After looking at the website it also comes in other colours.


Billy’s web-wide wanderings took him to one of our recommended wedding photographer‘s blogs this week – none other than Anneli Marinovich.

anneli marinovich wedding photography engagement shoot

The shoot that caught his eye was Terri and David’s engagement shoot, with some lovely backdrops and excellent props.

We love the cheeky expressions, the confidence and closeness of Terri and David… but most of all we love the books. Brilliant! Always take props for an engagement shoot, always!

See the full post on Anneli Marinovich’s wedding photography blog

Just. Love. This.

Just. Love. This.

Helen and Paul’s engagement shoot in London has me well and truly captivated. There’s a feeling that their photos almost freeze a moment in time – in more ways than one. And of course, they’re both absolutely gorgeous (forgive me Helen, you knew I’d say that! But you are!!!)

Outside Liverpool St station

Outside Liverpool St station

Photographer Marshal Gray fills his images with personality and style. He’s a cool guy – and his blog has become my latest major distraction! Walking around London with Helen and Paul, they created some fantastic photos and I think this shoot shows how much an engagement shoot can mean; as a way to mark your last months as boyfriend and girlfriend, and to have fun and make memories.

A favourite photo for me - I love Helen's smile!

A favourite photo for me - I love how they're stood together!

Helen and Paul will be married at the chapel of St Paul's Cathedral in a few months' time

Helen and Paul will be married at the chapel of St Paul's Cathedral in a few months' time

Outside St Paul's Cathedral - an awe inspiring building

Outside St Paul's Cathedral - an awe inspiring building


Alice in Wonderland is a fascinating tale brimming with imagination and creativity. It starts off with Alice tumbling into a very deep rabbit hole but her descent is quite odd having time to see that the hole is lined with book shelves and glass jars.

At Paper Whispers, we love the unusual and creative. One of the first Wonderland inspired creations we made was The Love Jar. It is a beautiful alternative (or addition!) to the traditional guest book and would look stunning on the wedding table much like the jars Alice passed in her tumble.

The Love Jar - Alice in Wonderland inspired, from Paper Whispers

The Love Jar - Alice in Wonderland inspired, from Paper Whispers

The love Jar is a delicate glass jar in an apothecary style which is packed with love notes. It makes a beautiful keepsake and is an interactive talking point as guests and members of the wedding party participate in writing notes for the jar.

The Love Jar by Paper Whispers

The Love Jar by Paper Whispers

Notes for The Love Jar - from Paper Whispers

Notes for The Love Jar - from Paper Whispers


Artcadia wedding invitation letterpress with bird

I’ve written a list of the best 20 vintage wedding invitations on the web – perfect for inspiration and ideas for your wedding stationery



I’d guess that 80% of brides hope for a sunny wedding day, perhaps 10% hope for snow and 10% either don’t mind (happy to be inside) or just want interesting weather… which are you?

Now, who wants fog?

Lake District wedding photography - foggy bride and groom by Jason ChambersBilly Idol found this gorgeous foggy wedding photograph on Lake District wedding photographer Jason Chambers’s blog. Isn’t it fabulous?

Now who wants fog? Hmm?


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