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I’ve stolen the idea for this blog post from lamarieeencolere.com. Nathalie had a look at the oddest queries Google was sending to her French wedding blog, with some funny results. I thought I’d do the same…

This is what some of you have been searching for, and landed on English Wedding Blog

  • wrapped in bedsheets romantic – I don’t imagine this searcher was looking for my blog. I suppose it can be, but it’s not something I’ve seen on a wedding submission recently – have you?
  • worst wedding photography images – Thanks. Charming. But you won’t find them here! I’ll be having words with Google.
  • will the ocean wreck my wedding dress? – Not unless you go in it. If you go in it wearing your wedding dress then yes, it will. Credit where credit’s due though: at least you checked first.
  • who uses wedding magazines? – I know! Soooooo old fashioned. Blogs are where it’s at, right?
  • when and where are welsh weddings celebrated? – Let. me. think. Wales?
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So pleased, and happy. I’ve discovered a real life French wedding blog in La Mariée en Colère (translated: The Angry Bride). So the plan for today is I’m blogging Nathalie’s gorgeous inspiration shoot for you, then I’m off to brush up on my français.

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This shoot (“shooting d’inspiration”) is deliciously girly: with perfect pinks and delicate pastels, beautiful little flower arrangements for tables, a bright and summery bouquet plus wedding stationery (elegant as you’d expect!) – it’s just divine. The pictures speak for themselves, and I’ve credited all the suppliers involved below:
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Wedding supplier list and credits

French wedding photography : FairyDaily www.fairydaily.com

Décor and wedding invitations : 123nousirons http://123nousirons.blogspot.fr

Wedding dress : Confidentiel Création www.confidentiel-creation.fr

Cupcakes : Candy’s Cupcakes Bordeaux http://candyscupcakesbordeaux.blogspot.com

Hairdressing : Event Coiffure Bordeaux http://eventcoiffure.blogspot.com

Make up : Jenny Make Up https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003511126846

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Wedding by Natasha Thompson Photography (29)
A long awaited proposal and a secret, intimate wedding are hiding in my little box of tricks for you today my lovely readers. Debbie and Matthew, and their little boy Noah, celebrated their surprise wedding in superb style – although they tell me the decor was “a bit of a mis-match”!

Their wedding photographer Natasha Thompson submitted this wedding for the blog many weeks ago, and Matthew and Debbie (I think mainly Matthew) sent their wedding report back to me this week, along with the sweetest note: “Sorry this has taken so long, we have just had a baby!” So first of all let me say a huge Congratulations to you both, and I’ll hand over to you and to Natasha with her beautiful photographs of your intimate wedding.

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Who proposed, and how?

Matthew did, after a long time, many years, by hiding a ring in a new children’s toy for our son, Noah, who was three at the time. It was a ‘Happyland’ Church wedding set from the Early learning Centre.

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chester wedding blog photographer (17)Today’s wedding blog is a delicious mix of contrasting images: the typical English seaside, the beautiful bride and her timeless glamour; the sand and dunes set against cloudy skies, the delicate purple butterfly wedding theme. Becky and Guy make a great looking couple, and their wedding has everything: elegance, style, individuality and character.

chester wedding blog photographer (19)The wedding was submitted by Vickerstaff Photography – Chester wedding photographers and my newest friends and blog sponsors. Becky has shared details of her wedding day so I will leave you to admire the images and enjoy the story of Becky and Guy’s seaside wedding.

Sophisticated seaside wedding – Becky and Guy

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The wedding day as it happened

I arrived at the venue in a horse and carriage, it was a very memorable moment and such a lovely way to start the day and take in all the scenery. We had a civil ceremony. We had pictures taken on the shore which was a lot of fun. We set off lanterns which is a good idea to do after the meal, so people don’t get bored waiting for the evening to start. After the first dance we just danced all night – it was great fun.

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Hello again! Is it just me or is it starting to feel as though summer’s just around the corner? We all know what that means… lots of lovely weddings! I was up at dawn (one of my cats decided it was time to play) and opened the back door to a clear, silent, fresh morning. It’s nearly May already, can you believe – and it’s always sunny in May. I know this because May is my birthday month. There’s usually a mini heatwave too. I can’t wait!

Wedding blog by Martin Beddall (1)But back to weddings. I’ve been watching the little sidebar widget on the blog this week, which feeds through from the English Wedding Showcase blog. (I’ve moved it up to the top right for a few days so you can see it better.) And after a steady flow of engagement shoots on the Showcase blog, it’s fab to see wedding after wedding appearing on there. I love it!

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Some of the guest blog post ideas I’m sent for English Wedding are fabulous. This is one. Honestly written, funny and charming – and full of genuine advice for grooms. We’ve heard a lot about looking good in wedding photos from various blogs recently, but never a real focus on the groom. And I like to think I know what men need: practical advice, useful ideas and humour. The other thing men need is Tamara Kuzminski – a full of great advice. She’s the author of today’s guest blog post – so welcome, Tamara, and thank you!

