So many of our wedding trends begin in the US. We fell in love with ranch weddings, escort cards, and then calligraphy – big time – which is brilliant! But sometimes I stop, and I wonder why on earth we need that American influence when English weddings are so incredibly inspiring. Take today – Leah & Alex are just sooo stylish; their venue has aeons of history and character to it, and the day looks to be the most amazing party…

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Images are by lovely Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography, based in Cheshire. Discover more of Jamie’s wedding photography and book him here:


The Case of the Curious Bride opened in April 2013 and aims to provide stylish and quirky dresses with a vintage edge. Owner Melanie dreamed of creating a quirky boutique selling reasonably priced wedding dresses with real style. Brides who bought her bespoke head wear at Ivory Tuesday were also looking for unique and affordable vintage-inspired dresses, so The Case of the Curious Bride was born!

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Image credit Johnboy Wilson www.johnboywilson.com

This bridal shoot from Cheshire’s Arley Hall features stunning wedding dresses and accessories from The Case of the Curious Bride. Dresses are by Erica Stacey and The Case of the Curious Bride. Accessories are by the wonderful Ivory Tuesday.


Wedding venues have been on my mind rather a lot recently. I see lots of weddings on blogs where the venue takes a bit of a back seat. Maybe it’s the blogs; maybe it’s the magazines too! But there’s a danger that what we see (or don’t see) in the wedding media can mislead us. Don’t let your magnificent, quirky, charming or historic wedding venue fade into the background on your big day!

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Photo credit: David Stubbs Photography