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This article is especially for all of you lovely newly engaged brides-to-be! Congratulations and welcome to Weddingland 🙂 It’s a magical whirlwind of a wonderful place to inhabit, but it can also be freaky-scary, expensive and overwhelming. So let’s ease ourselves in to proceedings with the help of a very wonderful friend of mine. I asked Bernadette if I could reblog an article she wrote for her own wedding planning blog, because I find her advice reassuring, positive and encouraging – I hope you will too! Over to Bernadette…

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1. Start dreaming

Yes, you have permission to start dreaming about your wedding. Go wild, what would you have if money was no object?

2. What’s your style? 

Buy every wedding magazine to work out which one matches your style. Each magazine has a different target bride/wedding and you’ll quickly discover which ones are right for you.

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Hello lovely! Welcome to the English Wedding Blog this fine morning 🙂 I have exciting news and a favour to ask, if you can help me!

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Louise and Jonathon’s beautiful wedding in Kent | Image credit www.RikPenningtonPhotography.com

Help create the biggest and best real UK weddings database on the internet with English-Wedding.com

I want YOU to have all the wedding inspiration you could possibly need, at your fingertips. That’s why I’m creating a huge database of real weddings right here on the English Wedding Blog, and listing them all by UK county and region – so you can search online for real weddings in your area and quickly find:

  • Gorgeous images of real weddings in your county
  • Real couples sharing their wedding day stories on the blog
  • The best wedding photographers in your area, with real couples’ reviews of their services
  • Lists of local wedding suppliers with images of their wares
  • Brides’ and grooms’ own recommendations for local wedding suppliers
  • Thousands of ideas from real couples to help you style your wedding
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Sometimes it seems wedding blogs focus too much on the ‘average’ bride and groom – but what is average? And hell, isn’t life a billion times more fun when we spend it with couples who have brilliant personalities and a great sense of fun? The English Wedding Blog will never be just about averages; it’s important to me to share real weddings, with real people. Because it’s YOU who make the blog a wonderfully exciting place to be!

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With that in mind I bring you today’s Somerset wedding and introduce gorgeous couple Lesley and John. They’re amazing and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with their wedding photos! Lesley rocks an off-the-shoulder lace wedding dress and her smile is infectious. John looks proud as punch and together they just make the most adorable couple. Images are by lovely Kelly J Photography. Enjoy!
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Our wedding story: Lesley and John

Wedding photographer’s website: http://kellyjphotography.co.uk/

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Maria Senvo wedding dresses (1) When a brand new bridal designer sets up shop it’s always exciting to see fresh and individual wedding dresses. Making a splash in the wedding industry with sneak peeks on Love My Dress, in Vogue and a host of wedding magazines is  Maria Senvo  and I’m about to share images from the not-even-launched-yet Fifteen collection by Maria this morning.

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The Fifteen collection has been designed with you in mind: it’s for twenty-something brides who are looking for something a little different – a pared down style with glamour and elegance. Designer bridal house Maria Senvo is sure to stand out from the crowd with these exquisitely designed wedding dresses. Intricate beaded bodies, elongated lines and pleats adorn the collection of stunning gowns that when turned around reveal scoop detail backs and razor sharp features – simply beautiful.

“If you’re a cool girl and your am to pm wardrobe is simple, pared down and effortless, what do you then wear to get married in?” say the design team behind new bridal brand Maria Senvo.

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Hello there, and welcome to the only pre-wedding weight loss programme which doesn’t make me furious! I’ll be brutally honest: there are some scary diets whose inventors seem to deliberately target brides, and it makes me angry. Nobody should feel pressured to lose weight for their wedding. If you do want to lose weight it’s fine, but please – be healthy in your approach and how you lose that weight. I’m talking about your mindset as well as your physique – and in almost 10 years in the wedding industry I’ve finally discovered an expert who approaches wedding weight loss the right way.
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Lose weight without sacrificing your health: Countdown to the Gown

I’ve had a lovely email chat with personal trainer and author Tim Mugabi of Into That Dress. Tim’s philosophy is focused on your wellbeing, which means maintaining a healthy lifestyle and providing you with emotional support as you lose weight in a healthy way. Tim’s the first personal trainer I’ve ever seen acknowledge the other stress and pressures of wedding planning – and that tells me a lot: this guy really does care. I’ll hand over to Tim to tell you more…

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Most Curious Wedding Fair 2014 (1)Oh now this is great news – wedding shows and fairs have a horrific reputation but there are a few exciting and creative events which challenge the wedding industry and stand out from the crowd. A Most Curious Wedding Fair is most certainly one of them – and following a year when some very high profile events were sadly cancelled, it’s fantastic to know that A Most Curious Wedding Fair will be back for 2014. All the details are below, and suppliers will be announced over the next month or two so watch out for those!
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The UK’s coolest wedding event is back for Spring/Summer 14 – bigger, better and blazing the trail for style savvy brides and grooms and a brand new venue. On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April 2014, A Most Curious Wedding Fair will be bringing their unique brand of wedding cool to Hackney Downs Studios, East London in the heart of the UK’s creative hub.

