Girls and guys – if you’re booking a barn for your wedding reception then you’re going to need a little help with the styling… and you’re going to have so much fun planning and decorating the place! Countryside touches, rustic floral arrangements and traditional crafts are some of the things I love most about English barn weddings… and all of the beautiful touches in the images shown here are from Gemma & Joe’s wedding, photographed by lovely Benjamin Mathers Photography.

Barn wedding styling, hanging flowers and setting the ‘stage’ for your cake!

English country barn wedding credit Benjamin Mathers Photography (1)

Barns need lighting, so it’s a great idea to start here. Gemma and Joe strung festoon lighting between the beams, added fairy lights and repurposed a beautiful vintage candelabra – which they found in a bric-a-brac shop – as a centrepiece for their barn wedding.

Hanging flowers on the walls add interest to bare patches – and they’re super easy to do with a little twine or raffia and some nails! Remember to add water unless you’re using dried flowers! 😉


This morning we shared the first of three fabulous Viking inspired bridal looks, and you’ll have glimpsed some of the most amazing table styling in the banqueting hall at Lowther Castle. This afternoon I’m sharing my very favourite parts from this shoot: the tablescape – and it’s so much more than just a table! Let’s take a closer look at the tablescapes, floral design, wedding cake, stationery suite and bridal styling from this morning’s Lowther Castle shoot.

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Wedding tables are changing: the last thing they are is flat… tablescapes now include fabulous hanging decorations and sumptuous design from floor to ceiling. The banqueting tablescape from Lowther Castle was one of the loveliest I’ve EVER seen – and it’s so exciting to be able to share it with you on the English Wedding Blog.

Here’s how to create a unique and exciting look for your Viking inspired wedding celebration. It’s perfect for any castle wedding reception, and especially suited to the winter months when you’re looking to add colour to your tables. Enjoy!Claire


Time for a dose of super pretty, my lovelies! Embrace your feminine sides and indulge your most floral of fancies with this divine theme from our gorgeous couple Sally and Matt. Today’s ideas are liberally stolen from their castle wedding featured on the blog last week. I love them – and I know you will too! Here’s how to get the look:

pink wedding style ideas by Jennifer Jane Photography (1)

1. Fabulously feminine florals

Sally and her best girls held mixed bouquets with colours which came together beautifully: dahlias are a key floral trend for this year, and by mixing them with plenty of roses in ivory, pale and hot pink Sally’s florist Kim at the The Flower House Studio (http://www.theflowerhouse.biz/ ) created a super pretty bouquet. Use eucalyptus and allium buds for texture and finish off with a lace ribbon – these flowers will smell as divine as they look!

Top tip: Don’t be afraid to mix up your flowers. The more colours, shapes and textures – and the more creative freedom you allow your florist – the better!
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Rustic doesn’t have to mean basic: with a few simple touches and an eye on the smaller details you can create an elegant and natural wedding style. Gorgeous bride and groom Michael and Sarah – whose Delbury Hall wedding was featured on the blog here – had some fabulous touches to inspire all couples planning a rustic, elegant woodland inspired wedding day.

Image credits: Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography

The venue is key: look for a location which is carefully and cleanly finished, and doesn’t look too dark inside. You need more than an average barn to build in a touch of elegance.

Delbury Hall’s Coach House has all the light and brightness of an orangery combined with the fabulous and characterful beamed ceiling… it’s perfect for a rustic celebration with an elegant finish.

Lauradana Day from Wedding Creations UK added personalised touches like fairy lights, bunting and wooden bark table settings to enhance the look of the venue – and they worked beautifully. For timeless, unique woodland themed stationery try Pear Paper Co. via Not On The High Street.


Hey lovely! Flex those creative fingertips because I have some gorgeous homemade wedding ideas for you this fabulous* Monday afternoon!

*Oh, I know what you’re saying about Mondays but trust me: it is now… and all because I have a special feature for you: this ‘get the look’ blog is inspired by gorgeous bride and groom Ananda and Darren, whose Hackney Brewery wedding featured on the blog a little while ago. It’s a creative treat: in Ananda’s own words, “There are some wonderful things you can buy but making tassels and garlands ourselves not only saved us hundreds of pounds but also gave us some lovely creative weeks with friends in the lead up to the wedding.”

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Using long ribbons trailing from your bouquet adds texture, movement and interest. The ribbons and flowers complement the paper tassels which Ananda and Darren hung on the walls of their venue – and they’re FAB! This gorgeous bride and groom used bright flowers and berries throughout their day and worked the same colour palette into the glorious tissue paper decorations – which are lovely against a twinkly backdrop. Even Ananda’s shoes are a soft pastel shade, which looks amazing.


Photo Shmoto blue wedding inspirationMorning everyone! Hope you’re having a good day already, I know I am – it’s all systems go with a fab wedding calligraphy order today. I’m feeling sunny inside and loving my work!

Here’s hoping I can pass some of these smiley vibes to you! How? With a bit of wedding inspiration for you…

Yesterday on the English Wedding blog I featured Lisa and Dean’s fab alternative wedding, which Photo Shmoto‘s Laura submitted to me a couple of weeks ago. I loved the style of their day and thought you’d love a separate feature, a ‘get the look’ blog post with those lovely electric and pastel blues and lots of yummy vintage details.

So today English Wedding blog and wedding photographers Photo Shmoto bring you this fabulous mega inspiration board in vintage blues. Enjoy!

electric blue vintage wedding inspiration board

electric blue vintage wedding inspiration board

Get the look! Lisa and Dean’s electric blue vintage inspired wedding tips

  1. Match your vibrant personality with a bold look: smoky eyes, red lippy and vintage jewellery – don’t be shy!

If you were here yesterday you’ll remember Ruth and Dan’s wedding day in the schoolhouse at Smallwood Manor – and you may also remember I hinted at the gloriously colourful details and then didn’t show you any.

Ah… meanie! But here they are. Wedding photographer Katy Lunsford sent me so many beautiful photos I had to write two blog posts for Ruth and Dan’s wedding – so you get a whole dedicated ‘get the look’ feature today, all inspired by (and with photos from) Ruth and Dan’s day.
vibrant wedding flowers and details (11)If you love colour and vibrant wedding photos, if you have a creative side and want some ideas for a bright and exciting wedding theme, then you’re going to adore this feature!

vibrant wedding flowers and details (5)The bouquets were made by Ruth’s sister Laura – using gorgeous freesias, tulips and ranunculus in vibrant red, hot pink, orange and sunny yellow colours.

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vibrant wedding flowers and details (1)Keep table decorations simple, colourful and eye-catching. These ribbon flower decorations are beautifully made and guaranteed to be a talking point for wedding guests. Used with table runners and with pink napkins, they’re perfect for splashing a bright colour theme across tables in an elegant way.