English Wedding blog Pinterest review feature

Dear blog… I’m sorry. I’ve strayed. I’ve found something else, fallen head over heels for a rival… it’s new and exciting, different and it’s taking up all my free time.

I’ve been hooked by Pinterest! And dearest English Wedding blog, while you’ll always be foremost in my heart (after all, I do love you in the deep and meaningful-est of ways) – I’m having a flirtation with Pinterest. Call it a crush.

Wedding blog pinterest feature (2) It’s shallow, I know – but this gorgeous little website is so very pretty and enchanting, it’s turning into a little bit of an addiction with me! I turn on the computer to blog something, I do a little research… I inevitably find a gorgeous creative wedding image I love, and I hit my little ‘Pin It’ button.

And we’re away. The addiction kicks in, the romance is back… I see what my friends have pinned, and my friends are fab so I repin their pins. I comment on their pins, and then I see the little heart icon on their boards and I click it. “I love this!” “Oooh so pretty!”


Morning everyone! We’ve more love from Scotland on the blog today, and it’s smiles all the way: if you’re easily shocked look away before we get to the bit where the best men raise their kilts… (I’m only joking)

There are some really beautiful wedding photos here: Andy and Bec had a beautiful wedding reception and it’s really great to see smiles on all the wedding guests’ faces – as well as the sheer delight from new husband and wife Andy and Bec.

real wedding blog (1)The wedding reception venue is Dunsley Hall Hotel in Kinver – a luxurious boutique hotel with a rich history and a commitment to the environment I really admire.

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real wedding blog (5)This is excellent: Andy, his dad and best men. They look great and stand so proudly – it makes for a striking wedding photograph.

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real wedding blog (7)There must be such pride in dressing formally the Scottish way! Andy and his Dad both had kilt pins and cufflinks from their own clan.


Kilts, sporrens, and the broadest of happy smiles are lined up for you right now in this beautiful wedding day. Who doesn’t love a groom in a kilt… and one with a tear in his eye as he sees his bride approach the altar in church?

You’ll love this, you really really will. And I dare you not to cry just a little bit in the next five minutes!

wedding photography real wedding photos by ARJ Photography Cheshire (1)This wedding was submitted by my friend and wedding blog sponsor Adam Johnson of ARJ Photography in Manchester. Andy and Bec were married at St Benedict’s church in Womborne with a reception at Dunsley Hall in Kinver. Andy’s family are Scottish and there were many lovely details incorporated into the wedding to celebrate the Scottish connection.

Bec is a stunning bride with a beautiful smile: there are nervous moments and a few tears for both bride and groom today – but when they’re together Andy and Bec just look so happy.

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Brides, grooms, born organisers and those of you who are ‘winging it’ – I can now offer you a set of interactive wedding planning tools to help you plan your wedding.

Professional wedding planning tools

I have been looking for great wedding planning tools for a long time. I really wanted to find you some really expert tools to help you plan and I’m so pleased to have found the perfect thing. Who’d design the best wedding planning tools, I’ve been thinking. Who really knows what they’re talking about? A professional…

wedding genie wizard wedding planning toolsI’ve been working with professional wedding planner Julie Dawson from The Wedding Genie who has designed a suite of wedding planning tools to help you with everything from budgeting to guest lists, supplier records and the dreaded wedding table plan.

I’m proud to have these tools on the English Wedding Blog and I really hope you find them useful. There’s a one off payment of just £15 (via The Wedding Genie shop) which gets you all of these great tools to use to plan your wedding.


I saw this and thought of you…

Illustrator Rich Fairhead got in touch and asked me to show you these personalised wedding prints, which I think are a brilliant idea! Inspired by the royal wedding, Rich – a freelance illustrator in London – created a personalised print of a commemorative plate for Kate & Will’s wedding.

personalised wedding prints by Rich Fairhead (2)It was great!

…and then, Rich began to illustrate personalised wedding prints to commemorate more wedding days – and he’s offering to draw you and your groom! One lucky English Wedding blog reader can win their very own print in celebration of their big day.

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They make great wedding presents and quirky keepsakes – usually retailing at£64.99, one lucky blog reader (it could be you!) gets their own print, free.

How to enter for a chance to win your print

To enter the competition we need you to answer a very tricky question. Think carefully, then pop your answer in the comments box below. You must enter your email address, and all entrants’ emails will be passed on to Rich in case he has any more special offers up his sleeve.


After a bit of thought I’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of lovely Salma and break down our wedding day into sections to show our day properly, and where better to begin than the preparations before the day itself.

I felt it only right to give the preparations a full post as so many people helped out and it was such a hard slog in the few days before the wedding, everyone was so happy but so stressed thinking of what needed to be done, and for the majority of the time we were all running around like headless chickens!

From the beginning of the week I started shipping boxes of vases, decor, signage, props etc etc down to my parent’s house (even sneaking boxes into the attic-turned-storage bedroom so I didn’t keep hearing “Not MORE stuff, Sally!”), and on Wednesday the marquee went up in the garden.


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.

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