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I am clinging onto summer this week – despite the gale force winds and rain we’ve had here on the west coast. Let’s brighten all of our mornings with the beautiful Lancashire wedding of beautiful bride Emma and gorgeous groom Rob! Their June wedding was perfect – they were blessed with the most beautiful weather, which was perfect for their Bashall Barn farm celebrations.

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Both bride and groom are teachers – Emma’s a science teacher and Rob teaches music – so the school theme was strong through the day, with handwritten chalkboard signage, and even a ‘periodic table of tables’ for their table plan! The flowers in test tubes (for the ceremony) just look so pretty – I love this idea. Rob also wrote the music Emma walked down the aisle to, which is the loveliest thing ever, don’t you think?

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Images are by lovely Kirsty at Alfred & Co Photography –

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Did I mention I’m going to be a bridesmaid at the end of September? There are ten of us – and seven have already bought their dresses! I’m not one of the early birds – I’m enjoying every wedding submission which lands in my inbox and having a really good look at all the maids and where their dresses are from! We’re wearing grey so I especially loved seeing Jess and Mike’s wedding in the English Wedding Bible – my fave bridesmaid dresses so far 🙂

So I’m thrilled today to be sharing something bridesmaidy but totally different with you. I adore the romantic look of these dresses, based on the designer’s signature feminine and bohemian style and incorporating fresh, vibrant and beautiful colour with delicate overlays and slips in a choice of shades. Katya Katya has reinvented bridesmaids and I’m in love with all of these dresses – Paige being a real favourite.

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The entire collection is hand-designed in London and beautifully created in their studio, in the most beautiful fabric and colour combinations.

Vintage wedding ideas at The Great Lodge Essex with Gemma Giorgio Photography (38)

I love this genius little invention from the guys at Monsoon – they have researched historical weather data and used it to create a nifty little gadget which shows which dates are – historically – the wettest, in the hope that brides and grooms can stock up on brollies and suncream before the big day!

It’s a Nice Day for a Dry Wedding

86 years of Met Office rainfall data helps predict the best and worst days of the year to hold your wedding and avoid the rain.

  • “Wedding Day Weather Calculator” created to help predict % chance of rain on any date, in a specific region of the UK
  • April is the driest month of the year in the UK and the best month for a dry wedding
  • 15th April is the driest day on average for the UK
  • November is the wettest month of the year, with the 11th officially the wettest
  • August is the wettest month during spring and summer
Kathryn Hopkins Photography real wedding

We launched the English Wedding Bible last week with TWO lovely prize draws for you gorgeous folks to enter, as well as a plethora (love that word!) of gorgeous style inspiration, advice and ideas to help you plan your best day ever. There’s still time to enter and win prizes, so I thought I’d take a little time out today to tell you more.

WIN… the secret to never losing your wedding rings!

Keep your wedding rings safe with Tile. This brilliant and gorgeous looking gadget could save your entire wedding. Anyone who’s had a wedding dream about losing the rings (it’s a common one! You’re not alone!) will understand just how much of a lifesaver this could be! Basically you pop the tile (which is just a bit bigger than a memory card) into the ring box, download an app, and you can find your rings with your phone forever. Phew! Pop it on your keyring after your wedding and you’ll never lose your keys either! To enter, just sign up to the English Wedding mailing list – everyone who joins us before July 31st will have a chance to win the Tile I have on my desk! More info on page 87 of the English Wedding Bible

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There’s a secret little bucket list in my mind of photographers whose style I love and who I dream of working with one day… and who I’d definitely be getting in touch with if I was planning my own wedding! Somewhere at the top of that list is a lovely Lancashire wedding photographer who has been a supporter of and contributor to the English Wedding Blog pretty much since day one. Lovely Rachel Joyce Photography has had weddings and shoots published in the English Wedding Bible as well as on the blog, and I’m proud to say she’s a member of the English Wedding Directory too.

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Rachel describes herself as ‘a storytelling photographer’ and if you head on over to her website and blog you will soon see why. She’s skilled in her craft as a visual storyteller and her wedding images are vibrant, beautiful and joyful to look at – and she’s one of my favourite UK wedding photographers for 2018 and beyond.


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Last summer I styled an editorial photoshoot very close to home – as many of you know, I live on the edge of the Lake District and within minutes’ walk of the beach. When lovely Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography suggested we do a photoshoot here, I just couldn’t say no. I’m a huge believer in letting your surroundings influence the style of your day, and my choice of suppliers to take part in the shoot was inspired by the wild beaches of south Cumbria – my favourite place in the world.

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Previously featured on Love My Dress blog (thank you lovely Annabel!), this shoot was designed to show you how to incorporate simple touches inspired by waves and the sea into your wedding day. We styled a simple table with fabrics, foliage and calligraphy in lush blues and golds, with glassware from lovely Narrative Hire.

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Image by Stylish Wedding Photography at Penton Park (30)

How was your weekend? We’ve had blissful sunshine and a lovely sea breeze, perfect for a friend’s party and a day’s tidying up the garden… as it’s my main view when I’m blogging, it’s important my little flowers grow bigger than the weeds so I can see them! While I’m in a sunny mood, I’m all about sharing summer weddings on the blog, and today’s is just the perfect summer’s day.

