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Tewin Bury Farm Wedding

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Photographer

Recently I had an enormous pleasure and honour to be a Hertfordshire wedding photographer and photograph a beautiful wedding of Gemma and Aaron at the magical Tewin Bury Farm.

The wedding venue on the day was the beautiful Tewin Bury Farm, situated in picturesque Hertfordshire countryside. Right by the Welwyn Garden City. Tewin Bury Farm is just a perfect wedding venue and a true joy for any wedding photographer who wants to capture the wedding day of his newlywed couple in a beautiful way. The farm, which is also an excellent hotel, consist of uniquely converted barn building situated along river Mimram. The river flows just by the farm through structures of a rustic mill.
All that creates some beautiful backdrops for gorgeous wedding photography.

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Photography

I started the wedding photography on the day in the bride and groom's place, where the bride was getting ready in the company of her bridesmaids as well as the mother of the bride. From the first reactions and overall atmosphere I knew it is going to be an awesome wedding day!
After we snapped a few photos of the preparations, opening and pouring the champagne, off I was to the ceremony venue. Which was St Peter's church in St Albans.
The ceremony went smoothly and was just perfect. With the father of the bride walking her down the aisle, the vows, exchange of the rings an of course first kiss we had all the formal parts of the wedding ceremony covered. The bride and groom also signed the register and the whole ceremony was simply joyful and moving.
After the ceremony, we took a few formal photos just by the church. After that most wedding guests, bride and groom included, got on the wedding special edition red bus.
The red wedding bus is such a great feature and is a great mode of transport during weddings. It can sit so many people and has lots of character. And they serve champagne on board!

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Photos

After everyone arrived at the Tewin Bury Farm wedding venue, the fun part of the day was getting started. After canapes and drinks reception in the bar, everyone moved slowly to the red brick walled stables, where the wedding breakfast took place.
The speeches were funny and moving, bringing many wedding guests to tears. Then there was time for delicious dishes served during the wedding breakfast. There also was a traditional cake cutting with gingerbread men decorated wedding cake.
I photographed all those essential parts of the wedding in my signature natural and unobtrusive style. Just documenting things as they happened to create a story of the day in a documentary fashion. The first dance was fun to photograph as I could get up on one of the balconies and get a nice view from above.

The wedding photography finished in spectacular fashion with petting and feeding of reindeers and some beautiful wedding sparklers action!

Here is a selection of photos from the wedding day of Jemma and Aaron at the lovely Tewin Bury Farm. Enjoy!

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer

I always enjoy photographing wedding in and around Hertfordshire. This county has so many beautiful wedding venues surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is always great to come back to create some gorgeous wedding photography.

Tewin Bury Farm is definitely no exception. The venue is so beautiful and is truly a full package for anyone looking to organise their wedding in Hertfordshire. It is also perfect for wedding photos with its historic barn buildings surrounded by nature.

The wedding of Jemma and Aaron was a true joy to photograph. The wedding couple, as well as their families and wedding guests, were just a bunch of down to earth people. They celebrated this wedding day in an atmosphere of family love and joy and happiness.
The bride and groom had their little baby boy with them throughout the day. This was just perfect for my style of photography. As a father of two and soon three I love photographing babies and kids and their connection to their parents.

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Venue

Tewin Bury Farm 17th century Tythe Barn is just perfect for a wedding ceremony. Special features of this lovely wedding venue include its beautiful solid oak floor, a minstrels’ gallery overlooking the reception venue, and a nice walk-way bridge over the river, which takes you and your wedding party onto your own private patio and meadow overlooking the River Mimram.

Tythe Barn

Tythe Barn has also its own private bar area and can fit up to 250 wedding guests for party and dancing and up to 160 guests for a sit-down meal. The light entering the barn from both sides creates the perfect lighting for beautiful wedding photos.

Red Brick Stable

Another gorgeous building of the Tewin Bury Farm is the 17th-century red brick stable. This is where most of the wedding photography on the day took place. The wedding drinks as well as the cake cutting, the first dance and the dancing to the tunes of a wedding band all took place in the red brick stable building.

The Millstream Suite

The millstream Suite sits on a first floor overlooking the river Mimram. This is such a great space as it has a wooden pagoda for an outside wedding ceremony as well as its own private garden. It also has a view over wildlife bird sanctuary as well as a water meadow. Its capacity is 60 people for sit down meal and up to 100 wedding guests for an evening dancing and party.

The Meadow Barn

The Meadow Barn is by far the largest space in the whole wedding venue. The capacity is 350 wedding guests for a sit-down meal and up to 500 for an evening reception and dance party.
Because of its neutral decor, it can be set up according to the bride and groom wishes, creating a more personal atmosphere for larger weddings.
The Meadow Barn is licensed for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, with the Riverside Garden as a perfect addition for drinks reception and photos. It is also powered by solar panels making it a great choice for anyone looking for a more eco friendly wedding venue.

To summarise Tewin Bury Farm wedding venue really has it all. From large spaces to smaller ones suitable for more intimate weddings. Inside and outside ceremony spaces as well as the surrounding of beautiful nature make it a perfect choice for anyone looking to find a great wedding venue in Hertfordshire.

If you are looking for a Hertfordshire wedding photographer or Tewin Bury Farm wedding photographer please get in touch. I'd love to help to create beautiful photography and memories from your wedding day.

 


Brighton Wedding Photographer-Pangdean Barn Wedding

Wedding photography Brighton

I recently photographed a beautiful wedding at the Pangdean Old Barn near Brighton. What a beautiful wedding venue and a great wedding day, as a Brighton wedding photographer I couldn't have wished for anything more!

As I photographed a few weddings before in Brighton and always enjoyed it, I knew this one will be no exception. Brighton is such a great location for a wedding. It has its seaside resort town charm and it is just an hour away from London.
Its broad shingle beach always makes for a great backdrop for photos of the bride and groom. Or the wedding itself if it's held at the beach or the beautiful beach bandstand. I actually photographed a wedding at the Brighton bandstand before and it was simply beautiful.
Brighton Pier is also a nice feature and an icon and symbol of Brighton that is always great for photography on the wedding day.
Its waterfront is also backed by many grand regency-era buildings with windows overlooking the sea.

Pangdean Barn Wedding

The wedding reception venue for the day was the beautiful Pangdean Old Barn, located just outside of Brighton. The wedding ceremony took place at St Peters Church, right in the centre of town. It is a beautiful old church, which was recently modernised to more accommodating for worshippers, which was quite interesting.

