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It’s always one of my favourites to write a post on a real wedding feature, it’s just great to read about someone else’s Special Day, how they got on with the wedding planning,reading about their choice of colours and themes and then reading how their Wedding Day went. So today we share the Wedding of Nicole & Terrie, a beautiful Royal Blue colour theme that started with a romantic proposal……

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Q: Tell us about the proposal or tell us a little bit about how you met.

I’ve known my wife, Terrie, for years as a family friend but we became really close about 3 years ago.
I proposed to her on Christmas Day 2014. I bought her a helium heart shaped balloon with “Will you marry me?”  written on it attached to a ring.  It came boxed so when she opened the box the balloon floated out and she read the balloon!

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Q: When & where did you get married?

We got married on April 9th this year at our local registry office then afterwards our reception was held at a local family run pub.

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Q: What colour/ theme did you choose for your wedding day?

We chose Royal blue bridesmaid dresses and colour theme to match…..our cake however also had the rainbow colours on it to.

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Q: Do you have any hints or tips that you would pass on to brides that are planning their own wedding?

The only hints or tips I would pass on to other Brides is not to spend too much on room decorations. We had lots of bits and pieces on our tables but only a couple of banners on the walls and no one noticed the room decorations.  Also if your budget is small, eBay is amazing for gifts, accessories and table decorations.   Also we downloaded the Wedpics app. You invite your guests to add their own pictures onto the app that way you can see everyone’s photos. Don’t waste money on a photo booth. We brought photo props for the table and the photos people took were just as good.

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Q: What was your most favourite part of the day?

I didn’t have a favourite part of the day, I felt the whole day was amazing from start to finish.

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Wedding Day Photography was taken by Laura Harrington – KENH Photography – KENH Photography Facebook Page and Louise Whiley – Captivating Moments – Captivating Moments Wedding PhotographyCaptivating Moments Facebook Page

 

We’d like to wish Nicole & Terrie all the very best and a long and happy marriage together. Congartulations to you both!

 

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It’s a been a while, hasn’t it? So how’s about a quick roundup of all things wedding that’s been going on at Moonrise Lingerie’s wedding blog recently?

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Following the success of Moonrise Garters last year, we decided to broaden the our handmade wedding garter collection to include a few more, let’s say, elegant garters for our Brides to choose from.

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Take a closer look at what Tanya’s been creating with a needle and thread and her sewing machine here at Moonrise Wedding Garters.

 

It’s always a real pleasure writing about Real Brides and their Wedding Days, so we took time out to congratulate Nicole & Craig on their outdoor Scottish Wedding on the banks of the very picturesque Loch Lomond.

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Find out more about her lovely proposal and her pastel coloured wedding day with wedding day photographery by KGT photography.

 

We then talked wedding favours. An area where most Brides try their hand at a bit of DIY, but beware before you do!

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We caught up with ‘Can I Do You a Favour’ to see what they had to offer in the way of wedding favours as well as a few hints and tips on keeping within a budget!

 

That’s it for the time being. We’ll be off to MODA on the look out for new wedding lingerie collections as well some nice lingerie collections for our sister site Moonrise at Midnight!

 

Love

 

Tanya

 

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Today I’m really pleased to be able to share you with you a beautiful Scottish Wedding of Nicole & Craig. Their wedding was able to take place outside on the banks of the extremely picuresque Loch Lomond in glorious sunshine, with pastel colours and a beautiful fitted lace wedding gown from Angelique Lamont Bridal in Glasgow. Wedding Day Photography captured by Gary Thomson of KGT Photography. Let’s see how Nicole remembers her Special Day.

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The Proposal

We met 6 years ago in a local nightclub in Glasgow, few years later we moved in together.

 

Every New Years Day we went to his Grandparents house, on the 1st of Jan 2013 it was the first New Years without my husband’s Grandmother. She had sadly passed away a few months earlier. I suffer from back & Sciatica problems so I went home early and after a few hours Craig arrived home. I was upset and sore and he wasn’t showing any feelings. He kept telling me to sit up, I couldn’t understand why? Then all of a sudden he just got down on one knee and asked me…..I actually sat up and shut up. I was in shock. I kept saying “shut up”, it was so unexpected. It was made so special as Craig proposed with his Granny’s engagement ring. I couldn’t believe it. It’s a day I will never forget.

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The Wedding Day

So fast forward to the 7th of August 2015. The day I was finally able to marry my best friend. We got married in a stunning hotel called the Buchanan Arms in Drymen, Loch Lommond.

 

The 2 weeks lead up to the wedding it had been raining non stop. At that point I realised all my dreams of getting married outside were out the window.

