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Cute, quirky, pretty, individual… any of these on your wedding stationery wish list?

If they are, then you should consider Kate Lewis Design for your wedding invitations and stationery. I met Kate at The Wedding Show last weekend and she was every bit as lovely as her wedding invitation designs imply!

kate lewis design -- sketched range

kate lewis design -- sketched range

Kate Lewis’s background is in fashion design. She told me she’s always surprised – and pleased – when brides fall in love with her sketched wedding invitation designs. I loved the fairy sketches and the bride and groom invitations on Kate’s stand, but there was so much more to see as well – if you’re looking for pretty wedding invitations it’s definitely worth looking at Kate Lewis Design online.

kate lewis design - bride and groom invitation

kate lewis design - bride and groom invitation

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Walking around The Wedding Show about this time last week I was delighted to spot Mossy in the corner in his famous – yes, famous! – stripey jacket.

Mossy Caricatures at The Wedding Show 2011

Mossy Caricatures at The Wedding Show 2011

If you don’t know who Mossy is, you should! Luckily enough, in just a second or two, you will! I first saw Mossy’s work years ago when I began my calligraphy business. Mossy is a wedding caricaturist with tons of personality, instantly recognisable across a crowded marquee (be it at your wedding day or at a show like Tatton) and someone I’ve admired from afar for years. It was a pleasure to have a quick chat to Mossy last weekend – I hope I managed to convince him that he IS famous!

Mossy – real name David Moss – told me how his caricatures cover the walls of Sam’s Chop House – a famous eaterie in Manchester. I was a little starstruck when I spoke to Mossy but he was really nice and chuckled at the notion of being famous. I still say, if you want a celeb to entertain at your wedding, Mossy’s your man!

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I had a really great time at The Wedding Show last weekend and from everything I saw and heard, so did everyone else who was there! If you missed it, here’s your chance to see the best bits in five minutes or less…

Arriving at The Wedding Show in our little car – it was a gorgeous bright and sunny day – perfect for a drive in the country.

Tatton is a grand old country estate with a deer park, gardens and the rest – far nicer than an inner city exhibition centre if you ask me!

The Cheshire Set were out in force. They arrived in some reeeallly nice vehicles like this sparkly vintage minibus (only kidding, Caremore Cars brought this one along). A few moments after we photographed it a bride got in – you could play inside it and everything!

And for a further splash of luxury…

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When, how and where should you choose jewellery for your wedding day? Could you use a little bit of advice about styles of wedding necklace, types of pearls etc? Wedding jewellery is a competitive market for suppliers and there is a huge amount of choice for brides out there – I know I wouldn’t know where to start (so many pretty sparkly things!) but with a little help from guest blogger and wedding jeweller Julieann it all becomes crystal clear….

Choosing bridal accessories that link in with your wedding dress

Your wedding day is often something you have dreamt about since you were a little girl, make believe, magical and special. Modified and fine tuned as films were watched and became favourites, places visited and books read creating memories to be treasured forever.

While your wedding dress will be worn once and bridal hair accessories become heirlooms your wedding jewellery if chosen carefully will become favourites that you will wear time and time again. But what do you choose?

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It’s been a good week for English Wedding. Meeting online friends in person at The Wedding Show, getting to know great wedding businesses in my area, and best of all being able to introduce Manchester wedding photographer Neil Redfern as the latest sponsor of the English Wedding blog.

Wedding photographer Neil Redfern - English Wedding Blog sponsor

Wedding photographer Neil Redfern - English Wedding Blog sponsor

Neil has submitted real weddings to English Wedding over the last twelve or so months and they’re always stunning – he quickly became one of my favourite wedding photographers. Now having met him I would recommend him without a second’s hesitation. He’s a great guy: charming, down to earth, and passionate about his work.

vintage wedding reception by Neil Redfern

vintage wedding reception by Neil Redfern

See a beautiful vintage inspired English wedding by Neil Redfern: Vanessa and Michael’s vintage wedding

Choosing a wedding photographer has to be about more than finding images you love. It’s crucial to find a photographer who listens, who gets hooked into your wedding plans and shares your enthusiasm – and then on the day you can put your trust in your photographer to capture all the best moments, the emotions and romance as well as the gorgeous portraits you’ll treasure for life. Neil Redfern has all of that.

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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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