Jen and Joe had such a beautiful, summery wedding at Loseley Park with pretty florals and the most amazing backless lace dress. The look of their day was very English country wedding, and worked beautifully to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Family and friends decorated the venue, and Jen’s mum made all the macaroons herself – they look fab.

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Images are by lovely Verity Quirk Photography, who gets a great review from our gorgeous bride and groom. Verity told me Jenny and Joe are huge G&T fans: “Their friends and family say they go together just as well at Gin & Tonic does, so at the end of their ceremony they both made a G&T together and shared it while leaving the ceremony! I LOVED that.

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“Jenny being a huge feminist made it very clear from the beginning she wasn’t going to let just the men do the talking so just before entering the reception barn Jenny made a fab speech to all the guests on the lawn whist sipping some bubbles. Her bridemaids also made speeches before the men! It was a gorgeous day full of friends, family and stunning flowers and backdrops and a day I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.”


I love Suzanne and Dan’s wedding – it’s relaxed, homemade, filled with DIY and the loveliest personal touches. It’s also at a winery… which ticks every box for me!

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“My mum did our flowers as she’s a horticulturalist and I knew that no-one could do them better. We had Cornish wildflowers in a blue, pink, lilac and white colour palette, and they were arranged in sweet little jam jars.

The venue was a converted barn with beautiful exposed bricks, so we just added lighting, bunting, flowers on the windowsills, and the table decorations. The whole venue and setting was very picturesque, so we didn’t want to gild the lily.

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I made the invitations, bunting, table plan display, and cutlery pouches, which also served as name place settings at the table. I did enjoy them as I allowed myself plenty of time to complete them – I’m sure it would have been much more stressful if I’d had to rush.

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I’m a music lover – I live for amazing concerts in intimate venues, singing my heart out and dancing all night long. Music is important – I’d even say for me it would be the number 1 important thing at our wedding. I’d love to take our wedding to a live concert rather than host an evening do ourselves… I wanted to share something with you today which will help even the fussiest music lovers (like me!) choose the perfect wedding entertainment.

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Image credit: York Place Studios

Our friends at Alive Network believe in making choosing your wedding entertainment simple and fun, and with their brand new website it couldn’t be easier!

Go to AliveNetwork.com and do a search with your event date, location and preferred artist type and the website will show you who’s available to perform at your wedding with video, audio, photos and instant online prices.


If I could take a polaroid of every bouquet we feature on the English Wedding Blog, and paper my little office & studio space with all of them it would just be soooo beautiful. Sometimes a gorgeous wedding inspires you to dream crazy things… but that’s ok, and I know we’re going to inspire you with some lovely ideas today. The flowers are only the beginning of this stunning day…

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Images are by lovely Emma at Freckle Photography in Devon. Discover more from Emma here:


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We wanted a wedding with a hint of vintage and a spring country feel. Most suppliers were recommended by Coombe Trenchard (marquee company, caterers, mobile bar). The band we sourced from Alive Network and Emma @ Freckle Photography was found by some extensive internet searching as photography was extremely important for us to get right!

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I absolutely must share some of Alice & Matt’s advice with you before we see their fabulous images. With every real wedding feature I always ask my brides and grooms to complete a little interview for the blog, and theirs is one of the very best I’ve ever received. The advice for you lovely lot is superb:

What’s the best thing about being married?

The knowledge that we have made a life long commitment to each other has further strengthened our relationship.
The comfort in knowing you are loved and loved back.
You’ve married your best friend.
Seeing the ring on his finger, and knowing I put it there, gives me butterflies every time.

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Hey lovelies! This afternoon I have something a bit special to entertain you… in fact, I have a plethora (love that word!) of musical and magical treats to share with you. Have you booked your wedding band? Are you desperately searching for a brilliant singer, musician or magician to entertain your guests? Then I have the answer for you…

All images by fabulous wedding photographers from Yorkshire, York Place Studios

Discover the definitive collection of hand-picked UK wedding bands and entertainers at AliveNetwork.com

A wedding just wouldn’t be the same without music – I’ve dreamed of hiring some of my favourite local bands to play and I’d LOVE a festival wedding with all the music I could imagine… and Alive Network are all about the atmosphere live entertainment can bring:

We believe live entertainment can transform your event into something unique and extraordinary, creating memories that will last you, your family and your friends a lifetime.”


I’m almost tempted to tell the story of Lori and Tom’s wedding backwards… because I’m in love with this photo:

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The only reason I’m telling the story from the beginning is that I’m just as excited to show you all of the other images of the day… today’s real wedding is full of surprises, beautiful touches and smiles from beginning to end. You’ll love it!

