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Just a dinky little wedding blog for you this morning as I work behind the scenes on various thoughts and future blog posts –  and dinky it is indeed. Here’s something very, very different… Prince William and Kate Middleton made out of paper for starters:

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Unique wedding cake topper from Me, Myself & Te™

They’re the craziest wedding cake toppers I’ve ever seen – beautifully made, definitely a talking point, and wonderfully different. I only wish I had a fraction of the talent of their creator, Collette Te.

These cake toppers are from Me, Myself & Te™. Designer Collette says, “each item is personalized and 100% handmade from JUST ‘paper’. Me, Myself & Te™ was created for those who think outside the box, couples who are looking for wedding toppers & decorations that reflect their personalities making their special day stand out from the crowd.”

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Bridal party wedding cake topper made out of paper by Me, Myself & Te™

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UK wedding blog photo (30)I hope you’re wrapped up all snuggly and warm this morning – not only is it freezing outside, I also have a January wedding to share with you today. Joanna and Angus got married at Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire at the beginning of the year; a day full of romance, shared glances and elegant, individual style. Joanna’s wedding dress and jacket are gorgeous; Angus looks the part in top hat and tails. I adore the bridesmaids’ capes (want one!) – as soon as they caught my eye, I wanted this particularly wonderful wedding to show you on English Wedding blog.

Joanna’s wedding report is fabulous. Her advice is great: “Decide what you care about and plan, plan, plan. Then on the day: Relax.” There’s more – but I’ll leave Joanna to tell her wedding story in her own words.

Photography is by the lovely Samantha J Photography, based in the West Midlands.
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wedding cupcakes book by joanna farrow
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Morning everyone! Competition time to brighten your Tuesday – who’d like to win my very own copy of Wedding Cupcakes by Joanna Farrow? It’s up for grabs, all you need to do is answer a very simple question and a winner will be picked at random next week.

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Win my copy of Wedding Cupcakes - the book by Joanna Farrow

Despite my misadventures from the day I killed wedding cupcakes, this book comes highly recommended for any couple considering DIY cupcakes for their wedding. There might be a tiny bit of icing sugar on the pages (not much; I ate most of it) but there’s no gin on there, I promise 🙂

To win your copy, answer this simple question in the comments form below. A winner will be picked from the correct answers at random. You must provide a valid email address and check it next week to see if you’ve won!

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Rustic country wedding on Ruffled blog www.nectarinephotography.com

Rustic country wedding on Ruffled blog www.nectarinephotography.com

Definitely not work. Friday afternoon, are we all gazing wistfully outside at the last vestiges of sunshine as the brightness fades just in time for the weekend? Ah well. Ideally we’d be sat outside a little pavement cafe in a little out-of-the-way place or people-watching outside a bar in the city centre – neither planning weddings or working, while the sunshine lasts!

Here’s a quick weekly round up of my favourite bits of wedding blog. Enjoy – and have a gorgeous weekend.

Real weddings

DIY Giant flowers for your wedding

DIY Giant flowers for your wedding on greenweddingshoes.com/diy-giant-flowers

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So many post wedding shoots are all about the bride – but today I’m sharing a post-wedding treat for you as a couple. An extension of the magic of your wedding day, an experience to share together with pampering and luxury, the chance to dress up for your very own Hollywood Vogue couple’s shoot.

Your own post-wedding glamorous photo shoot

McAvoy Photography have created Hollywood Vogue to be all about glamour, love and romance. After the intensity of wedding planning, the heady excitement of your wedding day, here’s your chance to extend that fabulous euphoric feeling that can deflate quickly once the honeymoon is over. Jenny and Keith McAvoy created Hollywood Vogue shoots as a real treat with champagne, cupcakes, a hotel stay and a fabulous shoot to create lasting memories.

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We’ve had such beautiful weather recently, and many of you have had your engagement shoots over recent weeks. Two of my favourites from the English Wedding Showcase are a world of contrasts: from glorious spring sunshine to dramatic twilight…

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True love: engagement photography by Martin Beddall on the English Wedding Showcase

Above: Heidi and Toby’s Kent engagement shoot with wedding photographer Martin Beddall – beautifully sunny and light, although Martin introduced it on the English Wedding Blog with the words “probably means more snow soon”. Thanks Martin!

Below: Mark and Erin’s engagement shoot near Warrington – a clear evening with deliciously blue skies. I love their feet in this picture! And the blue is dreamy and so romantic. By McAvoy Photography.

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Romance at twilight: engagement photography by McAvoy Photography on the English Wedding Showcase

I don’t feature engagement or pre-wedding photography very often on English Wedding Blog, but there have been some beautiful shoots from my wedding photographer sponsors on the Showcase recently, and I urge you to go and have a look if you’re planning or considering an engagement shoot of your own. English-Wedding-Showcase.com

Vintage Twee and Nia Fiori by Bethany Jane Davies and Neirn Khiamsap
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I had the privilege of watching a very select group of wedding experts at work recently… I still can’t divulge all the cloak-and-dagger details of this amazing shoot but I can’t resist telling you about the fascinatingly talented Bethany Jane Davies.

