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So following on from the start of our countdown yesterday to the Wedding Fair at Bluewater, part one of our wedding worries special kicks off with choosing your photographer. Always a toughie so click through and have a look at this guest blog post, by Kent photographer Rebecca Douglas, who talks you through the process. A must read for anyone still debating who will capture their big day.

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Oh and we do love an engagement shoot. They are a great way to get to know your photographer and get a feel for the type of images you want taken on your big day. Have a sneak peek at Love in Paris and Bluebells and Fairytales for a bit of engagement shoot inspiration. If you’re still not sure read this useful post from Offbeat Bride which gives you some darn good reasons why you should partake in a shoot, especially if you’re a bit camera shy. Also check out their engagement shoot ideas board.

Plus if you’ve ever wondered how your mate always looks great in pics whilst you’re sporting a double chin and red eye then read this article on iVillage. This way you might actually get tagged in a wedding Facebook picture where you look half human, although after years of trying I’m still yet to perfect that one…..

Happy Posing!

Emma x

PS Don’t forget to book your Wedding Fair at Bluewater tickets with our special discount code and come visit our stand where we’ll help you banish those wedding worries!

If you’re looking for style inspiration this week then make sure you get the May/June edition of Your Kent Wedding which features The Wedding Dolls very own gorgeous wedding shoot, inspired by Swan Lake. We’re super excited as an image from the shoot made the front cover! Here’s just a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside so buy your copy today!

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Many thanks to all the shoot suppliers who were just fabulous to work with as always: Rebecca Douglas Photography Florist in the Forest Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique The Beauty Aisle Little Gems Boutique Bakery The Swan West Malling Chez Bec Prettywild Design The Crop Shop West Malling and our models Jessica, Ria, Sarah & Jodie.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Front cover and feature image courtesy of Your Kent Wedding

If you are on the search for your wedding photographer then this is one post you need to read. It’s a fantastic guest post by the very talented photographer, Rebecca Douglas, who is going to give you the low down on what you need to look for when booking your wedding photography. Let’s find out more from the gal herself…….

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”Hi Everyone, I hope that this quick tutorial will give you enough info to confidently pick your photographer but before we get onto us photographer types remember that to start with its all about you…

What do you want from your wedding photography?

Start by asking yourself some simple questions.

What’s your style? Do you like traditional, documentary, modern and edgy or retro and vintage?

What do you want captured on the day? Is it from arrival at the ceremony until the last dance, longer or less?

Do you want an album or DVD only with all of the images, or both?

What is your budget? Photography is the only lasting reminder of your day so think carefully about what have you budgeted. Is it realistic?

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Let the Research Begin

Start by searching for photographers on Google and look at review websites, blogs and social media.

If you see a photographer you like what is your gut reaction to their images? Do you love, like or just think ok? You should LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Draw up a short list of possibles, then try pinning their images (Pinterest is a great research tool) and keep comparing. Contact them to see if they are free on your wedding date. It’s also a good chance to see what their speed of response is like. Are they efficient and good at getting back to you as the customer?

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The Images

When you’ve done enough pinning take a good look at the photos and ask yourself the following questions:

Can you see yourself in the images? Are the key moments captured? Are the images sharp? Do the images look well lit? Do the people look comfortable and relaxed? Are the images taken from flattering angles? Hint: all the answers should be YES!

Meeting your Photographer

When you meet with the photographer have a checklist of questions that link to your list of priorities. It’s also important that you strike up an instant rapport and you’re happy that they are focused on you and your day.

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The Essentials

Lastly you need to do a bit of admin! Make sure your photographer has public liability and public indemnity insurance as well as professional (full-frame cameras) and back up gear. Read their terms and condition carefully. Also check they have back up on and off site for images so they are not lost forever! It’s also helpful at this point to see what images you will get (how many and what resolution) and your rights to print and upload. It’s worth asking how they will use them and will they Photoshop and edit images, plus you need to find out how quickly you will get the images and/or albums after the wedding.

It’s really important too that you can see yourself smiling at your photographer for the whole of your wedding day and you are super comfortable with them. If so, the experience will be so much more enjoyable especially if you are a bit camera shy. It’s also a great idea to have an engagement shoot to get comfortable as a couple in front of the camera and work with your photographer prior to the day.

Good luck with your photographer and have a fantastic wedding day!”

Massive thanks Rebecca and if you’re just starting out on your wedding planning, we cover how to pick your suppliers in our workshop so take a look here for more info.

All images: Rebecca Douglas Photography

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Last weekend when Joanne was busy with the blog and planning workshops I was sunning myself in the South of France. It was bliss. A few days of sun and long wine fuelled lunches was just what my hand needed to get a bit better. The splint did get lots of weird looks but at least it got me a fabulous seaview seat a few times so I’m not complaining.

Over one long lunch my husband muttered “oh god no here we go” when I spotted a wedding happening down of the street. Rushing off to take a look I watched the happy couple climb into a vintage car and take to the streets with lots of horns tooting and cheering all the way down the promenade. It seems even in Nice you’re not to posh to clap and cheer as the Bride and Groom drive past. Fabulous.

 

 

Next we took off to Monaco where another newly wed couple were climbing aboard their luxury yacht waving to everyone on the marina. With a beer costing around £13 a pint at Le Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo though, you won’t find us mere mortals getting married there.

 

Safely back in the rain on Monday we saw the final choices of Bridesmaids dresses for a November wedding. Our favourite was a gorgeous Dessy dress. On Tuesday our feature fun showed how to be a wedding shoe showoff with shoe stickers by Nutmeg. On Thursday we took inspiration from the Royal Wedding and looked at hiring classic cars for your wedding ride. On Friday we shared a pre-wedding shoot by fabulous photographer, Kerry Ann Duffy. Watch out for the full wedding next week with the lovely Danielle and Chris who had an English Country Fair wedding.

Yesterday was the third part of our planning a vintage wedding special with vintage shoes galore. Next week it’s vintage wedding styling.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Emma x

Today we can share with you a little taster of a pre-wedding shoot by fabulous photographer and all round talented gal, Kerry Ann Duffy. The shoot was on the Downs in Thurnham, Kent, with engaged couple Danielle and Chris, who got married last month. They will be sharing their gorgeous English Country Fair wedding with us next week. Don’t miss it!

 

 

 

 

 

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