Monday, January 22, 2018

Getting to Know – James Griffiths Photography

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James Griffiths of James Griffiths Photography

Company Name: James Griffiths Photography

Interview with: James Griffiths

Location / Coverage: Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall

How did your business start and who works at James Griffiths Photography?

James Griffiths Photography really grew in 2015 when my wife and I had our daughter, Erin. I wanted to build a business for the family, doing something I am passionate about, which would complement family life. I’m so pleased with how quickly things have developed.

My wife, Ria, is involved with admin and marketing for the business, and Erin, who is nearly three, usually has some opinions to share!

Man lifting boy up in the air

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’ve always been a photography enthusiast, but I actually started my paid career in construction and worked for many years completing measured building surveys. I then diversified into selling and demonstrating high specification camera equipment. This was when I started to seriously consider photography as a profession, rather than a hobby.

Bride and groom under arch

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I remember taking pictures of our family dog, Duncan. I’m not sure exactly how old I was – probably about eight. Sadly Duncan couldn’t see very well so I don’t think he knew he was posing for a picture.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I mainly cover the South West. Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. I also have a base in Cornwall.

Bride and groom kissing

What do you feel sets James Griffiths Photography apart from other wedding photographers?

Most of my clients have said that they didn’t even notice me for most of the day. To me, although this might sound odd, that’s a successful day. Being in the background, capturing what’s going on without intruding, is what I aspire too.

Two brides leaving wedding ceremony

How would you describe your photography style?

I have a natural style and a relaxed but professional approach. I like to tell a story with my pictures, capturing moments as they happen and blending in with the activity around me.

Pretty bridal bouquets

What packages do you offer and what are your rates?

I offer many packages to suite a range of budgets from £450 – £1,000. Each package differs with timings, the amount of images and extras. There are full details of each package on my website, alongside some very cool products to display your pictures.

Bride and groom in grounds of wedding venue

What is the best thing about your job?

The best thing is being invited into someone’s wedding, finding yourself in the middle of a celebration every time you go to work. It’s great to be able to put the story together afterwards.

Do you have a specialist area of photography?

Weddings are my chosen specialism, but within that it’s a natural, journalistic style.

Bride kissing pageboy

Who/what are your influences?

There are so many talented photojournalists who are inspiring in their telling of human stories. Currently I am enjoying the VSCO community. It showcases some really creative photography ideas.

Groomsmen jumping in front of ruin

Do you have a favourite picture that you have taken (if you can choose!)?

There are so many I love, but this one of Anita and George stands out in my mind – I haven’t photographed many chickens before! There was a great family story behind this and it’s really fun. It shows how important it is for a wedding to reflect the personalities of those within it.

Bride with groom holding chicken

What is your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?

Find someone who you like and feel comfortable around, and look at their portfolio – that’s the important bit.

Random question… What was the last film you watched? Was it any good?

‘Bright’ with Will Smith. It was very good, alternative reality/fantasy, quite gritty and violent, with a social message about segregation in society.

Bride and groom kissing on dance floor

What’s a typical wedding day like for you?

My morning involves packing equipment, checking (multiple times) that I have all my memory cards and batteries are all fully charged.

I arrive at the venue, usually about an hour and a half before, catching up with any event planners or venue coordinators first before mingling in with the arriving guests, nervous grooms and arriving brides. Depending on the package, I might have been with the bridal party in the morning.

If there are any special requirements for pictures I will make sure we get these before the opportunity passes. Otherwise I will be in and around the action, taking natural shots, capturing all those personal details that reflect on the feel of the day and the efforts gone into planning.

I usually take my break whilst everyone is enjoying some food, then I am lucky enough to hear and photograph the speeches, a part of the day I love as you never know what will be said!

At some point in the day I will, briefly, catch the couple alone and get a few natural shots of them together, making the most of the backdrop of the venue.

Then, depending on how long I am there, I will be ready for the evening reception. It’s another fun (and varied) part of the day, and I’ve seen some epic group dancing and father of the bride singing!

Where can couples find out more about James Griffiths Photography?

Website: www.jg4photos.com

Blog: www.jg4photos.com/blog

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jg4photos

The Wedding Community: www.theweddingcommunity.com/14066/Suppliers/James-Griffiths-Photography

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection

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I’ve had huge admiration for Rachel from Luella’s bridal for a long time. When The Wedding Community launched back in 2009 Rachel was on our expert panel providing bridal wear advice. I was therefore very excited when Luella’s Bridal launched their first beautiful collection of wedding dresses. Now I am delighted to share a fabulous new collection of five distinctly different dresses… the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Bridal Collection.

