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I’ll let you into a little secret right now: the LAST photo from Claire & Senaka’s Cotswolds wedding is my favourite. The things Gloucestershire wedding photographer Martin Dabek can do with nighttime wedding photography just blow my mind! But before you get there, we have the loveliest wedding at one of our favourite barn venues to share with you today. Our gorgeous couple tied the knot on a September day (not this year!), styling their celebrations with botanical details, pretty signage and foliage. Claire’s dress with that adorable belt and lace detail is from Clifton Brides, and we love Senaka’s suit too (and that fabulous floral tie!) – all in all, the perfect elegant rustic wedding day.

With love,

Claire & Senaka's elegant rustic Kingscote Barn wedding, with Martin Dabek Photography (19)

Wedding photographer’s website

Kingscote Barn wedding photographer Martin Dabek
https://martindabek.com

How did you choose your photographer?

We searched on the internet for photographers in Bristol and narrowed down a short list of ones who had quite a natural style. We met Martin first and booked him straight away, he was so friendly and relaxed we felt immediately at ease. We loved his photos especially the way he captured the little moments of the day.

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Good morning lovely! I hope you’re surviving this crazy heatwave… and if you have sunshine, yay!!! I’m a very happy wedding blogger today, tucked in my little office by the garden with a quite hot and floppy cat sprawled by my side! And I’m excited because I’ve got the loveliest wedding to share with you! Jon & Claire were married at Tetbury’s Great Tythe Barn last summer, and chose Cotswolds wedding photographer Martin Dabek to capture their day. Check out their light up letters from Burnt Orange: they’re such a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony and reception and I LOVE them!

Jon & Claire's elegant rustic Great The Barn wedding, with Martin Dabek Photography (13)

Huge thanks to our stunning bride and groom, who told me they were really pleased to have the opportunity to rave about their suppliers especially during such a tough time for the industry. “We really were genuinely thrilled with everyone we worked with and anything we can do to support them is great!” All of these guys get great recommendations, and I’d urge you to check them out and book early for your 2021 / 2022 weddings – as we have two very busy years of weddings ahead of us and suppliers will book up fast!

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As we head into the weekend I have one more breathtakingly beautiful wedding to share with you. Gorgeous couple Maureen & Liam tied the knot at Thornbury Castle in an elegant, sophisticated and joyful celebration with their closest family and friends.

This is such a fabulous wedding, with some truly special personal touches and brilliant recommendations for exceptional wedding suppliers. All images are by super talented Thornbury Castle Wedding Photographer Martin Dabek, one of our favourite contributors and members of the blog. Martin gets a glowing review from the happy couple, which was heartwarming to read. Huge thanks (and happy anniversary, if a day or so late!) to lovely Maureen and Liam. Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Maureen & Liam's graceful and classic Thornbury Castle wedding, with Martin Dabek Photography (21)

Wedding photographer’s website

https://martindabek.com/

How did you choose your photographer?

We reviewed a number of photographers, but it came down to the connection we felt with Martin. Speaking with him felt like speaking with a friend, and it was clear that he shared our understanding that the candid moments between friends and loved ones were the most meaningful usually. He also had a gorgeous catalogue of work that had us feeling intrigued and eager to work with him.

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I’m doing everything I can to shine positivity into the interweb and keep our screens beautiful, inspiring and happy through difficult times. We all need a little joy, whether that’s from a spot of sunshine in our back gardens or from scrolling through favourite websites and wedding inspiration channels. I hope, lovely readers, today’s wedding will lift your spirits as it has mine. The happy couple are Emma & Adam, and Manor by the Lake wedding photographer Martin Dabek captured their day so beautifully.

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As this was a January wedding, the colour theme was black and white with a hint of emerald green. Adding succulents to a foliage-filled bouquet kept the floral styling beautifully up to date, while ivy wreaths and creative lighting turned Manor by the Lake into an even more enchanting space. The overall look is minimal and classic, with some truly lovely handmade touches from this creative bride and groom. (Emma is an illustrator: @penningtonillustrations). The venue is a manor house and in itself is beautiful and didn’t need extra decoration, but their ‘winter package’ included fairy lights, white tree decorations and up-lighters. Emma and Adam added some ivy wreaths around the crystal chandeliers which really brought the room to life.

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Guest article by Entertainment Nation
Images by Martin Dabek Photographyreal wedding here

2020 marks the beginning of a new swathe of trends, and some revivals, as we ring in a new decade. The major wedding trend will be sustainability; something which will likely influence the wedding entertainment choices of the year.

The main thing, trend or not, is to make an impact on your guests with wedding entertainment that stands out, and suits you as a couple.

What we’re seeing, though, is that there are 10 wedding entertainment trends that are proving particularly popular in 2020. Read on to find our top trends for wedding entertainment in the UK this year:

1. Festival-style folk bands

Still riding the folky high brought about by the likes of Mumford & Sons and… well, Mumford & Sons, festival-style folk bands bring a touch of high-energy, summery fun to a family wedding.

Fitting with a more traditional tone, folk bands, with their largely acoustic instruments, will complement the natural tones likely to be found at a sustainability-driven wedding.

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Good morning lovelies! Can I remind all of you lovely suppliers about our January HALF PRICE sale – we’re offering 50% off all Tier 1 and 2 advertising packages on the blog if you join in January, saving you up to £60 for the year. As well as a listing in our UK wedding supplier Directory you could also claim 3 home page features on the blog throughout the year to really raise your brand profile! If that sounds good to you, get in touchWe’re enjoying a little winter glow today, with a vibrant and warm colour palette of burgundy and plum for beautiful Wendy and Rich’s Eastington Park wedding, captured by our lovely friend and Gloucestershire wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography.

