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Claire & Stuart’s Fun Disco Wedding at High Rocks Tunbridge Wells

We are very lucky when it comes to our couples, in the sense that we seem to attract super people who could have easily been our friends for years, and Claire and [disco] Stu are no exception. Our first meeting went for hours which saw them having to peg it to the train station to make the last train. When they told us their wedding venue, the beautiful High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells, well our cup runneth over. I’m not sure I can actually describe it properly, so to quote from their website,  “Acres of breathtaking sandstone rocks interlinked with eleven bridges, provide a scenic walk in a tranquil woodland setting. Once a stone age camp, now a National Monument these impressive rocks, which belong to The High Rocks complex, have always been a constant source of wonder.” And yes it’s fab as you will see below!

Claire and Stuart’s wedding should be a lesson to couples everywhere, they stuck to having the things they love, reflected their personalities and just wanted to have a jolly good knees up, and boy was this what they had. The morning started for both sides at the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells, before Claire made her way in Stuart’s dad’s cab (after being lovingly washed in the morning – adorable!) to High Rocks. Excitement built as the guests arrived in the beautiful reception room, including the cardboard cut out version of their friend who couldn’t make it looking deliriously happy for the couple as Claire made her way up the aisle!

One thing we particularly loved about their ceremony was that they split it in two, and we would highly recommend this to any couple who aren’t sure about the formality of a legal ceremony – after the registrar had done the legal bit they left, and one of their friends took over to give a much more personal conclusion to the ceremony. Another highlight was Stuart’s parents reading the lyrics to Noah and the Whale’s ‘In Five Year’s Time’ – “And it’ll be love love love all through our bodies… And love love love all through our minds… And it be Love love love all over her face… And Love love love all over mine…” Ha, brilliant stuff!

We love capturing reaction during speeches, and this set is the mother of all reaction sets. Stuart’s Best Man happens to be a producer at Sky Sports, and pulled in some special guests on screen to help give a sportsman-like analysis of Stuart – it was quite simply epic as were Stuart’s reactions!

Take a look through at this super day, and Claire’s credits on how it all came together are at the end…

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Claire & Will’s Awesome Beach Pre Wedding Shoot Frinton-on-Sea

Claire and Will’s Pre wedding shoot date fell in that gorgeous period in early June where we had stunning sunshine – remember then? I think it was called our summer… Anyway we were delighted to be heading to Frinton-on-Sea with them, which turns out to be a fantastic beach for shooting on! We’ve shot at Southwold and Wells-next-the-Sea which are also gorgeous, but Frinton-on-Sea is very flat hard sand – perfect for running and jumping around on!

Now this is essentially a masterclass of a pre wedding shoot so look and learn folks. We’re not saying Claire and Will are perfect posers (as you well know this wouldn’t be what floats our boat!) it was their approach to their beach pre wedding shoot which made it perfect. They just messed about enjoying each other’s company as if we weren’t there and it was awesome. It was the best way for us to all get to know each other better, and we laughed LOTS. Turns out these two are professional-standard jumpers too! They take jumping shots wherever they travel, so not only do they have perfect timing but they have great height too! All in all this makes for a pretty epic shoot.

We’re also super excited about their wedding as it will be our first at Fanhams Hall since our own wedding in December 2014. We purposefully didn’t shoot there once we’d chosen it as our venue, and we met Claire and Will less than a month before we got married. So it’s so exciting to go back with them, we’re sure it’s going to be a fab day!

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Another Fearless Award at Lina and Tom HQ!

One of the great things about being a wedding photographer today is the community we get to be part of, we encounter very little competitiveness these days but rather a desire to share, inspire and enjoy each other’s work. We particularly get this from being part of the Fearless Photographers‘ community and we had a fantastic time at their conference in March in beautiful Porto ( a blog post will come soon!) One of the elements of the Fearless Photographers directory, “a showcase of the best wedding photographers in the world,” is regular award submissions where our work is critiqued by highly regarded judges.

Tom was the first one to get us off the starting block with his awesome confetti shot, awarded in late 2014.  This shot is just pure joy, you’re experiencing the moment with them thanks to Tom getting in close.

