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How many wedding blogs make you laugh out loud?

What do you want from your wedding album – a beautifully styled and presented coffee table book? …

…Or a feast of memories of you with your friends and family, laughing, smiling and doing all the wonderful and crazy things you love them for?

Perhaps a bit of both.

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The wedding industry is guilty, to an extent, of portraying weddings as perfectly unattainable dream days. We share swoon-worthy images of styling and design, fashion and beauty, with couples primped and pampered to perfection – more like a vision of heaven than real life – and there’s a danger we’ll lose focus and forget what weddings are all about.

Because don’t you think a wedding is a day to just love to bits? To fill and overwhelm your world view with happiness and companionship and a rollercoaster ride of emotion so bright you’ll remember it forever?

I do.

A blissfully happy wedding full of moments and stories at Alrewas Hayes with York Place Studios (15)
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How was your weekend? Ours has been lovely with a day’s tidying up (doesn’t it feel amazing when a forgotten corner of your house gets all neat and shiny?!!) and a day of tootling about in the Lake District. So I’m feeling refreshed and excited for the week ahead, and all the more so because we have some fabulous weddings to share with you from around the UK. We’ll start in Staffordshire with Lucy and Tom’s brilliant wedding story, which I love to bits!

A blissfully happy wedding full of moments and stories at Alrewas Hayes with York Place Studios (16)

This gorgeous pair married at Alrewas Hayes, a modern countryside venue near Lichfield. Their insanely amazing photos are by documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios, who are based in Yorkshire, travel throughout the UK and are partial to a destination wedding too!

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It’s always the images that get me; the beautiful photography and the intuitive captures. With York Place Studios that’s always the hugest thing. Then there’s Beth and Tim – a couple whose love, laughter and secret glances steal my heart. They’re adorable, romantic, heartwarming and surrounded by everyone they hold dearest at their Star Inn wedding in Harome.

Beautiful photography of a December wedding in candlelight at the Star Inn Harome, photos by York Place Studios (25)

Now this wedding is extraordinary for one more reason: Beth and Tim got married at 4 o’clock on a December day. Their ceremony and reception were to be lit by candlelight – which meant hiring top UK wedding photographers York Place Studios was a must. To take great photos in low light requires a ridiculous amount of skill and absolute top-of-the-range cameras. Prewarned, and relishing the challenge, the guys from York Place captured this day in their inimitable documentary wedding photography style. The images are bursting full of treasured memories, love and a sense of fun.

Beautiful photography of a December wedding in candlelight at the Star Inn Harome, photos by York Place Studios (24)

A brilliantly fun wedding story in pictures told by York Place Studios at Appletreewick Craven Arms (38)
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Time doesn’t stand still at weddings. Wedding blogs and magazines full of photos give the impression that a wedding is a series of amazing moments, stepping from one to another with a ‘click’, ‘click’ of a camera shutter at every step along the way. But the brides and grooms on English Wedding tell me – almost every time – that the day goes by SO FAST – it’s a sprint, a story which keeps on running like a fast-paced movie. There can be moments where ten things happen in the flash of an eye; and moments of stillness too. 

Why am I saying all this? Because today’s wedding from York Place Studios really brings it to mind. Rebecca and John’s wedding photos tell more than their story: they tell the story of everyone at their wedding – the joy and tears of the adorable children in their family. The excitement of their dogs as they get to play with so many brilliant people! The preparations in the morning, the ceremony, the reception and the dancing. I don’t doubt it felt as though this fabulous day was over in a second. But I know I could spend hours flicking through the wonderful photos, and seeing more moments to make me smile every time!

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Happy Wednesday you lovely people! I’m happy to be introducing another new member of the English Wedding team today. Super talented Buckinghamshire wedding photographer Damion Mower joins us and will be sharing some of his beautiful weddings on the blog in the coming months. We first featured Damion’s images when we shared gorgeous Malin and Simon’s Swallows Oast wedding on the blog last month – they left such a glowing review for Damion, and I personally loved how his shots captured the story of their day. So – brilliant news – there’ll be more where that came from and I’d love for you to take a couple of minutes and scroll through some of Damion’s very best shots. Stop and look, and you’ll smile, feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and perhaps even giggle (those heels are high for such a cute little guy!) I’ll hand over to Damion to introduce himself…

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Hello, I’m Damion, a Buckinghamshire wedding photographer, capturing documentary style weddings across Buckinghamshire and South East England.

