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Oh my word. I honestly don’t know where to start… today’s wedding is absolutely out of this world. The images are compelling, the design and styling are gorgeous – and best of all, Laura and James had such an amazing day – their very own personal wedding, styled to suit their characters and loves, from music (and lots of it) to playful and gorgeous photography… I LOVE this!

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There’s something about London wedding photographer Marshal Gray which sets him way above the crowd: he captures the beauty and atmosphere of a wedding day in such a unique and contemporary style. Star of all the top UK wedding blogs, his weddings are beautiful without exception – and James and Laura give a glowing review. You’re about to see why!

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I have to add that today’s bride and groom are a fantastic couple – Laura describes their wedding style as “totally ours. Loosely based on an English country garden wedding but with a vintagey vibes and a shabby chic twist.” This is the perfect example of a wedding celebration which follows its own rules, beautifully and with an unforgettable style.

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Hello again, lovely wedding blog readers! I have a little feature from Kate at Queens & Bowl for you this morning – with some great tips for every vintage bridesmaid. It’s a great article for brides-to-be to read and share with your best girls – with tips on choosing styles, matching or mismatching your bridesmaids and paying for their dresses. I hope you’ll find this one useful! Claire xxx

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Vintage bridesmaids on English Wedding Blog. Photo credit Chris Milner – click to see the full wedding (Beautiful bride Katey’s headpiece is from Queens & Bowl)

While I was browsing for beautiful vintage bridesmaid dresses and accessories (it’s a tough job, I know), I kept coming across similar testimonials from dutiful but slightly unappreciated bridesmaids.

While some brides seem to ask a few small favours from their bridesmaids, such as organising a hen party that doesn’t include ‘L’ plates, some naughty brides seem to be guilty of being demanding, unyielding and forcing their nearest and dearest friends into dresses they hate.

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Today’s wedding is unashamedly about fabulous colour and styling. Beautiful bride Ranjeet made her wedding invitations with the help of her sister, setting the scene for a wonderfully creative day with a riot of wedding colours and the most amazing atmosphere.

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Chris and Ranjeet had the help of my friend and wedding planner Julie Dawson, who goes by the (very apt!) name of The Wedding Genie. I’ll let Julie tell you about the wedding day, and the images you’re about to enjoy are by Cathy from Oehlers Photography.

Enjoy! Claire xxx

Spectacular Asian & Caribbean wedding colours – Ranjeet & Chris

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By Julie Dawson: I started to work with Chris and Ranjeet right at the beginning of their journey. Chris thought a wedding planner would help Ranjeet because she has a busy and demanding job. How cool is that for a man to think of a wedding planner! Ranjeet was not sure because she is super organised but in the end we became a perfect mix. I helped fuse together their vision, gave plenty of support and produced a brilliant team of suppliers.

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Good morning, wedding blog lovers! Today’s beautiful bride Annabel got in touch with me back in November to tell me all about her wedding to Anthony back in the summer of 2012. I was immediately smitten with their wedding story and loved the style of this beautiful day: white hydrangeas, a 6ft cathedral mirror with calligraphy (by my friend Angelo Meola) for a seating plan, and of course the magnificent wedding venue Syon Park.

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Annabel has shared such a great wedding report I really don’t want to write too much here so all I’ll say is thank you both to Annabel and Anthony, and to wedding photographer Especially Amy for sharing the images with us today.

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The wedding report from Annabel is about half way down the page, and I have to share my favourite line from it to set the scene for this blog feature:

Annabel says, “at the end of the day everyone is there to celebrate you and your husband which is the only thing that matters and creates the most incredible feeling of love, warmth and fun on the day!

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day so far – it’s definitely time for a cuppa and a bit of wedding planning time though… so why not join me in welcoming lovely Kent wedding photographer Aaron Tommasi to English Wedding Blog today.

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I’ve known Aaron through his wedding photography for a little while now. We featured Joseph and Tamara’s wedding on the blog in January, and I was instantly struck by Aaron’s unique wedding photography style. His images are contemporary and creative – and as Aaron told me more about his approach to wedding photography last week I found myself really admiring his passion for his trade.

“The restraints and stigma of wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy are of our own mak­ing and we can be imag­i­na­tive and stretch the bound­aries as much as we like or dare.”Kent wedding photographer Aaron Tommasi

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If you’re getting married in Kent you should definitely read more about Aaron Tommasi. His background and the way he writes about wedding photography are truly inspiring. Aaron’s creativity shines from his images – there are more to inspire you on his dedicated English Wedding Blog page, or visit Aaron’s website at

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Have you ever dreamed of a wedding in Italy? The sunshine and relaxed lifestyle, the romance of an escape from the British weather all sound like bliss to me! Today’s guest blog post is by Jonathan Pochini on behalf of Italian wedding photographer Cristiano Brizzi… and I couldn’t say no to these beautiful images and a few minutes escaping – via my laptop – to Italy. Just look at these fabulous wedding locations, and join me in dreaming of the most perfect day for an Italian wedding… enjoy! Claire xxx

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When the special day comes to officially commit to your partner for life, there could not be a more romantic place to do so than Italy. The incredible history, gorgeous architecture, rolling landscapes, vibrant culture and fantastic city views are enough to make this country the most profound place to become bride and groom. Italy has a rich Renaissance artistic flavor along with its warm and friendly atmosphere that stems back decades, leaving the city brewing with magically gorgeous sites to plan one of the most important days of your life.

