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Not all weddings are created equal, folks… and on your planning journey you can expect to hear some ‘interesting’ opinions about things brides ‘should’ do / have and things grooms ‘should‘ say / wear… because the preconceptions about weddings are HUGE!

Opinions come from all sides: families, the more traditional suppliers, the wedding press (you know, the pink magazines which are all about brides?) – and they’re steeped in tradition. Weddings have so much patriarchal baggage it’s a journey in itself to tackle the preconceptions head on and come up with a day that’s just right for you both – in equal measures!

Smashing the patriarchy on your wedding day is about both of you. It’s about picking and choosing the traditions you’ll keep, and switching everything up to turn the more misogynistic rituals on their heads. Here’s some tips to make your equal wedding super awesome. We’ve dotted this post with some glorious images by super London wedding photographer Jordanna Marston, whose fun, vibrant, alternative wedding photography style fits this theme beautifully. You can check out Jordanna’s wedding portfolio here.

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Hello there my lovelies, welcome to the weekend! It seems like only moments have passed since last weekend’s excitement at The Handmade Fair – where we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon in the company of the fabulous Karen Flower. Karen has been featured on the English Wedding Blog many times – her wedding photography is just beautiful. I’m delighted to be able to welcome Karen back as a sponsor of the English Wedding Blog today – she comes highly recommended as a talented photographer and one of the loveliest people I’ve met on my travels too!

Karen told me wedding photography “goes beyond just taking photos of what’s in front of me: it is about anticipating moments, looking for connections between people and telling a story of your wedding by linking all the elements of your day together.

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She looks for good light and interesting compositions to make your photos look special but also truthful and real. Your wedding day is about you, and Karen will be there to capture who you are, who you love and how you like to celebrate.

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Have you heard of Fearless Bridal? It’s an intriguing name for a really cool idea – all about wearing your wedding dress again but in a setting and scenario which contrasts with your wedding day.

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Fearless Bridal with London wedding photographer Yolande De Vries

Fearless Bridal means you get to have a great time doing whatever the hell you like in your wedding dress – but definitely not drinking champagne and eating canapes on a perfectly maintained lawn!

London wedding photographer Yolande De Vries describes Fearless Bridal as “one of my secret guilty pleasures… it is the perfect opportunity for a bride to wear her wedding dress again and have a fun and individual photography session in a location and setting that contrasts her wedding day.
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Why choose Fearless Bridal?

The star of this particular Fearless Bridal shoot is wedding photographer Anneli Marinovich, who says “I always knew I wanted to wear my wedding dress again after our wedding day, so when Yolande (dear friend and fabulous photographer) suggested a Fearless Bridal Shoot late last year I instantly knew that it would be very different from the setting we had for our very pretty seaside wedding in Cape Town.

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Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell

Here’s a lovely way to begin the week – by welcoming a new sponsor to the blog. Who remembers our French English Welsh wedding on the blog back in April? I loved Fiona’s creative photography – as well as the fact that she beats me hands down at languages, speaking hundreds* fluently.

*For a more accurate count, see Fiona’s English Wedding Showcase Page!

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Wedding photography by Fiona Campbell

London and destination wedding photographer

Fiona is based in London but – as you might have guessed – loves to travel to photograph weddings. Since 2006 Fiona has photographed many different kinds of wedding, from a boutique civil ceremony at the Gherkin to a sumptuous wedding in a villa near Rome!

Fiona’s also a lovely lady – her emails make me smile; she genuinely cares about her clients and has a real passion for weddings and beautiful photography.

Do visit Fiona’s English Wedding Showcase Page to find out more about my latest sponsor. Fiona – welcome. I’m so pleased to have you as a part of the English Wedding Showcase!