… and why not! Ah – I love this wedding for loads of reasons. Emma and Will are both so gorgeous and look the perfect couple. The wedding photography is fabulous. The details are perfect – Emma and Will organised their wedding themselves and did an amzing job of it too.

But this is a wedding with a difference: the adorable springer spaniel Tess – Emma’s ‘chief bridesmaid’ and clearly a character loved by everyone there. I can’t help grinning every time I scan through the photos as Tess goes from happy excitement to flopping lazily onto her side in the middle of the aisle for the beautiful church service.

Emma has written a lovely wedding report and I’ll leave you to enjoy that along with the photos by Tino and Pip – which I love.

Wedding photography Hengrave Hall

I asked an innocent little question on facebook the other day. Something I was pondering as I looked through wedding submissions for the blog. I’m not a photographer. I’m wouldn’t call myself an expert. I see a lot of weddings; I think I can tell a great wedding photograph… but how can I really be sure I’m choosing the very best wedding photography for my English Wedding blog?

Wedding photography Hengrave HallSo then I thought about helping brides and grooms out there who might be wondering the same thing. And my photographer friends came to my rescue and explained how to choose the very best wedding photographer. They shared advice which applies to me, brides, grooms – anyone out there looking for great wedding photos. It’s easy to choose the perfect wedding photographer for you – and this is how (with advice from the experts!):

Do wedding photography qualifications matter?

My friend and expert wedding photographer Chris Hanley had lots of advice to share on the subject of wedding photography qualifications. My thanks to Chris for explaining how the various types of wedding photography qualifications work – and for sharing his opinions and helping me understand what really matters!


I could tell that no one believed me when I said that I was going designer wedding dress window shopping in London.  All my friends seemed to think it inevitable that I would come back home with The Dress.

Their reaction was, I confess, understandable.  My lifelong over indulgence in retail therapy is such that I have only myself to blame if it’s impossible for anyone to conceive of my going into a clothes shop – or indeed any shop – and coming away empty handed.

But this was, I protested, different.  The simple fact of the matter was that I couldn’t afford a designer dress.  Even a dress at the lower end of the designer scale would, I insisted, be way beyond our wedding budget. This argument, however, did little to convince anyone.  I could almost hear the sound of stifled laughter at the very thought of my using the word ‘budget’.  It was as if everyone – including H2B – considered the phrase ‘Mrs Moore-to-Be’s wedding dress budget’ to be a contradiction in terms.


Yesterday I shared a ‘berry’ lovely winter wedding inspiration shoot by Hannah from Lifeline Photography. Today’s post is a quickie – something to cut out and keep!


Wedding inspiration: winter berries with images by Lifeline Photography

I made a wedding inspiration board for you with Hannah’s lovely images and all the little accessories and decorations from the day. So if you’re looking to make lots of things for your wedding, and you’ve got a little red riding hood costume knocking around that you don’t really need… this is perfect for you!

 With help from some wonderful wedding suppliers

dashing looking groom

Photo credit: via Rock My Wedding

I’m sure if you’ve got something really important to finish it can wait five minutes. There’s an hour or two left before home time after all. You deserve a break, it’s Friday afternoon! We’re into weekend time already if you ask me 🙂

Course, if you like this little lot you can while away the time until 4 or 5 just blog-hopping and enjoying lots of wedding inspiration. I should apologise to brides and grooms who aren’t bloggers by the way: I’ve been reading a lot about blogging this week so there’s a bit of advice in here too.

Enjoy! (and next time you look at the clock it might just be home-time…)

Real weddings

Fly fishing wedding on Green Wedding Shoes

Photo credit: via Green Wedding Shoes

Be different

inspirational word art

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winter wedding blog by Lifeline Photography (18)I’ve been waiting so long for a cold snap. I pictured myself blogging all wrapped up and toasty, with glistening icicles outside and this winter berries wedding inspiration shoot on my screen, next to a mug of steaming hot chocolate…

Well there’s no snow outside (yet). I give up!!! But it’s chilly. It’s been frosty… and the sparkles on the pavement in the morning say it’s time to blog this lovely wedding inspiration shoot!

Two posts – all about the shoot today, and an inspiration board to share with you tomorrow. If you’re having a winter wedding, think of sparkly frost and crystals, red berries all shiny and light with a little snow on top… a little bit of white (fake) fur, and plenty of gorgeous sparkle. Hannah Webster (of Lifeline Photography) and friends are here to show you how!

Enjoy x

Wedding Inspiration: winter berries – the details

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winter wedding blog by Lifeline Photography (19)
winter wedding blog by Lifeline Photography (20)

winter wedding blog by Lifeline Photography (32)The shoot was photographed by Hannah from Lifeline Photography. “The more weddings I shoot, the more I fall in love with the little hand crafted details that make things feel so personal.


The Elite wedding blog logoAllister Freeman is a top UK reportage wedding photographer & photojournalist – his photography has a tranquility and a tenderness to it which for me is unrivalled in the industry. I’m thrilled to share Allister’s insightful interview as part of The Elite on English Wedding blog today.

