Wedding planning tips - 7 Reasons You Should Choose A Documentary Wedding Photographer
This week I have the honour to feature Tom Beynon guest blog about hiring a documentary wedding photography.
Have you thought about choosing a Documentary wedding photographer?
When planning a wedding there seems to be a never-ending list of choices to make: the right venue, the right dress, the right suits, the right flowers, the list goes on.
And high up on every couple’s to-do list is finding the right photographer for you.
Apart from your rings, the photographs are the only part of the day you get to keep forever.
Long after the flowers have died and the cake has been eaten you’ll still be looking at your wedding photographs.
The right pictures will allow you to relive your day over and over and keep the day alive for both of you.
A disappointing set of images will mean a big anti-climax to the whole wedding experience when your photos are delivered and they don’t match your expectations.
Knowing where to start with photographers can be difficult. There’s so much choice available and there are many different styles of coverage on offer.
It can feel a bit overwhelming.
The best place to start is to think about what you want to experience when you will look at your wedding photos after the day has been and gone.
Do you want to feel like you're back in the day again, reliving the moments you see in the images in your mind?
Only by picking a documentary wedding photographer that captures these moments without interference, can you truly remember a moment as it was and really feels like you’re there again.
If you want to relive the moment when your dad sees you in your dress for the first time, you don’t want to think about a photographer directing the scene and taking away the authenticity of that moment.
Posed images can’t offer the same feeling of being there.
When you'll look back at them you will always remember the interaction with the photographer.
Images of people looking at the camera, or doing things they’ve been told to do, doesn’t show their personality or show you a real moment to remember.
Here’s 7 reasons why I think you should book a documentary wedding photographer .
1. You can enjoy the wedding day you have imagined you will have
When you think of your wedding day you’ve probably pictured a day relaxing with your closest family and friends.
A glass of champagne in hand, laughing, smiling with maybe some happy tears as you and your partner celebrate the start of your new married life.
You’ve probably not imagined a photographer asking everyone for pictures and taking you away from your drinks reception to do a photoshoot.
Weddings should not be about having photos taken, it should be about relaxing and enjoying the day you have pictured so many times in your head.
A documentary photographer will capture it all for you as it happens, so you can relive the day again and again.
Wedding Planning tips: Top Wedding Trends Every Bride Needs To Pin
One of the top wedding trends is always going to be originality.
It’s all about the personal touch and today brides are well acquainted about no longer one wanting to stick to just one category.
Over the last few years there’s been a major twist in how couples want to plan their big day. They are more prone to choose contemporary, glamorous bespoke celebrations, as opposed to being led by just themes or one specific colour.
Take a look at some breakdowns about the top wedding trends to pin If you’re getting hitched this year or in 2021.
Couture Bridal Dress
London based bridal couturier Cynthia Grafton-Holt, owner of the homonymous bespoke boutique says: “I think colour will continue to play a key part of trends going forward.
I would suggest using techniques like layering if you're scared of adding colour:
you can always attempt to add layers of blush, cappuccino, quite neutral colours baby Blues, underneath your layers of ivory.
I'm talking about jewels and sheer fabrics that will just give you a hint of a colour without you going full out into another colour.
Also for brides whose skin tone just won't tolerate whites and pale ivories, these soft neutral colours are a great way of just adding a colour that will just make your skin colour glow.
A most welcome change to how things have been in the past in the industry is going to be the next top wedding trend: an explosion of black brides and black weddings.
It's already starting to play itself out online, on blogs and in the magazines.
Brides are definitely getting much bolder and willing to explore different styling directions, shapes that are coming in and things that sit well with their identity, expressing that personal style.
Boho is going to continue to be a top wedding trend, as it continually evolves into new interpretations of existing styles, from clean classic tailored styles to the kind of lace flower, power movement.
I also feel we're going to see lot a lot more interventions and innovative lace and 3D fabric designs”.
Bespoke Cocktails: Yes Please!
Mixology has become a signature attire to exclusive wedding receptions, making your big day absolutely memorable.
“The fine art of cocktail making is not something that you can just learn. It comes from within.’’
Combine the thrill of a luxury wedding, blended with over ten years of mixologist and hospitality experience and you will have a taste of Giorgio Tosato’s bespoke wedding cocktails.
Responding to the intelligent connoisseur, his approach to bespoke cocktails is steered towards enticing the guest through an experience: luxury in every sip.
He reports that modern couples, as well as wedding guests, have developed an elevated taste for sophistication and experimenting.
They’re always looking for something researched, luxurious, specifically created for their wedding day and they take
greater interest on what actually goes in their cocktail.
With Philoxenia they get an out-of-the-box experience, bespoke cocktails for their special day, created uniquely
for the bride and groom to be.
Their personal taste, their best memories together, their favourite places and people. to create their signature cocktails. The more imaginative, the better.
Tosato spends a long time researching and sourcing rare ingredients, through exclusive and trusted range of suppliers, as well as,
creating his own components from fresh products that he personally sources from organic markets.
Delicious and Beautiful Fine Art Wedding Cakes
The new generation of cake designers and are offering up a world of choice for the modern bride.
“With many years in the wedding cake industry I’ve seen many trends come and go” says Claire Potts, from the homonymous Marylebone based Claire Sweet Temptations
“For reasons we all know micro weddings are going to be very popular, meaning there will be more in the budget to go all out with the cake, not having to compromise on the one you’ve always dreamt of having.
After all the cake is at the heart of all celebrations.
Having dummy cake tiers, with just one layer is going to become a big wedding trend as well.
I also predict a return to sugar flowers decorations that really add that wow factor, with an alternative to the edible version will be polymer clay flowers, that can be kept forever as a beautiful keepsake”.
