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

 

A Wedding Fair (or wedding fayre?).

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The happy couple at All Manor of Events, Henley near Ipswich, Suffolk.

A Wedding Fair (or wedding fayre?).

To be honest, I have no idea and have to admit, don’t think the spelling is that important.

So what’s this blog about then?

Well, I’ve attended a wedding fair. Now I hear you say, “so what’s the big deal?” Let me explain.

Those of you who have read my earlier blogs, particularly the one about attending wedding fairs, will be aware that it’s very rare I actually exhibit at  them. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s a link to make it easy to find.

Photography as a business – dream vs reality part 3.


So why do I choose not to attend many wedding fairs? Well here’s some of the main points for those that haven’t read my previous blog on the subject. Some venues organise wedding fairs in order to attract couples to their venue. In short, they would like the couples to use their venue for their wedding day and they invite along a few suppliers they have worked with and trust, charging them a nominal fee for a table or “stand”. In my humble opinion, this type of fair is worth going to.

Nowadays a lot of wedding fairs are organised purely to make money out of the suppliers. Your cake makers, photographers, suit hirers, florists, car hirers and so on. Often taking place in a venue where weddings are rarely if ever held, the organisers charge the vendors a high price for a table or “stand” and will charge for every “extra” (such as a table cloth or even a cup of coffee) to make as much money as possible out of the suppliers. In my humble opinion, we suppliers should avoid those type of fairs.


So how did I get to attend a wedding fair? Well, a few weeks ago I was invited to a two day wedding fair at All Manor of Events in Henley, near Ipswich in Suffolk. I jumped at the chance. I’ve worked at the venue on many occasions over a number of years and seen it grow to become a first class wedding venue.

I photographed the very first wedding they held in their “Poplar Barn” and, with the addition of a woodland setting later this year (the owner Andrew took my wife Michelle, who is a wedding celebrant, and myself up to the woods for a little preview), couples will have a choice of at least four different settings in which to hold their wedding ceremony.

There’s the “Chestnut Barn”, the newly refurbished “Poplar Barn”, the outdoor ceremony room known as “The Garden Room” and this most recent area in the woodland. The photographer in me can see the rays of sunlight coming down through the tree canopy while the ceremony is in full flow, simply beautiful and I can’t wait to photograph a wedding there!

Other reasons I was keen to go are the staff are fab and their food is always terrific!! 🙂


Being a photographer, I always note how many other photographers are present. I see no point in me attending a “photography show” at a wedding venue.

There were three of us and I think the organiser had given this matter serious thought because, though the three of us are of a similar pricing point, we all offer something different and have completely different styles.


So, how did it go? Day one, the Sunday, was open from 11.00am until 4.00pm. The weather wasn’t brilliant but it didn’t stop people from coming. It was well attended and I ended up the day with six very interested couples.

How do I define an interested couple? These are the ones that come over to your table, stand and chat with you, ask a lot of questions and then ask how they can get in touch with you after the fair.

As for looking after us suppliers, the staff of All Manor of Events were brilliant. Not only was the coffee free, they provided us with a light cooked lunch as well. Like I said earlier, their food is always terrific!!


On day two, the Monday, the fair was open from 12.00 mid day until 9.00pm. Why so long? It’s to give people the opportunity to come when their children are at school during the afternoon and for those who work on Sundays to have the option to attend on the Monday.

The weather really did not play ball. It rained really heavily ALL DAY and was very cold for the time of year. Needless to say, that affected the number of couples willing to “turn out” in order to attend.

There were some couples brave enough to come in the evening but I suspect most of them had appointments to see the venue staff to either book the venue or sort out a few details for weddings later this year.


But no one can control the weather and Michelle and myself took the opportunity to “network” with our fellow suppliers. Michelle had worked with one of the other photographers last year, and she is working with the third one later this year.

I spent time chatting with all the other suppliers (including the other two photographers) and found them all to be a really friendly group of people. None of the nasty “competitive” type of behaviour I have experienced at some other wedding fairs in the past.

Was it a success for me personally? If you judge your success by the number of bookings you receive, I will not be able to answer that question for some time yet. Six couples who I believe were genuinely interested in what I have to offer and who are getting married in 2019 and 2020. They may get in touch in the coming months, they may not. Time will tell.