Fearless Award Tom Orsino-Allen

Then a year later, Lina got her first Fearless Award for this hilarious moment where Emma tumbled over with a gaggle of kids. The judges now give comment, and they said “How did they all end up in a pile? Who knows. The smiles say it all in the quick-acting photographer’s fun image of a relaxed bride and the kids at the wedding. It’s one of those, “You won’t believe what happened at OUR wedding” shots that the couple will be showing off for years to come.” This shot is up there as one of Lina’s favourite wedding moments ever – with particular love for the little boy lost in the veil at the back!

Fearless Award Lina Orsino-Allen

And now we’re delighted to announce Lina has received another award in the latest collection, this vibrant confetti moment. The judges said; “Amidst the swirling confetti, this bride and groom look as happy as can be. That alone would be a nice shot, but the photographer also saw what was happening around the couple and pulled back a little to let us see the great reactions. From sheer jubilation to mild trepidation and maybe even a few happy tears, it’s not just the couple wearing their emotions on their sleeves.”

This is exactly one of the things we love about it, all the happy faces around the couple are just as special!

Fearless Award Lina Orsino-Allen

So next time you are at a wedding and in a group shot, don’t just assume the photographer is only looking at the couple!

We’ll keep trying to be as ‘fearless’ as possible with our photography, but we also need you to be fearless too! Over here in the UK we can sometimes be a bit reserved compared to our friends on the continent or over the pond, so allow yourself to kick back and have fun on your wedding day, you won’t regret a thing!

 

Lina and Tom Fearless Photographers East of England

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Emma & David: Born to Run Springsteen Inspired Wedding Invitation

Many of you know we love a photographic challenge (remember our ‘Last Supper‘?!) and Emma and David are huge Bruce Springsteen fans who wanted to create a wedding invite which reflected this. One afternoon we got together to have a little fun in the studio with a plan to create a shot inspired by the album cover of Born to Run. Not wanting to pose them straight off, we brought a box of props and had a little fun, allowing them to get comfortable with the camera first. There is a great book of unseen photos from the original Born to Run photoshoot by Eric Meola, so we were inspired by this too – to show more of the shoot rather than just the finished image. After some silly games with the props, we encouraged Emma and David to pick up the instruments and mess around for a bit, before settling them in to the iconic pose between Springsteen and saxophonist Clarence Clemons – Emma clearly had the rock edge in those fab leather look trousers so naturally she was Bruce!

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Jo & Tom’s Sunset London Pre Wedding Shoot in Battersea Park

The light we had for Jo & Tom’s pre wedding shoot was every photographer’s dream. At this time of year and throughout the summer, we love to hold shoots so we can pick up the low evening sun. We’d not shot in Battersea Park before and it was great – the golden glow of this shoot as the sun sets paired with Jo & Tom’s smiles and laughter (they make each other laugh a lot it’s lovely!) makes for a stunning shoot. We off to the Emerald Isle this weekend to shoot their wedding, our first in Ireland so we are very excited! Here’s some picks from that glorious shoot….

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The Force is Strong With this One! A Star Wars Wedding with Some Unexpected Guests…

Emma & Sean are fans of Star Wars, but rather than go all out in a themed wedding, they planned a subtle nod to their love of the movies combined with a classic summer wedding feel. A gorgeous pink and green scheme, with themed place names and favours, not to mention a gorgeous cake tumbling with Star Wars icons. However, as Emma, radiant in Maggie Sottero, and Sean, looking dashing in Stormtrooper monochrome were about to exit their ceremony, a couple of uninvited guests turned up to escort them, courtesy of the brilliant Star Wars costuming group UK Garrison who were on the premier red carpet last night. As they were then escorted out, and drinks were enjoyed outside Hitchin Priory, another surprise hairy guest came out of the marquee! This was such a fun wedding, added to by the mind-blowing skills of elite magician Lee ‘Jedi’ Smith, some bubbles and hulahooping, and choice props in the evening on the dancefloor, following Emma & Sean’s fantastic choreographed first dance!  To end the night though, we saw the ultimate in lightsaber battle between man and wife! May the force be with Emma & Sean for a super married life together! Credits at the end…

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Charlotte & Andy’s stunning Olney Church and Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding

We’d been really looking forward to our first wedding at Olney Church (St. Peter and St.Paul – with the loveliest vicar ever!) and to returning to the beautiful Woburn Sculpture Gallery. This one was also like being amongst old friends, as we had previously photographed Charlotte’s bridesmaid Sophie’s wedding three years ago when Charlotte was a bridesmaid.  We were honoured to be called up again, and here’s a little taster of a gorgeous day!

