Absolutely Weddings Country Style

Absolutely Weddings Country Style
Absolutely Weddings Country Style: Sally and Chris had a gloriously romantic wedding in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside. Photo: John Nassari

From glorious mansions to the ‘secret garden’ corners of the capital, our nine happy couples photographed for this Absolutely Weddings Country Style wedding album show that rustic celebrations will always be a romantic classic

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Roses all the way at the wedding of Olivia and Brett (photo: Nick Ray)

Absolutely Weddings Country Style never go out of date. We all love to escape the noise and bustle of the city once in a while – and for life’s great celebrations a backdrop of verdant greenery adds magic and romance to the whole proceedings. Then, of course, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to locations, as this album of romantic images from leading photographers shows. With grand and royal mansions, fragrant summer gardens, ancient village churches and glorious rustic corners of London in the mix, here is proof positive that the rustic wedding is a British classic, wherever and however we choose to organise it.


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Joanna and Nick chose Gosfield Hall (photo: Plenty to Declare)

Joanna and Nick

Joanna and Nick chose Gosfield Hall, a picture-perfect Tudor mansion near Braintree that hosted Elizabeth I and was once home to the entire French Royal Court in exile. The misty late October weather proved to be perfect for atmospheric photography next to the grand stone stag standing sentry over the landscaped grounds. plentytodeclare.com


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Danielle and Konrad married at Burgh House in leafy Hampstead (photo: Babb Photo)

Danielle and Konrad

Danielle and Konrad chose to have a small, intimate wedding at Burgh House in London’s leafy Hampstead, with just their immediate families attending for the ceremony and celebration lunch. Captured here by photographer Laura Babb after the traditional farewell shower of confetti, they headed on to Hampstead Heath for their wedding portraits, before escaping for a mini-moon weekend in the country proper. babbphoto.com


Sally and Chris chose the bride’s family home in Leicestershire (photo: John Nassari)

Sally and Chris

Sally and Chris chose a traditional summer country wedding, returning to Sally’s family home in Leicestershire for a village-church service surrounded by friends and family. The after party was held in the grounds of her family’s home, with the glorious gardens providing superb photo opportunities. johnnassari.co.uk


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Rachel and Joe celebrated at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire (photo: Ben Bull)

Rachel and Joe

Wimpole Hall offered the perfect backdrop for Rachel and Joe’s wedding. After marrying in a local Cambridgeshire church, they headed on to the Georgian mansion, which has its own model farm in the grounds, stopping to pose with their guests in front of the grand façade. benbull.net


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Olivia and Brett married at St Bride’s Fleet Street before heading to beautiful Eltham Palace (photo: Nick Ray)

Olivia and Brett

Olivia and Brett were married in St Bride’s Fleet Street, before heading further east in vintage Routemaster buses for a grand celebration dinner and ball at Eltham Palace, former home of the Courtaulds. With its stunning Tudor and Art Deco interiors and beautiful vistas over the City skyline from the grounds, this was a memorable backdrop for romantic album portraits created by photojournalist Nick Ray. nickrayphotography.co.uk


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Katie and Andrew, shown here with son Tom, married at Barrington Hall, Cambridgeshire (photo: Ben Bull)

Katie and Andrew

Katie and Andrew hired the elegant Cambridgeshire mansion Barrington Hall – former country seat of the Bendyshe family – for a relaxed summer garden party where guests included many young children. With ample grounds to explore, it was not hard for the couple to sneak away from their guests for a few wedding portraits. Son Tom joined them and agreed to be in some of the shots. benbull.net


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Simone and Nick chose the city-meets-country Petersham Nurseries in Richmond (photo: Nick Ray )

Simone and Nick

New Zealanders Simone and Nick had originally planned to marry on home turf, but opted to get the family to fly over instead. They were married at Islington Town Hall and then headed down to Petersham Nurseries in Richmond for a relaxed late lunch. With delicious food and a deliciously rustic setting, it was a perfect slice of country not too far from the city. Simone’s beautiful dress is by Martina Liana. nickrayphotography.co.uk


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Isabelle and Stephen had a high-summer wedding at Hampden House  (photo: Plenty to Declare)

 Isabelle and Stephen

Isabelle and Stephen chose Hampden House in Buckinghamshire’s glorious Chiltern Hills for their high-summer wedding celebration, taking a small detour in their vintage white wedding car to capture an impromptu wedding shot next to St Mary Magdalene, the 13th-century parish church in the estate grounds. plentytodeclare.com


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Sarah and Sean found a patch of Berkshire heather en route to their reception near Wokingham (photo: Anne Scwharz)

Sarah and Sean

Sarah and Sean were married near Wokingham, Berkshire and, this photo was captured in woodland en route to their reception. Sarah, who has Scottish lineage, couldn’t resist the opportunity to be snapped in the southern heather. Photographer Anne Schwarz says: “Sarah was wearing the most amazing sparkly stilettos but off she went into the field. And it was so worth it for the photos”. anne-schwarz.com

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