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A real wedding from Monkey Island

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Tucked away in a luscious landscape, accessible only by boat or footbridge and on its own private island on the River Thames, Monkey Island is pretty unique as far as English wedding venues go.

It’s a secluded hideaway, elegant and (I love this:) ancestral home to monks rather than monkeys – Monkey Island was the perfect backdrop for Max and Marina’s wedding day.

We begin the day in the bridal suite with Marina getting ready for the ceremony – it’s a lovely outdoor wedding with peacocks roaming around the grounds! and the day unfolds with so many glorious moments between the bride, groom and their wedding guests.

My thanks to London wedding photographer Louise Bjorling for sharing this wedding with us today. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
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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 www.byMoonandTide.com. 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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8 COMMENTS
  • Belinda McCarthy
    7 years ago

    this is the SECOND blog I’ve openend today which has a wedding with monkey references! (As I am seriously terrified of monkeys, this is a very traumatic thing for me!) Obviously, no actual monkeys appear in this wedding 🙂 Gorgeous shots and I particularly love the use of the bridge in the couple’s shots.

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Sorry for freaking you out Belinda! It’s a beautiful wedding, thanks for your comment – from behind the sofa?!

      And why’s this the second blog you’re opening?! Hmmm?

      (I jest)

      C xxx

  • Shannon
    7 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding! I love her hair, such a stunning couple.

    My affordable wedding invitations! ?

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Shannon 🙂

  • Alison Hudspeth
    7 years ago

    I love this wedding – the shots really capture the intimacy of the day and the venue is stunning! I have to say though as a fan on monkeys I wish there had been one or two….. 😉

    Alison

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Hello Alison Hudspeth! Thank you for the comment, it did look a really beautifully intimate day didn’t it – one of my favourites.

      I’ll keep an eye open for actual monkeys in weddings for you little sis 😉

      Did I write the bit about Monkey Island being derived from the island’s history as a monks’ retreat? Surely that appeals? Monk-ey Island. I know your sense of humour… that’s just brilliant, is it not? Monk-ey?

      xx

  • Louise Bjorling
    7 years ago

    😉 I thought so too, when the couple first booked me: That the island would be filled with wild monkies… But there are no monkeyes on Monkey Island… Just plenty of peacocks!

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