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Category Archives: contemporary weddings
We didn’t have a theme (but there were Viz characters!) Paul and Kirsty’s Maunsel House wedding with Anna Taylor Photography
Don’t let the headline mislead you – this is the most elegant of weddings, and any Viz table names come as a complete surprise (which makes the chuckle factor greater!) Kirsty is a beautiful bride in a designer David Fielden gown, Paul her handsome groom. They celebrated at the fabulous Maunsel House (click the link for more real weddings there) in a relaxed and beautifully styled day.
I love how Paul and Kirsty didn’t work with a theme – instead, their wedding came together beautifully around their sense of style. It’s a lovely way to create a wedding and makes perfect sense to me. Images are by lovely wedding photographer Anna Taylor who you should read more about here:
Our wedding report: Paul and Kirsty
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely!! She was fantastic and really captured the spirit of the day.
Maunsel House, Somerset
22nd March 2014
Holly and Daniel’s vintage tea party with a hint of Alice in Wonderland, by Belinda McCarthy Photography
Hello everyone! I’m sat here enjoying the last rays of sunshine… I’ve been up since 5:30 this morning and it was such a beautiful day! Now… not so much. But I have the loveliest vintage wedding to share with you today, with a gorgeous bride and handsome groom, and tons of adorable and enticing details to inspire you.
I love how Holly and Daniel met: “as students at a scotch egg factory”. Brilliant. Their wedding report at the end of the post is fantastic, especially their review of Belinda McCarthy, who photographed their wedding at Brympton House in Somerset. Do check out Belinda’s website:
Our wedding report: Holly and Daniel
Wedding photographer’s website:
Belinda McCarthy – http://somerset-wedding-photographer.co.uk/
Weddings can sometimes be all the more beautiful for their simplicity and grace. One gorgeous couple; two guests; and all the love in the world – over to Shaun Taylor Photography for something truly magical. The images are lovely, but don’t skip over the words, everyone!
“Recently I photographed Sarah and Rob’s wedding in Bakewell, Derbyshire and I really wanted to share it with all of the English Wedding Blog readers.
The English Wedding blog is a great resource for inspiration on how you can personalise your wedding with DIY tips and sourcing super talented and highly unique suppliers and quite often, when photographing weddings I see all of this come to fruition.
And so was the case for Sarah and Rob’s wedding in Bakewell, Derbyshire. So much personality in the way in which they’ve styled the day and the key events that happened which made for some beautiful moments. What made this even more special was that it was truly intimate. There was no great fanfare, no invitation to the world and his friends, but just a simple and elegant demonstration of their commitment to each other witnessed by their two closest friends.
Michaela and David’s chic London wedding at the Cavalry and Guards Club with Matthew Bishop Photography
Michaela and David’s wedding is about as British as British could be – their chic London theme is fabulous and their styling is beautifully elegant. Michaela told me they wanted to incorporate London into their wedding without turning it into a gimmick, and they did it perfectly. The images by English Wedding Blog’s new friend Matthew Bishop Photography are just wonderful and I know you’ll adore this wedding from the start!
With a graceful and sleek Suzanne Neville gown, lots of lovely gypsophila, a big red bus and ‘proper’ postbox, candelabras and a fabulous naked cake, I have to say weddings rarely get better than this! Congratulations and a massive thank you to beautiful bride Michaela and super stylish groom David for sharing their day and writing a brilliant wedding report for us today.
Lots of happy thank yous also to Matthew Bishop Photography for submitting this wedding to the blog. I have all of my fingers crossed that we’ll be seeing plenty more from Matthew, but in the meantime do check his wedding photography out here:
Hello lovely! I’m smiling as I type because I know you’ll love today’s real wedding feature – it’s short and oh so fabulously sweet! Yiran and Wanqing had an outdoor wedding at Le Gothique, filmed beautifully by Deneemotion Boutique Wedding Cinema+Photo (based in London). The romance of this highlights film brought tears to my eyes… and a big grin at the end. Don’t miss the competitive bouquet toss… it’s fantastic!
Le Gothique is a stunning setting for a wedding, and Yiran and Wanqing’s outdoor ceremony used the outside space beautifully with hanging paper pomanders and an archway filled with roses. Find out more:
Hello my lovely! It’s wedding time again, and today we’re heading to The Great Barn in Rolvenden, Kent, for Chantal and Alex’s spring wedding. It’s beautiful – highlights are the styling and decor for the barn, which Chantal describes as a blank canvas. The paper lanterns are quirky and different, I think you’ll love them!
Chantal’s wedding report includes some great advice for other couples: “Make sure you take time to yourselves as the day goes so fast and remember something will always go wrong but it really isn’t important, just remember the reason why you are getting married!” – there’s plenty more to read so do grab a cuppa and scroll right down to the end today. The lovely images from Penny Young Photography are just gorgeous so if you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Kent do check her out!