Today: wise advice from Nana that paid off beautifully; an unexpectedly amaaaaaazing wedding dress, and the cutest, happiest couple ever. Monique and Adam are gorgeous. I love their style, the way they go together like peas in a pod… and oh, the blossom cheers my heart this morning!

Glamorous wedding in York images by Laura Calderwood Photography (9)

Images are by lovely Laura Calderwood Photography (based in Yorkshire):

Glamorous wedding in York images by Laura Calderwood Photography (29)

I had so much fun at Monique and Adam’s wedding; it was just so relaxed and happy from start to finish. I had met up with them both in York for their engagement shoot the week before so I already knew that they were going to be naturals in front of the camera on the day – despite Adam being less than keen on having his photo taken! The weather forecast wasn’t great but it ended up being dry all afternoon and we were able to make the most of the little orchard at the back of the hotel for some lovely portraits. Monique was such a beautiful bride, and has the most infectious smile! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming it was one of those wonderful weddings that didn’t feel like work at all!” ~ Laura Calderwood Photography


Rolling hills, beautiful gardens… fabulous wisteria blooms in spring and a gorgeous arbour for outdoor weddings: Surrey and Kent couples will LOVE Oaks Farm.

Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (3)

This is more than a barn, more than a countryside venue. Oaks Farm has its very own charm, and a lovely choice of locations for your ceremony and reception. The summer house is so pretty; the barn and orangery are perfect for indoor ceremonies, the gardens are beautifully looked after and stunning all year round.

Oaks Farm is a really beautiful hidden jem of a venue. It’s minutes from the hustle of Croydon and Bromley and yet seems a real idyll of country calm.” ~ Fiona Kelly Photography, London

Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (4)

Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (6)
Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (7)

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Fiona Kelly is one of Oaks Farm’s recommended photographers. She loves to shoot outdoor weddings and has asked me to look out for couples marrying in amazing spaces:


This is a little sneak peek into my other life: when I’m not typing I have an old-fashioned pen in my hand… an ink pot, blots on my face, like in the 19th century. I’m not a monk: I’m a calligrapher. I write wedding place names, address envelopes, calligraphy wedding readings and vows as keepsakes and wedding day gifts, and design bespoke wedding stationery for intimate weddings.

Wedding calligraphy in pale grey handwritten by Claire Gould photo by Susan Arnold (14)

One of my favourite styles for calligraphy suites and wedding stationery this year is pale grey, graceful lettering with a hint of days gone by. I love to write in the style of an old love letter: casual, flowing scripts with elegance and old English charm.

This is a look you can easily incorporate into your wedding – and calligraphy is the perfect finishing touch. I designed and lettered an invitation suite on the palest grey stationery: a beautiful dove grey with ink a shade or two lighter to give the perfect contrast and create a soft look.

Wedding calligraphy in pale grey handwritten by Claire Gould photo by Susan Arnold (10)


This morning’s lovely blog feature is for the craftily inclined and those of you looking to add a personal touch to your wedding day by incorporating a little DIY. Grab a friend, mum, or your other half and dive in to this morning’s step by step guide to making your own boutonnières.

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Huge thanks to lovely Natasha from Pumpkin & Pye for sharing her gorgeous boutonnière design with us – I adore the flowers, which go perfectly with the stunning rose and serenity bouquet project we featured a few weeks back. Natasha used gorgeous silk flowers from The boutonnière is just the most adorable creation and looks so much fun to make. I hope you love it as much as I do!

You will need:

Select smaller flower heads, sprigs of foliage and any berries or small succulents you would like to use.

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Step 1: Cut the stems of each flower/foliage to about 5cm or 2″ long.


Happy afternoon lovelies! How many of you have already heard of lovely Ayshea Goldberg? She’s a wedding photographer from Essex who’s featured on the English Wedding Blog many times already – and I’m thrilled to have her as one of the blog’s handpicked sponsors. Her images are just so wonderfully charming… take a look and see!

Essex and London wedding photography by Ayshea Goldberg

Contact & Bookings: Ayshea Goldberg Photography


Essex and London wedding photography by Ayshea Goldberg

Ayshea is a storyteller through images. She will blend in with your guests on your wedding day, capturing the moments as they unfold, so that when you come to view your wedding photographs you will relive your day through the eyes of your guests. Ayshea’s approach to wedding photography means your images will show the bonds and emotions of everyone – and become your personal love story.

Essex and London wedding photography by Ayshea Goldberg

I have a very natural approach to wedding photography and love using natural soft light to create light and airy imagery. I’m unobtrusive and always ready to find that perfect expression; love, happiness, tears – everything that a wedding day should be.” ~ Ayshea Goldberg


The wedding industry is a creative place – full of independent businesses, designers, photographers who inspire me every single day. I love seeing new ideas for wedding styling in the styled shoots we feature here on the English Wedding Blog – but it’s something new for a photographer to reinvent the styled shoot itself… this is such an excellent idea!

alton House wedding ideas Jennifer Sinclair on the English Wedding Blog (32)

Hampshire photographer Jennifer Sinclair and Gemma from Little Star Events were part of a wedding fair at Alton House this spring, and brought creative suppliers and designers together on the day for a styled shoot with some gorgeous bridal (and bridesmaid!) looks for spring.

Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Sinclair Photography

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Jennifer said “Suppliers have taken the time and expense to showcase their products at the wedding fayre so what an amazing opportunity to use those products at the wedding fayre and combine with a styled shoot.  Gemma and I tried this concept at the recent Little Star Events Vintage Wedding Fayre at Alton House and it worked brilliantly!”


My best friend from school gets married next weekend and I really can’t wait for the day. It’s going to be all kinds of amazing! 🙂 I love that they’ve chosen to have a spring wedding: there is something enchanting about this time of year, don’t you think?

