I may overuse the word epic to describe the weddings I feature on here. Today’s though… well it feels as though epic doesn’t come close. So I’m bringing you Lily & Gareth’s spectacularly legendary wedding which I have a feeling will knock you off your FEET! This gorgeous pair made their day individual, full of joy and colour, stuffed it with bags of personality and left me reeling in a rainbow of glorious images. Lily’s dress is by our favourite Jo Fleming – and it is literally the most beautiful creation I’ve seen any bride wearing, ever.

You’re going to LOVE this, I promise!

Lily & Gareth's crazily colourful, beautiful and eclectic marquee wedding, with Benessamy Weddings and Marta May Photography (24)

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How did you choose your photographer?

Through some extensive web research and then through recommendations from other photographers who were unavailable.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Yes. Marta and Artur are an amazing couple and go above and beyond to get what you want from your pics. We didn’t want any set up / formal pics, but more a photographer who would capture the atmosphere of the day. Artur definitely did that! Our main thing we wanted was for everyone to have fun, and the photos captured that perfectly.


I just don’t know where to begin… the fabulous details, tipis stuffed with flowers and lanterns and soft, warm lighting? Or maybe the charming outdoor ceremony and nervous excitement shining from today’s couple’s eyes… There’s just so much romance and rustic charm in today’s tipi wedding I’m dying to show you!

Gorgeous tipi wedding in Derbyshire with Matt Brown Photography (1)

Mark and Chris planned their wedding in just 6 months, and saved money by recruiting friends and family to help out: “Where you can make things yourself or find someone to do it for you, do… it adds a real personal touch and it’s half the price.” This meant they could afford a fabulous venue, wedding planner and photographer… and I’m so thrilled they did!

Gorgeous tipi wedding in Derbyshire with Matt Brown Photography (21)

Images are by the fab Matt Brown Photography, who is based in Derbyshire. Find out more about him here:


Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fab day. I’ve just discovered this tipi event and I really wish I could go! It sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Plus it’s at the gorgeous Bawdon Lodge Farm which featured on the English Wedding Blog in a country wedding styling article last summer.

sami tipi open weekend

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April 11am to 4pm

Are you searching for a unique personalised wedding venue? Perhaps you’re planning a festival style wedding. Then make sure you visit the Sami Tipi Open Weekend at Bawdon Lodge Farm on Saturday 19th April and Sunday 20th April.

Tipis provide an atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee.

Sami Tipi packages are personalised to suit your exact requirements and their friendly, professional staff are there to help you along the way.


I’ve always been an advocate of finding wedding suppliers you ‘click’ with. Choose a photographer who understands you both; find a venue you’re comfortable in, and hire a stationer bursting with enthusiasm for your wedding style and theme. Now, wedding suppliers come in all shapes and sizes, and today I’ve found you one with wheels and wipers. She’s adorable – full of character and class, a lifetime of adventures behind her, and if you meet her I have a feeling you’ll fall head over heels in love with her! Say hello to Dolly the vintage wedding campervan!

vintage wedding campervan from Darby and Joan Vintage (1)

Dolly is the star of today’s bohemian wedding photoshoot, based around a vintage picnic with gorgeous images to inspire your big day. On a bright and sunny September morning, a team of suppliers packed their bags ready for a photoshoot with Darby & Joan.

vintage wedding campervan from Darby and Joan Vintage (2)


I remember a year or so ago on the blog one of the brides whose vintage wedding featured on the blog told me about a cupboard under the stairs which was full to bursting with a secret stash of cups and saucers she’d been collecting. Today’s blog post has as many ideas for a relaxed rustic wedding as that bride had teacups in her cupboard. Fact.

Rustic vintage wedding ideas shoot Lumiere Photography (3)

This is part two in a trilogy of inspirational wedding shoots from my lovely friend and spon­sor Alix from Lumiere Pho­tog­ra­phy, and Val from Benes­samy Events. Together with some talented wedding suppliers they’ve cre­ated three styled shoots to inspire you with ideas for our most pop­u­lar wed­ding themes. Last time it was coun­try ele­gance, and today we have relaxed rustic wed­ding style ideas. Val can tell you more. Enjoy! Claire x

Rustic vintage wedding ideas shoot Lumiere Photography (1)

Relaxed rustic wedding inspiration shoot

Rustic vintage wedding ideas shoot Lumiere Photography (2)
Relaxed rustic wedding ideas shoot Lumiere Photography (4)


Hello again! What’s your wedding style? UK couples inspired by wedding blogs are styling their celebrations along three key themes this year: vintage (of course!), country garden and afternoon tea. Why are these themes so popular? Because they’re creative and give you so much room to play, and design and add your own style to your wedding day.

English country garden wedding blog with Lumiere Photography (5)

My lovely friend and sponsor Alix from Lumiere Photography, and Val from Benessamy Events have created three styled shoots to inspire you with ideas for each of these popular wedding themes. First of all – country elegance wedding style ideas. Val can tell you more. Enjoy! Claire x
English country garden wedding blog with Lumiere Photography (6)

Country elegance wedding style ideas

The idea behind this shoot was to bring both glamour and elegance to the country. The pretty blossom tree provides a beautiful focal point, dressed with pearls and crystals and sprinkled with love notes. The guest tables are dressed with soft lace and the bride’s bouquet is full of gorgeous white peonies.