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We’re all rethinking weddings right now I reckon. All the preconceptions of what a wedding “should” be are being flung out of windows and we’re downsizing while shifting the focus from colour palettes and decor onto family and the luxury of just being together. So as always, when a York Place Studios wedding comes along, I’m thrilled because that refreshing, different, glorious perspective shines brightly.

Rachael and Charlie were married way before lockdown was a thing. They tied the knot at One Friendly Place and chose London wedding photographers York Place Studios to capture their day. I love their wedding for being so family orientated, for being an amazing celebration without all the expectations that come with the word wedding (big white dress; formal dining, structured timelines and everyone behaving a little formally) – it’s a party for adults and kids to enjoy, where the bride isn’t above putting on a spiderman cape to play with her little batman. Oh, and my favourite picture? Zebra meets elephant. Keep scrolling!


Rachael & Charlie's alternative family wedding at One Friendly Place, with York Place Studios (5)

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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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Let’s take things back a notch from all the real weddings we’ve featured this week and turn our gaze to something dreamy instead! This wedding ideas shoot is just glorious: moody and exciting, beautifully styled and wonderfully creative. It’s been sent in by lovely Jen from My Pretties UK, Yorkshire based wedding planning & design expert specialising in stylish, forward thinking design for modern couples. Sooo much awesomeness… and those dresses are out of this WORLD!

With love,

Alternative Monochrome wedding inspo at White Syke Fields with Alt Wedding Co (33)

I love a classic monochrome wedding and have done quite a few, with this shoot I wanted to be a bit more daring with it and give it an edge that would appeal to a more alternative couple.

We added in some silver, sparkle and pops of pink to take it up a gear.

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Our gorgeous real couple Elizabeth and Ashley are alternative and really cool and unique and we wanted the shoot (as with any real wedding) to be a reflection of them.

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I might need to slam the wedding bloggy brakes on after this… we’ve shared too many EPIC weddings this week and it’s just TOO GOOD – I’m so excited to share Nat & Oli’s wedding with you today, I can barely type! So these guys are nature lovers. And they took their guests into the wild for the most incredible ceremony, I love it to bits.

Nat & Oli's wild hilltop wedding with Fox and Bear Photography (34)

Nat and Oli describe their wedding as rustic, local, seasonal – they wanted everything to be as local and as environmentally friendly as possible. It was important to this gorgeous pair to feature Scottish traditions as they had friends coming from different countries and Nat’s family was coming from Costa Rica. Their fabulous images tell the story best of all: they’re by Fox and Bear Photography. You will LOVE this!

Nat & Oli's wild hilltop wedding with Fox and Bear Photography (27)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://www.foxandbearphotography.com

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I may overuse the word epic to describe the weddings I feature on here. Today’s though… well it feels as though epic doesn’t come close. So I’m bringing you Lily & Gareth’s spectacularly legendary wedding which I have a feeling will knock you off your FEET! This gorgeous pair made their day individual, full of joy and colour, stuffed it with bags of personality and left me reeling in a rainbow of glorious images. Lily’s dress is by our favourite Jo Fleming – and it is literally the most beautiful creation I’ve seen any bride wearing, ever.

You’re going to LOVE this, I promise!

Lily & Gareth's crazily colourful, beautiful and eclectic marquee wedding, with Benessamy Weddings and Marta May Photography (24)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://martamayphotography.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

Through some extensive web research and then through recommendations from other photographers who were unavailable.

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

Yes. Marta and Artur are an amazing couple and go above and beyond to get what you want from your pics. We didn’t want any set up / formal pics, but more a photographer who would capture the atmosphere of the day. Artur definitely did that! Our main thing we wanted was for everyone to have fun, and the photos captured that perfectly.

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This week has FLOWN by! Lovelies, I hope you’ve enjoyed all the beautiful weddings and shoots we’ve shared on the blog this week. Time now for a relaxing weekend and some sunshine… but I want to leave you with something incredibly beautiful. I love everything about Maisie and David’s day – it’s full of fun, love and laughter… and the little details are just stunning (as are our gorgeous bride and groom!) All images by our lovely English Wedding member and Bristol wedding photographer Joab Smith Photography.

Have a lovely weekend,

Maisie & David's beautifully simple Bristol wedding, with Joab Smith Photography (32)

Wedding Photographer’s Website

https://www.joabsmithphotography.co.uk/

How did you choose your photographer?

Lots of searching on the internet. We were really impressed with his portfolio pictures. Joab then came for a visit and his patient & relaxed attitude won us over.

Maisie & David's beautifully simple Bristol wedding, with Joab Smith Photography (40)

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

Joab was absolutely brilliant! He had clearly done his research on the location and we think the photos speak for themselves. There is not a single guest we have shown the photos to who has not been seriously impressed with the photographs.

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Not all weddings are created equal, folks… and on your planning journey you can expect to hear some ‘interesting’ opinions about things brides ‘should’ do / have and things grooms ‘should‘ say / wear… because the preconceptions about weddings are HUGE!

