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When I launched my wedding business I was a regular on the Hitched wedding forums and loved it – so with tons of respect for Hitched in my back pocket, I was delighted when my friend and sponsor Wendy Bell emailed to let me know she’d been shortlisted for a Hitched Breakthrough award.

Congratulations, Wendy!

This blog post is to congratulate Wendy on being shortlisted. She’s a wonderful lady, a talent and thoroughly deserves a win in her category! Wendy – huge congratulations from me!!! You are a star in the making. 🙂

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The Hitched Breakthrough Awards

The Hitched Breakthrough Awards was created to celebrate new creative talent in the wedding industry.

I’ve openly criticised some of the bigger wedding industry award processes in the past – when Moss Bros and John Lewis take home all the prizes, where’s the creativity in our industry, where’s the passion?

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The beautiful English countryside, sweet peas and foxgloves, a lace wedding dress and croquet on the lawn. Could Lisa and Rob’s wedding be any more perfect for this blog? They chose Homme House and photographer Gemma Williams for their Herefordshire wedding, which has some of the prettiest detail ideas and I’m so pleased to be able to share them with you!

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The bride and groom: Lisa and Rob

Who proposed, and how? Rob proposed in Jervis Bay (Australia), by surprising me with a weekend away. We stayed in a beautiful “luxury” campsite, which included showering under the stars!

Wedding venue: Coddington Church, Homme House for Reception

Wedding photographer: Gemma Williams – www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk

How would you describe your wedding style? Idyllic English countryside
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“Lisa & Rob now live in Australia, but returned to Herefordshire for their wedding in July. Lisa had arranged everything from Oz, and they only returned to the UK a couple of days before the wedding for the last minute preparations. They had done an amazing job, as their wedding day went absolutely perfectly!

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I think a lovely summer wedding is just what we need! (I’ve been up for hours and my blogging fingers are freeezing this morning.) So I’m sharing Sarah and Nathan’s rustic, countryside wedding which is full of lovely ideas for your own big day.

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We’re talking delicious blue cornflowers and big white daisy bouquets. There are dinky little jam jars with ribbon and flowers. I love the wedding signs, the rustic wedding post box, heart decorations and ice cream selection: Mmm… breakfast! (it’s OK, I live by the seaside. We’re allowed to do that here.)

Sarah and Nathan’s wedding day has two sides. The details are sweet and easy to recreate for your own wedding – with lots of impact and a really fresh, vibrant countryside wedding feel. But the moments between the bride and groom are magical as well: the little glances and big smiles are what a wedding day is all about. Gorgeous. Enjoy!

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Thank you to beautiful bride Sarah for the wedding report below. Wedding photography is by Peagreen Photography, Oxfordshire
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It’s going to be a beautiful day. I’ve woken up this morning feeling happy and excited about the real wedding I’m about to share with you. Genny and Jon’s marquee wedding at home is just wonderful and I know you’ll love it.

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The overall tone of their wedding day is countryside charm with elegant touches. Genny’s wedding dress begins the day pristine and then meets a field… there’s plenty of laughter with some adorable cheeky faces during the wedding ceremony and reception. The raindrops make this one a beautiful English wedding – the weather becomes a part of the day in these lovely images you’re about to see. Genny and Jon chose Bristol wedding photographer Brett Symes to photograph their marquee wedding at home – he’s fantastic.

I’ll leave you with Genny and Jon’s wedding report and with the images from Brett to enjoy. Have a wonderful morning everyone! Claire x
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Genny and Jon’s marquee wedding at home

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Wow – I can’t quite believe it’s Friday already! And time to share some of the best wedding blogs of the week just gone. I’ve found you a destination wedding with bubbles, a glamorous Lancashire wedding blog, and a DIY wedding with a vintage flavour. There’s quirky Las Vegas stationery inspiration, alternative wedding dresses and a shock revelation about one of our favourite wedding readings… it’s an exciting week for wedding blogs!

Love Gets Sweeter Vicky Gareth wedding film Cheshire

The Look of Love… I found this gorgeous wedding film (and stills!) on Love Gets Sweeter

The best real wedding blogs…

  • Carol and Ross’s countryside wedding with pink lemonade and lace – and some details I’ll be using for inspiration for my wedding calligraphy stand in a couple of weeks!
  • Into the blue – a gorgeous destination wedding with fabulous accessories by Olivier Laudus on their latest wedding blog
  • An elegant, glamorous and very moving wedding at Lancashire’s Stanley House: just look at Joanne in her wedding dress… divine!
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Today’s real wedding is a super cool celebration at luxury 5-star hotel Andaz. Nicola and Antony used coloured glass bottles and simple, modern flowers to create an eclectic wedding look in their chic city venue.

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Nicola opted for a bespoke wedding dress, based on her own design and created by Miss Bush Bridal Wear in Ripley. It’s stunning – and Nicola’s glowing review of her wedding dressmaking experience is great to read.

