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Happy weekend everybody! I hope you have a lovely day planned – I do… I’m going to a wedding this afternoon and can’t wait! To make today even more exciting I have one of the loveliest weddings I’ve seen to share with you all today. I’ve been waiting to share this one and I know you’ll love it too! It’s all about bright and fabulous colours, and beautiful design. About time we had another sunflowers wedding blog as well, isn’t it?!

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The very lovely Kate got in touch with me a few weeks back to tell me about her wedding day. She told me, “We got married on 29th June and having read your blog everyday in the run up I would really like to feature on your site… We got married at iconic, art deco hotel The Midland in Morecambe and made the day as personal as possible.” I also got to have a peek at Kate and John’s wedding website – a key part of their day, which I think is fab! and when John’s wedding reading brought tears to my eyes I knew I had to share their sunsets and sunflowers wedding blog with you all.

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Hello everyone! Are you having a nice week? It’s nearly the weekend – I have a wedding to go to so I’m quite excited and hoping for sunshine! Today I want to share some news from one of the loveliest wedding photographers I know. It’s a bit of a bonus blog post really with four gorgeous venues to discover, four very different wedding styles and a road trip around the UK! Ben is a Kent wedding photographer who is available to work throughout the UK and overseas – so if you’re in Kent, Suffolk, Cornwall or even Perthshire(!) he’d love to hear from you!

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Benjamin Toms is brilliant – he’s had four gorgeous weddings featured on the English Wedding Blog and recently been published in You & Your Wedding magazine too. He’s a busy man as well… his latest weddings on his blog are from far and wide…

A wedding road trip with Benjamin Toms Photography!

  • The Polhawn Fort wedding featured in You & Your Wedding magazine – breathtakingly colourful with a striking gold colour scheme, and brought to you from sunny Cornwall
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A crop of wedding news articles and blog posts appeared in July discussing “feminist weddings” – and I wondered if I’d gone completely mad. Never mind the content of those articles for now, what is a feminist wedding?

What is feminism anyway? Wikipedia says:

The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

And the new trend for feminist weddings?

Apparently it’s all about non-white wedding dresses, keeping our maiden names and not being given away by our dads. That’s it. Which implies that ivory dresses, no name changes and walking ourselves down the aisle are as revolutionary as burning bras was in the 1960s. Or so WeddingDays.co.uk would have us believe. It’s nice to hear from Time Magazine that a much larger survey on facebook this spring came out with very different conclusions – but the notion of “feminist weddings” does raise some interesting issues…

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Felicity and Matthew’s wedding is right up my street. It’s personal and intimate, stylish and full of smiles and laughter. And what could be more impressive than a real English castle wedding blog? I love this!

English castle wedding Alexis Jaworski (1)At first Matthew and Felicity only laughingly considered a castle wedding, and were delighted when they realised Old Wardour Castle was an affordable option – a fourteenth century, Grade 1 listed building where they could hold their wedding ceremony. It’s stunning – a unique venue with an impressive history (although the wiki fact which sticks in my mind is that it was in Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves. Shoot me now).

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Felicity is amazing – I love her short hair and she’s one of the most beautiful brides I’ve ever seen wearing a David Fielden wedding dress. Matthew is her perfect partner, and looks gorgeous in his suit from Reiss. Do read their wedding report (below) for all the details and wedding suppliers from this Old Wardour Castle wedding, and also check out wedding photographer Alexis Jaworski. He supplied all of the images from this fab day – thanks Alexis!

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Hiya! Did you see Stephanie and Michael’s Rushton Hall wedding on the blog the other day? I loved it to pieces, it was such an elegant and charming day. I always read my couples’ wedding reports carefully and make sure I give you lovely readers as many links to suppliers as I can – and the one which stood out for me from that wedding was Hand Drawn Maps. I instantly bookmarked the link Stephanie gave me, and got in touch with designer Lydia, who makes these lovely maps all herself – aren’t they amazing?

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Stephanie and Michael told me, “All [our invitations and stationery were] cre­ated by the won­der­ful Lydia of Hand Drawn Maps. We had a bespoke motif with our ini­tials (our par­ents had this put on cham­pagne glasses for the day!) and she incor­po­rated the rose theme into all the sta­tionery.”

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I loved Mark and Sarah’s wedding when I first saw the photos on my friend and sponsor Martin Price’s wedding photography blog. I asked if I could share them with you, and he said yes! What’s more, Sarah has written an amazing wedding report to share with you (at the end of the blog feature) which is full of ideas and recommendations.

wedding in Beaconsfield photographer Martin Price (1) Today’s lovely couple were married in Buckinghamshire. Their wedding in Beaconsfield is traditional and charming with some very personal touches – the personalised board for the cake is fab, and I love the bubbles they had for the wedding reception. Oh! And don’t miss Sarah’s explanation of table names… cities the engagement ring travelled to in Mark’s pocket before he got around to proposing! I love that story 🙂
wedding in Beaconsfield photographer Martin Price (2) With huge thanks to beautiful bride Sarah, and to her lovely hubby Mark, for sharing their story with us all on the blog today. Thanks also to lovely Martin – aka Martin Price Photography – for sending all the lovely images. Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx
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It’s not often the postman brings champagne in the post, but what a treat when he does! I was the very grateful recipient of two dinky bottles of bubbly a week or two ago, courtesy of London wedding catering company “rhubarb” (the speech marks come with the name) so the least I can do is return their lovely gesture by telling you all about them.

