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An aisle of sparklers – what a fantastic idea! Today’s wedding blog is another very festive celebration with wonderful creative touches. From the choice in wedding music to the little note about weirdness and love (watch out for the photo!) I absolutely love David & Carol’s wedding!

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Having read this very gorgeous couple’s wedding report already, I’m smiling at mentions of walking back down the aisle twice (when the CD kicked in late!) and imagining that amazing aisle of sparklers – but what sticks in my mind is this: (from one of the many lovely images by James Grist Photography)

“We are all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them, and fall in mutual weirdness, and call it LOVE!”

How fab is that?! Over to the gorgeous bride and groom with their wedding report (which starts about halfway down the page) and with thanks to James Grist for submitting this wonderful wedding blog today. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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From police tape around the wedding cake to the softly sparkling lights and Nicola’s stunning vintage lace wedding dress, I adore every detail of this gorgeous Vaulty Manor wedding. If you’re considering or planning a Christmas wedding then you’ll find some gorgeous ideas here with Nicola and Tim’s wedding report and the beautiful images from Tracy Morter Photography to inspire you.

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I love a Christmas wedding – somehow all the love and friendship along with twinkly lights and little red accessories and details turn the coldest time of the year into a warm and welcoming occasion. My parents chose December for their wedding, and I can definitely see why it’s such a popular time of year to get hitched.

Anyway – I know you’ll enjoy today’s real wedding on the blog so grab a cuppa and scroll down to see all the images. Thanks to Nicola and Tim for sharing, and to the very lovely Tracy Morter Photography for submitting another gorgeous wedding to the blog!

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I’m so excited! The literary genius behind recent Sunday blog features – Mark from Socked.co.uk – has written an exclusive article for English Wedding Blog today. Never let it be said that wedding blogs are for girls – in fact today’s feature is Just For Men. Boys – enjoy. (I did.) Claire xxx

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Weddings

In an average year, the gentleman may find himself invited to two weddings or more, usually as a friend or a family member of one of the involved parties.

The question of correct behaviour and etiquette on these occasions is therefore important as it may impact relationships for many years to come. Starting a brawl at the wedding breakfast may see you removed from Christmas card lists, a social death that cannot easily be undone.

Our rule of thumb is this: Don’t behave like a jackass at a wedding. That is why they have stag nights, so that all the heavy drinking, running about in-lime green mankinis and posting of police bail is out of the way before the actual wedding celebrations commence.

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Traditions play such a huge part in weddings – from ‘something blue’ to top table etiquette, there are so many old-fashioned rules you can choose to take inspiration from on your big day. I personally think every wedding tradition should be seen as an interesting idea to consider, rather than a hard and fast rule to follow – but it’s nice to know the history behind them. Today’s guest blog is by Catherine on behalf of The Royal Mint! Enjoy 🙂

Coins and weddings – why a silver sixpence?

In the run up to the big day, most brides will have the ‘something old, something new’ saying thrown their way quite a few times. It is a tradition which we are all familiar with, and many brides today still choose to collect the four items of the mantra for good luck. But did you know there are actually five objects in the original rhyme? The full rhyme, dating back to the Victorian era, is as follows:

Something old, something new,
something borrowed, something blue,
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

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Hello there! It’s time to share my favourite wedding blogs from recent weeks once again on English Wedding Blog. Sit back and enjoy the best real weddings, creative ideas and advice articles for brides and grooms – and share your own finds and favourites in the comments if you’ve spotted something I’ve missed!

Happy Friday everyone! xxx

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Marianne and Will’s secret wedding in Cornwall – photo credit www.traversandbrown.co.uk

Real wedding blogs – my favourite picks of the week!

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Purple wedding ideas – Steven and Rachel’s wedding, photo by Cherry Red Photography

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Hello there! Today’s wedding blog starts with a warning: you might just find a little tear in your eye as we focus on some of the best moments from weddings around the UK. We’re talking emotional grooms – happy tears and celebratory whoops – all caught on camera.

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Focus on… emotional grooms – the most loving and tender image from a ceremony – this is pure magic. Photo credit Ed Clayton Photography

I was reading You & Your Wedding magazine yesterday, and looking at the real weddings in there. The printed magazines allocate less space to their real couples’ features than most of the top blogs do – it’s all part of the business model (read more of my thoughts on wedding magazines). It means they show lots of images of ‘things’ and details in their real wedding features, and very few photos of the bride and groom, or of the key moments in a wedding day.

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It always inspires me and fills me with pride to see UK wedding suppliers, artisans and craftsmen and women on the pages of top wedding blogs. I love the wedding industry for being eclectic and varied, stylish and forward-thinking, and focused on quality and friendly customer service. Being a part of such a unique industry fills me with pride.

I was watching an interview with bridal jewellery designer Andrew Prince recently and I think he’s the perfect example of a dedicated UK wedding specialist. A gentleman and someone who really cares, Andrew is just one of the suppliers to be found at the Burlington Arcade – a timeless and luxurious assortment of boutiques where you might find the perfect accessories for your wedding day.

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Breathtaking wedding designs by Laduree – just one of the exciting suppliers to be discovered at the Burlington Arcade

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Hi again! Are you having a lovely day? I must say it’s nice to see sunshine on English Wedding Blog today! AJ and Ed’s Warwickshire wedding is warm and beautiful in every way: full of loving looks and radiant sunshine, and with a fabulous style to inspire your wedding day too!

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My thanks to lovely (and clearly highly sought after!) Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for the submission, and congratulations to the gorgeous bride and groom. AJ and Ed created a fabulous wedding at Stoneleigh Abbey and they’ve been kind enough to share their wedding story with us all today. Enjoy the wedding blog – the images are fantastic and the wedding report is about halfway down the page.

Claire xxx
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Wedding venue: Stoneleigh Abbey
Wedding photographer: Vickerstaff Photography

A little about the wedding ceremony:

It had rained and rained for months, so the most I was hoping for was for it to be dry, at least for part of the day. Well not only was it dry it was hot! Which, when getting married in the Orangery (think greenhouse) meant the ceremony was very hot!! But I’ll never complain about the weather we got that day.

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Indulge me a moment, as I’m wearing my calligraphy hat this morning! I’m so happy and had to share: I found out last week that the very lovely Kirstie Allsopp has a piece of my work displayed in her bathroom. I can’t stop grinning!

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My calligraphy project, commissioned as a Christmas gift for Kirstie Allsopp

Many of you will know I’m a wedding calligrapher – this is my day job, and I write English Wedding Blog in the evenings and at weekends. I also write bespoke calligraphy commissions and have worked with Kirstie and her amazing friend and colleague Jamie on a few calligraphy projects in recent years.

My calligraphy & Kirstie Allsopp’s bathtub!

The photo above was taken in my studio. It’s a vintage telegram which Jamie found for Kirstie. I was hired to write Kirstie’s name in a vintage style script. Jamie called me yesterday and told me the framed piece is displayed in Kirstie’s bathroom… and I’m ever so proud to think of Kirstie Allsopp admiring my calligraphy from her (no doubt gorgeous and vintage) bathtub!

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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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