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So there’s a wedding photographer at the end of your street, and one in the next street, and one in the town centre… you’re soooo lucky! Or are you? What if they’re ok, but there’s one a million times better in the next town, or county? What if you’re in Sussex and you’ve fallen for the work of a wedding photographer in Kent – would you get in touch?

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All images in this article by Kent wedding photographer (with passport) Benjamin Toms

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In most cases, brides and grooms choose a photographer close to home. There are so many, if you visit your local wedding show and have a choice of six photographers why wouldn’t you choose the best on the day?

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Wedding blogs have changed things. There’s a reason we feature photographers from all around the country: because it widens your choice.

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Hey lovely blog readers, how are you this chilly autumn morning? I have a whisper of summer to bring to your screens and make you smile… this is Isabel and John’s gorgeous Sussex wedding, courtesy of fab Duntons Photography.

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Isabel and John had everything English weddings mean to me today: bunting and top hats, roses and glamping(!), a stunning wedding dress (Isabel looks amazing!)… and of course the most beautiful images to remember their wedding day by. Their wedding photographer was lovely Steven from Duntons Photography, who I’m proud to say is one of my lovely team of handpicked wedding blog sponsors.
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If you are looking for a photographer to capture your wedding in a creative and natural way, do visit Steven’s website and contact him for further details.
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Theatre venues are special: the atmosphere is already awesome but once your guests are seated there’s such a buzz of anticipation… I absolutely love them to bits! Hannah and Rik set the scene for their day (apologies for the stage pun!) with brilliant big letters and made their wedding exciting, theatrical and generally amazing from beginning to end.

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See what I mean?

The venue is Ilkley’s Kings Hall and Winter Gardens – a fabulous period theatre in the heart of Yorkshire’s charming spa town. Letters are by Glow Love Lights (these are the best: handmade by a master carpenter and for hire across the UK) and images are by lovely Leeds-based Paul Joseph Photography. (Congratulations to lovely Kelly, one half of the photography business, who is the new star blogger at Boho Weddings Blog!)

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A beautiful bride waits at a ruined church for her groom in a deliciously dark and romantic photoshoot from the fashion industry in today’s blog feature. With images by Francesca Granger Photography, this bridal shoot is the creation of make up artist Aria who styled our bride Monika with a romantic and striking bridal look.

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Dresses are from The Hadley Bridal Collection in London. Designer Rebecca creates beautifully designed wedding dresses using the finest materials. Rebecca’s Hertfordshire showroom is an exquisite space showcasing her stunning collection of dresses and bridesmaid outfits together with fabulous accessories including veils and boleros. Today’s hair accessories are by the wonderful Samantha Walden.

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The story is a bride waiting for her love to meet her at an old ruined romantic church to wed, despite the worryingly missing groom, she keeps her faith…

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Bridal fashion shoot by:

Makeup and Hair: Aria Hussain, www.ariamakeupartist.com, www.facebook.com/ariamakeupartist
Bridal dress designer: Hadley Bridal Collection, www.thehadleybridalcollection.co.uk, www.facebook.com/www.thehadleybridalcollection.co.uk
Vintage tiara designer: Samantha Walden, www.samanthawalden.co.uk, www.facebook.com/samanthawaldentiaras
Florist: Bartletts Florist, www.bartlettsflorist.co.uk, www.facebook.com/pages/Bartletts-Florist
Photographer: Francesca Granger Photography, www.francescagranger.4ormat.com, www.facebook.com/FrancescaGrangerPhotography
Model: Monika Gasparaviciute, www.immmodels.com

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When Alexandra met Lewis she was dressed as a devil. He was wearing “a 12 year old’s skeleton suit”… and they fell in love! They were married in June and their wedding is one of the loveliest classic English weddings I’ve seen. Alexandra looks divine in a Sassi Holford gown while Lewis is fabulous in a Reiss suit. Their theme was vintage travel, styled around a red post box which I love.

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With stationery by Lucy Says I Do and fabulous flowers by Caroline Hodges, the styling of this lovely Devon wedding is classy and colourful. I love all the little details – and the portraits of gorgeous Alexandra and Lewis are just so romantic!

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Huge thanks to my lovely friend Mark from Evolve Photography in Devon for sharing images with us, and of course to Alexandra and Lewis for telling us all about their day.

Find out more about the fabulous Evolve Photography here:

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So many couples spend weeks or months looking for a wedding invitation that’s just a little different – and the secret is to find a bespoke design. Simple! I love discovering new designs and getting to know stationery designers, and meeting Kate from Olive and Reid was just lovely.

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The best stationery designers are those whose personalities shine in their work: the truly creative will showcase invitations and stationery which are unique and full of character. Kate’s street art wedding stationery made my heart sing: the combination of bold colours, stencil-style street art and modern calligraphy is divine!

Kate writes a great blog about her experiences learning calligraphy and she came to meet me at The Handmade Fair last month – her enthusiasm for calligraphy and design is infectious!

