The C Word
In light of this pesky C word: Coronavirus (covid-19) it seems wise to address some of the questions you may have so that hopefully I can reassure you.
Currently there is uncertainty about how things will go, but the government seems to have taken a level headed approach and I am keeping a close eye on all developments and announcements. I am preparing for my wedding season as normal, but with some additional backup measures in place. From my chats with other suppliers and venues, as a whole it is business as usual.
However to reassure you, regardless of my contract my moral position is this. I love my job and I am passionate about shooting weddings. You have booked me to photograph yours and my priority is to be there to capture your day. So if for some reason your wedding is postponed or moved, I will work with you to make sure I can still be part of your day, whilst making the process as straightforward as possible. Simply put that means is if you move your wedding to another date either in 2020 or 2021, providing I am free, I will happily be part of your day, no problem.
I know the thought that you may have to postpone your wedding is causing anxiety and worry, but I would also like to add that my business model is to limit the number of weddings I shoot each year (so that I can deliver a personal service), and thus I still have plenty of availability later in the year, as well as in 2021. So I hope this reassures you that from a photography point of you, there is every chance I will still be there for you.
So with that out of the way there might be a few things you might need to think about:
With the amount weddings cost it’s good practice to have wedding insurance in place, and the first thing I advise you to do is check with your insurer as to what their position is if the government declares a lock down, or if the wedding has to be postponed because of the Coronavirus, and what your options are.
What if there’s a government lock down and the wedding can’t take place?
No one knows for certain if this will happen and what happens if this comes into place. i.e. will there be a ban on mass gatherings? What will the max number of people be? Etc etc. It may still be possible to go ahead with your wedding on your set date, but with a reduced guest list, or it may be that your guest list falls below the maximum number allowed at a single gathering. If your wedding cannot go ahead, your wedding suppliers and vendors will be in the same boat: this has never happened before and something none of us ever anticipated! But again my position would be rather than cancel, let’s again work together to find a date where I can still be a part of it.
The only thing that you might need to be aware of is that some of the most popular dates could be gone, so it might mean your wedding taking place at a later date and on a less popular day/date than normal, but with enough notice most of your guests will understand and be able to accommodate this.
What if we have to move the wedding because I or some close relative gets ill?
Hopefully it won’t come to this, but again this is something that hopefully your wedding insurer will cover. So you should check with them what happens in this case. Most vendors would stipulate in their contracts that if this were to happen you would still be liable for all fees, but again hopefully this is where wedding insurance would kick in. Contractually it would be the same position for me, BUT again my first preference would be if you can just rearrange the wedding to a date when I am free and I will happily be a part of it for no extra cost (subject to travel fees etc and at no prejudice to our existing contract). Please refer to my contract for my full cancellation policy.
What if you get ill and can’t attend the wedding?
I have been shooting weddings for 12 years and have NEVER missed a single wedding, however these are unprecedented times. The first thing to say is that if I am ill with the virus, I will not turn up and risk passing on the virus to you and your guests.
In the unlikely event that I cannot shoot your wedding, I will arrange for another photographer of the same standard, with a similar style, to replace me on the day. I will then edit the images in my usual style to maintain consistency. I have already taken steps agreeing to a scheme with my fellow wedding photographers whom I know and trust, and we will strive to help each other out should cover be required. If no cover can be found, you would be entitled to a full refund.
I hope this has helped to answer any questions you may have, and reassured you as to my commitment to be there on your day.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
See you soon.
A Fabulous Winter Wedding With Toasted Marshmallows And Sparkler Fun!
Yesterday I popped down the road to Pennyhill Park to shoot my final wedding of 2019, and it was an absolute corker.
Matt and Craig had the best sunny bright weather outside, and cosy and elegant Christmassy surroundings inside, for their December wedding. It was a day full of emotion, with many tears of happiness shed. The guys are so lovely, as are their friends and families. In fact following their vows, the registrar turned to me and said ‘You really can really feel the love in this room’, and she was right. I might have used my camera to hide a little tear myself!
Following the ceremony in the library, we were able to pop out for some group shots and toasted marshmallows. Then with temperatures dropping, we all headed back to the library for more drinks. The wedding breakfast was served in the Windsor suite, before everyone made their way back upstairs towards the library once again.
