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I’m 36 and I read fairy stories – magical tales of enchantment and adventure, myths and legends, from Tolkien via Harry Potter via Kelsingra… because I love fantasy, creativity and escapism. Unashamedly. And these floral hair accessories by the amazing Yelena Smirnova are right up my street – beautiful flowers to wear on your wedding day, with more than a dash of all the beauty to be found in adult fairy tales. My favourite is the Rosalie hair comb… which is yours? Here’s Yelena to welcome you to her world…

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Rosalie hair comb by Yelena Smirnova

“Welcome to my magic world of flowers. Miniature works of art for you to love and for others to admire.”
Yelena
www.yelenasmirnova.co.uk

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Ophelia circlet by Yelena Smirnova

Floral hair accessories, handcrafted by Yelena Smirnova

I specialise in handcrafted floral hair accessories for wedding and occasionwear that range from headpieces, corsages, bracelets, sashes and more.

Each design is unique and bespoke, using the finest natural fabrics, such as silk, organza, velvet and lace.

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Things always start happening in the wedding industry at the beginning of the year… from the awards ceremonies to new designer collections from dresses to stationery, accessories and more. January is exciting! Today’s news from Perdita’s Wedding Shoes means you can get your hands on some of the UK’s favourite designer wedding shoes from today… here’s Karen to tell you more.

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Desario by Rainbow Couture – Image supplied by Perdita’s Wedding Shoes

Brand new! Rainbow Couture’s new styles at Perdita’s Wedding Shoes

This week we were very excited to receive the new range of Rainbow Couture wedding shoes. In particular we all loved the Desario and Orvietto styles which are covered in beautiful crystals and would look stunning in any colour. The amazing detailing creates sparkles in every light and when you dance the night away with your new husband your shoes will add that perfect Cinderella touch.

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Orvietto wedding shoe – Image supplied by Perdita’s Wedding Shoes

Rainbow Couture uses only the very best silks, satins and trims for their collection and at prices starting at only £89 they won’t break the bank.

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Create your own effortless bridal style and be inspired by the romance and serenity in these distinctively alluring images. They’re by Vickerstaff Photography, who shot  Vintage Styler‘s accessories so beautifully the images have since been featured on wedding blogs around the world.

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Vintage elegance by Vintage Styler, timelessly captured by Vickerstaff Photography

These beautiful images have featured on Love My Dress blog, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, So You’re Getting Married and the fabulous Borrowed & Bleu blog. The accessories are exquisite – do have a closer look!

But what strikes me most of all – and what no other blogger has mentioned – is the quality of the photography for the shoot. These images are truly timeless, crystal clear and beautifully lit. They’re enchanting. No vintage processing, no quirky fading or toning… they capture the elegance which is the true secret of vintage style.

Audrey Hepburn herself wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Vintage Styler accessories shoot – original feature (37 images)

Rosaln Lace Weding Shoes by Rachel Simpson
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Once again I have some brilliant advice to share with all of you brides-to-be from my lovely friends at Queens & Bowl. Choosing the perfect vintage wedding shoes can be a Big Decision (capitals intended!) so for shoe lovers everywhere, here are some top tips to make sure you’re tottering beautifully in the right direction!

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Rosalyn Lace Wedding Shoes by Rachel Simpson

Some women would argue that shoes aren’t a matter of life or death; they’re far more important than that! This is especially true when it comes to choosing wedding shoes. A bad pair of shoes can throw off an entire bridal ensemble, not to mention making the best day of your life extremely uncomfortable.

As most married women will tell you, choosing wedding shoes is hard but it could be argued that picking vintage wedding shoes is even harder. Not only do you have to consider all of the usual factors that will determine which shoes you buy, but you also have to match your wedding shoes to the era you’ll be evoking in your ceremony!

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jo barnes headpiece Hollywood, the 1950s and movie stars are inspiring so many of my favourite wedding blogs this autumn.

I love the sharp suits, short dresses and sassy styling – the glamour and sophistication of those times and the way we recreate it now. If you’re a 1950s inspired bride, this article is for you!

Written by the marvellous Queens & Bowl – tips to accessorise your ’50s bridal outfit. Enjoy!

How to accessorise your fab ’50s bridal outfit

After the war torn ‘30s and 40s, the ‘50s were the decade when fun was well and truly back on the agenda! With the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn gracing the silver screen and the jetset Hollywood lifestyle well and truly established, the ‘50s was undoubtedly a glamorous era.

