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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 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

Storybook love

Storybook love

Arnos Vale provided a fabulous backdrop for Georgina and Arthur's big day. Georgina and Arthur's relationship didn't start out like a fairytale. "We met 12 years ago at work," Georgina tells us. "We didn't get on at first and took great pleasure in antagonising each other!" Somewhere along the line they realised that maybe they didn't dislike each other at all – although they still like to wind each other up!... read more

A splash of colour

A splash of colour

Rebecca and Stuart tied the knot with a vibrant wedding at Twickenham Rowing Club. Rebecca and Stuart were close friends until their relationship slowly grew into something more. "We met at work," says Rebecca. "We got on really well and just clicked."Stuart popped the question during a day trip to London. "We walked along the South Bank and had a drink outside the Royal Festival Hall," shares the bride. "We were enjoying ourselves when he asked me to marry him. It was the biggest and best surprise ever."... read more

Perfectly personal

Perfectly personal

Neil and Daniella held a wonderfully intimate celebration at the Roman Baths. Daniella was extremely shy when she first started her job, so it took five years before she eventually got chatting to Neil. "Once we started talking, the rest was history," she tells us.In March 2018, the pair had planned a weekend in Florence, but due to heavy snow the flight was cancelled. Although Daniella was unaware why, Neil was intent on going away that weekend. "He managed to change our flights," she remembers. "We went from a different airport to Marrakesh. I had no idea he was planning to pop the question!"... read more

A touch of sparkle for Leanne and Michael

A touch of sparkle for Leanne and Michael

A touch of sparkle: Leanne and Michael had a bling-themed celebration at the stunning Rivington Hall Barn. Leanne and Michael have been together 16 years. "We met in a local pub where I was a waitress," says Leanne. "Michael gave me a letter asking me to go on a date with him and we've been madly in love ever since."Michael surprised Leanne by proposing on Valentine's Day. "It was a big surprise," shares the bride. "He put the ring inside a balloon, and when I realised it was in there, I said yes and we couldn't have been happier."... read more

All you need is love for something beautiful

All you need is love for something beautiful

All you need is love: What started as a game of pool for Bill and Becky developed into something beautiful. Bill and Becky's adventure started when they first met at University and from there, the connection grew between the two over games of pool. Becky says, "We found each other to be genuine and we share a lot of the same values. We both like to have our interests and take that time for ourselves but we also make a great team."... read more

Sail away with me

Sail away with me

Rachel and James' wedding took place at Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel. Rachel and James met in Southampton. "We were introduced by mutual sailing friends," says Rachel. "He was tall and handsome, and we shared lots of the same hobbies." James popped the question in the New Forest in 2016. "We went for a walk near Buckler's Hard," shares the bride. "It was witnessed by our daughter, who was a newborn and was oblivious to it all. We enjoyed a special celebratory meal and a drink afterwards at Lime Wood."... read more

True romance

True romance

Amy and Matt filled their wedding with personal touches. Amy's first memory of Matt was when he was questioning her taste in music at a jukebox! "Over time, we seemed to come in and out of each other's lives," Amy says. "We would always gravitate towards each other." In 2013, they met at a music festival, but this time things seemed different. It was only when their mutual friend got involved that they realised they were right for each other.... read more

Timeless Elegance at The Compasses at Pattiswick

Timeless Elegance at The Compasses at Pattiswick

The Compasses at Pattiswick was the perfect backdrop for Hannah and Sam's classically styled big day. Hannah and Sam are both spontaneous souls with a zest for life. "It's definitely what attracted us to each other when we first met in a gym class," Hannah tells us. "We're also very family-orientated, which is so important to both of us."... read more

A rocking romance

A rocking romance

Country music lovers Tara and Mat Cooper celebrated their big day in true Nashville style... read more

History in the making

History in the making

Jessica and Joe's celebration took place at the Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel... read more

An intimate affair for Caitlin and Tim

An intimate affair for Caitlin and Tim

An intimate affair: Caitlin and Tim enjoyed a family weekend away in Dorset for their chilled wedding... read more

A love for all time

A love for all time

King's Croft Hotel was the perfect backdrop for childhood sweethearts Laura and Jason's big day... read more

True blue at Houchins

True blue at Houchins

Houchins set the scene perfectly for Larissa and James' laid-back wedding... read more

On cloud nine

On cloud nine

Amy and Ben celebrated in style at Dunedin Country House... read more

Bohemian dream

Bohemian dream

Maddy and Ally created the most wonderfully relaxed day at Teybrook Orchard... read more

A winter's tale

A winter's tale

Josephine and Sean's decadent wedding unveiled a rich colour scheme with seasonal touches... read more

A midsummer's dream

A midsummer's dream

Jake and Frida wove Swedish tradition throughout their June big day... read more