TOP
FEATURED

Were you tweeting about the royal wedding day, or on facebook chatting about the celebrations? Whether you were in the garden ignoring your iphone or glued to the telly hopping channels (some I know were avoiding one BBC presenter in particular!) you won’t be surprised to hear the internet was bursting with royal wedding discussion on Friday morning. I got this report through on Friday, pretty interesting so I thought I’d share it.

The Big Numbers

· Over a million people in the UK used Facebook statuses to discuss the Royal Wedding in the past 24 hours.

· During the morning alone some 684,399 status updates referencing the wedding were posted in just 4 hours in the UK – equating to an average of 47 mentions every second.

· Many people in the UK were so excited they couldn’t sleep, with just under 500 people updating about the pending nuptials per hour ahead of 8am

FEATURED

Days to go: 5

I’ve talked about the hen party photo shoot – now I need to take some time to tell you about what my wonderful friends organised for me as a complete surprise – they were all very good at keeping the secrets!

Upon Arrival

I arrived at Ribby Hall on the Friday evening around 5pm and wasn’t allowed in any of the houses yet as things were being prepared.I felt very nervous and shaky at this point – I was very overwhelmed and so flattered and honoured that so many people had made so much effort and taken time (and money!) to spend the weekend with me to celebrate my forthcoming wedding; there were 11 of us in total. It was so lovely to see everyone there, especially some friends who I hadn’t seen for quite a while! We sat outside for the first part of the evening and drank Pimms and lemonade to our hearts’ content – although it started raining a little when I arrived but this soon passed – and then we all got changed into our finest and that’s when Becky began work taking some amazing photos. I’m going to get a photo book made up of all the photos of everyone as a memento of the occasion! Everyone had even thought of bringing the ingredients for my favourite cocktail – Cosmopolitan! I was very flattered and it made me feel very special!

FEATURED


It’s Wedding Season, and to celebrate, Jimmy Choo reveals the 2011 Bridal Collection and ultimate bridal ‘Your Choo Story’.

We are inviting brides, members of the wedding party and guests to share their story to MyChooStory@jimmychoo.com. Tamara Mellon, OBE, will select the ultimate Jimmy Choo bridal story at the end of May and the winner will receive their choice of shoes or bag from current collection as a wedding present from Jimmy Choo.

‘I am delighted that women the world over are coming to us to be part of their most special day. It makes me so proud that the shoes and bags we create can make a bride feel beautiful and confident – and the rest of the wedding party of course! We are delighted for brides to share stories of their special day on ‘My Choo Stories’ this year. Today, many brides are selecting non-traditional bridal shoes and some of our most popular bridal shoes are related to styles that have appeared on the red carpet’
Tamara Mellon, OBE Founder and Chief Creative Officer.

FEATURED

alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (4)The royal wedding – a huge event for media in the UK, for the royal family and for anyone who enjoys a good bank holiday. It would be childish not to wish Kate and William well, so I’ll be raising a glass or two to the royal couple later today.

alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (14)But I won’t be slavishly following proceedings. I’ll be playing out, enjoying a nice family day instead. I like a big event. I like that people are celebrating and looking forward to seeing Kate’s dress and all the pomp and ceremony. If you’re brave enough for a street party in the rain, have a brilliant time!

alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (15)Here on English Wedding there was only one way to mark the occasion. One of my favourite wedding photographers, Mark Tierney of Tierney Photography, was official photographer for an alternative royal wedding a few weeks ago. Mark has very kindly shared some lovely pics from his wedding photography blog.

FEATURED

I’m sat watching the royal wedding commentary on the BBC this morning as I type. It’s fascinating to see how the nation – led by the media – becomes so involved in the wedding day.

I was asked on Twitter yesterday about coverage of the royal wedding on this blog. “Surely it’s the ultimate English wedding?” @katylunsford asked me. And I’ve been considering the question since then.

Kate and William: the ultimate English Wedding?

