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When I get a credit for “Beer” in a couple’s list of favourite suppliers, I know to expect a pretty special wedding. (Tip: there’s no place for Carling at weddings!) – and Rachel & Shaun’s day lives up to expectations, flies past them in a blaze of beauty and leaves me wanting more. Their day was epic. They’re a gorgeous couple, the vibe of the entire day is joyful – the smiles never stop from bridal prep through to the evening spent crowdsurfing. I love these two. All images are by Midlands wedding photographer and English Wedding member J S Coates Wedding Photography, who gets a glowing review from our happy couple!

Rachel & Shaun's elegant and rustic Dumbleton Hall wedding, with JS Coates Photography (23)

Wedding photographer’s website

JS Coates Wedding Photography – https://jscoates.com

How did you choose your photographer?

We looked through loads of different local photographers’ websites and eventually narrowed it down to three, who we then met up with to see if we clicked. Jonathan had such a great attitude, and his relaxed style was exactly what we were after.

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Sometimes the finest plans can get a little – well, rained on. Poured on, even. The fact is, an English summer (as we’ve seen this week) doesn’t guarantee sunshine all day long. Still… Sam and David still proved you can have the most amazing, beautiful day even if the skies have something else in mind! These two are just gorgeous. Their day is full of fun and laughter, with the most beautiful florals and pretty styling touches. All images are by lovely Katie Winter Photography.

With love,

David and Samantha's creative and beautiful Sopley Lake wedding, with Katie Winter Photography (20)

Wedding photographer’s website

www.katiewinterphotography.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

She was introduced by a friend of a friend, when we looked at her work and social media we loved her approach and relaxed documentary style photography. We then met Katie and were really won over by her passion for photography and excitement about our venue and ideas. We knew immediately that she’d be a perfect fit and one of our favourite suppliers to work with.

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I’m so proud to be able to say we feature EVERY kind of wedding on English-Wedding.com. For me, a wedding doesn’t have to follow a standard formula or conform to a particular look, or trend. It only has to be a celebration of love, with a splash of creativity and imagination… and gorgeous couple Ayla & Jake celebrated their commitment to one another in the loveliest possible way. A sunrise ceremony in English woodland, albeit on a very rainy day, an ‘official’ registry office marriage and a cosy and heartwarming day spent with friends and family make this a really special wedding for us to share. All images are by our lovely friend and Hampshire wedding photographer Linus Moran Photography.

Congratulations Ayla & Jake, and thank you Linus for sharing your images of their day!

Ayla & Jake's beautiful woodland and village hall wedding in Hampshire, with Linus Moran Photography (8)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://www.linusmoranphotography.co.uk/

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Hey gorgeous! Are you feeling refreshed after the sunny weekend? I have some treats in store for you this week… and we’re starting today with a beautiful reminder that things WILL go back to normal and we WILL have parties and hugs and proper weddings again. I’m desperately hoping it’s soon – because this kind of loveliness is too special to miss. Lexi and Chris’s wedding had everything: an outdoor ceremony under an ancient tree with Chris’s military kit giving the occasion a certain gravitas… and Lexi is just STUNNING! They celebrated with a tipi reception and festival / fete inspired party afterwards, and the dancing went on until the early hours. Memories, hey? For now, let’s celebrate with this gorgeous pair.

With love,

Lexi & Chris's joyful festival wedding, with JS Coates Photography (1)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://jscoates.com/

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Inspired by fabulous London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston Photography

We began to unplug about 5 years ago, when the novelty of aunties having camera phones became a really big deal at weddings. Rather than seeing rows of happy faces, brides began to see rows of iphones (flash on) hiding faces as they walked down the aisle. Distracting, much? And those who thought about it in advance would make or hire little signs telling the aunties their wedding was Unplugged – and to kindly stop taking photos of all the best bits.

Not everyone minded; not everyone’s aunties could confidently operate their phone cameras; sometimes it wasn’t a big deal to have elderly ladies snapping away through the ceremony.

And then coronavirus came along. And lockdown. And human contact was banned. And we haven’t hugged our aunties or even our mums in weeks. The thing we’re all missing more than anything is human contact and hugs – and this makes unplugging at weddings a massive deal for 2021 couples.

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I bloody love this wedding – it’s full of love and laughter and FUN and hugs. There are belly laughs, there are beautiful styling touches. The setting is fabulous and the story of the day makes me smile. Oh, and Nicola and Alex are the most gorgeous couple! This is exactly how I imagine weddings after lockdown to be: the most amazing celebrations full of glorious contact and friendship and happiness. And the photos by super lovely (and major talented) Yorkshire wedding photographer John Hope tell the story of Nicola and Alex’s day beautifully.

Nicola & Alex's joyful festival and tipi wedding at Talton Lodge, with John Hope Photography (32)

Talton Lodge is a fantastic tipi wedding venue near Stratford-upon-Avon. Nicola & Alex were married outdoors beside ancient acacia trees with the backdrop of the beautiful gardens and 300 year old Talton House. The tipi structure here is up all summer long; they made the most of the space with Victorian fairground games, making the most of the bouncy castle and hiring a roaming band to jazz up the atmosphere.

