One of the best ways to get ideas for your wedding is to see what other couples did. We feature lots of beautiful real weddings from the UK and abroad, covering all sorts of different wedding styles. Get inspiration from real weddings featuring stunning photography, beautiful details and incredible venues…
Today I’m sharing pictures from a beautiful, relaxed wedding in the Norfolk countryside. Jess and Tom’s wedding style was rustic and elegant, with so many pretty details. Jess created a lot of the wedding details herself, including the stationery and table decorations; she is very talented!
I really love Jess’ bridal bouquet. Full of foliage, it works so well with the rustic vibe. Their reception venue, a local village hall, provided a great space to style with rustic wedding decor, including a cool pallet bar, wooden seating plan, hessian bunting, lanterns and beautiful rectangular tables with white wooden chairs.
Jess’ bridal style is so relaxed. Her lace Monsoon wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous and shows that you don’t need to spend thousands on the perfect dress. The blush pink bridesmaid dresses from Next really complement Jess’ lacy number too.
If you’re looking for wedding inspiration that’s natural and rustic but with a modern twist then you’ll love these wonderful ideas, captured by Grace Elizabeth.
“Tom and I met through a mutual friend when we went out for a meal.
“Tom’s proposal was cute and relaxed by the river near my parents’ house; a route we’d very often walked. We’d spoken about getting engaged but I had no idea it would happen! That made it even more special.”
I am ridiculously in love with Stef and Col’s colourful, modern wedding at Graciosa, and I’m delighted to share these fabulous pictures taken by Lara Hotz. I adore a colourful wedding, and when it’s combined with a cool venue and amazing styling I’m in heaven!
Usually I don’t start with the shoes when talking about a wedding, but Stef’s shoes are so darn cool! For me, her pair of mint green jewelled platforms by Kat Maconie set the tone for the entire wedding – cool, hip, and really fun.
Stef and Col’s wedding ceremony took place outside against the backdrop of a bamboo wooded area (which later provided a great spot for pictures), followed by a reception in an old barn which provided the most amazing blank canvas for the couple to style. Magnificent flowers formed the main decor detail, with beautiful lighting and flower installations on the ceiling and behind the bridal table. Vases of vibrant peonies and roses lined the long tables and filled the room with colour.
Whilst I’m talking of flowers, the bridal bouquets are some of the most incredible I have ever seen and work so well with both Stef’s wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Stef’s bridesmaids wore really pretty mint green shift dresses adorned with pretty flowers from ASOS, and a pair of sparkly high heels.
So, to Stef’s wedding dress… WOW! It shows that you can buy a dress off the shelf from the high street and look and feel incredible. I just adore this dress, especially the floaty lace sleeves that danced around her (they look great in the pictures!). For the evening Stef changed into a short dress that is just as gorgeous as the main wedding dress. So, if you’re going for a cheaper option, maybe you could have two dresses for the price of one?
Every little detail of this wedding has been cleverly planned and the concept works so well. They wanted Palm Spring meets boho look and this is exactly what they achieved and the whole thing is utterly romantic, colourful and pretty darn cool!
“Col and I met while we were working at Apple. The day I started was the busiest day of the year (Black Friday), and he was so helpful and I remember thinking ‘Oh wow, this guy is so lovely’. We had this instant connection and spent all our lunch breaks together. Friendship then blossomed into romance and the rest is history.
“Col and I had been together for about four years and had not been able to travel yet, so we decided to go to Japan. Col had been before but this was my first time, so Col handled the itinerary.
“We splurged and decided to spend one night in Kinosaki towards the end of our trip. After travelling around Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima we finally made it to this beautiful little town with koi fish, hot springs and bridges. It was so beautiful. When we arrived the owner took me and let me pick out a beautiful kimono and headpiece to wear; I felt like a princess.
“Col and I decided to go out for dinner, but being so close to Christmas everything was shut. Col was panicking, which is very unlike him, but I just happy to be there. We ended up at this restaurant that was so average and he just kept apologising, then after dinner he asked if I wanted to take photos on the bridge. Feeling like a princess, I obviously said yes.
“Once we got there he said he had a gift for me and pulled a huge box from his bag. Totally confused, I opened it and inside was a book of illustrations. It was hand-painted, watercolour illustrations of our trip in Japan, with everything we saw and visited in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. Then it said, “But our next memory will be our favourite”. I quickly flipped the page, tears already streaming down my face – it was a question in Japanese. I flipped the page again – it was a picture of us both in Kinosaki, on that bridge with him on one knee. As I looked up Col was holding my grandmother’s engagement ring, and he asked me “Will you marry me?” I don’t think I have ever cried harder or louder.”
I’m delighted to feature the beautiful wedding of Hayley and Chris that took place at the stunning wedding venue, Mythe Barn. Delicate pastel colours are always a popular choice for summer weddings, and when paired with gorgeous flowers, beautiful natural wood and romantic candles, they set the scene for a beautiful rustic wedding.
If you’re having a summer wedding in the countryside then it lends itself to being a floral-filled day. Hayley and Chris chose pretty country garden florals in shades of pink and white, which form the base of this rustic wedding styling.
Flowers adorn each of the wedding tables, surrounding large storm vases with pillar candles that sit upon and around natural oak slices for a touch of rustic elegance. Hayley’s posy style bouquet with roses, dahlias, daisies and astilbe is also perfect for a summer wedding.
