Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 6

Ultimate Wedding Guide by Funky and The Grumps. Day 6

To view the series from the start (Day 1) click here.

Today’s question. How do you choose the photographer that is right for YOU!


Who is “Funky”? That’s my wife and she is a multi award winning celebrant.

As for The Grumps, well that’s me but I’m not grumpy really.

The two of us have put our heads together and come up with a series of 25 videos which will be published, one per day, in the run up to Christmas. Starting on 1st December and ending on Christmas Day, it’s a kind of wedding guide advent calendar.

In bite sized chunks of only two to three minutes in length, each one answers a question we have been asked by couples in the lead up to their wedding day.

Our aim is to give practical advice on real questions we have been asked based on our many combined years of experience in the wedding industry.

It is our hope all you engaged couples out there planning your wedding day will find it useful.

Funky & The Grumps

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 6

Posted by Head Over Heels Photography on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 5

Ultimate Wedding Guide by Funky and The Grumps. Day 5

To view the series from the start (Day 1) click here.

Today’s question. With so much to pay for, why should you pay for a professional photographer?


Who is “Funky”? That’s my wife and she is a multi award winning celebrant.

As for The Grumps, well that’s me but I’m not grumpy really.

The two of us have put our heads together and come up with a series of 25 videos which will be published, one per day, in the run up to Christmas. Starting on 1st December and ending on Christmas Day, it’s a kind of wedding guide advent calendar.

In bite sized chunks of only two to three minutes in length, each one answers a question we have been asked by couples in the lead up to their wedding day.

Our aim is to give practical advice on real questions we have been asked based on our many combined years of experience in the wedding industry.

It is our hope all you engaged couples out there planning your wedding day will find it useful.

Funky & The Grumps

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 5

Posted by Head Over Heels Photography on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 4

Ultimate Wedding Guide by Funky and The Grumps. Day 4.

To view the series from the start (Day 1) click here.

Today’s question – should we use our venue’s recommended suppliers?


Who is “Funky”? That’s my wife and she is a multi award winning celebrant.

As for The Grumps, well that’s me but I’m not grumpy really.

The two of us have put our heads together and come up with a series of 25 videos which will be published, one per day, in the run up to Christmas. Starting on 1st December and ending on Christmas Day, it’s a kind of wedding guide advent calendar.

In bite sized chunks of only two to three minutes in length, each one answers a question we have been asked by couples in the lead up to their wedding day.

Our aim is to give practical advice on real questions we have been asked based on our many combined years of experience in the wedding industry.

It is our hope all you engaged couples out there planning your wedding day will find it useful.

Funky & The Grumps

Ulitmate Wedding Guide – Day 4

Posted by M Taylor Celebrant on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 3

Ultimate Wedding Guide by Funky and The Grumps. Day 3.

To view the series from the start (Day 1) click here.

Today’s question – what do we need to book first?


Who is “Funky”? That’s my wife and she is a multi award winning celebrant.

As for The Grumps, well that’s me but I’m not grumpy really.

The two of us have put our heads together and come up with a series of 25 videos which will be published, one per day, in the run up to Christmas. Starting on 1st December and ending on Christmas Day, it’s a kind of wedding guide advent calendar.

In bite sized chunks of only two to three minutes in length, each one answers a question we have been asked by couples in the lead up to their wedding day.

Our aim is to give practical advice on real questions we have been asked based on our many combined years of experience in the wedding industry.

It is our hope all you engaged couples out there planning your wedding day will find it useful.

Funky & The Grumps

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 3

Posted by Head Over Heels Photography on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 2

Ultimate Wedding Guide by Funky and The Grumps. Day 2.

To view the series from the start (Day 1) click here.

Today’s question – what do we need to do first?


Who is “Funky”? That’s my wife and she is a multi award winning celebrant.

As for The Grumps, well that’s me but I’m not grumpy really.

The two of us have put our heads together and come up with a series of 25 videos which will be published, one per day, in the run up to Christmas. Starting on 1st December and ending on Christmas Day, it’s a kind of wedding guide advent calendar.

In bite sized chunks of only two to three minutes in length, each one answers a question we have been asked by couples in the lead up to their wedding day.

Our aim is to give practical advice on real questions we have been asked based on our many combined years of experience in the wedding industry.

It is our hope all you engaged couples out there planning your wedding day will find it useful.