The reception for the day-the Pangdean Old Barn was just perfect for a mid-size to a large wedding. It is located just minutes drive from Brighton in the Sussex South Downs National Park. It is situated against the backdrop of rolling hills of the South Down and is a working farm with many different building and locations. All great for wedding photos.
The Pangdean Barn is situated right in the middle of it. It has been recently restored and is a type of a magnificent oak-framed barn. It was definitely perfect for our wedding photography. The intimate feel of the wedding venue created a lovely atmosphere throughout the day. The bride and groom, as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen and all the wedding guests,  enjoyed the whole wedding from start to finish. And thanks to that we were able to create some beautiful wedding photography.

Here is a selection of Brighton and Pangdean Old Barn photos from the wedding day

Pangdean Old Barn Wedding Photographer

I've mentioned a bit about the Pangdean Old Barn wedding venue as well as being a wedding photographer in Brighton.
Now a few words about the wedding day itself. The bright and groom on the day were Tom and Ruth. They are simply a couple of super down to earth people working to help others on a daily basis. The fact that their little baby daughter was with them throughout the wedding day just made the whole experience of photographing their wedding more special and interesting.
One thing worth mentioning is that they had little to no sleep previous night as all three were down with flu.
And yet they managed to look absolutely gorgeous on their wedding in Brighton and the stunning wedding venue the Pangdean Old Barn.

Brighton Wedding Photos

So the day started at the bride and grooms house when the bride to be was getting ready. She was accompanied by her bridesmaids as well as the father and mother of the bride, and other friends and family members. The atmosphere was simply awesome, full of wedding day love, business and chaos!
First I snapped a few images of the bride to be preparing for the day. Then off I was to the ceremony venue-the grand St Peters Church in Brighton. The wedding ceremony was just perfect for wedding photography, great light and a lot of emotional moments, as well as plenty of laughs!
After the ceremony, we took the newlyweds to the Brighton beach to take a few quick photos right by the famous bandstand. The sun was out and the love and connection between the new bride and groom was clearly visible. A true pleasure to photograph!

Pangdean Old Barn wedding venue

After that, we all ventured to the wedding reception venue of the day-the Pangdean Old Barn. That's where the newlyweds were greeted by all their wedding guests and family with champagne and delicious canapes.
The rest of the wedding day went smoothly filled with positive emotions and laughter.
Some of the favourite moments were the groom's speech which was simply beautiful and emotional. It brought most of the wedding guests to tears, especially the bride.

It is worth mentioning that the staff was professional and attentive and the food throughout the day was simply delicious.
The table wedding decor was based on old classic American action movies, like die hard for example. Another interesting thing was the wedding cake bake-off between the bridesmaids and best men and ushers. There could only be one winner-girls took it hands down!
The wedding party after dinner was just perfect. It started with the first dance as well as the cake cutting. And finished with an amazing performance by the wedding band. At some point, all the wedding guests on the dancefloor went full on, singing and dancing to some classic power ballads using all sorts of inflatable props. But please do not take my word on it, just check it out in the wedding photos!
I finished my Pangdean Old Barn wedding photography late in the evening, tired but with a big smile on my face. That was a truly beautiful and emotional wedding day!

Thank you so much, Tom and Ruth, for letting me and the Blue Lily Weddings document your gorgeous wedding for you, I enjoyed every minute of it!

If you are looking for a Brighton wedding photographer or Pangdean Old Barn wedding photographer and like this post, please get in touch for a chat about your day.

 


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London Wetland Centre Wedding

London Wetland Centre Wedding Photographer

Recently I had an enormous pleasure of being a London Wetland Centre wedding photographer at a beautiful wedding of Nicola and Jackson. As I photographed a wedding at this lovely London wedding venue before I knew it is going to be a great experience.

Also, because we had our pre-wedding engagement shoot at the London Wetland Centre a few weeks prior with the bride and groom, I knew it is going to be an awesome day in a great company. And I wasn't mistaken!

Wetland Centre Wedding Photos

Here is the set of London Wetland Centre wedding photos from that day. What I really loved about photographing this wedding is the beautiful light in the ceremony room. As well as the whole surrounding of the Wetland Centre itself with beautiful greenery and wast lakes reflecting the colour of the sky.

I photographed this wedding in my signature London wedding photographer documentary approach, catching mostly real, unposed images in a natural and unobtrusive way.

The wedding day started in a nearby hotel when the bride was getting ready with her bridesmaids. There we got some nice photos of them as well as the mother of the bride and the flower girl getting ready.

From there it was off to the main wedding venue of the day: the London Wetland Centre. Jackson, the groom was already there greeting arriving wedding guests gathering in the ceremony room. After a few photographs with his best man and ushers, I took also a couple of photos of the bride with her girls and father of the bride too.

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The wedding ceremony took place in the Wetland Centre Observatory Room. After the vows, I dos and of course the first kiss we took some of the group photos and the confetti shot in the Wetland Centre grounds. Then the bride and groom took a bit of time for themselves and went for a walk around the beautiful surroundings of the Wetland Centre. We used that time for some beautiful wedding couple photos.

The rest of the day went smoothly and according to plan. There was a delicious wedding breakfast served in the Water's Edge Room after which both the bride and the groom, as well as the father of the bride and the best man, gave moving and funny speeches.

The day finished with the first dance and then some crazy dancefloor moves to the tunes of a wedding band. It was simply perfect!

Thank you so much, Nicola and Jackson, for letting me be your London Wetland Centre wedding photographer.

If you are looking for a London wedding photographer and like this set of photos, then please get in touch to check my availability.

London Wetland Centre Wedding Venue

The London Wetland Centre is such a unique and beautiful space to host a wedding in London. It is located so perfectly with just a short journey away for anyone living in a busy London. That closeness to the city centre as well as the London Wetland Centre location around beautiful nature and wildlife reserve makes it for a perfect wedding venue. And in my opinion, it is one of the best wedding venues in London.

London Wedding Venue

For me the London Wetland Centre always had a special place in my heart. Not only I have been a London Wetland Centre wedding photographer before. But also I I use to come to this wedding venue with my family to practice my photography. I used to come here and wonder for hours photographing local fauna and flora. My favourites must have been the birds swimming and flying over the lakes.

