Not all weddings are created equal, folks… and on your planning journey you can expect to hear some ‘interesting’ opinions about things brides ‘should’ do / have and things grooms ‘should‘ say / wear… because the preconceptions about weddings are HUGE!

Opinions come from all sides: families, the more traditional suppliers, the wedding press (you know, the pink magazines which are all about brides?) – and they’re steeped in tradition. Weddings have so much patriarchal baggage it’s a journey in itself to tackle the preconceptions head on and come up with a day that’s just right for you both – in equal measures!

Smashing the patriarchy on your wedding day is about both of you. It’s about picking and choosing the traditions you’ll keep, and switching everything up to turn the more misogynistic rituals on their heads. Here’s some tips to make your equal wedding super awesome. We’ve dotted this post with some glorious images by super London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston, whose fun, vibrant, alternative wedding photography style fits this theme beautifully. You can check out Jordanna’s wedding portfolio here.


Morning lovelies! When this bridesmaids special landed in my inbox I thought it was a really sweet idea to share. Wedding days are special from the moment you wake up, and for those of you starting the day with your best girls you’ll make some really special memories for you all to treasure. Here’s a lovely reminder of what you all have to look forward to! This was sent in by hair and make up artist Kate Waller, who is based in Kent.

With love,

The morning of the wedding (for bridesmaids everywhere, with love) (6)


The shoot is for the bride and her bridesmaids. I wanted to do a shoot which showed a story of the morning of the wedding and how and what brides could use to make the best of the morning with her bridesmaids. I’ve included a breakfast, processco, silk robes, hair and make up being done, the wedding shoes being showcased and to the bridesmaids helping the bride with her dress before the ceremony. It’s such an exciting part of the day and a part that can be relaxing with moments to remember with the nearest and dearest…


Hey lovelies, how are you feeling after yesterday’s update? For me #stayathome still seems like the only possible way we can keep our loved ones safe – patience is the way to get there. Anyway… I have the loveliest wedding to share with you today. It’s a treat to be able to share these little reminders of ‘normal’ life: and Emma & Giles’s day had so many beautiful moments that make me smile. Their wedding style is classic and timeless, with some pretty personal touches (the little heather place settings are so cute!) and glorious images by our friends at Evolve Photography in Devon.

Stay safe, stay home. With love,

Emma & Giles' classic and timeless St Audries Park wedding, with Evolve Photography (1)

How did you choose your wedding photographer?

Evolve stood out to us when we performed website comparison and after seeing Mark’s portfolios that sealed the deal. We loved the way Evolve perfectly captured the emotion in each moment.


As today is my #lockdownbirthday I wanted to share something REALLY special – this stunning editorial by my lovely friend Jo Bradbury. Jo’s a super talented wedding photographer whose romantic editorial style I am head over heels in love with. And as I can’t escape to a French chateau for an idyllic birthday treat in real life, I’m loving that these images take me there virtually!

Have a wonderful day everyone,

French chateau romance, with Jo Bradbury Photography (3)


This dreamy shoot transports us to a beautiful French chateau, to idyllic dining ‘en plein air‘ via eucalyptus and olive foliage and soft summer sunshine. The styling is both wonderfully simple and natural, and exquisitely crafted – with breathtaking gowns by Joanne Fleming taking centre stage.

Joanne’s enchanting dresses are made for the setting, with the gentle light playing through sheer fabrics creating a stop-in-your-tracks kind of magic. The detailing on Joanne’s ‘Hanami’ blush tulle gown is breathtaking, fit for a modern princess and entirely handcrafted by Joanne in her bijou atelier in Brighton. The more I gaze at the embroidery, the more I fall in love with cherry blossom and springtime and all of nature’s gifts in this season of new life and joyful beginnings.


I’m missing writing calligraphy so much! Here are some of my favourite wedding calligraphy ideas for all of you 2021 couples out there. If you haven’t seen this side of me, as well as writing English Wedding I love to pick up my dippy ink pots and nibs and write handcrafted wedding stationery. I’ve been incredibly lucky over the last few years to work alongside some incredible creatives: photographers, stylists and of course my super talented illustrator friend, lovely Amy Swann.

By way of an introduction to my wedding calligraphy work, I’ve picked out three favourite collections from photoshoots with some amazing talents. I’d urge you to check out all of these suppliers for your day – every single one comes with a heartfelt recommendation from me!

All of these calligraphy invitation designs can be ordered as bespoke stationery pieces for your 2021 wedding, so please get in touch if you’re interested in something along these lines. You can contact me about your wedding stationery at

A Floral Fairytale: Serenity wedding invitation collection

Calligraphy for weddings by Claire Gould, By Moon and Tide Calligraphy UK (1)


I bloody love this wedding – it’s full of love and laughter and FUN and hugs. There are belly laughs, there are beautiful styling touches. The setting is fabulous and the story of the day makes me smile. Oh, and Nicola and Alex are the most gorgeous couple! This is exactly how I imagine weddings after lockdown to be: the most amazing celebrations full of glorious contact and friendship and happiness. And the photos by super lovely (and major talented) Yorkshire wedding photographer John Hope tell the story of Nicola and Alex’s day beautifully.

