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I love letters. Writing has always been my life: from a secret love of spelling tests to language studies and then calligraphy… so I absolutely adore the striking look of light up letters. I have something very special for you (ok, for me!! but I know you’ll love it too!) this Friday morning 🙂

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Coordinated by the super organised and undeniably talented McAvoy Wedding Photography and featuring a fantastic weekday collaboration of local wedding supplier talent, today’s fabulously decadent photo shoot was an event that Words To Glow were only too delighted to contribute to. Featuring a beautiful seaside location, a wonderfully decadent hotel and oodles of sophistication to boot, what was not to love about this little beauty!

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On the day of the shoot itself, the sun shone brightly and the dream team were lucky enough to be able to shoot in various locations, both inside and outside the Midland Hotel. Situated right on the curve of Morecambe’s seafront, the hotel was built in 1933 and as such maintains a distinct Art Deco feel to its interior and thus provided the initial inspiration behind the day’s shoot.

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So many post wedding shoots are all about the bride – but today I’m sharing a post-wedding treat for you as a couple. An extension of the magic of your wedding day, an experience to share together with pampering and luxury, the chance to dress up for your very own Hollywood Vogue couple’s shoot.

Your own post-wedding glamorous photo shoot

McAvoy Photography have created Hollywood Vogue to be all about glamour, love and romance. After the intensity of wedding planning, the heady excitement of your wedding day, here’s your chance to extend that fabulous euphoric feeling that can deflate quickly once the honeymoon is over. Jenny and Keith McAvoy created Hollywood Vogue shoots as a real treat with champagne, cupcakes, a hotel stay and a fabulous shoot to create lasting memories.

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We’ve had such beautiful weather recently, and many of you have had your engagement shoots over recent weeks. Two of my favourites from the English Wedding Showcase are a world of contrasts: from glorious spring sunshine to dramatic twilight…

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True love: engagement photography by Martin Beddall on the English Wedding Showcase

Above: Heidi and Toby’s Kent engagement shoot with wedding photographer Martin Beddall – beautifully sunny and light, although Martin introduced it on the English Wedding Blog with the words “probably means more snow soon”. Thanks Martin!

Below: Mark and Erin’s engagement shoot near Warrington – a clear evening with deliciously blue skies. I love their feet in this picture! And the blue is dreamy and so romantic. By McAvoy Photography.

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Romance at twilight: engagement photography by McAvoy Photography on the English Wedding Showcase

I don’t feature engagement or pre-wedding photography very often on English Wedding Blog, but there have been some beautiful shoots from my wedding photographer sponsors on the Showcase recently, and I urge you to go and have a look if you’re planning or considering an engagement shoot of your own. English-Wedding-Showcase.com

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Afternoon everyone, and I hope wherever you are you’re looking forward to the weekend already. Once more, it’s time for a little diversion from the world of wedding blogs. As Davina once used to say, here are your best bits:

Charlotte Balbier bride on Love My Dress wedding blog

Via Love My Dress; Photography credit http://imagenewcastle.co.uk

Real weddings and engagement shoots

Romantic twilight engagement shoot

Romantic twilight engagement shoot by McAvoy Photography

Think creative

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This heartbreaking tale begins with a note in my inbox several weeks ago. Would I like to review a new book for brides and grooms: “Wedding Cupcakes”? Yes I’d love to. I could have a taste test and everything… it’d be so much fun!

wedding cupcakes book coverSo I replied, and within a couple of days this little beauty arrived in the post. I dashed out to Sainsburys with my shopping list ready to get stuck into one of those beautifully inspiring wedding DIY blog posts that all the top bloggers are so good at. I imagined I’d be as good at this as Lou from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings with all her expert tutorials and home made photoshoots.

I couldn’t have been wronger. As wrong as if you’d led me by the hand to the ‘wrong’ department in the wrong shop, tipped me upside down, painted ‘wrong’ on my forehead and dumped me in the wrong basket on the way out, as one of my expert reviewers might say. (but she’s better at this than I am.) Still, at least I was keen.

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photo credit McAvoy Photography (1)The title of this blog post sums up Anna and Mike’s wedding day in Manchester last summer: their smiles as they walk along the canal path are bursting full of happiness – and I love Anna’s words in her wedding report: “In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop!”.

I always love a bride who wears her glasses with pride too, and I think Anna looks amazing. There’s everything here: a wonderful story, some fabulous ideas and details, and of course the lovely photos by Manchester’s McAvoy Photography.

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Anna and Mike’s Manchester wedding

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photo credit McAvoy Photography (5)I loved it! In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop! I got ready at the Worsley Marriott Hotel and Mike got ready with his usher Aaron at the flat. He was driven to the church, ST Mary’s Prestwich, by Aaron, I was driven in an Imperial Laudette with my Dad, our chauffer was called Clive.