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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.

real wedding reception in Essex, photography by Martin Beddall (21)

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.

Documentary wedding photography Martin Beddall UK

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.

Carli's Teahouse

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.

Pink wedding day heart

Pink wedding day heart

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Bride and groom kissing with cloudy sky

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.