VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS! A BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL TECHNICOLOUR WEDDING IN THE RAIN!

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There are so many things to be worried about on your wedding day but rain shouldn’t be one of them. You may not have realised but overcast, misty or rainy weather are all ideal conditions for memorable photographs that you are sure to remember forever, you only have to take one look at Katie & Tim’s day to see that rainy days are seriously under rated!

Katie and Tim were married in a valley on Katie’s family’s communal farm on the banks of the Shenandoah River, photographer Nessa K told us. They were surrounded by primary colored prayer flags all day. There was a misty fog hanging low on the mountain sides and a lush green world surrounded them. A folk band set up their string instruments in a barn to practice before the ceremony, windows and doors were left open as everyone got ready, listening to the sounds of the storm flourish and subside as the minutes crept by, drawing closer to their ceremony time.

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MEDIA KIT SHOOT: BEHIND THE SCENES

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Monday was a very exciting day for us. It was the shoot for our new media kit! Of course, the one and only Craig Dearsley was shooting it for us and he was bringing his kick ass other half Veronica dearley along to help! We were beyond excited, so we packed up our cars full to the brim with pretty props, colourful backgrounds and oversized balloons and headed to Cave Studios where the magic was going to happen!

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We spent the day posing, dancing, jumping, laughing, eating strawberries & having fun! Whoever said working isn’t supposed to be fun is just a big loser let’s be honest because we loved every minute of it!

Here’s some behind the scenes shots and a little video of what we got up to on the day… P.S These epic props are from Hey Style and we’re wearing clothes from the ASOS occasion collection! My spikey headband is also Crown and Glory

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WIN OVER 50% OFF YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY!!

All Photography by Jules Photography Woo hoo it’s the weekend and to celebrate we have teamed with offbeat wedding photographer Jules Photographyto offer 5 very lucky readers in the States, a phenomenal offer. Although based in the UK,  we are proud to admit that we have a huge international readership, with half million readers coming solely from the US…

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OFF THE RECORD: ITS TIME TO BINGE ON TV, READ BOOKS AND TAKE LONG BATHS

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EMILY LOVES…

Binging on TV! When the days are cold are wet like they are today all I want to do is get into warm pyjama, jump on the couch with a blanket and my cat and watch Pretty Little Liars. Anyone else as obsessed as I am? 

Dreaming of summer and booking our holidays!! I am so excited as this week we booked our trip to Mexico. This will be the second time me and Mr T have been and I am just dying to see our hotel because it is part of Xcaret, only one of my most favourite places in the world!!! 

♥ Having my future told by a clairvoyant! I obviously can’t tell you what was said but lets just say I am really looking forward to the year ahead!

Heading to Slimbridge for the Festival of Birds, I shared some of my images over on my personal blog.

Ginger, Orange and Carrot juice! I just cannot get enough!

My new book by Mike Dilger ‘My Garden & Other Animals‘! I cant wait to start making some changes to our backyard over the next few months and did you know it is now only three weeks until the start of Spring. Summer will be here before we know it!!

JESS LOVES…

Going to one of my favorite restaurants, El Puerto to celebrate mine and James’s three year anniversary! It was the place we had our first date and the food was just as delicious this time, I love me some tapas!! 

Spending the evening in a snazzy hotel too, the bath had a TV at the end of it so I made sure to take a Lush Bath bomb and make the most of it, I must have been in there for an hour and a half! 

Having lunch at PieMinister, anybody else obsessed with this place?! The Heidi pie is so scrummy! Hello sweet potato, goats cheese and spinach! 

Getting back to creating our DIYs for ‘A Month of Hearts’ I am absolutely loving having more focus with them and it’s been so fun dreaming up our future ‘months of”, there’s lots of exciting things coming up! 

Having my friend Anne come and visit, she’s from Canada but is spending 6 months studying in London so it was awesome to have her come stay for the weekend and show her around my home town! 

Watching The Walking Dead, oh my days, we’re on season 4 now and I can’t help but keep watching and watching, I’m glued to it! The suspense!! 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

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Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

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Fun & Frolics at a Disused Edwardian Swimming Pool!

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Happy New Year to our wonderful readers! I hope you all had a fantastic time celebrating yesterday and there are not too many sore heads among you? You know how  much we love to celebrate and you know how much we love confetti so to welcome in 2015 we wanted to share this super fun and quirky styled shoot with you, complete with lots of colourful confetti, dancing and giant balloons! It might just be the tonic you need to get yourself up and enjoying the first day of 2015.

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10 Winter Weddings & Styled Shoots To Inspire!

Baby, it’s cold outside. And with temperatures dropping and dates flying off the calendar quicker than I care to think about, one thing is for certain; Christmas is coming. I for one am ridiculously excited and I’m sure I’m not alone in my anticipation for those snowy, winter days! So much so that I wanted to share with you these 10 gorgeous features of winter wedding inspiration, brace yourselves, they’re beautiful…

1: Cake, Cake and More Cake – A Boho Inspired Winter Cake Shoot . Photo by Weddings by Nicola & Glen via Boho Weddings.

