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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.

A Rustic romance

A Rustic romance

Rhian and Craig's autumnal-themed do was styled to perfection. Rhian and Craig's story began all the way back to childhood, Craig's best friend at primary school was a close family friend to Rhian! "This meant many birthday parties would have been attended by us both in the early years of our childhood," recalls Rhian. "However, it wasn't until later in life whilst both working together at Vodafone that we really started to notice each other." What began as gentle chit-chat and flirting on one particular night out (Friday 13th of all dates!), romance blossomed and they never looked back!... read more

Enchanted forest

Enchanted forest

Nikki and Rich's day was brimming with whimsical touches. Nikki and Richard have always felt at home together. "We chatted after matching on a dating website," Nikki says. "We had so much in common that we felt like we knew each other even before our first date." There was never a dull moment between them – so it was no surprise that Rich was soon thinking about popping the question.... read more

Timeless and traditional

Timeless and traditional

Charlotte and Luke opted for a classic-style wedding with a pretty pink colour scheme. Charlotte and Luke got to know each other online before arranging to meet for lunch one afternoon. "We'd been speaking for a few weeks and were confident from our lengthy conversations that we liked each other and had a lot in common," explains Charlotte. "I was attracted to many of Luke's traits including his work ethic; he's very family orientated, kind and headstrong too, which I loved." The pair hit it off immediately. "We both seemed to want the same things and clicked as soon as we met. We shared a similar sense of humour and for us laughter was and still is a key factor in our relationship," Charlotte adds.... read more

Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Rachel and Richard had a beautiful wedding at The Wellbeing Farm. Rachel and Richard met at work in 2013. "Rich was assigned as my mentor, so we ended up spending lots of time together," says Rachel. "As cheesy as it sounds, we couldn't stay away from each other from the minute we met, and that hasn't changed since!"... read more

The one for me

The one for me

Charlotte and Jason celebrated their love for one another with a grand celebration at Botleys Mansion. Charlotte and Jason met online in 2015. "Jay plucked up the courage and messaged me asking me out on a date," says Charlotte. "When we finally met I thought he was a kind, caring and genuine guy."... read more

Feel the love

Feel the love

Celebrations were all around at Jamie and Victoria's wedding. Jamie first crossed paths with Victoria when he travelled from New Zealand to Rutland to play rugby. After a few dates the pair started to feel a connection. Victoria says, "After making one of my famous wrappinis from my coffee shop, Jamie soon began to fall for me – as they say, a way to a man's heart is through his belly."... read more

Snap happy

Snap happy

Wellington Barn in Calne, Wiltshire, was the ideal backdrop for Lisa and Marc's woodland forest theme. Lisa-Marie and Marc met on board the P&O cruise ship called Oceana when they were both working as photographers. "We were friends at first," Lisa tells us, "and I thought he was the funniest person ever!" After only two weeks of knowing each other, Marc was enticing the passengers to have their photographs taken and sending them over to Lisa telling them that she was his future wife!... read more

The love boat

The love boat

Nicola and Danielle's travel-themed day incorporated touches of pastel pink. Nicola and Danielle's adventure first began when they met at work at a law firm. After becoming friends the pair quickly discovered their relationship had developed into something more. Nicola says: "As Danielle said in her wedding speech, she came home from a night out to find me asleep cuddling some chicken nuggets! From then on, we knew we'd always be laughing and having fun together!"... read more

Lady in red

Lady in red

The palette of Alison and Peter's day was inspired by the bride's scarlet dress, combined with an industrial glam edge. Alison and Peter met at a house party hosted by mutual friend, ex-politician and Great British Railway Journeys presenter, Michael Portillo. Alison tells us, "As soon as we bumped into each other we had a jokey, verbal jousting kind of rapport, and there was an instant attraction."... read more

Childhood sweethearts

Childhood sweethearts

Sallie and Jared's big day had a pretty sage and natural colour palette. Jared and Sallie met while they were at secondary school, after friendship and romance blossomed Jared's proposal came as a complete surprise. "We were on a pre-Christmas getaway in Florence, we were over looking the city and it was a beautiful sunny winter's day," recalls Sallie. The date was set 13th April, 2019, and Furtho Manor Farm provided the perfect backdrop.... read more

