Kew Gardens weddingPhotography copyright Martin Beddall

Claire and Nick chose the gorgeous setting of Kew Gardens for their wedding and were blessed with glorious sunshine for their elegant celebration.

Claire chose a simple theme with pure white hydrangeas to complement her flowing wedding gown, which is a stunning white dress with a jewelled, plunging neckline and exquisite back detail: the loose back of the dress makes for a ‘Greek goddess’ designer style with the backdrop of Kew completing the naturally elegant feeling for the day.

Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall submitted these beautiful images for the English Wedding blog. I love them: Martin’s informal reportage wedding photography style means there’s a relaxed feeling to the pictures.

With reportage wedding photography the focus is always on you and the story of your wedding day, as told in fleeting glimpses of emotions, key moments and the enjoyment of the occasion. Martin Beddall is, for me, one of the best.


Faye and Wayne’s spring wedding is a delicious combination of English elegance and sophistication. Their contemporary and fun wedding theme teams stylish accessories in chocolate brown colour tones with just the right dash of sparkle and a stunning bouquet.

Fun contemporary spring wedding photos by Chris Hanley 10Wayne and Faye’s fun, contemporary wedding day!

The happy couple were married at St Marys Parish church in Hilton in Derbyshire in March. The main weather was windy – which meant brilliant fun with Faye’s veil and some outstanding photos from wedding photographer Chris Hanley.

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The reception was at one of Hand Picked Hotels fantastic wedding venues, the Priest House on the river at Castle Donnington on the Derbyshire / Notts border.

This is a wedding to make you smile and wish you were there. A wedding with everything you’d want on your big day: playful moments, romance, glamour and that oh so English sense of sophistication.

Quality luxury UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley 24The exquisite details, beautifully photographed…

Quality luxury UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley 23The most elegant of contemporary wedding flowers: white calla lilies

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Belvoir Castle wedding Alan and Ruth (28)

Belvoir Castle wedding Alan and Ruth (9)Today we’re bringing out the big guns* and sharing a Chinese wedding from Belvoir Castle – a slice of sheer unashamed luxury, decadence and delight in weddings.

Belvoir Castle wedding Alan and Ruth (10)Alan and Ruth were married in November and photographer Martins Kikulis won an AGWPJA award for his photograph of the wedding guests themselves photographing the happy couple. It’s pretty cool isn’t it!

Belvoir Castle wedding Alan and Ruth (1)This is a treat for anyone who admires a grand wedding venue. It’s a bit of English Wedding opulence – and as a wedding blogger I couldn’t say no to such a spectacular set of images. (Also – Martins Kikulis is a lovely, lovely guy and I really like his photography style too.)

Belvoir Castle wedding Alan and Ruth (2)But Alan and Ruth’s wedding is here because it’s awe inspiring – this is a classic English wedding, the way the aristocracy have done it for years I imagine: from the horse and carriage to Ruth’s full and beautifully made wedding dress, from the portraits of the ancestors to the four-tier wedding cake. This is a proper, luxurious wedding and I hope you enjoy gazing at it in awe as much as I have!