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I’ve been busy recommending photographers I love to my friends who are getting married this summer – and everywhere I see couples are booking wedding photographers even for their weddings in 2017… I guess it’s that time of year. Which is perfect, because I like to think of myself as a matchmaker: I see a LOT of wedding photography and I want to help you hook up with amazing photographers for your wedding. Which brings me to lovely Liam Smith Photography

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Liam Smith Photography has been on my radar since the early days of the English Wedding Blog. Liam combines fine art photography with a beautiful narrative, capturing your day in a sensitive and unique style. I think he’s pretty awesome. I’m delighted to say Liam has rejoined the English Wedding Blog as our latest sponsor and will be sharing plenty of gorgeous real weddings as well as expert advice with all of us over the next few months. Liam – welcome.

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One of the best things about being a wedding blogger is being able to introduce you to wedding suppliers. I’ve been chatting to lovely Heni Fourie, a wedding photographer from Buckinghamshire, LOTS over the last few weeks and I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Heni as the latest addition to my wonderful little gang of English Wedding Blog sponsors.

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Heni Fourie Photography is based in High Wycombe, Bucks. Heni work with natural light, producing images that highlight the beauty of your wedding day. His style mixes formal wedding photographs with candid shots (reportage photography), creating a record of the big and small moments that make a wedding so special.

Heni told me, “I fell in love with photography at an early age and my fascination with wedding photography started when I first saw the black and white wedding photos of my parents’ happy day. I tried to put together the day in my mind from the photos I had in front of me, and today I use my photography to create a story of the day for each of my happy couples. I love what I do and it gives me great pleasure to know that what I produce will be treasured for a lifetime.”

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Wedding photographer Suzy Mitchell first featured here on the English Wedding Blog with a styled ‘vintage military wedding‘ shoot – which tugged at my heartstrings, being inspired by a real life story. I’m delighted to be able to introduce you to Suzy as an English Wedding Blog sponsor today. She’s passionate about her photography – and it shows. Suzy’s images are timeless and beautiful: she captures those unexpected and magical moments as well as she photographs wonderfully artistic portraits… and I love her work.

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Suzy told me, “I was trying to think of the one thing I most wanted to say to a couple considering booking me, as their photographer and it was simple really, just that I want it to be fun!! To get to know you as a couple, understand what you are looking for and for you to really enjoy the experience of working with me!

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Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having the loveliest of weeks so far. We’ve all been a little spoilt with some fabulous real weddings and inspiration shoots on the English Wedding Blog this week so I wanted to take time this morning to introduce you to someone I think you’ll love. You will probably recognise some faces!

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Andy Stonier is the photographer at Howling Basset wedding photography, based in Kent. After featuring two of his real weddings on the English Wedding Blog, I’m delighted to say that Andy has joined my little team of awesome sponsors and we’ll be seeing more beautiful weddings over the summer!

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Let’s explain the name first of all, shall we? Howling Basset is named for Andy’s two adorable basset hounds, who feature in his business logo! Andy started Howling Basset back in 2004 and in 10 years has become one of Kent’s leading wedding photographers, shooting nearly 700 weddings. This level of wedding experience means he’s calm, professional and unobtrusive, helping him to best capture the full story on your biggest day.

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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.

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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.

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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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Part 2: How to prepare yourselves for the photography on your wedding day

Congratulations if you have now chosen your wedding photographer! (Otherwise, have you read part 1 in this series of articles? In part 1 I’m giving advice on how to find and choose your photographer)

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Once you have chosen your photographer, the planning stage starts. Don’t worry, most of the planning will be done by your photographer – You have plenty of other things to sort out as well! But in my experience, a good level of communication with your photographer before your wedding day is the best recipe for some fantastic wedding photography. Photography is very much about personal taste, so if the photographer has a good understanding of what you like and what is important to you, then they will know what to focus on during your wedding day. To be acquainted in advance will also help you feel relaxed with being photographed. So here follows some advice on how you can work together to get the best shots possible when the day comes!

