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Over the last week or so I’ve been equally intrigued and impressed by something called 20Collective – and I suspect by now you’ve heard about it too! But what is it?! I think it’s on the verge of being pretty big news in wedding photography – and I know couples who investigate 20Collective will like what they see. I know I do.

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20Collective is a group of diverse and distinctive wedding photographers. They shoot weddings all around the UK and abroad, and have joined together to bring you a fabulous shared portfolio website. It has the potential to be very powerful: a visual photography-led wedding blog. And there are some very exciting names involved in the project:

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Rik Pennington Photography | 20Collective.com

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Neil Redfern | 20Collective.com

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Adam Johnson | 20Collective.com

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York Place Studios | 20Collective.com

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Kristian Leven Photography | 20Collective.com

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Albert Palmer | 20Collective.com

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Stephen Bunn | 20Collective.com

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Samuel Docker | 20Collective.com

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Sam Gibson | 20Collective.com

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Lawson Photography | 20Collective.com

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The launch of Love Bridal today is something for the wedding industry in the North West of England to really celebrate. While I’m now Norther and Wester than all of the photographers involved in the shoot, I’m still delighted that English Wedding Blog is playing a part in this launch: the way these guys work together is inspiring.

Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire by Jonny Draper Photography

Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire by Jonny Draper Photography

This is a fantastic showcase of the wedding dress designers at Love Bridal boutique:

  • Terry Fox
  • Mia Mia by Alan Hannah
  • Intuzuri
  • Heritage Collection by Balbier Wyatt

It’s also a great introduction to some of the best wedding photographers in the North and West of England. These guys work together and share ideas because they have such different styles and perspectives – who’d have thought wedding photography came in so many shapes and sizes!

Jonny Draper Photography – launching Love Bridal

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Love Bridal launch by Jonny Draper Photography

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Love Bridal launch by Jonny Draper Photography

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Love Bridal launch by Jonny Draper Photography

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I love the weddings that make me stop. My fingers, poised to type, pause in mid air for a few moments. This wedding blog feature stands out from the crowd: Jenny and Tim had the most sophisticated, luxurious day – perfect for English Wedding blog.

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I love weddings with personality. Whoever you are, whatever you love and wherever your inspiration and style comes from, the most important thing is to create the wedding day that reflects you. Jenny and Tim’s wedding day does just that. It’s pure, perfect, classic glamour.

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With wedding photography by Adam Johnson (www.arj-photo.co.uk) this is a beautiful day and one I’m delighted to be sharing on the blog today.

uk wedding blog real wedding arj photo (3)After getting ready nearby, Jenny and her girls came to Arley Hall wedding venue in Cheshire, and we join them here in the dressing room just before the wedding begins. Jenny’s Pandora bracelet was a wedding present from Tim. Isn’t it beautiful?

Scottish wedding blog inspiration board by ARJ Photography
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Scottish flavour and flair for you today ladies and gents with the final part of Andy and Bec’s wedding feature on English Wedding blog. We’ve had the marriage, the tears, the poppies, the speeches and the best men’s bums (in part two of the wedding blog). Now I’ll show you all those gorgeous details to inspire your own wedding day.

All of the photographs are taken by my lovely friend and English Wedding blog sponsor ARJ Photography.

Scottish wedding inspiration board

Scottish wedding blog inspiration board by ARJ Photography

Scottish wedding blog inspiration board by ARJ Photography

Andy and Bec’s wedding theme mixes soft pastel pinks and purples with a real flavour of Scotland.

  • table napkins are tied in baby pink ribbons
  • stationery is elegant with romantic calligraphy scripts
  • Bec wears an intricate hair accessory with pearls and crystal
  • Andy and his best men are in Scottish formal dress
  • Bec wears a beautiful dress with lots of romantic detail and her bridal shoes have more lovely pearls
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Morning everyone! We’ve more love from Scotland on the blog today, and it’s smiles all the way: if you’re easily shocked look away before we get to the bit where the best men raise their kilts… (I’m only joking)

There are some really beautiful wedding photos here: Andy and Bec had a beautiful wedding reception and it’s really great to see smiles on all the wedding guests’ faces – as well as the sheer delight from new husband and wife Andy and Bec.

real wedding blog (1)The wedding reception venue is Dunsley Hall Hotel in Kinver – a luxurious boutique hotel with a rich history and a commitment to the environment I really admire.

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real wedding blog (5)This is excellent: Andy, his dad and best men. They look great and stand so proudly – it makes for a striking wedding photograph.

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real wedding blog (7)There must be such pride in dressing formally the Scottish way! Andy and his Dad both had kilt pins and cufflinks from their own clan.

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Kilts, sporrens, and the broadest of happy smiles are lined up for you right now in this beautiful wedding day. Who doesn’t love a groom in a kilt… and one with a tear in his eye as he sees his bride approach the altar in church?

You’ll love this, you really really will. And I dare you not to cry just a little bit in the next five minutes!

wedding photography real wedding photos by ARJ Photography Cheshire (1)This wedding was submitted by my friend and wedding blog sponsor Adam Johnson of ARJ Photography in Manchester. Andy and Bec were married at St Benedict’s church in Womborne with a reception at Dunsley Hall in Kinver. Andy’s family are Scottish and there were many lovely details incorporated into the wedding to celebrate the Scottish connection.

Bec is a stunning bride with a beautiful smile: there are nervous moments and a few tears for both bride and groom today – but when they’re together Andy and Bec just look so happy.

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It’s high time I introduced you to English Wedding blog sponsor Adam Johnson, better known as ARJ Photography. Adam is a brilliant wedding photographer who caught my eye back in October with Liz and Jon’s gorgeous e-shoot which I featured on English Wedding blog.