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Hello everyone! What a busy week we’re having – oodles of creativity on the blog with lots of wedding DIY ideas and so much more. In the same vein I wanted to bring you a bit of a collaborative guest blog post this afternoon. The lovely Sophie from Sherbet Lace shares her ideas for getting creative with your wedding planning – with a little help from yours truly! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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Sophie – Congratulations!! You’re getting married and there is so much to plan and to be excited about! What will you go for? The white and silver colour scheme or the white and gold? The sugared almond favours or the lovehearts?

Claire – …Or does the very notion of sugared almonds make your toes curl and your hair stand on end?! Perhaps even the idea of having a colour scheme at all gives rise to a dramatic sigh from either you or your other half? Yeah – me too.

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Hello again! I hope you’ve had a great week and are smiling this weekend and looking forward to whatever plans you have for today. Allow me to distract you momentarily with a beautiful, sparkly Christmas wedding. It’s high time I shared Emma and Tom’s wedding day on the blog – I’ve been holding onto this one for too long!

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There’s so much to enjoy here – the wintry sunshine flooding through the windows of Aldwark Manor sets the scene for one of the most beautiful Christmas weddings I’ve seen. Then there’s our gorgeous bride and groom, whose portrait photos are lit in such a magical way. Some of my favourite images are of the children at Emma and Tom’s Christmas wedding… those endless beads in glass bowls really do look tempting, don’t they?!

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Congratulations to Emma and Tom and thank you for sharing your wedding story (about half way down the page) with us all today! Thanks also to Yorkshire wedding photographer Ian Wallace for submitting the feature to English Wedding Blog. Do share a comment at the end, we’ll all be so very happy to hear from you! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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Good morning! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was really lovely – romantic and special. I hope you all had a wonderful day to remember, and for those of you celebrating your last Valentine’s Day before you become Mr & Mrs, I hope you had the best day ever! We’re celebrating on the blog with a February wedding at Blenheim Palace. This is romantic, and timeless, and has some gorgeous details you’ll love as well as some fascinating traditions to discover.

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Rahele and Michalis used their cultural backgrounds to inspire their wedding day. I love the Persian tradition of dipping pinky fingers into honey to share! – watch out for the photo and read Rahele’s explanation in her wedding report about half way down this blog feature.

The images are all from Weddings by Nicola & Glen – Oxfordshire based wedding photographers who’ve recently had a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! I think they’re fabulous and I’m sure you’ll agree! They’ve very kindly taken the time to write an introduction to today’s wedding blog for us. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Shoe dyeing is not only great for a wedding or special occasion but modern shoe and handbag styles can be dyed to be perfect for wearing with a pretty summer outfit or dress for your holidays.  Ladies have used our dyeing service for holiday cruises when dancing the night away in floaty dresses is a must.  Dyed shoes and bags instantly transform an outfit making it look bespoke and expensive.  Stand out in a crowd with our dyeing services.

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you have some lovely things planned for today – do enjoy every moment won’t you! Now… talk about surprises… today’s groom managed to sneak a gospel choir into the wedding plans without his gorgeous bride finding out until the big day! Simon and Katie had a really creative and elegant vintage inspired wedding which I think you’ll enjoy. Images are by Kent wedding photographer Tony Gameiro.

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The venue is the very beautiful Lympne Castle (previously featured here with Tamara and Joseph’s wedding), where Katie and Simon were married in a beautiful civil ceremony in the west drawing room, in front of a bay window looking out over the south east coast. It sounds so perfect, doesn’t it?

The best part of this wedding blog feature is this lovely advice from the bride and groom: “Remember that all that really matters is the two of you and the love you have for one another” – isn’t that beautiful?

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! (Yes, as a wedding blogger I can officially say that to everyone I know and I don’t think I’ll be in trouble – I love you all.) I’ve jumped very firmly from “I don’t do Valentines” into embracing the occasion with everything I’ve got, and can’t wait for a lovely romantic afternoon and evening. (But you’re not invited… 😉

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A lovely love story – click the image to read about Donna and Paul’s wedding

 

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So what are your plans? Are you going out? Staying in? Celebrating your last Valentine’s Day before you get married? Or maybe you’re a first-time wedding blog visitor (because he proposed over breakfast – in which case congratulations!) – I hope you have the loveliest Valentine’s Day no matter what you’re doing.

There are always newspaper features and stories with a bit of an anti-Valentines focus on the 14th of February – fair enough: it’s not the best day if you’re single. I also understand the argument that it’s an excuse for Hallmark and the likes of Clintons to sell cards. Bah humbug…

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