This glamour, coupled with some fantastic retro Americana design options and fabulous music from classic artists such as Elvis, make the ‘50s an extremely popular theme for couples planning a vintage wedding.

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I can’t tell you how much I’d love to be sat here with my laptop, wearing a few choice pieces of beautiful designer bridal jewellery as I type. Sometimes a wedding blog post feels like an occasion, and this is another one of those where I’d rather be dressed up before I start typing.

Still – it’s not about me. I write English Wedding Blog for all of you lovely people, and not just because I love it! Today’s blog post is all about wedding jewellery inspiration and comes from the lovely Trudie Arnold – designer at Tiaras by Trudie Arnold.

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Trudie submitted this recent photo shoot which involved her bridal tiara and jewellery designs as well as an amazing vintage car from the Classic and Vintage Car company, 1930s Hollywood inspired hair and make up by Vivienne Moore, and a beautiful ivory lace wedding dress provided by Cloud 9 Bridal Wear in Surrey. Photographer Dean Whiting captured all the images.

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Rainbow Club accessories UKOn this lovely sunny afternoon, what better news than some competition winners for you?! (If you are one of them, that is!) – the winners of last week’s Rainbow Club competition are:

Karen (who wins the tiara)
Lwin (headband winner)
Claire (headband winner)

Girls – congratulations! Your names and email addresses have been passed to Rainbow Club who will contact you about your prizes.

Thank you to Rainbow Club for donating such beautiful prizes, and of course massive thanks to everyone who entered the competition – and do keep an eye on English Wedding Blog for more competitions coming soon!

If you’re the owner of a wedding business and have a competition prize you could share on English Wedding Blog, get in touch – competitions are always welcome!

Claire xxx

 

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photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (37)Creative exploration is a marvellous thing for any wedding business. Imagination is why wedding blogs were invented. It’s why we admire top designers who are making waves – the likes of Ian Stuart and David Fielden, the innovators of our industry.

It’s also a hell of a lot of fun.

photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (36)For Vintage Twee‘s Joanne Linder and artist and designer Nia Fiori, creativity is the heart of their wedding businesses. I watched, intrigued, as my two friends, together with the fabulous Chris Hanley Photography, devised a shoot which would explore the very core of their two brands.

Joanne and Nia’s willingness to let their hair down and play was just brilliant. The shoot they dreamed up looks right into the heart of their businesses, painting Vintage Twee in eccentric perfectionism and playing with Nia Fiori’s love of burlesque and fine art.

I love their promo shoot, which for me puts a whole new light on promoting a brand image.

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Morning everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day so far. Especially if you design wedding jewellery or know someone who does – because I need you! Back in February I asked for wedding invitation designers to showcase their wares and so many of you did: with bright, summery wedding invitations to appeal to every taste and wedding style.

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Photo credit: Chris Hanley Photography (at Hengrave Hall)

Tomorrow I’ll looking for wedding accessories with sparkle – from hairbands to fascinators, bracelets to jewelled garters – whatever you have which will bring a twinkle to my eye – it’s time to share over on the English Wedding Showcase blog. At 11am I’ll be asking to see  your sparkly bits – anyone can join in, simply upload a picture in a blog comment to share!

Please tell your friends – any jewellers out there are very welcome to come and play. As with the wedding invitations, I’ll pick the best (and the first!) to create a beautifully sparkly inspiration board when the results are in!

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Hi everyone, how’s your day going? Allow me to brighten up your time at the office with a fantastic competition which will suit any English Wedding bride down to the ground… courtesy of wedding accessories designer A Alicia in London.

This competition is now closed. Thanks for all your entries.

Wedding accessories by A Alicia in London (3) Designer Anna from A Alicia has kindly offered the prize of a £25 voucher to be spent in her online store – where she sells the most beautifully handmade accessories from wedding garters to flower corsages, buttonholes, necklaces and bags.

Wedding accessories by A Alicia in London (1) All of A Alicia’s range of handmade wedding accessories are ethically crafted using fairtrade materials in her London studio. I love her garters best of all – the £25 blue garters are to die for. So… who’d like to win the voucher?

Wedding accessories by A Alicia in London (2) Win a £25 voucher for A Alicia Weddings

All you have to do is answer this question correctly. Or should I say, sensibly.

Does A Alicia make:

a) wedding accessories
b) wedding cars
c) wedding monkeys

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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?