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Today we’re sharing with you a lovely engagement shoot by Rebecca Douglas of cute couple Lisa and Owen. Lisa tells us their engagement story…..

“We first met in 2008 in Canterbury and were introduced by a mutual friend. She made it very obvious that she thought we would be a perfect match and Owen even joked that we should get married! Our paths didn’t cross for a while after that night as I was taking exams but Owen and I kept in touch and then arranged a date – we moved in together just 6 months later! For our anniversary last year Owen gave me a beautiful bracelet. He suddenly dropped to one knee and asked me to look inside the bracelet. Carefully engraved was ‘Will you marry me, Lisa?’! It was such a wonderful surprise!

“It’s been wedding crazy since our engagement and having this shoot in the Bluebell Wood was just like being in our very own fairy tale. We regularly go walking together in the countryside, so the setting couldn’t have been more fitting for us as a couple. Both of us are relatively shy, but Rebecca put us at ease and we had such a fun evening walking through the woods having our picture taken. The scent of the bluebells was just amazing! Planning a wedding together can be such a busy affair, but having that time on the shoot was such an enjoyable and relaxing way to celebrate our engagement and we also have some beautiful images to look back on.”

Massive congratulations to Lisa & Owen and thanks to Rebecca Douglas for sharing the shoot with us.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

If you are on the search for your wedding photographer then this is one post you need to read. It’s a fantastic guest post by the very talented photographer, Rebecca Douglas, who is going to give you the low down on what you need to look for when booking your wedding photography. Let’s find out more from the gal herself…….

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Rebecca Douglas – In front of the camera for once!

 

”Hi Everyone, I hope that this quick tutorial will give you enough info to confidently pick your photographer but before we get onto us photographer types remember that to start with its all about you…

What do you want from your wedding photography?

Start by asking yourself some simple questions.

What’s your style? Do you like traditional, documentary, modern and edgy or retro and vintage?

What do you want captured on the day? Is it from arrival at the ceremony until the last dance, longer or less?

Do you want an album or DVD only with all of the images, or both?

What is your budget? Photography is the only lasting reminder of your day so think carefully about what have you budgeted. Is it realistic?

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Let the Research Begin

Start by searching for photographers on Google and look at review websites, blogs and social media.

If you see a photographer you like what is your gut reaction to their images? Do you love, like or just think ok? You should LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Draw up a short list of possibles, then try pinning their images (Pinterest is a great research tool) and keep comparing. Contact them to see if they are free on your wedding date. It’s also a good chance to see what their speed of response is like. Are they efficient and good at getting back to you as the customer?

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The Images

When you’ve done enough pinning take a good look at the photos and ask yourself the following questions:

Can you see yourself in the images? Are the key moments captured? Are the images sharp? Do the images look well lit? Do the people look comfortable and relaxed? Are the images taken from flattering angles? Hint: all the answers should be YES!

Meeting your Photographer

When you meet with the photographer have a checklist of questions that link to your list of priorities. It’s also important that you strike up an instant rapport and you’re happy that they are focused on you and your day.

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The Essentials

Lastly you need to do a bit of admin! Make sure your photographer has public liability and public indemnity insurance as well as professional (full-frame cameras) and back up gear. Read their terms and condition carefully. Also check they have back up on and off site for images so they are not lost forever! It’s also helpful at this point to see what images you will get (how many and what resolution) and your rights to print and upload. It’s worth asking how they will use them and will they Photoshop and edit images, plus you need to find out how quickly you will get the images and/or albums after the wedding.

It’s really important too that you can see yourself smiling at your photographer for the whole of your wedding day and you are super comfortable with them. If so, the experience will be so much more enjoyable especially if you are a bit camera shy. It’s also a great idea to have an engagement shoot to get comfortable as a couple in front of the camera and work with your photographer prior to the day.

Good luck with your photographer and have a fantastic wedding day!”

Massive thanks Rebecca and if you’re just starting out on your wedding planning, we cover how to pick your suppliers in our workshop so take a look here for more info.

All images: Rebecca Douglas Photography

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If you’re feeling in need of a winter snuggly treat then you’ll love our happy couple in today’s Share the love. This is a lovely engagement shoot in one of our favourite Kent towns, Canterbury. We asked one half of our happy couple, Laura, to tell us all about the big proposal and the low down on their shoot.

When and where did you get engaged?

It was in December in Canterbury, which is where we met and both studied at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Who proposed to whom?

Chris proposed to me, keeping it traditional on one knee, diamond ring at the ready! We then went for a nice for a cup of tea and a service in the Cathedral. It all came as a complete surprise!

Why did you pick Canterbury for your shoot?

We got engaged on the bridge near the Marlowe Theatre, a bridge that was always on our walk home as students, so it’s very special to us. Then we retraced the steps of the engagement day, going for a drink in Chambers Café before heading into the Cathedral cloisters for some shots there. Then, as a bonus we headed off to Reculver for some photographs. We had to race over as we hoped for some sunset pictures. In spite of it being overcast all day, the sun finally appeared for the last half hour of our shoot!

Did friends and family know in advance or did you tell them after?

Of course my dad had to know! As Chris is training to be a vicar, there’s an old tradition that his ‘boss’, the Bishop, is supposed to know too. A few friends knew too because it’s a big secret to keep! Then we spent the evening phoning everyone else before going out for dinner.

