All the summer florals for a romantic summer wedding, image credit Rebecca Goddard Photography (28)
FEATURED

I still love styled shoots – they’re fabulous for first glimpses of inspiration and ideas which will gradually make their way into real couples’ weddings on blogs and in magazines. I publish plenty: I send my calligraphy out to a select few. But when Krysta (For the Love of Weddings) asks for stationery or calligraphy I know the shoot will be insanely beautiful, and I jump at the chance to take part!

All the summer florals for a romantic summer wedding, image credit Rebecca Goddard Photography (43)

Working with my beautiful friend Amy Swann makes the process even more enjoyable. Since 2017 we’ve been making wedding invitations for luxury and intimate weddings all over the world. Amy’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to romantic, organic calligraphy lettering, and a creative brief from a client like Krysta is so exciting to work with!

All the summer florals for a romantic summer wedding, image credit Rebecca Goddard Photography (38)

Today’s shoot happened at Garthmyl Hall and was beautifully captured by Rebecca Goddard Photography. Planning and styling was by For the Love of Weddings with concept & design by Style & Bloom. The flowers take centre stage – Pheasant Botanica‘s work is always stunning! Our model wears bridal wear by Sienna Von Hildemar with jewellery by Glitzy Secrets. Hair was styled by Tabitha with makeup by Victoria Jones.

Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (31)
FEATURED

Approach any wedding creative with an idea for dramatic and beautiful styling, and they’ll be your best friend forever. There’s something especially exciting about working with darker colour palettes, dramatic contrasts and an alternative wedding look which we all love. I was thrilled to be asked to create stationery for this breathtaking styled bridal shoot with Jo Bradbury Photography last year. It’s one of my favourite collaborations of all time and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today! Jo has an artfulness to her photography which I absolutely adore. We’ve featured her beautiful weddings on the blog before – she works across the north west, photographing dreamy celebrations in a romantic editorial style.

Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (25)

The shoot has already been featured in the beautiful Unveiled magazine – you can still buy previous issues here – so you may well have seen some of these pics in print already. If you haven’t, then this will be a treat for you today! As much as I loved writing the calligraphy pieces (gold ink on black textured papers is my fave!) it’s the flowers and cake which steal my heart.

FEATURED

Happy Tuesday lovelies! Are you getting married in 2019? Will florals be a big part of your styling? Love a bit of greenery? Last question: are you still looking for your wedding invitations? If you said yes just now, then I have a very special offer to share with you, exclusive to English Wedding Blog readers!

Your exclusive 10% saving

Save 10% off these stunning designer wedding invitations, made for the English Wedding Blog by Amy Swann and By Moon & Tide.

We called the design ‘Serenity‘, inspired by the beautiful artwork, which is reprinted from an original piece by Amy Swann. The florals and colour palette are timelessly beautiful and perfect for a spring to late summer wedding.

To save, simply quote code SERENITY10 at the checkout when you place your order.

Click here to claim your discount!

‘Serenity’ is a full wedding stationery collection with Save the Dates, invitations and matching inserts, place names, seating plans, on-the-day stationery and thank you cards. The discount applies to invitations only.

Simple wedding styling ideas for a fine art wedding, image by Lara Rios Photography (1)
FEATURED

Regular readers will know stationery is close to my heart! As a calligrapher I’ve worked with some of the very best from Cutture to Print for Love – and one of the loveliest things about writing the English Wedding Blog is discovering new stationery designers and online wedding invitation boutiques.

I’m also a huge supporter of independent and local businesses, so I’m delighted to bring you my top picks of wedding stationery designers to watch (and buy from!) in 2018. In no particular order….

Emma Jo Wedding Stationery

Emma Jo is always in our lists of favourite stationers. We loved her delicate butterfly wedding invitations as featured in one of our favourite shoots of the year – and we’re excited to see Emma’s latest projects for 2018. Emma’s lovely – follow her instagram for tons of gorgeous paper inspiration and sneak peeks at latest projects!

Emma Jo Stationery | photo credit Nina Pang

FEATURED

Have you ever considered a destination wedding in the UK? Gathering up your nearest and dearest and spending a weekend somewhere beautiful, idyllic and romantic? There are so many spots you could discover and get married in without having to fly / transport all your wedding bits & pieces overseas – and lovely Tyn Dwr Hall is one.

I would love to travel more, to adventure to far-flung countries like some of my photographer friends do. It makes me smile to see my calligraphy heading to Australia, Norway, Italy, the States and Japan while I write away in my little home office! But I love the land I’m lucky enough to live in, and I’d always choose a UK destination to say my vows.

Serenity wedding invitation from £3 on Etsy

So it’s with a happy heart I want to introduce you to one of Wales’s most beautiful venues today. As often happens, I’m following my calligraphy’s journey – I wrote on Amy Swann‘s beautiful stationery designs earlier this year, and the lovely people at Tyn Dwr asked for samples to showcase on their open day.

