New sponsor welcome! Howling Basset Wedding Photography, Kent

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having the loveliest of weeks so far. We’ve all been a little spoilt with some fabulous real weddings and inspiration shoots on the English Wedding Blog this week so I wanted to take time this morning to introduce you to someone I think you’ll love. You will probably recognise some faces!

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Andy Stonier is the photographer at Howling Basset wedding photography, based in Kent. After featuring two of his real weddings on the English Wedding Blog, I’m delighted to say that Andy has joined my little team of awesome sponsors and we’ll be seeing more beautiful weddings over the summer!

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Let’s explain the name first of all, shall we? Howling Basset is named for Andy’s two adorable basset hounds, who feature in his business logo! Andy started Howling Basset back in 2004 and in 10 years has become one of Kent’s leading wedding photographers, shooting nearly 700 weddings. This level of wedding experience means he’s calm, professional and unobtrusive, helping him to best capture the full story on your biggest day.

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A beautiful marquee wedding in West Sussex, with photography by Corrado Chiozzi

Olivia and Nigel’s English countryside marquee wedding is beautiful. They married at Balcombe church in July and had the loveliest reception with pink roses and loose, lush floral arrangements, polka dots and mint green table runners – a deliciously light and colourful theme for an early summer wedding.

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There are some fabulous details and decorations to inspire you here. The chairs are gorgeous (no chair covers here!) and the marquee looks wonderful. Of course the most beautiful images are of stunning bride Olivia, who wears a bespoke designer wedding dress by Sarah Pinkster. She’s found her perfect match in Nigel and I wish them the happiest of futures together.

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Images are by London wedding photographer Corrado Chiozzi – please visit his website at http://corradochiozzi.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Corrado-Chiozzi/479551498769178
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Oh! And don’t miss the most gorgeous little wedding guest… complete with ribbon, this adorable little pug very nearly steals the show!

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Enjoy.
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The bride and groom:

Olivia and Nigel

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A love story for generations – the tale of a wartime bride and groom, by Lilybean Photography

Love is a story. Falling in love happens over time, changes as we do, grows and becomes both stronger and more gentle. For everyone, love is the story of a lifetime. Who knows where we’ll be in ten years, twenty, fifty or more. Today I’m here to tell you a love story, inspired by a real couple’s wartime romance.

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Images are by Lilybean Photography  www.lilybeanphotography.co.uk

www.facebook.com/LilybeanPhotography
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Location: Watercress Line in Hampshire

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The Love Story

The shoot was greatly inspired by the photographer’s Grandad who recently lost his wife. He is unfortunately now losing his eye sight and is dictating over the phone his memoirs so that his life story and their love story is never lost. This shoot re-tells a part of their story. A story about a young couple who have just got married but he has been posted away from home. They say a fond farewell at the train station before he is whisked away from his young bride.

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Wedding hair ornaments and hen parties with Glam Hatters

Glam Hatters’ Janie is one of the most enthusiastic, friendly and charming wedding suppliers you’ll find. She’s the milliner and designer behind Glam Hatters‘ tea parties, and we’ve been chatting online about her latest adventures. What a fabulously fascinating life Janie leads! As I type I’ve just realised this is the perfect example of a compelling wedding business story: Janie had me hooked with tales of her adventures, from her own wedding day to international catwalks to Vietnamese beaches to Glam Hatters’ London HQ… so I’ll share her story along with some images to showcase her talents too. Enjoy!
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“This is the hair accessory I made on the beach and sent back to the UK!”

All images: The Wedding Shoot | Lou Denim

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“This one’s a bit unusual. I made the angels in gold plated wire and the wings are pages from “Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, woven into with wire. It’s a love letter to Peter (my husband). His friends call him Dorian Gray because he doesn’t age and they are all quite jealous – as am I!!!”

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A romantic engagement shoot in Richmond, with AdamsPhotoArt

On your wedding day, the location of your photographs will probably be limited to your venue or somewhere nearby, but for an engagement photo session, the world is your oyster.”

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What a wonderful little bite of truth from wedding photographer Adam at AdamsPhotoArt. You spend weeks choosing your ideal wedding venue which will form the backdrop to all of your photos on the day. There’ll be gardens and furnishings to suit your personalities, but any venue might lack variety… so when it comes to your engagement shoot you should choose somewhere with as many aspects and characters as you can dream of!

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May-Ling and Matt suggested Richmond for their romantic engagement shoot because it’s one of their favourite places to visit. Adam says, ‘It’s the perfect setting for a romantic stroll – with its quaint cobbled street, riverside walks and beautiful gardens. We walked down to the riverside to take some photographs, I took some photographs as they walked round the riverside chatting, occasionally stopping to look out at the passing boats.’

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My diaries: Innovate, always.

When I look back at some of my old images I cringe – big time. If I was still writing the way I did three years ago my businesses would be buried at the bottom of the internet and desperately clutching at bargain basement brides. Because everything changes.

In the wedding industry change comes so fast – never mind that vintage has been around for years, everything else has changed. And by the skin of my teeth I’ve managed to keep up. How? Because I innovate, and change, and watch trends, and never stop inventing and being creative.

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Image credit Penny Young Photography www.pennyyoungphotography.com | Styling Christine Maciocia http://christinemaciocia.wordpress.com

Frustration or innovation?

As a wedding business owner there are two paths you can take: you can innovate, update your style and business practices to keep up with everyone else (or if you’re lucky, lead the pack!). Or you can stick to what you know and fall behind. That’s the road to frustration.

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