If theres one thing I like it’s a super bright and colourful festival wedding in the great outdoors, and if it’s in Essex even better! (I do love a short drive home) So I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favourite venues for you to look at and consider!
WOWZER it’s been over 2 months since I last blogged, oops! I was doing SO WELL, but it really doesn’t matter - because I’m blogging now! I still have some of last years awesome weddings to share but I thought I’d update you with 2019 so far because I’ve already photographed 7 of my own epic weddings and second shot a couple too as well as some product shoots and couple shoots!
Finding any wedding supplier can be daunting, but brides often confess that they are particularly nervous about approaching florists. This can be for a number of reasons, most commonly that people don't think they know enough about flowers and don't want to look silly. Well I'm here to tell you gals, sometimes we don't even know the names of flowers and it is absolutely not something to be afraid if. 99.9% of florists are fun, friendly, down to earth humans who genuinely LOVE what they do. I for one know that I would talk to a brick wall about peonies and floral trends if it looked remotely like it was listening, so send that email or make that call today!
I’m happy to be on hand as little or as much as you want when it comes to being involved with your planning. Some people find they like to find their own suppliers along the way, other couples will ask for lots of recommendations for all aspects of their wedding party. I talked about find suppliers here but I always love to recommend people I know and have worked with so you can have a super supplier squad on your day! (we’re like the Avengers but more helpful and less destroying everything…)
So I’ve just spent the most incredible 4 days away with London Wedding Breakfast Club for Brunchfest 2019. (see some of last year here!) It was full of great food, laughter, friendships and inspiration. Whilst I didn’t actually photograph a lot this year when I did I definitely pushed myself to be more creative and approach things differently. I did a few headshots and I photographed some food which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I had my photos taken by fellow photographers and also did a lot of reflecting on myself as a person and as a business.
You’ve got engaged - yay! First up, to Pinterest to make a kick ass wedding planning board… and now what!?
You’ve probably picked your venue and now to decide who your epic wedding supplier squad will be! First up, get a piece of paper (or if you’re really fancy and good at Excel, which I definitely am not, make a spreadsheet) and decide what you want at your wedding, from flowers to cake, styling to bars. Get an idea of the suppliers you need and focus on one at a time so you don’t get super overwhelmed. If you start enquiring with several different suppliers for each category your invoice will not only be mega full, but you’ll probably start to get pretty bored of repeating yourself. So my main piece advice would be to pick one area, eg Florists and focus on that for the week/weekend.
So here's my top "insert however many songs I actually include because no doubt I'll keep adding to this" ideas for alternative first dance songs!
Next up in the Disney wedding inspiration series is one of my personal favourites, Alice in Wonderland! If you're a long time reader then you'd have seen that I love an Alice themed afternoon tea so when Kayleigh asked if I wanted to be part of another styled shoot based upon Alice I jumped at the chance!
Weddings are expensive. There is no getting around the fact that even a basic wedding nowadays can cost upwards of £20,000, so saving money anywhere is a huge perk. I’ve seen some awesome ideas that couples have DIY’d or purchased, and also found a lot of ideas on Pinterest, so keep on reading to see a few memorable wedding favour ideas to thrill your guests and save you those all-important pounds!
Woah! Straight in with a bold statement I know, but picking a wedding photographer is a big decision and I know there are a LOT of us out there! I’m hoping that in writing this blog post, by the time you get to the end, you’ll either already be drafting your enquiry email and raving about all the similar interests we share, OR you may also be swiftly clicking X and heading back to Google* (*other search engines available) which is A okay, the whole point of this post is to share more of me & my role on a wedding day - I’m super clear from the outset that a photographer spends a lot of time with you on your day so I think it’s bloomin’ important that you get on with whoever you pick!