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The age of black tie being a stuffy, strict dress code has really disappeared recently. As tastes have lent themselves more towards the kitschy, quirky and alternative, the tuxedo has moved with it. 

These days, unless the dress code is marked as formal or strict black tie – or the bride and groom specify – you can have a bit more fun with the Tuxedo. Perhaps it’s a vintage do, calling for velvets and paisleys, or something a little more modern and sharp, calling for slim fits and sharp lapels.

Tuxedo wedding style for men, with Suit Direct (7)

The Tuxedo has a long, illustrious history, stemming back to the 1860s and the fashionable Prince of Wales – later King Edward the 7th. He had a strong interest in clothes, and, being in such public eye, set some of the biggest trends in menswear.

No sooner had he swaggered up with those peak lapels and a deep, navy blue satin jacket – with, unusually for the time, no tails – than the entire country flocked to follow. And that’s right – it was dark blue, not black at all.

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Vicky and Ali tied the knot on New Year’s Eve – and what a celebration it was! Black tie styling, glorious details, everything so wonderfully elegant and with a splash of wow factor to mark the occasion. [I’ve been saving this winter wedding to share with you as I thought we’d be into cooler times by now… but hey, heatwave!] Anyways, I hope this stunning NYE wedding gets you all excited for 2021… let’s face it, I think we’re all done with 2020, right?! Images are by Berkshire wedding photographer Simon Biffen Photography. Simon’s an English Wedding member, and it’s great to share Vicky & Ali’s glowing review with you! Scroll all the way through to read about all of Vicky and Ali’s favourite wedding suppliers, and to see Simon’s epic midnight confetti shot as the New Year came in!

Vicky & Ali's stunning black tie NYE wedding on the Thames, with Simon Biffen Photography (5)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://simonbiffenphotography.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

Simon Biffen was recommended by a friend 🙂

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Morning my lovelies! I have a STUNNER of a winter wedding to share with you today – I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite so many beaming smiles from a wedding we’ve featured on English Wedding. Mike and Khiley are ultra sophisticated, sexy and chic – their wedding is one of those knock-your-socks-off occasions full of joy and happiness. I have a feeling we’re going to leave you glowing for the rest of the day.

With love,
Mike & Khiley's sophisticated and FUN black tie wedding at Brunswick House, with Oliver Holder Photography (27)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://www.oliverholder.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

We found Oliver on Instagram & immediately fell in love with his style. Fun, documentary style shooting but full of personality.

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

Oliver was a total joy on the day. He felt like part of the wedding party. Everyone loved him… then the photos came back & they were more than I could have dreamed of. He caught the essence of our day totally!

Mike & Khiley's sophisticated and FUN black tie wedding at Brunswick House, with Oliver Holder Photography (28)

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Morning lovelies! These two beauties are lighting up my wedding blogging world today! Liz & Will married at one of the south east’s best kept secrets: lovely Hall Place. Their black tie wedding is elegant and sophisticated, with romantic and fresh pink table styling and a clean, modern look. Liz is STUNNING in her gorgeous dress from Blackburn Bridal Couture, and Will’s suit is perfect: these two are made for each other! The day is full of love and wonderfully happy vibes – and I just think it’s perfect escapism for a blustery Monday!

With love,

Liz & Will's classic and timeless Hall Place Bexley wedding, captured by My Beautiful Bride (48)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://www.mybeautifulbride.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

Michael was the photographer at my brothers wedding two years before. Not only did we love the photos he did for their wedding but we also loved Michael himself and knew we would want him to photograph our big day

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Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you’re doing ok, surviving the gloomy weather and looking forward to the weekend. Today we’re sharing a stunning wedding with incredible warm sunlight, sophisticated summer vibes and the most gorgeous couple. Gemma and Rich’s day features Gatsby-esque styling throughout with copper and hexagonal accents. There’s sparkle throughout, from beautiful bride Gemma’s dress to the gorgeous bridesmaids and gold leaf accents on the cake, while the boys look dapper in sharp tuxes… until that last photo of the night, with the unicorn. 😉 It’s all captured beautifully by lovely Esme Robinson Photography.

I know you’ll love this as much as I do. Enjoy!

 

Gemma & Rich's classic, timeless Barton Hall wedding, with Esme Robinson Photography (10)

How did you choose your photographer?

Esmé our photographer was recommended to us by quite a few close friends so we knew we had to choose her!

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Good morning lovely! We have a week bursting full of weddings ahead – and today’s is fabulously glamorous, elegant and stylish. Gorgeous couple Emily and Adam tied the knot at Le Talbooth last May, choosing the very excellent D&A Photography to capture their day. Emily’s dress is a stunner – and the boys all look fantastic in black tie, don’t you think?

Relax & enjoy this beauty, it’s a special one!

With love,

Adam & Emily's classic, timeless wedding at Le Talbooth, with D&A Photography (32)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://da-photo.co.uk/

How did you choose your photographer?

From his incredible portfolio and recommendations from friends.

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

Beyond pleased! Not only were his pictures so beautiful his presence on the day was so lovely and calming. It was like having your best friend take your pictures and we had only met the once before.

Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?

We loved the simplicity of our venue, we felt like we didn’t need any extra decorations because the grounds were already so beautiful.

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Morning beautiful! Ah – isn’t it lovely to have an extra day of weekend though? We’ve just basically been outside the whole time, away from humans and exploring nature. It’s been bliss! How about you? I’ve been thinking about wedding blogging – sometimes it just feels like pure, blissful escapism. I hope you get a flavour of that from reading the blog too! Looking at beautiful weddings all day is an absolute joy and today’s takes stunning to a whole new level! Charlotte and Alex are gorgeous, and their day is just amazing from start to finish – you’re going to LOVE this!

With love,

Super elegant and sophisticated black tie wedding in Hertfordshire, photographer credit Simon Biffen Photography (3)

 

I also have a bit of a love for pineapples so there was literally pineapples everywhere from our wedding invites, to the bottom of my shoes (Aquazurra), to my flowers and the copious amount of decorations!!

Wedding photographer’s website

https://simonbiffenphotography.co.uk/

How did you choose your photographer?

My best friend had Simon at her wedding and he was awesome. We loved his style and also how comfortable he made us feel when he was taking photos.

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How about we start Tuesday with an EPIC wedding? Beautiful Abbie & Alastair’s London wedding is bursting with WOW moments – from the first time we see Abbie in her stunning Lynn Ashworth gown all the way through to the crazymazing dancefloor photographs full of joy! This is what weddings should be: a never-ending succession of moments of incredible happiness, love and connection. The day is captured by fabulous London wedding photographers MIKI Studios.

With love,

 

Abbie & Alastair's exclusive London Savile Club wedding, with MIKI Studios (1)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://mikistudios.com

Miki studios were an absolute dream find. From the moment we first met them for our complimentary pre-wedding shoot, we realised they were not only exceptionally nice guys but also extremely talented and great fun to work with. They made us feel comfortable and relaxed and expertly balanced the requests of the bride / groom / family and friends! They even helped the bride and groom escape when the formal photos were becoming a bit too much! The images they produced are creative and beautiful and we would recommend them to everybody.