Marrying her sweetheart in August of last year, newlywed Claire told me all about their Glaswegian wedding. “Whilst on paper our wedding wasn’t overtly Rock n Roll, our journey to get down the aisle definitely offers a slightly offbeat tale. Namely because in the two years leading up to our nuptials we collectively lost ten stone between us – the equivalent of 20ish new-born babies, a Saint Bernard dog, or Britney Spears. The toughest journey of my life, losing 70% of our collective weight drop, I lived, breathed and blogged the whole shebang, and whilst I still have a few more pounds to shift, that I made it down the aisle in the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen, no longer morbidly obese, is the proudest moment of my life so far.”
“Another not so insignificant part of the proceedings was applying to be the next Rock n Roll Bride intern, and attending the first ever School of Rock (n Roll Bride). And whilst I didn’t win the internship, or even continue blogging, both made life that little bit more lovely, in no small part thanks to the network of remarkable women I had the pleasure of meeting either virtually or in person throughout each experience.”
Claire & Tom were married at Glasgow Art Club which proved to be the perfect venue to host their eclectic ideas. “Our humanist ceremony was our most treasured moment”, Claire explained. “Hugely personal, with poignant readings from three very special people to us, self-penned vows, tears a-hoy and impromptu hilarity which we shared with 70 of our most favourite people, it couldn’t have been more ‘us’.”
When you’re scared, listen to the advice of a six year old…
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I’ve been playing with my Holga DSLR lens – so fun!
The London Blogcademys were nothing short of incredible. Like, seriously mind-blowing. I am forever in debt to the 60 (!) guys & gals who spent two whole days with us, each of them battling sleet, snow and precarious public transport to make it to the beautiful Curtain Road Studios in Shoreditch.
I am so immensely grateful to the ridiculously talented Richard Wakefield of FX Media for being there to capture the magic on film, to Lisa Devlin & Emily Quinton for guest teaching and to Shell de Mar for snapping away mercilessly.
I’ll be sharing much more about what went on at both events over the coming weeks, but I couldn’t resist posting Richard’s amazing video today…
In today’s fast moving and highly competitive digital marketplace, it is more important than ever that you and your brand make a good first impression on a potential client. Despite the numerous ways to connect with people online, it’s still very much true that nothing quite sells like a real person, and having a genuine connection or affinity with the person you’re talking to. In fact last year Liene Stevens of Splendid Communications published the results of an extensive survey of thousands of engaged and newly married couples which reported just that. 97% of couples said that a potential wedding supplier’s personality was either ‘very important’ or ‘mattered’.
So how can we utilise this knowledge and better get our personalities across online? As we all know, potential clients are more than likely to check out our websites and blogs before making any actual communication. Of course we can wax lyrical in writing about how fantastic we are and tell them why we’re the perfect wedding supplier for them, but there really is nothing like actually showing them. Unless you’re a fantastic writer, it can actually be difficult to convey yourself or your business in the best way with text alone. Copywriters can be great of course, but in an industry where being personable and authentic is so important, having someone else write about you will never be the same as you speaking to your clients directly.
So today I want to encourage you to do something scary. I want you to think about the using video to do it. We all know that the actual words you say are not the most vital part of communication. Body language, tone of voice and inflection are just as, if not often more, important when showing people who you are. So what could be a better tool for showing off your best bits than a video?
There are numerous statistics to back up the theory that the use of video online is on the rise. According to Forrester Research only 20% of web visitors will sit and read the majority of the text on a website, whereas 80% will sit and watch the same content when presented in the form of a short video. They also found that adding video to your website makes your site six times more likely to convert a ‘browser’ into a paying customer.
One of the main reasons I love Filipino wedding photographers MangoRed so much is because their wedding photography is quite odd. In fact it’s darn right bizarre. It breaks boundaries that I didn’t even know existed, and it challenges my concept of what wedding photography even is. These images aren’t going to be for everyone. In fact I’d bet my entire sparkly handbag collection that some of you will not like them at all. But I bloody love them and their unapologetic weirdness. I’m inspired, intrigued and totally and utterly confused all at the same time. It’s pretty darn wonderful. And that’s before I even say anything about the actual wedding in the images – fake cotton wool clouds lining the aisle? OH MY GOD YES!
Ryan & Garovs’ wedding took place in Manila, The Phillipines. The ceremony was held at St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish and the reception at White Space, an event space in the city. “The first thing on our mind was that MangoRed had to shoot our wedding, or else we wouldn’t get married (this is what we actually told them!)” laughed the bride. “We mailed them right after we got engaged, and immediately booked the church and reception venues just so we could seal the deal and book the boys. We just couldn’t imagine our wedding in the hands of any other photographers!”
When Gareth & I were married waaaay back in 2008, having a wedding video was low on our list of priorities. I know – what fools we were! But weddings can be bloomin’ expensive and when it came down to it, we just couldn’t stretch our already exceeded budget any further. However these days, couples on a budget have so many more options and the lovely folks at Storymix Media are leading the way.
Their clever free mobile app (available for iPhone & Android - woohoo!) allows all your guests to film parts of your wedding journey (all the way from the hen do through to the wee hours of the morning after the wedding!) on their phones. Then they can seamlessly upload directly to Storymix Media who will edit together the best bits for you! Now, clearly, a video filmed by your Aunt Fran isn’t going to be comparable to hiring a professional videographer, BUT if you want to capture every Rock n Roll moment through your friend’s eyes or your budget just won’t stretch, then this is a seriously cool option.