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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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Snow White wedding inspiration via Calligraphy by Jennifer. Photo credit Corina Van Sluytman

Happy Friday afternoon, everyone! We had a little break from wedding planning or work last week (as my head is all over the place with my house move!) so I assume you worked through the afternoon without a break last week. Which means, I think, that your boss should let you have the rest of the afternoon off. I wouldn’t even bother checking… just drop your pen, and enjoy some of these gorgeous real weddings, and wedding blog posts from the last week or two!

A beautiful ranch wedding blog via Style Me Pretty

A beautiful ranch wedding blog via Style Me Pretty by Hazelnut Photography

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top UK wedding photography blog Chris Hanley (25)Today’s real wedding blog is a true feast for your eyes and heart: with exquisite photography from one of England’s top wedding photographers, and so many romantic moments – Rick and Karen are head over heels in love and it shows. They married at Rookery Hall in June and chose my friend Chris Hanley Photography to capture their day. The images are simply out of this world – Chris is a master photographer whose images are used by Queensberry to sell the most luxurious wedding albums money can buy.

There’s more! Karen is a designer, and the wedding stationery is all her own work. The typography is gorgeous; the art deco feel of her designs is elegant and fashionable, and I love a wedding where lettering and type are a key feature of the decor and styling.

Karen and Rick take centre stage as today’s bride and groom, with Karen looking stunning in her bespoke David Fielden wedding dress and Rick so very handsome in his military uniform. You will love these two – with an outstanding collection of wedding photographs and a fantastic wedding report to enjoy – this is one of the very best. Enjoy!

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There’s something special about quiet London streets; flags left hanging proudly after all the excitement of the jubilee, when the crowds have dispersed. I prefer a little peace and quiet, don’t you? Sarah and Rich made the most of their surroundings on this romantic engagement shoot with Eddette from Purple Apple Studios.

I haven’t featured any engagement shoots on English Wedding Blog recently, but I think that’s about to change. I couldn’t resist this one: it’s about as ‘English Wedding’ as it gets! Sarah even works at Buckingham Palace!
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I’m always on the lookout for new weddings, engagement photography and inspiration shoots to feature on English Wedding Blog. If you’re a wedding photographer based in England or the UK I’d love to hear from you. Click on Submit in the top menu for more information or email me: info@english-wedding.com with a link to your blog post.

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I do love a loaded question! Opinions abound on creative shoots – wedding industry friends and peers getting together to have a day out, a picnic, and a bit of a laugh. Is that all it’s about? Of course not!

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The Future of Vintage! Click to see more. Photo Credit Jonny Draper Photography

Do you, as a bride or groom-to-be, think creative shoots are useful, give ideas, entertain or provide good eye candy?

Or do you look at inspiration shoots on wedding blogs and in magazines and wonder why wedding photographers, dress designers, florists, cake designers, stationers and jewellers seem to spend all their time on creative shoots?

Outdoor wedding inspiration shoot on English Wedding Blog

Outdoor wedding inspiration shoot on English Wedding Blog. Photo credit Mark Tierney

My thoughts on bridal inspiration shoots

I’ve heard lots of opinions on the subject of creative shoots. Engaged couples and industry insiders alike differ in their views. Some think creative shoots are a waste of time while others love the creativity they promote and explore.

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