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So much to show you today, such a gorgeous wedding – and you know, for me the very best bit about Emma and Burnsy’s wedding is the love and laughter.

UK wedding photography blog CG weddings (51)This really is a fabulous designer wedding day – with so many details and moments to share with you I’m splitting the blog feature over two days. Today – the bridal preparations and wedding ceremony are all yours. Emma and her girls had the best morning ever – and there are some lovely photos which are guaranteed to bring a big smile to your face! I think today I’ll make the most of showing you that gorgeous Vera Wang designer wedding dress as well.

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There’s more! Karen is a designer, and the wedding stationery is all her own work. The typography is gorgeous; the art deco feel of her designs is elegant and fashionable, and I love a wedding where lettering and type are a key feature of the decor and styling.

Karen and Rick take centre stage as today’s bride and groom, with Karen looking stunning in her bespoke David Fielden wedding dress and Rick so very handsome in his military uniform. You will love these two – with an outstanding collection of wedding photographs and a fantastic wedding report to enjoy – this is one of the very best. Enjoy!

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You are all making my heart melt this month with your proposal stories – truly, every real wedding blog submission is bringing me close to happy tears! Hannah and Dave’s wedding report begins with their own proposal story – and all I’ll say is: imagine how Hannah felt as that particular day unfolded. It’s wonderful!

Their wedding is another very special day full of love for family and friends, with a relaxed and deliriously happy feel to it – the wedding photographs from Taylor Barnes Photography (based in Bristol) really capture the emotions of the day (and some gorgeous details too!) – while Hannah and Dave’s wedding report captures the excitement and is guaranteed to bring a big soppy smile to your face! (I’m doing mine now!)

You’ll love this real wedding blog – with the most stunning bride in Maggie Sottero ‘Tracey’ and her adoring (and handsome!) groom who just doesn’t stop smiling all day – it’s an amazing day and I’m so glad to be sharing this wedding with you today.

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A quick, simple and very beautiful wedding blog post for you this morning everyone – Aaron from Reel Weddings emailed me with a little compliment about my calligraphy and this little message “thought I’d send you this little email to see if you wished to pop this film on your blog. It’s a little bit vintage and 60s inspired with a chilled and relaxed day with lots of shots of the sun. We like the sun. We miss it.”

I miss it too. But it’s lovely to remember what it was like! More to the point this is the most delightful little wedding film from one of my favourite venues. The story of the ‘other lovely dinosaur’ sets a lighthearted and romantic tone, and everything about Caroline and Warren’s wedding appeals to me – I’m still smiling to myself, ten minutes after watching their wedding film.

Wedding Highlights | Caroline & Warren from Reel Weddings on Vimeo.

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I can’t leave you on a Friday without sharing a real wedding – and this one begins with a proposal story which will send you weak at the knees! Darren went all out to propose to Angie in the most romantic way imaginable: Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these two!

The wedding itself, with photography by Tony Gameiro, is a beautiful occasion. Darren and Angie married at Turkey Mill in Kent, a lovely venue with a pagoda for weddings outside. The pictures tell the story of their day, with moments that will make you smile, chuckle and quite possibly bring a tear to your eye. It’s a gorgeous wedding with a stunning bride and tall, dark, handsome groom… what more could we ask for?

Enjoy!

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I think Naomi and Elric are a wonderful couple – individual, glamorous, quirky, creative and exciting. Their wedding is fabulous: from Naomi’s stunning outfit and captivating smile to Elric’s inspired choice of wedding reading and their shared wedding report this is a feature I’m proud to have on English Wedding Blog today! I do hope you love it too.

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Isn't Naomi gorgeous?!

The wedding venue is Birmingham’s Highbury Hall; the images are all by Midlands-based wedding photographers Rob and Sarah Gillespie. I want to rush right in to Naomi and Elric’s wedding report – it’s one of very few I’ve ever had where the bride and groom have written their wedding story together – and so, it’s very special.

Enjoy!

Claire x

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The bride and groom

Naomi & Elric. Mr & Mrs Bell.

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Jessica wears the most exquisite beaded wedding dress and looks absolutely stunning. The back of the dress is gorgeous – so unusual, delicate and flattering. Louis is her perfect match, looking very handsome indeed in a navy suit with crisp white shirt. All of the beautiful images are by the rather wonderful James Melia Photography.

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wedding photography blog (8)Anyone who knows me at all will be chuckling already – I couldn’t possibly say no to a wedding from The Blazing Donkey* now, could I?! This is John and Lynette’s wedding day, and it happens to be a really lovely wedding with lots of personal touches and a fantastic couple who created something really special with a 1950s wedding theme.

Allison from Reading-based Magic Photography submitted this wedding for my blog. She’s also a friend of the bride – who is a photographer too! – so the intimate moments here are truly relaxed and I feel like I’m leafing through John and Lynette’s wedding album as a friend – all of the photographs are so natural and lovely.

Lynette looks beautiful with her birdcage veil. I adore all the little details she got together and (as well as the name of the venue) I think you’ll chuckle at the location… watch for the sign!

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Thank you to Magic Photography’s Allison for sharing this beautiful wedding. There’s more on Allison’s own wedding photography blog too!
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Harry and Natasha married at the very beautiful Coombe Lodge wedding venue in Somerset (I had a flurry of submissions from Coombe Lodge wedding photographers recently, which was fabulous!) and chose some of my favourite wedding suppliers – Cardlab you know I love you! – for their day. The images are all by the lovely Richard and Sarah of Capture It Wedding Photography.

Enjoy!

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Who proposed, and how?

Harry took me on a steep, muddy walk to the top of Burledge Hill overlooking Chew Valley Lake on a bright, wintry morning in November 2010. A spontaneous walk and wellies in the car may have raised my suspicions slightly! He got down on one knee and presented me with the most beautiful diamond. He even smuggled a small bottle of champagne up there with him!

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I’ve always thought I’d love a handfasting for my own wedding – and when I saw Cat and Jocelyn’s handfasting celebration I loved everything they’d done to create a truly beautiful day. Their civil partnership was at Leighton Moss nature reserve in Lancashire, and images are by Cat and Suz at C. T. Images Photography in Bolton.

The atmosphere on the day must have been wonderful: an outdoor ceremony, the air filled with live music from friends and a traditional handfasting before friends and family. Cat and Jocelyn have written all about their day to share on English Wedding blog – so I’ll hand over the reins to them to tell you all about it.

If you have a wedding or civil partnership to share on English Wedding blog I’d love to hear from you. All the info you need is here: English Wedding submissions

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Who proposed, and how?

Jocelyn proposed over a pint of stout in my favourite pub ‘Callnans’ in Cork, Ireland on a very wet night in September 2008

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England in May… where is our sunshine?!! But fear not my hearties because I can show you pictures of some instead! Whether you’re now scowling or sporting a wry smile I can guarantee this beautiful wedding blog will take your mind off the rain and wind for a minute or five (if you click through to see more!)

Lize and Adriaan’s gorgeous South African wedding

You thought I’d say this wedding would make you feel warm inside, didn’t you?! Well it might… have a peek at Lize and Adriaan’s gorgeous wedding in South Africa, with photos by Anneli Marinovich. This wedding first featured on the English Wedding Showcase and I’ve been saving it up for a rainy day to share with you here!

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destination wedding South Africa by Anneli Marinovich (4)I’m teasing you with snippets of this beautiful wedding day: a dash of lens flare here, some romance and a stunning black and white shot to finish. There are more – lots more – on the English Wedding Showcase: A Feast For The Eyes – wedding under the African sun

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Tucked away in a luscious landscape, accessible only by boat or footbridge and on its own private island on the River Thames, Monkey Island is pretty unique as far as English wedding venues go.

It’s a secluded hideaway, elegant and (I love this:) ancestral home to monks rather than monkeys – Monkey Island was the perfect backdrop for Max and Marina’s wedding day.

We begin the day in the bridal suite with Marina getting ready for the ceremony – it’s a lovely outdoor wedding with peacocks roaming around the grounds! and the day unfolds with so many glorious moments between the bride, groom and their wedding guests.

My thanks to London wedding photographer Louise Bjorling for sharing this wedding with us today. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
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