When planning your wedding, most of the advice focuses on the bride. Unsurprising really, when statistically, it’s the brides who do most of the planning and the grooms have (perhaps an unfair) reputation of just turning up, looking smart and saying “I do”. But just because the boys aren’t necessarily as motivated when it comes to collecting ribbon and drying out petals, it doesn’t mean that they don’t want to look their best.

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Afternoon! I’m still running to my bank holiday clock, so Friday came as a bit of a surprise this week – but I’ve still got a lovely list of wedding planning links to share with you, stored up from my favourite wedding blog posts of the last week or two. Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Edinburgh wedding photography by Lillian and Leonard

Edinburgh wedding photography by Lillian and Leonard

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A quickie wedding blog post for this afternoon, as I sit huddled in my cardie, fingers chillin’ and waiting for sunshine! I’ve picked my winner for the Wedding Cupcakes book this morning – better late than never… Faye is the lucky winner of my competition and her book will be sent in the post very soon.

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Congratulations Faye!

If you missed my wedding cupcakes book review, you really should read it. I’m a natural baker* as well as being reasonable about writing my little wedding blog.

If you’re an author or publisher, please send me your wedding related books to review** and give to my readers as prizes. I promise I’ll try really hard to do them justice. I love reviewing wedding books.

Claire xx

*This is not true.
**I use the term loosely. See previous attempts.

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Wendy Bell invitations at the Luxury Wedding Show (13)
Only three weeks ago I was wistfully telling my friend and sponsor Wendy Bell how I’d love to go to The Luxury Wedding Show – if only all the events weren’t so far away from my little base in Cheshire (I know, pitiful isn’t it…)

The Luxury Wedding Show seems to have cornered a niche in the UK wedding market – and not only that, there’s a wonderfully voyeuristic appeal too. From gorgeous designer wedding invitations to flowers and cakes, decor and more – it’s great to see the best in the UK wedding industry. Even if you’re not splashing out on a luxury wedding, wouldn’t it be fun to go and look around anyway, see what the more extravagant brides are buying? I know I’d love to see these shows from a wedding supplier’s point of view as well.

The Luxury Wedding Show: Show and Tell!

So Wendy very kindly said she’d do a little show and tell after the Luxury Wedding Show in London on the 25th of March. I have photos, commentary… it’s all here! Wendy gives a great insight into what the Luxury Wedding Shows are all about – I hope you find it as fascinating as I did!

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UK wedding blog photo (30)I hope you’re wrapped up all snuggly and warm this morning – not only is it freezing outside, I also have a January wedding to share with you today. Joanna and Angus got married at Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire at the beginning of the year; a day full of romance, shared glances and elegant, individual style. Joanna’s wedding dress and jacket are gorgeous; Angus looks the part in top hat and tails. I adore the bridesmaids’ capes (want one!) – as soon as they caught my eye, I wanted this particularly wonderful wedding to show you on English Wedding blog.

Joanna’s wedding report is fabulous. Her advice is great: “Decide what you care about and plan, plan, plan. Then on the day: Relax.” There’s more – but I’ll leave Joanna to tell her wedding story in her own words.

Photography is by the lovely Samantha J Photography, based in the West Midlands.
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Wedding blog Mallory Court (39)When she told me about her wedding day Claire mentioned how she’d always looked forward to the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – so I chose the title for this wedding blog post too. Claire and Richard were married at Mallory Court in August. There are some really special little touches in Claire’s wedding report: I love how she kept the dress a shared secret with just her mum, for example – and what a gorgeous dress.

Claire is a stunning bride. Richard looks fantastic in his kilt – this is just a fabulous wedding day with real style and a nice traditional touch. The wedding photography is by Rob and Sarah Gillespie; I’ll leave you with their pictures to tell the story of the day alongside Claire’s own wedding story.

Enjoy! x

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wedding photography by Yolande De Vries
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It’s time to welcome a brand new wedding photographer to English Wedding blog, and I’m proud to have the fabulous Yolande De Vries as part of the team here at English Wedding.

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Wedding photography in London and UK-wide by Yolande De Vries

Yolande’s background is in fashion photography and photojournalism, and her wedding photography style is feminine and exciting – it’s a real pleasure to welcome Yolande to English Wedding blog.

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I was thrilled to feature a bridal inspiration shoot by Yolande on English Wedding blog in 2011 – set in what appeared to be an enchanted forest, the shoot was inspiring, exciting, striking and deliciously different. I’ve followed Yolande’s photography blog ever since!

I’m really looking forward to getting to know Yolande a little better and to sharing her wedding photography with you via the English Wedding Showcase blog. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming her to English Wedding!

www.yolandedevries.com

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Wedding photographer Yolande De Vries on English Wedding blog