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There’s a new Doctor Who – but OUR Doctor yesterday was Marco! Doctor Who Wedding

Being the day the new Doctor Who is announced (woop for a lady!) we had to share our sneak peek from this Doctor Who wedding yesterday as it is rather fitting! Our Dr Who superfan groom Marco protects his companion Verity from all that might challenge them in their lives ahead….

Verity was in stunning bespoke Sharon Bowen-Dryden separates whilst Marco’s jacket was cut from the same reel of cloth as 11th Doctor Matt Smith’s! It was a day of unicorn balloons, bbq eats, space hoppers and [not many] circus skills – we loved it! Jodie Whittaker may be the 13th Doctor but at their Hunsbury Hill wedding yesterday it was all about Marco and Verity!

 

Doctor Who Wedding

 

Doctor Who Wedding – Hunsbury Hill Wedding Photographer – Lina and Tom

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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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Charlotte & Neil’s Vibrant Winter Dodmoor House Wedding

Many people wouldn’t consider a January wedding, assuming it will be bleak, but our January winter days can result in gorgeous low sunshine or even snow – so that combined with generally lower fees all round and it’s a great idea. Everyone feels a bit low in January, but everyone loves a wedding to look forward to! This was also our first wedding as a married couple ourselves, so it was a little bit special too.

We were so happy to hear from Charlotte and Neil, and Lina and Charlotte went to school together, so it was lovely to be asked to capture their special day. Having not yet captured a Dodmoor House wedding, we loved the the venue when we went and took a look for Charlotte and Neil’s pre wedding shoot.  On the day the sun shone brightly, and there was a great feeling of excitement in both the boy’s and girl’s camp at the Daventry Court Hotel.

Charlotte and Neil went for a fantastically bright colour scheme reminiscent of tutti fruiti sweets – so thankfully there were some on hand! Here’s a selection from their gorgeously vibrant day with some fantastic details – including a Minion groom’s cake! We really enjoyed working with the team at Dodmoor House and hope to return another time, and we wish Charlotte and Neil nothing but a lifetime of love and laughter. Credits at the end…
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Charlotte’s dress: Mon Cheri, purchased at Xquisite Bridal in Leighton Buzzard, with shoes by Rainbow Club
Bridesmaids dresses: Ebony Rose, purchased at Mignonette in Slip End, Luton
Bride’s jewellery and accessories were gifts from various people
Neil’s bespoke suit: Cad and the Dandy in Saville Row
Groomsmens suits/ties/socks: Hired from Fogarty Formal Hire, Leighton Buzzard
Cake: Bernice Harrison (family friend)
Catering: GJ Catering
Flowers: Gemma Rawson
Make up Donna Hodge  – Hair by Medusa Touch in Daventry
Rings: Hamilton – Hatton Garden
Dj: Lawrence at Apex Sounds
First dance: All of Me by John Legend

Dodmoor House Wedding Photography by Northampton Wedding Photographer Lina and Tom

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Laura & Matthew – South Farm Wedding Photography taster!

A sneak peak from yesterday’s wedding at the always stunning South Farm. After a fantastic service at the beautiful St Andrew’s Church in Hertford, and getting up close and personal with South Farm’s piglets, we left the lovely Laura and Matthew to party the night away, (and we are sure they did as they had the mp3s wedding band packing the dance floor!) but not before taking them off for a quiet moment on the famous driveway.

South Farm Wedding Photography

 

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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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Mandy & Sarah – Hunton Park Wedding Taster

We had such a lovely day yesterday with Mandy and Sarah at Hunton Park.

A day full of love and happiness, thank you for letting us be part of it!

Mandy and Sarah - Taster

Hunton Park Wedding Photography by Hertfordshire Wedding Photographers Lina and Tom

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Choosing your wedding music: Guest Blog by Rachel Maloy

If you are following our wedding planning blogs, recently you would have read how we are struggling to find music we feel is right for our ceremony in particular. A bit of a search online and it seems this is a common issue that comes up on wedding blogs across the world. There are endless blogs and forum posts where people list what they had and give suggestions, but when you do what we do for a living, we tend to have heard it all before. So what is the best way to start looking at music? We asked exquisite and goosebump-inducing Soprano Rachel Maloy (who we highly recommend!) to give us a guide on how best to approach it…

 

​​Ceremony music: confused?