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Bethany Jane Davies joined the team – Chris Hanley Photography, Marry Me Films, Vintage Twee and Nia Fiori – on a two-day creative shoot to create the most wonderfully exciting and glamorous hair for models Jo and Nia.

Without getting in anyone’s way I did my best to peer over her shoulder from time to time each morning and watch her at work. Bethany owns The Vintage Beauty Parlour and she’s an experienced freelance hair and make-up artist with a background in television, fashion and film. She was personally trained by Versace’s head stylist at the prestigious School of Make-Up – and it really was exciting to see her working with Jo and Nia!

Vintage Twee and Nia Fiori by Bethany Jane Davies and Neirn Khiamsap

Jo and Nia. Styling Bethany Jane Davies and photo credit Chris Hanley Photography

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Wedding blog Mallory Court (39)When she told me about her wedding day Claire mentioned how she’d always looked forward to the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – so I chose the title for this wedding blog post too. Claire and Richard were married at Mallory Court in August. There are some really special little touches in Claire’s wedding report: I love how she kept the dress a shared secret with just her mum, for example – and what a gorgeous dress.

Claire is a stunning bride. Richard looks fantastic in his kilt – this is just a fabulous wedding day with real style and a nice traditional touch. The wedding photography is by Rob and Sarah Gillespie; I’ll leave you with their pictures to tell the story of the day alongside Claire’s own wedding story.

Enjoy! x

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Erica Stacey bridalwear Chris Hanley Photography
Stumbling across exciting new designers and breathtaking photography is one of the best bits of being a wedding blogger. Erica Stacey is a bridal designer in Manchester whose first bridalwear collection was launched earlier this year. Erica’s inspiration comes from Art Deco, and her gowns are all made in the UK. Her wedding dresses are simply out of this world.

Erica Stacey bridalwear Chris Hanley Photography

This is a collection I know you’ll adore. Beautiful bridalwear, beautifully photographed by Chris Hanley Photography. Chris is the creator of Cherish the Dress™, the exclu­sive fash­ion shoot where you are the model and your wed­ding dress is the star.

What better way to showcase such a fabulous bridalwear collection than a Cherish the Dress™ shoot at the Manchester Hilton. Chris Hanley is a master craftsman with lighting, a photographer with an eye for true beauty in photography and design.

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Designer bridalwear wedding blog (4)Erica Stacey sources the most beautiful fabrics from around the world to create her distinctive and timelessly elegant bridal gowns. Delicate lace, floral patterns, soft silks – these gowns are bound to make any bride feel on top of her world – they’re wedding dresses you’ll truly cherish and enjoy.

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Wasing park wedding photo blog (20)The quaint little summerhouse, all white with blue inside and painted apple blossom… the gorgeous bride (I almost called this wedding blog post “The most beautiful girl in the world“) and a lovely English wedding day unfolds in pictures…

Ruth and Tristan were married at Wasing Park, with their ceremony in the Victorian summer house and a reception in the converted barn. They planned the wedding in just 9 months – and did a wonderful job with it all. Their wedding photographer was Michelle Joubert-Martin.

Enjoy!
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The marriage proposal:

Tristan went away on business to the Philippines and on the day he was due to get back into heathrow all the snow hit and the plane was diverted to Manchester. Ruth caught the train to heathrow and waited a few hours before Tristan called from the plane sat on the runway at Manchester and said they were waited for the snow to be cleared and Ruth ought to go home before the snow stopped the trains running.

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Afternoon everyone, and I hope wherever you are you’re looking forward to the weekend already. Once more, it’s time for a little diversion from the world of wedding blogs. As Davina once used to say, here are your best bits:

Charlotte Balbier bride on Love My Dress wedding blog

Via Love My Dress; Photography credit http://imagenewcastle.co.uk

Real weddings and engagement shoots

Romantic twilight engagement shoot

Romantic twilight engagement shoot by McAvoy Photography

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wedding photography by Yolande De Vries
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It’s time to welcome a brand new wedding photographer to English Wedding blog, and I’m proud to have the fabulous Yolande De Vries as part of the team here at English Wedding.

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Wedding photography in London and UK-wide by Yolande De Vries

Yolande’s background is in fashion photography and photojournalism, and her wedding photography style is feminine and exciting – it’s a real pleasure to welcome Yolande to English Wedding blog.

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I was thrilled to feature a bridal inspiration shoot by Yolande on English Wedding blog in 2011 – set in what appeared to be an enchanted forest, the shoot was inspiring, exciting, striking and deliciously different. I’ve followed Yolande’s photography blog ever since!

I’m really looking forward to getting to know Yolande a little better and to sharing her wedding photography with you via the English Wedding Showcase blog. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming her to English Wedding!

www.yolandedevries.com

Wedding photography by Yolande De Vries

Wedding photographer Yolande De Vries on English Wedding blog

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