Author: Si

A Wedding On The Adriatic

A Wedding On The Adriatic

A picture paints a thousand words and there is nothing more romantic than a destination wedding! So where do you go for your perfect destination wedding? What is the perfect place for a European wedding? Well wee invited Phil from The Cardiff Wedding Photographer to […]

Wedding Report: Santorini

Wedding Report: Santorini

I’ve just returned from a beautiful wedding on The White Isle, Santorini, and wanted to share a few words on why this destination is such a perfect choice for weddings. The searing beauty of this island is something to behold. Traditional buildings almost glowing in […]

Choosing The Best Cake For You!

Choosing The Best Cake For You!

Getting the right cake for your wedding can be tricky job. First, you go to Google and start jotting g down all the suppliers, then there’s the arduous task of calling them all and booking tasting sessions (which can, of course, be nice) and then it’s decision-making time. Do you go for tastiest and most expensive one, or do you try cut costs and put that money elsewhere. If truth be told the cake is usually low on the list of priorities for most couples. The venue, food, dress and music are surely the more important elements of anyone’s big day but that doesn’t mean you should neglect getting the best cake for you. here are a few tips I’ve put together to help you out.

Collaboration Is Key!

It may sound a bit odd but why not ask your florist if they are willing to hook up and share some design ideas with your cake maker. This can be very nice touch when it’s done correctly. But why not give it a go. If they can’t agree on a productive collab then you haven’t lost anything. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say!

Put It On Display!

Some couples prefer to keep the cake hidden away until later in the evening and that can work but I’ve always preferred to see the cake on display. At some weddings where they’ve had a particularly beautiful looking cake they chose to make it the centrepiece of the reception. I like it and wish more couples would do the same.

Consider The Weather

This may seem like an obvious point but I still feel it’s worth pointing out having witnessed on more occasions than necessary the melting of a beautifully crafted cake in the searing sunlight of some tropical location. It’s certainly pertinent for those having destination weddings where the mercury level is higher than a soft, creamy cake can handle. Have a chat with cake maker and see what they can do to ensure a wedding meltdown doesn’t occur.

…So What About Afters?

I recently enjoyed a slice of tasty wedding cake on a beach in Spain the day after the wedding. It was a nice touch by the bride and groom to bring the leftovers down while we all sunned ourselves. This isn’t the norm and I’ve heard of couples taking their cake away on their honeymoon and enjoying it on the first week or month anniversary.

 

Words By Daniel @ Bib & Tucker Wedding Photography

 

 

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Date

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Date

This is one of the most important details when it comes to organising a wedding. Most couples start planning their wedding around 18 months before their big day. This gives them plenty of time to get those special venues in far-flung places boxed off after-all […]

Is a wedding abroad the right thing for you?

Is a wedding abroad the right thing for you?

It seems everyone has their weddings overseas these days. In the last year alone I’ve been to Mallorca and Santorini and have another in France coming up. It’s great for guests who not only get to enjoy their friends big day but get a holiday […]

Pre-Wedding Photos @ Whitley Bay

Pre-Wedding Photos @ Whitley Bay

This beautiful pair took their vows at one of my favourite wedding venues. The Chevin Country Park Hotel in Otley, Yorkshire, has been a place I’ve visited to shoot weddings on many occasions. I’ve been in the process of editing their wedding photo’s, but while the lovely couple waits on those, I wanted to share a few pictures I took from their engagement.

It wasn’t the best conditions that day in Whitley Bay but it didn’t dampen this couples spirit and they decided to continue with their engagement shoot wind, rain or shine and I was more than happy to fulfil my obligations to them.

The couple had only booked their wedding four months before and to my surprise had managed to get everything organised without a hitch. As anyone that’s been married can attest the process of making sure everything is in order, from the venue getting decorated how you wanted to the dress looking fabulous, can be an extremely stressful job, so my hat goes off to these two. Well done lexie & Jamie!