I prefer to judge success by asking myself the question, would I like to go to another fair at this venue? Without any hesitation, YES, ABSOLUTELY I WOULD.

I love the venue, I love the staff, the other suppliers were a great bunch of really friendly people and, in case I forgot to mention it before, I love the food!!

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The happy couple go for a stroll near The Garden Room at All Manor of Events.

5 top tips for an enjoyable wedding day.

 

5 top tips for an enjoyable wedding day.

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The big day has arrived so it’s time to have some fun!

Having worked in the wedding biz for a few years now, my wife Michelle and I have learnt so many things from our couples and families. The ‘what to do’s’ and ‘what not to do’s’ on the big day.

The stressful last minute issues and how to make sure the happy couple are blissfully unaware of them and the little things that just make the day run that little bit more smoothly…

I don’t want to wax lyrical for hours and I’m sure you don’t have hours to spare anyway so, in conjunction with my wife at www.mtaylorcelebrant.co.uk, we have compiled our absolute top 5 tips to help ensure your big day goes wonderfully.

We hope they help. Let us know! Oh…and have a fabulous day!


THE BIG 5 !

Congratulations your big day has arrived!

The scene is set. The seating plan, having been revised and revised again, is finally drawn up. The flowers have arrived, as has the amazing cake. The suits and dresses are hanging ready to slip on once hair has been coffered possibly even make up applied… So what else do you need to think about?

wedding photography at Leez Priory in Essex
Everything is set for your big day!

1. Hydrate & eat!! Chances are you will have been too excited to get a full night’s sleep so it’s important, whatever actual time your wedding is scheduled for, to eat breakfast and perhaps a light snack before your ceremony.
Ladies, trust me… your dress WILL still fit!

wedding photography at Houchins Farm in Essex
Please eat sensibly on the morning of your big day. Your dress will still fit!!

Eating something on your wedding day isn’t going to cause you to gain 7lbs in a nanosecond!

I don’t want to scare anyone but I have known it for the Bride to pass out half way through her vows because she chose to ignore this advice. You have been warned!

And you need to stay hydrated, it’s good for your skin, helps prevent tension headaches and gives your hands something to do!

By all means have a little tipple to calm nerves and just start the day in a celebratory mood, but don’t overdo it. Your officiant might not be able to marry you! (And you’ll be bursting for a pee halfway through the ceremony if you’re not careful!)


2. During the prep take a moment out to look around and take everything in, who is doing what and where. Don’t keep worrying about what you have got to do next and spend your big day clock watching! You have hired others to watch the clock for you ( your photographer for one! ) and make sure everything runs to schedule so live in the moment and enjoy it!

You know your day is going to go in a blur so lock those memories in! We followed this bit of advice and can still remember some of the minute details of our big day.

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Sometimes the morning can be really hectic. Step back for a moment and take in what’s going on.

3. Don’t stress, all the hard work is done. Relax, enjoy, the day will be what it’ll be. Seriously don’t sweat the small stuff & don’t try to micro manage!
It never, ever works when you do AND it will just end up stressing you out!

So you realise just how important this is, I’ll say it again. Don’t try to micro manage!! Trust your team of suppliers… after all, you’ve picked some pretty awesome ones… right?


4. Make sure to get your ‘maids’ or your ‘men’ to assist you when you need it. They aren’t there just for the free lunch, it’s a working day for them!! They are your support for your big day after all. Don’t be afraid to ask them to perform little tasks when you need them. (Ladies if you need help with your frock when visiting the loo, make sure your girls are available … check out the bin bag tip on the old Internet too – from Michelle).

Allocate your ‘tribe’ some tasks, when they all know what they are doing and pull together it makes an amazing day just that bit more awesome…THIS is why you are friends with this lot! They have your backs!

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Get your tribe to join in with the fun!

5. Take 5 minutes time out during the reception to wander off with a glass of something chilled and your new spouse… Sit, talk and take in the moment…
You did it!! You’re finally married after all those years or months of organisation. Admire how your rings sit on your fingers, how beautiful or dapper your other half is looking.

