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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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Adam Johnson | 20Collective.com

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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Love Bridal boutique launch (2)

Wedding photographers at work: behind the scenes at the Love Bridal Boutique launch

Who’d like to see some funny photos of wedding photographers? I have some. ­čÖé

The deal is this: if you didn’t see the Love Bridal launch on English Wedding Blog earlier this week, please do check out the North West’s most exclusive bridal boutique, owned by the lovely Emma and Jonny Draper. Love Bridal was launched with the help of 14 great wedding photographers from Manchester and Cheshire in The Best of the North West. You can see my favourite images – one per photographer – by clicking my favourite Love Bridal images.

When you’ve read all about the launch, you can join me to enjoy and have a giggle at the behind the scenes images which were shared by wedding photographers Jonny Draper and Neil Redfern. We’re about to get up close and personal with some of the gorgeous accessories and wedding dresses from Love Bridal – and to see what wedding photographers look like, both in flight and upside down. Seemed just right for a Friday!

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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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Understandably, this wedding day had me intrigued from the moment I first heard about it! Bouncy castles, inflatables and a gorgeous village hall? Yes please! Louisa and Dan were married in Lancashire on the 4th of June and chose Neil Redfern as their wedding photographer. Louisa is originally from New Zealand, although now lives with Dan in Cumbria (spooky coincidence: my Gareth is half kiwi, and I’m from Cumbria! How could I not feature this wedding?!)

Neil told me how the wedding day unfolded: Louisa got ready in a little pub in Arkholme called the Bay Horse, the wedding ceremony was at Lancaster Town Hall and the reception at Arkholme Village Hall. The shots of Louisa & Dan in between the ceremony and the reception were taken on a bridge in Lancaster. The day had a really nice village fete feel to it and was extremely relaxed with lots of fun elements: a BBQ, bouncy castle, hula-hoops and an inflatable thing which guests could roll down a hill in!

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Engagement photography - a loving couple

Tom and Laura are very much in love and it shows in their eyes, their faces, the way they stand so close

When I asked about engagement photography sessions for the blog, Manchester photographer Neil Redfern promised me a very special shoot with Tom and Laura – and this certainly has everything you could ask for from a pre-wedding photo shoot!

Hugo is the star of this blog feature, but what really makes this collection stand out for me is Tom and Laura’s family. I love the romantic photos of Tom’s mum and dad – they look as head over heels in love as any newly engaged couple I’ve seen!

Tom explains how his family focused engagement shoot came about. “I really wanted to have some beautiful family photos taken to give as gifts for Christmas presents this year. My sister has a young family and I have just got engaged to the girl I have been with since I was 18, so I thought it was a great time to do it. We are a REALLY close family so I love the idea of having all these┬á amazing photos of us looking happy and healthy.”

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This gorgeous vintage inspired wedding has a special place in my mind – when I think about the weddings I’ve blogged over the year, Vanessa and Michael’s day always makes me smile. Manchester wedding photographer Neil Redfern captured some incredible images of the reception at The Barlow Institute which positively glow with gorgeousness.

Vintage inspired English Wedding

Incredible image of a beautiful vintage wedding reception

wedding speeches

vintage inspired wedding cakes

Beautifully colourful vintage wedding

To see more, please click Vintage English Wedding.

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Glorious vintage inspired wedding photograph

Glorious vintage inspired wedding photograph: I love this more and more every time I see it!

Continuing from yesterday’s English Wedding blog post, it’s time to share Vanessa and Michael‘s beautiful vintage wedding reception.

From the portrait photos of the beautiful bride and handsome groom to the myriad colours on the dancefloor, this is a whole new world of fabulous. Photographs are by the wonderful Lancashire wedding photographer Neil Redfern. Enjoy!

Fabulous wedding portraits

Atmospheric bride and groom portrait photograph

Atmospheric bride and groom portrait photograph

Portrait time: rays of sunshine and lashings of love

Portrait time: rays of sunshine and lashings of love

Behind the Barlow Institute is a stretch of pretty parkland - perfect for more photos

Behind the Barlow Institute is a stretch of pretty parkland - perfect for more photos

Bride with colourful bouquet

Vanessa's vintage style and gorgeous bouquet are out of this world!

Vanessa is a truly beautiful bride, and these photos are breathtaking! Her hairpiece fits her vintage wedding perfectly, and I love those cute lace sleeves.

Bowling at the wedding venue

Bowling at the wedding venue

Vanessa and Michael’s reception was held at The Barlow Institute in Edgworth, Lancashire.

Wedding photography by www.NeilRedfern.com

Wedding photography by www.NeilRedfern.com

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bride on a vintage bus

Vanessa on the wedding bus: a beautiful bride, beautifully photographed.

This latest wedding feature from the blog of Manchester photographer Neil Redfern is like a step back in time. With everything from handmade bunting to a vintage bus – and not just your usual red London bus – this is gorgeous!

If you’re planning a vintage wedding, Vanessa and Michael’s day should be the perfect inspiration to fill you with amazing ideas!

The bridal party board the bus

The bridal party board the bus - Vanessa and her bridesmaid look stunning: Dad looks proud!

Bride and dad

Vanessa and her dad.

Vintage wedding bus

Vintage wedding bus in Lancashire

Vintage wedding bus

The vintage wedding bus en route. It made two trips before the wedding, taking the groom and bride to the church in turn.

Groom on a vintage bus

Michael and all the guys on the vintage wedding bus

Groom and sheds

Michael poses by what (in my mind) look like allotment sheds... pure old fashioned Lancashire!

Groom before the wedding

Michael and the boys outside St Anne's Church

Vintage orders of service

I love the orders of service - the colours and design are gorgeous and so different