Supplier Love: Winter Weddings, Feature Films & Project 300
JEEEEZ Can you believe it’s the end of November already?! Seriously. Christmas is a mere 27 days away! (Yep, i’m one of those really annoying people that countdown the days until Christmas…but hey….I love it! It IS the most wonderful time of the year!!) Anyway, you know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun right? Which is why the months are flying by so quickly for us, but we’re not the only ones having lots of fun and being busy around here…wait until you hear what all of our lovely sponsors have been getting up to…
Meet Yvonne Lishman Photography
Family and friends say I’m not all there. So where the hell’s the rest of me? I laugh at inappropriate things at inappropriate times; like when the wind blew my dress up around my head at a wedding and everyone saw my knickers, and a bit more besides. I fell about laughing but the guests fell about ill; I don’t wear dresses like that anymore. The potato crisp is mans single greatest invention and the olive his greatest discovery; both are my waistlines downfall. Pugs and cats are brilliant and I love mine so much it’s a wonder my lips aren’t all hairy from the numerous times I kiss them on their heads each day. But what care you of me when there’s you my peeps! Ring! Ring! Let me know how you met; your lovely love story and fab wedding plans! In the words of Bruce Willis, kind of, ‘Come to Nottingham, we’ll get together, have a few laughs.’
This Past Few Months I Have…
…had a pretty hectic time but in a good way as they’ve been packed with totes amazeballs weddings, including one for Don’t Tell The Bride, which Emily and Jess will be featuring soon. When I started 30 years ago (yes I really am that old but luckily for you I must have received a bang on the head at 14 as I don’t seem to have gotten much passed that) I trained in medical photography. It was all guts and gore but thankfully now, not having photographed any Kill Bill style ceremonies to date, it’s all super duper couples and fun and funky weddings. Those fun and funky weddings keep me very busy and I don’t currently find the time to blog so thought I might share a few tips with you on picking the right photographer for the job if you’re planning on having a winter wedding. Poor light or bad weather is not limited to the winter in this country and an experienced photographer will not have a problem shooting in any lighting situation in order to get the best shots.
My Top Tips For A Winter Wedding:
If possible book an early ceremony then you have a better chance of getting some outdoor daylight images, great if the sky is moody or there is frost or snow around.
Ask to see examples of winter wedding images. If your photographer doesn’t have any in album form, we photographers just love to show off our sun drenched blue sky middle of August weddings, ask to see evidence of their winter wedding images perhaps on an iPad or in a slideshow, and full weddings not just the odd image. If they don’t have any winter weddings to show ask if they have any from a wedding where they had to cope with bad light or work indoors all day because of poor weather. This will give you an indication of how they cope in extremes of light and whether they are skilled in using additional artificial light sources when needed.
It might seem obvious but will you be warm enough in what you’re wearing. If you’ve opted for a strapless number more suited to summer no amount of editing is going to rid you of the goose bumps that will be all over your skin nor will it lift the fed up I’m completely frozen look from your face. Cover up In something fabulous!
On the 9th of November I had my first winter wedding of the season for a fab rabbit mad couple called Lynne and Lee. Their wedding took place at Hart’s Hotel in the centre of Nottingham. City weddings are brilliant; the backdrops are just so diverse whatever the time of year. We were lucky with the weather as it remained dry all day and we got lots of shots outdoors but it was very cold and the sky was dull plus we didn’t start the shoot until after 3pm. Lynne and Lee must have been freezing their whatsits off but I worked quickly with the daylight we had left and got a little creative with flash for a couple of the shots. The results were awesome and Lynne and Lee love their images. You can have a peek at their day here!
Thanks for reading and have fun at your wedding whenever it is. Mwah! Mwah! Yvonne x
Meet Michael Marker Photography
Hi I’m Michael Marker, owner and photographer in chief of Michael Marker Photography. Based in Devon, I love travelling around the country and beyond documenting so many couples wedding days! With my fine art background I’m always looking for that something special and fusing the documentary and fine art in my work.
This Month I Have…
…been busy capturing a couple of fab weddings and so many engagement and family lifestyle portrait shoots. The autumn colours have been so spectacular and I’ve certainly made the most of it!
Wow, this last month seems to have flown by! Following on from a busy Summer and early Autumn of fabulous weddings, I’ve even managed to sneak in a few trips to my local beach for a surf to make the most of the seasonal swells! From weddings in central London, to beautiful Devon beach weddings and Cotswold country weddings I’ve loved every minute of documenting so many lovely couples wedding days. And let’s face it the spectacular weather we enjoyed certainly made a difference!
Looking forward to 2014, I’ve just posted my new wedding packages & prices on my website and blog. I’m now gearing up for a month of festive winter weddings in the run up to Xmas and the New Year. And best of all starting on 1st December I’ll be announcing a great offer on wedding album packages throughout the month of December.
My Favourite Bits From My Blog:
Meet Just Say Yes Films
Hello, I’m James; Teacher of Media and Music Technology by day, Rockstar by night, Videographer betwixt. Before Wedding Videography was brought to my attention, as a former Film & Media student I spent most of my time cutting music videos for my own bands as well as numerous promotional films. By chance, my girlfriend was photographing a friend’s wedding, who wanted their big day filmed. Obviously, I stepped up the plate & a few weddings later, I am well and truly sucked in!