Wedding photography at All Manor of events
You did it!! Take five minutes out to let it all sink in.

Go for  little stroll together away from the crowd, time to just enjoy each other’s company for a little while.

wedding photography at All Manor of Events in Suffolk
Go for a little stroll, just the two of you.

If you can, take a walk around your wedding breakfast area before you guests come in. No doubt a lot of thought, time and effort has gone into making it just perfect, so have a look around and take it all in.

Near the end of the day take time out to just enjoy some peace and just “watch” for a while, before getting back into the fray and throwing some funky moves on the dance floor!

wedding photography at Maison Talbooth on the Essex / Suffolk border.
End the day with a few funky moves on the dance floor!

What’s it like working with a wedding celebrant?

A garden wedding in Essex.
The Groom watches as his Bride walks down the aisle, my wife beside him grinning as usual.

So what’s it like working with a wedding celebrant?

More to the point, what’s it like working with your wife when she happens to be the wedding celebrant. This is a question we both get asked on a regular basis, especially when couples are looking at booking us both, so I will attempt to answer that question by way of a real life example.


The Meeting: The Bride and Groom had noticed my details on Michelle’s website and, though they had arranged to meet with another photographer, asked if I could come along as well. They had a good look through lots of slideshows on my iPad and looked at several sample wedding albums I had brought with me.

They said they loved my work but, as they had already arranged to meet another photographer and thought it would be rude to cancel that appointment, said they would let me know in due course. About a week later and after they had met with the other photographer, they emailed me to let me know they thought I would be perfect for their day.


The Planning: As is always the case I took a great deal of interest in the planning of the whole day and gave helpful advice when necessary. When I work with Michelle, I am able to get a really detailed knowledge of what is going to happen during the ceremony.

With each ceremony being unique and designed with the couple so as to reflect their own personalities, this detailed knowledge is very valuable as it allows me to plan exactly where to be at the right time to get wonderful photos.

When working with a wedding celebrant I am able to attend the practice and really see first hand how things are going to flow on the day. I can work out where to stand to get great photos without getting too close or in the way and spoiling everyone’s enjoyment of the ceremony. When working with Michelle, I also have some input on where she should stand to get the best photos of the happy couple!

Most couples have an idea of the type of photography they would like for their day. This will often include some “formal” photos of themselves and their guests together with a lot of informal or “reportage” style photos. We will work out a plan A (for good weather) and a plan B (for wet weather) and identify locations in advance for the group and couple photos so that no time is wasted on the wedding day.

But I also want my couples to have something more than the photos “everyone has”, something different from the “norm”. To that end, I always encourage couples to also think a bit “outside the box” and perhaps have some photos that are taken “just for fun”. In fact, I have a dedicated gallery on my website called “just for fun”. These are the photos that usually raise the biggest smiles both during and after the big day.

A garden wedding in Essex.
A “Just for Fun” photo of the Bride and Groom with their friends.

The wedding day was upon us and I arrived early as usual. This meant I had time for a bacon butty and cup of tea whilst chatting with the bridal party and the Bride’s parents. I often find a good chat over a cup of tea helps put everyone at ease before I start clicking the shutter button.

Then I set about my work. The Bride & Groom will have spent a lot of time and effort, not to mention money, arranging not just the big things, but also the little details that go to make their special day exactly how they want it to be. The pictures I take now will help them remember all those little details for years to come. Everything from the seating plan to the strategically placed signs, from the Wedding Cake to the wine for the wedding breakfast, from the Bridesmaid’s dresses to the Groom’s “button hole”. All will have been carefully selected to form a small but important part of this most special of days.

Then there’s The Dress, The Shoes, The Perfume, The Jewellery, The Old, New, Borrowed and Blue. All to be recorded for posterity. The atmosphere as the Bridal party share a bedroom as hair and make-up are perfected. Then, when everything is just right, a few portrait photos of the Bride looking amazing!

The Groom and his party are not to be forgotten. It’s his day too, so some photos of him, his Best Man and friends when they are all done up to the 9s and looking their best.

The guests start to arrive. Some casual photos of them chatting, maybe catching up with old friends they haven’t seen in an age, and then making their way to their seats. Not forgetting some photos of the Groom with his Best Man as they wait patiently, and perhaps nervously, for the bride to arrive.