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Are you doing your own wedding make up or hiring a professional? While many brides find it’s best to hire someone to take care of hair and make up for all the girls on the day, a little practice beforehand can give you the confidence to perfect your own bridal look. With the right products and techniques (oh! YouTube is definitely your friend for bridal make up tutorials too!) you can DIY the perfect wedding make up. Bridal make up expert David Peck-Whiston has shared his top 3 wedding make up tips with us today to get you started.

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All images are by Emma Cleveley at http://www.emmacleveleyblog.co.uk/
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Top 3 wedding make up tips

by David Peck-Whiston, www.david-peck.com

1. Primer…

This is a makeup bag must have for weddings. Using a primer will allow longevity of your makeup without having to re-apply giving you more time to celebrate.

Choosing the right primer for your wedding day is easy!! Opt for a photofinish Primer giving you flawless, picture perfect skin….

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I loved Jennifer and Paul’s Manchester wedding as soon as I saw their photos on the Foley Photography blog. They’re a gorgeous couple with a distinctive style; Jennifer wears her Jenny Packham wedding dress so beautifully and Paul looks amazing in his Savile Row suit – a treat I think every groom should have!

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The happy couple chose Foley Photography to take the photographs on the day. “I had looked at the websites of many photographers and felt the photographs were all very similar and pretty uninspiring. Foley Photography stood out instantly. Their photographs have a real vintage feel and Scott captures the small details and expressions that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Scott and Amedea are married themselves and run the business together. They completely listened to what we wanted and didn’t force their ideas onto us (as is the case with some photographers!). We were absolutely thrilled with the results.http://foleyphotography.co.uk
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Jennifer and Paul – a vintage wedding at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester

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The bridal sample sale by Emma Victoria Payne

British bridal designer Emma Victoria Payne’s sample sale begins tomorrow, Saturday the 4th of January 2014. For your chance to wear the designer dress of your dreams visit the website at www.EmmaVictoriaPayne.com and call to book an appointment.

See more on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Victoria-Payne-Bridalwear/239437562775098

Have an amazing weekend everyone!
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Hello there lovely blog readers, and a special hug for you if you’re just about to start wedding dress shopping. I hope you have the most wonderful time! I’d love to introduce you to one of my favourite wedding dress designers this morning – the fabulous Sassi Holford. Sassi began her business in Taunton, Somerset – and from small beginnings Sassi Holford is now an internationally renowned wedding dress brand. Her designs are timeless and beautiful, and she’s a favourite of English brides.

Sassi Holford 2014 (12)The Sassi Holford 2014 Signature Collection holds true to Sassi’s reputation for pure elegance and exquisite quality. The delicate detailing is wonderful – the Ruby gown shown above and below is already a favourite for me with those gorgeous little tendrils of lace on the cap sleeves… incredibly beautiful.
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 The 2014 Signature Collection by Sassi Holford

Sassi Holford works with absolute attention to detail and an uncompromising eye for quality, and each season her collections are individual yet balanced, focused yet inspiring.

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As we settle into January I’d like to welcome all newly engaged couples and new readers to the English Wedding Blog. It’s so very lovely to have you here! This morning I’m sharing my favourite weddings of 2013 which I hope will inspire some of you with your own wedding planning. All the brides and grooms featured here were absolute stars for sharing their wedding photos and stories on the blog (and I hope you’ll join them!). Click on the links to see the full wedding features and see all of their wedding styling and ideas in more detail. Enjoy!
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July…

Vintage Cambridgeshire wedding blog Paul Rogers Photography (9)I had so much fun blogging Kirsten and Neal’s 1950s inspired Cambridgeshire wedding. It had everything… a VW Campervan, wildflowers, cupcakes and 7 tiers of cheese, awesome dance moves and the proudest dad… Photo credit London wedding photographer Paul Rogers.

Dance like a maniac! Kirsten and Neal’s fabulously vintage Cambridge wedding

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Happy New Year!!! I hope you had a wonderful night, whatever you were doing – mine was perfect and I’m feeling so excited about the year ahead! I have lots of plans for the English Wedding Blog this year, and I hope you’ll join me for lots of brand new adventures between here and next year!

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Just one of the fabulous weddings featured in 2013 on the English Wedding Blog: this is from Rebecca and Andy’s gorgeous Cambridge wedding. Image credit lovely Sam and Louise from Pavone Photography

Bigger and better… but still a devoted wedding blog!

The English Wedding Blog will still be all about weddings in 2014 – it’s really important to me that I keep the focus of the blog on weddings and marriage, sharing the very best ideas I can find and promoting top wedding suppliers.

I am excited to make the blog bigger and better once again, and that means even more regular features with advice and tips, inspiration and ideas to help you plan your day the way you want it to be.

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