Capturing the emotion and magic of the biggest day of your life is something that challenges me creatively, and the excitement of putting together something you will treasure for eternity makes wedding films such an enjoyable job.
This Month I Have…
…actually had a pretty big film that I’ve literally just finished. It was a wedding that I shot and was quite an exciting project as it was the first chance that I had to utilise my new iMac, along with a load of new creative plugins and flares! I also had a couple of smaller projects to work on, including being involved with Bespoke Brides first video DIY (which you can see here)– Twas’ great to work with the pair of them, although it was a long old day filming, battling with the fading natural light and then editing it all in one day! It was worth it in the end though!
My Advice When Looking For A Wedding Videographer Would Be…
…to remember one of the most important things apart from choosing someone who is creative & passionate, is meeting them and making sure they are the right person for the job. It’s so important to be comfortable with your videographer prior to the wedding! It makes such a big difference when you’re filming, knowing there is a level of trust and something more personal there, making the videographer part of the day. It also makes shooting it so much easier as the shots are 100% natural and relaxed.
Meet Matt Somerville Photography
I am a travelling wedding photographer based in Vancouver, Canada. Taking inspiration from all that is around me; art, nature, architecture & people are my main focus.
This Month I Have…
…been out and about finding adventures every day. Focusing most of my time & effort on an art project called 300, which in a nutshell means dedicating 10 hours a day for 30 days on getting out into the city, mountains & coastline around Vancouver. Essentially taking time out to appreciate what’s around me & to challenge myself to creatively document each location & experience I encounter with my camera!
Generally it’s a great way to stay creative, keep fit, make the most of the beautiful fall colours and find amazing wedding shoot locations.
My Favourite Bits From My Blog:
Meet Blue Willow Events
Blue Willow Events was born from a mutual agreement between two sisters: celebrating is what gives life its pizzazz! Whether it be a small occasion, a huge milestone or a once in a lifetime moment, these are the times we cherish and the memories we treasure. Being lovers of afternoon tea and hopeless romantics, the sisters chose to name their livelihood after a courageous love story played out across Thomas Minton’s Willow Pattern china. And although that tale is rather melodramatic you can rest assured that the build up to your wedding or event won’t be! Any wedding that we plan, no matter how big or small, has our full dedication making sure you really do have your dream day.
This Month We Have…
…been very busy over at Blue Willow HQ cooking up a treat for couples embarking on their wedding planning journey. Yes, we launched The Wedding Sessions last week and have been so excited to bring this amazing service to the wedding world!
We’ve had so much support from fellow suppliers in our industry meaning the sessions are going to be incredible and the goody bags are literally fit to bursting! We cannot wait to meet our couples and give them that extra head start in their wedding planning, we know that it’s invaluable information that will make such a difference to this pretty stressful and exciting time in their lives.
Our Top 3 Tips For Planning Your Wedding…
Stay calm! Yes, there are going to be a million (and one) things to do but getting wound up about it all won’t help. Urg! Isn’t is so annoying when people say that?! But speaking from experience we can tell you that worrying about things that may not even happen is not worth it. We suggest that you take a moment to write down the top 3 priorities of your wedding planning that need to happen in the next few weeks. Then break them down: what steps can you take right now towards these goals? And what can you do tomorrow to tackle them? Now actually do them, you’ll feel so much better afterwards. Don’t get down about all the things you are yet to do, think of everything you’ve already achieved: you’re engaged after all!
Get organised! We love a good list or 3, or 4… or 5. Having everything in place and knowing what order you’re doing things in makes the process much more manageable. Plus you get to cross things off, which feels really good! You can even list you lists in a spreadsheet, again, we totally love a spreadsheet. They are the best tool for keeping track of your budget and everything else that is going on. We have a top secret budgeting spreadsheet that breaks everything you’ll need to spend down into a percentage of whatever your budget is. It’s super easy to use and we can see exactly what we’ve spent as well as which suppliers still need paying. If this geekery is up your street we’ll be giving priceless tool away for free over at our website so keep your eyes peeled!
Remember why you’re doing it! It’s important to ask yourself this question at regular stages whilst planning your wedding. Inevitably tensions will build when you can’t agree on something or family members interfere. But you’ve got to keep things in perspective and work together as a team. A lot of Brides and Grooms find that after the wedding they feel a little lost, they are no longer the Bride and Groom but the Husband and Wife without anything to plan, decide, budget on. Find time to talk about what you will do once you’re married, will you go travelling? Will you think about children (if you haven’t already had them)? Or will you save up for a really nice car? Having a goal for after the wedding really helps. Also, make time to have a date night every so often. Make a promise to not to talk shop (weddings) for the whole evening, this will force you to remember why you’re marrying that beautiful person next to you!
See, I told you they’ve all been busy bees! I can only imagine what the month of December will bring for everyone! Also, before I head off I’d like to say a HUGE, MASSIVE, HAPPY Thanksgiving to everyone! Make sure you tune in tomorrow to see our Thanksgiving dinner and hear us say our thank you’s!
Much Bespoke Love