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It’s an exciting day for English Wedding Blog today – I’m stepping things up a gear with two important blog posts full of gorgeous ideas, bridal looks and wedding industry news…

Love Bridal boutique CheshireSpecifically, I’m going to tell you about the launch of a much-anticipated bridal boutique in the North West. Until today a closely guarded secret known to a very few wedding industry insiders, it’s now official: two of the most popular wedding suppliers in the North West are opening their own luxury bridal boutique!

Love Bridal boutique opens in Cheshire!

Love Bridal is being opened by Emma and Jonny Draper – who’ve both had their work featured on English Wedding Blog before in their roles as bridal boutique manager, make up artist and wedding photographer.

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Love Bridal Boutique opens in Cheshire. Photo credit: Jonny Draper Photography

I was so keen to be a part of the launch of Love Bridal because I really admire the way Jonny and Emma work. Their ethos is to share and collaborate with other wedding suppliers: no secrets, no rivalries and a genuine focus on friendship within the industry.

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london wedding photographer (8)Chris and Gemma’s engagement shoot in London has a bit of a theme to it: Gemma’s hand is very often in Chris’s back pocket… why? Well, it’s not just because it feels nice! There was one particular occasion when Gemma discovered a little box in there. An engagement ring box…

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London wedding photographer Anneli Marinovich tells their story: “I had to laugh when Gemma told me their engagement story – Chris had been standing in the little square near their house, when she walked up to him, put her arms around him and blissfully unaware, stuck her hand in his back pocket…only to find a ring box with her engagement ring inside!

“Chris (after recovering from the shock that his proposal plans had changed slightly) dropped down on one knee there and then and proposed to Gemma who of course said yes!  I really enjoyed our afternoon together, exploring Belsize Mews and getting some shots of Chris & Gemma in the actual spot where they got engaged.”

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Hunsbury Hill wedding photographer (50)Morning everyone! I hope you’re enjoying a peek at some sunshine this morning, wherever you are! Today’s real wedding fits beautifully with the bright day we’re supposed to be having: the bright floral bouquet sets the scene for a fun, romantic and personality-filled wedding day.

I’ve just been asked to share my thoughts on original wedding themes for a press interview, and I told the reporter the most standout weddings for me are all about personality.

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Hannah and Nathaniel are the perfect example of that – as Hannah’s wedding report says, “we decided that we didn’t want a theme. It was important to us that our guests felt like the wedding was a true reflection of “US” so we chose things that we liked” – and if you ask me, that’s the best way to plan a wedding.

The images of their day, submitted by the lovely Northampton wedding photographer Aaron Collett, will show just how glorious their wedding day turned out to be.

Enjoy! xxx

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denton hall wedding (13)I absolutely adore this and I hope you will too: Louise King and Jamie Green were married at Denton Hall in Yorkshire, and mixed the best of both worlds for their wedding.

They chose a luxury venue and beautiful styling to set the scene for their day, and incorporated their personalities in a fun and charming way with a Glasto theme: festival flags, their very own beer and CDs for wedding favours are just a few of their festival wedding ideas.
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I love this wedding: it shows how a theme can be a flavour of a wedding day without taking over, and there’s a delicious sense of fun at one of Yorkshire’s most elegant wedding venues – those flags are fantastic!

I hope any festival-loving brides and grooms out there can take inspiration from Louise and Jamie’s lovely wedding blog feature. The photography is from my old friend and Yorkshire wedding photographer Mark Tierney (and it’s ace to have you back on English Wedding Blog, Mark!)

Enjoy!

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This competition is now closed – the winner will be contacted by Paper Themes in August (2012) – thanks for all the very creative entries! Claire xx

Sad but true: on her days off, this wedding blogger likes to play on wedding invitations with her calligraphy pen! So when I got a lovely chunky parcel from Paper Themes last week as a prelude to their fab competition I kept it unopened until Saturday morning so I could have a proper experiment with their gorgeous wedding invitations.
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Paper Themes wedding invitations (from the UK)

Paper Themes didn’t disappoint: the invitations are a lovely quality (better than I expected – as their prices are also pretty impressive!) and I was sharing some of my calligraphy on my facebook page by Saturday afternoon. So I’m now heartily encouraging you to enter the competition – it’s a fantastic prize and Paper Themes are ace! I’ll let them tell you all about it!

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The new wedding dress collection from Temperley London was revealed to the press last Monday, and I’m pleased to share my favourites from the collection with you here today. The dress designs are incredibly beautiful – and all the images on this blog post are shown in the order I love them most!

Temperley London: the Beatrice 2012 bridal collection

wedding dresses by Temperley UK (1)I adore the elegance of these dresses, the way they flow and the way they’ll move. The exquisite lace patterned back of the Estella dress stops me in my tracks (imagine the oohs and aahs as you walk down the aisle!) while the simplicity and grace of Chloe with the delicate flower embellishment is just divine.
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Beatrice 2012 is an expanded, beautiful and varied collection with styles to suit every Temperley bride. The collection features new designs in a variety of shapes, from delicately embellished ethereal gowns to structured full skirt and lace styles.

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Morning everyone! Allow me to brighten up a gloomy Friday with a fabulously indulgent designer wedding – part two of Emma and Burnsy’s incredibly beautiful wedding day from The Manor House, Combe.

