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’s real wedding pictures come from this beautiful, country wedding in New South Wales, photographed by Jonas Peterson Photography. Claire and Nick created a perfectly relaxed yet elegant wedding without really even trying. The couple said they were not too fussed about creating a wedding ‘style’, they just added items that they liked and it all came together… sometimes this just works!
“We didn’t really have a wedding “style” per se. It was important to us that everyone felt comfortable; out-of-town weddings demand more from guests than your standard wedding, so we wanted to make sure people didn’t feel burdened by the long trip. Style wasn’t important to us, really. We just kept adding little things that we both liked and thankfully it all worked out for the best. We used Penguin books in the place of table numbers because we thought it would be a little way for us to have some fun and was a nice way to reflect that part of our personalities without going over the top. We also bought a Fuji Polaroid camera off eBay so our guests could have some fun taking photos. We laced some twine on a wrought iron display so our friends and family could hang up their shots.”
Marieleng and Joachim married in April 2011 in the divine and picturesque 13th century château, Château de Bagnols in France, and were blessed with a perfect spring day.
The wedding was a perfect reflection of the couple; classic and understated. As they live in Singapore, they invited about 60 guests to the château in the beautiful Beaujolais area of France, just north of Lyon, to celebrate with them.
The whole day was simply beautiful. The bride wore an ivory satin Grecian style wedding dress, teamed with elegant curls and fabulous sparkly gold Christian Louboutin shoes. The ladies wore gorgeous long dresses and the male guests wore classic black tie attire. The château, string quartet, asymmetric bridesmaid dresses, abundance of exquisite flowers, the weather and the setting made Marieleng and Joachim’s wedding the chic affair they had always dreamt of.
Today we are hoping to brighten up your day with this amazing colourful wedding with fabulous creative details by Elizabeth Anne Weddings, photographed by Whitney Furst for Laura Ivanova Photography. Katherine and Scott had the most amazing wedding that was personalised to them; from the vintage vases belonging to the bride’s mum to the family dog who joined the festivities!
“When Scotty and I first started talking about what kind of wedding we wanted, we immediately envisioned a beach wedding; small, with just immediate family and friends. I am not exactly the typical bride who has dreamed about her wedding for the past 28 years, I really just wanted to make it official! One thing led to another and we just couldn’t make it work for so many different reasons. Driving home from spending New Year at the lake I was feeling a little dejected that all of our wedding plans were basically falling through! We drove past Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota, and decided to make a phone call to see if they were available to do a Minnesota wedding in July; they were! We signed a contract the next week. We were getting married, up north, ‘in the woods!’
“We knew we wanted something a little different from the usual wedding. Most importantly I didn’t want a typical “up north, woodsy” wedding with birch bark and pine boughs everywhere! I wanted something unique. Most of all, we wanted all of our guests to feel completely comfortable, sort of like a backyard summer party, but still elegant. I wanted something whimsical with a lot of personal touches.
“We also didn’t want to buy a bunch of stuff that we wouldn’t use again, or waste money on rental items. So, I dug through my mama’s things, stuff I have collected over the years, and sort of came up with a menagerie of things that we already owned; milk glass, antique dishes, mason jars, and other trinkets that somehow came together to make our day really beautiful. The things we did purchase all had to have a purpose once the big day was over. We purchased ticking stripe that my childhood nanny made into tablecloths, which we will upholster our kitchen chairs and outdoor furniture with this fall. We didn’t want to have things go to waste. We used the resources that we had on hand, and added to them when needed; everything was carefully thought out.
“When Scotty and I pulled up in the golf cart to our reception site it took my breath away! I never knew I had a dream wedding so to speak, but I can honestly say that we had the wedding of our dreams. It was the best day of our lives, and I am still blown away by how magical the entire evening was! I would relive that day 1,000 times if I could!”
Today we have pictures to share with you from this beautiful wedding at Wilder Mansion in Illinois, USA, photographed by Rojo Foto Design. Not only did Whitney and RW incorporate so much of their lives into the style and vision for their wedding with books, art, libraries and handmade elements, but they surrounded themselves with their amazing friends and family and celebrated in a beautiful way.
“Both RW and I found our wedding theme becoming an idea of natural elegance, although our initial plan of attack for the wedding was to simply pick what we loved; luckily it all fell beautifully into place.
“For our flowers, I found myself drawn to the fresh cotton bolls from the fields of Alabama, Crespedia, Ranunculus, and fresh succulents from the garden. Our cake was ginger and fresh blueberry, with a butter cream frosting pouring between the layers of cake, exposing the browned sides of the cake’s baked edges. Our venue was the old Elmhurst Public Library which was built in 1922, and it wasn’t until 2003 that it closed its doors to being an official library; what a hidden gem and inspirational setting this was for us, since RW is a librarian. From that inspiration we handcrafted paper chains from book pages, planters cut out of whole books, and table numbers made out of vintage books, with chalkboard paint applied to the surface of the book covers which allowed us to write on them. With the building’s stunning chandeliers, old silvered mirrors, tiled fireplaces, hardwood floors and unique crown moulding, pure elegance emerged to swiftly pair up with that natural tone already in play.”
Katie-Jane and Philip’s wedding, photographed by Ian Shoots Weddings, was a handmade affair, with the reception taking place in the bride’s parent’s back garden following a church ceremony. The couple hired a tipi and decorated the garden with the things they love to create a really personal and beautiful setting. They even converted the shed into ‘The Poppy Red Shed’ (Poppy Red is a bar in Birmingham where the bride and groom first met) which they stocked with local ales, spirits and liqueurs and guests were able to serve themselves.
“I (Katie) am in fashion so our wedding was always going to be different! We wanted to make sure there was less formality and more personality. Using personal inspiration and vision we focused on what the guests would experience and how that would make us feel. The sun came out as soon as we stepped into the garden and the day just got better and better.
“All our invites were handmade and were handkerchiefs stamped with the details, wrapped in a doily, and posted with a portrait stamp of the bride and groom. The table names were named after old ladybird books which were all personal to the group of friends and family on each table, e.g. The Elves and the Shoemaker (bride’s work friends), Computer (grooms work colleagues). We had a teacup chandelier hovering over the top table and the cake table, which was brought together by several guests bringing their own cakes to share. Ian our photographer really captured the true essence of the day showing it was more of a festival than a wedding reception.”