The Island Pod Rings crafted by Trinidadian jewellery designer Sarah May inspired the new collection. Sarah’s original engagement ring and her subsequent life journey inspired the rings, named Happy, Love, Dream, Believe and Abundance. It’s lovely to see a bridal collection designed to complement a piece of jewellery; it’s usually the other way round!

The Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection includes a selection of low plunging backs, soft flowing skirts, stunning hand beaded lace and Luella’s signature pleated skirt. Each dress is handmade in the UK using a selection of the finest French lace, silk, satin, tulle and beaded appliqués, in a blend of soft ivory, cream and blush tones. Designs feature a mixture of simple, understated and intricately beaded slip style dresses, and beautiful lace and tulle gowns. Each dress has an element of sparkle, so even the simplest styles still look and feel special.

“It was such a pleasure to work with Sarah on this project. I have known Sarah for many years and have always wanted to work with her. Sarah’s unique collection of Island Pod Rings is perfect for our more relaxed type of customer and complements our slightly more modern style of dresses.

“I think my favourite dress from the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection has to be Isla. I love the simplicity of the bias cut design and I fell in love with the beautiful beading as soon as I saw it. Each appliqué is handmade to order, and I love the subtle ivory and blush tones. I also think it’s a really versatile style of dress and will work well for lots of different styles of wedding – everything from a chic city affair to a relaxed beach style wedding.” – Rachel Attwell, Owner of Luella’s Bridal

These are the five beautiful dresses in the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection, and the rings that inspired each dress…

Amber, Inspired by Dreams Ring

Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Amber Dress

Dreams Ring by Sarah May

Amber is a modern, backless design made from cream Japanese handmade silk, and features Luella’s trade mark pleated skirt. It includes a racer neckline and stunning beaded straps in a mixture of milky white, blush and ivory tones.

Elsie, Inspired by Happy Ring

Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Elsie Dress

Happy Ring by Sarah May

A simple, understated design made from the finest sand-washed off-white silk crepe with a gorgeous matt finish. Elsie features a low v neckline and back, medium-sized train, and fine metallic antique silver straps and waistband.

Isla, Inspired by Abundance Ring

Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Isla Dress

Abundance Ring by Sarah May

This bias cut design features a low v neckline and plunging v back, framed with the most exquisite floral handmade beading design in ivory and soft blush tones. Isla is available in either off white, ivory or oyster silk satin, with an optional long, flowing train.

Layla, Inspired by Love Ring

Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Layla Dress

Love Ring by Sarah May

Layla includes shoe string straps made from tiny ivory beads, which also feature on the waistband of the dress. Made from the finest French cotton lace layered over an ivory silk satin underlay, the Layla dress also features a medium-sized train with a beautiful trailing floral design.

Nieve, Inspired by Believe Ring

Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Nieve Dress

Believe Ring by Sarah May

The Nieve dress, made from French-inspired beaded lace in a beautiful floral design, features three-quarter length sleeves with a scalloped boat neckline and a low v back. The skirt is made from over sixteen metres of super-fine, soft flowing tulle and features a medium-sized train. Nieve comes with a silk satin slip in either off white, ivory or oyster, and a matching silk satin waistband.

Each dress from the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection is available exclusively from their boutique in Wimbledon village. Visit www.luellas.co.uk for more information.

Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Gallery

Amber Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Back of Amber Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Elsie Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Back of Elsie Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Isla Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Back of Isla Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Layla Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Back of Layla Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Nieve Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection Back of Nieve Wedding Dress from the Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Picture of the Day – Shootinghip

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Bride and groom in cabin at night with purple sky - Picture by Shootinghip

Image © Shootinghip

Website: www.shootinghip.com

Blog: www.shootinghip.com/blog

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Wild Spirit – Natural Wedding Inspiration in the Lake District

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We are so fortunate in the UK to have some of the most incredible landscapes in the entire world. If you are looking for a UK wedding destination with a killer backdrop, then the Lake District is just perfect. This ‘Wild Spirit’ wedding inspiration shoot shows just what a dramatic backdrop the Lake District could provide for your wedding or elopement.

