fine art wedding photography explained, with Amanda Karen Photography (6)

When you’re planning your wedding, it can feel as if you’ve stumbled into a room where everyone is talking a language you don’t understand. There are conversations around dry hire, corkage, guipure, Mikado and so many other things besides. Of course, when it comes to your wedding photography, it’s exactly the same. Fine art, reportage, editorial and fashion… the list goes on. Well I’m here with a language lesson and I’m answering the question – can you have it all?

fine art wedding photography explained, with Amanda Karen Photography (1)

Fine art photography – light and dreamy, often using natural light and also capturing the smallest details of your day in the most romantic images

Words and images by Amanda Karen Photography

Let’s start with the terminology. Reportage photography has been a phrase that’s been used for a while now and it appeared around the millennium to mark out the ‘new style’ photographers of the time. Instead of a limited number of posed photos, reportage photographers documented the day as it unfolded, captured those ‘real’ moments and told the whole story of the day. Reportage is a documentary style, the shots are edited for sure but they’re also a little more ‘real’ and a little more ‘raw’ than other styles.

Sunflower filled wedding at Glemham Hall with Ayshea Goldberg Photography (18)

Hey lovelies! Has your snow melted? That has to be the last of it… and so we’re bringing you sunflowers on the English Wedding Blog today! This is a really pretty wedding with summer skies and a bright, warm sunflower theme. Yvette and Alan are gorgeous and their venue is just wow. Come and see their day at Glemham Hall, courtesy of our lovely friend and sponsor, Essex wedding photographer Ayshea Goldberg Photography.

Sunflower filled wedding at Glemham Hall with Ayshea Goldberg Photography (6)

“Yvette and Alan had a beautiful summer inspired wedding at the pretty village church in Little Glemham and then a short stroll over to the grounds of one of my favourite wedding venues in Suffolk – gorgeous Glemham Hall. Yvette looked radiant through her nerves – but as soon as she reached Alan in the church and a huge butterfly fluttered over their heads (surely a sign that her Nana was there) she completely relaxed and enjoyed every moment of her day.

Sunflower filled wedding at Glemham Hall with Ayshea Goldberg Photography (16)

Country mansion wedding ideas styling, images by Oobaloos Photography (12)

Ah, Monday – would you allow me to wear my pyjamas just a little longer while I blog? It’s been a busy old weekend here at English Wedding HQ and I’m just a little sleepy… and yes, I know it’s nearly lunchtime! How was your weekend? Anyways, I have the loveliest wedding style ideas for you today – from my lovely friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography in Cheltenham. Sheryl stepped in at the last minute to capture this beautiful photoshoot from Lords of the Manor Hotel, a former 17th century rectory situated in the heart of the idyllic Cotswolds countryside. I was thrilled when she asked me if I’d send one of the new invitation suites we’re now selling in the English Wedding Shop (go see!) and I’m just over the moon to be sharing all of these lovely images today.

Country mansion wedding ideas styling, images by Oobaloos Photography (27)

Oobaloos Photography, Cheltenham

Lineham Farm wedding blog, images by Jenny Maden Photography (17)

Happy Sunday lovelies! What do you have planned for today? We’re taking the day slowly after an amazing St Patrick’s day yesterday! So I thought we’d share a lovely spring wedding with you today. Liz and Matt were married in May last year, and celebrated at Lineham Farm, a beautifully secluded wedding venue between Bramhope and Eccup in North Leeds. I adore Liz’s pretty bouquet with daisies, roses and forget-me-nots… the white flowers are Wizard of Oz dahlias, and they look so beautifully different! Yorkshire wedding photographer Jenny Maden was there to capture events in her beautifully natural style.

Lineham Farm wedding blog, images by Jenny Maden Photography (9)

Words & images by Jenny Maden Photography
Instagram @jenny_maden_photography

“I started the day at Liz’s parents house, with the church just a short stroll away (albeit Liz arrived in her dads vintage car….too good an opportunity to miss). The morning was really relaxed, surrounded by Liz family and closest friends….who pulled together a wedding playlist to get ready to, that morning.

Copper metallic and succulent wedding style ideas, images by Amanda Karen Photography (5)

Happy St Patrick’s day everyone! I’m just south of Belfast this morning and looking forward to an amazing day of celebrations with friends – in the meantime though, I have something rather special to share with you today. Softly textured florals and shining, modern metallics… there’s something about today’s editorial from Amanda Karen Photography which works so perfectly I could sing! The way Laura Jayne (Your Wedding Your Way) combines colours and materials is wonderful – don’t you think? This is a theme which would work in a blank canvas marquee, an industrial space or any blank canvas venue – it’s guaranteed to make your wedding unique and different! I’m thrilled to be sharing this gorgeous inspiration with you today – grab a cuppa because there are so many lovely details for you to Pin away to your heart’s content and inspire your own wedding! You might be here a while 🙂

Copper metallic and succulent wedding style ideas, images by Amanda Karen Photography (9)


Hey lovelies! For those of you who love making, who adore bright colours and who have drawers full of ribbons and fun papers and crafty bits at home (or wish you had!)… I have something wonderful to share. Today’s fabulously creative shoot is brought to you by Starry Eyed Weddings and Three Flowers Photography along with a team of talented wedding creatives from the East of England. I hope you love it as much as I do! 

One thing we hear regularly in the media is how expensive weddings are, and how much of a ‘rip off’ they are – well we beg to differ! Of course there are costs involved-after all its the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Probably. But we know lots of great venues, amazing suppliers and decor tricks that will not only keep you within budget but will give you the day you’ll never forget.


