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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.

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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?

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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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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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Your opportunity to save 70% on a designer wedding dress!

Caroline Castigliano sample sale information:

  • 1 week only
  • 13 – 17 March 2012
  • Berners Street boutique, London
  • Up to 70% off stunning bridal gowns

This is your exclusive opportunity to take home something truly exceptional from the UK’s premier bridal designer, who has dressed some of the world’s most stylish women for their weddings and red carpet events.

Places are limited. To book your personal consultation and avoid disappointment, please call: 020 7636 8212

www.carolinecastigliano.co.uk

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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…

Real weddings

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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