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Upcoming Wedding Shows for Lina and Tom

As the summer heatwave fades I don’t know about you but I am starting to look forward to Autumn; the turn of the trees and that renewed sense of starting afresh (we may also be going on holiday, but nothing to do with that of course!)

You may have put your wedding planning aside to enjoy the summer or maybe you’re newly engaged and want to get cracking! We’ll be at two fab wedding shows in September so why not come along and have a chat about your wedding photography? Reading this and thinking of someone else, do let them know where we will be!

Our business exists because of the amazing referrals from our clients, it is so important for us, so if you know someone engaged, please pass on our details! 

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Knebworth Wedding Show back this weekend!

It’s that time of year again! We’ll be back at The Wedding Show Knebworth House and Barns this weekend for the fourth year running, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th January 2016. We love exhibiting at the Knebworth Wedding Show because of the time of year, everyone is buzzing – from the newly Christmas engaged couples to the couples who have kept their planning relaxed to date, but it’s all systems go after Christmas!

As always we’ll be exhibiting alongside some brilliant fellow suppliers, over 80 apparently! We’re all here to help you plan the best day ever and keep it stress free! There will also be the brilliant catwalk show which is a must-see, held three times each day to inspire and help you find ‘the dress’ and give ideas to your guests, as well as live singing from wedding artists.  Head to us at stand 113 and you’ll likely see Tom perfecting the boys dance routines! (He loves to boogie.)

The show runs from 10am to 4pm both days, so grab your other half or mum and the girls, and come and have a glass of champagne to kick off your planning! The first 100 brides through the door each day will receive a goody bag packed full of treats and samples to take home, and everyone will get a copy of 2016 Bride Magazine – look out for our coverage of Ros & Robin’s wedding on page 52!

Tickets are on sale for £4 each or £12 for a group of four in advance here. Tickets are £5 each on the day.
See you there!

 

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Offley Place Wedding Fayre Sunday 19th April

We’re back at the beautiful Offley Place tomorrow for their spring wedding fayre in association with Bride Magazine.

Gain inspiration, tips and advice to plan your dream day with a fantastic selection of the area’s finest wedding suppliers on hand with expert advice on all aspects of your wedding day. We’re delighted to be there another year as a recommended wedding photographer at Offley Place, but even if this is not your wedding venue come and see why we are the wedding photographer for you! We will also have a special offer for couples that book us from this fayre so whether newly engaged or deep into planning, take a trip into the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside for a great day out.

Free admission and car parking. Register for your free goody bag and copy of Herts and Cambs Bride Magazine (worth £4.50) (limited to the first 50 brides to register)

Date: Sunday, 19th April 2015
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Exhibitors: 25 – 50 exhibitors
Admission:Free Entry

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It’s Wedding Fayre Season Again! Hatfield House Wedding Fayre

We’re going to be back at the Bride Magazine Hatfield House Wedding Fayre this weekend! We’ll be in the stables where you can also watch the fashion shows, so make sure you come and find us on the balcony too!

Gain inspiration, tips and advice to plan your dream day with a fantastic selection of the area’s finest wedding specialists on hand to provide you with expert advice on all aspects of your wedding day

Free admission and goodie bag for all brides!

Catwalks at 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Enter some fabulous competitions including the chance to win your wedding reception!

We absolutely love chatting to people at wedding fayres and hearing their plans, so come see us and tell us your story! We’ll also have a special offer for any couples who go on to book us by the end of the year.

See you there!

 

 

 

Hatfield House Wedding Fayre September 2014 – Image of Hatfield House courtesy of Starlingjon at en.wikipedia WikiMedia Commons

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographers Lina and Tom are one of Hertfordshire’s most popular wedding photography teams, enjoying recommended status at venues such as South Farm and Offley Place.

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Come and see us on Sunday at the Bride Wrest Park Wedding Fair!

This Sunday 18th May we are exhibiting at the Bride magazine Wrest Park Wedding Fair, so come say hello!

Gain inspiration, tips and advice to plan your dream day with a fantastic selection of the area’s finest wedding specialists on hand to provide you with expert advice on all aspects of your wedding day

Free admission – 11-3:30pm

Catwalks at 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Enter some fabulous competitions including the chance to win your wedding reception

To fast track your entry click here

To exhibit call 01438 866000

Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR

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Bedfordshire Wedding Fayres in March – Lina and Tom Wedding Photography

We’re back on the wedding fair trail this month so come see us!