The 105 acre wildlife reserve is a scenic mosaic of lakes, pools, meadows and gardens which are home to countless wildlife species including kingfishers, butterflies and damselflies.

The Water’s Edge room and the Observatory offer panoramic views of the main lake with the London skyline as a backdrop. These light, spacious rooms provide a countryside setting but with the convenience of a city location.

WWT London Wetland Centre offers a beautiful setting for civil partnership and marriage ceremonies. The venues which are approved for ceremonies are the Observatory and Wetland Living.

The Observatory can host a maximum of 110 guests while Wetland Living is able to accommodate 42. Their services, such as catering and a tour of the centre for your guests, can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

WWT London Wetland Centre is part of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust so by holding your wedding here you will be directly contributing to their global conservation work.

Different Rooms available for hire for London Wetland centre wedding

Water's Edge Room

The Water's Edge room is a light and spacious room, ideal for wedding receptions, anniversaries, conferences and meetings.

It offers beautiful views across the lakes and pools of the London Wetland Centre and the room opens out onto a wooden decked balcony providing an additional area for your guests to relax.

There is seating capacity for up to 150 wedding guests theatre style and 110 guests for a dinner and wedding reception.

The Observatory

This beautiful split level, heated observatory is perfect for drinks receptions as well s for the wedding ceremony. The large 20m x 18m viewing window allows panoramic views across the reserve, where wedding guests can watch a host of wildlife dropping in to rest and feed, while enjoying a drink themselves.

The Observatory is also a wonderful location to refresh your mind during a lunch break.

Where else in London can you have a drinks reception or a wedding ceremony surrounded by beautiful wetlands and birds?

Wetland Living

Wetland living is a quaint and intimate venue with a thatched roof and whitewashed walls providing you with the perfect location for your event. Licensed for wedding ceremonies the building has a capacity of 42 people seated. Wetland Living

The wedding guests enjoy a number of complimentary services at the centre including free on-site car parking and a guided tour of the reserve showing the highlights of the centre's wildlife. Whether your planned event is simple or elaborate, you will benefit from personal and helpful service from all of the staff, ensuring your wedding will be a huge success.

Additional wedding services

Additional extras such as wedding decorations, floral displays, musicians, butler service, theatre technician and speakers can easily be referred or provided by the wedding venue.

Other professionals who helped to make this wedding day special

Make Up and Hair: Leanne Parilly

Flowers: Battersea Flower Station

Band: Popmania

DJ Rose

 


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Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photography

I just love being Islington Town Hall wedding photographer. This iconic London building on fashionable Upper Street is simply perfect for anyone looking to get married in London. Islington Town Hall is also great for a wedding photographer who wants to create beautiful memories for his newlywed couples and simply achieve beautiful wedding photography in London.

I photographed many weddings at Islington Town Hall and enjoyed every one of them. This stunning wedding venue, or should I say a civil ceremony London venue, has so much to offer.

The great thing about Islington Town Hall is that you can create beautiful wedding photography there and because it has four different rooms to offer for civil ceremonies. It is like being a wedding photographer at completely different wedding venue each time you are photographing in a different room, whether it is the Council Chamber, the Room Ninety Nine, Mayors Parlour or the Richmond Room.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photos by London Wedding Photographer

The recent beautiful wedding of Lauren and Matt at the Islington Town Hall Richmond Room was no exception. The bride and groom of the day looked simply stunning. They were also such relaxed and down to earth newlyweds. They were surrounded by a lovely group of their wedding guests with bridesmaids, ushers and best man leading the way. I knew from the start it will be a great day with many beautiful wedding photos to show for it!

I approached my Islington Town Hall wedding photography in my typical photojournalistic style. I was photographing in an unobtrusive, documentary style, quietly observing situations as they unfolded and photographing all those important key moments. As well as documenting all the emotion, connection and interaction of the wedding day. The few exceptions were the few family portraits as well as a few intimate, more romantic photos of the bride and groom around the interiors of the Islington Town Hall.

But don't take my word on it. Feel free to browse through my selection of Islington Town Hall wedding photos below.

Islington Town Hall - A Perfect Place For Your Wedding in London

For anyone looking to get married in London, Islington Town Hall is one of the best choices out there. Whether its small or large wedding ceremony. As a London wedding photographer, I couldn't recommend this venue enough. Its central location is perfect with easy access for anyone living in or around London.

It's marble staircase as well as beautiful interiors make for some of the nicest backdrops to wedding photographs.

One of the best features of the Islington Town Hall is the choice of rooms it offers for the wedding ceremonies.

The largest of the rooms, The Council Chamber can host up to a 100 people downstairs and an additional 60 in the upstairs balcony section. It makes it ideal for large weddings with all your family and friends.

The next one is Room 99, with slightly smaller, but also very beautiful interior.

The best room in Islington Town Hall for smaller, up to 12 people wedding ceremonies is the Mayors Parlour. Small as it is it is absolutely beautiful and grand, with beautiful ornaments, fireplace and luxurious furniture. It has so much charm and character simply ideal for more intimate weddings. Its here where we sneaked in for a couple of wedding photos with the bride and groom as it is right next door to the room when they got married.

The last room where our wedding ceremony took place is the Richmond Room. It host s up to 60 people and was just perfect for Lauren and Matt's wedding. It has a long aisle and large picture windows that let in a lot of light which was just ideal for the wedding photographs.

Wedding Ceremony at Islington Town Hall Combined with Wedding Reception in a Nearby Pub

Another great thing is the Islington Town Hall is right in the middle of busy Angel and Islington, with its many gastro pubs and restaurants. Most of them can be easily and affordably hired to host a wedding reception. You can find a perfect wedding venue in the area for 10 as well as well over 100 guests.

Or if you are looking to host a party of a few hundred guests, there is the Islington Assembly Hall for hire just right next door!

That was also the case when I photographed this London wedding. After the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom, as well as their wedding guests, were transported a little bit further afield. The wedding drinks and the wedding reception took place at the Brookmill in Deptford in south east London. The location was just perfect. The pub itself was great for the wedding party with its outside space as well as a spacious function room with windows letting in a lot of light from both directions. Which was great for wedding photography on the day.

Summer London Wedding Photography Using Natural Light

I photographed this London summer wedding using natural light throughout the day. That is I think the best approach to wedding photography documenting all the wedding events and guest and showing them exactly as they were.

