Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (58)
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I would love so much to be a henna artist, wouldn’t you? To design temporary but stunningly beautiful mehandi on skin, to create intricately detailed decoration for a bride on her best day… to have even the tiniest little bit of these guys’ talent… So forgive me for focusing rather a lot on the images of Gaayatri’s beautiful henna art on the morning of her wedding to David.

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (1)

There’s more of course: the vibrant florals, stunning Indian dress and fabulous celebrations which go on all day long in today’s Hindu-Punjabi fusion wedding. Gaayatri is so beautiful, in a dress designed by Surily G in Mumbai. The soft pink tones and sparkling details are just out of this world! I hope you all enjoy the pictures which tell the story of David and Gaayatri’s vibrant, fun, joyful Delhi wedding from our friends at Linus Moran Photography.

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (20)

Canadian elopement photographers Terry Photo Co (23)
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So this is the English Wedding Blog… and I try to make every feature useful for all of you wonderful UK brides and grooms out there looking for ideas for your big day. I rarely feature destination weddings, although we’ve been known to skip across the borders to France, Italy, and of course Scotland, Wales and Ireland for a beautiful celebration feature. Never Canada though, despite it being one of the most amazing destinations and top of my list of places I’d love to visit in the entire world. When Daryl and Kathryn sent me these images of their breathtaking mountain elopement for the blog, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you. Somehow they slipped through a gap in my editorial schedule and I’ve kept these beauties from you since January. Is their Canadian elopement relevant to UK brides and grooms? Yes!!! I now believe we should all elope to Canada. Ditch all your other plans and just look at this… 

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All images submitted by Daryl and Kathryn, with permission from their fabulous photographers Terry Photo Co

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Guest article by Martina Selvagi – Wed Our Way

It’s not about the frills, it’s about the faces. So many couples I meet today are family-first (or friend-first). What they want more than anything is an intimate wedding day they can fully drink in and enjoy with the people they love – one that isn’t so immersed in excess that the real meaning of the day gets lost.

If that sounds like you, then you’ll love the tips I have in store for you on how to create a perfectly personalized destination wedding that splurges in the areas you care about, but is simple enough to hold true to your values, priorities and budget.

1. Release Expectations

To really embrace the notion of a simple, intimate destination wedding, you need to first ditch the mentality of perfection and competition, including what you expect of yourself and what others expect of you.

On perfection

French destination wedding images by Chris Bird (28)
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Today’s gorgeous bride and groom chose a destination wedding in the Champagne region of France. Their August wedding was held at Chateau de Mairy, in the small village of Mairy Sur Marne. I love the bright sunflowers and relaxed atmosphere of their day – it all looks so sunny and beautiful!

French destination wedding images by Chris Bird (28)

The venue itself did not need much decoration however the marquee that we used for the evening reception required lots! We did most of the decoration ourselves but had some added items, such as the large wine barrels and candle holders, from And Then We Got Married. My favourite was probably the jam jars that we used for flowers as well as tea lights and the polaroid station/guestbook. I enjoyed every moment of crafting the homemade elements and seeing everything in place the day before the wedding made it all worth while. Lots of our guests commented on how each detail of the day included an element of our personality. It was our goal from the start to ensure our wedding day was as personal to us as possible.

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)
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Do you dream of Italian summers? When wedding planning gets a little too much, do you ever wish you could elope and marry in a remote Italian village instead? You wouldn’t be alone – this shoot is dreamy, and it makes it pretty easy to see why more couples than ever are planning an intimate destination wedding or elopement!

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)

Images are by our lovely sponsor Carol Elizabeth Photography, at Palazzo Perotti (the private home of Baroness Roberta Perotti) and the UNESCO world heritage town of Castellabate. They were taken at The Secret Retreat Workshop with Andrea Ellison, Claire Penn and Lucy Woodrow this summer.

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (6)

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Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (10)
Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (11)

Location planner – My Secret Italy
Shoot locations – Palazzo Perotti
Stylist – Mandy Beck (Saddleworth Shindigs)
Flowers – La Maison Marie, Santa Maria di Castellabate
MUA – Costabile Pascale, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Hair – Anna Capazuto, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Models – real couples (Michael & Chloe Kenny, Antonio Brunetti & Sissi Carrino)
Sissi dress – ASOS
Sissi shoes – Kurt Geiger
Antonio shoes – ASOS
Antonio jacket – Top Man
Michael & Chloe outfits – their own

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Catherine and Florent’s destination wedding in France looks like a dream come true. The gorgeous bride and groom travelled to the south-east of France, to a fairytale venue with views of the distant mountains, for their beautiful, intimate summer wedding. I adore the light, bright colours they used to style their day: mint and delicate pink are so fresh and summery – and the images by English Wedding Blog sponsor Amanda Karen Photography are out of this world.

Beautiful French destination wedding with images by Amanda Karen Photography (24)

 

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk

We searched online for a photographer who was willing to travel. We fell in love with Amanda and Hutch’s style of photography. They had taking wedding photos in France and in a chateau in their bucket list, which is exactly what we were planning for our wedding, so it was a perfect match. After meeting Amanda, and seeing how lovely she was, we were thrilled to choose them as our photographers.

Beautiful French destination wedding with images by Amanda Karen Photography (29)

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A beautiful Algarve wedding shot by Bristol photographer Martin Dabek Photography (28)

Elliot and Ivet live in Scotland, have friends and family all around the world, and chose to be married in January. They had the most beautiful sunshine for their Algarve wedding – it’s a stunning destination and I’m totally in love with the scenery and dramatic portrait shots from their day.

