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English Wedding Star Bride Sally gets married today. I’ve loved following Sally’s wedding stories, have you?

So today I want to say, Sally and Dav – have the best day of your life. Love every second. Enjoy being surrounded by all of your friends and family. Cherish the whole day, have fun – and my warmest, happiest wishes for a wonderful life together.

It’s brilliant to see all the plans coming together… Sally’s creative crafting has me on tenterhooks waiting to see everything on the big day – can’t wait for those wedding pics!

Sally's big day wedding bunting

English Wedding blog brings out the bunting - for Sally & Dav

In celebration, English Wedding has brought out the bunting… just for this weekend, in celebration of Sally and Dav’s wedding day. What do you think?!

I borrowed the bunting from the lovely party supplies website www.partydelights.co.uk – they do lovely bunting, go take a look!

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English Wedding’s Star Bride Sally is getting married – TOMORROW!

So now my wedding is done and dusted, I open the floor to Sally!

Sally – enjoy every moment of today, tomorrow and the rest of your life with Dav. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

As I always say, I yearn to live every moment of my wedding again – I remember exactly what I was feeling at this point before my wedding – I know I’ll never feel like that again and although it was a terribly nervous, constant sicky feeling – I’ll treasure it forever. I have never been so excited or nervous in my whole life – for the most exciting reason ever. (I’m even wearing the dress today I wore the day before my wedding and every time I put it on I get a little flashback!)

I can’t wait to share these sentiments with you 🙂

Make sure you come back to tell us all about it! But also enjoy the contentment and freedom being married brings you – no more to plan!

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As I’ve said before, I’m a complete sucker for sentiment. Every day I wear my engagement ring, my mum’s silver ring that she bought when she was a girl, the ring David bought me for my 21st, and the earrings he bought me from Italy. Until it recently broke, I also used to wear my great grandmother’s ring that she brought back from Russia for my grandma (who said it was hideous, which is why I have it!). None of them ‘go’, they are all different metals, stones, styles… but I have to wear all of them on my wedding day! The way I see it is I am wearing a piece of jewellery from each corner of my family, and the sentiment means so much more than having everything ‘matchy-matchy’.

(l-r) Renee's russian ring, mum's ring and my engagement ring

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After my quandry about whether or not to have an engagement shoot, still somewhat undecided, we took the plunge and booked a session with the fabulous Matt Ethan (featured here on English-Wedding not so long ago). Matt’s photographs are everything I hope mine will be one day: effortless, beautiful, simple and reportage with a slight film-style twist.

Matt's recent shoot featured on English-Wedding

However, our finding Matt comes from quite a bittersweet story. I started researching further north to Newcastle to find a photographer who fit what we were looking for. I stumbled across a photographer (who will remain nameless), whose photographs I really liked. I emailed them with the idea for a comic book style photo shoot with blackboard complete with captions, as David and I used to draw comic figures for each other and leave them as backgrounds on each others laptops when the other wasn’t watching; and I also made David ‘The book of Sal ‘n’ Dav’, and wanted the shoot to echo story told in it.

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Just a short post and yet again it’s on the subject of vases! I bought a pack of 12 vases which you can buy from Ikea, eBay, Wilkinsons etc, you’ll recognise the shape no doubt, and I mainly bought them for back up in case we needed a few extra for the wedding (little did I know I’d end up with as many as I did!) I refound them a week or so ago, and felt it a waste not to use them, and had been to a haberdashery shop that day buying a ton of lace in cream, coffee, pink and blue.

I thought I’d give customising them a go, not too bothered whether I liked the results (12 vases cost around £7), but I love them! I think they look so elegant, and fit more with the whole vintage look of a few of the other details I have planned.

Blackboard Signs

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Just a short post about something I forgot to blog about earlier: my blackboard signs. These are so easy and cheap to make, but are such a nice touch and keepsake, or even to give away as a thank-you gift after the day.

Blackboard painting! (Probably not the best idea on the dining room table..)

The idea originated from my Dad (who owns a printing business), when he said “Oh I’ll do a sign for the bottom of the drive to show guests where the house is” as, basically, we live in the middle of nowhere. I thought it would be a nice touch to have a big gilt framed blackboard saying something along the lines of “Dav & Sal’s Wedding” or “Wedding This Way!”, and handily I had a spare gilt mirror lying around the house since we moved.

Like most of the wedding paraphernalia (vases I’m thinking of you), I got a little carried away. I ended up making smaller blackboards for the cake table (to say ‘Let them eat cake’), the guestbook, parking, the toilets, etc. They’re so cute though, and we’ll be using them for our couples shoot idea which I’ll be blogging about soon.

