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Asking brides and grooms to share their own wedding stories is the best thing, ever!

Nicola’s story of her wedding to Bertie, from July last year, is one of my favourites. And the beautiful images of this traditional English wedding with a vintage flavour are just wonderful.

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Wedding photographer Kirsten Mavric submitted the wedding for the blog. She sent me so many gorgeous pics I’m going to drag this one out… and trust me, you’ll adore me for it. 😉

Part one is the wedding day: from the bridal preparations in the morning to nerves, smiles, chuckles and kisses in church… I’ll hand over to Nicola to tell you more. Enjoy!

Nicola and Bertie’s beautiful Derbyshire wedding

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We got engaged in December and were marrying in July so there wasn’t too much time to dress shop. I basically went to look one day in January and narrowed it down to two and then reeled in my Mum to help with the final selection. Before I tried any on, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted – only that it wasn’t something strapless – but as soon as I put the “Milla” on in Sassi Holford (it’s also called Daisy on their website), I absolutely loved it.

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If this doesn’t get your toes swinging and your face smiling I don’t know what will.

Thanks to wedding photographer Matt Parry for sharing his best bits of last year! He says, “although I couldn’t squeeze everybody’s venue, cake, feet, smiles, shoes, laughter, silly dancing, tears, children and drunken guests into 4 minutes 30 seconds hopefully it will give you a flavour of my year and how much fun and emotion plays out in front of my lens… enjoy! photos by me and music by “allo darlin‘”

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Oh, to be a henna artist. Working on Indian weddings would be a dream come true for me. Those fascinating, intricate swirls and squiggles of henna on a bride’s hands always make me shiver in delight. It’s my dream job.

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My other dream job is to be a photographer at an Indian wedding. And yet happily I can live through my blog and enjoy all that fabulous colour, sparkle and excitement through the eyes and lens of the lovely Katy Lunsford. Isn’t life brilliant?!

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Today I’m sharing Abi and Ajay’s wedding with you. They were married in May last year, at Chadderton Town Hall. Their wedding celebrated family and friends, with traditions taking centre stage throughout the celebrations. The wedding photographs take us from a few days before the wedding with the henna application, through the ceremony and some fabulous portraits of Abi and Ajay at the end of their day.

I hope you love these as much as I do!

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Reflections…

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I’m not going to follow in others’ footsteps and do a review of the year. I’m pagan – so my new year has been and gone even before Christmas. And while English Wedding has had a lovely year, mine went bad. So: all eyes to the front on this wedding blog!

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Last year on English Wedding – in one paragraph

If you’re looking for my review of the year, then all I can do is point you in the direction of all the gorgeous real weddings on English Wedding blog. A little while ago I featured the 200th real wedding on here, and you can see them all if you click on this link to real weddings. Other than that – I published a marketing guide for wedding businesses in May (it’s still available), did a presentation on blogging for wedding photographers and launched the English Wedding eBook in November.

On independence

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A new year really makes you think, doesn’t it? It helps you reflect on what you should be doing better, and plan for the next twelve months. And I’ve been pondering the big things – well, for me. Here’s one I had to get off my chest!

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English Wedding – an independent blog

Independence is massively important to me, and to my wedding businesses as well – and you might think that’s not the wisest business choice. It’s not the biggest earner for my blog. But is English Wedding Blog a business? I’m not even sure I want it to be.

It’s a passion – my blog exists because I love writing it. I love meeting all of you and hearing what you have to say about all things wedding. It’s a responsibility as well – I’m driven to get as much exposure as I can for my blog sponsors. But it’s not my day job – I love being a calligrapher too much to ever consider giving it up. The blog is something that keeps my inner workaholic very happy indeed!

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The Elite wedding blog logoCaroline Castigliano is one of the UK’s favourite wedding dress designers and I’m delighted to say she’s joined The Elite on English Wedding with an interview for you today.

With a history of impressively elegant, gracious and luxurious wedding dress collections, the Caroline Castigliano brand is soon to celebrate 21 years in the wedding industry. It’s a fabulous achievement and an inspiration to see such quality and style from a bridal designer at the very top of her game.

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 The Elite: Caroline Castigliano: an interview

Caroline, your gowns are so exquisitely made and with so much thought for movement and grace in the designs – to what extent are your dresses inspired by their wearers? When you design a new collection are you imagining the girls who’ll wear your gowns?

“Yes, I always consider the girl that will wear my gowns, I often pop into my Knightsbridge boutique so I am fortunate to be able to meet and see brides and really visualise exactly how I want them to look when I am designing a new collection.

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The Elite wedding blog logoThe second in my series introducing you to the Elite of the UK wedding industry: Chris Hanley is a top UK wedding photographer, always in demand for weddings at fabulous venues and a definite personal favourite of mine!

