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Rainbow Club accessories UKOn this lovely sunny afternoon, what better news than some competition winners for you?! (If you are one of them, that is!) – the winners of last week’s Rainbow Club competition are:

Karen (who wins the tiara)
Lwin (headband winner)
Claire (headband winner)

Girls – congratulations! Your names and email addresses have been passed to Rainbow Club who will contact you about your prizes.

Thank you to Rainbow Club for donating such beautiful prizes, and of course massive thanks to everyone who entered the competition – and do keep an eye on English Wedding Blog for more competitions coming soon!

If you’re the owner of a wedding business and have a competition prize you could share on English Wedding Blog, get in touch – competitions are always welcome!

Claire xxx

 

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Hello there, dearest readers. Welcome to my personal hell… the question which has my mind spinning in circles all the time: as a UK wedding blog owner and wedding business owner (separately) I know the answer is Yes. Wedding blog advertising works.

Wedding photography by Rob and Sarah Gillespie

Photo credit: Rob and Sarah Gillespie. Click to see the full wedding feature

However…

Here it comes! Hot on the heels of that resounding ‘Yes’, comes the qualifier: sometimes. And if you get it right. And that’s infinitely harder to define and explain and share – much as I’d like to share the secrets of wedding blog advertising with suppliers on a daily basis, it simply ain’t that simple.

Wedding blog advertising works if you push it!

If you decide to advertise on a wedding blog, you can’t just send your ad and leave it at that. You have to make your blog advertising an active part of your wedding business promotion.

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Hello!  Last time we met, I focused on English-Wedding Blog’s call to ‘Think Creative’ and I took my hat off to all those B2B and their grooms who, being blessed with the creative gene, are able to customize elements of their wedding so that it is infused with their personalities and reflects some of the things that they love and that make them who they are. That gave rise to a mini-series at A Warwickshire Wedding which looked at ways in which B2B who struggle with anything involving manual dexterity (like me) can work with suppliers and craftspeople to add some completely unique touches to their Big Day without having to go anywhere near a glue stick.

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Hey everyone, how was your weekend? Rainy, perchance? Mine was! But I stayed in and found lots of wedding goodies in my inbox, so let’s start this week together with a sneak peek of some wedding dresses from Sabina Motasem Bride‘s new collection.

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wedding dress by Sabina Motasem Bride

Sabina Ali is the bridal designer whose dresses starred in our Iscoyd Park bridal inspiration shoot last week, and it’s so lovely to hear everyone I speak to about the shoot telling me what a lovely person Sabina is! I couldn’t resist sharing these new designs from her latest collection with you this morning. They’re the utmost in elegance – and the beautiful fabrics hint that these wedding dresses move wonderfully down the aisle…

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wedding dress by Sabina Motasem Bride

 

Wedding supplier credits

Veils and jewellery are from Kelly Spence, shoes from Freya Rose, shot by Thor Hayley, make up by Anna Wild, hair by Lulu Delicious Hair Dos, and a special bouquet from Wild About flowers shot in the newly refurbished Palm Court of London’s Waldorf Hilton where brides have weddings in sumptuous surroundings.

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Friday afternoon, and anyone who’s new to English Wedding Blog might wonder what this post is about. An introduction: on Fridays at 2pm we all take at least 10 minutes off whatever we’re doing, make sure our bosses can’t see the computer screens, and surf the interweb for weddingy things. Here are the loveliest wedding blog posts I’ve found online recently – all for you to enjoy.

Real weddings

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I can’t leave you on a Friday without sharing a real wedding – and this one begins with a proposal story which will send you weak at the knees! Darren went all out to propose to Angie in the most romantic way imaginable: Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these two!

The wedding itself, with photography by Tony Gameiro, is a beautiful occasion. Darren and Angie married at Turkey Mill in Kent, a lovely venue with a pagoda for weddings outside. The pictures tell the story of their day, with moments that will make you smile, chuckle and quite possibly bring a tear to your eye. It’s a gorgeous wedding with a stunning bride and tall, dark, handsome groom… what more could we ask for?

Enjoy!

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wedding photography blog Ashford Daly Cheshire (3)A little luxury this morning, coming to you from Iscoyd Park wedding venue in Shropshire. This is a collaborative shoot between wedding suppliers, exercised beautifully to inspire brides with a collection of beautiful wedding dresses, accessories – and of course wedding photography to make you swoon! Dresses are by Jenny Packham, Sabina Motasem, David Fielden and Pronovias; suits are from The Bespoke Tailor.

All the photography is supplied by Ashford Daly Photography, and Mary and Greg have also supplied information to accompany each of the scenes from their bridal shoot. The beautiful models are the photographers’ real clients Penny, Laura, Claire and Sophie.

