Bride and groom in lamplit garden

Bride and groom in lamplit garden - this has to be my favourite. Wow!

Time to introduce Gloucestershire wedding photographer Jonathon Watkins to everyone today – and I hope you enjoy his photos as much as I do! Beautiful bride Sian and Leyton were married at Hatherley Manor Hotel in August.

Jonathon told me that Sian and Leyton picked a very rainy day to get married, but he caught my attention with these wonderful words: when life sends you rain, put up the umbrella and make beautiful reflections…

Beautiful bridal shoes

As Sian was getting ready, Jonathon took these pictures of the wedding shoes and tiara (below) on a glass table top. Talk about beautiful reflections...

Fantastic bridal shoes from Benjamin Adams – these are ‘Winslet’ in ivory silk.

Pretty wedding tiara

Pretty wedding tiara on a glass table top. Sian's tiara is made with intricate twisted wire and diamantes

Sian’s pretty diamante tiara is from Blossom Tiaras in Hampshire.

Sian's dad & the cat from next door are best of friends

Sian's dad & the cat from next door are best of friends

Bride and groom Newcastle skyline

On top of the world!

This Newcastle wedding instantly made me think of ‘On top of the world’ as a title. As well as the amazing shot from the hotel roof in Newcastle, the romance in the photos is tangible and it shows that bride and groom Liz and Steven had the best day of their lives.

This wedding was sent to me by Simon Hudspeth, a Newcastle wedding photographer based in Durham. Simon works alongside his wife and marketing genius Alison, who told me how much they loved shooting Liz and Steven’s wedding.

The photos are an astonishing mix of contemporary cityscapes and romantic old cobbled streets, with views of the Tyne bridge and Newcastle’s Black Gate (part of the castle).

fastening the wedding dress

Fastening the wedding dress - it's all giggles for Liz

Groom's knees

Groom's knees!

Groom ready for wedding

Steven waits with a nervous smile

bride and groom getting married

This beautiful photo captures the essence of the wedding day

confetti time

Confetti shot! Chief of Confetti today is the lady in pink.

Bride and groom

A fun portrait of a very happy Liz and Steven!

bridal party in pink

I love the colours in this shot, and the super cool poses from the bridal party.

Olly and Louise came all the way from Australia and were married at The Great Hall at Mains in Lancashire this summer. I spotted their wedding on wedding photographer Jonny Draper‘s blog and couldn’t resist… Louise is a gorgeous bride, Olly’s so handsome, they make a striking couple and every photo is perfect.

Plus there was the llama, which had me in stitches…

The Cartford Inn

The day begins at The Cartford Inn where the boys are getting ready...

The Cartford Inn is a lovely little hotel not far from Preston in Lancashire.

Buttons and ties - the groom gets ready

Buttons and ties - the groom gets ready

Jimmy Choo wedding shoes!

Why have one pair of Jimmy Choos when you can have two!

The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride.


Louise looks amazing as she poses for a pre wedding photo

The prettiest little church for an English wedding

The prettiest little church for an English wedding

Louise and Olly were married at The Church of St Michael in the village of St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire. The late mediaeval church is a Grade I listed building.

Yellow table and pink wedding bouquet

Yellow table and pink wedding bouquet. Credit: Jonny Draper

I’m doing it again… a preview of tomorrow’s real wedding to tantalise your wedding appetites. This time I’m also playing with you, quite unapologetically.

Why? Well let’s see… this wedding has a random llama, a reverse confetti attack, loads of romantic photos and blasts of exciting colour plus a glitterball.

And until tomorrow folks, that’s all you get. ‘Cos I’m mean (and reeeeaallly busy!)

Claire x


Making a wedding ring - celtic designI’m happy to welcome a guest blogger today: Leigh Maher is an expert on high quality jewellery and I asked for his advice on choosing the perfect wedding ring.

The idea of choosing a timelessly beautiful ring that you’ll wear for the rest of your life is a little daunting… but Leigh has some great advice to share.

How to choose the ideal wedding ring

You will wear your wedding ring every day of your life – in a sense, it will become a part of you, and it will always symbolize your love for your partner. Finding the perfect ring is worth a little time and effort!

Many brides-to-be spend a lot of time dreaming of the ultimate engagement ring or wedding band, but, sometimes, they can be unsure about exactly which ring to choose. Often, buying impulsively can lead to regrets.

Many brides and grooms end up “upgrading” years after their ceremonies, because their rings aren’t quite what they wanted them to be. For the smartest brides-to-be (or grooms-to-be!), research and planning are used to ensure that the first wedding ring purchased will be worn and loved forever.

Bride and groom kissing with cloudy sky

So beautiful... English summer wedding with cloudy skies

English weddings… Yorkshire… summertime… I think I went all summer without mentioning the rain, but let’s face it here in the UK we do get the odd shower, we love to talk about the weather and we can always make the most of things.

