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Dartmouth Castle Wedding on English Wedding blog
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Real wedding at Dartmouth Castle by Martyn NorsworthyPhew… I think it’s time for a gorgeous wedding today, don’t you? Something to enjoy, smile, admire and swoon a little for.

Martyn Norsworthy fits the bill – an award winning wedding photographer based in gorgeous Devon, he sent me photographs from Maria and Lloyd’s dreamy Dartmouth Castle wedding and I settled back to swoon over these very special moments, images and more from a stunning wedding day.

I really think you’ll love these pictures: half wedding story and half inspiring details with a gorgeous bride in an Ian Stuart wedding dress – this is right up my street for creativity, glamour and elegance!

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Setting the scene… Maria and Lloyd went for a vintage inspired theme with a beautifully mixed bridal bouquet and sparkling jewellery.

Wedding photography by Martyn Norsworthy (3)

And for me there’s nothing more exciting than an Ian Stuart wedding dress. I mean wow… the extravagant detailing is just amazing.

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Wherever you are and whatever your plans – festival-goers, tennis fans and brides and grooms – I wanted to wish you all a lovely weekend.

I have that Friday feeling: I’ve just finished a calligraphy commission, I’m surrounded by papery ideas to play with over the weekend, and there’s a bottle of wine and a little Galaxy bar waiting for me in the fridge.*

Dartmouth Castle Wedding on English Wedding blog

Norsworthy Weddings - blog feature for tomorrow so come by & see!

I have a gorgeous wedding to share with you tomorrow, so if you’re about do have a peek at the blog over the weekend! Remember if you’re travelling you can still read English Wedding on your mobile (it’s how I get my blog fix!).

Claire xxx

*that’s a wild Friday night out by my standards!

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If you’re in or near Yorkshire and looking for a wedding photographer, why not enter this fab competition to Win Your Wedding Photography?! First seen on Blue Lights Photo’s website, the competition is still open for couples to enter until 30th June 2011… over to Adele to tell you more about entering the competition:

Who are Blue Lights Photography?

Blue Lights Photography is a female, Award Winning Wedding Photographer from Barnsley, covering the Yorkshire area and beyond. Run by Adele, she specialises in making images to treasure forever. Also a finalist for a Wedding Ideas award within her first year of business, you can be sure of a great service.

 

Why are you running the competition?

Adele is running the competition to enable couples getting married from 1st October to 31st March to WIN their Wedding Photography. Adele believes that everyone should have images to treasure forever and most people who get married in the winter months do so because they want to either have a beautiful winter wedding or their budget will not stretch to an in-season wedding.

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As I’ve said before, I’m a complete sucker for sentiment. Every day I wear my engagement ring, my mum’s silver ring that she bought when she was a girl, the ring David bought me for my 21st, and the earrings he bought me from Italy. Until it recently broke, I also used to wear my great grandmother’s ring that she brought back from Russia for my grandma (who said it was hideous, which is why I have it!). None of them ‘go’, they are all different metals, stones, styles… but I have to wear all of them on my wedding day! The way I see it is I am wearing a piece of jewellery from each corner of my family, and the sentiment means so much more than having everything ‘matchy-matchy’.

(l-r) Renee's russian ring, mum's ring and my engagement ring

You and Your Wedding UK magazine review
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You & Your Wedding came out top in my comparison of UK wedding magazines. With top quality features, shoots and advice for brides (and a nod to grooms!) this would be the wedding magazine I’d buy above all the others.

You & Your Wedding magazine: a review

Issue compared: May / June 2011
Cover price: £4.99

  • 284 pages
  • 24 pages of real weddings
  • 18 pages of advice and feature articles
  • 9 other non-selling pages (contents etc)
  • 81 pages of product ideas
  • 152 pages of advertisements
  • 54% of the magazine pages are ads

UK wedding magazine review You and Your WeddingArticles in You & Your Wedding magazine are beautifully written, sensitive and interesting. For example, ‘Clamour for Glamour’ talked about a bride’s decision not to wear make up on her wedding day. It was a really positive piece of writing and won me over for putting across an alternative opinion.

Through the magazine advice features with input from Penny Cullen (Tigerlily) and Mark Niemierko kept the inspiring ideas coming – and they were different ideas which appealed to me: creative and imaginative.

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Just a quickie blog post this evening to follow up the A Alicia wedding accessories competition. Congratulations to Steph who wins the £25 voucher to spend at www.aaliciawedding.bigcartel.com.

Craft Central Gets Hitched

For any London brides to be, remember A Alicia will be part of Craft Central Gets Hitched, a unique and wonderfully intriguing wedding event in London towards the end of June. Craft Central Gets Hitched is the ultimate shopping treat to tackle those wedding ‘to do’ lists. This intimate and exclusive 3 day event will showcase a wide variety of distinctive craft and design products by 30+ UK designer makers.

10% Discount for English Wedding readers!!!

A Alicia is also happy to offer all English Wedding blog readers 10% off their first order at www.aaliciawedding.bigcartel.com with discount code EW10 – just quote the code at the checkout when you place your order. How fab is that?!

