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A Malmaison Liverpool wedding, photographed by Ian MacMichael Photography…

Bride and groom holding hands on bridge in Liverpool

© Ian MacMichael Photography – A Malmaison Liverpool wedding

 

A Sopley Mill wedding, photographed by Peppermint Love Photography…

Bride and groom resting heads on each other

©Peppermint Love Photography – A Sopley Mill wedding

 

A wedding at The Bull Hotel in Long Melford, photographed by Emma Russell Photography…

Bride and groom standing in a field

© Emma Russell Photography – A wedding at The Bull Hotel in Long Melford

 

A Babington House wedding, photographed by Ria Mishaal Photography…

Long wedding table at Babington House

© Ria Mishaal Photography – A Babington House wedding

 

A Warwick Castle wedding, photographed by Steve Gerrard Photography…

Bride and groom at Warwick Castle

© Steve Gerrard Photography – A Warwick Castle wedding

 

A Glemham Hall wedding, photographed by James Davidson Photography…

Bride and groom in marquee

© James Davidson Photography – A Glemham Hall wedding

 

A Browsholme Hall wedding, photographed by DSB Creative…

Bride and groom standing in front of big doors

© DSB Creative – A Browsholme Hall wedding

 

A wedding at The Hoste in Burnham Market, photographed by Katherine Ashdown Photography…

Bride and groom kissing outside bakery

© Katherine Ashdown Photography – A wedding at The Hoste in Burnham Market

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Interview with: Laura Wakelam

Company Name: Laura Wakelam Photography

Website: www.laurawakelam.com

Location / Coverage: UK, Australia and the world

How did your business get started and who works at Laura Wakelam Photography?

I started my photography business when I first moved to the UK. My background is in marketing, finding myself in a corporate role just outside of London which gave little scope for creativity. I wanted to do something that really challenged me creatively. A free ad on gumtree, conversations over a gin and tonic, and a couple of wedding bookings later, I found myself irrevocably hooked!

Bride holding bouquet with Billy Buttons/Craspedia - Picture by Laura Wakelam Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Not consciously, but looking back on my childhood there were tell-tale signs from an early age that my future career would be directed towards some artistic pursuit. I’ve always had a slightly eclectic interest in collecting and cataloguing pictures… in my childhood this was translated into an avid sticker, stamp and clip art collection, dutifully catalogued like a Lightroom library. As time passed and my travel experiences and geography broadened, these disciplines and interests evolved to my own photo memories, printed archives and digital image libraries.

Close-up of bride wearing birdcage veil - Picture by Laura Wakelam Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I do. I was six years old and I borrowed my father’s old analogue camera for a school excursion to the Abel Tasman cruise ship which, at the time, was docked in the Port Melbourne harbour. From memory I took a film roll of 24 exposures on the day, but the image that I remember most poignantly is one that I took of a friend called Bridie who had the most amazing white-blonde hair. I think it may have even been an accidental exposure, but somehow I captured this perfect instant where wind and sand collided into a very dramatic and unrehearsed scene that even at six years old I was able to appreciate as having a very true and honest quality. I assume I took some photos of the cruise liner (aka ‘feature’) as well, but I honestly can’t remember!

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Bride and groom in front of sea with hair blowing in wind - Picture by Jeff Cooke Photography

Image © Jeff Cooke Photography

Website: http://jeffcookephotography.ca

Blog: http://jeffcookephotography.ca/blog

Groom holding traffic cone above bride

Today we’re sharing more of the amazing pictures from Dawn and Matthew’s festival style wedding, our February Wedding of the Month. Their farm wedding was relaxed and fun with lots of personal details, including a VW Campervan (what festival would be complete without one?) which they chose as their wedding transport because they used to own one before they emigrated to Australia. Their guests enjoyed a garden party the day before the wedding and camped in the field ready for the big day, and in true farm style they had a cool barn dance during their evening reception.

If you are planning a festival or farm wedding we hope you get loads of inspiration from these pictures taken by Tyron Craig Mackenzie Photography.

“Our wedding theme was based on a festival as we are both passionate about music, have been to many festivals and had our first kiss at a festival! We picked Woodland Valley Farm as our venue as it was really flexible and beautiful, and it had the option for camping and accommodation on site which was a great plus.