This wonderful wedding from Tierney Photography has a few umbrellas and hundreds of huge smiles – I love everything about it!

Joanna's beautiful bridal hair

Joanna is an incredibly pretty bride, here putting final touches to her beautiful bridal up do

Bridal shoe photo by Tierney Photography

Striking bridal shoe - I love the little sparkly floral jewel

Beautiful bride, by Tierney Photography

Joanna keeps an eye on the weather and I can't take my eyes off that dress - layers and layers of flowing lace - wow. She looks fantastic.

Bridal portrait by Tierney Photography

A favourite photo for me, Joanna poses on a chaise longue - perfect. Bridal portrait by Tierney Photography

Bride fashion photography

A contemporary statement photo works just as well to portray a dynamic and stunning bride.

Bride and groom in the English countryside

Bride and groom in the English countryside

I’ve been looking at this set of wedding photographs for days and can’t wait to post them. With this week’s weather and the shots from Joanna and Liam’s wedding I can’t resist mentioning the rain… but it instills a kind of calm and serenity in me at times.

These images from Tierney Photography in Yorkshire are beautiful. The cloudy, misty, swirly skies and the soft tones in the photos are as romantic as the sunniest August day. I love this wedding and I think there’s a lot to be said for the English weather… see what you think when I post the full wedding for you tomorrow.

(I’m posting a preview partly because this is a very busy time for calligraphy and I’ve been burning the candle at both ends… forgive me. But I think this photo deserves a little feature of its own!)


I’ve been asking on Twitter for favourite wedding supplier recommendations. If you’ve had fantastic service or fallen in love with something you bought for your wedding, let me know!

Louise told me about Boodles, top British jewellers since the 18th century with shops in London, Manchester, Chester, Liverpool and Dublin.

Their website is worth a visit (keep an eye on things moving around while you’re not watching!) and the history is really impressive.

How about this exquisite bracelet for your something blue? Definitely my favourite, although I love the spiderweb collection to bits as well!

Have you got a favourite wedding supplier you’d like to share? Let me know on or send an email to


I very rarely do this, but hey. I’m the wedding blogger with a wedding business, and one of my favourite customers has just emailed me some photos of her place cards, complete with my very own calligraphy! So I thought I’d share.

Wedding place card with calligraphy by Claire Gould

Wedding place card with calligraphy by Claire Gould

Jo was a wonderful customer, we had a long email conversation and I was really pleased to hear from her again after the wedding. It’s pretty much made my week! Jo, if you read this, thank you so much!

More at Calligraphy UK if you’re interested. English Wedding will be about other people again tomorrow!

Claire x


If you haven’t already tried, did you know you can check for updates on English Wedding on your mobile?

Just use the same address as you do on your computer: and you should see all the latest blog posts, with images displayed all nicely, on your mobile.

Just thought I’d share… makes me feel clever. Have a lovely day!

Claire x

Carlton Ensemble string quartet with flute Manchester

Carlton Ensemble string quartet with flute Manchester

It was my absolute pleasure recently to be asked by Hallmark cards to ask readers of the blog to share their suggestions for ‘alternative first dance songs’ for weddings. Being a huge fan* of Hallmark, I thought Firestarter was a good one and it subsequently made it into their top three. My point being, I’m not an expert on romantic music!

Wedding music isn’t a priority for everyone: it’s easy to concentrate on the big suppliers, the visual aspects and logistics – but choosing something extra special will make a huge difference to your day. If your taste in music doesn’t suit weddings (me!) then you have to venture outside of what you’d normally have on the stereo and find something that will suit the occasion…

… so up step Carlton Ensemble!

Carlton Ensemble dressed for a sophisticated event in black

Carlton Ensemble dressed for a sophisticated event in black


WeddingsByRyan has been on my radar for months now, and as a regular admirer of photographer Jonathan Ryan’s blog I was really happy when he volunteered for an English Wedding mini-interview! His answers are very entertaining… enjoy.

A beautiful bride photographed by Jonathan Ryan

A beautiful bride photographed by Jonathan Ryan

What inspires you?

Light, action, colour, drama.

I spend more time flicking through fashion magazines than looking at other wedding photographers’ work. I also get inspiration from films, TV, art.

About once a week I’ll wake up early in the morning with an image so clear in my mind that it could have been painted on the ceiling. Other times I’ll be driving along the road and see a particular pattern of light and think “wow – I could use that…”.

Throwing the bridal bouquet by PeopleByRyan

Throwing the bridal bouquet by

What do you love most about your work?

That I get to do it. I spent years working in an office and I still find it hard to believe that I can get up every morning and do new and exciting things and call it “work”.

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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