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Days Married: 82

The final instalment of The Wedding Report is upon us!

Here’s my mum’s friend holding up the photo montages we gave to our parents of our engagement shoot. Annoyingly – we forgot to give them out during the speeches so had to do it a little later… oops!

Here’s Alice preparing for her amazing jazz set later on.

So, yeah, we went to play crazy golf 😉 Jeff, our videographer, asked us if we were up for it and my response was something along the lines of ‘Jeff, you get us the clubs and balls, and we’ll play golf!’

And now for the ceilidh! This is Triple Scotch welcoming us into the evening. I was a little worried about how the ceilidh would go down, but as you’ll see, it went down a REAL TREAT!

As we hadn’t had our official first dance yet, we had an unofficial first ceilidh dance, where we took centre stage in the middle of the circle!

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Something new, inspiring and seriously exciting is happening in the UK wedding industry.

On Friday I had a call from Damian Bailey. Damian is a UK wedding photographer with a vision. He’s great. Damian is organising The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards. This is a huge undertaking, not least because this is the first fair, all-encompassing, wedding industry award event.

I’ve openly criticised other wedding awards which I thought were unfair. I scrutinised the rules and processes behind The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards and was very impressed. This is a whole new world for the UK wedding industry – an award which is fair, open to all and voted for by brides and grooms. Wow.

The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards

I jumped at the chance to be involved. This reflects everything I stand for: an honest wedding industry driven by creativity and integrity. I’m in. And I promised Damian I’d do everything I could to help promote The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards

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One sunny day in Chelsea, a bride-to-be gets ready with her best friends and closest family. There’s a knock on the door and little feet rush to answer. It’s a man with a camera. Enter reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey, delighted to be greeted by the cutest of cute little girls (that’ll be bride Sam’s adorable little daughter) and set to capture a gorgeous wedding day on camera.

Chelsea wedding photographer blog feature (1)I love the story – in pictures and in Sam’s own words – of this wedding for two things. First it’s just beautiful to look at, one of those where my heart leaped into my mouth when I first saw the images! Second… Sam and Kev did things their own way and created a relaxed celebration, a fun party and a great day for their friends and family. Sam wrote a great wedding report so I’ll hand over to her to tell you all about the wedding day.

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Tracy and Richard were married at the stunning Thornton Manor. Their style – as you’ll see instantly from the beginning of this wedding movie – is cool, just a dab quirky and lots of fun! Tracy’s dress is an absolute stunner – she makes a beautiful bride.

Inspiring details include the white VW camper van to the church, the vintage cars on the drive to the manor house, the wishing tree and beautiful group shots taken by top wedding photographer Tobiah Tayo.

The wedding reception has lovely vintage styling with candelabras on every table draped with strings of pearls. The sumptuous venue can only be admired – with luxurious surroundings, ornate frames and beautiful lighting, this really is the most special of wedding days.

Watch for Tracy twirling happily around in her wedding dress during the first dance – it’s fabulous to see such a wonderfully happy bride and groom!

Tracy and Richard’s Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

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Before we sat down to eat, Phil our photographer wanted to get some dramatic shots in the window of the Great Hall.

We also had some time to look at the Drawing Room – all set up and ready to go! The staff at Peckforton Castle did an amazing job with setting up the tables to my detailed specifications!

Our guitar and piano favours with our personalised plectrums. How good do they look?! We also made the menus and table numbers!

And the cake made by the lovely Gina. (Very unfortunately I only managed to eat a tiny bit on the day – luckily Gina had made a practice one and we all tucked in earlier this year!)

The view from my seat at the top table!

It was a beautiful day to relax out in the courtyard!

Here’s my sister and I – replicating one of the Hen Do shots!

Days to Go: 257

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We’ve paid for our honeymoon! If everything else doesn’t go to plan, I have a wedding dress and a honeymoon! It was really exciting paying for the honeymoon, we’ll be married for 3 days by the time we go!

It looks like we’re changing our florist, but all the other problems seem to have sorted themselves out, things are going according to plan!

And also! I just had my last birthday as a Cuthbert! That was interesting too! Instead of worrying that it was my last birthday as a 20-something, I was all excited that it was the last one as an unmarried woman!

And (lots of updates this week) we have had the text proofs for the wedding invitations. I’ve sent off the approval for them and hopefully we’ll get the first sample soon! It will make things seem very real if we start inviting people! A lot of my friends have started to book hotels to stay over, some of them at the reception venue which is really nice.

