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This week I'm discussing bridesmaids gifts, what's popular at the moment but also what's affordable and personal. A bridesmaid gift is just a little token to say thank you to those who've really helped you in the lead up to the wedding day. It's a small but important part of the day and it's a lovely thing to do for your friends. Small gifts are given to parents too, and are often personalised handkerchiefs with a little poem or quote written on them. 
Chupi has become a very popular bridesmaid gift and in case you're not sure what Chupi is, it's a beautiful unique jewellery company and the owner (who's name is Chupi Sweetman) is a lovely person who's just so passionate about her work. I'm really not surprised it's become so popular on a wedding day! Jewellery is a very common and also a very generous bridesmaid gift, personalised jewellery is also very thoughtful and a gorgeous touch on the day. Chupi has a whole section on her website d…
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1) Derrick Carberry

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Welcome to my blog! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jenny McCarthy. I’m a mother, photographer and wedding expert. I’ve been dying to start this blog for some time now so I can share advice, tips and tricks, funny stories and just a few personal insights with you all!

Family I’ll start by telling you a bit about myself. Family has been and always will be the most important thing in my life. I would do absolutely anything for them! I value time with my family more than anything else.  Being able to work with families on a daily basis is a dream come true. To be able to give parents priceless portraits of the most important things in their life is the most rewarding feeling.

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