Amy and Peter’s wedding is beautiful and traditionally vintage, with lots of handmade touches. I was so pleased when Amy got in touch to show me their wedding – it’s full of ideas and handmade DIY touches I think you’ll really love. The antique lace Amy used for her bunting and tablecloths, and the antique lace doilies, really make for the prettiest feminine style.

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Even Amy’s dress is a one-off (and doesn’t she look incredible?!) She bought her wedding dress from an American vintage shop online and had it customised by a dressmaker in the UK. With simply beautiful accessories it’s the perfect vintage bridal look.

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Flowers are another highlight: Amy knew she wanted wild flowers in pastel colours, and ended up choosing hydrangea, stocks, peonies, roses, lilac, lavender, astilbe and wax flower. Amy’s bouquet was a loose, hand-tied bouquet, and she used an antique lace ribbon and a brooch given to her from Pete on an anniversary to tie it together. Gorgeous, don’t you think?

Vintage wedding at Pashley Manor by Caitlin Mogridge (27)


Have you heard of floriography? No? Along with tablescapes and ombre you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a new wedding buzz word, but it comes from the Victorians – whose style we’re fast falling in love with for 2014 and 2015 weddings. Today I have the most amazing shoot to share with you – full of luxurious style ideas you can use to create your own elegant Victorian wedding style.

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The beauty of this shoot is second to none. I adore wedding styling shoots as they can be such a rich source of ideas for brides and grooms – and Petra Opperman is one of the most amazing stylists in the country. Along with photographer Matthew Bishop and a host of outstanding suppliers, Petra has created another stunning wedding style to share with you today – and I absolutely love it!
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There are so many ideas to inspire you today, and I have more to share with you as well – for now, my favourites and the very best ideas from opulent wedding stationery, cakes, bridal styling and so much more. Read slowly, sip your tea as you go, and do save your favourites on Pinterest!


Morning lovelies! For those of you in the London area I have a quick announcement for you today – from bridal designer Emma Hunt‘s lovely team in London. There will be a one-stop bridal sample sale at Fulham Palace on 12 January, and you’re invited!

The sample sale is your chance to find couture wedding dresses by Emma Hunt, Gillian Million’s sparkling accessories, beautiful shoes by Emmy and elegant Mother-of-the-Bride outfits from Katja Nuutinen, all in one place and at up to 50% off, for one day only!

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Fulham Palace will kindly open their doors for the sample sale from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 12 January 2014, while the on site café and beautiful gardens will also be open so that you and your Mums, sisters and best girls can make it a special day out – just right as a treat for a mid-January Sunday!

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For anyone travelling from outside of London, find directions here:

Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, SW6 6EA fulhampalace.org
Local parking is available.


Claire got in touch to tell me about her beautiful English wedding to Andrew. She won my heart with her very first email:

It’s not just about seeing all of the hours of work fiddling about with lace, pearls and pva glue come together. It’s about seeing loved ones there for you on your special day. My dad’s disability meant he was only able to have pictures with me before I left to get married. Luckily, I had one of the best photographers to take a few special pictures with my dad. Funkyphotographers, I am so grateful. He was part of my day as much as everyone else. The day ran like clockwork from my brother giving me away at Orleans House Gallery, to the boat trip along the Thames through Teddington lock. Our guests welcomed our arrival at The Lensbury to carry on the celebrations.

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Sometimes wedding blogs are very much like weddings – they have different personalities and flavours. On some occasions and for some of us details are important, a project to embrace and enjoy. At other times it’s all about the emotion, spending a memorable day with people we love and celebrating marriage together. Today is one of those days for me.
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I stumbled across Caroline and Scott’s wedding on Hampshire photographer Bob Owen‘s blog and asked if he’d be so kind as to let me share his images with you. Bob said yes (lovely man that he is!) and Caroline was an absolute star filling out my English Wedding Blog questionnaire. I’m really pleased to be sharing their wedding with you on the blog today and I hope you’ll love the photos as well as the words of advice from this fantastic couple.

The highlight for me is Caroline’s advice about spending time with friends and family – something which rings very true for me as I missed so much of my sister’s wedding. So I’m starting today’s real wedding feature with the bride’s very own advice, written especially for you, lovely reader! I hope you enjoy the blog post. Claire xxx