This year Chris’s work has been chosen by Queensberry to promote their luxury wedding albums, by Chanticleer Bride to promote their 2012 collection and by Hengrave Hall to promote one of the UK’s luxury wedding venues. Chris is an elite wedding photographer, a talent, a master of his craft, a gentleman and… quite cheeky. The Elite welcomes Chris Hanley Photography.

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Chris Hanley Photography: The Elite: an interview

Chris, you’ve photographed weddings at some of the UK’s most exclusive venues and run photography training workshops in Italy and Spain. Which is best?

“The best is simply the one I’m shooting at the time. Why? Because I am so focued on creating the most beautiful pictures for my clients. Observing light and understanding how to use it or replicate it is one of the principle foundations of great wedding photography.”

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The Elite wedding blog logoTime for a little indulgence I think… how about a proper nosey and a really good look at the very best in the UK wedding industry? I’ve invented a new feature: The Elite.

I’m on a journey, an adventure to rediscover the guys at the top of their game – the designers, the photographers, the master craftsmen who inspire us all. The guys with vision, creativity and a real passion that’s driven them to the very very top. Why don’t you join me as I investigate The Elite. Throughout December and January I’ll be interviewing some famous names in the wedding industry. David Fielden comes first…

My very first Elite blog post is coming up later today – it’s almost ready. If you don’t want to miss out on the series, you can subscribe to The Elite on English Wedding Blog by email

I’m just off to give David a bit of a polish. Back shortly!

Claire xxx

 

 

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This is what happens when the groom loves drum ‘n’ bass, and the bride doesn’t – a perfect solution to a very common dilemma: your wedding music. Ellie and Lee came up with the most ingenious idea of a silent disco at their wedding reception!

This gorgeous couple were married at The Inner Temple, and London wedding photographer Mark Carey submitted their photos for my blog. I loved every one: their day was fun, loving, sophisticated and family-oriented. And they really had thought of everything!

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Ellie wrote the loveliest wedding report for me. My favourite quote from Ellie is this (when I asked about her most memorable wedding day moments): “Seeing all of the groom’s friends dancing to drum and bass whilst his parents were doing the tango on the other side of the dance floor.”

I love it. You will too…

The silent disco wedding in London

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Sometimes a blog post can be full to the brim with exciting things. Today, clearly by the title, there’s a lot to cover – and I love this wedding to bits. Wendy Bell is a designer so her wedding was bound to be creative; but every little thing from her glamorous dress to the venue and table decorations is really stunning – and right up my street.

Wendy is stunning (and James is a looker too!) – and I’m sure some of you English Wedding readers will feel inspired by their style… if you’re into looking gorgeous without being princessy, then this is the wedding blog for you.

So I’ve got a two parter for you this week again! First, Wendy and James’s wedding at Kensington Roof Gardens (how many of you guessed that was where the flamingoes came in?!) – with photography by Green Olive. Tomorrow I’ll share some of Wendy’s wedding invitation designs – and I promise, you’ll be impressed!

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From the very beginning…

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Because English Wedding blog focuses on weddings close to home, there isn’t much opportunity to venture to exotic locations or to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at fabulous destinations. However… as it’s so cold outside, and we’re all wrapped up in scarves and thermals this month, I thought it was time to talk honeymoons! This is a guest blog post – I hope you enjoy it.

For many couples postulating and pondering over where to go on their honeymoon can be a tricky task and more often than not the last thing on their minds is the perceived rough and tumble of an African safari. Indeed usually those first envisaged flashes of inspiration are embodied by three simple elements; a wide swathe of powder white sand, the warmth of an unbroken sun-filled sky and the gentle lapping waters of a gin-clear tropical ocean. Quite the picture postcard; and who am I to argue that this Robinson Crusoe-esque idyll isn’t the perfect way to celebrate a loving new union?

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A little something special for today – 3:44 minutes of romance with Lauren* and Pat’s lovely wedding feature film from Love Gets Sweeter. I love blogging wedding films like this – it’s wonderful to sit back, turn my speakers up, grab a biscuit (just to hold) and smile, giggle and cry a bit along with the movie!

Highlights of this wedding film for me (and for you to watch out for):

  • Hubert the dog is so cuddleable
  • the boys cycling their way around London (a bit wibbly)
  • Lauren’s fabulous dress by Enzoani is amazing on her! Properly elaborate and beautiful – and on such a gorgeous bride it looks incredible. Watch for the swishing through the park…
  • Pat’s nerves during the ceremony – he’s so lovely and adorably overwhelmed by the wedding
  • * briefly known as Louise as Pat said her middle name first by accident, or so I understand from the Love Gets Sweeter blog post!