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So this wedding is pretty epic. I just know you’re going to love it – Claire and J-D make the coolest couple ever, and with the extraordinary creative contributions from family they put on a wedding which is everything. The flowers are glorious, Claire’s dress is stunning, J-D’s outfit is brilliant and inspired, and the photography exquisite. Grab a cuppa, snuggle down and enjoy this beauty of a summer wedding.

With love,

J-D & Claire's unique and eclectic Oxford wedding, with Dale Stephens Photography (7)

Wedding photographer’s website

dalestephensphotography.com

How did you choose your photographer?

We both knew we wanted natural, unposed shots – neither of us are at our best in posed, traditional photos. Our favourite photos are spontaneous and capture a moment. We spent an afternoon browsing Oxford wedding photographer websites looking for photos with this quality. We loved the photos in Dale’s portfolio. We arranged to meet him to make sure we felt relaxed. We had such a perfect morning meeting Dale that we booked immediately.

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Hey lovelies, I hope you’re all staying safe and your loved ones are ok. It’s been one hell of a tough week – but I’m trying my best to bring a little spark of sunshine and joy with some beautiful real weddings. Today’s the turn of gorgeous couple Laura and Jonno, whose luxury wedding at Caswell House is simply wonderful to see. The flowers are insane, the dreamy May sunshine is a welcome reminder that we can all look forward to warmer days soon!

Laura & Jonno's breathtaking Caswell House wedding, with Elliot W Patching Photography (36)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.ewpphotography.com/

How did you choose your photographer?

Elliot photographed my sister’s wedding and, we not only loved the final photographs, but had amazing memories about how he was on the day. Elliot has a wonderful way of being there for every moment, without feeling like he’s there the whole time. There’s no unbearable hovering or feeling as though you’re surrounded by paparazzi. He made both myself and my husband relax and enjoy the photography – both being fairly awkward in front of the camera, this was pretty remarkable! He made the whole process fun and comfortable. And, the resulting images are fantastic!

A super elegant black tie wedding in winter, photographed by Amanda Karen Photography (20)
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Good morning! I have been waiting for MONTHS to share this stunning wedding with you… lovely Lisa & Mark were married in December – and the Christmas tree just seemed perfect to share with you right now. Who has their tree up? Ours is on its way down from the loft tonight and I’m excited to get the baubles out later! It won’t compare to this beauty though…

A super elegant black tie wedding in winter, photographed by Amanda Karen Photography (2)

The images from Lisa & Mark’s wedding are by our lovely friends at Amanda Karen Photography. This is Christmas with class and fabulous style: a black tie do with silver and white, eucalyptus and plenty of sparkle. Lisa is spectacular in a Stewart Parvin gown and Jimmy Choos; Mark’s Hugo Boss suit is uber smart and sleek for a sophisticated winter wedding at Caswell House.

A super elegant black tie wedding in winter, photographed by Amanda Karen Photography (19)

Wedding photographer’s website:

Amanda Karen Photography

I met Amanda and Hutch at The National Wedding Show in London and instantly loved their style and vision. It helped that they were both so warm and friendly and instantly understood the vibe we were after for the big day.

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

Word of mouth and wedding fairs

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Hey lovely! Thank you so much for coming back to English Wedding. I just know you’ll adore today’s feature, with beautiful bride Julia and her gorgeous new husband Joe celebrating their marriage at Shiplake College, Henley on Thames. They’re a fabulous, fun couple whose wedding is full of personality – from their first look (the photos are just wonderful!) to the floral styling around the venue. Images are by my lovely friend Ayshea Goldberg Photography, who gets such a fantastic review from the happy couple.

Julia and Joe's wonderfully relaxed and pretty wedding with images by Ayshea Goldberg Photography (8)

 

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://ajg-photography.co.uk

We came across Ayshea’s website while browsing online and really liked her style of photos.

Ayshea was a pleasure to work with! From the moment we met her, we knew we wanted her to be our photographer – she was professional but also fun and relaxed, and put us at ease immediately. She was great on the wedding day – she helped calm any nerves and was unobtrusive the whole time but captured the day perfectly.

