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Although your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, it’s equally as special to celebrate the milestones. After spending your first blissful year as husband and wife, it’s time to celebrate! Here are some ideas on how you can make your wedding anniversary even more magical than your wedding day.

Exchange Thoughtful Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Weddings are the perfect chance to receive some amazing gifts from family and friends. It’s the day you are bestowed expensive dinnerware, kitchen appliances and other titbits for the home. These are great to get your lives together started, but it’s the wedding anniversaries that allow the two of you to exchange your own meaningful gifts.

From cotton to lace, pearl to stone, the traditional wedding anniversary gifts are a special way of showing each other how much your marriage means to you. There’s something really romantic about adhering to a list of gift themes that have been exchanged for hundreds of years. And to celebrate your milestone, combine it with a unique experience you will cherish for years to come.

Elegant and summery Northbrook Park wedding with Fiona Kelly Photography (23)
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I am LOVING all of this sunshine!! What a fabulous weekend it’s been so far – and it’s about to get that little more amazing because I have the most stunning wedding to share with you! This is gorgeous couple Laura & Tom, who married at Northbrook Park in May. Laura wears the dreamiest boho dress by Inbal Raviv, which she bought from Luella’s Bridal and wore for the entire weekend: it was so beautiful she didn’t want to take it off! The beautiful images are by lovely Fiona Kelly Photography.

Elegant and summery Northbrook Park wedding with Fiona Kelly Photography (26)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.fionakellyphotography.com

We looked at quite a few photographers online, and went through lots of different albums to see their respective style. We both wanted someone who would take natural photos, and really capture the essence of the day rather than posed, structured photographs. Our brief was to be the fly on the wall that captured everyones emotion throughout the day. We found Fiona online, and after a quick Skype call decided she was the one for us!

Peacock wedding styling ideas at Larmer Tree Gardens, image credit Oobaloos Photography (30)
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Welcome to the Easter weekend! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely, lazy day (and sunshine! Isn’t this wonderful?!) – but do take a moment to scroll through today’s fabulous wedding on the blog. Our bumper week of real weddings continues with this gorgeous celebration at Larmer Tree Gardens. Tamzin & Martin’s wedding is a jewel coloured abundance of quirky but classy, with glorious pops of colour and the prettiest peacock-inspired details! Images are by our amazing and talented friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography – I hope you love them as much as I do!

Peacock wedding styling ideas at Larmer Tree Gardens, image credit Oobaloos Photography (19)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.oobaloosphotography.co.uk

I have known of Sheryl’s work for a couple of years as she has shot friends’ bump pics & an acquaintance’s wedding, so as soon as we were engaged I got in touch with her. I honestly didn’t even care about the cost as I just love Sheryl’s style of photography & knew she would make our wedding memories so beautiful!

Light and airy, romantic images from a blogger's dream wedding at Blenheim Palace! Photo credit Julie Michaelsen Photography (29)
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Join me this morning as a virtual guest at one of England’s most breathtaking wedding venues. Blenheim Palace is an impressive world heritage site, and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. It’s also the place where our stunningly beautiful bride & handsome groom decided to say their vows in front of their nearest and dearest.

Light and airy, romantic images from a blogger's dream wedding at Blenheim Palace! Photo credit Julie Michaelsen Photography (6)

Wearing an elegant Suzanne Neville bridal gown, Kate carried peonies, sweet peas & roses down the aisle to meet her handsome husband to be. The cherry blossom was out in full force providing the most breathtaking backdrop to an already beautiful day! Kate, the youngest of 3 sisters was supported by her siblings who were both maids of honour, and one of whom had traveled from Australia to be there for her sister.

Light and airy, romantic images from a blogger's dream wedding at Blenheim Palace! Photo credit Julie Michaelsen Photography (36)

Every element of this wedding is beautifully curated: the flowers are pure and simple, but fabulously blousy peony blooms. The cake is understated and elegant, with a touch of gold adding a luxe feel to the design. The venue is simply magnificent… and the photography divine.

Gorgeous mixed summer florals for a romantic countryside wedding near Huddersfield, with Photography by Kathryn (18)
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Good morning beautiful! If you like flowers this is for YOU! Gorgeous, fun couple Steph and Rob’s beautifully relaxed Yorkshire wedding day was in two contrasting halves… with a city centre ceremony followed by a countryside reception full to the brim with country summer blooms! They chose a relaxed, vintage theme full of stunning summer flowers with such a gorgeous palette of colours – they’re perfect, and I just love everything about this wedding!

Gorgeous mixed summer florals for a romantic countryside wedding near Huddersfield, with Photography by Kathryn (29)

The Fleece Countryside Inn is gorgeous and didn’t need much to look incredible but we did have the help of the amazing Stems Design who did the majority of the styling and Set The Scene venue stylist who provided the table cloths and beautiful lace chair covers. The room looked incredible and I was blown away when I saw it for the first time – floral wonderland!

Vibrant ribbon streamers for a summer festival wedding with Simon Withyman Photography (13)
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So this GORGEOUS pair have all the summer feels! I adore the vibrant ribbons and fun, relaxed and beautiful styling of their Old Oak Farm wedding day. Sophie’s Watters gown and Loz’s TM Lewin suit are perfect for the occasion: their British grown, seasonal flowers are just divine for such a colourful, festival-style September wedding!

