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Wedding photographers, can you help me? I’m planning some wedding blog features with a difference, taking my focus away from the details and looking at what really makes a wedding.

wedding photography by Phil Drinkwater

Photo credit Phil Drinkwater. Click to see the full wedding blog

I want to share 10 favourite wedding images from each of these categories:

  1. Loving looks
  2. Aisle moments
  3. First dances
  4. Wedding speeches
  5. Sunshine and smiles
  6. Emotional grooms
  7. Timeless brides
  8. English wedding venues
  9. Friendship
  10. Happiest brides
  11. Families
  12. Forever memories

The series of blog posts will be called “Focus on…” and I’m looking forward to sharing beautiful wedding photography and thoughtful moments with my lovely English Wedding Blog readers.

I really need your help in submitting images and spreading the word about these features! Please send images to info@english-wedding.com with the subject line Focus on. I’ll be collecting images for a couple of weeks from today.

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Oh, wow. Nothing sets my heart a-flutter like innovative wedding stationery and design. Today I’m going to show you something pretty special – something I love. Something I wish I could do! It’s black. It’s art-deco. It’s striking and delicious and all with a sense of elegance… just look at this!
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Wedding seating plan by WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

wedding stationery by WBD London (4)The theme for Louise and Ben’s wedding table plan and stationery was Las Vegas (in case you hadn’t spotted it!) and their tables were named after Vegas casinos, with each one incorporating a logo illustration as table names.

Matching wedding stationery

wedding stationery by WBD London (1)Wendy is a talented and creative designer whose talents will turn as deftly to damask wedding stationery patterns, swirls and loops and flourishing, as they did to creating Ben and Louise’s reception stationery. Wendy designed and made table name cards, art deco wedding invitations (above – just look at that gorgeous and intricate detailing!) and menus (below) for their wedding reception.
wedding stationery by WBD London (2)I hope you love these. There’s more I can say – the tiny details are what make me catch my breath, and I love the typography, the bold art deco style lines and impactful borders. Wendy didn’t show me the stationery with a view to sharing it on English Wedding Blog, I had to ask! It took a while – at first all I could say was, “God, I do love it!!”

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I have a bit of a Pinterest habit sometimes. I binge: once I land on Pinterest I’m there for a morning, browsing and pinning and loving all the beautiful wedding ideas I find there.

Source: sbchic.com via Claire on Pinterest

 

I was still a little surprised to find I have 823 pins and 57 Pinterest boards from creative weddings through to wedding cakes, reception ideas and wedding calligraphy. So I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you!

 

 

I have 100 pins on my Creative Weddings board… a nice round number but even as I type this blog post I’m sneaking off to Pinterest to find more! It’s just so easy… I love that I can switch my brain off and just indulge in pretty pictures for hours… naughty but nice!

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Mark and Jag were married in the town where I was born – in the hotel where I used to stay, as a little girl, with my family every Christmas time. I have very fond memories of The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, and to see it pop into my inbox this week was pretty amazing.

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Even more special is the wedding I have to share with you today. Mark and Jag chose to have an intimate celebration of their love with their closest family and friends. As today’s beautiful bride Jag says, this is…

“A wonderful, small wedding full of memories shared with people who meant the most to the bride and groom (parents, grandparents, siblings, best mates and that’s it). I wouldn’t have changed anything.”

It really is perfect. I must say a huge thank you to the lovely Lucy from Lucy West Images for sharing her photographs of Jag and Mark’s wedding in Buxton. It’s all about the love – a very special wedding day I’ve been looking forward to showing you!
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Wedding discounts websites annoy the hell out of me. I know I’m not alone in this – sites like Vowscher peddling cheap-as-chips wedding deals are misleading couples and harming small businesses. Please don’t use them!

Cheap wedding discounts and the damage they cause

Oooh… “she’s a bit ranty today”, I hear you say. But not without reason, I promise! Cheap wedding deals are all very well in theory, until you understand the mechanics of wedding discount websites. And the stories I’ve been hearing about how they work have turned my stomach, to be honest.

So what’s so terrible about cheap wedding discounts sites?

1. You get what you pay for! If something is cheap, it’s cheap for a reason. Items may be poor quality, or there may be a catch. Always check the small print before you buy, and always, always ask for a sample when buying wedding stationery or similar items online.

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I find it alarming that we’re no closer to equality in marriage. The mainstream media ignore the issues of homophobia in marriage, until an outspoken bishop or politician speaks out against equality.

From the Peter Tatchell Foundation: “Within the next four weeks, the government is expected to announce its response to the public consultation on legalising same-sex marriage. The consultation resulted in a staggering 228,000 responses; many of them hostile to equal marriage.”

This morning I emailed the Equalities Minister Maria Miller. It took me two minutes.

I truly believe that English Wedding Blog readers – and all UK wedding blog readers – are open-minded, fair and kind people. We all (surely?) believe that equality is important. So I urge you to spend the same two minutes emailing Maria Miller in support of equality in marriage.

