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Wedding Photographer Cardiff

6 tips for gorgeous engagement photographs


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The aim of this blog is to provide you with 6 great tips for your Engagement session. We have included what we believe to be important advice and things to consider such as, location, clothing, hair and makeup and other tips.

All of the information included will help your session run smoothly and ensure that we are able to produce some wonderful imagery that you can have and hold forever.

Happy reading!

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  1. Your Vision

When you think of your engagement session what do you visualise? An open field? Urban brick? A weeping willow tree? What is it that you feel suits the two of you the most? Are there any special locations that might be ideal for your engagement shoot? If not, don’t fret! It is not about where you are but who you are with. A lot of couples leave the location up to us which means we get to scope out spots ahead of time. The way we shoot the focus is on you and your beautiful faces, not the background. However, if there is a place that is special to you, or you would like to include a family heirloom, a pet or something else that is meaningful we would love to incorporate this into your images!

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2. Fashion

Don’t feel like you need to go on a mega shopping spree for your engagement session (but if you do more power to you) We want you to be comfortable, we want you to connect with your images. So if you are a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl, then rock it on with full colour. Our couple often bring an outfit change to their session.

Most choose for a dressier option (eg: a flowy maxi dress) and a casual option (eg: jeans and a blouse) We have made a little Pinterest board for inspiration but are always open for chat wardrobe. Don’t feel that you have to opt for plain classics the entire time. Have fun with colour texture and a variety of styles!

This is all so you can remember this special time in your lives, so why hold back!

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3. Hair & Makeup

We cannot stress this enough girls, really! Professional hair and makeup make a world of difference. As photographers it excites us to know our girls are spending the day getting pampered before a session. It allows you to relax, feel beautiful and confident! There is nothing like a set of lashes to bring out your inner model. Consider using this time as a test run with your makeup artist and use your session as a time to evaluate your wedding day look and how it will photograph. Ladies, if you can swing it please consider getting your hair and makeup done for your session! We promise you it will make a world of difference and you will look and feel absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and we are right here if you need any recommendations!

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4. Timing

Timing is everything for your session. As natural light photographers we plan sessions around the lighting of the day. We usually begin them 90 minutes prior to sunset, which will allow for an outfit and location change while shooting in golden hour. Being on time means we do not cut into your session time. Once the sun goes down there isn’t much we can do, so staying on track with timing and lighting is the best way to ensure gorgeous images. This also means that at times we may have to reschedule your session due to the weather.

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5. Trust

This is the whole reason you chose your photographer, right? Because they know the best lighting, the best poses and the best techniques to make you both look and feel like supermodels! Now its time for you to take a deep breath and trust the person you chose to work with you. The more trust you place in us the more free we will be to create the images you will love. You may initially feel uncomfortable and awkward but in-between those moments come little gems of authentic interactions that can only happen when two people really are in love. Relinquish the control, give trust out freely and let go of your expectations.

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6. Have Fun

Have Fun! This is such an exciting time in your lives. We know that engagement sessions can seem nerve wrecking but it’s important to go in with an open mind and the ability to laugh. We want you to flirt your brains out, love each other and just have fun, we might even finish the session with a bottle of champagne and we promise that you will love these beautiful images for years to come. Engagement sessions are the perfect time to hang out with your photographer, get comfortable in front of the camera and flirt with your soon to be spouse! What more could a girl ask for?

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How to use your Pic-time Wedding Gallery


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Once the cake has been eaten and you return from your amazing honeymoon you will await your wedding gallery. Our online galleries are delivered fully edited within 4 weeks of your wedding day. We believe that your timeless photographs deserve to not only be shared with friends and family on social media but also to become meaningful, lasting, tangible memories as pieces of art in your homes!

For this reason we thought we would put together a guide to talk you through your Pic-time gallery.
This is the platform we use to deliver every single one of our galleries - wedding, engagements & boudoir photography.

We love that it is a fully integrated system that allows you to view, download, share, print and even create a beautiful album all in one place.
You can view your gallery from either your computer, mobile phone or tablet. You can then favourite your most LOVED images, share them with family and friends and order fine art, exceptional quality prints.

Here we will cover:

  • Accessing and viewing your private online pic-time gallery

  • Selecting your favourite photographs

  • Downloading selected images and your entire gallery

  • Sharing your gallery with family and friends

  • Printing from your gallery

  • Using the pic-time shop feature


STEP ONE | VIEWING YOUR PIC-TIME GALLERY

Click on the ‘View Gallery’ button in the email we send you regarding your gallery.

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Once you click the ‘View Gallery’ button you will be directed to a pretty home page where you will be asked to enter your email address. (Don't worry - this email address will be used to send you your images when you are ready to download).