A Alicia handmade wedding accessories - discount for English Wedding readers

A Alicia handmade wedding accessories - discount for English Wedding readers

You and Your Wedding magazine
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The results are in, the wedding magazines are back on the shelves, and I can now officially reveal the result of my UK wedding magazine review. Drum roll please….

The best UK wedding magazine

Properly objectively analysed, pages counted and compared with other top UK wedding mags… The best UK wedding magazine is You & Your Wedding. With the best quality content, valuable advice, inspirational and exciting shoots and comparing well for every criteria I considered – You & Your Wedding magazine is far and away the best UK wedding magazine for brides.

Joint second best UK wedding magazines are Brides and Wedding Ideas. Brides is a top quality magazine for design and with a great standard when it comes to articles and features. Wedding Ideas is the best magazine for more affordable weddings, with plenty of real weddings, advice and articles to inspire.

This is my objective review of the top UK wedding magazines. See how your favourite compares!

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I’ve been poring over wedding magazines for you recently – up to my elbows in wedding dress ads and waking up in the mornings with the handbag-sized mags stuck to my face… terrible habit of reading last thing at night!

Why? Because I have too many preconceptions about wedding magazines and I really wanted to rediscover and reevaluate the wedding mags for myself. Are they really all the same? Are they all old fashioned? Well… no. I’m glad to say I was wrong on those counts.

So this is my very honest, practical, useful wedding magazine review.

uk wedding magazine review

I’ve compared UK wedding magazines so you – brides, grooms and wedding suppliers – can see how they stand against each other: which have most useful content, most ads, the best advice and the most interesting features.

Having spent a good few days on my little spreadsheet, I’m going to break this wedding magazine review into manageable chunks. This is roughly how it’ll pan out – feel free to bookmark this page and come back for the best bits as I post them and link back over the next few days.

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Hey everyone and happy Sunday evening… hope you’re having a lovely laid-back day and those of you who can be with your dads I hope you’ve all had a nice time together. My dad’s all the way up in the Lake District so we had a chat this morning, but I wish I could have made the trip up there instead… if you’re near to your dad you’re so lucky.

Anyway… time for me to stop waffling and recap the week we’ve had on the English Wedding blog.

Sunday: Blogger Bride Fran showed us her sparkles and Kelly from Boho Weddings and Events inspired a post about how weddings can take over our lives! Meanwhile Loulabelle’s cute campervan Bertie revealed his makeover ready for the wedding day.

wedding diy project from Whimsical Wonderland Wedding blog

Credit: Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog

Monday: The Monday Makerie had lots of fabulous colourful ideas – if you’ve had a go at those paper flowers do let me know!

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After my quandry about whether or not to have an engagement shoot, still somewhat undecided, we took the plunge and booked a session with the fabulous Matt Ethan (featured here on English-Wedding not so long ago). Matt’s photographs are everything I hope mine will be one day: effortless, beautiful, simple and reportage with a slight film-style twist.

Matt's recent shoot featured on English-Wedding

However, our finding Matt comes from quite a bittersweet story. I started researching further north to Newcastle to find a photographer who fit what we were looking for. I stumbled across a photographer (who will remain nameless), whose photographs I really liked. I emailed them with the idea for a comic book style photo shoot with blackboard complete with captions, as David and I used to draw comic figures for each other and leave them as backgrounds on each others laptops when the other wasn’t watching; and I also made David ‘The book of Sal ‘n’ Dav’, and wanted the shoot to echo story told in it.

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Just a short post and yet again it’s on the subject of vases! I bought a pack of 12 vases which you can buy from Ikea, eBay, Wilkinsons etc, you’ll recognise the shape no doubt, and I mainly bought them for back up in case we needed a few extra for the wedding (little did I know I’d end up with as many as I did!) I refound them a week or so ago, and felt it a waste not to use them, and had been to a haberdashery shop that day buying a ton of lace in cream, coffee, pink and blue.

I thought I’d give customising them a go, not too bothered whether I liked the results (12 vases cost around £7), but I love them! I think they look so elegant, and fit more with the whole vintage look of a few of the other details I have planned.

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If you were here yesterday you’ll remember Ruth and Dan’s wedding day in the schoolhouse at Smallwood Manor – and you may also remember I hinted at the gloriously colourful details and then didn’t show you any.

Ah… meanie! But here they are. Wedding photographer Katy Lunsford sent me so many beautiful photos I had to write two blog posts for Ruth and Dan’s wedding – so you get a whole dedicated ‘get the look’ feature today, all inspired by (and with photos from) Ruth and Dan’s day.
vibrant wedding flowers and details (11)If you love colour and vibrant wedding photos, if you have a creative side and want some ideas for a bright and exciting wedding theme, then you’re going to adore this feature!

vibrant wedding flowers and details (5)The bouquets were made by Ruth’s sister Laura – using gorgeous freesias, tulips and ranunculus in vibrant red, hot pink, orange and sunny yellow colours.

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vibrant wedding flowers and details (1)Keep table decorations simple, colourful and eye-catching. These ribbon flower decorations are beautifully made and guaranteed to be a talking point for wedding guests. Used with table runners and with pink napkins, they’re perfect for splashing a bright colour theme across tables in an elegant way.

Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort

 

Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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