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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.

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (2)
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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!

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (30)

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.)

www.sashaleephotography.com
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Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (6)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (7)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (8)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (9)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (10)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (11)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (12)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (13)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (14)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (15)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (16)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (17)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (18)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (19)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (20)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (21)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (22)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (23)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (24)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (25)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (26)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (27)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (28)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (29)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (31)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (32)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (33)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (34)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (35)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (36)

Crazy fun DIY festival wedding in Yorkshire with Sasha Lee Photography (37)

Ticehurst east sussex wedding blog with all the brightest ideas - images by Helen England Photography (43)
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I love everything about today’s wedding – the joyful colours, the happy couple and their gorgeous smiles, Charlotte’s fabulous Lucy Can’t Dance dress and Pete’s tweed suit (orange buttons get a YESSS!) and the vibrant floral styling on the tables. Here’s a wedding to Pinterest the hell out of – you’re gonna LOVE this! Images are by lovely English Wedding member Helen England Photography.

Ticehurst east sussex wedding blog with all the brightest ideas - images by Helen England Photography (18)

We got married at St Michaels and all Angels Church in Withyham, Hartfield and had our reception at The Bell, Ticehurst. We wanted to get married in church and luckily for us, Pete’s parents attend St Michaels and all Angels which is not only visually beautiful but the choir (Pete’s Dad sings in the choir), the bells and the fabulous Vicar James made our ceremony very personal. We knew we wanted The Bell, It is a quirky, boutique pub in which we have celebrated birthdays and anniversaries so was a natural choice. Tessa, the wedding coordinator, and the whole team made us feel important and special. One of my strangest, and happiest, memories is watching the team dancing to our wedding playlist whilst serving dinner.

Festival vibes and a gorgeous Devon wedding at Colehayes Park, photo credit Howell Jones Photography (32)
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Happy Monday lovelies! How was your weekend? We were at a wedding in beautiful Derbyshire, so I’m still over the moon feeling happy for my amazing friend Beth and new hubby Peter – we had the absolute best weekend ever. So I was so excited to stay in the wedding mood and share another gorgeous day with you all today – we’re sharing gorgeous bride and groom Amy and Chris’s wedding all the way from sunny Devon, with our friends Devon wedding photographers Howell Jones Photography behind the camera lens!

Amy and Chris were married in August at Colehayes Park near Newton Abbott in Devon. Amy told me their wedding was “The most fun party I’ve ever been to!” and you know what, it really does look that way! They called the wedding ‘Lonkerfest’ – the festival vibe was because Colehayes Park was theirs for over a week so lots of wedding guests stayed over and hung out and partied throughout the week! Amy’s surname is Lonnen and Chris’s is Straker – “together our friends know us as The Lonkers – hence Lonkerfest! It was full of colour and silly-ness – there was no real theme – just to PARTY and have fun!”

Relaxed and informal modern wedding in Leeds with Anna wood Photography (13)
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You can hire a country manor, fill it with flowers and spend countless weeks cutting and pasting designs for your invites and table plan… but wedding blogs are here to show you you don’t have to do any of that. You can create a brilliantly amazing and memorable wedding your guests will love without all the bits people expect – just like gorgeous bride and groom Diane and Michael did. I love how they describe their day – the focus was on brilliant food and drink, making sure their guests were looked after, and choosing 3 fabulous venues for their ceremony, reception and evening party. I love it: the whole day looks and sounds just perfect – a wedding blogger’s dream!

Relaxed and informal modern wedding in Leeds with Anna wood Photography (20)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.annawoodphotography.com/

We contacted Anna after seeing her ad on Facebook and we were not disappointed. Our first meeting was more like having a friend round for a brew than a meeting where We chatted about the day itself but really got to know more about each other. Advice we’d been given was to choose someone you get along with as your photographer as you spend a lot of time with them and Anna was so warm and genuinely excited by our wedding, she was the clear choice for us to share our day with.

Stunning real wedding at Salomons Estate, images by Penny Young Photography (33)
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I do love a venue with character, don’t you? Pretty blank canvas spaces are all well and good, but show me somewhere with a stage, balconies, pillars and old world charm… and I’m sold! Today’s wedding from Salomon’s Estate in Tunbridge Wells is unique, exciting and beautifully photographed by our friend and sponsor lovely Penny Young Photography. Amy is such a stunning bride; Carl her perfect match – and oh, those flowers too!

Stunning real wedding at Salomons Estate, images by Penny Young Photography (25)

Carl hand made the giant ROPE letter lights over a few weeks, and they were popular with our guests and us – he enjoyed making them, and we had a bit of help from a few friends to finish them off, but when they turned into Disco lights in the evening it was great to see our new “name in lights” so to speak!

Stunning real wedding at Salomons Estate, images by Penny Young Photography (34)