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Two questions: who is a wedding day about? who is a wedding day for?

Instinct tells me (I’m writing quickly and from the top of my head) the day is about a bride and groom. But it’s for their friends and family (of which they are a part).

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I think sometimes that’s lost. Sometimes there’s too much “your day, your way” going on. Your guests should be a part of your wedding day: not just spectators, rather very special people in your lives, and those you want to share in your happiness and enjoy it with you.

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Here are some more pictures from Gail and Mark’s wedding which I featured yesterday. The focus this time around is on the wedding guests – captured so beautifully by documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall.

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Imagine a story: a proper story, written by an author, in a book and everything. Any wonderful story which grips your heart, makes you laugh and cry and think. It’s by someone (the author), it’s about someone (the bride and groom) and it’s written for someone (the reader).

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Be ready to catch yourself smiling – gazing at your screen with a bit of a romantic grin on your face. Whether you’re in the office pretending to work, or maybe at home in your pyjamas all wrapped up for Christmas… I’m going to stop you in your tracks with this beautiful wedding story. Down with your pens, sellotape, gin and sparklers ladies -because this wedding’s a gem.

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Gail and Mark’s Tythe Barn wedding was submitted by wedding photographer Martin Beddall. Gail wrote a short wedding report to go along with the pictures, and I’m going to leave the wedding photographs to tell their own story. Because they do – all on their own.

Martin is a documentary wedding photographer in Sussex and a friend and sponsor of English Wedding blog. His focus is on capturing moments during your wedding day; his talent is in recording your wedding day in the most beautiful way. There’s rather an unusual ‘part two’ to this blog feature coming up tomorrow.

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Loulabelle (aka Louise) became a friend and a regular source of hilarity as I followed her wedding blog at Met My Match through 2011. As a writer she is simply wonderful. I believe I may have begged to blog her wedding. There’s no shame in that. Such an enterprising, intelligent, creative and beautiful lady?! I had to see her wedding pics!

So Louise planned her countryside creative wedding with a fabulous vintage twist. One thing I hadn’t seen on her blog was that Garry, her groom, was a policeman. Cue vintage police car as a surprise – along with the loveliest driver to chauffeur the boys around.

Of course Louise’s own beloved Bertie (the Beetle) took pride of place carrying the bride and her dad to the church…

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As a surprise I’d arranged a vintage police car to collect Garry, his best man and two ushers who are all Metropolitan Police Officers. The driver Ernie, was fantastic! He even wore his old uniform to add to the experience. Garry was so chuffed when he saw the Police Car rock up outside his best man’s. And the driver was just sooooooooooooo lovely!!!

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At a real wedding, scary things can happen. Picture the scene: having your picture taken outdoors, a gust of wind and… off flies your veil. Over a barbed wire fence, or so I’ve heard. Who’d have expected intrepid Yorkshire wedding photographer Pete Barnes to follow, risking life, limb and trouser-safety in a daring dash to the rescue.

Our knight in shining armour submitted Anna and Fraser’s beautiful wedding to my blog. I don’t think he mentioned his little adventure in his emails! Wonderful what a bit of wedding-blogger-research turns up. Also of note are Anna’s adorable flower garland – I want one – her stunning smile and the romance that fizzles between the happy couple.

You’ll love the warm sunshine in the wheat fields, you’ll love Anna’s look and Fraser’s loving eyes, you’ll love the pics from Pete Barnes Photography – and you’ll love Anna’s wedding story. Dive in. Enjoy.

Claire x

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A friend designed our invitations and order of service. He designed a logo using our names which made them really personal.

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Another real wedding, and this time I bring you: a beautiful bride who can fly. It’s a gorgeous wedding shot by Kat Forsyth, who shot Bianca and Michael’s wedding in Avianto in August. Kat is a sponsor of English Wedding blog – she’s been photographing weddings in South Africa and is coming to live in London from January. All I can say is, get in touch quickly if you’d like Kat to photograph your big day!

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The flying bride title comes from a comment the lovely Anneli Marinovich left on Kat’s wedding photography blog. And I have to add, it’s not just Bianca who gets airborne: Michael can jump pretty damn high!

I love this wedding because Bianca very bravely had her long hair chopped just before the wedding. Michael prefers short hair – hence her strikingly beautiful wedding day bob. And I think she looks amazing.

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This is what happens when the groom loves drum ‘n’ bass, and the bride doesn’t – a perfect solution to a very common dilemma: your wedding music. Ellie and Lee came up with the most ingenious idea of a silent disco at their wedding reception!

This gorgeous couple were married at The Inner Temple, and London wedding photographer Mark Carey submitted their photos for my blog. I loved every one: their day was fun, loving, sophisticated and family-oriented. And they really had thought of everything!

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Ellie wrote the loveliest wedding report for me. My favourite quote from Ellie is this (when I asked about her most memorable wedding day moments): “Seeing all of the groom’s friends dancing to drum and bass whilst his parents were doing the tango on the other side of the dance floor.”

I love it. You will too…

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Sometimes a blog post can be full to the brim with exciting things. Today, clearly by the title, there’s a lot to cover – and I love this wedding to bits. Wendy Bell is a designer so her wedding was bound to be creative; but every little thing from her glamorous dress to the venue and table decorations is really stunning – and right up my street.

Wendy is stunning (and James is a looker too!) – and I’m sure some of you English Wedding readers will feel inspired by their style… if you’re into looking gorgeous without being princessy, then this is the wedding blog for you.

So I’ve got a two parter for you this week again! First, Wendy and James’s wedding at Kensington Roof Gardens (how many of you guessed that was where the flamingoes came in?!) – with photography by Green Olive. Tomorrow I’ll share some of Wendy’s wedding invitation designs – and I promise, you’ll be impressed!

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From the very beginning…

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A little something special for today – 3:44 minutes of romance with Lauren* and Pat’s lovely wedding feature film from Love Gets Sweeter. I love blogging wedding films like this – it’s wonderful to sit back, turn my speakers up, grab a biscuit (just to hold) and smile, giggle and cry a bit along with the movie!

Highlights of this wedding film for me (and for you to watch out for):

  • Hubert the dog is so cuddleable
  • the boys cycling their way around London (a bit wibbly)
  • Lauren’s fabulous dress by Enzoani is amazing on her! Properly elaborate and beautiful – and on such a gorgeous bride it looks incredible. Watch for the swishing through the park…
  • Pat’s nerves during the ceremony – he’s so lovely and adorably overwhelmed by the wedding
  • * briefly known as Louise as Pat said her middle name first by accident, or so I understand from the Love Gets Sweeter blog post!
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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.

Enjoy.

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!

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I did a secret little smile when this wedding came in – while it’s become trendy to talk about the end of vintage as a mass market phenomenon, for some couples the whole vintage theme fits like a glove – and Nicola and Chris do vintage their way, very very beautifully indeed.

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Yorkshire wedding photographer Andy Hook submitted the pictures for English Wedding blog – thanks Andy! – and Nicola wrote a wedding report for me to share with you all. It’s one of the best wedding reports I’ve seen – let alone been able to feature on my blog!

Without further ado (as they said, I believe, in ye olde vintage eras…) here’s Nicola and Chris’s gorgeously creative…

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Chris and I are very influenced by vintage 1930’s – 40’s style, in the furniture we buy, the clothes we wear and even in the new business that we are setting up (a prohibition style jazz bar in Chelsea). We really wanted to reflect this style in our day.

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Today’s wedding on the blog is very much a story, told through beautiful pictures and with a wonderful focus on the wedding guests, and on fleeting moments in time.

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Emma and Justin were married on the edge of a Scottish Loch – Loch Awe, near Oban. Their wedding day incorporated little touches of true individuality: a bit of Bob Marley in church; African fabric for the guys’ waistcoats alongside kilts and a Cèilidh for the evening reception.

I have a wedding report here from Emma, which I love – and with great wedding photography by Clare West, there’s really not much I can add except, enjoy the blog feature and do leave a comment for the bride and groom if you can!

Claire xxx

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Justin got his morning suit from a second hand tailor in Fulham called Old Hat. We also had made by a good friend of mine waistcoats from African print. Justin and his 2 bestmen had a certain print and then the ushers had the same but in a different colour.

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Morning! Yesterday I featured Kateryna and Prakash’s wedding from Syon Park: a feast for the eyes, a real delight with the most luxurious wedding venue, a stunning bride and groom and lots of gorgeous portraits and pics of a wonderful celebration.

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Today wedding photographer Natasha Thompson shares some more pics of the day, elegant posed pics and more of the story of the wedding reception. Groom Prakash tells us how this glorious wedding day unfolded from the point we left the happy couple after they signed the register and joined their guests.

We begin with Kateryna’s family and a Russian tradition you may not be familiar with: “Katya’s parents then took us through a traditional Russian ceremony of drinking wine and breaking bread. We got to then spend a short amount of time with our guests before we were then whisked away to the gardens around the Great Conservatory for more photos.

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