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I love Charlotte Balbier. She’s one of the most exciting wedding dress designers in the UK right now, and wherever I turn I see brilliant reviews and a real buzz about her 2012 wedding dress collection.

Speaking of which…
wedding dress blog feature images by Jonny Draper (2)When I blogged the launch of Charlotte’s 2012 Candy Kisses wedding dress collection last month, it was thanks to lovely Manchester wedding photographer Jonny Draper that we got to see so many gorgeous sneak previews of the dresses. Remember – this was a trade launch, so officially (shhhhh…) no one else has seen them yet!

wedding dress blog feature images by Jonny Draper (1)… and guess which lovely wedding photographer, in his own words* whisked a few of the models away for an exciting secret photoshoot while Charlotte wasn’t looking! Jonny – you’re ace!

*not exactly his own words. I read between the lines…

wedding dress blog feature images by Jonny Draper (3)Charlotte Balbier is about to launch a new website for 2012 which promises to showcase the 2012 Candy Kisses Collection. Charlotte’s designer wedding dresses are stocked in high end bridal boutiques across the country.

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I blogged a very creative photoshoot earlier in the week – a little adventure I loved being a part of! It wasn’t a bridal shoot, in fact it was like nothing I’ve ever blogged before. But the process of doing something different was just brilliant.

But why would I post something so bizarre on a wedding blog? (I hear you ask!)

I think we’re all here looking for inspiration in one way or another. Brides, grooms, wedding businesses – creativity is important. Finding something new shouldn’t always be about the latest tiara design. Sometimes it’s about taking inspiration from something unexpected. That was the message I wanted to share.

Whether it worked for you or not (and please, do tell me if you’re getting married in a red cape now), I have some more ideas to share on creativity – for brides, grooms and wedding suppliers.

Inspire your wedding

  • could you learn a new creative skill in the run up to your wedding day? Anything from calligraphy to card making, jewellery design or dancing can be a great confidence booster, a lovely way to relax and useful for your wedding planning (or first dance) too!
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The scene for today’s wedding blog post is The Manor By The Lake. The tone of the day is beautiful, cheeky and fun. The bride and groom are Dawn and Gavin, very much in love and all smiles from beginning to end.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (1)The wedding photographers are Jenny and Keith McAvoy, aka McAvoy Photography. They’re the perfect team to shoot this wedding day – fun loving and relaxed, with an eye for the quirky, contemporary photography that’s just right for Dawn and Gavin’s wedding day.

I shan’t waffle: I’ll leave you to read and enjoy.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (2)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (3)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (4)So cute! Cat thinks… what’s going on? This isn’t normal. But it smells so pretty…

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (5)These little signs are lovely aren’t they?

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (6)The Tiffany key was Gavin’s wedding day present for Dawn. On her garter she had an old photograph of her grandparents when they were young.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (7)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (8)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (9)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (10)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (11)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (12)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (13)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (17)Now that’s a wedding dress! How beautiful does Dawn look as she waits to walk down the aisle?
real wedding by McAvoy Photography (14)Isn’t she stunning? I love this portrait of Dawn – the contented smile, that gorgeous dress and her pose. To me this says: Best day of my life.

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I love the weddings that make me stop. My fingers, poised to type, pause in mid air for a few moments. This wedding blog feature stands out from the crowd: Jenny and Tim had the most sophisticated, luxurious day – perfect for English Wedding blog.

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I love weddings with personality. Whoever you are, whatever you love and wherever your inspiration and style comes from, the most important thing is to create the wedding day that reflects you. Jenny and Tim’s wedding day does just that. It’s pure, perfect, classic glamour.

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With wedding photography by Adam Johnson (www.arj-photo.co.uk) this is a beautiful day and one I’m delighted to be sharing on the blog today.

uk wedding blog real wedding arj photo (3)After getting ready nearby, Jenny and her girls came to Arley Hall wedding venue in Cheshire, and we join them here in the dressing room just before the wedding begins. Jenny’s Pandora bracelet was a wedding present from Tim. Isn’t it beautiful?

