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I do adore a properly placed apostrophe, don’t you?! Titles aside, today’s feature is fantastic advice, brilliantly written. No doubt there will be music involved in your wedding day at some point – so you should totally read this guest blog by our sponsors Bands for Hire and take note!

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DO check out your wedding band’s sound before you book them.

These days, what with camera phones and YouTube, it’s easier than ever for a band to produce their own recordings and videos, so even if you can’t find any links when shopping online, you can always ask the band to send you something. Also, ask your friends and family if they can recommend a function band they’ve either seen or hired themselves recently.

DON’T go by recommendation alone.

It’s great when good reviews are passed on via word of mouth, but this is far too personal a matter to leave to chance. The band who played at your friends’ wedding may have a completely different sound and set list to what you have in mind. Hear them with you own ears, as it’s your wedding soundtrack they’ll be providing.

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Of course you can do the splits in your wedding dress. You can also look as effortlessly glamorous as any Hollywood leading lady, marry the gorgeous man of your dreams, smile all day long and party until you drop. And to anyone who doesn’t love a sparkler send-off? You’re wrong!

Documentary wedding images telling a beautiful story at Rudding Park, credit York Place Studios (6)

Everything about today’s fabulously glamorous and fun winter wedding will show you this is how it’s done – and it’s beautiful from beginning to end. The venue – Rudding Park in Harrogate – is fabulous. The special touches Jess and Andy incorporated into their day are wonderful (especially the mirror table plan!) – it’s all simply breathtaking. The trick is to book an amazing photographer to capture every second for you, and they nailed that too!

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Images are by our lovely friends and sponsors, Documentary Wedding Photographers  York Place Studios!

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So today I really want to say that weddings should be about memories, celebration, belly laughs and so much love you could burst… yet at the same time, Holly wears the most incredible dress for her wedding to James that part of me is holding back just a little bit and thinking that at least half of this blog post should be about just how beautiful that dress is… argh!! Because, isn’t it?! Wow.

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I love featuring weddings from our wonderful friends and sponsors at York Place Studios. They’re fantastic documentary wedding photographers who are different. They do more than capture the atmosphere of a wedding day; they grab the wedding and bring its spirit and laughter right through to the screen. And for their brides and grooms I’m sure those images are so powerful they’re transported right back into every heart-bursting moment with every single shot.

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Northbrook Park is a venue instantly recognisable for its peacocks, stunning gardens and light and airy ceremony rooms. It’s one of my favourite Surrey wedding venues and never fails to create the most fabulous atmosphere for a wedding. Documentary Wedding Photographers York Place Studios create images which are instantly recognisable for their stories: beautifully lit, exciting and vibrant wedding photography which captures the imagination – and I promise you, every single image is worth stopping for as you scroll down the page.

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Anna and Ben’s Northbrook Park wedding is glorious. They were blessed with bright sunshine in February; the day is simply so full of smiles and laughter – it looks so much fun, I could be enchanted by their images all day long.

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THANK YOU! Just amazing, thank you sooo much … incredible photos!!!” – Anna + Ben

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However stunning the location or decoration, it’s the bride and groom, their family and friends that really make for a great wedding, everything else is secondary – so say the fabulous documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios.

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Today’s wedding has an amazing little ninja page boy in a head to toe gold costume (awesome), an actual bandstand, some bemused pic-nic-ers (how on earth do I spell that?!) and the most gorgeous bride and groom in like, ever. Plus the best atmosphere you could dream of… and it all comes across so beautifully in the photos.

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The venue? Battersea Park Pump House. What an amazing spot to get married! Although really – as the happiness shining out from today’s pics totally shows – it doesn’t matter where you’re married, because it’s just all about sharing the best moment of your life with the folks you love.

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Today’s wedding is just brilliant. There are images I’m longing to show you which I simply daren’t… let’s just say Kim and Simon’s wedding day was full of laughter from the very beginning – and those Chinese pre-wedding customs are as harsh (hardcore?!) as they are hilarious! You’ll have to visit the full feature-length blog post to discover why I’m saving their blushes… meanwhile though, here are some of the most beautiful images to begin today’s incredible real wedding on the blog. I hope you love them as much as I do!

