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Becky and Ali’s wedding at The Shireburn Arms is just lovely: a perfectly English venue, a relaxed and charming atmosphere, and the prettiest details. Today’s couple are gorgeous and fun – their wedding was all about the party and Becky even told me they skipped wedding readings because they “would have taken away some of the drinking and partying time”!
I love Becky’s style: her dress is a simple, elegant high street design which cost less than £200 – and the sash is gorgeous, don’t you think? Ali’s navy pinstripe suit is perfect for an English gent and he had blue laces in his shoes – while his beautiful bride was still choosing her shoes on the morning of the wedding!
Images are by DJ Archer Photography, Danny and Lizz, who are based in Lancashire. Do have a look at their website if you’re looking for photographers in the North West – they photograph weddings in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Ripley Arts Centre is a gorgeous wedding venue in Bromley – a charming Victorian house tucked away in London’s leafy suburbs… and with the loveliest gardens you’ll see. I adored Nicola and Chris’s wedding when I spotted it on Simon Biffen’s photography blog. Their sense of style is just wonderful – everything from Nicola’s gorgeous dress and Chris’s suit to their cat, smiles and balloons made me smile!
Their reception is beautifully and tastefully decorated with jars of gypsophila and vintage china – it’s really lovely and a style that won’t break the bank – I think it’s wonderful.
Images are by lovely wedding photographer Simon Biffen (based in Somerset), who you’ll find here:
More than a few times as I flicked through the images for today’s real wedding blog feature I gasped, chuckled or did my best little attempt at a blogger squeal – because it’s just so fantastic! There’s everything: gorgeous couple, beautiful dress, large orange octopus… Oh and there are bubbles, vintage maps, a button bouquet with a librarian badge… too much to mention before I show you the fabulous images!
Emma and Richard are simply brilliant. Emma’s smile never fades – she’s such a beautiful bride and wears “the first and only dress I tried on”. I love her style and everything about her.
With wonderful little details – invitations styled on a vintage Bird’s Custard advert and place cards made from library tickets, anyone?! – and big, impactful images this is a wedding not to miss. Huge thanks to wonderful West Midlands wedding photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie for sharing their images with us today.
A relaxed and stylish country pub inspired wedding at Dodford Manor, with Gabrielle Hall Photography
Nicola and Paul had an intimate wedding at Dodford Manor in the springtime. Their wedding style was inspired by the rustic charm of a country pub, with a relaxed atmosphere and a focus on friends and family. The ceremony was set in the family church, Our Lady of Charity & St Augustine’s roman catholic church.
Nicola wears a gorgeous designer wedding dress by the fabulous Charlie Brear and looks amazing – she told me it was only the third dress she tried; she fell in love with it immediately and it was “WELL over budget”… but the excitement I can sense in her words is justified; she looks incredible.
Images are by the very lovely – and new to the English Wedding Blog – Gabrielle Hall. With a photojournalistic style, Gabrielle says, “My job is to capture the energy and personality created as it unfolds and deliver back to you to keep forever.” Isn’t that lovely?
There’s a saying I’d never heard before! If you’re worried about rain on your wedding day, it’s one to remember. Pips and Ian were married back in May, and you might say they were unlucky with the weather… but seeing their wedding photos I don’t think it matters for a second.
Imagine you have everything set up for your big day: the marquee is beautifully decorated, and instead of heading outside to smoke or play giant Jenga, all of your guests are together inside. It’s what makes a wedding so special, isn’t it? Everyone you love together in the same room to celebrate with you? It certainly was a special day for Pips and Ian, and their wedding looks like a wonderful day – umbrellas included!
Thank you to lovely Simon Biffen Photography for today’s real wedding blog. Simon is based in Somerset and happy to travel throughout the UK to photograph weddings. Wherever you are, do check him out… I think he’s fabulous!
Kristen and Adam’s winter wedding has everything: a pretty sense of style, DIY details and quirky personal touches which are special to them. This gorgeous couple chose to marry at Northbrook Park in winter, for the very best reasons: “it is a lot cheaper and you get to go somewhere really nice and sunny for honeymoon!
All images by Sophie Duckworth Photography
It’s this kind of creative thinking I love best about UK couples! And creativity is a key part of their wedding style too: Kristen and Adam put so much into styling their wedding with DIY invitations and details – they did an amazing job and the overall look of the day is wonderful.
Kristen is a stunning bride, wearing a gown by Sophia Tolli with Vivienne Westwood pearls and shoes by Rainbow Club. She’s radiant in the winter sunshine and looks so incredibly happy with new husband Adam – the perfect English bride and groom.