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Thank you to our friend and English Wedding member Fiona Kelly Photography for this super helpful advice feature!

Capturing a wedding day in a more natural, documentary style is wonderful. It allows for all the emotions, love and laughter to be photographed in an unobtrusive way and gives you an amazing record of the day to look back on. My approach is all about capturing the day as it happens in order to create beautiful storytelling images that go further than just recording who was present. I love to photograph the natural moments and the in-between bits; the happy tears as you say ‘I do’, the embarrassed faces during the speeches, the proud smile on your granddad’s face as he watches you walk down the aisle. These are the photos I love to capture and the moments that make an image into something very special. However, I also totally appreciate that this is the one day where all your family, friends and loved ones are there at the same time. There is still a place for doing group photos.

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Morning lovely! Today we join stunning bride Sheila and her handsome hubby Paul, who were married in Ely, Cambridgeshire. These two are adorable together, their day shines with happiness and I love every moment of it. The styling touches are so prettily done too – and it’s all captured beautifully by lovely London wedding photographer Fiona Kelly Photography.

Sheila & Paul's wonderfully chic and elegant Ely wedding, with Fiona Kelly Photography (56)

Wedding photographer’s website

www.fionakellyphotography.com

How did you choose your photographer?

Fiona was recommended to us by another photographer. Once we saw her style of photography, we knew she was the person we wanted to capture our day. We were also lucky enough to have Jesse as a second photographer.

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Fiona and Jesse were brilliant. They were very thorough and incredibly well organised. Fiona struck a balance between guiding us through the day with helpful suggestions and capturing the day naturally. We had a lot of confidence that they’d do a great job and the photos were incredible. We were (and still are) so happy with them.

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I thought I was anti-racist. Now I know nothing I’ve thought, said or done has ever been enough. I’ve acted irresponsibly as a wedding blogger and publisher, and from today I want to change everything. I sent this blog post as an email to our wedding supplier contacts and I’ve had 10 replies to date… so I’m reaching out to all of our readers because I need your help to make this happen!

All images by our lovely member Fiona Kelly Photography; design and styling by the fabulous Ave Creations. (full supplier credits below)

I want to create something positive and permanent to support black brides and grooms, and black-owned wedding businesses in the UK. I’ve been reading, listening and learning to some of the amazing voices out there – Chenai at By Chenai, our lovely friend Cynthia at Oui Madam Bridal and Carla Thomas on the Via Airmail podcast, who led me to Nova Reid’s Tedx Talk.

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The English Wedding Directory is our curated list of brilliant wedding vendors. I have so much admiration for all the independent creatives who make up the UK wedding industry: the photographers, stationery designers, florists, stylists, wedding planners… all 100% dedicated to helping you create the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

Fiona Kelly Photography London

Fiona Kelly Photography (London)
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M and G Wedding Photography Yorkshire

M and G Wedding Photography (Yorkshire)
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Damien Vickers Photography

Damien Vickers Photography (Cambridgeshire)
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Evolve wedding photographer in devon

Evolve wedding photography (Devon)
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Jennifer Jane Photography

Jennifer Jane Photography (Devon)
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London wedding photographer Fiona Kelly loves to bring a relaxed approach while capturing beautiful, natural images that tell the story of your wedding day perfectly.

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How are you coping, lovely? Here at English Wedding HQ it’s all about the stir crazy today… I’m hoping to take 5 mins in the garden for a little sunshine later! In the spirit of keeping things as positive as we possibly can, I have the most amazing floral styling to lift your spirits this Monday. Huge thanks to lovely Fiona Kelly Photography for sending in this gloriously elegant shoot, styled by the very talented Assumpta from Ave Creations, who is here to tell you more.

With love,

chic, contemporary London wedding style with amazing florals. Image credit Fiona Kelly Photography (18)

Inspired by London’s character and diversity coupled with {10-11} Carlton House Terrace’s classical style, I sought to design a concept that celebrates chic, contemporary couples who are not adverse to traditionalism.

