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There’s so much I love about Katie and Kevin’s wedding: their effortless style and choice of a glamorous, vintage inspired theme, their focus on friends and family… Katie describes their wedding in Lancashire as “An amazing party filled with love and laughter surrounded by the people we love the most!

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And then there’s Katie’s beautiful Charlotte Balbier designer wedding dress, from The White Closet in Didsbury. What a stunning bride, and what a magical celebration. As we enjoy a little chilly weather this month, it’s the perfect time to share this beautiful winter wedding with you. The images are by lovely Zoe at ZT Photography, who gets a glowing review from the bride and groom in their wedding report at the end of the feature!

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See more Lancashire weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region! Enjoy today’s wedding everyone!
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Katie and Kevin: a glitzy, Hollywood vintage inspired wedding in Lancashire

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I recently saw a wonderful real wedding on the Love My Dress blog where the bride and groom created a beautifully styled literary themed wedding on a low budget. Beautiful bride Vicky wore a dress by Phase Eight, the London and online wedding boutique famous for its affordable prices and trendy, contemporary wedding dress designs. I’m delighted to be able to share the Phase Eight 2014 wedding dress collection lookbook here on the English Wedding Blog with you today.

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The Phase Eight 2014 wedding dress collection was inspired by glamorous Hollywood looks of the 1930’s and 1950’s with embellishments taken from exquisite vintage embroidery and beadings. Phase Eight’s bridal designer describes the collection as one of ultimate femininity, with a glamorous and whimsically beautiful vintage feel.

Each bridal gown, accessory and bridesmaid dress has been created to ensure that you can customise and personalise your look with beaded belts, lace edged veils, coloured sashes to link in with your bridesmaids and capes in feathers and beading to give glamorous coverage.

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Today’s real bride Melanie has one of those smiles which light up a room – she’s such a stunning bride and the images from her Norfolk wedding to James are wonderful.

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I adore a seaside wedding – Melanie’s top tip for other couples is to “Enjoy every second – it’s over in a flash!  Do something special away from the crowd – Rob, our photographer, took Jim and I down to the beach and it was lovely to have some alone time with Jim!  I really remember that being special.” It most certainly looks like a magical and romantic moment when you see the images!

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With thanks to today’s gorgeous real bride and groom Melanie and James. Their wedding report is at the end of today’s feature and includes a handy supplier list for other Norfolk brides and grooms – so do check it out! Thanks also to wedding photographer Rob Dodsworth for sharing his images of their beautiful day. Everyone – enjoy!
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There’s nothing worse than being told what you “should” have for your wedding, is there? Saul and Michelle’s Northamptonshire wedding is creative, simple and looks every bit the occasion to remember forever. With images by Jules Fortune Photography and two fab venues: Boughton House and The Marquess of Exeter.

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Savvy brides and grooms are planning ever more personal celebrations with a focus on the special touches they love best. That’s what Michelle and Saul did, choosing to ditch the seating plan for informal dining. They chose two fabulous venues which didn’t need extra decoration, and included family in creating a wonderful day: Michelle’s cousin played guitar, their sisters did wedding readings, and family members contributed gorgeous little treats for an oh-so-yummy-looking dessert table. Overall – an amazing, very personal, family-oriented wedding day. I love it.
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With congratulations and thanks to the very lovely Michelle and Saul for sharing their wedding on the English Wedding Blog this morning. Read their wedding report at the end of the blog post for great advice from spreadsheet queen Michelle! Huge thanks also to wedding photographer Jules Fortune for submitting their Northamptonshire wedding to the English Wedding Blog.

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Ah… a beautifully styled contemporary wedding with just a little hint of vintage. Kate and David’s big day is gorgeous and inspiring. I know you’ll love it! Kate wore a Stephanie Allin gown with Rainbow Couture shoes, and the couple kept venue decorations simple (to beautiful effect!) Their Suffolk wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn looks fantastic and it’s thanks to wedding photographer Jeff Turnbull (www.jeffturnbull.co.uk) they have such wonderful images to remember their day by.

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The little love birds are adorable – I love little touches like this! – and the bunting with calligraphic initials is gorgeous… so enjoy this wedding on the blog and read slowly: there are so many lovely details to inspire you, and also Kate and David’s wedding report at the end of the feature is full of great advice.

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See more Suffolk weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region – or if you’re elsewhere and looking for more vintage weddings the Real Weddings by Style & Season tab is for you!

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Hey lovely, how are you? Have you thought about wedding invitations yet? Don’t leave it too late to plan when you’ll send invites out, and remember to book early if you’re having your invites handcrafted or printed by one of the amazing small stationery businesses dotted all around the UK. Today I’m happy to share a lovely invitation suite from Knots & Kisses with you.

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Vintage travel is an increasingly popular wedding style, and there’s no shortage of inspiration for a vintage travel wedding on Pinterest or Etsy. The Vintage Travel wedding stationery collection from Knots & Kisses has everything you could possibly need, at affordable prices, to set the scene for your vintage travel themed wedding – and I think it’s gorgeous!!

