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Morning everyone, and Happy Friday! I’ve been saving today’s gorgeous Cheshire wedding blog for this morning – it seems to fit with that whole Friday feeling thing. There’s sunshine and romance, and a stunning bride and groom – in fact wedding blog subscribers will recognise Karen and Simon from their wedding highlights film which I was so proud to feature back in January (see an autumn wedding in Cheshire).

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I love this quote from the happy couple:

Try to leave yourselves as much time as possible between all the day’s activities to spend with family and friends, after the day those will be the moments you cherish the most.

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Karen wears a fabulous dress by Sassi Holford and the day has a purple theme because it’s the ribbon colour for pancreaticcancer.org.uk – a cause very close to the hearts of the bride and groom. This is all explained in the wedding report which Karen and Simon have shared with us today, and you’ll see some really beautiful images from Cheshire wedding photographer Martin Hambleton – with unexpected and wonderful moments captured as well as some magical portraits. I know you’ll love this! Grab a Crunchie (after all, as Wendy always tells me, we should celebrate Fridays in style!!)
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An aisle of sparklers – what a fantastic idea! Today’s wedding blog is another very festive celebration with wonderful creative touches. From the choice in wedding music to the little note about weirdness and love (watch out for the photo!) I absolutely love David & Carol’s wedding!

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Having read this very gorgeous couple’s wedding report already, I’m smiling at mentions of walking back down the aisle twice (when the CD kicked in late!) and imagining that amazing aisle of sparklers – but what sticks in my mind is this: (from one of the many lovely images by James Grist Photography)

“We are all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them, and fall in mutual weirdness, and call it LOVE!”

How fab is that?! Over to the gorgeous bride and groom with their wedding report (which starts about halfway down the page) and with thanks to James Grist for submitting this wonderful wedding blog today. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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From police tape around the wedding cake to the softly sparkling lights and Nicola’s stunning vintage lace wedding dress, I adore every detail of this gorgeous Vaulty Manor wedding. If you’re considering or planning a Christmas wedding then you’ll find some gorgeous ideas here with Nicola and Tim’s wedding report and the beautiful images from Tracy Morter Photography to inspire you.

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I love a Christmas wedding – somehow all the love and friendship along with twinkly lights and little red accessories and details turn the coldest time of the year into a warm and welcoming occasion. My parents chose December for their wedding, and I can definitely see why it’s such a popular time of year to get hitched.

Anyway – I know you’ll enjoy today’s real wedding on the blog so grab a cuppa and scroll down to see all the images. Thanks to Nicola and Tim for sharing, and to the very lovely Tracy Morter Photography for submitting another gorgeous wedding to the blog!

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Hi again! Are you having a lovely day? I must say it’s nice to see sunshine on English Wedding Blog today! AJ and Ed’s Warwickshire wedding is warm and beautiful in every way: full of loving looks and radiant sunshine, and with a fabulous style to inspire your wedding day too!

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My thanks to lovely (and clearly highly sought after!) Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for the submission, and congratulations to the gorgeous bride and groom. AJ and Ed created a fabulous wedding at Stoneleigh Abbey and they’ve been kind enough to share their wedding story with us all today. Enjoy the wedding blog – the images are fantastic and the wedding report is about halfway down the page.

Claire xxx
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Wedding venue: Stoneleigh Abbey
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A little about the wedding ceremony:

It had rained and rained for months, so the most I was hoping for was for it to be dry, at least for part of the day. Well not only was it dry it was hot! Which, when getting married in the Orangery (think greenhouse) meant the ceremony was very hot!! But I’ll never complain about the weather we got that day.

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Oh my word. I honestly don’t know where to start… today’s wedding is absolutely out of this world. The images are compelling, the design and styling are gorgeous – and best of all, Laura and James had such an amazing day – their very own personal wedding, styled to suit their characters and loves, from music (and lots of it) to playful and gorgeous photography… I LOVE this!

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There’s something about London wedding photographer Marshal Gray which sets him way above the crowd: he captures the beauty and atmosphere of a wedding day in such a unique and contemporary style. Star of all the top UK wedding blogs, his weddings are beautiful without exception – and James and Laura give a glowing review. You’re about to see why!

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I have to add that today’s bride and groom are a fantastic couple – Laura describes their wedding style as “totally ours. Loosely based on an English country garden wedding but with a vintagey vibes and a shabby chic twist.” This is the perfect example of a wedding celebration which follows its own rules, beautifully and with an unforgettable style.

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Today’s wedding is unashamedly about fabulous colour and styling. Beautiful bride Ranjeet made her wedding invitations with the help of her sister, setting the scene for a wonderfully creative day with a riot of wedding colours and the most amazing atmosphere.

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Chris and Ranjeet had the help of my friend and wedding planner Julie Dawson, who goes by the (very apt!) name of The Wedding Genie. I’ll let Julie tell you about the wedding day, and the images you’re about to enjoy are by Cathy from Oehlers Photography.

Enjoy! Claire xxx

Spectacular Asian & Caribbean wedding colours – Ranjeet & Chris

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By Julie Dawson: I started to work with Chris and Ranjeet right at the beginning of their journey. Chris thought a wedding planner would help Ranjeet because she has a busy and demanding job. How cool is that for a man to think of a wedding planner! Ranjeet was not sure because she is super organised but in the end we became a perfect mix. I helped fuse together their vision, gave plenty of support and produced a brilliant team of suppliers.