Ginger and Jamie's Ashmolean Museum wedding in Oxford, photo credit MT Studio Photography (33)
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I love a wedding which is different. Of course every single wedding day is unique, because it’s all about the people and making your day personal… but then there are some weddings which really stand out from the crowd! For Ginger and Jamie, the venue made their day extra spectacular. Imagine being married in a museum, surrounded by history and treasures – making memories of your very own, to last forever.

Ginger and Jamie are gorgeous: Ginger’s just the most beautiful bride, and Jamie her perfect match! Styling their day was a matter of keeping things simple, and timeless – as the backdrop of The Ashmolean Museum was all they needed to make this a truly unique and wonderful wedding!

Ginger and Jamie's Ashmolean Museum wedding in Oxford, photo credit MT Studio Photography (15)

All images are by Oxford wedding photographer MT Studio. Photographer Maciek told me, “I was truly humbled when I was asked to photograph Ginger and Jamie’s Wedding. The bride and groom had chosen to exchange rings surrounded only by their closest friends and family. Their pre-wedding lunch was held in the Old Bank Hotel, followed by a low key ceremony in the European Art Gallery of The Ashmolean Museum – one of the classiest wedding venues in Oxford.

Light and airy, romantic images from a blogger's dream wedding at Blenheim Palace! Photo credit Julie Michaelsen Photography (29)
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Join me this morning as a virtual guest at one of England’s most breathtaking wedding venues. Blenheim Palace is an impressive world heritage site, and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. It’s also the place where our stunningly beautiful bride & handsome groom decided to say their vows in front of their nearest and dearest.

Light and airy, romantic images from a blogger's dream wedding at Blenheim Palace! Photo credit Julie Michaelsen Photography (6)

Wearing an elegant Suzanne Neville bridal gown, Kate carried peonies, sweet peas & roses down the aisle to meet her handsome husband to be. The cherry blossom was out in full force providing the most breathtaking backdrop to an already beautiful day! Kate, the youngest of 3 sisters was supported by her siblings who were both maids of honour, and one of whom had traveled from Australia to be there for her sister.

Light and airy, romantic images from a blogger's dream wedding at Blenheim Palace! Photo credit Julie Michaelsen Photography (36)

Every element of this wedding is beautifully curated: the flowers are pure and simple, but fabulously blousy peony blooms. The cake is understated and elegant, with a touch of gold adding a luxe feel to the design. The venue is simply magnificent… and the photography divine.

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Harriet & Ian got married in August in Oxford, and describe their day as joyful, beautiful, welcoming, summery, exuberant, momentous and full of happiness! It looks wonderful – that summer sunshine and the relaxed styling in such glorious venues are perfect for an Oxford wedding! This gorgeous pair look so happy and content on their best day ever – which I think comes down to their genius approach to planning. They’ve given us some great recommendations and supplier ideas in their interview at the end of their feature, and share this fabulous snippet of wedding wisdom…

Chill! But plan in advance and don’t leave everything to the last minute. Map out your time and allocate jobs to each month. Only worry about something in its allocated month. This means everything gets done, steadily and reliably. Don’t fall in to the trap of one person doing everything and the other barely being consulted. Hatty may be the one with the artistic vision but we did the whole thing as a team and we were a wed-min machine by the end! Most importantly, remember that everyone is there to have fun and celebrate your relationship so don’t get stressed by the little things. The important thing is your marriage, not the wedding.

Oxford wedding ideas from English Wedding Blog, photo by Matthew Pattimore Photography (5)
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Happy Sunday, beautiful! How’s your weekend going? I forgot to tell you – we spent last night at The Wordsworth in Grasmere, a gorgeous spot for a wedding – so waking up this morning was absolute bliss! I’ll tell you all about it later in the week 🙂 For today though, something VERY special. We’ve been chatting to the wedding & events team at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford recently – it’s a breathtaking and wonderfully unique wedding venue with a stunning balance of contemporary architecture and historic backdrops – half a million years of art and history, to be precise! Today we’re sharing a bridal photoshoot at the Ashmolean, so you can see the place for yourselves… isn’t it incredible?!

