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Such a beautiful bride, such a heavenly image - my favourite from this Brocket Hall wedding

Such a beautiful bride, such a heavenly image - my favourite from this Brocket Hall wedding

This wedding has everything: glitz and glamour, class and style, that traditional English sophistication and quiet elegance. Amy and Charlie were married at Brocket Hall, one of England’s finest stately homes in Hertfordshire.

I love this wedding for its sheer beauty: the majestic venue and breathtaking beauty of the reception rooms, the opulent floral displays and most of all Amy’s glamour and elegance, and the way she and Charlie look at each other with eyes full of love.

And then there are the moments. The moment Charlie looks to the heavens as he waits in church for his bride, the moment the happy couple leave the church in triumph, and best of all Charlie’s excellent dancing as he walks hand in hand with his bride along the driveway to Brocket Hall.

The photography is of course by outstanding wedding photographer Chris Hanley. The romance, the imaginative images, the most incredible detail shots and the way these photos will make you smile… that’s all thanks to Chris Hanley Photography.

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Firstly, my apologies for such a gap between posts, we have just moved house and the internet hasn’t been connected yet so I’m writing this from a sticky computer in the library instead of the comfort of my couch!

Right, what to wear with my wedding dress? It’s not something I’d given much thought to, I assumed the only task was finding the dress and the rest should fall into place!

I asked David what he expected me to look like on our wedding day, and he replied: “I don’t want to think about it, I just want to wait ‘til the day”, which is fair enough, but I know what he’d expect, the traditional bridal get-up. A long veil, A-line princess dress with a train, a rose bouquet, garter, delicate bridal jewellery, matching shoes and, let’s face it, some nice underwear underneath.

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Days to go: 68

I studied music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and most of my friends and colleagues are musicians I met whilst studying. Due to this I have been very fortunate in being able to cram a huge variety of music into our wedding day – for a tiny fraction of the price it would have cost otherwise!

The Ceremony

I used to run a film and media music business with a great friend and colleague, Michael, who kindly offered to write music for our ceremony for string quartet (and the string quartet comprises three very good friends and an ex-housemate!). He has written some beautiful music for the entrance of the wedding party and myself, and for the end of the ceremony has also arranged one of the most beautiful songs we know – that we are also having played by a different band for our first dance! (I’m afraid I’m going to keep this a secret for now as I am aware my guests are reading these posts and I’d like to keep an element of surprise here and there!) See Michael’s other work here.

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A quick game of chess at this St Augustine's Priory wedding

A quick game of chess at this St Augustine's Priory wedding

Antonina Mamzenko (Memories Enclosed) sent me this incredibly beautiful wedding from St Augustine’s Priory in Kent. Gemma and Rob had a small and intimate wedding with just 16 guests, and arranged the whole day in just 10 weeks. They did a wonderful job and for its cosy character and charm this has to be one of my favourite weddings so far this year.

A wedding doesn’t need to be a huge party with all your university mates and distant cousins. All you need is your nearest and dearest family and friends – and as Rob and Gemma’s wedding day clearly shows, this can be the most beautiful and memorable celebration of your love.

St Augustine's Priory in Kent

St Augustine's Priory in Kent

Gemma's wedding shoes

Gemma's wedding shoes

Like very pretty peas in a pod...

Like very pretty peas in a pod...

Gemma's sister did her make up on the day

Gemma's sister did her make up on the day

A real beauty

A real beauty

The final touches for a lovely bride

The final touches for a lovely bride

I love this shot of Gemma by the window

I love this shot of Gemma by the window

Wedding of Derek Roswell and Daniela Cormano at Rushton Hall by photographer Sarah Vivienne
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Wedding of Derek Roswell and Daniela Cormano at Rushton Hall by photographer Sarah Vivienne

Wedding of Derek Roswell and Daniela Cormano at Rushton Hall by photographer Sarah Vivienne

Rushton Hall is an elegant and palatial luxury wedding venue in Northamptonshire. Dating back to the fifteenth century and boasting a magnificent courtyard, gardens and quiet country location, Rushton Hall is an incredible place to get married.

Photographs of Rushton Hall

Wedding of Derek Roswell and Daniela Cormano at Rushton Hall by photographer Sarah Vivienne Wedding of Derek Roswell and Daniela Cormano at Rushton Hall by photographer Sarah Vivienne Wedding of Derek Roswell and Daniela Cormano at Rushton Hall by photographer Sarah Vivienne Wedding of Derek Roswell and Daniela Cormano at Rushton Hall by photographer Sarah Vivienne All photographs by www.sarahvivienne.co.uk

Sarah Vivienne’s thoughts on Rushton Hall

Northampton wedding photographer Sarah Vivienne says: “I love working at Rushton Hall. The team there are excellent and really look after you. It’s a very flexible venue with lots of spaces to accommodate different types and sizes of wedding. They have a civil licence so you can get married there too.

Rushton Hall has lots of great spots for gorgeous wedding photographs, inside and out, so whatever the weather there’s lots of opportunities. The grounds are beautiful, really well maintained and with interest all year round. The Hall itself, and the interior, has some stunning architecture which makes for really interesting backgrounds in your portraits. The 4-poster bedroom suites are fabulous and worth a picture too!”