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Good morning, wedding blog lovers! Today’s beautiful bride Annabel got in touch with me back in November to tell me all about her wedding to Anthony back in the summer of 2012. I was immediately smitten with their wedding story and loved the style of this beautiful day: white hydrangeas, a 6ft cathedral mirror with calligraphy (by my friend Angelo Meola) for a seating plan, and of course the magnificent wedding venue Syon Park.

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Annabel has shared such a great wedding report I really don’t want to write too much here so all I’ll say is thank you both to Annabel and Anthony, and to wedding photographer Especially Amy for sharing the images with us today.

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The wedding report from Annabel is about half way down the page, and I have to share my favourite line from it to set the scene for this blog feature:

Annabel says, “at the end of the day everyone is there to celebrate you and your husband which is the only thing that matters and creates the most incredible feeling of love, warmth and fun on the day!

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Hello again! I hope you’ve had a great week and are smiling this weekend and looking forward to whatever plans you have for today. Allow me to distract you momentarily with a beautiful, sparkly Christmas wedding. It’s high time I shared Emma and Tom’s wedding day on the blog – I’ve been holding onto this one for too long!

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There’s so much to enjoy here – the wintry sunshine flooding through the windows of Aldwark Manor sets the scene for one of the most beautiful Christmas weddings I’ve seen. Then there’s our gorgeous bride and groom, whose portrait photos are lit in such a magical way. Some of my favourite images are of the children at Emma and Tom’s Christmas wedding… those endless beads in glass bowls really do look tempting, don’t they?!

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Congratulations to Emma and Tom and thank you for sharing your wedding story (about half way down the page) with us all today! Thanks also to Yorkshire wedding photographer Ian Wallace for submitting the feature to English Wedding Blog. Do share a comment at the end, we’ll all be so very happy to hear from you! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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Good morning! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was really lovely – romantic and special. I hope you all had a wonderful day to remember, and for those of you celebrating your last Valentine’s Day before you become Mr & Mrs, I hope you had the best day ever! We’re celebrating on the blog with a February wedding at Blenheim Palace. This is romantic, and timeless, and has some gorgeous details you’ll love as well as some fascinating traditions to discover.

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Rahele and Michalis used their cultural backgrounds to inspire their wedding day. I love the Persian tradition of dipping pinky fingers into honey to share! – watch out for the photo and read Rahele’s explanation in her wedding report about half way down this blog feature.

The images are all from Weddings by Nicola & Glen – Oxfordshire based wedding photographers who’ve recently had a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! I think they’re fabulous and I’m sure you’ll agree! They’ve very kindly taken the time to write an introduction to today’s wedding blog for us. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you have some lovely things planned for today – do enjoy every moment won’t you! Now… talk about surprises… today’s groom managed to sneak a gospel choir into the wedding plans without his gorgeous bride finding out until the big day! Simon and Katie had a really creative and elegant vintage inspired wedding which I think you’ll enjoy. Images are by Kent wedding photographer Tony Gameiro.

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The venue is the very beautiful Lympne Castle (previously featured here with Tamara and Joseph’s wedding), where Katie and Simon were married in a beautiful civil ceremony in the west drawing room, in front of a bay window looking out over the south east coast. It sounds so perfect, doesn’t it?

The best part of this wedding blog feature is this lovely advice from the bride and groom: “Remember that all that really matters is the two of you and the love you have for one another” – isn’t that beautiful?

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Quite understandably, a top concern for English weddings is the weather. Even in the summer months a shower is likely, and I suspect most couples have an eagle eye on the long range weather forecast in the month before their wedding day. I’ve heard showers referred to by one Lake District wedding photographer as ‘liquid sunshine’ – and I guess positivity is one approach to the prospect of rain on a wedding day!

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The other, which you may not have heard of before today, is to hang a teru teru bozu doll outside your window on the wedding day. They’re known as weather dolls and you can either make one, like Haruna’s mum did, or buy them on Etsy.com! So on Paul and Haruna’s wedding day, this little guy made the rain go away and they had a beautiful English wedding at Yaxley Hall.

I must say thank you to wedding photographer Jessica Roberts for submitting such a quintessentially English wedding for the blog today. I do hope you love it! My congratulations to the gorgeous couple Haruna and Paul, and thank you so much for sharing the details of your day with us all.

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Hello everyone! I hope the weather is treating you kindly… for a moment there I thought February was going to be spring-like – but no. It’s freezing here! My crafting fingers are safely tucked away in fingerless gloves so it’s lucky I have Katie from Artyard Handmade to bring you a bit of genius wedding DIY on the blog today – and I know you’ll love her guest post. Glue and scissors at the ready everyone (or bookmark the page for later!) Enjoy. Claire xxx

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Wedding place cards with a handmade touch

Anything handmade takes time. That’s part of the charm. When it comes time to do the place cards for your reception, using plain place cards is an easy way to set the table but if you’re after something special with a handmade touch get your girlfriends together for an evening of crafting. You’ll need scissors, glue and some pretty papers to match your theme or even just pages from old books. Here are a few ideas to get you started.