The last thing I want to do is suggest anyone fall in with the crowd and style their wedding for this year’s fashions. And yet… there’s a wonderful appeal to creating something new for your wedding, something your friends and family didn’t see at last year’s weddings, right?

I don’t follow trends in fashion; but what I see online does influence my tastes. I love messy foliage, tumbledowny style and design, upcycling and art. They impact on my home life, my calligraphy studio, the things I buy.

The same applies with weddings: we’re exposed to so many beautiful things online that we can’t help wanting a little piece of them… and this is what we’ll be seeing more of in 2016.

Feel free to run with these ideas and create something magical, or to ignore them entirely and pour your own fabulously creative style into your day.

1. Foliage | woodland | elfin brides


I designed these invitations for something entirely different, but don’t you think they’re perfect for a winter wedding? As January looms and the days are crisp and frosty we’re all looking for warming colours: plum and gold are perfect for this time of year. Add a few gold accents and some wonderfully soft duck egg blues… this is styling heaven. If you’re considering colours to warm your winter wedding, this palette is all kinds of magical.

Calligraphy for a winter wedding Image credit Melissa Beattie Photography (15)

Images by the fabulous Melissa Beattie Photography

Invitations and stationery which have that unique, personal touch are the very best you can buy. For intimate weddings I recommend calligraphy: whether you order handwritten invitations or envelope addressing, your guests will adore the hand lettered touch.

Calligraphy for a winter wedding Image credit Melissa Beattie Photography (7)

For a larger wedding it’s more cost effective to have your invitations printed, but you can still add beautiful lettering. Choose handwritten place names, escort cards or even envelope addressing for your invites. I offer all of these services to my couples on my other website Calligraphy for Weddings.


Cliche it may be, but your wedding should be all about YOU! Style your day with the things you both love, and you’ll have happy memories forever. Claire and Christian did an incredible job of making their day really personal – taking things to the next level with their wedding favours (bristlebot, anyone?!) and chose a super Lake District wedding venue which they made their own for the day.

Real wedding at the Wild Boar in Windermere with Jay Emme Photography (12)

I’m so excited to feature this wedding – the room Claire and her girls got ready in is where we stayed back in August! It’s more than lovely and I know they adored the place. Claire is gorgeous and looks amazing all day as she changes from her ivory heels into green wellies and purple Converse… I LOVE a bride with personality!!

The Wild Boar is a venue which needs very little extra wedding decor. Claire and Christian told me, “It’s lovely. Low wooden beams and a little bit higgledy-piggledy! We were keen as far as possible to let it speak for itself. We decorated the tables and the Wild Boar supplied some table vases.”


Becky and Pete’s rustic barn wedding combines a classic colour scheme with more contemporary details – and it’s just amazing. Becky told me, “I sort of built the idea of the day around the beautiful rustic barn… my flowers were quite rustic and wild with lots of foliage, so wooden/greenery/purple was our theme!

Wedding at Channels Lodge by Laura Calderwood Photography (32)

Gorgeous bride Becky did a fantastic job styling her wedding, along with her mum spending time creating lots of DIY bits and bobs: “I hand-made a lot of the decorations and details – my mum made the favours and planted all of our table centres herself.” They suited the barn at Channels Golf Club perfectly – I especially love the flowers in planters on every table, and the funky purple table numbers!

Wedding at Channels Lodge by Laura Calderwood Photography (20)

Images today are by lovely Laura Calderwood Photography. It’s the first time I’ve featured Laura’s photos on the English Wedding Blog and I’m ever so pleased to have discovered her 🙂 Do check out more of her real weddings on her website and on social media at: