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Elegance and class is what today’s wedding blog is all about. Kateryna and Prakash were married at Syon Park – true luxury and a real feast for the eyes! I make no apology for the lavish setting, the fabulous chequered floors and marble statues, the chaises longues and portraits of the ancestors, the panelled ceilings and ornate gardens.

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Kateryna is worthy of any grand portrait herself, and she and Prakash make a handsome couple. Either of these two would stop traffic wearing jeans! – but in their wedding day finery they both look amazing.

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They’ve written a lovely wedding report for the blog, which I believe is very much down to Prakash (I love wedding stories from grooms!) so I’ll hand over the storytelling reins now, and show you beautiful photographs of the wedding courtesy of Natasha Thompson to complete the feature for today.

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My heart skipped a little when wedding photographer Scott Foley got in touch with this one: bride Pamela is a fan of English Wedding Blog so I’m really proud to post a story and a few pictures of their lovely wedding at Dukes 92. I love a wedding which is all about friends and family, and while Pamela and Andy’s wedding is beautiful for its elegance and simplicity as far as the decor goes, the love and fun shared with everyone on the day is what shines through.

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Pamela is such a naturally beautiful girl, and absolutely radiant when you see the pictures of her with Andy, with their little boy and with all the children on the wedding day. So I’m absolutely delighted to share this pretty young mum’s wedding on the blog today.

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With thanks to Scott Foley of Foley Photography for sharing images with us, and congratulations and huge thanks to Pamela and Andy for a really lovely wedding report.

Enjoy!

Claire xxx

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Reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey has shared some lovely weddings with us recently, and Becky and Joel’s day is one of his best: the atmosphere of this wedding really comes across in the pictures. From the excited chaos of the bridal preparations to the solemnity and grace of the orthodox Jewish ceremony and then onto the boat trip down the Thames… it’s a really memorable, individual and fun way to celebrate a marriage.

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Becky is a really, really beautiful bride. Becky’s shared her story of the day – and there are some brilliant tips in there for all you brides- and grooms-to-be. So I’ll hand over to Becky to tell you about the day, and to reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey to share the wonderful pictures.

Enjoy. xx

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“My wedding dress was a Dizzie Lizzie, style – BIG! Ivory, full skirt with flower detail and train. From The Wedding Dress Shop, Colchester. It was the first dress I tried on.

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Emma and Hieu were married in the “Palladian Mansion House” of Combe Bank School in Kent. How exciting does that sound, for starters? Emma chose a purple theme for the wedding day, and her attention to detail with all the decor on the day is so impressive I’m calling this wedding feature ‘Perfect in Purples’!

With lovely images from Eliza Claire Photography, and Emma’s own report of the wedding day, I’ll leave this feature to Emma and Eliza to share with you. You’ll love it!

Perfect in Purples

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I chose a wedding dress by designer Myring Kesterton (MMK), a pure silk traditional lace up corseted gown with layered skirt adorned with pick ups and ivory flowers. The back of the dress had a large bustle that was finished off with the same flowers on the front of the dress. The dress style was ‘Mimi’, bought from Marianne Jessica in Bromley, Kent.

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Morning everyone! I hope you slept well last night… or were you, like me, wondering if our lovely groom Bruno would survive yesterday’s flower girl feather stick ambush?! Well I have good news for you… he did! And today I’m delighted to bring you part two of the 200th real wedding on English Wedding Blog.

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Thanks again to Chris Hanley Photography for sharing such incredible images for this feature. I am always blown away by the magic inside Chris’s camera. Today we’re back at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk for more from beautiful Suzy and Bruno – who is responsible for my favourite image from this wedding day: the most loving hug you’ll ever see on a wedding blog!

Enjoy. xx

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This is a lovely idea: the tiny panels of glass in the windows of Hengrave Hall afford us a private glimpse of Suzy and Bruno together. I love proper panelled glass windows when they sparkle in the sunshine – to see them used so beautifully in a wedding picture is a treat!

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This one had to be special. When I blog a wedding I look for creativity, for ideas, for beauty. English Wedding blog features are about elegance and quality, about enjoyment, diversion and making our eyes happy. Real wedding number two hundred had to have something more.

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I found Suzy and Bruno’s wedding on Chris Hanley‘s blog. It’s packed with wow – so much so, I’m blogging the wedding day in three parts. Today: join me in a virtual stroll around Hengrave Hall wedding venue where we’ll set the scene for the day, meet the beautiful Suzy, her charming new husband Bruno and their pretty bridesmaids all enjoying the luxury of one of Suffolk’s finest stately homes.

