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MAKING PLANS!

February 15th, 2013 by

Wedding planner Derbyshire

 

 

If you keep being distracted by a gorgeous new sparkling ring on your left hand, then CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Lots of couples get engaged over Christmas, New Year and, of course, Valentine’s Day. If you’re one of those people, look no further for some great tips and advice on planning your wedding. You may have never planned a wedding before – or even been to very many. Our wedding photographers have been to heaps of weddings and no two are ever the same. We work with a great cross-section of wedding suppliers in Derbyshire and can point you in the direction of many talented wedding experts.

 

Today, wedding planner Leah Lyons, from Your Wedding Angel, takes you through the first steps as a newly engaged couple.

 

“As a professional wedding planner, I get to see so many different couples at different stages.

If you can try and stick to even just a few of these points, or revisit them if you have already started planning, you will have a wedding that truly represents you both and a day to remember.

 

You have just got engaged – STOP take it all in, sit back and enjoy being engaged. So many couples (me included) get engaged and the very next day will go straight to the wedding magazine section or start googling endless wedding ideas,venues, dresses etc. Being engaged is such a precious time and for most couples is only for a short period of  time. So take at least two to six months to just enjoy this lovely time.

 

Getting started – it is so easy  to jump on the wedding bandwagon. My advice is to have a evening for maybe just the two of you orinvite close friends and family and really discuss your personalities and the things that are important to you as individuals and as a couple. This will give you a great focus for your wedding. Every couple of months look back on your notes and make sure that you are not veering off from this, which is so easily done.

 

Venues – choosing your dream ceremony and reception venue should be the first thing on your list. Once you have done this, you can go on to do all the other exciting jobs with the venue always in your mind.

 

Look and feel – now you have chosen your venue and have set a date you can decide on the look and feel of your wedding day. May be you want a particular colour in your wedding or, like so many brides now, you may want lots of colours. Winter weddings to summer weddings to marquee DIY weddings to vintage and 50s or 60s inspired weddings. The options are endless.

 

Dress – you have the venue , now the bride-to-be can choose the all-important dress. Visit no more than three bridal shops and always take someone that you trust with you. Remember to think about the feel of your venue when choosing your dress. Go with an open mind.

 

Suppliers – florists, stationery, entertainment for ceremony and venue, transport, food and drink, wedding photographer and videographer, hair and make-up, bridesmaids and groomsmen’s attire. Make sure you shop around and choose a supplier that you feel comfortable with. Referrals, testimonials and asking to see actual work of the supplier is a great way to ensure this. Don’t be scared to ask any questions that you may have and get a clear quote before proceeding.

 

Details – my favourite bit, you have all the main things in place, now it’s time to get creative and imaginative. Bringing your venue to life with maybe hanging lanterns or pom-poms or maybe adding that extra bit of sparkle to your tables. Maybe you want to personalize everyone’s favours or you want the fun of a photo booth or a sweetie table. Bring in elements of you and your life together so far, this is always a nice touch.

 

On the day co-ordination – a wedding planner to co-ordinate your day and take over  your last-minute plans two weeks before is a great little extra. You have so tirelessly planned your perfect day and want to see it look and feel just like you visualise it. A planner works for you and pays great attention to the couple’s needs and wants so that you can relax leading up to and on your very special day.

 

The day – My most important bit of advice. Sit back and enjoy your special day and remember why you are both there. Everything will fall into place. To take 10 to 20 minutes after the ceremony, just the two of you, is a tip I give to all my couples, you are going to be surrounded by happy family and friends who will all want a piece of you, so taking this special time will be memorable for you both.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HELEN&ANTHONY

January 25th, 2013 by

Breadsall Priory wedding photography

 

Breadsall Priory is one of Derbyshire’s most established wedding venues, with huge gardens and grounds offering plenty of wedding photography options.

 

Helen and Anthony were married in church before heading to the hotel with their guests after the wedding ceremony. Helen chose pretty pink colours for her flowers and bridesmaids, which look really summery and fresh in their pictures.