There’s no better way of celebrating your newlywed status than by losing yourself in music, surrounded by the smiling faces of friends and family on the dance floor. So how do you encourage your guests to join you on the dance floor for a wild wedding reception filled with fun and dancing? Hiring a pop and rock function band, that’s how!

Pop and rock bands are versatile acts who often perform an eclectic range of songs, spanning genres and time periods, making them ideal for the mixed crowd found at most wedding receptions. Arriving at your venue with all the skills and equipment to give you a stunning live concert experience on your big day, a pop and rock band is a sure-fire way of whipping up the atmosphere into the early hours.

Discover the best pop and rock bands for lively, all night weddings below:

Dirty Pop


Will you be making your own wedding invitations, or buying them? Handcrafted can be a great cost-saving option if you can invest time into designing something beautiful! Making wedding stationery is also a lot of fun if you’re a crafty person, and learning how to write beautiful modern calligraphy is a skill you’ll keep and use for life!

Beautiful modern calligraphy from By Moon and Tide, image credit Eva Tarnok Photography (3)

Images by Eva Tarnok Photography, supplier list below

I’m holding six modern calligraphy workshops in 2018 in Manchester’s uber cool Northern Quarter. There are still places available for five of the dates from April onwards and I’d love to invite you along. They’re on Friday and Saturday afternoons, starting at one o’clock and finishing around half past three. The price is £65 and every attendee gets to keep their calligraphy ‘kit’ to take home and play with.

I teach all the basics you’ll need for writing calligraphy for your wedding: how to form letters and words with a looping, flowing script full of the thick and thin contrasts which really make modern lettering beautiful. With a little practice at home you’ll be able to write your invitations, place names, escort cards, menus, table plan and any paper signage for your day.

Gate Street Barn wedding blog with Jessica Grace Photography (18)

Beautiful bride Hana married Alex at Gate Street Barn on the scorching bank holiday last August. Despite the drama of a street fair trying to stop the bride’s car getting to the church (something that could only happen in the Surrey countryside!) the day was filled with so many laughs and so much love. With a gorgeous summer evening sunset, and the bride and groom recreating the iconic Dirty Dancing routine as their first dance, it is safe to day that they had the time of their lives!

Gate Street Barn wedding blog with Jessica Grace Photography (27)

Images are by lovely Surrey wedding photographer Jessica Grace

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Alex went to secondary school with Jesse and saw that she had become a photographer on Facebook, so i went on her website to have a look and was blown away at how amazing and natural her photography was.

Kent wedding photography, beautiful quality images by Benjamin Toms (8)

Benjamin Toms is absolutely one of the best wedding photographers I know. Scrolling through his images is one of those things I genuinely treasure about my work as a wedding blogger. They bring me down to earth, focus my thoughts on what’s really important about weddings. It’s the moments of connection, the excitement, joy and happy overwhelm. The quiet, thoughtful shots, and the flashes of brilliant humour. Ben is based in Kent, and photographs weddings all around the UK – his 2017 adventures took him to weddings in Morocco, America and Poland. Ben captures beauty in everyone he photographs – more than that, he sees the character in everyone and it comes across in his images. Looking at the photos I’m about to show you, I can almost imagine how it felt – that moment in time, captured forever. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Kent or on planet Earth, you need to grab a cuppa and enjoy these wonderful wedding photos.

Kent wedding photography, beautiful quality images by Benjamin Toms (13)

Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms – best of 2017



How was your weekend, lovely people? We escaped to the hills in the Lakes yesterday – it was beautifully sunny, and (unbelievably after last weekend) t-shirt weather! Yay!! I hope you had the most wonderful weekend and got some sunshine too!

Now you may have seen Zade Film Co in the English Wedding Directory. (Take a peek here!) As soon as I saw their website I knew we had to feature beautiful Kimberley and Ben’s wedding at Grendon Court. Grab a cuppa, watch it here – the happy couple were blessed with such a perfect summer’s day, and captured beautifully by Zade Film Co.

We had the pleasure of filming Kimberley & Ben’s stunning wedding in Herefordshire last September. The wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful St Catherine’s Church in Hoarwithy, an amazing Italianate Romanesque and Byzantine church with stunning architecture. We then moved onto to Grendon Court, a scenic barn style venue surrounded by rolling Herefordshire hills.

A gorgeous summer wedding at home, Laura-Jane Photography Essex (21)

Beautiful bride Kirsty and Simon’s wedding is wonderfully summery with beautiful florals in the most idyllic setting. The couple had gone to great lengths to set up their marquee reception at home, and Simon’s mum had been working on their garden for a very long time to ensure it was just perfect and full of blooming flowers and greenery. Their wedding celebrations made for a lovely relaxed afternoon, complete with ice cream and croquet on the front lawn.

A gorgeous summer wedding at home, Laura-Jane Photography Essex (30)

“We decorated the marquee with bunting. Our friend had made us a beautiful bar out of used pallets. The tables had hessian and lace runners and log slice centre peices with an assortment of silk flowers in milk bottles and jam jars. As we were having an afternoon tea the tables were laid out with mismatched vintage China which added to the decor. We made all of our own stationery, even cutting out hundreds of small triangles in different floral patterns to make bunting which was the theme of the invites. We had rubber stamps made up of our names and wedding date for the front of the invite and printed the inserts ourselves. We made all of our wedding favours which were small jars of sweets which also doubled as place settings as they had guests’ names on.”

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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