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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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wedding photo by Kirsten Mavric (30)

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Asking brides and grooms to share their own wedding stories is the best thing, ever!

Nicola’s story of her wedding to Bertie, from July last year, is one of my favourites. And the beautiful images of this traditional English wedding with a vintage flavour are just wonderful.

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Wedding photographer Kirsten Mavric submitted the wedding for the blog. She sent me so many gorgeous pics I’m going to drag this one out… and trust me, you’ll adore me for it. 😉

Part one is the wedding day: from the bridal preparations in the morning to nerves, smiles, chuckles and kisses in church… I’ll hand over to Nicola to tell you more. Enjoy!

Nicola and Bertie’s beautiful Derbyshire wedding

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We got engaged in December and were marrying in July so there wasn’t too much time to dress shop. I basically went to look one day in January and narrowed it down to two and then reeled in my Mum to help with the final selection. Before I tried any on, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted – only that it wasn’t something strapless – but as soon as I put the “Milla” on in Sassi Holford (it’s also called Daisy on their website), I absolutely loved it.

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It’s been called indispensable, brilliant and inspired. And I’ve just knocked the price down for you – today you can get Marketing Your Wedding Business for $6. “Wow”? Yes, I know!

marketing guide coverDefinitely worth reading, buying, keeping by your bedside for future reference: 52 fabulous pages of advice for wedding businesses on marketing, promotion, blogging, research and lots more.

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/190387

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If this doesn’t get your toes swinging and your face smiling I don’t know what will.

Thanks to wedding photographer Matt Parry for sharing his best bits of last year! He says, “although I couldn’t squeeze everybody’s venue, cake, feet, smiles, shoes, laughter, silly dancing, tears, children and drunken guests into 4 minutes 30 seconds hopefully it will give you a flavour of my year and how much fun and emotion plays out in front of my lens… enjoy! photos by me and music by “allo darlin‘”

www.mattparryphotography.blogspot.com

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Oh, to be a henna artist. Working on Indian weddings would be a dream come true for me. Those fascinating, intricate swirls and squiggles of henna on a bride’s hands always make me shiver in delight. It’s my dream job.

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My other dream job is to be a photographer at an Indian wedding. And yet happily I can live through my blog and enjoy all that fabulous colour, sparkle and excitement through the eyes and lens of the lovely Katy Lunsford. Isn’t life brilliant?!

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Today I’m sharing Abi and Ajay’s wedding with you. They were married in May last year, at Chadderton Town Hall. Their wedding celebrated family and friends, with traditions taking centre stage throughout the celebrations. The wedding photographs take us from a few days before the wedding with the henna application, through the ceremony and some fabulous portraits of Abi and Ajay at the end of their day.

I hope you love these as much as I do!

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wedding invitation idea eco friendlyI wonder how many of you brides and grooms out there started the month a day or two ago with a resounding rallying cry of, “Right!” If you’re marrying in 2012, it’s time to get stuck into your planning, and especially time to think about wedding invitations. And if my inbox is anything to go by, plenty of you are investigating your options for stationery already! So I welcomed this guest blog post from Confetti with open arms. I hope you find it useful!

This article is supplied by Confetti.co.uk. To see their range of wedding stationery, visit www.confetti.co.uk/wedding-stationery/

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Ok, you’ve set the date, what’s next? Well, this is where it starts to get really exciting. This is your chance to tell the world, (or your friends and family at least) by inviting them to the big day! Your wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests will get of your wedding day style, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

When to send?

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