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A very interesting letter landed on my doorstep this week*, and sparked an interesting – and helpful – little project on English Wedding.

In a blindingly spooky coincidence, following on from this week’s post about wedding industry response to the royal wedding, a bride** wrote in about just that very thing.

Cat Muddleton (hmmmm – sounds familiar) said she’d just got engaged and was thinking of a royal wedding theme for her own wedding day. It’s only natural – we’ll all be up to our necks in royal wedding news for the next few months and some of it’s bound to rub off.

Cat said she was on a budget and wanted her wedding to be special and personal to her. Could English Wedding offer any advice?

Funnily enough, yes I think we can! Watch this space to find out more…

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*I dropped it there. Cos I wrote it. But play along…

**That was also me. Setting the scene here.

A couple in love

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Bride and groom in love

Bride and groom in love

Part two of Laura and Julian’s wedding is all about the love – their eyes only for each other, the intimate moments captured beautifully on film and the lovely atmosphere of quiet celebration all make for a blog I’m so proud to be able to share with you today. (See yesterday’s amazing photographs of the church and ceremony.)

I love Laura’s dress and her bridal style, the Alice band and everything about her. I live for weddings which are a little alternative, totally unique and beautifully romantic. This, for me, is a perfect wedding.

Images once again are courtesy of Lime Leaf Weddings – photography by Henley and Laura, based in Devon and covering weddings across the UK.

The wedding celebrations start with bubbles

The wedding celebrations start with bubbles

Guests travel on a vintage bus to the wedding reception

The bride, groom and their guests travel on a vintage bus to the wedding reception

The bride and groom hold hands

The bride and groom hold hands

Little ones tuck into the wedding breakfast

Little ones tuck into the wedding breakfast

Laura celebrates with friends and family

Laura celebrates with friends and family

Plenty of champers is enjoyed by all!

Plenty of champers is enjoyed by all!

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I don’t know the secret of everlasting love. I wish I did! Do you? How far would you go to find it?

Mike and Alanna have travelled from Alaska to Argentina with their trusty motorbike and sidecar to discover the secret of everlasting love… and you can see the results in this charming, romantic and fascinating short film.

Mike and Alanna’s story: going the distance

Mike and Alanna were married in the UK in November 2008 and, concerned by divorce statistics they’d seen, they set out on a cross-continental voyage to ask couples about the secret to a long lasting relationship. This meant quitting their jobs and changing their whole lives… and already I’m thinking these two aren’t shy of making any kind of commitment! I’m sure they’ll be fine!

Mike and Alanna called their adventure ‘Going The Distance‘ and you can read about their journey across the Americas on the Going The Distance blog. Alanna describes their quest as “touching and inspiring” and it really is – you can see from the couples they interviewed en route just how much of the focus of their trip was on love. That’s got to rub off!

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Into the church

Into the church

Lime Leaf Weddings is a blog I follow avidly, as their photography is always really special. Laura and Julian’s wedding featured on the blog in October and I immediately fell for Laura’s beautiful and unusual wedding dress.

The photography by Henley and Laura at Lime Leaf Weddings is pretty spectacular, perfectly in keeping with the wedding itself and particularly capturing the atmosphere of the church where Laura and Julian were married.

This wedding will be in two parts, today I just want to show you the marriage ceremony and that incredible church – tomorrow the cream tea reception full of fun and laughter. You’ll love both, I promise!

Vintage wedding vehicles

Vintage wedding vehicles

St Andrews Church, Kenn, Devon

St Andrews Church, Kenn, Devon

This photo of the church takes in so much of the building – I love it. The dark, almost foreboding vaulted ceiling, the shadowy darkness of the top of the cross and then the brightness from the window and the lights… I think for a Catholic wedding it’s really important to include the religious aspects in the photography, and this is a fantastic way to do so. Beautifully done, Lime Leaf Weddings!

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Sunny Kalsi award winning wedding photographerI’m really pleased to have a little news to share with everyone today – friend of the English Wedding blog and wedding photographer extraordinaire Sunny Kalsi won an award at the prestigious Annual US Brides Magazine / WPJA photography contest.

This amazing image of a bride with a tear in her eye was third out of all the photographs submitted in the ‘Bride’ category.

Congratulations to Sunny Kalsi! Sunny, I’m so proud to have featured your photography on English Wedding, and delighted you’ve won this award!

About the Brides Magazine photography contest

The WPJA/BRIDES Wedding Photojournalism Contest spotlights the finest images from the best wedding photojournalists on the pages of one of the most world-renowned wedding publications and the web sites of the WPJA and BRIDES.

About Sunny Kalsi

See a real wedding from Sunny Kalsi here on the English Wedding blog, or visit Sunny’s own wedding photography blog for more glorious, colourful and sparkly images – he’s one of my favourite UK Asian wedding photographers and I can guarantee you’ll love what you see!

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Confetti table top essentials saleA quick blog post for any bride or groom looking for wedding table decorations – did you know that Confetti are having a sale this week?

Everything that falls under the banner of table decorations is on sale this week (until Friday 26th November) and you get a cracking 50% off – so it’s potentially a nice little saving.

