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Hello! How do you fancy being whisked away this morning? As I sit at my desk to write this wedding blog post I’m still dreaming of my holiday in Cornwall last month: golden sands, rich blue seas, sunshine and happy days with family… and I’m sat here with my chin on my hands, wishing I could be magically transported back to the seaside just for a little while longer!

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I have the next best thing. Especially in the world of weddings and blogs we all share, I have something wonderful for you this morning. Scroll through the pics, turn your imagination up full blast and imagine you too can feel the sand between your toes and the wind in your hair, hear the waves and enjoy the laughter of all your friends and family: join me and enjoy Leah and Glen’s wonderful wedding in Cornwall.

Thank you to Sarah of Green Photographic for submitting this gorgeous wedding for the blog. Watch out for super-pretty peony bouquets, sweet-as-ice-cream pink and cream cupcakes and a beautiful wedding wishing tree to inspire your own wedding day!

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Emma and Duncan were married in Bristol earlier in the year. Sometimes when I see a wedding for the first time I’m in quiet awe of the bride’s beauty, the atmosphere of the day and the lovely pictures. In this case wedding photographer Matt Tordoff had me almost holding my breath as I looked through the wedding photos.

I hope I can share that impression with you today: of quiet serenity, a sense of calm and pure beauty in these wonderful wedding images.

wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (1)I fell for the innocence in this photograph of Emma instantly. She’s beautiful and I love the look in her eyes. What a beautiful wedding hair accessory as well – so pretty.

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wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (5)Another strikingly beautiful bridal portrait – with the light playing on her veil only emphasising Emma’s contemplative gaze, I really do love this image.

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wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (7)This next photo always makes me smile: dressed and ready in plenty of time, two guests kick back and wait quietly for the celebrations to begin…

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Styal Lodge real wedding blogCome and join me for this enchanting wedding at one of Cheshire’s most luxurious wedding venues. Built especially for weddings, Styal Lodge is a pretty cool place – and Charlotte and James’s wedding shows off all its best bits!

First seen on the English Wedding Showcase, I love the fun elements of this wedding day: there’s a great picture of the bridal party with funky umbrellas, and towards the end a lovely portrait picture is completely thrown by the arrival of a naughty spider… McAvoy Photography really do capture the fun and playfulness in a wedding day and I’m sure you’ll love this as much as I do.

Charlotte and James are the most adorable couple – they look so deeply in love with each other, and I’m really proud to be sharing their wedding with you today.

Styal Lodge wedding blog McAvoy Photography (1) Charlotte is so beautiful: an English Rose with perfect skin and wearing natural make up she looks stunning. I love her twisting hair vine with crystals and little leaves – so pretty!

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One sunny day in Chelsea, a bride-to-be gets ready with her best friends and closest family. There’s a knock on the door and little feet rush to answer. It’s a man with a camera. Enter reportage wedding photographer Mark Carey, delighted to be greeted by the cutest of cute little girls (that’ll be bride Sam’s adorable little daughter) and set to capture a gorgeous wedding day on camera.

Chelsea wedding photographer blog feature (1)I love the story – in pictures and in Sam’s own words – of this wedding for two things. First it’s just beautiful to look at, one of those where my heart leaped into my mouth when I first saw the images! Second… Sam and Kev did things their own way and created a relaxed celebration, a fun party and a great day for their friends and family. Sam wrote a great wedding report so I’ll hand over to her to tell you all about the wedding day.

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Hello there! How’s your morning going so far? Mine: busy, happy, having fun being creative. And the best bit is the real wedding I have for you today.

A Derbyshire wedding from my friend Mark at Tierney Photography, this one really struck me because of the happy tears – it’s a beautiful occasion full of feeling as well as there being such stunning photographs in the glorious Peak District. I spent the first few years of my life living in this area, and I love the wild moorland and beautiful landscapes – this feels a bit like coming home.

Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (1)The wedding dress glows against the morning sunshine, Katie’s shoes catch the light and shimmer and shine…

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Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (3)Gorgeous wedding flowers and I love the whitewashed windowsill for these pictures – don’t they look fab?

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Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (5)Katie is beautiful – this photograph captures that delicate vulnerability of a bride on her wedding morning. This picture takes my breath away… and it’s only the first one!

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part one of toby and adela's wedding day by Martin Beddall photographerThere is love in every one of these beautiful wedding photographs from Toby and Adela’s wedding day. Of course the bride and groom positively shine with it – they have a sparkling connection you simply can’t miss!

The wedding guests share the same joyful emotions: look carefully at the photographs in this blog feature by documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall – the little glances just captured, the warm smiles and romantic looks – this wedding day just sings with romance and love.