Working with Fiona Kelly Photography and {10-11} Carlton House Terrace, we wanted to showcase the versatility of the venue and to create a shoot that can serve as inspiration for modern couples who have not only chosen the UK as their home but also the location in which to begin the next chapter of their love story.

Elegant and summery Northbrook Park wedding with Fiona Kelly Photography (23)
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I am LOVING all of this sunshine!! What a fabulous weekend it’s been so far – and it’s about to get that little more amazing because I have the most stunning wedding to share with you! This is gorgeous couple Laura & Tom, who married at Northbrook Park in May. Laura wears the dreamiest boho dress by Inbal Raviv, which she bought from Luella’s Bridal and wore for the entire weekend: it was so beautiful she didn’t want to take it off! The beautiful images are by lovely Fiona Kelly Photography.

Elegant and summery Northbrook Park wedding with Fiona Kelly Photography (26)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.fionakellyphotography.com

We looked at quite a few photographers online, and went through lots of different albums to see their respective style. We both wanted someone who would take natural photos, and really capture the essence of the day rather than posed, structured photographs. Our brief was to be the fly on the wall that captured everyones emotion throughout the day. We found Fiona online, and after a quick Skype call decided she was the one for us!

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Ria and Jordan’s day is so prettily styled with the loveliest spring flowers – their barn venue is one I haven’t seen or featured on the blog before and I’ve fallen head over heels for this place – I hope you will too!

Pretty details and summer florals for a Pledgdon Barn wedding blog. Images Fiona Kelly Photography (31)

My wedding flowers were simple and pretty! I was showing my auntie one day what I was thinking of doing just in general conversation. (She is not a florist, but we all call her green fingers as gardening is her favourite hobby and she has an allotment!) She suggested I could do them myself so I asked her if she would help and luckily she did! People kept asking all day who my flowers were by! My bridesmaids had simple gypsophila which my auntie also made, I had my bouquet made by Robert in the flower station in North Chingford London. It was just perfect.

Pretty details and summer florals for a Pledgdon Barn wedding blog. Images Fiona Kelly Photography (23)

Our wedding was at Pledgdon Barn, Bishops Stortford. The barn was built in the Tudor era. It had been looked after amazingly and the character of the venue was very stong and beautiful. We still remember walking in viewing it for the first time, it took our breath away.

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Danielle and Andy’s wedding is the prettiest floral celebration I’ve seen – with fabulous peonies and the prettiest pink details, it’s wonderful inspiration for a classic summer celebration. I adore Danielle’s hair – her loose plait with tiny flowers is so, so beautiful – I hope you love this wedding as much as I do!

A wonderfully romantic and feminine wedding at Narborough Hall Gardens. Photo credit Fiona Kelly Photography (23)

We decided on peony and roses in pink shades as we loved the romantic look and feel of them. We wanted the flowers to compliment and fit in with the venue, so had the floristry done through Narborough Hall Gardens, who grew and arranged all our flowers. The flowers were part of what made the day for us as they were so beautiful, with candelabra and teapot displays, amazing bouquets and a beautiful willow bower and flowers lining the aisle in shepherd crook jars.

A wonderfully romantic and feminine wedding at Narborough Hall Gardens. Photo credit Fiona Kelly Photography (31)

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Emma and Fraser’s wedding has timeless grace and a lightness of spirit – the romance of today’s feature is simply wonderful. The details are subtle, elegant and sophisticated, taking inspiration from days gone by with effortless charm. And our bride and groom are gorgeous a million times over in their wedding finery… think bespoke gowns and Scottish groomswear, family heirlooms and the loveliest touches to make a wedding to remember forever.

