Sophie & Lee – Married ! A Kingsweston House Wedding

Bride and Groom relaxed Kingsweston weddingSo… where do I even start with Sophie & Lee’s wedding at Kingsweston House? This was one sunny, happy wedding!  My morning began with Sophie and her family (including Tilly the wonder dog) getting ready.  Sophie’s Dad looked proud as punch when he saw her in her dress, becoming a little watery eyed at how beautiful she looked.    After the prep was completed I hopped in my car ready to meet Lee and his Groomsmen, who all looked incredibly smart, Lee dapper in his military attire.

The ceremony began with Sophie, her Dad and the bridesmaids making their entrance down the grand, sweeping staircase at Kingsweston, all heads turned and Lee looked overcome when he saw Sophie for the first time.   The ceremony was beautiful.

After the ceremony I whisked them off quickly around the grounds of Kingsweston House for their couple photos before returning in time for food and my first experience of a Celidh – it was crazily brilliant! The caller had everyone stood up, he explained the instructions and in no time the entire wedding party was having a hilarious and rather energetic good time.  I highly recommend the Bowreed Celidah band if you are currently planning your wedding reception.   I left Kingsweston House as Sophie & Lee were busy dancing, happy and a little tired from a fabulous wedding day.

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Six easy ways to entertain children at your wedding

Child blowing bubbles at Priston MillChildren.  As a Mum of twins I have to admit I’d feel slightly nervous right now if a wedding invitation landed on my doormat, worrying about whether my little people would behave and not knock over the wedding cake.  I know I shouldn’t give a monkey’s what other people think but my natural reaction would be: ‘How am I going to keep the children quiet during the wedding ceremony or the speeches ?’.

Whilst I’m probably putting undue pressure on myself at expecting my children to behave all day, a wedding is a really long event and I understand that children get bored.  Ultimately it comes down to the fact that if they’re happy, I’m happy.  Expecting children to behave perfectly all day is unrealistic, kids want to have fun and my tips for a kid-friendly wedding will therefore help if you’re planning a wedding where children will be invited:

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Life as a Wedding Photographer

Bristol photographer Becky MaleEver wondered what life as a Photographer is really like? What exactly does a Photographer do aside from take photographs and what does it take to become one? Whilst every photographer is different, let me share with you my thoughts on life as a Wedding Photographer:

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The Shooting Sisters | Blackwood Forest Photography Retreat

Taking a step away from the everyday routine is always something I’ve tried to do at least once a year. My husband and I have always valued our own space, our own hobbies and every year we like to have a weekend away with our friends, him mountain biking in remote parts of Scotland or Wales and me with my photography tribe, the Shooting Sisters. Valuing each other as individuals as well as a couple is what I think has helped our marriage feel so fresh and exciting.

The Shooting Sisters group was formed via a Facebook group over five years ago and has been going strong ever since, we’ve tried to meet up once a year at least and this weekend we gathered together at Blackdown Forest near Micheldever. It’s always been tricky finding a location that suits people as the Shooting Sisters are scattered across the country from Norwich to Bristol, Stone to Herne Bay but when we do meet up it’s always such an uplifting experience.

This weekend we spent enjoying the calm of the forest, photographed the stars in the middle of the night, shared notes from all the epic workshops that between us we’ve attended, all the time catching up whilst enjoying the hot tub and later venturing out to enter the campsite quiz evening.  We came 2nd – out of only two teams!. With the chance to read magazines (something that is an alien luxury to me since having my twins) and industry books on marketing, blogging and photographic inspiration I find these retreats such a rewarding and business refocusing experience.  We each came away with a commitment to our business and clarity of our individual focus for the next six months so it was a beneficial experience in many ways.

With talk of Cyprus for our next retreat I’m genuinely thankful to have this tribe of girls as my friends. What started out as photography chat five years ago has now developed into something far greater. Until next time.

Shooting Sisters Female Photographer network

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Advice on the First Year of Married Life

It’s been a year since your wedding, one of the happiest days of your life. Your big day is beginning to become a distant yet wonderful memory and married life has now begun. They say the first year of marriage can be tough but also completely affirming.  I’ve been really happily married for over eight years however I was married to someone else for a very short time, many years ago (I call it my starter marriage!).  That marriage lasted little over a year and that experience at the time was one of the toughest, most challenging and painful moments of my life.

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