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This morning I set out on my little scooter for an adventure: to meet two Cheshire wedding suppliers I’d heard rave reviews about and featured on the blog although we’d never met in person.

Green Earth Flowers: creative and beautiful wedding flowers in Cheshire, near Manchester

Green Earth Flowers: creative and beautiful wedding flowers in Cheshire, near Manchester

Laura from Green Earth Flowers and Michelle from Timeless Bride have built their wedding businesses around their personalities – both are passionate about their work and led by ethical principles: I learned a lot about being welcoming, honest and inspiring, from both of these ladies this morning.

In fact Laura and Michelle gave me so much to think about (2 A4 pages of scribbles and thoughts in my big notebook!) that I’ll be writing a number of blog posts over the next week and a bit: advice on choosing a wedding dress, getting creative with your wedding flowers, even some great tips for avoiding wedding planning stress.

Timeless Bride - beautiful and welcoming bridal store in Cheshire, near Manchester

Timeless Bride - beautiful and welcoming bridal store in Cheshire, near Manchester

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The star of The Show: Hanging beneath the centrepiece were little glass globes with twists of pearl strands, heart embellishments and cream baubles

The star of The Show: Hanging beneath the centrepiece were little glass globes with twists of pearl strands, heart embellishments and cream baubles

The Wedding Show at Tatton is known for having the north west’s top wedding experts as exhibitors. Nothing should have surprised me, and there were many exquisite stands which caught my attention straight away. But none were quite like Red Floral Architecture, which completely captured my imagination – I could have stayed admiring the stand for hours!

I had a lovely chat with creative flower designer Mat Hepplestone. I was probably quite embarrassing… but I had to explain just how much I loved what he’d done with his stand! There are flowers, there are wedding flowers, and there’s floral design with a difference. “Floral Architecture” sounds pretty grand – pretty ambitious I suppose. But the title fits Mat’s creations – and then some!!! Mat designs with flowers the way a top architect would design a cathedral: there are no limits to his imagination.

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and the wedding ceremony is your opportunity to make commitments to one another and express your undying love in front of you family and friends – so why shouldn’t it be exactly as you want it?

Sadly in the UK there are so many rules and regulations that most couples don’t realise exist until they start planning their wedding– you can’t get married outside, you can’t include religion (in a civil wedding), you can’t take photographs during the ceremony, you can’t get married after dusk, you must use a licensed venue.
Suddenly dreams of a stunning outdoor wedding, with fairy lights and incredible photos of you exchanging vows and rings fall by the wayside as you find out none of this is really possible.

But now there’s an alternative.

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If anyone’s visiting The Wedding Show at Tatton Park today here are some quick piccies to guide your way. This is why you should go to The Wedding Show, what it looks like and just a few of my favourite stands (the ones we got on the big camera!)

Photos from The Wedding Show at Tatton Park

Sweet Days and Roses wedding planning and design

Sweet Days and Roses wedding planning and design

Dragonfly Couture Stationery at The Wedding Show Tatton Park

Dragonfly Couture Stationery at The Wedding Show Tatton Park

The Helicentre - cheaper than a chocolate fountain!

The Helicentre - cheaper than a chocolate fountain!

Event in a Tent: Staff were as welcoming as the gorgeous tent and roaring fire inside

Event in a Tent: Staff were as welcoming as the gorgeous tent and roaring fire inside

The Manchester Sing Out Gospel Choir were fantastic! Performing through the day at Tatton Wedding Show

The Manchester Sing Out Gospel Choir were fantastic! Performing through the day at Tatton Wedding Show

Horgans Cars of Cheshire: outside the marquee at The Wedding Show and charming as ever!

Horgans Cars of Cheshire: outside the marquee at The Wedding Show and charming as ever!

Red Floral Architecture - out of this world and will be a highlight on English Wedding this week so come back soon!

Red Floral Architecture - out of this world and will be a highlight on English Wedding this week so come back soon!

Beautifully designed wedding tables in the Mahood Marquees tent: credits to Mahood Marquees, Lightech Sound & Light Ltd and Event Solutions

Beautifully designed wedding tables in the Mahood Marquees tent: credits to RSVP Now, Mahood Marquees, Lightech Sound & Light Ltd and Event Solutions

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Red Floral Architecture was a real star of the show for me – with incredible flower designs in the entrance as well as on their stand. More to come later in the week!

by RSVP Now – beautiful pink and gold table dressing with calligraphy by the very talented Juliet

The ice sculptures were impressive! I loved the wedding table plan (laminated and then… glazed?) encased in ice and the way it flows around the edges. Beautiful! This was by Glacial Art – award winning, internationally renowned master craftsmen.

We had a glass of champagne in the foyer first of all, and then a stroll around the exhibition stands (with me scribbling notes and my lovely Gareth snapping pictures as we went).

We have seen and chatted to or at least waved at some friends and even more friendly faces: Chris Hanley is here, Kelly and Nik from Boho Weddings and Events, the lovely Laura Donnelly who’s on the organising team from Wedding Link and has been so welcoming to us this week.

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royal wedding place cards from Vintage TweeIt’s been a little while since we heard from alternative royal bride Cat Muddleton, but I really think things are hotting up on the wedding planning front for English Wedding’s very own princess bride – with just three months until her wedding day.