There were far too many gorgeous photos to share with you in one blog post, so I’ve split this wedding blog feature into two parts: yesterday I shared the bridal preparations and wedding ceremony with you – today we get to admire the gorgeous features of The Manor House inside and out!

I’m sure you’ll agree Emma and Burnsy (official name Richard; place card name Burnsy 🙂 both look fabulous: Emma’s Vera Wang wedding dress is amazing on her; Burnsy is the tall, dark and handsome type – and wears his top hat with style!

Wedding photography is by – once more with a huge grin from me! – the  — award win­ning wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers CG Wed­dings, aka The Craw­leys, from Cheshire.





The beautiful Bee Crawley – part of our award winning wedding photography team! is the blonde bridesmaid blowing a kiss in this picture. Hello Bee! xxx

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UK wedding photography blog CG weddings (40)A Vera Wang wedding dress… Louboutin shoes for the bride and bridesmaids… horses and carriage… a wonderfully luxurious country house wedding venue in the Cotswolds… top hat and tails for the groom… and award winning wedding photographers.

So much to show you today, such a gorgeous wedding – and you know, for me the very best bit about Emma and Burnsy’s wedding is the love and laughter.

UK wedding photography blog CG weddings (51)This really is a fabulous designer wedding day – with so many details and moments to share with you I’m splitting the blog feature over two days. Today – the bridal preparations and wedding ceremony are all yours. Emma and her girls had the best morning ever – and there are some lovely photos which are guaranteed to bring a big smile to your face! I think today I’ll make the most of showing you that gorgeous Vera Wang designer wedding dress as well.

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Wedding planning: can you be too organised? Photo credit: CG Weddings, Cheshire www.cgweddings.co.uk

I have admiration and astonishment in equal measure for couples – and let’s face it, mainly brides-to-be – who plan their weddings. Co-ordinating everything from guest lists to menu choices, sending invitations and remembering to order everything from top hats to garters… I can’t even begin to imagine how you do it.

It takes 18 months to plan your perfect day… or does it?

The average time to plan a wedding in the UK is 18 months, I believe. Wedding magazines, websites and books offer wedding planning checklists and guides telling you what needs to be done when: have you taken out wedding insurance? ordered buttonholes for the ushers? Do you know when to order your wedding invitations?

Can you plan your wedding too far in advance?

I read a thread on the Hitched wedding forum this week, asking how early was too early to book a wedding photographer. My experience tells me that the very best get booked up anywhere from two years in advance.

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saving money for your weddingI get a lot of emails with suggested features for my blog. Some are OK, some are great. This little feature is a quick read, but stood out from the crowd because the advice here is so good. Simple, easy – and really sound advice about money. Although as a wedding calligrapher I’m not sure about a paper-free wedding!

Wedding Planning Tips – save money on your big day

1. Reuse floral pieces: Using flowers for your ceremony decorations? Think about designs that will easily translate from ceremony to reception to cut back on floral costs. Many pieces that you have for the ceremony can easily be used into the reception décor, such as your bridesmaids’ bouquets and aisle flowers.

2. Try DIY: The possibilities for DIY projects for your wedding are endless. From invitations, to programs, to iPod playlists, think about what you can do yourselves before you shell out dough. If you’re not as crafty, enlist the help of a few family members or bridesmaids to help with you get the projects done well ahead of the big day!

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I can’t tell you how much I’d love to be sat here with my laptop, wearing a few choice pieces of beautiful designer bridal jewellery as I type. Sometimes a wedding blog post feels like an occasion, and this is another one of those where I’d rather be dressed up before I start typing.

Still – it’s not about me. I write English Wedding Blog for all of you lovely people, and not just because I love it! Today’s blog post is all about wedding jewellery inspiration and comes from the lovely Trudie Arnold – designer at Tiaras by Trudie Arnold.

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Trudie submitted this recent photo shoot which involved her bridal tiara and jewellery designs as well as an amazing vintage car from the Classic and Vintage Car company, 1930s Hollywood inspired hair and make up by Vivienne Moore, and a beautiful ivory lace wedding dress provided by Cloud 9 Bridal Wear in Surrey. Photographer Dean Whiting captured all the images.

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Some people like gritty realism and enjoy that whole ‘fly on the wall’ thing. But not me.  Far from it. My world came pre-loaded with a rose-tint filter and I eschew anything that threatens to shatter my lovely illusions.  Nevertheless, when things aren’t going quite to plan, it’s sometimes reassuring to know that you’re not alone. So, if you’re struggling prevent your usually sunny self from morphing into Bridezilla and are feeling bad about wanting to tear your hair out during what everyone says is the most exciting time of your life, take heart! You’re not alone.  Mrs Moore-to-be may not know you, but she’s with you in spirit.

A few months ago A Warwickshire Wedding was shaping up so nicely and everything seemed to be on track. We’d got heaps of time and were way ahead of schedule. Back then, I could almost have been described as feeling relaxed about it all.  Now, as the three month countdown clock is about to start ticking, ‘relaxed’ isn’t a word which springs to mind when describing the state of my emotions.  ‘On edge’, frustrated and permanently hassled might be more accurate.

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