Matt and Craig really fancied using sparklers in some way during their day, so we organised for everyone, including their evening guests, to welcome them back to the library with a line of sparklers. With all the guests taking part, and the early to dark December night, it was really very effective and lots of fun. Then there were speeches, with Craig and Matt stepping up with great humour, as well as heartfelt sentiment. Then the beautiful cake was cut and and everyone returned to the Windsor suite for live music and dance, with sweetie table, buffet, guests book and photo wall.
This was such a relaxed and enjoyable wedding to capture. Although my style is mostly documentary, the guys were happy to just go along with any suggestions I had. It was the perfect finale to my wedding year, and I’m so pleased to be able to share a preview with the guys and you all now.
Matt and Craig, I feel like I don’t really need to say this because it’s a given, but Happy New Year! Enjoy your preview. J x
Venue – Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa.
Flowers by Longacres.
Semi Naked cake – Cake Magic.
A Beautiful Autumn Wedding At Millbridge Court Frensham Surrey
Yesterday Ben and Rachel married at Millbridge Court at Frensham in Surrey. I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for absolutely ages, having met the couple before they had booked their venue. So when they told me they had booked Millbridge Court I was over the moon.
I first visited the venue at the launch party a few years ago, and have since shot several bridal styled shoots at this terrific purpose built venue. This was however my first actual wedding, and it could not have been for a nicer couple. Some venues can be a little tricky when it comes to shooting Autumn and Winter weddings (when daylight is limited and weather a challenge). Millbridge Court has been specifically designed to let as much light in as possible, so even on a rather dark, rainy day like yesterday, it’s still a joy to document a wedding.
I started cover by capturing some bridal prep shots in the beautiful upstairs bridal loft. It’s a great area with plenty of light and space with several stations for hair and makeup. It also has the added benefit of a circular window (with oneway glass) to spy guests arriving. Meanwhile, Ben and the guys were getting ready in the Hideaway in the wooded area behind the main building.
Rachel’s dress was perfect for an Autumn wedding with delicate lace sleeves, teamed with the palest ‘something’ blue satin bridal pumps by Sophia Webster, complete with crystal heels.
All the wedding flowers, which were mainly a refreshing and sophisticated green and white, were provided by The lavender Hill Flower Company, however Rachel’s bouquet also featured beautiful pale pink Protea.
Ben and Rachel married in one of the large halls, before confetti, canapés, and group shots. Then thanks to a break in the weather, we headed out into the garden to capture some wonderfully Autumnal bride and groom portraits.
Kalm Kitchen provided a fantastic wedding breakfast, and Spongeworks a fab semi-naked three tired wedding cake.
Musical entertainment was provided by Thom Music, and later a DJ and lights from Farnham Sound And Light.
Ben and Rachel, thank you so much for choosing me to document such an important day in your life. It was an absolute pleasure. Here’s your wedding preview. Enjoy! J x
Venue – Millbridge Court
Flowers – Lavender Hill
Cake – Spongeworks
Dress – Farnham Bridal Boutique
Shoes – Sophia Webster
Makeup – Kate Causton
Acoustic Guitar – THOM Music
A Colourful Froyle Park October Wedding
Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of documenting Laura and Sundeep’s wedding at Froyle Park Country Estate near Alton in Hampshire. It was a colourful wedding with wonderful people who shared love, friendship, and cultures, and the rain just could not spoil it!
Both Laura and Sundeep got ready at the venue, so it was nice and easy to pop between the two to capture some final preparation shots. This was a real family wedding with the couple’s children involved throughout the day, as you will see. It made for some super fun and seriously cute photographs!
Laura looked so beautiful with her hair and makeup by Suzanne Dusek, sparkly shoes by LK Bennett, and a delicate cream bouquet. The atmosphere was laid back and relaxed with Laura pitching in to get little Evie ready for her big day! Meanwhile Sundeep and his son Sachin were getting ready with the boys down the corridor. They looked fantastic in their traditional dress with Sundeep sporting a fabulous blue velvet Sherwani coat and shoes with intricate gold embroidered detail, and cream ivory silk kameez.
Everything was ready for their ceremony in the great hall with more fabulous cream flowers by Fiona Curry, and twinkly candles lining the aisle, and a harpist playing contemporary music. The ceremony began with a traditional Punjabi Milni ceremony. The name Milni translates as ‘coming together’, and so the members of Sundeep’s family exchanged flower garlands with Laura’s family. Following this the couple made their vows with Sachin playing the important role as Best man and ring bearer, and Evie providing support and encouragement throughout! 🙂
Following the ceremony we headed off for some bride and groom portraits. The rain didn’t let up for a minute, but we found some lovely locations indoors. Froyle Park is blessed with great light, a covered area with plenty of day light, and a plethora of pretty sofas for some intimate and beautiful couple’s portraits, so we were pretty spoilt. When planning your wedding, make sure you consider the indoor space at a venue as you never know what the weather is going to do. Froyle Park has some beautiful outdoor areas, but you’ll see that actually what’s most important is not the backdrop, but you and your loved ones and all ‘the feels’ of your day.
