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“Hmmm”, said Claire one January morning as she battled with her stupid tax return.

Photo credit: Jean-Luc Benazet

“Hmmm, I wonder if I can get away with blogging about my very own English Wedding facebook page today.”

Over in the corner, the taxman nodded sagely, looking at his watch.

Thought Claire, “Well, I have just uploaded a batch of rather special wedding photos from a few of the real weddings I’m about to blog.” and then, looking vaguely guilty, “and it did take a whole  five minutes to do that.”

Photo credit: Martin Pemberton Photography

The taxman leant forwards. “I’ll beat you with this big stick if you think you’re going to write a full blog post, Missy.” he said in a threatening manner.

Claire hid under the table then, and published the shameless plug for her facebook page anyway.

coming-soon-on-facebook-wedding-blog-previewsMaybe someone would click the “Like” button, she thought. And the thought made her feel just a little bit happier inside.

 

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Planning a wedding – it must be one of the hardest projects in a girl’s life! Second to A-Levels, wedding planning must take so much time and effort – I honestly don’t know how you all do it. For some of you, wedding planners will be the answer. But did you know there’s a very affordable way to get a wedding planner’s knowledge in your own head? Over to Julie Dawson aka The Wedding Genie to tell you more…

Wedding Girl Bridal WorkshopBridal Workshops 12th February and 25th March: Plan Like a Professional

  • Have you just got engaged or know a friend who has?
  • Don’t know where to start with your wedding planning?
  • How are you going to capture your dream wedding with the budget that’s available?
  • Are you struggling to keep your wedding budget from spiralling or worse haven’t even set one?

Take a deep breath! The Wedding Genie is here to help. Spend a fun and practical morning with me learning how to plan your perfect day, without running up your own contribution to the national debt. Meeting other brides just like you swapping ideas and at some of my workshops addresses! There is nothing like a bit of support.

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Hello fellow B2B!  Delighted to make your acquaintance, especially via Claire’s great site which I love perusing as I plan for my own wedding. I’m really thrilled to join Fran, Angharad and Loulabelle as a guest blogger bride and hope you’ll enjoy my posts here on english-wedding.com and maybe even have a peek at my own site: www.awarwickshirewedding.com.

Relatively fresh-faced to the world of social media, I’m still finding my feet in the blogosphere and never would have believed you if, this time last year, you had told me that blogging and tweeting would become part of my everyday life.  Come to think of it, if you’d told me I would be getting married this year, I wouldn’t have believed you either.  So how did it all come about? Well, if you drop in at www.awarwickshirewedding.com, I’ll tell you how it all started last summer, not with a kiss, but with my discovery of a steam train in Somerset. Hope to see you there soon!

Mrs Moore-to-Be x

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2012 wedding industry awards venue

The best wedding suppliers were announced at the Cafe de Paris in London

The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards Event was held last night, with winners in the national categories announced. Congratulations to all the winning wedding suppliers – well deserved in every category.

In the spirit of the fabulous organisation of this event, the national results are already on the official website (somebody must be updating the site with a sore head this morning!) for the world to see.

Because I’ve seen how these suppliers were voted for and judged, based on providing a devoted service to their customers as well as priding themselves on quality and expertise, I want to help tell the world about them. So here we go:

the national winners of the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards are

Best Wedding Accessory (Tiaras etc): www.jobarnesvintage.com
Best Wedding Cake Designer: www.rosalindmillercakes.com
Best Wedding Caterer (independent): www.morgans-catering.co.uk
Best Wedding Co-ordinator (venue): www.riverstation.co.uk
Best Wedding Dress Designer: www.no9bridalcouture.com
Best Wedding Dress Retailer: www.elliesanderson.co.uk
Best Wedding Entertainment: www.hipoperation.co.uk
Best Wedding Florist: www.sonningflowers.com
Best Wedding Hair Stylist: www.jameswhitehair.co.uk
Best Wedding Make-Up Artist: www.kazfernandomakeup.co.uk
Best Wedding Marquee Provider: www.worldinspiredtents.co.uk
Best Wedding Menswear Supplier: www.sensationalformalhire.co.uk
Best Wedding Photographer: www.mariannetaylorphotography.co.uk
Best Wedding Planner (independent): www.plannedforperfection.co.uk
Best Wedding Special Touch: www.artfullsplodgers.com
Best Wedding Transport Supplier: www.dennissonclassics.co.uk
Best Wedding Venue: www.gaynespark.co.uk
Best Wedding Videographer: www.philipwhiteweddings.co.uk
Best Newcomer: www.maidstomeasure.com

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wedding photo by Marshal Gray (37)Wedding photographer Marshal Gray is a wedding photographer too cool for school, with a wonderfully artistic approach and a fantastic blog. Real name Gary Marshal, I’m sure I’ve called him Marshal more than once since we first chatted online a year or so ago. He’s a lovely guy, and the perfect choice for Louisa and Andrew.

This wonderful couple were married at Surrey’s Northbrook Park last summer. The sun shone, the day went swingingly and there are some beautiful images of the bride and groom here for you to enjoy. My favourites are the look they exchange, holding hands when they’ve put the wedding rings on – and the bit where Louisa gets to try on lots of shoes… Cinderella style! I’ll leave you to see that one for yourself!

wedding photo by Marshal Gray (38)Louisa very kindly emailed her wedding story for English Wedding blog, and her own favourite memory of the day is really touching. I’ll leave you with Louisa’s words and wedding photography by Marshal Gray. Enjoy!

