• WEDDING PLANNING: HOW TO WRITE THE PERFECT SPEECH

    Today I have wise words for you from people who are specialists in words – Great Speech Writing, a website that helps people write amazing things for their loved ones’ wedding days.

    Photo by Eva Photography

    So there is a downside to a marriage.  Someone has to stand-up and give a wedding speech!  And it’s no secret that public speaking brings on a whole raft of anxieties even when there isn’t a wedding to arrange.

    We receive so many calls from couples asking where to start.  Is there a template for a gay wedding speech?  Who speaks and what do they say.

    Fortunately, the answer could not be simpler. There are no rules.  No obligations.  No century-old traditions.  We have crafted hundreds of wedding speeches and all that matters is that they are warm, relevant and sprinkled with love.

    That’s isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, and it requires time, patience, and skill. While no two speeches are the same, and each begins with a blank page, every single one will follow these fundamental principles.

    Photo by The Dignums
  • FASHION: NEW COLLECTION FROM JESUS PEIRO

    Take a moment to enjoy this stunning new collection from Spanish bridal brand Jesus Peiro.

    Jesus Peiro, founded in 1988 is devoted to dressing brides, positioning themselves as a specialist brand in bridalwear. All dresses are designed and manufactured in Spain, creating collections where the quality of the finish is close to that of haute couture. Jesus Peiro are proud to be the only Spanish bridal brand to have achieved the prestigious “Made in Spain” accreditation mark, certifying the provenance of each gown being made to the highest ethical standards. 

  • GARETH AND STUART’S URBAN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IN LONDON

    Absolutely loving this shoot – I swear, Aaron found all the coolest street art pieces in London and they even shot at my favourite Barbican! And look at these guys – all laughs!

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET 

    It was May bank holiday weekend in 2009, Stuart had his sister visiting from Liverpool and I was out on the town with a group of friends. We both ended up in the Boston which is Northampton’s local Gay bar.

    I remember walking in to the bar, ‘Number 1’ by Tinchy Stryder was playing, the way I recall it Stuart was on the dance floor, he has all the moves! I’m more off your classic two step ‘dad’ dancer! He has amazing dimples and I couldn’t stop looking at him! 

    We got introduced by one of our mutual friends Marc, over the course of the night we kept finding reasons to talk to each other aided by Stuarts sister Laura [Stuart would say I was finding reason to talk to him].

    We found it easy to talk to each other, found each other interesting and we both didn’t want the night to end, when it was time to go, we exchanged numbers, from there we arranged our first date. Which was a drink at a local pub, we joked if I didn’t come back from the WC then I’d have climbed out the window… I didn’t climb out the window. 

  • STYLED SHOOT: FESTIVAL THEMED WEDDING

    We had come across The Missing Sock venue in Cambridgeshire a few years ago, and were struck by how unique, colourful and quirky it was.  There were so many unique features, from a Karaoke bus to quirky seats in a pond to painted murals.  Everything about festival weddings is over the top colour-wise and bright, so, from the outset The Missing Sock was the perfect backdrop.  

    The Missing Sock is part of a charitable network and the profits of the business go towards other linked charities around the country.

    Other venues and projects include CIC organisation Breathing Space (a retreat centre for women) Kinda Village (a growing community in the beautiful landscape of South Wales, and Kinda Place ‘Preston Sands Hotel’ an ETHICAL and community based hotel in Devon.

    We made the bouquets big, bright, oversized and extravagant, with tons of mixed colourful ribbon handles.  The flower crowns worked great with the bouquets, and if it’s festival-themed, there has to be some crown-wearing! Wild flowers were definitely ideal for this shoot, and this tends to be a natural choice by couples, particularly for this venue, as well as those looking for a festival vibe wedding.  The British grown and whimsical style flowers included the quirky craspedia (yellow balls), daisies,  and the unusual textured burgundy amaranthus – were ideal choices within the mixed bouquets.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: CAT STEPHENS PHOTOGRAPHY

    Say hello to Cat – one of our recommended suppliers. She tells us a little bit about herself and her photography business.

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Oh blimey, how do you make this not sound cheesy?! OK here goes! I’m Cat, I’m a late thirties something Mum of 3 and military wife. I have a small studio in the Cotswolds village of Bampton which is about half way between Oxford and Cheltenham (and yes my real name is Cat Stephens, and I promise you that you don’t want to hear me sing!!)

