To get on the blog, a wedding photo has to make me feel something. If I’m smiling back, or getting a bit emotional… then the photographer has done their job in capturing not just the timeline and details of the day, but its story and character. And Cris Lowis is a Staffordshire wedding photographer who grabs my heart and gives it a big old shake with every wedding he shares!

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I’m Cris, a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Staffordshire.

I’m not one of those bossy photographers who’ll be shouting at everyone to stand in certain places.

My aim is to focus on the natural moments to tell the story of your wedding as you really remember it.

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We’ll still do some posed shots and family groups if you want them, but my main focus is to capture an authentic representation of your wedding day.

When you look back through the photos in years to come you’ll remember every tingle and goosebump as if you were reliving the day all over again.


The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, stationers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely wedding suppliers have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

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Wedding Gift Concierge

When it comes to gifting, it’s time to think inside the box. Whether you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy bridesmaid/ groomsman proposal, to thank your best girls for being your bridesmaids, your sister for being your maid-of-honour or fun wedding welcome gifts for your guests for joining you to celebrate your big day, Build My Gift has the ultimate bespoke solution. Offering a truly bespoke service, they will work with you to create personalised gifts using leading luxury brands including Ruinart, Kate Spade, Charbonnel et Walker, Wedgwood and more! Simply choose the items you’d like and they will beautifully package them for you. Get in touch with them to find out more about their Wedding Gift Concierge service by emailing enq@buildmygift.com or begin building your perfect gift at www.buildmygift.com.


I found this article about intimate weddings last month and loved it – so much, that I wanted to share with you all on the English Wedding Blog. Lots of you will know I’d go for an intimate wedding like a shot – an elopement if I could! – and I’m a huge believer in keeping weddings small, cosy and magical. Those three go hand in hand.

Linda Grace Weddings knows what she’s talking about. She’s trained with the UKAWP and now specialises in intimate weddings across Somerset and Devon. Linda makes intimate weddings sound like the best thing ever… and I’m with her all the way! Here are 9 of Linda’s top reasons for choosing an intimate wedding – I agree with Every. Single. One. Do you?
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“There are many reasons why couples decide they would love an intimate wedding.  The style can take various forms – from destination weddings, to quirky themed events, or purely a smaller gathering of around 50 guests or far fewer.  One size doesn’t fit all of course, but there’s an intimate solution to fit all couples’ ideas and budgets.


There’s *thinks for a moment* no, nothing I love more than a surprise wedding. And Rebecca and Brian pulled it off beautifully, sharing their secret with only a few wedding guests before their – supposed – combined birthday party. Brilliant!!

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It took 8 weeks to plan the wedding, and Rebecca and Brian went online to source small, local suppliers to style their day. It looks amazing – surprise wedding this may be, but the details are all there! Rebecca is a beautiful bride with a pretty vintage dress and the most wonderfully colourful shoes (LOVE!), and Brian’s jacket and trousers combo is perfect: but their expressions (delight mixed with an element of cheeky surprise!) are my favourite thing. I love this!!

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Images are by the very fabulous Cris Lowis Photography in Staffordshire. Find out more about Cris here:

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