Funky & The Grumps

Ultimate Wedding Guide -Day 2

Posted by M Taylor Celebrant on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 1

Ultimate Wedding Guide by Funky and The Grumps. Day 1.


Who is “Funky”? That’s my wife and she is a multi award winning celebrant.

As for The Grumps, well that’s me but I’m not grumpy really.

The two of us have put our heads together and come up with a series of 25 videos which will be published, one per day, in the run up to Christmas. Starting on 1st December and ending on Christmas Day, it’s a kind of wedding guide advent calendar.

In bite sized chunks of only two to three minutes in length, each one answers a question we have been asked by couples in the lead up to their wedding day.

Our aim is to give practical advice on real questions we have been asked based on our many combined years of experience in the wedding industry.

It is our hope all you engaged couples out there planning your wedding day will find it useful.

Go to Day 2.

Funky & The Grumps

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Day 1

Posted by Head Over Heels Photography on Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ultimate Wedding Guide – Coming Soon!

Ultimate Wedding Guide by Funky and The Grumps.

Who is “Funky”? That’s my wife and she is a multi award winning celebrant.

As for The Grumps, well that’s me but I’m not grumpy really.

The two of us have put our heads together and come up with a series of 25 videos which will be published, one per day, in the run up to Christmas. Starting on 1st December and ending on Christmas Day, it’s a kind of wedding guide advent calendar.

In bite sized chunks of only two to three minutes in length, each one answers a question we have been asked by couples in the lead up to their wedding day.

Our aim is to give practical advice on real questions we have been asked based on our many combined years of experience in the wedding industry.

It is our hope all you engaged couples out there planning your wedding day will find it useful.

Funky & The Grumps

Coming soon…

Posted by Head Over Heels Photography on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wedding Albums – D.I.Y. or Studio Designed.

Wedding Albums – D.I.Y. or Studio Designed?

So you have decided you would like a wedding album. There’s no denying it, they can be quite expensive so you might be thinking:

“Can I save some money by designing it myself and buying it on line?”

Maybe you are thinking about assembling a few of your favourite photos from your day and sticking them into a suitable book. Perhaps designing a “photo book” on line and getting it printed. These are both good money saving ideas and, if you have a “good eye” for design, then go for it, but there are some issues you need to be aware of.


Queensberry Wedding Album showing page thickness
Queensberry Wedding Album showing page thickness

Firstly, photographers are great at telling the story of your day. After all, that’s why you hired them in the first place. They are experienced in designing wedding albums and know how to design an album that will tell your story in the most beautiful way possible.

They have access to the highest quality products that are only available to professionals. Products that are made to not only look beautiful and special, but are designed to last for many years to come, a lifetime and beyond. Your wedding album can be personalised, made from materials you have chosen with the photographs arranged to tell your unique story.

Your photographer should have a range of sample wedding albums for you to look at closely so you can tell for yourself whether or not they are of good quality. They should have samples of all the available materials so you can examine them for quality and see their true colours.


Queensberry Wedding Album with "Cover Motif".
Queensberry Wedding Album with “Cover Motif”.

When you design and order a wedding album on line, you really cannot be sure what you are going to receive. You may choose a cover of a certain colour and find, after it has been delivered, that it looks a very different colour when seen “in the flesh”, as it were.

It’s the same with your photographs. Depending on the “colour space” or “colour profile” used, they also can look different on your screen to how they look in print.

Why is this?  Because unless you are using a professionally colour calibrated computer monitor which is regularly re-calibrated, the colours on your screen  will not be the same as those of the print. You also have to consider the “colour temperature” or “profile” of your photographs and the colour space that is being used by that particular printer.

Producing a really good quality print is something that really is best left to the professionals. By that, I mean the printers. I don’t print any images off for resale myself for that very reason. I am a wedding photographer, not a printer. Like the majority of professional photographers I know, I leave it to people who are professionally trained and skilled in printing.


Queensberry "Half Photo Front" wedding album with "Parent's Duplicate".
Queensberry “Half Photo Front” wedding album with “Parent’s Duplicate”.

Then there is the quality issue with the album cover. You really can’t tell if something is well made and of good quality just by looking at it on a computer screen. You need to hold it. Touch it. Pull it about a bit. A wedding album is a very tactile thing and only by examining it “in the flesh” can you tell whether it is of good quality or poor quality.