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I have had so many different jobs, and spent all of my twenties wondering what I should do when I grow up! From a high level sales career – where I insisted on being a burlesque dancer on the side, to training as a florist, to owning a livery yard and running a large events and conference centre my work life has definately been varied!

    In Spring 2007 whilst working as a florist I happened to be next to a photographer at a wedding fair. I was a single Mum and keen to get some extra work and she needed someone to help carry her bags and equipment at weddings that coming season! After a couple of weddings I was fascinated and truly caught the bug – by the end of the season I had a one of the photographers cameras in my hand at every wedding and learnt on the job whilst carrying bags. The rest as they say is history!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I am not sure I have a typical day! Unlike a lot of wedding photographers I am 100% a full time photographer, but that can mean wearing many hats. Some days I am in the studio with new born babies, some I am out doing commercial work on someone else’s premises, and other times I am jet setting off to photograph lucky couples in beautiful locations across Europe! Most of the time though it really isn’t that glamorous and I am sat behind a computer editing, either in the studio during the day, or at my dining room table late into the night.

  • WIM AND MURPHY’S AMSTERDAM BOAT WEDDING

    Today we’re going to Amsterdam to join these two gentlemen on their boat wedding photographed by Marta Ilardo.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING?

    We wanted it to be on a Boat as we live in Amsterdam and also celebrate the fact that it is a gay wedding as we have international friends who live in countries where gay weddings are not allowed, the theme was the gay rainbow lag mixed with The Village People theme and white flowers.

  • FASHION: NEW COLLECTION FROM THE HOUSE OF OLLICHON

    Such a happy day! I get to share with you a selection of pictures of the newest collection from my favourite bridal brand House of Ollichon.
    As they said it themselves “House of Ollichon is the ONLY completely dress-less bridal brand, comprising of beautiful, unique and fierce pieces, from separates, to jumpsuits, and we believe the latest collection echoes the more dramatic, fearless women who aren’t afraid to say NO to the dress!”.
    And I say big fat YES to that! Enjoy the gallery of wonderful outfits modelled by awesome women, and if anything catches your eye, don’t wait and contact HoO for an appointment!

  • COLORFUL CITY COUPLE SHOOT

    Today’s shoot was sent over by Christine Marie Scott of Lomonico Photography who photographed Kelsey and Michelle in San Diego.

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET 

    We met on a dating app called HER. On our first date we got sushi, saw Jeff Goldblum’s jazz band, and sang “Take Me Or Leave Me” from Rent at karaoke in West Hollywood.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: EAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

    Another fantastic supplier from our Directory Of Wonderful Suppliers! Today we are chatting to Case of Eames Photography.

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hi!
    I’m Case. I’m a photographer with crazy big hair. I’m a sucker for romance. I love tea! I love to travel and try new things. I’m a bit of a foodie. I live in a cottage in Hertfordshire with my wife, our two cats (yeah, yeah) and our dog. We are very happy!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    Photography has always been an interest of mine. I spent 15 years working full time on West End shows, 6 nights a week with very little family time and lots of missed adventures so turned the hobby into a business. I knew I’d made the right decision the minute I left and already bagged an award nomination gaining a ‘Highly Commended’ nod from the EPA awards. I’m now able to do so many things I’d previously missed out on (just saw Kylie at Pride!) and get to work on the happiest of days. It’s such a buzz!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Every day is different. Either the alarm goes and I’m up doing a quick workout before spending the day editing in my shed (don’t worry my shed is awesome.. apart from the odd creepy crawly) or I’m grabbing my kit and driving to somewhere beautiful to take photos of people doing pretty amazing things like getting married, playing with their kids or bringing their new baby home from the hospital. I get to be a part of that and it’s so amazingly special.

  • STYLED SHOOT: I DO IN BLUE

    If you’re dreaming about sophisticated, elegant wedding in France this post will definitely get you inspired. 

    COLOUR

    The starting point for planning this shoot was the colour. We knew that we wanted to incorporate shades of purple, but naturally moved towards a dominant blue colour with crimson and amethyst accents.

    Overall style and inspiration

    Once the colour palette was set, we began to think of the style of shoot we wanted to create. Because of our French heritage, we have always been immensely inspired by our country’s history and after seeing a piece of royal blue Toile de Jouy fabric, we were set on a regal and decadent theme.