Nicola & Alex's joyful festival and tipi wedding at Talton Lodge, with John Hope Photography (32)

Talton Lodge is a fantastic tipi wedding venue near Stratford-upon-Avon. Nicola & Alex were married outdoors beside ancient acacia trees with the backdrop of the beautiful gardens and 300 year old Talton House. The tipi structure here is up all summer long; they made the most of the space with Victorian fairground games, making the most of the bouncy castle and hiring a roaming band to jazz up the atmosphere.

Nicola & Alex's joyful festival and tipi wedding at Talton Lodge, with John Hope Photography (29)
Nicola & Alex's joyful festival and tipi wedding at Talton Lodge, with John Hope Photography (30)


The English Wedding Directory is our curated list of brilliant wedding vendors. Our Insta and Facebook are updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

Header image credit: October James Photography

Bristol wedding photographer Joab Smith

Joab Smith (Bristol)

Norfolk wedding photographers October James

October James (Norfolk)

Weddings by Sally Rose

Weddings by Sally Rose (London)

red maple photography

Red Maple Photography (Gloucestershire)

Hannah K Photography Coventry UK

Hannah K Photography (Coventry)

The Elysian Styling Company

The Elysian Styling Company (London / Norfolk)


‘Weddings are frickin sweet and you should have frickin sweet photos!’


An article by #englishweddingmember Adventure Connections

Hen weekends have become synonymous with tacky clubs, L-plates and big, boozy nights out abroad. If that makes your skin crawl then fret not! We have a list of ideas that you can use for a fabulous, sophisticated 2021 hen weekend here in the UK. Not only will you save money on flights but you will also cut travel-time, making it a lot easier for everyone involved!

1) Head to Bournemouth for a beach break

First up on our list is the brilliant seaside city of Bournemouth, located just 2 hours from London and with 7 miles of gorgeous sandy beaches it’s one of the UK’s most popular hen destinations. You can opt to stay in one of the luxurious hotels which are scattered along the coast road or hire a self-catering house and have all of the ladies under one roof.


In these crazy, scary times, we’re doing everything we possibly can to keep your screens full of beautiful wedding ideas, and to help support all of the wedding photographers and other UK wedding suppliers to shine online and fill their diaries for 2021 and beyond. While weddings are going to be thin on the ground this summer, we’re really keen to share YOUR best bits from 2019 – so whether you’re a wedding stylist with a shoot to share, or a photographer with a real wedding you’d like us to blog, please get in touch!

If you’ve never had your work featured on English Wedding before, read my article about getting published on wedding blogs. The weddings and styled shoots I love to feature are beautifully photographed, with creative ideas and inspiration to share with the brides and grooms reading the blog. Details are a BIG deal – but it’s about the moments too. You’ll win my heart with stunning golden hour images, couple shots, and creative decor and styling.



Welcome to May, lovelies. I thought we’d kick off the month with a truly enchanting wedding to lift our spirits. Valerie and David’s May wedding is unique and beautifully memorable, with lilac as the main wedding colour inspired by their favourite flower wisteria, and yellow accents for bright and cheerful contrast and sunshine. Coming from Cambridge and Southern Ukraine, David and Valerie’s day combines their little world in creative ways, with Ukrainian delicacies and wedding games – oh, and the ‘stealing of the bride’ tradition! The look is very much a traditional English wedding, with beautiful sunshine and the most magical sunset over Richmond Park at the end of the day.

David and Valerie's gorgeous English garden wedding, with GK Photography (22)

Valerie’s wedding dress is breathtaking – the beautiful bride searched high and low in London without finding her dream dress, then on a trip to Kiev to visit friends she went to bridal boutique Anne Mariee and fell head over heels in love with this stunning designer gown. Valerie had a lot of compliments on the wedding day and she really loved her dress – and I can TOTALLY see why! 


Good morning, lovely! If you’re dreaming of your 2021 wedding I have the most wonderful styling ideas for you today, courtesy of a talented team of wedding creatives who joined forces for this editorial photoshoot at Downham Hall. Huge thanks to lovely Rebecca from RT Cakes who sent us this stunning submission! All images are by Magical Moments Photography.

Enjoy the beauty you’re about to see! With love,

Light and romance with natural blush tones - wedding ideas from Downham Hall. Photographer credit Magical Moments Photography (9)

This was a photoshoot to celebrate light and romance. We were lucky enough to have been given full use of the beautiful orangery at Downham Hall, which allowed natural light to flood in from almost every angle, with fairy lights and candles providing a soft romantic ambiance. On our tables we had cut glass and crystal candle holders and vases; arranged on white sequin table linen, they all worked perfectly together to reflect all the different aspects of light and create more depth to the images. The use of soft fabrics for both the brides dress and veil, and the chair covers added that dreamy romantic feel we were looking for.

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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