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Gemma & Steven’s Muddy Woodland Pre Wedding Shoot

The title of this post will seem a little misleading at first. We met Gemma and Steve for a catch up over a drink before their woodland pre wedding shoot, at the gorgeous Willow Tree gastropub in the village of Bourn. The gardens of the pub have a lovely swing and a certain charm, so before we left for Hardwick Wood we took the opportunity to take a few shots in the garden and get warmed up!

Harwick wood had just started to flower with bluebells, and we took a wander with our lovely couple. For the most part, Gemma was safe in her lovely sandles, especially when her lovely fiancé would carry her over nettles and puddles, until one particularly muddy patch, and her foot went straight into the sludge! She took it in her stride though and we had a good giggle before taking in the stunning sunset.

Gemma first encountered us years ago when she worked at a wedding venue we had shot at. When they started planning their wedding two years ago, she came to see us and booked us in. We are really looking forward to their special day finally arriving tomorrow!

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Cambridgeshire Pre Wedding Photos – A Woodland Engagement Shoot by Lina and Tom

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Kim & Nick’s Magical Alice in Wonderland Inspired Pre Wedding Shoot

We’ve been looking forward to Kim & Nick’s wedding for ages, ever since they told us they wanted to do things differently, choosing an alternative wedding with Alice in Wonderland theme for their big day! Obviously this really excited us, but when we discovered we were booked for their original planned wedding date they actually moved it to suit our availability, so how can we not automatically love them!

For their Cambridge pre wedding shoot we headed to Milton Country Park, and Kim and Nick brought props along that will be part of the wedding! We had a lot of fun with them, capturing their love as well as their personalities! We can’t wait to celebrate with these guys tomorrow, they don’t take themselves too seriously so we know the day will be fun. We’re particularly looking forward to hearing some rock and metal at a wedding 😉 which will also see us shooting our first ‘first look‘ – which having got to know them we know is right for these two. In the meantime, here’s some of their gorgeously sunny and quirky pre wedding shoot.

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Cambridge Pre Wedding Shoot – Alice in Wonderland Engagement – Alternative Wedding Photographer Lina and Tom

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Jennie & Conor – Woodland Pre Wedding Shoot in Chippenham Park

We were lucky enough to explore the impressive gardens of Chippenham Park with Jennie and Conor with no one else around, on a beautiful sunny evening.

The gardens revealed more than any of us had expected, a real wonderland of nooks and hideaways – even Jennie and Conor hadnt realised this when booking Chippenham Park for their wedding reception. It was the perfect place for a romantic pre wedding shoot, allowing us to leave the couple to roam the gardens and photograph them naturally. We’re unlikely to have the time at their wedding tomorrow to go as far, so it was lovely to properly explore here!

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Diane and Gareth’s Winter Pre Wedding Shoot in the Woods

We’ve really enjoyed getting to know Diane and Gareth over the last year and our excitement is at boiling point for their wedding at Cambridge Belfry tomorrow!  We’re with them for the whole day to the last dance, and we’re sure it’s going to be a fun day. As we finalise our preparations for their Cambridgeshire wedding, with high hopes for the sunshine, here is a look back at their gorgeous winter pre wedding shoot back in January, in the grounds of the Cambridge Belfry and in nearby Hardwick Wood.

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Taster! Punting pre wedding shoot with Claire and Chris In Cambridge

We spent a lovely afternoon in Cambridge with Claire and Chris today, ahead of their wedding at Brocket Hall

Excited at the gorgeous sunshine, we started with a relaxed stroll around Emmanuel College, where Chris studied, before moving down to the Mill Pond and climbing aboard a chauffeured Scudamores Punt!

Lina was up front, whilst Tom got his running shoes on, following the punt along the length of the river, intercepting from various bridges on the way, making sure we had lots of angles covered, the 8kgs of camera equipment in the backpack testing his fitness!