The wedding day photography started at the bride and grooms home in Crystal Palace. I was very familiar with this part of London as I use to live just around the corner! So little bit of make-up, many hugs and kisses from the bridesmaids as well as the mother and father of the bride. After that, it was off to Islington Town hall for the wedding ceremony.

The groom was already there with his ushers and best man, greeting arriving wedding guests. The ceremony at the Richmond Room was simply beautiful, so many emotional moments! After saying their wedding vows and the first kiss we took a few minutes for a couple of wedding photos with just the bride and groom in the Mayors Palor as well as in the corridors of the Islington Town Hall. The light and framing is just such a great backdrop for wedding photos. And Matt and Lauren were amazing, their love just shone in the pictures.

After that, it was the traditional confetti on the outside steps. After which we all moved to the Brookmill for the wedding drinks and reception. The wedding breakfast was delicious, the wedding speeches were so emotional, just check the photos!

There was also a homemade wedding cake and many of the wedding table decorations were made by bride and grooms family and friends. The flower decorations and bride and bridesmaids bouquets were provided by awesome Floral Hues.

We even managed to go for a stroll with newlyweds to a nearby Brookmill park to take some late afternoon photos in the golden light of the setting sun. The timing was just perfect!

Thank you so much, Lauren and Matt, for letting me be your London wedding photographer. It was a great honour and pleasure and I enjoyed every minute of it.

If you are looking for an Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographer or a London Wedding Photographer and like the vibe and the style of the photos in this blog post then please get in touch to check my availability. It may just be the beginning of a beautiful photographic adventure with Blue Lily Weddings!

Also, feel free to check this London Summer Wedding I photographed recently or this one from the beautiful English countryside.

 

 


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Engagement Photographer London

Engagement Photography London

As a London engagement photographer, I absolutely love documenting joy and connection on the streets of this beautiful city with beautiful couple photos.

My approach to engagement photography whether that is in London or anywhere else is simple. Firstly, I want to make sure you will look great in your photos and communicate with you beforehand to make sure the end result will meet and exceed expectations.

I also want you to just enjoy yourselves and have fun. It's then when true and honest interaction takes place and the most beautiful and natural engagement photography is achieved. It's also great to have a chat before I pick up my camera to get to know you a bit a have a feel of your personalities. I think it's very important for the photos to reflect who you are and your story as a couple.

It's also great to choose a place that has a personal meaning for you, like a favourite part of London, one of the places you like to visit or go on a date.

When it comes to lighting conditions, most often the most flattering light for engagement portrait photography is right after sunrise or just before the sunset, when the sun is low and the tones are soft. Starting early in the morning has also a great advantage if you don't want too many photo-bombers in your images!

London Couple Shoot Photographer

What I love the most about doing engagement photography in London is that the city has so much to offer. It is pretty much an endless playground for an engagement photographer. No matter how many couple shoots in London you do as a wedding photographer, you can always find new places, angles and lighting conditions. London always changes, with new buildings and spaces popping up every year and constant flow of people.

 

Best locations for engagement photography in London

London is such a beautiful, vast and unique city that almost no matter where you end up, there is always something amazing you can use in the engagement photography. The combination of new and old architecture, as well as wide and narrow streets with some of the grandest buildings in the world, makes for a great backdrop for anyone planning a couple shoot in London. Not to mention all the green spaces and gorgeous parks with something to offer in all weather and all seasons. Bear in mind that for many of the locations an official photography permit is now required. For example in Queen's Parks as well as by the Tower Bridge.

Some of my favourite locations for a couple photo shoot in London include:

Hyde Park, Green Park and Regents Park engagement photos

 

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I photographed in all of them numerous times and always love coming back. Royal Parks have a great combination of landscaped gardens as well as more wild, natural looking areas. And they change throughout the year with seasons! In most of them, however, a permit for photography may be required, so it's always great to find out to avoid disappointment.

Another great location for engagement photos in London. Canals are very picturesque with the long boats parked along the paths as well as lots of greenery and some interesting tunnels.

Camden Town and London Canals engagement photos

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Camden Town is such a great part of London, and perfect for a couple shoot with is versatile architecture. It is famous for its market, a warren of fashion and curiosities by the Regent’s Canal. A haven of counter culture, the area is popular with tourists, teenagers and punks.

Covent Garden engagement photos

Such an amazing place right in the heart of London. With beautiful, historical architecture and a place to hide in case of rain, you can't go wrong when choosing Covent Garden for your engagement photos.

King's Cross Station engagement photos

Excellent engagement photo shoot location with beautiful architecture of the King's Cross Station. Red brick walls give a nice, warm tone to the images and the huge, open space of the station is flooded with gorgeous light. It's always busy so great location to show off the hectic nature of London. It's also great for rainy days!

Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and The London Eye engagement photos

They are all close to each other and for many couples absolute must-have landmarks. Just bear in mind that Big Ben is now covered in scaffold and will remain this way until at least 2021.

London South Bank and Thames Embankment engagement photos

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Awesome locations for couple shoot with the river just by your side. The Thames river always creates a stunning backdrop and the light is also great for photography as it's a vast open space. Perfect for some intimate photos while strolling by.

Millenium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower Bridge engagement photos

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All iconic locations with so much grandeur and history about them. The Tower Bridge is probably topping them all. An absolute must for anyone looking for beautiful engagement photos in London.

London City, Borough Market and Brick Lane engagement photos

 

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Those locations can create some stunning backdrops for a couple shoot in London. London City has one of a kind mixture of ultra modern, high rise architecture and beautiful old, grand buildings from many centuries ago.

Borough Market is great with its amazing location, full of people from all around the world reflecting a cosmopolitan character of London.

Brick Lane must be one of my favourite spots for engagement photos. It has a more industrial feel and some of the most amazing murals and graffiti painting that regularly change so you never know what you will get!

Greenwich Park engagement photos

 

 

Greenwich Park is just a perfect location for a couple shoot in London. It has simply everything. You can start by the famous ship Cutty Sark and then walk along the river. The grounds of Greenwich University and Naval College have classic and gorgeous architecture. And once you get to the top of the park by the Greenwich Observatory it has one of the best views in London with the high rise buildings of Canary Warf in the background. It also changes beautifully with seasons and has a different charm to it depending on the time of the year.

Hampstead Heath engagement photos

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Hampstead Heath is another beautiful location for a couple shoot in London. It has stunning views and vast, green, open spaces. It also has a hidden gem inside of it which is the Pergola Garden. I absolutely love doing engagement photography there. With its beautiful structures overgrown by vegetation, it has one of a kind atmosphere. It definitely reminds of the Secret Garden!