Oxford wedding ideas from English Wedding Blog, photo by Matthew Pattimore Photography (6)

The Ashmolean is a rich treasure house. Grand, sweeping staircases and priceless paintings offer a wealth of unique opportunities for photoshoots. Traditional flower arrangements coupled with contemporary bridal wear – a combination of old and new – embodies the breadth of the Ashmolean’s spaces.

Purple styling and an elegant rustic theme for Fiona and Ashley's Stratton Court Barn Oxfordshire wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography on English-Wedding.com (40)
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Gorgeous newlyweds Fiona and Ashley’s spring wedding from Stratton Court Barn is just fabulous – they used rich purple tones to create a luxe, sophisticated wedding theme and chose a venue with oodles of cosy character which needed just a few creative touches to bring it to life. With a canopy of fairy lights and pretty floral styling, this is a lovely wedding I’ve been excited to share with you! Images are by our lovely team member Carol Elizabeth Photography, who is based in Oxfordshire and gets a glowing review from the happy couple!

Purple styling and an elegant rustic theme for Fiona and Ashley's Stratton Court Barn Oxfordshire wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography on English-Wedding.com (32)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk

We searched for photographers in Oxfordshire and looked at lots of websites! We wanted a more natural style of photography and we didn’t want our photos to look too posed, so we narrowed down our search by picking photographers who fitted our desired style. We used price to narrow down our search further as we had a maximum budget in mind. We then had phone calls with our shortlisted photographers as it was important to us that they were easy to talk to and understood what we were looking for. Another thing that we took into account was whether the photographer had been to our venue or whether they would be happy to visit the venue beforehand, as we wanted them to be familiar with the layout and where would be good spots to take photos. Carol ticked all the boxes for us.

Fine art wedding at Caswell House, image by Jessica Davies Photography (22)
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Today’s elegantly styled wedding comes from Caswell House in the Cotswolds. Beautiful bride Kelley has written the loveliest interview for us and shared her recommendations for Cotswolds wedding suppliers, which will be unmissable reading for any of you lovely brides and grooms-to-be in the region. I adore the unusual florals with such a unique colour palette, Kelley’s gorgeous dress and the romantic atmosphere of the day. Images are by Jessica Davies, who told me “I loved the way that Kelley embraced the wintry theme, with a sprinkling of darker, seasonal florals and warming candles, yet managed to also keep everything feeling light and romantic, with the beautiful Cotswold’s stone, pale grey bridesmaids dresses and inclusion of baby’s breath flowers. Family was a huge part of the wedding, and Kelley’s father spent weeks designing and making the personalised wooden ring box which you’ll see in the photographs. Overall, I think it was one of the most smiley, joyful weddings I’ve ever captured.” ~ Jessica Davies Photography

 

Fine art wedding at Caswell House, image by Jessica Davies Photography (22)

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (26)
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This will brighten up your Wednesday – I promise! I’m totally in love with today’s wedding from The Copse, and Daisy and Will are just gorgeous – in fact everything about their wedding is just perfect from Daisy’s dress (wow!!) to the florals and greenery. Images are by English Wedding Directory member and super talented Essex wedding photographer Craig Williams – whose website and instagram are both wonderfully addictive!

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (25)

Daisy and Will’s venue is fabulous. The Copse allows couples to choose their own caterer and bring wine with no corkage – which we think is pretty special! I know it’s a favourite of lovely friend, English Wedding feature writer and wedding planner, Jenna Hewitt. “Jenna ran everything for us and that meant we had much more time to relax and enjoy the day. Having Craig as our photographer and Jenna as our on the day coordinator made all the difference in the world.”

Beautiful Essex wedding by photographer Craig Williams on the English Wedding Blog (14)