The natural beauty of the surroundings is the perfect setting for wild and rustic styling. The concept is simple yet elegant, and so beautiful. Much of the styling is designed around the beautiful calligraphy wedding stationery created by By Moon and Tide. This stationery has exquisite calligraphy on rustic paper and, in keeping with the surroundings, there is even a rustic picture of a mountain to coordinate for the second part of the shoot.

For the beach shoot, the elegantly styled tablescape, with a wonderful wild foliage covering, beautiful silver candelabra, cut crystal glasses, ribbon-tied silver cutlery, also features a calligraphy written menu. The whole styling is natural and rustic, yet elegant.

I adore the bride’s styles. A cool, boho style trouser two-piece with crop top works impeccably with the first beach setting. I love her relaxed curled updo with boho braid, finished with a pretty hair vine, and a pretty ribbon-tied bouquet with thistles complements her look.

Bride holding out shawl on beach on Cumbrian Coastline in Lake District for Wild Spirit wedding shoot

The second style is dark and moody, perfect for the mountain setting. Against the rocky backdrop, the bride wore a strapless navy lace wedding dress, with blush under-slip. She wore her hair down and messy with a jewelled hair comb, and the bridal bouquet is oversized, wild and rustic.

This shoot has so many beautiful elements that each help to create this amazing wedding styling concept. If you are looking for rustic wedding ideas then I hope you get loads of inspiration from these fabulous pictures by Oobaloos Photography.

Wilderness, Tranquillity and Drama

“The Lake District is an incredible setting for an intimate wedding or elopement. Our Wild Spirit shoot centred around organic calligraphy elements, with bespoke stationery suites designed around the landscapes of the English Lakes and Cumbrian coastline. The look combined wilderness, tranquillity and drama.

“Whether you’re marrying in a traditional venue, barn or marquee, or outdoors near the sea or surrounded by countryside, let the environment set the scene for your day.

“Sheryl Fish of Oobaloos Photography travelled to the Lake District for the shoot. Sheryl’s images have a uniquely artistic feel to them, and her photography style couldn’t have been more perfect. She looks for emotion, laughter, love, and the subtle, natural beauty in every image, and captures the spirit of a place and moment so beautifully.”

Bride walking on beach in Cumbria

Bride carrying bouquet across beach

Bride walking on grass by beach

Bride wearing bridal separates holding bouquet

Bride by beach in Cumbria

Bride sitting on rocks

Rustic, natural wedding bouquet

Beach Setting

“The shoreline, with its vast, golden beaches, inspired our first look. The dreamy bridal separates with cropped top, trousers and skirt were a lovely relaxed look for the endless shorelines. Beautiful bride Jade also carried a sublime bouquet, and her plaited updo worked perfectly with the stunning hair accessories.

Bride holding bouquet on beach in Cumbria

Blue ribbon on bridal bouquet

Bride carrying bouquet on beach Bride smiling and holding bouquet

Updo bridal hairstyle

Plaited bridal updo hairstyle

“Waves inspired the torn edge of our midnight blue calligraphy stationery. Delicate ferns, glass decanters and elegant candelabra finished the tablescape wonderfully.”

Wedding table on beach

Blue wedding menu with gold calligraphy

Naturally styled wedding table on beach

Blue note with gold calligraphy writing

Natural foliage table centrepiece

Glass on wedding table

Blue styled groom wedding place setting

Blue ribbon tied around cutlery

Blue wedding stationery with gold calligraphy lettering

Rustic blue wedding stationery

Bride wearing bridal hairpiece

Side of bride's plaited updo hairstyle

Bride wearing bridal trousers and top holding out shawl on beach

Bride on beach with shawl

Bride wearing bridal trousers and top walking on beach with shawl wrapped around her

Rugged Mountainside Backdrop

“I love the Lake District’s varied landscape. For the second part of the shoot it was incredible to see the breathtaking embroidered gown against the backdrop of the mountain scenery. The midnight blue layer of lace on the bespoke dress was so enchanting.

Mountains of the Lake District

Bride wearing dark blue dress in countryside of Lake District

Bride wearing dark blue wedding dress walking over rocks in Lake District

Detail on bride's dark blue wedding dress

Bride walking in Lake District

Bride wearing dark blue wedding dress

Bride in mountains of Lake District

Bride sitting against rocks in Lake District

Bride holding rustic, natural wedding bouquet

Bride wearing bridal hairpiece

“An organic style with chunky ceramics for the mountainside picnic created the perfect focal point. The rugged mountainside inspired the invitation suite, and artisan papers with watercolour illustration and faded lettering helped set the scene.