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I’m out playing in the woods today – on a top secret blog mission, living a fairytale, and (if the last three days are anything to go by) with ‘teddy bears’ picnic‘ going around and around in my brain.

Although the secret photoshoot I’m going to see and later share with you is definitely NOT about teddy bears! It’s altogether more exciting, more gorgeous, more inspiring and I expect a little darker than a teddy bears’ picnic could ever be.

Love My Dress blog Audrey Hepburn wedding ideas shoot

found on Love My Dress blog - Audrey Hepburn wedding shoot by Tiffany Irving

But don’t despair – because while I’m out playing, I’m going to share my favourite real weddings from blogs from the last few weeks. These are, I think, the very best of the wedding blogs – but if you’ve seen a fabulous post or wedding or shoot you think should be on the list, add it to the comments below!

Enjoy!

Wedding blog love

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Bring on the glitz and glamour – let’s brighten up a working morning with a little luxury, sparkle, glamour and elegance in a stunning stately home wedding venue shall we?

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Jonathon Watkins of Photoglow Photography sent me this beautiful collection of photographs which showcase his style and approach to shooting weddings. And I love it: this is what English Wedding blog is all about, embracing glamour and stunning imagery.

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The bridal shoot took place at Ellenborough Park, which is a luxurious stately home just outside Cheltenham. With a history dating back to the 1400s, Ellenborough Park is a fascinating and magnificent venue for weddings, and the perfect location for a wedding photo shoot!

wedding photography uk (9)I adore the scope and atmosphere of the wedding venue: the murals paint a picture of times gone by – and yet it’s easy to imagine the lords and ladies, even kings and queens, treading the same stairs as the bride and groom in the shoot.

wedding photography uk (32)What a stunning, elegant wedding dress. This is Papillon by Jenny Packham.

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and the wedding ceremony is your opportunity to make commitments to one another and express your undying love in front of you family and friends – so why shouldn’t it be exactly as you want it?

Sadly in the UK there are so many rules and regulations that most couples don’t realise exist until they start planning their wedding– you can’t get married outside, you can’t include religion (in a civil wedding), you can’t take photographs during the ceremony, you can’t get married after dusk, you must use a licensed venue.
Suddenly dreams of a stunning outdoor wedding, with fairy lights and incredible photos of you exchanging vows and rings fall by the wayside as you find out none of this is really possible.

But now there’s an alternative.

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If anyone’s visiting The Wedding Show at Tatton Park today here are some quick piccies to guide your way. This is why you should go to The Wedding Show, what it looks like and just a few of my favourite stands (the ones we got on the big camera!)

Photos from The Wedding Show at Tatton Park

Sweet Days and Roses wedding planning and design

Sweet Days and Roses wedding planning and design

Dragonfly Couture Stationery at The Wedding Show Tatton Park

Dragonfly Couture Stationery at The Wedding Show Tatton Park

The Helicentre - cheaper than a chocolate fountain!

The Helicentre - cheaper than a chocolate fountain!

Event in a Tent: Staff were as welcoming as the gorgeous tent and roaring fire inside

Event in a Tent: Staff were as welcoming as the gorgeous tent and roaring fire inside

The Manchester Sing Out Gospel Choir were fantastic! Performing through the day at Tatton Wedding Show

The Manchester Sing Out Gospel Choir were fantastic! Performing through the day at Tatton Wedding Show

Horgans Cars of Cheshire: outside the marquee at The Wedding Show and charming as ever!

Horgans Cars of Cheshire: outside the marquee at The Wedding Show and charming as ever!

Red Floral Architecture - out of this world and will be a highlight on English Wedding this week so come back soon!

Red Floral Architecture - out of this world and will be a highlight on English Wedding this week so come back soon!