Opinions come from all sides: families, the more traditional suppliers, the wedding press (you know, the pink magazines which are all about brides?) – and they’re steeped in tradition. Weddings have so much patriarchal baggage it’s a journey in itself to tackle the preconceptions head on and come up with a day that’s just right for you both – in equal measures!

Smashing the patriarchy on your wedding day is about both of you. It’s about picking and choosing the traditions you’ll keep, and switching everything up to turn the more misogynistic rituals on their heads. Here’s some tips to make your equal wedding super awesome. We’ve dotted this post with some glorious images by super London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston, whose fun, vibrant, alternative wedding photography style fits this theme beautifully. You can check out Jordanna’s wedding portfolio here.

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Two things – when I stop giggling. Two quite important things –

1) this is actually genuinely REALLY beautiful and

2) injecting a little bit of happy chuckling into any lockdown day is the best thing you can possibly do. It’s definitely what solid-haired Rachel & Rowan did on their wedding day last week, in the company of Yorkshire wedding photographer Andy Matheson.

Beautiful lego wedding under lockdown, by Andy Matheson - Yorkshire wedding photographer on English-Wedding.com (19)

They’re the best-looking Lego couple we’ve EVER featured here on English Wedding, and despite a few mishaps (Rowan slipped and fell on the lentil-confetti, but don’t worry: he was ok) their day is – and now I’m NOT laughing: really, truly, beautifully captured!

Andy Matheson – you’re a genius. I’ve seen a few of these, but none anywhere near as beautiful. You did FIREWORKS!

Lovely readers, please do share this with everyone you know. I hope it will lighten the stress of reschedules and postponements for a little while at least. I love it to bits!

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Can we leap into Monday with a brilliant, fun-filled, EXCITING real wedding? Can we? Because the sun’s all gone in and I don’t know about you but I need something to fill me with happy vibes and beautiful inspiration. And also because I have this blissful day hiding up my sleeve that I have been so looking forward to sharing with you! It’s gorgeous couple Caroline & Sid, who were married at Barn Drift in Norfolk and chose our faves – top UK wedding photographers York Place Studios to capture their day.

Caroline and Sid's brilliantly fun party wedding at Barn Drift, image credit York Place Studios (28)

Caroline and Sid knew what they wanted from their wedding photographers. They weren’t looking for fine art or a focus on details – they got in touch with York Place and asked for “raw, documentary style pictures with the entire event covered in a candid way.”

Boy, did they get everything they could have dreamed of! The wedding is a joyful celebration mixing Sri Lankan touches with tons of personality and colour – and it’s an absolute treat from beginning to end.

Peacock wedding styling ideas at Larmer Tree Gardens, image credit Oobaloos Photography (30)
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Welcome to the Easter weekend! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely, lazy day (and sunshine! Isn’t this wonderful?!) – but do take a moment to scroll through today’s fabulous wedding on the blog. Our bumper week of real weddings continues with this gorgeous celebration at Larmer Tree Gardens. Tamzin & Martin’s wedding is a jewel coloured abundance of quirky but classy, with glorious pops of colour and the prettiest peacock-inspired details! Images are by our amazing and talented friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography – I hope you love them as much as I do!

Peacock wedding styling ideas at Larmer Tree Gardens, image credit Oobaloos Photography (19)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.oobaloosphotography.co.uk

I have known of Sheryl’s work for a couple of years as she has shot friends’ bump pics & an acquaintance’s wedding, so as soon as we were engaged I got in touch with her. I honestly didn’t even care about the cost as I just love Sheryl’s style of photography & knew she would make our wedding memories so beautiful!

Andreia and Antonio's relaxed and fun wedding at Shuttleworth Swiss Garden with Lorna Newman Wedding Photography (1)
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This gorgeous pair just make me SMILE!!! Their joyful, colourful and relaxed wedding is all kinds of perfect. Andreia’s dress is divine – and is extra special because it was designed by her (now) brother-in-law! Isn’t it beautiful? The delicate shoulder detail is just exquisite!! And I adore how fun and playful Andreia and Antonio are with each other – you can just tell they’d be so much fun to be around, and they’re SO much in love! The colourful flowers are fabulous; the venue is full of character and the fun of this Bedfordshire wedding just doesn’t stop! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Andreia and Antonio's relaxed and fun wedding at Shuttleworth Swiss Garden with Lorna Newman Wedding Photography (19)

“My wedding dress was the true labour of love for our wedding. My now brother-in-law designed a few wedding dresses and then, both of us made a few adjustments until we got to the final design. Because I had a flower crown, I wanted quite simple accessories so I only wore earrings from a Portuguese shop, www.catavassalo.com. My shoes were by Ted Baker.

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Morning lovely! We’ve a gloriously colourful and happy wedding to share with you today – it’s beautiful Beth and gorgeous hubby Andy, who were married at Wold Top Brewery in July. Beth is STUNNING in a fabulous Sassi Holford dress, and Andy rocks a stylish Ben Sherman waistcoat & trousers. The colourful florals and styling elements make this a perfect wedding to brighten up all of our Mondays!

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Images are by Sasha Lee Photography, who gets a glowing review from Beth and Andy. (Don’t miss their interview below, which is full of advice, ideas and supplier recommendations.)

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