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The beauty of this wedding blog feature is all about the details. A creative project by The Manchester Vintage Collective, the photos (by Foley Photography) tell the story of a wartime bride who waits for the return of her groom. 

There are some lovely vintage wedding ideas here – from the gorgeous paper accessories by Joanne at Vintage Twee to the flowers in the suitcase table plan… if you’re a true fan of vintage, then this is for you!

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Vintage wedding ideas shoot from Manchester

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Vintage wedding table plan and accessories

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The ‘Manchester Vintage Collective’ styled and shot four different eras – 1920s through to 1950s – capturing the essence of each period through the flowers, styling, stationery, accessories, bridal wear etc. This is the 1940s part of the shoot, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other eras – 1920s through to 1950s – on other wedding blogs!

More from the Manchester Vintage Collective:

Diamond Jubilee wedding ideas on Love My Dress Blog

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May I ask you a question, lovely blog readers? I know there are quite a few wedding suppliers reading English Wedding Blog – so hopefully you can help me with something today.

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Athelhampton House wedding photography by Linus Moran – click to see the full blog post (it’s gorgeous!)

How are you finding the wedding season this year? I know of a few small wedding businesses who are struggling a little more than usual – the summer seems unusually quiet.  My calligraphy enquiries are on the slow side compared to last year, and I have friends who simply haven’t seen orders pick up over the summer months as they usually do.

So – a question for any wedding suppliers out there – how is this summer for you? And if you’re noticing it’s quieter, why do you think this is? Olympics fever? Are there fewer weddings this summer or are couples spending less and working to tighter wedding budgets?

I’d be very interested to hear what you think 🙂

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More than anything else in the world, your wedding should celebrate you and your love. A wedding should be personal, it should be comfortable and it should be right for you.

So when Rob and Jayne’s wedding landed in my inbox I was over the moon. Here’s a couple who bask in their individuality. Both gorgeous and creative, Rob and Jayne’s wedding was a day to remember, and then some! And Lancashire wedding photographer Jonathan Bean was there to capture the whole day for their album…

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The other thing I love is when a groom shares his wedding story. Rob’s wedding report begins with a romantic proposal story which brought a tear to my eye – and he tells the story of his wedding to Jayne so beautifully – so this wedding blogger is now handing over to a better writer, just for one day! Rob…

Enjoy!

Bean Photo wedding blog lancashire (37)An Alice-inspired wedding in Lancashire: Rob & Jayne

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Melanie and Paul’s wedding is beautiful. Let me set the scene: “messy and unstructured” was Melanie’s brief for their florist, while the key theme for the wedding was that this should be a very personal day. I adore it – from the beautiful images to the perfect flowers and all the love and laughter with friends and family. There’s a wonderful moment where Melanie’s on her friend’s knee, showing off her Kurt Geiger bridal shoes – watch out for it! I also love the wedding sign outside the venue, and the little boy in charge of the wedding rings is an absolute star!

I’ll hand over to Melanie and Paul with their wedding report, and to Dorset wedding photographer Linus Moran for the gorgeous images of their day, which I’m calling:

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Zen Photographic wedding blog (5)This morning I’m humming “Bring me Sunshine…” – and I also have some gorgeous wedding ideas to share with you. Zenna from Zen Photographic told me about a little ideas session she’d photographed with Cheshire wedding suppliers at Nunsmere Hall, and I loved the images from the day. I am sure they’ll inspire some of you to create bright, beautiful and fun wedding tables just like these!

There are oodles* of ideas here – from wearing flowers in your hair, to creating alternative floral displays for your tables, and styling everything from the wedding cake to the bridesmaids flower garlands to fit a beautiful garden party wedding theme. I hope you love it!

(*I know – but my job description has “Editor” in it, and part of that means I can make words up whenever I like.)

Garden party wedding ideas for you!

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Not sure which is yummiest-looking… wedding cake or groom? 😉

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Cheshire wedding suppliers from the shoot:

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Knowing a wedding venue inside out, loving its features and being passionate about photography is what makes a wedding photographer very special indeed. Today’s wedding blog is the perfect example. Following on from yesterday’s glamorous Manchester bridal shoot, today we’re focusing on the delicious photography and super chic setting of The Place Hotel in Manchester.

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I’d introduce Vickerstaff Photography myself, but I did that yesterday. So I’m using a great blog comment from last week instead:

I recently met Jamie at one of our monthly North West Photographer’s jaunts. Such an affa­ble guy. I told him that I like his work. Have done for about 2 years but this was the first time he met me. This post just re-affirms my belief. The atten­tion to the details. To story telling. To the for­mal por­trai­ture. The qual­ity of the fin­ish­ing on the images… all top notch.” Read more… by Anurag Sharma

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Thank you. You lovely, lovely friends out there reading, commenting on and subscribing to English Wedding Blog are why we’ve made it to the top 10 of the top 100 UK wedding blogs list – again!

