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I wrote a discussion post on English Wedding Blog recently about wedding inspiration shoots: the ones I love are either creative and challenging, or offer real ideas which couples can actually use in planning their wedding. Of course – they should look damn good too. So here’s one I think you might find really inspiring – all centred around a vintage feather fan… gorgeous. Thanks to the lovely Fabienne from Elian Concept Weddings for sharing!

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Vintage bridal inspiration shoot: feathers and pearls

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An inspirational wedding idea: vintage feathers

This photoshoot was inspired by the beautiful vintage ostrich feather fan with mother of pearl sticks, discovered in ‘All About Eve At Home’ shop, a delightful place full of vintage pieces and jewellery, as well as a enchanting selection of items for the home, which owner Melanie sources mainly in France’s antique fairs and markets.

The idea to use a fan instead of a ‘bouquet’ came from a bride who purchased one of Melanie’s ostrich feather fans for her own wedding.

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As a bit of a paper-lover, I love discovering and playing with new wedding invitations – and when Gary from Special Day Invitations asked if I’d like to try my hand at reviewing some of their cards, I was delighted!
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Wedding invitations from the UK: Special Day Invitations

Special Day Invitations offer a great selection of low cost wedding invitations. With almost a hundred printed wedding invitations at low prices, plus a range of 90 or so luxury hand-finished wedding invitations, they have a selection to suit all wedding styles and themes.
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Low cost vintage wedding invitations

My favourite designs from Special Day Invitations are from their vintage category. The designs are in soft colours with nice typography and a range of themes – from peacock feathers to simple type with flourishing.

The Mr & Mrs invitation was a favourite for me, also the True Love design at the top of this blog post – and prices start around the £1 mark for flat invitations. It’s an affordable way to buy wedding invitations to suit a vintage theme.
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english wedding blog pinterestAre all the ideas you have for your wedding overflowing? Finding it difficult to explain your ideas to other people? Perhaps your scrapbook with torn out magazine pages stuck in it just isn’t cutting it anymore. Never fear, we have the perfect solution… Pinterest! Pinterest is the perfect place to store and organise all of your wedding ideas so you’ll never be left wondering exactly where you found those perfect wedding shoes again!

You’ll have done well to avoid all the hype about this latest social media phenomenon but if you have, Pinterest is essentially a virtual pinboard. It lets you organise and share all of the beautiful things you find on the Internet in a very visual way. ‘Pins’ describe the visuals that you collect and Pinterest ‘boards’ are where you store your pins of the same theme. You can create as many boards as you want. Here are some ideas you might want to create to help plan your wedding

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Today on English Wedding Blog, a pre-wedding shoot from Chester and a romantic engagement story all the way from Edinburgh – I was totally swept up in the romance of Jayne and Steve’s engagement… I think you will be too!
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The first ‘official’ visitors to English Wedding Blog HQ arrived this weekend… my lovely sponsors, Cheshire wedding photographers and friends Tory and Jamie of Vickerstaff Photography had come further than most on a weekend escape, arriving in the best part of the Lake District – the quiet, charming and idyllic west coast. And they popped in for tea, totally making my weekend! They’re two of the nicest wedding photographers in the North West – and I believe English Wedding Blog HQ was met with approval, cats and all!

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Jayne and Steve’s Cheshire engagement photography

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pre wedding photography UK Vickerstaff Photography (3)Steve and I got engaged in November 2011. He took me for a surprise weekend away, we just got in the car and headed North, eventually arriving in Edinburgh which is where we stayed for the weekend at the Radisson hotel on the royal mile, in a suite!! Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities so when I saw where we were going and the hotel I cried.

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Hello! I have news from lovely Sabina at Sabina Motasem Bride to share with you this morning. Fancy a weddingy day out with one of your best girls? Sabina’s asked me if she can tell English Wedding Blog readers about the Luxury Bride Sample Sale – which could be right up your street! Over to Sabina…
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The Luxury Bride Sample Sale, London

The Luxury Bride Sample Sale is a two day sale event of samples and sales with incredible discounts (up to 70% off) to complete your wedding look. There will be experienced designers on hand to help style and complete your wedding look – it’s a great day out and a chance to pick up some of the most beautiful bargains for your wedding day.

Location: Atelier Tammam, 5 Hastings Street, London WC1H 9PZ

Date: 8-9 September 2012 11:00 – 18:00

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I’m truly delighted to have Queens & Bowl as brand new sponsors for English Wedding Blog. They’re not just a fabulous and much-admired wedding accessories boutique, they are making my wedding blog look all glitzy and sparkly and wonderful.

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Art Deco wedding accessories from Queens & Bowl

That’s not all: you should see the English Wedding Showcase – this is where you’ll see all my favourite wedding suppliers sharing updates and their newest wedding ideas. Queens & Bowl have already published a free Style Guide to vintage wedding hair accessories – and I can’t wait to see what else Kate has up her sleeve!

As one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of vintage inspired wedding accessories, Queens & Bowl have long had a presence on the top wedding blogs. Their designs inspire so many brides to create a dazzling and authentic vintage look with their hair accessories.

