This very original shot was sent by the photographer Nelly Naylor. Last winter she did a magical Beauty and The Beast shoot with Tony and Emily.
On Saturday 16th December 2017, I created a fairytale adventure for one charming and very special couple. The photos were taken at Surprise View in the Sheffield Peak District as I felt it was very fitting for the couples miraculous Beauty and the Beast outfits. I also caught up with them to find out more about their adventures together so far and how they came to meet.
When did you meet and how long have you been together?
We met in 2012 during Comic Con in London, we’ve enjoyed five enchanting years together but have been engaged for two. Tony proposed last Christmas!
Think you can sort out music for your wedding with an iPad and Spotify? Our friends from RedLine DJs will give you 19 reasons you should re-think it and get yourself a real DJ.
Almost all soon-to-be-newlyweds have been there: you’ve been planning the wedding for months, if not years.
The cake’s been taste tested by the entire family, the dress has been fitted (three times), the canapés and wedding breakfast confirmed and your dad has already done the booze cruise to Calais (obviously you’ll have bought five times as much as you need, and will be drinking that bottle of ‘wedding day red’ until 2020). You’ve just about recovered from your stag or hen weekends, and virtually everything has been organised apart from one crucial thing: the music.
At this stage of the planning – with costs snowballing and budgets squeezed – one question is inevitable. Do you really need to spend money on a professional wedding DJ? We all know how to make a good party playlist on spotify, right?!
Wrong! Skimping on your dj is a fast-track to an empty dance floor, and here are some of the reasons why you should book a professional wedding dj.
Weddings are a special day and they require specialists
You want your wedding day to be perfect in every single way. It’s why you spend hours making sure your wedding breakfast menu is just right, rather than just asking your local chippy to supply some battered sausage and chips (nan would never approve).
Regardless of how much we love fish and chips, the point still stands – the best weddings are all about employing the best people to do each specialist job. Your DJ should be seen not just as the provider of music but also as your evening reception specialist – get the right one and your night will be one to remember, get the wrong one and it could be one to forget. After all, no-one wants an accidental YMCA as their first dance.
Professional DJs know how to build – and keep – a dancefloor
People like to think that being a DJ is easy. After all, isn’t it just playing good songs?! Not really. Everyone will have a story of a DJ that completely messed up that wedding, party, or club night.
DJing a wedding is a much harder job than it appears. But the best DJs are able to pull together all of your song and genre requests and mix them in with the inevitable requests from your guests. They are able to use their experience to add their own selections, successfully keep a broad cross-section of people happy for the entire night and most importantly, they know how to build a dance floor and keep them there ‘til the very last bars of New York, New York.
Professionals are invested in their own business, and you
The professional wedding DJ cares about their business – every single client is important to them because word-of-mouth both online and in person counts for everything. They are therefore highly motivated to provide a superior level of customer service and attention to detail to ensure that they are recommended and reviewed in glowing terms.
In the case of amateur DJs, the opposite is often true – you are likely to be dealing with someone without a business name, their own website and an online presence. With so little motivation for them to treat you with the care you deserve, do you trust them to handle something as important as your wedding day?
Photographer Larissa Joice shared this lovely wedding in a gorgeous Headington Hill Hall with us. She also asked Bev and Alex to tell us more about their bog day.
Tell us your story
We met through sport and mutual friends in Oxford. Alex proposed to me on a dog walk in South Park which is my favourite place in Oxford, and you can see it from where we eventually got married!
We were engaged for nearly 1.5 years and we’ve been together for nearly 7 years now. We had to wait a while to live together as Alex went back to Uni to do another degree, but we got there in the end! Once she got a job after uni we moved from Oxford to Birmingham, but went back to Oxford to get married!
Something totally different today! Claire and Georgina got married in gorgeous Eltham Palace. Thanks to Jeff Oliver Photography team for sharing it with us.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We both work in the food industry which is pretty small, you will always know someone that knows someone, and in fact Georgina was one of Claire’s customers. In our case Claire was working at a company producing sauces, dressings and chutney for both food manufacturing & retail businesses. Back in April 2009 Georgina joined the company and our eyes met over a chutney pan…. We had our first date within 10 days of meeting and the rest, as they say, is history.