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It’s why I love a story so much, it’s why for me, wedding photography which focuses on the moments is so very special – and I hope the beauty of these images will show you as you plan your own wedding day that the things you buy don’t matter so much… it’s all about the love, and the day itself.

So, here we have it: following on from yesterday’s real wedding blog post, this is the happy ending to Adela and Toby’s wedding day story. Enjoy!

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Adela and her wedding bouquet by Martin BeddallHow do you imagine your wedding day? Perfect – well of course. It will be! When you picture the day in your mind do you see events, or accessories? Will your wedding day be a constant flow of amazing moments and memories or a display of all the things you’ve found to create a pretty ceremony?

You’re imagining the first glimpse of your fiancé aren’t you? Turning around the corner into the ceremony room or glancing down the aisle – or perhaps he’ll wait and turn to look into your eyes when you reach his side. Because it’s beautiful moments that make a wedding day: the precious memories you create together.

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This is why I love wedding stories. This is why the most important thing to me is the love. This is why I imagine you’re reading the English Wedding blog. This is why I’m showing Adela and Toby’s wedding today – it’s all about the love, and it’s everywhere in this wedding for you to enjoy. The beautiful photography is from documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall.

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Fortunately/unfortuntely, we’re reaching the point of wedding planning where most things have been done, but what’s remaining isn’t fun, colourful or exciting! The dresses have been bought, the cake is arranged, I’ve met with the florists, we’ve organised the food, most of the drink and 99% of the decorations. It’s getting down to the nitty gritty; working out whether we’ll need a generator for the band, where the caterers can organise themselves, how much space the DJ’s kit will take up… So, instead of boring you with stress and details I’ve decided to share something a little less taxing!

We weren’t originally going to have favours, David and I weren’t too bothered about giving everyone chocolates in a box or a bag of sugared almonds to thank them for celebrating with us, and we felt it had lost its meaning a little. I started googling “DIY favours” and “original favours” before coming back round to one of my favourite sites, Martha Stewart Weddings. I saw her seed favour ideas, and had seen them in some other places and quite liked the idea; you plant the seeds after the day to remember the couple’s wedding in the future, what a lovely sentiment!

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David and I have always enjoyed about 5 cups of tea a day (give or take depending on what kid of day it is!), and have my own nice little collection of vintage tea cups and pots, so when I heard there was a real teahouse opening in Middlesbrough I was one of the first ones through the door! I knew Carli, who owns and runs The Olde Young Teahouse, as she is David’s friend’s girlfriend, and we found ourselves visiting her shop to try as many of her different teas as possible.

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It’s such a beautiful place, vintage style wallpaper, teacups, teapots, vintage crockery and French bistro style tables and chairs. I started chatting to her about ideas for my wedding, and, after sampling so many, said that it would be such a nice idea to have a selection of teas (along with coffee) to serve after the meal, and to serve them using her beautiful collection of cups and saucers. It just seemed so British to really honour how much everyone seems to love a good cup of tea! Carli jumped on the idea and pretty soon we were sorting out how to make it work and which teas to serve.

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A portrait of the bride and groom - what a spectacular location

A portrait of the bride and groom - what a spectacular location

Wedding planner Aimee Dunne got in touch with me to share her wedding photos, and I had to know more. What’s it like for a professional wedding planner to organise her own wedding?

All photography is by Andy Catterall, who is based in London.

The wedding of a wedding planner

I asked Aimee about her own wedding planning experiences, and you can read her story between the gorgeous wedding photos below.

What was the first thing you booked for your wedding?

The venue. This was the most important thing to us and I feel this largely dictates the rest of the feel / theme of the wedding so we wanted this organised as early as possible. I wanted somewhere in the real English countryside, naturally beautiful, and somewhere guests would feel like they were escaping to.

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Pink wedding day heart

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So beautiful... English summer wedding with cloudy skies

English weddings… Yorkshire… summertime… I think I went all summer without mentioning the rain, but let’s face it here in the UK we do get the odd shower, we love to talk about the weather and we can always make the most of things.

This wonderful wedding from Tierney Photography has a few umbrellas and hundreds of huge smiles – I love everything about it!

Joanna's beautiful bridal hair

Joanna is an incredibly pretty bride, here putting final touches to her beautiful bridal up do

Bridal shoe photo by Tierney Photography

Striking bridal shoe - I love the little sparkly floral jewel

Beautiful bride, by Tierney Photography

Joanna keeps an eye on the weather and I can't take my eyes off that dress - layers and layers of flowing lace - wow. She looks fantastic.

Bridal portrait by Tierney Photography

A favourite photo for me, Joanna poses on a chaise longue - perfect. Bridal portrait by Tierney Photography

Bride fashion photography

A contemporary statement photo works just as well to portray a dynamic and stunning bride.