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I love the very individual approach Becky and Graham took with their wedding. There was no dress; no theme, and the day was planned in three months. And you know what? It’s beautiful. Truly. Becky wears a gorgeous blouse and skirt; Graham’s in Converse. They styled an intimate and very personal wedding with close friends and family, and I love it. I hope you will too!

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Images are all by lovely Jackie from Peony Brides www.peonybrides.com
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Our wedding report: Becky and Graham

Wedding photographer’s website:

Jackie King, http://www.peonybrides.com/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were delighted with the photos. Jackie was a pleasure to have with us on the big day – very unassuming and hard working and she delivered a beautiful collection of photographed capturing the whole experience.

Wedding venue:

Appleton Church

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A low-key country wedding with wild flowers, Italian food, close friends and family.

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Recently H&M caused a bit of a stir when they launched their £59.99 wedding dress – a 1930s Hollywood inspired dress promising a “glamorous movie star look.” Wedding blogs and magazines were all over it, the discussion on facebook and twitter was fascinating. My own thoughts over on facebook – yes, I’d wear a £59.99 dress for my wedding! (But probably not that one… I’d choose something a little more individual, with a little less press coverage!) If price is more of an issue then I have another question for you: would you buy your entire wedding outfit for under £550? Tracey from Bridal Designs has written a blog post with some suggestions and I’d love to hear what you think!

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Wedding outfit for under £550? Easy! by Tracey Phillips, Bridal Designs

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One of the things I love most about my life as a wedding blogger is stumbling across amazing little craft businesses – and I spend far too much time on Etsy! May I introduce you to someone very special today? Lovely Emma at Hapitat makes these wonderful recycled floral hair accessories using recycled and vintage fabrics. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Emma discovered her talents when she made her first giant floral hair accessory out of left over silk from her homemade wedding dress. “My signature huge silk flower headpiece was born, and I’ve been creating beautiful handmade flowers, giant and small and in-between ever since.”

I use recycled fabric new and vintage, I scout charity chops, vintage fairs, garage sales and car boot sales for old clothing fabric feathers and lace that have been unloved and unused. I create beautiful timeless headpieces that can start a new story of their own.

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Eeeek! Here’s an exciting wedding for you to see – it’s in a windmill! Tuxford windmill is the last working windmill in Nottinghamshire, and had never been used as a wedding venue before. Today’s fabulous, wonderful, amazing couple Rebecca and Sam wanted to do something new, and so they chose this awesome location for their reception.

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They made the very most of the windmill for their wedding reception after getting married at East Markham parish church. After the church service, the happy couple hopped on the back of a tractor and headed for their windmill – I love saying that! – for the reception…

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Images are by the very lovely Shaun Taylor Photography

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Sam and Rebecca used local produce including the windmill’s own products – check out the wedding favours, for example. They used beautiful bright colours to decorate a marquee by the windmill, with the loveliest bunting, mismatched vintage china plates and glorious summer flowers.

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Hello lovely wedding blog readers! How are you this morning? I have a treat for you courtesy of lovely Tracey Phillips at Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery – your chance to win your wedding jewellery! The competition is open until the 1st of July, and all you need to do is enter your details on the Bridal Designs official website. I’ll hand over to Tracey to tell you more… oh, and good luck!
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Enter our fantastic competition at Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery and you could win £150 of wedding jewellery of your choice! Whatever your wedding style we’ll have something to complement your bridal gown and make you feel like a million pounds on your big day.

What would you choose if you won? A gorgeous statement choker?

Sophia ChokerA complete set of wedding jewellery including a necklace, earrings and bracelet?

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Tim and Jummy’s Kent wedding is gorgeous… they describe it as a festival of colour and it really is! The beautiful bride’s bouquet is the brightest of yellows, there are sunny accents throughout, and Jummy told me that rather than sticking to a particular colour she knew their Nigerian relatives would bring bright colours to the day so they chose to embrace that with colourful and eclectic styling!

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I smiled to read Jummy’s tip about the ‘magical spreadsheet’ they used to plan their day – in itself becoming a family heirloom as every engaged couple finds it invaluable! Another top tip I love this couple for is their advice to use local suppliers as much as possible. Supporting independent businesses is important, especially when it comes to weddings.  The flowers, cake and catering were just some of the highlights of a magical day.

