Mystical Fairytale Wedding in a Cave

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I doubt many of you will have seen a wedding venue quite like this before because Ellie and Charlie got married in a cave! More specifically at the Underground Lake in Carnglaze Caverns, Cornwall. They also didn’t tell their guests where the ceremony was going to be held beforehand.

“We wanted our wedding to be a journey of discovery for our guests”, said the bride. “We asked them to dress to a certain colour palette and suggested they have fun with what they wore such as incorporating fairy lights or creating an animal mask!”

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“On the day we set them fun tasks too. The first was to help us make the food for the wedding breakfast (we have some very talented cooks in the group, we would have hated to have wasted that!) and secondly to decorate their hard hats for the ceremony. At this point they were all still unaware of the location of the ceremony (although they may have had their suspicions from the task) and would only find out where it was upon their arrival by taxi.”

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Relaxed and Simple Art Gallery Wedding with the Bride in a Suit

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Hannah and Paddy’s Manchester Art Gallery wedding had a laid back, super cool vibe, one that perfectly reflected them and their relationship. The bride in particular, wanted to feel like herself on the day so she opted to wear a sharp white suit from The Kooples rather than a dress and she didn’t carry a bouquet.

“Our wedding was lush, relaxed, simple”, she said. “We had a lot of monochrome, but also a lot of greenery, which really complemented the gorgeous art work in the gallery. We wanted a pared-back and clean atmosphere, but that kept away from the clinical side of minimalist.”

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“We scattered eucalyptus on the tables and used as part of the name cards, so the room smelled amazing. All our tables were named after our favourite Manchester pubs and bars, so the Top Table was ‘Temple’, which is an amazing underground bar on Oxford Rd, and Paddy’s favourite place in the world. We hired in some extra lighting, so the stone walls of the gallery had a really warm orange glow as the night came in.”

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An Engagement Shoot in the Nude

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It goes without saying that if you don’t want to see naked bodies then you probably shouldn’t read this post! I think these are completely and utterly beautiful.

Nikki and Mark wanted their engagement shoot to be intimate, sensual and artistic so decided to strip off and use it to connect back to the core of who they both are.

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The shoot took place in Bruce Peninsula national park in Tobermory, Ontario. Photographer Liat explains, “Everything I create is emotionally driven. I strive for something fantastical, something more than simply another aimless photo in what appears to be a visually saturated world. I look for meaning, for authenticity, and magic in everything I do.”

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The £500 Wedding Planned in Seven Days!

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No that isn’t a typo – Lucy and Adam really did only spend £500 on their wedding and they planned the entire thing in a week! With some super clever ideas (and a mother who used to be a professional photographer doing their photos as a gift) the wedding turned out just as beautifully as one with a budget ten times the size.

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“Our wedding was a country, simple, naturalistic wedding with lots of pastel shades”, said Lucy. “We were inspired by who we are as a couple and family. We’re not ‘big white wedding’ types so we kept things small. We planned the wedding quickly because my brother, who I hadn’t seen in six years, was coming to stay from America and Adam had just accepted a job offer 250 miles away so we were temporarily moving away from home for a few years. We’d contemplated having a simple registry office wedding for a while because we wanted something small and easy. We didn’t want to spend months of stressful and expensive planning, nor did we want a big wedding. All we wanted was our close family, a beautiful outside venue and a whole lot of love.”

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Carnival Wedding with Pops of Colour

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Tammy and Alex’s wedding was inspired by a carnival. “As soon as we saw a carnival themed wedding online we knew that was what we had to have too”, the bride said. “We are both big kids at heart. We knew there was no way we would have a traditional wedding; we wanted something fun and this was perfect!”

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“Since the wedding, everyone has told us that they loved how personalised it was. Everything was very us from all the DIY decorations (the flowers, streamers, signage, chair signs), to the nerdy poem we chose for the ceremony, the fire juggling, and having punk songs throughout!”

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My Only Speaking Event of the Year: FarmShop 2017

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From 2012 to 2015 I did a LOT of public speaking. And for someone who would actively avoid it at all costs while at school (even so much as faking illnesses – sorry mum!) this was no mean feat. I wouldn’t say I’m a natural public speaker, but when I stand up on stage, I do end up really loving it!

Although I still get incredibly nervous, I enjoy teaching. I love sharing what I’ve learnt over the years with other people. I like to be able to use my position (even though that phrase makes me cringe) to help other people make waves in their own lives and businesses.

Which is why I am thrilled to let you know what I will be speaking at the Photography Farm’s FarmShop in Brighton and Glasgow in March. I haven’t spoken at a wedding photography event since October 2015 and this is most likely going to be my only one for 2017 too!

So what is FarmShop?

For the past four years, the Photography Farm have hosted an annual ‘Farm Week’, offering individual classes for wedding photographers hosted on a real life farm in Sussex.

For 2017, they’ve decided to shake things up a bit with a much larger, conference style event (don’t let that word put you off, it’s going to be really fun, I promise!) where rather than booking into individual classes, attendees will be able to listen to every single speaker all for the one price.

It’s a super international event too, and if you come along you’ll be able to learn from Sara K Byrne (USA), Mark Pacura (UK) Todd Hunter McGaw (Australia), Jim Pollard (New Zealand), Janneke Storm (Australia), Lisa Jane (UK), Phil Chester (USA), James Frost (UK) and, of course, yours truly!

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How is this event different from all the other photography workshops and conferences?

Let’s be real here – there are a lot of workshops for wedding photographers to spend their hard-earned cash on. Even as a non-photographer I’ve attended a lot of them (as a speaker and an attendee) and, as these things usually go, some are much better than others.

I have been to too many workshops where the speaker simply tells their story, with a few easily Googleable (is that a word?) lessons thrown into the mix. That’s all fine if you particularly love that speaker or you just want a few actionable pieces of advice to go home with, but what if you want to learn the real nuts and bolts of it all?

FarmShop will be different because the format is completely new. Instead of each speaker standing at the front on their own, lamenting about how they got started in wedding photography and telling the audience to ‘be authentic’ (or whatever buzz-phrase is popular right now!) the format has been set up so each speaker’s section seamlessly leads onto the next.

Each lesson will build on the next meaning we’ll be taking you through step-by-step with everything you need to know as a wedding photographer – from launching your business to branding to working with clients to marketing and beyond. Speakers will stay on stage to chip in on each other’s sections so not only will you get access to an enormous amount of experience, but you will be encouraged to take part, workshop style, not just sit and passively listen to the talks.

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