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Scroll down to view your photographs. These are organised into scenes of your wedding day timeline such as ‘Getting Ready’ ‘Ceremony’ and ‘Reception’


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STEP TWO | FAVOURITING YOUR PIC-TIME GALLERY

Once you have chosen your favourite photograph just click on the ‘Heart’ icon.
Click the other 'Heart' icon in the top right corner of the page to view your favourites page. Remember to create a favourites album for your printed wedding album.

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STEP THREE | DOWNLOADING YOUR PIC-TIME GALLERY

To start, click the download icon, which is found at the very top of your gallery to download the entire gallery or at the bottom of a selected photograph as shown. This will then bring you to an option to download ‘High resolution’ or ‘web size’ images.

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STEP FOUR | SHARING YOUR GALLERY

It's easy! Click the 'Share' button in the top right corner of the page. Share your pretty gallery to your favourite social media platform! Or copy the link to send to family and friends.

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STEP FIVE | PRINTING YOUR GALLERY (Yay!)

Printing your images at drugstores can drastically change the colour tones of your photograph and reduce the quality and lifespan of your pictures. Thankfully, Pic-time makes it easy to order professional-grade prints from your gallery at an affordable price.

Printed by Loxley colour lab on professional photo paper with a semi-gloss finish, for the highest quality and longest lasting print. These full bleed prints are available in a variety of sizes.

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Select the stunning image that you want to order and the size, then ‘add to cart’

Choose how many of each print and make sure to double check that all your images are cropped the way you would like them.
Repeat.
When you are finished selecting your images, click 'Checkout' and follow the prompts.
Your images are now being printed at a professional printing lab based in the United Kingdom and as soon as they are ready, your gorgeous pictures will be shipped directly to you!

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You may also wish to purchase beautiful deckled edge prints. Printed on acid-free archival Matte Cotton Rag paper (310gsm) with a rich slightly textured finish, these gorgeously feathered edge prints create truly timeless heirlooms, with the most exceptional quality.

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STEP SIX | PRODUCTS IN YOUR ONLINE SHOP

Your online shop comes with the option to purchase stunning frames, the perfect setting for your photographs, these frames come ready to display and hang on the wall.
Printed on lustre photo paper with full bleed (no borders or mats), framed in a wooden box-style frame with black paper backing and hanging hardware

We believe that timeless, classic memories should be hanging from your walls and sitting on your lounge table to be enjoyed over the years!

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FINE ART WEDDING ALBUM

You can either order an Heirloom album with us by choosing your favourite images and we will design it for you or you can creat your own gorgeous fine art album in your online shop.

Using pigmented inks on Art Matte Paper, this lightly textured album provides museum grade printing and is paired with a raw oatmeal colored linen presentation box.
Perfect for those who are looking to have their memories expressed and preserved in the finest way. 

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Royal Overseas London Wedding Photographer | Styled Shoot


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This Royal Over-seas luxury wedding shoot combines the elegance of a historic mansion with the style and charm of a modern wedding.  The clubhouse is at the end of Park Place and has it's own beautiful private garden that was decorated to perfection with modern florals and textiles that worked fabulously against the lush, green backdrop of the park.

The shoot could was absolutely perfect! The bride wore two stunning wedding gowns by Watters and what about that bouquet!! - I'm in LOVE!!

Host | Christine Chang Weddings

Planning & Styling | Yep Enterprise

Art Director | Flowing Communication

Florist & Styling | Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design

Caterer | Graysons Venues

Dress | Watters

Bridal Shoes | Freya Rose

Suits | The Disguisery

Textiles | Allegoria Textile Delights

Jewellery | Kensington Parker

Cake | Rosalind Miller Cakes

Hair & Makeup | House of Thabiso

Stationary | Gourmet Invites

Models |

Allegra @the_allegra  

Jay  @jaymukherjeemodel

Aurelie  @auremb

 Alex  @alexanderjamesmurphy 

Shorkie Pup | Jasper ( @jasperexplores )

 

How to plan your dream wedding in South Wales | Wedding Photographer Cardiff


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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

https://aureliaallenphotography.com/free-guide

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9 Things to consider when selecting your wedding venue


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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!

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Destination Wedding Photographer Sicily


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Roberta and Johnny tied the knot in her home town of Avola, Sicily surrounded by close family and friends. They chose to have their couple portraits taken at Avola beach amongst the ancient ruins followed by a reception at Nuovo Castello Crisilio

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Gileston Manor Wedding Photographer Cardiff | One1bridal Styled Shoot

Gileston Manor Wedding Photographer Cardiff | One1bridal Styled Shoot

This years One1Bridal shoot took place at Gileston Manor a stunning new boutique wedding venue in South Wales.

Keira and Helen of One1Bridal chose three dresses from their bridal boutique to showcase at this glamorous location. 

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Wedding Photographer Cardiff | A Romantic Summer Wedding


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Shanika and Deshanga tied the knot on this beautifully hot summers day in front of their closest family and friends. Bridal Portraits were taken in the nearby grounds of Abbey Park.

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