Timeless wedding style is worth its weight in diamonds. Creating a wedding day look which is timeless means you can look back on your day in 2 years, in 10 years and in 50 years – and you will still love everything about it. Your dress and suit will be elegant, flattering and simple. Your flowers will be breathtaking. You’ll dream of revisiting that amazing venue – and your wedding album will become a beautiful heirloom for generations to admire.

Timeless wedding photography by Fiona Kelly, London wedding photographer

Imagine the opposite scenario: looking back on your wedding in 5 years time and feeling embarrassed about the fashions you see in your album: a dodgy perm, or dated make up, even your venue might make you cringe. Such is the way with anything uber fashionable: if it’s not been popular for long, is there a risk of the theme and style you love becoming hideously unfashionable in a few years time? A case in point: does anyone remember wedding photos with spot colour or dresses like meringues? We loved them, once!


I have to confess I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about vintage – or what high street stores are calling vintage these days. Here’s the thing: you can’t buy anything vintage in Bhs, or in M&S, or Debenhams. Vintage comes from thrift stores, antique shops, charity shops and car boot sales… and so styling your wedding takes a little more care if you’re looking for “true vintage” appeal.

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Image credit: Albert Palmer Photography from a styled shoot on the English Wedding Blog. See the full shoot here: magical Highland inspired shoot

It’s all just words really, isn’t it… but I don’t like to see shops labelling birdcages* as vintage when they were made in China this year. Fine: sell pretty accessories painted white, with printed illustrations of faded roses and florals – just change the label!

(*I have another thing about birdcages since someone said to me they’re like little prisons for beautiful birds…)


Oh, this couldn’t be more perfect… glorious and glamorous vintage with a personal, characterful and theatrical twist. Think smoky – smoking – eyes and moody, bruised lipstick… sumptuous fabrics and delectable detailing. This shoot features every rock chick’s dream wedding look – and the inspiration comes from a group of the most creative UK wedding suppliers, at Moggerhanger Park in Bedfordshire.
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I fell in love with this shoot the instant I spotted it on Michelle Wood‘s photography blog. Check her out at:

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I’m thrilled to be sharing these fabulous images with English Wedding Blog readers today – I know you’ll adore them as much as I do! There are three distinctive looks and styles, each wonderfully vintage-inspired but with a divine grunge twist which is right up my street.

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Michelle told me a little about the day: “Styled by myself and Anika Miller, the shoot was inspired by the glamour of the 1920s but with a grunge twist. We wanted dark smudgy eyes, deep violet lips and hair that looks its best back-lit. Think hazy hedonistic rather than roaring 20s…”


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Did you love Nicola and Chris’s wedding on the blog yesterday? I bet you did… although did I perhaps made you a bit angry when I left you partway through, with our gorgeous bride and groom on the way to their wedding reception?! Hee!

It’s ok – they’re back on English Wedding blog this morning with more fabulous pics from wedding photographer Andy Hook, and Nicola’s words are going to make you all tingly – quite possibly to bring a little tear to your eye too.


Claire xx

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Following the service, we did some pictures outside and on a nearby bridge, then headed towards home. We went for some pictures on the way with Andy the photographer, then arrived back to the guests in my dads open top classic car, which I sat up on the back of with a glass of bubbles in hand as we drove in! The party was in full swing, the bubbles and pimms were flowing and people were loving the games!