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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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Faye and Wayne’s spring wedding is a delicious combination of English elegance and sophistication. Their contemporary and fun wedding theme teams stylish accessories in chocolate brown colour tones with just the right dash of sparkle and a stunning bouquet.

Fun contemporary spring wedding photos by Chris Hanley 10Wayne and Faye’s fun, contemporary wedding day!

The happy couple were married at St Marys Parish church in Hilton in Derbyshire in March. The main weather was windy – which meant brilliant fun with Faye’s veil and some outstanding photos from wedding photographer Chris Hanley.

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The reception was at one of Hand Picked Hotels fantastic wedding venues, the Priest House on the river at Castle Donnington on the Derbyshire / Notts border.

This is a wedding to make you smile and wish you were there. A wedding with everything you’d want on your big day: playful moments, romance, glamour and that oh so English sense of sophistication.

Quality luxury UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley 24The exquisite details, beautifully photographed…

Quality luxury UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley 23The most elegant of contemporary wedding flowers: white calla lilies

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I love this bit… on the 18th of May I featured the gorgeous Pretty POSH party bag and offered one as a blog competition prize.

I asked you who won a golden ticket. No one thought it was Barney the big purple dinosaur, and of those of you who answered Charlie out of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory I’ve selected a winner at random.

Drum roll please!….

and the winner is……

Laura Parker. Well done Laura! I’ll send your email address to Lianne so she can get in touch about sending your POSH party bag for you.

Thanks everyone else who entered the competition, and please have a peek at the new English Wedding competition, this time to win his ‘n hers wedding notebooks!

Poor Mr Postie!

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With just 25 days to go (gosh I can hardly believe it) our poor Postie has been arriving at our door laden with parcels and packages.

Recently we’ve had our welcome sign for the village hall arrive and our pastel coloured badges from Awesome Merchandise, as well as some photos from DSCL that I’m going to make into little flags for people to wave as we head out of the church.

I’m utterly in love with the super Sweet William Designs handpainted mugs that I ordered for my folks, Garry and his Bestman…


Today a wonderful array of colourful rosettes, from Rocket Rosettes, landed at Wedding HQ. I found this little company thanks to ebay and its crafty owner, Joan, has been wonderful. She has made me “Happy Helper” rosettes to say thanks to everyone who helps us decorate the village hall and “Tea Set Totty” ones for all the folks who collected china for us. My favourite is the “Best Wedding Cake” rosette for my auntie who has now finished creating an abundance of sugar roses to adorn the cake. I’m going to order a few more today to ensure that everyone who has made something for the big day and helped gets a village-fete-style-thank-you!

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