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Planning your ‘best day ever’ is the most amazing rollercoaster ride – and now is a fantastic time to get married! Some time ago we threw away the wedding rulebook, and couples are celebrating their commitment in creative, personal and truly individual style. I’ve been a wedding blogger for eight years and seen so many exciting changes in how we get married – and you know the very best thing about weddings now? They’re all so very different and those personal touches every couple include make every day special and magical in its own unique way!

There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ wedding any more. I love that guest lists can be anything from two to five hundred of your nearest and dearest. Dresses and suits can be as formal or as boho as you like – and you can choose to be married in a centuries-old church or the field behind your house. What’s not to love about all this freedom… but where on earth do you start?

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It’s been a little while since I pulled an all-nighter, but at 3am today I finally hit Save for the last time on issue 2 of our beautiful digital magazine. It’s here – it’s free for you to read and it’s FULL of stunning wedding inspiration, advice, ideas and with two brilliant competitions for you to enter.

That’s me off to bed for a little extra snooze then… I’ll be back at 12 with a gorgeous real wedding to brighten your Friday lunch!

I hope you love the magazine! It’s been a labour of love and I’m really proud of everything we’ve packed into our second issue.

Claire xxx

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Can you belieeeeve it’s going to be April tomorrow? Spring is flying by and here at English Wedding Blog HQ we are busy making plans – lots of plans! I suspect many of you will be just as busy planning the finishing touches to your wedding day, and so I’d love to know about any amazing little Etsy shops, craftspeople, designers and little indie businesses you’ve fallen in love with on your wedding journey.

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Image credit: Yorkshire wedding photographer Samantha Ward Photography

I see myself as a matchmaker: I’m here to tell brides and grooms about all the gorgeousness kicking up a storm in weddings – and to give the independent businesses a place to share their newest, most exciting and creative ideas with YOU!

I’m looking for suggestions for April wedding blog features with:

  • glorious bouquets for spring and summer
  • super stationery – invitations and on-the-day ideas
  • wedding cakes of all shapes and sizes
  • accessories and jewellery – even flower crowns
  • tablescapes, mood boards and styling ideas
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Hello lovelies! Don’t you think March is flying by? I need a little luck this morning as it’s time to get my little Vespa’s MOT done… but before I scoot out to the garage, I wanted to say thank you to some of the people who are supporting the English Wedding Blog. Without these guys I genuinely couldn’t write the blog. It wouldn’t exist as it does: we’d have half the number of amazing weddings to share, and nowhere near as many features to show you each week. Sponsors or advertisers are what keep wedding blogs going, and I’m grateful to every one of these lovely people from the very bottom of my heart. I’d love for you to take just a few moments of your morning to consider them for your own wedding day:

The English Wedding Blog sponsors

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Arusha’s Images Photography (Lancashire)

North east:

Newcastle upon Tyne wedding photographer Duncan McCall

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Ian Wallace Photography

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How many moments of pure joy happen in a single wedding day? Too many to count, or imagine, or dream of, or remember? Weddings are days filled with blissful seconds of laughter, love and happiness. Like this.

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Image credit: Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms

Photo credit: Benjamin Toms Photography
From Ben’s favourite wedding photos of 2015. Do read his blog post: it’s full of the most beautiful images, glorious moments and shots which will make you laugh out loud, or bring a tear to your eye.

I publish a wedding photo of the week every week on the English Wedding Blog

Submit your image for next week:

  1. Make sure you’ve Liked the English Wedding Blog Facebook page
  2. Upload an image you love to Facebook, and link to our page from the comments (@The English Wedding Blog)
  3. Check the English Wedding Blog from 3pm Friday to see the winning image!
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Hello beautiful 🙂 I have a little treat for you today – and a treat for me as well because this styled shoot is everything I love most. Lovely Louise from And So To Wed curated a fabulously elegant shoot at Tanfield House in Yorkshire. The ideas are divine, the images superb, the styling out of this world. 

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Using a colour palette of white and barely there gold, alongside soft natural foliage, textures and lace fabrics the shoot evokes feelings of timeless warm winter celebrations in luxurious surroundings, capturing the feel of a winter wedding morning and the reflective time of the bride at this truly fabulous venue.