ARJ Photography is a business which has grown out of passion and a love for photography, romance and fun. With some of the very best wedding photographers you can just tell they adore their work, and with photographer Adam Johnson you can see he loves every moment, every image he captures and shares.

Beautiful wedding photography: ARJ-Photography

ARJ Photo Cheshire wedding photography (2)I recommend Adam Johnson because of those little bits of magic he captures in his wedding photography. The emotion, the sparkle, the precious moments you’ll want to keep forever.

ARJ Photo Cheshire wedding photography (1)I don’t think any other photographer has had as many pre-wedding shoots on the English Wedding blog! Adam wrote a passionate guest blog post all about why you should have an engagement shoot which went up on English Wedding next.

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Bluebells and the warm glow of April’s delicate sunshine… blue skies (remember those?), fountains and woodland glades… a beautiful couple and a great wedding photographer.

Drop what you’re doing just for a minute and enjoy this gorgeous pre-wedding shoot by Adam Johnson of ARJ Photography.Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography

Bec and Andy are a gorgeous couple and I really can’t wait to see their wedding photographs.
Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ PhotographyI love the atmospheric qualities of the woodland: rich emerald greens and the carpet of bluebells give this fun engagement photography a real fairytale feel.

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Trentham Gardens engagement shoot ARJ Photography

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Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ PhotographyBec and Andy just look perfect together don’t they. And so happy! Their engagement shoot was a few weeks ago now, and they got married last Friday – I’m really looking forward to seeing their wedding day photos.

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Trentham Gardens pre-wedding shoot ARJ PhotographyThis black and white image has so much romance – and if there was ever a perfect couple it’s these two! Bec’s engagement ring is really pretty as well, don’t you think?

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The perfect winter's day for Lee and Sally

This engagement photo session from ARJ Photography inspired the entire concept of e-shoot week on the English Wedding blog.

Adam from ARJ Photography submitted his images of Sally and Lee at Trentham Gardens near Stoke before Christmas and I fell in love with the sparkly snow, bright sunlight and beautiful location – with Lee and Sally being such a fantastic couple and Adam’s enthusiasm for the shoot, this couldn’t be more perfect.

Engagement photography in the snow

A beautiful sunny day and a loved-up couple - there's magic in the air for this shoot by ARJ Photography

Engagement shoot by ARJ Photography

Sally is completely at ease with the camera - and looks amazing for it. I love her look: the hat is fab and I want that coat!

Engagement shoot in Stoke by ARJ Photography

Love is in the air! ... and beautifully captured in this shot

Engagement photography in the countryside

This is one of my favourite images - so romantic! (There are many more I love in this shoot too...) The look in Sally and Lee's eyes says it all.

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A favourite photograph of Liz and Jon, so much in love.

A favourite photograph of Liz and Jon, so much in love.

The first engagement shoot I ever featured on English Wedding was of Liz and Jon – a Cheshire bride- and groom-to-be whose lovely photos had me completely hooked.

Two months have absolutely flown by, and I can now very happily blog Liz and Jon’s wedding day for you. This couple wear their hearts on their sleeves – so the photos might just bring a tear to your eye. They did for me!

Their photographer was Adam from ARJ Photography in Manchester. There is definitely something special about Manchester wedding photographers and Adam is no exception: a creatively cheeky element always comes shining through – in Liz and Jon’s case, it’s bathtubs!

Exquisite detailing on Liz's wedding dress

Exquisite detailing on Liz's wedding dress

So cute! Wedding day cat.

So cute! Wedding day cat.

Setting the scene beautifully: Love, lace and adorable bridal shoes

Setting the scene beautifully: Love, lace and adorable bridal shoes

Autumnal bridal bouquet with rose tipped hydrangeas, berries and roses

Autumnal bridal bouquet with rose tipped hydrangeas, berries and roses

Liz has her hair and make up professionally done - and looks like a movie star already

Liz has her hair and make up professionally done - and looks like a movie star already

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Rookery Hall Cheshire Wedding Venue photographed by ARJ Photography

Rookery Hall wedding venue in Cheshire, by www.arj-photo.co.uk

Rookery Hall is one of Cheshire’s finest hotel wedding venues, a nineteenth century mansion house transformed into a luxury hotel with 38 acres of gardens and wooded parkland.

Photographs of Rookery Hall

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All photographs by www.arj-photo.co.uk

Photographer thoughts on Rookery Hall

Adam from ARJ Photography says, “I was impressed by the grandeur of Rookery Hall (not untypical of a Cheshire wedding venue!), and the real mixture of old and new. They hold ceremonies in the older hall and then you go over for your wedding reception in the more modern wing.

“From a wedding photography perspective (which is where I come in!) it’s a great venue – loads of areas for group shots and couple shots, and lots of nice countryside backdrops for the natural reportage photography, as well as really nicely lit rooms for the ceremony and wedding reception.”

From the Rookery Hall website

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa Cheshire is a magnificent country house set in stunning grounds and gardens making it the perfect wedding venue for your fairytale wedding.

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Pre-wedding engagement photo credit: ARJ Photography

I’d like to extend a virtual hug to Adam from ARJ Photography this week. He’s helped me out no end as I sit sulking with my broken wrist – first with gorgeous images from Liz and Jon’s pre-wedding photoshoot, and now with a brilliant guest post.

So while my wrist gets better, it’s over to Adam with everything you need to know about pre-wedding or engagement photography sessions. Should you? Yes!!!

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Engagement photography credit: ARJ Photography

We don’t like having our photos taken, and we’re not photogenic.

It’s a strange thing to say to someone who you’re about to hand over a chunk of your wedding budget to, specifically so they’ll take photos of you for a whole day – and one of the most important, emotional and eventful days of your life at that.

But this is often one of the first things a couple will tell me when we meet to talk about me working with them for their wedding day.