I’m absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Queens & Bowl as the latest sponsors of English Wedding Blog. Do visit their Showcase Page to find out more about them; and of course you can buy their vintage inspired hair accessories online at www.queensandbowl.com

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Happy Friday afternoon, everyone! It’s time once again to share the best of the week’s wedding blogs – from around the UK and a little way overseas. I’m quite proud of my selection this week – hope you love it!

Backyard wedding from Style Me Pretty wedding blog by Jessica Morrisy

Backyard wedding from Style Me Pretty wedding blog. Photo credit http://jessicamorrisy.com

Real wedding blogs and engagements

Danielle and Mark's Crockwell Farm wedding blog by Aaron Collett

Danielle and Mark’s Crockwell Farm wedding blog. Photo credit www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk

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A real wedding for you today – and I think for once I might just have to use the word “quintessential” (sorry!)… From the ancient church to the marquee in a field, children playing and vintage details, this is a gorgeous day I know you’ll enjoy.

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David and Rebecca were married at Minster-in-Thanet, Kent. They chose a chocolate and ivory theme, and the day was relaxed, informal and fun. Highlights for me are those “5 small beautiful little monkeys” mentioned in their wedding report; Rebecca’s look – from her hair to her gorgeous wedding dress; and the handmade details of the day. That said, I love it all… and I hope you will too.

The photography is by lovely Kent wedding photographer Tony Gameiro, and David and Rebecca have written a fantastic wedding report to share with us. Enjoy!
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Who proposed, and how?

David proposed in front of all of my friends and family at my 30th birthday. Completely unexpected and beautiful

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Nina and Lee’s wedding is sheer elegance: having chosen the magnificent English wedding venue of Lumley Castle for their big day, the style for their celebrations was already set in stone… 14th century sandstone, perhaps?

Lumley Castle is a fairytale wedding venue – a grand and impressive Grade I listed building near the city of Durham (and believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the area!) Its rich history makes it a sumptuous wedding venue – and today’s wedding blog will show you the very best side of Lumley Castle.

With beautiful images by Durham wedding photographer Simon Hudspeth, Nina and Lee’s wedding story unfolds in pictures and with words by the lovely Nina.
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Nina and Lee’s Lumley Castle UK wedding blog

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The bride and groom: Nina and Lee

Who proposed, and how?

Lee proposed. We went on a weekend trip to Copenhagen and he had many weeks earlier booked the best table in one of the most charming restaurants in the city.

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I was recently sent some samples of sparkling wine to review for English Wedding Blog readers. Providing your own wedding wine can be a good way to save money; it’s also a necessity for weddings at home, garden party wedding receptions and for village hall weddings which are all becoming more and more popular with UK couples.

Wine for your English Wedding? Photo credit Simon Hudspeth Photography

The wines I reviewed were both from Brown Brothers: their Cienna 2009 and Cienna Rosso are both low alcohol sparkling wines, from the Cienna grape variety which is unique to Brown Brothers and bred by crossing Sumoll (a Spanish grape) with Cabernet Sauvignon.

I do love wine – but I’m no expert wine taster so I enlisted my parents to help me review the wines.

My Mum and Dad (who you may have seen on the English Wedding facebook page) know their stuff when it comes to wines so while they gave their expert verdicts on taste and quality, I thought I’d share a little extra information with you on choosing wine for your wedding day.

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Photo credit Vickerstaff Photography. Click to see more from the Place Hotel Wedding Ideas Shoot

I opened the blog post on Rock n Roll Bride last week thinking, “What’s a Frienemy?” – and that pretty much sets out how naive some of you reading might think I am. A frienemy, it turns out, is a bit like a work acquaintance: someone you have to get along with even though you wouldn’t be friends if it wasn’t for work.

Like having a professional relationship with someone? No. Like pretending to be friends, when really you can’t stand each other.

Frienemies: a wedding industry issue?

It almost makes sense if you work in an office where everyone goes out for drinks together or to regular office parties. But in the wedding industry? Why is having frienemies a big issue for us?

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I’ve been having a lovely email chat with Northamptonshire wedding photographer Aaron Collett since May, when he got in touch to share Hannah and Nathaniel’s fabulously colourful wedding on English Wedding Blog. Two days before the wedding took place, Aaron had already emailed to tell me, “They get married this Saturday and I think its going to be awesome…” – it really, really was!

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Photo credit: Northampton wedding photographer Aaron Collett www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk

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This enthusiasm and passion for photographing weddings really strikes me with Aaron Collett. Reading how he describes his work on the English Wedding Showcase, his love of photographing weddings is inspiring. He talks of images which you’ll cherish for a lifetime, and says, “I always regard it as a great privilege to photograph a wedding, one of the most important days in anyone’s life”.

It’s the sign of a very genuine and compassionate man that Aaron talks about your wedding so much: while he’s a skilled and talented wedding photographer, his focus is – as it should be – on his brides and grooms.

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