With rather busy schedules and a reasonable drive to reach each other, we resorted to Skype for our first meeting (and probably spent half our time looking at ourselves in the inset screen to make sure we didn’t look like a couple of dufuses!). Over the very vocal approval from Beth&Tom’s dog Brody, we could see their great style and love for each other, and we couldn’t wait to photograph their wedding!
Tom and his groomsmen all had the most amazing sleeve tattoos (save for best man Ed), and when we chatted to Tom he explained that the plan was for the guys to all roll up their shirt sleeves to really show off the artwork on their arms. It was pretty incredible. Being a summer wedding, they felt that suit jackets would be uncomfortable and unnecessary, and they looked pretty stylish without! Beth and the bridesmaids all had their own stunning tattoo work too, and their love of ink really flowed through the wedding, from the decor in Beth&Tom’s flat, to the stationery, table names & cupcakes. The bold designs and colours really set off well against the barn reception venue!
Unfortunately the weather in the couple of days prior to the wedding hadn’t been kind enough to let Beth&Tom’s ceremony go ahead in the beautiful woodland at their venue, but they decorated the inside of the barn beautifully. As we wandered around the old farm buildings at the venue, we had no problems finding quirky backdrops and unusual angles for shots of the two of them!
“One of the real highlights of the day was the time spent having our photos done – Penny and Martin have such a brilliant, relaxed approach that Tom and I both felt really comfortable and just enjoyed spending time together while they took our pics. Everyone always says that you need to try and snatch a few moments together on your wedding day, we felt that we ended up with a whole hour!” Beth&Tom (Read the rest of their testimonial here).
Thanks so much guys for you and your guests being so relaxed and welcoming – we had an amazing day!
“The photos look awesome! Thank you so much, they really are better than I ever expected! Ailsa and I are so happy with them!”
“Penny and Martin were amazing, we hardly even noticed them snapping away all day and the photographs are exactly what we wanted, they have captured the atmosphere and told the story of the day perfectly! Perfection comes to mind and they were so lovely too!” Ailsa&Ian (for Love My Dress wedding blog feature).
“We knew that we wanted a photographer with a relaxed and natural style who would tell the story of our day rather than going for lots of posed shots. We found Penny and Martin’s website and got in contact but unfortunately they were already booked for our date… then a few months before our wedding they got in touch to say they’d had a cancellation and were we still looking? Thankfully, we hadn’t found anyone else and so it all worked out perfectly!
Our photos were ready for us when we returned from honeymoon and we were absolutely blown away by them – they captured our day, the emotion and all of the little details so well.
One of the real highlights of the day was the time spent having our photos done – Penny and Martin have such a brilliant, relaxed approach that Tom and I both felt really comfortable and just enjoyed spending time together while they took our pics. Everyone always says that you need to try and snatch a few moments together on your wedding day, we felt that we ended up with a whole hour!” Beth&Tom for Boho Weddings blog
“Thanks very much for applying your talents so well to Beth and Toms wedding. The photos and whole approach are truly fantastic and it is really wonderful to be able to remember all aspects of the day by following them in sequence in the gallery. The shots are really amazing and you were both so discreet in taking pictures I never even had chance to pose!” Peter, father of the bride
A Wedding Album Voucher Gift List... with Complimentary Thank You Cards
Many couples nowadays, set up home together long before they’re married, so the idea of traditional wedding gifts is pretty much out the window! Some people ask for monetary gifts towards their honeymoon, or simply for ‘their future together’. We’d like to offer another option – one that your friends and family will love too, because they will be able to give you an actual tangible gift, one that they can hold and enjoy too, and one that they know you will treasure – your wedding photo album. The Album Kitty service is a wedding album voucher gift list, with a personalised, password protected greeting/contact page, from which your family and friends can request printable e-vouchers - see example.
You will also have access to a password protected list of contributions, so that you know who to thank after the wedding. As part of The Album Kitty service, we offer complimentary fine art thank you cards featuring your favourite wedding photo, left blank inside for your hearts and flowers – the quantity would be equivalent to the number of contributions, but you may of course order more should you need to.
If the contributions exceed your target, your vouchers can be put towards any other Tino&Pip product. If the contributions don’t quite reach your target, you can top up the Kitty after the wedding to purchase your album.
When we first met Rachael&Dan, they seemed completely laid back, and when they told us about their aim for the perfect relaxed wedding day, we could really see how well that would work for them. It turned out to be one of the beautiful and calm wedding days we’ve seen! When it came to finding a venue, Rachael&Dan found the perfect surprise when they Googled wedding venues in Whitstable (where they had got engaged) and found The Beacon House, where they could get married almost right next to the sea (which is something of a miracle in England with its outdated marriage laws!).
With beach huts a-plenty right next to The Beacon House, we were utterly spoilt for choice when it came to taking photos of the two of them on their own, and the seclusion as they hid amongst the huts was the perfect opportunity for them to relax a little after the excitement of getting married, and just enjoy spending some time together! The colours were just perfect for those seaside tones too.
Of course we couldn’t resist including some of the amazing details in the venue itself, and Rachael and Dan had considered their own details perfectly, from the invite design to the rings and shoes – they all worked so well in the shabby chic venue with its collections of seaside trinkets.
There were loads of quirky, alternative ideas to keep people entertained, including asking each guest to choose and make an origami animal, maps for guests to make paper aeroplanes to trow as confetti, and one we certainly haven’t seen before: the Anglo-Australian food similarity competition (Marmite vs Vegemite, Polo mints vs Lifesavers etc). Not quite sure who won that one! As a surprise, Rachael’s dad arranged for a troupe of Morris dancers to appear at the venue! Their faces were a picture! Instead of a ‘wedding cake’, Rachel&Dan had a stack of chocolate brownies, adorned with flags and curly candles, which they blow out together rather than ‘cutting the cake’ – why not huh?!
Between the amazing buffet food and the evening festivities, Rachael&Dan invited their families to join them wading in the sea, whether they were equipped with boots or not – it was a rather lovely moment as dads decided kicking seawater at their kids was thoroughly entertaining. Not sure the kids were quite in agreement! They were then asked to collect a pebble each for the couple to keep as a kind of abstract guestbook – definitely our favourite alternative guest book idea we’ve encountered so far!
“It seems like you summed up the day just perfectly. Some of them even made us cry! In a good way! There is one particular photo that had Dan back in the moment and he suddenly felt nervous all over again! That’s the skill you have, so thank you!!!” Rachael&Dan (Read the rest of their testimonial here).