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Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from County Wedding Magazines' Real Weddings features.

The love boat

The love boat

Laura and Matthew first met each other in sixth form 14 years ago, but it wasn't until 2016 that they started dating. From that moment, the couple embarked on a journey together where they discovered more about one another and created everlasting memories. Laura says: "Matt proposed when we were on holiday in Cyprus. He didn't know when he was going to do it but knew I had always loved my nana's engagement ring, so several months earlier he had gone to see my mum to ask her permission to give it to me. He wrapped the ring in a pair of shorts and put them in the beach bag that I carried around for days! On the last evening, we went for a walk after a meal to our favourite spot, sat on a rock and he popped the question on the 25th September, 2018, and just shy of a year later we got married!"... read more

A dreamy day

A dreamy day

Harriet and Jacob met at a rugby game in their last year of primary school. "Over the years our friendship grew, and we've been inseparable since we were 15," says Harriet. "Jacob proposed to me on our 10th anniversary. We decided to have a weekend away at De Vere Tortworth Court in Gloucester to celebrate. We were walking through the grounds when Jacob gave me an anniversary card. By the time I'd finished reading it, he'd got down on one knee and presented me with a beautiful ring. We were over the moon and couldn't have been happier."... read more

Love was made for me and you

Love was made for me and you

In 2010, Ellie found herself competing against Joe for a placement at BMW. "Thankfully we both got the job!" Ellie says. "And the rest is history." Being from opposite ends of the country, the pair spent a lot of time travelling to see family. It was on one weekend visiting Ellie's parents down south that Joe knew it was time to pop the question.... read more

Party on

Party on

Musicians Lauren and Tim met in the most romantic setting – a wedding – where a mutual friend did some skilful matchmaking. "We ended up talking late into the night," Lauren says. And the rest is history. "I went on a four-week U.S. tour with Rick Astley," Lauren says. "While I was away, Tim worked on fixing up our house." His plan was to propose to Lauren in their wonderful new home when she got back, but it didn't quite pan out that way. Tim got booked for a gig in Egypt, with the flight departing an hour after Lauren arrived back in London. Not wanting to wait any longer, Tim met Lauren in Costa Coffee at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.... read more

Great Scott!

Great Scott!

Hayley and Jack met at their local pub: "Our close friends were dating at the time, so they got us talking," Hayley explains. She'd not long turned 18 so it was one of her first legal drinks! Not long after Jack asked her for a date and that's when they really started to click. "Jack has a great sense of humour, he's very witty. We still laugh constantly and are best friends as well as husband and wife."... read more

Garden party

Garden party

Chloe and Ian lived in the same village and kept noticing each other from afar before they met. "Two different sets of friends tried to set us up on a blind date," Chloe tells us. When the couple did eventually enjoy their first date together, it was on 21st June 2017, two years before they would be married. "We both knew very quickly that we were going to be together because we share a love of walking, being outdoors, a passion for animals and some of the finer things in life while both being pretty down to earth at the same time,"... read more

Pretty pastels

Pretty pastels

Although Hannah and Alex both went to the same school, he was in the year above and it wasn't until Hannah's friend's 17th birthday party that they met properly. They chatted all night and ended up exchanging numbers. Two weeks later it turned out they were both going to Reading Festival with the same group of friends. "We really hit it off, spent most of our time there together and shared our first kiss," remembers Hannah. "We felt a connection straight away and really enjoyed each other's company and making each other laugh."... read more

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Gemma and Rowan met in 2007, but Rowan was at boarding school so they kept in contact via Myspace and MSN Messenger (that's a blast from the past!) before meeting up again at Reading Festival in 2008. "We spent the whole weekend drinking and watching bands together," Gemma remembers. "After that, we started dating."... read more

