Your wedding photography experience is of great importance to us. We offer you a portfolio that showcases all your bespoke details whilst capturing the genuine emotions of your day, I ensure that you will enjoy every minute working together with us. We collaborate with you between now and your wedding day, communicating your thoughts, passions and ideas so that together we can create a gallery you will cherish forever.
The following is based on full day coverage from preparation to party.
I love this part of the day for the tension building excitement. I document all your pretty details. Invitations, Dress, Shoes, Garter, Perfume and everything that you want to remembered on your big day.
Not all chaps want to document ‘getting ready’ so maybe we could meet you at the bar pre-ceremony to capture some last minute antics with your Groomsmen. But if you do, we would love to be there to snap some natural, documentary style images of you and your friends during your preparation.
Maybe you are singing your vows or getting married by a friend on a beach? Whichever way you choose to tie the knot this is the time for us to be as inconspicuous as possible. If you are having a religious ceremony we may have to check the rules for photography. This is important information to find out in advance so you know what we will be permitted during your ceremony.
The reception is a great time to take any portraits you may want. These are heirloom memories you will have for years to come! You may decide on a formal look or informal relaxed group gathering. We advise up to 10 groups maximum. Oh and don’t forget if your pooch is attending your big day a portrait with them is a must!
We then capture the details of your Wedding Breakfast and the candid moments of your guests enjoying your reception.
Once the speeches are over you may decide to cut your cake.
This is probably the only time you will have alone together and our couples always love this part of the day for that reason. Couples portraits take around 20-30 minutes unless you have chosen to drive to a separate location on route to your reception. The best time is golden hour, just before the sun goes down. If your timeline is fixed and you are eating during golden hour perhaps we can capture most of the images beforehand and then sneak out for 5 minutes at sun-down? If you need help with your timeline let us know. We don’t like to pose you too much, this is your time together to go for a stroll, kick off your shoes and just have a damn good giggle about what just happened!
THE WEDDING VENUE
Maybe you are getting married in a country house, a castle or ruins overlooking the ocean? Wherever you choose to tie the knot, our aim is to capture your venue in all its glory.
Your groom may be performing a striptease, maybe you have taken Argentinian Tango lessons or maybe you are just opting for a traditional first dance! If you choose our all-inclusive collection we will be there to capture whatever moves you make!
So you have recently got engaged!
We know that wedding planning can be a monumental task, even overwhelming at times so if you are a bride to be in South Wales we really believe that this information can help.
We have created this blog to help you with some of your early stage wedding planning.
We had included imagery along with links to some of our favourite suppliers within the industry, ranging from Bride and Groom outfits, our personal favourite South Wales wedding venue through to the smaller details such as jewellery and wedding cake suppliers.
We have personally seen the work or products from these suppliers along with many more but we have chosen these selected few as our favourites.
We really hope that this blog help ease your wedding planning and wish you all the best for your big day!
As a small gesture we have added a link below for you to access our ‘FREE Wedding Planning Guide’
This guide includes: A Wedding Planning Worksheet | A Sample Wedding Timeline | Tips For a Stress Free Wedding Day | Tips For Gorgeous ‘Engagement and Getting Ready’ Photographs
Courtney & Ryan said 'I do' a few weeks ago surrounded by their closest friends and family in the Quantock Hills, Somerset at the stunning St Audries Park Manor House.
Courtney looked gorgeous wearing a contemporary ball gown featuring a soft boat neckline and dramatic box-pleat skirt with intricate lace appliqué detail by Anna Sorrano. Her bridesmaids wore formal black gowns and the flower girls perfectly danced down the aisle in white full length classic tulle dresses. The look was complimented with luxury bouquets of white avalanche roses, gold berries and natural pine cones. The Groom, the best man and groomsmen's looked effortlessly stylish wearing black tie.
The wedding ceremony took place in the victorian orangery full of natural light, the perfect setting for this elegant wedding.
I hope you enjoy looking at this beautiful day as much as we enjoyed capturing it
Venue: St Audries Park
Personal Wedding Planner: Claire Del La Motte
Dress: 'Isabella' by Anna Sorrano
Floral Design: Libby Higgins
Wedding Cake: Megan Hoskins
I believe our couples would agree that prior to their wedding day they dreaded the thought of ‘group shots’ but during and after they have such a giggle that they all comment they loved them! One thing is for certain: these group photographs are the most downloaded and loved by your family and friends and an important part of documenting your day to look back on and cherish in years to come.
Family photos traditionally happen after the ceremony ends but that is not a hard and fast rule. Some couples like family portraits captured before the ceremony starts and others wait until after dinner (usually this is in the summer when the sun is still out and there's a pretty area around the reception).
