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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you have some lovely things planned for today – do enjoy every moment won’t you! Now… talk about surprises… today’s groom managed to sneak a gospel choir into the wedding plans without his gorgeous bride finding out until the big day! Simon and Katie had a really creative and elegant vintage inspired wedding which I think you’ll enjoy. Images are by Kent wedding photographer Tony Gameiro.

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The venue is the very beautiful Lympne Castle (previously featured here with Tamara and Joseph’s wedding), where Katie and Simon were married in a beautiful civil ceremony in the west drawing room, in front of a bay window looking out over the south east coast. It sounds so perfect, doesn’t it?

The best part of this wedding blog feature is this lovely advice from the bride and groom: “Remember that all that really matters is the two of you and the love you have for one another” – isn’t that beautiful?

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I have a blog post by one of my lovely sponsors to share with you today. As the days get colder I think it’s the perfect time to introduce Wrapor’s winter wedding cover ups. Picture the scene: you wake up and peer out of the window on the morning of your wedding day (in December). There’s a light dusting of snow. Do you panic, or smile because there’s a cosy bridal shrug hanging by your wedding dress? That’s right – you’re a savvy bride. You feel smug, because you know you’ll be snug in your gorgeous bridal shrug…

I’ll hand over to Kay to tell you more!

Image Neil Redfern

Winter wedding cover ups by Wrapor

There is no denying it, winter is definitely on its way. Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular and choosing a winter wedding can have its bonuses. There is usually a wider choice of dates available for the better venues and suppliers, so couples get to choose exactly what they want.

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A long awaited proposal and a secret, intimate wedding are hiding in my little box of tricks for you today my lovely readers. Debbie and Matthew, and their little boy Noah, celebrated their surprise wedding in superb style – although they tell me the decor was “a bit of a mis-match”!

Their wedding photographer Natasha Thompson submitted this wedding for the blog many weeks ago, and Matthew and Debbie (I think mainly Matthew) sent their wedding report back to me this week, along with the sweetest note: “Sorry this has taken so long, we have just had a baby!” So first of all let me say a huge Congratulations to you both, and I’ll hand over to you and to Natasha with her beautiful photographs of your intimate wedding.

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Wedding by Natasha Thompson Photography (27)

Who proposed, and how?

Matthew did, after a long time, many years, by hiding a ring in a new children’s toy for our son, Noah, who was three at the time. It was a ‘Happyland’ Church wedding set from the Early learning Centre.

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Buxted Park wedding (26)Matthew and Alyson’s wedding is elegance itself: with a musical flavour lending personality to the day and beauty and simplicity styling their celebrations. Alyson’s wedding dress by Suzanne Neville has a dreamy nostalgia and the 1940s style of her dress and headdress influenced the theme of today’s wedding blog.

The wedding colours are purest whites; the wedding venue is divine; the weather for this November wedding day was bright, and crisp – the perfect day for a wedding.

Photography is by Sussex wedding photographer Sara Reeve, and Alyson has written the loveliest wedding report to share with us all today. Enjoy!

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Who proposed, and how?

Our favourite restaurant is Drakes of Brighton. Having spent a wonderful evening sampling fine food and wine, Matthew kept taking moments to talk to the staff away from our table and became very serious. Suddenly he produced a card in which he’d written the poem “I vow to you”. Whilst Matthew read the poem and we became caught up in the moment I could see one of the waitresses circling close to our table. At the moment that Matthew finished the poem, four cupcakes with pink hearts and the words “Will you marry me” were placed in front of me. How could I refuse!

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UK wedding blog photo (30)I hope you’re wrapped up all snuggly and warm this morning – not only is it freezing outside, I also have a January wedding to share with you today. Joanna and Angus got married at Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire at the beginning of the year; a day full of romance, shared glances and elegant, individual style. Joanna’s wedding dress and jacket are gorgeous; Angus looks the part in top hat and tails. I adore the bridesmaids’ capes (want one!) – as soon as they caught my eye, I wanted this particularly wonderful wedding to show you on English Wedding blog.

Joanna’s wedding report is fabulous. Her advice is great: “Decide what you care about and plan, plan, plan. Then on the day: Relax.” There’s more – but I’ll leave Joanna to tell her wedding story in her own words.

Photography is by the lovely Samantha J Photography, based in the West Midlands.
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It’s a bit spooky: the second wedding in as many weeks I’ve seen from The Ashes – a wedding venue I hadn’t heard of before. But it’s gorgeous: as we sink into autumn this wedding has all the loveliest, richest autumn colours and tones – like a virtual hot toddy in the world of wedding blogs.

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The wedding day begins with this beautifully cold countryside scene – this is The Ashes wedding venue in the heart of Staffordshire, a grade two listed family home with converted barns providing the perfect secluded setting for a private wedding reception.

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This wedding was submitted by Vickerstaff Photography in Cheshire. Jamie and Tory Vickerstaff are experienced wedding photographers – and I love that their wedding photography blog shows as much excitement, passion and enjoyment of every wedding they photograph, after more than 200 weddings!

