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.


Nothing can brighten a hump day like a stunningly beautiful wedding… and this one is EPIC! Our stunning bride and groom tied the knot on the edge of the Lake District (pre-lockdown!) and their day is filled with sunshine, love, laughter and the most wonderful florals. Eden Barn wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography gets a brilliant review from the happy couple – unsurprisingly, as the images of their day are just fabulous!

Susie made her own dress – and the delicate fabric skirt and beautiful lace are perfect for a summer wedding – she looks incredible, don’t you think? Do scroll all the way through their images to see Eden Barn in all its glory – and some hilarious shots with a life size cardboard Tom. There’s also a supplier list for other Eden Barn / Cumbria wedding couples below. Enjoy this, lovelies!

With love,


A beautiful Eden Barn wedding with Howell Jones Photography on (18)

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Warren was the photographer at my friend Erin’s wedding. Her wedding photos were beautiful and she highly recommended him.


This fabulous article is by Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen Photography

groom epic lift of bride during first dance, image by Simon Biffen Photography

It can be some people’s idea of a nightmare, but for others a chance to cut loose and go wild. The first dance is a wedding tradition that’s not going away anytime soon. There are so many ways that you can tackle this particular moment on your wedding day that I thought I’d share some of the wonderful first dances that I have witnessed, and why they are all perfect in their own way.

So let’s begin with the why. Where did this tradition come from? Turn the clock back a few hundred years and imagine the scene: a grand ball in a fancy stately home, guests from high society gathered and after a sumptuous meal the music begins and two distinguished guests are invited to open the evenings entertainment with a dance. Fast forward to weddings today and the newly married couple are the most important people present and they have the honour of opening the evening proceedings, which has now become a feature of weddings the world over.


Hey lovelies, happy Monday! I hope you’re ok and have had a relaxing weekend. Shall we jump straight into weddings this week? I’m loving the escapism of seeing happy faces and human contact, even if it is on my screen! Today’s gorgeous couple were married last summer in the Kent countryside – their day is simple and elegant, incorporating Italian and English elements. The blue accents are just wonderful, and I love how the delicate blues match those glorious, sunny skies!

With love,

Hannah & Mark's elegant rustic Oxon Hoath wedding, with Natalie D Photography (13)

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How did you choose your photographer?

We were lucky to meet Natalie at a January wedding fair soon after we got engaged. We really liked her soft romantic photography style and her relaxed attitude!

From the moment Natalie arrived on our wedding morning she joined the wedding party effortlessly with her warm and chatty character. Then throughout the day she snapped away in the background capturing natural photos of our guests enjoying themselves. We weren’t really looking forward to the photo shoot but again Natalie made us feel at ease and we ended up really enjoying ourselves. We were really pleased with how our photos turned out and they captured memories from our special day perfectly!


Image credit Fiona Kelly Photography – full feature here

I’ve always been a solution kind of girl. Perhaps that was the hardest thing when coronavirus really hit the UK back in March: it was an unsolvable thing, 100% out of my control. At first I felt like crawling into a hole until it was all over. I panicked, I cried, I felt numb and scared. I know we’re all going through our own rollercoasters of emotion, and you are absolutely not alone. I have a wedding calligraphy business as well as this blog – and closing it was a really scary thing to do.

And I realised we all process in our own time. I saw a few insta posts about positivity when I wasn’t quite ready for it yet; I saw other businesses coming up with amazing new concepts, pivoting to try and ride the wave – and I felt helpless. It’s OKAY to take a little longer to process this. It’s new, it’s unknown and we’ll all react in a very personal way – and that’s FINE.


A special treat for you this weekend to brighten up your Sunday! I just love the naturalness of gorgeous couple Kim & Graham’s photos as they walk through wildflower meadows on the evening of their wedding. We’ll have times like these again soon, lovelies! Hang in there… it’ll all be worth it for moments like these.

Kim & Graham tied the knot last August, at Wellington Barn in Wiltshire. They chose our lovely friend and Wiltshire wedding photographer Linus Moran to capture their day in his unmistakeable documentary style, and described their horses + motorbikes-themed wedding as a beautiful, happy, perfect, love, family, mad, epic, best, day, ever! The images tell their story perfectly…

With love,


Kim & Graham's gorgeous Wellington Barns wedding, with Linus Moran Photography (51)

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How did you choose your photographer?

We were looking for a documentary style photographer who would capture natural photographs as things unfolded throughout the day, as neither the bride or groom enjoy posing for the camera! We came across Linus’ website on a web search and really loved all the beautiful photographs he had included in his portfolio. The images really stood out to any other work we’d seen, he seemed to have an eye for capturing very intimate and beautifully natural interactions and connections between people.


This gloriously dramatic wedding style inspiration was submitted by our friend and #englishweddingmember Ayshea Goldberg Photography. I love the moody stationery, the glimpses of gold amongst navy and the deliciously dreamy cake colours. The interiors of Glemham Hall are timeless and traditional, brought to life with opulent florals and daring styling touches. The images are stunning – I will leave Ayshea to tell you more.

With love,


Midnight - dark blue and bold decadence from Glemham Hall, image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography (18)

The vision was from Donna, one half of the team at Glemham Hall. She wanted a theme of midnight – dark blue and bold decadence, with a little bit of dark whimsy. The venue is known for its beautiful gardens, so we wanted to showcase how to style the inside for beautiful and dramatic portraits and photo settings. The hall interior is very richly decorated but often overlooked – especially in glorious weather when guests tend to go outside – so by using the rooms and interior spaces we were able to really show how this venue can be used to inspire couples looking for an elegant theme, as well as the versatlity it offers for winter weddings too. The hall has an iconic staircase and is definitely a centrepiece for portraits, so the florist wanted to create a dark fairytale effect with woodland branches, dark roses and lots of candlelight. The dress boutique matched the mood board with some elegant dresses in a variety of styles and fabrics that all suited the theme. The hair stylist and makeup artist also got to be more creative with their looks and show that bold eyes and shaved hairstyles can be a beautiful option for bridal looks.


Welcome to (nearly) the weekend, everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed a little sunshine this week, and are staying safe and well. I’ve been saving up the beautiful wedding of Charles and Emily, which is wonderfully elegant and timeless. The newlyweds are gorgeous: they were married in June at St Giles House in Dorset, with Camilla Arnhold capturing their day. The cake and flowers are just stunning – and the pair look fabulous in a Jesus Peiro dress and tailored suit from Reiss. Enjoy this, lovelies, and have a relaxing weekend.

With love,

Charles & Emily's elegant, classic and original St Giles House wedding, with Camilla Arnhold Photography (13)

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We chose our photographer from social media, searching the term ‘Wedding photographer Dorset’ in instagram. A range of photographers came up, including Camilla’s, and we were instantly drawn to her beautiful work.

We were extremely pleased with Camilla and her work. She captured every detail we wanted including special moments with family and friends. Her style was exactly what we had hoped for and more.

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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