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Thank you to Kent wedding photographer Richard Ware for sharing his lovely images with us all today. If you’re looking for a photographer in Kent do visit his website at:

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I shared a comment from today’s bride Sam on facebook a couple of weeks ago – I absolutely couldn’t resist: I love a good love story, don’t you?! Back in 2006 Sam was travelling with a friend in New Zealand, and happened to meet Huw there. When her friend returned home, Sam told me “I decided to stay and spent three of the most amazing months of my life travelling around New Zealand with a man I had just met – I think my friends and family thought I was slightly crazy!” Luckily Huw was from England and lived only half an hour away from Sam… and they stayed together and were married a few years later.

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Did I mention their wedding is beeeaautiful?! Sam’s mum made her wedding dress; Sam made all of their gorgeous stationery; and – possibly the best story of all – Sam’s dad went to bead jewellery-making classes, learned how to make a headpiece and made Sam and her bridesmaids beautiful hair accessories for the big day!

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Hello everyone! Did you see Deborah and Darren’s elegant art gallery wedding last week? I loved the bride’s style – her Anoushka G vintage lace dress was beautifully accessorised with a pearl bracelet and clutch. Deborah chose classic and simple jewellery to complement a statement dress, as so many UK brides are doing this year – and if you haven’t bought your bridal jewellery yet, then I have the perfect solution for you today!

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Lovely Tracey at Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery creates and specialises in beautiful handcrafted bridal jewellery. Only the finest materials are used – Sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and pearls resulting in finished pieces that will look fabulous on your big day and that you can treasure forever. Bridal Designs also stocks a stunning range of high quality ready to wear wedding jewellery.

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Tracey has been telling me all about her business – one of those wonderful little craft businesses where you can work with the designer herself to create something really special. She told me, ‘The most important thing to me is the fantastic service we give brides to be – this is one of the biggest days of their lives and everything needs to be right.

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Hello lovely! Did you spot the beautiful Cheshire countryside wedding I featured with tipis and a rustic theme last week? Tom and Rebecca’s day really caught my eye and I loved their alternative wedding table plan made from little pots of herbs on hay bales. (See the wedding here – images by lovely Jill Thorning-Jensen Photography.) I couldn’t resist seeing what else was out there for couples using herbs to style their wedding – and I hope you love these ideas as much as I do!
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Menu from a styled shoot by mStarr event styling + design, photographed by Hello Love Photography and featured on Ruffled wedding blog, potted herb table plan idea by Tom and Rebecca on the English Wedding Blog, image credit Jill Thorning-Jensen Photography, Rebecca’s bridal portrait: Jill Thorning-Jensen Photography (full wedding here), dress by Lindsay at acswbespokecorsets.co.uk. Sage green bridal shawl by Dokuma Accessories on Etsy and bouquet by Munster Rose, image credit Geneoh via Style Me Pretty.

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Ross and Celine celebrated their marriage with their closest friends and family – including seventeen children(!) at The Merchants’ Hall in Edinburgh. I adore Celine’s style: she wears a bespoke wedding dress by Zeman Couture – there’s a long story behind it, but it’s one of the loveliest short wedding dresses I’ve ever seen!

Merchants Hall wedding blog (1)The day is just lovely; the images exquisite thanks to wedding photographer Mark Pacura; the venue spectacular.

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www.facebook.com/markpacuraphotography

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Celine and Ross have very kindly shared their wedding report with us all on the English Wedding Blog and I’m delighted to feature them as today’s star bride and groom. Oh! And their adorable family – little Tabitha and best man Sebastian – come very close indeed to stealing the show! I love it. I know you will too! Enjoy.
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Our wedding report:Ross and Celine

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.markpacura.co.uk
www.facebook.com/markpacuraphotography

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Extremely pleased, I’m a little camera shy and Mark made us feel really relaxed –in fact but for the pictures we would hardly have known he was there!

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Hello everyone! Have you bought, made or booked your wedding invitations yet? I have some inspiration here for you this morning which should help you pick the perfect invitation for any theme, courtesy of the lovely Matt and Lisa Price at Olivia Samuel.

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Olivia Samuel promises to provide high quality products at competitive prices and takes pride in every item produced. They want their customers to be as passionate about their wedding stationery products as they are – and with consistent quality, comfortable pricing and beautiful design throughout each collection, their dedication to their family business shines through.

I’d always urge couples to buy from independent businesses and to support British designers when buying wedding stationery – and with Olivia Samuel you really can’t go wrong. Here are ten of their pretty wedding invitations for 2014’s most popular wedding styles and themes. Buy online at www.oliviasamuel.co.uk

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