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Documentary wedding images telling a beautiful story at Rudding Park, credit York Place Studios (17)

Of course you can do the splits in your wedding dress. You can also look as effortlessly glamorous as any Hollywood leading lady, marry the gorgeous man of your dreams, smile all day long and party until you drop. And to anyone who doesn’t love a sparkler send-off? You’re wrong!

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Everything about today’s fabulously glamorous and fun winter wedding will show you this is how it’s done – and it’s beautiful from beginning to end. The venue – Rudding Park in Harrogate – is fabulous. The special touches Jess and Andy incorporated into their day are wonderful (especially the mirror table plan!) – it’s all simply breathtaking. The trick is to book an amazing photographer to capture every second for you, and they nailed that too!

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So today I really want to say that weddings should be about memories, celebration, belly laughs and so much love you could burst… yet at the same time, Holly wears the most incredible dress for her wedding to James that part of me is holding back just a little bit and thinking that at least half of this blog post should be about just how beautiful that dress is… argh!! Because, isn’t it?! Wow.

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I love featuring weddings from our wonderful friends and sponsors at York Place Studios. They’re fantastic documentary wedding photographers who are different. They do more than capture the atmosphere of a wedding day; they grab the wedding and bring its spirit and laughter right through to the screen. And for their brides and grooms I’m sure those images are so powerful they’re transported right back into every heart-bursting moment with every single shot.

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Today’s wedding is just brilliant. There are images I’m longing to show you which I simply daren’t… let’s just say Kim and Simon’s wedding day was full of laughter from the very beginning – and those Chinese pre-wedding customs are as harsh (hardcore?!) as they are hilarious! You’ll have to visit the full feature-length blog post to discover why I’m saving their blushes… meanwhile though, here are some of the most beautiful images to begin today’s incredible real wedding on the blog. I hope you love them as much as I do!

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“These are unbelievable, you guys have captured the day beautifully! Your incredible level of attention to detail and unique perspective has allowed us to revisit all of it and really savour every moment both big and small. These are a breathtaking memento of a very special day, and I am sure both of our families will cherish these for a very long time, I am certain that both Kim and I will! We wanted to say thanks again, not only for your amazing results, but also the way in which you and the guys do what you do – it was a pleasure to have had you there on the day and it is our privilege to have had you as our photographers.” – Simon & Kim

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Oh I do, more than anything else in the world, love to be beside the seaside. It’s home for me… and so seaside weddings make my heart sing! This one is all kinds of wonderful… and it’s deliciously different. We’re talking seaside chic, ultra modern and arty backdrops, and so many of those little moments (watch out for the smaller guests – they’re awesome!) which make every wedding unique. LOVE this!!!

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Turner Contemporary wedding blog by London photographer Kristian Leven (37)

Words & Images: fabulous UK & London wedding photographer Kristian Leven

Turner Contemporary wedding blog by London photographer Kristian Leven (31)

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Turner Contemporary wedding blog by London photographer Kristian Leven (35)

So many things made this day memorable, from the seaside location to the venue and to the couple themselves – seriously, such lovely people, and they really made me feel like part of the day. Also, Ian’s speech was fantastic – I don’t think I’ve seen someone so nervous, and yet pull off the speech so well! He couldn’t stay in one place and look at Annabel without being close to tears, so he had to keep moving and it made for a really lovely moment, which had everyone close to tears themselves!

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“Whether it be 5 or 50 years from now, I want each image to make you feel like it was yesterday” Linus Moran Photography, Dorset

Lovely Linus Moran knows a thing or two about weddings. He’s photographed many glorious wedding days in his home county of Dorset and around the UK, and he’s also planning his own wedding! Linus is an experienced, professional and respected wedding photographer who loves his work. His goal is to be able to bring you back time and again to those wedding day moments, helping you relive the day of your dreams through the loveliest of images.

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Linus Moran Photography is a team of documentary wedding photographers in Dorset, working throughout Southern England. Founded by Linus, they’re a creative team with a shared style and approach to wedding photography.

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