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Morning! It’s actually really lovely to be sharing Sassi Holford’s wedding dress collection ‘So Sassi‘ with you today. Let’s start with my favourite…

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The So Sassi designs are gorgeous in a very cute, contemporary and graceful way – but there’s way more to this favourite UK bridal designer than that. Let me put it another way: there are a few key messages I’d love to share with every reader of English Wedding Blog:

  1. Choose your ‘fluff’ carefully
  2. Buy handmade, quality and British made, from local suppliers if possible
  3. Focus on marriage: don’t let wedding stress get you down

They all tie in with each other, but the overall message is to buy quality items for your wedding and to choose them carefully. Cue the So Sassi 2013 bridal collection… which has every box ticked.

So Sassi wedding dresses by Sassi Holford

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How many of you have been to Spain? It’s somewhere I’d love to go: for the laid back pace of life, the beautiful countryside and incredible food. I have this ‘thing’ where I’d have to speak a fair bit of Spanish first – it comes from living abroad as a student. But what an amazing country to visit – and how wonderful to have a destination wedding somewhere with such a rich history and culture.

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Emily and Gavin were legally married at a registry office in the UK before heading for Spain with friends and family to celebrate in the summer sunshine. Their wedding ceremony was in the evening, with celebrations continuing into the early hours.

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Emily’s words of wisdom are beautifully said: “Brides – stop worrying about silly little things, they end up not being very important when you’re there experiencing your special moment!

Read the full wedding story about halfway down this blog post, and enjoy the images by the very lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Alexis Jaworski. Claire xxx

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Can I start with a cheeky question today? I’d like all of you who are closet stationery geeks and paper lovers to give a wry smile in the direction of your computer screen… Ah yes! It’s not just me. There’s something rather special about stationery, isn’t there?! Now – would anyone who’s ever spent more than half an hour looking at free fonts online, raise your hand? …yeah – me too. Because those fonts websites are addictive once you get started, aren’t they?! And when you begin looking at wedding fonts, they get even better! While you’re still smiling, quickly grab a cuppa then read today’s guest blog post from the very lovely Nathan – he’s the design genius at Artemis Stationery and has some excellent wedding fonts advice to share with you! Enjoy!

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Back in October 2012 I wrote about Jack and Michelle’s “big fat sponsored wedding” – an idea they’d taken from the US, where it’s more common practice than in the UK. The basic premise is that the bride and groom will generate a lot of attention for their wedding suppliers by sharing details of their wedding in the press, online etc. and by recommending their suppliers to everyone they know.

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I have to admire Michelle and Jack for doing this: they created a wedding website and blog, listing all of their suppliers and even donating to charity. This is also their second feature on English Wedding Blog (the whole concept and the fact they pulled this off intrigues me!) As a wedding supplier myself I wouldn’t choose to work for free, but it’s certainly a very interesting way of doing things.

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Hello there! As I type, it’s looking nice outside and I’m tempted to dash out to the beach for a stroll and some sea air. I’m sure it’s good for me – the exercise and the smell of the sea certainly make me feel alive and happy! I’m only guessing they’re also great for my complexion… the natural, healthy approach to skin care is definitely my style!

While I’m out, I have a guest blogger here to share some great tips for organic skin care in the run up to your wedding. This is a great article, with advice starting 6 months before your wedding – so if you’re not sure where to start to get your skin feeling and looking great, Karen’s tips will help. Enjoy!

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I love vicars. They’re characters, eccentrics and often some of the friendliest and most entertaining people you could meet. I’m as yet undecided whether I’m a pagan or an atheist… but in this context, it doesn’t matter. Today’s wedding in Chichester has a brilliant vicar photo you really mustn’t miss! (He looks so happy… as he should! You’ll see…)

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Of course, there are lovely ideas and images of a beautiful bride and gorgeous groom for you to enjoy as well.

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Steven and Rachel’s wedding was in West Hampnett, with a reception at Fontwell House. The happy couple have very kindly shared a wedding report with us today, which you’ll find about halfway down the page as always.

Thank you to lovely Laura from Cherry Red Photography for sharing today’s images. There are some fabulous moments here as well as gorgeous details and ideas. I hope you love this – if you do, please leave a comment or share the link on facebook! Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Did anyone watch Derren Brown’s “Fear and Faith” and remember the part where – as if by magic – some of us could smell mint at home? If you were one of the lucky ones who picked up on the minty fragrance, you’ll be delighted to hear English Wedding Blog is doing the same trick today, with lavender wedding ideas.

