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Wonderful Wedding in Wyoming

The union of two wonderful friends in Yellowstone National Park this past summer.

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I photographed Cat and Ross’ lovely wedding at The Montagu Arms in The New Forest a few months ago. I’ve just had a lovely note from them …

“Jack – a massive thank you for our wonderful wedding photos. You’ve captured loads of beautiful moments which will help us remember for years to come what an amazing day it was.”

 

{Kat + Luke} – CkMetroPhotos Toowoomba » Welcome To …

It gives me the greatest of pleasure to introduce my next beautiful couple Katrina and Luke, who were married in Noosa recently.  The one thing I love about weddings is the variety in every wedding that I do, I totally enjoy blending in with the couple and their guests very much, and when the opportunity come up to be the photographer for Katrina and Luke, I was thrilled.  The day was one of the most beautiful days, stunning afternoon with wonderful friendship and company, such a wonderful wedding and Katrina, Luke and the entire bridal party were simply awesome.  Anyway sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful wedding of Katrina + Luke.  The reception was held at the beautiful “The Boat House” Noosa.  Congrats guys you were simply awesome and I hope that you love this little preview:)  Cheers Darren.

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Hair- Chrissy Stankiewicz & Kim Love, Platinum Stylist  | Make up- Lauren Riley, Napoleon Perdis |Wedding Bands- Stones Diamonds | Earrings- Jen McCormick  | Bride Shoes- Mary Kyri | Bride Dress- San Patrick  | Bridesmaids dresses- Lisa Ho, Princess Charlotte, Gwen Smith | Groom suit- Scuzzatti, Roberts men’s wear | Groom Shoes-Aquila | Groomens suit-Spurlings | Flowers-First Class Functions | Decorators-Splash Events | Invitations-Simply Elegant Invitations  | Cake-Pam Orton | Woody the car- Sandy Beach Resort

 

Wonderful Wedding Dance

Our Entry to the Neighbours ‘Wedding Dance’ competition!

The Wonderful Story of Cliff and Wai Jia

Check out Wai Jia’s latest book at: www.kitesong.sg/iloveyou/inspiration Directed by: Josiah Ng www.josiahcreations.com I came across this couple’s story a few months back and thought to myself – People need to hear this. Thank you for being a blessing and inspiration Cliff and Wai Jia! Congratulations on your Wedding!

Nicole & Mitch’s Wedding (Part 1)

Main video of Nicole and Mitch Barnett’s wonderful wedding. It was a pleasure being there and I hope that you all enjoy this! Once again congrats to the lovely couple!

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The Wedding of Lizethe and Daniel

Photography by Srdjan of A&M Photography and Video www.AandMphoto.com Liz and Danny’ wonderful Wedding happened on October 19, 2012 at the El Adobe De Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano.

A Wonderful Windmill Wedding – Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

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Sam and Andy were married in July at Cley Windmill followed by a marquee reception. They wanted their wedding to be informal, relaxed and fun. With their incredible ceremony location they kept things simple and intimate. With Sam looking beautiful Essence of Australia dress and chic up do. While Andy went for a 3 piece suit accessorised with a gold tie.

They had a marquee wedding at home, which meant a lot of planning and organised would be involved. Family and friends helped and recommended suppliers to help the planning run smoothly for Sam and Andy. They skipped the flowers opting for silk bouquets instead, pretty yellow cupcakes and a realistic cake topper made the fantastic wedding cake and not forgetting the personalised M&Ms.. yum! What a wonderful day.