2: A Beautifully Dark Styled Shoot with A Winter Palette Colour Scheme. Photo by Kym Ventola Photography via June Bug Weddings

3: Lake Louise Ski Resort Wedding with Woodland Details. Photo by Dibble Photography via Mountain Side Bride

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Why Do Wedding Blogs Request ‘Exclusivity’?

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I have a feeling that today’s post is going to go down rather like a jar of Marmite. You are either going to love it or hate it!

I am writing this today after watching a rather uncomfortable debate unfold on social media a few weeks back that suggested photographers and suppliers boycott blogs that request exclusivity. Whilst I accept that everybody is entitled to their opinion, I felt that this statement was harsh and in turn I felt moved to write today’s post explaining why we personally request exclusivity and why we are more than happy with our policy.

Our decision for requesting exclusive content wasn’t taken lightly. We had been blogging for over a year and felt that if we were ever going to stand out from the crowd and carve our own niche in what seemed like a sea of wedding blogs, then requesting exclusive content needed to be our first step. Previously we had been blogged weddings (with the consent of both photographer and the blog in which the wedding first featured) that had been blogged elsewhere, however it didn’t take us long to realise that this was having a negative effect on our blog. By the time a reader had come to us they had already seen the wedding elsewhere, and so we were losing their ‘custom’ so to speak.

Now before anyone says “It shouldn’t matter as we all have different blog audiences”, that is not strictly true. Jess and I spent a lot of time last year attending and exhibiting at different wedding fairs. Anyone that has a blog that tries exhibiting at shows will know just how difficult it can be to advertise a blog, so we utilised our time by doing some research whilst there, asking brides & grooms which blogs they had heard of and which ones they read. Now I won’t name names (you can probably guess who they are anyway) but pretty much the same three wedding blogs kept coming up over and over again and rightly so, as these are the blogs that have paved the way for wedding blogs here in the UK. All these blogs have very different niches, one specialises in alternative wedding inspiration the second is top of the class for style and the third is full of elegant fashion, all of which were the top three most read by each of our subjects. The point I am trying to make here is that it would be extremely naive of us to think that our readers only visit our blog. There is a good chance that many of the people that join us here are avid wedding blog fans, we are more than likely to be just one in a long list of blogs on their readers that they visit on a daily basis during their work commute or lunch break.

I also feel it is important to mention here that we are in fact a blog that aims to inspire couples using innovative & original content, we would sound rather hypocritical if we started sharing work that appeared on all the other blogs don’t you think?

In an ideal world we would all be able to share the same content to get all of our suppliers maximum exposure but unfortunately blogs just cannot work in that way, especially if like us, you want to make a living from your blog. Think of us as a storefront, the real weddings, DIY’s and Styled shoots are rather like the products we have available in store. We aim to stock (or share) the latest, most innovative and original ‘products’ in order to create high volumes of traffic which in turn sees our suppliers receiving more ‘views’. Blogs are essentially a marketing tool for suppliers so it is easy to in this instance why exclusivity is important to us.

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Meet Craig Dearsley; Creative Photographer. Fantastic Friend. And An All Round Awesome Human Being

Meet Craig

If you’ve been a reader of Bespoke Bride for a while then you’ll know that Craig Dearsley is one of our absolute favourite photographers in the world! Why you ask? Is it because of his charismatic beard? Or the fact he has one of the coolest (and cutest!) families in the world? Well sure, that helps, but mostly it’s because of his ability to capture people’s pure emotion and personalities on camera.

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Way back in February this year we had a photo shoot with Craig on the beach at Weston (yes…we know….the beach…in February…it was cold.) Now you may not think this but me and Emily are pretty camera shy, well point a camera at us and we’re all ‘oh god! Act naturally! Wait what should we do? Should we smile? Should we look at the camera? Is my hair doing something weird? Must. Stop. Slouching.’ But luckily for us, Craig was our photographer, which meant it was actually a day of fun and laughter and feeling completely relaxed in front of the camera. He was brilliant at directing us, capturing us naturally and making us feel at ease! Something I know, brides and grooms will want to feel on their wedding day! Am I right? We caught up with Craig so you lovely people could get to know him a little better too…

Heya Craig, how’s everything with you at the moment? All ready for Christmas?

Hello, I am great, I have had such a great year, I am feeling really motivated and excited for 2014. Do you know for the first time ever we have totally nailed Christmas, I am feeling rather relaxed and festive (and smug).

Tell our readers a little bit about yourself…. 

I’m Craig, a creative portrait/wedding photographer living in the suburbs of west London with my lovely little family.

I am tall, beardy and my wife says that I’m over-organised (if that is such a thing!).

I absolutely adore taking photos and have fallen in love with shooting weddings, the anticipation and excitement really makes me smile from ear to ear. I enjoy the whole experience from the moment I find out the plans to my couples reaction when they receive their pictures.

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