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I’m feeling quite proud of English Wedding Blog this week. Today’s real wedding in Dorset is one reason for my pride – it’s such a lovely countryside wedding day, relaxed and happy and full of ideas.

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Andy and Polly were married at Bryanston School Church, Blandford Forum, Dorset. Their wedding reception was in a marquee on the lawn at Hanford School, Child Okeford, Dorset.

They chose Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen to photograph their day – and he documents their wedding beautifully. The pictures I have to show you today start with clay pigeon shooting and take us through the wedding ceremony, reception and on to twilight… it’s a beautiful English wedding and I do hope you enjoy the feature!

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Polly & Andy’s country wedding in Dorset
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Who proposed, and how?

Having met and worked together at The Banda School in Kenya for three years, Andy told Polly they were going on cricket tour to Tanzania for a few days.

Prague Feather Wedding Cape by Sasso
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Hi again! Once again I’m happily handing over the reins of English Wedding Blog for the afternoon. This time it’s to Queens & Bowl to show off some of their gorgeous designer winter wedding accessories. Whether you’ll be wearing Jenny Packham or Charlotte Balbier, these gorgeously cosy ideas will show you how to accessorise your shoulders rather than cover up your dress! Enjoy today’s guest blog. xx

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Designer winter wedding accessories from Queens & Bowl

Queens & Bowl have a stunning range of designer winter wedding accessories inspired by vintage glamour. For brides looking to accessorise a designer wedding dress, a glamorous vintage-inspired cape, stole, jacket or shrug is perfect.

Keep warm with designer winter wedding accessories from Queens & Bowl

Every bride deserves beautiful winter wedding accessories. Many of you will be dreaming of a white wedding with snow, crystal clear skies and bright sunshine, though the hope will be that it’s just not raining! It’s around this time of year that brides who have planned a winter wedding will begin looking for the perfect designer accessories.

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Having told you everything you need to know about the perfect (in my opinion!) hen party at home, I imagine my groom-to-be readers will be feeling a bit left out. Never fear, because today I have stag do tips to even the balance a little! These are fabulous – with eloquent guest blogger Glen discussing James Bond, manly banter, and punting… how could you go wrong?

Boys: enjoy!

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English country wedding… photo credit Tino & Pip! (click to see more)

Five tips for organising a stupendous stag do

If you’re organising your stag do then chances are you want an epic, memorable event- a weekend with the excitement of The Great Escape, the adrenaline of a round with Mike Tyson and the sophistication of James Bond.

The normal stag do activities might not make the cut, but do not fear dear stag. There’s a whole range of absolutely stupendous, terrific and downright mind-blowing stag party options that’ll give your stagtastic night the edge, without you ending up semi-clad and tied to a lamp post (which stopped being side-splittingly hilarious some time ago.)

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Hello there, all you lovely brides, grooms and wedding suppliers! Today I am smiling from ear to ear – it’s because I’ve just spent half an hour flicking through these GORGEOUS Northamptonshire wedding photos.

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And today there are two cherries on our wedding-bloggy cake: because along with the lovely images, I’m about to share one of the best wedding reports I’ve ever published on English Wedding Blog.

Danielle – the beautiful (and I mean stunning!) bride – has written a full report of her Northamptonshire wedding to Mark. It’s heartwarming and full of good advice – including a heartfelt plea about having a wedding videographer, which is interesting and makes a lot of sense.

The photographs are by Northamptonshire wedding photographer Aaron Collett, who gets a fantastic review from the bride and groom, which is lovely to see! I’ll leave you to enjoy the story of their vintage-country cottage wedding day. You’ll need a big mug of tea AND a kit-kat for today’s wedding blog by the way… Enjoy!

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There are always hundreds of things happening at English Wedding Blog – one of the loveliest is that I have Deneemotion wedding films as my newest blog sponsor. Denis and Max have joined my select group of sponsors this autumn and I’m delighted to have them on the team.

Sisi & Damita | The Way You Are from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

Deneemotion’s approach to film­ing & edit­ing is cre­ative and free of cliches. Their approach is fresh and innovative, and their wedding films are sensitively and beautifully made. Denis and Max are based in Lon­don, but have filmed in Cal­i­for­nia, the Caribbean, Croa­tia, France, Cyprus, Ire­land and Scot­land so far. They’re hot property, having featured on many of the top wedding blogs around the world!

See some of my favourite wedding films by Deneemotion on my favourite wedding blogs:

Deneemotion website: www.deneemotion.com

Five more fabulous wedding films from Deneemotion on English Wedding Blog: english-wedding.com/deneemotion-contemporary-wedding-films

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Here’s an elegant and classical wedding blog for those of you who don’t want a ‘theme’. Haylee and Michael kept their Ansty Hall wedding simple with the beauty of the day coming from the occasion itself.

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With ivory roses and little birdcage details to decorate tables, the result is a relaxed and unfussy wedding celebration. I think it’s richer for having no ‘fluff’ to detract from the romance and sincerity of getting married.

The images are by Derby wedding photographer Chris Seddon, and Haylee and Michael have been kind enough to share their best wedding moments with us as well. I think this is a wedding to browse slowly with a lovely cuppa… it’s beautiful. Enjoy. Claire x

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A classical, elegant and beautiful Ansty Hall wedding

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Who proposed, and how?