Nicola and Antony’s flowers were white tulips. Antony made a fantastic table plan with vintage frames which I love! Other detail ideas include little chocolate moustache lollipops and post cards as a wedding guest book alternative. Ready to dive into this one? The gorgeous images are by wedding photographer Mark Bothwell. Enjoy!

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Nicola & Antony’s eclectic wedding in London

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Who proposed, and how?

Antony proposed to me. It was the 3rd of December. He went to a huge amount of very romantic effort: he foxed me, by pretending we were going to a cocktail party for a networking event for his work.

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I honestly don’t know where to begin with today’s real wedding – the title doesn’t do it justice! Emily is our beautiful bride and her wedding story is full of little moments of delight. From the nun who catches the bouquet, to ‘Heston’ style catering, via a backwards proposal to Rob written on Emily’s own bottom… I absolutely love this to bits!

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All images are by Lime Leaf Wedding Photography in Devon. Wedding photographer Laura says, “the more people we spoke to on the day the more it became clear that EVERYONE loved these two, and if there is one phrase I heard quite a lot on the day it was “that’s just so Emily”. Emily is extremely creative and was determined to put her own stamp on the day.”

She most certainly did! This is fabulous from beginning to end, words and pictures… ace! There are funny moments, beautiful ones and touching, heartwarming ones too. Shall I hand straight over to the bride to share her story with you? She tells it so well…

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A quick note to wedding suppliers – I’ll be setting up any new blog sponsors for October over THIS weekend, so if you think you have the perfect product or service for English Wedding Blog readers, please get in touch.

English Wedding Blog readers are looking for elegant wedding ideas. We don’t like tacky, but we adore a bit of sparkle. If you have a handmade wedding product, you’ll be right up our street! And supporting small business is important too: couples are always looking for something unique. How will they find it? Maybe it’ll be from your appearances on English Wedding Blog!

Sponsorship – news & information

English Wedding Blog sponsorship has had a bit overhaul: it’s different from other wedding blogs because you have lots of control over your advertising. Here’s what you get:

  • A sidebar ad shown on a rotational basis, and NOT lost in a crowd with dozens of others
  • A whole page on English Wedding Blog dedicated to your business with images, links and contact information
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The birthplace of a celebrated romantic poet… on the edge of the Lake District… a National Trust property with endless charm, Wordsworth House is a beautiful wedding venue for a romantic ceremony.

Wordsworth House by Chris Freer

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Wordsworth House wedding venue makes history

Wordsworth House & Garden was the childhood home of William Wordsworth in the 1770s and the gardens inspired many of his poems. The house was licensed for weddings on the 6th of August 2012 and is the first National Trust property in the county to be licensed for civil ceremonies.

Natalie and Ian O’Neill jumped at the chance to make history by being the first couple to tie the knot at the unique venue. Theirs was the first ever wedding ceremony at the childhood home of the 19th century Poet Laureate William Wordsworth.

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Bride Natalie said, “The ceremony in Wordsworth House was really intimate and the gardens were looking beautiful so the photo opportunities were amazing. By getting married on a Friday when the house is closed, we had it to ourselves so there were no other people running around. It was so special.

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Roll up… roll up… (guess who’s just had an email from The Wedding Carnival?!) it’s wedding fair season. Every autumn and every new year the UK wedding industry ramps things up with hundreds of wedding fairs across the country.

Here’s where you can find one near you – or add one if you are organising a wedding fair or if you know of a great one you’d like to tell us about! I’ll go first… 🙂

Claire x

Wedding fairs around the UK: autumn 2012

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I’m putting my feet up to bring you another guest blog post for you today! Let’s face it: wedding bloggers don’t know everything and Sebastian is better placed to share this wedding venue advice than I am! If you’re a bride or groom struggling to find a wedding venue you can afford, this is for you:

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Photo credit Rebecca Douglas www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk (click to see Felicity and Simon’s Kent wedding on English Wedding Blog)

Claire has some great articles about finding a fantastic wedding venue, which is definitely worth a read, and can be found here. With that in mind, I thought it’d be great to cover something much more narrow.

One of the most specific concerns of engaged couples is, understandably, cost. Never fear! It’s a lot easier than most people think to have the wedding of their dreams without taking out a second mortgage. I’ve come up with a list of five helpful tips geared toward saving money without compromising class.

1. Always accept help

Many venues offer packages including things like entertainment, place cards, flower arrangements and labour.

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Hello! Welcome to one of the most romantic blog posts I’ve ever shared on English Wedding Blog. You’re about to cry, I promise – but in a lovely way – as you watch Derek and Sarah’s wedding film.

I was having a quick chat with Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter when she showed me this little gem – of all her recent weddings this is the most romantic and beautiful day. I had to share it with all of you lovely blog readers! Sarah is beautiful. Derek will win you over and together they’ll make you want to get married right NOW!

Sarah and Derek’s Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

Sarah has been so generous with her wedding report for the blog as well – from the proposal (and once again, Derek you Rock!) to the wedding day and this lovely couple’s wedding supplier recommendations – this is fantastic. Over to Sarah and Derek…

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