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I always thought I’d never get married. It just wasn’t something I’d ever really thought about as a girl, and then as I grew up it became a bit of an alien concept: something other people do. Not for me.

Now – maybe I’m more mature than I was – I’ve changed my mind. I might get married one day, if that’s what life has in store for me… but I don’t think I’ll ever have a wedding.

You’re already forgiven for wondering how anyone can get married without a wedding. As far as the wedding media goes, the two go hand in hand. When you get married you wear a big white dress and invite everyone you know to celebrate with you… and you decorate the occasion.

Why, though?

I’m a creative thinker. I live my life differently to the majority of people: I am self-employed, I’m in a creative industry, I like spending as much time as I can on the tops of mountains.

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I’m going to show you an email, and then I’m going to say just what I think about a) plastic surgery and b) the idiots who think brides are their ideal customers for procedures.

This could get messy…

Here’s the email I found in my inbox this morning:
I can’t fault Bella’s polite approach, but it’s certainly a one-email-fits-all thing, so I don’t feel bad about my response. She’s only asking for a guest post about skincare… all perfectly harmless (I’ve nothing against moisturiser!)  – but the string attached would be a nice backlink to a blog about cosmetic surgery. Kerching?

My reply to the email (sadly it’s one of many)

I have strong feelings about anyone in the business of making money from people’s vulnerabilities… this is me explaining that quite nicely:

It’s a topic I find it difficult to be too nice about – that’s as polite as I wanted to be.

My opinions on surgery:

  1. I have no problem with surgery after an accident. Severe burns and scarring can be traumatic – if an operation or two will help, it’s a good thing.
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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

Real weddings and engagement shoots

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Surrey wedding photography by Martin Beddall

Surrey wedding photography by Martin Beddall

Hang on a minute… where did the week go?! You know sometimes the days just slip by and you feel like you’ve missed one?! Yep – that’s me, right now. But – well it’s nearly Christmas now. So I’ve definitely got that Friday feeling and it’s time to relax and forget about work (yes I know it’s 2 o’clock) until Monday morning.

Time for some wedding treats from around the web…

Real weddings

Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

Manchester monastery wedding photography by Neil Redfern

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Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell (3)

Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell

Here’s a lovely way to begin the week – by welcoming a new sponsor to the blog. Who remembers our French English Welsh wedding on the blog back in April? I loved Fiona’s creative photography – as well as the fact that she beats me hands down at languages, speaking hundreds* fluently.

*For a more accurate count, see Fiona’s English Wedding Showcase Page!

Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell (1)

Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell

London and destination wedding photographer

Fiona is based in London but – as you might have guessed – loves to travel to photograph weddings. Since 2006 Fiona has photographed many different kinds of wedding, from a boutique civil ceremony at the Gherkin to a sumptuous wedding in a villa near Rome!

Fiona’s also a lovely lady – her emails make me smile; she genuinely cares about her clients and has a real passion for weddings and beautiful photography.

Do visit Fiona’s English Wedding Showcase Page to find out more about my latest sponsor. Fiona – welcome. I’m so pleased to have you as a part of the English Wedding Showcase!

FREE eBook for brides and grooms from English Wedding Blog
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FREE eBook for brides and grooms from English Wedding Blog

FREE eBook for brides and grooms from English Wedding Blog

I have a little freebie for you: the brand new English Wedding Blog eBook full of gorgeous wedding pics and down-to-earth, useful advice.

Including “You are not a sausage”, “It’s only a wedding” and more tips and thoughts from a top UK wedding blog.

Simply click the links to read online or go to issuu.com/englishweddingblog/docs/ebook to download it as a pdf or embed it in your own wedding website (which you’re very welcome to do!)

Enjoy! xxx

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I haven’t written a wedding business advice post for a little while – but over the last few weeks I’ve been helping friends with business advice here and there, and I thought I’d share with you today.

Every time I’m asked for advice about running a wedding business, I think, “I’ve been through that”, and it means I can help. I’m sure very many of us running our own businesses can identify with the same issues and dilemmas, so I’m going to try and use the blog to share my advice with everyone.

Wedding blogs – what’s that all about?

I was asked this question today, by a photographer I know via twitter. It’s funny: I live in a little bubble where blogs are the centre of everything I do, and it’s so easy to forget that the blogging phenomenon is still relatively new to the UK. Of course, this applies to brides and grooms as well as to wedding businesses. So it was a great question to be asked, and really got me thinking.