 

Suddenly the day before the wedding the clouds disappeared and the sun was sitting in the sky! I didn’t want to get too excited, it had to stay dry for me to get married outside. I awoke on the morning at 5am and the nerves truly kicked in and the sun was out! I couldn’t believe it we were getting our dream of getting married outside. Our venue was 5 mins from a gorgeous beach where we went to get photos after our ceremony.

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The Wedding Dress

Now for my dress…OMG I still love my dress its very timeless. It’s a fitted lace gown with stunning bead and bling at the top with cap sleeves, but with a dramatic twist when I turned round, the back was open and each side of the dress had the detail from the front to the back. I got it from a local Bridal shop in Glasgow called Angelique Lamont Bridal.

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The Theme

When it came to deciding a theme for the wedding there wasn’t one, I have a love of buttons and different colours so my bridesmaids all had different pastel coloured dresses. Their bouquets where made of paper flowers, my bouquet was made from buttons, broken jewellery, brooches and even earrings. My buttons were from family, from my husband’s side to mine, I even had some of Craig’s baby buttons on there, it made it so personal and unique.

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Our table numbers and top table Mr & Mrs sign where all made with buttons which I made myself, I also made my horseshoe form buttons and diamontes which has got pride of place in a box frame on my wall.

 

For the evening I had a big basket of flip-flops for all the girls to change into, so they could ” rave the night away”. I also had baskets in the boys and girls toilets filled with hairspray, deodorant, breath freshener, hairbrushes and more. We also had sparklers and glow sticks beside our post box to really turn it into a party! As name tags we had photos of one of us with our guests on the table pinned to the wine glass. By night time they were all stuck to guests, it was so brilliant to see they loved the personal touch and took the photos home with them.

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Our guest book was a Polaroid camera were guests had to take a “selfie” and add it to our book with a note. I wanted a candy cart but I didn’t want the usual. We love camper-vans and had one on our wedding to bring Craig and his Groomsmen to the venue so we had a family member make us a campervan candy cart! What a treat, our guests are still talking about it to this day.

 

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My 2 biggest bargains were my wedding shoes. They where £20 from e-bay and my friend blinged them up for free. My bridesmaid dresses were £160 for 4 from e-bay. I couldn’t believe the quality and how stunning they were, they were just so perfect to stand beside my dress.

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Brides Advice

My biggest advice for all future brides is to really enjoy the process. Invest in the best Photographer and Videographer, sometimes cheaper isn’t always better and these are the things that will carry the memories of your day. Have a go at some DIY, but don’t bite of more than you can chew. You don’t want to stress yourself out, be unique, and make sure your day is about you and not for anyone else.

 

I decorated the venue myself - I love being busy but looking back I should have just got a company to do it. I have now since set up my own company doing venue décor. It’s a real passion of mine and after 13 years in retail it’s been a scary change but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Best Moment of the Day

I loved every part of my day, but I have to say the moment I was standing with my Step Dad getting ready to walk down the isle and hearing my favourite song on the bag pipes. Then actually walking down and seeing Craig’s reaction to how I looked was just something I will never ever forget, nothing can capture how you feel. I am so glad I was able to take it all in.

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What a stunning day! Myself and the rest of the team from here at Moonrise we wish Nicole & Craig all the very best for the future and a long and happy marriage!

Well Happy New Year to all of our Brides to Be and especially all of you were lucky enough to get proposed to over the Festive period! It’s time for a quick roundup of all things wedding that’s been going on at the Moonrise Wedding Blog over the past week or so. You may have noticed the slight facelift it’s had recently, we hope you like?

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Anyway, we thought it would be appropriate as there were so many proposals over the holidays to kick our wedding blog off in 2016 by looking at wedding planning. So we took a trial of WeddingTour by Gabriella Wood. A FREE online wedding planning tool that helps monitor your budget, guest list and much more.

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See how we got on in our post – ‘Wedding Planning – Where do You Start?‘ Why not log on and see for yourself, there’s no commitment and it’s true to its word, it’s FREE.

 

We then had the pleasure of introducing a very talented Musician – Georgina Heydon. With over 15 years experience in teaching and performing music, Georgina plays the piano & cello as well as singing to provide beautiful wedding music for your wedding day!

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Find out more about Georgina and hear some of her song snippets before considering your Wedding Music for Your Wedding Day.

 

Take a look at Kadie & Nic’s Wedding Day! Our first Real Brides Feature of 2016. A beautifully relaxed wedding day, with a garden ceremony and the reception at Wold Top Brewery.