A beautiful Algarve wedding shot by Bristol photographer Martin Dabek Photography (14)

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A beautiful Algarve wedding shot by Bristol photographer Martin Dabek Photography (29)
A beautiful Algarve wedding shot by Bristol photographer Martin Dabek Photography (30)
A beautiful Algarve wedding shot by Bristol photographer Martin Dabek Photography (31)

Martin is a family friend, who had previously done our friends and families weddings in the past.

Martin’s professional and very kind attitude really made us feel comfortable. He has a way of bringing fresh ideas into something you yourself already had in mind. Because of this Martin Dabek has a very personal and human touch surrounding the work that he does and the shots he takes.

We were amazed and extremely happy. We first saw our photos when Martin sent us a video montage of the highlights of the wedding with a beautiful backing track. They were even better than we had imagined!

A beautiful Algarve wedding shot by Bristol photographer Martin Dabek Photography (17)

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I love the romance of an overseas elopement or a tiny, intimate wedding somewhere the evening sunshine will last forever, don’t you? Even better, al fresco dining on the beach and the views of stunning coastlines all around. I was so thrilled last summer when lovely destination wedding photographer Hannah Duffy asked if I’d like to send a little of my calligraphy to Ibiza in her suitcase. Of course I said yes…

A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (14)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (15)

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A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (2)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (3)

This is the dreamiest shoot, with incredible light and the inescapable romance of a beach elopement. The bouquet is simple and pristine: hydrangeas in beautiful white catch the sunlight as our beautiful bride and groom gaze out to sea. With a stunning Truvelle gown and light suit for the warmest of summer weddings, our bride and groom are perfectly at home here; as newlyweds they celebrate at a tablescape of prettily coloured glassware and light, illustrated calligraphy table stationery.

A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (17)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (38)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (39)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (1)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (4)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (5)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (7)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (8)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (9)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (10)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (11)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (12)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (13)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (16)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (34)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (35)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (40)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (6)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (28)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (18)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (19)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (26)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (30)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (31)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (20)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (21)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (22)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (23)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (24)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (25)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (27)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (29)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (32)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (33)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (36)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (37)

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It’s never been easier to have the wedding YOU want – be that a festival-inspired party, a woodland celebration, an farm or barn wedding – traditional venues are almost a thing of the past! And over the years our appetite for sunny weddings abroad has become more and more apparent. Perhaps our unpredictable English weather plays a large part in that, but for others it could be the sometimes misconceived notion that a wedding abroad is less expensive that a wedding in the UK.

Destination wedding photography Mexico Benjamin Toms (11)

Photo credit: Benjamin Toms – see full feature here

Whilst a wedding abroad can often work out cheaper, many couples do still choose to fly out their favourite wedding suppliers in order to achieve their dream wedding day. As the owner of a live music agency, I’ve had the pleasure of organising a number of live bands and musicians for clients getting married abroad; at first it can seem fairly overwhelming for the couple, but the process needn’t be stressful if you know what to expect in advance.

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Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (29)

I’d LOVE to run away to Italy and elope, strolling hand in hand with my guy through characterful streets in the Mediterranean sunshine. Wouldn’t it just be a dream come true? Today’s wedding inspiration comes from the fabulous team at Aspire Photography Training, with styling by Catherine Connor and photography by Jenny Heyworth. They lived my dream this summer, taking a trip across to Venice to create this sublime elopement shoot.ClaireVenice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (38)
Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (2)

I love working with the Aspire team. They’re creative, fun and just have an instinct for styling the loveliest wedding inspiration. The little details matter too, and I was thrilled to be asked to send some of my calligraphy over to Venice with them!

Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (24)

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Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (27)

Everything about Venice is romantic. The tiny streets, the crumbling bridges, the lace and glass working… I really do adore it there (when I lived in Trieste I used to hop on a train every weekend just to wander the streets and soak in the atmosphere!) – and Jenny’s images capture the essence of this most romantic of cities.

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Happy Saturday lovely people! I hope you have a wonderful day planned – we’re in Manchester after an amazing concert last night, and heading back on the train to our lovely Lake District very soon. But first – I wanted to show you something really inspiring and gorgeous and fun: a beautifully lit, romantic wedding in Mexico. If you’re lucky enough to have a summer wedding outdoors in the UK, how about some amazing lighting like this to make your evening reception spectacular?!

Destination wedding photography Mexico Benjamin Toms (11)

Benjamin Toms – contact & bookings

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This is a sneak peek from my friend and sponsor Benjamin Toms Photography, who landed an absolute dream wedding photography job last year second shooting for top Mexican photographer Daniel Aguilar.

Destination wedding photography Mexico Benjamin Toms (10)

Destination wedding photography Mexico Benjamin Toms (4)
Benjamin Toms Photography is based in Kent, and Ben photographs weddings around the UK and worldwide. If you’re looking for a destination wedding photographer, then do get in touch with Ben to discuss your plans – he’s an amazing photographer and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet 🙂

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I remember being so excited when Louise Adby first got in touch in the summer with a beautiful Cold Harbour Barn wedding – it truly was such a wonderfully romantic English wedding and a perfect fit for our lovely blog! A few months later and I’m more than thrilled to be welcoming lovely Louise as an English Wedding Blog sponsor.

London and destination wedding photographer Louise Adby Photography-6

Louise’s photography combines the very best of contemporary fine art style with all the wonderful storytelling of reportage wedding photography. “I love the contrast between raw spontaneous moments set against beautiful composed portraits, but portraits that have feeling and a connection between the couple.

London and destination wedding photographer Louise Adby Photography-12

I spend most of the day documenting quietly and sensitively (until we are on the dance floor then I throw myself into the thick of the action) but when it comes to crafting beautiful fine art portraits I give gentle guidance with where and how to stand but keep in mind the personality of the couple so I don’t lose character with a forced pose.”