Thanks so much to Lifeline Photography for sharing her beautiful images with us today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“Sam and Andy were the first couple to book me after I launched my own photography business in 2010. I couldn’t believe my luck when Sam got in touch…her weddings plans sounded absolutely lovely and just my cup of tea. Who doesn’t love an excuse to spend time on the beautiful north Norfolk coast? I was so excited when I finally met with them for their e-shoot in June. We had heaps of fun together and I just knew their wedding would be lovely. And I was so right! The weather was gorgeous, Sammi looked incredible, Andy grinned from ear to ear, their families were incredibly welcoming and the whole day just felt very personal and fun. I loved the way Sam stamped her own mark on the details – personalising her own shoes, having sleeves added to the dress, all of the monkey details (she absolutely loves monkeys and I have to say it really suits her personality too as she is adorable and just the right sort of cheeky like a cute little monkey)… My favourite thing of all, though, is how laid back they seemed about their wedding. They just wanted to enjoy the day, and make sure everyone else did. For me, it was a day full of happy, smiling faces which is the absolute best thing about my job.”

 

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Names…. Andy & Sammi

Wedding Date…. 21st July 2012

The Proposal…. The proposal was not as romantic as some. There were no fireworks or champagne or a ring hidden in my dessert. In fact, the proposal lasted over three weeks. It started one Saturday evening, when out for dinner at a not-so-posh restaurant that offers two dinners for £10. We were discussing my sister-in-law’s upcoming wedding and how she (unlike me) was very good at keeping everything a secret! Even her mum hadn’t seen her wedding ring. Wedding talk was not a taboo subject for us, by now we had both come to the conclusion that we were a team, willing to put in the effort to make it last a lifetime. I asked the question “What about us, when do you see us getting married?” quickly followed by (half– jokingly) “Not 2013!” Andy thought about this for a moment then answered with “But 2014 is too far away, what about next year?” “Next year?! But we aren’t even engaged yet! I thought you’d say 2016 or something equally in the distant future!” “I want to marry you sooner than that. Let’s drive to the windmill tomorrow and see what dates they have available”

The next day, true to his word, Andy drove me to the windmill. Cley Windmill is stunningly intimate, with bags of character; charm and luxury all rolled into one beautifully English building with vast white sails and a panoramic balcony. I’d known this is the place I wanted to marry for quite some time. It was a complete checkout, so we were able to look round all the bedrooms and have the sitting room to ourselves. The day we chose to visit was ironically very similar to our actual wedding day, clear blue skies with the odd fluffy cloud occasionally passing by. The air was warm enough to wear just a strappy top, but the cool sea breeze meant the sunshine was never overbearing. Charlotte, the wedding coördinator, came to join us outside in the garden with her diary. We explained we would want a summer day, just like today, clearly Charlotte listened as that is exactly what we got! We chose 21.7.12, a Saturday in the height of summer and also a palindrome. I have since had conversations with other engaged couples only to realise picking silly numbers or patterns is exactly how they chose their date too!

Our wedding date was set, and we were the only ones in the world that knew we were getting married next year (apart from Charlotte!). It was a fabulous feeling; bubbles of excitement sometimes over spilled and a small squee would add itself onto the end of my sentences. Andy was beaming from ear to ear and kept squeezing my knee. On the journey home we stopped at a gorgeous pub called The Pigs, Edgefield for a celebratory dinner. The food was fabulous, it was a sign of things to come. Unbeknown to us at the time, the people who supply this pub would also become our caterers. I’m not sure that as I scientist I can truly believe in fate or luck, but you’ll realise as you read this story that I am a lucky person, or perhaps I make my own luck for my family. Nonetheless, I felt lucky, I still feel lucky.

Whilst sitting outside The Pigs in the late afternoon sunshine, feeling thoroughly stuffed and slurping on the dregs of melting ice in our drinks, Andy said “I guess we should think about getting you a ring then?” “Noooo I want you to pick a ring and ask me properly! I know we’ve done this the wrong way round, setting a date before we are even engaged, but I really want to be asked properly, even though it won’t be a complete surprise, where you do it and how you say it will be. Please?” “I sure can! But I might need a teeny bit of guidance about styles of rings though?”

Once I started yapping, he got quite a bit of guidance really! He decided to use a company that designs rings to your specification of setting and you are free to choose the metal and diamond size, cut, clarity and colour. As they ultimately influence the price, I left all of those decisions in Andy’s hands. This is the part that takes most of the aforementioned three weeks — waiting for the ring! Andy was very good at keeping secrets during this time, I was convinced he hadn’t even bought anything yet and was still having ‘design discussions.’

