How can you pay tribute to loved ones who are no longer here on your wedding day?
You can prepare a special bouquet to lay at their graveside after the ceremony, you can display a favourite photo in a frame, you can light a candle during your ceremony and most of all (whether or not it's documented by your photographer), you can set aside specific time on the day with family to have a moment together and remember, cry, hug.
I was so touched by the different ways Cassie commemorated and celebrated the lives of her recently departed grandparents when she and Rob were married. I was asked (and was incredibly honoured) to document a special father-daughter dance and went along with the family to lay bouquets at her grandparents' graveside afterwards.
(For everyone of us who have lost loved ones. Xx)
I just love the look on Claire's face as she sees Jesse for the first time before their ceremony.
Can we talk about "first looks" for a quick sec? I know they aren't for everybody but they're a fantastic way to carve out some time together as a couple before you walk down the aisle. While tradition might deem it "bad luck" to see each other before the ceremony, I personally can't see anything unlucky about it. A first look is a great way to check-in with your soon-to-be other half and is very effective at quelling any last minute nerves!
If you haven't considered a first look for your wedding, maybe have a think about whether or not it would work for you as a couple and chat to your photographer and/or videographer about how it could be included in your wedding coverage?
You guys, I made a thing! It's a private Facebook group called Look See Wed.
Look See Wed is a place for the newly engaged, for those planning their wedding or elopement or vow renewal and for vendors alike. It is a resource to share information first and foremost - bringing together those who work behind-the-scenes to make your wedding day memorable for all the right reasons with people who are beginning the wedding planning journey!
It's slowly but surely growing a bit more each day and I'm really hoping that it will become a useful place for people to stop by and chat about all things wedding-related on the NW coast of Tasmania.
If you're a wedding vendor (whether you're on the NW coast of Tasmania, or in any other part of the state or country), it'd be great to have you as part of the brains trust in the group. Every month there's a vendor shout-out post where you can drop your contact details/website/social media profile and promote your services to brides and grooms in the group. It's open to all kinds of wedding vendors - including photographers - I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of community over competition, so all are very definitely welcome! It's not, however, a buy and sell group (there are a plethora of other Facebook groups for that purpose!)
If you recently got married and have some advice to give - this could be a great way to help others out; and if you're getting married (all kinds of couples from all walks of life), perhaps check it out and ask any questions you'd like, this might be your chance to pick everyone else's brains!
When I was a kid, one of my favourite things to do was to drag out the old suitcase from mum and dad's wardrobe that contained all our photos, albums and birthday card scrapbooks. I could (and did) spend hours going through the contents of that suitcase (which was used so they'd be easily grabbed in case of an emergency, but it was so heavy I'm not sure how easily grabbed it would have been in reality!) I loved looking at all the photos, not just of me and my siblings or of mum and dad, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and what I really really loved (still do) were the really really old ones. I was always fascinated by those faces looking back at me and wished I could ask them to tell me their stories.
This memory is something that has stuck with me for a very long time and has strongly influenced what I want to provide for my photography clients. Some of my wedding photography collections have an album included (and if it's not included, can be purchased separately) and most of them include a selection of 6x4 prints. The bonus of having your collection include an album, or of adding it to a different collection is that you don't have to worry about designing layouts, creating and ordering the album. All you do is select the images you want in the album and leave the rest to me - I've got your back! So many people have great intentions of making their own album and all too often life just gets in the way. (No judgement, it happens to photographers too! Ask me about my photos France photos from a few years ago!) If you're looking at different photography collections for your wedding, please consider adding on an album or selecting one with an album included - it's incredibly good value, a huge time-saver and a decision you won't regret.
Below are examples of the some of the print boxes, prints and albums provided with some Look See wedding photography collections. They're all Australian-made and with proper care should last more than a lifetime. These print boxes are made from certified sustainable timber. The albums are hand-constructed using Italian book binding machines and techniques, with beautifully thick card pages that have been printed using dye based inks for durability. That gorgeous silk ribbon in the album box? It's hand dyed and so, so soft to the touch. The USBs are also Australian-made and are custom-engraved. I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to put these collections together and it's always wonderful to see people's reactions when they open them up!