How many of you lovely lot are planning to make your own wedding stationery? Quite a few, I guess – but knowing where to start can be pretty overwhelming!

The secret to stunning, modern wedding stationery that doesn’t look dated and – well, a bit ‘meh’ – is to keep the details super personal, unfussy and uncluttered. Wedding invites in 2019 will be minimal, beautiful and with a real personal touch… and learning just a little modern calligraphy can set you right on the path to creating fabulous stationery your guests will LOVE!

Here’s the thing. As well as wedding blogging I do a little calligraphy. I teach classes around the north west (and I’m planning a bit of a jaunt around the UK next summer so holler if you know a venue and would like me to come and teach near you!) – and I design wedding stationery. This year I’ve even launched my very first Wedding Calligraphy Workshop (places available here – it’s in Manchester in April)!


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… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last few 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?

The Gilded Fern makes gorgeous, eco-friendly, recycled / recyclable and vegan wedding favours: our faves are… actually we can’t decide. We love them all! Welcome, Gwenda, to the English Wedding Directory! www.gildedfern.co.uk

The Little Wedding Helper‘s styling is exquisite; lovely Kirsten has worked with more amazing suppliers than I can count. I’m delighted to welcome the Little Wedding Helper to the Directory and hope any of you who don’t know all about her will take a few minutes to go and explore Kirsten’s stunning website!


So I thought – as it’s winter and we’re all snuggling up and keeping warm with our phones and tablets and laptops – we could all use a little something extra to brighten our afternoons. Here’s a super lovely peek at what goes on behind the scenes on a bridal shoot – with photo film by Paul Kyte Photography (full supplier list for the day is below). Enjoy! C xx

Photo-Film: www.paulkytephotography.com
Photography: www.boholane.co.uk
Styling & Weddings: www.prettycreative.co.uk
Gypsy Rose Vintage: www.gypsyrvintage.com
Make Up: www.rubyslippersmua.co.uk
Flowers: www.livingcolourflowers.co.uk
Dresses: www.felicitycooperbridal.co.uk

Wedding flower crowns online Gypsy Rose Vintage with Boho Lane (12)


I should wear flowers in my hair more often – in fact I think the last time was 3 years ago because I still have a photo of me and my buttercup! Perhaps it should be my first resolution for 2017: more hair flowers! Who’s with me?! You will be when you see today’s super pretty shoot, which I love for its colours and the fact it features a few rather lovely friends of the blog who I’ve come to know well over the last year… this is wonderful!

Wedding flower crowns online Gypsy Rose Vintage with Boho Lane (42)

Gypsy Rose Vintage make gorgeous floral hair accessories – and more! – for weddings, special occasions and daily wear for the self-employed (I made that bit up) – they’re awesome, affordable and you can find them here:


Wedding flower crowns online Gypsy Rose Vintage with Boho Lane (41)

Teaming up with local wedding suppliers makes this shoot really special – the images are by our friends at Boho Lane Photography and I’m happy to say we’re sharing a photo-film by Paul Kyte Photography on our Facebook page this morning too – do take a peek, it’s fab (and fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes at a photoshoot like this).


Good morning lovelies! How fast this year has flown by… as Christmas approaches I’m grateful so many of you are buying my calligraphy starter kit – and I’m excited to say the very last modern calligraphy workshop of this year is happening in just a fortnight’s time. There are a couple of spaces left (3, I think!) and I’d love to have you come and join us! Here’s a little taster…

The photofilm is by lovely Paul from pkprophoto.uk who joined me for a workshop earlier this year. 

Click here to book your places!


If you’re interested in learning a little lettering and calligraphy for your wedding day, join me in Manchester on the 18th of November, or book early for one of next year’s workshops!


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Happy Sunday morning everyone! I have a lovely shoot to inspire your Sunday morning – we’re talking Marilyn Monroe-esque glamour and a fabulous vintage bridal style. This is pure vintage inspiration for glamorous girls looking for a bold bridal look: whether you’re a rock chick or vintage lover, I have a feeling you’re going to fall head over heels for this!

Thornton Manor bride art deco vintage Images by PKProPhoto (2)

Images by Paul Kyte Photography

The gown is from Cherish Bridal in Northwich and is by Ronald Joyce. The model’s hair,  reminiscent of 1920’s and 1930s hair styles, was styled by Duncan Fisher Hair Designer. Make up artist Made up by Cathryn told me “I wanted a look that was very 20’s and 30’s but in a modern way, I wanted to pick up on the trend for highlighted and dewy skin which is so stylish right now, and I needed to do a strong lip as this is always automatically seen as vintage.

To learn more about how the look for the shoot was created, please do watch Paul’s behind-the-scenes photo-film at the end of the feature!


How do you feel about doing your own make up on your wedding day? I know for many of you it will be an absolute godsend to have a pro make up artist working alongside your hairdresser in the morning – but not just for your shaky hands and nervous excitement!

I have two photo-films to share with you today: first, Cathryn from MadeupbyCathryn.co.uk  explains some of the benefits of hiring a professional make up artist. As well as having the very best products in their kit (probably saving you a fortune on make up), a pro will know from experience how timings on your day will go: she (or he) will make sure you’ll make it to the church on time, looking beautiful and with all your gorgeous girls at your side.

Contouring is the biggest beauty trend since brows were invented, and Cathryn has a fabulous tutorial on bridal contouring which you can watch right here on the English Wedding Blog. Do take a few minutes to watch this clip – you’ll see how subtle contouring makes for the loveliest bridal look as Cathryn talks you through, step by step.


Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

So on Friday I was back in Manchester for the first calligraphy workshop of the year, and my lovely friend Paul from pkprophoto.uk joined us and filmed a part of the day. I’m thrilled with this little film which shows just what happens on our workshops – and I wanted to share it with you! If you’re interested in learning a little lettering and calligraphy for your wedding day, join me  in Manchester at one of my spring classes: dates are below the film.

26th February: modern calligraphy – full details & online booking here
18th March: brush pen lettering – full details & online booking here
29th April: modern calligraphy – full details & online booking here
27th May: modern calligraphy – full details & online booking here


Good morning my beautiful blog readers! It’s been a heady whirl of technical wizardry here at English Wedding Blog HQ this morning… and I’m thrilled I can finally bring you today’s real Welsh wedding! James and Sarah’s day is more than beautiful. It’s full of ideas for the most amazing summer wedding flowers, and delicate DIY touches which bring the theme together with such amazing character and style.

September wedding Ebristock Boat Inn on the English Wedding Blog (23)

I adore the flowers. Sarah told me “I put complete faith in Laura and her team to deliver on the day and the end result was so beautiful! I still can’t believe how amazing they were when they only had my description to go on. I am so grateful to everyone there… I knew I wanted sunflowers and daisies and a lot of different, warm colours. I didn’t want a colour theme for the wedding to help it look more rustic and ‘oldy-worldy’. I also explained to Laura that I wanted the flowers to look like they had been ‘handpicked from an Autumn country garden’ and I think she really delivered on this.”