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English Wedding Blog is the 8th best UK wedding blog!

It goes without saying that if nobody read this, I wouldn’t have made the list! So thank you – I’m truly grateful to everyone for reading and sharing my little bit of the interweb.

It’s fantastic to see new wedding blogs making the list, the top 3 of course are firmly entrenched in their positions on high (and it’s well deserved!) – and the lovely Lou from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings is biting at their heels in 4th place. The boys from Staggered are still in the top ten, now at 5 (hurray for boys!?) and then there are new bloggers appearing too…

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Place Hotel wedding photography (9)Recent Mondays on English Wedding Blog have been real treats. Today is no exception… for me it’s all about exquisite wedding photography. I’m sharing a glamorous bridal shoot from The Place Hotel in Manchester. There are wedding dresses from Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier’s 2013 collections, there are contemporary and elegant wedding flowers. The make up is perfect; the accessories chic and striking. The venue – is a dream.

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Cheshire wedding photographers Vickerstaff Photography – or Jamie and Tory as you may know them if you follow English Wedding Blog here or on facebook – are making waves in wedding photography. A vibrant and creative team, they’re lovely people and the images you’re about to see are simply breathtaking.

However… I have my instructions to stop talking and to hand over to Tory to tell you about the shoot! So here you go – enjoy!

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Heads turned to camera. BIG cheesy grin. ‘Thank you Claire, we’ll take it from here…’

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Whether you’ve had a glorious week full of sunshine and are itching to go out and play, or have spent the last few days at the drizzly Cumbrian seaside like me, I think it’s time to sit back and enjoy a bit of wedding goodness. Forget work – it’s time to catch up with the very best from wedding blogs over the last week-and-a-bit!

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Stanway House Wedding by Martin Beddall, documentary wedding photographer www.mcbweddings.com

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Bittenham Springs wedding photography by Anneli Marinovich

Bittenham Springs wedding photography by Anneli Marinovich

  • A luxurious, elegant and graceful wedding from Mitton Hall, by one of the stars of the Love Bridal boutique launch this week, the lovely Adam of ARJ Photography.
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Wedding photographers at work: behind the scenes at the Love Bridal Boutique launch

Who’d like to see some funny photos of wedding photographers? I have some. 🙂

The deal is this: if you didn’t see the Love Bridal launch on English Wedding Blog earlier this week, please do check out the North West’s most exclusive bridal boutique, owned by the lovely Emma and Jonny Draper. Love Bridal was launched with the help of 14 great wedding photographers from Manchester and Cheshire in The Best of the North West. You can see my favourite images – one per photographer – by clicking my favourite Love Bridal images.

When you’ve read all about the launch, you can join me to enjoy and have a giggle at the behind the scenes images which were shared by wedding photographers Jonny Draper and Neil Redfern. We’re about to get up close and personal with some of the gorgeous accessories and wedding dresses from Love Bridal – and to see what wedding photographers look like, both in flight and upside down. Seemed just right for a Friday!

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Jeni from Vanilla Rose Weddings sent me this lovely English wedding inspiration shoot for me to share with you all – and how could I resist?! English country garden is one wedding theme that never seems to date, and while so many couples are looking for a timeless look for their weddings I think it’s a wedding style which works every single time.

All the lovely photos are by Judi Checketts Photography. The venue for the shoot was the beautiful Merriscourt Galleries. The shoot was created by Jeni from Vanilla Rose Weddings, an Oxfordshire wedding planner. There are some fabulous wedding suppliers (based around Oxfordshire) involved in this shoot, and all of their details are below for you. Do click on their links to find out more! Over to Jeni…

English country garden – a wedding ideas shoot

I wanted to create an English Country Garden wedding in the heart of the Cotswolds for this photo shoot. The Merriscourt Gallery (located between the quintessentially English villages of Burford and Chipping Norton) has the perfect setting for an English wedding with simply stunning views, wonderfully friendly staff, and an array of spacious barns in which to create a dream wedding!

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Are you reading this wedding blog to find out about the Tactical Nuclear Penguin? Or is that the last thing you expected to be reading about today? Either way I’m very happy you’re here because I can share the second part of Lisa and Stewart’s Cheshire wedding day with you.

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Once again, the images are supplied by the wonderfully talented Jamie and Tory of Vickerstaff Photography. (Find out more about these Cheshire wedding photographers on the English Wedding Showcase: http://english-wedding-showcase.com/vickerstaff-photography-wedding-showcase/)

The portrait photos in this wedding blog are absolutely stunning. Lisa is beautiful, the camera loves Stewart and the exquisite lighting and elegance of these images turns the couple’s poses into really magical moments. Enjoy!

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The wedding reception

What were your highlights? The church choir. Church bells ringing. Seeing the amount of friends, family and well wishers at the church and the evening reception.

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