Find out more and copy a template email

 

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These beautifully designed bridesmaids dresses almost floated into my inbox today… I have shared them as quickly as I possibly could! They’re from Tephi, a small, luxury bespoke design studio founded by Francesca Grievson & based in London.

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Tephi is becoming increasingly popular as a choice for both wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses, and offers clients the chance to either choose pieces straight off the rail, or alternatively to either amend and alter existing designs in the collection, or design something totally unique.

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Alternative bridesmaid dresses from Tephi

All Tephi dresses are unapologetically feminine and elegant, with a luxe, contemporary feel. Only the highest quality fabrics are used, and dresses are handmade and handfinished in a London studio.

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Wedding dresses from Tephi, London

Tephi offers a bespoke bridal dress design service, which allows brides to be to quite literally create the wedding dress of their dreams. The design possibilities are endless, and numerous fitting appointments are scheduled to ensure that the end result fits like a glove.

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A little sigh as I look out of my window here at English Wedding Blog HQ this afternoon… it’s bright, but I’m missing sunshine. I’d like your help to bring it back! I know there are some gloriously sunny weddings out there I haven’t seen – and there’s a place for them on English Wedding Blog!

sunny wedding photography by Jonny Draper

A gloriously sunny wedding at home – photo credit Jonny Draper. Click the image to see the full wedding on the blog!

So brides and grooms, wedding photographers, wedding planners and wedding film makers… if you have something to share and you haven’t got in touch yet, I’m looking for some sunshine and a delicious bit of lens flare to grace the pages of English Wedding Blog. Show me what you’ve got! Email info@english-wedding.com or add a comment below with a link for me to come and see your sunny wedding blog posts!

Let’s escape back to summer and sunshine together shall we?

Claire x

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I love the couples whose weddings I can share on this blog, I truly do! Richard and Katey are fantastic – both absolutely gorgeous and the loveliest people. Here’s proof for you – when I asked for wedding day advice Richard and Katey suggested this little gem:

“The day should be about the marriage, not just the fuss afterwards, remember why you are making the commitment to begin with and embrace it.”

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A beautiful sentiment from a lovely couple – and one I’d reiterate with every blog post if I thought for a second you didn’t know it already! But of course, this being a wedding blog there are as many gorgeous details as there are magical moments. Katey wears Jenny Packham, Richard looks amazing in Duchamp. Their vintage broadway wedding theme included the most amazing tickets as escort cards and – oh, yes – a red Cadillac to take Katey to church.

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I was never a shoe kind of girl until I started writing English Wedding Blog – but the last three years have taught me to appreciate heels and toes, shimmer and sparkle, and everything else about wedding shoes… so much so, I could wear some gorgeous little ivory heels just for blogging.

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Tanya wedding shoes from the Rainbow Club 2013 collection

However – I’m dreaming, it’s cold and I have slipper boots on – this blog post is about you, not me. As much as I’d like to slip my toes into a few of these, I know you’ll be looking for wedding shoes to walk down the aisle, to say ‘I do’ and to dance in. So let’s have a look at the new 2013 collection from Rainbow Club this morning, shall we?

Rainbow Club collections – wedding shoes for 2013

These new shoe designs – which will be available online very soon this month – are from the Rainbow Club collection. The shoes are pretty and stylish and this is a fashion forward collection offering supreme comfort and style.

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Oh, don’t worry – there’s more to today’s English Wedding Blog post than a first dance photo… but this one had to come first: how captivating and romantic a moment and an image is this?! You’re going to love this Durham Castle Wedding, I promise!

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With every wedding I blog, I ask the couple to share their favourite moments from the day. Their responses are what sets each wedding apart. Jenn’s reply stopped me in my tracks:

“Sitting at the top table with my new husband, looking around at all the people who mean most to us & feeling full up with love.”

This is what weddings are all about. Not the details, not the planning, not the dress or the readings or even the ring. The love. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s blog post for what it’s truly about: volumes of love which sing higher than anything else you’ll see today.

With photographs by Holden & Jones, and a fantastic wedding report by gorgeous couple Chrissy and Jenn. Enjoy! (I know you will!)
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This quick blog post is a little late in coming, I admit – but I’ve only just spotted my little thank you email from Kirstie’s production team and had to share it, even if it’s late! So this is from Kirstie’s Vintage Home

We are delighted to announce that Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Vintage Home is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday 8th of November at 8pm on Channel 4. Thank you so much for taking part and we hope that you enjoyed being part of the filming experience
Kind Regards,
Lorna

Kirstie's vintage home

The vintage wedding episode is going to be my favourite! Watch it carefully… I’m not in it, but I’m guessing and hoping from the email that my calligraphy will be on your screens! My huge thanks to Kirstie, to Jamie who helped organise the calligraphy, and to Lorna for the lovely email.

Very excited… Thursday nights are my favourite ones already, but when it comes to the wedding episode I’ll be peeking nervously from behind my sofa to see if my writing will be on!

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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