 

Many of the couples we talk to are apprehensive about having their pictures taken on their wedding day, and are worried about feeling self-conscious. The Studio’s wedding photographers have many years’ experience in putting people at ease and making them feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. A relaxed photographer means a relaxed bride and groom, able to soak up every precious moment of their wedding day, without worrying about being photographed.

 

Our wedding photographers are skilled at melting into the background when required, offering subtle direction from time to time, and then stepping up to manage a large group situation in a friendly and efficient manner.

 

For more information about our wedding photography rates and service, take a look at the rest of our site. You can see more weddings at venues such as Shottle Hall, Derbyshire; Chatsworth, DerbyshireBelvoir Castle, Leicestershire; Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire; and Masa, Derby, on these news pages.

 

 

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EMMA&DARREN

January 22nd, 2013 by

wedding photography east midlands

 

Emma and Darren were married in 2012 and chose the gorgeous Fawsley Hall in Northamptonshire as their wedding venue.

 

The hit-and-miss British weather did not phase the couple and they enjoyed a wonderful, relaxed wedding day with family and friends in the tranquil surroundings of the hotel – and the bouncy castle on the lawn was enjoyed by young and old alike!

 

We loved the idea of having an enormous gourmet barbeque, instead of a formal wedding breakfast,  to make the most of the gardens. Fawsley Hall is a really versatile venue and our photographers have also provided corporate and PR photography there.

 

Click to see wedding photography from Masa, Derby; Shottle Hall, Derbyshire; Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire. Browse The Studio’s wedding galleries for more images and wedding inspiration.

 

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WINGING IT

January 22nd, 2013 by

derby city centre wedding photography

 

WOW! Emily and Frank’s wedding in Derby city centre was certainly one to remember. It wasn’t just the bride who had a shock when an owl swooped in to deliver the rings during their wedding ceremony at Masa!

 

The owl’s starring role was a very well-kept secret and one that we haven’t seen at a wedding before! Emily and Frank chose the restaurant in a converted chapel as their Derby wedding venue and booked The Studio as their wedding photographers. There were plenty of smiles to go around and the day was filled with family, friends and laughter.

 

The Studio’s system of charging by the hour for wedding photography was great for this couple as they could tailor their wedding photography package to suit their needs perfectly. Our rates are currently £120 per hour, which includes VAT and a CD of all the high-resolution edited images from the day.

 

Ideally, if you are planning a surprise at your wedding, such as doves or a pop-up band or choir, you should have a quiet word with your wedding photographer, so that they are aware and ready. However, the great thing about professional and experienced wedding photographers is that they are always ready for anything, whether it is a wink, a cheeky grin or a full jazz band in the back row.

 

The Studio’s wedding photographers have been lucky enough to photograph some amazing weddings at fabulous venues in the East Midlands, so if you’re getting married, have a browse through our wedding photography galleries and blog posts featuring Shottle Hall, Chatsworth and Belvoir Castle, amongst others.

 

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SUN & SMILES

January 16th, 2013 by

derbyshire wedding photographers

 

With all the snow and ice around at this time of year, I needed a little reminder of summer and sunshine and warmth. So I had a look through all our weddings from last year and came across the beautiful wedding of Jessica and Adam at Shottle Hall, a fabulous Derbyshire wedding venue in the heart of the countryside.

 

The couple didn’t want to spend loads of time setting up group photographs, so we kept those to a bare minimum allowing them (and their wedding photographer!) to soak up the glorious Derbyshire summer sunshine.

 

We love Shottle Hall as a wedding venue, as there is plenty of space to roam around for wedding photography, the countryside is literally a step away.

 

Jessica & Adam’s wedding was so pretty and certainly one of the smiliest weddings ever!

 

If you’re planning a wedding at Shottle Hall, or at another venue, get in touch to discuss our wedding photography hourly rates or take a look at our website for more wedding inspiration in Derbyshire and beyond.

 

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