Are you feeling a little nervous about your wedding day, anxious about being the centre of attention? If you are then you won’t be alone. I’ve had past clients share their nervousness about what they perceive are many eyes staring at them all day. But there are a few things you can do that will help you worry less and feel more confident.
It sounds obvious but everyone who you invite to your wedding is excited for you, cares for you and wants you to be happy. Try to remember this, particularly the moment just before you walk in to the ceremony – which is usually when I see my couples looking their most nervous.
Wedding albums are the single best way for you to re-live your day after its all over. Truth is you’ll probably never get around to printing many photos out from your USB, and newlyweds rarely find the time to make their own album when life gets back to normal. That’s why I’m also pleased when couples choose to add a wedding album to their booking.
If you’ve had your wedding but didn’t order an album at the time it is still possible to order one now. Albums can be paid for in monthly instalments and sent to print once the final payment is made. This is a great way of spreading the cost, and if you plan it well your album could be delivered to you ready for your first wedding anniversary – a great way to celebrate!
Once your wedding is over and you’ve returned from your honeymoon it’s time to think about choosing the photographs that you want to include in your album. My advice would be not to leave this too long. Keep a Sunday afternoon free, grab a bottle of wine and spend the afternoon reminiscing about your wedding day, looking back through your photographs, laughing and remembering everything that happened and choosing the images that you love.
Photographing weddings in North Somerset is such a treat for me, just a 15 minute drive in the car from my home and I was at the Battleaxes in Wraxall for this unique wedding. I met Karen and Nathan when they featured in a video for my website which you can see here. You’ll have to ignore me being so serious on film, I was super nervous being in front of the camera! The engagement video was shot four years ago, you can tell by how little my children are!
Fast forward four years later and I was pleased to be at the Battleaxes shooting Karen and Nathan’s wedding. Since shooting their engagement they’d welcomed lovely little Lowen in to the world. So I got to meet their lovely little blonde dude too!
The Battleaxes is a relaxed, laid-back pub venue with large function room – a great room with large windows and beautiful chandeliers. It’s perfect for wedding ceremonies. I was booked for shorter coverage, six hours (which I do offer out of peak season) so no first dance images to share with you but here’s a little preview of Karen and Nathan’s day. If you’d like to chat to me about photographing your Battleaxes wedding then please do get in touch.
You may not have heard of wedding styling or know what it is, so allow me to explain. Perhaps you are in the early stages of planning your own wedding and enjoying browsing for ideas in wedding magazines. I still pick up these magazines now (I’m married) and ‘Ohhhh’ and ‘Ahhhhh’ at the ideas and trends that are detailed. I love how couples are opting for interesting and unusual personalised favours to thank their guests. I also love how eco weddings are popular with couples choosing to ‘go green’ when selecting environmentally friendly invitations or locally sourced flowers, there are so many little details that I love and think ‘Ohhh I’d love that’. As much as I love all this I’d be a little bamboozled if I was trying to decide on a theme or pull together a stylish look for my day.
If you are feeling bamboozled my advice is to go back to basics, think about you both as a couple. What do you like doing? What have you enjoyed about weddings you have been to in the past? How do you want guests to feel when they are at your wedding? What words would you hope they’d use to describe your wedding day once it was over? If you do this exercise this will start to help you see what’s important to you and what you want to focus on. Continue reading →
So… 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.