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Wedding films always make me cry. I can’t help it! Romantic words of love from a groom, the exchange of vows, and a flutter of laughter just have me welling up every time!

Sarah & Steveo from Philip Smith on Vimeo.

Sarah and Steveo’s wedding film is no exception, and I thought I’d try and make you cry too this morning. It’s so lovely – Steveo’s speech will have you smiling and then surprise you into tears. With thanks to Philip Smith Visuals for sharing this gorgeous wedding film with us all today, and congratulations and huge thanks to Sarah and Steveo for sharing details of the wedding too! (See below)

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Our wedding 10/11/12

140 guests celebrated our traditional style wedding with us. Everyone gathered at my home church of St. Peters in Great Totham, Essex for the ceremony followed by our reception at a barn conversion 3 miles from the church where we had a champagne reception with canapes followed by a traditional wedding breakfast, speeches and a disco.

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I’m delighted to welcome my first brand new sponsor of 2013: Perdita’s Wed­ding Shoes have been sup­ply­ing brides, brides­maids and mother of the bride with beau­ti­ful shoes and acces­sories for over 12 years.

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Unique wedding shoes by Perdita’s Wedding Shoes

Perdita’s are official stockists of Rainbow Club wedding shoes, and provide a dyeing service which means you can choose your favourite wedding shoe style and have it coloured to work with your wedding colour scheme.

A unique service from Perdita’s Wedding Shoes

I love that Perdita’s Wedding Shoes provide a truly bespoke service from their showroom: owner Karen told me, “Brides come along with their mums to our show­room espe­cially when they want to meet our designer and get some unique ideas to cre­ate a spe­cial look, some­thing they can call their own design.

“Some cus­tomer designs get taken on into our col­lec­tions and then the shoe is named after the bride which is a nice touch.

Find out more about Perdita’s Wedding Shoes here on the English Wedding Blog!

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Good morning! I thought I’d share something different with you today… kind of highlighting how amazing UK weddings can be, with a feature focusing on Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.

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Yesterday I shared Kelly and Ian’s amazing Peckforton Castle wedding on the blog, and I had some glorious images left over, which I really love and can’t resist sharing with you. So thank you to wedding photographer Mark Tierney once again for the beautiful images.

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Here is a peek at Peckforton Castle, inside and out. Below the images you’ll find links to some more real weddings at Peckforton Castle – one of my favourite UK wedding venues!
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Peckforton Castle wedding venue in pictures (by Tierney Photography)

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Real weddings from Peckforton Castle

  • An Ian Stuart bride, a sophisticated ivory colour scheme and exquisite photography: Caroline and Peter’s Peckforton Castle wedding on the blog with images by Phil Drinkwater (from February 2010)
  • Kelly and Daniel’s wedding at Peckforton Castle – a blog post entitled “Owls at Weddings?
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marketing wedding business coverHello everyone! As the wedding season kicks in I’d like to just share my guide to marketing a wedding business with all of you lovely suppliers out there. Quick tips, useful hints and genuine advice for all kinds of wedding businesses – and it’s only a few pounds to buy as a print magazine or digital version.

I really recommend this guide to anyone who is looking to promote a wedding business at this crucial time of year.

This can be a scary time for any small business, but with this guide I hope you’ll feel like you have sound advice at hand to help you get ahead with promoting your business and ensuring a successful year!

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Hi there! Another real wedding for you to enjoy this morning – and I’m going to jump straight in as Kelly and Ian’s big day needs no introduction. The images of their day are beautiful, and Kelly’s shared a fantastic wedding report which you’ll see towards the end of the blog post (it’s about three-quarters of the way down the page).

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It warms my heart to read about Kelly’s favourite wedding day moments. After talking about the incredible effort her dad made to prepare an amazing speech, she says,

I loved watching all of our friends and family enjoying themselves. You really can’t put a price on creating those memories.

The gorgeous wedding photographs are all by Yorkshire wedding photographer Mark Tierney, of Tierney Photography. Please leave a comment at the end of the blog post if you can – I’d love to hear from you and I know Kelly and Ian will too! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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A contemporary but classic UK wedding blog: Peckforton Castle

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Hello! A quick update as I’ve uploaded a brand new media pack to the blog this week. If you’re a wedding business owner it’s free to read and easy to download – all the information on blog sponsorship is here for you to see.

media packI’m really delighted to see visits to the blog have shot up again this week – it’s fantastic to know that brides and grooms are reading the blog in their thousands… and the blog is attracting around 60% more readers than at the same time last year already!