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photography by Geoff Reardon (21)Everyone wants to know who will photograph a wedding photographer’s wedding. I featured Alice and Jamie’s wedding on the blog yesterday, with pictures by lovely Jean-Luc Benazet.

I can’t quite remember how I found out about Jean-Luc’s own wedding to the beautiful Liza, but I was delighted to see they’d chosen Geoff Reardon to be their wedding photographer.
Jean-Luc and Liza have written their wedding report to share with you, and the images of their wedding day are breathtaking – so I’ll leave you in their capable hands to enjoy today’s wedding blog.

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Cambridge College wedding blog: Liza and Jean-Luc Benazet

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Liza had two beautiful dresses for the distinct parts of the wedding day. In the morning she wore this Monsoon Fusion summer dress with Irregular Choice shoes from Schuh. For the afternoon blessing & reception she wore Victoria Jane by Ronald Joyce (Sable 17014 ivory) bought from Karen Forte in Bassingbourn with shoes from Monsoon, a bracelet and hair accessories from Accessorize and necklace from Ernest Jones.

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wedding blog by Brett Symes (25)Anthea and Nimish had a perfectly elegant, wonderfully stylish wedding at Dartmouth House in London. An exclusive wedding venue for a couple whose calm, sophisticated personalities fit beautifully with the luxurious surroundings.

I will always believe that weddings should be ‘you’ in that they are a celebration of your own style and personality – and whether your wedding’s held in a tipi or a mansion, you should feel at home. Anthea and Nimish fit this venue like a glove. The wedding photographs by Brett Symes Photography exude the same elegance and style.

wedding blog by Brett Symes (24)Anthea shared some details of the day with English Wedding blog. I will leave you to enjoy the story of this beautiful bride and handsome groom. I hope you love today’s wedding blog – it’s special.

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wedding blog by Brett Symes (22)“My wedding dress, made of ivory French corded lace, shrug and veil were all by couture wedding designer, Christine Kendall. Christine runs her bridal boutique from New Cavendish Street, London and I loved it because it was as different from the regular bridal shops as it was possible to get. I had several fittings with Christine and each time, Christine was an oasis of calm professionalism, exactly what I needed!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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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When I need a bit of colour therapy mixed in with my wedding obsession, I know where to go: wedding photographer Katy Lunsford dishes out spectacularly colourful photographs in her very own inimitable style.

This is Ruth and Dan’s wedding, held in April at Staffordshire’s Smallwood Manor. The school is a gorgeous victorian building with its own chapel and set in fifty acres of parkland nestled in the Staffordshire countryside.

Ruth and Dan's real wedding vibrant colours (28)I absolutely adore how Ruth and Dan planned their wedding day – with lots of help from family and friends they created a stunning theme of beautiful colours to brighten up the spring day. The bridesmaids wore different coloured pashminas – an idea I love to bits! – and tables were fun and funky.

I’m sharing Ruth and Dan’s wedding story in two parts because there are so many stunning photos to enjoy. Today sit back and enjoy the wedding story in pictures. Tomorrow, get the look with close ups of all the gorgeous table decorations and details to inspire your own vibrant wedding day.

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Short and sweet – this is a blog post purely to make you smile.

Meet bride and groom Rach and Dan…

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Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (1)A family friend took Rach and Dan’s wedding pictures and they decided after the wedding they’d like some professional photographs as well. They chose wedding photographer Matt Ethan to take these lovely quirky bridal photos.

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You can just tell how happy these two are – and what lovely photos to treasure in years to come. All the more poignant because…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (8)Just one week after the shoot Dan got back in touch to tell Matt that Rach was expecting their first baby! So not only do they have a lovely set of photos, but their baby is hiding away in the pics as well…. and that’s a really beautiful little thing to have and to know.

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (2)Congratulations Dan and Rach, and thank you to wedding photographer Matt Ethan for sharing the images with us today.

Hope we made you smile…