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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.

My big greek wedding

My big greek wedding

Claire and George's special day mixed English and Greek traditions styled with a copper and forest green colour theme. Claire and George met at university and got chatting on the dancefloor during a night out with friends. "We started seeing each other after that evening," Claire tells us, "and then moved to London together after university before relocating to Torquay where I'm originally from."... read more

Rustic love

Rustic love

Alisha and Gavin's rustic-inspired day followed a seasonal burgundy, gold and blush pink colour theme. Alisha and Gavin met while they were both training to become karate instructors. "I was attracted to Gavin's kind nature and loved every moment that I spent in his company," Alisha tells us. "I liked how Alisha was so gentle," Gavin says, "and as I got to know her, I thought she was one of the kindest people that I had ever met."... read more

A black-tie affair

A black-tie affair

Georgia and Joe's big day married the best of the old with the new... read more

Will you be Quine?

Will you be Quine?

An engagement in Thailand led to a dream wedding for Durham couple Jessica and Dan. Jessica and Dan met on a night out in Newcastle back in 2011. "For our first date Dan took me out for Nando's," remembers the bride. "Chicken's not the daintiest thing to eat when you don't really know someone, but it must have gone well, as we each left with a smile on our faces – and the realisation we'd met someone special."... read more

Laid-back love

Laid-back love

Holli and Richard planned a relaxed wedding that was brimming with personal touches. As with so many couples, it was a shared sense of humour that attracted Holli to Richard when they worked together at Ted Baker. It was obviously a good basis for the relationship as Richard was soon planning the perfect proposal while the couple were on holiday in Costa Rica.... read more

The great outdoors

The great outdoors

Rachel and Iain filled their day with natural elements. Rachel and Iain's relationship started out as a modern fairytale. "We met on Tinder in November 2015," Rachel tells us. "I was attracted to his beaming smile and noticed his love of music and tattoos, which are also passions of mine. Iain says he first noticed my bright green eyes." In the weeks that followed, Iain showed his romantic side by sending Rachel recordings of him playing guitar and singing her favourite songs. "Everything was so easy and natural from day one," she says.... read more

Classic elegance

Classic elegance

Claire and Paul had a laid back celebration at The Cliff Hotel & Spa... read more

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

A proposal in a park led to wedding bells for Sasha and Daniel... read more

Liverpool cool

Liverpool cool

Born and raised in the iconic city, Abbie and David celebrated their day in its industrial heart. We think it's fair to say that Abbie and David's story began with love at first swipe! Having met on a popular dating app, no sooner had they started chatting than they were arranging to meet up at Revolution on the docks that same week. Abbie says, "We spent the evening laughing and joking. We even ended up joining a stag do. But, as I kept pointing out to David throughout the evening, I don't normally find red heads attractive." David on the other hand remembers, "Unlike Abbie, I am attracted to red heads! Straight away I loved her ability to speak to anyone. Actually, that's how we ended up joining the stag do, even though I suspected it was her way of trying to get rid of me." After that night, the pair spent almost every day of the next two weeks together. "I think it was then that we realised we wanted to be with each other," she says.... read more

Showered with love

Showered with love

The rain failed to put a dampener on Rebekah and Robert's big day. When Rebekah cheerfully agreed to take an impromptu trip with Robert to beautiful North Yorkshire, little did she know how events would unfold. The pair were staying at Dalesend Cottages in Bedale, which boasts a lovely little secret garden amongst the grounds. It was here, in July 2017, that Robert found the perfect romantic spot to ask Rebekah to marry him.... read more

Rustic romance for Tracey and Aaron

Rustic romance for Tracey and Aaron

Rustic romance: Shades of dusky pink and lavender set the tone for Tracey and Aaron's English country wedding theme... read more

Truly romantic

Truly romantic

Aimee and Tom's magical day surrounded by loved ones... read more

I capture the castle

I capture the castle

Emma and Matt styled their big day in white, with just a hint of black... read more

It had to be you

It had to be you

Connie and Ian styled their day in an autumnal palette, with plenty of rustic touches... read more

Love is in the air for Christina and Shane

Love is in the air for Christina and Shane

Love is in the air: Christina and Shane shared their day with loved ones at Luton Hoo. Christina caught Shane's eye whilst cruising at 35,000 feet. "Shane was working as an air steward and I was a passenger on his flight travelling with my family," says Christina. "Making a first move isn't something that we both typically do but we ended up talking throughout the whole journey. Let's just say Shane didn't work at all during that flight."... read more

They lived happily ever after

They lived happily ever after

As if it were a romantic fairytale, Faye and Paul's nuptials were classic and elegant. Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected and can take you completely by surprise, that's what happened when Paul confessed his love to Faye. The pair had known of each other through friends and on a night out, Paul let his feeling known. Faye says, "I wasn't attracted to him at first, but agreed to meet up again without alcohol this time, and we both felt there was chemistry between us. We realised we have a lot in common and fell in love."... read more

