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.

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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!

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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!

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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.


An apology is due, dear readers. I tried so hard to think of a brilliant, snappy and fun title for this guest post, as great advice deserves a strong introduction. “Top ten tips for hiring a wedding band” would have been fab, but my challenge was to think of an adjective for nine instead. “Nine nice … ” and then I wanted a word instead of tips. Starting with n. There isn’t one.

Shall I just crack on with this guest blog post? Martin from 24-7 has some great advice for you if you’re considering a live band for your wedding.

Thinking of booking a live band for your wedding reception?

Read this handy checklist first.

When it comes to creating a vibrant atmosphere for your wedding reception you’ll be hard pressed to beat a live band. There’s just something magical about watching real musicians perform with real instruments that you don’t get with other forms of entertainment. But how do you go about finding a band to hire and what are the things to watch out for?


This week on English Wedding is one of beautiful contrasts. Today is a quiet, thoughtful and peaceful day – and this blog feature is about pure, enchanting and beautiful wedding photography. Kevin Mullins is a fantastic reportage wedding photographer and I want to show you one of his latest weddings.

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Emily and Andrew’s Wiltshire wedding

Emily and Andrew were married in May at Malmesbury Abbey, a historical abbey dating back to the twelfth century, with incredible period architecture used to beautiful effect in Kevin Mullins’s wedding photography.

There’s a tranquil beauty to these wedding photographs. Scroll down slowly and enjoy.

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (21) The beautiful wedding dress…

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (20) A very English cup of tea for the bride (lovely idea: wedding party mugs!)

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (19) Watching from a quiet corner as the bride gets ready for her big day

Old Bell Hotel wedding blog by photographer Kevin Mullins (18) Inside Malmesbury Abbey, a building full of history and with a clearly devoted team ensuring everything is in place and looking perfect for the wedding day


I have some funny pictures from David and Rachel’s wedding to share with you! Lucy West sent these over… so if you, like me, are missing David and Rachel already, these are especially for you.

And me 🙂

funny wedding guest photos (1)The bride and groom…. hee! They still look amazing.

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Which is your favourite?

Thanks once again to Rachel and David, and to Lucy West Images.

It’s been SO MUCH FUN!

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Today on English Wedding blog we’ve got:

  • ice cream and dancing
  • buttons everywhere!
  • graffiti and sunshine
  • a campervan, lots of love and kisses
  • the best, most creative, fun wedding – part two

Courtesy of the fabulous Lucy West Images and with help again from Rachel and David – the most exciting bride and groom you’ll see and fall in love with (these two are stars, they really are!) here’s part two of what I can only describe as the best day of their lives.

Missed the rest? Catch up on the mad, creative, painty engagement shoot we shared in April and read yesterday’s wedding report to see a really exciting church wedding service.

Ready? Enjoy!

exciting wedding photography blog feature Rachel David (1)“We had interactive games during the signing of the register, left the church to Blink 182, and had an ice cream van to greet the guests as they exited the service.

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exciting wedding photography blog feature Rachel David (5)We couldn’t have hoped for a better day, we had so much fun, and the day was filled with laughter… even the weather behaved itself!


Who remembers blinking in amazement and squealing in delight at the couple whose mad, exciting and painty engagement shoot I featured a little while ago? The one where they got covered in it, wrote LOVE on the wall and had to go home painted pink, yellow and blue from head to toe?

It was brilliant. I loved it. You loved it… with all your blog comments it went down a treat. And then David and Rachel got married. And the wedding day is EVEN BETTER! (of course it is… but as creative and inspiring and fun goes, it’s just incredible).

Rachel wrote the loveliest wedding report to share with us. So I’ll hand over to excellent wedding photographer Lucy West for the wedding pictures (part one) and to gorgeous bride Rachel to tell you all about it.

copyright Lucy West Images wedding photographer (1) “If there was one thing we wanted our wedding to be it would be fun, and I think we certainly achieved that! A lack of funds teamed with an overwhelming urge to be creative made our wedding quite unique. Our main themes were newspaper, buttons, graffiti paint and all things colourful!


Just a short post, as we’re off shortly to try to find Paul an outfit. Like me, he doesn’t want to wear something desperately traditional – he’s thinking either an interesting jacket and trousers (as opposed to a matching suit) or a waistcoat without a jacket. We shall have to see what Bluewater has along those lines…

My bridesmaids have all been sending me pictures of the dresses they will be wearing (I let them choose). It’s safe to say they are all going to look fantastic. So far there will be two bridesmaids in green, one in red, one in blue and one in black (there are still three whose dresses I’ve not seen yet). It’s going to be fabulously colourful, and I think the dresses will look great with the oriental fans that I gave the girls instead of bouquets.


I don’t squeal. I’m calm, collected and simply love being a wedding blogger. No hysterics. So when top UK wedding dress designer Charlotte Balbier herself emailed me I didn’t squeal*. At all.

*I jumped four foot in the air and did a quick lap of the ceiling in my excitement.

Last month Charlotte Balbier did a sneaky peek preview day for her boutique owners of the new 2012 ‘Candy Kisses’ collection at The event was to give the boutiques a preview into the new 2012 collection and also to have a time to meet fellow boutique owners, relax, chat, network and be spoilt with champagne, yummy canapés and afternoon tea.

Who’d have liked to be a fly on the wall for the event, hey ladies? Tell you what, who’d like to play along RIGHT NOW and pretend we have front row seats for the exclusive wedding industry only event? Hmm?**

**I’m on the edge of my seat, hand in the air shouting ‘Meeeeeeeeee!’


It seems like I’ve been away for ages when in fact it’s only been a few weeks! I have so much to tell you about mine and David’s day but I think I’ll save it until our official photographs come back in the next week or so. I can’t wait!

Before I get started I’d like to say a huge thank you to Claire, I’ve loved every second of blogging about our wedding and it’s really going to help me remember all the details and run-up in the future, I think I’ll get a book printed like I mentioned before as a little keepsake from English-Wedding. Also thank you so much for the beautiful calligraphy you sent us of one of our readings from the wedding (Forever Young by Bob Dylan), we’re going to frame it and put it on display when we get round to it! (I’ll also post a photo when I get my act together!) We were both really touched and that reading out of all of them meant the most to us so it’s the perfect gift.

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