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Days to go: 0

The day is finally here! I wish I could tell you how I am feeling but I probably don’t know myself. (Especially as I’m obviously writing this in advance!)

I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you some of the ‘secret’ photos we had taken on our engagement shoot. These have formed the basis of our parents presents – which are photo montages of our shoot. I made a little booboo and forgot to take photos of the finished montages before Richard wrapped them up – but I’m sure you’ll get the idea.

These will also be used for our thank you postcards to send out to guests, and they are also for all you readers out there.

Enjoy and I’ll see you on the other side!

All photos by Phil Barber.

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Yay! I’ve been waiting to see this piece of film about The Future of Vintage bridal photo shoot I featured last week on English Wedding. Into my inbox it popped yesterday and it’s brilliant! (Literally! – those colours… that sunshine…)

The Future Of Vintage Shoot from silk wedding videos on Vimeo.

Tom Harrington – previous star of his own engagement shoot on English Wedding – is the director of Silk Wedding Videos in Manchester, and was a big part of The Future of Vintage shoot at Styal Lodge.

“The future of vintage shoot was great fun to be involved in and an excellent opportunity to get some of the very best names in the wedding industry together to do what they do best!

“Jonny Draper is an incredible photographer and a good friend of mine. When he mentioned the concept of the shoot at Styal Lodge I thought it was brilliant. Vintage is very much the thing that a lot of people are looking for on their weddings. So to see how this was going to be taken forward really interested me.

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I’ve deservedly given Salma the blogging limelight for the past week or so, because, (in true Salma countdown style)…

1 day to go!

Salma & Richard.. 1 day to go!

Salma, I can’t imagine how you must be feeling I’m nervous enough now and I have 86 days to go! It’s been a real pleasure hearing the details of your day and how excited you both are, I’m sure your musical wedding will go down a treat.. You’ll have to get some videos as well as photos up showcasing your talented friends and ex-bandmembers’ talents!

So this is just a short post wishing you both the best of luck tomorrow, I hope everything runs smoothly; and here’s looking towards your music and laughter filled future together!

And make sure you get back on English Wedding soon to tell us all all about it!

Sally xx

Nearly There…

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Days to go: 2

Our planning journey is almost over! Today we picked up the suits for the boys and have been putting all finishing touches into place and packing for honeymoon. We’ve also been making lists to ensure we don’t forget anything tomorrow when we depart for the castle and so the boys don’t forget anything when they make their way over on Friday morning. Whilst Richard takes the cats on their little holiday tomorrow, I’m spending all morning in the salon with the girls tomorrow and to complete the experience I will be taking champagne and the salon are providing us with yummy cupcakes done out in the colour scheme of our wedding!

I’ve had lots of butterflies in my tummy today and I can probably safely say they will remain with me until 12:30pm on Friday when the marriage ceremony is over and we can party on down! I can’t quite believe how close it is now!

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Strong colours in a wedding theme look fantastic. Red and blue are rich, exciting tones which give a brilliant contrast to the delicate whites and pastels of traditional weddings. This wedding day is a stunner – with a gorgeous bride, a blissfully happy groom and an overwhelmingly happy atmosphere to the whole day. And those colours make it extra fabulous.

The bride and groom are Sara and Rich, and they were married this spring in Mayfair, London. The venue is Dartmouth House – a sixteenth century mansion house with a courtyard and fountains to give the atmosphere of a chateau terrace – it’s a great location for a chic city wedding.

Justine Ferrari is the London wedding photographer who submitted the wedding for us – she is also one of the English Wedding Experts on the blog, so do check out her advice for brides and grooms – I guarantee you’ll learn something useful for your wedding day!

Justine Ferrari is based in Suffolk and specialises in capturing beautiful, elegant and timeless wedding photographs. Her official website is at www.justineferrariphotography.co.uk

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A bit of a funny blog post perhaps, and self indulgent too. The Royal Wedding passed me by last week (I like weddings; I’m not a fan of royalty) and I feel at times I’m watching from the sidelines as the biggest UK wedding bloggers are teaming up with wedding magazines for various projects. (I’m not a fan of the wedding press either, and haven’t made any secret of that on this blog.)

Does this mean English Wedding is missing the mark? Not right for a particular audience? Or is there a different audience for this blog instead? Should I try harder to be like the other blogs, or stick to my guns?

