Top Tips for a fun and relaxed wedding day

Top Tips for a fun and relaxed wedding day

If you want your wedding day to be a fun, relaxed kind of affair, follow these simple top tips!

 

  •  Wear make-up you’re comfortable with.

If you’re using a make-up artist, have a trial.  You’ll want to feel like “you” on the day, and I work with many super-talented MUA’s who can do just that, and make you look amazing using products that will stay put no matter how many happy tears you wipe away during the day!  The same goes for hair, it’s such a good idea to know exactly how your hair will look (and how your veil will fit in) before the day.

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  • Only invite the people you really want there

Making small-talk with your second-cousins plus one? I know I’d rather be having fun with my close friends!

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  • Think about your ceremony time

Think about what time you’re having your ceremony and allow enough time to mingle with guests, travel between venues and get some brilliant pictures as well!  You don’t want to feel rushed on the day.  If you think that there may be too long a time gap between the ceremony and the meal, you could organise lawn games, quizzes and live music to keep everyone entertained.  For winter weddings, remember it will get dark at 3.30-4pm!  Which means that any photos you want outside in natural light must be taken before that.

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  • Yoga? pool party or a dip in the North Sea?

Calm those nerves on the morning of your wedding by doing something fun and relaxing with your bridal party.  Things like yoga, pool party, going for a jog or even a dip in the north sea!!?  If you are planning on doing something fun like this, be sure to let me know and I’ll be there to capture some funny photos for you!

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  • Buttons and buttonholes!

Make sure you know how to button up your dress, and have a couple of hair pins at the ready to hook on those awkward tiny buttons.  Guys, if I’m there, I can fasten your buttonholes on, but if I’m not, make sure you’ve googled it and you know how to do it!  Likewise with ties, you can ask at the shop, to have them tied already so you can just put them over your heads and be ready to go!!!

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  • Have an unplugged wedding

Ask your guests not to take photographs during the ceremony.  You want your guests to be present and not “second screening”.  There’s nothing better than looking back at your family and friends and seeing them beaming back at you, and not a sea of mobile phones and cameras!

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  • Don’t hide your emotions

Don’t feel shy about letting go of your emotions!  The laughter and the tears I capture will be your most favourite photographs, and the moments you’ll remember forever.

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  • Soak it all up

Saviour each and every moment!  Make sure you stop to take little breathers to soak it all up – the day really will fly by.  Walk slowly down the aisle, let your wedding party go well ahead of you and don’t follow too hot on their heals to make your killer entrance!

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Photo by: Silverbird Photography Emily Carey (www.silverbirdphotography.com)

 

Dancing at Weddings – my favourites!

Dancing at Weddings – my favourites!

 

When it comes to the evening part of the wedding, theres nothing I like to do better than to join everybody on the dance floor, roll with it and capture some cracking party pictures!  I’m always on the lookout for a different angle during the First Dance.  I love it when a couples friends and family pile on to the dancefloor after the first dance to kick the evening celebrations off to a flying start!  I love a good dance floor filler, as much as I love swerving a flying high-kick during a Ceilidh!  Check out some of the best shapes-being-thrown I’ve captured recently…

 

Preparing for an engagement Photo shoot

Preparing for an engagement Photo shoot

You don’t like awkward, cheesy poses…

in fact, you don’t really like you photograph being taken at all…

you’re not a professional model…

so why bother with an Engagement Photo Session??

Well, all of the above statements also apply to me, so we’re off to a good start already!!

During an Engagement session with me, I try to make them as fun and relaxing as possible.  Having worked as a press photographer for the past 14 years, I’m very used to visiting homes and places of work of ordinary people to take their photographs.  I did it on a daily basis, and most people didn’t really want their photographs taken, but I quickly learned the art of putting you at ease, because once you relax, I get to take better, more natural looking photos!  You can expect to laugh through those awkward first moments, when you think to yourself…”what do I do with my hands!???”

So, once you’ve chilled out a bit, it’s a chance for to get to know you as a couple, I get to know your personalities, and you’ll get to know me.  I’m mostly interested in capturing the connection the two of you have together, and not forcing you into any cheesy poses that you wouldn’t normally do.  I want you to come away from the session with some beautiful images of the two of you that show the love you feel for each other.  I think all of my couples look amazing, but some couples discover that they have a “good side” during the session, which we can then take into consideration on the Wedding Day.  It’s also worth remembering that we can pick up where we left off on the Wedding Day, so you won’t feel nervous at all on the Big Day like you did at the start of the Engagement Session!

Which locations are best?

I always ask if there’s a special location you would like to go to first, for example, the place where you got engaged.  Somewhere special that has sentimental significance is always good, but if not, the choice of location will set the mood for the photo shoot.  For example, urban versus countryside.  Both have a totally different vibe, like the Monument in Newcastle on a match-day saturday, is going to look and feel a lot different to a peaceful woodland walk!  Both are equally cool I might add!

Urban:

Newcastle Ouseburn

Newcastle Hoults Yard

Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside

City centre quirky coffee bar/pubs

Coast:

We’re rather spoilt for choice in the North East with all the beautiful beaches – take your pick!

North Shields Fish Quay

Tynemouth

“Kiss me quick” Candyfloss, Arcades and Fish n’ Chips

Nature:

Forest, woodland, moorland, rivers and waterfalls, or even climbing a mountain!

At home:

Where better to fell relaxed than in your own home?

What time is best?

Early morning light is always beautiful, but I mean EARLY!  Like, dawn and the hour just after!  But if you’re not an early riser, the two hours before sunset, or Golden Hour as its sometimes called, is the best time.  I’ll very rarely cancel a session due to bad weather, as I’m really interested in capturing you two as a couple, it doesn’t really matter what the weather is doing, it often adds to the photo anyway!!  Just make sure you dress for it!

What outfit should I wear?

Most importantly, wear something that you’re comfortable in, and that fits properly.  I’ll take much better photos if you’re relaxed and not constantly pulling your shirt down, or distracted by straps falling off your shoulders!  The less you have to think about, the better!  Dress for your location, and don’t wear high heels to go on a forest hike.  Try to avoid clothing with logo’s, graphics and writing on, they’re really distracting, and they will be all you look at once you see the photos!  Try not to wear clothes that are too matchy, but rather compliment each other.  You can check out my Pinterest board here for more ideas: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/silverbirdphoto/engagement-session-outfit-inspiration/

Leave any large handbags at home or in the car, as you’ll be holding hands and cuddling a lot, and a bag just gets in the way. Lads, make sure you don’t have keys, wallet and phone in your pockets, as bulgy trousers look weird!  I can carry a small bag with all your essentials in and a bit of make up for touch ups.

If you want to bring along children and pets thats great!  Also, if you have any props, I’ll say let’s use them at the start of the session and then put them away so you can concentrate on holding onto each other!

My goal for the Session is that you leave feeling happy and excited to see your photos.  I aim to make them as fun as possible and you’ll get some beautiful images for you to keep.  Some couples choose to use the photographs for their Save the Date cards, on their Wedding Invitations, or as a large print for guests to sign at their wedding.  You can keep up to date with what i get up to by following me on Facebookor Instagram.  For more information, please just ask!  hello@silverbirdphotography.com