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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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I’ve had this little beauty in my inbox for over a month and didn’t know what to do with it. I almost deleted it yesterday, but I’ve just been browsing a wedding photographer’s blog and seen some place names written with big fat marker pens. I can’t resist sharing Sharpie‘s press release with you now. But it comes with opinion!

“Big fat marker pens – every bride’s best friend”

Basically Sharpie want me to tell you that their markers are great for weddings. Write your guest names in big fat felt tips (admittedly in pretty colours) on place names. Perfick! If you can squidge all those fat letters onto your delicate place names…

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Handwritten wedding place name card – definitely not with a Sharpie!!

It ain’t that easy to sell chunky felt tips to a calligrapher

Just saying. If I was in Sharpie’s marketing department I’d be feeling a little sheepish. They even phoned me up to tell me how good their big fat pens were. I explained that I was a wedding calligrapher, and could therefore blog about their pens and share the press release with you, but might not be entirely complimentary. They seemed pleased… ?!!

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Afternoon everyone! I say everyone… to be fair, grooms-to-be can wander off now, as this post is just for the girls! Caroline Castigliano has been in touch to let me know about her new bridal collection which has been designed exclusively for her flagship store in Knightsbridge.

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The new collection encompasses Castigliano’s signature silhouette which is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly elegant. Her unique ability to cut and construct garments enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique; from the exquisite choice of fabric to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarment techniques.

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What a fantastic quote from today’s gorgeous bride Katie! I love it. Vintage, countryside and rustic weddings are definitely the biggest trend I’m seeing from all of your real weddings right now. But Matt and Katie went all out with their theme and style and created a really amazing tipi wedding day. “As country bumpkin as possible”? It’s how I’m living my life for the whole of 2013… so this is right up my street!

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The styling and general decor all looks fantastic. Katie and Matt have made it look easy – and the wedding tents are lovely and welcoming, pretty and full of special touches which make their tipi wedding a very personal one.

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Congratulations and big thank yous to an amazing couple. Matt, Katie – your wedding report is fab. Your photos are brilliant. You look beautiful (yes, both of you!) and like a match made in heaven. Thanks ever so much for sharing your wedding on the English Wedding Blog today! With special thanks as well to wedding photographer Barrie Downie for sharing his lovely images of today’s tipi wedding blog too. Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx

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It makes me smile to look back on the beginnings of the English Wedding Blog. Most of the top wedding bloggers got started when they were planning their own weddings. Charlotte, Kat and Annabel wrote about their own weddings online and their blogs were born from the experience. But me? I’m not married yet.

In fact, I’ve never really dared to dream about getting married. I don’t know where I’d begin. I wonder sometimes – not because I’ve spent my life wishing for a perfect wedding but because I see so many of yours. 🙂

And I love being a wedding blogger. I love your ideas and creativity as much as I love those private smiles I see on your wedding pictures. I love hearing about your best moments, and reading what you write about wedding suppliers, speeches and everything else.

The English Wedding Blog is my baby. I can’t imagine working in an office any more, as I have so much fun writing the blog for you. But occasionally I wonder what I’m doing here! And I even wonder if one day I’ll be planning a wedding which I can share with you. Who knows… it could happen! Somehow!

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Free today for every couple getting married in 2013 – calligraphy samples on my manilla tags, as featured in my Coke calligraphy shoot and soon to be seen on Love My Dress blog! I designed these little tags especially for sharing on wedding blogs and on my facebook page, and I’d love to share them with you too!

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How to get your free calligraphy tags

I’ll be sending out little tags next week, to anyone who asks to see one! All you need to do is email me your names, wedding date and postal address. The samples are free if you’re in the UK and will be written by hand, in beautiful calligraphy, just for you.

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I’ve just been out for a little walk down to the beach and been mobbed by butterflies! Dozens of them wherever I looked – what an amazing thing! Anyway – I made it back alive so I can share Stephanie and Michael’s Rushton Hall wedding with you. The phrase “best man bingo” tickles me, as is the thought of the heckling table! I also love their idea of giving away goodie bags with crisps and chocolate at the end of the night instead of wedding favours – genius.

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Thanks to wedding photographer Aaron Collett for sharing today’s gorgeous wedding pictures on the blog. Stephanie is beautiful and Michael her perfect match – the smiles say it all (and I’m smiling right back while I prepare the blog feature for you!) Congratulations guys, and thanks for your amazing wedding report. I love it!

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Everyone – enjoy. This is a fab wedding with some great ideas. Don’t miss the wedding report at the end of the feature. Have a brilliant day!

