One of the things I love most about wedding blogs is that we all share so many real weddings. It’s real life. You can flick through the first twenty pages of any wedding magazine and see models in wedding gowns, posed and beautifully lit… whereas on a blog you see real brides and grooms straight away. Our features thrive because of YOU! And what better way to introduce you to couture bridal designers The State Of Grace than to show you some of their beautiful real brides…

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Photo credit – Jez Dickson

Chic silver screen bridal style

Tamsin married at the famous Savoy Hotel in true old school Hollywood style. She looked like a silver screen goddess. To suit the iconic venue, Tamsin and her husband sought something sophisticated but still sensual and playful in nature. Made with over ten metres of lavish Parisian silk with a suggestive cowl back and puddle train, Tamsin’s bespoke wedding dress took her husband’s breath away.

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Photo credit – Jez Dickson

Image Credits – Jez Dickson http://www.jezdicksonphotography.co.uk/


Afternoon everyone! I say everyone… to be fair, grooms-to-be can wander off now, as this post is just for the girls! Caroline Castigliano has been in touch to let me know about her new bridal collection which has been designed exclusively for her flagship store in Knightsbridge.

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The new collection encompasses Castigliano’s signature silhouette which is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly elegant. Her unique ability to cut and construct garments enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique; from the exquisite choice of fabric to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarment techniques.

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15% off a Caroline Castigliano designer wedding dress!

For a limited time only brides getting married in 2014 who order their dress between now and 12th August will receive 15% off the retail price of a dress!


I don’t think I could ever choose a wedding dress from a big brand designer. Of course it’s just me (awkward, ‘creative’ and annoyingly alternative… hehe). But if this rings true with you too, and you actually do have to find a wedding dress, then the answer might have landed in my inbox just recently. Have you heard of Minna?

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Minna designs ethereal and beautiful bohemian wedding dresses which are all handmade at her London studio. Ranging from floor sweeping gowns made from sumptuous silks, lace and hand embellished details to midi-length silk georgette and antique lace dresses, her collection retails from a very affordable £360 to around £800.bohemian wedding dresses UK by Minna bridal London (2)

It’s almost as if Minna wedding dresses were created with me in mind – the new collection, titled as “Love Letter” was inspired by an old petticoat and a love letter found from the local antique market. Perfect for a calligrapher, no?!

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(I love the outdoors and my mountains here in the Lake District as well… although I’m not sure I could scale those heights in these gorgeous gowns and shoes!)


Here’s a date for your diaries, girls! In a couple of weeks you will have the perfect opportunity to find your dream dress from Sassi Holford – top UK bridal designer and wedding blog favourite! Sample dresses are being sold with price reductions of up to 70%… how amazing would it be to get your dream dress at such a fabulous price?!

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From 6th to 20th July 2013 double award winning designer Sassi Holford will be offering huge reductions of up to 70% on selected sample gowns from her classic English bridal collections.

The London boutique sale will have a selection of stunning sample gowns from Sassi’s Couture Collection which is an opportunity not to be missed to acquire a Sassi Holford couture design at an unbelievable price!

Sassi’s Taunton boutique has a wide range of sample gowns at greatly reduced prices from the Sassi Holford Signature Collection, So Sassi and Enzoani.

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Nicola wears Sassi Holford – click to see the full wedding on the blog, Photo credit Kirsten Mavric www.kirstenmavric.co.uk


Most of you will have heard of Vivien of Holloway – a UK wedding blog favourite for years now! With a fabulous range of vintage wedding dresses based on 1940s and 1950s styles they’re true stars of the vintage scene for brides and bridesmaids.

Gorgeous, affordable vintage wedding dresses from Vivien of Holloway

With an authen­tic col­lec­tion of afford­able, ready-to-wear bridal and brides­maids dresses, be sure you pay them a visit at their Lon­don boutique. See dresses and find out more!

With vin­tage style wed­dings remain­ing a firm favourite with brides all over the world, Vivien of Hol­loway have shown how you can give a nod to the Fifties with your bridal fash­ions, whilst keep­ing costs low. I’m a huge fan (and have spent far too long browsing their website for a summery little number for me already today!) and I know many of you think they’re just brilliant too!


