Quintessentially English weddings have changed somewhat since civil rulings were altered to accommodate outdoor ceremonies. Many guests will not have witnessed such an event before; it’s a relatively new twist on the nuptial landscape. The expressions on guests’ faces continually delight me. Their first words reflect the surprise. “Like a film set,” is one of the most familiar comments I hear. Venues need to have some kind of permanent structure inside which the legal contractual parts are conducted – and of course it works best if close by there’s a back up plan, i.e. an indoor licensed retreat for all! I’ve been to a handful of outdoor ceremonies where the heavens have opened half way through. Not so with Stuart and Jo’s celebrations at Notley Abbey though. Sunshine the order of the day, here are a selection of my favourites.