Allister Freeman cares deeply about weddings, his clients and the industry he inspires – that’s clear to see from his work and from his wedding photography blog. His real wedding blog posts are personal and generous; his thoughts on wedding photography and advice posts are considerate, useful and compelling.

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The Elite: Allister Freeman – an interview

Allister, for me you provide the very definition of fine art documentary wedding photography. Was it an active choice for you to master this style, capturing the naturally beautiful moments of a wedding day rather than staging key images?

For me, long-lasting wedding photography must be powerful and emotive and more than just a set of pretty pictures. In order to create images that evoke a strong emotional reaction viewers need to be able to connect with the moment and so images need to be believable.


photography by Geoff Reardon (21)Everyone wants to know who will photograph a wedding photographer’s wedding. I featured Alice and Jamie’s wedding on the blog yesterday, with pictures by lovely Jean-Luc Benazet.

I can’t quite remember how I found out about Jean-Luc’s own wedding to the beautiful Liza, but I was delighted to see they’d chosen Geoff Reardon to be their wedding photographer.
Jean-Luc and Liza have written their wedding report to share with you, and the images of their wedding day are breathtaking – so I’ll leave you in their capable hands to enjoy today’s wedding blog.

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Cambridge College wedding blog: Liza and Jean-Luc Benazet

photography by Geoff Reardon (25)

Liza had two beautiful dresses for the distinct parts of the wedding day. In the morning she wore this Monsoon Fusion summer dress with Irregular Choice shoes from Schuh. For the afternoon blessing & reception she wore Victoria Jane by Ronald Joyce (Sable 17014 ivory) bought from Karen Forte in Bassingbourn with shoes from Monsoon, a bracelet and hair accessories from Accessorize and necklace from Ernest Jones.


wedding blog photo (35)There’s nothing like a real love story to brighten up a cold morning… and Alice and Jamie’s story is a lovely one. Both living in London now, they went back to their childhood home of Wales to get married last year. Alice has written her own story of the wedding day which is as enchanting as the images of the wedding. And she looks so incredibly beautiful in lace and pearls…

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All the photographs are by Cambridge wedding photographer Jean-Luc Benazet. I have something very special to tell you about Jean-Luc at the end of this wedding blog, but for now I’ll leave you to read Alice and Jamie’s wedding story.


Bryngwyn Hall wedding: Alice and Jamie

wedding blog photo (33)“Even though Jamie and I live in London, we are both from the same area in Mid Wales (we met at primary school!) and knew we wanted to get married back there.

First dance wedding blog by Geoff Reardon
First dance wedding blog by Geoff Reardon

“The First Dance” Photo credit: Geoff Reardon (click to see Jean-Luc & Liza’s wedding)

For some couples even the thought of the ‘first dance’ induces a state of blind panic whilst for others the whole world’s a stage. Of course the majority of couples fall somewhere in between but whatever your attitude to this time-honoured tradition may be, a little planning in advance can go a long way.

1. Choosing the first dance song that’s right for you

You may already have a favourite song – perhaps one that was playing when you first met – or it may be that neither of you have a clue which song you’re going to choose. If so, don’t worry – all you have to do is Google ‘first dance songs’ and you’ll find plenty of suggestions. One word of warning though – be sure to check the lyrics before reaching a final decision. The song ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police sounds like ideal first dance material – until, that is, you realise it’s about a stalker! Give some thought also to the kind of tempo you’ll feel comfortable with. If you’re both competent dancers then you probably won’t mind whether it’s a foxtrot, a rumba or a waltz – but if you’re not too clever on your pins, or your partner has two left feet, then a slow song may be your safest option.

Helena Rose Sussex wedding planner

Helena Rose Sussex wedding plannerI’m delighted to be adding new types of wedding suppliers to my sponsors. Today I’m introducing wedding planner Helena Rose – based in Sussex and trained by the UKAWP, Helena Rose plans inspiring weddings that set trends rather than follow them.

Now that’s what I love to hear!

A little more about Helena Rose Weddings

Helena Rose is making a splash with her new wedding planning business, and I’m so pleased she’s joined English Wedding Blog! Read more: The Sussex Newspaper interviews Helena Rose. Helena is also to be found on Whimsical Wonderland Wedding blog – with a fabulous competition for brides in Sussex, London and the South East.

Helena Rose on the English Wedding Showcase

Please visit Helena Rose’s English Wedding Showcase Page to find out more.

Helena Rose Sussex wedding planner

Helena Rose Sussex wedding planner




bead from beadcrafty

bead from beadcraftyA very quick blog post for a Friday afternoon – to announce the winner of last week’s wedding blog competition to win beads from

The winner, chosen at random, is Anna who (along with everyone else) guessed that the lovely bead was indeed a pretty flower.

Well done Anna, I’m off to forward your email address to BeadCrafty who will send your online code for £50 of beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds. You lucky thing!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone 🙂

Claire xxx


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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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