I don’t think there are words to describe this breathtaking bouquet… and it sets the scene for one of the loveliest weddings of the year. Laura and Simon married at Cripps Barn in February. Despite a little rain on their day, their smiles and laughter have been lighting up my screen all week – I just can’t stop scrolling through their wedding gallery.

Real wedding at Cripps Barn with images by Jennifer Sinclair Photography (4)

Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Sinclair Photography

“Jennifer took our photos for our wedding at Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire in February 2016 and we can’t recommend her highly enough – book her and you won’t be disappointed! Simon knew Jennifer from working together several years before, and when we started looking for photographers we took a look at her website, loved what we saw and dropped her a line. From the first meeting at our house, we knew we wanted her to take our wedding photos for us. She’s so lovely, chatty and friendly, we were instantly at ease and loved her portfolio and approach.” ~ Laura & Simon


Rachael and Ashley chose the most amazing location for their wedding – Torre Abbey is a Devon landmark with a rich history and fabulous sea views… and I fell in love with the breathtaking landscapes as soon as I saw this gorgeous couple’s wedding gallery.

Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (24)

Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Jane Photography

Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (34)

Rachael and Ashley chose the Spanish barn at Torre Abbey for their wedding and reception. The space is decorated with a starry canopy of fairy lights set in contrast to the dark oak beams – and with the spikes of greenery and those fabulous narrow windows the barn looks just wonderful.

Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (27)

Jennifer took the newlyweds to Thatcher Rock for a moment or two to enjoy each other’s company. The portraits from this part of the day are some of my favourites. The lightness of the seascape, the unmistakeable location and the romance of the Devon coast are what make this wedding so wonderfully unique and special.

Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (28)

Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (23)
Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (25)
Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (26)
Torre Abbey wedding by Jennifer Jane Photography on the English Wedding Blog (29)


Words & images by Liam Smith Photography

Photography is subjective – what I like, you may not. This presents you, my dear reader, with a choice to make: what do I like, and can I afford it?

What is important to remember at all times is the true significance of photography and the photograph. It preserves our lives and our memories in a way that nothing else can.

I wrote my dissertation on the importance of photography and found through thorough analysis of historical photographs and cinema, that photographs actually possess the power to effectively overwrite our own memories. When we attempt to recall a moment, our minds can recall a photograph as a stimulus rather than the actual lived memory. Consider that for a moment, and you’re more likely to remember the photograph of the event, rather than your own memory of the event you witnessed. With that in mind, photography is elevated to a status few thought possible, which adds a whole new dimension to the question, how important are my wedding photographs?


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“Whether it be 5 or 50 years from now, I want each image to make you feel like it was yesterday” Linus Moran Photography, Dorset

Lovely Linus Moran knows a thing or two about weddings. He’s photographed many glorious wedding days in his home county of Dorset and around the UK, and he’s also planning his own wedding! Linus is an experienced, professional and respected wedding photographer who loves his work. His goal is to be able to bring you back time and again to those wedding day moments, helping you relive the day of your dreams through the loveliest of images.

Betty & Phil - Abbey House Wedding, Abbottsbury - 01/08/15 Picture credit: Linus Moran Photography ***No unauthorised used without prior agreement ****

Linus Moran Photography is a team of documentary wedding photographers in Dorset, working throughout Southern England. Founded by Linus, they’re a creative team with a shared style and approach to wedding photography.

Linus Moran Photography Dorset on the English Wedding Blog (2)

Contact & bookings: Linus Moran Photography, Dorset
Linus Moran Photography on YouTube

Linus Moran Photography on the English wedding blog (1)


I swear I almost felt a tickle of hayfever this morning… but it feels far too early! Is it just me?! Every day I think summer is almost here and I can’t wait for the wedding season to really kick in – my mind is rushing happily into July already! Time then, for something amazing, beautiful and allergy-free to feast your crafty eyes upon today: a stunning DIY bridal bouquet for 2016 with step by step instructions from the lovely Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye.

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Bouquet by Pumpkin & Pye | Image credit Evolve Photography in Devon

Make your own rose quartz & serenity themed silk bridal bouquet – step by step

You will need:

artificial flowers and foliages of your choice, wire cutters, cotton ribbon, floral twine, scissors

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Step 1:

Select the silk flowers and greenery you’d like to use. Use wire cutters to trim off all the excess leaves, leaving only leaves close to the flower head.

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Step 2:


What a beautiful wedding Lydia and Andrew’s was… I found myself smiling back at the gorgeous bride and groom on my screen – Lydia just looks amazing in her Naomi Neoh dress. The cake is lush; the portraits of the bride and groom are wonderful and the flowers are out of this world.

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Ami, lovely photographer at Rubie Love Photography, told me, “This wedding for me had everything I love about weddings! It was at their home which is something I just love, so personal and special.

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Wadhurst has the most picturesque village church for the ceremony and such beautiful light inside. Lydia made such an incredible bride – I mean, that smile!! – just wow – and that dress: the only way to describe it was the movement was like a dressage horse 🙂 The Marquee provided by Sussex Marquees was gorgeous! The incredible flowers especially the peonies which are my favourite. Most importantly Lydia and Andrew are just adorable together – I am so, so lucky to work with couples like this! So yes everything about this wedding made it perfect.


