So What Happens Now?
Firstly, Jon & I are so pleased that you’ve chosen us both as your photographers, we are over the moon and it’s going to be an amazing day. As you’ve already guessed, yes it’s me (Jo) who’s created this useful page to help explain what happens next in the process.
You would have already received via email a copy of the Contract, our T&C’s and a receipt for your £250 booking fee (£350 if you’ve booked a photography & film package) which has secured your date, so that’s all the paperwork out the way, for now. An invoice for the final balance will be sent 30-days before and we also have a Wedding Details Form that we will need filling in at least 2 weeks before.
Between now and your wedding day!
Let's Get Social
There might only be a couple of months till your wedding or it could be a year or two away, but either way, we don’t want to be strangers, we want you to get to know us, check out what we’re up to, where we’ve been so you can get to feel more comfortable with our style. The best way for you to keep up to date is to follow us on social media, we’ve provided all the links below so you can like and follow us, we would also ask you to encourage your friends to like us and follow us to as that way they can get a feel for our style of photography before the big day.
If you’ve booked us before we’ve met or you would like to arrange a catch up pleae email us some dates that are suitable for you both, Monday’s to Thursday daytime is the best times for us or Tuesday & Wednesday evenings.
Office Tel: 01617486665
The Pre-Wedding Photoshoot
Adding a pre-wedding photoshoot to your package is also a great opportunity for us to catch up with a drink or two and check to see how all the plans are going, but more importantly to have some fun with us and the cameras. We’d recommend getting your pre-wedding photoshoot booked as soon as possible as most of our weekends are booked, we do ask that if possible the pre-shoots can be done on a weekday, it’s a great excuse for a few hours off work in the afternoon. To find out more information on what to wear or what locations are best then email us at email@example.com and I will send you over all the details and get you booked in.
A Venue Visit
Most couples ask us… “do you need to visit our venue” the answer is no, not unless you want us to. As photographers who photograph people, we see what other people don’t see, and we are always looking to photograph moments, not rooms, corridors or doorways, we shoot moments that mean something and that matter and that you will look back on and think, wow, we are so lucky and so happy. If we haven’t been in your venue before it won’t make a difference to what we produce as an end product. As long as I can find the loo’s and we know where the bar is to get topped up with water then it doesn’t matter if your wedding is in a Tipi, a Grand Hall or up a Mountain we will be there ready for action.
Wedding Day Details
Around 2-3weeks before your wedding day we’ll ask you to complete an online wedding details form, this will provide us with all the information we need on the day, it’ll take around 30 minutes to complete so make yourself a cuppa or garb a glass of wine.
Link: Wedding Details Form
On The Wedding Day!
When the day arrives, all the plans would have been discussed and a detailed schedule produced of when and where everything is happening so that we know everything (I’m one of those list ladies) the Wedding Detail Form tells us everything we need to know, and we ask you to fill this out in plenty of time.
Our style is documentary so we won’t be asking for fake smiles or fake poses form you or the guests, we will be capturing the whole day as naturally as possible. Towards the end, we will both come over and make sure you’re both happy and grab a quick hug so you know we’ve finished.
We normally arrive for bridal prep 2 hours before the ceremony, this is a great opportunity to get some detail shots, hair & makeup, gifts or your new perfume. If posible, use a room thats light and roomy and clutter free.
During the Ceremony you will have a photographer positioned at the front and back, it’s important that if you are having a Church wedding that you have ask the celbrant what the rules are on photography. In some instances photography is baned in Church so it’s worth asking so you have no nasty suprises on the day.
We always recommend that brides walk down a clear aisle, on the day make sure that you have given your bridal party clear instructions on how to walk down the aisle and make sure you don’t set off until it’s clear, even if that means stopping at the top.
We love photographing people, that’s why we love wedding photography and our aim is to capture all the goings on, all the laughs, giggles & emotion. However, we understand that you have put a lot of thought and finance into making every detail just to your liking so we will make sure that all those little details are captured too.
We like cake way too much not get a great photo of it in all it’s delicious glory and the smell of fresh flowers always entices us into some great detail shots of the flowers. Also, ladies, if you love shoes, like I do, then don’t forget to leave those out in the morning with the dress.
We will do group photos if requested and we will still shoot these as natural as possible, fake poses and smiles are not our thing, so group shots with a bit of a twist is something we will try to achieve for you. Each group shot can take between 5-10mins depending on the size of the group so when working out timings bare this in mind. Our wedding detail form will ask you to list all those included in the groups so don’t worry about that just now.
Bride & Groom Portraits
This is a great opportunity for you both to spend some quality time together, our usual way of photographing bride and groom portraits is to place you somewhere pretty and allow you both to have a moment together. So be natural, enjoy some alone time and take a drink with you.
This part of the day usually happens twice, once before your wedding breakfast just before guests are going to be seated, we can take you away for 15mins to allow the venue time to get your guests seated. 2nd is during the time the room is turned around for the evening party. During the Autumn & Spring this is golden hour where you can achieve some wonderfully soft portraits in the golden light, in the summer we may leave it unitl a little later.
The Wedding Breakfast
The First Dance
When We Leave
We normally leave around 30min after the first dance, if you have anything planned like fireworks or sparklers please let us know, we’re not clock watchers and want to make sure we have covered your wedding. Once we leave we still have around 2 hours work once we get back to the office, this is to back up your wedding images in a number of loactions and to the cloud.
After The Wedding!
Whilst you are both off on honeymoon, having an amazing time we will be busy beavering away at the office editing your photos. The whole processes from initial backup through to delivery is approx 4-8 weeks depending on the time of year, if you have an album with your package delivery can be up to 12 weeks. We produce a short slideshow Movie for you to watch online. Your online gallery link and password will be emailed to you once we have confirmation that your Movie & USB Box has been delivered.
Your Weddding Suppliers
Your suppliers may contact you and ask for images of their products, please send them directly to us for the images as they will need the correct permission from us to use the images as to not break any copyright laws. Suppliers using any images without permission will be ask to remove them.
We love having our weddings blogged or featured in print in various magazines and wedding blogs. If you like the idea of having your wedding featured then get in touch as soon as possible, we can give you the information needed for a feature and tell you who to contact.
Beat those post-wedding blues with a lovely feature of your big day printed for all those future brides to look at.
Bye For Now!...but don't be a stranger
If you have any more questions then don’t hesitate to contact us, you will have all our details and make sure you keep in contact with us via Social Media. Check in with us when you can and if you need help with Suppliers or need some recommendations for things like Videographers, DJ’s, Florists, Caterers, etc then we know loads of amazing people we can send your way.