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This is what happens when the groom loves drum ‘n’ bass, and the bride doesn’t – a perfect solution to a very common dilemma: your wedding music. Ellie and Lee came up with the most ingenious idea of a silent disco at their wedding reception!

This gorgeous couple were married at The Inner Temple, and London wedding photographer Mark Carey submitted their photos for my blog. I loved every one: their day was fun, loving, sophisticated and family-oriented. And they really had thought of everything!

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Ellie wrote the loveliest wedding report for me. My favourite quote from Ellie is this (when I asked about her most memorable wedding day moments): “Seeing all of the groom’s friends dancing to drum and bass whilst his parents were doing the tango on the other side of the dance floor.”

I love it. You will too…

The silent disco wedding in London

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Surrey wedding photography by Martin Beddall

Surrey wedding photography by Martin Beddall

Hang on a minute… where did the week go?! You know sometimes the days just slip by and you feel like you’ve missed one?! Yep – that’s me, right now. But – well it’s nearly Christmas now. So I’ve definitely got that Friday feeling and it’s time to relax and forget about work (yes I know it’s 2 o’clock) until Monday morning.

Time for some wedding treats from around the web…

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Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

wedding photo credit Kat Forsyth
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wedding photo credit Kat Forsyth

wedding photo credit Kat Forsyth

I’m going to make you a promise: next week, a real wedding, every day. This week has been full of advice and ideas and guest blogs, which I’ve loved sharing… but I think I owe you some weddings 🙂

So – next week, plenty of weddings and some special treats – you absolutely have to come and see what I’m starting on Monday morning!

In the meantime, I’ve shared sneak preview photos of my next few weddings on facebook. Have a peek at the big fluffy gown, the fabulously bright flowers, the henna, the sunset…

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coming soon: wedding previews only on facebook

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Sometimes people just know so much more stuff than I do! Today, great advice in a guest blog post – and some lovely pics which might just have you hooked on pearls to go with your wedding dress…

Weddings are invariably a puzzle of selecting many different elements to suit the occasion…..the dress, the venue, the guests, the jewellery. They’ve all got their part to play and here we will look at how to choose the perfect pearl jewellery to wear at your wedding. Regardless of whether you merely opt for an understated pair of pearl earrings or match a number of different types of pearl jewellery – from bracelets to necklaces, this guide introduces you to how you should wear pearl jewellery on your most special of days.

One way of doing this is to consider the different seasons and winter weddings are perhaps the most suitable for introducing colour to the atmosphere that a winter wedding provokes in the bride, groom and guests. So which types of pearls are best for wearing at a summer and winter wedding?

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I promised you gorgeous, glamorous, bright and sexy wedding invitations, and here they are. Designed by Wendy Bell, whose wedding I featured on the blog yesterday, these invitations are pretty special – and right up my street.

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Roof Gardens Flamingo Design: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Wendy’s Flamingo design was created for her wedding. She coordinated the wedding invitations to tie in with her wedding venue – the Roof Gardens in Kensington. The funky invitations take inspiration from the colourings of the wedding venue. The flamingos are found in their gardens and the dots symbolise the beaded curtains in the Roof Gardens club area. Wendy offers a bespoke invitation design service… and you can see just how much thought and attention to detail goes into the design process!

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Peacock Spots wedding invitation: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Above, Peacock Spots wedding invitation. Intricately dotted designs evoke the natural patterns of peacock feathers, in cool pink and grey… so sophisticated.

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Monochrome Hearts wedding invitation: www.WendyBellDesigns.com

Monochrome Hearts wedding invitation. I love the grungey hearts, the textures and beautifully messy design with such a lovely typeface. Yummy.

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Sometimes a blog post can be full to the brim with exciting things. Today, clearly by the title, there’s a lot to cover – and I love this wedding to bits. Wendy Bell is a designer so her wedding was bound to be creative; but every little thing from her glamorous dress to the venue and table decorations is really stunning – and right up my street.

Wendy is stunning (and James is a looker too!) – and I’m sure some of you English Wedding readers will feel inspired by their style… if you’re into looking gorgeous without being princessy, then this is the wedding blog for you.

So I’ve got a two parter for you this week again! First, Wendy and James’s wedding at Kensington Roof Gardens (how many of you guessed that was where the flamingoes came in?!) – with photography by Green Olive. Tomorrow I’ll share some of Wendy’s wedding invitation designs – and I promise, you’ll be impressed!

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From the very beginning…

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Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell

Here’s a lovely way to begin the week – by welcoming a new sponsor to the blog. Who remembers our French English Welsh wedding on the blog back in April? I loved Fiona’s creative photography – as well as the fact that she beats me hands down at languages, speaking hundreds* fluently.