Yes, in that the UK’s media is entirely tuned in. (Even as I put the tv on this morning, it was on Channel 5 from last night, and the kids’ tv presenter and his mascot were in capes and crowns.)

Yes, in that the world is watching! TV crews from around the world are in London to report on the big day. Why we’re having an Olympics next year I’ve no idea. The royal wedding is THE big event.

Our Vlog Preview

FEATURED
FEATURED

Days to go: 7

I’m up early today. No, not because of the other wedding but because I constantly have butterflies in my tummy about my wedding. In a week’s time I shall be showered and breakfasted and the hair and make up artists will have arrived and the party will be getting underway. How is this time here already?

I thought I’d share with you a little something that landed on my twitter feed this morning from good ole’ Jeff, our videographer. He says he has lots more footage to share with us from our strange experience of creating an engagement video/time capsule thing, but here’s a preview of what’s to come!

I don’t really feel I’m looking at myself in this video because I was SO NERVOUS… very strange.

Watch the video here!

FEATURED

Days to go: 8

With just over a week to go the nerves are setting in. I got thinking earlier about all the lovely people I have either met in person or online during this incredible journey and started getting a little emotional!

I have also discovered some rather interesting small suppliers and businesses – ones that would have otherwise passed me by if I were not using the internet as a wedding research tool! Along with this are the variety of ideas I have encountered that have helped contribute to making our wedding day and the run up to it truly personal and special for us.

The run up to the wedding is almost over and soon I will have stories and photographs to share with you all who have been so kind to read about my journey and offer your comments. The dilemma I face now is what do I do when it’s all over?

FEATURED

Are you splashing out on your wedding, aiming to have a blast of a celebration? Then fireworks are a fantastic way to end your big day in style: but where do you start with planning a fireworks display? Guest blogger Jason Mayes of Flashpoint Fireworks has all the answers:

Light up the sky on your wedding night with an amazing firework display

Firework displays are one of the most spectacular ways to entertain your guests on your wedding day, and are something that they could be talking about for years to come.

Booking a firework display is not something you do everyday so below are a few of the questions you may have if you are looking to book a professional firework company on your wedding day:

Can we have fireworks at my wedding?

If your evening reception is at a venue always check that they allow firework displays first. Some venues only allow certain types of fireworks such as low noise displays and other venues do not have any restrictions at all.

FEATURED

So you’ve seen The Future of Vintage, and it’s bright! Like it? Then here’s the English Wedding blog’s guide to getting the look! All images are by the wonderful Jonny Draper.

Get the Look: bright new Future of Vintage (1)

The Future of Vintage: Decorate a neutral venue like Styal Lodgewith pretty, bright colours

Decorate your wedding venue in brights, but keep sight of the prettiness of vintage: use paper lanterns in a few bright shades, and add splashes of colour with chair cover sashes and table decorations. Fairy lights always look fabulous (especially as day turns into evening).

Top tip: choose a wedding venue to fit your colours, somewhere without extensive decoration or dark colours on the walls or floor. Styal Lodge is perfect: with a pale carpet, light wood walls and windows everywhere, it’s a really versatile wedding venue for any modern or Future of Vintage theme!

Get the Look: bright new Future of Vintage (2)

The Future of Vintage: find brightly coloured vintage china like this teapot from Pink Pepper

FEATURED

Days to go: 9

The Pimms helped me pose!

I loved our engagement shoot – so much so that I decided to have an ‘official photographer’ – Rebecca Parsons (who is a friend of a bridesmaid) – for the first part of my hen do to give me some much-cherished beautiful memories of my last big celebration as a ‘single’ girl. I’m so pleased I made this decision – and soon I’m going to adorn my office with some carefully chosen photos of me to remind me of how FAB I felt in my 50s style dress that I got from Dollydagger! I’m also wearing my name necklace from Tatty Devine – and I gave each of my bridesmaids one of their own in their favourite colour!

Enjoy! Oh, and that pink headband thing says ‘Bride to Be’ and was compulsory headwear for most of the night!

Check out the camera magic on those legs!

My reaction to 'You're getting married in two weeks!'

