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The first live This Morning wedding – we were there!

Wow. There is no other word, but wow. To say yesterday’s first ever live wedding on ITV’s This Morning was incredible would be an understatement.

Our dear friends Annie and Gareth were the lucky pair to be chosen to get wed in front of the nation aboard the HQS Wellingon on the Thames, just across the water from the television studios.


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My friend, the This Morning bride!

Do you ever watch those mind-blowing experiences on TV and wonder what it would feel like to be chosen to take part? To be sent on an exotic holiday or take delivery of a luxury car…or have your dream wedding day planned for you. Well, it turns out, those fantasies do become reality for real people!

 

When I spotted ITV’s This Morning was looking to throw a wedding this spring, I knew the exact people who should put themselves forward. My good friend Annie is, thankfully, just coming out the other side of a hellish year, having discovered a lump in her breast while watching a feature on This Morning this time last year urging women to check themselves.

During her 12 months of treatment, losing her hair, feeling poorly and terrified, one thing that kept playing on her mind was maybe never getting the chance to marry her man, Gareth. They had already got engaged, but finances and then Annie’s illness meant any solid plans to become man and wife had to go on the backburner indefinitely.

 

And then came This Morning Throws A Wedding.
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I Love…memorial charm by Beatrice Belle

There’s nothing more painful on your wedding day than missing a loved one who cannot be with you. My precious stepdad has Alzheimer’s and so couldn’t be there for the whole of our wedding day. To make sure he felt close to me, I carried his wedding ring inside my wedding dress as a comfort.

 

So, with my dear friend Annie’s big day (HUGE day – she’ll marry live on TV’s This Morning!) just around the corner, I wanted to give her the same comfort in memory of her late dad.

 

Luckily, my friend over at Beatrice Belle has just the thing to make sure a lost loved one can be a part of a bride’s special day. And so, a sneaky chat with the groom-to-be, old photo scanned in and emailed over and Beatrice Belle had produced the most incredible memorial charm which will take pride of place on Annie’s wedding day bouquet.

 

Just perfect.

Real wedding: Lisa and Lee’s golden Great Gatsby wedding

Meet…Mrs Lisa Shorter. After waiting 11 long years for Lee to pop the question, she enjoyed the wedding of her dreams…with a Great Gatsby and gold themed wedding.

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real weddingHanding over the blog to the newly-wed…
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Wedding diary: 9 months to go for bride-to-be Lucy!

Bride Lucy Smith is down to single figures with just nine months to go until she says I Do to Imran and becomes Mrs Shah. Planning has quietened down slightly for the couple, but time is flying and the big day fast approaching. Mind “the gap”…

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Handing over the blog to Lucy…

 

I can’t believe how fast this year is going! How on earth is it August already?

Wedding planning is not really happening at the moment. We have organised and booked all the big things and until I take my bridesmaids shopping in October, there isn’t much more I can do. I’ve heard other brides talk about the “gap” before. Once all the big stuff is organised, there is a gap until anything else needs to be done. From what my friends have said, you should use this gap wisely!
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Top Tips…when choosing your wedding flowers

The look of a wedding can be made or broken on the success, quality and style of the finishing touches. But, how are you supposed to know the rights and wrongs when it’s no doubt the biggest event you’ve ever planned yourself?

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Maria Brown, from Cherubs Florists (www.cherubsflorists.co.uk), shares her Top Tips for choosing your wedding flowers…
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Fab Find: Everlasting bouquets by Satin Blossom

It’s such a shame that we can’t keep our bridal bouquets packed away safely with our beautiful dresses, to be admired long into the future. Of course there’s the option of pressing flowers, but that doesn’t enable you to pass your flowers on to the next generation to use on their big days.

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Unless, of course, you use Satin Blossom (www.facebook.com). As well as handmade bespoke bouquets, they also create corsages, buttonholes, headdresses and shoe clips to match your theme. As every item is made for you, you can even include sentimental heirlooms from your history to be kept within the family for years to come.

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Meet the expert: Maria Brown of Cherubs Florists

floristMeet…Mrs Maria Brown.
Having set up her floristry business Cherubs Florists (www.cherubsflorists.co.uk) 25 years ago, the expert has learnt to move with the times and trends. Now, not only does Maria provide flowers for weddings, but she can also supply glassware, bay trees with lights, mirrors, tea lights and many other modern wedding accessories.

 

Here’s a little insight into the world of the floral expert…
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Testimonial: Wedding booking for Flowers Make Scents

Beyond thrilled to have received another glowing testimonial from another lovely wedding supplier – this time to say a bride found and booked them through A Real Bride’s Guide, squeal!

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Hollie Arabella, of Flowers Make Scents (www.flowersmakescents.co.uk), said: “I just wanted to thank you again for letting me do a guest blog for you because I got a wedding out of it! I did the consultation and quote a couple of weeks ago and they confirmed last night! Thank you again, Kelly!

 

I’m so so pleased to see this work doing exactly what I planned it to, helping to bring brides and wonderful suppliers together from the comfort of their own homes!

Guest blog: 10 things to consider when choosing wedding flowers

Who knew there were so many aspects to consider when choosing your wedding flowers? I’m lucky to have a mother-in-law whose hobby has been floristry for many years so she could help us with our decisions. I knew from the start that I would like white avalanche roses, white calla lilies and gyp to keep things simple against our bridesmaids’ pale silver dresses, but it’s not that easy for everyone.

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Hollie of Flowers Make Scents (www.flowersmakescents.co.uk) is giving brides a huge helping hand by offering ten super useful tips to consider when choosing wedding flowers.
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