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I’m proud of my weekly round up this week. The blog has been bursting at the seams with brilliant weddings – as it’s the season I am sharing as many gorgeous real weddings as I can.

Star turn of the week is of course Salma, my fabulous, musical Star Bride. She’s been sharing her wedding in little snippets and I know from behind the scenes here there’s more to come!

Salma’s Wedding blog catch up

I’m so excited for Star Bride Sally – it’s her big day this week and she posted her last pre-wedding update on Friday!

The week on English Wedding blog – quick round up

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Days Married: 78

So, here we are in the magnificent hall – getting married!

I remember on the day my face was hurting from smiling so much.

Richard’s mum and dad got up to do a reading that they wrote themselves whilst they were staying in the same place we got engaged – and it was about that very place! Doesn’t Richard’s mum look AMAZING in leopard print!

You know, after watching other wedding videos and seeing other photographs of the first kiss of marriage, I realise ours is not the tamest I’ve seen – much more fire and passion! He held me so tight. 🙂

I just love how happy we are here ‘pretending’ to sign the register for all the photographs!

Obligatory confetti shot.

This was when we had just left the Great Hall and were greeted with champagne. It was bliss!

I love this photo of my sister giving me a hug!

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It’s been a while since I introduced a new sponsor in this way: things go on behind the scenes with the English Wedding Showcase and we get all caught up in ideas for the blog, real weddings and off-record wedding industry chat!

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The story of a beautiful wedding by English Wedding blog sponsor Martin Beddall Photography

This is why I introduce my latest sponsor, documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall, as a new friend. Martin has a wealth of wedding photography expertise and industry insights. He’s inspired a few blog posts about documentary (or reportage) wedding photography – the idea of telling a story with wedding photography appeals to me so much, in these times where we all want to see details, there’s something refreshingly honest, emotive and enchanting in seeing a wedding day simply unfolding before your eyes.

So you’ll have seen Martin Beddall’s name mentioned on various blog posts recently as well as his three – yes, count ’em! – real weddings featured on the blog in the last month or two.

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I can’t believe this is my last post, it seems like a week or so ago when I found out I was going to be a ‘Star Bride’ and now all our wedding preparations are done and it’s the countdown to the day! 8 days to go!!

A lot has been going on in the past few weeks to get everything ready, Mum and Dad have been working hard on the house and I’ve been tying up a lot of loose ends at this end. Here are a few things that are finished and ticked off the list, and a few things that have been happening in the ‘run up’:

Orders of Service. They’re not finished yet but I made the outsides a while ago using my typewriter to add ‘Sally & David’ and “30th July 2011”. The insides have been professionally printed and now I just need to tie them all together with a ribbon down the centre (probably a night in front of SATC next week!)

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Hello there! How’s your morning going so far? Mine: busy, happy, having fun being creative. And the best bit is the real wedding I have for you today.

A Derbyshire wedding from my friend Mark at Tierney Photography, this one really struck me because of the happy tears – it’s a beautiful occasion full of feeling as well as there being such stunning photographs in the glorious Peak District. I spent the first few years of my life living in this area, and I love the wild moorland and beautiful landscapes – this feels a bit like coming home.

Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (1)The wedding dress glows against the morning sunshine, Katie’s shoes catch the light and shimmer and shine…

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Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (3)Gorgeous wedding flowers and I love the whitewashed windowsill for these pictures – don’t they look fab?

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Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (5)Katie is beautiful – this photograph captures that delicate vulnerability of a bride on her wedding morning. This picture takes my breath away… and it’s only the first one!

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Days Married: 76

It was an overcast morning and I was awake at around 4am and in the shower at 6am. I had planned the morning schedule to the minute and had handed out colour-coded schedules to everyone involved – so to be honest I wasn’t worried about time and getting things done – even though I regularly shouted ‘WHAT’S THE TIME?!’ to all who would listen. We were, in fact, early!

Plenty of champagne was consumed by all and Emma (make-up) and Sara (hair) did an absolutely sterling job.

The boys were getting ready at the other side of the castle after arriving at around 9:30am. I remember making a journey up to Richard’s mum’s room to give her the boys’ shoes and after that I was confined to my corridor for fear of seeing anyone I shouldn’t! I remember being very calm whilst having my hair and make up done – maybe I was a mix of serene, excited and a wedding-automaton – I knew what had to be done so I was doing it!

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