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Wedding blogs are all about the photography. So English Wedding’s 200th feature had to have the most exquisite photographs – I know it’s what YOU want to see! (I’ve even checked the Love My Dress blog reader survey on this: 33% of blog readers put photography as the most important element of their wedding)

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Clare and Jon’s wedding at Leeds Corn Exchange was planned around shoes. Because Clare had her heart set on the most amazing Christian Louboutin hyper prive heels – a special treat for the best day of her life! As Clare told me, “the rest of the wedding had to fit around them!”

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This real wedding blog is of course about far more than a pair of Christian Louboutins. It’s a family focused wedding day full of laughter and smiles, with a wedding day story from a bride who has the prettiest giggle and the most sensual smile I’ve seen! Clare and Jon are a perfect match. Their day was a relaxed, fun celebration in an incredible venue, and I have some fabulous photos to share with you today.

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The photos are by James P. Lester Photography – husband and wife team James and Lianne met at Leeds Corn Exchange so the wedding venue has a place in their hearts too! I think the romance shows in the pictures. Along with Clare’s words they tell a wonderful story.

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This gorgeous wedding film by Silk Wedding Videos needs very little introduction. A beautiful bride in a ruffled wedding dress; her gorgeous (and tearful) groom in kilt and sporren; an idyllic Cheshire location and about as loved up as a wedding video can be.

Wedding video highlights:

  • the adorable bridesmaid watching preparations in the morning
  • tears from the groom and his heartwarming vows
  • a lovely Scottish accent and bagpipers to go with it!
  • dogs in collars made of roses. Eat your heart out Tamara!

Enjoy x

Thanks to Tom Harrington of Silk Wedding Videos for sharing. Here’s the link to his official website at www.silkweddingvideos.co.uk and to the Silk Wedding Videos channel on Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/silkweddingvideo – you’ll love it.

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Emma and Richard’s wedding at Homme House is a real treat: it couldn’t be more English Wedding-y if we were all sitting here drinking Earl Grey and munching on scones while reading this blog post and waving union jacks*. I loved it the minute I saw this wedding on Anneli Marinovich’s wedding photography blog. Wedding day croquet on the lawn? Yes please!

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Emma is absolutely beautiful, and Anneli captures her radiance so well in these pictures. There are many more I couldn’t fit on the blog post so I’ll urge you all to look at Anneli’s wedding blog post at the end! For now, enjoy my favourite photos from this quintessentially English wedding day.

Claire xxx

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I sent Emma and Richard my English Wedding Blog questionnaire to find out a little more about the wedding day. Emma told me about her dress, which is “Pronovias Silaba – I bought it from Teokath in Wimbledon.”

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I’ve never been to the Isle of Wight, but Gareth and I recently discovered we have relatives there (long story!) so this wedding day piqued my interest! Katie and Steve were married on the island, at Appuldurcombe House – a partly restored 18th century wedding venue and one of the grandest buildings on the Isle of Wight.

Katie and Steve’s wedding was lovely: a traditional wedding with a pretty white theme, beautiful flowers, a tiered white wedding cake, and lots of fun with children always looking as though they’re just about to jump into the fountain! I didn’t spot my long lost relatives in here, but it’s a gorgeous wedding with lots of ideas to inspire, I hope, brides and grooms who are looking to have an elegant, understated but beautiful wedding day.

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Oh, and there’s a white vintage scooter starring in one of the group photos. I love it! I’m ashamed to say Gareth and I can’t identify even whether it’s a Lambretta or Vespa, but it’s gorgeous!

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Morning everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week. As things are still a little at sixes and sevens here in English Wedding Towers* I’m sharing another treat from the English Wedding Showcase blog with you today. This is Louise and Will’s wedding – or a part of it.

My fabulous friends and sponsors McAvoy Wedding Photography have been writing up their real weddings as little mini-series over the last few weeks, which I love! It means the English Wedding Showcase is a thriving and busy blog full of real weddings. This is part four (count ’em!) of Louise and Will’s wedding entitled “In The City” – with my favourite pictures from their day.

“Last month we had a fab time photographing Louise and Will’s lovely Midland Hotel wedding. It was a gorgeous blend of luxury and handmade personal details with a pink and rock music theme. Today is all about Louise and Will-taking a stroll in the city, toasting their wedding in the intimacy of the honeymoon suite and sharing their love on the dancefloor.

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Please forgive me for a little lapse in brand new blog posts this week – if you saw yesterday’s post you’ll know why. In the meantime – brainwave – I am sharing real weddings via my friends and sponsors from the English Wedding Showcase. You’ll love this one from documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall – enjoy!

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Last Sunday’s wedding at Nutfield Priory hotel near Redhill, Surrey for Anya and Mikey …and their son, Leo, not to be left out of the action, he crashed the vows! A great, fun, laidback couple ( they met at Glastonbury ), I posted their engagement shoot – in the Dragon’s lair, a few weeks back – and the wedding was a fun, happy day, with Leo grabbing as much attention as the bride and groom!