The actual proposal… Occurred Sunday September 11th 2011. I was doing the glamorous job of laundry. After putting one load in, I took a load up for sorting, folding, hanging, pairing socks etc. I was a busy bee, as I often am whilst doing house work, buzzing around, listening to the radio, windows open. I didn’t notice Andy watching my every move out of the corner of his eye, or the (gorgeous) ring he had tied round the monkey-in-the-study’s neck. According to Andy, my oblivious behaviour had gone on quite some time, so he called me into the study to tell me he had broken a mirror. What?! We have only just bought that mirror I think to myself. The mirror is fine. “What do you mean broken? The mirror is fine,” I say. “I know, I know,” he says excitedly, “I just needed you to come in here” “But why?” “Sit down” “Why?” “Just sit down!” I sit down. “Look at the monkey,” he grins. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG look at that ring on the monkey!!!!!  I pause, I look again, I inhale sharply. Then turn back to Andy, he is down on one knee. He is doing it; he is actually doing this properly. Bless his cottons; oh gosh I want to squeeeeeze him so much.

And then he asks, “Will you, marry me?” “Yes!” I beam back at him. Then someone turns the taps on in my eyes, they start leaking, profusely. After several cuddles, squeezes, kisses and squeees, Andy takes the ring off the monkey and puts it on my finger. Well the boy did good(!) it’s a one-off design in platinum with a rub-over setting, holding a colourless, flawless diamond. It’s a beauty! So so sparkly.

I should add that this moment concludes the three week proposal.

The Vision for the day…. Informal, relaxed, fun and all about us! We planned to only include traditions we love and to leave the rest.

The Planning process…. With wonderful hindsight I can say that planning a wedding is a task and a half, but is only as hard as you make it. Any old venue can plan and host your wedding, but it is the personal touches, the ‘little details’ and the thoughtful gestures that take time and effort from the couple. This is what we excelled at, we loved making the day about us and making and providing small things to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable and their presence appreciated.

Our first decision, of where to hold the reception was semi-made for us. Mum and my step-dad are renovating a house with a spectacular garden. Not only is its size breathtaking, but the previous owners had landscaped it to perfection, it’s surrounded by mature woodland and just cried out for a marquee on the lawn and fairy lights in the trees. On hearing the news of our engagement, they were bubbling with excitement to officially suggest holding the wedding at home. We soon relished the idea. We could have a truly one-of-a-kind wedding as not one guest would have attended the venue before. We could have a week to set everything up ‘just so,’ be in control of every aspect from the food to the forks to the carpet and starlight ceiling. We could incorporate everything ‘us’ and exclude everything else. We had no rules or boundaries or ‘packages’ that venues enforce, no finishing time, no deadline to have ‘vacated the building.’ No prosecco! Yes, it was a deal, we were hosting it at home.

Oh if only I could go back and tell myself that ahead of me were several months of worry and decision-doubting, but ahead of that would be the wedding of the century (quote from guest) and that not an ounce of worry would have been necessary. Hindsight hey!

Our engagement totalled nine months, which in today’s standards meant we were a rather efficient bride and groom. Lots of things fell into place quickly and easily, including the marquee. We wanted a framed marquee (one without poles down the centre) and there was only one supplier who covered our area. Luckily, upon meeting the CrackerJack team for a site visit we quickly discovered they knew exactly what they were doing and had bought an entire portfolio of past marquee photos to show their aptitude and help us decide on what internal décor we wanted. Windmill was sorted. Marquee design was sorted.

Next we needed chairs, loos, tablecloths, crockery, cutlery, glasses, centrepieces, a bar and alcohol to make the marquee into a functional wedding venue. Again, this was quite simple, we asked CrackerJacks who they had worked with before and who provided a quality service. Their recommendations, although hiring out to other marquees that weekend, had all our choices available, and said would we mind having them delivered on the Thursday instead of the Friday – of course not, more time to set up!

