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How many moments of pure joy happen in a single wedding day? Too many to count, or imagine, or dream of, or remember? Weddings are days filled with blissful seconds of laughter, love and happiness. Like this.

Kent wedding photography

Image credit: Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms

Photo credit: Benjamin Toms Photography
From Ben’s favourite wedding photos of 2015. Do read his blog post: it’s full of the most beautiful images, glorious moments and shots which will make you laugh out loud, or bring a tear to your eye.

I publish a wedding photo of the week every week on the English Wedding Blog

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The shortest of introductions today because Andrew from Lightworks Photography writes beautifully – better than I do. Unmissable reading… an eye-opener indeed! Enjoy. Claire x

On arriving at church to photograph a wedding recently:

Vicar: “You must be the photographer, I can tell because you look like you don’t know what you’re doing”

Me: (having picked jaw up from floor and mentally counted to ten) “Hello, nice to meet you. I can assure you I know exactly what I’m doing, I’ve been photographing weddings professionally for over ten years. What are you worried about?”

Vicar: “That you won’t do as you’re told!”

Me: (struggling now, but outwardly the paradigm of professionalism) “Ok….What exactly would you prefer me to do?”

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A few weeks ago I featured a beautifully elegant Surrey wedding on the blog – James and Katherine’s big day was simply wonderful and full of ideas.

Karen Flower

You loved it too, and wedding photographer Karen Flower was a big hit! When Karen emailed me a week or two later to say she’d already had enquiries because of the Botley’s Mansion wedding feature I was delighted – and I’m even more pleased today because Karen has joined the English Wedding Blog team of sponsors.

wedding photography by Karen Flower

You can read all about Karen on her dedicated page on the English Wedding Blog: Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower, and there are some divine images on the page to show you a kind of cross section of her photography style. (She’s chosen gorgeous photos – beautiful lighting, love, laughter and happy tears – do have a look!)

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Reportage wedding photography is a style I love. For those of you who’d like a definition, reportage is the art of telling a story through photography: seeing a wedding as a day which unfolds through people’s interactions (smiles, tears, contemplation) rather than a collection of details in sequence.

That’s my definition, and my understanding. The experts explain it better: read what is reportage wedding photography? by my friend and blog advertiser Phil Drinkwater. Phil specialises in reportage and has launched his new website to showcase this side of his wedding photography business.

reportage wedding blog photograph (2)Please do explore and enjoy the wedding reportage photography website Phil’s launched. It offers a clear and succinct explanation of what reportage is all about – the explanation being in both words and pictures, of course!
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Choosing reportage photography for your wedding

Reportage wedding photography will focus more on the moments than on the details of your day. If your wedding is all about friends and family coming together to celebrate, then reportage could be perfect for you.

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The scene for today’s wedding blog post is The Manor By The Lake. The tone of the day is beautiful, cheeky and fun. The bride and groom are Dawn and Gavin, very much in love and all smiles from beginning to end.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (1)The wedding photographers are Jenny and Keith McAvoy, aka McAvoy Photography. They’re the perfect team to shoot this wedding day – fun loving and relaxed, with an eye for the quirky, contemporary photography that’s just right for Dawn and Gavin’s wedding day.

I shan’t waffle: I’ll leave you to read and enjoy.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (2)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (3)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (4)So cute! Cat thinks… what’s going on? This isn’t normal. But it smells so pretty…

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (5)These little signs are lovely aren’t they?

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (6)The Tiffany key was Gavin’s wedding day present for Dawn. On her garter she had an old photograph of her grandparents when they were young.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (7)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (8)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (9)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (10)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (11)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (12)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (13)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (17)Now that’s a wedding dress! How beautiful does Dawn look as she waits to walk down the aisle?
real wedding by McAvoy Photography (14)Isn’t she stunning? I love this portrait of Dawn – the contented smile, that gorgeous dress and her pose. To me this says: Best day of my life.

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Emma and Duncan were married in Bristol earlier in the year. Sometimes when I see a wedding for the first time I’m in quiet awe of the bride’s beauty, the atmosphere of the day and the lovely pictures. In this case wedding photographer Matt Tordoff had me almost holding my breath as I looked through the wedding photos.

I hope I can share that impression with you today: of quiet serenity, a sense of calm and pure beauty in these wonderful wedding images.

wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (1)I fell for the innocence in this photograph of Emma instantly. She’s beautiful and I love the look in her eyes. What a beautiful wedding hair accessory as well – so pretty.

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wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (5)Another strikingly beautiful bridal portrait – with the light playing on her veil only emphasising Emma’s contemplative gaze, I really do love this image.

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wedding photography Bristol on English Wedding blog (7)This next photo always makes me smile: dressed and ready in plenty of time, two guests kick back and wait quietly for the celebrations to begin…