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Wedding blog photography from The Ashes Vickerstaff Photography (4)

Wedding blog photography from The Ashes Vickerstaff Photography (5)

Jamie Vickerstaff writes up a great blog post with every wedding feature over at www.vickerstaffphotography.co.uk/blog so I can tell you that Rachel and the girls had a lovely little cottage as part of The Ashes wedding venue complex where all the bridal preparations took place.

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Steaming mugs of tea for the bride and groom

Steaming mugs of tea for the bride and groom

I love this wedding from photographer Sam Clayton and I’m delighted to be sharing these photographs of Sarah and John-Paul’s wedding day with you.

A biker bride and groom?

A biker bride and groom?

The motorbikes caught my eye first of all, and then the wedding details stole my heart – I love the warmth that flows through the day, from the rich oranges in Sarah’s bouquet to the steaming tea cups (so chunky! A refreshing change from vintage dainty ones!) at the roadside caff.

Most of all, the warmth in the bride and groom’s eyes as they look at one another could take the chill of the coldest January day!

Gorgeous wedding jewellery by Jenny Packham

Gorgeous wedding jewellery by Jenny Packham

 

The girls get ready

The girls get ready

 

Wedding table plan

Wedding table plan

Sarah’s sister is a graphic designer and took care of all the stationery for the wedding reception. I love the bright splashes of red on the table plan!

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This photo makes me smile every time - Jane's expression is a classic

This photo makes me smile every time - Jane's expression is a classic

Posed wedding photography can be stunning – but today this natural picture of Jane’s brilliant smile from under a sea of umbrellas with rain pouring down is so wonderful, I love it!

There’s so much to this Beeston Manor wedding I didn’t know what to call the blog post. I could have started with the lovely purple theme and details: the quirky bouquet made of satin roses, buttons and beads, interwoven with family heirlooms is gorgeous.

The bridal bouquet made of ribbon roses, buttons, jewels and beads

The bridal bouquet made of ribbon roses, buttons, jewels and beads

Then there’s the first dance and the time when Chris picked up his trombone to play with the band, to Jane’s surprise and delight! I absolutely adore special moments like this and the photographs capture the moment beautifully.

Jane's wedding shoes - I love the lace trim

Jane's wedding shoes - I love the lace trim

The wedding theme was purple. Jane and her bridesmaids made an early start with the colour scheme!

The wedding theme was purple. Jane and her bridesmaids made an early start with the colour scheme!

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Beautiful bride and groom photograph

Beautiful bride and groom photograph by Anneli Marinovich

Don’t worry – you will be shedding happy tears as you read Jemma’s story about her winter wedding day. This is one of the loveliest things I’ve ever read and I was smiling and crying all the way!

Jemma did a write up for their friends and family who couldn’t be there on the day, which is such a lovely thing to do – and will make an enchanting keepsake for future generations! The text below is a collection of extracts from Jemma’s write up, just selected parts to accompany the beautiful pictures. Jemma’s an incredible writer and as this is her wedding I won’t interfere by adding my own comments – these are all Jemma’s words.

English Wedding blog sponsor Anneli Marinovich submitted the images of the wedding day. They make a wonderful team. Grab a cuppa and a cushion to squeeze and hide behind as you read a remarkable wedding story you’ll never forget…

A Nice Day for a White Wedding…

by Jemma Donnelly

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Laughing bride and groom

Laughing bride and groom

This week is going to be all about smiles and happiness and wedding ideas. What better way to start than with a wedding, hey? So … your intrepid wedding blogger Claire runs off, checks files for smiliest bride and groom and… Oh yes. This is Perfect with a capital P! Nicola and Stewart at Cave Castle Hotel in East Yorkshire.

Nicola and Stewart’s wedding was just before Christmas at a venue I’ve not seen before (but instantly loved!) and their photos are beautiful and inspiring – their wedding photographer is Pete Barnes who’s based in Wakefield.

It made me laugh to read on Pete’s wedding photography blog that it was a freezing cold, snowy day but they were really keen to get some fantastic photos outdoors. It’s a sign of dedication that he soon found himself lying face down in the snow to get that perfect wedding photo!

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

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I can’t resist a snowy wedding scene, and Claire’s purple dress is a gorgeously creative touch – so here’s a very quick blog post to show you the latest from Cumbria wedding photographer Chris Freer’s own blog.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingI love the blanket of snow and the open landscape with the mountains behind – and Claire’s purple dress is fantastic for a winter wedding with a white backdrop! Doesn’t she look incredible.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingFrom time to time I’ll be posting just a couple of pictures of a wedding day with creative touches I love – in this case, Claire’s dress and the snowy scenes. These posts will be filed under a new category: Wedding digest.

See more of Andrew and Claire’s wedding on the Freer Images wedding photography blog.

Looking for a wedding photographer in Cumbria or the Lake District? www.freerimages.co.uk