You might chose a “leather” cover on line but, on a screen, you really have no idea whether that leather is of good quality or not. Believe me, leathers are not all the same, they vary a great deal in quality.

Quite possibly the best commercially available wedding album in the world.
Quite possibly the best commercially available wedding album in the world.

I use Queensberry for my albums and I can say with complete honesty that the “photo books” I have seen provided through a “design it yourself” type service are nowhere near as good in terms of quality. I did have a couple for “wedding fairs” so that I could offer them as a cheaper option. I stopped offering them when they fell apart. None of my Queensberry wedding albums have come apart, even after years of being “pulled around” at wedding fairs.

At the end of the day, you have a choice to make. I realise that choice is governed to a large degree by your budget. In my personal opinion, buy the best you can afford. If that means you have to wait a year or two, then be patient. You don’t have to get your album straight after your wedding. Speak to your photographer about it.

For those of you who have already lived together for some time, you might already have enough kettles and toasters. If your guests are stuck for an idea of what to buy you for a wedding present, some photographers (myself included) offer a gifting service where your guests can make a contribution of any amount towards your album.


Queensberry "Full Photo Front" wedding album.
Queensberry “Full Photo Front” wedding album.

A good quality wedding album will last your lifetime and beyond. As I have said before, if well cared for, it will become a valuable family heirloom to be passed on to future generations.

My in-laws recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. All the guests wanted to see their wedding album. It was in use all night long being passed around with lovely comments from members of their generation as it brought back some fantastic memories for them. Then there was the amazement displayed by the younger generations when they saw what their relatives looked like all those years ago.

Seriously, what price can you put on that?

Queensberry wedding album showing a "fold out" page
Queensberry wedding album showing a “fold out” page

 

Why use a wedding celebrant?

Why use a wedding celebrant for your big day?

As I’m a wedding photographer and my wife Michelle is a wedding celebrant, I think it’s best if I leave her to explain.

She recently conducted a wedding at Jimmy’s Farm on a day when I was free, so rather than cover the day telling the story of the Bride and Groom, I thought I would tell the story of the celebrant’s day.

The photo’s and their subtitles are mine, but the words are all Michelle’s.

I present to you, a day in the life of the #funkycelebrant.


Why use a celebrant? What exactly are we getting for our money?

Yay! You’ve booked me to conduct a ceremony for you; I am SO excited to be working with you as we create your perfect ceremony…

So what can you expect when you work with me?

As many meetings as you want prior to your big day.

We can meet at a mutually convenient time or location. I am really flexible and am happy, where time allows to meet day or evening and at the weekends. I will work around your time and family constraints.

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm.
Michelle holds a planning meeting with the couple and the wedding planner at Jimmy’s Farm.

Once your ceremony is written and edited to your satisfaction we will arrange for a practice at your venue. On very rare occasions we wont be able to get access to the venue, but don’t panic we can still walk through the big entrance and choreography of the ceremony. Chat through who is doing what and where and practice the all important symbolic elements

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
Michelle gets everyone together to start the rehearsal.

Wedding photography at Jimmy's Farm
With so many choices available for a celebrant led wedding, it’s important everyone gets to rehearse “their bit”.

Wedding photography at Jimmy's Farm
Michelle always tries to get “all the key players” to the rehearsal.

After the practice I WILL always take my couple to one side for a pep talk. Relax, breathe, the planning is complete. Rest, eat and take a moment to look around at every point of day to lock in the memories…

It REALLY does work! I can still remember all the elements from my wedding day 11 years ago.

And then the day has dawned…Dress ironed, petticoat and DM’s chosen (you so know I will be wearing DM’s don’t you??) and then I will be ensuring the car is packed with my ceremony day kit (basically everything and the kitchen sink) and I’m off. I’ll always aim to be at your venue at least and hour before ceremony is due to start.

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
Michelle prepares the table where the “signing” will take place.

Set up my bits; place the certificate in the folder, with pen ready for the signing and then its time to speak to the other suppliers

The string quartet – making sure they have a copy of the script to follow too!

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Michelle makes sure that all the other “suppliers” are fully briefed as well, to make sure everything goes to plan.

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
Michelle often finds it’s the first time some suppliers have been to a “Celebrant led wedding”, so they need briefing too.

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Michelle exerts a calming influence on a very nervous Groom.

Brief the groom and other members of his party…

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Michelle makes sure some water is available for the happy couple.