Others split it up—they might take photos with immediate family before the ceremony begins, photos with grandparents and close relatives directly after the ceremony and huge group photos right before the dancing starts (this is also a great way to capture a more casual photo with a big group of friends).
Here are a few tips for planning your ‘wedding group photos’
Sit down and put together a full list of all of the family combinations that you might want.Rather than stressing about what you're supposed to do, think about the photos that you might actually want in an album or framed on your walls. Who are the people you want to remember being there when you show your wedding photos to your kids in 30 years? Most couples have 5-10 groups, plus a few more casual groups at the reception later. You can absolutely plan for more or less, but make sure that you leave enough time
Send the list to your parents to make sure that you haven't missed any combinations.There might be photos that they want for their own homes that you hadn't thought about. Just make sure the list doesn't get so long that this will take over a huge chunk of your wedding day. Again, a max of ten groupings is ideal.
Put the list in order. We like to start with the largest groups so that they can leave first and clear the area out, but sometimes it makes sense to prioritise grandparents and who may have a hard time standing or need extra help or children who will have short attention spans. It's also helpful to note who is "finished" after each grouping so the person calling names can tell them that they're all set to go.
Assume that groups will take an average of five minutes each. It only takes a few seconds to take the photos once everything is set up, but it can take a few minutes to get everyone in place, especially large groups. Smaller groups can usually jump in and out within two minutes or so, but we always leave a buffer in case things run over or we can't find someone who we need (it does happen).
Share the list with everyone who is on it, and let them know where they need to be and when.You can email out the master list to everyone ahead of time, then print out copies to pass out to family members so they know when to be ready.
Find your ‘group caller’ Identify the person knows the most people. This person will get a copy of the photo list to help gather the groups.
And here are a few other things to keep in mind:
If your parents are separated, don't feel pressure to put them in a group photo together. Again, if you wouldn't frame it, don't feel like you have to capture it. This is really a personal decision.
Think about special occasions that you might want photos for in the future. Don't forget to have a photo with just you and your siblings that you can give to your mum on her birthday. The same goes for photos with just you and each parent individually. These can make simple gifts for Mother's Day/Father's Day.
So you’ve chosen a date to get married. Where do you even begin to decide on a wedding venue? Here are a few things to consider that may assist you finding the wedding venue of your dreams!
Nine things to consider when selecting your wedding venue
What three words would you use to describe your ideal wedding day?
Create a vision board on Pinterest, don’t over think it, collect pins that inspire you. Is your dream wedding day: timeless, boho, rustic, grand? This will usually shed some light on your vision and help provide direction in your venue selection.
How do you imagine the space feeling?
Similarly, what words would you use to describe the atmosphere and feeling of your wedding venue? Is it light with a clean colour palette? Is it near the beach or out in the country? It is important to consider the time of the year and the date you are getting married. Be sure to visit your chosen venue around the date you are getting married the previous year. This way you will see it for its reality and daytime lighting. Are the flowers in full bloom is it fully decorated with Christmas baubles?
Will it match your dress code?
If you have always dreamed of wearing an elaborate ball gown wedding dress would this be fitting for a beach side venue? Are you requesting your guests wear black tie? Think about the overall style of your wedding day and the venue will be your best starting point to plan from there.
Now it’s time to consider the details:
How many guests will you have?
Ask your venue their maximum capacity. Will you be able to host all your friends and family? You may need to meet a minimum spend per head or overall guest count, this can vary with season– What is your price point and your priorities?
What contractual obligations come with your venue?
Some venues, only work with certain caterers that have a trusted relationship. Is this the case with your chosen venue? Or may you bring in your own desired caterer and if so what is the cost of this.
Does the vision match the reality?
Having shot various destination weddings I am sure my brides would agree that a venue visit abroad is imperative to a successful destination wedding. take a trip and put yourself in your guests shoes, how easy is it to reach the venue? How about parking or will you be required to book coaches. Enlist the help of a wedding planner as they are vital when organising weddings abroad.
Do you want exclusive use of the venue?
Will other events be held at the venue on the day of your wedding? Where will your guests be able to access indoor and outdoor spaces
Is the venue weather proof?
Take a look at there a back up plan in place for all types of weather: searing heat, heavy rain. You want yourselves and your guests as comfortable as possible
How soon should you book?
Many popular wedding venues book up months (or even years) in advance, some wedding venues in Cardiff have a two year waiting list. If you know it’s the one you want book it!
Meeting Amy and Ross was a real pleasure. We all had a great day together photographing this engagement session on Newton Beach in South Wales.Read More