Rules of Church Weddings Relaxed

Church leaders have decided to relax the current laws which previously prevented couples from marrying in a church where they don’t have a “qualifying connection” to the parish.


Church of England marriages have dropped over the last 10 years by 40 per cent to around 55,000 marriages per year. Leaders are hoping that this change in the law will help to entice couples to marry in churches rather than having civil ceremonies in country houses, stately homes and hotels.

Rules Difficult to Justify

Church officials admitted that the old rules were difficult to justify and excluded people unnecessarily. Now brides and grooms-to-be will have greater freedom to choose a church which best suits their needs.

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MPA Awards Matt Pereira - Isabelle

Well Done Matt Pereira!

Huge congratulations to Matt Pereira, who last week received several awards at the MPA (Master Photographers Association) South East Region Annual Awards. The MPA are the most prestigious awards for photography in the UK.

Every year each of the 14 different regions hold an awards ceremony. Photographers submit images in several different categories, which are then judged against each other.

The South East Region awards consisted of some 300 images, across several categories:

Classical Wedding, Contemporary Wedding, Reportage Wedding, Classical Portrait, Contemporary Portrait, Pets, Under 5’s, Family Portrait, Fashion & Beauty, “Pictorial, Illustrative, Fine Art, Landscape & Travel”.

Matt was delighted to be awarded…

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