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A favourite photograph of Liz and Jon, so much in love.

A favourite photograph of Liz and Jon, so much in love.

The first engagement shoot I ever featured on English Wedding was of Liz and Jon – a Cheshire bride- and groom-to-be whose lovely photos had me completely hooked.

Two months have absolutely flown by, and I can now very happily blog Liz and Jon’s wedding day for you. This couple wear their hearts on their sleeves – so the photos might just bring a tear to your eye. They did for me!

Their photographer was Adam from ARJ Photography in Manchester. There is definitely something special about Manchester wedding photographers and Adam is no exception: a creatively cheeky element always comes shining through – in Liz and Jon’s case, it’s bathtubs!

Exquisite detailing on Liz's wedding dress

Exquisite detailing on Liz's wedding dress

So cute! Wedding day cat.

So cute! Wedding day cat.

Setting the scene beautifully: Love, lace and adorable bridal shoes

Setting the scene beautifully: Love, lace and adorable bridal shoes

Autumnal bridal bouquet with rose tipped hydrangeas, berries and roses

Autumnal bridal bouquet with rose tipped hydrangeas, berries and roses

Liz has her hair and make up professionally done - and looks like a movie star already

Liz has her hair and make up professionally done - and looks like a movie star already

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Inspired by re-runs of Top Gear on Dave this week in which three merry halfwits turned cars into boats and then sank them, giggling, into a lake, my virtual Sunday Drive has taken me off the roads and onto the busy shipping lanes of the wedding supplier map.

the wedding supplier map on English Wedding

The wedding supplier map on English Wedding

There are dozens of UK wedding businesses listed across the interactive map and those which aren’t limited to a specific location are grouped in shipping lanes stretching from Cornwall to Ireland. I’m even in there somewhere!

So like a dizzy child skipping across stepping stones I hovered over the shipping lanes and discovered The Wedding Academy. Ooooh.

One day workshop: how to plan your own wedding

Virtual drive or not, I should have taken a picnic because once I landed on the Wedding Academy website I was hooked and stayed for ages. The Wedding Academy runs workshops for brides (and their bridesmaids, mums or grooms) who want to plan their own weddings.

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Emily headband from www.olivierlaudus.co.uk - £79.99

Emily headband from www.olivierlaudus.co.uk - £79.99

The trend for vintage inspired weddings isn’t going anywhere, with brides and wedding designers alike still choosing vintage for their inspiration for 2011 weddings.

Why does vintage work so well? It’s a style that will suit everyone, and a theme that fits the times: making your own wedding decorations is affordable and fun, and a bit of nostalgia is always a treat.

Bridal jewellery is no exception and I’m in love with so many designers and online stores at the moment I could recommend dozens – today it’s the latest from Olivier Laudus. Over to Sangeeta Laudus to tell you more:

“Here at Olivier Laudus we’re still completely in love with the vintage bridal trend and it seems we’re not the only ones, with more and more of our clients asking for vintage-inspired pieces every day.

Vintage bridal accessories from Olivier Laudus of London

Vintage bridal accessories from Olivier Laudus of London

Items pictured (clockwise) are Emily headband – £79.99, Jessica side headband – £130.00, Nahla mini comb – £42.99 and Blossom hair comb – £79.99

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I’ve some real magical wedding moments to share with you today, courtesy of PR Photography. This is a luxury wedding to fall in love with: from the gorgeous bride and groom to the proudest father of the bride, then spectacular fireworks and acrobatic performances at Cliveden House.

Highlights – Elena & Nick from PR Photography on Vimeo.

Last month we were introduced to Filmatography™ with a fantastic guest blog post another gorgeous wedding film by PR Photography. If you missed it, it’s still on the blog filed under ‘videography‘ and you can see it here: Introducing Filmatography
– a fascinating concept and an intriguing glimpse into the future of wedding films and photography.

PR Photography is one of London’s top wedding & event photography studios, with Photographer Peter Rear shooting high profile weddings and events in countries including Dubai, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, New York and Barcelona.

If you’re a bride or groom to be and you’re looking for one of the very best – and a pioneer in wedding films – check out PR Photography’s White Gold Weddings Website.

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I keep meaning to post this little snippet of information and forgetting. As it’s something I wasn’t aware of until I started my small business, you might not know either – and there’s a big saving here for brides and grooms.

Wedding Exhibition

Photo credit: Wedding Link

The UK wedding industry is fragmented, made up of lots of small businesses. There are hundreds of dedicated craftsmen and women in the wedding industry making things like jewellery, stationery and providing services: photography, wedding planning and wedding accessories.

If you’re on the lookout for affordable wedding suppliers, a good tip is to find those who are small enough not to charge VAT.

