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Morning everyone! Today’s wedding blog comes from Oulton Hall near Leeds in Yorkshire and is a gorgeous and spectacular day from beginning to end. Basia and Scott’s wedding was classic, classy and very cool indeed. This couple are ever so stylish, their wedding is divine and the dancing and laughter is a highlight of the whole day!

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Photography is by Sheffield wedding photographer, the lovely Mark Tierney. He captures such fantastic images – in this case, from the bride and groom getting ready right through the ceremony to the first dance and beyond.

Watch out for my favourite pictures: lacing the wedding gown and, in another room, the groom’s waistcoat. A lovely take on the traditional ‘bridal prep’ photos! Smile with me at Marge Simpson; sigh at the cute little flower girl watching Basia and Scott dancing; grin to see Granddad having a great time – he’s a brilliant dancer and almost steals the show!

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Every real wedding submission for English Wedding Blog has something that leaps out at me – and with Louise and Chris’s big day it’s the sentiment of what the wedding day meant to this very special couple.

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Yes, there are gorgeous details. But this wedding isn’t all about styling and decor. It’s a very personal celebration; very Yorkshire! Chris told me for him the personal touches really made the day sparkle, and also Louise’s words about her wedding dress – which she never loved – bring everything into perspective.

Of course she looked absolutely stunning in her Augusta Jones dress, but for today when we talk about ‘The One‘ in the context of a wedding blog… it’s especially nice that it means the groom. 🙂

I would heartily recommend a cup of Yorkshire tea with today’s real wedding, and in your best china. You’ll see why… Enjoy!

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Every English wedding should have character, and plenty of it. It doesn’t matter where that character comes from: from yourselves, from the venue you loved at first sight, from the wedding dress you adore or from the speeches or band. Your wedding should fit your personalities. It should be an occasion you will both remember fondly in years to come.

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Cat and Tom’s wedding shows you don’t need to make your own bunting to have a beautiful and personal wedding day which is filled with character. Their Yorkshire wedding is elegant and classically simple, with beauty to be found in Cat’s dress and wedding style (they really are a gorgeous-looking couple!), and in the magnificent wedding venue.

Cat and Tom were married at Yorkshire’s Castle Howard, in The Temple of the Four Winds. It’s stunning. This is how memories are made – and with gorgeous wedding photography by Mark Tierney along with Cat’s wedding report, I’m sure you’ll enjoy taking inspiration from their English wedding blog!

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denton hall wedding (13)I absolutely adore this and I hope you will too: Louise King and Jamie Green were married at Denton Hall in Yorkshire, and mixed the best of both worlds for their wedding.

They chose a luxury venue and beautiful styling to set the scene for their day, and incorporated their personalities in a fun and charming way with a Glasto theme: festival flags, their very own beer and CDs for wedding favours are just a few of their festival wedding ideas.
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I love this wedding: it shows how a theme can be a flavour of a wedding day without taking over, and there’s a delicious sense of fun at one of Yorkshire’s most elegant wedding venues – those flags are fantastic!

I hope any festival-loving brides and grooms out there can take inspiration from Louise and Jamie’s lovely wedding blog feature. The photography is from my old friend and Yorkshire wedding photographer Mark Tierney (and it’s ace to have you back on English Wedding Blog, Mark!)

Enjoy!

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Hello there! How’s your morning going so far? Mine: busy, happy, having fun being creative. And the best bit is the real wedding I have for you today.

A Derbyshire wedding from my friend Mark at Tierney Photography, this one really struck me because of the happy tears – it’s a beautiful occasion full of feeling as well as there being such stunning photographs in the glorious Peak District. I spent the first few years of my life living in this area, and I love the wild moorland and beautiful landscapes – this feels a bit like coming home.

Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (1)The wedding dress glows against the morning sunshine, Katie’s shoes catch the light and shimmer and shine…

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Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (3)Gorgeous wedding flowers and I love the whitewashed windowsill for these pictures – don’t they look fab?

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Tierney Photography Derbyshire wedding photographer (5)Katie is beautiful – this photograph captures that delicate vulnerability of a bride on her wedding morning. This picture takes my breath away… and it’s only the first one!

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alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (4)The royal wedding – a huge event for media in the UK, for the royal family and for anyone who enjoys a good bank holiday. It would be childish not to wish Kate and William well, so I’ll be raising a glass or two to the royal couple later today.

alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (14)But I won’t be slavishly following proceedings. I’ll be playing out, enjoying a nice family day instead. I like a big event. I like that people are celebrating and looking forward to seeing Kate’s dress and all the pomp and ceremony. If you’re brave enough for a street party in the rain, have a brilliant time!

alternative royal wedding Tierney Photography (15)Here on English Wedding there was only one way to mark the occasion. One of my favourite wedding photographers, Mark Tierney of Tierney Photography, was official photographer for an alternative royal wedding a few weeks ago. Mark has very kindly shared some lovely pics from his wedding photography blog.