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Be inspired by their beautifully delicate peach & mint colour theme and join us in wishing them all the very best for the future in their long and happy marriage. Join Kadie & Nic as they share their very special Wedding Day with us!

 

Finally we rounded of the week, with a quick look at; probably not the most romantic side but rather more practical aspect of bridal lingerie, shapewear to go beneath your wedding dress.

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We looked at the difference between wedding shapewear and bridal lingerie such as corsets and bustiers as well as what to consider when choosing which style of wedding shapewear to go beneath your wedding dress. – ‘Wedding Shapewear to go Beneath Your Bridal Gown‘.

 

That’s it for this week, we hope your wedding planning is going well and you find our wedding posts and features inspiring.

 

Love

 

Tanya

 

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Our first Real Brides feature of the New Year, (ok so they got married last year)! Kadie & Nic had a beautiful garden wedding ceremony with a peach & mint colour theme along with a wonderfully relaxed reception in a Brewery. Find out how their day went and Kadie’s advice for all you Brides to Be for the day itself. Images were taken throughout the day by a friend of the family!

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Q: Tell us about the proposal or tell us a little bit about how you met.

We were set up by friends 7 years ago, I had just come out of a relationship but Nic was quite persistent and it all started with a simple pint together in the local.

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Q: When & where did you get married?

29th august 2015, at Wold Top Brewery in Hunmanby near Scarborough.

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Q: What style of dress did you choose & why? Where did you get it from?

Maggie Sottero Phyllis because I just fell in love with the back detail. I actually got it off eBay from a  bridal shops ebay shop.

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Q: What colour/ theme did you choose for your wedding day?

Peach and mint originally but finding peach dresses was difficult so it ended up being more pink.

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Q: What did you decide upon for your reception?

Cocktails and live swing music followed by a bbq and a pizza van on the evening.

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Q: Do you have any hints or tips that you would pass on to brides that are planning their own wedding?

I put a selfie stick on each table much to the dispair of my husband but we got tagged in some brilliant pictures on Facebook as a result.

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Q: Did you have an absolute bargain buy, and what was it?

My dress! It was £1200 in my local bridal shop and I found it on ebay for £650 from a  bridal shops ex display collection.

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Q: What was your most favourite part of the day?

The ceremony and the speeches. The ceremony was in a garden and we were really lucky to have sunshine.

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Q: What advice would you pass on to brides for their actual wedding day itself ?

Spend the day with your husband, its so easy to get distracted separately. We made a point of staying together and I’m so pleased we shared the whole day. Also dance! Let your hair down, ask for cheesy music and dance til you drop.

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Some great advice from Kadie, your Wedding Day is such a busy day and she’s right when she says it’s so easy to get wrapped up in it all, so remember to make time for yourselves and enjoy it! What a lovely day to start our Real Brides features off for 2016, and in great fashion all that remains to be said is for us to wish Kadie & Nic all the happiness and best wishes for a long and happy marriage from Moonrise! xx

Time for a quick round up of all things wedding that’s been going on Moonrise’s Bridal Blog lately, from videography to another Real Brides Wedding!

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First we looked at having your wedding caught on video. Of course it’s another expense, but we hear from so many Brides who either regret not having their Wedding caught on video or how pleased those who did take the plunge and have their day to watch over and over again.

 

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So we caught up with Mette from Tinsel Town Weddings, to find out what advice they could offer – Doubts about Wedding Videography

 

 

We then had a little bit of fun with our wedding lingerie! Your wedding lasts all day so we thought ‘Why not? – Let them know who’s Bride?’

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Have a quick look and get some fun ideas of wedding nightdresses, pyjamas and dressing gowns from our little wedding lingerie collection we put together!

 

Finally we had the pleasure of extending our congratulations to Claire & Matt on their Wedding Day in another Real Brides Feature!

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See more of their beautiful 1950′s retro styled day with polka dot theme here – Real Wedding Feature of Claire & Matt Photography captured throughout the day by Paul Willetts Photography at http://www.pwilletts.com and find out about Claire’s luck with her wedding dress buy!

 

I hope you liked our recent wedding posts?

 

Love

 

Tanya

 

xx

 

It’s been a while since we’ve had the pleasure of congratulating a recently married couple. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Claire & Matt on their gorgeous Wedding Day. A black, red and white themed wedding with a fabulous 1950′s retro/ polka dot theme to complete their wonderful look!
  
Wedding Day Photography by Paul Willetts Photography – http://www.pwilletts.com

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Q: Tell us about the proposal or tell us a little bit about how you met.