Surrounded by the Leicestershire countryside, the rustic elements are right at home. I love the DIY touches like the Prosecco and popcorn stations (my kind of wedding) and the beer barrel cake stand surrounded by gypsophila covered crates. Even the wooden place names on the tables add to the rustic nature of this beautiful wedding.
With cornfields surrounding the barn, photographer James Andrew captured Hayley and Chris in a fun, relaxed way that tells the story of their wedding day perfectly.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of this pretty pastel pink wedding at Mythe Barn.
What does the wedding of self-confessed ‘nerds’ look like? Well honestly, pretty darn awesome! This rainbow geek chic wedding in Cambridge really is very cool.
Any wedding where the bride wears a fabulous pair of blue polka dot and watercolour Irregular Choice shoes, and the groom has a funky pair of Irregular Choice boots, is always going to be a hit in my eyes! The whole wedding was quirky, original and, most importantly, fun.
I feature a lot of weddings with handmade elements, but this wedding has some of the best. Katy and Garry used comics to decoupage papier-mâché letters, made 1000 origami cranes which they scattered over their tables for decoration, and used illustrations from their favourite films and TV shows as their table centrepieces.
Using buttons, Garry handmade the very cute buttonholes for the groomsmen, which complemented Katy’s incredible button and brooch wedding bouquet, made by I Heart Buttons. The buttonholes also included cool Star Wars badges to tie in with their theme.
Now, any brides stressing out a little about the cost of wedding dresses, stop right now! How much do you think Katy’s gorgeous vintage tea length lace wedding dress cost? Just £60! This just shows that you do not have to pay a fortune for your dream wedding dress if you are on a budget. Katy rocks this bargain dress with her cool blue shoes and a cute birdcage veil.
Everything about this wedding is fun, bright and bold (including an awesome rainbow layered wedding cake), and it’s a real joy to share these amazing pictures by Lina and Tom…
Running, Slipknot and Puddings
“Garry and I were both widowed in 2014, and had joined an organisation called Widowed and Young. Myself and another member organised a meal for people living in Cambridgeshire, and Garry came along to that. As he was a bit late, the only seat left was next to me. We bonded over talk of running, Slipknot and puddings, although neither of us was looking for a relationship at that time.
“We decided to stay in touch as we had got on so well, and we started going on ‘non-dates’, including to the local driving range, out for tea and red velvet cake, and to local country pubs, including the Three Horseshoes in Madingley… Eventually the non dates became proper ones!
Magical Mystery Date Evening
“Garry arranged for us to have a magical mystery date evening at the Three Horseshoes, where we’d had our final ‘non-date’. He had arranged for a large red velvet cake to be baked and decorated with red roses, a large red fondant heart with the ring box on it, and the words ‘Katy will you marry me?’ piped around the top. He excused himself from the table and returned carrying the cake, before getting down on one knee!”
This wedding is super-cool. I mean, come on… a dog in a tux, the groom in a white suit and the bride with two outfits including a fabulous silver jumpsuit; these three things alone make for a REALLY cool wedding, right?! And the best thing? The wedding has a 70’s disco vibe!
I absolutely love every little detail of this amazing wedding that took place at Merribee, New South Wales, in its seven acres of landscaped gardens. Eden and James had a wonderful outdoor wedding ceremony, followed by a party reception in the barn. The couple styled the barn with long banquet style rustic tables adorned with pretty floral and fruit arrangements. Eden and James chose a colour palette of soft pinks, peach and berry hues, and the berries and fruits work really well and give another dimension to the styling. The barn was styled with really cool Sputnik chandeliers, disco balls, incredible floral installations that drape from the timbers of the barn, and metallic gold foil curtain drapes for the walls.
Now, when I said Eden wore two outfits, I should have said “two of the most beautiful wedding outfits I’ve ever seen”! For the wedding ceremony Eden wore ‘Zeppelin’ by Rue De Seine, a divine 70’s inspired dress just perfect for her. The layered skirt panelling, full front split and angel sleeves make this dress really unique. For the reception party Eden changed into the most incredible silver, custom beaded silk wedding jumpsuit by Hayley Burton Bridal. It was the perfect choice for Eden to dance the night away in at their 70’s disco themed wedding.
I really love the choice of bridesmaid dresses too. Each bridesmaid wore a different dress in soft pink or blush to match the colour palette; some short, some long, some floral, some plain, but together they created a really pretty look.
This really is one hell of a wedding and party, with awesome food and a spectacular wedding cake that gave the guests the fuel they needed to dance the night away! A huge thank you to Lara Hotz Photography for sharing this spectacular 70’s disco themed wedding…
I Nearly Died
“James and I met at 4am on Oxford Street in Sydney. That was nearly nine years ago now, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Wow, how time flies!
“James proposed on my 30th birthday. I had planned a trip to the Hunter Valley with about 15 of our friends, and was all stressed out, trying to make everything go smoothly.
“The night before the wine tour, James said he wanted to take me somewhere before we go; as I’m a bit of a lightweight I assumed it was breakfast. So, we got up early and James drove me to this secluded patch of bushland, complete with a little bubbling brook – it was beautiful! He pulled out a picnic basket with all my favourites, but then our dog, Theo, started rolling in something. I started yelling, trying to get up to stop him, and while this was happening, James was trying to get my attention.
“It took me a second to realise he was down on one knee in front of me. “I was just wondering if you would marry me?” he said. I nearly died, and of course I said yes! Soon afterwards, we went back to the house where our cheering friends were! We all went on to have a huge rager, dancing and laughing until the sun came up. That day was one of the happiest days of my life!”