Nicola & Alex's joyful festival and tipi wedding at Talton Lodge, with John Hope Photography (29)
Nicola & Alex's joyful festival and tipi wedding at Talton Lodge, with John Hope Photography (30)

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Why hello there you beautiful thing you! I am so excited to share today’s gloriously romantic wedding with you! Our gorgeous couple Rosie and Chris had chose to say their ‘I dos’ in a sunny woodland setting with an amazing atmosphere, at the beautiful Blaithwaite House in Cumbria. Their styling and theme was relaxed with outdoor themes including greenery, upcycled wood and the most magical personal touches. Blaithwaite is a beautiful estate set in 250 acres of Cumbrian countryside. Rosie and Chris were married in front of ‘Mary Jane’s Summer House’, a beautiful building from the Victorian era situated on a little island surrounded by water. They told me it’s an absolutely breathtaking setting for a wedding, and I couldn’t agree more – I just know you’ll love this!

Rosie & Chris's sunny woodland wedding in Cumbria, with Lauren McGuiness Photography (10)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.lmcguinessphotography.co.uk/

How did you choose your photographer?

Lauren is a childhood friend, we’ve grown up through nursery, school and sixth form and 10 years ago travelled to America together. Lauren is a wonderful photographer, we choose her because she captures beautiful candid moments and has a relaxed approach.

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Before I say anything else, I just have to start with Stacey’s DRESS today – because WOW!!! She looks incredible in a Stella York gown from Bicester Bridal. This is a dreamy outdoor wedding in Oxfordshire, with gorgeous May sunshine (and the sunset is stunning!) and a soft colour palette of blush with accents in powder blue and gentle peach. The flowers are wonderful, the vibe is elegant, fun and romantic and the images by Benjamin Wetherall Photography take my breath away. You’ll love this.

Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (18)

Wedding photographer’s website:

bpwphotography.com

We met Ben at a wedding fair and fell in love with his style of photography as well as the personalities of both him and his wife

We loved the images we received. They capture the best moments of the day that we can look back on. Ben’s professionalism on the day was everything we could have wished for!

Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (5)

Wedding venue:

Ardington House, Wantage, Oxfordshire

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Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (8)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (9)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (10)
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Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (20)
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Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (25)
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Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (30)
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Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (33)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (34)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (35)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (36)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (37)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (38)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (39)

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Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (42)
Timeless and elegant Ardington wedding with Benjamin Wetherall Photography (43)

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

Word of mouth and wedding fairs

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Julie and Aaron’s wedding photos had me hooked from the moment I saw them – the gorgeous smoke bomb images, Julie’s stunning smile and that amazing Caroline Castigliano dress!! They married in April at Pennard House, with all the cherry blossom in full bloom. The venue was styled by RD Events, flowers are by lovely Bramble & Wild, and there are some lovely rustic touches from Bath Vintage Hire Company. This is a day full of beautiful old English charm, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Vintage Somerset wedding with Beetles, photo credit Ryan Goold Photography (10)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.ryangooldphotography.co.uk

We went to a local wedding fayre and saw a photo of a couple with smoke bombs and then looked through the rest of Ryan’s display stand and we were hooked! We knew we wanted Ryan without even looking at the cost!

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We hardly saw him, but in a good way!! We wanted natural pictures of the day and Ryan just blended in and captured just that. From the moment we booked Ryan he became more of a photographer he became a wedding guest.

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The floral styling is superb for today’s wedding – say hi to beautiful Laura & gorgeous Kevan who married at High Billinghurst Farm last summer. They were blessed with gloriously hot weather for their celebrations in the Sussex countryside – and while tipis were set up nearby, the temperatures meant their dream of a woodland wedding was destined to come true.

Styled woodland wedding in Sussex, image credit Something Blue Weddings (16)

We’re taking a fascinating behind the scenes look at the wedding today, with lovely Kim at Bespoke and Beyond Weddings & Events. Kim’s story begins on the Thursday morning with the arrival of three giant hats from Beautiful World Tents. I’ll hand over to Kim who can tell you all about her vision for this stunning celebration, and how the wedding came together beautifully, creating a truly magical woodland wedding for Laura & Kevan.

Wildflowers for a country garden wedding with Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (11)
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Hey lovely! I’ve been blown away by the stunning wildflowers and relaxed, boho styling of Chris and Bex’s Devon wedding today. Once again we’re at the fabulous Colehayes Park in Bovey Tracey with their recommended photographer Warren from Howell Jones Photography. You’re going to adore all the floral prettiness – and this is an extra special day because the sunshine played out all day so even the meal was served in the gardens!

Bex and Chris chose a hot and sunny May day to get married – remember the crazy hot summer we had last year? This is pretty much where it all began! Beautiful bride Bex wears a divine boho wedding dress, light and floaty for the summer sunshine. The softly sparkling beaded belt and delicate lace cap sleeves are simply wonderful. Chris looks so handsome in a tailored grey suit with purple tie and pocket square. Sophisticated sunnies complete the outdoor groom look!

Wildflowers for a country garden wedding with Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (29)

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The biggest change in weddings in the last five years has been in venues. Back in the day, you hired a big country house hotel and / or a marquee. Now it seems half of our weddings in the UK are in barns and fields – and I LOVE that! It gives you so much more creative freedom to style your day – and fits perfectly with three MAJOR wedding styles: barn weddings, festival weddings and tipi weddings.

I’ve worked with some fabulous planners and stylists who really come into their own for planning ‘blank canvas’ weddings – and one thing I’ve learned is that logistics is a pretty big deal. You need to hire everything from loos to generators, flooring to hay bales and benches for your wedding guests.

Often tipi and marquee companies can help. And sometimes you just stumble across a brilliant idea on Pinterest which fits perfectly with your relaxed wedding style!