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Established by Kate Reid in 2014, a south west London-based calligrapher, Olive & Reid is an evolving place focused on the artistry of words through modern calligraphy and hand lettering. More than a blog or a design studio, Olive & Reid is where Kate shares her own calligraphy design, promotes the work of other stationery desginers and showcases UK-based calligraphers and lettering artists’ work. www.oliveandreid.com has been my favourite read this summer!

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Rebecca and Howard have the most relaxed approach to wedding planning I’ve seen – the preparations took “about 6 months”, they spent as little as possible and rather than having a theme they styled their country style wedding day with the things they liked… including 1950s music, natural flowers (which I adore!) oh, and Landrovers!

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Howard looks the part in a proper English bowler hat – I love it! And Rebecca is simply stunning in a gorgeous lace sleeved dress by Ellis Bridals. The images are wonderful, and the story of this wedding is one I love. It’s a simple, natural and relaxed wedding – from start to finish. It can take months and months of preparation to make a wedding look rustic, natural and simple… or it can actually be all of those things! Rebecca and Howard’s wedding is genuine and all the more beautiful for it.

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Huge thanks to Gemma Lawrence Photography for sharing her lovely images with us today. Find out more about Gemma here:

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Would you like some beautiful images to brighten your morning? Me too… and I have the perfect thing. I had a lovely chat with my friend and long term supporter of the English Wedding Blog the other day: the fabulous Benjamin Toms. Ben is a Kent wedding photographer who specialises in documentary photography.

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A brand new wedding photography website and a £100 saving for you!

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Ben’s website has had a complete redesign and is looking fantastic. He’s been busy revamping the entire site which has relaunched with a gorgeous slideshow featuring tantalising peeks at some of his best wedding images. Ben’s beautiful brides and great-looking grooms are only the tip of the iceberg: I’m smiling to see the brilliant toastmaster in full flow, the guests clearly having the time of their lives, and everyone from flower girls to puppies taking centre stage!
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I’ll happily spend hours creating something new and exciting if someone asks me to take part in any kind of wedding shoot. Does it pay? I think so… and being involved in shoots can have massive benefits for everyone involved. Here’s why I love them:

  • Shoots mean I can get great images of my work in context. Etsy tells me to use “droolworthy” photos – and the best way to do this is to give my stuff to awesome photographers so they can put it in a wedding setting and share the images.
  • I get to meet people, in real life or online – a rare thing for a wedding stationer!
  • Shoots push me to make new things, even if they’re a bit odd! In the last year I’ve written on an old window frame, made watercolour flowers and written song lyrics on massive paper backdrops then slashed them into pieces with a knife…

Images from a styled shoot at Aspire, by Melissa Beattie Photography

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Next time you pass a field, consider it as your wedding venue! It might need a bit of work as far as decor and styling goes, you might need a little cover in case it rains on the day, and it could appear a huge challenge at first…. but if you’re enthusiastic about a DIY outdoor wedding then this is an amazing story you’ll want to read!

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Faye and Trevor had a rustic wedding in a field in Berkshire, where they celebrated with a handfasting ceremony and treated guests to a beautiful marquee reception. Faye is absolutely stunning; Trevor looks fab in his pale suit and together they make the most gorgeous couple! They’re talented too, and with all their friends created a magical, musical wedding I think is incredible!!

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Huge thanks to lovely Yasmin Anne Photography for sharing her fab images of their day. Yasmin specialises in vintage, natural style photography for weddings. Brides in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire should find out more about her:

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Jenny Packham accessories 2015 (1) Jenny Packham fans, we have news for you on this lovely autumn morning! Jenny’s brand new bridal accessories collection for 2015 is now available in stores, and I’ve been asked to let you all know!

There are stockists throughout the UK (currently 33 fabulous bridal stores listed as stocking the accessories collection) – I’d recommend you call to check the new accessories are in your local store before you go, just in case!
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You can also buy the fabulous accessories online today at www.jennypackham.com. The ten headdresses which lead the collection are simply divine: I adore the two Candela pieces which have shapely swirls in crystal and opal.

Every piece has beautiful elements to echo those in Jenny’s wedding dress collection, from headdresses encrusted with fabulous floral motifs, crystals and more, to complement the whimsical tiered hemlines and celestial capes seen on Jenny’s bridal catwalks earlier this year.

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I can’t imagine how exciting it must feel for winter brides and grooms as the leaves start falling from the trees… the first frost instantly reminds me of snow and cosy nights in… and winter weddings. Today I wanted to share a really beautiful wedding from Buxted Park: Fiona and Mark styled a winter wonderland wedding at this gorgeous venue and I’m delighted to be able to share all of their fabulous images with you today.

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Thanks to Kerry Ann Duffy for sharing the photographs of Mark and Fiona’s day with us on the English Wedding Blog. You can see more of Kerry’s photographs here – do have a look. (Fiona was so pleased with her photos she recommended Kerry to her sister and friends, who have booked her for their weddings!)

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My first winter wonderland wedding of the year… I hope you love it. Enjoy!
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Our winter wonderland wedding at Buxted Park, by Fiona and Mark

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