FEATURED

2018 brides and grooms, we have wonderful news for you! Rising wedding industry star and artist Amy Swann has developed a range of beautifully illustrated floral wedding stationery to complement her stunning bespoke cakes. Each invitation features hand calligraphy from By Moon & Tide – and I’m delighted to be sharing the Classic Peony wedding invitation with you exclusively on the English Wedding Blog today.

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (5)

Available now from Etsy, the Classic Peony wedding invitation is affordable, completely personalisable and priced from just £2.50. The design is reminiscent of classic English folk art: with bold florals, stunning colour and soft accents we love.

With touches of handwritten calligraphy, the Classic Peony is an invitation full of luxe florals, combining statement blooms with delicate grasses and country garden flowers glowing in evening sunshine.

Buy your Classic Peony wedding invitations from Etsy today!

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (1)

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (2)

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (3)

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (6)

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (7)

Amy Swann wedding invitations, illustrated wedding stationery (4)


Huge thanks to lovely Carl and Lisa at 166 Photography for taking the beautiful images of the Wild & Painterly wedding stationery collection. Gorgeous flowers by Shirley from S & A Floral Design, Lincolnshire

FEATURED

If you’re looking for beautiful invitations which reflect an English garden theme, we have the perfect solution for you. These beauties are unique – illustrated by fabulous cake artist and designer Amy Swann, with hand calligraphy by Claire at By Moon & Tide – they will delight guests from day one.

Available now from Not On The High Street, they’re affordable, completely personalisable and start from just £2.50. Imagine your wedding bouquet: the beautiful wildness of nature tumbled into the most stunning armful of blooms you ever did see.

The ‘Ethereal’ wedding invitation is designed to capture the spirit of a modern bouquet – Illustrator Amy Swann’s stunning statement blooms make this our favourite all-year-round wedding invite. With soft tones and handwritten calligraphy, it’s perfect for flower-lovers, like us!

Buy your Ethereal wedding invitations from Not On The High Street today!


Huge thanks to lovely Carl and Lisa at 166 Photography for taking the beautiful images of the Wild & Painterly wedding stationery collection for the English Wedding Blog Shop. Gorgeous flowers by Shirley from S & A Floral Design, Lincolnshire

FEATURED

Shhhh… I have a very special offer for you this afternoon, designed to help you lovely brides-to-be absolutely WOW your guests with the prettiest wedding invitations you can imagine.

summer pink peony illustrated wedding invitations, watercolour invites, amy swann stationery, calligraphy invitations (5)

One of my favourites from the English Wedding Blog Shop, the Pink Peony wedding invitation, is just so prettily perfect for summer weddings.

summer pink peony illustrated wedding invitations, watercolour invites, amy swann stationery, calligraphy invitations (3)summer pink peony illustrated wedding invitations, watercolour invites, amy swann stationery, calligraphy invitations (2)

Save 10% on your entire order!

From today until the end of June, if you order these invitations with matching RSVP cards,  quote the code SAVE-10 for a 10% discount on your entire order. You’re welcome!

summer pink peony illustrated wedding invitations, watercolour invites, amy swann stationery, calligraphy invitations (4)

SHOP NOW!

Romance doesn’t come much sweeter than this prettily illustrated wedding invitation with the exquisite art of Amy Swann.

We adore the timeless peony design; we love the delicate calligraphy from By Moon & Tide which sits so beautifully alongside the floral illustration.

summer pink peony illustrated wedding invitations, watercolour invites, amy swann stationery, calligraphy invitations (1)

Huge thanks to lovely Carl and Lisa at 166 Photography for taking the beautiful images of the Wild & Painterly wedding stationery collection for the English Wedding Blog Shop. Gorgeous flowers by Shirley from S & A Floral Design, Lincolnshire

FEATURED

Hello lovelies! I have a treat for you today – an EXCLUSIVE saving for English Wedding Blog readers for a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester on the 23rd of June.

I host calligraphy workshops every few weeks – this summer’s dates will be June 23rd and 11th August. We spend 2 – 3 hours on a chilled out Friday afternoon learning to write beautiful letters together, and I honestly love teaching the classes so much!

The calligraphy workshop is small and friendly, with only around a dozen places in each class. Students are always a mix of brides-to-be and their friends or mums, creative wedding industry folks, graphic designers and crafty types. Whichever of these you are, you will LOVE learning modern calligraphy – anyone can do it! Manchester is wonderfully central with students coming by train from as far as Edinburgh and Birmingham, Wales and Newcastle for the day!

FEATURED

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re having a really good week. Spring is here at last, and with it the exciting news that the English Wedding Blog SHOP is now open!! We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes since – ooh – Christmas?! – to bring you our brand new shop, and it’s all up and running, ready for business!

The English Wedding Blog Shop brings together all of the things I love. It’s early days and I  plan to add more lovely things for you to buy soon. You can shop for wedding invitations today – these are close to my heart as they’re designed by my beautiful illustrator friend Amy Swann and feature my calligraphy (I’ll even address envelopes for you if you’d like to hire me!).

I hope you love shopping with us – keep checking back as we add more lovely bits and pieces in there. Suggestions for anything you’d like to see and buy in the English Wedding Blog Shop are always welcome!

Claire