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It’s been an amazing, exciting rollercoaster of a year here at English Wedding Blog towers, and I’ve been spending a little time looking back at some of my highlights – and yours! As I prepare to switch off my laptop and dive into the mulled wine I’m going to leave you with no fewer than 100 – one whole hundred – of my favourite real weddings from the last 12 months. They should give you plenty to read whenever you need an escape from the festivities over the next couple of weeks!

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Click the links to see the full wedding features, and find your style from the categories below. There’s ‘proper’ vintage, old Hollywood glamour, English country garden, theatre and outdoor weddings, classic, homespun and luxury weddings – I hope, something for everyone. Almost all are English weddings, with just a couple from our lovely neighbours in Scotland and Wales.

100 real weddings to inspire and delight your eyes and imaginations. Enjoy!

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As we settle into January I’d like to welcome all newly engaged couples and new readers to the English Wedding Blog. It’s so very lovely to have you here! This morning I’m sharing my favourite weddings of 2013 which I hope will inspire some of you with your own wedding planning. All the brides and grooms featured here were absolute stars for sharing their wedding photos and stories on the blog (and I hope you’ll join them!). Click on the links to see the full wedding features and see all of their wedding styling and ideas in more detail. Enjoy!
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July…

Vintage Cambridgeshire wedding blog Paul Rogers Photography (9)I had so much fun blogging Kirsten and Neal’s 1950s inspired Cambridgeshire wedding. It had everything… a VW Campervan, wildflowers, cupcakes and 7 tiers of cheese, awesome dance moves and the proudest dad… Photo credit London wedding photographer Paul Rogers.

Dance like a maniac! Kirsten and Neal’s fabulously vintage Cambridge wedding

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Hello there! I hope you’re having a nice weekend, taking it easy and spending a little quality time with your other half. We’re just about to head up a little mountain in the northern Lake District – weather permitting! But before we go, I have to share some of what I’ve been reading this week with you. I think you’ll love these…

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A little flashback to Laura and James’s perfectly personal wedding on the blog! Click the photo for more. Image credit Marshal Gray Photography http://marshalgraystudio.com

Real weddings from the UK and a little further afield!

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Nichola and Oliver’s wedding at Old Luxters Barn – image credit Wendy Grant Photography www.wendygrantphotography.com

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Sussed! After all my whinging about wedding infographics being made up, tenuous or pointless I’ve been sent one which is actually true, well researched and interesting. Hurray! Perhaps the key difference is that we’re talking about marriages today rather than weddings. So often the two are used as if they’re one and the same thing – but in my mind they’re distinct.

Interestingly I live in the least popular English region for marriages. Could it be that the Lake District’s “liquid sunshine” is off-putting so we’re all heading to Cornwall for a sunny beach wedding instead? Hehe! Any ideas why the North West and London seem to have fewer marriages than other areas?

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John on behalf of The Wedding Secret told me, “The main purpose of the infographic is to give people a better understanding of the current state of the wedding market and industry in England, and it’s history. We think this is of genuine interest to anyone who has at least a passing curiosity in trends of human behaviour, and is of particular interest to brides/grooms, wedding suppliers and others in the industry.

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As I type it’s Tuesday night and I’ve been working since 5am with a short break! But I’m listening to the very amazing Dan Donnelly live on the radio (and chatting to him on facebook about dancing to Moondance! get me! LOVE this guy!…) so I can’t leave my laptop until he’s gone…

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Linzi and Freddie’s gorgeous English country garden wedding

Which means I have some unexpected time to write my latest round up of the best wedding blogs to share with you as you enjoy a lovely sunny, crisp Sunday morning (I hope?!) These are my favourites, saved up over the last week and a bit for your lovely eyes. Enjoy!

The best real wedding blogs of the week (or so!)

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Hello everyone and a big hug from me to you all – I hope whatever you’re up to today you’re wrapped up warm and looking forward to winter sunshine, kicking leaves and eventually a little snow…

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Click to see Linzi and Freddie’s beautiful Isle of Wight wedding on the blog. Photo credit Mandy Meadows

This is a very quick post from me to say two things: first of all I’m looking for new weddings to share on English Wedding Blog – from couples, photographers, wedding film makers (Charlene, Denis and Sarah are you reading this?) – please send me submission ideas and all of your gorgeous weddings to share with everyone! Oh – and the more stationery details you can share, the better!

Also… today I’m sharing a bit of my story from the last year on the blog, it’s coming up at 11. The last twelve months have been painful for me, but November is a fresh start so I’m sharing some inspiring photos of my new home and also sharing a little about my life this year. Be gentle with me if you comment… I didn’t sleep much last night – nerves.

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Morning everyone, hope you’re all feeling amazing on this soggy, chilly Tuesday morning in September! Me too 😉 and I’m writing a lazy little blog post this morning to celebrate.

I have [counting…] sixteen gorgeous real weddings ready to share with you this month already – they’re really fab and there’s loads of ideas and really stunning themes to share with you, it’s so exciting! – but I’m going to keep you waiting for just one more day before I share the first one.

In the meantime I thought I’d tease you with an eclectic little collection of some of the fabulous weddings I’ll be sharing with you in September. Which is your favourite?

(I’ll be back in action with a proper wedding blog post tomorrow I promise!)

Claire xxx

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I’m sat watching the royal wedding commentary on the BBC this morning as I type. It’s fascinating to see how the nation – led by the media – becomes so involved in the wedding day.

I was asked on Twitter yesterday about coverage of the royal wedding on this blog. “Surely it’s the ultimate English wedding?” @katylunsford asked me. And I’ve been considering the question since then.

Kate and William: the ultimate English Wedding?

Yes, in that the UK’s media is entirely tuned in. (Even as I put the tv on this morning, it was on Channel 5 from last night, and the kids’ tv presenter and his mascot were in capes and crowns.)

Yes, in that the world is watching! TV crews from around the world are in London to report on the big day. Why we’re having an Olympics next year I’ve no idea. The royal wedding is THE big event.