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This one had to be special. When I blog a wedding I look for creativity, for ideas, for beauty. English Wedding blog features are about elegance and quality, about enjoyment, diversion and making our eyes happy. Real wedding number two hundred had to have something more.

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I found Suzy and Bruno’s wedding on Chris Hanley‘s blog. It’s packed with wow – so much so, I’m blogging the wedding day in three parts. Today: join me in a virtual stroll around Hengrave Hall wedding venue where we’ll set the scene for the day, meet the beautiful Suzy, her charming new husband Bruno and their pretty bridesmaids all enjoying the luxury of one of Suffolk’s finest stately homes.

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Wedding blogs are all about the photography. So English Wedding’s 200th feature had to have the most exquisite photographs – I know it’s what YOU want to see! (I’ve even checked the Love My Dress blog reader survey on this: 33% of blog readers put photography as the most important element of their wedding)

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Neil Wedding Video- Heaton House Farm Cheshire from silk wedding videos on Vimeo.

This gorgeous wedding film by Silk Wedding Videos needs very little introduction. A beautiful bride in a ruffled wedding dress; her gorgeous (and tearful) groom in kilt and sporren; an idyllic Cheshire location and about as loved up as a wedding video can be.

Wedding video highlights:

  • the adorable bridesmaid watching preparations in the morning
  • tears from the groom and his heartwarming vows
  • a lovely Scottish accent and bagpipers to go with it!
  • dogs in collars made of roses. Eat your heart out Tamara!

Enjoy x

Thanks to Tom Harrington of Silk Wedding Videos for sharing. Here’s the link to his official website at www.silkweddingvideos.co.uk and to the Silk Wedding Videos channel on Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/silkweddingvideo – you’ll love it.

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I’ve never been to the Isle of Wight, but Gareth and I recently discovered we have relatives there (long story!) so this wedding day piqued my interest! Katie and Steve were married on the island, at Appuldurcombe House – a partly restored 18th century wedding venue and one of the grandest buildings on the Isle of Wight.

Katie and Steve’s wedding was lovely: a traditional wedding with a pretty white theme, beautiful flowers, a tiered white wedding cake, and lots of fun with children always looking as though they’re just about to jump into the fountain! I didn’t spot my long lost relatives in here, but it’s a gorgeous wedding with lots of ideas to inspire, I hope, brides and grooms who are looking to have an elegant, understated but beautiful wedding day.

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Oh, and there’s a white vintage scooter starring in one of the group photos. I love it! I’m ashamed to say Gareth and I can’t identify even whether it’s a Lambretta or Vespa, but it’s gorgeous!

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Morning everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week. As things are still a little at sixes and sevens here in English Wedding Towers* I’m sharing another treat from the English Wedding Showcase blog with you today. This is Louise and Will’s wedding – or a part of it.

My fabulous friends and sponsors McAvoy Wedding Photography have been writing up their real weddings as little mini-series over the last few weeks, which I love! It means the English Wedding Showcase is a thriving and busy blog full of real weddings. This is part four (count ’em!) of Louise and Will’s wedding entitled “In The City” – with my favourite pictures from their day.

“Last month we had a fab time photographing Louise and Will’s lovely Midland Hotel wedding. It was a gorgeous blend of luxury and handmade personal details with a pink and rock music theme. Today is all about Louise and Will-taking a stroll in the city, toasting their wedding in the intimacy of the honeymoon suite and sharing their love on the dancefloor.

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Please forgive me for a little lapse in brand new blog posts this week – if you saw yesterday’s post you’ll know why. In the meantime – brainwave – I am sharing real weddings via my friends and sponsors from the English Wedding Showcase. You’ll love this one from documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall – enjoy!

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Last Sunday’s wedding at Nutfield Priory hotel near Redhill, Surrey for Anya and Mikey …and their son, Leo, not to be left out of the action, he crashed the vows! A great, fun, laidback couple ( they met at Glastonbury ), I posted their engagement shoot – in the Dragon’s lair, a few weeks back – and the wedding was a fun, happy day, with Leo grabbing as much attention as the bride and groom!

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wedding wishing tree UK Yesterday I was so happy to share Sally and Gareth’s gorgeous real wedding on the blog – with Sally’s own wonderful wedding report and all those lovely images from wedding photographer Dwiko Arie it was a wedding blogger’s treat!

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Today – I have more. There are literally hundreds of wedding DIY ideas for you here – all vintage inspired, creative and fun. Sally’s ideas for the wedding came together beautifully and Dwiko Arie‘s images captured her inspiration so well.

Rather than making my own inspiration board I’m going to show you some of the images Dwiko sent, just as they are (this wedding photography blog is seriously inspiring – there’s a link at the end you HAVE to visit) and use Sally’s own words to share the details with you.

Enjoy!

Sally and Gareth’s vintage and Caribbean wedding inspiration

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Sally is a big fan of Style Me Pretty and Once Wed blogs, and took inspiration from the wedding blogs she loved. The theme for her and Gareth’s wedding day was vintage English with a Caribbean twist.

