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When I first saw James and Rachel’s London wedding on Neale James’s blog I was taken aback by the elegance of their day. This is a wedding to inspire you quietly: details and styling are classic and understated; Rachel’s bridal style is simply beautiful. Her dress is by Sassi Holford. Photos by Neale James  (1)

I love the images from documentary wedding photographer Neale James too. Neale has an unobtrusive and naturally relaxed photography style, and his images tell a wonderful story. Rachel and James’s day begins with bridal preparations and continues through the marriage ceremony and onto the reception and speeches – for the happy couple, these were the best part of their day.

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Don’t miss the first dance towards the end of the blog post, and do click to view Neale’s wedding photofilm after you’ve seen all the images. You’ll love it!

Thank you to James and Rachel for sharing such a lovely wedding report with us all today! Congratulations to you both. Claire xxx

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Hello! Thank you for popping by this morning… I have something rather rare and special to share with you today. Nathan from Artemis Stationery designs the kind of wedding invitations which will make you gasp: they’re exquisitely detailed, beautifully intricate and contemporary.

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Artemis Stationery – Photo credit G Lily http://glily.co.uk/

Unique wedding invitations by Artemis Stationery

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Nathan and I share a story too… one of my earliest calligraphy-related memories is of writing my homework in my best friend Sarah’s handwriting at school. I got in trouble. On the Artemis Stationery website Nathan mentions getting in trouble “for drawing everyone else’s rabbits after we had to write a short story about rabbits” at school. A man after my own heart! This is how all the best wedding suppliers start out, don’t you know!

So I’ve chosen a few of my favourite designs from Artemis Stationery to show you today. Do click through to the official website where there are many more, as well as insights into the design process and how to order.

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I had heard lovely things about today’s guest writer Debbie before we really started chatting online. Debbie’s passion for her business and her brides is well known in the north west wedding industry – and she’s been kind enough to write a feature for English Wedding Blog today. Photo Credit Vickerstaff Photography (2)

This is for brides to be who are looking for dress styles to flatter a curvier figure – from a bridal store expert who not only knows her stuff but also cares deeply about making her brides happy. Photo Credit Vickerstaff Photography (3)

Enjoy the images which go along with Debbie’s advice for brides – they’re from the fabulous Vickerstaff Photography. Jamie’s images are always incredible and this shoot has some truly magical images of Debbie’s gorgeous curvy brides – you’ll love it and I hope you’ll find the images inspiring and the advice useful too! With thanks to Glamour Bridal, Bolton.

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Love your curves! by Debbie Buck, Glamour Bridal

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Let’s end the working week with a quote for the day, shall we? One to share with your other half, on facebook or Pinterest. Go on, spread a little love!

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I have an exciting weekend planned – starting with a night out with my two best mates from school. Can’t wait! Hope you have a brilliant weekend and if you’re hitting the Christmas shops I hope you have a lovely time.

This calligraphy quote is an extract from something special I wrote for a lovely lady and friend – for more song lyrics in calligraphy (or to order your own lyrics from just £50) check out my calligraphy facebook page or email hello@calligraphy-for-weddings.com

Claire xxx

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Happy Friday folks! I hope you have exciting plans for the weekend – Christmas shopping perhaps?! Me too – a few little bits and I’m done. I also need to finish off my Christmas cards this weekend! December goes so quickly. But for now, to brighten your Friday let’s revisit some of the best wedding blogs from recent weeks.

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This summery, beautiful wedding will make your heart glow. By Simon Biffen Photography – click to see more!

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Hello! I want to share something gorgeous and unique with you today – I stumbled across these little beauties on Twitter last week – and I think they’re a brilliant idea for a wedding gift.

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Life memories – a unique idea for a wedding keepsake

The Life Memory book is from All About Everybody and has spaces for you to fill in with names and faces, stories and photos from your lives together. What better gift for a couple starting out as husband and wife than a cute-as-buttons book, a blank canvas ready to paint the picture of your new life on the pages?

http://allabouteverybody.com

This is not a sponsored blog post. I found it and loved it! That’s all 🙂

Have a brilliant day everyone! Claire xxx

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Hello everyone! I find myself captivated by today’s wedding… as I’ve been scrolling through the beautiful images of Kirsty-Anne and James’s London wedding this morning I’ve welled up a little – this is an incredible story.

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But I can’t resist introducing this wedding in a different way: there is a wonderful sequence of images showing Kirsty-Anne’s pretty flower girl whose excitement is the most amazing thing to see!

This of course is a beautiful wedding from beginning to end: Kirsty-Anne and James make a stunning couple; the dress is divine; the venues magnificent. Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall captures the emotion of this London wedding and his images have put me in such a romantic mood this morning!

