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One thing that has been out of our hands for the wedding is the cake – we decided we’d like a surprise and to be honest, didn’t really know where to start anyway! Wedding cakes are a minefield at the best of times. A friend and neighbour of Richard’s family, Gina, is absolutely ace at making cakes, and when she offered to make ours as our wedding present – how could we refuse!

I made a cake inspiration board for her along the lines of ivory and black and left her to her own devices! We’ve tasted her trial cake – and it was the most amazing cake I have ever eaten! I’ve never been keen on wedding cake and I don’t like icing, so instead of the traditional, our cake will be a chocolate ganache cake with a raspberry filling – all covered in rollable white chocolate! Oh yes oh yes.

Gina sent me a photo of the cake topper today – it is absolutely beautiful! Gina is a genius. Yes – that’s all icing! I’m baffled at how she does it.

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Choose a wedding dress that will last forever

Choose a wedding dress that will last forever

How to be a timeless bride – choosing the right dress

How do you choose a wedding dress that looks amazing on you and that will stand the test of time? How do you know that you’ll look back through your wedding album in twenty or forty years and fall in love with your wedding dress all over again?

Look for a dress that loves you as much as you love it!

Look for a dress that loves you as much as you love it!

I had a lovely chat with Michelle Hinds from Cheshire’s Timeless Bride a few weeks ago. Michelle has built her business around the concept of loving your wedding dress for more than just the big day and she shared her expertise to help you find the perfect, timeless, wedding dress.

Top tips for finding a wedding dress you’ll love forever

Inside Timeless Bride, Cheshire wedding dress shop

Inside Timeless Bride, Cheshire wedding dress shop

  • Getting that timeless look is about going with your personality, finding a dress that suits you, and notnecessarily following the most current fashions
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More inspiration and wedding ideas from blogs I love today.

Twitchy fingers? Feeling creative? Need a project for a rainy day? I hope these might inspire you…

vintage suitcase table plan idea

wedding stationery project on The Knotty Bride

 

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Days to go: 39

It’s getting close! And I’m still bored of waiting!

Last night Richard and I got down to some serious business with sorting out some of the finishing touches for the wedding day.

There he is!

I knew there was a reason why I always keep boxes that I get things delivered in. A decent sized All Saints box was given the vintage music treatment and is now our wedding card box for the day!

We’ve almost finished the table plan – I just need to find some dark red ribbon to stick around the edges to really make it look special.

We also made the menus for the tables!

I also FINALLY have a bid on my last bridesmaid dress on eBay (I actually screamed with excitement when I realised) so I can finally buy the three petticoats for the bridesmaid dresses this week.

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I love the concept behind Pinterest. It’s a bit new, but anything bright and shiny and ambitious makes me smile.

Pinterest share images website

Pinterest share images website - screengrab

For brides and grooms planning a wedding, it’s a fantastic idea. Browse the web, spot an image you love, bang a pin in it. It’ll appear on your pin board at Pinterest. Such an easy way to save all the ideas you find and love, and to share them with your friends and on wedding forums and stuff.

Thanks to Farrell & Chase for their blog post where I found Pinterest.

Sharing wedding planning images

Once again, the beauty of being a wedding blogger and running my own wedding business makes me think a bit harder about this. I’m aware of design copyright issues with images of things like wedding stationery and jewellery. I’ve seen the bunfights on forums many times!

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As the weather gets warmer, our intrepid wedding fan gets excited at the thought of seaside weddings – and this caught his eye: a boutique wedding from Devon wedding photographer Rosie Parsons‘s blog.

Rob and Sam campervan wedding by Rosie Parsons

Rob and Sam's campervan wedding by Rosie Parsons

The blue skies, sea and campervan are fab – bride Sam looks incredible with her bump and there are some fantastic detail shots on Rosie’s wedding photography blog.

http://www.rosieparsons.com/blog/2010/04/the-white-house-chillington-wedding-rob-and-sam/

Daily wedding inspiration: Billy Idol Loves

Kelmarsh Hall by Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne
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Kelmarsh Hall by Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne

Kelmarsh Hall by Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne

Kelmarsh Hall is an elegant 18th century mansion near Northampton, steeped in history and perfect for a sophisticated and classy wedding celebration. With formal and landscaped gardens, topiary and roses, this wedding venue is perfect for a traditional, classically stylish English wedding.

