TinoPip Photography

Hello and welcome to our photo blog!

Grab a cuppa and have a browse through the entries below to get to know us and see our latest news and musings, along with our favourite weddings and shoots. If you are looking for something specific, try the following post categories;


A Breezy Norfolk Festival Wedding

Ok, so first things first: I have to apologise now for any references to the USA that I make on the blog over the next few months – we’ve just come back from a road trip around the South West, and that amazing experience is still heavily in our thoughts! Photos of that trip to come…

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Anyway, last year we were treated to our first wedding in Norfolk, and had a pretty spiffy day with Jess&Olly. The thing we discovered on the day was that since Norfolk is so flat, when it gets windy, it’s really, really windy. Everyone really didn’t mind though, and it actually made for some cracking photos – the flags looked amazing, although it took a few attempts to make sure they stayed upright. No tumbleweed in Norfolk though…

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As a photographer, one sometimes has to make difficult choices in what to photograph. I imagine news reporters encounter some pretty hard dilemmas in their work, for instance. Somehow, Jess&Olly’s florist managed to turn up at the wedding worse for wear, with just a pile of (the wrong) flowers in the back of his van – I think it rates as the most unprofessional thing I’ve ever seen. Luckily for the florist in question, Olly’s best men managed to get into the van and retrieve the flowers. As a moment of stress at a wedding, I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite so dramatic. I paused to consider whether photographing the moment was appropriate, but the scene in front of me, with early-arriving family and guests literally throwing together the most beautiful flower arrangements, needed to be photographed, and I’m so glad I did, because it perfectly distilled why your guests are there – they are rooting for the two of you, willing you to have the most amazing day and future together, and watching this whirlwind of floristry was just incredible to behold.

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The outdoor ceremony was absolutely beautiful, held in a walled garden, and full of heartfelt emotion – I think at one point all 5 bridesmaids and Jess’ mum were crying, but the couple themselves were absolutely beside themselves with excitement!

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Given the strength of the wind, and intermittent showers, we weren’t really able to spend much time in the grounds of Gunthorpe Hall. To be honest, given how interesting the interiors are in many venues, it’s really never a problem for us – there’s always some interesting detail or light to work with, and we always make sure that we’ve looked for indoor prettiness – we do live in sunny Britain. This was actually the room where Olly got ready in the morning – the light was just a peach to work with.

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Let’s face it, photos of smoking are in general pretty cool, whether you think the act of smoking is cool or not. We’re both ex-smokers, so we’ve fallen on the side of it not being such a great thing to do. We will most definitely take smoking photos though in the spirit of honest storytelling, if we feel it suits the mood of the day. So at Jess&Olly’s laid back, festival vibe wedding, we got this photo full of texture and colour.

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Music is a really big part of Jess&Olly’s lives, and along with record table names, they provided their guests with one LP and a marker per table, ready to scribble a message of goodwill for the future – they looked brilliant.




A happy warm summery DIY red & white river boat picnic wedding

We’ve been dying to share this one with you for ages, but for one reason or another today’s the day! We loved photographing this wedding so much! It really left a lasting impression on us actually! Asha&Walid were so thoughtful in the way they planned their fun-packed day – every detail was designed to entertain their guests. There wasn’t a minute of downtime, yet everything flowed so well, it was actually a really calming atmosphere, even for us! We’ve never seen so many happy, beaming faces at a wedding! The June sun beat down and the breeze was wonderfully cooling… and perfect for kite flying, which there was in abundance!

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Asha handmade hundreds of little red and white lovebirds, which sat in pairs all over the fencing around the deconsecrated chapel, and dotted here there and everywhere. They matched the picnic blankets, cushions, lolly-pops, the straws, the plates, the baskets, the kites, and even the balloons which helped lead the way from Windsor Guild Hall to the boat!

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Pretty much everything was beautifully handmade, including crochet strawberry and daisy buttonholes for ALL the guests, red fabric flowers for the dress, personalised passports and boarding passes to be stamped by two of the kids in captains’ hats, lollypop bouquets for the flower girls, ‘Vicar of Dibley’ inspired light-up bridal bouquet, ‘survival kits’ for the guests including jammy dodgers and mini homemade kites… the list goes on!

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Oh, and they even threw on red noses here and there… just for fun!

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Asha&Walid had their fist dance just as the sun was dropping, on the boat on their way back to Windsor… photographers dream!

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A List of Alternative Wedding Fairs across the UK in 2014

So wedding fairs can be a bit icky. More often than not, you’re faced with an underwhelming, uninspiring sea of ivory and talked at by wedding suppliers that all blend into one by the time you get home! But they’re not all like that, honestly! There are a handful of events out there that offer alternative, bespoke, unique, quirky, expressive, fresh, fun, creative, innovative, memorable suppliers and inspiration for your big day! (Yes, I know that’s a big list of buzz words)!

Researching alternative wedding fairs is way harder than it should be – we couldn’t find an actual list of alternative wedding fairs anywhere! It took the best part of a day of trawling through the interweb to compile the list below for our own reference initially, but we figured if we’re struggling you probably are too, so we thought we’d better share it! If we’ve missed any, and I’m pretty sure that’s likely, please comment below and we’ll be sure to look it up!



2nd- Alternative Wedding Fair- Waterfront Hall, Belfast 

9th- Glasgow Wedding Collective- The Lighthouse, Glasgow

16th- A Fanciful Affair Wedding Fair- Chelmsford 



9th- Wedding Event with a Difference- Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham

15th- Quaint Queer Weird- Corn Exchange, Brighton



4th & 5th- A Most Curious Wedding Fair- Hackney Downs Studios, London

6th - Tie the Knot- Elmore Court, Elmore, Gloucs

8th- The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair- Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge

12-13th- The Fabulous Wedding Festival- Port Eliot, Cornwall

19th- A Most Curious Wedding Fair- St Andres’s Hall, Norwich

26th- Weird and Wonderful Wedding World- At-Bristol, Bristol

26th- The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair- United Reformed Church, Wanstead, London

27th- Chosen Boutique Wedding Fair- Islington Assembly Hall, London



11th- Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair- Brighton Centre, Brighton

11th- The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair- Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden, Herts

11th- Tie the Knot- Hexton Manor, Hexton, Herts


We will keep this list updated. Please bear in mind, that although we would love to travel around the country visiting these fairs, it’s just not possible, so these are more suggestions that recommendations!