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If anyone out there is actually working now…. my heart goes out to you. That’s so unfair! And my blog post for today has the sweetest intentions to create a little distraction for you! Step into the world of weddings for a minute with me. Here’s the best of the world of wedding blogs (and weddings, and blogs!) from the week just gone.

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Loulabelle (aka Louise) became a friend and a regular source of hilarity as I followed her wedding blog at Met My Match through 2011. As a writer she is simply wonderful. I believe I may have begged to blog her wedding. There’s no shame in that. Such an enterprising, intelligent, creative and beautiful lady?! I had to see her wedding pics!

So Louise planned her countryside creative wedding with a fabulous vintage twist. One thing I hadn’t seen on her blog was that Garry, her groom, was a policeman. Cue vintage police car as a surprise – along with the loveliest driver to chauffeur the boys around.

Of course Louise’s own beloved Bertie (the Beetle) took pride of place carrying the bride and her dad to the church…

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As a surprise I’d arranged a vintage police car to collect Garry, his best man and two ushers who are all Metropolitan Police Officers. The driver Ernie, was fantastic! He even wore his old uniform to add to the experience. Garry was so chuffed when he saw the Police Car rock up outside his best man’s. And the driver was just sooooooooooooo lovely!!!

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At a real wedding, scary things can happen. Picture the scene: having your picture taken outdoors, a gust of wind and… off flies your veil. Over a barbed wire fence, or so I’ve heard. Who’d have expected intrepid Yorkshire wedding photographer Pete Barnes to follow, risking life, limb and trouser-safety in a daring dash to the rescue.

Our knight in shining armour submitted Anna and Fraser’s beautiful wedding to my blog. I don’t think he mentioned his little adventure in his emails! Wonderful what a bit of wedding-blogger-research turns up. Also of note are Anna’s adorable flower garland – I want one – her stunning smile and the romance that fizzles between the happy couple.

You’ll love the warm sunshine in the wheat fields, you’ll love Anna’s look and Fraser’s loving eyes, you’ll love the pics from Pete Barnes Photography – and you’ll love Anna’s wedding story. Dive in. Enjoy.

Claire x

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A friend designed our invitations and order of service. He designed a logo using our names which made them really personal.

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Another real wedding, and this time I bring you: a beautiful bride who can fly. It’s a gorgeous wedding shot by Kat Forsyth, who shot Bianca and Michael’s wedding in Avianto in August. Kat is a sponsor of English Wedding blog – she’s been photographing weddings in South Africa and is coming to live in London from January. All I can say is, get in touch quickly if you’d like Kat to photograph your big day!

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The flying bride title comes from a comment the lovely Anneli Marinovich left on Kat’s wedding photography blog. And I have to add, it’s not just Bianca who gets airborne: Michael can jump pretty damn high!

I love this wedding because Bianca very bravely had her long hair chopped just before the wedding. Michael prefers short hair – hence her strikingly beautiful wedding day bob. And I think she looks amazing.

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David Fielden is a leading UK bridalwear designer, an inspiration to many, a creative force at the cutting edge of bridal fashion.

David’s catwalk shows never fail to create a buzz in the wedding industry, and his 2012 catwalk with its theme of urban decay – with the delicate subtext of love overcoming hardship – was no exception.

David Fielden: The Elite: an interview

I asked David to share a little insight into his collection, his inspiration and his designs.

David, your bridal catwalks always cause a stir: this year’s Urban Destruction theme was especially thought-provoking. Is there a philosophy behind the styling of your events?

“We live in an intransient time, with world affairs effecting our everyday decisions. So I wanted to capture that feeling and show that love will always win out.”

Your gowns have a very unique style. How is a David Fielden gown born… do you schedule time to sketch ideas, or does inspiration come when you least expect it to?

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The Elite wedding blog logoTime for a little indulgence I think… how about a proper nosey and a really good look at the very best in the UK wedding industry? I’ve invented a new feature: The Elite.

