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Today’s real wedding features a stunning short-haired brunette, the lovely Charlie, who wears a bird cage veil and Paloma Blanca wedding dress. The stationery is all home made, and yet this wedding at Shrigley Hall in Cheshire looks wonderfully elegant and stylish – you will LOVE it!!

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When Charlie first got in touch with me I was so excited – her photos are just stunning, as is she – and just as excitingly her wedding photographer is the lovely Jonny Draper. I’ve featured Jonny’s work on the English Wedding Blog lots of times (more here: http://english-wedding.com/tag/jonny-draper-photography), and I have the biggest admiration for how he works: Jonny’s built his wedding photography business on friendship. Seriously – if you’re getting married in the north west then you need to meet with Jonny for a chat and you’ll see what I mean! Charlie and Dan describe him as ‘incredible‘ – what more do you need to know?!

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Happy weekend everybody! I hope you have a lovely day planned – I do… I’m going to a wedding this afternoon and can’t wait! To make today even more exciting I have one of the loveliest weddings I’ve seen to share with you all today. I’ve been waiting to share this one and I know you’ll love it too! It’s all about bright and fabulous colours, and beautiful design. About time we had another sunflowers wedding blog as well, isn’t it?!

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The very lovely Kate got in touch with me a few weeks back to tell me about her wedding day. She told me, “We got married on 29th June and having read your blog everyday in the run up I would really like to feature on your site… We got married at iconic, art deco hotel The Midland in Morecambe and made the day as personal as possible.” I also got to have a peek at Kate and John’s wedding website – a key part of their day, which I think is fab! and when John’s wedding reading brought tears to my eyes I knew I had to share their sunsets and sunflowers wedding blog with you all.

Trusting your wedding suppliers
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The relationship you’ll have with many of your wedding suppliers is different to other shopping experiences – to say the least! It’s more like the relationship you’ll have with other departments at work: you’re relying on them for some really, really important things!

But you’ll have more invested in this relationship, so it’s crucial that you can trust everything to run smoothly. How?

Trusting your wedding suppliers

How to trust your wedding suppliers

In a nutshell both you and your important suppliers should be completely honest and open, share information up front and ask even the silliest questions so it’s all completely clear. Knowledge is half of the battle.

Feeling comfortable is also essential. Those suppliers who’ll either be with you on your wedding day, or who will be providing a service at the venue, have to be great at their job. They have to be dedicated and committed to your wedding and determined to make sure their part of it is perfect. So you need to be confident you’ve hired the right kind of people.

Inside Timeless Bride - a glorious bridal experience
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I can’t stress this enough: if I have one Top Tip to share with brides and grooms, it’s this blog post. Every couple can afford the very best in this sense: luxury customer service costs nothing, special touches make all the difference and the Experience is what it’s all about…

Wedding suppliers also take note – are you selling a product or service, or is your wedding business providing an experience brides and grooms will truly love, remember and recommend?

Inside Timeless Bride - a glorious bridal experience

Inside Timeless Bride - a glorious bridal experience

This blog post is inspired by:

Chris Hanley Photography – top UK wedding photographer, Laura from Green Earth Flowers and Michelle from Timeless Bride in Cheshire.

With special mentions for Katy Lunsford Photography and Suzanne Laughlin, designer at Tiararama

What you should really look for in a wedding supplier

The very best wedding suppliers I’ve met are those focusing on the experience you’ll have with them. From the first time you hear about them, visit their website, call for a chat or send an email enquiry – look for someone who is enthusiastic about your wedding and delighted to be involved, and for someone who genuinely cares.

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Choose a wedding dress that will last forever

Choose a wedding dress that will last forever

How to be a timeless bride – choosing the right dress

How do you choose a wedding dress that looks amazing on you and that will stand the test of time? How do you know that you’ll look back through your wedding album in twenty or forty years and fall in love with your wedding dress all over again?

Look for a dress that loves you as much as you love it!

Look for a dress that loves you as much as you love it!

I had a lovely chat with Michelle Hinds from Cheshire’s Timeless Bride a few weeks ago. Michelle has built her business around the concept of loving your wedding dress for more than just the big day and she shared her expertise to help you find the perfect, timeless, wedding dress.

Top tips for finding a wedding dress you’ll love forever

Inside Timeless Bride, Cheshire wedding dress shop

Inside Timeless Bride, Cheshire wedding dress shop

  • Getting that timeless look is about going with your personality, finding a dress that suits you, and notnecessarily following the most current fashions
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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