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So this wedding is pretty epic. I just know you’re going to love it – Claire and J-D make the coolest couple ever, and with the extraordinary creative contributions from family they put on a wedding which is everything. The flowers are glorious, Claire’s dress is stunning, J-D’s outfit is brilliant and inspired, and the photography exquisite. Grab a cuppa, snuggle down and enjoy this beauty of a summer wedding.

With love,

J-D & Claire's unique and eclectic Oxford wedding, with Dale Stephens Photography (7)

Wedding photographer’s website

dalestephensphotography.com

How did you choose your photographer?

We both knew we wanted natural, unposed shots – neither of us are at our best in posed, traditional photos. Our favourite photos are spontaneous and capture a moment. We spent an afternoon browsing Oxford wedding photographer websites looking for photos with this quality. We loved the photos in Dale’s portfolio. We arranged to meet him to make sure we felt relaxed. We had such a perfect morning meeting Dale that we booked immediately.

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Elegance, glamour and the most romantic looking wedding… this is all just so wonderful, and I LOVE everything about gorgeous Lucy and Adam’s Elmore Court wedding – I only wish I’d been there to see the first dance! (Cracking song choice, guys!) Here’s an inspiring, emotional and stunning wedding to brighten your Wednesday, everyone… You’re welcome!

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Our wedding venue is so beautiful it didn’t need much decoration, but we did use Lauradana from Wedding Creations to help style and she did an amazing job!

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Images by Elmore Court wedding photographer Dale Stephens Photography

Our style evolved as I did more and more research and spent hours on pinterest. I wanted something uber romantic, but personal at the same time. I was insistent that we had lots of candles in mercury jars which created the perfect romantic ambiance. The venue was so beautiful that we wanted it to speak for itself so I went for quite a neutral colour scheme, lots of creams and blush with a little bit of sparkle on the bridesmaids dresses. I love champagne, so we had the tables named after different types of champagne and we supplied a lot during the day!

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David and Louise’s wedding is classic, elegant and makes the most of a magnificent venue – the picture gallery at Royal Holloway, University of London. Louise is stunning in an Enzoani gown with a pretty lace layer and delicate straps – a beautiful summer dress. Decoration and styling touches are minimal, with a simple colour palette of navy blue and ivory. Their cake is gorgeous – made by Louise’s friend and former housemate – “she did such an amazing job and we loved it!

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“One of the reasons we chose Royal Holloway was that the Picture Gallery where we had our wedding breakfast didn’t need any decoration beyond the tables because you weren’t allowed the touch the expensive paintings! We did decorate our evening reception room though and ordered balloons as well as bringing down the table decorations from the dinner. My aunt also made some lovely bunting to hang.

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The party of the year at Lily and Philip's Matara Centre wedding with Dale Stephens Photography (14)
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We’ve featured a lovely selection of Matara Centre weddings on the English Wedding Blog over the years – it’s a fabulous and characterful venue which somehow makes for the most unique and vibrant wedding celebrations every single time. Today’s gorgeous bride and groom are Lily and Philip, who married in the summer. They were wed at St. John the Baptist church in Tetbury, and celebrated into the evening at the Matara Centre (which Lily’s grandfather owns!) It’s fabulous – you’ll love this! (Don’t miss the stunning floral decorations on the cake!)

The party of the year at Lily and Philip's Matara Centre wedding with Dale Stephens Photography (14)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.dalestephensphotography.com

Dale was recomended to us. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from our photographer. Before the wedding he organised a free engagement shoot, so he could get to know us. We were a little nervous about this as it is not something that either of us would usually do, but Dale made us both feel so at ease. The photos were also perfect which made us feel a lot more calm abut the day itself.

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Today’s wedding is just pure inspiration: I fell head over heels for the flowers and styling of the day, and I adore Sarah and John’s wedding look. Elmore Court is wonderful, and the Gillyflower is the loveliest space for a relaxed and stylish wedding reception.

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“The flowers were rich with added feathers and ribbons – for all bouquets. Over all very elegant styling in the stately home, sympathetic to its surroundings…with the added twist of balloons to break up the decor. The Gillyflower was more eclectic with animal vases, brass candlesticks, wooded vases and copper hurricane lights. Our florist/stylist mastered our vision and it could not have been more perfect: Rachel Flowers – The March Hare Floral Design http://www.marchhare.co.uk

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We hired lights and other parts of decor, the stately home really spoke for itself and needed very little styling. The Gillyflower we tried to keep things within the same design fold and not introduce too many differing elements. Etsy was a HUGE help, this was our second wedding within a month so we were really busy with details which totally paid off.

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Toby and Sarah’s wedding is wonderful. Their ceremony took place in one of the most beautifully lit rooms I’ve ever seen – the Oxford Oratory. Seeing their day really makes me think about the importance of wedding vows, of promising your love to one another for eternity – and so I’ve included many more of the fabulous ceremony shots than I usually would in a blog feature.

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The elegance and style of today’s wedding is spectacular. Sarah is stunning… so is Toby! The images of their day are out of this world and I hope you will enjoy browsing through them as much as I have. The romance of a historic city like Oxford is just wonderful, and walking through the streets, hand in hand as newlyweds must have been amazing.

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To discover more from Dale Stephens Photography please visit his website and social media here:

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Facebook.com/DaleStephensWeddingPhotography
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Today’s wedding is breathtaking. The venue is amazing – I love all the statues in the background, especially in the wedding breakfast room. Oh and of course Stephanie is soooo beautiful (there’s an incredible shot of her on the stairs which took my breath away!) and Ludovic looks brilliant. I love it, all of it!

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Images are by Oxfordshire-based Dale Stephens. Dale photographs weddings throughout the south of England and further afield. You can discover more from him here:

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Facebook.com/DaleStephensWeddingPhotography

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The Ashmolean Museum is an awe-inspiring setting – you won’t find a room like this for your wedding reception anywhere else. The statues are an amazing talking point and create real atmosphere – you won’t need to hang bunting or add any decor of your own if you celebrate here! I love it!

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Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.dalestephensphotography.com/