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Siobhan and Gary {wedding} – the story of the day

I am enjoying looking through the pictures which I took on Siobhan and Gary’s wedding day and here is the story of their day …

I met up with Gary at St Mary’s in Faversham to grab a few shots before the ceremony. The weather was absolutely beautiful, with barely a cloud in the sky.

Gary montage

After a few initial nerves, and checking that he still did, indeed, have the rings, we were good to go. The guests were arriving and it was time for them to go into the church after a few final words for Gary from the vicar …

Gary and vicar

Siobhan and Gary young guest

Gorgeous Isabella was Siobhan’s bridesmaid and I love this image of her shadow on her mother’s dress …

Siobhan and Gary bridesmaid's shadow

Siobhan looked wonderful in her fitted platinum coloured dress, with some final adjustments from her sister, the bridal party was ready to enter the church …

Siobhan church montage

The ceremony was held in the chapel and it is truly a beautiful place to celebrate a wedding.

Siobhan and Gary ceremony

Siobhan and Gary at altar with children

Siobhan and Gary church montage

After the ceremony and formal pictures outside, we moved on to the Bell Hotel in Sandwich, a gorgeous venue, right on the river.

Siobhan montage

Siobhan and Gary montage

Siobhan and Gary

Siobhan and Gary’s cake was made up of gorgeous iced cupcakes, topped with butterflies which was the theme of the room decorations.

Siobhan and Gary cake cutting

I will leave you with a final picture of the happy couple down by the river in the gorgeous autumnal light. Congratulations to you both and see you soon. x

Siobhan and Gary by river

September’s Featured Supplier {Your RSVP Wedding Stationery}

As the wedding business is often about networking and providing additional services, I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a monthly blog post which will feature a supplier who is complementary to my own wedding photography business.

RSVP Stationery

This month is Your RSVP Wedding Stationery (www.your-rsvp.co.uk) and I had the chance to ask Amanda some questions about Your RSVP and what they offer:

1. How long have you been offering wedding stationery and how many designs of stationery do you have?

We have been lucky enough to offer blank, personalised and bespoke wedding stationery to couples within the UK and worldwide for over four years. In that time, we’ve worked with over 200 couples and simply love the uniqueness of each and every wedding. Our personalised wedding stationery proves most popular, and from this range there are 16 designs.

RSVP stationery montage

2. What sort of products do you offer?

We have taken a full range approach to our wedding stationery. Couples can pick and choose exactly the wedding stationery they need and aren’t restricted by numbers. So if they need 82 wedding invitations and 41 RSVP cards, it’s not a problem! It’s easier to think about wedding stationery in two groups, guest stationery and wedding day stationery. Your RSVP offers all of these products:

Guest stationery

– Save the date cards
– Wedding invitations
– Evening /Reception invitations
– Guest information cards
– RSVP cards
– Thank you cards

Wedding day stationery

– Order of service cards
– Table plan
– Menus
– Place cards
– Table names / numbers

RSVP stationery

3. Can the designs be personalised for colour-schemes?

For our personalised wedding stationery, everything is completely tailored to the couple’s wedding day. We are flexible with wording (although do provide a few suggestions (click here for Wording Style) and fonts. Small colour changes can be easily accommodated – however for new designs and major colour changes we would offer our bespoke wedding stationery service. Anyone interested in our bespoke service should simply email sales@your-rsvp.co.uk

4. How do you show your clients their final proofs before they order?

All of our personalised and bespoke wedding stationery customers get their own online account area as soon as they place an order with Your RSVP. In this area, they can make comment / approve their proofs, share with friends and family, even make online payments. It makes the order process quick and easy and we’ve had great feedback! For bespoke customers, we do on request post out a hard copy to check, this is because it is a completely new design.

5. What’s the recommended lead-in time for orders?

Normally couples send out their guest wedding stationery 6 weeks before the big day, but with the couples we’ve had the pleasure of working with the average is closer to 3-6 months. We can turn wedding guest stationery around in 4 weeks, sooner if it’s in quieter months. For wedding day stationery, couples need to start thinking about it around 6 weeks before the big day. Again we need about 4 weeks and would deliver a week before the wedding (just in case there are any last minute table plan changes – which there always is!).

