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Days Married: 74

Good news readers! I now have the disc of hi-res images from Phil Barber so I can bombard you with photos and wedding reports! Hurrah!

You may remember in a past post that I was keeping secrets about my dress. No more secrets from me – I wore Cabaret by Ian Stuart. To be honest I don’t think the model on the website does the dress justice – as I really don’t like it in that photo. However, trying the dress on was a completely different story – this dress needs curves!

Also you may remember I mentioned that I didn’t like something about my dress initially – the flowers! I thought there were far too many flowers and they looked too busy. Little did I realise that of course these roses fitted in perfectly with my wedding theme, and actually, when the dress is on, they look amazing. I did change something about the original dress though – I had a back panel put in rather than showing my bare back through the corset lacing.

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Did you see yesterday’s blog post? The first part of English Wedding’s little (virtual!) roadtrip to Wales for Emma and Lee’s Cardiff Castle wedding had a VW campervan, gorgeous fishtail wedding dress, ducklings and the most dramatic setting for the ceremony I’ve seen in ages.

Part two, of course… well in part two it gets better and better! I previewed one picture on the English Wedding facebook page earlier this month (sometimes I just can’t wait!), it’s so clever! Aga’s wedding photography is so exciting, and the interior of Cardiff Castle is incredible!

Claire: stop wittering. Everybody else: enjoy….

UK wedding photography blog (1)Cardiff Castle – what a stunning, sumptuous wedding venue!

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UK wedding photography blog (3)“Allan yn y fan (celtic music from Wales) were amazing – they created a medieval atmosphere before the ceremony and in the drinks reception. Then in the evening we had a Twmpath (Welsh ceilidh). Cardiff Catering provided a Welsh themed wedding breakfast – Starter – Welsh Rarebit, main- Honey Roast Lamb, Dessert – Weelshcake cheesecake”

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Hello everyone, and a big welcome to a week – maybe even a month – absolutely packed full of real weddings for your happy eyes. I’ve been sent so many gorgeous weddings I am absolutely spoilt for choice! Aga from Phototom wedding photography sent me these gorgeous photos from Emma and Lee’s wedding at Cardiff Castle – and wow, they’re just amazing.

It’s hard to believe the wedding was organised in a matter of months: Emma and Lee did a great job and created what looks like a perfect wedding day. From the designer wedding dress to the sparkling VW campervan… this beautiful Welsh wedding is right up my street!

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English wedding blog (2) Emma’s shoes are from Next. The pearl bracelet is a gift from the groom, from Azendi. I love this shot of the wedding accessories… they’re beautiful.

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If it wasn’t for #ww and #ff on the land of twitter (and how kind you all are for the mentions – they always make me happy!) I swear I’d have no idea what day it was – this week has been manic with lots of calligraphy poem commissions, blog behind-the-scenes bits and pieces, and a very surreal piece of work I can’t (legally) talk about.

The week in the land of English Wedding has been far more calm, organised and just as creative. Here’s my little summary in case you missed anything!

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A very quick little blog post from me this morning – just to let you know Perfect Wedding magazine have launched their summer sale.

If you were planning on getting a subscription, now’s the time – it’s nearly half price!

Save 40% if you subscribe to Perfect Wedding magazine

Find out more about Perfect Wedding from my recent UK wedding magazine review – I counted pages and compared all the best UK wedding magazines.

Perfect Wedding was the best UK wedding magazine for advice, great to read on the way to work and not as advertising-heavy as some of the other top wedding magazines!


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In the interests of promoting English Wedding and telling the world, I’ve signed up to Bloglovin.

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While I’m here telling you this, let me also shout about the English Wedding facebook page, my listing on Networked Blogs, my little area on the wonderful wedding blog website BrideTide, and that you can keep up with me and things I love on StumbleUpon (I’m brilliant at stumbling in real life too, fyi) and – my obsession of the moment – Pinterest.

Join me, entertain me, chat with me – I’m all over the internet and I want to take you with me! Let me know if you’re on any of these sites via the comments below and I’ll follow you there too!

Claire xxx

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A little something new and different for you today – who fancies a real wedding on film? Oh yes, today we have moving pictures to share with you – and a beautiful, classic wedding day at a stunning venue.

Jenna and Paul’s wedding is gorgeous – I loved every minute from the quiet, tranquil laughs and cuddles as the girls got ready (and the boys on a carousel! nothing like being organised, hey?!) to the end of the day. Jenna is a stunning bride – with her blonde hair in a classy up do, her dress is beautiful with sparkle and she looks radiant.

