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Did your other half propose at Christmas? I imagine a few of you are smiling! It’s the busiest time of the year for engagements, and I suspect at least one of my friends will have a ring on her finger come Boxing Day! I’m really excited for her – I hope it happens, I really do!!! There are guys out there right now hunting for the perfect engagement ring… and that’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to share the wonderfully inspiring story of Durham Rose.

What could possibly be more personal than an engagement ring? It’s the physical representation of your love. It’s everything that your heart has to say, when it doesn’t possess the words to say it. And yet, you’re expected to express all of this with a ring off the shelf – unless you have the budget of royalty. This was a concept that that Manu, the founder of Durham Rose, struggled to come to terms with.

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I was already in awe of Viki Pearce when I discovered her beautiful wedding rings via the Chosen Wedding Fair. When I asked Viki if we could run a feature so I could show you her work, she sent me the best photos ever. Exquisite shots of her artisan wedding rings, her wall of vintage hammers and – because I love to know who’s behind the beautiful pieces I see – a gorgeous shot of the designer herself, complete with boots I want for me, like now. Anyone want to join me in a massive #fangirl crush?! 

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“I create tactile, expressive jewellery pieces using traditional goldsmithing techniques. Inspiration comes from the work of ancient Columbian and Etruscan goldsmiths as well as modern literature and the natural world. I bring out the natural lustre and warmth of gold by using antique tools and natural objects to apply subtle surface textures creating classic and timeless designs that are simple and soulful.

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Oh I do so love a glitter ball… come enter the sparkly new world of Rosie Willett Designs with me!
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Rosie Willett Designs is delighted to announce they will be launching a brand new wedding headpiece and jewellery collection at the end of February.

The collection is certain to delight brides-to-be in 2015, as Rosie has created a range that will complement the most current wedding dress styles.

Rosie says: “The new range includes a total of nine headpieces – a collection of delicate vines, combs and headbands made with sparkling Swarovski crystal that catches the light with movement, like a twinkling star or a soft scattering of glitter. With pieces in this collection ranging from £72 to £266, I’m aiming to offer something affordable for all brides-to-be.

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“We always look at emerging trends in bridal wear to influence our collections. Crystal embellished wedding dresses are very popular this season and we have created a collection of headpieces and jewellery that will complement both embellished gowns and also add some sparkle to plainer dress styles. The delicate nature of our designs is also perfect for pretty lace dresses and illusion necklines.”

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Definitely vintage, oh-so-sparkly and with a wonderfully bold style throughout, the brand new Maharaja collection by Tantrums and Tiaras stopped me in my tracks this week. (Railway pun not intended!) I love to see how accessories can be worn – it’s all very well seeing something lovely in a display counter at a wedding show or in a bridal shop… but this shoot shows how amazing hair jewels can look, and how to wear them. And it makes me all tingly because it’s just so goddamn beautiful.

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Caitlyn £120 half-forehead bridal headpiece

‘Maharaja’ is a collection of East meets West headpieces designed to give style and glamour to any bridal look. The new range features big jewels, delicate mehndi inspired details and pretty metallic tones reminiscent of the British Indian Empire. The unique design of each handmade piece will set any bride apart.

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Designer and founder of Tantrums and Tiaras, Kelly Scully said “I have really enjoyed creating the new ‘Maharaja’ collection which adds the finishing touch of designer class to any bridal outfit.

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Jenny Packham accessories 2015 (1) Jenny Packham fans, we have news for you on this lovely autumn morning! Jenny’s brand new bridal accessories collection for 2015 is now available in stores, and I’ve been asked to let you all know!

There are stockists throughout the UK (currently 33 fabulous bridal stores listed as stocking the accessories collection) – I’d recommend you call to check the new accessories are in your local store before you go, just in case!
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You can also buy the fabulous accessories online today at www.jennypackham.com. The ten headdresses which lead the collection are simply divine: I adore the two Candela pieces which have shapely swirls in crystal and opal.

Every piece has beautiful elements to echo those in Jenny’s wedding dress collection, from headdresses encrusted with fabulous floral motifs, crystals and more, to complement the whimsical tiered hemlines and celestial capes seen on Jenny’s bridal catwalks earlier this year.

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What makes a wedding craft business successful? Every time, it comes down to the personality behind the name. The best wedding suppliers are dedicated, inspiring and entertaining. It’s no secret that we usually follow a different path in life: it takes courage as much as craftsmanship to bring a wedding craft business to life. I asked Tracey Phillips at Bridal Designs to share her personal story. Tracey’s business began with her sister’s wedding 8 years ago, and she’s now a multiple award-winning wedding business owner.

“I live in beautiful North Devon, minutes from the seaside and a short distance from some of England’s most charming wedding venues. Northcote Manor is just around the corner – and I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to get married.

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A seaside wedding in Devon, by Taylor Barnes Photography www.taylorbarnesphotography.co.uk

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So many of the crafty people I know, follow and admire live by the seaside. There’s something in every seaside town and village which inspires our creative spirits – and if you’re looking for inspiration then you can’t beat a trip to the beach, trust me! One thing I have in common with Bridal Designs owner Tracey Phillips is our love of the seaside. We’re both just a short hop away from the beach; Tracey’s based in beautiful Devon, where she crafts her pretty and delicate bridal jewellery.

