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Morning everyone! Allow me to brighten up a gloomy Friday with a fabulously indulgent designer wedding – part two of Emma and Burnsy’s incredibly beautiful wedding day from The Manor House, Combe.

There were far too many gorgeous photos to share with you in one blog post, so I’ve split this wedding blog feature into two parts: yesterday I shared the bridal preparations and wedding ceremony with you – today we get to admire the gorgeous features of The Manor House inside and out!

I’m sure you’ll agree Emma and Burnsy (official name Richard; place card name Burnsy 🙂 both look fabulous: Emma’s Vera Wang wedding dress is amazing on her; Burnsy is the tall, dark and handsome type – and wears his top hat with style!

Wedding photography is by – once more with a huge grin from me! – the  — award win­ning wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers CG Wed­dings, aka The Craw­leys, from Cheshire.





The beautiful Bee Crawley – part of our award winning wedding photography team! is the blonde bridesmaid blowing a kiss in this picture. Hello Bee! xxx

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top UK wedding photography blog Chris Hanley (25)Today’s real wedding blog is a true feast for your eyes and heart: with exquisite photography from one of England’s top wedding photographers, and so many romantic moments – Rick and Karen are head over heels in love and it shows. They married at Rookery Hall in June and chose my friend Chris Hanley Photography to capture their day. The images are simply out of this world – Chris is a master photographer whose images are used by Queensberry to sell the most luxurious wedding albums money can buy.

There’s more! Karen is a designer, and the wedding stationery is all her own work. The typography is gorgeous; the art deco feel of her designs is elegant and fashionable, and I love a wedding where lettering and type are a key feature of the decor and styling.

Karen and Rick take centre stage as today’s bride and groom, with Karen looking stunning in her bespoke David Fielden wedding dress and Rick so very handsome in his military uniform. You will love these two – with an outstanding collection of wedding photographs and a fantastic wedding report to enjoy – this is one of the very best. Enjoy!

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There’s something special about quiet London streets; flags left hanging proudly after all the excitement of the jubilee, when the crowds have dispersed. I prefer a little peace and quiet, don’t you? Sarah and Rich made the most of their surroundings on this romantic engagement shoot with Eddette from Purple Apple Studios.

I haven’t featured any engagement shoots on English Wedding Blog recently, but I think that’s about to change. I couldn’t resist this one: it’s about as ‘English Wedding’ as it gets! Sarah even works at Buckingham Palace!
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I’m always on the lookout for new weddings, engagement photography and inspiration shoots to feature on English Wedding Blog. If you’re a wedding photographer based in England or the UK I’d love to hear from you. Click on Submit in the top menu for more information or email me: info@english-wedding.com with a link to your blog post.

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I do love a loaded question! Opinions abound on creative shoots – wedding industry friends and peers getting together to have a day out, a picnic, and a bit of a laugh. Is that all it’s about? Of course not!

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The Future of Vintage! Click to see more. Photo Credit Jonny Draper Photography

Do you, as a bride or groom-to-be, think creative shoots are useful, give ideas, entertain or provide good eye candy?

Or do you look at inspiration shoots on wedding blogs and in magazines and wonder why wedding photographers, dress designers, florists, cake designers, stationers and jewellers seem to spend all their time on creative shoots?

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Outdoor wedding inspiration shoot on English Wedding Blog. Photo credit Mark Tierney

My thoughts on bridal inspiration shoots

I’ve heard lots of opinions on the subject of creative shoots. Engaged couples and industry insiders alike differ in their views. Some think creative shoots are a waste of time while others love the creativity they promote and explore.

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Here’s an interesting question and one which I can’t answer on my own – so I need your help, lovely couples and wedding suppliers alike. There are two perceptions of wedding supplier discounts, and I’m no longer sure which side of the fence I’m on here!

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Original photo credit: Tony Gameiro. Click to see the full wedding feature

So – as a bride or groom-to-be, or as a wedding supplier: what do you think of discounts?

Are discounts great, a way to save on quality wedding goodies?

There’s no getting away from how hideously expensive weddings can be. For couples choosing to have all the bells and whistles to help celebrate their marriage, budgets can easily grow and get out of control. All too often a wedding budget which starts at £8,000 can leap to £12,000 by the time your big day comes around.

If you’re on a tight wedding budget, and a top supplier who is just out of your price range offers a great discount, then you’re in luck. Discounts like this are a way to get wedding accessories and treats you couldn’t otherwise afford.