 

Simply meeting up at home and then just wandering through the streets of London is also a great and simple idea for an engagement shoot!

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Here are the answers to the most common questions regarding engagement photographyin London:

How many hours will the couple shoot last?

An average photo shoot takes around 2 hours. But, I've also done short ones as well as ones that took all day with many changes of outfits.

How much is an engagement photo shoot in London?

My standard charge for a couple shoot is £450 with up to 3 hours of photography.

How many photos will we receive and how are they delivered

You will get a minimum of 50 full resolution edited images in a password protected online gallery with unlimited downloads.

How long do we have to wait for the photos?

On average it's around two weeks but the times may vary depending on how busy I am. I would never sacrifice quality over speed. In special situations a few days turnaround time is possible.

We are not big fans of our photos being taken and feel a bit camera shy. Can you help?

Of course! Most people are (including me) so it's completely normal. With my natural and fun approach, I will help you create an atmosphere where you relax and look your best. And if you feel a bit nervous before the shoot, we can always start with a drink in a local pub!

What to wear for an engagement shoot?

To keep it simple just wear something you feel comfortable in. In general, I would avoid sharp patterns and bright colours. Warm and pastel colours always look good. But, if black is your thing, just go for it!

If you have any more questions, feel free to get in touch!

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If You wish to check one of the full sets of photos from engagement shoots around London you can check it here and another one from Brick Lane couple shoot right here.

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The Great Barn Rolvenden Wedding

The Great Barn Rolvenden Wedding Photographer

I absolutely loved being a wedding photographer in the Great Barn in Rolvenden. This Kent wedding venue is just perfect for anyone looking to create beautiful wedding photography.

Located in the Kent countryside this gorgeous, listed 18th-century barn serves both Kent and East Sussex, catering for up to 160 guests. Although the wedding venue is very spacious inside and can fit a good number of people easily, it still keeps an intimate vibe. I think mostly because of the timber interiors that give the venue a warm atmosphere.

The Great Barn is rented as a blank canvas providing a perfect opportunity to create your own very personal, unique wedding day. The wedding venue is also licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies in the barn, so the wedding couple and their guests can seamlessly move from the wedding ceremony to the reception.

This was not the case on this occasion because the happy couple Freya and Paul decided to get married in a nearby church, where their wedding ceremony took place.

Kent Wedding Photography

 We started the wedding photography on the day in a charming hotel in Hawkhurst in Kent, the Queens Inn. That's where the Bride to be and her bridesmaids were getting ready. I was really happy about the location as it was just 25 minutes away from my place so there was not as much commuting on the day as usual.

 So a few photos of the girls getting ready amd the usual calm atmosphere at the start quickly turned into a hectic madness by the end!

Fortunately, the future bride was very efficient and in no time she zoomed off to the local church in a lovely vintage wedding car.

The ceremony took place in St Lawrence Church in Hawkhurst, where Paul, the groom, was already waiting with all the cheerful wedding guests. The wedding ceremony was beautiful, moving and not overly long just as it should be.

After that everyone moved to the wedding reception to the Great Barn in Rolvenden.

What I really enjoyed about this wedding venue is that as well as the barn it has lovely grounds surrounding it which were great as a backdrop to the wedding photography on the day. The drinks reception took place in a large tent raised especially for the occasion.

Summer Wedding in Kent

We took the official group photos as well as part of the couple photos in the orchard belonging to the barn. After that we went with the newlyweds for a little walk in the nearby woods, field and by the lovely pond at the back of the barn.

Freya and Paul were such a great couple on the day. We had a great time and lots of laughs jumping through fences and pushing through stinging nettles to get to the photo locations. And we got some beautiful wedding photos as a result!

The rest of the wedding day just flowed in a happy vibe filled with lots of joy and laughter. The food was delicious and the wedding speeches very funny and moving. I can't remember the last time I've seen so many tears-a true feast for a wedding photographer!

I finished my wedding photography after we got lots of nice photos of the newlyweds and their wedding guest pulling some awesome moves on the dancefloor.

Thank you so much Freya and Paul for trusting in me to document your beautiful wedding for you. I loved every minute of it!

Other professionals who helped to make this day special:

Makeup Avril Jarett Make-Up

Dress Oleg Cassini 

Band The Super Rollers

If you like this blog post and are on a lookout for a photographer for your upcoming wedding then please get in touch for a chat about your day!


Wedding Photographer Reading

Reading Wedding Photography

Last summer I had an enormous pleasure of photographing a beautiful wedding of Katie and Isaac in Reading.  I met the happy couple before when we did our pre-wedding photos in the countryside surrounding Reading. Because of that, I knew it will be an awesome day in a great company. And I wasn't mistaken. I have shot quite a few weddings in and around Reading and really love the Berkshire county town, so was really looking forward to another wedding in the area. Well known for the Reading festival, the Reading town lies right where River Thames and River Kennet join. It has beautiful architecture as well as nature and fields surrounding it. Perfect backdrops for wedding photography.

Reading Summer wedding

Last summer was one of the hottest I remember in the UK. Almost every wedding we had, had clear, or almost clear skies. So many wedding guests mentioned I must be thrilled with photographing weddings in this glorious weather. Well, as long as it made my couples happy, then I was happy too! As for me, it's in huge part about capturing those happy emotions and interactions. But very often the hot summer weather proved challenging. With many wedding venues, especially barns and stately homes (which are one of my favourites to photograph at) not being prepared for it with no air conditioning.

Isaac and Katie's wedding was no exception. The weather was beautiful. But, when it comes to the best light for wedding portraits, I was keeping to the shade as much as possible as well as waiting until just before the sunset to get the photos of the bride and groom.

DIY Reading marquee wedding Berkshire

The bride and groom are such a great couple. Surrounded by their families and close friends, they made me feel very welcome indeed. Everyone had a great time all the way through the wedding day which is precisely what I was capturing in the photos.

We started the photography on the day in Isaac's parent place, where the future bride was getting ready with her bridesmaids. The atmosphere was relaxed and joyful from the start, which continued all through the wedding day. The wedding breakfast and party happened in the same place in a marquee which was raised in the garden for the occasion. It needs to be mentioned that Katie looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, which had some of the most gorgeous details showing beautifully against the slightly creamier fabric.

