Fashion Blogger Lisa Magwebu at St. Paul's Cathedral

I've had the pleasure of photographing Lisa at the end of February during her London trip. She saw my work on Instagram and got in touch to book me for a fashion photo shoot around St. Paul's Cathedral. As you can see she's definitely got some style and was a treat to shoot with.

Your Wedding Day Brief - How to ensure your day goes smoothly

You've done it! You’ve made it through months of wedding planning and you’re ready to enjoy your big day.  

Here is the most important advice I give to all of my wedding photography couples - relax...

It's your day and you've done all the work in the last few months, so it's your time to enjoy the day with your new hubby/wife and your family and friends. Don’t pay any attention to me and what I’m doing on the day. There are however a few small things you can do prior to the date to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

 London Wedding Photographer Nicole Engelmann

Talk to your friends & family about what to expect

My photography style is very relaxed and mostly documentary, which means most of the time I photograph everything as it happens. I've written a few in depth guidelines in an earlier post, but it’d be great if you could let your wedding guests know, that there's no need to stop and pose for pictures or move out of the way of the camera. It's all part of the story and that’s what I’m there for to photograph.

Apart from that it'd be great, if they don't use flash with their own camera or phone during key moments, like the ceremony or cutting the cake as it may be distracting or even ruin my shots. They're also welcome to take photos of the group shots, but please ask them to do so after I'm done to ensure everyone is looking where they're supposed to be.

 London Wedding Photography

Have someone coordinating the group shots

Having group shots taken can sometimes be a bit tedious for your guests as it involves them waiting around until it's their turn, so having as much organised as possible beforehand, will help make things run smoothly and cut the time spent on those shots as well.

You've probably sent me a list of requested group shots when you filled out the questionnaire I emailed you. Make sure to assign someone to coordinate this list. Often it's a bridesmaid or close relative, who (ideally) knows all or most of your guests.

If you tell them exactly what the plan is, including the where and when, they’ll be less likely to wander off and delay things. Once your ceremony is over make sure who ever’s in charge of the list gets things moving.

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 Vibrant Wedding Photogtaphy

If you want detail shots, have everything ready.

I love capturing the little details of your wedding day! If you'd like stills of details like your flowers, rings, cuff links, dresses, suits or your shoes, it's best to have these items gathered in one place. I prefer to shoot those things at the start of my coverage, it usually takes about 20 min. That way it's done and dusted and I can focus on documenting the happenings of the day without worrying about forgetting anything.

Take some time out

Ironically enough you probably won't have much alone time with your new husband/wife on your wedding day, so 10-15 min at the end of your couple shoot is the ideal time to have some time to yourselves. 

 Islington Town Hall Wedding

Relax!

I know I mentioned it before, but I can't say it enough as it's easy to worry about seating plans and such on your big day. I'm sure you spent months planning this special day, so it's time to let go of the planning process and just enjoy it. There may or may not be little hiccups on the day, but your guests will most likely never know and you'll still have a blast! 

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Wedding Top Tips - Florist | Bloom & Burn Flowers

Bloom & Burn Flowers - Wedding Top Tips

Bloom & Burn Flowers - Wedding Top Tips

This is the 6th installment of my blog series "Wedding Top Tips". It's all about flowers this time as I'm interviewing North London based florist Graeme from Bloom & Burn.

 

Tell us a bit more about your company and how it came about?

I worked in the TV industry for 12 years, mostly on reality shows like The Voice and Celebrity Big Brother. It was a lot of fun but I was desperate to do something more creative. I’d always been interested in flowers and enjoyed arranging them in my home and for friends parties, so I enrolled in a two week intensive floristry course before landing a position with the brilliant JamJar Flowers in Kennington. After almost a year with JamJar I decided to set up on my own and started Bloom and Burn. I work on my own from a home studio in North London.

What has been the best or most memorable wedding you've worked on so far?

One that stands out was at The Beagle restaurant in east London. It featured a hanging flower chandelier and dozens of vintage crystal vases lined the tables. The couple were keen to have a relaxed, stress free wedding and arranged the whole thing in less than three weeks.

What are your 2 top tips for brides and grooms to be?

Firstly remember that it's your wedding, so have what you want and stick with your own personal style, take inspiration from magazines and online, but add your own personality. Secondly find suppliers that fit with your style, don't just contact the first one you find and hope that they can give you what you want. Spend time on their websites and social media and look at the work they've done in the past, can you imagine their designs at your wedding?

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Contact - Graeme Corbett

Email - info@bloomandburnflowers.com

Phone - 07969 952 087

Website - www.bloomandburnflowers.com

 

(All photos were provided by Bloom & Burn Flowers)

Blogger Shoot with Makes It Simple | Coral Room

Blogger Shoot with Makes It Simple | Coral Room

Last month Monika from Makes It Simple and I did a shoot at the Coral Room...

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Blogger Shoot with In High Fashion Laune | Notting Hill

I absolutely love this set of photos from my shoot with In High Fashion Laune a few weeks ago. We met in Notting Hill one morning, trying to catch the golden hour. It's probably on of my top 3 shoots from the last 12 months.

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