So the engagement photo’s didn’t have the beautiful scenery provided by a sunny day on Whitley Bay but I enjoyed shooting these two, and it was evident to me at that point that they are both madly in love!

Words by Alex @ Cluskey Smith Wedding Photography Yorkshire

12 REALISTIC Approaches To Cut Prices In Your Wedding Day

12 REALISTIC Approaches To Cut Prices In Your Wedding Day

It’s all about the money, isn’t it? Of course if we had a blank cheque to spend on our wedding day then we could do wild but unfortunately, it’s only the very lucky that are bestowed with that kind of wealth. We invited Jenny from […]

A Photographer recounts a years work

A Photographer recounts a years work

We like to hear personal stories about an individual’s personal experiences, especially so if it involves wedding photography. On this note, I am happy to say we’ve invited Gareth Newstead to share a few words on his experiences throughout 2016. Where do I start?! What […]

A father’s pride at his daughter’s destination wedding!

A father’s pride at his daughter’s destination wedding!

From time to time a photographer will find himself in a situation where he is attending a family member or friends wedding and for once he won’t be the one taking the pictures. In this particular case Steven Brooks was at his daughter’s wedding and had, rather predictably, spent quite a bit of time keeping a watchful eye on the photographer at work. He is story of the day in his own words.

A DESTINATION WEDDING AS WELL AS A PAPA’S PRIDE

A year ago back in May my daughter was wed in a little hamlet in Tuscany Italy, in a romantic medieval fortress that sits atop of undulating hills above the village of Poppi. It was an amazing week, my daughter had a lovely wedding gown that was breathtaking and it was a fantastic evening. There’s nothing on this planet which could have prepared me for the pure emotion of the day as mentioned before. I thought I would have already been somewhat battle-hardened having photographed a lot of weddings.

That was not the case on the evening. I really like the pre-wedding photography where I’m quite involved recording private moments when the father prepares the children before the enter the church or when the mother has a few emotional moments with the bride before the ceremony.

Now, this Viking- a 6’3″ chunk of a huge bearded wedding photographer, viewing my child in her bridal gown for the very first time was an emotional experience. We were staying at the hamlet di Filetto Poppi, honestly the perfect place for friends and our families to remain. The rest of buddies and the family took off to the castle to prepare for the ceremony, and so I found myself virtually alone. Today was the moment to view my daughter, the wedding photographer wrapped on the doorway.

Discovering myself standing in the underparts of the stairway in their holiday residence the dread was killing me. After I walked down the stairs, I saw her in the dress, and I have to admit that I started crying. How could I help myself I suggest my eyes were filled with feelings at this much magnificent of vision before me. We embraced and got ourselves mentally prepared for the occasion that lay ahead.

There are monumental moments in our lives that stick to us for always, instants and it was one of them. I knew the evening would be emotional and the anticipation was too much to bear. The drive to the hamlet proved to be a one that was slow.

As it was after parking the car we were told by the organisers that the city manager, who was to perform the wedding service was operating late, hello we were in Croatia … but as always, as with every wedding, it all worked out and I shortly found myself strolling down the aisle having the most stunning and most amazing of children.

A magic moment and my eyes filled up, real men do cry!

WHAT WAS IT-LIKE TO BE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HAVING STILL ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTOGRAPH YOUR PERSONAL DAUGHTERS WEDDING?

You may have asked yourself this issue, yet to be sincere it had not been all that awful. The research had been carried out by my daughter and they did an excellent job on the evening. Was I watching and thinking, might I use that lens, that angle, be in that spot, sure I did but any photographic anxiety was sure taken over by the emotion of the day I may have had.

We as wedding photographers are distinct on the whole. We have our own methods and our own approaches that we take. Customers have a choice, and that is important.

So there we have it. Destination weddings can be incredbly difficult things to pull off but my daughter did me proud. I had some concerns about how the photographer would perform but again I had no complaints. A great trip and immensely satisfying, and also emotional, few days spent in Italy.