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Ladies (and the more flamboyant gents out there) I have a little competition worth £50 to tempt you today… the folks behind gorgeous bead store Beadcrafty.com have got a £50 online voucher for one lucky English Wedding blog reader to WIN!

beads from beadcraftySo. Are you making your own wedding jewellery? For sophisticates among you, how about a pearl bracelet or a string of pearl beads to decorate your bridal decolletage?pearl beads If you’re rocking a 1950s look, you could make a red bead bracelet to go with your dress.

red beads from beadcraftyWould you like to be in with a chance to win £50 of beads?

Whether you’re planning on making something gorgeously beady for your big day, or simply whiling away a rainy weekend with some of these lovely little balls of colourfulness, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question in the comments box below.

Answer to be in with a chance of winning. Is the bead below…

a) a duck
b) a coco pop
c) a pretty flower

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wedding photo by Jonny Draper (28)

This cute hand-drawn card for “Miss Payne and Adam” got me first. Then I fell in love with the sense of camaraderie at Alexis and Adam’s Mitton Hall wedding. The icing on the cake was – well, the gorgeous little cake sculptures which are little adventures of quirkiness all to themselves.

wedding photo by Jonny Draper (30)

I feel as though I’ve followed Alexis’s wedding planning journey a little, and I was excited to see her wedding day – I’d heard all about the lovely lady from my friend and wedding photographer Jonny Draper months and months ago when we first met.

wedding photo by Jonny Draper (16)

I admired Jonny’s approach to building his (already successful) wedding photography business around friendships, both with clients and wedding suppliers. Alexis was to become a huge part of that – I’d already seen her with Adam on their cool pre-wedding shoot in Castlefield (featured here too: City Chic engagement shoot). I spotted her at the Mitton Hall Wedding Supper Club on Jonny’s blog, and then she modelled at the West Didsbury Wedding Event in March – I felt as though I knew Alexis already!

Days to Go: 82

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Lots of things have been happening! I can’t believe we’re down to double figures with the days to go!

My friends have been planning my very secret hen do. All I know is where we’re going, what time I need to be there and that at some point we will be eating! I love surprises but I’m so curious about what we’ll be doing! I really want to be sneaky and find out but in all honesty I do love surprises.

I’ve also been making small wedding purchases. I have some new crystals for the tables that better suit our colour scheme, and I bought some extra clear crystals because I wasn’t sure if one bag would be enough for 10 tables, plus the top table.

I’ve also bought a ring box for us to keep our wedding rings in. I use the box my engagement ring was in to keep it nice so I thought we could keep our wedding rings in a box.

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engagement photograph… a fabulous prize, courtesy of my friend and sponsor Phil Drinkwater. Phil is very kindly offering a free engagement shoot worth £300 – and it’s available to everyone in England, Scotland & Wales.

You don’t need to buy anything for this and it’ll take about a minute of your time to like Phil’s page and post on his wall. Go to his facebook page now to find out what to do :)

No catches – just a free engagement shoot that someone has to win.

Good luck everyone!!!

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For the first time this year, to brighten your Friday, here’s a bit of wedding blog love for you to enjoy!

This one’s been a long time coming, has it not? And I’m especially sympathetic to everyone in an office out there this week: I feel your pain, having spent much of this week surrounded in piles of paper – I’ve been doing my accounts. Ick!

But this… now this is fun. For me it’s research. For you it’s half an hour or more, as you wish, reading and getting inspired and looking at gorgeous pics!

Real weddings

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Hi again! Time for some pretty unique wedding invitation designs to show you – beautiful, creative and standout wedding invites from Wendy Bell Designs.

I featured Wendy’s London wedding on the blog back in 2011 – she’d designed all her own stationery to fit with her choice of wedding venue, and it was absolutely divine! Wendy’s bespoke wedding invitation service promises to be outstanding, so do check out her official website to find out more.

wedding invitation by Wendy Bell DesignsAs a sponsor of English Wedding blog, Wendy Bell Designs now has a dedicated Showcase Page which I think you’ll love – there are more pics on there of her personalised wedding invitation designs, alongside info on the bespoke wedding invitation service.

Watch out for Wendy’s blog posts on the English Wedding Showcase as well – I’m looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for this very talented young designer (and lovely, lovely lady!)

Find out more about Wendy Bell Designs on the English Wedding Showcase

Wendy – welcome to English Wedding!

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wedding photo by Kirsten Mavric (33)Yesterday I was delighted to share Nicola and Bertie’s beautiful Derbyshire wedding blog with you – with the most gorgeous photos from Kirsten Mavric.

Nicola was a truly beautiful bride in an exquisite lace wedding dress by Sassi Holford, marrying Bertie in a Derbyshire village church with an old English feel to the day. I loved their focus on family and friends, and hearing about Nicola’s jewellery – all family heirlooms – was a real treat.

wedding photo by Kirsten Mavric (36)

Today it’s time for the wedding reception, and I’ll leave you with part two of Nicola’s wedding story to enjoy!

wedding photo by Kirsten Mavric (35)

Bertie and I had some photographs on our own in a field opposite the church – for which I clambered over a style – before joining everyone else.

wedding photo by Kirsten Mavric (32)

wedding photo by Kirsten Mavric (30)

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