Personalise your winter wedding in style with our 20% off guest books offer!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day – and I hope I can make it a little bit lovelier for you with a very special offer from my friends at The PhotoBook Co. They’d like me to offer you another fantastic saving on their alternative wedding guest books – designed to make you and your guests smile!

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Design a bespoke guest book for your very own wedding day and cherish the lovely messages forever!

The idea behind alternative wedding guest books from The PhotoBook Co is simple: upload your own images to their pre-designed guest book template which includes signing pages for your guests to write on.

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Short of photos to use? Why not design yours with old photos from childhood to now, or when you fell in love!
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Meh… English Wedding nominated for a 2015 UK Blog Award?

Blog awards, I’m sorry to say, don’t light my fire. While the email telling me I’d been nominated for a UK Blog Award came with a frisson of something, it lasted no more than a fraction of a second before I realised how little these things mean.

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Image credit Heline Bekker Photography – click the image to see the full feature

I’m all about my readers and the wedding suppliers I discover and share. I’m not out there to compete with other wedding bloggers – the English Wedding Blog has its own niche and all I want is to make this a lovely place for you to visit, enjoy, find suppliers and ideas and advice. What would I do with an award?

Besides, I’ve never been one for schmoozing around in a cocktail dress telling people how brilliant I am. Any networking I do is informal: I love floating around at styled shoots, meeting for coffee and cakes (and peppermint tea) and supping a wine at the end of the day with my creative friends.

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Published emails to a wedding discount website – and no holding back

Wedding discount websites make me sad. Very occasionally they also make me angry… and a few weeks ago I promised on my facebook page I’d share the full text of an email exchange I had with a new wedding discount site called Bridea. First let me explain why wedding discount sites should be avoided.

Three reasons to avoid wedding discount sites

  1. They give the impression you can afford more ‘things’ for your big day.
    But if you’re on a budget, it’s always better to cut down on the things you need. Rather than having a cheap cake and cheap flowers, choose one or the other and do it well.
  2. You really do get what you pay for.
    If it looks too good to be true, it is. Trust me!
  3. Discount sites harm small businesses.
    In the wedding industry most suppliers are sole traders and independent crafters. We’re not Aldi: we can’t afford to slash prices.

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How to be a beach bride – a gorgeous styled shoot with Charlotte Bryer-Ash

Hey there beach brides! Today’s feature is for you – from our own fair shores I have a fabulous seaside styled shoot to share. There are ideas here for every girl who’d love a beach wedding – and all from local wedding suppliers too!

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Wedding photographer Charlotte Bryer-Ash told me what inspired her to create this shoot, which she planned together with Rachel from Exquisitely You. It’s all about clean, minimal styling with a relaxed seaside feel. I adore the backdrop – a simple timber frame with soft fabric is just perfect for the beach setting.

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Being a beach bride means embracing nature. Combine rustic elements for a minimal and relaxed wedding style. Soft colours and textures reflect the romance of the sea. Clair Lythgoe uses a lush peach dahlia as a centrepiece for a stunning bridal bouquet edged with cascading green amaranthus. Opt for wooden cake stands and table decor as the team did on today’s shoot, and be creative with your cake if you’re having one. Twists of raffia complement roses and hydrangeas for a gorgeous design with colours and textures.

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Amy and Grant’s intimate wedding in Kent, with photography by Howling Basset

Amy and Grant were married in Kent in an intimate ceremony for family and friends, and chose a pretty style with classic and vintage elements to make their wedding day really personal. Amy’s dress is ever so pretty, with a lace bodice and delicate sparkle around the neckline with a jewelled belt. She accessorised it beautifully with a birdcage veil and feather, and silver drop earrings.
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Amy’s flowers were classic pink roses with gypsophila – simple but pretty and colourful. The venue was decorated with tissue paper poms and streamers strung across the ceremony room – a key theme for 2014 and always eye-catching and decorative – I think it looks lovely. Images are by lovely Andrew from Howling Basset Photography (based in Kent).

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Kent wedding photography at The Barn in Tunbridge Wells

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Kent wedding photography of the lovely Amy and Grant and their small and intimate wedding at The Barn in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, by Howling Basset Photography.

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Howling Basset Photography

http://www.howlingbasset.com

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A rustic springtime wedding at Coombe Abbey with Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography

Kelly and Phil’s springtime wedding has some of the loveliest touches I’ve seen – it’s a beautiful day with fabulous colours, and I know you’ll love it. Kelly and Phil chose a rustic, woodland style for their day.

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The ceremony and reception were held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, and in the wedding report at the end of today’s feature Kelly and Phil have shared links to some fabulous local suppliers.

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Kelly looks absolutely amazing in her Ronald Joyce wedding gown, and I adore her bridal look – there’s an image towards the end of the feature with the newlyweds sat on a wall in the venue’s grounds where you can see the full length of the dress, and it’s so incredibly beautiful…

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Images are by the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie – do check out more of their work via their website and on the English Wedding Blog:

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