Woburn sculpture gallery wedding photography

Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding by Lina and Tom

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Steph & Steve’s Golden Dodford Manor Wedding Taster!

We knew we would have a fun day with Steph and Steve on their wedding day at Dodford Manor, which would also be a first for us at this Northamptonshire Wedding Venue. They didn’t disappoint, and neither did the weather, with a stunningly golden sunset later we just had to capture in the evening…

Sunset Wedding Photography

 

Dodford Manor Wedding Photography by Lina and Tom

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Melanie & Pieter Great Fosters Wedding Taster

We had such a wonderful day with Mel and Pieter in the glorious spring sunshine! The grounds of Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters is full of possibilities, with so many options for wedding photos, but here is a little taster from the day when we took the happy couple off for some quiet time in the rose garden.

 

Great Fosters Wedding Photography

 

Great Fosters Wedding Photography by LinaandTom.com

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Going unplugged for your wedding ceremony – why you should consider it

We live in an increasingly documentative society. Most of us have smart phones, and the cameras on our electronic devices are better than ever. It’s quite usual for us now to take a snap and post what we’ve been up to on social media, sharing all our experiences. But do we ever really consider the thoughts of others when posting, particularly at weddings?

I feel I’ve been talking a lot recently about this subject, having been asked to discuss it on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, when a bride recently told me at her wedding reception that there was ‘already’ a shot of her on Facebook ‘pulling a bad face.’ It was only just after dinner too. Who are you people who do this? I’d never post an image of someone looking bad online anyway but I have had people put awful ones of me up. You know the people, the ones that have to share everything they took, even the blurry ones. Can we not stop our desire to share, even when it comes to someone’s wedding day? This is why I felt it was time to write this post!

Kate Bush made the headlines recently by not allowing pictures to be taken during her gigs and we totally see her point. I’m sure we’ve all attempted to take pictures with our phones at a gig and let’s be honest, they look like utter garbage, so why bother missing the moment to look through a screen? It’s this same thought process which we need to consider for weddings too before we reach for the Instagram, and I’m sure as a guest it’s something you’ve never considered. Picture the scene, our happy couple say their beautiful vows and exchange rings. Those magic words are spoken, ‘I now pronounce you…’ and they kiss. Beaming at each other, they turn happily to their guests… and are faced with a sea of phones pointing at them. Not quite how they imagined it would be I’m sure.

Now I’m not just being trite here, we have seen this happen! To be honest, this isn’t so great for the couple. Their guests are physically in the room with them, but not actually ‘with them’ at one of the most important moments of their lives.

Unplugged Wedding

So how does an unplugged wedding work? Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all Kimye and seize phones at the door, just ask whoever is officiating your ceremony to make an announcement that you only want the official photographer to take photos until the signing. Most registrars we’ve seen actually do this anyway as they don’t want the disruption. The harsh reality is that many guests aren’t as considerate as a professional wedding photographer, they usually use flash, some have focus beeps enabled on their cameras, they step into the aisle, and even worse, use the red focus light which we can tell you does not work well with a white dress! Want some examples? A frustrated US photographer recently posted a blog showing some of her failed shots, as a direct consequence of guests going for theirs. It makes for an interesting read, and provoked some discussion on our Facebook page when we posted it, asking how people felt about cameras and phones at their wedding. Recent bride Katy said, “We are SO glad that we opted for an “unplugged” ceremony. We asked the registrar to request that everyone turned off their phones and cameras, and we put up signs welcoming guests to our unplugged ceremony. It meant everyone was WITH us for those 20 minutes of solemnly declaring… and it was AWESOME.” We can concur it was indeed, awesome.

So it’s not us photographers being high and mighty here, guests can, and have, disrupted our work. Saying that, we are much more casual about guest photography than many photographers we have been told about! During the rest of the day, shoot away folks, we really don’t mind. But there is definitely an argument for having your photographer be the only one shooting your ceremony. After all, you paid us your hard earned cash to capture it for you, so surely uncle Bob shouldn’t get the best shots over us?

At the time of the Kate Bush gigs, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about it, which you can listen back to here and do let us know your thoughts on this one!

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Lastly, we were going to put a couple of our own fails in here, but we have decided not to. The point of this post is not to embarrass anyone but merely provoke discussion and possibly educate – so we shall leave it to your imagination, and if you look at the American website you’ll get the picture!

 

Lina x

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