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I’m sure you’ve all seen Salma’s amazing engagement shoot. I absolutely loved her pictures, and it really got me thinking for the first time about an engagement shoot of our own; Richard’s and her pictures are so natural, in an interesting setting, and, most importantly (to me), weren’t corny or clichéd at all!

Looking at Salma and Richard’s, then afterwards browsing through a few other pre-wedding shoots on English-Wedding and other blogs it really made me realize that engagement shoots don’t have to be lovey-dovey, nauseatingly sweet shots of your fiancé ‘Hollywood kissing’ you in the local park. I’ve since discovered that you can make the shoot relaxed, unpretentious and a fabulous way to reflect yourselves as a couple.

(Part of english-wedding's engagement shoot competition back in February)

Here are some I especially love:

  • Elsie and Jeremy’s “Comic Book Love”– I love how this on tells a story, and reminds me of a ‘story book’ I once made David for Valentines (The Story of Sal ‘n’ Dav.. and, no, you can’t see it!)
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It’s as if someone’s announced the official launch of royal wedding pap this morning. In my inbox, two press releases I’ve decided to share only the funniest bits from. Selected highlights follow…

Are you safe from post-wedding picture blues?

by LG Electronics

“With the Royal Wedding just around the corner, 2011 will definitely be a year to remember, especially for couples who are about to tie the knot. [fine so far, but after a paragraph or two this segues into…]

“If you’re now thinking about what effect losing pre-wedding records and, worse still, the post wedding photos stored on your home PC would have, it is worth considering that compact storage devices are now available on the high street. [Ooh the fear…]

“The special ‘RAID management’ contained within the LG Super Multi NAS, keeps important data safe from unexpected hard drive failure. NAS also enables high-resolution images and video to be stored and accessed from anywhere that an internet connection is available. [How did we get to this from the Royal Wedding?!]

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A week or two ago Claire emailed me asking, basically, whether I would like some free make up if I reviewed it for the blog- how could I refuse! Last week a big, red parcel arrived, with the address label written in the most beautiful calligraphy; I immediately knew exactly what it was!!

I decided to do a video review as taking self portraits showing the make up turned out to be much more difficult than anticipated! So here it is, sorry that the quality isn’t the best (done on Photo Booth!) but I hope you find it helpful!

Summary

Mineral Infused Face Primer (£6)- I’d recommend this, it feels amazing and definitely helps smooth your skin to give a good base for your foundation.

Eyelid Primer (£1.50)- I also like this, and it definitely helped keep my eyeshadow in place, and helped get rid of any redness or fine veins on the eyelid.

Hypershine Lip Gloss (£1.50)- Smelt amazing and a lovely colour, just a little sticky. After looking at the website it also comes in other colours.

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Billy’s web-wide wanderings took him to one of our recommended wedding photographer‘s blogs this week – none other than Anneli Marinovich.

anneli marinovich wedding photography engagement shoot

The shoot that caught his eye was Terri and David’s engagement shoot, with some lovely backdrops and excellent props.

We love the cheeky expressions, the confidence and closeness of Terri and David… but most of all we love the books. Brilliant! Always take props for an engagement shoot, always!

See the full post on Anneli Marinovich’s wedding photography blog

http://www.annelimarinovich.com/2011/04/terri-david-engagement-shoot-in-bushy-park-march-2011/

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Just. Love. This.

Just. Love. This.

Helen and Paul’s engagement shoot in London has me well and truly captivated. There’s a feeling that their photos almost freeze a moment in time – in more ways than one. And of course, they’re both absolutely gorgeous (forgive me Helen, you knew I’d say that! But you are!!!)

Outside Liverpool St station

Outside Liverpool St station

Photographer Marshal Gray fills his images with personality and style. He’s a cool guy – and his blog has become my latest major distraction! Walking around London with Helen and Paul, they created some fantastic photos and I think this shoot shows how much an engagement shoot can mean; as a way to mark your last months as boyfriend and girlfriend, and to have fun and make memories.

A favourite photo for me - I love Helen's smile!

A favourite photo for me - I love how they're stood together!

Helen and Paul will be married at the chapel of St Paul's Cathedral in a few months' time

Helen and Paul will be married at the chapel of St Paul's Cathedral in a few months' time

Outside St Paul's Cathedral - an awe inspiring building

Outside St Paul's Cathedral - an awe inspiring building

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Alice in Wonderland is a fascinating tale brimming with imagination and creativity. It starts off with Alice tumbling into a very deep rabbit hole but her descent is quite odd having time to see that the hole is lined with book shelves and glass jars.

