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Hiring a wedding photographer isn’t the same as booking a car service or buying a loaf of bread. You’re hiring a creative person whose own style will shape the wedding photos you receive. So how much direction should you give your photographer? It’s a tricky subject, and I was pleased when Mark at Evolve Photography got in touch to share his advice.

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All wedding photographers have individual styles, some (like me) are more documentary and their skills are observational: seeing and capturing things outside the box, creating a narrative, emotive photos that have context and feeling; capturing real moments – timing is everything.

Other photographers veer more towards contriving fun compositions. Not to say that documentary photographers are grumpy but those comedy shots of the bride out-drinking all the groomsmen, or the bridal party being chased by a dinosaur? That’s just not our bag.

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Did you know… that wedding cars don’t come with that frighteningly shiny ribbon as standard?! They weren’t manufactured with the stuff on back in the 1940s / 50s / 60s so don’t let their owners convince you it’s a fixture now! With a little creativity, an open minded car company(!) and the right team you can decorate your wedding car so it looks divine inside and out. I have a gorgeous shoot to show you and some more ideas at the end of today’s feature. Enjoy!
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styling your wedding car with The Little Vintage Car Company and Dottie Photography (2)

All images are by Dottie Photography

We (The Little Vintage Car Co.) collaborated with Dottie Photography and fellow wedding suppliers this summer to create a set of wedding images with a romantic vintage theme.”

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This shoot has a fresh and stylish take on a classic vintage theme – the star of the show is beautiful convertible cream VW Beetle Carmen. Carmen formerly starred as a centrepiece in an American Diner so she is in excellent condition and perfectly at home in the limelight! The styling team also used a Chinese paper and bamboo parasol, a set of antique Harrods luggage and dresses from a local dress company Shades of White to bring the look together.

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Most of you will be very familiar with the lovely Rob & Sarah Gillespie – they’ve featured 13 amazing weddings on the English Wedding Blog over the last few years. My eyes light up when I see their names in my inbox; I know their photography is out of this world and the weddings they share with me are some of the prettiest you can imagine!

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So it’s with the biggest smile ever that I am introducing them as my newest English Wedding Blog sponsors today. Rob & Sarah Gillespie will be sharing more and more weddings with us over the next year, and we’ll get to know them a little better with some advice articles and other features too. Oh! And did I mention my new super chic blog header? I simply had to choose this gorgeous pic for the top of the blog as soon as I saw it.

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There’s *thinks for a moment* no, nothing I love more than a surprise wedding. And Rebecca and Brian pulled it off beautifully, sharing their secret with only a few wedding guests before their – supposed – combined birthday party. Brilliant!!

Images from a beautiful surprise English Wedding at Thrumpton Hall with Cris Lowis Photography (22)

It took 8 weeks to plan the wedding, and Rebecca and Brian went online to source small, local suppliers to style their day. It looks amazing – surprise wedding this may be, but the details are all there! Rebecca is a beautiful bride with a pretty vintage dress and the most wonderfully colourful shoes (LOVE!), and Brian’s jacket and trousers combo is perfect: but their expressions (delight mixed with an element of cheeky surprise!) are my favourite thing. I love this!!

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Images are by the very fabulous Cris Lowis Photography in Staffordshire. Find out more about Cris here:

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Are you nervous about your first dance? Don’t be. I have a little secret to share today… and by the end of this feature you’ll realise it’s really no secret at all but simple common sense. So many couples agonise over the first dance! Let’s face it: unless you’re happy on a podium in a club you won’t be comfortable strutting your stuff in the middle of a circle of everyone you know… it’s a pretty unusual situation to be in, right?

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But forget all that. There are ways to get over first dance nerves:

  1. Pretend you’ve forgotten all about it until the big day, try and get out of it if no one remembers, or brief your band or DJ that it just isn’t going to happen!
  2. Sign up for dance classes and learn a spectacular routine to amaze and delight your guests!
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I’m always on the lookout for the latest, prettiest weddings… and when I came across Terri’s website at Summer Lily Studio I was besotted! Terri describes her style as being soft and romantic, and her images are the sort of insanely pretty style you just can’t help yourself pinning over and over again.

“My greatest pleasure is being able to capture that chemistry between two people as their love for each other radiates like an aura and is recorded as a treasured memory forever.”

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I’m over the moon to be introducing you to Summer Lily Studio as my newest English Wedding Blog sponsor this morning. I’m ridiculously excited about the real weddings we’ll be featuring on the blog very soon, and happy to say I already have some of my favourite images from Summer Lily to share with you this morning. They offer the most delicious peek into Terri’s world and I really think you’ll love what you see as much as I do!