I’ve had a quick peek at the sale, which includes different coloured table gems, about 6 different votive colours and some really pretty birdcage centrepieces, little favour buckets and cupcake stands… which I’m already imagining on my Christmas table and mantlepiece!!

Click the banner to see what’s on offer in this little gem of a sale

Confetti table top sale

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Roses All Over vintage china hire for weddings

This week’s Sunday drive on the wedding supplier map takes me to West Sussex, all the way down to the seaside near Brighton and into the gorgeous little vintage wedding world that is Roses All Over.

Roses All Over hire out vintage china and props for weddings and photo shoots in Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and London. They’re also available to lend their expertise to help you create the perfect vintage look for your wedding reception.

Roses All Over vintage china hire for your wedding

I think I fall for the wedding businesses which are built out of a real love and enthusiasm, and Roses All Over really do seem to treasure a certain kind of lifestyle. Everything from their website design to the cups and saucers that make up Katie and Rosie’s vintage china collection is simply gorgeous.

I love how Roses All Over tell the story of setting up their wedding business. “We decided to turn our fascination for the old fashioned into something more than just a hobby. We have lovingly sourced a stunning collection of exquisite vintage china and props available to hire.”

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An interesting title, I hope – setting the royal wedding against the UK wedding industry rather than bundling the two up together in a great big cosy knot. As much as I love the buzz the royal wedding has created and will create over the coming months, I’m very wary of the effect it’s likely to have on the wedding industry.

Of course it’s exciting news, and it will mean lots of things to lots of brides across the UK and around the world. Wedding businesses will also share the excitement. There’s a huge buzz around the royal wedding in the media and for everyone with a stake in the wedding industry.

I’m also quietly pleased by the cynicism that accompanied the big announcement on Tuesday – a strong characteristic in us Brits, and a nice counterpoint to all those excited newsreaders going a little OTT interviewing every tourist who walked past Buckingham Palace that day.

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Are you in the mood for a little excitement this afternoon? I’ve got some for you, with this guest blog post from Peter at PR Photography in London. There’s a little wedding videography revolution brewing at PR Photography, and I’m so pleased to be able to share this with you today. It’s a glimpse of the future and very exciting indeed, especially if you’re planning your wedding right now. (Kate & Will – yes I even mean you! Seriously!)

Prepare to be intrigued, amazed and subsequently hooked… now over to Peter.

Highlights – Abi & John from PR Photography on Vimeo.

Filmatography™

“For many years videographers have documented weddings with a primary focus on simply recording the events of the day. Cameramen have tended to have their cameras rolling to make sure each moment is filmed with constant footage throughout. No doubt it has been effective to remember exactly how things happened but the final presentation has mostly erred on the side of boredom. To date this has certainly been a strong reason why photography coverage has taken its place ahead of video in many couples’ wish lists.

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Quick preview – learn about Filmatography™… tomorrow on English Wedding.
Filmatography wedding blog preview on English Wedding

This literally is the future, in two ways:  It’s an exciting post which is coming up tomorrow* on the English Wedding blog, and it’s a brand new concept which combines wedding videography, professional digital photography techniques and one hell of a lot of artistry and creativity.

Watch this space, tell your friends, tell everyone you know in the wedding industry and prepare to be thrilled and delighted by Filmatography™ – coming soon on English Wedding. Follow me on Twitter and I’ll let you know when to check back, if you like.

(*I’m quite overwhelmed by the whole concept and quality of what I’ve just seen – couldn’t wait to tell you! But that’s all you get till tomorrow. This is a bit of a Friday Spectacular!!!)

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This follows on from yesterday’s article about my wedding advertising test.

How to test your wedding business advert

Before committing to any advertising spend, think carefully about how best to advertise your wedding business. Read the advice about wedding market segments and targets first. Choose a medium that your potential customers will see, one they trust.

Where to place your wedding advert

Wedding magazines have media packs which you can ask to see, and should show you a circulation figure at the very least. Personally I always ask how many copies are sold and how many are given away (and are not read with the same enthusiasm!)

Ask about their readership demographics. Do certain months’ issues sell more copies than others? The more information a magazine can give you about their readers, the more they’ve thought about their advertisers’ needs – which is important.

Wedding advertising online

Whether you set up a Google AdWords campaign or pay for a banner advert with a popular wedding website, online advertising has the benefit of being flexible if you need it to be.

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Ha! It really is going to be crazy, I’ve been sat reading my emails for five minutes and already had two mentioning the royal wedding. Not only the wedding industry, but almost every UK business, publication and website will be joining in with the madness.

It’s wonderfully entertaining to see how the PR machines spring into life! Anyway, I do like the royal wedding related news from www.beergenie.co.uk and had to share this one with you…

“British brewers have always celebrated Royal events with commemorative brews. When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, 147 Royal beers were brewed to celebrate their marriage; and at the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, over 70 small and regional breweries brewed commemorative brews.

brides should drink more beerWith wedding fever gripping the nation, Britain’s farmers and hop growers are asking the more serious question; what drink will be used to celebrate this special Royal Wedding?

Commemorative royal wedding beers

William’s grandfather, the Earl Spencer, brewed a special beer to mark the birth of “the Royal Heir to The Prince and Princess of Wales in Burton-on-Trent on the 5th of July in 1982.”

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