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Remember as a child mixing potions out of mud, shampoo and your mum’s most expensive perfume? Creating a signature cocktail for your wedding is the grown up equivalent, according to Liquid Spirit! Liquid Spirit mobile bar hire cocktail image

So here’s an interesting idea for those of you who are having a wedding at home, or have a little flexibility with the bar at your venue: make your own signature cocktail to celebrate your wedding day and then keep the recipe to recreate the moment on every wedding anniversary!

It only takes a little planning to do, and if the two of you enjoy a tipple you could have a very pleasant evening ‘designing’ your wedding cocktail and forgetting the traumas of guest lists and wedding budget spreadsheets! Over to Liquid Spirit for a guest blog post to fire your imaginations…

Why not serve your own signature cocktail to your wedding guests? Immortalise your wedding by creating a cocktail to commemorate your big day and to share with family and friends for years to come.

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I know it’s the done thing to begin with a photo of the bride and groom, but I couldn’t resist showing this photo first!

Ah now maybe these two are the coolest wedding guests... a great shot!

A wonderful wedding, and a brilliant time is had by all!

I found Emma and Matt’s wedding just as I was researching and writing my little article about having a creative wedding outside of London. For me, being creative with your wedding is simply having a few little details which fly in the face of convention: and Emma and Matt did just that.

Their Yorkshire wedding was photographed by Tierney Photography. I love the details Mark Tierney captures when he shoots weddings – my favourites here have to be the campervan, the mini and the little boy having a brilliant time playing in the autumn leaves!

Emma looks fabulous in a wedding dress with a pretty halterneck that really suits and flatters her gorgeous hourglass figure. She also oozes confidence: finding a dress that is really You will make you feel a million dollars on your wedding day, and Emma really did – I love it!

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Days to go: 70

A quickie today (as I’m still feeling pretty dire and can’t see properly out of my left eye!) – yesterday Richard and I busied ourselves with the first stage of building our table plan board!

A while ago I found some real vintage music on eBay – on the theme of love! – for around £2 per song, which we cut up and glued to an A1 mount board (found in Ryman stationers for £7.99).

Et voila!

Table plan boardTable plan board

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Bridal Designer Sale March 2011

Bridal Designer Sale March 2011

Could this be the sale no bride can afford to miss? Imagine you’re queueing outside Next on boxing day, 5am… it’s cold and you’ve camped overnight and you’re determined to get a brilliant bargain or two. The doors finally open, the crowd surges forward…

… but that’s nothing. Imagine the same scene, and the excitement you’d feel if there were 1000 designer wedding dresses on the other side of those doors. The Next sale pales in comparison to the Bridal Designer Sale doesn’t it!

The London Bridal Designer Sale March 2011

London Bridal Designer Sale will be holding a designer sample sale with up to 70% off over 1000 designer wedding gowns from leading international designers.

Starts: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2011.

Location: Radison Blu, Portman Hotel, London W1

The tickets to this event are FREE and the slots are booked very quickly! To take advantage of the sale, please visit bridaldesignersale.com to select your preferred date and time slot.

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I love it when the wedding industry is nice. When I can peer through my rose tinted goggles, nod to myself and smile because all is well with the world. Today I’m right here, doing exactly that. Why? Because I’ve had an email from a “happy collective” of Manchester wedding suppliers who have got together to dream up a competition for engaged couples.

Win an engagement shoot in a cake shop!

(The official title should be Win a FREE vintage themed engagement photo shoot but I edited to include my favourite bit)

The competition is for a FREE vintage themed engagement photo shoot to one lucky couple from Manchester/Cheshire, complete with cute cupcakes and a few other lovely surprises! A package which would normally cost in excess of £700!

Win a vintage themed engagement shoot in ManchesterThe happy collective of wedding suppliers who’ve got together to organise the competition are: Foley Photography, AiryFairyCupcakes, Gorgeous Flawless, The Flower Lounge, English Wedding Blog favourite Vintage Twee and Manchester VW Campervans.

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google wedding planning tools overview

google wedding planning tools overview

Sometimes I think cynicism is one of my best qualities. Google launches a suite of wedding planning tools… reeeeeeeeeeeeally? Well ok – I suppose they have access to plenty of information, and the manpower to create something really good – but I have two questions.

1. Are Google the right people, with the right mindset, to provide just what brides and grooms need?

2. How much of this new Wedding Planning site at www.Google.com/weddings is relevant to UK brides and grooms?

Oh and 3. What? Seriously? Google?!

google wedding planning tools overview

google wedding planning tools overview

What’s in the Google Wedding Planning tools

It’s nothing new, but the Google wedding planning tools are all nicely wrapped up in one place for brides. These are tools web designers and companies have been using for a couple of years. It’s pretty interesting they’re targeting them for wedding planning… but they will work (and they’re all free). You get:

Google Sites to create your own free website about your wedding. Includes pretty templates and image editing via Picnik.

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If there’s one phrase I use far too often it’s “I’m rubbish at facebook”! If you follow me on twitter you’re probably familiar with that one…. but twitter is a different matter altogther.

English Wedding blog on twitter

Twitter I can do. @english_wedding has 2,735 followers on twitter. I tweet most days, sometimes just to say what’s on the blog that day, sometimes to ask for help with future blog posts and to ask for opinions on wedding topics.

Occasionally, as has happened today (did you spot it?) you’ll see a little snippet of my secret future plans for English Wedding revealed by accident. If you missed that one, make sure you’re following @english_wedding now!

Have you seen English Wedding’s Wedding Traditions in 140 characters? Follow my twitter feed to find out more…

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