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The first thing most newly engaged women think about (after the romance of the proposal has had time to sink in, of course) is the dress. If you are anything like me, you’ll have been imagining wearing a wedding dress since you were a young girl, and the likelihood is you already have an idea in mind of the sort of thing you are after. Accessories, however, are a whole different ball game. Most little girls dreaming of marrying their prince don’t pay much attention to what shoes they are going to wear, or what jewellery to match to their dress. It can therefore be a bit daunting when you realise that you have the dress of your dreams but have absolutely no idea what to put with it. After some careful consideration, here’s what I’ve ended up choosing to accessorize my vintage 1970s maxi dress with on the big day:

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bridal shoot with a surprise
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Short and sweet – this is a blog post purely to make you smile.

Meet bride and groom Rach and Dan…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (3)

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Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (1)A family friend took Rach and Dan’s wedding pictures and they decided after the wedding they’d like some professional photographs as well. They chose wedding photographer Matt Ethan to take these lovely quirky bridal photos.

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Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (5)

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (7)

You can just tell how happy these two are – and what lovely photos to treasure in years to come. All the more poignant because…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (8)Just one week after the shoot Dan got back in touch to tell Matt that Rach was expecting their first baby! So not only do they have a lovely set of photos, but their baby is hiding away in the pics as well…. and that’s a really beautiful little thing to have and to know.

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (2)Congratulations Dan and Rach, and thank you to wedding photographer Matt Ethan for sharing the images with us today.

Hope we made you smile…

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle
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I had a fantastic response to the competition to win handmade wedding notebooks by Virginia McArdle. It was lovely to read all of your comments and particularly those from and about grooms – thank you boys for dispelling the myth that weddings are basically for girls…

Handmade wedding notebooks winner!

I waffle. The winner of the competition is Sarah W. Congratulations Sarah – I’ll send your details to Virginia and she’ll sort out your prize for you. Enjoy the books… I’m very jealous!

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle

Paper hearts by Virginia McArdle

For those of you who didn’t win (sorry, boys!) do remember that the fabulously talented Virginia McArdle is a member of Craft Central and will be at the Craft Central Gets Hitched event (it’s central London’s handmade wedding fair) on the 23rd-25th of June.

More details are here: www.craftcentral.org.uk/craft-central-gets-hitched

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A real wedding for you today girls and guys, and one which follows from the playful week of weddings we had last week!

This is Richard and Laura’s wedding day in Wales – the venue is Plas Hafod, the atmosphere is chilled out countryside and I love the little details of the day.

Plas Hafod wedding photography North Wales (1)Marie Lloyd Photography sent the photographs in to be featured on English Wedding. Husband and wife wedding photographers from Wales, Marie and Jason work together shooting weddings across the country.

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Jason wrote about this wedding day, “We photographed a great wedding on the royal wedding day: the bride and groom had a 1912 vintage bus, a handmade dress, vintage sewing machine and loads of handmade details.”

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Jason explained how some of the quirkier shots came about: “Richard and Laura are a super cute couple, really touchy feely and expressive and we went for some less typical, more creative shots with them. I know that’s a little cryptic, but they loved our work and wanted to do something a little different, so we did :o)

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Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography 08In case you’ve been enjoying the sunshine and missed a bit on the English Wedding blog this week, here’s a recap with all the blog posts of last week

On Monday we saved you a little sunshine with a bluebell engagement shoot by ARJ Photography (our newest sponsor on the English Wedding Showcase)

Star Bride Sally shared her somethings old, new, borrowed and blue while Blogger Bride Frances gave us a little review of wedding websites

Hen Heaven shared some ideas for perfect spa and pampering hen weekends

Loulabelle shared all the wedding goodies her long suffering postman has delivered! More goodies… Laura won a Pretty POSH Party Bag in our competition on Tuesday. Congratulations Laura 🙂

wedding photo of the week by Chris Hanley Photography

We swooned at Chris Hanley Photography’s gorgeous photos in Wednesday’s real wedding: Martin gave one of the comments I loved… he described it perfectly as a “Beautiful wedding, beautifully shot!”

Then I wanted to write a really positive post so we had Cherish the moment – all about rediscovering the seven year old inside! … followed by the kids wedding survey with blog sponsors McAvoy Photography

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Last week English Wedding made it into the list of the Top 100 UK Wedding Blogs. It’s a brilliant list and I’ve been checking out the other wedding blogs who made the top to bring you this blog advice:

9 ways to write a brilliant wedding blog

  1. Have attitude! Rock n Roll Bride tops the list of UK wedding blogs. Kat Williams’s blog is compelling and powerful because she says what she thinks – this is a blog which is honest and real, and also happens to be packed with real weddings, blogging advice and bridal shoots – with a difference!Rock n Roll Bride top UK wedding blogEverything about Rock n Roll Bride has the attitude that defines Kat’s blog – it’s all about being different. While Kat’s alternative attitude gets us all hooked, her blog is exceptionally well branded, promoted and written. Rock n Roll Bride appeals to a wide audience (who doesn’t want to be this cool?!) and inspires many other great wedding bloggers, which is why this is the top UK wedding blog – by miles!