I’m on a journey, an adventure to rediscover the guys at the top of their game – the designers, the photographers, the master craftsmen who inspire us all. The guys with vision, creativity and a real passion that’s driven them to the very very top. Why don’t you join me as I investigate The Elite. Throughout December and January I’ll be interviewing some famous names in the wedding industry. David Fielden comes first…

My very first Elite blog post is coming up later today – it’s almost ready. If you don’t want to miss out on the series, you can subscribe to The Elite on English Wedding Blog by email

I’m just off to give David a bit of a polish. Back shortly!

Claire xxx

 

 

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This is what happens when the groom loves drum ‘n’ bass, and the bride doesn’t – a perfect solution to a very common dilemma: your wedding music. Ellie and Lee came up with the most ingenious idea of a silent disco at their wedding reception!

This gorgeous couple were married at The Inner Temple, and London wedding photographer Mark Carey submitted their photos for my blog. I loved every one: their day was fun, loving, sophisticated and family-oriented. And they really had thought of everything!

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Ellie wrote the loveliest wedding report for me. My favourite quote from Ellie is this (when I asked about her most memorable wedding day moments): “Seeing all of the groom’s friends dancing to drum and bass whilst his parents were doing the tango on the other side of the dance floor.”

I love it. You will too…

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Hang on a minute… where did the week go?! You know sometimes the days just slip by and you feel like you’ve missed one?! Yep – that’s me, right now. But – well it’s nearly Christmas now. So I’ve definitely got that Friday feeling and it’s time to relax and forget about work (yes I know it’s 2 o’clock) until Monday morning.

Time for some wedding treats from around the web…

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Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

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I’m going to make you a promise: next week, a real wedding, every day. This week has been full of advice and ideas and guest blogs, which I’ve loved sharing… but I think I owe you some weddings 🙂

So – next week, plenty of weddings and some special treats – you absolutely have to come and see what I’m starting on Monday morning!

In the meantime, I’ve shared sneak preview photos of my next few weddings on facebook. Have a peek at the big fluffy gown, the fabulously bright flowers, the henna, the sunset…

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coming soon: wedding previews only on facebook

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Sometimes people just know so much more stuff than I do! Today, great advice in a guest blog post – and some lovely pics which might just have you hooked on pearls to go with your wedding dress…

Weddings are invariably a puzzle of selecting many different elements to suit the occasion…..the dress, the venue, the guests, the jewellery. They’ve all got their part to play and here we will look at how to choose the perfect pearl jewellery to wear at your wedding. Regardless of whether you merely opt for an understated pair of pearl earrings or match a number of different types of pearl jewellery – from bracelets to necklaces, this guide introduces you to how you should wear pearl jewellery on your most special of days.

One way of doing this is to consider the different seasons and winter weddings are perhaps the most suitable for introducing colour to the atmosphere that a winter wedding provokes in the bride, groom and guests. So which types of pearls are best for wearing at a summer and winter wedding?

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I promised you gorgeous, glamorous, bright and sexy wedding invitations, and here they are. Designed by Wendy Bell, whose wedding I featured on the blog yesterday, these invitations are pretty special – and right up my street.

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Roof Gardens Flamingo Design: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Wendy’s Flamingo design was created for her wedding. She coordinated the wedding invitations to tie in with her wedding venue – the Roof Gardens in Kensington. The funky invitations take inspiration from the colourings of the wedding venue. The flamingos are found in their gardens and the dots symbolise the beaded curtains in the Roof Gardens club area. Wendy offers a bespoke invitation design service… and you can see just how much thought and attention to detail goes into the design process!

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Peacock Spots wedding invitation: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Above, Peacock Spots wedding invitation. Intricately dotted designs evoke the natural patterns of peacock feathers, in cool pink and grey… so sophisticated.

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Monochrome Hearts wedding invitation: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Monochrome Hearts wedding invitation. I love the grungey hearts, the textures and beautifully messy design with such a lovely typeface. Yummy.

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