How did you pick your photographer for your engagement shoot?

Rebecca came highly recommended by a friend of ours so we knew just who to ring when the time came! We so made the right choice and we are  looking forward to working with her on our wedding day!

And so lastly when is the big day? 

Saturday 12th October 2013 at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury.

Thanks so much to Rebecca Douglas and our couple for sharing their engagement with us.

Happy Wedding Planning! x

 

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Felicity and Simon Howe were married at The Great Barn Rolvenden, near Tenterden in Kent. This wedding has all our favourite elements of a Kent affair and we just love the atmosphere that’s been captured so beautifully by photographer, Rebecca Douglas.

We asked the couple to tell us about their day and how they planned their wedding. Felicity says “We chose The Great Barn as it’s a beautiful 18th century barn in the middle of a gorgeous country setting. It’s a lovely rustic building with loads of wooden beams and old rusty farm tools as decoration.”

“Our wedding style was informal, fun and rustic. We were very much inspired by the beautiful rural Kent setting and used it as a basis for our colour scheme of dusky pink, cream and olive green. I wanted our own personal touches and my friends and family helped out. My friend did my flowers and they were stunning. We had a mix of dried wheat, lavender and poppy heads with hydrangeas and spray roses. We then used jam jars with raffia as vases which my mum spent months collecting for us. The highlight was a huge wreath my friend made from scratch, which made a beautiful focal point for the back of the barn that guests could see behind us during the ceremony. A Bridesmaid made a chalkboard for our seating plan and decorated it with Nottingham lace, the city where Simon and I met at University and my best friend made all our wedding invitations. Simon’s Mum made our wedding cake and all the bunting which we used to decorate inside and outside the venue. My mum also did a powerpoint of photos of Simon and I through childhood until the present day which we had playing in a corner of the barn.”

Our civil ceremony was in the barn itself, with all our guests. It has two floors so we were able to have a separate area for the ceremony and reception. It was a really sunny afternoon so after the ceremony we went outside to the Orchard for Pimms, Gin and Tonics and tubs of handmade luxury ice cream – we had lots of fun picking out our favourites for our guests. We just had to make sure we got photos with the children before they ate their chocolate ones! We had a buffet style barbeque with steak, lamb, local sausages and salads. For dessert, we served homemade chocolate brownies, which my Bridesmaid Tillie and I baked the day before. As well as local wine and ale, we included Keo lager to drink as this is a family favourite from Cyprus where I used to live as a child.

After we were all full to the brim we chatted with guests in the Orchard, sitting on hay bales and enjoying the early evening sun. It was really relaxed and everyone was in such a good mood. It was lovely to get the chance to catch up with all our guests, particularly those who had come a long way. My dad is a natural performer and was in his element, delivering his speech and Simon and his best man Rob got a chance to celebrate their ‘bromance’, having been best friends since primary school.

For the wedding ceremony, my cousins played Irish folk music on the violin and classical guitar, in memory of Simon’s grandmother who was Irish and sadly passed away six months before the wedding. For the reception our first dance was ‘Let’s Get it Together’ by Toots and the Maytals and we had a band ‘The Rock Pins’ who played a mix of indie hits and classic pop/rock tunes which got everyone up on the dance floor all evening.”

Thanks so much for the couple of sharing their day with us and any final advice for our Bride and Groom’s to be?  “Don’t let the temptation to do ‘everything’ take you over too much. At times, I realised I was getting a bit carried away with ideas for ‘small touches’ which probably wouldn’t be noticed. What our guests enjoyed was the company, the venue and the entertainment. We didn’t bother with favours, or a wedding car as those things weren’t important to us, but we wanted a really good band for the reception, and hired a coach to get people to and from the venue.”

 

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Bride’s Outfit: Monsoon

Groom’s Outfit: Moss Bros

The Rock Pins – brilliant band

Simply Ice Cream – local luxury ice cream

Great Barn Weddings – rustic Kentish venue

Rebecca Douglas – We loved the vintage style photographs she produced for us which really capture the story of the day

Australian Style Catering – they couldn’t do more to help and the food was perfect, in very generous portions!

Biddenden Vineyards  – delicious local wine and cider

Flowers 4 florists– cost effective wholesaler

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend we held one of our Wedding Planning Workshops at Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells. At the workshop our fabulous and fun group of Brides learnt the basics of wedding planning, along with lots of hints, tips and lashings of inspiration to help them take the stress out of the planning and make the most of their budget. We look not only at how to organise your planning but how to go about finding your style and wedding personality to really make your wedding day unique to you.

A massive thanks to Rebecca Douglas who came along to chat about photography, giving the brides some key things to consider when booking a photographer and how to get the most out of your wedding photography (she has a luurvley new website so make sure you take a look). Our smiling brides left our workshop with planning guides to get them started and a discount pack with some of our favourite Kent suppliers.

If you’d like to come along to a workshop then click here to find out more. We currently have two dates available for booking in January 2013. Workshops are £48 per bride and you can bring a guest with you for a small fee.

Thanks to Hotel du Vin for the lovely welcome, fabulous room and a steady flow of refreshments!

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