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Three years or so ago, if you were looking for a unique wedding venue or something “like a marquee but nicer” – as many couples do! – you’d have headed straight for PapaKata with their warm, welcoming, quirky wedding teepees. I’ve always loved PapaKata tents and I think they really inspired a rush in festival weddings over the last couple of years. And now they have something new and exciting which I think I might just love even more!

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PapaKata has just announced a joint partnership with US company Sperry Tents, which will be the first time these iconic, romantic, wedding tents will be available in the UK. Sperry by PapaKata will exclusively launch just in time for the wedding season and will offer guests something completely unique to what is available right now. The tents look like something straight out of The Hamptons, with a Gatsby-esque feel to them. The tents offer a magical experience that is perfect for a summer wedding.

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I really do love it when wedding suppliersget all creative on me… there’s nothing better than seeing their designs in action! This goes for everything from dresses to accessories, invitations to flowers. And with these lovely ideas from a Hollywood Glamour bridal shoot at Olivier Laudus in my inbox, I couldn’t resist blogging the new collection!

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The 2014 Great Glamour collection at luxury wedding accessory boutique Olivier Laudus is all about evoking Hollywood glamour and the elegance of bygone eras.

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The collection, aimed at stylish contemporary brides with an appreciation for elegance and glamour, comprises twenties inspired headbands, forehead chains, vintage tiaras, oversized bracelets and art deco style jewellery using Crystallised Swarovski Elements, pearls, diamante, feathers and ribbon. Prices range from £65 to £235.
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The 2014 Great Glamour collection by Olivier Laudus was shot at the Corinthia Hotel in London (http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/london/).

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Last year I exhibited at my first wedding show in a long while, and watched as one exceptionally happy bride saw, tried, and then bought her wedding dress within half an hour of arriving. She was as surprised as anyone to have found ‘the one’ at the wedding show, but she was so happy and I always remember seeing her on that day! But would you buy your wedding dress at a wedding show? Often they’re more useful for seeing wedding dresses in action – seeing a dress in a photograph or on a hanger doesn’t come close to seeing how it will move as you walk, or how the fabric falls and flatters your shape.

The Catwalk at Brides The Show

There will be two distinct catwalk shows running alternately over the course of the weekend of Brides The Show on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March.

 

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I always thought I’d never get married. It just wasn’t something I’d ever really thought about as a girl, and then as I grew up it became a bit of an alien concept: something other people do. Not for me.

Now – maybe I’m more mature than I was – I’ve changed my mind. I might get married one day, if that’s what life has in store for me… but I don’t think I’ll ever have a wedding.

You’re already forgiven for wondering how anyone can get married without a wedding. As far as the wedding media goes, the two go hand in hand. When you get married you wear a big white dress and invite everyone you know to celebrate with you… and you decorate the occasion.

Why, though?

I’m a creative thinker. I live my life differently to the majority of people: I am self-employed, I’m in a creative industry, I like spending as much time as I can on the tops of mountains.

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Hello everyone! What do you have planned for this weekend? I’ll be doing a bit of a road trip as I catch up with some lovely wedding people at two gorgeous locations: firstly Storrs Hall is holding an interactive wedding styling event:

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Storrs Hall, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3LG
Sunday 16th March 2014

Take the opportunity to take a look around Storrs Hall and sample canapes and drinks, whilst experiencing this complimentary bridal styling event with leading local wedding suppliers demonstrating their skills.

Broadoaks Country House’s Country Chic Wedding Fayre

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I’ll let you into a little secret: when I started writing the English Wedding Blog I didn’t know much about wedding dresses. My dream was to unite brides and grooms with the most creative and exciting wedding designers I could find. At the back of my mind was a hazy picture of a unique bride; a woman who wanted to be beautiful and different. This dream bride wasn’t afraid to amaze people, to break all the rules in a delightfully playful way. It’s only today I’ve discovered what she’d wear for her wedding: a Joanne Fleming designer wedding dress.

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The Harebell and the Bee wedding dress by Joanne Fleming Design | Image credit Jacqui McSweeney Photography

The Harebell and the Bee wedding dress by Joanne Fleming Design

The softest French lace is hand dyed and layered over silk chiffon and silk crepe-back satin for this romantic style with cowl front neckline extending into a low V back neckline. The design closes at centre back with tiny silk covered buttons and rouleau loops, and is embellished with hand tinted silk organza flowers with freshwater pearl centres. A sterling silver bee nestles in the cluster of rosettes at the girdle waistline.”