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“These are unbelievable, you guys have captured the day beautifully! Your incredible level of attention to detail and unique perspective has allowed us to revisit all of it and really savour every moment both big and small. These are a breathtaking memento of a very special day, and I am sure both of our families will cherish these for a very long time, I am certain that both Kim and I will! We wanted to say thanks again, not only for your amazing results, but also the way in which you and the guys do what you do – it was a pleasure to have had you there on the day and it is our privilege to have had you as our photographers.” – Simon & Kim

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Steph and Sean’s wedding is family focused, all about the party – it breaks any stuffy old rules about weddings… and it’s fabulous. The pretty summer flowers are gorgeous, the bride and groom look fantastic – this is real rock ‘n’ roll attitude with a modern twist and I LOVE it!

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Images are by my faves – documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios – who captured the spirit and atmosphere of the day from the pretty and informal ceremony under canvas to the crazymazing dancefloor moves at the end of the night!

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“The day forged a wonderful balance of fierce rock n’ roll attitude alongside a cool vintage playfulness that brought out some amazing and lively personalities to say the least! It was an absolute pleasure to capture them and their gorgeous (and hilarious) little family and my word what a fun day we had immersing ourselves in all of the action!” ~ York Place Studios

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I know: festival-esque isn’t even a word (even if I try and make it look like one by adding a hyphen). But it perfectly describes the wonderful spirit and sense of fun in today’s glorious barn wedding – and I know you’ll get it when you see the fabulous photos telling the story of Helena and Chris’s wedding day.

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Today’s gorgeous bride and groom married at Kingsthorpe Lodge – a lovely barn wedding venue on the Cambridge /Northamptonshire border. Images are by the fabulous  York Place Studios, UK & worldwide documentary wedding photographers. Discover them here…

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“Helena & Chris’s barn wedding had such a fun, relaxed vibe that the vibrant mix of personalities and friendships (and especially the VERY excited kids!) provided so many great collective moments throughout the day, not least as Chris’s amazing Reggae band ‘The Reggaelators’ rocked the house into the early hours until everyone was ready to grab a sleeping bag and hit their tents!”

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Everyone will see your wedding from a different perspective. You’ll be in the centre of a whirlwind of emotions and moments you both want to hold onto forever. Your closest family will be overjoyed for you; and reminiscing over your younger days as they watch you become husband and wife. Friends will be thrilled; excited to celebrate with you and catch up if they can grab a minute; flower girls will look up to see the wedding from their own adorable perspective. A wedding – your wedding – will mean many different things to many different people.

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And perspective is something your wedding photographers will bring, both on the day and for many, many years to come. They’ll capture moments you didn’t know had happened; the romance as you say your vows and the happiness shining through your day. They’ll photograph memories you will treasure for ever, and the very best will do this creatively, beautifully, captivatingly.

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Hello!

We got into music for the love of the art itself and once we could play a bit, we loved it for the performing too. We love to play live because we love music and we love to watch other people like you love it with us. Music is powerful and we want to make sure you enjoy us or any wedding band you book to the fullest. That’s why in our series of free guides designed to help and inform you, we picked “what to look for in a wedding band” as the first one.

Even though this article speaks from years of experience, some of our advice may put you off booking with us but we don’t mind, we are happier knowing you have the information and knowledge to make the right decision for you when it comes to booking a live band for your wedding.

We hold our hands up, we do use the way we advertise and run live acts as examples in some of the topics below so you could class that as a bit of shameless plugging. Sorry!

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I never want to be a dull blogger. I want to share something new every day – and more often, to share things you won’t expect. Images to surprise you; ideas to set you thinking along lines you’d never dreamed of before. Guys like Rox and Scott can inspire me to do just that… because the last thing they wanted was ‘ordinary’ anything at their wedding.

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Rox and Scott didn’t want generic wedding photography, they wanted us to capture their and their guests’ true personalities naturally without direction or posing and we had an absolute ball along the way! The trust they gave us was wonderful and we felt truly privileged to capture their day and the people who made it so special.”
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I totally recommend scrolling through today’s wedding twice: the first time, to take in the beauty of the day, the atmosphere, the party – and then look again.

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I’m a music lover – I live for amazing concerts in intimate venues, singing my heart out and dancing all night long. Music is important – I’d even say for me it would be the number 1 important thing at our wedding. I’d love to take our wedding to a live concert rather than host an evening do ourselves… I wanted to share something with you today which will help even the fussiest music lovers (like me!) choose the perfect wedding entertainment.

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Our friends at Alive Network believe in making choosing your wedding entertainment simple and fun, and with their brand new website it couldn’t be easier!

Go to AliveNetwork.com and do a search with your event date, location and preferred artist type and the website will show you who’s available to perform at your wedding with video, audio, photos and instant online prices.