So it’s a great time to be a wedding blogger, and the perfect time to join English Wedding Blog as a sponsor. If you’d like to be involved, email me: info@english-wedding.com

Claire xxx

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Happy Monday! Did you have a lovely weekend? I hope so 🙂 As it’s the first full week back at work for many of us this week, I’m sharing lots of real weddings on English Wedding Blog this week, starting with Anisha and Mark’s gorgeous DIY wedding. You’ll have a nice little escape every day if you pop back every morning at 11 o’clock – and you can even have real weddings delivered to your email inbox if you subscribe to the blog!UK wedding DIY ideas Sam Johnson Photography (1)

So today’s wedding is full of creative ideas and much of the wedding styling was done by the beautiful bride Anisha. Everything from the fab table plan to ice cream vouchers were handmade for this lovely wedding in the Leicestershire countryside. I also love that Mark and Anisha chose to have a humanist ceremony to make their day more flexible and sentimental – but I’ll let Anisha tell you all about it in the wedding report she’s shared with us (towards the end of the blog post).

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Happy Sunday, you lovely person for popping over for a read this morning! If I could share my croissant with you I would… but it’s probably nearly gone now. Only a very quick blog post for today, to quietly mention that English Wedding Blog has a bit of a new look.

I haven’t paid for a new design, but simply tweaked the code behind my site and made some new images in Photoshop. The pics are from my wedding reception calligraphy collection and I thought they’d be a nice, light and bright way to decorate my wedding blog. What do you think?

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The original wedding calligraphy collection on my website – click this image to see more

I’ve updated my facebook page header as well, and the new design ties in a little with my plans for 2013 – I hope to bring my various online businesses together in a more cohesive way. You might already know I’m a wedding calligrapher and divide my time between writing calligraphy for weddings full time during the week, and blogging real weddings here on my free evenings and weekends.

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Hurray for three-day weeks, hey?! Even for those of us who avoid the daily commute and office politics, there’s something lovely about putting three days in before suddenly realising it’s Saturday morning. Whatever your plans for today, I hope you have a good one and make the most of your freedom this weekend!

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Louise and Michael’s wedding in Oxford. Click to see the full day – with thanks to Emma Lucy Photography for the photograph http://www.emmalucyphotography.com/

The best wedding blogs of the week! (ish!)

Of course weekends are pretty damn good for doing a little wedding research or reading up on pretty ideas too. With that in mind, here’s one of my regular ‘best wedding blogs’ articles with some links to loveliness, real weddings, ideas and advice.

Enjoy! (especially if you’re still in bed reading this!) Claire xx

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Emily and Joe’s Rutland wedding is everything I love: a very beautiful day full of smiles, romance and magical moments. Their DIY wedding came about from a wish to have a very personal celebration which would be – in Emily’s own words – “full of the things and people that we love”.

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Emily and Joe: A DIY wedding in Rutland

The day turned out to be everything Emily and Joe had dreamed of: with a relaxed and cosy reception venue (The Finch’s Arms) and plenty of home made details, it was perfect for today’s gorgeous bride and groom to celebrate their love in a very personalised style. There are ideas here for all of you creative brides and grooms – from hand-sewn tea bags as wedding favours to applique table numbers and handmade bunting.

All of the images used in this blog post have been kindly submitted by wedding photographer Geoff Kirby. www.geoffkirbyphotography.co.uk

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Hi there everyone, and if it’s the first time you’ve read the blog this year, Happy New Year! It’s my first official day back at work, and my mind is turning to resolutions – so I thought I’d see what yours were. Have you planned any life-changing strategies for 2013 yet? Will you be?

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New Year’s Resolutions: where will you find happiness in 2013? Photo credit Nick Ilott http://www.nickilottphotography.co.uk/ click to see the woodland wedding ideas shoot!

When I make new year’s resolutions I tend to go with the normal things: eat healthily, do more exercise, be organised. The first two of those I already have covered (she said, smugly! I lost a bit of weight in 2012) and the third is frankly a lost cause! It’s all happy chaos here and you know what: it works for me.

My new year’s resolutions for 2013 then are:

  • to have adventures
  • to climb some mountains
  • to be happy
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Hello there! A short, sweet and friendly blog post to kick off the New Year in style, I think! I hope you all had a wonderful evening… and to those of you who haven’t slept and are therefore still enjoying your wonderful evening now – a salute! There might be a very select few of you out there who have said “yes” to a proposal of marriage in the last few hours. I hope so – and I’d love to hear all about it if you have! Congratulations to anyone who is newly engaged!!! (And it’s no wonder if you haven’t slept!)

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Real weddings are all about the love! Click the image to see Vanessa and Michael’s Lancashire wedding on the blog

So I thought a quick introduction to English Wedding Blog would kick off the New Year nicely. It’s all about real weddings, accessible and achievable ideas, and perspective here. Weddings are all about love and marriage, and while we love stationery and accessories and details – we love gorgeous memories in words and pictures even more.

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