Kind of… 😉

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing today’s Cotswold Beauty lavender wedding ideas shoot with you. The images are by my wedding photographer friend Jonathon at Photoglow photography in Gloucestershire, who teamed up with Jane from Planned for Perfection and some other fab wedding suppliers to visit Snowshill Lavender Fields last year. The photos are so amazing you can practically smell the lavender, I swear!

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I love lavender – it helps me sleep and reminds me of my Nana and my Grandma – it’s just one of those fragrances which is timeless and comforting too. What could be more perfect for a wedding day scent? If you’re considering incorporating lavender into your wedding day, you’re going to LOVE this!
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I’ve always loved hearing stories of elopements and intimate weddings. There’s something magical about a secret wedding, don’t you think? Do you remember Jason and Trudie’s surprise wedding from last year? I loved it – and I’ve found another I love equally as much, with the help of the lovely Andrew from Cornwall wedding photographers Travers & Brown. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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The most intimate of weddings, Marianne and Will from Nottingham decided to escape to the dramatic North Cornish coast for their stunningly secluded marriage at Fentafriddle Farm. A wedding party consisting of four, the couple were joined by their two sons and have shared with us their truly touching images from the day captured by Travers & Brown.

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A secret affair, only their respective parents knew they were heading to Cornwall to get married and their boys weren’t in on the secret until the day before – they thought they were just on holiday. Following the ceremony, the family headed to the beach for photographs followed by an intimate dinner back at the farm cooked by a private chef.

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Of all the press releases which come flooding into my inbox every week, there’s only one I’ll always read and enjoy. The boys from Socked write some genuinely funny blog posts I’m very pleased to be able to share with you. And today’s raises a little chuckle… it’s not necessarily true (feel free to argue by commenting below!) but you might just, possibly, know a guy who fits today’s guest blog. Sit back and enjoy! Here’s the question:

Are men genetically predisposed to miss those important anniversaries?

Men are more likely to miss significant dates such as Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays thanks to the way that they store memories, according to research.

Instead, they are more likely to know the names of World Cup winners, the make and registration number of their first car, and the kind of useless information that wins pub quizzes.

According to researchers, men use different genes to women when they come to make connections needed to store long-term memories, making men better at what they term “tactical” memories such as travel directions; while women tend to have “emotional” memories, such as special dates and anniversaries.

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William and Jennifer’s wedding is one of those which simply takes your breath away… the perfect setting, a gorgeous bride and groom, and lovely wedding photography to capture special moments. Sometimes it’s the classic elegance of an English wedding which makes it magical – and for today’s bride and groom on the blog, there’s more than a sprinkle of magic to share.

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This is a wedding to read slowly and really enjoy the images from. Please do read Jennifer’s wedding story as well – you’ll find it half way through the blog post. Let me know which is your favourite image – I’ve found it difficult to choose which I love best today! (Too many to decide!)

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Have you discovered the wedding dress boutique at Phase Eight? If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the classic wedding dress from a bridal boutique then Phase Eight could be the perfect solution for you. Today I’m happy to be able to introduce you to the 2013 wedding dress collection from Phase Eight. The dresses are available online, in Phase Eight stores in Brighton and Edinburgh, and at Harrods Oxford Street. I’d love to know your thoughts on these wedding dress ideas: which is your favourite? Claire xxx

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Eliza Wedding Dress

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Wedding dresses for 2013 from Phase Eight

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This season, Phase Eight’s enchanting wedding collection twists romantic, whimsical detailing with a modern silhouette, perfect for every fairytale romance. We have made it even easier for Brides-to-be to find their dream dress. The wedding dresses are available in-store at House of Fraser Oxford Street and in our Brighton and Edinburgh stores.

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Evelyn Beaded Lace Wedding Dress

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Louisa Ribbon Tapework Wedding Dress

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Saphia Tapework Wedding Dress

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Hi again! I’m guessing most of you will choose your wedding dress before you plan your confetti moment, but today’s guest blogger has news for you! OK so the title might be overstating things a tad… but every wedding album has “the confetti shot” – and in hindsight you’re going to see that photo a lot so it’s worth planning to get it right! With thanks to Emma for today’s guest blog. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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A handful of real petal confetti – photo credit McAvoy Weddings

Why confetti is as important as your wedding dress!

The excitement of looking at your wedding day photos to remember your big day will never go away. One of the most spontaneous and natural pictures will be the moment your photographer captures delicate confetti floating down on the happy newlywed couple.

Throwing confetti over a newly married couple is a tradition that’s been present in British weddings for over two centuries as it symbolises the wish of a fertile marriage. When most people think about confetti they think of small coloured paper shapes which you could buy from a variety of convenience stores.

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