I'm just loving the camera!

FEATURED

Did you see the Flying Bride earlier today on English Wedding’s Future of Vintage exclusive? The shoot had so many inspiring pictures I had to share a little ‘behind the scenes’ – especially for any North West brides looking for creative suppliers, or for wedding businesses thinking about their own creative shoots.

The Future of Vintage weddings  Styal Lodge and Jonny Draper

Photography credits: Jonny Draper www.jonnydraper.co.uk

Imagined up by Manchester photographer Jonny Draper and Styal Lodge manager Georgina Higham, this really was a fantastic shoot. Not just for the images and the way it all looks, but for how these guys work so well together.

I’ve met Jonny a couple of times, visited Styal Lodge and chatted to Georgina and Sarah, and I really felt inspired by them both: shoots like this are just one way they work together; there are also events for brides and grooms, and Jonny is very much involved with other wedding businesses in the Manchester area – organising days to work on social networking skills, sharing product photography and generally growing a successful wedding photography business based around friendship and advice.

FEATURED

The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (19)Still in love with vintage weddings? I am. Gorgeous retro styling and old fashioned lace and prettiness gets me every time. But vintage has been around for a few years and now it’s time for change! Today, the English Wedding blog brings you…

The Future of Vintage!

Exclusively on the English Wedding blog, this gorgeous alternative vintage wedding shoot features stars of the UK wedding scene: Charlotte Balbier wedding dresses shine in the unique setting of Cheshire’s Styal Lodge.

The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (2)The brainchild of wedding photographer Jonny Draper and Georgina Higham who, along with her mum and sisters, runs Styal Lodge wedding venue – this shoot reveals a stunning and exciting future for vintage weddings: full of colour and quirkiness, with a focus on details and accessories to complement those gorgeous Charlotte Balbier dresses (kindly supplied by The White Closet bridal boutique in Didsbury).

The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (4)

The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (5)The Future of Vintage is bright and quirky, full of colour and vibrance, with exciting accessories and creative details – it looks good enough to eat!

The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (6)