6. Are “save the date” cards becoming more popular in your experience and are these something which you provide?

Your RSVP offer save the date cards for blank, personalised and bespoke wedding stationery and they have over the years become more popular. Save the date cards can be sent out up to a year in advance and are perfect for weddings being held abroad or in peak wedding season (May-September).

You can reach Your RSVP either by phone on 0870 777 7289, by email at sales@your-rsvp.co.uk or take a look at their blog http://www.yourrsvpweddingstationery.blogspot.com.

I am so pleased to be able to recommend Your RSVP for all your wedding stationery needs. And who knows, if you chose Your RSVP for your wedding stationery, and me as your photographer, you can be guaranteed to have both beautiful stationery and beautiful photographs!

Do check back next month for the next featured supplier.

Siobhan and Gary {wedding} 27 September 2009

Siobhan and Gary

Siobhan and Gary celebrated their wedding in a ceremony on Sunday 27 September 2009 in the chapel of St Mary’s Church in Faversham and I had the pleasure of photographing their day! I know that Siobhan and Gary are having a few days away together and I hope that the beautiful weather of their wedding day holds for them.

I am working through the images from the day and will have many to show, but I wanted to post a quick teaser … congratulations again to you both and I will be updating the blog with more pictures very soon!

Gillian and Shaun {Wedding} in Canterbury and Mount Ephraim

As promised, more photos from Gillian and Shaun’s wedding. As the weather was so great, we were able to get some shots in the grounds of Wellington House in Canterbury – just look at these gorgeous girls!

Little girl montage

Gillian was inside, confirming all the details … the light in the ante-room is just gorgeous, with sunshine flooding in through the windows and wonderful mirrors to catch glimpses …

Gillian montage registry office

All eyes were on the couple during the ceremony … I love this touching moment …

Registry office

After Gillian and Shaun were pronounced man and wife, we made our way to Mount Ephraim Gardens, near Faversham, where we had arranged to take further formal and informal pictures. Richard was busy taking the formal shots, and I was able to stroll around, chatting to the guests and taking pictures. This is Lauren, who is 11 and such a gorgeous bridesmaid!

Lauren montage

And this is a montage of their wonderful wedding car, a vintage Rolls Royce!

Rolls montage

I had some very willing models …

Girls on bench

Flower mum and son montage

Gillian and Shaun

And Mount Ephraim is a beautiful place to have your pictures taken …

Gillian and Shaun montage

We made our way back up the hill …

Walking up the hill

And made our way to Faversham, where all the guests were waiting for the celebrations to start. One final picture, which I really love …

Eating the cake

Congratulations again and thanks for letting me be part of your celebrations!

Gillian and Shaun {wedding} at Canterbury Registry Office

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph alongside a friend of mine at Gillian and Shaun’s wedding today. I wanted to post a quick picture that we took at Mount Ephraim Gardens after the service … truly beautiful! The weather, despite showery forecasts, was perfect and stayed sunny and warm all day.

Gillian and Shaun at Mount Ephraim gardens Kent

I’ll certainly be posting more from this wedding so check back soon for more!

{Networking} and a great offer from a super supplier

I have a friend who runs your-rsvp.co.uk. It’s company which provides beautiful stationery for your wedding day. She is running a special offer during September of free delivery on all orders.

I just thought I would mention it in case you are looking to get something special and bespoke in the stationery line for your wedding!

Amelia {Christening}

I had the pleasure of photographing Amelia’s christening on Sunday. I had photographed Amelia with her parents previously and was delighted to have the chance to photograph this gorgeous little cherub again.

The christening was during a service at St John The Evangelist in Bromley.

Church montage St John the Evangelist Bromley

The vicar was a little concerned about having photographs taken during the service but I explained that, as a wedding photographer, I am used to photographing in churches without using flash and being discreet.

Godparents at font St John the Evangelist Bromley

And outside for photos with the parents and godparents

Godparents and parents outside church at St John the Evangelist in Bromley

Amelia’s dress had been made for her mum’s christening [**] years before and still looked gorgeous.

Family montage

The celebrations continued further at The Warren in Hayes, with fun toys and games for the children … here are Amelia’s cousins …

Cousins

Amelia’s christening cake was traditional too – it was the top tier of her mummy and daddy’s wedding cake …

Cake

Thank you all again for letting me be part of your special day and the entire collection will be on-line for proofing very soon!

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