I met this couple a year previous to this wedding at the Grooms brothers wedding, it was so nice to meet up with everyone again. The stunning venue along with the amazing venue made for such a beautiful day. The bride looked stunning to to see the way the groom looked at his bride as she came down the isle is a moment i will never forget, they clearly very much in love. I hope they have many years of love and happiness!!
This was a gorgeous spring day, a lovely couple and a beautiful venue. This had all the ingredients for a stunning wedding and it certainly didn’t fail. This was one of the 1st weddings this year where we had such beautiful weather all the way through and with a mixture of lovely people and a romantic ceremony, a great time was had by all.
The bride & groom never stopped smiling at each other all day, it was very clear to see the love they felt for each other, i really hope they have such a wonderful life together along with the little one.
This was my 1st wedding of 2018 and what a great wedding it was. This was my 1st time at the wonderful venue of Gosfield Hall. From the minute i got there i was welcomed with open arms and enjoyed this happy occasion like i was one of the guests.
Working in such a stunning venue and having such nice friends/family of the bride & groom made shooting this wedding so easy, even the bad weather didn’t stop us hav
ing so much fun. As you can see from the photos, the day was a great success and i truly hope Caz & Ricky have many happy years in front of them.
Bridesmaids play an important role on the day. These are the chosen ones: the girls a bride can count on to be there for her when she needs a helping hand. Here’s your essential guide to a bridesmaids duties on the day of the wedding, from cheerleader to childminder to toilet assistant!
Be a calming influence
As chief bridesmaid, your role on the day is of utmost importance to the bride and the other attendants. It is your job to maintain a calming influence throughout the day and be as organised as possible.
On the morning of the wedding, you should ensure that everyone is where they should be when they should be, that the right clothes and accessories are ready for the right person, and that you are prepared to deal with any emergencies that might arise.
Your other duties on the day will include being on hand to help dress younger attendants and keep them looking perfect until the transport arrives. And being the bride’s general cheer leader so she enjoys the day!
You may also be asked to look after emergency supplies for the bride such as lipstick, tissues, a powder compact, mirror and anything else she might need in a pretty bridal bag.
The chief bridesmaid, bridesmaids and other attendants will probably travel to the ceremony venue with the bride’s mother.
Once all the attendants are assembled, the photographer may want to take some pictures before the bride arrives. The chief bridesmaid will have to organise the other bridesmaids and pageboys, particularly any very young ones.
At the ceremony
When the bride arrives, the chief bridesmaid will need to ensure everyone is assembled and in the right position behind her, ready for her entrance. Calm any excited little bridesmaids and pageboys, using bribery if necessary!
Make any necessary adjustments to the bride’s veil and dress so that she looks absolutely gorgeous for her big entrance as all eyes will be on her and that fabulous dress.
Bridesmaids have very specific duties. You follow the bride into the venue (or you may go first, American style) and usually sit near the front, ready for the procession back out at the end. Make sure that you know where to go and that any very young children have their parents seated close by.
Once the bride has joined the groom, the chief bridesmaid takes her bouquet and gloves, if she is wearing any, and looks after them for the duration of the service. If in a church, when the couple sign the register, the chief bridesmaid goes with them into the vestry or side room, accompanied by the best man, to witness the signing.
On leaving the ceremony venue, the chief bridesmaid and the best man take their positions behind the bride and her new husband for the recessional. Other older bridesmaids will be escorted by the ushers while younger bridesmaids and pageboys will follow behind.
Once you are all outside, the chief bridesmaid may need to organise the couple and attendants for the photographs. It is also quite usual for the chief bridesmaid to have her photo taken with the best man.
Next, the chief bridesmaid gathers together any runaway younger attendants and get them all into the car to take them to the reception.
At the reception
Once at the reception, the bride may want the chief bridesmaid to be a part of the receiving line. The purpose of the line is to allow the guests to meet the bridal party, and to ensure that the bride and groom say at least a few words to each guest.