Glorious winter sun for Wendy & Rich's Eastington Park wedding, with Martin Dabek Photography (14)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://martindabek.com

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This year on English Wedding we’ve been lucky enough to explore some more of England’s finest wedding venues in person, by kind invitation of the owners. I’ve most recently stayed at The Wordsworth Hotel and Martin Dabek (a brilliant Bristol wedding photographer and member of English Wedding) was invited to review Berwick Lodge at the beginning of the year. This time, we were asked to review the Orchardleigh Estate, which is just 10 miles from Bath – and lucky Martin was ideally situated to go and find out all about this amazing wedding venue.

Martin’s words about Orchardleigh have changed a few of my preconceptions about wedding venues. Perhaps the landscape is changing, perhaps Orchardleigh is just a shining example of progress in wedding venue management – but the way this place works is different – and I love that. It’s not owned by a faceless or international hotel chain. It’s not owned by the aristocracy, and it wasn’t inherited by rich landowners. Orchardleigh has a pretty inspiring story, and I’m so glad we can share it with you today!

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Good morning lovely, and welcome to today’s pretty, sunlit, beautifully-dressed summer wedding! Gorgeous couple Carly and Steve tied the knot in August, choosing our fabulous friend and Thornbury Castle wedding photographer Martin Dabek to capture their day. Carly is breathtaking in a stunning embroidered gown from The Dressing Rooms in Halesowen – if anyone knows the designer of this dress, do give us a shout because we LOVE it! The florals are divine, and Claire from The Wilde Bunch (who Martin recommended to Carly and Steve) gets the loveliest review from our happy couple.

Carly and Steve's beautiful outdoor wedding at Thornbury Castle, with Martin Dabek Photography (21)

Do read Carly’s English Wedding interview after the images. Her story is beautifully told, and she gives us glowing reviews for some brilliant wedding vendors (listed at the end of the feature for your convenience!)

So snuggle up with a cuppa, get your scrolling digits ready and GO! You will LOVE this wedding!

Carly and Steve's beautiful outdoor wedding at Thornbury Castle, with Martin Dabek Photography (23)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.martindabek.com

Martin was highly recommended by our venue.

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Good morning, beautiful! I hope you’ve had the loveliest of weekends. I taught a really relaxed and fun calligraphy class in Manchester on Friday – the sweetest bunch of students and so talented I was barely needed! Then a weekend at Lancaster music festival… it’s been a fun one, but boy am I sleepy this morning! Today’s wedding though… oh this has brightened my heart already. It’s perfect. Beautiful bride Beth married her handsome hubby Lewis in Wales, styling their day with simple white and green touches – and bridesmaids in trouser suits kicking up a storm!! I just love this and know you will too. Thank you to our wonderful friend and sponsor, Hensol Castle wedding photographer Martin Dabek for sending us such a stunning wedding to share!

A brilliant review for Martin Dabek Photography at Hensol Castle, by Beth and Lewis (17)

Wedding photographer’s website:

martindabek.com

Lewis was an usher at his friend’s wedding a few years back and recommended Martin. Lewis is a bit camera shy but said he barely noticed Martin was taking any photos at all. His unobtrusive, in-the-moment approach was exactly what we were looking for.

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Today’s wedding is wonderfully sunny and warm, beautifully styled and sooo romantic – it’s absolutely wonderful and I’ve been so excited to share this with you! Gorgeous couple Amy and Niall were married in Somerset, and styled their day around their backgrounds: as Amy is from Yorkshire and Niall is from Wales they incorporated both of these into their day.

They chose the tythe barn at Priston Mill as their wedding venue, and our lovely friend Priston Mill wedding photographer Martin Dabek to capture their day. So grab a cuppa and join us as we enjoy scrolling through the beautiful photographs of this rustic, relaxed, natural wedding day, full of love and laughter!

 

DIY wedding style at Priston Mill with images by Martin Dabek Photography (9)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://martindabek.com/

How did you choose your photographer?

Martin Dabek is on the recommended list from Priston Mill wedding venue.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

We loved him! He is funny, kind and enthusiastic. You can tell he loves his job.

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Welcome to Monday, lovely people! I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend. I have some wonderful wedding features lined up for you this week: today we begin with a gloriously spring-inspired Wiltshire wedding. Then we’re sharing a couple of breathtaking editorial shoots to inspire your wedding style: a rustic look and a classic English Rose wedding style photoshoot. Thursday and Friday are all about the real weddings once again (and you will LOVE these!) then we’re filing the weekend with ideas for wedding gifts and entertainment. It doesn’t really get much better than this… and today’s wedding sent in by Wiltshire wedding photographer Martin Dabek is just so wonderfully unique and beautiful – I’ve been excited to share all the glorious images with you!

Tim and Leanne's beautiful Winkworth Farm wedding with Martin Dabek Photography (25)

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Sean & Charlotte’s Coombe Lodge wedding was relaxed, fun filled and full of love. Their theme of rustic romance in blush, cream and greens incorporated traditional touches: lace, hessian, lots of candles and lots of florals. Charlotte is stunning in an Essense of Australia dress, and Sean wears his military uniform – so today’s wedding will appeal to all of you lovelies who are looking for traditional, pretty and classic styling ideas for your day.

Coombe Lodge wedding photographer Martin Dabek Bristol (25)

All images by Coombe Lodge wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography.

As we don’t live locally to Coombe Lodge (Blagdon), most of our suppliers were found online, mainly through Google. Claire from TheWildeBunch arranged our wedding flowers as well as the styling. I knew I wanted cream and blush flowers, with some greenery and quite a rustic looking bouquet, with roses and gypsophila. The flowers were absolutely beautiful and exceeded my expectations.

Coombe Lodge wedding photographer Martin Dabek Bristol (33)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://martindabek.com/