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For advice on when to send your wedding invitations read our feature article Wedding Invitations: when to send them

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Due to popular demand, Cornish skincare brand Organic Trevarno have created a range of beautiful miniature sized products for their new Wedding Favour collection. The samples in the picture below are here on my desk and are free to a good home – head over to the English Wedding Blog Facebook page for your chance to win!

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All hand-made in the heart of the Cornish countryside with entirely natural and organic ingredients, these mini treats are a great way of thanking guests for being part of your special day and are packaged in a range of bright colours to coordinate with your wedding design.

Choose from cute miniature versions of their handmade soaps, flower and herb infused bath salts, dinky tubs of olive and almond hand cream or their luxurious selection of bath & body oils in brightly coloured bottles. Simple and stylish, these chemical free British-made bath treats will delight and pamper your guests whilst being kind to the planet.

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Morning lovelies! Happy Thursday 🙂 Or as we call it at English Wedding Blog HQ, Happy Friday-eve. There… that’s better already isn’t it! Time for a real wedding and today we’re off to Shottle Hall in the sunshine for a beautiful Derbyshire wedding.

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Amy and Adrian were married in May and chose dusky pinks and baby’s breath to theme their beautiful vintage-inspired wedding day. The couple look amazing and their wedding is quintessentially English in style. Shottle Hall is a fabulous venue – do check it out (www.shottlehall.co.uk) and also take time to admire the stunning wedding cake by Yummy Little Cakes: it’s even got little lacy bits on… beautiful! Thank you Natalie for submitting the wedding as well!

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All of the beautiful images are by Cheshire wedding photographer Lucy G Photography www.lucygphotography.co.uk

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For more Derbyshire weddings use the menu at the top of the English Wedding Blog to find real weddings by region – or if you’re elsewhere and looking for more vintage weddings the Real Weddings by Style & Season tab is for you!
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Hello everyone! Did you catch the little feature I published about healthy wedding weight loss last week? Personal trainer Tim is a genuine and considerate fitness expert and I do recommend you get a copy of his book Countdown to the Gown if you’re looking to lose weight in the run up to your wedding. Its focus is on more than your physique: you’ll lose weight with a healthy mindset, which is even more important when you’re busy planning a wedding!

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Today Tim’s very kindly given me permission to share two exercises he had published on House of Fraser’s blog – designed to give you the perfect back for one of 2014’s best wedding dress styles, the backless gown. Thank you Tim!

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Nina from Fine Style Events is a gem of the wedding world. She has the most wonderful eye for those special touches which can make a wedding unique and beautiful. Not only that, Nina has the expertise, contacts and experience to save you from all the stresses and dilemmas of planning a wedding. Were you looking for a wedding planner in Surrey or the South East? Look no further!

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“Nina took over the organisation and more importantly the worry from us, right from our first meeting. We finally had the confidence to move forwards and get our wedding planned! Whenever we had any questions, Nina was quick to respond and find a solution / supplier to match our wishes. We were able to choose from carefully selected suppliers for bands and photographers, which to us were so important. We felt supported and at ease during the whole process and I can’t imagine how different the experience would have been without Nina. On the day itself, Nina took care of everyone and everything and made sure the venue was on track with timings. The day went seamlessly and neither we, or our families, were aware of any issues if they cropped up. Nina was invaluable! Thank you for making our special day all that it was.”

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Last Sunday evening was pretty special here at the English Wedding Blog – I asked for help to build up my lists of weddings by UK county and region, and the response from wedding photographers was fantastic. Today’s real wedding on the blog is all the way from North Wales – Hayley and Mark had their reception at Northop Hall, and their wedding photographer Darren Williams has kindly allowed me to share their day with you all.

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See more Welsh weddings on the blog by visiting English-Wedding.com/category/Welsh-wedding or use the new menu at the top of your screen to scroll through the counties and regions to find real weddings in your area!

North Wales wedding blog by Darren Williams Photography (10)This is a beautiful wedding which I hope will inspire you. Hayley and Mark used soft yellows as an accent colour for their day, and carried the yellow theme through from the bridal bouquet and buttonholes to their orders of service and on-the-day stationery. I think yellow is a wonderful colour for a September wedding, don’t you? Enjoy!
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Did you see Sally and Richard’s stunning English countryside wedding on the blog back in November? I LOVED it. They married at Hassop Hall and their wedding photographer was the lovely Shaun Taylor.

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Image credit Derbyshire wedding photographer Shaun Taylor www.shauntaylorphotography.co.uk

Shaun is a Derbyshire wedding photographer whose weddings I’ve featured more than once on the English Wedding Blog. Derbyshire brides and grooms should also look at Paul and Abi’s rustic homemade wedding at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, and Melissa and James’s quirky Derbyshire wedding right here on the blog.

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As a sponsor of the English Wedding Blog I’m proud to say Shaun now has his very own dedicated page where you can find out more about him: Derbyshire wedding photography by Shaun Taylor. Do head over there to read all about Shaun and see more images from recent and favourite weddings.

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Quirky Derbyshire wedding with photography by the lovely Shaun Taylor Photography

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