Apologies for the very photo-heavy blog post but choosing a mere selection from the abundance of wedding photographs my photographer recently sent me over was proving a bit trickier than I first imagined! So this post is all about those amazing talents that went about capturing all the love and happiness from our lovely day. I am someone who loves the value of a good photograph. I love the memories it can provoke, the smiles that it can produce and the fact that they are a timeless reminder of a certain period or time in your life. I love the idea that many images will live on longer than you and future generations will pour over the scenes, reminisces and imagining what was going on in front of the lens. Pretty much as soon as our wedding date was set I took on the task of tracking down the perfect photographer for our day. I am quite particular of what I like and what I don’t like when it comes to wedding imagery and I knew the moment I saw some of Katherine Ashdown’s work that she was the perfect match for us. Soft, light, airy and whimsical. Her photos are natural yet completely charming and I knew her clever eye and creative flair would completely capture our day how we wanted it to be seen with the upmost attention and appreciation to all the tiny details with some fun, not too posey couple shots thrown into the mix. Meeting Katherine in person late last year only cemented our initial feelings that she was the lady for the job and after experiencing our engagement shoot with her a few months before the day, we were brimming with excitement to have her with us on our wedding. I think it is so important to have a great rapport with your wedding photographer and I feel lucky to say that we now regard Katherine as a good friend and felt she was more of a guest on our day than someone there to do a job. She has this indescribable ability to blend in and be completely inconspicuous yet capture those dear moments that you would miss in a blink yet will now cherish for a lifetime. Everything you need to know about Katherine can be found on her website and she also runs a Facebook page which is a must if you love pouring over wedding day sneak peeks like I do…even if it does make me wish we could do it all over again!
Next up is our wedding videographers. Having a wedding video from our day was an idea I toyed with for quite a while before deciding that it was something we definitely both wanted. I was a little indifferent at first and had always been put off by a few cheesy, somewhat shaky films I had seen before but once I found A Hint of Mint and watched a few of their recent pieces of work, I was convinced! These guys are an extension to Minty Slippers who are equally fabulous yet were not able to accommodate their growing client list hence their sister company was born. The guys on the day were amazing – very subtle and lovely to work with and again captured all the little details and moments from our day in such a fresh, endearing way. Our little highlights video is so wonderful and literally brings back all the happy memories from our day and is keeping us going until the full length, big video is ready to view in a few weeks. If you are in two minds about a wedding video then I would definitely recommend having one and think the Minty team is a great place to start your search.
And finally, the most fun factor from our wedding for sure, the amazing photo booth which was provided to us by The Photo Emporium. I first saw this idea at the Brides Show last year and loved the concept and different set ups you could have so headed home and booked them up. We went for the vintage photo booth which came complete with a picket fence, retro camera and a suitcase of vintage props and paraphernalia. It was a huge hit with our guests! At weddings some people like to dance in the evening, some people are happy to drink and people-watch and others love to take photos and play with novelty props all night long! And judging by the constant mingle of guests around the photo booth from early evening until late into the night, our guests definitely loved the latter. Each guest gets to take a print out of their photo there and then and they can go back (and back!) as much as they like. It was a great addition to our wedding and we love looking back at all the hundreds of funny photos, giggling at the random mix of people, props and silly faces in many of the images. Brilliant!