Paper fetish, anyone? [blogger pauses to raise hands] – it’s often part of wedding planning: you start looking at invitations and favours and see so many beautiful things you get hooked.

Welcome to my world!…  I’m Claire and I’m a paper addict 🙂 so when I planned my first styled wedding shoot this year it had to be focused on the prettiest paper details.

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Button and brooch bouquet by the fabulous Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye | Love quote flags by lovely Jo at Vintage Twee

We began with a simple concept: paper and mirrors. I would provide the paper and calligraphy details; photographer Jamie Vickerstaff would do his thing with mirrors and reflections. And wow, didn’t he just…

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Watercolour paper flowers, coloured calligraphy tags and handwritten love letter by Claire Gould, Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

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I wanted to show how you can create a wedding style around two simple ideas, and build on it to create an exciting and colourful display. Beginning with watercolour paper and calligraphy we added vintage stationery and china, a brooch bouquet in pastel colours, cakes with watercolour tiers and more details to create a cohesive look. I loved every second!


Warning: this blog post contains beautiful photographs of cake. I can guarantee you’ll be feeling a little cakey by the end – and I hope you’ll have fallen in love with these wonderful little wedding party picks too! They’re cute and more than a little special… and proof if ever you needed it that the little details really do add magic to your tables!

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Lovely Jo Linder from Vintage Twee has launched new versions of her best selling wedding party picks: vintage and rainbow coloured party picks for civil weddings with ‘mr & mr’ or ‘mrs & mrs’ in a lovely vintage typewriter font. It feels like such a long time since England’s first same-sex marriages were making the news – so it’s wonderful to see them inspiring such a lovely new collection from one of my favourite wedding suppliers.


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Civil ceremony party picks by Vintage Twee (3)The little party picks sit so prettily atop rainbow cupcakes from Caroline’s Cakes in their retro paper cases – deserving of their own little photo shoot by the one and only Chris Hanley Photography!
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Love is a temporary madness….

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Are you superstitious? You might want to look away now.  Today’s styled shoot is a crazy cacophony of metallics and mirrors, paper, calligraphy, design and destruction. It’s all about breaking the rules, breaking free and challenging expectations.

Weddings are full of rules and etiquette. From formal invitations to receiving lines, the legal limitations and family expectations, it can all get a bit much. Silver sixpence in your shoe? Why… in case you need to catch a bus?! Break a few rules, I dare you.

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“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
Louis de Bernières via Wikiquote


Hello again everyone! It’s turning out to be quite a summer and I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to when I’m not writing the English Wedding Blog! I’ve been lucky enough to work with some brilliant brides and grooms worldwide on calligraphied invitations and reception stationery – not to mention the inspiration shoots I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

So here’s a few pics of my life behind the scenes as a calligrapher – forgive the cats, they do like to help! Enjoy. And if you’d like to see more, you can find my little shop on Etsy here: www.Etsy.com/shop/CalligraphyStore


Hello there everyone! Oh my, I can’t believe how quickly this week is flying by! I’m trying so hard not to count the days until Christmas… yikes!! I’m looking for lots of real weddings and ideas to feature over the festive period so please do get in touch if you have anything you’d like me to share on the English Wedding Blog. For today though, I have some gorgeous wedding invitations to show you.

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Image credit Vintage Twee | www.vintagetwee.com

I was so pleased when lovely Joanne from Vintage Twee got in touch with me to ask for a little calligraphy on her wedding invitations for Lance and Lisa. I’ve always loved Jo’s work – she sells on Etsy and from her online boutique at VintageTwee.com. I’m the proud owner of a few of her wonderful creations myself! I keep my calligraphy nibs in Jo’s exquisitely crafted wedding favour boxes – they’re adorable!

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Image credit Vintage Twee | www.vintagetwee.com


Hello! How are you this lovely morning? I’m deliriously happy – I’m just head over heels in love with today’s wedding. Heather and Gary chose Maunsel House for their vintage travel wedding – a fabulous venue indeed. And then they decided on vintage Vespas for wedding transport. Now as you might know, I ride a Vespa and I’m always, always looking out for Vespa weddings to feature. This one is special – and just look at those beautiful little scoots!

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Today’s gorgeous couple tick all the boxes for me – they chose a superb wedding photographer, Neale James, who gets a glowing review in the wedding report (towards the end of the blog feature today). And as further proof of their excellent taste and style, my lovely friend Joanne from Vintage Twee made their on the day stationery (wonderful wedding menus, orders of service and table numbers to fit with the vintage travel wedding theme).

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