Beautifully designed wedding tables in the Mahood Marquees tent: credits to Mahood Marquees, Lightech Sound & Light Ltd and Event Solutions

Beautifully designed wedding tables in the Mahood Marquees tent: credits to RSVP Now, Mahood Marquees, Lightech Sound & Light Ltd and Event Solutions

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Red Floral Architecture was a real star of the show for me – with incredible flower designs in the entrance as well as on their stand. More to come later in the week!

by RSVP Now – beautiful pink and gold table dressing with calligraphy by the very talented Juliet

The ice sculptures were impressive! I loved the wedding table plan (laminated and then… glazed?) encased in ice and the way it flows around the edges. Beautiful! This was by Glacial Art – award winning, internationally renowned master craftsmen.

We had a glass of champagne in the foyer first of all, and then a stroll around the exhibition stands (with me scribbling notes and my lovely Gareth snapping pictures as we went).

We have seen and chatted to or at least waved at some friends and even more friendly faces: Chris Hanley is here, Kelly and Nik from Boho Weddings and Events, the lovely Laura Donnelly who’s on the organising team from Wedding Link and has been so welcoming to us this week.

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royal wedding place cards from Vintage TweeIt’s been a little while since we heard from alternative royal bride Cat Muddleton, but I really think things are hotting up on the wedding planning front for English Wedding’s very own princess bride – with just three months until her wedding day.

Royal wedding favour box by Vintage TweeThe wedding venue is agreed, guests are having outfits designed and hats made, top UK chefs are having a televised competition to create an exciting menu for the wedding breakfast* and top secret wedding dressmakers have been squirreled away to a top secret workshop full of silkworms, diamonds and elves.

royal wedding lottery ticket holders from Vintage Twee*probably

However, Cat Muddleton is in a quandary. She’s looking for “something fabulous to put on the tables”. We had a chat yesterday and she wanted a little help finding affordable wedding favours to fit a royal wedding theme. Easy peasy…

I showed Cat Muddleton Tuesday’s blog post all about Vintage Twee. Bless her, our alternative royal bride squealed and ran around the house before picking up the phone and gasping her excitement. She LOVED it! The lady clearly has taste.

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I’m super-organised. Always have been – thanks Dad! If I catch a train I’m there 15 minutes beforehand in case there’s a queue for tickets. If I’ve got an appointment I get everything ready the night before…. and the week before a wedding show, I’m googling constantly to see who’s exhibiting, who’s visiting, who’s excited about it all.

I thought: why not share? Pop everyone who’s talking about The Wedding Show this week on this page so you can see who I’m looking forward to meeting and who is busy preparing for Tatton Park this weekend.

My top picks for The Wedding Show at Tatton:

Boho Weddings and Events – I’ve followed wedding planner Kelly Hood from day one. She’s an inspiring, enthusiastic and friendly wedding planner with a real vision for her business and the passion to make your wedding amazing.

Chris Hanley Photography – my favourite top UK wedding photographer. Chris is a creative force, and his wife Claire is the friendliest, most charming lady you’ll meet at Tatton Wedding Show this weekend! I can’t wait to see the Chris Hanley Photography stand.

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A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

How to describe this wedding in a short title… yikes: couldn’t do it! Nicky and Martyn will be familiar to many of you from the English Wedding e-shoot week we did in January. Little did I know when I featured one of wedding photographer Mark Tierney‘s favourite engagement shoots that the couple were already married and that their wedding photographs would blow me away.

And yet I checked out the Tierney Photography blog just to see – and I found this gorgeous wedding which I had to blog! Beautiful bride Nicky’s look is out of this world: she mixes classic and quirky in the most incredibly exciting way. Not only that, groom Martyn is gorgeous and the photographs of their wedding day are knock-your-socks-off fabulous with a cherry on top.

This wedding is already a favourite of mine and I know you’ll love it too.

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!