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Matfen Hall Wedding Photography – Claire & Mark

Having photographed weddings in the North East for four years now, Matfen Hall is fast becoming one of my favourite venues. With amazing scenery, the ginormous Great Hall, lovely staff and yummy food it is the perfect place for a relaxed and romantic wedding. So I was thrilled when Claire and Mark asked me to photograph their wedding there.

If I had to describe Claire and Mark’s wedding day in three words, it would have to be ‘full of surprises’! From Mark’s handwritten note for Claire in the morning, to cutting the cake with Mark’s strongman sword (I can confirm that it was very heavy and very sharp) to the fireworks in the evening which Mark had no idea about!

Claire looked absolutely amazing with a sheer-backed lace dress and I love the amazing floral displays and Claire’s bouquet with the trailing orchids created by Hollie at Fleur Couture, who I have worked with a few times and always blows me away with what she can do with flowers! Cake Stories in Jesmond made the beautiful cake which looked too good to eat with metallic, pink and flower layers.

Here is the day in pictures, I am so glad to have been a part of this wedding day, it was so much fun to photograph, congratulations to the happy couple!

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George Washington Hotel – Lauren & Glen

My first wedding of 2016 was for the lovely Lauren and Glen who were married at The Holy Trinity church in Ousten followed by their reception at The George Washington Hotel just round the corner. The couple celebrated their day with their super-cute daughter Amelia, who only stole the show a little! Lauren was one of the most relaxed brides that I have been around and the whole day was such fun to be a part of. Thank you to the couple and their bridal party for being such fun and for braving the cold to get some fabulous outdoor shots!

I love the coordinating pink and green bridesmaids dresses, the his n’ hers wedding cakes made to match Lauren and Glen’s outfits and the beautiful flowers and moss centrepieces made by The Garden Studio. Here is a selection of photos from the day.

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How to Get the Most From Your Wedding Photographer – 7 Tips for Awesome Wedding Photography!

Choosing a wedding photographer is a big (and often expensive) job that you want to get right first time. Once you have picked your date and booked the venue, the next thing to do is to start thinking about your wedding photographer. Good photographers are often booked years in advance so it is well worth doing your research and sending out a few enquiries early on.

Aside from the rings and the dress, your wedding photos will be your main reminders of the day and can even fill in parts that were a bit of a blur at the time, so it is worth getting it right! I have compiled my top seven tips for getting the best wedding photography, from booking the right photographer to ideas for the day itself. I hope that they help make the minefield of wedding photography a little easier to navigate!

1. Like your photographer

Sounds super obvious, but don’t just book someone because you like their pictures (although this is important!). If your photographer is not someone you are comfortable with, it’s not going to be much fun being around them all day. Whilst other wedding suppliers will come and go throughout the day, your photographer will be nearby the whole time – even when you are getting changed and saying your vows – so you need to like them. I always meet up with couples before they book and I don’t take it personally if I’m not the right person for them (although with all the couples I have met with, to date, have booked – so I must be all right!). If your photographer is the sort of person that you would invite even if they weren’t photographing the day, you are onto a winner!

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2. Relax and forget about your photographer:

Now that you’ve found someone that you like having around (yay!), just ignore them. Don’t worry, I won’t think you are being rude, it is just that the best natural photographs are definitely the ones when you have no idea they are being taken. Plus, you have much bigger things to be thinking about on your wedding day!

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3. Trust your photographer

So so important: your photographer is a professional and has been to many, many weddings and knows the drill. You chose them for a reason and they don’t need a long and detailed list of shots to take. I love all the touches that make up a wedding and will capture every little detail and moment of your day without being told to. That being said, it is always helpful to know of anything particularly meaningful to you such as a family heirloom broach in your bouquet or a relative who will be leaving early in the day etc..

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4. Leave plenty of time

Not just for the group shots (if you are planning on them) but during the rest of the day too. I will usually see a bride 2-3 hours before the service to get some candid getting ready shots as well as the dress, shoes and flowers before they are needed. This may seem like a long time, but the day will go by so fast and before you know it you will be dressed and being whisked down the aisle! So you may want to allow for some time to get photos before having to leave for the service.

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I usually recommend keeping group shots to around 7-8 different groups. Even though I work fast each shot can take around 5 minutes to set up and take, especially if someone important has wandered off! Before the day I will go through the list of group shots with the couple and advise on timings etc., so that you are not spending any longer doing group shots than is needed.

Wedding Photogrpahy tips-34Couple shots can also take as long or as little as your would like; some people want to leave more time to party and others are happy to try lots and get lots more photos. I don’t mind either way, but around 30 minutes is perfect for me to try a few different backdrops and give you a lovely range of images. Using the time before the wedding breakfast, when your guests are getting seated works well, as does later in the day when the sun starts to set and the light gets all lovely and romantic.

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5. Use lots of natural light

Natural light is so flattering and is always better for beautiful photographs. If you can, get ready in a room with as many windows as possible. If you have a professional make up artist they will most likely position you to face the light. If you want those dreamy, romantic shots then leave a bit of time just before the sun sets to pop outside for some shots.

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6. Have an engagement shoot

An engagement shoot is not only a fun way to spend a couple of hours but it is also a great way to get to know your photographer and get used to being in front of the camera. I find that when I do an engagement shoot for a couple, they start their wedding day much more relaxed and happy with me around, which is a big advantage for everyone and one less stress.

I am normally happy to do a free engagement shot for couples who have booked their wedding photography with me for this reason, plus it gets me out and about in the off-season! Another bonus: photos for possible save the date cards…

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7. Talk to your officiant about photography

Many couples really cherish the photos taken during the ceremony, partly because it is arguably the most important part of the day, but also because it can be a bit of a blur!

Wedding Photogrpahy tips-35Some churches will not allow photography during the service and some officiants who have had perhaps more ‘pushy’ photographers will naturally be a bit hesitant to allow someone free rein to take photos during the ceremony. It’s important to check beforehand and have realistic expectations for your ceremony.

Wedding Photogrpahy tips-41I will always introduce myself to the officiant beforehand and as a rule I don’t use flash and will move around subtly to get the best shots. Also, you don’t want to be staring down the lens of a camera when you are saying your vows, which is why I use a long focal length to be as far away as possible while capturing these beautiful moments.

Wedding Photogrpahy tips-27So if you are planning your wedding and looking for a photographer, just get in touch and tell me all about your day!

Alice x

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2015 – Highlights of a Year of Beautiful Weddings!

I think I say this every year but what an amazing year it has been! Not only has it been my busiest year to date with lots of weddings, babies and engagements but I have also had the fun (and a lot of sleepless nights) of a very loud bouncy baby myself!

It has been such an honour to be a part of so many amazing wedding days and I am truly blessed to have had such amazingly cool couples to work with. Thank you all for making me feel welcomed and a part of your special days, there has been so much laughter (and a few tears!) and I have left every wedding feeling like I have been almost part of a new family for the day. I am so so lucky to love my job and can’t wait for all the wedding buzz to start again in 2016.

I will let the photos do the talking with my highlights of 2015, scrolling fingers at the ready…

 

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