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Days to Go: 18

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I realise that 18 days to go is an odd number to blog, but we have been so busy recently I haven’t been able to blog!

Time is zooming by and lots of things are falling into place! We had a meeting with a wedding coordinator at our Reception venue and sorted out lots of little twiddly bits.

It was really exciting to talk to the wedding coordinator, we could really picture the day and we were both in such a happy mood!

The picture above is of our wedding venue, I took that photo. I really hope the weather is this beautiful when it’s our wedding. This photo was taking on our wedding date two years ago, and the weather last year was beautiful as well. Fingers are definitely crossed!

My wedding dress is now safely at home ready to be worn and all the gents have been measured with their suits.

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wedding blog by Cristina Rossi (19)
Sometimes the girl takes over. When faced with a sea of pink in, say, Toys R Us, I run in the other direction. But today, seeing this pinkness… it’s like candyfloss, marshmallows and cherry blossom – everything the girl inside me adores. This inspiration shoot is beautifully indulgent, unashamedly pink – and full of ideas for a deliciously feminine wedding style.

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Pink is still a favourite colour for brides – and an indulgently pink wedding theme has to say something about the groom too: he’s either head over heels in love and just wants his bride to have the day she’s always dreamed of or he’s in touch with his feminine side! So girls, boys – join me to enjoy lots and lots and lots of pinkness on English Wedding blog today.

Bridal inspiration shoot – as sweet as candy

Photography by Cristina Rossi

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Cristina told me, “I organised this lovely bridal styled shoot that took place at Tea Party UK in Finchley. It is a lovely little room owned by Samantha Check, she hosts hen tea parties with beautiful china in very pink surroundings.

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California wedding on 100 Layer Cake. Photo credit tylerbranchphoto.com

It’s been a busy week in the wedding blog world with plenty of discussions and debates getting me thinking, the best of which I’ll share with you today. So this afternoon it’s not just about pretty ideas (although it’s a great place to begin!) – it’s important to stop work for ten minutes and read some of the best from this week’s wedding blogs. Dive in and enjoy!

Claire x

Real weddings

Think creative

Wedding label DIY

Wedding label DIY on Rock My Wedding blog

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Wedding photo by Nicky Chadwick (1)Helen and Rich chose a venue with a difference for their Yorkshire wedding: the Waterton Park Hotel sits on its own island within a nature reserve, near Wakefield. Helen’s Ian Stuart wedding dress is fabulous – she found it in a local bridal store for half price – and looks a dream in softly sparkling gold with French lace and pearls…

This wedding was sent in by Nicky Chadwick Photography. Nicky’s a friend of English Wedding blog, a regular contributor on my facebook page and a lovely lady whose comments always make me smile. Helen was kind enough to write a great wedding report – she’d worked hard to make their wedding day very personal, making her own bouquet and having it preserved as a very special memory of the wedding.

I’ll leave you to enjoy Helen’s own story, with photos by Nicky Chadwick.
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Join me in a quick ponder? I hear good and bad things about wedding blogs these days – people love the UK wedding bloggers or hate us, and there are some strong opinions out there! There’s no disputing the fact that wedding blogs have changed dramatically over the last two years – and I wonder where we’ll all be in another two.

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Wedding blog article - Photo Credit Anneli Marinovich www.annelimarinovich.com

Once upon a time for wedding blogs…

Following the rise of Style Me Pretty and Ruffled Blog in the US, the first UK wedding bloggers were lone voices with a small, devoted following. Kat, Charlotte and Annabel all used the internet to plan their weddings, and their blogs grew as their fans spread the word.

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photo credit McAvoy Photography (1)The title of this blog post sums up Anna and Mike’s wedding day in Manchester last summer: their smiles as they walk along the canal path are bursting full of happiness – and I love Anna’s words in her wedding report: “In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop!”.

I always love a bride who wears her glasses with pride too, and I think Anna looks amazing. There’s everything here: a wonderful story, some fabulous ideas and details, and of course the lovely photos by Manchester’s McAvoy Photography.

Enjoy!
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Anna and Mike’s Manchester wedding

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photo credit McAvoy Photography (5)I loved it! In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop! I got ready at the Worsley Marriott Hotel and Mike got ready with his usher Aaron at the flat. He was driven to the church, ST Mary’s Prestwich, by Aaron, I was driven in an Imperial Laudette with my Dad, our chauffer was called Clive.