Josephine backless wedding dress by Sabina Motasem

iscoyd park wedding photography blog (1) If you’ve got it, flaunt it – as Pippa Middleton would quite rightly say! What a beautiful dress – and the back necklace is the perfect accessory. The dress shown above is ‘Josephine’ by Sabina Motasem Bride. Back necklace by and one off vintage head piece ‘Evie’, supplied by Bespoke Tiaras by Sarah Roberts.
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Morning everyone! Something a little different… Having plonked my wedding blogger feet firmly on Cumbrian sands now, I thought I’d bring you some luxury wedding ideas from my home county this morning! I’m a big believer in less being more when it comes to table decorations: a single beautiful item on wedding tables makes a grand impression. Beautiful craftsmanship, original ideas and a bit of sparkle are all it takes to create the most elegant of wedding centrepieces…

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Crystal vases and votives for your wedding tables

Cumbria Crystal, the sole remaining producers of hand-blown and hand cut full lead English crystal, has launched a brand new collection.

The Six Gift Collection includes an elegant range of vases that also double as stunning votives. The collection includes 6 styles of modern glass designs grouped into one unique collection. The designs are individual and innovative and have been created using the traditional hand blown and cutting techniques for which Cumbria Crystal is renowned.

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This landed in my inbox from the Peter Tatchell Foundation yesterday: while weddings are lovely and it’s nice to focus on the pretty, some things are too important to be ignored. I implore you: share your thoughts, raise your voice in support of gay marriage and make sure the government hears you before the consultation period comes to an end this week.

I’ve taken the liberty of copying and pasting the email as it came. I wrote about the consultation on gay marriage here on English Wedding Blog a few months ago: for a refresher, read is the wedding industry about to wake up to equal marriage?

from the Peter Tatchell Foundation

In three days time, the government’s public consultation on legalising same-sex civil marriage will close. This Thursday, 14 June, is the end date for submissions to the government website.

Church leaders have mobilised over 500,000 people to sign a petition against UK government plans to allow same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies in register offices.

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Wedding dresses by Victoria Kyriakides

Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve had a beautiful, wonderful and romantic weekend. Today I have some wedding dress ideas for you – these stunning dresses arrived via email over the weekend and I am smitten! As many of you know (if you follow English Wedding Blog on facebook) I’m now based in the beautiful English Lake District. Which is a wonderful thing – or it will be when I get my broadband! – but it’s too far for me to travel to the big bridal shows and events in That London. I missed the White Gallery show which others adored – but I’m very pleased that this little bit of it is now gracing my wedding blog. I’ll hand over to Victoria Kyriakides to tell you more about her collection!

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Wedding dresses by Victoria Kyriakides

Wedding dress collection for 2013: Victoria Kyriakides

Victoria Kyriakides is expanding her labels’ international horizons starting from the London market. The designer was chosen to participate in London’s most high end bridal catwalk show, White Gallery this May 2012(20-22nd), showcasing her Grecian chic 2013 collection.

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Credit: Rainbow Club wedding shoes and accessories

Good morning everyone! I have a wonderful competition for brides-to-be – today three of you will win your wedding hair accessories on English Wedding Blog. Rainbow Club have very kindly offered three gorgeous prizes – your choice from their tiaras and headbands – for me to give to you – and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is add your comment below!

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Anjelica by Rainbow Club - just one of the prizes you could win!

Wedding Headbands from Rainbow Club

Rainbow Club are famous for their beautiful bridal shoes, always handmade and using the very best components. I’ve shared many English weddings on the blog in recent years where the bride has listed Rainbow Club in her recommended wedding suppliers for bridal shoes. Now Rainbow Club’s heritage and passion for great design has inspired a brand new range of handmade wedding veils and bridal headdresses – and today you could win yours!

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Good morning ladies and gents, wedding cake admirers and hungry people everywhere. (I’m in 3 of those groups!) Today I bring you – with the intention of bringing some great wedding ideas to my lovely readers – a collection of 16 scrumptious wedding cakes.

16 classic wedding cake ideas

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They’re all from real weddings featured on English Wedding Blog over recent months. Click on the cakes to see the wedding in full! All photos are credited to the photographer; if you’re the wedding cake designer and you see your cake here, please get in touch (comment below) and let me know which is yours, so brides and grooms can get in touch with you too.

Classic, tiered and elegant wedding cake ideas

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Tiered chocolate wedding cake idea Photo credit Kat Forsyth

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Tiered wedding cake idea Photo credit Kirsten Mavric

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Classic tiered cake with a twist! Photo credit Vickerstaff Photography

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Classic tiered wedding cake Photo credit Martin Pemberton

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