We met 9 years ago through mutual friends that unbeknown to us, were setting us up. We went to a modifier car show and realised walking around  we had so much in common.

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Q: When & where did you get married?

We got married on Friday 18th September 2015 at The Wood Norton, Evesham.

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Q: What style of dress did you choose & why? Where did you get it from?

My dress was a lace fishtail ,Julian and Adam, Gwen dress. I instantly fell in love with the black belt with the bow. Everything I tried on after I just wanted to put a black belt with. I brought my dress from Berketex.

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Q: What colour/ theme did you choose for your wedding day?

We choose black,red and white for our theme but we wanted to also have a 50s retro/ polka dot theme throughout. We couldn’t imagine long bridesmaid dresses and I’m such a fan of 1950s swing dresses so there was no second thoughts when we found the bridesmaids polka dot dresses.

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Q: What did you decide upon for your reception?

For our reception arrival drinks we had prosecco,retro popcorn cups and pretzels. Then we had a lovely 3 course meal before the evening party of a live band, (Black & Gold), photo booth and then we had sparklers and fireworks :) .

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Q: Do you have any hints or tips that you would pass on to brides that are planning their own wedding? (anything that you wouldn’t bother doing if you had to do it again, or anything that you definitely would recommend doing).

My best advice for brides to be is enjoy the planning and run up to the wedding as it can be stressful but once you reach the day, you realise the most important thing is you’re marrying the man of your dreams. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help as people like to help.

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Q: Did you have an absolute bargain buy, and what was it?

My bargain was my wedding dress :) , when I first tried it on before we set our date, it was £1800 and completely money wise out of reach. But then I went to the national wedding show once we had set the date and saw my dress there which was being discontinued and had been reduced to £850. I was an emotional wreck and couldn’t wait to buy it there. Also I received £150 voucher off alternations as I brought it from the show. Two weeks later they re-launched my dress after demand and it went back up to £1400. I was so lucky to get my dream dress that much cheaper.

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Q: What was your most favourite part of the day?

My favourite part of the day was walking up the aisle with my Grandad and seeing Matts face as he turned around. Our ceremony was so laid back and fun, everyone got involved which is exactly what we wanted.

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Q: What advice would you pass on to brides for their actual wedding day itself?

For brides on the day, just enjoy every second and take it all in as it goes so quick. I found having a little bag under the top table with essentials items in like lipstick, perfume, safety pins (just incase) etc and I used it loads.

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Thank you once again to Claire & Matt for sharing their amazing day with us, if only every Bride to Be had such a fortunate wedding dress story to tell! A wonderful day with stunning photography throughout the day from Paul Willetts Photography. We wish you both the very best of luck and a long and happy marriage together!

Time to catch up with all what’s been going on at our wedding blog this week, with another Real Brides feature as well, that’s absolutely amazing and worth a read!

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This week we have some amazing styles and colours to brighten up you week ahead!

We start off with bold and beautiful wedding stationary created by Vicky, featuring some lovely warming tones as we head in to autumn…

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See what colours are trending this autumn with Blueskys Creations

 

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We love reading about Real Brides Weddings and today is no exception

I’d like to congratulate Bev and James on their recent wedding.

Find out a little bit about how they met and how they both got on planning their magical day!

To see more inspiring wedding photos take a look at Bev & James wedding feature

Wedding Day Photography & Images Courtesy of Nigel Read Photography

 

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Our final topic this week is Wedding flowers!

We all love how they bring vibrant colour to a wedding day, however have you really thought about them… What type of flower would you have? What colours are in this season? or would you have real or ARTIFICIAL flowers?

It seems that more and more bride are choosing to have artificial flowers…!

Why not! there are many reasons why, you can have any flower, colour any style and the best part about it is you get to keep them forever!

Check out this guest post from Graceful Wedding Flower to see more.

Well, that’s all the wedding chat & gossip from Moonrise Bridal for this week!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading & keep following next week.

Love

Tanya

xx

 

We love reading about Real Brides Weddings on our blog and today I’d like to congratulate Bev and James on their recent wedding. Find out a little bit about how they met and how they both got on planning their magical day!

Wedding Day Photography & Images Courtesy of Nigel Read Photographyhttp://nigelreadphotography.co.uk/

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Q: Tell us about the proposal or tell us a little bit about how you met.

James and I have been together just over 5 years now. We met in our local pub called ‘The Bull’ Braintree in Essex, I never would of thought I would have met the man of my dreams in there lol!! 

We were friends for a long time before we actually got together. We got to know each other which was lovely. In my head I was thinking why can’t I just meet someone like him, not knowing he actually liked me in that way too :) Happy days. He finally asked me out. I waited for him to ask being the old fashioned girl I am lol and 2 years later he proposed on our holiday in Mexico.