Here is a little taster of a sunny afternoon…

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Punting Pre Wedding Shoot in Cambridge by Cambridge Wedding Photographers Lina and Tom

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Alex and Roz’s Aldenham Country Park Pre Wedding Shoot

Alex and Roz approached us after hearing Lina’s seminar at the Bride Magazine Knebworth House Wedding Show in January, and we are so glad they did! Lina’s words about not ‘hiring’ friends or family to do your photography, to let them enjoy the day, seemed to ring true and we were very happy that they chose us to be part of their wedding day. We headed to the lovely Aldenham Country Park not far from their wedding venue, The Shires in Barnet. We had a lovely stroll around the park, and apart from narrowly avoiding the hisses of an angry swan, it was a lovely relaxed shoot ending with some chalk board fun.

Roll on the party today!

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Georgie and Chris’ Hertfordshire Pre Wedding Shoot at Stanborough Park Welwyn

Georgie and Chris came to us after Georgie’s sister found us on FreeIndex, and as soon as we met them we knew we wanted to shoot their wedding. Chris professed to be a little shy when it came to having his picture taken, so we decided to schedule in a pre wedding shoot in Hertfordshire at the lovely Stanborough Lakes as that is where they are based. However, on the crisp autumn day we got together, Chris surprised us all by taking to being photographed extremely well! Some may say he even enjoyed it 😉

We had a really fun couple of hours with them and here’s a selection from the day ahead of their wedding at Hotel Felix in Cambridge in December.
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Eleanor & James’ Gloriously Sunny Southwold Pre Wedding Shoot

Those of you who have given us the pleasure of shooting your weddings will remember back to when we first met you, and we always love to hear your proposal story. We learn so much about you just hearing about it, observing your body language to each other, and usually gauge that we are dealing with two people very much in love.  This didn’t happen when we met Ellie, as she came with her dad to see us as James was away working. Strangely for us, this was also the first time we met Ellie, as she had met the lovely Aimee & Sam who had covered the Hotel du Vin wedding fair for us whilst we were exhibiting at the two-day Knebworth Wedding Show. We also know Aimee & Sam make a great impression on people and Ellie was no exception, so it was fantastic she was willing to come and see us about her October wedding to James.

We finally got to meet James when we got together for their pre-wedding shoot in a gorgeously sunny Southwold during August’s heatwave, and over a scrumptious slab of cake thanks to the fabulous Two Magpies Bakery, and yes slab is the right word (!) Tom and I then got to experience that excitement hearing about them getting together and then the proposal, which happened just up the beach in front of the famous Southwold beach huts.

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Clare & Mark’s Ely Pre Wedding Shoot

After a few days of grey drizzle we were really happy when the sun shone for Clare and Mark’s Ely pre wedding shoot which they chose to have along the river. After a catch up on their wedding plans over a drink in The Cutter Inn, we let them stroll along the river together. We say to all our couples, to enjoy the period of time when all they have to do is talk, walk and kiss! For most couples (including us!) it’s very rare to get a chance to do this, and most find it very enjoyable, with Clare and Mark being no exception. When we first met Mark, having previously met Clare in a professional capacity, he seemed the ‘quieter’ of the two, yet during the pre wedding shoot he relished the opportunity to have a good snog with his bride to be, almost making Clare bashful! A clear observation we made that afternoon was how much these two laugh together, they are constantly making each other giggle and it was so lovely to be around.

We’re really excited about photographing their wedding on Friday in the art deco splendour of Eltham Palace in South London, it what we are sure will be a stylish and fun wedding completely tailored to them.

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Sara & Daniel’s Ely Cathedral Pre Wedding Shoot – Featuring Abigail

Sara & Daniel came across our stand at the October 2011 Wimpole Hall Wedding Show and we all just clicked. They were adamant they were going to have a fun wedding that everyone would enjoy and so were right up our street in terms of client! They also loved the idea of having their wedding photographer present for the whole day, a fairly unique service we offer, and to capture the fun of the party in our photo booth studio. By the time we got home, we already had an email from Daniel wanting to book our services for their September 2013 wedding, which of course was a huge compliment!

Over the (almost) two years we have enjoyed regular emails and updates with the couple, which included the birth of their gorgeous daughter Abigail! When it came to their pre wedding shoot, we took a stroll around Ely Cathedral, which just so happens to be the venue for their wedding ceremony tomorrow – excited, much?!

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