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Michelle makes sure the guests’ needs are taken care of as well.

And hand out the tissues…

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Michelle goes to meet the Bridal Party when they arrive.

The bride and her party have arrived…and so has a chance for my first look at her outfit …wow she looks radiant and everyone is sooooo excited…including me!

Mums escorted to their seats, I make my entrance and wax lyrical about the fact I have just seen the bride and the groom is in for a treat …he then tells me he’s close to tears already …Has he got a tissue himself? Nope…quick, dive into the box and shove some in his hand…music accompanies the bride on her final walk as a single woman, She’s chatting with her dad, but as soon as she sees her groom their eyes are locked together.

And then. …she’s here!

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
Michelle announces the arrival of the Bridal Party.

THAT LOOK!

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
The Bride arrives

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
The Groom is a little overwhelmed, so Michelle helps out with a tissue.

It says it all….

A whispered ‘You look amazing’… a squeeze of the hand, a shy smile at the guests and the biggest grin to her spouse…

And we’re off…I’ve a ceremony to deliver…

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
The ceremony gets underway.

Laughter, tears, moments to savour.

Wedding Photography for Jimmy's Farm

Pauses, looks and touches.

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm

Camera clicks and videographers running around trying to capture every angle.

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm

Handfasting with mums as vows are exchanged and then rings replacing the cords…

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
A “hand fasting” with Mums placing the cord over the couple’s hands. The source of the phrase “tying the knot”.

A pause for a photo op as the certificate is signed and then we’re back to the front for that all important first kiss and pronouncement…and then a twist…

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
The “First Kiss”.

A gender reveal…I’ve no idea! They’ve kept me in the dark too!

Lining up parents, Maid of Honour and Best Man up…I get the honour of having a confetti cannon shoved into my hands too…We’re about to find out!

AND

IT’S

A….

BOY!!!!!

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
Blue confetti, for a boy of course!

YES …I guessed it right!

More tears and we cheered and clapped the happy couple away and retreated to the marquee for a celebratory drink or two…

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Time for little “circulating” after the ceremony.

Happy people, chatting and extolling the virtues of a celebrant led wedding. ‘Never seen a ceremony like it’…’that was so much fun’, ‘so personal’, ‘how long have you known them?’ ‘You captured them perfectly’….’We love your outfit’…’can we get a photo’…

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm

Wow what a day…

Sad to pack my things away, but pack away I must, before a last minute photo op with the happy couple and the obligatory selfie …then its time to wend my way home…

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm
A photo with some more satisfied customers.

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm

A grin on my face, another memory locked into my memory bank…

Wedding photography for Jimmy's Farm

Knowing I’ve played a small part in someone’s big day is humbling and gratifying, knowing a little bit of me will live on in the script I have created inspires me to create something special every time I sit down at my laptop…Could the next ceremony be for you?

Drop me a line, lets have a chat…

Thank you to Scott & Chelsey Killen for allowing my hubby to gatecrash your practice your big day…

Thanks too to Kev …my talented hubster at www.headoverheelsphotography.co.uk

And thanks to all of the other awesome suppliers who gave me permission to take photos and use them in this blog!

Top 5 tips for a hot wedding day.

Top 5 tips for a hot wedding day.

EL SCORCHIO !!

 

A hot day on The Great Ocean Road in Australia.
I know it’s not a wedding photo, but I had to get a few of my holiday snaps in somewhere!!

It sure is getting hot out here, with the temperature set to rise even higher over this weekend.

So what are you doing to stay chilled on your big day?

Michelle (#FunkyCelebrant) and I have put our heads together and come up with our top 5 tips to surviving a hot wedding day.

Now we realise that most of this advice will seem fairly obvious, but you would be amazed at how often we have seen the “obvious’ get overlooked during all the excitement of a wedding day.


1. DRESS APPROPRIATELY

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Dress appropriately for the weather if you want to stay “chilled” on your wedding day!!

So ladies. Months and, in some cases, years of dreaming and preparation will have gone into the choosing of your wedding outfit…

Think about your style, the weight and type of material and the time of day you are planning to get married. If, for instance, you are planning a midday ceremony in the middle of June or July, you may want to rethink the sleeves and the heavily boned corset or heavily beaded dress. Ladies who are not wearing dresses, think about what you can get away with …minimise…a lightweight suit perhaps or even shirt sleeves and dare I say it …shorts! There are so many fun and funky styles out there, dress for your size, shape, style…IT IS YOUR WEDDING DAY …You are not beholden to anyone else’s ideas of what is appropriate.