Almost everything about the wedding was DIY with many people contributing to the overall beautiful look. The cake was made by one of the bridesmaids. Not only was it looking great, but tasted great too!

What was a great touch as well, was the food, which was fish and chips from the local shop as well as ice cream from an ice cream van. Delicious and supporting local businesses too.

The day wouldn't be completed without great wedding garden games, like Jenga and beer pong. As well as knocking down cans with bride and groom's photos on them, so much fun!

Bradfield College Wedding

The ceremony, however, took place in a gorgeous Bradfield College. Its interior as well as exterior architecture and grounds made for some stunning backdrops to the ceremony, confetti and the drinks reception. One of the favourite moments must have been the best man and the maid of honour dropping almost full buckets of confetti on the bride and groom. Please see photos below as the evidence!

Thank you so much, Isaac and Katie, for trusting in me to document your awesome day for you. It was so much fun!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer around Reading, Berkshire and beyond and like the style of the photos, then please get in touch for a chat about your day.


wasing park wedding

Wasing Park Wedding Photography

Wasing Park Wedding Photographer

Oh, how I enjoyed being a Wasing Park wedding photographer! Last summer Berkshire wedding season was definitely a one to remember. Full sunshine and not a cloud in the sky at most weddings. And the recent Wasing Park wedding photography was no exception.

Wasing Park is an absolutely gorgeous wedding venue, situated in Berkshire in Wasing. It is jusaroundnd the corner from Aldermaston. It has quite a nice mixture of buildings who are slightly different architecturally, yet fit together well. I have shot a wedding at the Secret Walled Garden (also belonging to the estate) before. It can be found here and the weather there was so completely different. So I was truly looking forward to photographing the wedding in Wasing Park.

So many wedding guests were approaching me saying I must be really pleased to be photographing a wedding on a day like this. Well, to be honest on those hot days being a wedding photographer is a bit more challenging. The heat slowing you down as well as the bright sunshine in the summer in the middle of the day are not ideal when it comes to wedding photography. Luckily there is always a bit of open shade to be found on site. Or, even better, we can use the harsh sunlight to create lovely silhouettes with rim light around them.

Wasing Park Wedding Venue

The Wasing Park wedding venue certainly doesn't disappoint. It has a beautiful barn, which is a perfect size for an average to large wedding breakfast. The wedding ceremony can be held in three different places: the Parish Church, the Victorian Summerhouse, or the elegant Garden Room. Today the ceremony took place in the Garden Room which was perfect for the weather, with all the windows open the draft kept the guests cool. Having the church within the grounds was great as it is really a picturesque one and we could use it as a backdrop for some of the couple photos.

Wasing Park has also plenty of accommodation, so many of the wedding guests can stay the night, which definitely is a great bonus. Another thing worth mentioning is the food served at the wedding breakfast. Not only was it delicious but also really beautifully presented.

The whole day was run smoothly by Gemma, who was just brilliant on the day.

More info about the venue itself and its history can be found here.

Now about the happy couple themselves, Rob and Sam. They both looked absolutely stunning on their wedding day. They are also a couple down to earth and up for a laugh kind of people, a true pleasure to have around.

Berkshire Summer Wedding

So after a few getting ready photos, I went to the ceremony place where the wedding guests were slowly gathering. The wedding ceremony at the Garden Room was beautiful and emotional. After that, it was canapes, photos and garden games. Then it was off to the barn for the wedding breakfast. The speeches were great, moving and funny as they should be. The whole wedding day was just lovely. Great couple, beautiful wedding venue and grounds and we certainly made the best out of the light!

Other professionals who made this day awesome:

MakeUp http://www.makeupbyelisa.com/

Dress https://www.sassandgrace.co.uk/

Flowers http://www.cherubsfloraldesign.com

Band Smith and Sons

Catering Galloping Gourmet

 

If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your upcoming wedding (in Wasing Park or anywhere else!) and like the vibe in this blog post, please get in touch for a chat about your day!

Or you can check another Berkshire wedding here.


Jewish Wedding Photographer London

Jewish Wedding Photography

Last summer I had an enormous pleasure to be a Jewish wedding photographer at a wedding of Alex and Jennie just outside of London. From all the different weddings I photographed this year this informal Jewish countryside wedding was definitely one of my favourites. The couple, the wedding guests, the place and the weather were just perfect. If anything it was slightly too hot!

I love photographing Jewish weddings in London and all over the UK and abroad, whether it's an orthodox ceremony or a modern Jewish wedding. It is great to capture all the traditional elements, like Tisch, Bedekken, and Ketubah. What is even better for me as a documentary wedding photographer is that Jewish weddings are so full of energy and always great fun. They are also centred around family and friends and there is always a lot going on which is just perfect for my style of photography, based on documenting a wedding with a photojournalistic approach.

Jewish Wedding Photographer London

The wedding of Jennie and Alex took place on a beautiful farm just outside of London. This was definitely a slightly less formal Jewish wedding with an emphasis on everyone enjoying themselves and having fun. Just look at the colour of everyone's kippahs-simply brilliant! The couple themselves are just two awesome and creative people, with a great and so contagious sense of humour. I don't think I remember the last time I laughed so much at a wedding! They were surrounded by an amazing bunch of friends and family and the love was clearly in the air.

The wedding ceremony took place traditionally underneath a Chuppah (which symbolises the home the couple will later build together), in a field between the main house and the wedding tipi. There was a reading of Ketubah as well as the seven blessings. The bride also circled the groom seven times. This represents the seven days of creation as well as the groom being from now on the centre of bride's life. There was also, of course, drinking wine and the smashing of the glass, a very important part of a Jewish wedding ceremony. Which was successful after a couple of attempts, not an easy task done on the grass!

No real Jewish wedding could take place without the traditional Israeli dancing, and this one was no exception. I had to be a bit careful there as some of the guests were spinning very quickly close to me, including the bride and groom! It was so fun and energetic event, with the bride and groom lifted by the wedding guests and balanced on their chairs.

DIY Summer Tipi Wedding

The food was a buffet style choice of mouth-watering dishes, all served on bamboo plates and eaten with bamboo forks and knives, truly festival style.

The wedding speeches by the father of the bride, the groom and the best man, as well as the bride, were just perfect. They had a right balance between moving and funny moments with many Mazel Tovs in between!

The party part of the wedding did not disappoint either. Many different guests turned out to be talented musicians as well, playing different instruments, while the groom was awesome on the vocals!

