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Village Hotel Warrington wedding by Vickerstaff Photoraphy (25)Today’s beautiful wedding comes in two parts – there were so many lovely images from Lisa and Stewart’s big day I had to share this one across two days on English Wedding Blog. Lisa and Stewart chose Chester wedding photographers Vickerstaff Photography to capture their big day on camera. They were married at St Laurence Church and held their wedding reception at The Village Hotel in Warrington.

As always on English Wedding Blog, this is a real wedding with a story of its own, something a little different… and for the first time, we have a hockey team in the back of the church. Yes, they brought their sticks. You’ll have to look at the pictures and read Lisa and Stewart’s wedding story to find out why! Oh, and I mustn’t forget the Tactical Nuclear Penguin. That’s definitely a wedding blog first…

Lisa and Stewart’s Warrington wedding day: part 1

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A special hello this morning to any green brides and grooms. I have a guest post for you from the very lovely Harriet Wild from the Eden Project in Cornwall. I’m an eco-friendly wedding blogger (English Wedding Blog‘s laptop, lights and baking machine are all powered by Ecotricity, did you know?!) Needless to say I’m all for weddings which consider and help our world and environment so I am proud to have this guest blog post on the blog today. (Check out the wedding favours – Seed Bombs! Fantastic!)

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An ethical wedding venue – wedding reception at The Eden Project. Photo credit Tom Griffiths

How to plan a green wedding

Gone are the days where the word ‘eco’ means hippy, tie-dye and poor quality. Having a low-impact wedding is a great way of saving a bob or two, while at the same time treading lightly on the planet. A ‘green wedding’ means that consumption, sustainability, creativity and careful sourcing are at the forefront of decisions.

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This morning’s wedding blog is quietly beautiful – Arkin and Simon chose the 5 star luxury Andaz Hotel on London’s Liverpool Street as their wedding venue. The Andaz is a revelation: sleek, elegant styling “housed in a beautiful redbrick Victorian building dating back to 1884. Once inside, it transforms into a 21st century masterpiece” – as you will see…

This wedding was submitted to English Wedding Blog by Claudia Rose Carter. Her wedding photography style seems perfect for this couple: there’s all the romance you could ask for and the images are so very atmospheric – this is the perfect intimate city wedding. Enjoy…

Arkin and Simon’s London wedding at the Andaz Hotel

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Wedding venue: The Andaz Hotel, London Liverpool Street

Wedding photographer: Claudia Rose Carter

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An intimate city wedding. Our aim was to create a simple but elegant wedding day, where guests didn’t need to worry about a thing.
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Hello there! I have a great, helpful and chuckle-full wedding advice post for you this morning. Are you trusting your best girls to organise your hen do? Or are you wondering how to suggest exactly what you’d like to do for that particular celebration?! Here’s a guest post from one of the experts in hen parties – hope you like it!

Organising your own hen party – in five easy steps

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Breaking news for all the organised hens out there, it’s not just control-freak bridezillas who organise their own hen do’s! As it turns out, more hens are deciding to put the wedding folder aside (just for a minute or two!) and check out hen party activities themselves, and why not?

We know best what we’d love to do and there’s always the worry that the MoH will make it a little TOO raunchy (and yes there is such a thing!) As well as that, Bridesmaids, while being hilarious, has highlighted the stress we can put on our nearest-and-dearest, so at the very least we’d like to be around to lend a helping hand.

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Nicky and Natalie’s wedding has everything a wedding blogger could wish for and more: romantic hugs, gorgeous design (Vivienne Westwood anyone?), and fabulous details which combine rustic with modern elements. The wedding venue and decor, by the way, is sublime! Dream Occasions‘ Bernadette Chapman worked her magic there, and helped with the wedding story for this blog post as well!

There are beautiful pictures – courtesy of the lovely wedding photographer Mark Bothwell – and plenty of ideas for other couples to include in rustic but elegant weddings. But most of all, this is one of those weddings which has that fantastic sense of freedom: a humanist ceremony, some glorious moments with friends and family, and a couple who wear their hearts on their sleeves. Nicky and Natalie are beautiful and inspiring. I hope you love today’s wedding blog as much as I do.

Claire xx

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A quick note to wedding suppliers this afternoon – I’m working over the weekend on new sponsors for August onwards so if you’d like to sponsor a top UK wedding blog for just £50 a month now is the time to take the plunge!

My media pack is here – it’s a pdf you can access online with all the stats you need and info on what makes English Wedding Blog a great place to advertise your wedding business.

  • English Wedding Blog isn’t cluttered with dozens of sponsors – so your ad won’t be lost in the crowd
  • Your ad will show on the right hand side of English Wedding Blog, on every single page. (English Wedding gets 60,000 page views a month)
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  • I’ll write an introduction post to welcome you as an advertiser and tell English Wedding Blog readers all about you
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This isn’t pretty! Unusually for a wedding blog I suppose… I was having a bit of an email chat with the lovely Wendy Bell from WBD Designer Wedding Stationery this week, and she asked if I photographed my wedding calligraphy myself, and how / where I did it.