Contact and bookings: Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography


Lori and Tom were married in the summer, and seeing their wedding today is warming my heart – it’s a beautiful celebration for a gorgeous couple in one of the most magnificent venues our country has to offer: Studley Castle. The ceilings are spectacular; the setting is incredible and the atmosphere is spine tingling!

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Lori’s dress was created for her from her own vision: she bought a strapless bridal gown and had a lace top made especially for her by a local bridal boutique – it looks fabulous and I love her approach to customising an off-the-peg wedding dress!


Sunflowers are my favourite… nothing packs a punch quite like a wedding full of glorious sunflowers. Marianne and Sam’s wedding is like summer itself: warming and friendly, bright and cheerful, beautifully floral (of course!) and glorious with colour and sunshine. You’re going to LOVE today’s real wedding feature!

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Sam and Marianne married at Pendrell Hall in Staffordshire, a superb venue which needs very little additional decor. Pendrell is one of England’s finest country house wedding venues, and I adore the atmosphere and charm of the house and gardens. Our bride and groom are both stunning: Marianne’s designer dress was made especially for her by the supremely talented Zeynep Kartal, while Sam wore Ted Baker.

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Images are by my lovely friends Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography, based in the Midlands. They get a glowing review from Marianne and Sam:


I’m all for bicycles on a wedding cake, signature skateboards (only write on the wood, folks!) and wellies tied to pew ends. Today’s is a wedding with a super cute sense of humour and a gorgeous – I mean stunning! – bride and groom.

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Jen and Rob were married in Torquay in spring (hence the wellies – they expected rain!) and held their reception at the fabulous Torre Abbey. I adore Jen’s bridal look: her lace dress was bought at a wedding show and is from Silk Brides in Lichfield. Rob and Jen found suppliers online, through recommendations and had help with lots of DIY projects from friends and family.

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The lovely flowers are by a family friend and stationery was designed by Rob. Signage on the day was made by a friend too – Jen’s told us all about the DIY elements of their day in her English Wedding Blog interview at the end of the feature today.

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Images are by Will Reddaway at WR Photography. Find out more about Will here:


I almost pinch myself whenever I see Gemma and Gordon’s wedding photos – they’re just so incredibly beautiful. And what an amazing venue – Finchcocks Musical Museum is as cool as it sounds and then some. Gemma told me their theatrical wedding venue had “old style pianos everywhere, amazing walled garden and wild gardens, high ceilings and wooden floors…” and the images show musical ephemera everywhere – just. wow.

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I adore Gemma’s dress, her hair and her pretty bouquet. The images of today’s gorgeous bride in a disused room at the venue are eerily beautiful – you’ll love them.

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There are so many little nooks and crannies around Finchcocks for beautiful photos, and I owe huge thanks to Steven from Duntons Photography for sharing so many of those with us today. Please do look at his website, Kent brides and grooms especially!


Oooh where to start?! Michelle and Marc are a cool couple whose vintage chic wedding with a modern twist has some fabulous details – stunning rustic country flowers, tweed and bow ties for the boys, a 1950’s styled bridal dress, with cornflower blue bridesmaids… oh it’s beautiful and there’s so much to tell! They married at Peover Golf Club in Cheshire, on the hottest day of last year – and their wedding photos tell such a magical story.

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The beautiful bride and gorgeous groom chose Pixies in the Cellar to photograph their wedding. Peter and Sara – aka the Pixies! – told me, “We really enjoyed the whole day, Meesh and Marc had thought of everything for the day to run smoothly and for it to be very personal to them. What really shines through in the pictures is how much fun everyone had, it way just a great group of family and friends enjoying a great day with some very very summery weather!

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There’s music in the air at English Wedding Blog today – both here at HQ (I’m listening to the incredible Dan Donnelly while I type) and on your very own screens. Today’s guest article is from the lovely Rich at Alive Network – one of the UK’s experts in wedding entertainment. Rich is about to share his top tips for wedding music: time to find out which are the best bands and music styles to make your evening reception a resounding success!

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The most popular wedding entertainment – by Alive Network

When you’re looking for that perfect entertainment for your wedding reception, nothing beats the excitement, energy and sheer fun of a live wedding band. But what type of wedding bands should you choose?

For wedding entertainment that gets everyone of all ages up and dancing, choose a four-piece rock and pop function band. If you choose a wedding band from Alive Network that offers a great range of music, whatever they play, at least some of your guests will know it!wedding band UK Alive Network entertainment (2)