The perfect match

The perfect match

Time stood still for Zac the very first moment he laid eyes on Hannah at the department store where they both worked, during their late teens. "I hadn't met her before as she worked mostly weekends, when I was off. So, when I saw this beautiful brunette walk through my department, everything went by in slow motion," he says. Once Zac had picked his jaw up off the floor, he asked a colleague for her name, and found her on Facebook. Hannah remembers, "We couldn't stop messaging each other right from day one. Zac's confidence and determination are what attracted me to him, plus I love a tall fella!"... read more

All you need is love

All you need is love

Rosalind and Alex were the first couple to say their vows at Southend Barns since it was forced to close for events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The pair enjoyed a small ceremony with just eight close friends and family in the setting of The Secret Garden, the venue's fully licenced outdoor wedding area.... read more

Love is all around

Love is all around

Sophie and Abel tied the knot surrounded by their friends and family in a romantic ceremony at their local church. Sophie and Abel met at work. "Abel had the cheek to ask my boss to set us up on a date," says Sophie. "My boss suggested I go for a drink with him as I was new to the role. I thought he was really fun and attractive and we've been together ever since."... read more

Made for two

Made for two

A bicycle made for two; and the theme of the day for Rachel and Robert. Passionate cyclists Rachel Vann and Robert Nicholls met through their local cycling club, and while on, of course, a cycling holiday in the Pyrenees, South of France in September 2018 Robert took this opportunity to pop the question.... read more

Timeless elegance

Timeless elegance

After a romantic South American proposal, Natalie and Devon enjoyed their big day at Putteridge Bury. Natalie and Devon first met at university during a social night. Devon says: "When I noticed her sat at a party table with an empty chair next to her, I went straight to it and began a conversation with her – she was the most beautiful girl in the room."... read more

The fellowship of the ring

The fellowship of the ring

Maria and David had a beautiful The Lord of the Rings-themed wedding. Maria and David met in an oh-so modern way, online. "We bonded over our love of Game of Thrones," says Maria. "Dave was like a big friendly bear, and I knew he was the one for me."... read more

The perfect day

The perfect day

Jessica and Martin tied the knot at Swallows Oast in Ticehurst on 30th August, 2019. Although Jessica and Martin's initial attraction was purely physical when they met on a Saturday night in Hastings, a deeper relationship soon blossomed once they began dating. Jessica worked for TUI and it wasn't long before she needed to work abroad for six months. However, absence certainly made their hearts grow fonder, and they haven't been apart since.... read more

An English country garden

An English country garden

Rebecca and Matt celebrated their big day in a stately-home setting. Sometimes it's hard to spot things even when they're right in front of your eyes! Matt and Rebecca finally got together after a great deal of nagging from Matt's brother and Rebecca's good friend who both thought they'd make a great couple. "We eventually decided to go on a date and quickly realised we had loads in common including the same immature sense of humour, similar interests in film and music, a passion for travel and visiting new places as well as aspirations and goals," Rebecca reveals.... read more

Countryfile

Countryfile

Dee and Ben's wedding took place at the rustic-inspired Cripps Barn with a country theme brimming with soft, pastel colours. Dee and Ben met at Hartpury University in Gloucestershire. "He had come to the UK on a rugby exchange through his college in New Zealand and we were friends at first," Dee tells us. "It wasn't until Ben came back to the UK for the second time that our relationship began. We hung out together a few times and then, at my friend's fancy dress party, I realised that a half-naked Samoan dressed as Wonder Woman was the man for me!"... read more

Floral abundance

Floral abundance

In keeping with an English country garden theme, Ben and Ellie's day was awash with colour and blooms. Ellie and Ben met during their first week at Durham University and became friends immediately. "A few months later friendship grew into more, and the rest is history," shares Ellie. When back in the UK from their current Dubai residence in 2018, Ben popped the question while on a nostalgic trip back to Durham. "We had planned to go up to Durham for a couple of days as a bit of a nostalgic trip down memory lane," recalls Ellie. "While we were there, we took a walk to a hill which was really special to us during our university days, overlooking Durham Cathedral, and that's where Ben popped the question."... read more

