Inspirational UK Wedding Blog

Models with binoculars

We are very excited to feature this beautiful styled ‘Last Days of Summer’ shoot on the blog today.

Okay, so we know that summer is not yet upon us, but this shoot reminds us of the long summer days ahead. The dramatic make-up by Claire Salter and dreamy palettes created by Ailsa McLaggan have been captured perfectly by Sarah Jones Photography…

“The name came about as the shoot had been conceived some time ago, but due to everyone’s working schedules we didn’t shoot until much later, the 28th August, so it literally felt like the very last days of summer!  It was a shoot that was very dependent on the weather as we wanted it to look summery and light, so we were very lucky in the end; the dappled sunshine through the trees and the hazy light as the sun went down was just what we were after.

“The idea behind the shoot was to create these two beautiful fashion creatures and a whimsical dwelling for them in the meadows using furniture, beds and tables. We wanted soft, dreamy palettes and silhouettes, but brought an edge to the look by adding curiosities such as skulls, wishbones, cut glass, binoculars and antlers – we almost wanted to create the idea that our fashion creatures were surviving by hunting and gathering objects of beauty from around their habitat. I tore pages from old nature books and chose lines from classic pastoral poets to nail to the trees, and used large sprays of fennel as floral decoration, again to reinforce the hunter/gatherer idea, but also to suggest a sense of romanticism and creativity.

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Bride and groom by large grand wedding venue - Picture by Pixies in the Cellar

Image © Pixies in the Cellar



Mark Seymour - Mark Seymour Photography

Interview with: Mark Seymour

Company Name: Mark Seymour Photography


Location / Coverage: London, UK, Europe

How did the business get started and who works at Mark Seymour Photography?

I started the business over fifteen years ago and I work by myself. I have kept the company small so that I can concentrate on a smaller number of weddings, focusing on each and every bride and their unique wedding, which enables me to give the bridal couple outstanding customer service, in addition to the great set of storytelling images of their day.

Bride standing on balcony - Picture by Mark Seymour Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’ve been a photographer really all my life; picking my first camera up at the age of just five years old. I’ve always loved capturing my family and friends, and recording the emotions and events of people’s lives.

Bride and groom holding hands - Picture by Mark Seymour Photography

Can you remember what the first picture you took was of?

It was of my brother with an old Kodak Box Brownie… here’s the proof!

Old photograph of two boys taking pictures - Picture by Mark Seymour Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Although most of the weddings I photograph are around London, Berkshire and Surrey, I photograph around the UK at a range of different locations. In addition I have been fortunate to have been asked to travel all over Europe to photograph brides’ special days.

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Bride and groom standing in misty woodland - Picture by Linzie Russo Photography

Image © Linzie Russo Photography



Bride in venice

When you think of the most romantic places in the world, a place which usually comes to mind is Venice. So, how about wearing your wedding dress again after your wedding, and having pictures taking in this romantic hotspot? That’s exactly what Anna Dabek did.

With the colourful backdrop of Burano Island and Venice, these Cherish the Dress pictures, taken by Anna’s husband Martin of PhotoDabek, are amazing…

“The Cherish the Dress shoot took place in October 2011 in Venice. In fact this was a Cherish the Dress shoot for my wife, Anna.

“We married on October 8th in 2011 in Poland, and the shoot took place on Burano Island near Venice, and in Venice itself. We chose this location as Venice is a very romantic city with lots of amazing backgrounds, and the temperature and lighting conditions are great in October. Another factor was the very reasonable tickets from a low-cost airline :)

“We decided on the day to visit Burano Island first, as there are lots of lovely colourful houses and it’s not as busy as the centre of Venice, then we continued the session in Venice itself until the evening.”

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Bride behind condensated window with heart drawn in it - Picture by Jess Petrie Photography

Image © Jess Petrie Photography


Easter is one of our favourite times of the year; a long weekend, loads of chocolate, spring in the air… what’s not to love?

Last year we shared ideas for an Easter Themed Wedding, so this year we thought we would go brighter with a wedding inspiration mood board of bright Easter wedding ideas.

Bright Easter Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Easter Egg Surprise Wedding Favour – Paper Pony

Peeking Bunny Cookies – Hello Bakery via Etsy

Bride and Groom Easter Egg Place Names – Picture by McAvoy Wedding Photography

Monogram Eggs for Place Settings – Lil’ Luna

Easter Egg Moustaches – No.2 Pencil

Easter Tree – Via Pinterest

Speckled Egg Cake – The Cake Blog

Painted Eggs – Via A Creative Mint

Bride smiling into mirror - Picture by Photography by Clare

Image © Photography by Clare



Venue Name: Holiday Inn London – Sutton


Location: Sutton, Surrey

What type of venue is Holiday Inn London-Sutton?

Holiday Inn London-Sutton is a modern full service hotel in the heart of Sutton in South London, ideally located just 30 minutes from Gatwick via the M25, 10 minutes from Wimbledon and 15 minutes from Kingston, with direct train links to London Victoria.

Our spacious banquet room, the Orchard Suite, makes the ideal setting for your wedding day’s dinner and reception. It can cater for up to 150 guests for a sit down meal and 200 guests for the evening reception.

Holiday Inn London Sutton - Exterior By Day

Is Holiday Inn London-Sutton licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Yes – The hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies at the hotel itself, for up to 140 guests.

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Holiday Inn London-Sutton?

The Holiday Inn Sutton, with its impeccable service has welcomed many happy couples and their families and friends in the past. Our experience can help make your dreams of the perfect wedding day come true.

What are the capacities for a wedding at Holiday Inn London-Sutton?

  • Ceremony: 140
  • Banquet Meal: Max 156
  • Reception: 220

Holiday Inn London Sutton - Junction Restaurant

Does Holiday Inn London-Sutton have its own caterers or can couples choose to bring in their own caterers?

Yes, we have our own in-house caterers, and outside catering arrangements can also be made.

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Groom kissing bride on head in a field - Picture by Lena Love Light

Image © Lena Love Light