Tag Archives: Family

Scottish, Vintage Loveliness

I’m not one to go back on my promises, so here’s the gorgeous Scottish wedding to follow on from Sean & Nicola’s ‘Great Outdoors’ engagement session that I posted last week. The pair wanted a really laid back, family-orientated day and they chose Mugdock Park for their ceremony and The Local Town Hall for their reception. “We only really considered one option for a ceremony venue, which was Mugdock Park” they began. “It is an amazing place at the beginning of the west highland way, and we loved going there for mountain-biking, having barbecues or just strolling around. We met up with the park manager and we had to prove ourselves as fans of the park before they let us go ahead with it, as they have only 2 weddings a year there.  Our wedding was set around the old castle ruins, and my younger cousins provided the uplifting music by playing the violin and clarinet.”
“The reception venue was a local town hall, which had typical town hall features, but also a unique charm. Most importantly, it had a cheap bar! The hall was bare to begin with, but a troupe of family and friends worked hard the day of the wedding to decorate it beautifully with fairy lights and bedside lamps from their houses! I hired vintage mismatched china from Tatty Mac for a shabby-chic feel, and the cutlery and remaining crockery was hired from Cairns and Scott. We used old jam jars on the tables for tea candles, and randomly popped flower stems into old-style water bottles. Sean’s mum, being a keen gardener, used flowers from her garden, with some rustic-looking pots as table-centres.”

The couple skipped a lot of the traditional fare in favour of really personal touches including the flowers, which Nicola’s Mum collected and put together and the cake, which instead of a traditional one was replaced with cakes made my their friends and family members. “Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we asked a bunch of close friends and family if they would be willing to make their signature cake to lay out on a dessert table. The result was a wonderful variety of people’s tried and trusted recipes, which was mouth-watering” the couple said.

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Under the Spotlight – Me&You Video

Have you been dreaming about having a non-boring, non-traditional wedding video? Do you like the idea of having a friend or family member filming the wedding but don’t want a disappointing amature looking result? Wouldn’t it be great if your friend was a professional wedding videographer!?

Well my dears I may well have the answer for you. I was contacted by the very lovely Haynal Papp who launched Me&You Video off the back of her already successful videography company Dolce Studio FilmsMe&You Video is a fantastically innovative wedding video concept where your friends and family play wedding film maker for you. “But wait” you may be thinking ” My friends and family don’t know the first thing about shooting a wedding!” Well here’s where Me&You Video come in.

With their fantastic online 5-step training course (and it is, I’ve given it a bash) your friend or family member can learn the tools to do the job right. “In under an hour, the Me&You Video course condenses years of professional experience into an easy to understand and easy to follow 5 step course that can be watched over and over again to equip your friend or family member with the tools they need to do the job well” they say.

…And the best part? You can have a professional looking, super personal wedding video for under $200!

Thanks to Haynal for talking to us today. For more info be sure to check out the Me&You Video website or contact Haynal via one of the methods below

Me&You Video LLC
PO Box 5281
Arlington, VA 22205
T             202-710-8737
TF            877-748-1022
 
Haynal Papp can be reached directly at:
 
Dolce Studio Films LLC
T            703-300-9033
TF            800.823.0317
C            202-746-8016
E            haynal@dolcestudiofilms.com

It’s Our Wedding, Let’s P.A.R.T.Y Hard!

Wow wow wow. Kelly & Sean sure knew how to rock a wedding! From an emotional ceremony, to a family-orientated reception to a crazy-fun party, the whole day looks like an utter blast! “The one thing that we dislike about weddings is how they are all alike” they told me. “We understand its tradition and that’s how its supposed to be done, but why? why is there a set pattern?  We wanted our wedding to be personal to us. We wanted to start our own traditions and do things unique to our style. The theme of our wedding was basically “Things We Love” and  it ended up being the perfect reflection of us. We did whatever we wanted and nixed things we disliked. we strived to make it intimate and personal. Our wedding was hands down the best day of our lives, we had everything we loved, surrounded by everyone we love and made sure to marry the heck outta the one we loved!”

The wedding too place at The Allan House. They had a short and sweet ceremony outside which was full of touching moments. The groom’s grandfather was a groomsman! He really relieved the tension during the ceremony when he whistled at the bride as she walked down the aisle…what a lovely idea to involve such a special member of the family in the wedding in this way.

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Homespun & Locally Sourced

I’ve discovered one of my new favourite photographers! So much in fact that I emailed him to ask for not one, not two, but THREE of his weddings to feature…so hold onto your hats because over the next few days you’re gonna see some serious awesome.

First up is Tony & Katie’s laid back, funky backyard wedding. Although the pair live in New York they opted to hold their wedding in Kentucky where all their family are based. They knew they didn’t want a traditional church wedding and luckily for them Katie’s grandparents allowed their home to play host to the celebrations.

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With a Little Help From Our Friends…{Part 2}

As daylight broke, Anita, Alan and their guests rose for the exciting day that lay ahead of them. Anita put on her dress, designed especially for her by a local dress maker, had her hair & make up done by her Aunt and picked up her flowers all donated by friends. After getting ready the whole party headed to the wedding tent, built by her Uncles, to begin the rest of their lives together. What a celebration!

But that wasn’t all. Day 3 of the celebration consisted of a Chilean Curanto ( a massive beach BBQ!) Go check out these photographs too.

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With a Little Help From Our Friends…{Part 1}

It’s unlike me to split a wedding up into 2 parts but Anita & Alan’s really was a wedding that deserves more than one post. You’ll see why.

Being a photographer based in Chile means that the wonderful Kyle Hepp gets to photograph some truly unique and individual weddings. Being a third world country, weddings that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds are out of the question and for Anita & Alan’s wedding in particular everything was set up with love, devotion and with help from friends and family.

“The event started the day before, with everyone coming together to set up and organise for the next day’s festivities. “On Thursday, after Seba and I spent two days on vacation exploring Castro, we met up with Anita, Alan, and about 30 of their closest friends.” Kyle told me “We carpooled from Castro to Quicavi, another little seaside town, where we would take a boat to Voigue. But first, we had to load that bad boy up. When all was said and done, I was nearly certain that we would sink. I have never seen so much stuff packed into such a small space. I mean, pretty much the entire wedding, minus the tent, was being transported. As soon as we arrived on the island, everyone set up their tents, we ate lunch and then we got right to work — and by “we,” I mean everybody else worked really hard and Seba and I photographed them working really hard.”

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