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photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (37)Creative exploration is a marvellous thing for any wedding business. Imagination is why wedding blogs were invented. It’s why we admire top designers who are making waves – the likes of Ian Stuart and David Fielden, the innovators of our industry.

It’s also a hell of a lot of fun.

photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (36)For Vintage Twee‘s Joanne Linder and artist and designer Nia Fiori, creativity is the heart of their wedding businesses. I watched, intrigued, as my two friends, together with the fabulous Chris Hanley Photography, devised a shoot which would explore the very core of their two brands.

Joanne and Nia’s willingness to let their hair down and play was just brilliant. The shoot they dreamed up looks right into the heart of their businesses, painting Vintage Twee in eccentric perfectionism and playing with Nia Fiori’s love of burlesque and fine art.

I love their promo shoot, which for me puts a whole new light on promoting a brand image.

photo credit Chris Hanley Photography (35)

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wedding photography by Chris Hanley (13)Katie’s wedding report captures the romance of her wedding to Chris in December. She told me about being whisked off with her new husband for some special wedding photos: “It felt so romantic – as if we were in a love scene from a movie”!

I just can’t decide if the movie I’m seeing in these beautiful wedding photos is James Bond, Narnia or a vintage Hollywood treasure… perhaps a magical balance of all three. Regardless: the screenplay is magnificent, the stars are every director’s dream – and the story a timeless romance to play on your heartstrings.wedding photography by Chris Hanley (1)The very beautiful Katie and Chris were married at Margam Park Orangery – a wedding venue with a rich history and one of the most prestigious in Wales. The architecture is a deliciously extravagant backdrop for outstanding wedding photography – a backdrop Katie and Chris look born to enjoy.

There are details in this most incredible winter wedding which will inspire you: crystals glisten and snowflakes sparkle; Katie’s delectable vintage bouquet of brooches and crystals, flowers and twinkling accessories is simply out of this world – and she made it herself!

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Hands up anybody in wedding-land who hasn’t heard about last week’s article on The Huffington Post about the end of the vintage wedding trend? Yeah, I knew there wouldn’t be any hands up. So – what does it mean for the wedding industry? Not much. Trends come and go. But there is one thing…

Does the end of vintage really matter?

It does mean something for a new wave of wedding photographers – and indeed other wedding suppliers – who’ve built a successful business on the back of a very specific trend. It could mean a great opportunity for growth, or it could mean panic. There are photographers who’ve developed a very niche style with cutesy Photoshop filters, quirky trademark shots and vintage styling. While that’s fine as just one option in a quality portfolio, it’s not so good if it’s all that distinguishes someone’s work from the crowd.