Blanket with wedding picnic

Picnic basket and bottles

Basket of break and fruit

Wedding picnic

Rustic buttonhole

Green/blue and white wedding stationery

Horseshoe and wedding stationery

Wedding RSVP with calligraphy writing

Wedding stationery item

Flowers and foliage in rustic wedding bouquet

“There’s nowhere in England as captivating or romantic as the Lake District. It’s a place I adore, and it has such potential for intimate weddings and elopements too.”

Wild bride

Bride holding out pink ribbon on dark blue wedding dress

Bride with hands on hips in front of view of Lake District

Photography: Oobaloos Photography

Styling, Calligraphy and Silk Ribbon: By Moon and Tide

Bridal Separates: Ailsa Munro

Bespoke Blue Wedding Dress: Joanne Fleming Design

Accessories: Clare Lloyd

Hair and Make-Up: Stefanie Grisdale

Props: Narrative Hire

Flowers: Brackens of Bowness

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Picture of the Day – The Struths

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Bride smiling as groom rests his head on hers - Picture by The Struths

Image © The Struths

Website: www.struthphotography.com

Blog: www.struthphotography.com/liverpool-wedding-photography-blog

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Ultra Violet Wedding Ideas from Shropshire Petals

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2018 is going to be a wonderful year for colourful weddings if the Pantone colours for spring are anything to go by. The one colour that stands out is the colour of the year, Ultra Violet. Vibrant, playful and bold, lots of couples will want to incorporate this intriguing colour into their wedding day. From choosing Ultra Violet as your main colour scheme or simply adding hints of the colour, there are plenty of details to choose from for your wedding day. Shropshire Petals share their dried floral Ultra Violet wedding must-haves.

Throwing Confetti

A wedding wouldn’t be complete without the magical confetti moment. When it comes to finding a confetti mix for an Ultra Violet wedding you can choose a block colour, a mix of different purple shades, or a purple shade combined with ivory or white to make the colours stand out more. Amethyst and Midnight Bloom are two delphinium petals that work wonderfully as throwing confetti for an Ultra Violet wedding. Use our online pick and mix tool to create your own unique confetti mix.

Hands Holding Amethyst Confetti Petals

Confetti Packaging

How you display your confetti before the all-important confetti throw is up to you and your personal styles…

  • Match your colour scheme with Personalised Confetti Cones printed in Ultra Violet on your chosen design.
  • Give guests their own portion of confetti by attaching an individual sachet to the order of service, or tying a cone to the back of each chair at your ceremony.
  • Ask your flower girls to carry an Ultra Violet confetti mix in cute baskets or lilac Confetti Pails.
  • Present your confetti in a fun vessel such as Confetti Pops or Confetti Wands – perfect for the kids.
  • Display your confetti in a more unusual way, like a confetti bar. Or, hang cones filled with confetti on an old wooden pallet for guests to help themselves.

Confetti Pops Filled with Midnight Bloom Confetti

Confetti Wand Filled with Midnight Bloom Confetti

Lavender

Lavender is the perfect dried floral must-have when it comes to adding a little extra on your wedding day. From venue styling to making DIY table decorations, Lavender is versatile and the ideal colour for an Ultra Violet wedding.

Lavender Bunch Tied to Wedding Chair

Add some colour to your reception chairs by tying lavender bunches to them with some raffia or coloured ribbon. How about attaching a sprig or two to your place names and napkins for a pretty table place setting? Or, create your own candle decorations by attaching small sprigs to a candle holder for a pretty glow on your tables.

Ultra Violet Wedding Table Styling with Wheat and Lavender Bunch

Wheat and Lavender Bouquet

Dried flowers and wheat are a fantastic alternative to traditional fresh flower bouquets. Choose a posy or wheat sheaf with lavender for a delicate hint of Ultra Violet. If you want to add some colour or ivory to your bouquet, add some fresh flowers on the morning of your wedding, or opt for a wheat sheaf or posy with dried roses included.

Bride Holding Lavender and Wheat Bouquet with Rose

However you plan on including Ultra Violet on your wedding day, using dried floral elements such as confetti and lavender is a great way to add a touch of colour.

Shop for your dried floral Ultra Violet wedding details online at Shropshire Petals. Visit www.shropshirepetals.com, and receive 10% discount on all orders over £50 with discount code TWC10.

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