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Category Archives: contemporary weddings
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.
What an incredible venue choice for today’s real wedding feature – Harrogate’s Sun Pavilion – a restored historic venue reflective of the Art Deco period – perfect for a modern wedding. The glittering Sun Pavilion provides the most amazing backdrop for the gorgeous wedding of Imogen and Liam.
Wedding photographers Chris and Verity (Sansom Photography) said, “It was great to finally get the chance to shoot in the Sun Pavilion and the spectacular glass ceiling didn’t disappoint. The pavilion decking provided much needed shade and a great area for the drinks reception.”
Despite a toppling Eiffel Tower wedding cake and with very little extra venue decoration needed, Imogen and Liam created an elegant wedding with a Parisian theme in navy blue. I think it’s wonderful and I’m proud to share their day with you on the English Wedding Blog.
With thanks to Sansom Photography for sharing their fabulous images with us all today. Do check out their website and social media:
I fell in love with Danielle and Phung’s Notley Abbey wedding as soon as I saw the images: their vibrant colours and beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony stole my heart. This was an international celebration with family travelling from all over the world. Danielle bought her stunning dress in New York, the table plan was a world map (it’s fab!) and there was a tea ceremony as well as the outdoor wedding and reception.
I adore Notley Abbey for its grounds and grandeur: truly a favourite English wedding venue. Danielle told me, “The setting was amazing, but the small touches such as the flowers, family pictures, and wooden signs added our personal touch.”
Images are by lovely Sally and Don of Reid Photography, based in Milton Keynes. Do find out more about them:
Watch out for the cutest little bridesmaids and enjoy the fabulous florals in this enchanting summer wedding. The bride and groom are – it goes without saying – totally gorgeous – and I know you’re going to love today’s wedding on the blog.
Hey everyone! I have the loveliest English wedding to share with you today – classically beautiful but with wonderful modern touches you’ll adore, I promise! Gemma and Niall had a church wedding followed by a garden reception at Niall’s parents’ Yorkshire home.
There are so many wonderful details: the flowers are a highlight, and are by the fabulous Susie at Hart Company. Gemma is stunning in a Lusan Mandongus gown, and Niall looks amazing in a Saville Row bespoke suit.
Their photographers – James and Lianne – were incredible on the day and get a glowing review from the bride and groom. Do check them out if you’re planning a Yorkshire wedding:
So now – wedding time you will LOVE this! Watch out for the almost-tumbling cake(!) and the gorgeous portrait shots – a part of the day which was really special for lovely Gemma and Niall. Enjoy.
Theatre venues are special: the atmosphere is already awesome but once your guests are seated there’s such a buzz of anticipation… I absolutely love them to bits! Hannah and Rik set the scene for their day (apologies for the stage pun!) with brilliant big letters and made their wedding exciting, theatrical and generally amazing from beginning to end.
See what I mean?
The venue is Ilkley’s Kings Hall and Winter Gardens – a fabulous period theatre in the heart of Yorkshire’s charming spa town. Letters are by Glow Love Lights (these are the best: handmade by a master carpenter and for hire across the UK) and images are by lovely Leeds-based Paul Joseph Photography. (Congratulations to lovely Kelly, one half of the photography business, who is the new star blogger at Boho Weddings Blog!)