Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Learning to Love my Wedding Photographs

The time between your wedding day and getting your photos back can seem like forever. You may be dreaming of gushing over each one, getting your favourites framed and sending out thank you cards with your happy ‘just married’ faces on the front. So, what happens if you get your pictures back and you’re less than thrilled? Or, worse still, what if you hate the way you look in them? Recently married, Steph Hale, is here to share her experience of hating yet eventually learning to love her wedding photographs.

When we got our wedding photographs back, I cried. They were not happy tears either. Upon opening the package, I discovered the photo DVD had a picture frame built in to the leather holder and our photographer had selected a photo to put in it. In that picture I looked like a horse. I hated that picture and once I put the DVD into the machine and the images rolled by one by one, I couldn’t think about anything other than picking holes in almost every single one I was in.

Now don’t get me wrong, we hired incredible photographers who captured the day beautifully, but my own appearance, or at least my feelings and my perception of my appearance, made me dislike the photos. Intensely. I sobbed and sobbed as disappointment washed over me, and I hated myself for spending so much money on something I now didn’t like.

And then, for the first time in my life, I did something sensible. I put the disc away and for a while forgot about them. A couple of months later, I looked again, and to my surprise, my feelings had begun to change. OK, I still looked bad in some of them, but that one wasn’t as bad as I first thought – I looked passably human! And so, this continued, I found the images more tolerable every time I looked through them after a break of time. When we reached the 10 month point post-wedding, I discovered that I actually adored my pictures, and now, as we approach five years that love has only grown!

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Whimsical & Decadent Haunted Forest Wedding

A children’s farm doesn’t seem like your typical wedding venue, but when you bring on the creative genius of Michael Strownix to style the whole thing up, it became the perfect place for Caitlin and Adrian’s April wedding day. “Our friend works at the farm,” the bride told us, “and it’s a place that both of us had spent a lot of happy time. The balance of stunning natural beauty, rustic appeal and just a touch of absurdity with goats and peacocks wandering round appealed to us, too.”

“While we didn’t have a particularly theme in mind,” she continued, “someone described it as ‘like an old book shop in a haunted forest’ which I think just about sums it up. We just tried to inject little bits of ourselves and own own taste into things to make it feel a bit more personal to us. It was unashamedly whimsical and a bit silly, but with just enough tradition and sincerity to give it some gravity.”

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A Casual Island Adventure Elopement with a Black Dress

Ben and Paige knew they wanted to go somewhere tropical for their March wedding, but aren’t really beach-wedding types. “We do enjoy hiking though, “ the bride told us, “so we settled on a trip to St John in the Virgin Islands as we knew we’d get what we wanted from there. We reached out to Island Mike and asked if he knew any cool trails that would take us somewhere beautiful and remote, and he delivered!”

As both Paige and Ben have been married before, they knew that they wanted their wedding to be true to them and nobody else. “We planned it together and made sure every decision was a reflection on who we are as a couple.”

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Italian Boho Chic Elopement

Francesco and Gaia took inspiration for their April elopement from a working trip to Australia that they had taken together previously. “We used to live on a farm,” the bride told us, “very close to horses and sheep, surrounded by nature. We loved this kind of environment, so we a chose a country-style wedding.”

Held at Masseria Spinazzo in Salerno, Italy, the couple chose to elope after COVID limitations put stop to their original plans. Their biggest expense was Gaia’s wedding dress as she wanted a ‘perfectly bucolic outfit’; she settled on a gown from Le Spose di Giulio Gaudiosi. 

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Vegas or Bust: a COVID Elopement with a Vintage Sequin Jumpsuit

Emily and Casey decided just 5 days before heading to Las Vegas that they were going to tie the knot! “We had originally planned a much larger celebration with friends in Mexico,” the bride told us, “but that got postponed and we didn’t want to wait to get married. We’ll still have the big party next year, but I’m so glad we did what we did.”

They hired Gaby J Photography to document the occasion, and as a wedding photographer herself, Emily was particularly enamoured that Gaby only shot on film. “It really made every photograph so much more special to us.”

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I Love Italy – Elegant & Romantic Lake Como Bridal Inspo

Poetry meets elegance, fashion and a touch of Italian style was the brief for this gorgeously sumptuous styled shoot by planner and stylist Georgia or Georgia Louise Weddings. “As a collective, we wanted to put together a styled shoot that differs from the usual classic cliches in inspirational wedding content,” she told us.

“It was also paramount to us to convey the importance of human connection after the crazy times we’ve all had recently. Like everywhere, the Italian bridal scene has had a really rough 18 months, and we wanted to put together this shoot to give hope and joy to all couples that have been through postponing their most important day.”

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