Wedding exhibition

Photo Credit: Wedding Link

Businesses whose turnover is lower than £70,000 don’t have to charge VAT on their products and services (unless they’ve chosen to register). This is likely to be the case for sole traders, startup businesses and people providing an individual service – your wedding harpist, calligrapher or stationer.

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Willy Buckingham is – believe it or not – similar in many ways to Prince William. He’s as good as the royal groom and just happens to be getting married in April! So we’re following his wedding planning adventures (he calls them trials) on English Wedding alongside his fiancée Cat Muddleton.

Prince William

Prince William. Willy Buckingham is just like him!

Our alternative royal groom Willy Buckingham is 28 and lives with his dad, his brother and his grandparents. They’re quite posh.

Willy has an enormous extended family, who are always getting into scrapes and having adventures. He studied art history and geography at university then did a gap year before deciding to be a pilot. (Every toddler’s dream.) He can fly aeroplanes and helicopters and has got actual wings so he’s brilliant at flying.

Having achieved all his most recent ambitions, he’s now looking into being a farmer, dinosaur keeper, train driver and a fire engine.

rice krispie cakes are Willy Buckingham's favourite

photo credit: www.good-morning-campers.co.uk

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Cat Muddleton is going to be English Wedding‘s answer to Kate Middleton. How lucky are we to have found a bride-to-be with so many (spooky) similarities to our future Princess Catherine?!

Kate Middleton looks like Cat Muddleton

Kate Middleton: a bit like our very own Cat Muddleton, only different. A bit. Which is real?

But it gets better: our very own Cat Muddleton is going to share her stories, inspiration and advice for an affordable, alternative royal-themed wedding.

Cat Muddleton (real name Catherine, friends call her Kate, she prefers Cat as “it’s sexier”) is 28, the first child of fighter pilot parents. Her brother and sister are thrilled at her engagement. She has a degree in art history (fancy that!) and is as beautiful as she is brainy!

A slinky brunette with an eye for fashion, Cat will try anything and loves an adventure. She says, “Wedding planning is the most challenging thing I’ve tried yet!” but she’s looking forward to her wedding in April already.

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Bride and groom on the steps of Wentworth Castle

Gorgeous wedding photography in Wentworth Castle gardens

I love the spectacle of a castle wedding – and there’s something very English about the luxury of a huge wedding venue with a rich history, with wedding guests in their finery milling around like lords and ladies.

Not to mention a beautiful bride in cascades of silk, swishing and swirling around like a real princess – and Lucy is wonderful in this gorgeous wedding shot by Tierney Photography.

Lucy and Patrick were married at Wentworth Castle, Barnsley just a few weeks ago. They both look fantastic in these photographs, and I really love the style of their wedding day: classy, vintage and full of emotion.

The day will take you from ear-to-ear smiles, to happy tears and real pride – the images of Lucy and Patrick around the wedding venue show a happy, proud and made-for-each-other bride and groom. Enjoy!

Bridal make up

Lucy's bridal preparations

Groom and sunflower

Patrick looks so happy - the sunshine's a good luck charm for the wedding

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The letter from Cat Muddleton about her royal-inspired wedding to Willy Buckingham got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice to make a big feature of this lovely down-to-earth couple as they plan their April wedding.

Not the royal wedding - about Cat's letter

After much deliberation I made the huge decision to drop all existing plans for coverage of the royal wedding on English Wedding. No point doing anything by halves, is there.

Anyway, I like Cat Muddleton. She’s charming and will make a wonderful alternative princess bride. She’s as real as you and me* and she’s planning an affordable and exciting wedding day.

Cat Muddleton alternative princess bride

Cat Muddleton is a bride on a budget, looking for advice from English Wedding – and by that I mean from me and from every fellow bride-to-be and wedding supplier who has advice to share.

Cat is also willing to share her innermost secrets with English Wedding as she sets out on her wedding planning journey. She’s also a bit obsessed with the royal wedding so I’m sure she can keep me up to date with all the latest from Kate & Will too!

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Glengoyne 40 year old whisky
Today’s Sunday drive around the wedding supplier map takes us to snowy Scotland and the beautiful Glengoyne distillery.

Glengoyne branded gifts
I’m feeling Christmassy and with the snow and everything I wanted to tell you about a wedding supplier who also ‘does’ Christmas: Glengoyne really fits the bill!

personalised whisky from Glengoyne distilleryI think it’s easy sometimes to buy gifts for the mothers of the bride and groom, but finding the perfect thank you gift for the father of the bride, father of the groom and best man can be trickier. If they like whisky, here’s a really special gift.

The Glengoyne distillery has an online shop selling ideal wedding presents and gifts for the best man or father of the bride. (I like the little mouse mat myself!)

(I’d like to add that ladies also enjoy whisky. I wouldn’t mind one of these for Christmas!)

You can also order personalised bottles of whisky as wedding day gifts from Glengoyne.

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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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