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With the venue finally picked, we thought we could put our feet up and rest easy for a while. Oh, how wrong we were!

Everyone we knew then started with the horror stories of how photographers get booked up at least 18 months before the day, and ‘what do you mean you haven’t booked yours yet, you’re leaving it very late’ etc etc.

So, another list was made. (Yep, I like lists, okay?) This time, what did we want from our photographer?

Firstly, I’m not really the worlds most photogenic lass. I have a tendency to gurn abit when someone gets a camera out. (I get it from my dad!) So we figured informal, capturing the moments shots (which we later learned is called ‘reportage’ photography) was the way forwards. Bar a couple for grandmas mantle, we wanted to keep the obligatory formal group shots to a minimum.

In helping me (us) to relax and forget to gurn, the photographer needed to be someone we could feel comfortable with and who we could have a giggle with. A wedding day is likely to be stressful enough – no need to throw someone you don’t like into the mix. We’d been to one particular wedding with a super militant photographer, who wasn’t au fait with creating a relaxing atmosphere for the couple and their guests. I think she may have learnt her people skills from a military training camp. So, someone who knew how to smile was a must.

We’re really drawn to photo booth images. It’s great to see people captured after they’ve let their hair down and generally being silly. If we could squeeze this in within our budget, then that would be a bonus.

Ultimately, we want damn amazing photos that make us smile until we are old and grey.


Images via Rock My Wedding. By Lee Allen Photography

Just before we had nailed a venue, I was scouring the wedding blogs (which was on my daily to-do list) and had loved a dress I had spotted on Rock My Wedding. I favourite-ed the post so I could come back to it when it was time to think about dresses, but of course had to keep looking at it daily, just to check I liked it still. I loved everything about the whole wedding, and kept re-reading Kate and Andy’s story (which is a total tear-jerker, I warn you). After looking at it for the 43rd time, I realised it wasn’t just the couple, wedding, dress and décor I loved, but actually the images too.

So I emailed Lee. And pretty much knew instantly he was the man for us. Apart from anything else, a man who uses tens of exclamation marks in an email is always going to be a winner with me! And his beard? Legendary. Plus, he has a Curious Portmanteau. What more could a girl (and her fiancé) want?

We met up with him a couple of weeks later and were completely put at ease. I had felt pretty nervous about picking a photographer. After all, they’re responsible for capturing all of your memories of the one day that you won’t ever be able to repeat. No pressure huh? But from the word go, I had complete faith in Lee. He’s friendly, funny, and a total sweetheart. And his photos are amazing. I know he’ll make an amazing addition to our wedding crew. I’m so excited…it’s all starting to come together!

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