Alice in Wonderland is a story of two sides: Tim Burton captured it perfectly and this styled wedding shoot does too. There’s the sweet, innocent, magical fairytale adventure for children, with Alice playing and then tumbling down a rabbit hole to take tea with the mad hatter. And then the darker side of Alice: the threat of the Queen of Hearts, the desperately exciting escape from Wonderland. It all makes Alice in Wonderland a creative and fun wedding theme to play with! But which Alice are you?…

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I’m sharing two parts of a styled shoot with you now: the pretty fairytale and the darker side of Alice’s adventure. Both lend themselves to a wedding theme and will appeal to very different brides. The images are by Jennifer Sinclair Photography from a shoot inspired by the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Guildford.

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I would recognise the bicycle from today’s vintage-inspired shoot anywhere. It belongs to my lovely sponsor Jennifer Sinclair, who is a wedding photographer in Hampshire. I love Jennifer’s facebook feed because it shows how her lifestyle inspires her photography; her love of weddings is truly a part of her soul, and her images are beautiful and unique.

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Jennifer got in touch to tell me about a lovely vintage-inspired shoot she’d worked on, especially for brides and grooms looking for a pretty, floral vintage look.

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My inspiration for the photo shoot came from a recent visit to Amsterdam and my love of vintage bicycles.  Once home I was on a mission to find my own vintage bike and after a few weeks of searching found my Pashley Vintage bike.  The colours are so perfect for my Jennifer Sinclair Photography branding.

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I adore these images – and there are so many more on Jennifer’s blog so you MUST go and take a peek – but first I wanted to share a selection of my favourites with you.


Cinderella is a folk heroine, a character from all of our childhoods and a girl who has inner beauty and strength. She’s no pushover: she is a hard worker, life has made her strong and her future is one of love and happiness. We love Cinders not for her perfect facade but for her story: the rags-to-riches heroine who is kind, unbreakable and whose beauty shines from the inside. Her outer beauty… well, if you ask me that’s called karma. And I reckon there’s a little bit of Cinderella in every bride because we all have that inner strength, don’t we?

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Today’s bridal ideas shoot is a romantic take on the story of Cinderella. Hampshire photographer Jennifer Sinclair explains how the bridal ideas shoot came about:

The Folly at Highfield Park made the perfect location for the cinders styled shoot.  Jemimah modelled for ‘rags Ella’ and was perfect to portray a youthful, hard working Cinderella with inner beauty and strength.   I love the softness to the photographs that show Cinderella’s kindness.  With a little magic of the fairy god mother’s magic wand, she hoped the dream that she wished would come true…


Springtime, anyone? I think the whole country is holding its breath and waiting for cherry blossom, sunshine and open windows! So while we all shiver and look wistfully outside, here’s a little spring wedding blog inspiration for you all.

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I couldn’t resist sharing this shoot when Lorna got in touch the other week. It’s all about achievable bridal ideas with a soft, vintage style. Elegance and details come easily with a little planning – have a look at these ideas and be inspired! With thanks to Lorna from Story Wedding Photography for submitting such a gorgeous inspiration shoot to the English Wedding Blog! There’s a full supplier list for you at the end of the feature today. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Beautiful spring wedding blog inspiration shoot

“We wanted our little bridal inspiration shoot to be soft, delicate and spring-like. Using a mixture of high-st fashions, vintage props, and simple cakes and flowers we hoped to convey the idea that a wedding doesn’t have to be grand to be beautiful….it is the little details and personal touches that make a day special. We thought the modest victoria
sponge said it all – it might not be as show stopping as a big iced tiered traditional cake, but actually (we can confirm) it tasted a whole lot sweeter!’