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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10.02.14

The Advantages of doing a 'First Look'

We often whisk our couples off for photos during their drinks reception before they sit down to eat. Your guests will be happy catching up with one another, champagne in hand, whilst we slip off for half an hour. However, the ideal time is actually before the ceremony. Although a ‘first look’ is becoming more and more popular, a lot of couples choose not to do it because of tradition and/or family expectations, and we completely get that, but we feel we should point out a few of the advantages…

 

Steal the ‘first look’ moment for yourselves… A room full of eyes will be on you as you enter the ceremony room. It’s an amazing feeling – one you’ll never forget, but it may well be somewhat distracting from the moment your eyes meet with your love. Why not make the most of each independently, allowing you to indulge in time with the person you love most, as well as soaking up the whole wedding experience? Plus, by the time you start to walk down the aisle, you’ll have one less thing to be nervous about!

Less time pressure… Often things can overrun a little, if the ceremony starts a bit late, or the group shots take longer than expected because Uncle Pete disappeared to the loo or something, so getting your couple shots out of the way beforehand allows you to take your time and enjoy the only moment you’ll get to yourselves all day – clock watching is one hell of a mood killer!

More time with guests… The time you have between your ceremony and wedding breakfast is the first chance you’ll get to say hello and enjoy a glass of champagne with all your family and friends, we’d rather not take you away from that lovely time! Of course, it also means we have more time to capture those wonderful storytelling photos, whilst you and your guests go about enjoying your day!

Your ‘first look’ is a once in a lifetime photo opportunity… Whilst we’ll capture it at the very best your ceremony room’s layout and lighting will allow during the 30 second processional, having more time to revel in the moment, in a gorgeous, intimate setting, where we can adapt the shot for the available light, will be more fruitful. With all those people watching, and a ceremony to crack on with, you’re less likely to give into the urge to grab each other and squeal “you look gorgeous’”and “oh my God we’re getting married”!

Immaculate hair and make-up… This is the point at which you will both look at your absolute best – before the happy tears and Grandma’s lipstick marks! Just a thought!

 

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A Humanist Wedding in the Woods with Big Rustic Tipis

FUN was the emphasis on Jess&Rob’s wedding day! They had been to too many serious weddings and at the end of the day, it’s meant to be a celebration of love so they wanted a light-hearted ceremony and a laid-back atmosphere throughout the day… and they succeeded! The wonderful thing about a Humanist ceremony, is that it is purely focused on YOU – your time together as a couple (often including a few anecdotes),  your favourite music (a sing along even), and you can choose to include as many or as few of your celebrant’s ideas as you like… hmmm, I feel a whole other blog post coming on!

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The whole day was held at Jess’ dad’s farm in West Sussex. The décor was simple, natural and inexpensive with hundreds of candles in jam jars, wine bottles filled with flowers hanging in the trees, hand painted signs to lead the way, rustic flower arrangements, and wooden archways covered in hops.

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Jess wore an Amanda Wyatt (Beatrix) wedding dress with white converse shoes – a gorgeous combination, true to herself and perfect for a woodland wedding!

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Jess’ six best friends, wore ivory dresses found in the Monsoon Bridal sale and handmade bohemian-esque headpieces. They hand-picked some of their flowers from the countryside and ordered the other half loose from a florist to keep costs down. (We love seeking honesty in detail shots).

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Of course, the heavens opened just as Jess and her bridesmaids made their way to an excitable Rob! The colourful brollies were gorgeous for the photos mind! 

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Jess wasn’t worried about getting her dress caked in mud! Let’s face it – you get one chance to wear your dress so you gotta make the most of it, come rain, shine or mud!

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We do love a sense of humour at a wedding…

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Especially here on their ‘guest bench’ – a genius alternative wedding guest book idea!

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Martin especially, loves shooting after dark! Bottling atmosphere in our photos is so important to us, so capturing moments like this without blasting it with flash, while sometimes technically challenging, is extra rewarding!

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♥ ”Tino&Pip were AMAZING! We didn’t even notice them being there and we LOVE the photos!”

 

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21.01.14

10 Little Pointers...

We just LOVE an engagement shoot! It’s the perfect way for us to get to know you - your love story, what makes you smile, laugh and click as a couple, and how to get the best out of you on your big day! Many people are a little camera shy, so having an idea of what to expect, and getting a little practice in, will help you to relax and enjoy your wedding day couple shots. Best of all, it’s fun, quality time for you as a couple, a unique keepsake, a snap shot of your time together before you were married, and perhaps an opportunity to get some killer shots for your ‘save the dates’ or wedding invitations. In fact some of our couples have scattered them around their wedding venue or through their guest books, and even displayed them as centrepieces (with makes us very happy)!

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1.  Location… These photos represent a snippet in time. We’ll discuss your favourite places or activities and use them as inspiration for the shoot. Your home is the perfect place to start – it’s comfortable, and people tend to pour their hearts into making their homes THEIR HOMES! Or how about the park you stroll in regularly, your favourite pub or coffee shop, junk shop, record shop, punting down the river even!? Perhaps consider your history as a couple – where did you meet? Whatever screams YOU!

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2. Relax… Be yourself. It’s best when you can really relax and let your personality shine though. We don’t ask you to force a smile or give us your best Blue Steel, we just hang back and encourage you to simply interact with each other naturally. This may seem easier said, but with the right photographer you’ll soon get into the swing of it! In fact we’ll have a blast – honest!

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3.  Clothes… Wear what makes you feel like YOU – something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Your personality shows through much more in your YOU clothes. Consider that your clothes should complement each others, without being too matchy! Steer away from outfits that are so smart or special that you’re afraid sit on that gorgeous bench with peeling paint, or lean against an old wall or a tree in the park!

4.  Timing… Consider light and colour – gentle early morning or golden hour evening light (the hour before sunrise or sunset) is perfect for any photo shoot, and it’s amazing how much of a difference this can make to the final result. Of course this doesn’t matter so much if we’re shooting indoors.

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5.  Change it up… Maybe bring some different clothes to change things up a little – even if it’s just a extra jacket, it’s great for variety in your photos.

6.  Props?… Cute details shots are great to illustrate your interests, whether it’s funky headphones for the music-lover or a book or two for the quieter types, or a selection of sparkly headbands… oh and don’t forget the ring! Don’t force it though – if it doesn’t quite feel right, and it’s just not YOU, it’ll just look awkward. Don’t worry, your photos will look great regardless!

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7. Pets… Pets are great too, but if you bring a dog with you for example, make sure he/she has somewhere else to go so we can have you to ourselves for the rest of the shoot without any distractions! 

8.  Be brave… Classic shots are lovely, but push, push, push the boundaries! OWN your engagement photos… the phrase ‘you know the one where’ has no place here!!

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9. Mindset… Get in the right mindset – chat about the shoot with your partner in the few days leading up to the shoot, and really build up your excitement so that on the day you…

10… have fun!!! We really want our couples to enjoy themselves and spend some quality time which is why we encourage you to wear your favourite things and go to your favourite places – we want you to feel as comfortable as possible so you can really relax, enjoy and remember the shoot!

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