La dolce vita

La dolce vita

Taking inspiration from Dolce & Gabbana and the films of Wes Anderson, Charlotte and Mark planned the most epic wedding at Arnos Vale Cemetery. We can't get enough of this gorgeous wedding – you had us at Dolce & Gabanna! The awesome Mark and Charlotte pulled in influences from all of their favourite things to create a day that truly reflected them.... read more

A day to remember

A day to remember

Zoe and Sammy's wedding featured shades of mauve, blush, plum and burgundy with touches of navy and rose gold. Zoe and Sammy's love story first started when they met at work and bonded over their mutual love of food and drink – they quickly realised they had a lot in common and made a great team. Zoe says, "Sammy has the most infectious laugh and smells good. It's impossible not to notice him because he's so confident and fun."... read more

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Daniel and Katie's beautiful day was full of unforgettable moments. Love can enter our lives at any moment and take us completely by surprise, while sometimes old romances gets rekindled – and this is exactly what happened for Daniel and Katie. Around the age of 14, the pair dated but lost contact as time went on. Fast forward to 2011, they started talking again after Dan contacted Katie while he was in Australia. After a date to T-in the Park, the love birds have been together ever since. After that moment their love for one another grew, Katie says: "Dan proposed while we were travelling in Australia, we were on the beach at Hervey Bay in Queensland after a morning of meeting and feeding wild dolphins when he got down on one knee in the sea. It was a huge surprise, especially when we'd been in Australia for three weeks and I have no idea how he kept the ring hidden from me all that time!"... read more

Home on the farm

Home on the farm

Frances and James had a marquee wedding at home, with an emphasis on having the time of their lives. Frances and James were both out in Northallerton's infamous Bongo nightclub when they met. "I just thought he wasn't bad looking," Frances laughs. It must have been more than that, as the couple's relationship blossomed and James was soon planning how to pop the question.... read more

Late summer glow

Late summer glow

Soft neutral and blush shades set the tone for Sophie and Andrew's romantic wedding. Friendship blossomed into romance for Sophie and Andrew. They shared similar interests and hobbies and were close workmates for a long time before they actually started dating. "We made each other laugh and have always been a great support for each other," says Sophie. They were together for nearly two years before getting engaged. Andrew popped the question while they were on holiday in Mauritius over an incredibly romantic private dinner underneath the stars at the end of a beach jetty. "I was completely overwhelmed and Andrew was delighted not to have dropped the ring through the slats of the jetty into the sea," laughs Sophie.... read more

Late summer glow

Late summer glow

Soft neutral and blush shades set the tone for Sophie and Andrew's romantic wedding. Friendship blossomed into romance for Sophie and Andrew. They shared similar interests and hobbies and were close workmates for a long time before they actually started dating. "We made each other laugh and have always been a great support for each other," says Sophie. They were together for nearly two years before getting engaged. Andrew popped the question while they were on holiday in Mauritius over an incredibly romantic private dinner underneath the stars at the end of a beach jetty. "I was completely overwhelmed and Andrew was delighted not to have dropped the ring through the slats of the jetty into the sea," laughs Sophie.... read more

Truly romantic

Truly romantic

After many years together, Michelle and Christopher finally tied the knot at Cottrell Park Golf Resort. Michelle and Christopher's love story began in 2006 when they locked eyes at their local bar. "We met briefly, and as luck would have it we bumped into each other again a few hours later at a friend's house party," says Michelle. "I was extremely attracted to Chris and his gorgeous smile." Christopher popped the question on Christmas morning in 2012. "He handed me a Thomas Sabo ring charm for my bracelet and pretended to propose to me by saying 'would you do me the honour of making me a cup of tea?" shares the bride. "I burst into tears at the thought of him making a joke about a such a serious subject, and he quickly pulled out a box with a beautiful diamond and ruby engagement ring in. I was in complete shock and felt so elated."... read more