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Online Dating: Is Meeting Your Partner Online Still Taboo?

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I love a good proposal story. From viral videos of guys doing the most romantic and over the top gestures, right down to hearing that they just decided to get hitched over breakfast in bed one morning. However, sometimes even more than that, I love listening to a couple tell the story of how they first met, especially when they don’t agree! “No, you pursued me!”, “Whatever, it was you that eventually asked me out!”

Although I don’t always include it in the real weddings that I feature, I always ask everyone I interview for this blog those two questions. Firstly because it really helps to set up the story of their love, and usually helps to explain why they wanted to do certain things for their wedding. Most of all though I ask it because I’m just a bit nosy.

Gareth and I met young. I was only 16 and he was just 21. I remember as a teenager thinking I’d NEVER get a boyfriend and hating the fact that it was always my friends that guys seemed to like. In retrospect, I found my soulmate pretty darn early actually, although we didn’t start officially dating until I was 18 – it took him a while to persuade me, see!

We met over a crowded bar (shh, underage drinking is obviously not something I recommend!). One stolen cocktail later (me stealing his of course, although goodness knows why he was drinking something quite so girly) and the rest, as they say, is history.

So clearly, I’ve never ventured into the world of online dating. But I recently read that over a third of couples that were married between 2005 and 2012 met online. The report continues by saying that those who do meet online are not only more satisfied than their real-life meeting counterparts, but they are less likely to split up. REALLY!?

With claims like that, I couldn’t help but want to investigate further. So I took to my Facebook page to ask for some real life stories.

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Carmen Goodwin: “David added me on Facebook because he apparently “thought I was hot”. We had lots of mutual friends, though we’d never met. I didn’t know who he was but accepted his request thinking that we must’ve met previously but didn’t remember it!! At first I only responded to his messages as I didn’t want to be rude, but after messaging for a few months, I realised he was actually really funny and seemed like a lovely person. It took over 6 months and a bottle of wine before I finally agreed to go on a date with him mind you!

But it didn’t take long before I realised that he was ‘the one’. We’ve been together for over 2 years now and we are getting married in 14 weeks… I can’t wait! I honestly never would have tried ‘online dating’ but this just sort of happened that way, it was obviously meant to be! I still have a good laugh when people ask how we met and I tell them that David ‘Facebook stalked’ me for 6 months!”

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Kerry Dunn: “I believe myself to be a unicorn because my husband was the first person I met through online dating and I married him. I’d had many friends who went through years of frogs to find their prince, but I got lucky instantly. I think the stigma of online dating has been declining. So many people meet this way now! I’d recommend it to everyone. Just be honest about what you want and don’t be afraid!”

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Alternative Wedding Dresses for Rock n Roll Princesses

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Alfred Angelo, America’s oldest and largest family-owned and operated bridal company, was founded by Alfred Angelo Piccione in Philadelphia. Since 1933 they have been designing wedding attire for brides of all tastes, styles and budgets. So when they got in touch asking if I’d like to showcase some of their quirkier styles on my blog, I jumped at the chance. After all, that’s what I do best!

Their range is extensive (250 dresses and counting!) so it really wasn’t that difficult for me to find dresses that would please even the pickiest of alternative brides. Oh I do love my job.

Rock Princess

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Even the most Rock n Roll amongst us do sometimes dream of being a princess for the day – there’s no shame in that! If a big beautiful ballgown is what you’re after then feast your eyes on these beauties. Add some Alexander McQueen skull suede pumps, a Butler and Wilson skull tiara and oddles of black leather jewellery and you’re ready to rock my friend.

Boho Babe

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How To Make Your Own Wedding Rings

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I wouldn’t call myself particularly artistic. I love to write and I’m not bad at taking the odd photograph, but anything more fiddly and I’m all fingers and thumbs! So when Rachel Jeffrey got in touch asking if Gareth and I would like to visit her studio to make some rings, I was slightly apprehensive.

Despite my nerves, bright and early on Monday morning, we jumped in the car and headed up to Wheathampstead, just outside of St Albans, for a day of ring making. We were actually both super-excited about what was in store, neither of us had ever done anything like this before and we were intrigued as to what it would be like.

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Win Your Dream Wedding Dress from Sincerity Bridal and a Luxury Honeymoon to The Islands Of The Bahamas

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I’m sure, at some point, most brides have dreamt about getting away from it all. Let’s face it, planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful so who wouldn’t daydream about packing it all in and jetting off to elope in The Bahamas!? Well your fantasy might be a little closer than you think, with these two amazing competitions that I have for you today!

Sincerity Bridal, known worldwide for their gorgeous bridal and evening gowns, have just recently launched their Bahamas Collection of wedding dresses. The gorgeous new range boasts 16 beautiful gowns, each named after one of the 16 main islands of The Bahamas.

Acklins Sizzler and Andros Attraction

To celebrate, Sincerity Bridal and the Bahamas Tourist Office have joined forces and are offering you the chance to win a luxury honeymoon in The Bahamas, staying at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, and the wedding dress of your dreams from the collection.

Entering both contests couldn’t be easier. For the opportunity to snag your wedding dress simply visit the Sincerity website and answer the stupidly easy question “How many dresses are there in the Sincerity Bahamas collection?” (Hint: I’ve answered it in this blog post!) Full competition Ts & Cs can be downloaded here.

Dazzling Paradise and Mystical Mayaguana

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Have a Magical Wedding at Fowey Hall, Cornwall

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If you’re after a wedding venue that will let you do anything you could possibility dream up, then you have to check out Fowey Hall. Whether you want a small intimate wedding, a large house party or a summer blow-out complete with croquet on the lawn and Pimms on the terrace, then they can accommodate.

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Cornwall’s most magical of backdrops, this family-friendly hotel boasts 36 individually styled rooms, a spa with pool and outdoor hot tub. They can host up to 120 for a sit down meal.

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Find Your Alternative Wedding Dress at Churchgate Porter

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Attention brides based in the South East! If you’ve been looking for a wedding dress from a lesser known and super original designer then you better read on…

Based in picturesque village of Fletching in East Sussex, Churchgate Porter is the bridal boutique to visit if you’re looking for a unique and rarely found designer wedding dress. Having so many amazing designers all in one place really is a treat!

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They stock some really unique designers, making completely beautiful dresses. Charlotte Casadejus dreams up the most incredible gowns and I am totally obsessed with her feather dress (I actually featured a bride wearing it oncehow gorgeous?!) Anne Bowen‘s gowns (all the way from New York!) are sexy and modern, and Patrick Casey prides himself a graceful and sophisticated take on the vintage trend.

Zelda by Patrick Casey

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