Music plays such an important part in your wedding ceremony, and is an opportunity to personalise the most formal part of your special day. But where to start? If you don’t have a musical background then this can be a bewildering process. Here are a few pointers that should help you on your way…

 

Music is a must during:

The Processional (entrance of the Bride)
The Signing of the Register
The Recessional (The Bride and Groom exiting)

Advice on musical choices may be available from your venue. Most churches will have an organ or piano and some may be able to provide a choir. Civil ceremony venues may have musicians in residence who are available to play at your ceremony for an extra charge.

Think about the role that you would like music to play. Are there particular songs or pieces of music that you want to include that have personal significance to you as a couple, or do you dream of a truly traditional wedding? This should help you on your way to making the right choices for you as a couple.

Before we begin . . .

Some churches may  impose regulations on the music that you can have, so it is worth chatting to your vicar if you are thinking of going down the less traditional route. You may find the Royal School of Church Music’s website a useful starting point. Similarly, if you are having a civil ceremony, there must be no reference to God or religion in any of your choices of music, songs or poetry. ​This includes songs in other languages, so if you have your heart set on Ave Maria, you’ll need to re-book at the church! ​If you are unsure, check with your Registrar.

Processional

 

Most brides have a picture in their minds of how they imagine walking down the aisle. If you dream of the traditional church wedding, you may have the organ playing Wagner’s Bridal March or Purcell’s Trumpet Tune. Perhaps the choir are singing Rutter’s A Gaelic Blessing or Biebl’s Ave Maria  or a string quartet are playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

Civil ceremonies offer greater freedom in your choice of music. Your wedding may have a theme that you want the music to fit around (like Iceland, perhaps . . . ) You may love musical theatre or a certain band. Or perhaps you still want the traditional processional. As long as the music does not have religious connotations you can have whatever you like.

​The Signing of the Register

 

You need something reflective for your friends and family to listen to whilst you are signing the register. This can take around ten minutes and can be very tedious if no musical ambience is provided. I have been to weddings where there has been no music and the congregation sat in embarrassed silence. Awkward! You don’t want that! The signing of the register is the part of the ceremony when I am usually asked to sing. Two songs are needed, and I discuss with the bride and groom what type of songs they would like. Some couples have ideas or have a particular song that they would like me to sing, whereas others listen to some suggestions and then opt for one traditional and the other something more personal or modern. Some popular traditional choices for a church ceremony are: Schubert’s Ave Maria​, Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria, Franck’s Panis Angelicus and Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. For church and civil ceremonies you could have songs which work in both scenarios such as All I ask of you, from Phantom of the Opera, One Hand, One Heart, from West Side Story (note from Lina- this is one of the most perfect wedding songs, and last time we heard Rachel sing it I was a mess), or Songbird by Eva Cassidy.

 

Recessional

Hurray!!! You are finally married! Let’s celebrate! Choose something jubilant to finish the ceremony as you walk out as husband and wife. In a church the organ may play Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, or Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, or the string quartet may play Vivaldi’s Spring.

 

Again, you can choose anything you like if you’re having a civil ceremony (providing there are no religious references!) I married my lovely husband, Toby, five years ago and at the end we walked out (or rather danced!) to Kenny Loggins’ Footloose!

I will never forget it!

Extras!

If you are having a church wedding you may want to include two or three hymns in your order of service. My top tips are to choose ones that people are more likely to know (think back to when you were at school) and to have a choir to carry the sound. There is nothing worse than having hymns that no-one knows with no-one singing! Remember that you don’t have to have hymns if you don’t want to.​ Some firm favourites might be Jerusalem, One More Step Along the World I Go, or Shine Jesus Shine to lift the roof off!

You may also like to think about background (or Prelude) music whilst your guests are being seated before the ceremony. Church organists will usually play for around fifteen minutes before the bride arrives, or a string quartet sounds wonderful as your guests are seated. Another option (and one that I had at my wedding) is to have a playlist of atmospheric music as people are seated.