The best thing about being married? “Knowing that whatever life throws at you, you have someone who loves you by your side throughout it all.” ~ Laura

Lake District wedding with Kathryn White Photography (16)

It’s fab to see an Easter wedding at this time of year – Laura & Jonathan’s day is so full of spring, just seeing the photos makes me happy! The images are gorgeous, the details are perfect, the setting is fabulous and of course the bride and groom are stunning. 

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Images are by Lake District wedding photographer Kathryn White, who told me “You couldn’t imagine a more perfect spring day in the Lake District – sunshine, birds singing, & plenty of daffodils. Every detail of this day had been thoughtfully considered and planned out to perfection.

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“The fact that it was Easter weekend gave a subtle theme with chocolate rabbits as favours and napkins folded into bunnies (by the clever wedding coordinator Michelle at the Rampsbeck) but without overdoing it. The whole day was very relaxed and chilled out, the sort of wedding where I felt more like a guest among Laura & Jonathan’s lovely friends & family than a vendor.


Talk about a dream wedding location… an escape from the hustle and bustle of London into beautiful Devon and to the unique charm of Cadhay House. Fiona and Tim got everything just so right, and their tipi wedding is magical.

Real wedding at Cadhay House by Kristian Leven Photography (54)

Images are by UK & London wedding photographer Kristian Leven – super talented sponsor and friend of the English Wedding Blog.

Contact & Bookings: Kristian Leven Photography

Real wedding at Cadhay House by Kristian Leven Photography (33)

Kristian told me, “I went to college with the Groom’s brother many years ago, and we both encouraged each other through our early phases into photography, so it meant a lot to reacquaint myself with his family and capture Tim’s wedding.  The whole day was incredibly relaxed, with a beautiful outdoor ceremony near the lake. And any couple that has their First Dance to the Baywatch theme tune is going to have a special place in my heart!

Real wedding at Cadhay House by Kristian Leven Photography (29)


Imagine the perfect summer wedding day on a 16th century farm converted into the loveliest country guesthouse. The sound of birds singing as you wake, the glow of the sun across the grasses and greenery of acres of wildflower meadows. You can even have your ceremony outdoors at lovely Elvey Farm – our gorgeous couple Jo & Sam did just that.

Elvey Farm can help with your wedding planning – their package includes food and drink, flowers and photography or you can bring in your own suppliers if you prefer. I loved Jo and Sam’s wedding which was photographed by lovely Fiona Kelly Photography. I know Fiona would love to shoot more outdoor weddings so do get in touch if you’re booking Elvey Farm, won’t you?!

Jo told me “Elvey Farm has its own florist, a wonderful lady called Lesley Masters. I gave Lesley some rough ideas and asked for everything to appear natural like it had just been picked from the garden and she came up with the beautiful creations.


Hope we got you?! See you next April 1st, folks! Claire

….I was thrilled to read there’s a brand new way for forward-thinking UK couples to stay married. Perhaps it’s because we focus on the pretty details that wedding blogs are partly to blame for shocking divorce rates in the UK – but luckily a new marriage school has emerged in the UK, providing newlyweds with expert advice for a long lasting happy life together.

The BoShow Marriage School has been designed following the latest statistics estimate that 42% of marriages in the UK end in divorce and will offer expert advice and teach newlyweds lessons to a happy life together.

The BoShow Marriage School, run by BoShow Wedding Festival will hold its first class at the Cathedral of Tress in Milton Keynes on 1st April.

Lucy Jones, Event Co-ordinator at BoShow comments: “In the run up to our wedding festival, we wanted to provide couples with a specially crafted school that will help them embark on their journey and life together. Preparing for the big day can be a testing time for couples so the school aims to ease the pressures and help the transition into marriage.”


Can you belieeeeve it’s going to be April tomorrow? Spring is flying by and here at English Wedding Blog HQ we are busy making plans – lots of plans! I suspect many of you will be just as busy planning the finishing touches to your wedding day, and so I’d love to know about any amazing little Etsy shops, craftspeople, designers and little indie businesses you’ve fallen in love with on your wedding journey.

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Image credit: Yorkshire wedding photographer Samantha Ward Photography

I see myself as a matchmaker: I’m here to tell brides and grooms about all the gorgeousness kicking up a storm in weddings – and to give the independent businesses a place to share their newest, most exciting and creative ideas with YOU!

I’m looking for suggestions for April wedding blog features with:

  • glorious bouquets for spring and summer
  • super stationery – invitations and on-the-day ideas
  • wedding cakes of all shapes and sizes
  • accessories and jewellery – even flower crowns
  • tablescapes, mood boards and styling ideas

Romantic college courtyards steeped in history, a series of charming locations around one of England’s proudest cities, a truly beautiful bride and groom – today’s wedding is more than perfect. Elly and John had a wonderful summer wedding in the heart of Oxford, keeping the best traditions and adding their own special touches to personalise their day. I love this!

“We had a ‘first duet’ instead of a first dance (my husband on trumpet and me singing), and we were done by 8pm which meant that those who wanted to travel home could, and those who wanted to stay a little longer met with us at a river-side pub for a convivial couple of hours to reflect on an amazing day!”

Images are by Oxford wedding photographer Carol Elizabeth Photography. Lovely Carol is a friend and sponsor of the English Wedding Blog and you can find out more abou her here:

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