Instagram – @englishweddingblog

  • 9 brilliant hen, stag and sten workshop ideas (including chocolate racing) (yes) for crafty creative couples! On the blog right now at English-Wedding.com from our friends at @trulyexperiences ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#chocolateracing #henweekendideas #stagweekendideas #stenweekendideas #ukhenweekends #henworkshops #craftyhens #creativehenweekend #alternativehenweekends #actualchocolateracing #henactivities #whereyouraceforchocolate #englishweddingblog #chocolate #truffles #chocolatier #artisanchocolates
  • Too cute by MILES!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 @yorkplacestudios⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🏡 @barndrift⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Caroline & Sid's wedding on www.English-Wedding.com today⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#englishweddingblog #cute #flowergirl #weddingdress #documentaryweddingphotographers #childrenatweddings #realwedding #momentsovermountains #barndriftnorfolk #barndriftweddings #barndriftweddingphotographer #naturalweddingphotography #creativeweddingphotography #weddingphotography #reportageweddingphotography #instawed #unposed #reportagewedding #weddingphotojournalism #weddingphotojournalist #documentaryweddingphotography #realmoments #weddingphotographer #weddingphoto  #instawedding
  • Today's blog focuses on @elderflowerevents - they're supporting rural communities and farmers and have a collection of idyllic countryside wedding venues to choose from across Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. I think that's pretty awesome. 👏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Find out more on English-Wedding.com ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Follow 👉 @elderflowerevents⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#englishweddingblog #weddingvenues #ukvenues #farmweddings #barnweddings #outdoorwedding #destinationwedding #bride2be #marqueewedding #countryhousewedding #barnwedding #marqueewedding #outdoorwedding #pubwedding #venuehunting #weddingvenue #unlockyourweddingvenue#tipiwedding #alternativewedding #specialday #elderflowerevents
  • Saturday cake love from these talented wedding makers!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@pauntley_court @redmaple13 @wildandcoflowers @victoria_abbosh @charlotteparkerbridal @victoriassignatureweddingcakes @canapetocakecatering @java_wedding_event_tipi @oscarsbarhire @hamptoneventhire @ledburylifestyle @emeraldpaperdesign⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#beautifulcake #beautifulcakes #cake #cakes #weddingideas #weddingcakeideas #gorgeouscake #gorgeouscakes #pauntleycourt #bridetobe2021 #countryhousewedding #weddingvenue #weddingseason #countryhousewedding #churchwedding #uniqueweddings #wedding #weddinginspiration #britishwedding #luxuryweddings #countrysidewedding⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#pauntleycourt #pauntleycourtweddings #gloucestershireweddingvenue
  • 10 blissful honeymoon escapes... today on English-Wedding.com with @101honeymoons
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What's your dream honeymoon destination? Mine's pic 2, totally. Cosy, homely, back to nature and under the stars kind of thing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#honeymoonideas #honeymoon #love #sunset #glamping #honeymoongoals #travel #travelgram #explorepage #explore #couplegoals #indiahoneymoon #beach  #discover  #travelgoals #islandvibes  #bucketlist
  • Moments or details? LOVE this pic from @crislowisphotography which for me answers the question. Yeah, we love details and planning and the excitement of making a wedding beautiful. But afterwards, when only your photos and memories are left to remind you of your best day ever? It's the moments you'll fall in love with over and over again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#englishweddingblog #documentaryweddingphotography #documentaryweddingphotographer #documentaryweddingphotos #weddingphotographerstaffordshire #pendrellhall  #pendrellhallphotographer #pendrellhallweddingphotographer #weddingphotographers #bride #bridetobe  #realwedding #naturalweddingphotography #creativeweddingphotography #weddingphotography #instawed #unposed #reportagewedding #weddingphotojournalism #weddingphotojournalist #documentaryweddingphotography #realmoments #weddingphotographer #weddingphoto #justmarried #candid #weddinginspiration #instawedding #wedding #motherofthebride
  • Happy news for any Yorkshire brides out there - lovely @khmakeupartistry who joined English Wedding this summer *happydance* has 2 AUGUST WEEKENDS FREE!!!! Saturday 3rd August and Saturday 11th August ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Kate is based in beautiful North Yorkshire and is a little gem in everything she does. Check out her insta @khmakeupartistry ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Venue @horningtonmanor ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photography @bloomweddingsuk ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Makeup @khmakeupartistry⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#weddingmakeup #weddingmakeupartist #wedding #northyorkshirewedding #yorkshirewedding  #bridalmakeup #bridalmakeupartist #richmondweddingsuppliers #harrogateweddingsuppliers  #yorkshirebrides #yorkshireweddingsuppliers  #countrysidewedding #weddingmakeupartist #weddingmakeupyorkshire #weddingmakeupharrogate #weddingmakeuprichmond #weddingmakeupripon
  • 5 top tips for planning an EPIC wedding video - on English-Wedding.com today with our lovely friends at @hdmoments ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pic: James & Daryl at @clivedenhouse ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photographer @zosiazacharia ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Flowers @joannacarterflowers ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wedding coordinator @lydia_kenny3 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Bride's dress @oscardelarenta ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
MUA @kristinagasperasmua⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#weddingvideo #videographeruk #ukvideographers #weddingsuppliers #weddingplanning #weddingadvice #weddinghelp #clivedenhouse #clivedenhousehotel #countryhouse #weddingvideographer #weddingvideographerlondon #weddingfilm #weddingvideo #hdmomentswedding #gettingmarried #englishweddingblog #weddingmagazine #weddingplanner #weddingplanning #weddingstylist #luxurywedding
Antalya mutlu son Adana mutlu son istanbul mutlu son mardin mutlu son malatya mutlu son trabzon mutlu son bursa mutlu son tokat mutlu son zonguldak mutlu son batman mutlu son kutahya mutlu son

 

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

Would you like to get exclusive offers, exciting
updates and wedding blog sneak peeks by email?