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Aargh! I’m SO excited to share this one with you, can you tell?!!! Can’t believe it took me so many days to even think of the idea for it really, considering how few the things are that really make me think MINE in any kind of possessive way!
You nearly had a picture of a dark chocolate Terrys Orange – funnily enough chocolate was both my first response to today’s subject and my daughter’s too – hilarious how alike we are sometimes!
My next thought was my beautiful classical guitar, a much treasured and enjoyed christmas present from over 30 years ago, but although I can still play it passably well, strictly speaking I’ve given it to my son, who has far surpassed my Grade 4, and is currently getting ready to take his Grade 8 Classical Guitar exam in a few months time. He’s so talented at all things guitar that he was actually chosen with a couple of friends to play a medley of guitar pieces for the Queen when she opened the Turner Centre in 2011.
And then I remembered.
Tucked away, in tissue paper and it’s original box, at the top of the airing cupboard is my own wedding dress. Made of ivory coloured raw silk, simple in it’s design, and the fulfillment of every girlhood dream I had ever had about my one day dream wedding dress, and all MINE! Also carefully folded with it was my full length veil, edged in antique lace. I LOVED that veil! And after a quick dig in the cupboard I dug out my pearl necklace that was also bought especially for my wedding day.
When I got married 20 years ago, wedding photography was still very formal, with lots of group photos dominating every album. I was lucky, in that my eldest brother was a keen photographer, and was also an RAF photographer in his ‘day’ job, so more than qualified to take the photos of my wedding day, and I did get lots of other, more informal wedding photos than was usual at the time. Even so, all of the little wedding detail photos which I love to photograph today were just not the norm back then, so I never had an detail shots of my wedding dress, veil, necklace or shoes.
Until today…when the title of today’s photo challenge made me think of my own wedding dress. So here it is, one to tuck in to my own wedding album I think!
Having just been at Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury yesterday to exhibit at their Wedding Fayre, I thought I would blog about Haylee and Tony’s gorgeous wedding there which I photographed earlier in the summer.
Meeting and photographing Haylee and Tony’s beautiful summer wedding at Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury is probably one of the most whirlwind bookings of my life, and I have to say that I loved every minute of it!
Haylee and Tony first got in touch with me on the Tuesday before their wedding via the lovely ladies Amanda and Nikki of Thanetian Wedding and Events, as I’m also their recommended photographer. They were in the nightmare situation of having been let down at the very last minute by their own photographer. Luckily I was able to step into the breach, and we agreed to meet up for a chat about their wedding and to look around Abbots Barton together 2 days later so that I could put a plan together with them for their photography for the day.
Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury is a gorgeous venue for a wedding, and I knew from speaking to Haylee and Tony, and from Amanda and Nikki that it was going to be a beautiful wedding to photograph and I wasn’t disappointed!
Haylee and Tony tell me that they have been inseparable since their first date earlier this year, and the love between them was completely obvious to us all at their wedding, reducing most of us to tears as some point throughout the day! I knew it was going to be that kind of wedding when I walked in and went to pick up a long stemmed red rose from the floor of the hotel entrance way, only to be advised by the staff that I’d best leave it there, as Tony, being a total romantic, had left a trail of them to greet Haylee on her arrival at the hotel later that morning, so that she would know that he was thinking of her.
Anyway, enough from me, here are a few images from their day. Enjoy!
If you are getting married at Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury, then why not give me a ring on 07500 149415 or mail me on my contact form for an informal chat about your wedding.
So, you’ve chosen your dress, and booked your wedding and reception venue, and picked out your bridesmaids, best man, ushers and pageboys, but where do you begin with finding your wedding photographer? In this, the first of three parts, I’ll look at the impact of the style and personality of the photographer on your wedding photos and day. In part 2 I will look at the quality and cost of wedding photography, and what to consider when choosing your wedding photograher.
Things to think about when choosing your photographer include:
Style of photography
Think about the style of photography you want, and whether you would like traditional posed photographs, or more relaxed and candid photography, or perhaps you would like a more posed fashion style for some of your images. While many photographers are willing to provide a mix of styles, do check with them before booking, and take a look at the type of photos they have displayed on their website, as this will give an indication of their preferred photographic style. When choosing a style of photography, also look at the editing style of the photographer you will choose. Do you prefer black and white photography, bright fresh colour photography, or a vintage style? It’s well worth looking at the websites of a number of different photographers, and comparing the different styles as a way of understanding your preferred style if you are uncertain at the beginning of your hunt. It’s also worth thinking about whether your preferred style now may appear dated in the future, and whether that will bother you then or not.
Once you think you have found a photographer whose style of photography you like, ask to arrange a meeting with them so that you can get an idea of what they are like as a person. It’s really important that you find someone with whom you feel comfortable, as you will be spending a lot of time with them on one of the most important days of your life, so you need to know that you are confident that you can communicate your wishes and that they will listen to you.
If you are having photographs of the bridal preparations on the morning of the wedding, you might also want to think about whether you would prefer a female photographer, or whether your bridesmaids would feel more comfortable with this also. As a female wedding photographer I’m often called upon to assist with practical aspects of tying corsets, sewing on buttons (yes, I even carry an emergency sewing kit with me just in case!), and ensuring that the guys have pinned their buttonholes on correctly when I am photographing their wedding preparations (they rarely know how to do this either!).
If you would like to know more about my style of wedding photography, why don’t you contact me, and we can meet up for a coffee and chat?