Image by Stylish Wedding Photography at Penton Park (16)

Cristina and Pat were married at Penton Park, and styled their day with lovely personal touches – the table plan is genius, the favours and place settings look gorgeous. And they had everything: glorious sunshine from the off, a luxurious venue with fabulous interiors and breathtaking gardens, and clear skies all the way through until sunset.

Image by Stylish Wedding Photography at Penton Park (21)

I love their story, which is told in a nutshell on one of the table cards – basically, Pat moved in to the house Cristina was sharing with friends at the time. She liked him SO much she thought she’d have to move out immediately. I guess it’s lucky for them – and for us! – that she didn’t!

Romantic spring wedding styling from Amanda Karen Photography (7)

If you have half an hour or so free this Sunday afternoon, I would love for you to check out our digital magazine, the English Wedding Bible. I love curating all the features, shoots, writing articles and putting the publication together, and I really hope you’ll enjoy snuggling down with your phone or tablet and having a good old read! Of course, the shoots in the magazine are the ones which really knock my little socks off – and you’ll recognise some of the images from the blog today when you read the magazine too! The flowers in this shoot are just divine – they’re perfect for a spring bouquet with a glorious combination of roses with eucalyptus, sweet peas, wax flower and green hellebores. Images are by our lovely friend and English Wedding sponsor, Amanda Karen Photography. The shoot was styled by lovely Emma Turner Weddings, and there’s a full supplier list below. Here’s Emma to tell you more!

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Pingle Pie wedding stationery and wedding invitations on the English Wedding Blog (7)

Happy weekend, you lovely people!! Are you enjoying all the sunshine, or ready for some raindrops and that delicious smell of dusty grass after the first summer showers? I’ve almost forgotten where I left my brolly, way back in April! Today though, we’re thinking ahead to summer weddings, bright and breezy sunny celebrations with beautiful styling touches and the loveliest stationery to set the scene for the day. I’d like to introduce you to lovely Kim from Pingle Pie.

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Pingle Pie’s pre­designed collections are passionately refined to produce unique suites that can be altered to perfectly suit your day. Each stationery piece is listed separately so that you can pick and choose which items you’d like to purchase ­ there’s something for every budget.

Our designs are hand painted and designed in­house, making each piece truly unique. If you love our style and would like to have something designed especially for you, get in touch to discuss your ideas. We understand that each wedding is unique and for this reason, we never sell the same bespoke design twice guaranteeing individuality with each and every custom order.

Oak Barn Devon wedding styling on English Wedding Blog, with So Belle Photography (7)

I would love to see the guitar take the place of the vintage bicycle in wedding styling. Bikes kind of became a wedding thing about 5 years ago… and if we’re going to have random props as part of our wedding displays, I’d just love to see guitars take centre stage for a while! In today’s gorgeous shoot, they do.

Oak Barn Devon wedding styling on English Wedding Blog, with So Belle Photography (27)

Styling and concepts are by super talented Nikki at Knots & Kisses, and images are by the fabulous So Belle Photography. Props are from lovely Carmen at The Prop Factory, who submitted this shoot for publication on English Wedding. It’s so up our street we’re almost singing along!

Oak Barn Devon wedding styling on English Wedding Blog, with So Belle Photography (21)

Photography by Kathryn for weddings in Skipton, Leeds, Harrogate and Yorkshire (1)
Hey lovelies! It’s almost Friday Eve… I have a feeling I’ll be celebrating with a little wine shortly, but first – something special for Yorkshire brides and grooms. Did you see our fabulous Chapelgarth Estate feature the other week? The photographer was one of our faves, lovely Kathryn from Photography by Kathryn. She’s an English Wedding Directory member whose style we adore, and I wanted to make sure you knew where to find her if you’re looking for a wedding photographer!

Photography by Kathryn for weddings in Skipton, Leeds, Harrogate and Yorkshire (2)

Authentic, natural and beautiful wedding photography …….Photography by Kathryn is all about combining a documentary wedding photography style with beautiful portraits created with a relaxed and down to earth approach.

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Kathryn photographs weddings in and around West and North Yorkshire and Lancashire too. As a wedding photographer based near Skipton, North Yorkshire, she works in some truly stunning locations and varied wedding venues from National Trust properties to stately homes, boutique hotels to tepee and marquee wedding days in woodlands and out in the countryside.


For any of you lovely people with a creative flair and a crafty inclination, I have news! I’ve announced a brand new calligraphy class – short & sweet, affordable and for absolute beginners – in Manchester this summer.

We’re calling it Calligraphy Summer School

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (2)

Tickets –

If you want to learn modern calligraphy for your wedding, come and join me for a fun and relaxed class at the fabulous Ziferblat Edge St, in the heart of the northern quarter, for 90 minutes of learning to write beautiful quirky lettering.

Designing, writing and addressing wedding invitations is what I do when I’m not being a wedding blogger. I have a beautiful poem to write today, actually – you can see what I do in my life as a calligrapher on my other instagram @bymoonandtide if you like.

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (3)

I also teach modern calligraphy, and I like to think I make it fun and relaxed, so you can go on and write confidently and beautifully when it comes to your wedding invitations, place names, even your table plan and venue signage. (At home, I even write on my windows, mirror and cupboard doors. It gets kind of addictive!)

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