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Oh, my. SnapBox would like me to share a piece of blatantly rubbish research, which they claim means wedding photographers are on the way out. Even reading the press release this morning made my eyes bleed! So I can’t resist sharing what they’ve sent me, but I’ll draw my own conclusions to share with you! Today’s blog feature is going to be about two things then:

  1. The importance of hiring a good, experienced wedding photographer whose work you love
  2. The importance of reading biased research with an inquiring mind and never taking ridiculous statements from marketeers as fact

Shall we begin? 🙂 The press release from SnapBox is in grey text, and my responses are in a suitably hot pink! I’ve corrected some of their typos as well. Enjoy. Claire xxx

Professional wedding photographers are *supposedly* on the way out, suggests research

Survey reveals that 41% of newlyweds prefer their guests’ photos to those taken by the official photographer

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Morning everyone! What a week it’s been – do you have lovely plans for the weekend? I hope so 🙂 I’m happy to be sharing a really wonderful wedding on the blog today and I hope you’ll love it. Claire and Damon were married in Surrey – their wedding at Wotton House made the most of an elegant and classical 17th century English country home. The images show a perfect wedding day, and bride Claire is breathtakingly beautiful.

wedding at Wotton House Surrey by Lorna Elizabeth (1)Congratulations Claire and Damon, and thank you so much for sharing your wedding on the English Wedding Blog today. Huge thanks also to lovely wedding photographer Lorna Elizabeth for sending me her images of the day.

Enjoy, everyone! Claire xxx
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The bride and groom:

Claire and Damon Carter.

Wedding venue:

Wotton House, Dorking.

Wedding photographer:

Lorna-Elizabeth Photography. Lorna is absolutely amazing, right from our initial meeting, to the engagement shoot and making us feel so relaxed on our wedding day.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

2 and ½ years!

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I’d love to begin today’s wedding blog with a quote from beautiful bride Izabel. She told me, “The day was beautiful and everything that we wanted it to be. It was a reflection of us to the letter.

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My years as a top UK wedding blogger have shown me over and over and over again that the very best thing a wedding can have is personality. And Izabel and Shane wove their own journey as a couple into their wedding in beautiful and touching ways: “Glass bottle coke and humous, our go to nibbles and drinks in the early days of our getting together. Coffee and ice cream, the two things we walked across London for as we started dating. East London and the Regent’s Canal, our home and the place we began. We really wanted the day to show my Filipino and Dutch heritage as well as Shane’s Irish and Welsh background. Everyone thought we chose our wedding colours, green, orange, grey because of the Irish and Dutch, but that only occurred to us later in the planning process. All aspects of the day just had meaning to us and our story and our family and guest really got the day and our story.”

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Hats off to Coca-Cola for their ingenious marketing with names on Coke bottles and the oh-so-unsubtle “share a Coke with friends” slogan. Brilliant. Coke bottles are plastered all over Facebook this summer!

calligraphy bottle labels personalised (1)I still haven’t found one which says Claire, and my boyfriend was briefly Edward on one thirsty summer afternoon because we couldn’t find a Steve either. I think he quite enjoyed it. But what about the printed labels? They’re OK I guess… but I had a better idea.

www.Etsy.com/shop/CalligraphyStore

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Calligraphy’s just so much lovelier than a printed label!

calligraphy bottle labels personalised (3)Accessorise your wedding with these gorgeous little tags in manilla or red with your guests’ names in beautifully handwritten calligraphy. Coke bottles are nice, but with a little imagination you can create something really fantastic by putting everyone’s names on individual bottles!

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Thanks to Betsy Button for the pearl heart! www.betsy-button.co.uk

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Pimms personalised labels

Like the idea of sharing a Coke with friends but need something a little more classy for your wedding day? Pimm’s with calligraphy labels will do the trick!

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Hey again! How are you? As I sit to blog today’s feature wedding I can remember the first time I saw Natalie and Gareth’s photos and I would love for you to share the whole experience with me… so if you fancy it, listen along to the soundtrack with me! Wedding photographer Tracy Morter got in touch and told me their first dance was to Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’ – a song I love to bits! So click on the song title to listen while you scroll through the photos and read Natalie and Gareth’s wedding report 🙂 I’m listening as I type!

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It’s another beautiful wedding too – with a stunning Amanda Wyatt dress, stationery by wedding blog favourites Artcadia and a focus on celebration, food, entertainment and dancing… just a perfect wedding! The venue is The Boatyard restaurant in Leigh On Sea (Essex) and all the images are by my friend and fab photographer Tracy Morter.

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