This shoot was shared with us by Philip Dignum, a Midlands based photographer. He photographed Gemma and Faye in Birmingham using street art as a colourful backdrop. Look at these happy faces! Gemma tells us a bit of their story too.
Gemma: We met thanks to a mutual friends refusal to accept that I didn’t want to go on a blind date. Our friend had worked out long before we did that we were perfect for each other, but being ever so slightly stubborn, I declared I was happy being single. Thankfully, said friend completely ignored me and engineered a meeting that neither of us were privy to. It pains me to admit that she was totally right and it we hit it off immediately. We both knew pretty soon after that it was the real thing.
Flowers in beards! This is not a drill! Flowers in beards and Wes Anderson! Today we have an amazing styled shoot featuring Brian and Jonathan from The Gay Beards shot and shared with us by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo. Enjoy this styling masterpiece!
Our initial inspiration for this shoot was Wes Anderson. We love the styling of his films — specifically the vivid color palettes, the symmetry of the scenes, all the rich textures, memorable characters, and playful details. The fresh spring color palette included vivid teal blue, bubble gum pink, mustard and tan, which contrasted nicely with the all the greenery and dark wood furniture. We chose to use flowers sparingly. Instead, Wildflower PDX incorporated lots of interesting potted plants, tropical foliage, and locally foraged moss, mushrooms and ferns.
The Gay Beards wore casual looks that were a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designer pieces. Their beard bouquets consisted of snap dragons, angel wing begonia leaves, seeded eucalyptus, carnations, straw flowers, ferns, mushrooms, and vintage wooden daisies. They also adorned their beards with vintage buttons and confetti for a few of the shots!
This wedding was shared with us by Kate and Becky’s amazing photographer – Anete Lusina of Lusina photography. The details of this wedding are amazing – we absolutely love the typing machines, seating plan and all the foliage! Such a wonderful day.
Kate and Becky met in Beijing, currently live in Cambodia and got married in Nottinghamshire.
We got married at The Pumping House, which is a beautiful converted pumping station on the edge of Sherwood Forest.
Jo (the Venue Manager) was incredible. Very organized and just lovely.
Niall and Gareth got married at the Islington Assembly Hall in London. They had a great day, delicious food and wishes from Doctor Who himself! Take a look at their fun wedding.
There wasn’t a theme as such, other than “let’s have the best party ever” – but some of inspirations came from the coloured tiles of the Northern Line with a little bit of the Festival of Britain thrown in too. The most important part of the day was having all our family and friends there to see an event we’d been promising for a decade!
A lot has changed in the wedding videography world. The times of two hour long films with cheesy music are over (hopefully!) and now you can get a beautiful, moving videos that will be a pleasure to watch. Hiring the right video company is really important but you can also help them to get the best results on the day. Confetti & Silk is a video company that creates an award – winning, cinematic, discreetly shot wedding films. The managing director of Confetti & Silk, Stuart Kinghorn, shares with us some tips on how to make sure you have the best wedding video.
Tips for choosing your video company
Watch previous example films from a range of videographers, see what’s out there. Most couples simply don’t know if they’ve not been married before or work in the video/ film industry. Try to find someone with a style which you could see yourself as the couple fitting into. This will in turn mean you should trust them to get on with it on the day and their decision making during the edit. It’s no secret if a client treats you better and with respect you will work harder for them, no matter what industry in the world.
The basics should be choose a professional. Do they have a website? Do they respond to emails without you having to follow up? Are they available on the phone? Will you have to pay a deposit and sign a contract? If any of these things are absent, be careful.
Can you find their business across multiple platforms such as social media? These will tell you what the videographers are really like to work with aside from the carefully constructed blurb on their website. Google and Facebook reviews are powerful points of reference. We once worked with, well they didn’t show up so we didn’t work with them, a photographer who had a 1 star review on social media, for not showing up! The bride had missed this but through a little more due diligence it shouldn’t have come as a surprise on the day.
March 1st 2017 was a huge date for Finland – that’s when same sex marriage became legal. That day Raùl and Hannu got married along 8 other happy couples at a theatre in downtown Helsinki. This is what they told us about themselves and their big day.
Photography: Satu Mali
How did you meet?
We met via Instagram in March 2016. We started chatting and fell in love after a while. Hannu visited Mexico in summer 2016 and Raul moved to Finland in October 2016.
Photography: Satu Mali
Tell us about the day! What was the theme, inspiration, the most important and most fun part for you?
Our wedding day was very special because it was the day when same sex marriages became legal in Finland.
We were invited to take part in this historical event “Finally getting married” The whole program was planned by a gay friendly theatre Kapsäkki in Helsinki and everything was sponsored by the Koneen Säätiö.
The planner and producer of the wedding event was Petri Pöyhönen.
We also had really fun time with our wedding photo shoot. Our photographer Satu Mali was very nice and she made us feel very comfortable.
Of course the most important part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony. It took place on a theatre stage. We were there together with 8 other couples.
As Erin says it all began with the ICETANK – a venue that reminded her of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey 2001 and A Clockwork Orange. Then it all fell into place – white futuristic styling, visors made of Perspex, reflective metal, bursts of orange, bridal jumpsuit and a cape. Brides not of this world – hence ‘The Other Space’.
You can read more about the creative process from all the amazing suppliers (that we listed below) on Erin’s wedding blog – Way Out Wedding.
With more than 15 years stage management experience in the West End, Ever Ever After’s husband and husband team, James & Sam Hayden-Harler, have a unique and unparalleled attention to detail, experience of making everything run smoothly and of course, the eye to make your wedding day uniquely memorable. Today they are sharing some golden tips for planning your wedding.
Top 5 tips for planning your wedding
Planning your dream wedding takes lots of time, effort and organisation. If you’re not sure where to start or are struggling for inspiration, here are our top five tips you’ll need to consider when planning your wedding.
1. Budget and allow 10-15% extra for little surprises
Setting a budget may be boring, but it is an essential that you set this first, as this will influence every decision you make for your wedding. Do plenty of research and set a rough budget before you start planning. It can be quite daunting when you make a list of everything you need and you’ll be surprised how quickly it all adds up. When shopping around for quotes confirm with the retailer or supplier whether they include VAT. If not, you may find you’ll be hit with an invoice for more than originally quoted. If you are finding your budget is going over, make a list of priority items you must have, as well as another list for ‘would like to have’. This will make sticking to your budget much easier!
2. The Personal Touch
Use the skills of your friends and family to help you make your day individual and special for you. Once the big things are sorted, think about the details that will make your day special. What do you enjoy doing as a couple? How did you meet? Where were your first dates? Let the inspiration for your day come from the journey you have already taken together. Guests love a wedding that has a really personal touch. For instance, you may have a mutual love of a particular band or holiday destination.