“The farm was very relaxed and allowed us to create the look we wanted, which was so important to us. We utilised the fact it was a farm to our advantage, using old milk urns and watering cans in the decor and hay bales as seating. We chose pastel colours which again allowed flexibility and we felt instead of having only two or three colours a mishmash of complementing shades would look amazing. We had flowers everywhere in little jam jars and also candles and fairy lights, and everything was handmade by ourselves or family and friends; everything had a meaning and a story. We had strings of photographs of ourselves with our family and friends on the barn walls to remind everyone of how important they are to us, especially as we have emigrated to Australia.”

Couple walking in field

Long striped socks

Couple looking at each other

Holding hands

Festival wedding invitation

Bride having hair braided

Bride having hair braided

Wedding dress

Bride smiling

Bride having dress done up

Woman with hand over mouth

Opening beer bottle

Fastening braces

Groom with braces

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Bride kissing horse - Picture by Erin Johnson Photography

Image © Erin Johnson Photography

Website: www.erinjohnsonphoto.com

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Interview with: Mary Grace Lynch and Stephen Chircop

Company Name: Dreemz Planners

Website: www.dreemzplanners.com

Location / Coverage: Malta and Gozo

How and when did Dreemz Planners get started?

Dreemz Planners was established in October 2010; we both worked for a UK company that promoted weddings in Malta but there was no personal touch. We both noticed that there was a gap in the market for UK and Irish couples that would like more than a 30 minute wedding ceremony at the Registry office, so Dreemz was born.

Villa Bologna, Malta

Who works at Dreemz Planners and what are your roles?

Mary Grace Lynch (The one with the Afro and a very loud voice)
Managing Director – Sales and Marketing
Looking after all the day to day e-mails and requests, and all marketing campaigns

Stephen Chircop (The crazy one)
Managing Director – Sales and Design
With a flair for design and also an excellent tailor, Stephen looks after all of our couples to give them the most amazing ideas to make their day a memorable one

Kimberly Micallef (The shy one)
Accounts and Marketing Assistant

Stephen Chircop and Mary Grace Lynch of Dreemz Planners

Which destinations does Dreemz Planners offer for weddings abroad?

Malta and Gozo.

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Hazy picture of bride and groom on dance floor - Picture by Elliott Hatherley Photography

Image © Elliott Hatherley Photography

Website: www.ehphotographic.com

Blog: https://ehweddingphotography.wordpress.com

Man holding woman sitting on bicycle

Here at The Wedding Community we feel very passionately about engagement shoots and how important they are to help you feel relaxed on your wedding day, so your wedding pictures are incredible.

Shan of Shan Fisher Photography feels the same, so she created this beautiful styled engagement shoot to show you just how amazing your engagement or pre-wedding pictures can be.

This ‘Fine Art Summer Bridal Inspiration’ engagement shoot was created with the help of a very talented team of wedding suppliers, and we hope these stunning pictures encourage you all to have an engagement shoot of your own.

“Back in the summer I had the great pleasure of collaborating with a great team to create this beautiful set of Fine Art, Summer Bridal Inspiration photos on film. I hope you enjoy the shoot, which is the first of four, each with different styles, and these photos inspire you when planning your beautiful wedding!”

Woman with floral crown about to kiss man Couple on engagement shoot

Couple

Couple about to kiss

Woman with flower crown Woman adjusting flower crown

Man hugging woman from behind

Couple with bicycle Couple

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Man crying giving speech - Picture by Alison Williams Photography

Images © Alison Williams Photography

Website: www.allisonwilliamsphoto.com

Blog: www.allisonwilliamsphoto.com/blog

We love the elegance and sophistication of porcelain, especially blue and white bone china; think of the famous ‘Willow pattern’ with the intricate designs. Using porcelain as the inspiration for wedding styling should of course incorporate the china itself; how about having each place setting laid with these plates and tea cups. There are many others details that you can use, such as porcelain themed bunting, mismatched tableware to add a little casual flair, blue and white vases, and even sweet treats with patterned designs.

Here are some of our favourite ideas for blue and white porcelain wedding styling.

Blue and White Porcelain Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Porcelain Pattern Cookies – Via Pinterest

Vases with Tulips – Via Product Snob

Toile Pattern Place Cards – Intricate Icings

Plates – Via Pinterest

Porcelain Pattern Bunting – Talking Tables

Blue and White Place Setting – Via Southern Living

Wedding Dress – Nicole Spose ‘JOAB15411IVBL’

Toile Inspired Wedding Cake – Carmen and Ingo