Back in December I was lucky to be given a preview copy of Celebrated, by a wedding photographer I’ve been following on instagram for a couple of years. Ross Willsher is a thoughtful, empathetic and talented author and wedding photographer based in Essex. He’s also a bloody lovely human being and a brilliant writer.

wedding planning book inclusive by Ross Willsher Photography

Celebrated is the wedding book I wish every couple could read. It’s not a checklist, it doesn’t give overwhelming lists of things to do and buy. It’s the opposite.

Real brides’ bouquets from our archives to inspire your day! There’s loads more wedding flower ideas on our Pinterest…

The loveliest spring wedding flowers

Peonies flower from late April / early May into June in the UK. The fact that our peony season is so short makes these blooms all the more special!

So many of the words in this blog struck home for me. The concept of feeling safe with your wedding photographer; of being self-aware and comfortable in your skin – it’s just not something the mainstream wedding media really talk about.

But it’s mega important. There’s a sense that people change when they’re planning a wedding – that life’s all about excitement and trends and suddenly, Pinterest is everything. That really doesn’t have to be true! Today’s blog is all about being YOU – and our wonderful friend Ross Willsher Photography is with some tips to help you navigate the wedding world, just as you are. 

There’s something wonderfully free-spirited about the coast, and I’ve always been a sucker for a coastal inspired wedding or photoshoot. This is my new favourite. A lovely collaboration between one of my favourite wedding photographers Ross Willsher, and Emma at Pretty Faces Makeup.

We feel it’s important to say that weddings are for everyone, and the media should reflect far, far more diversity in its representation of weddings!

Here’s a small step – I would love for it to be the first of many – with Karen as our beautiful bride and a super team of Essex / Suffolk wedding creatives!

Writing a wedding website means it’s second nature to me to question everything about weddings! But a lovely email from my friend Ross Willsher Photography got me thinking today.

If you’re new to the wedding world – say, for example, you’ve just got engaged – it can all be pretty confusing, especially when it comes to rules, regulations and traditions.


After a little while, you’ll realise many of the things you see at every wedding are optional. For example:

  • wedding rings
  • speeches
  • cutting the cake
  • a first dance
  • changing your name(s)