 

Let’s get listening!

YouTube is a great tool to listen to the examples that I have provided, and who knows what else you may find? The music that you choose will make your day truly special, and one that you and your guests will remember forever.

 

Rachel is a professional singer, singing/music teacher and choir director.

www.rachelmaloy.com

rachelmaloy@gmail.com

 

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Kate and Arthur’s Medieval Dorton House Wedding Buckinghamshire – Taster!

We had a fantastic day with Kate and Arthur yesterday at their medieval wedding! It was wonderful to see so much colour which included Kate’s amazing bespoke purple and black wedding dress! A Dorton House wedding was perfect for their guests in their fantastic medieval outfits, and we thought this moment on the old staircase encompassed their day beautifully. Huge congratulations to this super couple for giving us the privilege of being their wedding photographers – and for having the wedding they wanted!

Dorton House Wedding Medieval

and if you are wondering… yes we did dress for the occasion!

(Thanks to the lovely guest who took this on our phone for us!)

 

Medieval Wedding – Dorton House Wedding Photography – Buckinghamshire wedding photography by LinaandTom.com

 

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Great British Bake Off is back – will you have an afternoon tea wedding?

Ah the Great British Bake Off was back tonight. It’s the food show that it’s cool to love, with just as many guys loving it as women, and according to Twitter everyone was watching. For the record, Rob the scientist was our early favourite, seems such a nice chap.

The start of the new series is timely, as I am currently thinking about cake and afternoon tea weddings a lot as the delectable Miss Sue Flay and I are preparing to talk at The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair on the 15th September at the Cambridge Union on the subject ‘Is Afternoon Tea Right for Your Wedding?’ I’ll be covering the key points about how it can be done and what other considerations you will need to make for your wedding as a whole if you do go for it, and Miss Sue Flay will then take you through how to properly do it if you do!

Afternoon Tea Wedding

We photographed our first afternoon tea wedding back in 2010 and since then the foregoing of the traditional wedding breakfast for afternoon tea has steadily been growing. If you love afternoon tea and all things baked, this can be a great way to have more informal food you love at your wedding, with many couples opting for something more substantial such as a hog roast or bbq for the evening meal. There are things you need to consider though such as the ‘heaviness’ of this gluten-fest of a meal, especially if you are serving it as the main meal of the day. Of course, it also looks absolutely delightful and will certainly provide a talking point for all your guests.

Afternoon Tea Wedding

Don’t want to do the full afternoon tea wedding but love cake? Other options could be to serve an afternoon tea style buffet in place of canapés during your reception drinks or to forgo desert and have a cake buffet. Why not go one step further and ask friends to provide the cakes, and then have your own Bake Off style competition judged by you with some bar vouchers for the winner?

Cake Buffet at Wedding

Come and see us on the 15th to talk to us further. Tom will also be around on the day and we are both happy to talk to any couples who need advice from straying from tradition in general, as we are big advocates of you having the wedding you want!

Afternoon Tea Wedding

Afternoon Tea Wedding

 

Afternoon tea wedding advice by Cambridge Wedding Photographers LinaandTom.com

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Do people still value high quality wedding photography by professionals?

I usually start my mornings in the office in the same way, with a large coffee and a catch up on social media. This morning Tom picked up on a blog post that had been posted on Find a Wedding Photographer and it has been on my mind all day. As well as commenting on the post, I felt I needed to get some thoughts out here, and would love to hear your thoughts in return.

The blog post is by a north west wedding photographer of some 20 years experience, who says he is giving up on the industry this summer. He essentially says people don’t want to pay for quality photography any more, that they are happy for uncles and friends to take the job, or they want him to drop his prices (which he did) and he has had enough. He says he doesn’t enjoy weddings enough to bother with them.

