How are you coping, lovely? Here at English Wedding HQ it’s all about the stir crazy today… I’m hoping to take 5 mins in the garden for a little sunshine later! In the spirit of keeping things as positive as we possibly can, I have the most amazing floral styling to lift your spirits this Monday. Huge thanks to lovely Fiona Kelly Photography for sending in this gloriously elegant shoot, styled by the very talented Assumpta from Ave Creations, who is here to tell you more.

With love,

chic, contemporary London wedding style with amazing florals. Image credit Fiona Kelly Photography (18)

Inspired by London’s character and diversity coupled with {10-11} Carlton House Terrace’s classical style, I sought to design a concept that celebrates chic, contemporary couples who are not adverse to traditionalism.

Working with Fiona Kelly Photography and {10-11} Carlton House Terrace, we wanted to showcase the versatility of the venue and to create a shoot that can serve as inspiration for modern couples who have not only chosen the UK as their home but also the location in which to begin the next chapter of their love story.


Did I ever tell you how incredibly lucky I feel to do this for a living? Writing about gorgeous weddings, scrolling through eye-dazzling images of love and joy all day long? It’s a pretty special way to spend the days, and I’m feeling incredibly blessed this week with such dreamy content to share with you! Today’s couple are stunning Phoebe & Ed, who married at Childerley Hall in Cambridge and chose our friend and top UK wedding photographer Richard Skins to capture their day. Phoebe’s dress is just….. ahhh I don’t even have words: it’s more beautiful than beautiful has ever been before!

Elegance and grace for a quintessentially English wedding with Richard Skins Photography at Childerley Hall (10)

“I fell in love with my dress pretty much instantly; it was the dress I felt the most myself in and could 100% see wearing on the day. I remember walking out of the shop the first time I tried it on and saying to my bridesmaids, ‘I think I might have just found my wedding dress’. I couldn’t stop thinking about it after, which confirmed it was the one for me. The designer is Anna Kara, at Morgan Davies Bridal, Hitchin.


Today’s feature captures both timelessness and fresh, modern styling in a dreamy wedding editorial from Natalie Stevenson Photography. The location is St Etheldreda’s church ruins, whose crumbling stonework and beautiful detailing inspired this breathtaking wedding style.

The fashion forward styling with elegant touches and delicate detailing is perfect for a 2020 wedding. The look is romantic; our bride looks graceful and sensual in Polish designer Anna Kara‘s Irvette gown from Morgan Davies Bridal – with distinctive wisps of tulle from the shoulders, lace reminiscent of waves rippling over the beach, and a deep neckline on the back of the gown. Hair is by By Lois and make up by Belles Beauty and accessories from Rachel Sokhal. The groom is dressed for the occasion in a classic tux and black tie.

Romantic ethereal wedding styling ideas with Natalie Stevenson Photography (17)

The styling by Princess Occasions is beautifully done: the florals by The Flower Mill with such romantic tones are just perfect. The cake and stationery – by Meadowsweet Cakes and Olive and Millicent capture the timeless essence of this shoot in a subtle palette which I love! And driving our gorgeous couple right back to the sixties is a fabulous Aston Martin DB6 from VOWS Vehicles of Wedding Style.


Hey beautiful! Today we’re sharing this wonderful, windswept editorial with joy in our hearts. Autumn days have their own kind of magic: it’s all about embracing the beauty of nature and falling in love with the elements, no holding back! Lovely Jessica Lily sent this one in, and I just love it to bits. The dress has a natural grace and magic to it; the bouquet is stunning, and the location is pretty damn special, don’t you think?! There’s a beautiful invite by lovely LouPaper, which would look amazing teamed with bare wooden tables dressed with trailing foliage and autumnal candles…

Sussex Coast wedding photography wild spirit style Jessica Lily Photography (1)

“The concept of this shoot was to take boho elegance and beauty to the coast. We chose Rottingdean Windmill as it was nostalgic to me but also I hope the location inspires future brides and grooms planning to have outdoor weddings: there really are some hidden gems in the UK.

The bride’s attire was a delicate plunge gown with intricate lace detail created by renowned bridal designer Alon Livne. I decided to keep the model barefoot and use foot accessories to keep with the boho theme.” ~ Jessica Lily Photography


Happy weekend, my lovelies! I’m busy teaching a modern calligraphy workshop at the fabulous Little Paper Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire today (head over to my insta @bymoonandtide for behind the scenes pics!) but of course I saved up something wonderful to share on English Wedding while I’m there! Senel from Bride and Belle and lovely Eva Tarnok used the history of Chiswick House as a basis of the inspiration for this wonderfully feminine and romantic, classic bridal editorial.

Elegant and graceful luxe wedding style from Chiswick House, photo credit Eva Tarnok Photography (15)

The images tell the love story of Elisabeth, an English lady, and her Italian suitor. Using a colour palette of soft pinks and neutral tones paired with gold details reflects the romantic and classical feel of this shoot, combined with a Fine Art aesthetic. The graceful, romantic and feminine images celebrate the historical nature of the building, which is transformed into a stunning wedding venue with lots of beautifully styled details.

Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (47)

They say weddings are all about the love, the romance, the emotions and moments… and then someone shows me THESE BALLOONS and suddenly weddings are all about that instead!! Am I wrong? But aren’t they fun and pretty and brilliant? I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing today’s wedding because – [balloons, obviously?] – it’s a real family affair, with the little ones even helping to make the wedding favours! The venue is London Shenley Club (Hertfordshire). The pics by our lovely friend and sponsor Nicola Norton Photography are a breath of fresh air, the details are wonderfully creative and Becky and Liam are just the most gorgeous-looking pair too!

Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (40)

Becky and Liam described their big day as like a big, summer children’s birthday party, with cricket! They included all the best things about summer: the outdoors, sunshine, cricket, Pimms, barbecued food, ice cream, children running around in the grass… and you know what? When a wedding is all about family and children it becomes SO much FUN!

Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (25)

Belle Epoque wedding style inspiration with Wedhead, image credit Elina Sazonova Photography (20)

I have a rare gem of an editorial shoot to share with you today, lovelies – a dreamy screenful of images which will warm your heart and bring sunshine to your soul. Maybe photoshoots are missing a trick by not capturing the sheer joy of a wedding: but today we set that to rights with the most beautiful girl in a truly incredible setting, smiling and enjoying every second of her day…

Belle Epoque wedding style inspiration with Wedhead, image credit Elina Sazonova Photography (8)

The styling touches are exquisite, fine art luxury and I would encourage you to take inspiration from them to style your own wedding: whether you fall in love with the peony and rose bouquet, the show stopping Ersa Atelier gown or those glorious deep blue candles – take a little of this carefully curated shoot with you today and let it shine onto your own wedding day, do.

All images are by Elina Sazonova – a full supplier list is at the end of the feature

Belle Epoque wedding style inspiration with Wedhead, image credit Elina Sazonova Photography (14)

Anastasia from Entwined Productions design studio tells us a little more about the shoot…


Lottie and Richard’s has to be one of the coolest, brightest, most exciting DIY weddings I’ve ever published – truly, they used ALL the colours… and it looks amazing. They’re a gorgeous couple, their images are superb, and something tells me you’re going to adore their wedding as much as I do!

A glorious wedding in Worcestershire with Jarek Lepak Photography on the English Wedding Blog (29)

There was plenty of DIY involved in the run up to the day, and Lottie told me “This was by far the main focus of our wedding preparation. I love arts and crafts.” Some of those makes include 500 origami birds, “which was a challenge!” and a 200-strong multi-coloured paper lantern display in the centre of the marquee.

A glorious wedding in Worcestershire with Jarek Lepak Photography on the English Wedding Blog (1)

Images are by West Midlands wedding photographer Jarek Lepak. Please do visit his website and discover more of his fabulous photography:


A glorious wedding in Worcestershire with Jarek Lepak Photography on the English Wedding Blog (20)

I can’t show you the wedding without first mentioning the gloriously colourful flowers – they’re just wonderful! Lottie told me “Roseanne’s Florist in Malvern did a fantastic job–they made beautiful multi-coloured arrangements in mixed vases and jam jars. I specifically said there were no rules on colours or flowers, and the result was incredible. It made you smile.”Claire


There’s too much pressure to DIY wedding details, and so I’m proud to be featuring a classic English wedding today where the bride and groom found local suppliers to style their day… and not a sewing needle in sight. Joe and Florence had the most perfect wedding – a big party for family and friends with elegant styling in a Yorkshire stately home.

Rise Hall wedding blog with Lorraine Claire Photography (8)

Rise Hall is a venue with a unique history, which I knew nothing about until I’d read Florence and Joe’s wedding blog interview. The Grade II listed building was a convent, then abandoned and eventually rescued by Sarah Beeny, and is now an exclusive use wedding venue (interestingly, they never hold weddings on two consecutive days, so you can set up and clear away without any pressure!)

Rise Hall wedding blog with Lorraine Claire Photography (17)

Images are by wonderful Lorraine Claire Photography, whose new website is amazing and well worth a visit. Melissa Beattie was Lorraine’s second shooter on the day – she’s one of the loveliest and most talented people I’ve met in the wedding industry and you can find her here: www.melissabeattie.com


I love today’s wedding for its simple, understated elegance… that looks a million dollars and more. Davide and Emma were married in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside on a glorious sunny day and their wedding is more than perfect. Emma is the most graceful bride; Davide her perfect match. Their celebrations took place at their family home, under fabulous canvas… just look at the wonderful wedding teepees!!

An elegant countryside wedding in Yorkshire with My Love Story Photography (5)

Today’s is a wedding with timeless grace and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, all captured beautifully by Alex from My Love Story Photography. Lovely Alex is based in London and shoots weddings all around the UK and beyond – and he’s amazing. You can find out more here:

An elegant countryside wedding in Yorkshire with My Love Story Photography (12)
Emma wears a stunning Jesus Peiro gown from Morgan Davies Bridal – I adore the Jesus Peiro collections and Emma suits the classic style so deliciously well: she looks incredible.

An elegant countryside wedding in Yorkshire with My Love Story Photography (34)
This is a wedding of the year, most definitely on my favourites list already! – so grab a sophisticated coffee and take your time scrolling through the images of Emma and Davide’s day. You’ll love this…
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British brides and stylists constantly amaze me with their skill in combining vintage and modern. Today I have a shoot which does this soooo well: set in the luxurious Biggleswade Mansion House and showcasing the work of a lovely group of local Hertfordshire wedding suppliers – this is fab.

The Mansion House styled wedding shoot by Lucy Rose Photography (12)

Images are by the very lovely Lucy Rose Photography.

Lucy told me “the shoot was 1920’s inspired with a beautiful fitted beaded dress and bold make-up on one model and a 1950’s champagne calf length dress on the other model. The wintery weather left a light scattering of snow on the ground which made a great seasonal feel to the shoot and gave the venue a lovely warm tone in the photographs.”

The Mansion House styled wedding shoot by Lucy Rose Photography (31)

In the tranquil Hertfordshire countryside stands the elegant Mansion house. Built in the 1870s and filled with 19th century paintings, it was the perfect location and took my breath away the first time I visited.”

The Mansion House styled wedding shoot by Lucy Rose Photography (41)