When it came to first dance and the dancing moves in general, it was a pure joy to witness and photograph. Jennie and Alex, as well as all their guests (kids included) certainly know how to rock the dancefloor!

There were so many DIY elements to this wedding, making it extra special. Like all the decorations as well as the cake and flowers all perfectly prepared by the mother of the bride. And Jennie looked absolutely stunning in her dress from Blush Bridal with make-up and hair provided by Prisca Hofer.

We wrapped up the day with a few golden hour phots with the bride and groom and a couple of marshmallows baked over the bonfire, delicious!

Thank you so much, Jennie and Alex, for trusting in me to document your absolutely amazing summer wedding. Every time I think about it puts a big smile on my face!

If you are looking for a Jewish wedding photographer London and beyond who would capture all the important moments of your wedding day, then please get in touch for a chat. You can also check another summer tipi wedding (this time a rainy one!) right here.

 


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Gay Wedding Photographer London

SAME-SEX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

As a gay wedding photographer London, I love documenting same-sex weddings around the capital and also all around the UK. My approach to a gay wedding is the same as to any other. I focus on connection and emotion between two people in love telling a beautiful story of their day.

That, in my opinion, is what a great wedding photojournalism should be about: catching those authentic and honest moments between the couple as well as between their family and friends. Not forcing anything but letting things unfold in a natural way.
As every couple is different, gay or straight, I focus on letting the personalities show through the photos. And most importantly, as a same-sex wedding photographer, I make sure that everyone has a great day by communicating and listening to my couples and making sure their expectations are met and exceeded.

The recent gay wedding I had a pleasure of photographing was no exception. Matthew and Henry decided to tie the knot just outside of London in the Gaynes Park. As we met previously during our couple shoot in Brighton, I knew it is going to be a very special day in the best of companies. And indeed it was!

The groom and groom are simply two amazing, down to earth a clearly deeply in love guys. It was an absolute pleasure to spend their wedding day in their company as well as in the company of their amazing guests and families. The day was so full of fun that I could hardly feel I was at work!

We started the day quite early in the Epping Forest, where the happy couple decided to have a pre-wedding blessing in the local woods. It was such an intimate and beautiful setup in the company of only their closest ones. Everyone was very casual and relaxed and the little clearing in the forest where the blessing took place was simply perfect for it!

GAY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER GAYNES PARK

After that, it was getting ready at home for Matthew and in the nearby hotel for Henry. From there all the rest of the day's events took place in Gaynes Park, an absolutely gorgeous wedding venue just outside of London. The wedding ceremony took place in the orangery, which was simply ideal for it. There were so many lovely personal touches throughout the ceremony, like friends and family members singing in absolutely beautiful angelic voices.

The wedding reception took place in the beautifully decorated Gaynes Park barn, with many beautiful DIY wedding details on and around the tables.  Every table had their own song designated and every time they required another bottle of wine, everyone at the table had to perform that song. So as you may have guessed, there was a lot of singing going on, which was going slightly more out of tune with every next bottle delivered to the table!

The wedding speeches certainly didn't disappoint. Especially by the mums and maids of honour, who dressed as judges decided upon a guilty verdict in their case against suspected groom and groom. In the end, the guilty ones were presented with handcuffs. Of course with pink fur around them!

Photo booth and the evening pizzas kept everyone entertained and well fed. And the field next door served as an awesome backdrop to our sunset 'golden hour' couple shoot.

Thank you so so much Matthew and Henry for trusting in me to document your gorgeous wedding for you. I loved every minute of it! x

Other professionals who helped to make the day special:

My second shooter: the one and only Bart form Miracle Moments

Video: the amazing Robert from Kubicki

Flowers: Luke and Lottie

Band: The Jacks

DJ: Grant

If you like this post and are in search for your gay wedding photographer in London or beyond, then please get in touch for a chat about your day. I'd love to hear more about it. 2018 is now fully booked and 2019 and 2020 dates are filling up quickly!

 

 

 

 


Wedding Photographer Essex

Essex Wedding Photography

Finally, I've put myself together I decided to make a long overdue blog post from one of my favourite days this year. The awesome Essex wedding of Han and Jon in West Mersea!

As an Essex wedding photographer, I couldn't have wished for much more. The weather was just perfect on the day! Well, to be honest, this wedding season was completely opposite to the previous one. Last year I must have shot around 8 weddings in a row in the rain. This year I don't think there was even one. All the weddings are sunny and sometimes a little bit too hot. Although this one was great and just the right temperature!

A little bit about the wedding couple. The bride and groom were simply two kids in love, which was clearly visible throughout the day. The connection and the atmosphere they created was truly magical and really shines in their photos.

The locations were stunning as well. West Mersea is a cute little town in Essex, actually a little island surrounded by water and quite a few boat and yacht clubs. We started in a local cottage, where Hannah was getting ready together with her bridesmaids. All happening in a small bedroom upstairs. Small but with such an awesome view over the town, water and Essex countryside. So the usual merry hustle and bustle, everyone looking gorgeous and off we were to the local church for the ceremony.

Marquee Wedding Essex

Jon, as well as all the guests, were already there at Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, waiting for the bride and her party to arrive. The wedding ceremony was simply beautiful. It was run by the local vicar, a friend of the couple and both families. When I saw him wearing Dr Martens boots and multiple piercings, I knew it's going to be a special one!

My favourite moment during the wedding ceremony must have been the few minutes of meditation, in which all the guests participated. I think there was a great message there: just to breathe and focus on the present, on this beautiful moment for which we could only be thankful. This is so often forgotten when the wedding day is so intense and fast-paced. And very often by the time you know it, it is all over! It is therefore even more valuable to slow down and simply enjoy each others company.

The wedding reception took place in a beautiful marquee at the back of Jon's folk's house. A big part of the wedding guests and family were Danish so there were a lot of mixed wedding traditions happening throughout the day. Eating Danish buns with English tea after the ceremony for example. Or cutting of the cake, which was very original and made in a traditional Danish way.

Documentary Wedding Photographer Essex

There ware also a lot of singing during and after the meal, in which everyone joyfully participated.

I finished after catching a few crazy moves on the dancefloor and some interesting garden games.

Thank you so so much, Han and JB for making me feel so welcome and letting me document your beautiful wedding day. I enjoyed it so much!

If you are by any chance looking for a wedding photographer Essex, and like this little post, please don't hesitate to get in touch for a chat about your plans!