Gents, that nice thick and expensive pure new wool waistcoat and jacket might look lush in the shop when you try it on in the middle of January, but how much wear will you get out of it on a very hot wedding day…If you can get away with it, put a kilt on and waft …If you can’t, go for a light weight material, be it a suit or just shirt and trousers if its a more casual wedding.

Don’t be afraid to disrobe if it is unbearably hot in the sun…I don’t want anyone fainting on me…You can always chuck your jacket back on for the photos if needed.


2.HYDRATE!

Random waterfall near Cairns in Australia.
You don’t need to stand under a waterfall but it’s another excuse for a holiday snap!!

Michelle and I can’t stress enough how important this is! No you don’t have to bathe in a waterfall…this pic is for dramatic effect only…have to get our holiday snaps in somewhere…

A good officiant will always ensure there is water on the table or nearby for those dry moments.

During the course of your wedding prep drink…… not toooooo much alcohol, but tea, water, anything that is refreshing. It will help prevent the headaches (we’ll come onto alcohol in a mo).

You have attendants for a reason, they are there to look after you, so make sure you eat and drink before your ceremony and task one of them with keeping you topped up.

Ladies in frocks don’t worry about the loo. Chances are you will find, even with drinking more, you won’t be going to the loo any more frequently than normal.


3.KEEP COOL.

Wedding photography in Essex
You might need an obliging celebrant to do some “wafting” for you.

Grab a fan. You can get little portable battery operated fans or have a nice Spanish style one to waft the air around you. Lads, don’t be afraid to use a hanky or a towel if you’re prone to sweating to mop your brow…(is it the heat or the nerves??)

Seek out the shade as much as possible during the day. When planning an outdoor ceremony, if you have access to the venue in the days preceding, see where the sun is going to be at the time of your ceremony and set up accordingly.

No-one wants to be squinting into the sun whilst trying to enjoy listening to your story and ahhhhing along with you as you exchange your vows. But most people don’t mind sitting in the sun for half and hour or so topping up the tan. Make sure the kids and granny have some access to shade and water though…sunstroke can cause some serious problems.


4.PROTECT YOURSELF (WE ALL LOVE THE SUN, BUT DON’T OVERDO IT).

Wedding photography in Essex
I know it’s a “night time” photo, but parasols have more than one use!

Ladies, have you considered a parasol as part of your wedding outfit? It offers the perfect amount of shade and you can be all ‘Vivian Leigh esque’ (Gone With The Wind… just in case you have no idea who I mean) as you perambulate the aisle towards your future spouse.

If you don’t want to buy one especially, I always bring a red and a white one with me which you can borrow for the day. If you let me know beforehand, I would be happy to buy another colour and add it to my “collection”.

Warn your guests that the wedding is outdoors and remind them to bring sunscreen, hats, brollies, insect repellent, aftersun, cooling wipes, appropriate footwear, heel protectors….or maybe you can make up a little basket and throw some of the items in there for your and their comfort…Don’t forget as you are getting dressed to slap on some sunscreen to those exposed parts too!

Ooooh ladies….If you are wearing a strapless dress, make sure if you are enjoying the sun in the lead up to your big day that you don’t get tan lines in places you don’t want them!


5.ALCOHOL.

Wedding photography at Helmingham Hall in suffolk.
This image has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with alcohol. I’m using it because it is one of my “all time” favourite wedding photos.

Yay the sun is out…that means it’s Pimms o’clock surely!

Enjoy the drink, it is your wedding day after all !!  If you can’t enjoy a few cheeky cold ones on this epic day, when can you??

Be careful though, too much alcohol and too much sun is a BAAAAAAD combo. Pace yourself…you have hours of fun ahead of you, make sure you mix the alcoholic consumption with hydrating water consumption. ALCOHOL CAN HELP MAKE YOU DEHYDRATED. You want to remember your wedding day for all the right reasons…Come to that you want to remember your wedding day full stop!


Wedding photography in Essex
Nothing beats dipping your toes in the swimming pool, like the one here at Maison Talbooth in Essex, on a hot day.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you have your ceremony…have fun, make the most of this fabulous weather and have the most amazing day…EVER!

With love from the #FunkyCelebrant & me.