Surely there are brides and grooms who feel the same: the royal wedding can’t have resonated with everyone, or can it? Do we all really watch these things with a tear in our eye or were any of you avoiding the telly that day? I admitted on twitter that I’d gone shopping halfway through the whole event. Not sure that went down too well!

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Update 16th May: comments are now closed and I’ll announce the winner later today!

Serious negotiating goes on behind the scenes of the English Wedding blog, you know – and all so I can find treats and beautiful things for you gorgeous brides and grooms out there. Today’s Monday Makerie is a little bit different! You could win…

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Win a FREE copy of “One-of-a-Kind Handmade Weddings”

How? The clue’s in the review. Read it, then answer the question in the comments box at the end 🙂 A winner will be picked at random from all correct entries.

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One-of-a-kind Handmade Weddings – reviewed by English Wedding

For DIY brides and grooms, this brand new book is full of ideas for personalising your wedding. There are over 70 ideas inside for wedding craft projects – and they’re all easy to follow and accessible for anyone. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart! (co-author Laura Maffeo has worked as a stylist for Martha Stewart Weddings, so this book really is full of expert wedding craft advice!)

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Were you tweeting about the royal wedding day, or on facebook chatting about the celebrations? Whether you were in the garden ignoring your iphone or glued to the telly hopping channels (some I know were avoiding one BBC presenter in particular!) you won’t be surprised to hear the internet was bursting with royal wedding discussion on Friday morning. I got this report through on Friday, pretty interesting so I thought I’d share it.

The Big Numbers

· Over a million people in the UK used Facebook statuses to discuss the Royal Wedding in the past 24 hours.

· During the morning alone some 684,399 status updates referencing the wedding were posted in just 4 hours in the UK – equating to an average of 47 mentions every second.

· Many people in the UK were so excited they couldn’t sleep, with just under 500 people updating about the pending nuptials per hour ahead of 8am

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Days to go: 5

I’ve talked about the hen party photo shoot – now I need to take some time to tell you about what my wonderful friends organised for me as a complete surprise – they were all very good at keeping the secrets!

Upon Arrival

I arrived at Ribby Hall on the Friday evening around 5pm and wasn’t allowed in any of the houses yet as things were being prepared.I felt very nervous and shaky at this point – I was very overwhelmed and so flattered and honoured that so many people had made so much effort and taken time (and money!) to spend the weekend with me to celebrate my forthcoming wedding; there were 11 of us in total. It was so lovely to see everyone there, especially some friends who I hadn’t seen for quite a while! We sat outside for the first part of the evening and drank Pimms and lemonade to our hearts’ content – although it started raining a little when I arrived but this soon passed – and then we all got changed into our finest and that’s when Becky began work taking some amazing photos. I’m going to get a photo book made up of all the photos of everyone as a memento of the occasion! Everyone had even thought of bringing the ingredients for my favourite cocktail – Cosmopolitan! I was very flattered and it made me feel very special!

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It’s Wedding Season, and to celebrate, Jimmy Choo reveals the 2011 Bridal Collection and ultimate bridal ‘Your Choo Story’.

We are inviting brides, members of the wedding party and guests to share their story to MyChooStory@jimmychoo.com. Tamara Mellon, OBE, will select the ultimate Jimmy Choo bridal story at the end of May and the winner will receive their choice of shoes or bag from current collection as a wedding present from Jimmy Choo.

‘I am delighted that women the world over are coming to us to be part of their most special day. It makes me so proud that the shoes and bags we create can make a bride feel beautiful and confident – and the rest of the wedding party of course! We are delighted for brides to share stories of their special day on ‘My Choo Stories’ this year. Today, many brides are selecting non-traditional bridal shoes and some of our most popular bridal shoes are related to styles that have appeared on the red carpet’
Tamara Mellon, OBE Founder and Chief Creative Officer.

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alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (4)The royal wedding – a huge event for media in the UK, for the royal family and for anyone who enjoys a good bank holiday. It would be childish not to wish Kate and William well, so I’ll be raising a glass or two to the royal couple later today.

alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (14)But I won’t be slavishly following proceedings. I’ll be playing out, enjoying a nice family day instead. I like a big event. I like that people are celebrating and looking forward to seeing Kate’s dress and all the pomp and ceremony. If you’re brave enough for a street party in the rain, have a brilliant time!

alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (15)Here on English Wedding there was only one way to mark the occasion. One of my favourite wedding photographers, Mark Tierney of Tierney Photography, was official photographer for an alternative royal wedding a few weeks ago. Mark has very kindly shared some lovely pics from his wedding photography blog.

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