Check mate

Check mate

Laura and Matthew were surrounded by loved ones on their beautiful day. Laura and Matthew's paths first crossed during the last year of university after they picked the same modules while studying history. The pair were instantly drawn to each other from day one. Laura says, "I was instantly attracted to Matt's amazing sense of humour and gorgeous dark eyes; he's outgoing, friendly and ambitious – he's the perfect man for me." For Matthew, it was Laura's beautiful smile that caught his attention. From that moment, the pair started their journey together facing life side by side.... read more

One fine day for Laura and Bart

One fine day for Laura and Bart

One fine day: Laura and Bart had a beautiful wedding at voco St David's Cardiff. Laura and Bart met at a party. "He doesn't remember meeting me," says Laura. "I was living in London at the time and had gone to visit a friend in Antwerp for the weekend. We went to an after-work party, and while I was there, I noticed this guy with the craziest dance moves. I thought he was quite funny and we started talking. When we left the bar I gave him my number, and he called me a few days later. I didn't answer because I thought it was too direct so I text him asking who it was, little did I know he took that to mean I'd given him a fake number! I messaged him again, and we hit it off.... read more

Come fly with me

Come fly with me

Lindsay and Nick's day was full of aviation-themed details. Lindsay and Nick are childhood sweets, having met at school when they were just 16 years old. "We both have the same interests," says Lindsay. "One of which being aviation, which is where the theme of our wedding came from." Eight years after they got together, Nick was planning to pop the question. "I've always wanted to go to San Francisco," Lindsay explains. "Nick thought it'd be the perfect place to propose. It was a total surprise to me and there were lots of tears!" The loved-up pair then spent time biking over the Golden Gate Bridge. Back home, they started planning their dream day for 24th August, 2019, at Raven Hall Country House Hotel in Ravenscar. We caught up with Lindsay to find out more…... read more

Love naturally

Love naturally

Amy and John's wedding theme was rooted in nature. The modern world of online dating brought Amy and John together in the first instance. They soon found themselves delighted by each other's general "geekiness," and the more they got to know each other the more mutual loves they discovered, including music, animals, and the countryside to name but a few. "Based on past experience, we were both wary of something coming out of the woodwork, as it all seemed too good to be true, but the moment never came," Amy remembers.... read more

Riding the waves

Riding the waves

Jess and Sam's wedding followed a surf theme with lots of other personal touches. Jess and Sam met at university but didn't become a couple until four years after graduating when Sam gatecrashed a Game of Thrones weekend that Jess had planned with a friend. "We soon had a second date alone and this is where our new relationship began," Jess tells us. "When he braved the cold water in South Wales and Denmark to learn how to surf, I knew it was serious!" The couple became engaged during a trip to Martinique in the Caribbean. "Sam got down on one knee on a quiet section of the beach and asked me to marry him," Jess tells us. "It was such a special moment."... read more

All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

Kyriaki and Arran chose an Art Nouveau psychedelia theme for their non-traditional Greek big day. Having met through OKCupid, Kyriaki and Arran chose a gig in Camden Town for their first date. "After the gig, we worked our way down the other pubs and music venues on the high street," remembers Kyriaki. "The conversation flowed really easily; we had Vietnamese food. Suddenly it was gone midnight and we were the last ones left in the Lock Tavern. It was a Tuesday – so a school night and we had to run to catch the last tube. Arran was determined not to be 'friend-zoned' and kissed me in the underground."... read more

Summer blush

Summer blush

Personal touches and delicate shades of pink set the tone for Ella and Tom's chilled wedding. A lunch date blossomed into romance for Ella and Tom. After meeting online in 2010, they arranged to meet up in for a meal in London and got on so well they spent the whole day together sight-seeing, ending with their first kiss at Waterloo station. "That night Tom sent me a text to say he was very taken with me and we had our second date just two days later," recalls Ella. Tom eventually popped the question in August 2018 in Mexico, one of Ella's favourite places.... read more

Beauty and the barn

Beauty and the barn

Melanie and Adam styled their day at The Old Kent barn in pink and white, with a touch of Vegas glitz. Just picture the scene: Salzburg, Austria, 3rd December 2017, it's snowing and the view from the top of the Hohensalzburg Fortress is spectacular. What an incredibly romantic location for a proposal, and it so happens, the spot where Adam asked Melanie to be his wife. "It was a complete surprise to me; we'd booked the trip to visit the Christmas market, as it's one of my favourite times of the year," Melanie remembers.... read more

