Gorgeous Cakes wedding detail photography by Lyndsey James

May I indulge myself today and muse a little? Perhaps you can help answer the questions in my tummy – all about wedding blogs, wedding photography, inspiration and indulgence…

Sometimes an idea just pops in and I run with it. I find myself thinking about different styles of wedding photography and how bloggers feature weddings – ultimately, about how brides- and grooms-to-be read and enjoy wedding blogs.

Details and wedding inspiration

The big wedding blogs – the likes of Style Me Pretty, Ruffled and Love My Dress to name only a few of my favourites – feature weddings full of details: flowers, table decorations, accessories, signs and all those beautiful little ideas we love.

Gorgeous Cakes wedding detail photography by Lyndsey James

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We read wedding blogs and swoon at the real wedding photography because it inspires our own wedding plans and helps us find and buy all the lovely little things to make the day look pretty.

Kew Gardens weddingPhotography copyright Martin Beddall

Claire and Nick chose the gorgeous setting of Kew Gardens for their wedding and were blessed with glorious sunshine for their elegant celebration.

Claire chose a simple theme with pure white hydrangeas to complement her flowing wedding gown, which is a stunning white dress with a jewelled, plunging neckline and exquisite back detail: the loose back of the dress makes for a ‘Greek goddess’ designer style with the backdrop of Kew completing the naturally elegant feeling for the day.

Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall submitted these beautiful images for the English Wedding blog. I love them: Martin’s informal reportage wedding photography style means there’s a relaxed feeling to the pictures.

With reportage wedding photography the focus is always on you and the story of your wedding day, as told in fleeting glimpses of emotions, key moments and the enjoyment of the occasion. Martin Beddall is, for me, one of the best.


I can’t stand the phrase “budget wedding” – it makes my toes curl and my teeth itch. Brides and grooms: if you’re planning a wedding for less than £5,000 we need to think of a new word to get across your creativity and independence!

“Budget wedding” is a dreary phrase, a wedding industry standard that everyone uses to describe less expensive weddings.

Hip and Funky Wedding Photographer LondonIt sounds awful though doesn’t it… we need a more upbeat phrase for everyone out there who is thinking creatively and spending less on their wedding day. Something that doesn’t sound faintly disappointing, but inspiring and clever!

What’s wrong with “budget weddings”?

It’s become an industry phrase with too many negative connotations and I hate it!

Spending £5,000? Oooh, you’re having a “budget wedding” then.

Making your own bunting? Ah, you’re a “budget bride”…. well done.

Ick, ick and more ick. You’re creative, intelligent and not caving to industry pressure. You’re a “bright bride”, planning your own wedding – I refuse to use the phrase “budget wedding” any more.


The first thing most newly engaged women think about (after the romance of the proposal has had time to sink in, of course) is the dress. If you are anything like me, you’ll have been imagining wearing a wedding dress since you were a young girl, and the likelihood is you already have an idea in mind of the sort of thing you are after. Accessories, however, are a whole different ball game. Most little girls dreaming of marrying their prince don’t pay much attention to what shoes they are going to wear, or what jewellery to match to their dress. It can therefore be a bit daunting when you realise that you have the dress of your dreams but have absolutely no idea what to put with it. After some careful consideration, here’s what I’ve ended up choosing to accessorize my vintage 1970s maxi dress with on the big day:


bridal shoot with a surprise

Short and sweet – this is a blog post purely to make you smile.

Meet bride and groom Rach and Dan…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (3)

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (4)


Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (1)A family friend took Rach and Dan’s wedding pictures and they decided after the wedding they’d like some professional photographs as well. They chose wedding photographer Matt Ethan to take these lovely quirky bridal photos.

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (6)

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (5)

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (7)

You can just tell how happy these two are – and what lovely photos to treasure in years to come. All the more poignant because…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (8)Just one week after the shoot Dan got back in touch to tell Matt that Rach was expecting their first baby! So not only do they have a lovely set of photos, but their baby is hiding away in the pics as well…. and that’s a really beautiful little thing to have and to know.

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (2)Congratulations Dan and Rach, and thank you to wedding photographer Matt Ethan for sharing the images with us today.

Hope we made you smile…

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle

I had a fantastic response to the competition to win handmade wedding notebooks by Virginia McArdle. It was lovely to read all of your comments and particularly those from and about grooms – thank you boys for dispelling the myth that weddings are basically for girls…

Handmade wedding notebooks winner!

I waffle. The winner of the competition is Sarah W. Congratulations Sarah – I’ll send your details to Virginia and she’ll sort out your prize for you. Enjoy the books… I’m very jealous!