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Q: When & where did you get married?

We got married at Parklands Quendon Hall in Essex on Tuesday 21st July 2015 stunning venue and amazing staff!!

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Q: What style of dress did you choose & why? Where did you get it from?

My dress was by Justin Alexander and I found it in the ‘confetti & lace’ shop in Lakeside I highly recommend this bridal shop. I always wanted a fitted dress but I tried so many on I got a bit lost knowing if I was supposed to know ‘The one’. The lady in the shop actually chose my dress, which I’m very thankful for as it was beautiful :)

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Q: What colour/ theme did you choose for your wedding day?

We went for ivory and watermelon for our theme colours, bright and happy.

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Q: What did you decide upon for your reception?

The wedding and reception was all in the same venue which helped everything really flow. We had a few themes for our wedding ‘fun fair’ and ‘sparkle’ combining both of our personalities and jobs. We wanted everywhere to look bright with colours in the flowers and create a happy atmosphere for adults and children. So long story coming up lol… When James’ Dad was a young boy the circus came to town and he ran away with it lol, he grew up living the life. So now knowing all the industry him and James have their own company called Event Management, they go all over the country and promote fun fairs/circus/concerts. So we were lucky enough to have a set of Gallopers (merry go round) at our wedding. This looked beautiful outside the house and the kids & adults were in their element. We also had a circus lorry and ring boys from ‘Fantasia’ circus helping guests on an off the merry go round which was a lovely touch. I’m a dancer so I asked James if he would do a fun dance and to my surprise he agreed, I was very shocked!! After our first slow dance James & I, alongside all of my dancing friends from Hiphoppop dance company in Harlow Essex busted out a choreographed dance routine (which went crazy online going viral!) Catch it on you tube under ‘Bev & James wedding dance’ :) It went down a storm everyone was surprised and having a good laugh just what we wanted! 

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Q: Do you have any hints or tips that you would pass on to brides that are planning their own wedding? (anything that you wouldn’t bother doing if you had to do it again, or anything that you definitely would recommend doing).

I love detail and I did go in to a lot of detail on things on our wedding day, James said, “Don’t worry, no one will notice.”, typical man lol,  But he was surprised how many people did notice things, especially our baskets in the men’s & ladies toilets full of everything you need that you can’t bring with you to freshen up, it went down a treat.  A little sign for our loved ones that couldn’t be there with us saying “Because someone we love is in heaven there’s a little bit of heaven at our wedding” little touches :)

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Q: What was your most favourite part of the day?

I didn’t have just one favourite part of the day I loved every moment. The artful dodger surprised all of our guests doing a DJ set in the evening, which was amazing.

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Q: What advice would you pass on to brides for their actual wedding day itself?

If I could do it all again I wouldn’t change anything. It was just perfect for us. Do what makes you both happy, have what you want, it’s your day, your ideas. Don’t worry on the day, everything will all come together, just sit back and take every moment in because it goes so fast. If you can get a videographer, go for it, and keep re living your precious day.

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Wow! What an amazing day. All that’s left to say from all of us at Moonrise we wish you both the very best of wishes for the future and a long and happy marriage! Congratulations!

Another busy week on the Moonrise Bridal Blog full of wedding gossip and some gems of advice for all our Brides to Be getting ready for their own Wedding Day.

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We kicked the week off with a look at an amazing duo who have teamed up to provide Brides with both bridal hair & makeup on the morning of the wedding.

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See what Chloe had to say when it comes to finding your bridal hair stylist & makeup artist for your own Wedding Day, with some food for thought to avoid complete disaster!

  

Mid week we were lucky enough to share the wonderful wedding of Jenny & Dave, with a novel mode of transport from the ceremony to reception!

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Find out just how they arrived in style & take a look at more of their ‘Amazing Wedding Day’ & read about how they both met along with some planning help from Jenny! Wedding day photography was covered by Hayley Scott Photography. http://www.hayleyscott.co.uk

  

And finally, being lovers of VW’s and campers, this post was a must! If you’re looking to arrive at your wedding in a way that’s gonna keep your friends & family talking then check out the Mystery Machine Hire!

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Take a good look at his amazing Mystery Machine for hire that started out as a project for himself and his son! Simon offers a few helpful pointers to you for when it comes to hiring any wedding transport for your big day. You never know, it might just save your day.

  

Well, that’s all the wedding chat & gossip from Moonrise Bridal for this week!

  

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading & keep following next week.

  

Love

  

Tanya

  

xx