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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.

Isabella and Paul at Bath Assembly Rooms with Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography (45)
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Today’s wedding is elegant and timeless, with styling touches which are perfectly on trend, and images which take my breath away. The gorgeous bride and groom are Isabella and Paul, who met seven years go. Paul proposed at Christmas, and the wedding happened in March… with just 3 months to plan everything I think they did an amazing job!

Isabella and Paul at Bath Assembly Rooms with Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography (19)

Isabella wears a stunning Rosa Clara Couture wedding dress, which she bought from The Wedding Atelier in London. Paul’s son gave Isabella away, and their daughters (in stunning green gowns) were the bridesmaids.

The old Rolls Royce Isabella arrived in actually belonged to Paul’s grandfather. He used to go to the beach with his grandparents when he came on holiday to the UK years ago – Paul is actually from Canada, and the maple leaves on the place cards are a nod to his home country. Other place cards had an oak leaf for England.

Isabella and Paul at Bath Assembly Rooms with Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography (38)

Photographer Martin Dabek told me a little about the venue:

Sarah & Rob's relaxed and romantic English barn wedding at Micklefield, photo credit Damion Mower Photography (9)
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Join me today for gorgeous Sarah & Rob’s wedding in Hertfordshire, with tons of creative details and special personal touches, and with a fabulous bunch of recommended wedding suppliers who helped bring together this stunning Micklefield Hall wedding. Our bride and groom celebrated in The Great Barn at Micklefield Hall, and chose Buckinghamshire wedding photographer Damion Mower to capture their day. I’m proud to say Damion is an English Wedding sponsor and was voted as the 2019 Wedding Photographer of the Year, South Central region, at The Wedding Industry Awards!

Sarah & Rob's relaxed and romantic English barn wedding at Micklefield, photo credit Damion Mower Photography (42)

Rob and Sarah were wed in March, choosing Micklefield Hall for its impressive Great Barn which really lent itself to their country casual wedding style. The flowers brought a softness and colour to the room, including the venue’s own flower screen which is part of the venue for couples who use the barn for their ceremony. For the marquee, which was perfect for the drinks reception, Sarah & Rob added more decoration to make sure it was dressed for the occasion – outdoor and table signs, photo displays and cute touches with a bicycle theme (as Rob is a keen cyclist). I love it – I really hope you do too!

Eleni and Shane's stunning Dulwich Village wedding, images by Emily Black Photography (35)
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Forgive me, lovelies, because today’s wedding has more images than I normally post… it’s just that there are so many little stories in today’s gorgeous celebration, and the little sequences of images tell them so beautifully! (Watch out for my fave – when Shane sees Eleni in her second dress his jaw literally drops!) So welcome to the wedding of gorgeous couple Eleni & Shane, who wed in October at Belair House in Dulwich Village, London. Their photographer was our lovely friend and English Wedding sponsor, London wedding photographer Emily Black.

Eleni and Shane's stunning Dulwich Village wedding, images by Emily Black Photography (40)

“I was quite relaxed about my dress – I bought it online in the sale at BHLDN.com, and had it shipped from America. I knew I wanted an ankle length dress, and when I saw “my” dress, I fell in love – I also knew I wanted to have some amazing shoes. I was also lucky enough to be gifted a Needle & Thread wedding dress from a friend, which I had altered to be ankle length also and wore that after dinner for dancing the night away.

Summer fete wedding style from beautiful Somerset. Images by Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (19)
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This Friday couldn’t come soon enough! I’ve been waiting to share this fabulous summer fete of a wedding with you – it’s gorgeous and exciting and makes me want to grab my festival glitter and celebrate something!! Lara & Rich are the loveliest, funnest couple I could hope to feature on English Wedding. Their Surrey wedding is just full of excitement and happy vibes and joy and colour – and the photos of their day tell their story beautifully. They’re by Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography, who made the trip to Grayshott in Surrey especially for the occasion – and boy, are we glad he did!

Summer fete wedding style from beautiful Somerset. Images by Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (18)