You may have the responsibility for displaying the bride’s bouquet somewhere safe (and preferably cool), ensuring it doesn’t get damaged during the rest of the day. This is especially important if she is planning to have the flowers preserved as a souvenir.
The chief bridesmaid should also circulate amongst the guests during the reception, ensuring that they are enjoying themselves and using any disposable cameras provided. In this way you act as the bride’s back‐up; she will have only limited time to spend with each guest.
Although the speeches at the reception are generally a male prerogative, it is becoming more usual for either the bride, chief bridesmaid, or even both of you to make a speech.
The first dance is exclusively reserved for the newlyweds, but it is traditional for the chief bridesmaid to take to the floor with the best man and join the happy couple midway through the first dance. The chief bridesmaid can also remind the bride to throw her bouquet into the crowd of female guests for luck. Whoever catches the bride’s bouquet is said to be the next girl who will marry.
Finally, when the couple change into their going‐away outfits, the chief bridesmaid should be on hand to take care of the bride’s wedding dress and ensure that it is returned to her home or, if necessary, to the hire shop. The other attendants’ dresses may need to be returned too and she may well ask you to take responsibility for this.
Oh yes, and you may be asked to pose for funny photos or help hold the bride’s wedding dress out of the way while she goes to the loo… It’s all in a day’s work for a good bridesmaid and a lot of fun.
This was the 1st wedding i have done in 8yrs that had heavy snow. However the Beast from the East did not put me off and although i travelled 3hrs each way (usually 30mins) in the most horrendous driving conditions the day was a great success despite being extremely cold. We ended up with some great snow shots which included a great snow ball fight.
I wont be forgetting this wedding in a hurry, spending around 1hr doing family photos outside during a heavy snow shower and at -5.
On October the 6th I attended the wedding of Hannah and Dominic Burns at Yenton Hotel on Bournemouth Sea Front.
It was a cold and frosty start to the day but that soon changed with the amount of warmth and emotion this wedding gave.
With a beautiful bride an stunning attention to detail this made for an amazing day.
Multiple generations celebrated together as this beautiful bride and her groom took centre stage!
Congratulations Hannah and Dominic!
I think this was one of the best weddings I have done this year! It was the 9th September at Whittlebury Hall and the lovely Gaby became Mrs Matt Lemon.
I am so lucky to enjoy engagement shoots as it really helps build a great relationship and this is exactly what happened in this case. Mr and Mrs Lemon had a wonderful wedding and are a wonderful couple.
While I watched Gaby open a box of goodies and emotions start to flow I knew this would be a good day!
The boys were definitely more than ready to enjoy their moment in the spotlight and we got some great photos.
What a gorgeous wedding! We got some beautifully timed fun photos, silly faces included. Having looked through them all again I believe I have some stunning ones too that they can treasure for years to come!
As the evening grew late, they were surprised with an amazing firework show which I loved staying later for, Congratulations guys!
On the 16th September I was very honoured to attend the glorious wedding of Mr and Mrs Wilkes in Wednesbury. I was fortunate enough to have become good friends with them since doing their engagement shoot so was very pleased to finally see the big day come to life.
We started at Laura’s mums house for all of her preparation with her lovely bridesmaids in their matching dressing gowns.
With an old school car they made their way to the West Brom registry office where Laura and Richard made their emotional vows to each other.
We took some beautiful photos and I even found a bridesmaid hiding under her dress!
After we went on to the WS10 suite in Wednesbury for an amazing reception filled with laughter and joy. It was a truly beautiful day and I would like to thank you both for allowing me to be a part of it.
How to avoid disappointment and get the wedding photos you really want…
I know what you’re thinking: “A Wedding Photo Checklist?? Are you serious?” Fear not, we haven’t gone completely control-freak, and we’re not suggesting for one second that you should have a wedding photo-checklist in your pocket for the day (the photographer will have one). We just want to help you avoid a trap that many couples fall into: 6 months after your wedding you don’t want to be thinking “Oh, I wish I had a picture of me and…” To make it easier we’ve even made a free PDF for you to download and print!
