Sparkly winter wedding decorations

Quirky and fabulous Dartington Hall wedding reception

Sparkly winter wedding decorations

Jo and Dom's wedding decorations are gorgeous - but the photography makes them magical, theatrical and more

Yesterday’s wedding was fantastic – but I had so many wonderful images to show you I had to hold back the very best for today. It’s time for Dom and Jo’s unique wedding reception at Dartington Hall.

This couple are fantastic, and their friends and family are real characters. Wedding photographer Chris Hanley said their day was full of warmth and love – and it really is special. The best thing about Dom and Jo being on English Wedding is that they’re just like you and me – the beautiful thing about their wedding is their personalities and how they’ve made their celebration really personal, memorable and just right for them.

Bride and groom at Dartington Hall

I love this photograph - it's almost in layers, with Jo and Dom the centre of attention, framed by a gorgeous archway and Dartington Hall looking like a watercolour painting in the background

Time to relax and have fun

Time to relax and have fun

A photograph with a story - how old must this spectacular tree be?

A photograph with a story - how old must this spectacular tree be? Jo and Dom will have some gorgeous images for their album, for sure

Bride and groom

Fun and quirky this wedding may be, but here Jo's eyes say it's all about being in love with her man. A great image

Beautiful bridal portrait

Chris Hanley always makes a bride look beautiful with creatively composed images like this one. I love it. Jo looks divine.

Bride and groom on the terrace

This photo takes first prize for fun and imagination as Jo and Dom play on the terraced lawn

Gorgeous English bride

An enchanting image of bride Jo at Dartington Hall

Wedding party contemporary photography

Everyone clearly had an amazing time with the photographs of the bridal party - these are so much fun

Inside Dartington Hall - lifestyle wedding photo

Candles for a Dartington Hall wedding

The top table at Dom and Jo's wedding

The top table were laughing throughout the reception. I'm sure there's a story behind this photo! Definitely a great memory to have in the album

Happy bride

Jo is quite pleased.

The speeches go down a storm with everyone

The speeches go down a storm with everyone

Pretty bridesmaid

There are some gorgeous shots of the bridesmaids... this young lady will make a beautiful bride one day!

Bridesmaid behind sparkles

This photograph of a bridesmaid captivates me whenever I see it - so beautiful I can't stop looking

The bridesmaid's speech brings a tear to Jo's eye, and Dom looks so very proud

The bridesmaid's speech brings a tear to Jo's eye, and Dom looks so very proud

The first dance - just about love.

The first dance - just about love.

Romantic portrait photograph of bride and groom

First in a little series of romantic shots around Dartington Hall - Dom and Jo framed beautifully in an archway at the venue

Moonlit bride and groom

This looks like moonlight to me - a beautifully romantic shot with the shadows of the pillars framing Jo and Dom

Classy bridal portrait

A classic photograph, exquisitely crafted and lit - Jo and Dom gaze across landscaped gardens in the twilight

Bride and groom lit up on steps

Another favourite for me. Having Chris Hanley take your wedding photographs is an unforgettable experience - I can only imagine Dom and Jo's faces at their wedding photo viewing!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed sharing Jo and Dom’s wedding day. For me it’s always the personalities that make a wedding – and this day certainly wasn’t lacking in character!

I say this all the time, but it’s so important to click with a wedding photographer: find someone you can relate to, someone who wants to know about your wedding and is as excited about your day as you are. Chris Hanley has caught the memories of Jo and Dom’s wedding perfectly – as I said yesterday, their personalities shine through the photos like little sparks glowing.

Check out for information and bookings. (Book early – he’s in demand!) – Chris has just set up his new wedding photography blog for 2011 and I can’t wait to see the stories that unfold there during the year.

Chris worked with second photographer Steven Brooks to photograph Dom and Jo’s wedding. Please visit to see more of Steven’s beautiful photography. Steven’s website asks, “To be a good wedding photographer you need to be a good storyteller too. How will your story be told?” Find out more

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.




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