I find this really sad, but it is a common attitude I have read on various blogs and forums from many older wedding photographers of late. The industry has changed massively in 20 years, from different shooting styles such as reportage and a move away from portraiture; to the introduction of full resolution disks and coffee table books, not to mention the fact that your marketing strategy now has to include a load of social media and blogging rather than an advert in your local paper. It is all really time consuming and requires a certain commitment. And yes, he is correct, there is a lot more competition now from friends or uncles with good cameras to consider when choosing a wedding photographer, or the smaller budgets that may have come out of the economic downturn. This means us wedding photographers have to work a bit harder to find our clients, sure, we need to identify the right people for us, yes those with the right budgets to some degree but more importantly, those the value what we do and have photography high in the priority list.

Being a wedding photographer is not a one day job. It is also possibly the job with the highest stakes on the day. We’re not just getting up and snapping away so you have a few pics to put on your wall. You are also purchasing our expertise; we know weddings inside out, what will happen, what to look for and what to do when things go wrong. We are securing your memories, the only real lasting reminder of your day. When you choose us as your wedding photographer, you are genuinely investing in your future and it always surprises me when I say it, and people say, wow I didn’t think of it like that. Tom and I genuinely love everything about weddings, from the details to the party and especially when you say ‘I do.’ Our eyes will water when the groom cracks his voice in the speech with the rest of your guests, because we completely appreciate how amazing this day is for you, and do you know what? You deserve wedding photographers that want your day to be as awesome as it should be, and then to hand the evidence back to you when it has all finished for you to look back on.

Yes people have budget constraints and they need to work to them. But you should allocate around 10-15% for your photography whatever your budget, trust me, more than ever in the saturated world of wedding photographers you get what you pay for. Attendees of the Knebworth and Hatfield wedding fairs this year would have heard me give a seminar on the subject. Personally, I cannot see how any photographer  can afford to provide wedding photography for under £1000. It makes me question two things; firstly, how long exactly are they spending on your precious images, perfecting them etc, and secondly, is that how they value their own work? We’re immensely proud of what we do and our pricing reflects the sheer level of passion, skill and effort that goes in to our work. We also have to pay our bills too!

Do you really want to put the trust of your lifelong memories in someone who says they will spend the day with you, process the images, create a beautiful album and be passionate about you and your day, when they are earning four hundred quid from it? What exactly would you expect from them?

Recently, one of our clients said to us that they had seen a wedding photographer at a wedding fair who charged under half of our fee and then looking at our work comparatively, they could see the difference. This means a lot to us; I regularly get emails from people that request a price list first and foremost and don’t even engage you in a conversation. This approach really is all wrong and missing the point. You need to meet the photographers you are considering and sense their passion – do they actually care about you and your wedding, will your guests like them? Putting the effort in here will really pay off on the day – if your guests like us as well as you you’ll get a whole set of photos of happy people having a great time.

Of course, one of the other lessons we have learnt over the years, is that we won’t be the right photographer for everyone, and that is ok too. For some couples, it is just not high enough on the priority and they need to find what is right for them and their budget/wedding plans. If people love our work but our packages don’t reflect the wedding they are having, they just need to tell us more about it and I will give them a bespoke quote. Of course we’re not likely to charge 2k to shoot a wedding of 20 people – but if you don’t tell me I won’t know! Disappointingly I have regularly received messages from friends on facebook about our work too, and of course I’d consider our pricing structure if they tell me more about their wedding so I can work out a proper quote, but what usually happens is they just ask for a price list and then disappear.

We will continue to do what we do and love it, and find the right clients. Despite all the industry hoohah about the curse of 2013 this is our busiest year yet and 2014 is currently looking even better. It’s no coincidence we do very well at wedding fairs when many photographers moan they are a waste of time, because we spend time chatting to people, we have a mini-consultation there and then and we start getting excited about your wedding immediately. The passion we have only really comes through when you meet us. We hear so many stories of couples going with cheaper options to get bog-standard images back or worse still, a photographer who just bossed people about all day, and it really does make us so sad.

I think it is good the blogger is moving on in his career, not because it’s less competition (he’s not in our area), but because couples deserve a wedding photographer who is as passionate about their day being awesome as they are. And you know what? Tom and I really are. We love this job, and thank all our lovely clients who give us this huge honour, because that is how we see it.

Lina x

 

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