Michael proposed by setting up a treasure hunt. He placed clues which led Haylee to all her friends and family till eventually it led her back home where Michael had cooked her favourite meal and lit the place with candles… He proposed over pudding 🙂

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I have a blog post by one of my lovely sponsors to share with you today. As the days get colder I think it’s the perfect time to introduce Wrapor’s winter wedding cover ups. Picture the scene: you wake up and peer out of the window on the morning of your wedding day (in December). There’s a light dusting of snow. Do you panic, or smile because there’s a cosy bridal shrug hanging by your wedding dress? That’s right – you’re a savvy bride. You feel smug, because you know you’ll be snug in your gorgeous bridal shrug…

I’ll hand over to Kay to tell you more!

Image Neil Redfern

Winter wedding cover ups by Wrapor

There is no denying it, winter is definitely on its way. Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular and choosing a winter wedding can have its bonuses. There is usually a wider choice of dates available for the better venues and suppliers, so couples get to choose exactly what they want.

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UK brides and grooms are constantly reinventing ideas to create their perfect vintage wedding. We’re all still in love with the vintage trend – and it’s here to stay! Having a vintage wedding gives couples the best opportunities to be creative, to save money with home made and DIY accessories, and to embrace old-fashioned wedding traditions.

For anyone who is newly engaged or just getting started with planning a vintage wedding, this guest blog post by Sara has some great ideas to help you find what you need for your wedding day.

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Vintage wedding photography by Simon Hudspeth (Click to read “I wish we could do it again!”)

Many couples are embracing the vintage wedding trend for 2012 and 2013, and mixing up vintage with modern ideas to give a unique feel to their wedding day. But it’s not as easy as you think – finding special and authentic, one-off pieces can be a real chore, especially if you need to buy in bulk for a large guest list. But fear not, for we are here to clue you in on what’s what in the world of vintage weddings.

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I’m going to this one! Just around the corner from my little studio is the Lake District’s most enchanting wedding venue: Muncaster Castle. Their Lake District wedding fair is on the 14th of October and I’m looking forward to an event showcasing some of the region’s best suppliers.

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Philip and Rebecca’s real wedding at Muncaster Castle by Chris Freer

A Lake District wedding fair at Muncaster Castle: 14th October 2012

The wedding fair will be in the castle guard room, and drawing room – it’s all very ancient and fascinating: a magnificent venue inside and out. The Pennington family live in the castle itself and are very much involved in the daily running of this spectacular wedding venue.

Do come and visit the wedding fair at Muncaster if you can! It’s a gorgeous drive from anywhere in the Lake District down the coast road to Ravenglass – an hour or so from Carlisle and just a couple of hours from Manchester. Once you’ve had your lovely Sunday drive, you can pop into the castle for a chat with the wedding suppliers inside, and visit the owl centre and stableyard cafe… what could be lovelier?!

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I’m looking for more of the best wedding blogs to follow – so if you have one, know one or love one would you let me know where to find it? Meanwhile… here are my picks from the last week and a bit. One of my favourites is in French, but you can translate it in Google (somehow!) – it’s worth it, fab opinions on wedding tv!

Simone & Sean – Chateau Wedding in Bordeaux Vineyards from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

The best real wedding blogs

  • A Stoneleigh Abbey wedding – classically beautiful photography, a gorgeous couple and some great wedding craft ideas. Recommended for dozens of reasons including photography by one of my favourite Cheshire wedding photographers. What a glorious wedding venue for starters…
  • Simone and Sean’s beautiful destination wedding in France… beautiful images, a tangible atmosphere and the romance of the French countryside. Love this! from 100 Layer Cake
  • While we’re in Europe… the grace of this Italian wedding is second-to-none, with photography by the marvellous Ed Peers. I’m a big fan!
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Morning! As the North West’s only wedding blogger I have been researching local wedding events and came across the Unforgettable Wedding Fair… sounds interesting, does it not?! More interesting if you’re a bride or groom getting married in the Lake District: the organisers are looking for the north west’s most memorable bride. Could it be you or your fiancee?

Photo credit Neil Turner

Photo credit Neil Turner, supplied by Elephant Yard Kendal

More from the wedding fair organisers:

Are you the Northwest’s Most Memorable Bride?

Win a wedding package worth over £5000

  • Kendal’s Elephant Yard offers couples the chance to win a wedding package worth over £5000
  • Photography, use of honeymoon villa, flowers and much more
  • Competition winners to be announced at the Elephant Yard Wedding Fayre 14th October 2012

The Elephant Yard is searching for the Northwest’s Most Memorable Bride. The lucky winner will receive a package of high quality wedding goods and services worth over £5000.

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Have you ever heard a wedding supplier talk about educating brides and grooms? I have, many times. As a bride or groom, do you think you really need educating about weddings?

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Wedding photography credit Simon Biffen (click to Simon’s website)

Or does the notion of being educated about weddings instantly make you put your guard up? Educating brides and grooms could be all about telling you to buy more essential products and services for your big day…

Depends who’s offering you the education, I guess!

Why do we talk about educating brides and grooms?

Wedding planners often talk about educating brides: some of the wedding planners I love most in the UK are passionate about this. For most it’s simply about helping you plan your wedding. Most couples haven’t been married before: planning a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience, and it’s tricky knowing where to begin! So wedding planners will help you get started with tips about what to book first, how much to pay for key suppliers, how to manage your wedding budget etc.

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