A beautiful beach-themed wedding from Charlotte Hu

Time for the marvellous, beach themed wedding of Lou and Dave in sunny Devon and some wonderful pictures courtesy of Charlotte Hu Photography.  Within sight of the sea, they married at the church in Lou’s parents’ local church before moving on to the Langdon Court Hotel

“It was a great opportunity to catch up with loved ones, and to start the next chapter of your life together. Having photographs is a great opportunity to steal your loved one away and get a moment together without anyone else.”

Now for the pretty pictures from Charlotte Hu.

Congratulations Lou and David!


Photography – Charlotte Hu Photography | Venue – Langdon Court Hotel | Bride’s dress – Augusta Jones | Groom’s suit – Moss Bros | Bridesmaids’ dresses – Warehouse | Flowers – H. Watts Florist | Cake – Rolly’s Cake Company | Rings – Jeremy France | Band – Cornerstone Party Entertainment

Ooh you’re the best friend that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh you’re my best friend

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

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A Magnificent 40s style wedding with Ben Pollard Photography

Let us take you back to May and to sunny Leicestershire for the 1940s themed wedding of Alexandra and Dean.  The fantastic Ben Pollard was in attendance.

The wedding was full of personal touches like the fete ticket style invitations, designed and hand-typed on a vintage typewriter by the couple, personalized ration books and 1940s newspapers on the tables, and for a little extra excitement an archery competition and a cricket match after the wedding breakfast.

“We felt like we absorbed every second and would love to relive the day again.”

Now for the wonderful pictures from Ben Pollard.

Congratulations Alexandra and Dean!

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a ray of sunshine from Italy with Cristiano Ostinelli

As winter starts closing in, maybe it’s time for a little reminder of what a sunny day looks like.  So let us whisk you away to the banks of beautiful Lake Como and the wedding of Alice and Vittorio, lovingly captured by Cristiano Ostinelli.

Organizing a wedding overseas can be difficult, so it’s often a good idea to use a planner with local knowledge as Alice and Vittorio did, “At the time I was preparing for my exams to become a lawyer soI had very little time to dedicate to anything else, but having a reliable and professional wedding planner made all the difference and has taken away the stress of the planning.”

“We couldn’t decide at the start of planning our wedding if we should have a theme. Monica and Paola, our wedding planners from Leoeventi advised us to think of a colour that meant something to us as a couple or a special symbol that meant something to us. Vittorio has a real passion for cars and i wanted in some way for his passion and hobby to be incorporated into our special day, so with their help and guidance we added little sport cars on the table as table decor and named the tables after cars and added splashes of his favourite cars throughout the reception. Leoeventi pulled it off really well so it was pulled off elegantly and just right.  We also wanted to include my favourite colour, which is green”

“The only thing I’d change is I would have started the event earlier because it all went by so quickly, it felt like it was over in a minute!  The cutting of the wedding cake because that was the first moment of the day when I felt really relaxed.  Also, another important advice is to dedicate the last two days before the wedding to yourself, indulge in some pampering, a massage, spend the day in a Spa, just relax and don’t listen to anyone else!”

Now on to the wonderful photos from Cristiano Ostinelli.

 Congratulations Alice and Vittorio!

Photography – Cristiano Ostinelli | Venue – Villa Sala, Lake Como | Bride’s dress – Antonio Riva | Bride’s shoes – Jimmy Choo | Groom’s suit – Eddy Monetti | Planning and flowers – Leoeventi | Rings – Damiani Jewelry


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a gorgeous love-filled Surrey wedding from Green Olive Photography

What could be more romantic than the wedding of two childhood sweethearts?  Sarah and Aidan met during sixth form, when they went to neighbouring schools, and ten years later they tied the knot at Hampton Court House in Surrey, with the wonderful Ben and Slawek from Green Olive Photography taking some wonderful photos.

“Ben and Slawek were amazing! It was great to meet them for an engagement shoot about 7 months in advance and see them at work. Also, Aidan and I were a bit nervous in front of the camera so it was good to have a practice! They were fun and creative without being staged and were really good at putting us at ease. We really liked their style of reportage and the fact that there were 2 of them each capturing the day form different angles was great. They stayed all day which we were really impressed with and got some great shots of the dancing!”

Sarah and Aidan went to school in Surrey, and Sarah’s parents still live there, so Hampton Court House was an ideal choice for the venue.  “The venue is great because it is a big grand house (though slightly shabby round theages so it wasn’t too intimidating!), overlooking Bushy Park. We loved that the whole wedding could happen in one place but that different spaces were involved so you didn’t feel like you kept having to move out of the same room so the organisers could restyle it from ceremony, drinks reception, dinner, dancing etc. Also the fact that there is no corkage fee was a great help with the overall budget!”

“Enjoy it but don’t let it take over your life. If you think you are turning bridezilla take stock, remember why you are getting married and who you are marrying. The rest of it doesn’t really matter!”

And now on to the lovely photos from Green Olive.

Congratulations Sarah and Aidan!


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Want to win win win your Wedding Film?

Hello competition time! Today with the lovely Dolce Vita Films you can win your wedding film! Dolce Vita Films may be new but their experience in videography certainly isn’t.

“Dolce Vita Films produce beautiful wedding videos that will stay with you forever.  Your wedding may last only one day but we will create a film for you to cherish for the rest of your lives. Our discreet and luxurious service is provided by seasoned videographers who can make your film exactly how you want it.  We can make you look like the movie star that you really are, and create a film that will last forever. Dolce Vita Films can provide one lucky winner with a free wedding video*, and two runners up with a free video with travel expenses only to pay.**

Dolce Vita Films is run by Irene Kyme, videographer and producer for over 6 years.  She is inspired by film directors like Sophia Coppola and believes a bride is entitled to look like a film star on her wedding day.”

Here is a delicious taster of the style of film you can win!

So what do you need to do to win?


Well lovely people. You need to do is write (in fewer than 100 words!) why you should win and why your wedding is going to be special either in the comments here or if you’d prefer to my email, send me (anna@farfromtheweddingcrowd.com) by the 10th November. Irene and I will then decide upon the winner!  

Go on, win win win!!!

The requisite T&Cs

1. The winners must be happy for their name to be shared with Dolce Vita Films and far from the wedding crowd.
2. You must be happy for me to publicly announce you as the winner.
3. If you have not emailed me 2 weeks after the announcement of the competition,  the prize will be offered to someone else (and so on until the prize is claimed).
4. The prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
5. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. The competition will run from now until Sunday 10th November at midnight (BST).
*Weddings must be within the M25 and be between now and May 2014 otherwise winner must pay travel expenses and/or accommodation
**Weddings ideally based around London or the South Coast and be between now and May 2014 otherwise winner must pay travel expenses and/or accommodation
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