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To get on the blog, a wedding photo has to make me feel something. If I’m smiling back, or getting a bit emotional… then the photographer has done their job in capturing not just the timeline and details of the day, but its story and character. And Cris Lowis is a Staffordshire wedding photographer who grabs my heart and gives it a big old shake with every wedding he shares!

Staffordshire and Cheshire wedding photographer Cris Lowis Photography (2)

I’m Cris, a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Staffordshire.

I’m not one of those bossy photographers who’ll be shouting at everyone to stand in certain places.

My aim is to focus on the natural moments to tell the story of your wedding as you really remember it.

Staffordshire and Cheshire wedding photographer Cris Lowis Photography (3)

We’ll still do some posed shots and family groups if you want them, but my main focus is to capture an authentic representation of your wedding day.

When you look back through the photos in years to come you’ll remember every tingle and goosebump as if you were reliving the day all over again.

Photos by Robin Goodlad Photography in Dorset of a stunning tipi wedding full of ideas (47)
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A fabulous tipi celebration in the height of summer. A gorgeous, relaxed and head-over-heels in love couple. Rustic styling, tons of florals, vibrant colours and a party atmosphere. It really doesn’t get much better than this! Howard and Rowena’s wedding venue was the village field in Iwerne Minster, the village where Rowena’s mother lives. By day the field is a football pitch and on a sunny day in August it was transformed with the addition of tipis into their wedding venue! I hope you love this one as much as I do. Huge thanks to Rowena and Howard, and to our fabulous friend and Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography. Do read the groom’s interview below – the story of their day is fantastic! (click the ‘Continue Reading’ link for the full feature)! 

Photos by Robin Goodlad Photography in Dorset of a stunning tipi wedding full of ideas (38)

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Today’s wedding is another treat; a beautiful celebration with stunning florals and styling – but most importantly for me, with a brilliant sense of humour and some amazingly fun moments. Sarah and Michael were married at Mapperton House in Dorset, and opted for a vibrant colour palette and gorgeous styling touches. The bouquet is a stunner: orange tones and corals alongside blues with roses and dahlia blooms, cornflowers and agapanthus, freesias (I think!) and sweet peas.

Sarah & Michael's coral and blue Mapperton House wedding, with Linus Moran Photography on the English Wedding Blog (28)

Sarah & Michael's coral and blue Mapperton House wedding, with Linus Moran Photography on the English Wedding Blog (7)

Sarah and Michael’s colour palette was cobalt blue and orange – because, in Sarah’s own words, “my engagement ring has a sapphire and my husband and my family are ginger. Therefore, my shoes were cobalt blue jiving shoes, as we love to jive. I also had sapphire earrings to match my ring and a pearl necklace that was my grandma’s who unfortunately passed away when I was young. I also had a beautiful hair piece which matched my hair and the pearls of the necklace.”

Sarah & Michael's coral and blue Mapperton House wedding, with Linus Moran Photography on the English Wedding Blog (37)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.linusmoranphotography.co.uk

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Did you see Hannah and Alex’s wedding rehearsal on the blog yesterday? I’m still in love with that pretty sunflower dress… which was a clue to all the sunflower loveliness coming up on English Wedding today! Theirs was a wedding weekend following American traditions but celebrated over two days at Great Fosters in Surrey – and our lovely friend Amanda Karen Photography was there to capture it all!

Pinterest fingers ready my lovelies, for a feast of sunflowers, summer blooms and fairy lights – and one of the prettiest backless wedding dresses I’ve ever seen! Huge congratulations to a happy and amazing couple – Hannah & Alex, you’re so good together and we LOVE your wedding!

Sunflowers, roses and a beautiful backless wedding dress for this gorgeous Great Fosters wedding. Images by Amanda Karen Photography (16)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk/

“We didn’t have a strict style or theme but I think I would describe our wedding as ‘elegant cheerful’. The only thing my husband and I decided going in was that we wanted sunflowers which to us were so cheerful and when combined with the amazing beauty of Great Fosters allowed our wedding to be both elegant but also have a relaxed cheerfulness that was exactly what we wanted.

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I know so many of you will be having a wedding weekend this summer – it’s THE biggest trend in weddings this year, and a fabulous way to squeeze in a little more precious time with your nearest and dearest. So I am excited to be (virtually) spending this weekend in the company of gorgeous couple Hannah and Alex, who were married at Great Fosters in Surrey and celebrated over two amazing August days. Their wedding weekend is beautifully captured by our fabulous friends and Essex wedding photographers Amanda Karen Photography.

Great Fosters relaxed wedding weekend, photographer Amanda Karen Photography (4)

For the first, Hannah wears the prettiest sunflower dress, as the Saturday of their wedding weekend was for the wedding  rehearsal, then dinner and lawn games! Hannah is American, and rehearsal dinners are tradition over there. We don’t have them here but you can read more about rehearsal dinners here. I love that Alex and Hannah invited Amanda Karen Photography along to both days – they have a wonderful collection of sunflower-filled wedding pics from the Sunday, and more relaxed couple shots from the Saturday celebrations too!

Reportage and documentary wedding photography - traditions and tips! Martin Beddall Photography (31)
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In 2019, there’s no need to stand still and say ‘cheese’. Have you ever wondered why the registrar will invite your guests up to take a pic of you “signing the register”, or why cutting the cake is such a big deal at weddings? It’s all about the photography, and dates back a generation to the times when wedding photographers had to very carefully capture 12 or 36 images on a film. You could almost count the ‘key moments’ to fit the photos on a roll of old school negatives! Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall explains how wedding photography has changed since our parents’ days, and how those traditional moments have become something really quite special in the age of documentary wedding photography.

