2019 so far!

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2019 so far!

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!

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Flower Power; Picking Your Wedding Flowers

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Flower Power; Picking Your Wedding Flowers

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!

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How much involvement do you need in our day?

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How much involvement do you need in our day?

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…)

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Let's get personal...

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Let's get personal...

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.

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How to choose your wedding suppliers

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How to choose your wedding suppliers

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.

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Alice in Wonderland Shoot//Marleybrook House

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Alice in Wonderland Shoot//Marleybrook House

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! 

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Purse friendly wedding favours

Purse friendly wedding favours

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!

Why should you book me?

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Why should you book me?

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!

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COLOURFUL WOODLAND FESTIVAL WEDDING, ESSEX – LIVI & PAT

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COLOURFUL WOODLAND FESTIVAL WEDDING, ESSEX – LIVI & PAT

The ceremony took place in a woodland clearing in front of the most beautiful floral moongate by The Country Garden Flower Company. The ceremony area was filled with flowers, which was perfect for the surroundings. The ceremony began with several beautiful readings from friends and family, and finished with them walking down the aisle and being showered with colourful confetti. It was a wonderful ceremony, full of lots of laughter and so much love. The ceremony was led by their friend Stevo who really made it witty and perfect for them, it was full of fun readings by friends that all fit in with their literary theme and ended with a Their final reading was an adapted version of the poem, A Scientific Romance, by Tim Pratt. A close friend Richard had memorised the whole thing (it was long), and delivered it with confidence and wit which had everyone laughing, including me!

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