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A few days ago I spent a lovely hour or so with Julia Tasker at her enchanting bridal boutique and I wish I could have taken you all with me! Julia’s little world – sorry, bridal shop! – is a treat, and nestled in the sleepily beautiful town of Bowness-on-Windermere. She’s only a few minutes’ walk from the lake shore which I think qualifies this gem of a bridal boutique as a day out in itself!

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The boutique is spacious, beautiful and tranquil with privacy and room to play!

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Rails of the most gorgeous designer wedding dresses in the heart of the Lake District

I was there to discuss some secret plans with Julia, to see the gorgeous designer wedding dresses she stocks and to discover the story behind Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. It was such a lovely experience – it’s great to know some of my favourite designers are right here in the Lake District: Sassi Holford, Ritva Westenius and Caroline Castigliano take centre stage alongside Paloma Blanca and Pepe Botella.

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Emma and Chris’s wedding has the loveliest atmosphere and a wonderful, bright and charming English country chic style. What a stunning couple… and I especially adore the back of Emma’s Justin Alexander gown, don’t you?

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They were lucky with the weather, choosing a perfect sunny September day for their marquee wedding. From the early afternoon’s sunshine to the magical sunset, every moment just looks fabulous – and the light and airy marquee is set off beautifully with delicate flowers and gentle decoration.

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All of the pretty images of their wedding are courtesy of the very lovely Hannah and Ben at HBA Photography in Derbyshire. Check them out on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HBA-Photography/237270875841

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Thank you to Emma and Chris for a brilliant wedding report, which is below the images in today’s wedding feature. Thank you also to Hannah and Ben for sharing their images. Everyone – enjoy! Big love,
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Our wedding report:Emma and Chris

Wedding Date: 21st September 2013

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.hbaphotgraphy.com

Link to the full wedding: http://hbaphotography.com/2013/10/chris-emmas-marquee-wedding-in-yoxall/

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Your wedding can be the most magical, creative adventure. Styling ideas to fit your personalities can bring self-discovery and uncover talents you never knew you had! Wedding designers are our creative inspiration, and a wedding ideas shoot can fire our imaginations in the most wonderful way. And this is one of the best…

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I was honoured to be asked to contribute to a styled wedding shoot at Cliveden House, organised by the very lovely Petra Opperman. Petra is a wedding designer and planner based in Windsor, and is the talented stylist behind this gorgeous ideas shoot. The concept alone is incredibly romantic – and will resonate with music lovers everywhere. I adore the rich, luscious colours and subtle influence of the classical music theme. The colours are rich and warm, perfectly suited to any sophisticated wedding venue.

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Oooh where to start?! Michelle and Marc are a cool couple whose vintage chic wedding with a modern twist has some fabulous details – stunning rustic country flowers, tweed and bow ties for the boys, a 1950’s styled bridal dress, with cornflower blue bridesmaids… oh it’s beautiful and there’s so much to tell! They married at Peover Golf Club in Cheshire, on the hottest day of last year – and their wedding photos tell such a magical story.

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The beautiful bride and gorgeous groom chose Pixies in the Cellar to photograph their wedding. Peter and Sara – aka the Pixies! – told me, “We really enjoyed the whole day, Meesh and Marc had thought of everything for the day to run smoothly and for it to be very personal to them. What really shines through in the pictures is how much fun everyone had, it way just a great group of family and friends enjoying a great day with some very very summery weather!

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I fell in love with these images of a wonderfully playful, quirky wedding look as soon as I saw them. I love the brave bridal style: a cute corset and the most amazing vintage-inspired petticoats look like so much fun, don’t they?! They’re made by Doris Designs in Surrey and I can’t think of anything I’d love to wear more! (I just can’t decide if I’d wear mine with bridal shoes or my rollerblades hehe)

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I’m all for alternative bridal looks. Designer dresses are wonderful, but they can be expensive. Some of my favourite wedding blogs have had brides in colourful dresses, vintage styles, homemade dresses and more – so why not a quirky, adorably photogenic vintage petticoat? Imagine the fun you’d have dancing the night away!

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Of course you could always wear a dress or skirt with your petticoat, and pop a top on over your corset… you’d still have that wonderfully playful vintage look. But for today let’s see the wonderful Doris Designs petticoat in action… there are links at the end of the feature so you can find out more, then it’s up to you to choose how you wear your petticoat on the big day!
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As a sworn supporter of small craft businesses I have to show you the lovely creations of a wedding stationery designer I’ve just discovered – the very charming and slightly exotic (being French!) Nabefabric. If you’re looking for unique wedding invitations with a delicately quirky style and contemporary design, then just maybe like moi you’ll fall in love with these…

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www.nabefabric.com

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J’adore! Don’t you? To see more visit www.nabefabric.com

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