Scarisbrick Hall is a great wedding venue, and the gothic architecture is a perfect backdrop for this super stylish wedding day.

There are tears and laughter through the day. Highlights for me include the gorgeous lensflare in the photography as Jenna and Paul have photos taken in the evening sunshine.
Jenna’s table centrepieces are really fab: tall glasses on every table, sooo sophisticated and stylishly simple.

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I’ve not been feeling too well recently, which means wedding planning has slightly been put on the back burner. It’s only two months to go now, but due to our fairly laid back approach and all my mum’s help there’s not actually that much left to do. (Although having said that, Paul doesn’t yet have anything to wear on the day and we haven’t sorted our rings. But that’s what July and August are for).

We’re at the point where everything major (venue, food, dress, car, etc.) is sorted, and we are now turning our thoughts to the little touches. Which is why I was very excited when my Mum emailed me to show me these gorgeous tea light holders from Cox and Cox (newly engaged brides-to-be, Cox and Cox is fab – definitely worth a look). We will be placing scented tea lights in fifty holders and using them to decorate the museum conservatory where the ceremony will take place. One of my mum’s friends loved them so much she asked if she could hire them for her daughter’s wedding next year!

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I’ve always been a big believer in wedding insurance. For a few pounds – a tiny fraction of any wedding budget – you can insure the lot. A few years ago when I worked in the land of office blocks and suits, my boss very nearly had to cancel her entire wedding due to illness in the family. It was a heartbreaking time.

It goes to show just how important wedding insurance is. I recommend it to every bride who asks me – and before you ask, this isn’t a sponsored post, this is me on my soapbox! Here’s the low down on wedding insurance from www.compareweddinginsurance.org.uk

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Three-quarters of Brides ‘Put Wedding at Risk
With Inadequate Insurance Cover’

With the excitement of dress fittings, table settings and hen and stag parties, it’s not surprising that many couples forget to protect their big day with adequate wedding insurance.

But new figures show three-quarters of brides-to-be are risking losing thousands in lost deposits and last-minute hitches as companies go under in the recession.

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It really makes me smile to see how creative you can all be- from your blog comments, emails and when I see which English Wedding features are most popular… it’s clear you love creative wedding inspiration – so today I have a treat for you! (and me!)

vintage lace wedding invitation

As a wedding calligrapher I have a bit of a thing for paper and type – nothing pleases me more than a nice font on warm paper with a bit of a twist to it. And the trend for vintage weddings has inspired a generation of wedding stationers and brides to create some really beautiful vintage wedding invites.

These are my favourite 20 vintage wedding invites

(in no particular order!)

1. Vintage wedding invitations by PrettyWild

Come Fly With Me!… beautiful vintage inspired wedding invitations by PrettyWild set the scene for this feature – aren’t these just the most beautiful idea and perfect match for a delicate, girly vintage wedding theme?

Vintage wedding invitation by PrettyWild UK wedding stationery

Vintage wedding invitation by PrettyWild UK wedding stationery

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Monday was a wonderful day: the perfect day for an intrepid wedding blogger to grab her little Vespa and head for the hills. Setting off from my south Manchester base mid-morning I scooted bravely along country roads (at times yelling wheeeeeeee as I went) and went to interview star wedding photographer Chris Hanley at The Riverside Studio.

Horse and bride lifestyle photography Chris HanleyWhen I met Chris he was beaming with pride at his new premises – a spacious and stylish basement photography studio in a historic mill complex in Cheshire. I had a grand tour and we chatted about kingfishers and developing the studio space, which really took my breath away. It’s great to see someone really in their element and The Riverside Studios couldn’t be more perfect for Chris and Claire Hanley. This much admired photography team are at the very top of their game and with the world – and the riverbank – at their feet, what better time for a Proper Interview!

This is an extract. Click to read the full interview here.

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Here’s a fun challenge for the wedding suppliers out there: how many of the top 10 wedding advertising mistakes have you made?! I’ll admit mine right now: 6 out of 10 ain’t bad… is it? See how you compare!

This guest blog post is by Alison Wren, editor of Wedding Business Success.

The top 10 wedding advertising mistakes!

Despite the growth in on-line advertising and social media, print advertising can still be very effective. But only if it’s done well. To make the most of your advertising, here are the 10 most common mistakes to avoid:

1.    Not measuring results.

Spending money on advertising without finding out how many enquiries and sales you receive as a result is pointless. Always ask customers how they heard about you.

2.    Typos

Always proof read your advert and get someone else to do it too. Spelling mistakes make you look unprofessional. Errors in your contact details mean you have wasted your advert.

3.    Making your business name the main headline

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