I was chatting with a friend yesterday and the words “like a princess” came into our conversation – and we chuckled. Neither of us are princessy girls… and yet, doesn’t everyone want to be the centre of someone’s universe sometimes?

Legend Bridal Designs alternative wedding blog with Tiree Dawson Photography (16)

That feeling of “like a princess” applies to relationships as much as it does to weddings. I’ve heard so many stories from brides-to-be finding their dress: ‘The One” – and having that princess feeling! Until now I’ve always felt a little apart from that; I’m no Cinderella, I’ve never worn a cocktail dress or ballgown – it just isn’t me. And when it comes to wedding dresses, I’d go as alternative as I could get away with!

This last month or so I’ve come to realise that alternative and princess aren’t worlds apart: you can be both. There are more princesses than Cinderella and Kate (yawn!) – and turning to those with fiery characters and exciting styles means you can look amazing, and like your gorgeous, alternative self, and still feel like a princess on your wedding day!


America has its vineyards – the most amazing wedding receptions in the US seem to take place at vineyard locations, don’t they? – but they’ll never, ever rival the charm and quintessentially English atmosphere of a Kent apple orchard. Edward and Saori chose the loveliest venue for their Japanese & English fusion wedding… and every detail, every image is just perfect.

Real wedding in an orchard in Kent: images by Parkershots Photography on the English Wedding Blog (46)

Images are by Kent wedding photographer Nick at Parkershots. Do take a few minutes to discover Parkershots for yourself…

Real wedding in an orchard in Kent: images by Parkershots Photography on the English Wedding Blog (25)

“Lighting was really important for us and I wanted to create something special for the day. I decided to create our names in lights – this involved buying wooden stencils, a large sheet of ply wood, lighting strings, spraypaint and some dedicated DIY time! I think the lighting board cost about £50 to make and really created a wow factor when people walked into the venue – to buy or hire something like this would be hundreds of pounds.

Real wedding in an orchard in Kent: images by Parkershots Photography on the English Wedding Blog (26)


A little while ago I asked for any suggestions of wedding loveliness I might feature on the blog, and some of the replies I had – from couples, designers and wedding suppliers – were amazing! One who really stood out from the crowd was lovely Alice Palace, whose wedding invitations are so original and charming I don’t think they will ever date!

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“We design unique eco friendly wedding stationery which is a wonderful way to begin the tale of your wedding day – our designs are original, personal and they tell your story. When you think about your wedding stationery, think about who you are as a couple and what you represent, your history together and then bring your story to Alice Palace and we can create your ideas into designs which will become a memory of the story of your wedding day.”

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How many moments of pure joy happen in a single wedding day? Too many to count, or imagine, or dream of, or remember? Weddings are days filled with blissful seconds of laughter, love and happiness. Like this.

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Image credit: Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms

Photo credit: Benjamin Toms Photography
From Ben’s favourite wedding photos of 2015. Do read his blog post: it’s full of the most beautiful images, glorious moments and shots which will make you laugh out loud, or bring a tear to your eye.

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Happy Friday everyone! Come to sunny Devon for today’s gorgeous art deco wedding in an insanely amazing venue. Cherry and Myles chose the stunning Burgh Island Hotel for their reception, and it set the scene for an incredibly beautiful, chic and art deco wedding day.

Burgh Island hotel English wedding blog Lucy Wallace Photography (20)

I fell head over heels for their day the second I saw their photos. You’ll love them too!


Burgh Island hotel English wedding blog Lucy Wallace Photography (12)

“We tried our very best to find suppliers local to either our home in Cardiff or from our wedding location in Devon, as we are very keen on supporting local businesses.  We looked at wedding magazines, local wedding blogs and pinterest for most of our ideas and then found most of our contacts at local wedding fairs or via the recommendation of family and friends.”

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“The venue was so exquisite, no additional styling was necessary.  All we added was a few personal touches and a vase of flowers per table, created by [our florist] Sally.  Burgh Island Hotel is an absolutely exceptional venue, with incredible scenery and exquisite décor… to have tried to add further decoration would have been completely superfluous and would have detracted from its charm.”


Matching your wedding style with your venue is easy when you find a welcoming home-from-home which has years of character and charm in its very walls. Nestled among Lake District roads, with views to the distant hills and plenty of nooks and crannies for your guests to discover, is The Plough at Lupton, where today’s vintage-inspired shoot took place.

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We have everything feminine and pretty with a sassy 1950s twist – a stunning hand painted wedding cake (the colours are SO fabulous for 2016!), a sweet little vintage rose bouquet and a real vintage coach which almost steals the show! (Seriously: hats off to the vintage bus drivers of Cumbria; I’m a local girl and I know our roads. You are legends!) Oh, and did I mention the festoon lighting from Typical Type? It’s divine… and I’d never seen anything like it before 2016. Definitely a must-have for weddings with plenty going on outside!

Arusha's Images Photography Cumbria on the English Wedding Blog (18)


Timeless wedding style is worth its weight in diamonds. Creating a wedding day look which is timeless means you can look back on your day in 2 years, in 10 years and in 50 years – and you will still love everything about it. Your dress and suit will be elegant, flattering and simple. Your flowers will be breathtaking. You’ll dream of revisiting that amazing venue – and your wedding album will become a beautiful heirloom for generations to admire.