The jazz band that played in the garden whilst the guests arrived were friends of my Mum. The ceilidh band we booked had played at our work’s Christmas party and agreed to play at our wedding too.

The DJ was a friend of my Nan of all people. My Cool Nan. She is awesome. He insisted on playing at our wedding for free, and he played until gone 1.30am. Some people just go above and beyond don’t they!?

Our good friend Brendan, along with a couple of his employees, said they would take care of the bar and buying all the alcohol. They did a fantastic job, securing Sipsmith (Pimms) at a fraction of cost price. We cannot thank them enough.

Brendan is also very ‘foody’ and recommended the caterers for the hog roast (remember us eating at The Pigs restaurant after booking the windmill?). Well they said yes too! Surely wedding planning isn’t supposed to run this smoothly!?

The smoothness continues. A friend of a friend who makes exquisite cupcakes said she would make ours at mate’s rates. Her taster box was divine. I have never tasted cake so good and I am a food snob (wedding cake rarely lives up to my expectations). She lives around 60 miles away but as we were friends of ‘X’ she said would deliver them on the morning of the wedding, and let us use her stand for free. She was a star, the cakes looked amazing and I am almost embarrassed to tell you how little she charged us.

I stumbled across our photographer by chance on Facebook of all places. After second shooting for another photographer, Hannah decided to take the plunge and set up her own photography business, Lifeline Photography. We were her first wedding booking, which may be considered risky by some. We are oh so glad we took the risk, she blew us away with her talent, I am sure you can see why.

Around six months before the wedding My Cool Nan said she would like to give us a contribution to the wedding. We decided to allocate it to something meaningful, rather than frivol it away on yet more deposits. We bought our rings; she was very touched by this. I explained we will have a little piece of My Cool Nan with us always.

The Venue… Cley Windmill and my parents back garden. Cley-next-the-sea is a magical little village on the north Norfolk coast. The windmill is beautiful, breezy and intimate. We knew we wanted to marry here; it was the only venue we looked at.

The Dress + Accessories….. My dress was second hand. It is an Essense of Australia design which I had altered and some straps made. My veil was from Wedding Veils Direct and accessories came from Glitzy Secrets and Lisa at Louloubelle Designs (lovely lady!). My shoes I encrusted with over 9,000 rhinestones and pearls, they were my Cinderella slippers – but took me months!

Finding the dress…. Unlike some brides, I wasn’t THAT fussed about my dress. I knew I wanted something simple and flattering, with straps. I popped into a wedding dress shop with my Mum and sister on the off chance they could fit me in (no appointment =bad bride!). However, they ushered me in and made me feel thoroughly welcome. I chose one dress to try on. I loved it. Later, I googled it and found one for sale, in my size on pre-loved. I snapped it up right away! A fabulous local dress maker altered it to fit perfectly and made me some Chantilly lace cap sleeves.

Groom’s attire… Andy knew he didn’t want to dress like a penguin. Or have a satiny wedding waistcoat. Our wedding wasn’t the traditional matchy-matchy affair so Andy picked his own three piece suit from a local independent department store who also tailored it to fit.

The Readings + Music…. The readings we chose because we loved them and because their words rang true. We chose The Beauty of Love, and The Key to Love. Music was a minefield! It doesn’t help that I am the least musically-minded person on the planet. We ended up with Jonathan Cain’s Wedding March for the entrance, and ‘Signed, sealed, delivered’ to leave.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. My ickle sister. Due to the limit on guest number at the windmill, and my love of nothing matching, I just had one bridesmaid. Becci-the-diva.

The Flowers… I appear to be sounding like the ‘anti-bride’! Flowers just don’t excite me that much. Granted they are beautiful and smell divine, but they are so, well, girly. Our Wedding Day was half about The Boy too, and for that reason we decided to have a flowerless wedding. I made the buttonholes and bouquets myself out of silk flowers.