Blooms and Flower Arrangements Wedding Trends
As for bridal bouquets, London based florist Clare Oliver points out: “our London brides are still loving the natural, loosely tied, garden gathered seasonal flower wedding bouquets, with statement flowers such as cafe au lait dahlias - in soft tones of pink and peach.
White flowers and dusky green foliage is a floral wedding trend that seems to be still going strong, particularly for wedding table decorations, featuring foliage and floral scented garlands.
This is a wedding trend also for barn weddings, where beams are draped with an abundance of green foliage.
I've asked expert MUA and Bridal hair stylist Aina.M what her thoughts are: "Bridal hair and makeup they can be a mine field when choosing the right look for you", Aina says.
Individuality and personal style are always recommended, but it does not hurt to have a few trends to take a peek at if you are looking for a bit of inspiration.
Glowing skin from within is always a wedding statement piece on a bride and will never go off trend. Once a bride has a good glowing base whatever makeup look she opts for is going to look amazing.
A natural look seems to be in right now, call it beautiful Megan Markle effect,
So good-bye to the Insta eyebrows and heavy glam bridal look and hello to the fresh face, soft glam bridal look for bride this year.
Go Big or Go Home
Beautiful hair accessories to complement effortless hair.
Big accessories, including fresh flower arrangements, big pearl or bejewelled headbands are a great way to bring some understated glam to your look, while keeping your curls or fro in place while you glide down the aisle
Purple lips, yep you read that right.
A purple pout, or any other daring lip hue that works with your skin tone, is the ultimate wedding day look.
Using a simple, timeless and glowing aesthetic will allow you to have fun with lips, with brides putting a moody plum pout front and center on her big day.
Real Wedding: A romantic and intimate micro Lockdown wedding – Marzia & Yair
A daring pair of Italian sweethearts have proceeded with their lockdown wedding in Italy in May.
Despite the country's strict quarantine rules some micro weddings were permitted by the government in exceptional circumstances.
It’s happened in Rome, Italy: they went ahead with their nuptials without guests.
Only witnesses attended the ceremony.
They got married on a bank holiday, on the first of May, when the country was still in full lockdown rules.
The only people present being the couple, Marzia and Yair, two witnesses (one per spouse), the priest, the photographers and the videographers.
Everyone strictly maintaining 2 metres rule social distance and wearing face masks.
The ceremony was broadcasted through Zoom.
Italy was, at the time, on a complete lockdown as coronavirus stopped the country from having
any social gatherings or movements, even across nearby towns.
As we know now, intimate weddings have re-established in Italy from the 15th of June, but bigger celebrations
are unlikely to be permitted until unknown date at the time.
In Italy numerous couples that were supposed to get married in church, have chosen to have only a small civil ceremony,
or postpone their wedding date and have their celebrations following this historic moment.
But not these two. They didn't.
But these admirable lovebirds decided to go ahead with their plans of getting hitched and to do it in front of the Lord,
just like they always dreamt of!
They wanted to say “I do” at all costs and just the way they planned, they wanted to get married with a Catholic Ceremony.
Francesco Mantino, the couple’s fine-art wedding photographer said: ”They just wanted everyone understand what really mattered to them”.
Getting married and be present in the moment, just the two of them. Isn’t really this what weddings are all about?
Of course you want to share your joy and such a milestone with your loved ones, but the newlyweds really made the most of a bad situation.
I can only admire them for their courage and showing that love and being together is what counts at the end of the day.
The lockdown wedding couple:
Marzia, the gorgeous bride, who is also a healthcare worker, is Italian and Yair is from Peruvian background.
She was wearing a Pronovias gown, which kindly granted a 50% discount to the Italian brides that decided not to postpone their wedding date.
Due to the strict quarantine rules nobody from Peru could have possibly made it to Italy for the actual wedding.
All the groom’s guests and family across the ocean had lost their ticket, no refund was issued and attending a
postponed wedding date seemed pretty much impossible.
As you can imagine they were gutted and decided it would be unfair just having Marzia’s side of family and friends.
For this very reason and for “par condicio”, as us Italians love to say, or principles of fairness, the engaged couple decided
not to wait any longer get married anyway and have their wedding in lockdown.
They left their own homes on their own and met at Saint Eusebio catholic church:
Francesco Mantino, the photographer, continues: “It was very surprising, for us who were present,
We thought we were going to witness a somewhat melancholic, blue feeling but instead .... intimacy, joy and love!”
“There have been moments so intense that I can honestly say I had chills down my spine... A whole church only for the newly-weds.
Their vows were full of meaning and the bride Marzia also sang a song for her husband Yair”.
The only people present during lockdown wedding found themselves in front of a remarkable audience: many virtual guests had been able to take part at the ceremony remotely.
Setting up a zoom connection and gave both families and guests a link so they could watch the emotional union live.
Such a unique moment in history, a fascinating atmosphere in Rome, I’m sure nobody else
will be able to enjoy it like this anytime soon.
So intimate, romantic: all roads were, quiet, empty and the ancient city was just for Marzia and Yahir.
One of the bride's friends watching the ceremony via Zoom, she loved being able to witness
her best friend special day said:" You could literally perceive so much emotion between the bride and groom from behind the screen”.
Lockdown Wedding post-ceremony
After getting hitched the newly married couple left the church and headed for the tram… yes the tram!
Some passerbys that were doing their essential shopping couldn’t resist to stop to admire the lovely brave couple, almost having to shout to wish them a happy life and future together, with visible emotional.
It was such a unique experience!
Francesco Mantino proudly mentions: “Rome has finally shown itself in its silent beauty, we could not help