Days to Go: 47


I’ve got a wedding countdown ticker as an app on my Chrome browser, and when I saw the 47 days to go, my heart twisted a little in panic! Seven short weeks to go!

The To Do list is getting shorter, however. We are meeting with our church florist, I have booked a make-up trial, we’re meeting up with our photographer and the bridesmaid dresses are being altered!

The best recent wedding thing is that… I’ve been on my hen do!

Went to York – yes, in the snow. It was freezing! However, my hen do was absolutely amazing and my two chief bridesmaids who arranged it all for me made sure that I had a fantastic time. The best bit of all the amazing bits was the cocktail making classes in Revolution! We had a really cute barman and all my favourite cocktails! Bonus! On the Sunday morning I was feeling a little worse for wear but I had an amazing time!

And! I have collected my wedding dress!


Time for a little Friday afternoon blog hop, anyone?

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I have to confess: I’m out and about this week and writing this blog post in a bit of a hurry. But I still have to share a few of the best bits of internet I’ve been enjoying over the last week or so.

Real weddings

Love my dress wedding blog

Wedding on Love My Dress blog. Photo credit: Lillian & Leonard

Think Creative

Be different


Bristol wedding blog photo (25)I’m watching the rugby with Gareth as I type, so I can’t say Bodkin out loud. But I want to: what a wonderfully English-sounding name for a wedding venue! “Bodkin”. It’s from Middle English and means dagger, according to Wiktionary! Not enough? Jane Austen once stayed at this Bristol inn, according to the wedding venue website. She scrawled her name on the window with a diamond ring – “fashionably”, so I understand!

Laura and Nathan’s glorious wedding lives up to the quality and elegance you’d expect, not just from The Bodkin wedding venue (oh I love it!) but also from Martin Pemberton Photography. I’m delighted to feature such a beautifully photographed wedding on my blog for you today.

And last but not least, Laura and Nathan. We have a beautiful bride – a delicate beauty with flowers in her hair – and a handsome groom (watch out for Nathan’s beaming smiles throughout the day – he looks so proud to be a married man)!

Laura’s written a wedding report for you – so over to the bride!


… said the wedding blogger as she tipped the worms out of her tin. But no, I’m not trying to rattle any cages or have a big discussion today. A little while ago I read a really thought-provoking comment on my wedding industry blog post and it really got me thinking. This is a question I was asking myself – and with the help of some great friends I like to think we’ve answered it for you.

Photo credit: Fiona Campbell London

Understanding wedding photography prices

Let me start at the beginning. I was intrigued by a blog comment about wedding photography pricing from the lovely Fiona Campbell. Fiona Campbell is a respected London wedding photographer whose work has featured in Vogue and across top wedding blogs. Fiona shoots weddings in the UK and Europe, and her 2012 prices start from £1750 for wedding photography. Fiona commented that many brides and grooms expect to find a top wedding photographer for £1000 – but that often they’re surprised by prices closer to £2000.


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

wedding photo by PH Weddings (35)


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!

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Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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