The wedding breakfast took place in the ballroom. The meal included a celebratory butter chicken, Palak Gosht, Kofta and Daal. Then the couple’s beautiful semi naked wedding cake (by Designer Cakes By Elle), provided the perfect dessert with flavours of zingy lemon, cherry Bakewell, and white chocolate and vanilla. It went down very well, so I had to try some to see what all the fuss was about. 😉
The first dance was especially memorable as the couple were joined by a little guest, much to everyone’s delight. I left shortly afterwards and the party was just getting started!
This was such a lovely day to photograph. Laura and Sundeep both have such lovely welcoming families, and the most beautiful children. I wish them both a lifetime of love and happiness.
Here is your preview. J x
Venue – Froyle Park
Flowers – Fiona Curry
Hair & Makeup – Suzanne Dusek.
Bridal shoes – LK Bennett.
Semi Naked Cake (did I mention how delicious it was?) – Designer Cakes By Elle.
An elegant and sunny outdoor wedding at the Four Seasons Hampshire
Leanne and Michael had a brilliant day yesterday at the Four Seasons hotel in Hampshire. This beautiful Hampshire hotel is the perfect setting for a wedding at any time of year, but is particularly good for fine weather weddings. Apart from 500 acres of parkland, including lakes brimming with wildlife, there’s also a 16th century walled garden for marriage ceremonies and outdoor receptions. Planning an outdoor ceremony in this country can be a little hit and miss (we can literally get ‘four seasons in a day’), so Leanne and Michael absolutely struck gold with the weather.
I started the day with Michael and his groom’s party who were heading to the terrace for a drink before the ceremony in the walled garden. Once they headed off to the walled garden to meet the guests, I went to see the bride and her party as they put the finishing touches to their wedding look.
Leanne and the girls looked so beautiful. Leanne chose a fitted lace frock from Californian couture house Enzoani. This was worn with an additional ‘A’ line satin skirt worn for the ceremony and part of the day. Later she was able to remove the skirt to create a different evening look. Her wedding attire was completed with ballet pink Jimmy Choo ‘Dochas’ with jewel trim, and a pretty cream bouquet from the Fine Flowers Company.
The bridesmaids wore on trend blush pink with matching shoes, and carried complementary bouquets of cream and pink. They all looked stunning, and the colours were perfect for a sunny wedding.
With guests assembled, the bridal party made their way to the walled garden, the registrar and guests, and an emotional groom! It was a beautiful ceremony with two fantastic personal readings from the couple’s friends, and ended with a dazzling confetti exit.
After group shots we made our way in the hotel’s 4×4 down to the lakes for some bride and groom portraits. As always, this is a moment for my couples to spend some time together on their big day, and Leanne and Michael enjoyed the breather and a moment to reflect on their day so far. A wedding day is so filled to the brim with special moments, as well as reunions with friends and family, but it’s so important to connect and take some time out to be together. I’ve never known a couple not enjoy this short time away, and it’s fair to say we had fun!
After portraits, Leanne and Michael hitched a ride on a Four Seasons golf buggy, while Ashleigh (the videographer) and myself headed back in the 4×4. The guests were all ready assembled in the ballroom and received the bride and groom with an exuberant welcome. After great speeches (so funny), and a delicious wedding breakfast, the cake was cut and the dancing began.
The couple had planned the staging of their evening reception so well. They had a sparkling dance floor, dry ice and sparkulars provided by Farnham Sound & Light, and top DJ and saxophonist Dan Goode just to top it all off. With a great first dance, and a boys vs girls sing-off to Grease hit ‘Summer Lovin’, the reception was absolutely buzzing.
This was such a great day to shoot, and I’m sure everything this lovely couple had hoped for. It was also my second Four Seasons wedding and I hope not my last. The staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant and took great care of myself and Ashleigh.
Leanne and Michael, thanks so much for asking me to document your special day. It was an absolute pleasure. Enjoy your previews! J x