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle

For those of you who didn’t win (sorry, boys!) do remember that the fabulously talented Virginia McArdle is a member of Craft Central and will be at the Craft Central Gets Hitched event (it’s central London’s handmade wedding fair) on the 23rd-25th of June.

More details are here:


A real wedding for you today girls and guys, and one which follows from the playful week of weddings we had last week!

This is Richard and Laura’s wedding day in Wales – the venue is Plas Hafod, the atmosphere is chilled out countryside and I love the little details of the day.

Plas Hafod wedding photography North Wales (1)Marie Lloyd Photography sent the photographs in to be featured on English Wedding. Husband and wife wedding photographers from Wales, Marie and Jason work together shooting weddings across the country.

Plas Hafod wedding photography North Wales (10)

Jason wrote about this wedding day, “We photographed a great wedding on the royal wedding day: the bride and groom had a 1912 vintage bus, a handmade dress, vintage sewing machine and loads of handmade details.”

Plas Hafod wedding photography North Wales (2)

Jason explained how some of the quirkier shots came about: “Richard and Laura are a super cute couple, really touchy feely and expressive and we went for some less typical, more creative shots with them. I know that’s a little cryptic, but they loved our work and wanted to do something a little different, so we did :o)


Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography 08In case you’ve been enjoying the sunshine and missed a bit on the English Wedding blog this week, here’s a recap with all the blog posts of last week

On Monday we saved you a little sunshine with a bluebell engagement shoot by ARJ Photography (our newest sponsor on the English Wedding Showcase)

Star Bride Sally shared her somethings old, new, borrowed and blue while Blogger Bride Frances gave us a little review of wedding websites

Hen Heaven shared some ideas for perfect spa and pampering hen weekends

Loulabelle shared all the wedding goodies her long suffering postman has delivered! More goodies… Laura won a Pretty POSH Party Bag in our competition on Tuesday. Congratulations Laura 🙂

wedding photo of the week by Chris Hanley Photography

We swooned at Chris Hanley Photography’s gorgeous photos in Wednesday’s real wedding: Martin gave one of the comments I loved… he described it perfectly as a “Beautiful wedding, beautifully shot!”

Then I wanted to write a really positive post so we had Cherish the moment – all about rediscovering the seven year old inside! … followed by the kids wedding survey with blog sponsors McAvoy Photography


Last week English Wedding made it into the list of the Top 100 UK Wedding Blogs. It’s a brilliant list and I’ve been checking out the other wedding blogs who made the top to bring you this blog advice:

9 ways to write a brilliant wedding blog

  1. Have attitude! Rock n Roll Bride tops the list of UK wedding blogs. Kat Williams’s blog is compelling and powerful because she says what she thinks – this is a blog which is honest and real, and also happens to be packed with real weddings, blogging advice and bridal shoots – with a difference!Rock n Roll Bride top UK wedding blogEverything about Rock n Roll Bride has the attitude that defines Kat’s blog – it’s all about being different. While Kat’s alternative attitude gets us all hooked, her blog is exceptionally well branded, promoted and written. Rock n Roll Bride appeals to a wide audience (who doesn’t want to be this cool?!) and inspires many other great wedding bloggers, which is why this is the top UK wedding blog – by miles!

Days to go: 308


I’ve been able to tick off some big things from the To Do list this week!

On Saturday we went to the travel agent to talk about our honeymoon. We got some options, had some ideas and then on Tuesday we went back and booked the honeymoon!

Possibly the most exciting part of booking the honeymoon is that we booked it in my married name! This does mean that I have to make sure I get my passport sorted in the right name. I have gone to the website to make sure I get it all done right.

If you Google going on honeymoon with your married name, all the sites you look at recommend not doing that. That worried me! But the website says that’s fine.

I am so excited about the honeymoon! It’s going to be completely amazing! I’m planning on buying summer clothes for it!


by Cassie Cooper, wedding planner of Three Graces Weddings

It goes without saying that every bride deserves a wedding day which is beautiful, stylish and stress-free. But it seems to me that somewhere along the way we’ve all got a bit lost in the idea of everything being flawlessly perfect and we’ve forgotten to do the most important thing of all: enjoy ourselves!

Stay optimistic and plan your wedding your way

I have a natural inclination to want to organise everything to within an inch of its life; but my driving force is not the desire to make everyone’s wedding look like a spread from a magazine but the hope that everyone will just be happy on the day. ‘Just’ indeed!

I wonder how many couples have the same optimism but get slowly and surely dragged down by ‘shoulds’, tensions and too much sweating of the small stuff. Has this happened to you?

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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