Weddings have their traditions. Some are even actually old, like the wedding ring or the bouquet. Wedding photography has its traditions too. Or it used to…

In 2019 it really doesn’t need them!

The ‘traditions’ attached to wedding photography date back to an era when the camera technology meant that pictures needed to be ‘set up’ and flashed. “1..2..3, look this way…and smile!

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Refined elegance is a thing we do oh so well in this country – and today’s couple Charlotte and Nick chose to keep their day perfectly elegant with pristine details and the prettiest styling. Pale blues and white florals make this a really beautiful day, with the cake and bouquet both being showstoppers I think you will LOVE!

Chicheley Hall wedding by Nicola Norton Photography (4)

Beautiful bride Charlotte wears a stunning traditional dress with embroidered bodice and layers upon layers of tulle for a fabulous skirt full of movement – while her gorgeous groom Nick looks the part in a traditional morning suit with a pale blue tie and white wedding waistcoat.

Charlotte and Nick chose our lovely friend and English Wedding member Nicola Norton Photography to capture their day. Nicola is a Hertfordshire wedding photographer who covers the surrounding counties, including magnificent Chicheley Hall where the wedding reception took place. Before heading to the hall, the happy couple paid a quick visit to Charlotte’s horses to say hi – and get some adorable photos of their little family! [more on Nicola’s blog here!]

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Gorgeous couple Rhalina and Toby describe their wedding – and I LOVE this – as “a mix of tradition and latino energy with Art Deco club glamour”. It just about sums up the vibrance and energy of their day – and yet you need to scroll through all the images to capture the excitement and magic of it all! They were married in Mayfair in August, with a ceremony at Farm Street Church and their reception at The Landsdowne Club on Fitzmaurice Place.

Fabulous party atmosphere for Rhalina & Toby's Landsdowne Club wedding. Damion Mower Photography on English-Wedding.com (10)
Fabulous party atmosphere for Rhalina & Toby's Landsdowne Club wedding. Damion Mower Photography on English-Wedding.com (11)
Fabulous party atmosphere for Rhalina & Toby's Landsdowne Club wedding. Damion Mower Photography on English-Wedding.com (12)

Rhalina’s dress is incredible: it’s by Riki Dalal, and was the very last she tried on in the boutique. Isn’t it stunning? The delicate flowers on the bodice are lovely; the leaf pattern and graceful shape of the skirt made her absolutely mesmerising as she walked down the aisle on the day! This is a wow dress – and a wow wedding for sure!

Fabulous party atmosphere for Rhalina & Toby's Landsdowne Club wedding. Damion Mower Photography on English-Wedding.com (5)

Images are by our wonderful friend and Buckinghamshire wedding photographer Damion Mower Photography,  who gets a glowing review from the happy couple in their English Wedding interview…

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)

A relaxed and classic Devon Tunnels Beaches wedding in Ilfracombe with Robin Goodlad Photography (45)
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The sunshine is back!! And I’m so happy to say we have a gloriously sunny July beach wedding on the blog for you today. I love this so much – gorgeous couple Michelle and Dan were married at Tunnels Beaches and their beautiful day just sings of summer! The styling touches are perfect – there are wonderful summer wildflowers, as well as ice creams, proper old school striped deckchairs and a showstopper of a wedding cake! My brilliantly talented friend and Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad captured the whole day for the happy couple, who have given him a fantastic review below! Enjoy the blog today… I know I will!

A relaxed and classic Devon Tunnels Beaches wedding in Ilfracombe with Robin Goodlad Photography (43)
A relaxed and classic Devon Tunnels Beaches wedding in Ilfracombe with Robin Goodlad Photography (15)
A relaxed and classic Devon Tunnels Beaches wedding in Ilfracombe with Robin Goodlad Photography (1)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.robingoodlad.com

We did lots of research of different styles of photography. I loved the photos on Robin’s website and in his portfolios.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Absolutely! Robin was so lovely and he made two people who feel uncomfortable in front of the camera relax.

Fabulously feminine sparkly wedding styling from Rectory Farm on English Wedding - credit Nicola Norton Photography (44)
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It’s the weekend so let’s PLAY! I have the funnest, prettiest, PINKEST wedding to share with you today, with gorgeous couple Poppy and Panos. They married in church and had a reception at Rectory Farm in Cambridge, where they styled the marquee with two beautiful big chandeliers hanging from the roof, and decorated the dace floor with huge pink paddle balloons with pink and white tassels. The David Austin roses everywhere are such a show stopper – this is most definitely a wedding for those of us who love pink!

All images by our fabulous friend and Hertfordshire wedding photographer Nicola Norton Photography.

Fabulously feminine sparkly wedding styling from Rectory Farm on English Wedding - credit Nicola Norton Photography (38)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.nicolanortonphotography.co.uk/

Nicola did the photos for my sister in law’s sister’s wedding, she also did the photography for a wedding I was a guest at. From looking at her pictures and experiencing her bubbly personality we knew Nicola was the photographer for us! This turned out to be TOTALLY true!

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Hey lovely! I have another fabulous wedding to share with you today – this one I totally adore for all the pretty styling touches, and for our gorgeous couple whose stunning smiles are making me grin back at my screen today! I love the leafy, foliage-centred stationery and the cute knitted people (my mum used to make these! Anyone else?!), oh and the gloriously light and airy colour palette which just couldn’t be more perfect for a marquee wedding. Photos are by our wonderfully talented friends at Amanda Karen Photography (and Danielle & Joe’s review of one of my fave wedding photographers makes me a very happy wedding blogger indeed!).

Beautiful English marquee wedding in Hertfordshire with Amanda Karen Photography (30)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk/

Amanda Karen Photography was recommended by someone we knew and I looked on Amanda’s social media and website and knew it was the style I wanted – natural and in the moment.