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Good morning! I have a lovely intimate London wedding blog to share with you this morning, with a gorgeous bride and groom and the most elegant and classy details. Today’s bride and groom chose The Tab Centre in Shoreditch as their venue and lovely Anne Schwarz as their wedding photographer.

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I wish I had even a fingertipful of this couple’s graceful style. Their day just looks effortlessly beautiful and timeless. The bride and groom really do look the part – she wears an exquisite white dress by French designer Delphine Manivet and a beautiful hair accessory by Jenny Packham. He wears a Dries Van Noten suit and Ferragamo shoes.

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Flowers are classic white anemones, daisies and eucalyptus. Menus are simple white cards with printed texts. Place names are lovely white tent-folds, handwritten. I love the thick white candles along the tables, the simple chairs without fussy covers, and the tall arched ceiling at The Tab Centre.

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Hi everyone! I have a lovely wedding venue review for you today, from a real expert – Berkshire wedding photographer Martin Price. I always love reading photographers’ verdicts on venues, as they see everything. Your wedding photographer is the ideal person to ask if your venue has happy staff, beautiful photo opportunities, excellent catering and a professional team who’ll look after you… so it’s nice to hear Wasing Park is Martin’s favourite wedding venue. (It’s one of mine too, for the photos I’ve seen!)

Wasing Park - 18th Century Parish ChurchAs a wedding photographer I get to work at many fabulous and varied venues, from castles to manor houses and mansions to cow sheds. Yes, you did read that correctly. It was a cow shed on the bride’s father’s farm which I’m sure was never as luxuriously decorated when the cows were allowed in!

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Some weddings just have that special extra little bit of magic. Sometimes it’s in the images, or in the stories my brides and grooms tell me. Other times there’s a gorgeous detail which wins me over, something I’ve never seen before or a special touch which is really personal to the bride and groom. Sometimes it’s just everything. Claire and Jim have everything… their relaxed and intimate wedding in Dorset has an amazing atmosphere, and just looks wonderful. I know you’ll love it!

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Congratulations to a stunning, smiley, and fabulous bride and groom! You’re both just awesome and I’m so proud to be sharing your wedding on the blog today. Thank you so much for the wedding report as well, and for all of your stories, tips and advice.

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Thanks as well to lovely Dorset wedding photographer Paul Underhill for submitting such a brilliant wedding for the English Wedding Blog. Everyone – enjoy!

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Claire and Jim – a wonderfully personal wedding in Wimborne, Dorset

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The first time I saw these maps I was hooked – they’re gorgeous! They’re also incredibly useful… most of us have friends and family from all over the country, and they’ll be looking for places to stay as well as how to get to your wedding and reception venues.

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Gone are the days of boring road maps in wedding invitations – Cute Maps design utterly bespoke and whimsical Cute Map invitations for weddings.

It’d be really great if you’d take the time to have a peek at the website www.cutemaps.co.uk. Every map is utterly bespoke, so every one is drawn from scratch and they often get many weird and wonderful requests for additional motifs including personal pets, skydivers, camper vans, childhood teddies and even sheep shearing stickmen! (I didn’t ask! But if you’re marrying a sheep shearing stickman, you know where to go for your invites!)

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They’re gorgeous and creative and I love them. Find out more at www.cutemaps.co.uk

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Good morning everyone, how are you all this lovely Saturday morning? I like to think you’re poised and ready to decorate trees, digging baubles out of forgotten corners ready for tomorrow and feeling festive – can you believe it’s December tomorrow?! No, me neither. But for many of you the last month of 2013 has a more exciting meaning I think… if you’re planning your wedding for 2014 it’s suddenly going to seem very close indeed! Yay!!

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Accessorise gorgeous wedding shoes with the brand new shoe clips from Rainbow Club. Choose from adorable bows, sparkly flowers and vintage style shoe clips – the perfect finishing touch for beautiful wedding shoes!

So I wonder, have you found the perfect accessories for your wedding day yet? I hope not – because I have some exclusive news for you this morning on the English Wedding Blog! It’s a real treat to once again share gorgeous goodies from Rainbow Club – and this time it’s the brand new Rainbow Club 2014 accessories collection.

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Don’t you think there’s something extra romantic about winter months? There’s a wonderful sense of magic in the air… that first snowfall, frosty patterns on windows… and (perhaps it’s just me) the secret pleasure of pretending to breathe like a dragon when it’s cold enough to see your breath?! I really do love winter. I love candles and cosy evenings, and I love the magic this season evokes. If you’re like me you’ll love today’s winter wedding inspiration shoot as much as I do!

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The shoot was sent to me by Plenty to Declare Wedding photography www.plentytodeclare.com and wedding designer and stylist Petra Opperman www.petraoppermanweddings.co.uk. There’s a full list of the Buckinghamshire wedding suppliers involved in the shoot at the end of the post for all you Bucks brides and grooms! Marek and Daria from Plenty to Declare (who are so lovely and charming – their emails caught my heart straight away!) will share the meaning behind the shoot with you. It’s inspiring and oh so beautiful in every detail. Enjoy!

