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Hello lovely you! It’s time to set feet firmly on the ground once again with our ‘Focus On’ series about the moments that make a wedding. This time we’re looking at wedding venues… and odd choice perhaps, but venues play a huge part in creating the atmosphere of your wedding day. From rustic and cosy to chic city locations, English wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes. These are some favourites!

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English wedding venues – full of character, history and unique charm | credit Vickerstaff Photography

I asked for photographers to share their best images of English wedding venues for this feature and they certainly didn’t disappoint! The images on this blog post are my picks from all of those submitted, and I’m only sorry I couldn’t share them all. So – is your venue on the list? Which is your favourite photograph? Thank you to all the photographers who shared images for this feature – and enjoy. Claire xxx

 

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Capesthorne Hall wedding venue | Photography credit Martin Hambleton

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Hello there! Today’s wedding blog starts with a warning: you might just find a little tear in your eye as we focus on some of the best moments from weddings around the UK. We’re talking emotional grooms – happy tears and celebratory whoops – all caught on camera.

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Focus on… emotional grooms – the most loving and tender image from a ceremony – this is pure magic. Photo credit Ed Clayton Photography

I was reading You & Your Wedding magazine yesterday, and looking at the real weddings in there. The printed magazines allocate less space to their real couples’ features than most of the top blogs do – it’s all part of the business model (read more of my thoughts on wedding magazines). It means they show lots of images of ‘things’ and details in their real wedding features, and very few photos of the bride and groom, or of the key moments in a wedding day.

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Hello again! I have a question for you today: when you imagine your wedding day, is it the moments before or after the ceremony which give you that amazingly tingly feeling of excitement?

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Magical moments – my favourite image from dozens submitted by UK wedding photographers. The final moments for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids, minutes before the wedding ceremony. The photograph captures the anticipation felt by all the girls. Photo credit Martin Hambleton

I can only imagine the excitement and nerves as you both arrive at your venue and prepare, knowing there’s moments to go… but it must be amazing to look forward to the ‘kiss the bride’ moment, or to walking back down the aisle hand in hand and grinning at your guests…

Here are my favourite 10 wedding photos capturing those magical moments before and after your wedding ceremony…

 

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Magical moments – the bride’s excitement is pain to see. Guests smile and admire the dress; Dad’s arm is strong for her to hold and we all watch over the groom’s shoulder. Photo credit Phil Drinkwater

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Good morning and happy Monday to you! With one week to go until most of us finish for Christmas, I’m feeling festive and I hope you are too. I’m also feeling the love this week, and what better excuse to share another episode from my Focus On series of blog posts.

The best aisle moment of all! by Ed Clayton Photography

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Aisle moments – at the altar. This captures the triumphant spirit of the moment! A magical memory and perhaps one the bride and groom missed on the day but guests will always remember with a smile! Photo credit Ed Clayton Photography

If you read the first of these blog posts – Focus On… the moments that really make a wedding – then you’ll know I’m trying to to rein­force the fact that wed­dings are all about love, moments and mem­o­ries. Details can be impor­tant, yes. But these blog features are here to show you that no matter how many fabulous details you buy, make or hire for your wedding, your memories will be of magical moments.

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Hello. Welcome! Let’s talk about wedding blogs and reality today shall we?! …I thought that might pique your interest. Behind the scenes here at English Wedding Blog I’ve been secretly tormented for months by the way the wedding media focuses on details, losing sight of the fact that weddings are all about the moment you say “I do”. Time to bridge the gap…

The best memories. The best images. What weddings are really all about…

 

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Focus on… families. by Sam Clayton Photography. Being married is about family – your parents and friends, your children and all the love that surrounds you as a couple.

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Focus on… loving looks. by Phil Drinkwater Photography. Knowing you’re made for each other, capturing the pure love and turning it into memories you will never, ever forget. A loving look captured for eternity.

 

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Focus on… timeless brides. by Martin Hill Photography. Beauty is all about confidence and style, a glowing happiness and the radiance of being in love. It’s not fashion, trends or details which make the perfect wedding day.