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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.

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

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

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

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

Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

Alexandra and Piers' gorgeous marquee wedding was bursting with love and personal details. There's something so romantic about a couple who met at school, like Alexandra and Piers did. After being by each other's side for many years, Piers started thinking about popping the question. "We had a weekend away at The Norfolk Mead Hotel," Alexandra tells us. "After a lovely long lunch at a nearby pub, we watched England beat Ireland in the Six Nations Rugby. Piers was so excited that he got down on one knee when we were back at the hotel!"... read more

What a day to remember

What a day to remember

Louise and Alex said "I do" at Nunsmere Hall on 5th May, 2019. Louise and Alex met at their university's freshers' week, but it wasn't until their second year that Alex managed to gather the courage to ask Louise for a coffee. We now cycle forward a decade, when the pair were enjoying an idyllic cottage holiday in Cumbria. Louise sets the scene: "It was 1st December and the weather was chilly, but we enjoyed some stunning scenery, crisp walks and typically, some beer." But, while all of this was going on, Louise had no idea of the plan that Alex was about to set in motion, one evening at sunset. "I was oblivious, and apparently, he'd spoken to friends about it and had even bought the ring well in advance. He waited for the perfect moment to propose – I was totally caught off guard," she remembers.... read more

Out of the ordinary

Out of the ordinary

Sophie and Travis enjoyed their wedding in a tipi against a stunning Cornish beach backdrop. Sophie and Travis met when he visited Australia on a working holiday visa. "It was a trip that his family thought would only last a couple of weeks," Sophie tells us. "We both attended a cocktail tasting night through work and it was there that we got chatting. This was followed by a Facebook friend request and the rest, as they say, is history! "The couple became engaged underneath the washing line at Travis's parents' house on a trip to Australia! "He assures me that he planned to propose a few months later when we were going to be in New Zealand but he lost his nerve and just asked me sooner!" Sophie tells us. "He proposed with his great grandmother's ring and then we went ring shopping together which was romantic."... read more

Bright and beautiful

Bright and beautiful

Sunita and Simon married on 30th June 2019 at Chilham Village Hall. Sunita and Simon met online in 2015. "When we started talking, Simon seemed very sweet and kind, showering me with lots of attention. Even though we'd only been messaging back and forth for a week, when we met up for our first date, it was as though we'd known each other for years," Sunita remembers.... read more

London in summer

London in summer

Jhuliana and Jonathan celebrated their intimate nuptials in a London restaurant resplendent in pastel tones. Jhuliana describes her relationship with Jonathan as a 'true modern-day romance': "We met online through a dating app. I'm Ecuadorian and my husband is from Bradford but we both live in London; in what world could these two people get together if not through the power of the internet?"... 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

Our rustic romance

Our 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

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

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