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Louise wanted to bring together small businesses in the wedding industry who hand make their items and are predominately based in the North of England. The inspiring images come from Tanfield House’s beautiful bridal suite overlooking the river.

She told me, “The venue, Tanfield House, is a new wedding venue based in the heart of Yorkshire that offers wedding couples a truly unique experience. Still a family home, couples can have the whole house to do with what they want, including the beautiful riverside gardens.

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Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a brilliant day. I’m busy working on blog features and scheduling everything for May already (birthday month: eeeee!!) and wanted to quickly reach out to any wedding suppliers considering blog advertising.

I have half a dozen slots free from May; they’re only £50 per month and come with regular features to really give your business a push and get you noticed! The blog currently has more than 45,000 readers a month! If you’re interested, do read my media pack to find out more: http://english-wedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Media-pack-2015.pdf

For anyone wibbling on the edge of blog sponsorship (I know it’s a big decision), here’s some advice which will help you to make it work:

Suppliers! Before you advertise on a wedding blog, read this!

Wedding blogs, details and photographers: a blogger’s perspective on taking and using detail shots

Wedding supplier? A quick ‘secret’ to getting wedding blog features

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Good morning lovely wedding blog readers! I hope you’re really really well and looking forward to the day ahead. Don’t work too hard!

I have a very quick notice for you today – for any of you waiting for brand new blog features to be published at my usual time of 11am, there will be an awkward silence at this time… oh no!  But don’t despair… being an early bird I’m bringing forward my blog features every day and will now be publishing at 10am instead. Why? So you have an excuse for biscuits earlier 🙂 and so will I!

Here’s a sneak peek for you… this real wedding is coming up in just over an hour!

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A sneak peek from Joanne and Phil’s vintage wedding at Cooling Castle Barn, on the English Wedding Blog this morning from 10am!

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See you back here at 10am lovelies! I’ll bring biscuits…
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Image credit Tracy Morter Photography

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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Image credit Penny Young Photography

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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Without the lovely sponsors who support the English Wedding Blog, we wouldn’t be here. I owe everything to the wedding photographers, designers and experts who sponsor my blog, share content and contribute articles, advice and more. I’d like to take today to say a huge thank you and to show you some of their best bits!

Meet the sponsors: The English Wedding Blog

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Image credit Adams Photo Art www.adamsphotoart.co.uk

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  • I love featuring all of Andy’s latest weddings on the blog – massive thanks to Howling Basset Photography for all of the regular features: http://english-wedding.com/tag/howling-basset-photography
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Transforming a simple village or church hall into a festive and pretty party venue takes ambition, style and vision! Emma and Matthew, along with a small army of family and friends, did a lovely job and their spring wedding at All Saints Church in Crowborough, East Sussex looks wonderful.

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Bride Emma is ever so beautiful – her portraits by wedding photographer Steven Dungate, of Duntons Photography, are gorgeous. She positively glows when joined by her new husband Matthew: a radiant couple so clearly full of love.

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The images are fabulous; the wedding report by Emma and Matthew is brilliant, and full of advice to help you design and style a church hall wedding. Here is a couple after my own heart: they kept their wedding budget to a minimum (including a dress for less than £100) and indulged in excellent catering and an amazing party!

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Welcome to Emma and Matthew’s English church hall wedding. Enjoy!
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Amy and Damian’s rustic spring wedding blog is just beautiful – the freesias in Amy’s bouquet are my favourite flowers (my Grandma used to love them and they remind me of her). Today’s bride and groom are both gorgeous, their day just makes me smile and I adore their images.

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Amy dedicated herself to making all of the stationery, invitations and even wooden place names with a personal message to every guest on the back. Family and friends helped out, with even Granddad making wooden birds for the cake stand!

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Amy’s dress is divine, by the wonderful Melanie Potro. She looks so incredibly beautiful and wears her Nan’s pearls with diamond earrings given to her by Damian. Amy’s sister is a hair and make up artist so of course she styled Amy’s bridal look – and she looks absolutely stunning.  The images are by lovely James Grist Photography, based in Kent.

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