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Today’s wedding is more than amazing – so many breathtaking images and a fabulous wedding report (with equal doses of advice, emotion and chuckles) from beautiful bride Laura.
There is a subtle map theme to the day, but overall the style is relaxed, intimate and LOTS of fun! Laura told me “It was like being in a candy-floss cloud…” and when I asked about her Naomi Neoh dress she said “I put her on (blush pink and softer than angel hair) and did not want to take her off… ever.”
I’ve always loved The Belle Epoque as a wedding venue. In the early days of The English Wedding Blog I featured so many weddings there… but it’s been a little while and I’ve missed the place! It’s a quirky boutique venue with tons of character – perfectly fitting for Andrew and Laura.
Images are by lovely wedding photographers Peter and Sara at Pixies in the Cellar. They’re brilliant and come highly recommended so do check them out:
Jonathan and Jessica’s family is the most talented ever seen on a wedding blog. The details of their day are pretty amazing – and I eagerly read Jess’s questionnaire to see where they bought their fabulous stationery (her brother made it) and stunning cakes (Jonathan’s dad). Wow.
This is a beautiful wedding in every way, so much so I struggled to narrow my selection of images down to a mere 50 to share with you! But I promise: they’re worth it. Jessica and Jonathan are a gorgeous couple, and have taken the time to share some excellent advice and top supplier tips with us all today. Between the wonderful images and fnatastic wedding report, you’ve got a busy ten minutes ahead of you so grab a cuppa and dive in!
Huge thanks to lovely Peterborough wedding photographer Georgi Mabee for submitting Jess and Jonathan’s wedding to the English Wedding Blog. It’s a real privilege to be able to feature their day – and I hope you love it as much as I do! Do look at Georgi’s website and social media – she’s a rising star in the wedding world:
If only it were acceptable to wear your wedding dress every day… Guernsey wedding with Ally Byrom Photography
Karin and Dan’s outdoor wedding in Guernsey is light, and bright, and full of gorgeous flowers and DIY details. They had a beautifully decorated marquee for their wedding breakfast – filled with lovely hessian and lace, and the prettiest flowers. I adore all their carefully chosen details: rustic kraft cards, logs, raffia and rope – oh and the table numbers are just brilliant!
Karin wears the prettiest Suzanne Neville dress, which she bought from The Bridal Boutique in Leeds. She has high praise for the boutique (always wonderful to hear!) and – once again this week – wishes she could wear her dress all the time! Doesn’t she look stunning?
Images are by lovely UK wedding photographer Ally Byrom. Wherever you are in the UK, please do check out Ally’s work. She travels throughout the UK from her Yorkshire base to photograph weddings:
It’s movie time! Hannah and Joseph had a gorgeous, London-themed wedding with contemporary styling and beautiful details: I love so many things. The bouquet is divine; Hannah’s Claire Mischevani dress is exquisite; there are tube maps and big red buses, spectacular flowers and an impressive reception venue. Hannah’s also written a lovely wedding report for us and told me, “I know it is a massive cliche but our wedding day was the most incredible, memorable and happiest day of our lives. We couldn’t have wished for it to have been more perfect. With our closest friends and family l there to celebrate with us, it really was our perfect day.”
Hannah and Joseph’s wedding film by HD Moments
The theme of the wedding was ‘London’. We had iconic London image themes throughout the day, tube map table plans, London buses to transport the guests from church to venue and oyster card holders as favours and of course it was based in London.
I could just hug today’s gorgeous bride and groom for using so many local suppliers for their wedding day. With small business Saturday coming up in just a few days’ time this is a wonderful reminder of how amazing a wedding can be if you use the best local suppliers for your day.
I loved hearing how magical it felt for Becky and Neil to see all of their friends and family gathered for the ceremony, and their memories of the wedding readings, which meant such a lot to them. Reading their wedding report really brings home the personal nature of every wedding, and this is what makes every single wedding special for me: it’s not about the details (although I’m a big believer in details, don’t get me wrong!) but about having the best time of your lives with everyone you love.
Images are by Maryanne Scott, a Yorkshire wedding photographer who is new to the English Wedding Blog – and what a fabulous discovery! Maryanne’s based in Yorkshire and her blog showcases the best weddings from Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Check her out at:
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.