One vintage wedding fair plus top tips from Lumière
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..and that rhymes.
Happy Monday to you all!
We’ve got a busy, BUSY, week ahead of us.
There has been a change of plan as the Alternative Wedding Fair in Manchester has sadly been cancelled BUT we are now exhibiting on Sunday 1 April 2012 at the Zoe Lem Vintage Wedding Fair in Clerkenwell!
It’s very exciting as more and more samples are arriving every day and they look brilliant. We also have a baking day on Friday as we’re making squillions of red velvet cupcakes with butter cream icing (nom, nom!) to share with you.
Our lovely intern Hannah is in charge of baking and is bringing in her super-duper hot pink whisk!!! As you can tell, we’re especially excited about this! So, please come and see us and tell us all about your wedding plans.
This week on the r+d blogspot, I am delighted to be joined by Alix Marina-Chouhan of Lumière Photography. I love Alix’s photography and have asked her to share her tips on how to get the best out of your photographer on your wedding day.
Alix’s top tips:
1. Knowing me, knowing you
First I’d say choose someone you like, not just their style but their personality too. I know some photographers are fly on the wall but, for me, I get beautiful photos of people I care about and, for that, I need to get to know them as I want to show that in the photos: what moves me, what I find uniquely beautiful, not just plastically, aesthetically beautiful, but yes your inner beauty too.
I also include a free pre-wedding shoot, even in the cheapest package, not to sell anything, but to have a laugh, a chat, to relax together and to understand what suits you, what relaxes you.
Also when you have seen how beautiful you look, you can relax. Twice this month already brides and their families have said: now we know you are going to help make the day, the photos are going to be great and we are going to enjoy the whole experience.
3. Sharing the love!
What else? Talk, chat, discuss, share, Facebook, email, text, the more I can picture the whole thing, what gets you excited, what you are thinking of at 3am, the more I can show it. Also I am nosy and I love to know about plans, colours, flowers, and the more unique the better!!
Ideally do a visit of the venue with the photographer and dream aloud, not everything will happen as planned, that’s normal, but if you have both seen the images you might want on the day it’ll be easier to understand each other than when time is rushed.
Don’t worry about getting your dress slightly dirty or taking off your shoes, enjoy the day – this is it! Wallow in it, live it fully and totally, wear your emotions on your sleeves and show your heart.
6. Set aside time for photos and plan ahead
Oh, and don’t forget to plan time for the photos! Photo reportage is great but don’t miss out on couple photographs, you’d regret it, really.
And I am not going to be popular here, but how many group photos do you really want to look at, same background, same position but different people? I so much prefer candid shots of guests; make a collage with their faces if you want them all together. If there are so many you can’t get photos of all of them you probably won’t see them in a group photo either…Ok have a few group photos, but don’t let them take over your timing.
7. Keeping the memories alive
And of course, after the wedding you’ll have each other, the rings and the memories.
We re-create our memories all the time and we use supports to anchor them, so the photos become your memories and the emotions you felt become embedded in the photos. So make sure you budget accordingly so you can be confident that you will have the memories that reflect your day.
Also get an album, ideally one where the pages lay flat and put the album where you can reach and open it often!
Fantastic tips from Alix! If you would like the chance to win FREE wedding photography with Lumière Photography, including a free engagement shoot, then don’t forget to sign up for our competition here. The closing date is 31 May 2012!
Now, get back to work!