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A wedding blogger’s dream… the perfect fairytale wedding jam packed full of details and DIY, a bride who has had the most amazing time creating the perfect day. A glamorous couple, a loving family and a story which is guaranteed to make you cry.

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Especially in the light of the blog post on Hindsight Bride last week, I’m already enjoying sharing this perfect fairytale wedding with you. There are tons of details. There is everything you could see in the very best wedding magazine. Because everyone is different, and for Sally and Gareth this meant a very personal wedding with bells, whistles and a cherry on top. With photos by Dwiko Arie, this really is a dream wedding day.

In two parts – today, the wedding and just the tiniest hint of Sally’s fabulous DIY details. Tomorrow I’ll share the bells and whistles: the knicker bunting, jam jars, table settings and loads more.

Grab the tissues: you’re about to cry happy tears along with Sally’s wedding report.

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How many words do you think are reasonable for the heading of a blog post? And how long do you think it takes to write a blog post heading? About thirty seconds? No. A minute, maybe? No. Five minutes. Because Caroline and Adam’s beautiful wedding day has so many elements I don’t want you to miss! They say bloggers shouldn’t stress about writing everything in the title. Well, ok then. But just for the record, this one’s:

Caroline and Adam’s gorgeous English vintage style Cambridgeshire garden marquee village fete inspired wedding.

The images were very kindly shared by wedding photographer Simon Kemp from Hyde End Studios. I loved the images and the style of the day – there are lots and lots of lovely wedding ideas here for you! Beautiful bride Caroline sent me the best wedding report too – so I’ll leave the writing to her (she’s brilliant – she won’t witter on like I do…)

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So today I have a treat for you – part two of Tanya and Andy’s lovely relaxed, family orientated wedding. There’s something so special about doing things your own way: from the wedding ceremony where all the children had tambourines, to Tanya’s beautiful and unconventional wedding dress.

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I would shout from the rooftops about making your wedding personal to you, about sidestepping tradition and making a wedding a celebration of who you really are. Today, I don’t need to: Tanya and Andy are showing us exactly what that means and how special and perfect it can be.

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Time for Tanya to take over with the second part of her wedding report. Reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey supplies the beautiful images of the day.

Enjoy!

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“Brick House Farm is such a special venue, laid back and rustic, with the most divine food and picturesque setting. It was just perfect for the informal wedding we wanted.

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Today’s wedding blog is for all you brides and grooms planning a relaxed, informal and fun day: a wedding without stuffy rules, constraints and conventions. Tanya and Andy had a fabulous creative wedding at Brick House Farm in Kent, and reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey was first to tell me about their day.

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I instantly loved the few images he shared with me. I knew I had to email Tanya right away and she was kind enough to share her amazing wedding story for the blog. It’s a wonderful tale – here is a bride with imagination and a wonderful confidence to create a really personal wedding day.

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I could write for hours – but Tanya’s words are compelling so I will leave the story of this wedding to the bride herself. Suffice it for me to say she is a very beautiful bride: with her very own style, looking striking and fabulous in a wedding dress I LOVE – and enjoying every second.

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The competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to winner Katy!

I have a competition, some inspiration and a big treat for you today! I do love to harp on about creative weddings don’t I…. today though, I’ve decided it’s your turn! And I’m making it worth your while…

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Because after all, I’m not planning my wedding – but you are. And I know from your comments, your emails and your tweets that you are a wonderfully creative and inspiring bunch of brides, grooms, even bridesmaids and wedding suppliers who are reading English Wedding blog.

Photo credit: Norsworthy Photography www.norsworthyweddings.com

I need your creative wedding ideas!

So… I want to hear about your best creative wedding ideas. Don’t be shy – share the little things that you’ve invented to make your wedding personal, special and a little bit unique.

Creative weddings aren’t always about bunting. If you’re doing a bit of wedding DIY, then brilliant. But it’s not just about that. Creativity is in the way you think:

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Hi everyone! I have a lovely new sponsor to tell you about this morning: a lady with a passion and a story – wedding photographer Kat Forsyth has joined our little team on English Wedding blog.

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Kat is a wedding photographer from South Africa, who specialises in fun, fresh and natural wedding photography with an artistic and creative feel. If anyone’s now thinking, “well that’s a bit of a long way” – Kat has joined English Wedding as a sponsor because she’s moving to the UK in early 2012 and, very happily for English brides and grooms, she’s going to be a London wedding photographer (she’ll be happy to travel anywhere for a wedding, of course!). Which is fab!

I’m only sharing a couple of images with you here: one of Kat’s favourites, and my very own exciting favourite favourite (the one below – fab!)

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To find out more please visit Kat’s English Wedding Showcase Page. It gives you all the links to her website, facebook page etc, and there are lots of gorgeous wedding photos there along with more info about Kat.