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Morning lovelies! Time for a splash of colour and a dash of craftiness… because today’s English Wedding Blog stars are beautiful couple Helen and Ben, whose bright and funky May wedding is simply glorious! I adore their colourful style, and the attention to detail not just in the homemade elements of their day but in the thoughtful touches which made it truly personal.
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Helen turned her hand to papercrafts and more in the run up to their big day. The invitations, table plan and orders of service were all home made, as well as the blackboard timetable, guest envelope board, photobooth, signpost outside the venue, bike flowers and basket decorations… but the loveliest touch of all is that Helen had kept notes and letters from friends and family over the years, which she placed at their tables to some very mixed and wonderful reactions on the day!
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I adore the look of their day – and you know me; I can never say no to a stunning wedding blog like this. The flowers are perfect for the style of the day, and one of my favourite touches is the striking signpost (to Bali!).
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Kym and Paul’s wedding at Buxted Park is as pretty as can be… with the loveliest pale pink roses and classic styling for a beautiful bride and her gorgeous groom.

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Their day was styled around a romantic 1920s theme with the key look being elegant and traditional. Kym looks amazing in her Suzanne Neville wedding dress – perfect for such a stunning wedding venue.

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Kym loved their wedding day so much she told her photographers at Dennison StudiosIf we could do it all again, we’d… make it a 3 day event. It all went too quickly.”

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Becky and Geoff are photographers at Dennison Studios in Sussex. Find out more:

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There’s nothing more romantic than a barefoot bride… so for me, Minna‘s beautifully boho wedding dresses are perfect. Think hippy chic, summer days and messy bouquets for the prettiest relaxed wedding style you can imagine.

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Join me in tumbling head over heels in love with Minna bridal. Modern brides will adore the collection: there’s a shape, length and fabric for every boho bride here. All pieces are handmade in London using highest quality lace, silk and organic textiles. They are perfect for the urban, bohemian bride who wants to make an impression.

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See real brides in beautiful Minna dresses on this gorgeous Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/minnahepburn/minna-real-brides/

…and view the full collection here: http://www.minna.co.uk/shop/bridal-dresses

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Happy afternoon, you loveliest of wedding blog readers! Once again, I am about to happily delight your eyes with the most wonderful wedding images. Laura and Olly had the most magical wedding at The Old Rectory, a family owned Devon wedding venue which has to be seen – because you’ll fall in love with it I promise!

Beautiful wedding photography at the Old Rectory with top photographer Joseph Hall (2)This wedding has a real countryside atsmosphere to it: the rustic setting of the ceremony room is the most charming thing I’ve ever seen… the details fit perfectly and the images of guests laughing, drinking and dancing in the rural surroundings are simply out of this world.

Beautiful wedding photography at the Old Rectory with top photographer Joseph Hall (3)

Images of Laura and Olly’s rustic wedding day are by the fabulous Joseph Hall Photography, who comes very highly recommended! Please take the time to look at Joseph’s website and social media:

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Morning lovely! I’m feeling very summery this morning… with all the wonderful weddings I’m seeing on Facebook and photography blogs I can’t stop smiling and looking forward to a wonderful summer! I have something really lovely to show you this morning… a super pretty English wedding from one of the most charming outdoor wedding venues I know. You’ll love this…

Pretty outdoor wedding from The Pavilion at Lane End, Buckinghamshire, with Heni Fourie Photography (1)

Sue and Darren were married at The Pavilion at Lane End, a lovely venue in Buckinghamshire and one of only a few licensed to host both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies.

Pretty outdoor wedding from The Pavilion at Lane End, Buckinghamshire, with Heni Fourie Photography (2)

Images are by my lovely friend Heni Fourie Photography: Do check out Heni’s website and social media if you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your own wedding in Buckinghamshire or the surrounding area:

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Sam and Bryony’s Somerset wedding is divine: beautifully but simply and tastefully styled so it will always look timeless and magical. There are secrets to the styling and design which reading the English Wedding Blog interview will help to answer: Bryony shares her best tips on finding suppliers, budgeting and enjoying every second of your day. She’s fabulous…

Real wedding at Orchardleigh House with images by John Barwood Photography (24)

I love how Bryony talks about “a feeling all day long that you wish you could put in a bottle and keep“! I can only imagine how amazing this day was… and I can tell from the images that every second was cherished. Truly a day to remember forever!

Real wedding at Orchardleigh House with images by John Barwood Photography (23)

Bryony looks stunning in her Suzanne Neville dress, which she accessorised prettily with handmade earrings and a diamond bracelet. Sam totally looks the part in Austin Reed tails and a shirt from TM Lewin – aren’t they just the most gorgeous couple?

Real wedding at Orchardleigh House with images by John Barwood Photography (19)

Images are by brand new English Wedding Blog contributor and wonderfully talented Bristol wedding photographer John Barwood. You can find out more about him and see more weddings here:

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