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…
Emma and Stuart’s wedding, photographed by Georgi Mabee Photography, took place at Wadenhoe House, a stunning 17th century manor house. It was an elegant yet relaxed wedding, with close friends and family enjoying the beautiful country location.
“We wanted to have a small, relaxed celebration with close friends and family in the UK, as most of my friends and family are in New Zealand. Stu is from Cambridgeshire, and wanted a country location where all our guests could stay together.
“We chose 50’s/60’s wedding attire, and the colour scheme was dusky pink, to go with the under netting of my dress. We kept the table centrepieces simple, placing pink roses in cream pails, and I made the confetti cones myself using brown paper and a bird stamp.”
Photographed by Anneli Marinovich Photography, Beth and Jon’s fabulous winter wedding took place last December at Somerford Hall, an elegant Georgian mansion in Staffordshire.
With the entire mansion at their disposal, this was the perfect venue for their wedding celebration, with family and friends travelling from far and wide to attend. With Christmas decorations up and photos of Beth and Jon and their families arranged all around the lounge, it really looked like the wedding took place in their own mansion!
With their shared love of New York, the couple wanted to create a 1950’s New York feel. With Beth’s vintage polka dot wedding dress and red birdcage fascinator from Fur Coat No Knickers, and Jon’s navy suit and red tie, you could almost imagine them walking the streets of New York City, hand in hand, in the 1950s! The evening ended on a very festive note, with a Ceilidh band playing in the ballroom.
“The aim was to have all our family and friends together in a country house, and for it to feel like it was ours for the weekend, rather than it being all about the wedding itself. The colour theme was red, white and blue, and we incorporated some vintage style. The colours came from the dress and suit and were reflected in other items such as the flowers and invitations. We added things we liked, such as a cake of cheese, and things with meaning, such as New York references and family photos.
“We wanted an informal feel so we could really spend quality time with everyone. We had a dinner the night before so people could catch up and friends could meet before the day itself. New York was where we got engaged so we were keen this was represented.
“We brought family photos, tea cups and decorations from home to personalise the house and make it feel like ours. We screen printed the save the dates, invitations and table place names. The table names were New York places and we used old postcards bought in New York as the table signs. We made favours using Christmas tree decorations which matched the place name cards.”
Today we are featuring the beautiful wedding of Claire and Grant, photographed by Mirrorbox Photography. This gorgeous vintage inspired wedding took place in Anstruther Town Hall, which gave the couple a blank canvas that allowed them to be creative with their decor. Styled with vintage tableware, bunting, cool favours and beautiful flowers, they really brought the venue to life.
“We both decided straight away that we wanted to get married in Anstruther as it was where Grant proposed. The obvious choice for us was Anstruther Town Hall; it’s a fabulous building with lots of quirky features and a lot of flexible space. This allowed us to be creative and imaginative with our ideas.
“We love all things vintage, and as the wedding dress I had picked was vintage inspired, it was a theme we carried throughout the wedding.
“We chose wild flowers for the table centrepieces displayed in a mixture of glass jars and bottles, mismatched crockery, pretty lovebirds and bunting, and a VW camper van to take us to the church. I wore my gran’s pearls and a beautiful vintage hair grip given to me by my older sister. Grant also wanted to give a nod to times gone by and had 3 piece suits tailor-made for himself and his best man.”
The wedding of Joann and Jo, planned by Details by Design Events, is so quirky we just had to share it with you. Photographed by Paco and Betty, the wedding took place among the Redwoods at Nestldown in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, where Joann and Jo went all out creating a 1920’s fashion inspired wedding which looked amazing. They even had paper boys delivering programmes to all the guests!
“The theme for the day wasn’t originally a theme, but sort of a plethora of things we’ve always been drawn to. When everything came together, it just made sense somehow. We have always been interested in DIY and antique/vintage things, whether it be art, music, or even old ways of doing things like typewriting or handwriting a letter. I guess you could say that our goal wasn’t to do anything that hasn’t been done before, but to try and create a timeless memory by gathering things that have always been inspiring to us.
“The most memorable moment for us was probably seeing family and friends in one place; everyone happy, laughing and just having a good time, realising that something like that is very rare.”
Holly and Matthew enjoyed a fun-filled wedding day surrounded by their closest friends and family, featuring their favourite aspects of Scarborough; relaxed, charming and unfussy. They wanted the theme to remain local in its essence, engrossed in Scarborough culture; featuring rural pub-life, fresh sea air and of course those famous Scarborough fish and chips! These pictures by York Place Studios show they certainly achieved their goal.
After treating their guests to some of Scarborough’s finest at the Victoria Seaview Restaurant (alongside a proper Yorkshire pot of tea!) Mr and Mrs Kotzé presented their guests with a unique wedding favour: hand-bound scrolls inscribed with the same story Holly’s sister had read out at the ceremony, written by the bride herself.
“We decided right away to do this sooner rather than later because we’re just that sort of couple. We got back to the UK after the boat’s season in the November so decided on an early December wedding. We knew immediately it would be in my local town of Scarborough and even more local village of Cloughton. The scenery is just stunning and we wanted to show Matthew’s South African family a true taste of British Seaside and North Yorkshire life.
“The things we both considered important were good people, good music and good scenery.”