A wedding show press invitation… and a bacon cupcake?

I’ll make this post very short and sweet. This morning I got a lovely-looking package through the post from Brides The Show, which I thought was wonderful! Inside, two invitations to their wedding show, some meringues (which were delicious) and a cupcake. It was a bit squashed, but fair play I thought: it’s come all the way from London, poor little thing – and they’ve tried hard and spent money. Least I can do is say thank you for the treat.

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So off to Facebook I went, excitedly chirruping “thank you Brides The Show for the lovely cupcake, I’d love to come to your wedding show but can’t make it.” I thanked the meringue people, and the cupcake makers. Hadn’t tried the cake yet but the meringues were really nice.

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… a brief goodbye from me!

Goodbye everyone! I’m off on my travels today, heading for the bright lights of London and to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, where I’ll be giving calligraphy skills workshops over the weekend. Excited much?! I’m nervous, excited and finding it all a little surreal! I’d love for you to come along – it’s a great opportunity to learn how to use a calligraphy pen to create quirky scripts to write your own wedding invitations – and there’s so much more to see and do over the weekend.

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This is every DIY bride’s dream – there will be craft stalls and shops including some of Britain’s top crafters. You can get all of your ribbon, fabrics, paper goodies and more for your wedding day. Learn jewellery techniques, cake decorating and flower arranging… and while you’re there visit the artisan food markets, see lovely Kirstie chatting to stars of the crafting world and be a part of the world pomination record attempt!kraft-wedding-calligraphy-boxes

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Hannah and Dean – a Great Gatsby wedding blog from Chilston Park, with Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

The moment I saw Hannah and Dean’s wedding photos I fell in love. Such an amazing couple, and such a beautiful day. Their Great Gatsby wedding at Kent’s Chilston Park Hotel is one of the most elegant celebrations I’ve seen, with fabulous styling and glorious details. But it’s the bride and groom – a stunning couple – who bowled me over. Hannah’s bridal look is more than gorgeous: her striking make up, her beautiful gown – she’s incredible. Although one comment on photographer Kerry Ann Duffy‘s facebook page made me chuckle: “Great pic, even better beard“… Dean’s look is fantastic and then some!

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Hannah has written a great wedding report for us all today – full of brilliant advice, and wonderfully honest. She shares great budgeting tips, has an interesting story about dress shopping, and recommends some excellent Kent wedding suppliers. I love that she forgot to throw her bouquet… and was delighted that meant she could keep it! I would be too… it’s beautiful!

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Pete and Claire’s rustic barn wedding in Devon, with Butterfly Photography

Pete and Claire are one of those couples who instantly make me smile. They’re a perfect match, absolutely gorgeous and their smiles warm my heart. They styled a rustic barn wedding at The Barn at South Milton, and together with family and friends created a wonderful day full of personality and charm.
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Claire and Pete poured their hearts into styling a really beautiful day, and I love the little details: the seasonal flowers, handmade paper stars, printed napkins, bunting and logs full of flowers are just adorable!
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All images are by lovely Ashling at Butterfly Photography. Do visit Ashling’s website and check her out on facebook too!

Before we dive in I’d like to say a huge thank you to gorgeous bride and groom Claire and Pete, and also to Ashling for kindly sharing images of this wonderful wedding. Enjoy!
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Your names:

Pete and Claire Knight

Your wedding photographer’s website:

www.butterflyphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Very happy

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Pink peonies and pretty pastels – sweet candy colours for a wedding inspiration shoot!

Hello lovely wedding blog readers, I hope you’re not working too hard today! I have the perfect feature to share with you this morning – something I was involved with a few weeks ago, where I had the pleasure of spending a day with wonderful people to create a really inspiring shoot. We created different bridal looks with our beautiful model Kelsey, and today I’m sharing the prettiest of them all, centred on a gorgeous pink peony bouquet by Kevin at Brackens of Bowness.

pink peonies bridal ideas (1) Kelsey shows just how easy it is to combine beautiful key pieces for a timeless and glamorous wedding style. She wears a dress by Sassi Holford, which came from the fabulous Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. The embroidered detail is so pretty, and goes beautifully with her elegant, smooth updo and natural make up. (Hair: Aqua Salon | Make up: Definitions)
pink peonies bridal ideas (2) All images are by my wonderful friend and inspiring wedding photographer Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography. Jamie is based in Cheshire and travels across the UK to photograph weddings… I hear he’s especially fond of the Lake District so if you’re getting married here do check him out!

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A stunning wedding at Newton House in Derbyshire, with Simon Biffen Photography

Jon and Claire were married in May, at a Derbyshire wedding venue I’ve never featured before – the lovely Newton House, set in a rural location not far from Burton upon Trent. The barn where Jon and Claire held their reception is wonderful – a blank canvas for a rustic or vintage wedding, which today’s bride and groom decorated to great effect!
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All images are by lovely Simon Biffen Photography. Simon is a UK wedding photographer, based in Somerset and happy to travel throughout the UK to photograph weddings. Wherever you are, do check him out… I think he’s fabulous!

http://simonbiffenphotography.blogspot.co.uk
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http://www.facebook.com/simonbiffenphoto

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