 

Bride: The Wedding Fayre at The Conservatory at Luton Hoo Walled Gardens

Sunday 16th March 2014, 11am – 3:30pm

Bedfordshire Wedding Photographers Lina and Tom exhibiting at this luxurious Luton wedding venue for the first time

The Conservatory at Luton Hoo Walled Gardens, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LF

 

Bride: The Wedding Fayre at Offley Place

Sunday 23rd March 11-3:30pm

Come see us at this fantastic Country House Wedding Venue on the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire border, of which we are honoured to be a recommended photographer

Offley Place, Kings Walden Road, Offley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 3DS

 

Both fairs include:

 

Free admission

Catwalks at 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Enter some fabulous competitions including the chance to win your wedding reception!

 

 

 

Lina and Tom at Bedfordshire Wedding Fayres, Hertfordshire Wedding Fairs

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2014 Wedding Fairs – Come and See Us!

We love exhibiting at wedding fairs; it’s a great opportunity for us to chat to potential clients from the start and has been the beginning of some beautiful friendships. In 2014 we are going to be exhibiting at more wedding fairs than ever to get out and meet lots more lovely couples!

To discover if we are the right wedding photographer for you come and see us at the following wedding fairs across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

12/13th January = The Wedding Show Knebworth Park, 11-5pm

Come and see our seminar on how to choose your photographer at 1pm each day and enter the competition to win a post-wedding shoot with us!

19 January = Madingley Hall Wedding Fair from 10:30am

16 March = Luton Hoo Wedding Fair

23 March = Offley Place Wedding Fair

6 April = The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair, Cambridge Union Society, 11-4pm  *RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 5TH!*

18 May = Wrest Park Wedding Fair

14 September = Hatfield House Wedding Fair

9 November = Spirella Ballroom Wedding Fair

 

We will be adding more info to the fairs as soon as we have them so keep checking back on this page!

 

Cambridge wedding fairs – Hertfordshire wedding fairs – Bedfordshire wedding fairs –

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Come see us at the Hatfield House Wedding Fair this Sunday!

We will be back exhibiting at the Bride Hatfield House Wedding Fair this Sunday so come on down and say hello! Not getting married? Tell your friends!

 

Sunday 3rd November 2013

11 – 3:30pm

Free Entry!

Fantastic fashion shows at 12pm and 2:30pm

 

Hatfield House has a great selection of shops and places to eat, so why not make a day of it?

 

Interested in our work already? We usually pencil a fair few dates in the few days following a wedding fair, so get in touch before Sunday to register your interest in your wedding date – when it’s gone it’s gone!

 

 

Hatfield House Wedding Fair November 2013 – Image of Hatfield House courtesy of Starlingjon at en.wikipedia WikiMedia Commons

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographers Lina and Tom are one of Hertfordshire’s most popular wedding photography teams, enjoying recommended status at venues such as Wimpole Hall and Offley Place.

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Choosing your wedding photographer and how to get the best out of your wedding photos!

For the Knebworth Wedding Show 2013 we were asked by Wedding Link Herts and Cambs to present a seminar to prospective brides and grooms. We decided the best advice we could give would be tips on choosing your wedding photographer and therefore get the best out of your wedding photos. Those of you who know our work will know we are all about making sure the fun you have at your wedding and we capture it – the day goes too quick for you to be standing around in endless photos.

Choosing your Photographer seminar - LinaandTom.com

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Wedding Fairs – Do you really need to go to them?

Ah tis the season for the wedding fair. Or fayre, if you are so inclined. Between September and April us wedding industry folk are usually giving up a few weekends to dedicate ourselves to meeting future clients face to face. A battle ground for the suppliers all fighting to be your chosen one, we get to eye each other up, see who is offering what, and who are the trailblazers in the region. In particular, wedding fairs seem to have more wedding photographers than anything else, and good shows are hard to get into if you have not done them before.

We love doing wedding fairs, which makes us quite different to a lot of suppliers, particularly certain types of wedding photographers (you probably know the types I mean!) We have heard many a grumble about having to give up your Sunday to smile and endlessly talk about weddings. Tom and I love wedding fairs, we really do. We’ve never wholly felt comfortable with the notion of our website being the only shop window to prospective brides and grooms, as wedding photography is such a personal business. It’s so important you like your wedding photographer as a person, not just for their work. We like to tell people, we’re the guests you have to invite!