After a few months of dating Claire moved to London for work in September 2009, but we stayed strong & Georgina followed in January 2010 when we moved in together.
By 2014 we had brought our first house in South East London & Georgina proposed in front of the Greenwich Royal Naval Collage in January 2015
What a lovely summery week we are having here on the blog – today it’s more nature, lakeside, lovely DIY details, gorgeous brides and dogs!
This wedding was shared by Lucy and Victoeia’s photographer Becky Harley.
TELL US ABOUT THE DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME, INSPIRATION, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST FUN PART FOR YOU?
We had a floral/ Hessian and Lace theme. Think vintage tea party in the country! The ceremony was outside, in front of the lake which was very important to us. We made a lot of our decorations including centre pieces, favors, bouquets, hanging baskets and planted up teapots for the outside tables! Our 3 Border collie dogs, Lexi, Maggie and Molly were part of our bridal party, dressed up in their floral bow ties! Lexi was also the ring bearer, carrying a ring cushion on her back. We hired a camping field for our guests to stay in, and we spent our wedding night in a yurt on the edge of our own secluded pond. We were really keen to put on a relaxed, fun day so we could really enjoy spending the time celebrating with all our nearest and dearest – and we certainly got that.
We were so lucky to have so many friends and family members who helped out with our special day, which made it that bit more personal. Our bridesmaid dresses were lovingly made by Victoria’s sister, Rebecca Salt, bespoke to each bridesmaids size and with multi-way ties to suit their own individual style.
All wedding stationary was made by our brother in-law Stephan Salt’s design company ‘Just Add Salt’. He was so patient with us and made all our ideas come to life better than we could have hoped.
So excited to be sharing this shoot with you!! It’s definitely different from anything I’ve shared on this blog so far, and I hope you love it too. Gisela and Garazi’s lovely styled couple shoot starts with hanging out on the sofa and turns into portraits in the most gorgeous outfits (by our own Brighton based L-O-M!).
“Wherever she is, this is home to me”
I was reading an article about a same-sex couple, and the discrimination they suffered just to show their love publicly. It’s so sad… How can we destroy the essence of a word like “love”, with this kind of hate? It’s terrible. And I was talking with a friend about it, and she told me that it would be great to do something together, she with her girlfriend, just loving them each other at home. Well, we had everything planned and two days before she told me she can’t, and then I found Garazi and Gisela, and they were perfect for this. That’s why we had an idea about a very simply shooting at home, with a couple, in a normal lifestyle shoot. Laying in the sofa, exchanging some anecdotes, sharing warm smiles… Love has many faces, and for us this was the perfect Sunday morning face.
Photographer Jess Rose shared Kira and Jenny’s lovely wedding with us. Take a look and see what did girls say about their big day.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met online (good old gaydargirls!) and after a few messages back and forth decided to meet face to face for a coffee in Starbucks. That coffee lasted about 4 hours! We even went back on our one year anniversary and recreated the date – it wasn’t 4 hours second time round though!
As we are from the North East both of our families and a lot of friends had to travel a significant distance for our wedding. We tried to make it as easy as possible for them by choosing a venue where we could have everything in one place and also ‘make a weekend of it’. We wanted our day to be as authentically ‘us’ as possible, after this the most important thing to us was to make our guests feel as valued as possible. Our inspiration was ourselves, our story so far and the things we like. We are well known for socialising events where everyone has a good time, nice food, booze and often board games. This formed a theme for our day – the save the dates were paper fortune tellers, our seating plan was a personalized monopoly board, and the favours were travel board games for the children and scrabble tile initial keyrings for the adults. We are also known for being quite last minute/spontaneous people which is why we decided to set the date and plan the wedding in six months. We knew that even if we had two years to plan it we would do it all in the last six months anyway so it didn’t seem worth waiting! We are both willing to get stuck in and Kira is a creative person so we DIY’d as much of the wedding as we could. This meant we made the save the dates, invitations, order of services, seating plan, favours, name cards, table names, advice cards, guestbook hearts and Jenga, I-Spy selfie sticks, hangover kits, dried petal confetti, all flowers, table decorations and various signage.
Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day!!! Now when you’re all full of love and chocolate, we wanted to share something really beautiful with you. Photographer Kirsty Mackenzie sent us this gorgeous shoot she shot, styled by Bow & Beau. The stylist tells us about the inspiration behind this shoot and wedding suppliers involved.
Our aim for the shoot was to bring in quirky and unconventional features to an otherwise relaxed, outdoorsy, woodland wedding setting: a cool whimsical shoot for the alternative bride. We also wanted to promote a same sex, quite relaxed and natural shoot.
Look at these guys! We absolutely love their wedding and pictures shot during their walk in South Bank, they are hilarious. Take a look at pictures taken by Rhapsody Road Photography, and read what they told us about their big day.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met each other on the Worldwide web! It was New Years Day 2011, we chatted online and decided to meet that evening. The rest is history! We started dating straight away and I, David, moved in with Pete on April Fools day 2011!
In November 2012 we went to Australia to meet Pete’s family who live in the Hunter Valley area of New South Wales. We arranged an additional trip to visit the Great Barrier Reef. To my surprise, Pete proposed at a waterfall inside the rainforest in Queensland-just the two of us. It was super romantic and amazing.
We chose shoes by Crocket & Jones because we wanted high quality goodyear welted men’s footwear and it does not get better than this.
We picked shoes shaped the same but I had lace ups and Pete chose buckles so they did not look identical even though we knew they were the same shape.
Our personalized cuff links were from Links of London. David’s were engraved D&P and Pete’s P&D. We had the same engraving inside our wedding rings along with ‘May 2017’
Finding straightforward high quality men’s wedding bands was harder than we thought. Wedding jewellery seems to be all about the ladies! A friend recommended Ritz Fine Jewellery and the service they provided was second to none and made both grooms feel like brides!
We are all about being your self and organising a wedding exactly the way you want it, no matter what magazines or blogs say. However inspiration is a wonderful thing and we will always do our best to show you what is out there to spark a bit of creativity. What if you have a venue, want your wedding to be beautiful but have absolutely no designer skills? Then quickly get yourself a stylist – like our guest author today – Chenai of by Chenai . She prepared for you a round up of what will light up the 2018 wedding scene from fashion style to venue selection. We hope it will give you some amazing new ideas (we are loving these grazing tables!!).
Whilst it’s always important for personal style to dictate your wedding planning and styling decisions, we can’t ignore the influence that art, design, and fashion play on the choices we made in society & culture. With this in mind, here’s my big 8 themes for 2018 weddings.
The Grazing Table
It genuinely surprises me that this has yet to permeate wedding culture in Britain. No, really, I mean it. Australia has been ahead of the curve on this front as evidenced by the number of platter companies offering the service. The beauty of the grazing table is that it lends itself to an informal setting and when styled creatively and (depending on size and scale) is an affordable option for feeding guests. It can be a show stopper between acts, instead of canapes between ceremony and reception for example and thanks to likes of Grape and Fig, the first platter company in the UK, I guarantee you, many a summer and outdoor wedding will feature grazing tables next year.
Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, you can’t have missed the engagement news of our favourite royal, Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Every single detail from her dress to who will serve has her bridesmaids has been written about in blogs in publications everywhere but undoubtedly the so called ‘Meghan Markle ‘ effect will influence bridal style from Spring 2018 onwards.
Village Hall? Check. A field at the back of your dad’s friend’s neighbours house? Check. A cosy pub? Check. Railway arches? Check.
You get the picture. Traditional venues often satisfy the requirements of lovely views, gardens or rooms and make for wonderful photos. However, great value and flexibility is to be found in non traditional spaces. Increasingly, couples are getting bolder in their thinking where venue search is concerned and and as long as it has basic facilities, you know like electricity and running water (or at least access to) we’ll continue to see couples opting for everything but the country manor house.