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I’m told I’m a bit of a mystery girl, don’t talk much about me on the blog. I’m just shy! … until someone asks me for an interview. Fame at last? 😉

Here’s me on Music Live this week. Read my interview

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English Wedding on music live blog

I’m the little one on the left, by the way – not the singing one on the right. Just in case you wondered…

Claire x

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wedding photography Pippa Mackenzie (1)More sunshine for you… with love from Olivia and Matt. Yesterday I featured their beautiful church wedding and we left them stepping out of the church hand in hand… today it’s time for the reception and it’s just so perfect… lush flowers and a sunny and happy day for you to enjoy.

Photos are by Pippa Mackenzie and words from Olivia. Watch out for a wonderfully eclectic cupcake tower – looking fabulous! – and some impressive shapes ‘thrown’ on the dancefloor… and why not listen to the wedding band while you look at the blog post? I’m enjoying their music as I type!

Claire xx

wedding photography Pippa Mackenzie (2)Throughout the day we could not stop smiling (and neither could our guests). It was a really relaxed and intimate afternoon. We both wanted to have a wedding which was not too regimented which allowed us and our guests to enjoy the day. Olivia’s parents had planned the wedding so well and Phil and Sandra (Pimpernel Associates) were there on the day to make sure everything went smoothly – Sandra was armed with a box of treasures including tights, plasters, nail varnish and sewing kit.

How much a wedding costs the guest
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Let’s jump straight in: £686. The latest research into the price of a wedding takes an outside view of budgets. You might be spending £10k on your wedding, but your 50 guests will be spending a whopping total of £34k between them.

How much a wedding costs – for guests

How much a wedding costs the guest

The guys at Chillisauce have put together this surprising infographic with information from the Telegraph and Lloyds.

Are you going to a wedding this year? (Not yours, silly – a friend’s maybe?) What will you be spending on their big day?

Pippa Mackenzie wedding photography (26)
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Morning everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying a ray or two through your windows this morning… I always remember my teachers saying March “came in like a lion, out like a lamb” – so maybe it’ll be brighter in a week or two. But if you haven’t got sunshine outside this morning, scroll down: the lovely Olivia and Matt are sharing theirs!

Words are written by Olivia (as wonderful a wordsmith as she was a beautiful bride!) and the wedding photography is by Pippa Mackenzie.

Olivia and Matt’s English country garden wedding (part one)

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Pippa Mackenzie wedding photography (2)We met at a party held by a mutual friend. Neither of us really wanted to go and so we would say that it was fate that brought us together. At the party Olivia kept pushing Matt off of chairs & tying his shoelaces together. Matt was smitten and stayed at the party well past his last train home.

Matt went off to university a few months after meeting Olivia which only made the relationship stronger, as we were constantly on the phone and planning our visits to each other every fortnight.

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Weymouth wedding photography blog (5)
I saw the pictures of Matt and Sarah’s wedding day and fell in love. There’s something about this couple which sings… they’re perfect together. And (while I’m a girl who’s usually more into kittens!), there are the loveliest photos of Sarah with her little baby girl which are so touching… I know you’ll love them: they brought a tear to my eye!

These are romantic wedding photographs with a compelling atmosphere to them. They are quiet, and joyful, and heartwarming – thanks to wedding photographer Ben Pipe.

Words are by Sarah and Matt. (My favourite words are about waiters in clown suits… towards the end. Brilliant – and just so apt for my wedding blog.) This kind of wedding makes me love what I do. To bits.

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Weymouth wedding photography blog (1)“We met some five years ago at a party and within a month or so we were living in each other’s pockets, spending every second we could together and were well and truly in love. Since then we have not looked back, we have three gorgeous children (Ella, Alfie and Dixie) and are still as much in love today as we were when we first met.

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Morning everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day so far. Especially if you design wedding jewellery or know someone who does – because I need you! Back in February I asked for wedding invitation designers to showcase their wares and so many of you did: with bright, summery wedding invitations to appeal to every taste and wedding style.

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Photo credit: Chris Hanley Photography (at Hengrave Hall)

Tomorrow I’ll looking for wedding accessories with sparkle – from hairbands to fascinators, bracelets to jewelled garters – whatever you have which will bring a twinkle to my eye – it’s time to share over on the English Wedding Showcase blog. At 11am I’ll be asking to see  your sparkly bits – anyone can join in, simply upload a picture in a blog comment to share!

Please tell your friends – any jewellers out there are very welcome to come and play. As with the wedding invitations, I’ll pick the best (and the first!) to create a beautifully sparkly inspiration board when the results are in!

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