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“rhubarb” sent me a press pack to read with their bottles of bubbly, so I will share that with you. If you’re looking for wedding catering in the London area, then these guys clearly have a very professional and reputable business – even Heston Blumenthal works alongside “rhubarb” creating menus with innovative style.

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Who are “rhubarb” Weddings?

“rhubarb” – aside from being one of those words which looks odder the more times you type it! – is the premium food experience brand that caters for beautiful weddings. They bring a unique twist to food and work closely with brides and grooms to understand exactly what you want. They have three events offices in London, Cranleigh and Henley. All focus on bespoke tailor-made catering solutions for all sizes of event from charity galas to intimate dinners.

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Hi everyone! How are you today? I’m on my fourth coffee having just discovered the genius trick of mixing hot chocolate powder in with it. Just gorgeous, try it!! …but not as gorgeous as today’s real wedding blog and fab couple Lisa and Kieran. They married at Dorset’s finest wedding venue (imho) Athelhampton House. It’s a 15th century manor with tons of character and the perfect choice for a traditional English wedding with a dash of vintage.

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All the photos are by lovely wedding photographer Ben Pipe, with the exception of the three photos of Lisa’s handmade wedding invitation, table plan and alternative guest book. (What should I be calling a guest book which isn’t a guest book?! I’ve no idea!) She told me they were a labour of love and the invitations alone took more than 30 hours… but worth every second 🙂

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Congratulations Lisa and Kieran, and thank you so much for being utterly fabulous and sharing your wedding day on the English Wedding Blog. Thanks to Ben Pipe too for the lovely wedding photos. Everyone – enjoy! Claire x

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Hi everyone! Oops – I’m sorry to distract you from your work (not really – go on, take a little break with me hehe) but I wanted to share this thought-provoking black and white wedding photography article with you.

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Black and white wedding photography

Black and white photography has come full circle, from being the only option* to going right out of fashion when colour took over, to being fashionable again. Have you thought about black and white images in your wedding album? You should!

*Andrew Hind, you are not THAT old!

Andrew compares black and white images vs colour to reading a book and then watching the film based on the story. Black and white requires imagination and creative interpretation from the viewer – images are richer because you add your own thoughts, feelings and memories to bring life to them. Colour images – like the movies – present it all on a plate. They look the part, but do they lack something?

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Hello again! I hope you’re having a wonderful week and enjoying all the lovely real weddings I’ve been sharing with you on the blog recently. There are more to come, but I just had to focus on something a little different today: these stunning art deco luxury wedding invitations my my friend and sponsor Wendy at WBD Designer Wedding Stationery.

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Wendy Bell is a (very lovely!) London based wedding stationery designer who pro­vides a truly per­sonal ser­vice, cre­at­ing strik­ing and unique lux­ury wed­ding invi­ta­tions and sta­tionery which encap­su­late her clients’ per­sonal tastes. Her natural eye for design, and her dedication to creating the perfect invitation, mean these art deco invites are some of the most striking you’ll see.

luxury wedding invitations WBD Designer wedding stationery (1)These brand new bespoke wedding invitations have been designed for an Eltham Palace wedding in an art deco style.
luxury wedding invitations WBD Designer wedding stationery (3)London’s Eltham Palace is a magnificent wedding venue, and one of the UK’s most spectacular art deco venues. It’s officially a royal residence, and is managed by English Heritage. Inside, the decor is art deco at its very best. The venue has been described as a “masterpiece of modern design” (source – Wikipedia)… and these stunningly beautiful art deco wedding invitations have been perfectly designed to set the scene for a wedding there.
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Ooooh yum! A warning, perhaps, before you go any further: don’t read on an empty stomach! This blog post will make you want fudge, and right now 🙂 I have to admit I first discovered Fudge Kitchen and their wedding favours before breakfast earlier this week. The craving is still going! Anyway – for those of you still here, read this and think about having such lovely (and universally pleasing!) wedding favours… enjoy! Claire x

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Sweet wedding favours from Fudge Kitchen

Every couple wants their wedding day to be that bit different, that bit more inspired, that bit … let’s face it, better! And your favours are very literally the summary impression that your guests will take away with them.

Trust the UK’s largest and oldest producers of luxury, authentic fudge to get it right, then. From the creamy, gourmet fudge within, handmade and hand decorated in small batches by artisans, using only the finest, natural ingredients; to the infinite, gorgeous packaging options available to perfectly compliment your wedding colours or theme. Fudge Kitchen will add a truly personal, unique detail to your Big Day.

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I’m just trying to remember who was the last celebrity to feature on the English Wedding Blog. There haven’t been many, safe to say! Eric Morecambe in today’s seaside wedding is quite possibly the coolest – see what you think: we’ve had David Mitchell (from Mitchell & Webb), the ex lead singer from 70s punk band The Stranglers, and Kirstie Allsopp. That’s probably about it.

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(David Mitchell was a wedding guest on a blog feature last year. The Stranglers’ singer wasn’t in any photos, and Kirstie Allsopp just wrote a book my calligraphy was in. So yeah, I’m stretching the truth here! Oh – did I mention Eric Morecambe appears here in statue form? Hehe.)

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To be honest I’m not into celeb culture – I don’t read magazines very often and I’m rarely aware of anything Kim Kardashian does. I don’t think I’m missing anything! The glamorous couples I’d rather read about are the brides and grooms who appear on the English Wedding Blog – like today’s star couple Charlotte and Phil. They were married at Morecambe’s fabulous Midland Hotel, an internationally renowned art deco wedding venue. Their seaside wedding has oodles of personality and style – you’re going to love it!

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