One fine day for Emma and Suraj

One fine day for Emma and Suraj

One fine day: Emma and Suraj's wedding was a bright, bold and beautiful day. Emma and Suraj's romance started when the couple first met at work after Emma received her nursing qualification and started working at a new hospital. Little did she know one doctor called Suraj would make a huge impact on her life and become her future. The pair instantly clicked and from that moment their love grew and blossomed into a beautiful relationship.... read more

My treasure

My treasure

Jessica and Maria chose a venue that meant to world to them, and enjoyed a wedding day packed with fun and laughter. "Maria asked her friend about me the moment she first saw me. Despite being told I wasn't looking to date anyone at the time, she then went on to wager a crate of wine that she'd be able to charm me," Jessica says of the pair's initial encounter on a night out with mutual friends. We're pleased to report that after several months Maria's charms did indeed win Jessica over, "combined with her humour, intelligence, obvious beauty, and dance moves," she recalls.... read more

Dreaming of a white wedding

Dreaming of a white wedding

The Kingscote Barn offered a magical winter vibe for Lizzie and Tim's celebrations. Lizzie and Tim met at primary school and remained good friends throughout their teenage years. "We finally started dating in our early twenties," Lizzie tells us, "and after 22 years of knowing one another, we decided to tie the knot."The couple became engaged on holiday in Lombok, Indonesia. "It was a lovely surprise when Tim asked me to marry him after watching a beautiful sunset together," Lizzie explains, "although I did have a slight inclination that he might because he was carrying a bag around with him on the holiday that clearly showed what appeared to be a square-shaped box inside!"... read more

The fact and the furious

The fact and the furious

Danielle and Andrew were the first couple to have their wedding at Belle Vue Speedway. Danielle and Andrew's friendship slowly grew into something more. "We were working at a motorbike dealership," says Danielle. "At a Christmas party, we started talking and realised how much we had in common and soon became best friends."Andrew surprised Danielle by proposing during a holiday to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. "I knew we were having a meal, but I wasn't suspicious until Andrew started nervously coughing," shares the bride. "After our main course, the waitress presented us with a glass slipper, and Andrew got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was amazing, and we watched the fireworks together afterwards."... read more

In the summertime

In the summertime

Carley and David had a relaxed celebration at the picturesque Brockholes Nature Reserve. Carley and David had been engaged for two-and-a-half years before finally tying the knot. "We wanted a natural and relaxed vibe to our day," says Carley. "I stumbled across our reception venue by accident. One of my bridesmaids took me to a wedding fair at Brockholes Nature Reserve, and it was love at first sight. It looks beautiful in all seasons, and we loved that we could visit before and after the wedding."... read more

Pretty in pink for Jade and Kyle

Pretty in pink for Jade and Kyle

Pretty in pink: Jade and Kyle's gorgeous nuptials took place at Brooklands Hotel. Jade and Kyle were childhood sweethearts. "We met in high school," says Jade. "I was 15 and Kyle was 14. We fell madly in love and have been together ever since."Kyle proposed on their six-year anniversary. "We were at Bognor Regis Beach," shares the bride. "It's one of our favourite places, and the proposal was a massive surprise." Here she shares some of her favourite moments from their big day...... read more

Tickets please

Tickets please

Jump on board for a magical winter wedding. After meeting online, Hillary and Dev got together in September 2016. "I was attracted to him because he has such a gentle soul and I'd never met anyone as thoughtful, and he fell for my sense of adventure. Originally from Australia, I'd just moved to London from Hong Kong and when we first started dating we spent a lot of time visiting many of the city's attractions. I think Dev really liked getting to know London again through fresh eyes."... read more

A winter warmer

A winter warmer

Winter warmer: Rebecca and Jake's rustic wedding included a festive nod to Christmas. Rebecca and Jake met online and the attraction was instant. "We both love the outdoors and travel and our common interests made conversation easy," recalls Rebecca. After getting together as a couple, Jake popped the question on a beautiful spring evening in the bluebell woods at Itteringham, near Norwich. "It's one of my favourite places," says Rebecca. "We'd planned to take our dog Willow for a walk there, which we've done every year since we've been together, as the wood is covered in a carpet of bluebells.... read more

Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Jo and Ben's winter wedding was a cosy country affair. Jo and Ben met at the Waveney House Hotel in Beccles where they both worked. She started out as a waitress and went on to run weddings at the hotel, while Ben was, and still is, a chef there. "One of my colleagues suggested asking for his number, I chickened out though, so she asked for me," reveals Jo. Although she says, it 'felt like forever' before she got a ring on her finger, after some persistent nudging, Ben popped the question on December 18th, 2016 while they were out for a walk in Snape.... read more