In truth, most couples don’t really think about the actual photographs until it comes to reviewing them afterwards. While there is a standard list of images (see below) and every good photographer will capture all the important stuff, there may be a few shots that you would really like. It’s important to know what these are, and make sure you make them a priority by talking to your photographer in advance. Basically you want to make sure to avoid thoughts like… “Oh, I wish we had one of my favourite Auntie Mary and me together, should have thought of that…” or “we’ve none of us in the garden with the thank you signs, forgot to ask the photographer about that”…
So we thought going through the list of headline shots would help you think about what images you are expecting to see after the day is over…
Before the Big Day
- Engagement Shoot/Love Shoot – an opportunity to get comfortable on front of the camera and get to know your photographer, there are lots of reasons why you should definitely consider an engagement shoot
Wedding Day – Pre-Ceremony
If there are two photographers, one can focus on the groom and the other on the bride.
- Shot of wedding invitation
- Bride and Bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done
- Dress hanging, jewellery laid out, shoes etc.
- Bouquets and buttonholes/corsages
- Bride putting on dress/veil with help from Mother of The Bride or Bridesmaids
- Bridal party having fun
- Close up of dress details
- Putting on jewellery
- Putting on shoes
- Close up of bride holding bouquet
- Mother and bride portrait
- Father and bride portrait
- Family shots
- Bride spending moment alone
- Bridal party walking down stairs/leaving the house
- Bride and Father in Wedding Car/ Walking to ceremony
- Groom and Groomsmen getting ready
- Best man adjusting Groom’s tie
- Groom spending moment alone
- Wedding ring shots
Trip to the Ceremony/Venue
- Bride and Father/Mother
- Bride and Bridesmaids/Flowergirls
- Groom and Groomsmen/Pageboys
Wedding Day – Ceremony
- Shots of empty venue/church – altar, flowers, interior & exterior details
- Groom and Groomsmen waiting inside venue/church
- Guests outside and inside church
- Ushers handing out program
- Bride arriving in wedding car
- Bride stepping out of car
- Bride and Bridesmaids at back of church
- Bridal Party entrance
- Bride walking up the aisle
- Groom’s reaction
- Father/Mother giving bride away
- Exchanging of vows
- Ring bearer
- Exchanging of the rings
- Participants such as readers, the officiant, musicians etc.
- The first kiss as husband and wife, and the moment after
- Signing register
- The Recessional/Bride and Groom walking back down the aisle
- Newlywed shot
- Confetti throwing
- Greeting guests outside venue
- Bride & Groom in back seat of wedding car
Wedding Day – Post Ceremony
After the ceremony you have to make time for the wedding portraits – this usually takes 1-2 hours depending on the couple and the list of specific shots you require. Prepare a list of all the people you want in the portraits – family members and friends – and the specific combinations you require e.g. a shot of just you and and your siblings or a shot of all your first cousins together.
Give this list to your photographer well in advance so they can prepare and discuss any issues. Also assign a close friend (not a bridesmaid or groomsman who will be in the images), someone who knows all the people on the list, to work with the photographer on rounding people up.
- Portraits of the couple alone
- Portraits of Bride on her own
- Portraits of Groom on his own
- Bride and Groom with bridesmaids/groomsmen
- Bride and Groom with bridal party
- Bride with bridesmaids/maid of honour
- Groom and groomsmen/bestman
- Entire wedding party
- Bride and Groom with her parents
- Bride and Groom with his parents
- Bride and Groom with both sets of parents
- Bride and Groom with siblings
- Bride and Groom with close family members
- Shots with friends
- Bride showing her new ring to the guests
- Shots of Guests eating, drinking, and chatting
Wedding Day – Reception
- The reception space set up – before room fills up
- Details and room decor shots – table settings, place cards, favours, candy buffet, centrepieces etc.
- Wedding cake detail shots
- Bride & Groom arriving
- Toasts and Speeches
- Cutting the cake
- The first dance
- Bride dancing with father/Groom dancing with mother
- Bride and Groom mingling with guests
- Guests dancing
- Musicians, singers, DJ