 

Not for us is the usual table approach at a wedding fair. The first few we were exhibitors at, it never felt right standing behind a table, with people coming forward to just browse our wedding albums whilst they were on the go. It felt like we needed to sit down with people, even if it was only for a few minutes, to give them a true (if quick!) representation of what we do. The Autumn 2011 Wedding Show at Wimpole Hall was our testing ground, run by Wedding Link Herts, Beds and Cambs, this was our first two day wedding spectacular, and there was a best stand competition. So we had a good think about it, how would we like people to view our work, spend more time with us? The result of our thinking was our living room. We wanted prospective clients to be comfortable with us. So we brought our chesterfield chairs, fire surround, hat stand and lamp, as well as various other pieces from our house to make it feel homely. Pieces of our work hung around the stand so couples could hopefully imagine their wedding photos above the fireplace, which was finished by a gorgeous piece of floral design by Cambridgeshire floral designer Nicola Fowler of Mooi Flowers.

We didn’t win the stand prize, but we had some fantastic feedback and found couples and their parents were definitely spending longer with us. Since then, we have never had a standard table at a wedding fair as it just doesn’t feel right. We love sitting with brides and grooms and hearing about their proposals, looking at the engagement ring and hearing about where they are in the process. To be honest, now we’re in 2013, we’re surprised to have not seen anyone copy us yet, but maybe because it’s quite a unique look. Every now and then a bride will say, oh yes I remember you from another show, which is great. It’s lovely to see their growing excitement and great to be helpful with suggestions for venues or other suppliers.

As a bride, a wedding fair can be a brilliant place to get ideas – not just about what you want but also what you don’t want. Good wedding fair organisers will have a good range of each supplier in different styles and different budgets, so it can be a great way for you to decide what is right for you and your wedding. And that really is what it is about. It’s your wedding. Don’t get swept up in the wedding checklist of things that you think you want to have. Not sure about what dress style will suit you? Go and see one of the catwalk shows, most dress shops at the show will be showcasing their dresses on the catwalk, and will show a range of styles.

Wedding fairs are also a good place to get offers. Most suppliers will have a show offer, something like a freebie or money off towards booking. Check their offer though, as it may have an expiry date – as a supplier, a show offer is a good way to get people to book you sooner rather than later. Beware the offers which are labelled ‘if you book today’ though. At a show you are seeing a  limited cross section of suppliers, who in most cases have all paid to be there. Especially beware of any photographers with this offer. No one should be forcing you to make a decision that quickly! It really is important to do your research. If you really love a photographer, by all means email them as soon as you get home, or ask them to pencil you in, but allow yourself the right amount of time to be sure – it’s a big decision!

You can also just treat the show as a good excuse for a fun day out, be it getting excited with your other half, or having a girls day out with your mum and your bridesmaids, most wedding fairs are a lovely way to spend a few hours together.

We spent this weekend at not one but two fairs – well, sort of!  On Saturday and Sunday we exhibited at The Wedding Show Knebworth Park, a fantastic two day show with great catwalks and a seminar schedule. We were honoured and flattered to be asked by Wedding Link to present a seminar in their demo area about photography, and we gave a 20 minute presentation titled How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer and Make Sure You Get the Best Out of Your Photos! Both session were busy and we were delighted to hear many Brides and Grooms tell us we gave them food for thought, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve. There is a lot to consider when it comes to your wedding photos, and we wanted to help them make informed choices. Again, our ‘living room’ concept stand went down well and we thank everyone who joined us on the Love Seat!

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On Sunday we should have been part of the second Hotel du Vin Cambridge Wedding Fair, an intimate exhibition featuring only the hotel’s recommended suppliers. As recommended photographer to Hotel du Vin Cambridge we are honoured to have a space in their fair, and after a great wedding fair in September 2012, unfortunately we found ourselves double booked with Knebworth for the January date. So we entrusted former clients and good friends of ours Aimee and Sam to cover the show for us, as we felt it would be great for couples to hear first hand from clients who had booked our services. They tell us Hotel du Vin had a great day and they were talking non-stop – so we can’t wait to catch up with some of the fabulous-sounding couples they met! Thanks to the lovely ladies at the hotel for looking after them.

 

So if you are unsure about going to a wedding fair, I’d say go. Even if you think you want a small relaxed affair, have a wonder around to get some ideas. Sometimes seeing colours together or certain flowers can stoke your imagination, without you feeling that you have to have certain things and book certain people on your wedding day. Getting married is an exciting time, so go on, indulge yourself a little!

Lina x

Ps… apologies for some of the grainy phone pictures on here, but we don’t usually have time at a fair to get our cameras out! Thanks to Wedding Link for the snap of us doing our seminar.

You can come see Lina and Tom at Liquid Photo, Hertfordshire Wedding Photographers, next at the following wedding fairs:

 

Letchworth Hall Hotel, Sunday 17th February 2013

Hatfield House, Sunday 19th May 2013

 

 

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