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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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Jess & Chris: Summer South Farm Wedding Photography at the Reservoir

The past week has been pretty miserable weather-wise, grey and cold, so we thought it was time to spread some sunshine and look back at Jess and Chris’ gloriously sunny South Farm wedding photography from last summer. This was also the first opportunity we had to visit the South Farm reservoir during a wedding, and we took our lovely couple off to the water in the setting sun. We also love the splash of coral in this wedding! Here’s a selection of images from the day and you’ll find the credits 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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