Royal wedding favour box by Vintage TweeThe wedding venue is agreed, guests are having outfits designed and hats made, top UK chefs are having a televised competition to create an exciting menu for the wedding breakfast* and top secret wedding dressmakers have been squirreled away to a top secret workshop full of silkworms, diamonds and elves.

royal wedding lottery ticket holders from Vintage Twee*probably

However, Cat Muddleton is in a quandary. She’s looking for “something fabulous to put on the tables”. We had a chat yesterday and she wanted a little help finding affordable wedding favours to fit a royal wedding theme. Easy peasy…

I showed Cat Muddleton Tuesday’s blog post all about Vintage Twee. Bless her, our alternative royal bride squealed and ran around the house before picking up the phone and gasping her excitement. She LOVED it! The lady clearly has taste.

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Catherine and Kevin's pre-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

Catherine and Kevin's pre-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

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Catherine and Kevin's wedding day by Chris Hanley Photography

Catherine and Kevin's wedding day by Chris Hanley Photography

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Catherine and Kevin's post-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

Catherine and Kevin's post-wedding shoot by Chris Hanley Photography

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I’m super-organised. Always have been – thanks Dad! If I catch a train I’m there 15 minutes beforehand in case there’s a queue for tickets. If I’ve got an appointment I get everything ready the night before…. and the week before a wedding show, I’m googling constantly to see who’s exhibiting, who’s visiting, who’s excited about it all.

I thought: why not share? Pop everyone who’s talking about The Wedding Show this week on this page so you can see who I’m looking forward to meeting and who is busy preparing for Tatton Park this weekend.

My top picks for The Wedding Show at Tatton:

Boho Weddings and Events – I’ve followed wedding planner Kelly Hood from day one. She’s an inspiring, enthusiastic and friendly wedding planner with a real vision for her business and the passion to make your wedding amazing.

Chris Hanley Photography – my favourite top UK wedding photographer. Chris is a creative force, and his wife Claire is the friendliest, most charming lady you’ll meet at Tatton Wedding Show this weekend! I can’t wait to see the Chris Hanley Photography stand.

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I will be blogging about The Wedding Show at Tatton Park on Saturday – the plan is to tweet and blog photos and recommendations throughout the day, with proper write ups about my favourite things on Sunday and next week.

Before then though, I thought I’d share some top tips. Mine, and some from the organisers of Tatton Park Wedding Show themselves!

I had a quick chat to Laura Donnelly, one of the Wedding Show organisers, earlier in the week and she was kind enough to email me afterwards with a few exhibitors to look out for.

Top tips for Tatton Wedding Show 2011

The Wedding Shop (Alderley Edge) – straight from Cheshire’s own lap of luxury, The Wedding Shop will be involved in the catwalk shows on Saturday and Sunday, and all the girls on their exhibition stand are really lovely and friendly.

My Personal Sanctuary – a new exhibitor offering beauty and pampering treatments at luxury holiday cottages throughout the UK – perfect for classy hen weekends! Wedding Show organiser Laura said “they look amazing”.

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A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

How to describe this wedding in a short title… yikes: couldn’t do it! Nicky and Martyn will be familiar to many of you from the English Wedding e-shoot week we did in January. Little did I know when I featured one of wedding photographer Mark Tierney‘s favourite engagement shoots that the couple were already married and that their wedding photographs would blow me away.

And yet I checked out the Tierney Photography blog just to see – and I found this gorgeous wedding which I had to blog! Beautiful bride Nicky’s look is out of this world: she mixes classic and quirky in the most incredibly exciting way. Not only that, groom Martyn is gorgeous and the photographs of their wedding day are knock-your-socks-off fabulous with a cherry on top.

This wedding is already a favourite of mine and I know you’ll love it too.

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!

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The UK wedding supplier mapIt’s been a while since I mentioned the wedding supplier map. If you’re still looking for any wedding suppliers, particularly in your area, then I really recommend you give the map a whirl – it’s a great way of finding local businesses and especially the more surprising ones.

I was just exploring the shipping lanes on the wedding supplier map. Yep, there are wedding businesses working the shipping lanes between Wales, Ireland and Cornwall (actually that’s a lie – all the national wedding businesses on the map are in one place, having a little swim: so you know they supply the whole of the UK).

The UK wedding supplier map

The UK wedding supplier map

Anyway… I found Alex The Mind Reader.

Alex the Mind Reader

Alex the Mind Reader

Alex The Mind Reader?

Just in case his name hadn’t got my attention (surely it’s only women who can read minds?!) he’d uploaded a video onto the wedding supplier map via YouTube! And it’s proof positive that he really can read your mind!

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Still very excited about The Wedding Show here in Cheshire – and with 2 days to go I’m planning blog posts and googling for news about the show almost hourly!

I’ve just had an email from The Wedding Show (I’m guessing it goes to all guests, and yes it was all in pink!) –

The Weddinglink team look forward to seeing you this weekend at the spectacular Wedding Show at Tatton Park.

Over the two days of the show, there will be a fantastic opportunity for you to perfect your bridal style… The highly-experienced team from Aqua Rosa will be offering you the chance to have a bridal hair and make up trial from just £5.00
These trials are usually priced at £90.00, so come along to Stand 511 to make sure you don’t miss out!
(If this is of interest, please be aware that we don’t have any ATM machines on site, so it’s best to bring along some cash!)

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