Timeless wedding photography by Fiona Kelly, London wedding photographer

Imagine the opposite scenario: looking back on your wedding in 5 years time and feeling embarrassed about the fashions you see in your album: a dodgy perm, or dated make up, even your venue might make you cringe. Such is the way with anything uber fashionable: if it’s not been popular for long, is there a risk of the theme and style you love becoming hideously unfashionable in a few years time? A case in point: does anyone remember wedding photos with spot colour or dresses like meringues? We loved them, once!


Mary told me, simply, beautifully, “I’ve married my best friend so we support each other through everything and make each other laugh every day.” With every wedding I feature, there is an underlying story of love so strong it can take on the world. This is why I do what I do. Mary & Waleed – you’re amazing and I’m thrilled to be featuring your wedding on the English Wedding Blog today!

Real English Wedding in Newcastle with Duncan McCall Photography (36)

Contact & bookings: Duncan McCall Photography

Real English Wedding in Newcastle with Duncan McCall Photography (19)

We’re glad we spent more on the photographs and venue “absolutely unforgettable quality from both… Duncan and his team were amazing! Can’t recommend him highly enough-he was so professional and managed to capture all the moments we wanted without being at all intrusive on our big day!”

Real English Wedding in Newcastle with Duncan McCall Photography (13)

My Mum loved making our bespoke invitations, and I loved adding a personalised touch to our table names theme which was wedding anniversary symbols (Silver, Gold, Ruby etc), by having them written out in both Arabic and English as a nod to my husband’s Arabic background to ensure it was being celebrated too in this traditional English wedding with a difference!”


I’ve been excited about today’s wedding style feature for SO long… you see I was in at the beginning, chatting about colours and style ideas for the calligraphy element of the day even before it happened. I knew a little of what was planned… but oh my, how beautiful it all turned out to be.

Lake District wedding style ideas Arusha's Images Photography (54)

Lovely Arusha’s Images Photography organised the shoot with a dream team of suppliers: the Charlie Brear bridal separates are out of this world; the styling of the venue inside and out is gorgeous; and those lovely light-up letters by Typical Type are always guaranteed to brighten my day!

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I’ll share the shoot in two parts: there were two distinct looks on the day and I wanted to show you all the ideas for a vibrant country wedding style first. Later this week we’ll see how a country wedding venue can play perfect host to a more vintage-inspired affair!


Weddings do the oddest things to time. How often have you heard couples say “it all goes so fast” – and yet it takes aaaages to do everyone’s hair and make up and then lace up the back of a wedding dress! If you do one thing this week, take a little time to consider your wedding day timings. Start planning an itinerary – and chat with your hairdresser, your photographer and your caterers to make sure your day will run as smoothly as can be.

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All the images used in this article are by lovely Tiree Dawson Photography, from Lisa and Richie’s Lake District wedding featured on the English Wedding Blog in July

I learn something new every day I write the English Wedding Blog, I really do! I read a lot of photographers’ own blogs, and one of the very best (I have a secret top 5!) is Lake District wedding photographer Tiree Dawson‘s. This is probably her second-best blog post: read it and you’ll learn a few things about wedding timings too! (Tiree’s best blog post is here – be warned, it will have you on the edge of your seat)


Melissa and Nathan’s big day is fab: a wonderful autumn wedding full of colour and fun. They celebrated at Wasing Park (Berkshire) – instantly recognisable for its Victorian summerhouse and that amazing mural. They both look fantastic: Melissa’s elegant bridal style is just fabulous. Her dress was the very first one she tried on, 16 months before the wedding, and she told me she loved wearing it on the day.

Wasing Park weddings on the English Wedding Blog, image credit Hannah McClune Photography (21)

You can read Melissa and Nathan’s English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s real wedding feature, and see a list of their wedding suppliers.

Wasing Park weddings on the English Wedding Blog, image credit Hannah McClune Photography (2)

Images are by lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Hannah McClune, who photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too – find out more here:

Wasing Park weddings on the English Wedding Blog, image credit Hannah McClune Photography (31)

Melissa shares some fantastic advice. I love this one: “Make decisions quickly – there is so much choice out there you could shop around forever, if you like something don’t keep looking just go with it!”

Watch out for the baby’s reaction to the singing policemen… 😉


What an amazing week it’s been! We’ve featured some of the loveliest real weddings I’ve seen all year, had some interesting chats on Facebook, indulged in stunning styled shoots and now, to end the week on a high I’d like to introduce someone I believe you’ll have seen already on the English Wedding Blog: lovely Arusha, aka Arusha’s Images Photography.

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Contact & Bookings: Arusha’s Images Photography

Arusha is joining my little team of handpicked sponsors and will be sharing her real weddings, styled shoots and more on the English Wedding Blog over the next few months. Her images are gorgeous: she combines reportage and fine art photography and shoots weddings in the Lake District, throughout Cumbria and the north west- and further afield too!

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“I am a romantic at heart, and see my work as being a witness to love, and recording that. I love being able to photograph each of my couple’s unique wedding days in my relaxed and natural style.”

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