Stephen and Kayleigh’s beautiful summer wedding in Exeter, with Kathryn Hopkins Photography

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Today’s wedding is gorgeous – elegantly styled with white flowers and tons of foliage, and with a delicious cake table and genius Jack Daniels & cigars table too! I’ve never seen this idea before and I love it so much. But the best thing about today’s wedding is the smooches and the love between beautiful Kayleigh and Stephen. They’re clearly so head over heels in love they’ve completely forgotten about the camera – and it’s such a joyful thing to see!

Images are by my lovely friend Kathryn Hopkins, whose photography you’ll see all over my wedding calligraphy website as well as in the English Wedding Bible (have you got your free copy yet?) Kathryn told me Kayleigh (who is her niece) “really is one of the loveliest people you could ever meet. She just cares so much about everyone and is so authentic and honest.” I think that beautiful personality shines through the pics, don’t you? – and I wish them both a lifetime of happiness.

The flowers and colour palette are timeless: elegant whites with plenty of foliage for fabulous texture – it’s a stunning look which suits any wedding venue, theme or style – and by adding in extra foliage with just a sprinkling of blooms you can make your wedding flower budget go much further. Kayleigh’s bouquet by Rebecca Avery Flowers is just so pretty!

I also love the pretty illustrated table plan and matching place name cards with white anemones and foliage – the illustration gives the personalised special touches so much more character and ties the wedding style and theme together beautifully.

Wedding photographer’s website:

Lucky for us we had an amazing wedding photographer in the family! We were very pleased with Kathryn’s images – her style is magical.

Seeing our wedding photos for the first time was emotional, especially seeing the ceremony pictures. It was lovely to relive the day.


Wedding venue:

The Mercure Southgate hotel

Wedding month:


Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

It was a perfect day!

Your wedding style or theme:

Classic and fresh

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)


What’s your top tip for saving money?

Accept help from family and friends

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The dress

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

The signage was a labour of love, my auntie made it all for us, to match the invitations that we bought from

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:


Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I wore silver pearl drop earrings, a gold bangle (a family heirloom), a beautiful pearl and diamante hairpiece, and I also had a hanky that belonged to my nanny tucked into my wedding dress. My shoes were blue and from Dune.

And what did the groom wear?

A blue suit

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I struggled to find bridesmaids dresses I liked so I decided to ask my friends to wear pretty dresses they knew they’d enjoy wearing.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

D.I.Y – my sister did my hair and I did my makeup

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

We did the limoncello ourselves and made a Jack Daniels and cigars stand!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

My grandma made us a fruit cake and our friend made us an assortment of cupcakes.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Just enjoy every minute!

What’s the best thing about being married?

We just really love being married

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

Kathryn Hopkins Photography
Rebecca Avery Flowers

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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My Beautiful Niece Marries Stephen in Exeter | Kathryn Hopkins Photography · July 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm

[…] thrilled to see my beautiful niece Kayleigh and her amazing husband Stephen featured on The English Wedding Blog.  Their wedding took place in Exeter in February on a very sunny day which turned to a thundery […]

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