*For a more accurate count, see Fiona’s English Wedding Showcase Page!

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Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell

London and destination wedding photographer

Fiona is based in London but – as you might have guessed – loves to travel to photograph weddings. Since 2006 Fiona has photographed many different kinds of wedding, from a boutique civil ceremony at the Gherkin to a sumptuous wedding in a villa near Rome!

Fiona’s also a lovely lady – her emails make me smile; she genuinely cares about her clients and has a real passion for weddings and beautiful photography.

Do visit Fiona’s English Wedding Showcase Page to find out more about my latest sponsor. Fiona – welcome. I’m so pleased to have you as a part of the English Wedding Showcase!

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Mine is. There you go – let’s start a blog post with a confession! My wedding calligraphy business is going well, I love the work but… there’s something missing. Is anyone else out there looking for a bit of creative inspiration to inject into their work?

I’ve spent the day with two friends who inspire me – and I’m going to make my New Year’s Resolution now. I know it’s a bit early (but the pagan side of me says the first of December is surely something a bit new-yeary in the calendar). I’m determined to branch out a little.

So – wedding calligraphy is the most wonderful job in the world. It’s creative and pretty and I meet lovely people who appreciate my work. Lots of nice boxes ticked and a smile on my face, and theirs! I still feel I want more though.

How do you know when it’s time to get your business out of a creative rut?

  • you know you can do more, but just don’t seem to have the time
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Because English Wedding blog focuses on weddings close to home, there isn’t much opportunity to venture to exotic locations or to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at fabulous destinations. However… as it’s so cold outside, and we’re all wrapped up in scarves and thermals this month, I thought it was time to talk honeymoons! This is a guest blog post – I hope you enjoy it.

For many couples postulating and pondering over where to go on their honeymoon can be a tricky task and more often than not the last thing on their minds is the perceived rough and tumble of an African safari. Indeed usually those first envisaged flashes of inspiration are embodied by three simple elements; a wide swathe of powder white sand, the warmth of an unbroken sun-filled sky and the gentle lapping waters of a gin-clear tropical ocean. Quite the picture postcard; and who am I to argue that this Robinson Crusoe-esque idyll isn’t the perfect way to celebrate a loving new union?

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Ruth and Rick's Just One from Nutfield Priory - Shooting Hip

Beautiful image at www.shootinghip.com (click to see full size)

Another Friday afternoon, another mini-escape from the pressures of the day job for anyone who’s twiddling a pen, gazing into space or watching the clock in the corner. (Do offices still have clocks in the corner? It’s been so long… does everyone just use the clock in the corner of their screen now?) Anyways…

Welcome to the land of weddings, blogs and pretty things.

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Wedding photography credit: www.petebarnesphotography.co.uk (click photo for wedding)

This is a guest post from a groom-to-be – Alex shares his personal advice about choosing your wedding party – and the pitfalls to avoid!

For most people, their wedding is one of the (if not the) most important day of their lives, and in most instances, even if you try to keep it a small affair there will be a number of different people involved, with their own roles to play and their own opinions to contribute (often regardless of whether you want them to).

Part of the job of organizing a wedding is selecting the wedding party – bridesmaids, best man, page boys etc… But anyone who has done it will well know that family politics at weddings can be a nightmare.

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Wedding photo credit: www.yvettecraigphotography.co.uk (click photo to see the wedding)

Budget / Attendants

Before we get started with choosing the wedding party, it is worth considering what the budget is and how big the wedding will be. Having 7 bridesmaids might be fine if you have 150 guests, but if your wedding is going to be a small affair you should probably limit yourself more.

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Lauren and Pat’s Wedding Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

A little something special for today – 3:44 minutes of romance with Lauren* and Pat’s lovely wedding feature film from Love Gets Sweeter. I love blogging wedding films like this – it’s wonderful to sit back, turn my speakers up, grab a biscuit (just to hold) and smile, giggle and cry a bit along with the movie!

Highlights of this wedding film for me (and for you to watch out for):

  • Hubert the dog is so cuddleable
  • the boys cycling their way around London (a bit wibbly)
  • Lauren’s fabulous dress by Enzoani is amazing on her! Properly elaborate and beautiful – and on such a gorgeous bride it looks incredible. Watch for the swishing through the park…
  • Pat’s nerves during the ceremony – he’s so lovely and adorably overwhelmed by the wedding
  • * briefly known as Louise as Pat said her middle name first by accident, or so I understand from the Love Gets Sweeter blog post!
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