The Cake… Was extraordinary. Have you seen our Mini-people on the top!? How fantastic are they!? Our cakes were made by the lovely Hannah Salmon at The Little Salmons bakery. I am a cake snob, but these were delicious. Not a single one was left at the end of the night.

Your Photographer…. Was the magnificent Hannah Webster from Lifeline photography. Hannah is a spirited, wonderfully happy lady who can direct a crowd efficiently, or inconspicuously snap away in a corner. She took some amazing pictures of our day, and we enjoyed her company too.

The Details + Décor…. Were minimal at the windmill. Andy had his heart set on something that ‘lit up’ for the marquee. We had a star-cloth over the dance floor, and a variety of glass vases filled with jelly balls and LED lights. They looked fab! I made wine-charms with all the female guests names on. The men had drink coolers that said ‘To have and to hold, and to keep your drink cold.’ One of our favourite ideas were the personalised M&Ms. Everyone seemed to love these. We had a wooden post-box with out names on and a fingerprint tree instead of a guest book. We even designed The Sam and The Andy cocktails for the bar menu!

The Honeymoon…. Is still to be planned, or indeed researched. Another thing to look forward to!

Memorable moments… My mum pulling down my knickers instead of my petticoat! The moment I entered the windmill and saw Andy. He had tears in his eyes. I wasn’t expecting his tears. Even now, remembering this gives me goose bumps. How happy everyone was! Feeling unbelievably proud of my Dad for getting up and doing his speech. The three minutes of our first dance, when everyone else fizzled out into the background, it was just me and my husband cuddling, chatting and grinning like Cheshire cats. Dancing, lots of happy, silly, laugh-until-your-sides-hurt dancing!

Advice for other couples… You’ll never please everyone, so don’t even attempt to. Make the day about you and everything and everyone you love. Not everything has to be brand new to be fantastic. When people offer to help, take up their offers. People enjoy helping out (well, I do!) Intimate ceremonies rock!

Credit where credit is due…

Hannah Webster our photographer http://www.lifelinephotography.co.uk/

Hannah Salmon for the cakes https://www.facebook.com/thelittlesalmonsbakery

Marquee provided by Crackerjack marquees http://www.crackerjackmarquees.co.uk/

Hog roast (Fabulous people, delicious hog) http://www.sheltonfarms.co.uk/

Cley windmill http://www.cleywindmill.co.uk/

Jewellery by Lisa at Louloubelle Designs http://www.louloubelle.co.uk/

Cake Toppers http://www.myminiyou.co.uk/

 

Thanks so much to Sam and Andy for sharing their amazing wedding today. What an incredible backdrop XOXO Lou

 

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Choosing wonderful decorations of wedding is the first priority for majority of brides. Here are some tips to help you in picking the best appearances for your wedding reception and ceremony.

1. Always think in terms of color palette instead of one or two colors. By combining various shades of your basic color, or even matching colors to your basic color, you will add depth and richness to your complete look.

2. Make use of various textures. Sashes, chair covers and linens come in various types of fabrics. It gives style if everything doesn’t complement each other exactly. Never be scared to combine various fabrics together.

3. Modify the shapes of your tables. Make use of some round, some low, some high and square shapes. Many guests are used to walking inside a room with round tables around the dance floor. You can consider modifying the floor plan, it will make the room appear interesting and different.

4. Just like flowers, lighting has also become very common at a wedding ceremony and reception. Combining color to the room with the help of lighting can set different moods inside the room. You can think about using a wonderful warm, golden wash in the room during the dinner. Everything looks romantic in this kind of lighting. Consider using blues, pinks reds and purples when the dance stars to create an atmosphere of party.

5. If you are thinking of saving money, make use of some different items instead of flowers. Beautiful centerpieces with glass vases and water with single floating flower inside the water can make a perfect decoration. If you are considering a brunch, you can go for fruits and vegetables decoration.

6. Make use of your surroundings. It is very affordable to carry out your reception in a garden instead of modifying a ballroom into a garden. Remember this point while searching for the site for your reception.