Strong colours in a wedding theme look fantastic. Red and blue are rich, exciting tones which give a brilliant contrast to the delicate whites and pastels of traditional weddings. This wedding day is a stunner – with a gorgeous bride, a blissfully happy groom and an overwhelmingly happy atmosphere to the whole day. And those colours make it extra fabulous.

The bride and groom are Sara and Rich, and they were married this spring in Mayfair, London. The venue is Dartmouth House – a sixteenth century mansion house with a courtyard and fountains to give the atmosphere of a chateau terrace – it’s a great location for a chic city wedding.

Justine Ferrari is the London wedding photographer who submitted the wedding for us – she is also one of the English Wedding Experts on the blog, so do check out her advice for brides and grooms – I guarantee you’ll learn something useful for your wedding day!

Justine Ferrari is based in Suffolk and specialises in capturing beautiful, elegant and timeless wedding photographs. Her official website is at


A bit of a funny blog post perhaps, and self indulgent too. The Royal Wedding passed me by last week (I like weddings; I’m not a fan of royalty) and I feel at times I’m watching from the sidelines as the biggest UK wedding bloggers are teaming up with wedding magazines for various projects. (I’m not a fan of the wedding press either, and haven’t made any secret of that on this blog.)

Does this mean English Wedding is missing the mark? Not right for a particular audience? Or is there a different audience for this blog instead? Should I try harder to be like the other blogs, or stick to my guns?

Surely there are brides and grooms who feel the same: the royal wedding can’t have resonated with everyone, or can it? Do we all really watch these things with a tear in our eye or were any of you avoiding the telly that day? I admitted on twitter that I’d gone shopping halfway through the whole event. Not sure that went down too well!


Update 16th May: comments are now closed and I’ll announce the winner later today!

Serious negotiating goes on behind the scenes of the English Wedding blog, you know – and all so I can find treats and beautiful things for you gorgeous brides and grooms out there. Today’s Monday Makerie is a little bit different! You could win…

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Win a FREE copy of “One-of-a-Kind Handmade Weddings”

How? The clue’s in the review. Read it, then answer the question in the comments box at the end 🙂 A winner will be picked at random from all correct entries.

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One-of-a-kind Handmade Weddings – reviewed by English Wedding

For DIY brides and grooms, this brand new book is full of ideas for personalising your wedding. There are over 70 ideas inside for wedding craft projects – and they’re all easy to follow and accessible for anyone. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart! (co-author Laura Maffeo has worked as a stylist for Martha Stewart Weddings, so this book really is full of expert wedding craft advice!)


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


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!


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 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.


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.


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.

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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!


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?


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.


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.

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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!

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

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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