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Seashore bridal necklace by Bridal Designs, from £85

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Seashore bracelet from £55

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Seashore dainty bracelet from £42

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Seashore earrings from £28

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Seashore curved pearl earrings from £28 by Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

This pretty range is perfect for a summer wedding, and would look stunning at a beach ceremony! Made using curved white Swarovski pearls, sparkling Aquamarine Swarovski crystals, powder blue Swarovski pearls, and gorgeous Pacific Opal Swarovski crystals for a washed sea glass look, it is a lovely relaxed bridal jewellery collection for those hot sunny days.

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Ever wondered how you’d cope without your bridesmaids? In these crafty times the responsibilities of the average bridesmaid have changed: many of you will be spending weekends and evenings with your best girls covered in glue and lace, helping you make all kinds of decorative touches for your big day. Second only to your partner and your parents, bridesmaids are there for you all the way and I think we should celebrate them more!

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Image credit Shaun Taylor Photography | www.shauntaylorphotography.co.uk

Your bridesmaid is worth her weight in gold. She’ll come to bridal shops, join in your Pinterest obsession, help you find suppliers, trudge around wedding fairs and keep you sane when all the planning gets overwhelming.

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Image credit Tony Gameiro | www.tony.gameiro.co.uk

You’ll always remember the laughs you and your best girls have in the run up to your wedding – from trips to Hobbycraft right up to your hen night. Your chief bridesmaid has the best job of all: planning a hen night to bring all your best girl friends together for anything from glamping to go-karting. So I think bridesmaids deserve the biggest thank you of all!

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Happy Friday-eve-afternoon, everyone! We begin our weekend celebrations early here at English Wedding Blog HQ you know! – me and the cats, that is… before we clock off for the afternoon though, I wanted to ask this little question: is your wedding jewellery vegan?

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Bubble bracelet with Swarovski pearls by Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

What?

I know. You probably haven’t considered whether any goats were hurt in the making of your flower crown*, but vegan-friendly wedding jewellery is a valid concern for many brides.

*unlikely, don’t worry

Tracey from Bridal Designs has written about this after a bride got in touch to ask where her pearls were sourced from. Tracey uses Swarovski pearls, which are respected quality faux pearls used by many jewellery and dress designers.

Real pearls can have issues, as intensive farming of oysters sounds a little dangerous for the poor little creatures… read a brief explanation over at Bridal Designs and while you’re there why not buy one of those lovely bubble bracelets too?

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Think package deal and what usually springs to mind is a cheap holiday with free drinks and  ‘guaranteed to give you food poisoning’  seafood buffets… this is a package deal with a difference though, made especially for you to save money on your bridal jewellery and your bridesmaids’ jewellery too!

A lot of brides like a matching set of necklace, bracelet and earrings, with the bridesmaids wearing smaller, daintier versions of the bride’s jewellery and this is where the packages from Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery come into their own.

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Allure Necklace Set

You can buy matching sets of all the best selling designs including the Adore and Allure at a lower price than it would be buying the items separately, plus if you buy more than one set (perhaps as gifts for your bridesmaids) you save an extra 10% too!

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Adore jewellery package

www.bridaldesignsweddingjewellery.co.uk

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Hello everyone! Did you see Deborah and Darren’s elegant art gallery wedding last week? I loved the bride’s style – her Anoushka G vintage lace dress was beautifully accessorised with a pearl bracelet and clutch. Deborah chose classic and simple jewellery to complement a statement dress, as so many UK brides are doing this year – and if you haven’t bought your bridal jewellery yet, then I have the perfect solution for you today!

 www.bridaldesignsweddingjewellery.co.uk

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Lovely Tracey at Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery creates and specialises in beautiful handcrafted bridal jewellery. Only the finest materials are used – Sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and pearls resulting in finished pieces that will look fabulous on your big day and that you can treasure forever. Bridal Designs also stocks a stunning range of high quality ready to wear wedding jewellery.

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Tracey has been telling me all about her business – one of those wonderful little craft businesses where you can work with the designer herself to create something really special. She told me, ‘The most important thing to me is the fantastic service we give brides to be – this is one of the biggest days of their lives and everything needs to be right.

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I really do love it when wedding suppliersget all creative on me… there’s nothing better than seeing their designs in action! This goes for everything from dresses to accessories, invitations to flowers. And with these lovely ideas from a Hollywood Glamour bridal shoot at Olivier Laudus in my inbox, I couldn’t resist blogging the new collection!

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The 2014 Great Glamour collection at luxury wedding accessory boutique Olivier Laudus is all about evoking Hollywood glamour and the elegance of bygone eras.

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The collection, aimed at stylish contemporary brides with an appreciation for elegance and glamour, comprises twenties inspired headbands, forehead chains, vintage tiaras, oversized bracelets and art deco style jewellery using Crystallised Swarovski Elements, pearls, diamante, feathers and ribbon. Prices range from £65 to £235.
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The 2014 Great Glamour collection by Olivier Laudus was shot at the Corinthia Hotel in London (http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/london/).