Then the wedding celebrant, my wife Michelle, calls all to order. She gives her introduction before leading on to the moment they have all been waiting for. All stand for the entrance of The Bride!

Photos are taken as the pretty flower girl leads the way scattering petals down the aisle. She is followed by the Bridesmaids all looking beautiful then, finally, The Bride looking amazing. I then turn to get a photo of the Groom as he sees her for the first time in her wedding dress. The look on his face says it all!

The ceremony goes brilliantly. Just the right blend of “the serious” with “the fun”. Big smiles and lots of laughter from everyone, including the celebrant. Exactly what a celebration of love should be.

As for me, I’m keeping out of the way so that I don’t distract anyone, but I’m getting lots of photos of smiling faces! Capturing those important little moments like the rings being placed on the fingers, the vows being exchanged, the first kiss and those knowing little glances the couple give each other. I can’t help but smile all the way through it all.

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One of those “knowing little glances” from the Bride and Groom as Michelle tells their story.

When the ceremony ends, it’s time for the confetti. I get the guests organised and tell them how confetti should be thrown. Then it’s time to get them organised for the group photos. It really comes in handy being married to the celebrant as she now sets about helping me get everyone organised.

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The Confetti flies!!

The big group photo with everyone in it is usually the first. The part of the wedding that the guests dread the most. We need natural smiles, not cheesy forced ones, so it’s “Three cheers for the Bride and Groom”. That usually works. Everyone comes alive, lots of cheering and lots of natural smiles. After the photo is taken, those guests that do not “appear” in any more photos can be released to make their way to the drinks and canapés.

During the planning stage the Bride and Groom had, at my request, provided a list of the group photos they wanted. At the rehearsal we had worked out the best order in which to take the photos so that guests are not standing around for ages waiting to have their photo taken. After all, who wants to stand around waiting for photos when there’s food and drink calling out to them! About 15 minutes later, we’re done.

Now it’s on to the “fun” photos with the bride, Groom and their parties. And they really had come up with some fun ideas for these photos! Michelle joins in as my “voice activated light stand”, another advantage of being married to the celebrant (though I suspect she doesn’t quite see it that way).

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Boys will be boys. Another “just for the fun of it” photo.

Then I took the Bride and Groom off for a little walk to take some “romantic” and some casual photos of just the two of them enjoying each other’s company, and a few “formal” ones which they had wanted for “display on the mantle piece”. The Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid comes in handy here. There’s drinks and canapés to be carried, not to mention a long dress to be looked after.

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The Bride and Groom on their own.

Then it’s back to the guests to “mingle” and enjoy themselves. An opportunity for me to get some casual photos of them all generally just having a good time before all the guests are called to their seats ready for the Wedding Breakfast.

Some photos as the Bride and Groom are announced (usually by my wife Michelle) and make their entrance, then, when they are seated, I disappear to let everyone enjoy their meal without fear of having a camera pointed in their direction.

Then it’s time for the speeches! I take a few photos of each of the speech makers in turn but mostly photograph the reactions of the guests and top table as they are often laughing hysterically at what is said.

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The Best Man making his speech.

When the speeches draw to a close it’s usually time for me to prepare for the “First Dance”. I set up any additional lighting that I think is necessary so that I am ready when they are.

The arrival of the evening guests presents me with another opportunity for some casual photos of the Bride and Groom with their guests. Then, at some point, it’s time to photograph the cutting of the Wedding Cake before moving on to that special First Dance, both of which are often announced by Michelle.

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The First Dance.

As soon as the First Dance is finished the guests invade the dance floor and the evening party gets underway. A few photos of them enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Maybe they have asked for a particular photo that they really want me to get.

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The fireworks say it all. A photo they had asked for and which was important to them.

I check with the Bride and Groom that they have finished with Michelle and I before packing my equipment away at the end of what has been a truly fantastic day.

So what’s it like working with your wife, the wedding celebrant? Absolutely brilliant. I love the ceremonies my wife conducts. Every one is different and they are always full of fun and laughter. And let’s not forget, I get a free “voice activated light stand” thrown into the bargain!!