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Every time I see the little face at the top of Gilly Gray‘s website I grin right back. One little girl giving all the proof you could ask for that these are gorgeous flower girl dresses – and a treat beyond the wildest dreams of every little girl.

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Gilly Gray flower girl dresses – and the face that says just how wonderful they are!!

I just had to show you this – it would be more than rude, I’d be insane not to! Gilly Gray is a mother-and-daughter business in London. Gilly’s daughter Freya told me, “We are an independent shop specialising in made to measure flower girl dresses and accessories using the finest cottons, silks and satins. Our traditional designs can be made in any colour or accent to fit with your wedding palate”.

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The Victoria flower girl dress by Gilly Gray, London

Have a look at www.gillygray.com for more beautiful designs or email Gilly directly on Gilly@gillygray.com

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I loved my cousin’s wedding at Hassop Hall in Derbyshire – it was a beautiful celebration, Jenny looked amazing and Charlie every bit the English gent – a wedding I’ll never forget. I’ve been waiting for years for someone to send me another Hassop Hall wedding to feature on the blog, and finally – at last! it’s happened. Today I bring you the most beautiful English countryside wedding courtesy of gorgeous bride and groom Sally and Richard.

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I love this wedding for so many reasons – Hassop Hall is just an incredible venue in rural Derbyshire and I absolutely fell in love with the place. Sally and Richard are a fun, creative and fabulous-looking couple, and they made their wedding day really personal with lots of details from little homemade pots of jam with labels, to photo frame table numbers – which are brilliant! and then the “Welsh Bob Marley and an air hostess cake topper”… it’s genius. I love it!

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Brand new in my Etsy shop today – a lovely way to ask your best girls to be a part of your wedding. Handwritten cards, personalised for each of your girls, with a pretty paper rose and rustic twine – perfect for an English country garden wedding style…

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‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ personalised calligraphy cards are £7 each and sold in packs of 2 on Etsy.com

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Buy online from my Etsy shop at www.Etsy.com/shop/Calligraphystore or email me hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

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Sometimes I love to blog something just because it’s beautiful. Sometimes it’s just about craftsmanship, elegance and a unique sense of style – because if there’s one thing I know about English brides, it’s that you all have a strong sense of fashion and style. So I already know you’ll adore the new Temperley Bridal Iris collection of beautifully crafted, vintage-inspired wedding gowns. Here are a few of my favourites from the new collection…

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The Temperley Bridal Iris Collection is designed for memories to be made in. Iris introduces 14 new wedding looks, all characterised by meticulous craftsmanship, fine hand embroidery, beautiful beadwork and delicate laces.

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Valerie Dress – £6500
Silk organza gown with cut out appliquéd embroidery and silk corded embellishment. The dress has a low back and a grosgrain waistband with a full skirt and subtle train.

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Sienna Dress – £3990
Off the shoulder corded lace dress with scallop lace edges at neckline and subtle flowing train.

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Happy new week everybody! How was your weekend? I’ve been to see my teeny tiny baby nephew in the beautiful city of Durham – I’m missing him (and my wonderful sister) already! But there are no post-weekend blues here at English Wedding Blog towers, oh no! For starters I have some lovely calligraphy projects to be doing for Christmas, and I also have a lovely wedding to share with you on this chilly Monday morning. Ruth and Anthony’s English country pub wedding will raise a smile – I hope you like it!

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I love the details of their day, and the fact this lovely couple just never stop smiling! They had some gorgeous details – the flowers provided by the venue, which was The Compasses gastropub at Pattiswick, Essex, also the campervan wedding favours, the fingerprint tree, and too many more details to mention here… so I’ll hand over to wedding photographer Jeff Turnbull to show you! All the images are by Jeff, and the beautiful bride and groom have shared their wedding story with you today too – you’ll find it at the end of the feature. I hope you love it! Have a lovely Monday everyone!

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Will you both be making a speech at your wedding? I’ve been trying to decide which surprises me more these days: when a bride makes a speech, or when she doesn’t! At the end of the day I think it’s just a personal choice, and the traditional speech-makers are a thing of the past.

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Beautiful bride Katie made a speech at her Shropshire wedding to Craig, and she recommended it to other brides reading the English Wedding Blog! Click the image to see why. Photo credit http://kristianlevenphotography.co.uk

Old fashioned wedding speech etiquette – to be ignored!

The etiquette used to be that the best man would make the main speech. The bride’s father made a toast first, then the groom would say a few words about his bride, and finally the best man would do a bit of a comedy routine, treading a delicate line between filth and funnies, embarrassment and humiliation, chuckles and the odd cringe.

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