What could be a more romantic setting than the Italian countryside, a monastery no less, set amongst rolling hillsides and with its very own vineyard? The Favari Monastery dates from the 17th century and has been beautifully renovated as a destination wedding venue. For today’s English Wedding feature, the monastery serves as a beautiful backdrop for a group of local wedding suppliers who came together to create a lush, modern wedding style complete with al fresco table settings and a bride and groom just radiant with Italian style!

Stunning destination wedding ideas from Italy, images by Francesco Cesaroni (36)

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)

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… 

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.

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)