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Hazlewood Castle is in the Domesday book, no less, and dates from as far back as 1086! It was the perfect wedding venue for Natsumi and Pete, who got married earlier in the spring. There are some really stunning images here, courtesy of Tierney Photography. I love the imagination of these first two images especially: the shadows are fab!

Pete and Natsumi’s wedding day at Hazlewood Castle in Yorkshire has so many stunning elements to it I know you’ll love this post. The baby girl is grinning as though she’s already got the wedding bug! I love the check floor with the little bridesmaid dancing across, and the lighting in the images of the castle itself…. I hope you love this wedding as much as I do. Enjoy!

Most of all Natsumi – her smile, the way she wears her gorgeous wedding dress and her confidence posing for the photos – she’s a real star and a beautiful bride.

Pete gets ready – with the instruction manual to get his tie just right!

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As our summers seem to be getting warmer outdoor weddings are finding their way onto the list of ‘must-haves’ for many UK brides and grooms; though the laws are still outdated and you can’t legally sign the register outside it doesn’t stop you from holding your wedding ceremony wherever you want it, indoors or out!

To celebrate all that is outdoor weddings Laurra from One Life Ceremonies, a Yorkshire based business specialising in personal wedding ceremonies that can be held absolutely anywhere, organised a photoshoot at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate.


Laurra says, “I organised this photoshoot as I wanted to show that you can hold your wedding ceremony wherever you like, it doesn’t have to be in the room of a hotel or a stuffy Register Office, couples are only limited by their imagination and we have conducted weddings in woodlands, fields, by rivers and in Papakata tents.

“I chose Goldsborough Hall as it is a pretty amazing wedding venue and it has the most beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens so I knew would provide a stunning backdrop to the shoot.”

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I know it’s the done thing to begin with a photo of the bride and groom, but I couldn’t resist showing this photo first!

Ah now maybe these two are the coolest wedding guests... a great shot!

A wonderful wedding, and a brilliant time is had by all!

I found Emma and Matt’s wedding just as I was researching and writing my little article about having a creative wedding outside of London. For me, being creative with your wedding is simply having a few little details which fly in the face of convention: and Emma and Matt did just that.

Their Yorkshire wedding was photographed by Tierney Photography. I love the details Mark Tierney captures when he shoots weddings – my favourites here have to be the campervan, the mini and the little boy having a brilliant time playing in the autumn leaves!

Emma looks fabulous in a wedding dress with a pretty halterneck that really suits and flatters her gorgeous hourglass figure. She also oozes confidence: finding a dress that is really You will make you feel a million dollars on your wedding day, and Emma really did – I love it!

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A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

A passionate kiss and a fantastic image with vintage processing

How to describe this wedding in a short title… yikes: couldn’t do it! Nicky and Martyn will be familiar to many of you from the English Wedding e-shoot week we did in January. Little did I know when I featured one of wedding photographer Mark Tierney‘s favourite engagement shoots that the couple were already married and that their wedding photographs would blow me away.

And yet I checked out the Tierney Photography blog just to see – and I found this gorgeous wedding which I had to blog! Beautiful bride Nicky’s look is out of this world: she mixes classic and quirky in the most incredibly exciting way. Not only that, groom Martyn is gorgeous and the photographs of their wedding day are knock-your-socks-off fabulous with a cherry on top.

This wedding is already a favourite of mine and I know you’ll love it too.

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!

Nicky's quirky alternative fascinator is what first made me gasp out loud. Doesn't she look incredible!

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Urban e shoot - by Tierney Photography in Sheffield

Urban e shoot - by Tierney Photography in Sheffield

To continue e-shoot week on English Wedding with something really special, today I have a brilliant urban shoot to share with you. Nicky and Martyn chose the centre of Sheffield for their pre-wedding photography, and there are some stunning and original shots here which really stand out for me: the tram speeding past is really creative and Nicky and Martyn themselves are pretty cool customers too!

This e-shoot goes to show you can choose any location for engagement photography: cityscapes have their own stark beauty and often bags more character than countryside and landscaped gardens. If you live in the city, love it and identify yourself as a city girl or boy – then consider your favourite haunts and explore your hometown on your e-shoot.

Tierney Photography have stepped up to show you how it’s done.

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Nicky is a natural in front of the camera

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Nicky and Martyn suit this style of shoot so well and they make a great looking couple

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engagement photography on english weddingHello there, and happy Sunday night / Monday morning. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed as much gorgeous sunshine as we had here in Cheshire today. Well it’s back to work with a bump on Monday morning – for me too – but I think I can lift your spirits by saying… “Welcome one and all to e-shoot week on the English Wedding blog!”

This week’s all about engagements. Christmas and New Year are peak times for proposals, and if you’re just setting out on your wedding planning adventure let me say a very happy Congratulations to you and your other half – and enjoy every second of the whole experience! It will be a journey you will never forget.

So what’s e-shoot week all about? I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some pre-wedding photography sessions with everyone. I featured the first ever e-shoot on English Wedding back in October and it inspired me to look into pre-wedding photography in a big way. Many photographers offer engagement photography as a way to get comfortable with being photographed before your big day – and I think it’s a fantastic thing to do.