Days to go: 308

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I’ve been able to tick off some big things from the To Do list this week!

On Saturday we went to the travel agent to talk about our honeymoon. We got some options, had some ideas and then on Tuesday we went back and booked the honeymoon!

Possibly the most exciting part of booking the honeymoon is that we booked it in my married name! This does mean that I have to make sure I get my passport sorted in the right name. I have gone to the .gov.uk website to make sure I get it all done right.

If you Google going on honeymoon with your married name, all the sites you look at recommend not doing that. That worried me! But the .gov.uk website says that’s fine.

I am so excited about the honeymoon! It’s going to be completely amazing! I’m planning on buying summer clothes for it!

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by Cassie Cooper, wedding planner of Three Graces Weddings

It goes without saying that every bride deserves a wedding day which is beautiful, stylish and stress-free. But it seems to me that somewhere along the way we’ve all got a bit lost in the idea of everything being flawlessly perfect and we’ve forgotten to do the most important thing of all: enjoy ourselves!

Stay optimistic and plan your wedding your way

I have a natural inclination to want to organise everything to within an inch of its life; but my driving force is not the desire to make everyone’s wedding look like a spread from a magazine but the hope that everyone will just be happy on the day. ‘Just’ indeed!

I wonder how many couples have the same optimism but get slowly and surely dragged down by ‘shoulds’, tensions and too much sweating of the small stuff. Has this happened to you?

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On Wednesday Louise and I took a trip over to Effigy Salon, complete with print out pictures like a 15 year olds going to the hairdressers! I normally hate, hate, hate being ‘pampered’, but I absolutely loved every second of it! Emma, who will also be there on the morning of the wedding getting us all ready, was so lovely and completely put me at ease, it’s so relaxing to know that she’ll be taking care of that side of things on the day. I originally wanted to do my own hair and make-up, thinking that someone fussing me would make me even more nervous, until I wondered how my nerves would affect me actually doing my own make-up! Carli also said “Sally just get someone in, knowing you, you’ll probably forget to even brush your hair!”, also Emma came recommended from David’s sisters, and I remembered how gorgeous Anna looked on her wedding day and decided to book a trial.

Lou and I at Effigy

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Days married: 28

Claire had told me a while ago that there was a little ‘thing’ she was making for me. I had forgotten about this until she mentioned it when I got back. I had forgotten about it again until it landed on my doorstep this afternoon! (And here I was thinking it was a special kind of blog post!)

What a lovely surprise to receive this cute little thank you box with my favourite type of ribbon tied around it!

And what’s more – inside the box was Claire’s speciality – beautiful calligraphy for Richard and and me! (I really don’t know how you do it Claire, it’s beautiful!)

What a beautiful keepsake to remind me of the times I shared with English Wedding and you all! It’s very fitting that the calligraphy is oh-so-very regal – like we were when we got married in a castle! Yes!

Thank you very much Claire. It’s beautiful.

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I met up with lovely Manchester wedding photographer Jenny from McAvoy Photography earlier this month and we got chatting about my blog post on finding that childish excitement you should be enjoying about your wedding day.

Kids wedding survey Eliza's dream weddingMy dream wedding – a child’s perspective

Jenny had the brainwave of asking her daughter and some classmates about their ideal wedding. The lovely Eliza – fan of all things sparkly – and her friends came up trumps with some insightful, interesting and funny wedding themes.

Huge thanks to Jenny and to Eliza McAvoy for being top wedding researchers! This wedding blog post wouldn’t be possible without them. And now we have the results for you… this is the future of weddings in the UK in the eyes of our primary school children!

The Best Wedding Ever! Survey results

children at weddings survey with McAvoy Photography

What would the bride wear?

Surprisingly perhaps, a variety of wedding dress styles came up in the survey results. Seven year olds are torn over the issue of wedding dress colour: fewer than half of our respondents opted for a traditional white wedding dress!

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Have the words ‘wedding planning‘ lost their tingle? What springs to mind when you hear them: that first shiver of anticipation as you exchange glances down the aisle, or your budget spreadsheet?

Let’s forget for a minute that planning a wedding can be a huge feat of organisation. Forget the budgets, forget deposits and deadlines.

little girl on a wedding day

Take a little time out to pretend you’re a little girl again.

If your seven year old self could see you now, in fact if she could be you right now, how excited would she be feeling? You’re planning a wedding. Your wedding. You’re getting married to your boyfriend, you’ll wear your very own wedding dress and have a magical day with music and a wedding cake. Woweeee!

Playing at weddings used to be so exciting!

That little girl and her excitement never really goes away. Let her out for a bit! Forget the grown up you with all your spreadsheets from time to time and – just for a few precious moments – relish the excitement instead.

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