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I had my bridesmaids chosen from the word ‘go’; my sister, Olivia, and three of my closest friends, Katie, Elizabeth and Louise (who is also my maid-of-honour). I am also having two flower girls; Evelyn, who is David’s niece, and, of course, Vivienne. I’ve asked them all, they’ve all gladly accepted, now the challenge of finding them all something to wear…

Originally I wanted all my girls to be wearing different colours, SATC style. I imagined a rainbow assortment of girls helping me down the aisle; but, when I started looking at making this a possibility, it seemed so difficult to ‘match’ colours so that they complimented each other, never mind finding nice dresses in the right shades, or the same dress in all desired colours.

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This week I’ve popped my Bob the Builder hat on and am doing some construction work. Kinda… well to be honest it’s the web-building kind of construction work. Still counts!

Building a new area for the English Wedding blog

Wedding blogs in the UK are growing in number, in size and in popularity. The top blogs easily rival wedding magazines for readership, loyalty and quality of content.

More and more brides and grooms are switching on to wedding blogs as a new source of inspiration and somewhere to find alternative ideas for more personalised weddings.

Bringing brides and grooms and businesses together

I get a lot of enquiries from small wedding businesses about advertising on the English Wedding blog. As much as couples are searching for forward thinking wedding suppliers, those businesses are looking for a way to reach those couples and showcase their wares.

Traditional blog advertising works well on the big wedding blogs, the likes of Rock’n’Roll Bride, Rock My Wedding and Love My Dress. A sidebar ad on any of those will set you back – but it’s worth it to strengthen your brand and reach thousands of readers every day.

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Days to go: 66

Sometimes – mothers do know best.

I spent hours browsing the internet for dress ideas and inspiration. I spent a lot of time in a bit of a crisis – I didn’t like most dresses – and I couldn’t imagine myself wearing any kind of wedding dress. Like, ever.

When I discovered the creations of Ian Stuart, however, I began to believe I could wear a wedding dress. (And interestingly enough, most of his dresses seemed to go very well with my Irregular Choice shoes!) I spent yet more hours poring over every Ian Stuart design I could find, over and over again, trying to imagine myself in each and every dress.

I felt very proud of myself when I thought I’d picked out the perfect selection of three dresses to try on:

Ian Stuart Dresses

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A quick post simply to share my smile with you this morning.

I just had a call from a local free Wedding Magazine. The girl who called sounded a little bored, but read her script nicely, explained that the magazine was looking for people who do wedding stationery to advertise in the magazine and they’d “come to me first”… hee, really?

I explained that I don’t do wedding stationery, I only provide a calligraphy service.

Cue a little pause and more interest from the telesales girl: “Ooh, is that where you do the dancing, like the first dance and stuff?”

I’m afraid I said yes. But not to the advertising.

 

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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!

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