At Paper Whispers, we love the unusual and creative. One of the first Wonderland inspired creations we made was The Love Jar. It is a beautiful alternative (or addition!) to the traditional guest book and would look stunning on the wedding table much like the jars Alice passed in her tumble.

The Love Jar - Alice in Wonderland inspired, from Paper Whispers

The Love Jar - Alice in Wonderland inspired, from Paper Whispers

The love Jar is a delicate glass jar in an apothecary style which is packed with love notes. It makes a beautiful keepsake and is an interactive talking point as guests and members of the wedding party participate in writing notes for the jar.

The Love Jar by Paper Whispers

The Love Jar by Paper Whispers

Notes for The Love Jar - from Paper Whispers

Notes for The Love Jar - from Paper Whispers

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Artcadia wedding invitation letterpress with bird

I’ve written a list of the best 20 vintage wedding invitations on the web – perfect for inspiration and ideas for your wedding stationery

 

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I’d guess that 80% of brides hope for a sunny wedding day, perhaps 10% hope for snow and 10% either don’t mind (happy to be inside) or just want interesting weather… which are you?

Now, who wants fog?

Lake District wedding photography - foggy bride and groom by Jason ChambersBilly Idol found this gorgeous foggy wedding photograph on Lake District wedding photographer Jason Chambers’s blog. Isn’t it fabulous?

Now who wants fog? Hmm?

http://www.photolakedistrict.co.uk/2011/03/location-wedding-photographs-in-the-fog/

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Steaming mugs of tea for the bride and groom

Steaming mugs of tea for the bride and groom

I love this wedding from photographer Sam Clayton and I’m delighted to be sharing these photographs of Sarah and John-Paul’s wedding day with you.

A biker bride and groom?

A biker bride and groom?

The motorbikes caught my eye first of all, and then the wedding details stole my heart – I love the warmth that flows through the day, from the rich oranges in Sarah’s bouquet to the steaming tea cups (so chunky! A refreshing change from vintage dainty ones!) at the roadside caff.

Most of all, the warmth in the bride and groom’s eyes as they look at one another could take the chill of the coldest January day!

Gorgeous wedding jewellery by Jenny Packham

Gorgeous wedding jewellery by Jenny Packham

 

The girls get ready

The girls get ready

 

Wedding table plan

Wedding table plan

Sarah’s sister is a graphic designer and took care of all the stationery for the wedding reception. I love the bright splashes of red on the table plan!

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Days to go: 30

Yes that’s right people. Only 30 days to go! In exactly one month we’ll be getting married! Time really is flying now. And what better time to show you the full engagement shoot we indulged in last weekend!

I must first take this time to tell you about our LEGEND of a photographer – Phil Barber. He captured our personalities in these photos absolutely perfectly and frankly, I really don’t know how he did it so well. I had visions in my head of how these photos would look for months and Phil has surpassed all expectations and given us something we are so very proud of because of how it reflects us and the time we spent together that day. We’ll remember that morning for so many different reasons – it was like I fell in love with Richard all over again. If an engagement shoot does anything, it forces you to take time out of all the wedding planning and your hectic life styles and just spend some time together and enjoy each other’s company. It also gives you the valuable chance to discuss the style of your wedding photos with your photographer. I can’t tell you how excited I am about how our wedding photos are going to turn out!

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Today’s daily wedding inspiration quickie is from a Lake District pre-wedding photoshoot Billy found on the Lawson Photography blog.

Lake District pre wedding photographyI love the Lakes more than anywhere else in the world. It was lovely to read that groom-to-be Ming had flown in from Hong Kong especially for this shoot. He and Suki make a lovely couple and I love how they’ve dressed for the shoot!

There’s more on the Lawson Photography blog including a brilliant photo of a photographer really earning his money…

http://www.lawsonphotography.co.uk/Blog/2011/03/suki-mings-pre-wedding-portraits-in-the-lake-district/

 

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The big debate: children and weddings. Some think a wedding wouldn’t have the atmosphere without them, and others couldn’t think of anything worse than having a swarm of children ‘aeroplaning’ all over the dance floor. I think I’m somewhere in between..

As I’ve mentioned, David and I have a young daughter, Vivienne, and the wedding is around a week before her second birthday. My initial concern was that she would simply refuse to wear the gorgeous headband I have bought for her, the second was that she wouldn’t hold Evelyn’s (David’s niece) hand and be wary of walking down the aisle in front of the congregation, and the third was that she would have to wear a cream dress all day, bearing in mind that she enjoys rubbing banana in her hair and turning our dining room into a scene reminiscent of a chimp’s tea party. And then it dawned on me, the most important problem with children at weddings, especially young children, is trying to keep them entertained.

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