One fine day

One fine day

Rustic touches and classic styling were the order of the day for Joanna and Danny's Gaynes Park wedding. Joanna and Danny were instantly attracted to each other when they met at a Southend nightclub. The pair exchanged numbers and couldn't even wait to get home before they started texting and arranged to meet the following day. "We went for a walk along the seafront in Old Leigh," Joanna says. "We stopped at The Peterboat pub for a drink with his – now our – dog, Stanley."... read more

Mellow yellow

Mellow yellow

A brass band procession, a sunny yellow palette and a huge party – Francesca and Joe threw the ultimate celebration. After meeting at a work event, Francesca and Joe kept bumping into each other. "I guess it was meant to be," Francesca tells us. It took a while for them to go on their first date, but as soon as they did, the rest was history. "We've been together three-and-a-half years now," Francesca says. "In that time we've had amazing holidays, moved in together, and of course, got married!"... read more

All in the detail

All in the detail

Catherine and Michael had their wedding rings flown in by owl. It didn't take long for Catherine and Michael to know they were meant for each other. After getting together online, they met up and later shared their first kiss outside Norwich cathedral. "I fell for Michael's loving loyal nature and we moved in together within six months – when you know, you know!" says Catherine. Michael proposed in the living room of their new home with a beautiful marquise-cut, diamond-set ring that Catherine chose herself. "I'm very fussy and as I'm going to be wearing it for the rest of my life, I have to like it, right?" she laughs. They tied the knot on 30th May, 2019 at Hunters Hall, Swanton Morely, in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and opted for a rose gold and ivory colour scheme.... read more

Naturally beautiful

Naturally beautiful

Jill and Adam spent their big day surrounded by loved ones. Jill and Adam's story started back in 2013 at a teacher training course at Nottingham Trent University. Jill says, "We first started talking in a science lecture where we argued about who had created the better poster on volcanoes – this debate is still ongoing." The couple bonded over multiple hobbies including music, with Adam introducing Jill to King Blues, a British punk rock band who at the time had split but later on reformed. It was during the performance of Jill's favourite song I Want You that Adam proposed. Jill says, "Adam had worn the ring around his neck all day at work, checking every couple of minutes that it hadn't fallen off the string. As that song began, he placed it around my neck. He didn't say anything or get down on one knee, we just kept dancing!"... read more

A ray of sunshine

A ray of sunshine

Sharika and Leslie had a Sicily-themed celebration at Warren House. Sharika and Leslie met through work. "Leslie was designing books, and I was the project manager," says Sharika. "We always had a great time talking to each other, and the time would fly by. When one of our mutual friends didn't turn up for an evening get-together, and it was too late for either of us to cancel, we met up and gradually became closer. It surprised us both when we are realised we might be becoming something more. During one of our meetings, we kissed, and things went from there."Leslie popped the question during a holiday to Sicily in 2017. "We had talked about getting married and had even spent one afternoon looking at rings, but I still didn't expect the proposal," shares the bride. "We were visiting Punta Secca where Inspector Montalbano was filmed when he asked me. The ring came in a giant box, so Leslie had wrapped it in foam and lots of sellotape. He was struggling to get the tape off and had to use his teeth. I still didn't believe he was being serious until I saw the ring gleam in the sun. He'd designed it himself and had it made by a man called Vincent Loveland. Now every time we watch Inspector Montalbano, we point to the place where he proposed."... read more

A monster mash up

A monster mash up

Hannah and Todd combined classic elegance with a Halloween theme, check out this spooktacular celebration. Hannah Connor met Todd Davies while both working as New Look managers. "Having gone across to help her at a shop she was covering I attempted to worm my way in but to no avail," shares Todd. "My attempts to start up some kind of conversation via text message were met with silence. A few months later we were at an area meeting whereby I made sure I was sat by her.... read more

An intimate affair

An intimate affair

Lucy and James enjoyed a private celebration with their nearest and dearest at the luxury wedding venue The Slaughters Manor House in Cheltenham... read more