Thames Rowing Club wedding blog with Fiona Kelly Photography (53)

Contact & Bookings: Fiona Kelly Photography

www.fionasweddingphotography.co.uk
facebook.com/fionakellyphotography
twitter.com/fionakellyphoto
pinterest.com/fionakellyphoto/
bloglovin.com/blogs/fiona-kelly-wedding-photography-12326091
Thames Rowing Club wedding blog with Fiona Kelly Photography (7)

The flowers are divine: with roses and cornflowers taking centre stage, thistles and wildflowers combined to create the loveliest of palettes. I love a mixed bouquet – this is where floral designers really come into their own. Celeste French has an instinct for amazing arrangements for weddings and styled the flowers so beautifully for Emma & Fraser’s day.
Thames Rowing Club wedding blog with Fiona Kelly Photography (55)

Fraser and Emma’s love shines from their images. From the very beginning of their day to the sparklers after dusk, their photos tell a story of the most romantic day you could dream of. Emma’s dress is captivating in its beauty – just look at this…
Thames Rowing Club wedding blog with Fiona Kelly Photography (49)

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Rolling hills, beautiful gardens… fabulous wisteria blooms in spring and a gorgeous arbour for outdoor weddings: Surrey and Kent couples will LOVE Oaks Farm.

Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (3)

This is more than a barn, more than a countryside venue. Oaks Farm has its very own charm, and a lovely choice of locations for your ceremony and reception. The summer house is so pretty; the barn and orangery are perfect for indoor ceremonies, the gardens are beautifully looked after and stunning all year round.

www.oaksfarmweddings.co.uk

Oaks Farm is a really beautiful hidden jem of a venue. It’s minutes from the hustle of Croydon and Bromley and yet seems a real idyll of country calm.” ~ Fiona Kelly Photography, London


Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (4)

Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (6)
Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (7)

Discover more: Oaks Farm Weddings

www.oaksfarmweddings.co.uk
Facebook.com/www.oaksfarmweddings.co.uk
Twitter.com/Oaksfarmwedding

Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (1)
Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (2)
Surrey outdoor weddings at Oaks Farm with images by Fiona Kelly Photography (5)

Fiona Kelly is one of Oaks Farm’s recommended photographers. She loves to shoot outdoor weddings and has asked me to look out for couples marrying in amazing spaces:

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I look at my cherry tree every day to see if the buds are getting any closer to flowering… I just love springtime and all the beauty that comes with it. So today – a treat. A glorious spring wedding. A blast of cherry blossom so candy-flossily pink you could just dive in. A stunning bride and groom and a super location for country-loving couples. You’re welcome!

Real wedding at Oaks Farm in Surrey with Fiona Kelly Photography (16)

All images by lovey London wedding photographer Fiona Kelly Photography

Contact & Bookings: Fiona Kelly Photography

www.fionasweddingphotography.co.uk
facebook.com/fionakellyphotography
twitter.com/fionakellyphoto
pinterest.com/fionakellyphoto/
bloglovin.com/blogs/fiona-kelly-wedding-photography-12326091

Real wedding at Oaks Farm in Surrey with Fiona Kelly Photography (21)

As ever, I can’t take any credit for the beautiful photos I’m about to share. They’re by lovely London wedding photographer Fiona Kelly, who told me Victoria had worked really hard to put together such a beautiful wedding. “She had done all the planning on her own and created so many wonderful little touches and ideas that made their day very special and very personal to the two of them… Victoria and Haydn are the loveliest people and so perfect for each other. It was a complete pleasure and privilege to photograph their wedding”

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Imagine the perfect summer wedding day on a 16th century farm converted into the loveliest country guesthouse. The sound of birds singing as you wake, the glow of the sun across the grasses and greenery of acres of wildflower meadows. You can even have your ceremony outdoors at lovely Elvey Farm – our gorgeous couple Jo & Sam did just that.

Elvey Farm can help with your wedding planning – their package includes food and drink, flowers and photography or you can bring in your own suppliers if you prefer. I loved Jo and Sam’s wedding which was photographed by lovely Fiona Kelly Photography. I know Fiona would love to shoot more outdoor weddings so do get in touch if you’re booking Elvey Farm, won’t you?!

Jo told me “Elvey Farm has its own florist, a wonderful lady called Lesley Masters. I gave Lesley some rough ideas and asked for everything to appear natural like it had just been picked from the garden and she came up with the beautiful creations.