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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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A little bit of a news flash for you this morning – for anyone looking for a designer wedding dress from one of the UK’s best: internationally renowned bridal designer Caroline Castigliano is holding a spectacular, not-to-be missed sample sale.

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wedding photo blog by Carla Thomas (16)I’m posting a 1950s wedding inspiration shoot today for two reasons: one, the dresses and make up are so pretty – I couldn’t resist! two, I love hearing how creative shoots like this come about. Wedding photographer Carla Thomas got in touch and told me about her inspiration for the shoot and how the idea grew to involve a great team of wedding suppliers and some fabulous dresses and accessories.

I was going to call this blog post “one lucky man’s day out” but I thought that would be a bit naughty. I’d better hand over to Carla…

“We wanted the shoot to epitomize the grandeur of the socialites of the 1950s – choosing to steer clear of the stereotypical milkshake shop image of the era and instead basing our shoot on the style of wedding that would have been attended by the rich and wealthy.

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so says today’s gorgeous bride on the English Wedding blog. Fiona had her cast taken off just a few days before the big day – but it didn’t spoil a wonderful wedding day as she married the (also gorgeous!) Toby in London.

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So it was bye, bye Jimmy Choos and hello adorable ballet pumps for this bride! Fiona’s wedding report tells a wonderful story – there are certainly tears but the wedding ends in triumph and celebration… in a Covent Garden nightclub!

The beautiful wedding photography is by Geoff Reardon, and portrays this sophisticated wedding day with the elegance and charm regular readers will recognise from Geoff. I’ll leave you to enjoy the story in words and pictures…

Fiona and Toby’s elegant London wedding

London wedding blog (2) wedding photography blog (1) The build up to our wedding was slightly stressful…..I (bride) broke my foot 6 weeks before and it was touch and go as to whether my cast would be off in time, coupled with the fact that the London Riots were two days before and unfortunately the day before our wedding we had to attend my Great Aunt’s funeral. We literally got back from Yorkshire with one hour to spare before our wedding rehearsal and by the time the morning of the wedding arrived, we were just so keen to get married before anything else could happen to us!

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Typography wedding inspiration on Green Wedding Shoes (credit www.onelove-photo.com)

You deserve a little rest. You’ve been working hard all week! It’s Friday. Take ten minutes and enjoy this wedding loveliness instead. No one’s watching…

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Photo credit: Julie Ann Images via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog

Think creative

Creative photo shoot Nia Fiori Vintage Twee
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Creative photo shoot Nia Fiori Vintage Twee

Behind the scenes on a secret photoshoot with Fiori and Twee (by Goldie)

The very least I can do to finish a bizarre and wonderful week is thank my friends for making it that way. The secrets will come out soon I’m sure. For now – an Oscars-style thank you goes out to:

Mat Hepplestone of Red Floral Architecture. Mat is a genius. Chris Hanley Photography. you already know how much I admire Chris and Claire. Marry Me Films. Meeting Tony and Sara for the first time on Monday, by Tuesday I was smitten with the pair of them. And I’m so excited to see the movie…

Joanne Linder, aka Vintage Twee. Joanne’s inner genius came out to play and had the best time ever! Not only is this designer gorgeous, she’s a star on set. Jo, you rock. Nia Fiori, glamorous artist and illustrator. Nia’s naughty side inspires her designs; her burlesque style and sense of humour shine in everything she does. And oh yes, she looks like a goddess. Truly!

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The very beautiful Vicky and Matt won their wedding day at a Yorkshire wedding fair. They hadn’t planned to get married so quickly, but couldn’t turn down such an amazing opportunity and changed all their plans to bring the wedding forward to November 2011.

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Wedding photographer Richard Wynn-Davies got in touch to tell me their story. He explained, “the organisers [of a regional UK wedding show] promoted a competition dubbed “The Royal Wedding” where they asked for wedding suppliers from each main category to provide their services to one couple for free in return for tons of great PR. We decided to put ourselves forward as the photographers. The winners were Vicky & Matt, an adorable couple.

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One for the wedding business owners today… As I write blog features for English Wedding I often find myself visiting websites of jewellery and cake designers, wedding venues and stationers, wedding bands, caterers and make up artists. You’re all on facebook; most of you are on twitterit’s amazing how the way we promote our wedding businesses has changed.

Aside from wedding photographers who usually do blog, it seems to me the last step in the flurry of social media activity required from a wedding business these days is a business blog. Could it be that we’re all so time-pressured now a blog would be a step too far?

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Think back five years or so: we were all doing the same things, weren’t we… if you’re anything like me your wedding business keeps you busy from dawn till dusk in the peak wedding season, and then when it gets a bit quieter you’re still busy promoting your business via the wedding magazines and any other way you can think of.

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Three big ticks of approval: art deco? very lovely indeed. Pimms? Yes please! (it’s been a long day already… hee!) ice cream? Go on then, mine’s a vanilla with two flakes (see above). Seriously though – this wedding ticks all the boxes for a lovely couple, gorgeous details, unique and photogenic venue… and some fantastic special touches.

Sarah and Rich got married at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe back in July. The lovely pics are courtesy of wedding photographer Emma Billsborough – who will always, always be “ElmoBilbo” in my head, thanks to twitter. (Some handles just stick!)

I love the sleek lines of the wedding venue, the seaside location and the vintage ice cream lady – how cool is she?!


“We got married in Lancaster, where we had met at university, with the ceremony taking place at the chaplaincy on the university campus. It was amazing to arrive at the chaplaincy and see it transformed with flowers and decorations and full of our families and friends. We were married by a chaplain who we both knew from our time at university and family and friends provided the music and readings making it a really personal and special occasion.

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Where on earth do I start with this wedding? I love it. I love everything about it: the surprise, the style, the laid-back bride and groom and their family….
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…the delight – and shock! – on guests’ faces; the handmade and gorgeously swooshy wedding dress. Trudie says she was voted “the scruffiest girl in school” and wanted to carry on the tradition… but she, and her dress, look amazing.

I want this wedding to be mine!

For now I’ll leave you with one of my favourite ever wedding reports, which is by Jason and Trudie – and with images of a truly wonderful, unique and spectacular wedding day by wedding photographer Sam Clayton. (When I jumped at the chance to feature such a creative wedding Sam told me, “Trudie & Jason will be thrilled. They thought their wedding wouldn’t be of much interest!” To which, all I can respond is “Pah!”)

See what you think…

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wedding photo by Sam Clayton (42)Planning a surprise wedding!

“Our wedding was on the 25th of June, the day following Trudie’s 40th birthday.

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via Green Wedding Shoes blog. Photo credit: claytonaustinlovestories.com

Timekeeping is important. I’m crap at it: only this week did I realise my email subscriptions were landing at 3am!!! (thanks to Chris Hanley, who very politely mentioned his iPhone beeping in the early hours every day… Chris I do hope you got up to read my updates!) – and that’s just the start of my organisational problems.

Another example would be Friday afternoons: you know when it’s nearly the weekend and you just can’t be bothered finishing work you could do on Monday morning? That’s what I do. But then again… a little break, a breather, ten minutes of wedding planning instead of work… can’t do us any harm, can it? It might do us good: fire our creativity, perhaps.

Time for a bit of weddingness for our Friday afternoon treat! Enjoy, everyone!

Claire xx

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