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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 card craft ideas by Artyard

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.

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How many of you have been to Spain? It’s somewhere I’d love to go: for the laid back pace of life, the beautiful countryside and incredible food. I have this ‘thing’ where I’d have to speak a fair bit of Spanish first – it comes from living abroad as a student. But what an amazing country to visit – and how wonderful to have a destination wedding somewhere with such a rich history and culture.

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Emily and Gavin were legally married at a registry office in the UK before heading for Spain with friends and family to celebrate in the summer sunshine. Their wedding ceremony was in the evening, with celebrations continuing into the early hours.

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Emily’s words of wisdom are beautifully said: “Brides – stop worrying about silly little things, they end up not being very important when you’re there experiencing your special moment!

Read the full wedding story about halfway down this blog post, and enjoy the images by the very lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Alexis Jaworski. Claire xxx

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Back in October 2012 I wrote about Jack and Michelle’s “big fat sponsored wedding” – an idea they’d taken from the US, where it’s more common practice than in the UK. The basic premise is that the bride and groom will generate a lot of attention for their wedding suppliers by sharing details of their wedding in the press, online etc. and by recommending their suppliers to everyone they know.

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I have to admire Michelle and Jack for doing this: they created a wedding website and blog, listing all of their suppliers and even donating to charity. This is also their second feature on English Wedding Blog (the whole concept and the fact they pulled this off intrigues me!) As a wedding supplier myself I wouldn’t choose to work for free, but it’s certainly a very interesting way of doing things.

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I love vicars. They’re characters, eccentrics and often some of the friendliest and most entertaining people you could meet. I’m as yet undecided whether I’m a pagan or an atheist… but in this context, it doesn’t matter. Today’s wedding in Chichester has a brilliant vicar photo you really mustn’t miss! (He looks so happy… as he should! You’ll see…)

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Of course, there are lovely ideas and images of a beautiful bride and gorgeous groom for you to enjoy as well.

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Steven and Rachel’s wedding was in West Hampnett, with a reception at Fontwell House. The happy couple have very kindly shared a wedding report with us today, which you’ll find about halfway down the page as always.

Thank you to lovely Laura from Cherry Red Photography for sharing today’s images. There are some fabulous moments here as well as gorgeous details and ideas. I hope you love this – if you do, please leave a comment or share the link on facebook! Enjoy! Claire xxx
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I’ve always loved hearing stories of elopements and intimate weddings. There’s something magical about a secret wedding, don’t you think? Do you remember Jason and Trudie’s surprise wedding from last year? I loved it – and I’ve found another I love equally as much, with the help of the lovely Andrew from Cornwall wedding photographers Travers & Brown. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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The most intimate of weddings, Marianne and Will from Nottingham decided to escape to the dramatic North Cornish coast for their stunningly secluded marriage at Fentafriddle Farm. A wedding party consisting of four, the couple were joined by their two sons and have shared with us their truly touching images from the day captured by Travers & Brown.

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A secret affair, only their respective parents knew they were heading to Cornwall to get married and their boys weren’t in on the secret until the day before – they thought they were just on holiday. Following the ceremony, the family headed to the beach for photographs followed by an intimate dinner back at the farm cooked by a private chef.

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William and Jennifer’s wedding is one of those which simply takes your breath away… the perfect setting, a gorgeous bride and groom, and lovely wedding photography to capture special moments. Sometimes it’s the classic elegance of an English wedding which makes it magical – and for today’s bride and groom on the blog, there’s more than a sprinkle of magic to share.

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This is a wedding to read slowly and really enjoy the images from. Please do read Jennifer’s wedding story as well – you’ll find it half way through the blog post. Let me know which is your favourite image – I’ve found it difficult to choose which I love best today! (Too many to decide!)

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This morning we have two very personal and traditional weddings in one – with Tamara and Joseph’s wedding at Lympne Castle. With two ceremonies – Church of England and Catholic – over two days, there is plenty here for you to enjoy. Tamara looks so beautiful in both of her wedding dresses and while her very handsome groom Joseph wears a traditional suit with red accessories.

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This wedding is very special because it’s so personal to the bride and groom. Tamara’s mum made both of her wedding dresses, as well as her lace jacket and the red accessories for the men. Tamara made her wedding stationery, and favourite moments include the wedding readings and speeches – all in all, two days to remember for all the right reasons.

I’m delighted to be sharing images by the lovely Kent wedding photographer Aaron Tommasi with you today. Do have a look at Aaron’s own blog of this wedding – he mentions that Tamara and Joseph insisted he join them as a guest for the wedding buffet as well, which is such a lovely thing to do. Thank you to Aaron, and to such a fantastic bride and groom for sharing this wedding with us today! Enjoy! Claire xxx