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On Wednesday Louise and I took a trip over to Effigy Salon, complete with print out pictures like a 15 year olds going to the hairdressers! I normally hate, hate, hate being ‘pampered’, but I absolutely loved every second of it! Emma, who will also be there on the morning of the wedding getting us all ready, was so lovely and completely put me at ease, it’s so relaxing to know that she’ll be taking care of that side of things on the day. I originally wanted to do my own hair and make-up, thinking that someone fussing me would make me even more nervous, until I wondered how my nerves would affect me actually doing my own make-up! Carli also said “Sally just get someone in, knowing you, you’ll probably forget to even brush your hair!”, also Emma came recommended from David’s sisters, and I remembered how gorgeous Anna looked on her wedding day and decided to book a trial.

Lou and I at Effigy

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I think I’ve hit what Salma accurately called ‘Wedding Limbo‘ this week. I feel slightly out of sorts, and it seems to be laborious or dull tasks left to be completed (this week it’s licking over 50 stamps and addressing envelopes for invites), and when everyone asks me “So! How are the wedding plans going?” I feel quite reluctant to admit that everything’s pretty much done, and I don’t know why I don’t feel more elated?

This week I’ve had to buy cream thread for a slight ‘touching up’ sewing job for my wedding dress, aforementioned invites, a stack of phone calls and emails to the organist, videographer, tailor for the bridesmaid dresses.. I had to swap (but keep) my oh-so-beautiful wedding lingerie for a less-than-gorgeous flesh coloured ‘invisible’ set as you could see the first set underneath my dress, and to be honest I want to shift at least half a stone before the big day.. 2 months to go and counting. Nothing very exciting really?! Just all of the final few things to sort that no-one really wants to do! On a lighter note I was in a taxi and speaking to the driver a few days ago who mentioned that his daughter was also getting married in July, but it was an Asian wedding (he didn’t mentioned which nationality) and that he and his wife had to plan a THREE DAY celebration, and in that time were feeding over 1,500 heads plus all of the other wedding rituals and celebrations.. so maybe I should count ourselves lucky that we haven’t signed up for more!

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The next big thing I’m really, really, REALLY looking forward to is my hen do! I know this isn’t really a wedding-y post as such, but it’s the one major happening before the big day itself.. plus I am completely excited to have one big girly weekend away!

David, his mates and their testosterone are heading off to Berlin at the beginning of July (not long enough for his hair to grow back before the wedding, I know) and have been planning their do since we got engaged (originally it was, of course, Vegas). I’m pretty worried. I genuinely like every single of one David’s friends, but it’s part and parcel of a stag do to torture the groom, isn’t it? To say that David is ‘one of the lads’ is a bit of an understatement. When we met he (drunkenly) introduced himself as ‘Crazy Dave’, and the second time I met him he was a skinhead as he had shaved a bald patch into his hair for his sister’s 21st party. As a bit of torture for David from me here’s the (only acceptable to show on English-Wedding) picture:

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One thing that has never been a necessity to me was a formal wedding car. Flat-out, we didn’t care, not even a smidge. This is just my opinion, and I totally understand that “it looks nice for photos” and that “you should arrive in style”, but to me it just seems a bit posey (which I hate) and I’d much rather someone I knew drove me to the church than a chauffeur whom I’d never met.

I thought it was all done and dusted. David has said his uncle has a nice ‘Beamer’ or a ‘Merc’ or something along those lines and I just assumed that he’d do the favour and drop my Dad and I off, and David and I back at the reception. Then the thought came to me, (and where the controversy began)… my beloved little burnt-out, flower covered, battered, (technically) convertible VW Polo.

My Polo!!

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When it came to what I’d be carrying as I walked down the aisle, I’ve had the same idea for wedding flowers since I was a little girl. I grew up in the country, literally in the middle of nowhere, and spent my childhood playing in the surrounding fields and picking flowers; and, when planning the wedding, knew I wanted something fun, loose and young..

My first idea was a loose hand-tied bouquet of colourful wild flowers, totally in fitting with the ‘just picked’ feel:

Colourful Wildflower Bouquet

Later I thought of simple white Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath), which looked wonderfully bohemian:

Baby's Breath Bouquet

Finally, considering my dress is quite ‘fussy’ (without saying too much), and because my bridesmaids dresses and bridal headpiece are full of colour themselves, I think I found a middle-ground. Below is the picture I took to the florists for my initial consultation; loose, hand-tied, garden flowers in white and cream (without the touches of yellow seen here), to be tied with wide cream lace:

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I’ve deservedly given Salma the blogging limelight for the past week or so, because, (in true Salma countdown style)…

1 day to go!

Salma & Richard.. 1 day to go!

Salma, I can’t imagine how you must be feeling I’m nervous enough now and I have 86 days to go! It’s been a real pleasure hearing the details of your day and how excited you both are, I’m sure your musical wedding will go down a treat.. You’ll have to get some videos as well as photos up showcasing your talented friends and ex-bandmembers’ talents!

So this is just a short post wishing you both the best of luck tomorrow, I hope everything runs smoothly; and here’s looking towards your music and laughter filled future together!

And make sure you get back on English Wedding soon to tell us all all about it!

Sally xx