 


wedding photography tips by blue lily weddings

11 Wedding Photography Tips For Beautiful Photos

11 Wedding Photography Tips That Will Make Your Photos Stunning

Your wedding photos will be the best reference you have when you want to look back on one of the most important days of your life. To make sure you and your photos look stunning, check out these wedding photography tips!

Photographs are the most classically beautiful way to remember a wedding. They capture smiles, tears of joy, and each and every person who attended your unforgettable ceremony.

So, make sure that you're getting the absolute best photos possible by enforcing the proper precautions. Want to know more?

Simply GET IN TOUCH for a chat or keep reading to learn all about how to look good in wedding photos and for our top ten wedding photography tips to ensure that the memories of your big day are as perfect as the day itself. Let's get started!

1. Make a Mood Board

The best way to organise your thoughts before your wedding day is to make a mood board. A mood board is a great opportunity to outline your favourite colours, styles, and to showcase your unique personality.

This will come in handy once you hire a wedding photographer. A detailed mood board will help you explain your preferences in a visual way that will influence each of your photographer's shots.

Search for wedding photos on popular websites and blogs for inspiration. Pick out your favourite looks and styles, and compile them into a collage for future reference.

Pinterest is definitely a perfect application for this process to be smooth and efficient. After creating your board it is super easy to share it straight away with your wedding photographer as long as they have a Pinterest account (which they definitely should!).

old kent barn wedding

2. Hire a Photographer Who Understands Your Vision

Even after you've created your lovely mood board, it's still important to hire a photographer whose work is in line with your preferences. Make sure that you thoroughly research each of your options in order to find the perfect fit for you.

And when you meet with them, ask lots of questions! The ideal candidate should make you even more excited for your big day.

If you are still looking for a great wedding photographer, then check our blog and get in touch for a chat about your day!

3. Communicate With and Listen to Your Wedding Photographer

After choosing the right wedding photographer for you make sure you communicate well with each other, especially regarding your needs and expectations.

If they have any tips regarding locations,  timings or lighting, listen to their advice. If they are experienced enough, they'll know what they are talking about.

If there are photos that you know that you absolutely must have, make sure you let them know (just don't make the list too long!).

Allowing enough of time for the official photos as well as the couple shoot will always result in the photos being more relaxed. This way no one needs to rush and the result will be better images with everyone looking their best.

Make sure you communicate the order of the day with your wedding photographer, and take his or her advice before finalising timings.

wedding photography tips by blue lily weddings

4. Make Time for Hair and Makeup

Scheduling in the proper amount of time for hair and makeup on your wedding day is an absolutely vital part of getting amazing wedding photos. After all, if you're at all rushed in this department, it will throw off the scheduling of the entire day. A truncated schedule will mean sacrificing part of your photo session, so make sure that you give your hair and makeup team plenty of time to finish their work.

5. Keep Your Locations to a Minimum

When you find that perfect location for your wedding, it can be tempting to have a photo shoot in every corner. But location changes take up massive amounts of precious time and can take away from the overall quality of your shoot.

To relieve stress from you and your photographer, keep your location choices to a minimum. Plus, an amazing wedding photographer will be able to make the best from any conditions and backdrop.

6. Everyone You Hire Will Affect Your Photos

Although it may not seem like the vendors who you hire for the other aspects of your wedding would affect your photos, they do. Because when one thing goes wrong, it creates a snowball effect that throws off everything else as well.

So, make sure that you choose your vendors and helpers carefully. Find an amazing wedding planner, an excellent catering team, and a helpful serving staff to ensure that everything goes smoothly. When the other aspects of your wedding day go well, your photos will, too.

7. Opt for a Veil

If you're a bride who's unsure of whether or not to wear a veil, we recommend going for it. Veils add another gorgeous element to play with in your wedding photos.

The flowing fabric is elegant and you can always take it off for some of the time if you like. Providing your photographer with more options to work with will ensure that you get that perfect wedding photo.

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8. Fun Wedding Photography Tips

Looking for wedding photo tips that will add some fun to your album? These ideas are the way to go.

The first option is to use toss items like confetti. Whether you use them when the bridal party is getting ready, right after the ceremony, during your first dance, or when you're riding away into the sunset, these items add an extra layer of merriness to your wedding photos. So, make some confetti before your big day and have fun with it!

And if your ceremony ends at night, you can also add some extra wow factor by having a sparkler exit. Get everyone in your wedding party to light up sparklers at the same time- and make sure your photographer captures the fun!

Or if you want to go for something even more spectacular, wedding fireworks are always a winner!

9. Incorporate a First Look

Have you ever heard of a first look? It's when a bride and groom share a moment right before their wedding ceremony. The purpose of the first look is to allow them to have a private moment of connection before they are bombarded with all the lovely kisses and congratulations from their guests.

Allowing your wedding photographer to be a fly on the wall during this moment will give you some truly precious pictures to look back on. So, if you want some photos with a candid, intimate feel, incorporating a first look into your wedding day schedule is the perfect move.

10. Keep Lighting in Mind

While creating your wedding day schedule with your photographer, be sure to keep lighting in mind at all times. When and where does the best lighting occur at your chosen location? Which photos do you want to take at these times?

Rank each planned shoot by the level of importance. For example, we recommend shooting the couples session during the time of day with the best lighting, which is usually around late afternoon. Especially on a sunny day.

After all, these photos of just the two of you will be the ones that reflect your love in the most organic way.

11. Have Fun and Enjoy Your Day!

This could/should be probably a wedding photography tip number one.

With all the rushing around and things going crazy (and sometimes with lightning-like speeds) on your wedding day its easy to get lost in the logistics.

The very important thing is to always remember what your day is supposed to be about. It's the celebration of your love with your closest ones, your family and friends!

It is such a joyous occasion so try to simply enjoy it and have fun. If you do, it will show in the photographs. They will then look relaxed and full of joy!

Congratulations!

Congratulations on your upcoming big day. With the wedding photography tips above, you're sure to have the perfect memories of a perfect day.

Just remember to be strict with your schedule, to allow plenty of time for hair and makeup, and to add fun elements like confetti or a sparkler exit. Relax, enjoy your day, and trust that your photographer is capturing each and every perfect moment!

If you want more information about how to get the wedding photos of your dreams, we've got your back. Check out our blog page for tons of tips and tricks that will make your big day a breeze!