Wedding photography in Northcote House, Berkshire
LOVE summer weddings and especially when it is -6C outside :) I would recommend everyone to try the recipe of Summer Fruit Sangria and join me to browse through this warm and beautiful celebration of LOVE.
6 cups assorted fruits (such as mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, and apricot), sliced or cut into chunks – 1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger – 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh basil or mint leaves – 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau – 1 bottle crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio – 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon) – ENJOY
* What would you recommend to take in consideration when planning the whole atmosphere of the day?
I love anything vintage and felt this look would lend well to the venue. I made most of the decor bits myself beacause I love crafts but it also save pennies to make things yourself! Simple ideas look lovely like tying jam jars with ribbon and lace for candles – so cheap but very pretty. I think the more touches you can add yourself, the more personal the day is. My mum gave me a gorgeous wooden sign which said ‘happily everafter’ which we hung over the fireplace in the dinner room. Lots of our guests said to to us ‘it was so you’ which was really special to hear.
* What was the criteria which made you to choose Sunningdale Park Hotel?
We loved how all the elements are close together at Sunningdale Park. For example the bar, the dinner room and the dance hall are all connected so you don’t loose guests. Also it has a lovey terrace patio as well as lots of indoor space – so even if it rained we would have a lovely setting (how we managed to get a sunny day in the middle of the wettest summer on record we’ll never know!).
* How long it took you took organise everything?
I don’t think very long in terms of making decisions. We booked the venue and you guys first then just picked things up as we went along. (We had a 2 year enagement to allow time to save up – we wanted a special Honeymoon too so decided it would be worth the wait!). So although we had lots of time, we didn’t find the planning stressful or need that time to fill up. It was nice not having to rush and gave me lots of time to collect jam jars!
* What would be the most important factors to consider in wedding photography?
I think a timeless quality and a romantic feel. I found you at a wedding fair and was drawn to your stand because you had gorgeous trinkets and candels etc (as I said I am a vintage magpie!) and could see straight away how style and design are an important part of what you do. We also loved all the natural shots and beautful editing effects like the old fashioned postcard design. We are completely thrilled with our albums and felt chosing a photographer was one of the most very important decisions. This is because apart from your memories, the pictures are the only things you will have to keep so they are precious. I have worked in hotels and venues for years and have never seen a wedding album like ours, we get so many compliments so thank you both!
* May I ask about the fantastic frame, which you have used to display the table seats?
I had seen pictures of seating plans made from old picture frames or vintage suitcases etc and loved the idea (and the low cost!). James found me the frame at work in the props cupboard (he works in a department store and it was ex display). I started stringing wool and twine across it, sort of making it up as I went along while watching a movie! I added some flowers made from fabric to tie the clours together.
* Are there any web pages or blogs you came across which you could recommend or any particular magazines?
I have to say I became hooked on rockmywedding.co.uk because I love all the styles and the DIY tips on there. I also love Pinterest which is great for saving images of ideas you like – I would absolutely recommend joining Pinterest for wedd-spiration! We also added you guys on Facebook so we got to see other shoots you were doing which made us even more excited looking at your fab pictures!
* Please tell us the story behind the table titles.
We named the tables after gigs we’ve been to together. We both love music and spent lots of time putting playlists together for backgound music etc. I always save the tickets for shows we go to (I have lots in frames around the house) so I was able to photocopy the ticket for each name sign and stuck lace and buttons etc on too. It’s another way to put your own stamp on the day. For example lots of our friends remembered being at some of the gigs with us and we named the top table Coldplay as we saw them at the Emirates stadium the month before and have great memories of dancing in the rain amongst the lasers and lights thinking ‘we’re getting married next month!’
* What is the story behind the cake topper.
I was searching Etsy (another great website – it’s where people sell handmade items and crafts so it’s really original) for a cake topper and came across the ones by Miss Sarah Cake which are laser-cut acryic song lyrics and phrases. I saw one saying ‘you and me, always and forever’ and may have squealed because that’s our song! We’d already chosen it for our first dance so that was it! The topper was only about £12 too and now sits on our bookcase as a little reminder.