Kirsty-Anne was run over just six months before her wedding day and her recovery gives us real perspective on what’s important here: love, marriage and the celebration of two people committing to sharing a life together. With my thanks to Martin Beddall for the images and to Kirsty-Anne and James for sharing their story. This is beautiful. Enjoy.

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Morning everyone! This is one of the best guest articles I’ve ever published on English Wedding Blog – down-to-earth advice about choosing a vintage wedding theme which will genuinely and comfortably fit your personalities. Thanks once again to Queens & Bowl for heartfelt and realistic advice. Enjoy!

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1920s Bridal Headpiece by Stephanie Browne

One of the first – and most common – questions a bride planning her big day will be asked by friends, family and colleagues is ‘what’s your theme?’ For some women this is the cue to go off on a 15-minute monologue detailing everything from table decorations to the type of fabric that’ll be on the chairs at the reception, but for others it can be a slightly embarrassing experience.

Picking a wedding theme is just one of the many tasks facing couples planning their wedding and it can be difficult to settle on one overriding theme for the day – after all, it’s not really for just one day as photographs will immortalise the theme forever. What may have seemed like a good idea at the time may be quite cringeworthy in 20 years time!

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a nice morning so far. Whatever you’re up to I hope you’re keeping well wrapped up – I have taken to wearing my biggest scarf for cosy blogging this week! And today’s Ingatestone Hall wedding is one of my star weddings this week – an Ian Stuart dress, gentle pinks and traditional styling for a really classic and gorgeous English wedding day. I hope you love it!

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Elizabeth and Paul had an elegant English wedding with a light colour palette, pretty details and some special touches: a horse and carriage, a string quartet and lots of lush pink roses! Elizabeth’s dress is the exquisite Coppelia by Ian Stuart – she’s absolutely stunning. I’ll hand over to Elizabeth for the wedding report and to wedding photographer Gary Roebuck for all the lovely images of their Ingatestone Hall wedding now. Enjoy the pretty! xxx
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Elizabeth and Paul’s Ingatestone Hall wedding

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The bride and groom: Elizabeth Petchey and Paul Sowden

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Hello everyone! Have you ever made little faces out of leaves? Join me in really wanting to… when you see this gorgeous autumnal engagement shoot from lovely London wedding photographer Anneli Marinovich. What a brilliant idea! Gorgeous photos and a couple in love in the crisp autumn air… just to make you happy this afternoon 🙂

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With winter well and truly here and Christmas only 4 weeks away, what better way to remember the beautiful sunny Autumn afternoons we had this year, than with a warm Engagement Shoot filled with gorgeous light, golden leaves & a couple head over heels in love. Helen & Rob will become husband and wife just 4 days before Christmas at Wasing Park in Berkshire and I’m crossing my fingers for a magical white wedding! 😉

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Keep your eyes peeled for Helen & Rob’s wedding which will be on my blog just before the end of the year!

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A quick blog post for this afternoon, which has been written by my inner geek / boy / child. I am intrigued by these pop-up church wedding invitations which look all cute and innocent on the front, but which when opened up present the gleeful recipient with a whole church in 3D.



Yes, they’re from Australia. My childish curiosity and delight in the designs convinced me to make an exception for this little blog feature. I did check they’re available for UK couples as well – details are below if you’d like to make an enquiry. They’ll definitely be different, and it’s unlikely anyone you know will be having the same invitations!

http://www.classicweddinginvitations.com.au/laser-cut-wedding-invite-pop-out-church/

It has to be said also that there are many exciting, innovative and creative UK wedding invitation designers for you to discover as well. 😉 I just couldn’t let these beauts slip by without showing you!

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Imagine the romance of waves on a beach, the soft ripple of the sea on a still day. Rachel and Eugene’s wedding with waves has everything: the looks of pure love are reflected in every image, even in the styling of their day: pastel palettes, delicate flowers and a dream wedding venue.

St Donat's Castle photography credit Simon Biffen (1)

Rachel’s hair is divine – with twists of the prettiest wildflowers in a beautiful braid. The love in Eugene’s eyes is there for all to see. This is an inspiring and wonderful wedding in every way imaginable. Watch out for the ice cream and the bubbles too! Thank you to Rachel and Eugene for writing a little wedding report, and to wedding photographer Simon Biffen for sharing their day with us all at English Wedding Blog. Enjoy today’s little sprinkling of beauty. Claire xxx

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Rachel and Eugene’s wedding with waves – St Donat’s Castle

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“We organised the wedding from Australia and wanted a venue which was simple to organise and minimal fuss, but characterful and close to home and family in Wales, to perfectly blend with our interests and tastes.

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