Images are by Simon Withyman Photography, who is new to English Wedding but I really hope we’ll see more from in the coming months! You can check out his work at simonwithyman.com

Vibrant ribbon streamers for a summer festival wedding with Simon Withyman Photography (29)

The venue is a completely natural beauty however as we wanted to make it colourful we added colourful ribbons and flowers. Our wedding flowers were created (and grown) by the amazing Kate from Windmill Farm Flowers. Kate works with the venue regularly and so was recommended to us and I honestly couldn’t fault her. We went for colourful and bright seasonal flowers, the flowers looked so amazingly beautiful and really made the venue come to life, they were also really reasonably priced for what we got. When our bouquets and buttonholes arrived I was blown away: they were everything I had dreamed of and more.

Hannah and Mark's RAC Club wedding image credit Danielle Smith Photography (13)
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Hey lovely! How was your weekend? We had the laziest day yesterday after a walk in the Lakes on Saturday – it was perfect! And today I’m excited to let you know we have a ton of real weddings from around the UK to share with you this week!!!

Hannah and Mark's RAC Club wedding image credit Danielle Smith Photography (3)

First is Hannah & Mark. This gorgeous couple were married in Wimbledon and followed the ceremony with an exclusive reception for friends and family. Everything is beautiful: I especially adore Hannah’s Kenneth Winston dress, and their stunning portrait shots by lovely Danielle Smith Photography. I hope you do too!

Hannah and Mark's RAC Club wedding image credit Danielle Smith Photography (35)

From photographer Danielle Smith

“After the ceremony all the guests jumped on London buses to the RAC club in Pall Mall- which is a private members club – so pretty exclusive. And oh my goodness is it an amazing location! It’s very grand and has a beautiful terrace which they spent the drinks reception on. It was such a fun day with so much laughter and such a chilled atmosphere.

Andreia and Antonio's relaxed and fun wedding at Shuttleworth Swiss Garden with Lorna Newman Wedding Photography (1)
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This gorgeous pair just make me SMILE!!! Their joyful, colourful and relaxed wedding is all kinds of perfect. Andreia’s dress is divine – and is extra special because it was designed by her (now) brother-in-law! Isn’t it beautiful? The delicate shoulder detail is just exquisite!! And I adore how fun and playful Andreia and Antonio are with each other – you can just tell they’d be so much fun to be around, and they’re SO much in love! The colourful flowers are fabulous; the venue is full of character and the fun of this Bedfordshire wedding just doesn’t stop! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Andreia and Antonio's relaxed and fun wedding at Shuttleworth Swiss Garden with Lorna Newman Wedding Photography (19)

“My wedding dress was the true labour of love for our wedding. My now brother-in-law designed a few wedding dresses and then, both of us made a few adjustments until we got to the final design. Because I had a flower crown, I wanted quite simple accessories so I only wore earrings from a Portuguese shop, www.catavassalo.com. My shoes were by Ted Baker.

Eleni and Shane's stunning Dulwich Village wedding, images by Emily Black Photography (35)
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Forgive me, lovelies, because today’s wedding has more images than I normally post… it’s just that there are so many little stories in today’s gorgeous celebration, and the little sequences of images tell them so beautifully! (Watch out for my fave – when Shane sees Eleni in her second dress his jaw literally drops!) So welcome to the wedding of gorgeous couple Eleni & Shane, who wed in October at Belair House in Dulwich Village, London. Their photographer was our lovely friend and English Wedding sponsor, London wedding photographer Emily Black.

Eleni and Shane's stunning Dulwich Village wedding, images by Emily Black Photography (40)

“I was quite relaxed about my dress – I bought it online in the sale at BHLDN.com, and had it shipped from America. I knew I wanted an ankle length dress, and when I saw “my” dress, I fell in love – I also knew I wanted to have some amazing shoes. I was also lucky enough to be gifted a Needle & Thread wedding dress from a friend, which I had altered to be ankle length also and wore that after dinner for dancing the night away.

Summer fete wedding style from beautiful Somerset. Images by Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (19)
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This Friday couldn’t come soon enough! I’ve been waiting to share this fabulous summer fete of a wedding with you – it’s gorgeous and exciting and makes me want to grab my festival glitter and celebrate something!! Lara & Rich are the loveliest, funnest couple I could hope to feature on English Wedding. Their Surrey wedding is just full of excitement and happy vibes and joy and colour – and the photos of their day tell their story beautifully. They’re by Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography, who made the trip to Grayshott in Surrey especially for the occasion – and boy, are we glad he did!

Summer fete wedding style from beautiful Somerset. Images by Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (18)

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A guest article with words & images by lovely Amanda Karen Photography

Hello again and it’s lovely to be with you today, particularly as I’m talking about treats and surprises for your wedding day. When you’ve spent months planning every detail of your big day, it’s absolutely wonderful to give a little unexpected gift to your partner on the morning of your wedding. There’s something very special about receiving a meaningful and heartfelt present just before you take your vows and from my perspective as a photographer, I love capturing the moment when these gifts are opened. So, if you’re wondering what gifts to give, here are a few ideas for you (and for your partner!).

Gifts for husbands morning of wedding, image by Amanda Karen Photography (16)

Gifts that can be worn on the wedding day itself are always, and quite rightly, very popular. For brides, a beautiful ‘something new’ is always going to make them smile. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces are lovely gifts that can be worn long after the wedding day as a gorgeous memento. Similarly, cufflinks make a fab groom’s gift, particularly designer brands or personalised designs that give your wedding date and details. Take a look at Not On The High Street for ideas here.

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