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:

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Words & images: Jamie, Vickerstaff Photography

“Leah & Alex were amazing to work with. From the first meeting at my local where they’d come all the way from London I knew we were a perfect match. To return the favour I went down to London for their pre wedding shoot at Kew gardens; they had their first date there, got engaged there and as well as the PWS the wedding theme was all about the gardens. I knew after taking those photos in sweltering June sun (You can see them here http://www.vickerstaffphotography.co.uk/kew-gardens-london-pre-wedding-portraits/) that they were going to be a dream to photograph…… I was spot on.


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.

Four fab wedding photographers were involved in the shoot: the lovely Martin Hambleton, Andrew Billington, David Stubbs and Johnboy Wilson, all wedding photographers in the north west. Please do have a look at their work if you’re looking for a UK wedding photographer.

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

The two dresses used were Manhattan which is from Orange Blossom and Pearls by The Case of the Curious Bride (left), and Rebecca from Erica Stacey (right).


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

Bring out the best of your wedding venue with great photography

I had a little chat about venues with my wedding photographer friend Martin Hambleton. He was involved in a photo shoot at gorgeous Arley Hall in Cheshire with three other fabulous wedding photographers, and we asked them all to share their thoughts on wedding venues as well as some stunning images from inside the stately home.

In his email Martin said, “The venue is tantamount to being a guest at the wedding to me!  Couples spend a long time visiting and choosing, and I think they’re done a disservice if the venue isn’t properly used on the day by the photographer.  Especially if it’s somewhere as splendid as Arley.”


Morning everyone, and Happy Friday! I’ve been saving today’s gorgeous Cheshire wedding blog for this morning – it seems to fit with that whole Friday feeling thing. There’s sunshine and romance, and a stunning bride and groom – in fact wedding blog subscribers will recognise Karen and Simon from their wedding highlights film which I was so proud to feature back in January (see an autumn wedding in Cheshire).

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I love this quote from the happy couple:

Try to leave yourselves as much time as possible between all the day’s activities to spend with family and friends, after the day those will be the moments you cherish the most.

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Karen wears a fabulous dress by Sassi Holford and the day has a purple theme because it’s the ribbon colour for pancreaticcancer.org.uk – a cause very close to the hearts of the bride and groom. This is all explained in the wedding report which Karen and Simon have shared with us today, and you’ll see some really beautiful images from Cheshire wedding photographer Martin Hambleton – with unexpected and wonderful moments captured as well as some magical portraits. I know you’ll love this! Grab a Crunchie (after all, as Wendy always tells me, we should celebrate Fridays in style!!)
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Anyone fancy a touch of sunshine this morning? Me too… so in glorious technicolour I bring you this beautiful wedding film from Marry Me Films today. Karen and Simon were married at Cheshire’s Arley Hall in the autumn… cue gorgeous colours and one of those wonderfully crisp autumnal days – perfect for guests to play boules and croquet on the lawn.

The Wedding Film of Karen & Simon at Arley Hall from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

Karen wore a beautiful Sassi Holford cap-sleeved wedding dress, and is such an incredibly beautiful bride – both she and Simon look fabulous! One of the loveliest touches from this Cheshire wedding is the Vicar, who married Karen’s parents years before. They were his first wedding ceremony, and he came back especially to marry Karen and Simon – which is such a wonderful story.

There’s much more for you to read about the wedding on Marry Me Films’ Love Heart Blog (thanks Sara – what an amazing story to share) so do pop over there for a look when you’ve watched Karen and Simon’s wedding film here. I hope you love it! Claire xxx


I love the weddings that make me stop. My fingers, poised to type, pause in mid air for a few moments. This wedding blog feature stands out from the crowd: Jenny and Tim had the most sophisticated, luxurious day – perfect for English Wedding blog.

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I love weddings with personality. Whoever you are, whatever you love and wherever your inspiration and style comes from, the most important thing is to create the wedding day that reflects you. Jenny and Tim’s wedding day does just that. It’s pure, perfect, classic glamour.

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With wedding photography by Adam Johnson (www.arj-photo.co.uk) this is a beautiful day and one I’m delighted to be sharing on the blog today.

uk wedding blog real wedding arj photo (3)After getting ready nearby, Jenny and her girls came to Arley Hall wedding venue in Cheshire, and we join them here in the dressing room just before the wedding begins. Jenny’s Pandora bracelet was a wedding present from Tim. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Yesterday I featured Emma and Tom’s wedding on the blog, a sophisticated and beautiful wedding at Cheshire’s luxurious Arley Hall. Behind the scenes I was hoarding some of the lovely detail photos – wedding photographer Phil Drinkwater sent me so many I was absolutely spoilt for choice.

Cue a wedding inspiration board for any brides and grooms out there who are planning an elegant, light and summery gold theme for their day.

Wedding inspiration: summer golds

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Summer Gold wedding inspiration board with images by Phil Drinkwater Photography

Emma and Tom kept their summer wedding theme really light and elegant, which I love. Sometimes gold can be quite a heavy theme, and with stately homes like Arley Hall where there might be heavy gilded picture frames, gold chairs and dark decor it’s a nice trick to keep things bright and summery. Emma and Tom did it perfectly.