Photographs of Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh Hall by Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne Kelmarsh Hall by Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne Kelmarsh Hall by Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne Kelmarsh Hall by Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne

All photographs by www.sarahvivienne.co.uk

Photographer Sarah Vivienne’s review of Kelmarsh Hall

Sarah Vivienne is a regular wedding photographer at Northampton’s Kelmarsh Hall and says: “I always look forward to a wedding at Kelmarsh Hall. It’s a very beautiful country house but has such a relaxed welcoming atmosphere. You feel completely at home there.

“It has everything you would want for your wedding photography. Stunning gardens that go on forever, a romantic lake and scenic views make great backgrounds.

“The amazing architecture and fabulous interior decor give interest to photos inside. And there are large spaces and steps for big group photos.”

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I love Katy Lunsford. I told Billy Idol – who loves weddings – all about her and he was blown away by this latest shoot on Katy’s wedding photography blog.

Great Hall at Mains wedding by Katy Lunsford Lancashire wedding photographerThe venue is The Great Hall at Mains. The dress is by Charlotte Balbier. The models are gorgeous and the photography exquisite.

There’s so much more to see on Katy Lunsford’s blog – you can’t miss this one.

katylunsford.blogspot.com/2011/03/great-hall-at-mains-lancashire-wedding

Billy Idol Loves????

 

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We ticked another big box off our wedding checklist this week: meeting the caterer and finalising the menu. The caterer and I have been in email conversation since around June last year so it was nice to finally put a face to a name. David and I are real ‘foodies’, so I’ve decided to share our choices and hopefully make your mouths water as much as mine will writing it!

My Dad, David and I originally started brainstorming different aspects of the wedding, and we were all very keen on a good, country Hog Roast with all the trimmings. I’ve been to garden parties with a hog and it seems such a celebration of food and company, and totally fits the relaxed atmosphere we’re hoping for on our day. One problem: my Mum is, what she calls herself, “a reluctant meat eater”. She has even attempted to become a vegetarian in the past, and as soon as my Dad and I broke the news of our idea her immediate reaction was “not in my garden, you’re not!” But after a few months of persuasion, Mum came round to the idea, and when we both went to meet the caterer a few days ago, and with a bit of compromise (a covered oven instead of a spit roast), it looks like we’re having what we initially envisaged.

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Here’s another fantastic wedding I found on the internet this week. I love Kevin Mullins’s blog and this wedding caught my eye. And Billy’s… he loves weddings.

Winter wedding with wellies by Kevin Mullins Photography

Check out this wedding for the smiles and laughter, snow and beautiful pictures of the first dance. I love it! And I love Kevin Mullins’s photography.

www.kevinmullinsphotography.co.uk/surrey-wedding-photography/surrey-wedding-photographer

What the hell is “Billy Idol Loves”?

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wedding blogs vs magazines in the uk rose veil credit cardI almost had a crisis of faith in wedding blogging recently. It was one of those scary moments that hit you sometimes – I picked up a wedding magazine (that wasn’t the scary bit) and it wasn’t what I expected.

Wedding magazines were all about big brands and vaguely old fashioned trends, I thought. The appeal of the big wedding blogs is always from being edgy and challenging, alternative and fresh – tearing away from the boring old wedding mags.

For a moment my quick flick through the wedding magazines made me wonder if the press had finally caught up: they were quirky, full of red shoes and wellies, bunting and ideas for making weddings a bit different.

Oh.

I sat down to think about what makes wedding blogs so special, and within minutes I fell in love with the UK wedding blogs all over again. Here’s what makes us so different from the traditional wedding press, and why UK wedding blogs will grow and grow but NEVER lose their appeal.

Instagram – @englishweddingblog

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

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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