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Place name doilies with calligraphy from www.Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

I try and make sure all the photography I show on my calligraphy website and blog is up to a decent standard: for a wedding product which is all about looks, photography is really important. I’ve seen plenty of wedding supplier websites and facebook pages where the product photography lets the site down.

I don’t have any special equipment for photographing my work, so I thought I’d share a very honest view of my usual setup! Scuse the paws… they’re banished from the room when I’m photographing orders; only allowed in for samples!

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A finished wedding calligraphy photograph: cropped, exposure tweaked and resized for the web

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I zoomed out a little to show you the limited spot of sunshine I was using, and my two little assistants…

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rustic wedding ideas (24)Jody and Richard’s wed­ding was held at The Sta­bles at Cross Butts in Whitby, a family-run wed­ding venue with the option of hav­ing a civil cer­e­mony out­doors. They cre­ated a lovely theme with rus­tic details, and their wedding day was full of gorgeous ideas with a relaxed, natural atmosphere.

Yesterday I featured the bridal preparations and outdoor wedding ceremony on English Wedding Blog, and today I’d like to share all the details of the day with you. Jody and Richard worked so hard to create a beautiful day, and I know any couples out there planning a similar day will be inspired by their wedding decor.

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I’ll let Jody tell you more! All the photography is by award-winning Der­byshire wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers HBA Pho­tog­ra­phy, and please do check out the recommended wedding supplier list at the end of this blog post.

Enjoy! xxx
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Richard and Jody’s rus­tic wed­ding at Cross Butts in Whitby: part two!

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How would you describe your wedding style?

We wanted our wedding to fit in with the venue which is described as “Where Country meets Town”, and we wanted a rustic and natural feel.
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rustic wedding ideas blog (12)If you’re looking for beautiful and rustic styling ideas, today’s wedding blog post will be right up your street! As will tomorrow’s…

I love Jody and Richard’s wedding for the atmosphere they created. Their wedding was held at The Stables at Cross Butts in Whitby, a family-run wedding venue with the option of having a civil ceremony outdoors. They created a lovely theme with rustic detailing… it’s a gorgeous celebration I know you’ll enjoy.
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Richard and Jody chose award-winning Derbyshire wedding photographers HBA Photography to capture their day. Photographers Ben and Hannah Appleby described Cross Butts as “a great wedding venue with one of the best marquees we’ve ever seen and it was so well decorated – an immense amount of effort from Jody & Rich and really worth it!

I’ll hand over to Jody and Richard to tell the story of their day, and leave you to enjoy the images by HBA Photography which go so well with the theme and style of this beautiful wedding.

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The launch of Love Bridal today is something for the wedding industry in the North West of England to really celebrate. While I’m now Norther and Wester than all of the photographers involved in the shoot, I’m still delighted that English Wedding Blog is playing a part in this launch: the way these guys work together is inspiring.

Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire by Jonny Draper Photography

Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire by Jonny Draper Photography

This is a fantastic showcase of the wedding dress designers at Love Bridal boutique:

  • Terry Fox
  • Mia Mia by Alan Hannah
  • Intuzuri
  • Heritage Collection by Balbier Wyatt

It’s also a great introduction to some of the best wedding photographers in the North and West of England. These guys work together and share ideas because they have such different styles and perspectives – who’d have thought wedding photography came in so many shapes and sizes!

Jonny Draper Photography – launching Love Bridal

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Love Bridal launch by Jonny Draper Photography

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We’ve seen all the beautiful images from 14 of the North West’s finest wedding photographers – I think it’s time for a story: let’s go from “Once upon a time…” to “this week we’re launching Love Bridal!”, shall we? Here’s Emma Draper to tell you all about the brand new Love Bridal boutique and her fabulous designer’s collections launching today.

by Emma Draper for Love Bridal boutique

Love Bridal Boutique has been born out of our passion for all things bridal! My own prior experience as Boutique Manager for a Manchester bridal boutique, coupled with my work as a bridal make-up artist and also as Studio Director within Jonny’s photography business too (yes we live and breathe all things bridal!) has given me invaluable knowledge about the wedding industry. Let’s just say that weddings are what we do and what makes us tick. So, given all our experience, Love Bridal is the very last piece of our lovely wedding jigsaw.

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I’m more than delighted to be sharing the Love Bridal launch with you today – and there was no way I could save the best for last… so shall we do the best bits first? Oh, go on then…

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Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire – Mia Mia wedding dress – Photography by Jonny Draper Photography

Emma and Jonny Draper asked their friends – many of the best wedding photographers from the North West of England – to help photograph wedding dress collections and accessories for Love Bridal. Each of the photographers involved has chosen five favourite shots from the day. I’ve chosen my own favourites: one per photographer. (More later!) This is a taster of what’s coming up later today on English Wedding Blog:

The Best of the North West – launching Love Bridal

“Welcome to the new breed of wedding photographer. The wedding photographer who likes to share thoughts & ideas with other wedding photographers to make us all get better at what we do.”

Welcome to The Best of the North West…

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