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You are all making my heart melt this month with your proposal stories – truly, every real wedding blog submission is bringing me close to happy tears! Hannah and Dave’s wedding report begins with their own proposal story – and all I’ll say is: imagine how Hannah felt as that particular day unfolded. It’s wonderful!

Their wedding is another very special day full of love for family and friends, with a relaxed and deliriously happy feel to it – the wedding photographs from Taylor Barnes Photography (based in Bristol) really capture the emotions of the day (and some gorgeous details too!) – while Hannah and Dave’s wedding report captures the excitement and is guaranteed to bring a big soppy smile to your face! (I’m doing mine now!)

You’ll love this real wedding blog – with the most stunning bride in Maggie Sottero ‘Tracey’ and her adoring (and handsome!) groom who just doesn’t stop smiling all day – it’s an amazing day and I’m so glad to be sharing this wedding with you today.

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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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I think Naomi and Elric are a wonderful couple – individual, glamorous, quirky, creative and exciting. Their wedding is fabulous: from Naomi’s stunning outfit and captivating smile to Elric’s inspired choice of wedding reading and their shared wedding report this is a feature I’m proud to have on English Wedding Blog today! I do hope you love it too.

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Isn't Naomi gorgeous?!

The wedding venue is Birmingham’s Highbury Hall; the images are all by Midlands-based wedding photographers Rob and Sarah Gillespie. I want to rush right in to Naomi and Elric’s wedding report – it’s one of very few I’ve ever had where the bride and groom have written their wedding story together – and so, it’s very special.

Enjoy!

Claire x

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Naomi & Elric. Mr & Mrs Bell.

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UK Manchester wedding blog (53)Hello there lovely readers! I have a treat for you today – a wedding inspired by and focused around the most delicious food and wine. Jessica and Louis got engaged at their family’s vineyard and planned their wedding reception around the most amazing wines. It’s a beautiful celebration in every way: personal, unique and family oriented.

Jessica wears the most exquisite beaded wedding dress and looks absolutely stunning. The back of the dress is gorgeous – so unusual, delicate and flattering. Louis is her perfect match, looking very handsome indeed in a navy suit with crisp white shirt. All of the beautiful images are by the rather wonderful James Melia Photography.

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Hello! I have another video blog for wedding suppliers today: how (and why) to get featured on a wedding blog. Once again, ‘scuse the face – but I hope you find the advice really useful. Enjoy the movie – there’s a quick recap in words below the clip for you to cut out and keep as well.

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As a wedding stationer, jewellery or cake designer you might not have considered submitting your designs to be featured on wedding blogs. This short video explains the benefits of sponsored blog features, and looks at the differences between wedding blog advertising and the printed wedding magazines.

Getting featured on wedding blogs: why and how you can do it!

  1. Readership. Wedding blogs are big these days – far bigger than the magazines. Spend twenty minutes collecting as many media packs for blogs and wedding magazines as you can, and then compare the stats!
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A guest blog post this morning to make you smile. Fancy stepping in the hallowed footsteps of the floppy-haired secret-crush inducing naughtier-than-he-looks Hugh Grant? Here’s how…

Even if you don’t live in the same parish as the famous UK wedding venues mentioned in this list you could pull a few strings to try and stage your wedding at one of them. It might be a bit tricky to arrange a wedding at number five in the list though!

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Luton Hoo Hotel as seen in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Photo by Calotype46 on flickr

1. Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire

This beautiful place, located just 30 miles from London, was a stately home when it featured as the hotel staging the second wedding reception in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Do you fancy yourself as the next Hugh Grant? You do? Then this is the wedding venue for you!

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This is my very first video blog for English Wedding. I wanted to share something new, so instead of my typey fingers, today you get my face talking. The video itself explains what this is all about, and there’s a summary for you underneath. Scuse the face 😉

promote your wedding business with confidence from Claire Gould on Vimeo.

Speaking confidently about your wedding designs, whether you make invitations,jewellery or anything else, isn’t always easy. This video blog explains why it’s important to promote your wedding business with confidence. I also share tips to help you gain the confidence to take that pride in your products and share your enthusiasm with potential customers.

Your wedding business, confidence and self-promotion

It’s very important to promote your wedding business in a confident way, and there are three reasons to do this:

  1. Confidence inspires confidence: speaking with passion and enthusiasm about your designs will inspire your potential customers
  2. Competition: there are so many wedding businesses around, promoting yours with confidence will help you stand out from the crowd