Vivien of Holloway now has a ded­i­cated page on the Eng­lish Wed­ding Blog which you can find here: Vintage wedding dresses from Vivien of Holloway


Every bridal collection launch has a story behind it – and for 2014 top UK wedding dress designer Charlotte Balbier has come up with individual love stories to go with every dress in her collection. Charlotte got in touch to tell me about the great reaction this new collection has already received from UK brides – and I’d love to know what you think.

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The design which seems to be getting most attention – and it’s easily my personal favourite – is Beaullea. The exquisite lace back of the dress is just beautiful isn’t it?! I’ll show you the dresses and share Charlotte’s stories with you too. I love the romance of it all… I think Charlotte’s words really demonstrate her creativity as a designer – they’re fantastic!


Exciting times in the wedding world once again as top designers launch their bridal gowns for 2014 – and you’re invited to an exclusive viewing event with Caroline Castigliano! If you’re marrying in 2014 and looking for a glamorous and romantic style for your dress then this event will be a real treat!

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Caroline Castigliano invites brides-to-be to view her 2014 bridal gowns exclusively at the flagship Knightsbridge boutique!

For two weeks only, brides-to-be are invited to join the Castigliano team at the fabulous flagship Knightsbridge boutique to view select bridal gowns from the 2014 collection, whilst enjoying the team’s wonderful Bellinis. The exclusive viewings will take place from 18th March to Saturday 30th March 2013.

Caroline’s English Heritage Collection continues the relaxed glamour theme that is so much part of the Caroline Castigliano style, many of the gowns were enhanced with delicate beaded laces – and there was a strong sense of gowns with cap and long sleeves organza was in abundance along with georgette.

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Hello there! What a quick month February turned out to be! The wedding season is well on the way now, and I’m getting ever so busy with calligraphy orders for some of you lovely brides and grooms out there! It’s wonderful to see so many new visitors to English Wedding Blog this month, and if you’re a new subscriber I’d like to say a special big hello and welcome! There’s so much going on in wedding news right now – and I have lots of amazing ideas and features to share with you over the next few weeks so do stick around!

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For today it’s over to Sassi Holford and I’m sharing the fabulous 2013 Couture Collection with you. I adore this collection for its elegance and grace – the gowns take inspiration from brides themselves, which is such a lovely thing to hear.

The designs are classic English in style, with timeless elegance and a contemporary edge. Whatever your venue or wedding style, whether you’re marrying in a cathedral, a country house or a boutique hotel – there’s something from the Sassi Holford Couture Collection for you!


Morning! It’s actually really lovely to be sharing Sassi Holford’s wedding dress collection ‘So Sassi‘ with you today. Let’s start with my favourite…

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The So Sassi designs are gorgeous in a very cute, contemporary and graceful way – but there’s way more to this favourite UK bridal designer than that. Let me put it another way: there are a few key messages I’d love to share with every reader of English Wedding Blog:

  1. Choose your ‘fluff’ carefully
  2. Buy handmade, quality and British made, from local suppliers if possible
  3. Focus on marriage: don’t let wedding stress get you down

They all tie in with each other, but the overall message is to buy quality items for your wedding and to choose them carefully. Cue the So Sassi 2013 bridal collection… which has every box ticked.

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Have you discovered the wedding dress boutique at Phase Eight? If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the classic wedding dress from a bridal boutique then Phase Eight could be the perfect solution for you. Today I’m happy to be able to introduce you to the 2013 wedding dress collection from Phase Eight. The dresses are available online, in Phase Eight stores in Brighton and Edinburgh, and at Harrods Oxford Street. I’d love to know your thoughts on these wedding dress ideas: which is your favourite? Claire xxx

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Eliza Wedding Dress

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Wedding dresses for 2013 from Phase Eight

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This season, Phase Eight’s enchanting wedding collection twists romantic, whimsical detailing with a modern silhouette, perfect for every fairytale romance. We have made it even easier for Brides-to-be to find their dream dress. The wedding dresses are available in-store at House of Fraser Oxford Street and in our Brighton and Edinburgh stores.

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Evelyn Beaded Lace Wedding Dress

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Louisa Ribbon Tapework Wedding Dress

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Saphia Tapework Wedding Dress