Spring weddings on the English Wedding Blog. Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)

Visually, spring is just so beautiful. Blossom is all around; seasonal bouquets include lovely tulips, anemones and muscari (some of my absolute favourites) and your venue’s gardens will be starting to burst into life. You may be lucky enough to find a carpet of bluebells or even primroses for your wedding pics, and in late spring there’ll be wisteria-covered walls and beautiful magnolias creating the most colourful, natural backdrops for your portraits.

Spring weddings on the English Wedding Blog. Carol Elizabeth Photography (14)

Weddings in spring always have a feeling of freshness and new beginnings.  The backdrop will usually be spring flowers scattered on the ground, a slight chill in the air, and soft afternoon sunshine.  Suppliers and venues are gearing up for a busy season, and the first few weddings of the year are wrapped up in the excitement and anticipation of so many new opportunities to make a wedding day extra-special.” ~ Carol Elizabeth Photography


I love the sunny glow of this wedding – Emily is too gorgeous for words and the portraits from Northbrook Park are incredible. It’s wonderful to see a low-key wedding too: one where the focus is purely on the romance of the day and the company of close friends and family – and captured so beautifully, Emily and Ash’s wedding is certainly one I’ll remember for a long, long time.

Real wedding at Northbrook Park with the Springles wedding photography (45)

Images are by The Springles, who are lovely UK & destination photographers Ash & Kat. Discover them here:

The thing we care about most when photographing a wedding, is of course the couple. We massively support marriage, having got married ourselves last year. We also love getting to know people and being able to share their first steps into married life is such a blessing for us. Emily and Ash were so obviously captivated by each other. They are one of those couple that have a tangible energy and connection that’s just SO obvious for everyone that meet them.” ~ The Springles

Thank you…


Sometimes I have to pinch myself… I’m lucky, so lucky, to work from a creatively crazy little studio, with cats on the sofa behind me and birds hopping around the garden outside. I have the creative life I’ve always dreamed of; I get to write beautiful articles and share the most amazing images every day – and a handful of years ago my job description didn’t even exist.

Wedding blogs are a weird and wonderful thing. Bloggers, unlike magazines, aren’t held down by printing deadlines; we can publish important news immediately; we can be as creative as we choose, and make up all of our own rules as we go along. And none of this could ever happen without the amazing brands who support and sponsor us.

I would love it if you could spend five minutes (or more!) checking out some of these guys. They are all sponsors of the English Wedding Blog – and I work closely with them to share inspiring weddings, ideas and inspiration with all of you on a daily basis. They’re handpicked by me for being awesome at what they do, and if you’re looking for suppliers you should definitely investigate some of the names you see here!


Cornflower blues, lazy summer days and understated, delicate florals for a beautiful summer wedding… today we’re in for such a lovely treat! Tim and Becky were married at the RAC, a Surrey venue renowned for its stunning features and exclusive atmosphere – and for the fabulously elegant weddings it hosts. This is just out of this world…

Real wedding RAC Epsom on the English Wedding Blog with Murray Clarke Photography (11)

Images are by lovely Murray Clarke Photography, who you can (and should!) see more from here:

Real wedding RAC Epsom on the English Wedding Blog with Murray Clarke Photography (27)

Murray told me, “Becky and Tim’s wedding was filled with excitement and laughter from start to finish. They were a very laid back couple who were really easy to photograph and natural in front of the camera. I met them at another wedding recently and was so pleased to see that the lovely couple are now expecting a baby!

Real wedding RAC Epsom on the English Wedding Blog with Murray Clarke Photography (32)

“The RAC is a beautiful wedding venue that sits in the heart of Woodcote Park. It boasts stunning period features throughout and offer a really grand experience for couples.” ~ Murray Clarke Photography


Don’t you just love seeing a bouquet full of gorgeous blooms, mixed textures and amazing accent colours? I love seeing different bouquets throughout the year… anemones in spring, peonies in summer, hydrangeas a little later in the year, and roses all year round. Laura’s bouquet was a fabulous talking point and sets the colour and style for a gorgeous wedding full of feminine colours – and not just pink! Here’s how you can copy her look for your own wedding day:

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1. Mix and match your flowers

Laura and Simon’s wedding was in February, so her favourite flowers (peonies) were out of season. Instead your florist might use a combination of roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus, pink tulips and foliage. Don’t be afraid to ask about flowers which are in season – you’ll be surprised how much choice is available all year round, and how wonderfully creative florists can be! Add a brooch and silk ribbon to your bouquet and buttonholes for an added feminine touch.

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If I can bring a smile to your face this morning I’ll be so happy… and with the amazing wedding I have up my sleeve I’m feeling pretty confident 🙂 Caroline & David’s wedding is wonderful: a riot of colour and fun, and I adore the flowers and how the gorgeous bride and groom styled the venue for their day. There are so many glorious details and I love the portraits of the bride and groom as well, they just look so perfect together!

Real English wedding blog from East Riddlesden Hall with images by Lissa Alexandra (31)

Images are by lovely Lissa Alexandra Photography, who you can discover more from here:

Real English wedding blog from East Riddlesden Hall with images by Lissa Alexandra (21)

From the first meeting with Caroline & David I loved their relaxed vibe. At the time of planning their wedding they were moving back from Australia to England, applying for new jobs as well as finding a home, I mean WOW, that’s all kinds of busy but they were chilled and I knew it was going to be an awesome day because of them. This followed through into the engagement shoot as well, it unexpectedly rained quite badly and we were doing piggybacks and all sorts during it, they didn’t care, that’s my kind of couple!” ~ Lissa Alexandra

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