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Wedding Photography- How to choose…

Wedding photography can be full of pitfalls- make sure you don’t fall into any

 

Without doubt the photography of your big day is one of the most important aspects of any Wedding. It is critical that you get a photographer who understands the concept and theme of your wedding and will try their best to shoot the best shots accordingly.

It can be a brain wracking exercise as there are many photographers keen on getting your business for your wedding, it is a scary transaction as you are paying for something that you cannot see until maybe 2 months after the event and you are having to pray everything turns out ok! Scary right? well there are few things you can do to help yourself out!

Decide at an early stage as to what you feel would be the right photography for you, do you want posed photographs whereby a stage is set and you are invited to perform, or do you want a more casual and relaxed setting in that the photographer can be snapping away and you could be oblivious to this.

On this basis you can then narrow down the search to the types of photographer you want, it is then imperative you meet with as many as you can and choose the one you like.  You are going to be spending an entire with these people so it is important you like them so they can get the best poses out of you. If you choose someone you are not keen on, towards the end of the day when you are tired and you just want to sit down and the photographer suggests a couple of shots at the other end of the venue , it is unlikely that the pictures will be model-esque.

Ensure you get to see as much of their work prior to booking them. Try and go to their studio and see some of their previous work and determine if it is the right quality for you. From here you can also see if their price is realistic for what they are wanting to charge you. This can also help as normally a photographer will bring their best pictures with them and leave the others in the studio, ensure you look through an entire album and make sure they are all of the same quality.

More and more photographers are offering studio time before your wedding – this allows you time so you can get used to each other and how they will direct you. This will also help in terms of being able to review the studio pics before the big day, if you aren’t happy you can tell them before the day.

Finally make sure you go to as many wedding fairs as possible as the most popular photographers will be there and will be vying for your business, play hard to get and get them competing for you business and you cannot go wrong!

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Looking fabulous in your dress- Choosing the best dress for you.

 

Choosing your dress is one of the biggest decisions in your life- make sure you choose the right one!

 

First things first, most girls have an idea as to what dress they thing they will be getting married in on their big day. You need to take a number of things into account prior to even stepping foot into the the dress shop;

  • Consider your body shape – choose the dress that helps accentuate your best features,
  • Think about any color schemes that you have in mind for the big day
  • Ensure that you go to as many dress shops as possible, this will help you compare not only prices but potentially different designers/styles.

Body types and dresses

 

It is exceptionally important to ensure that you choose the correct dress for your body type. Dresses may look lovely on a mannequin but that doesn’t necessarily translate into the dress of your dreams below are a few ideas for body types to dress styles to help avoid wedding dress fails;

 

Pear figure – narrow mid section which then flares out which helps accentuate the narrowness of the midsection and takes the eyes away from the hips

Petite figure- Sheath and close fitting dresses help accentuate your curves and makes the illusion of stretching your silhouette vertically.

Hourglass figure – fitted bodices work best on this shape as this helps show off your curves.

 

 

Shopping for the “one”

When shopping for your perfect dress there are number of considerations you must take into account prior to booking your appointments. You must take a close of your girls to come with you to not only help you keep on task but also help drink all that Prosecco! You must also try and book as early in the day as possible, as this will help avoid clashes with other brides – nobody wants a Bridezilla in their shop. You must also think about stylists, not every shop will have Vera Wang on the hangers, you have to consider your appointments accordingly.

 

Finally the best advice is to go and have fun! Dress shopping is something you and your friends and close family can all get involved in and they will definitely let you know if it is the right one or not as soon as you try it on. This is the one day where everything is about you – so make a statement!

 

 

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Bridal hair- How to look Fabulous….

If there is one thing that I reiterate to all my girly friends is that you have to prepare, prepare and doubly prepare in the lead up to the big day, you don’t want frayed hair or ghastly split ends .On a wedding day the bride and the groom should look perfect, as if they`ve stepped out from a fairy tale.  Every little detail is extremely important when your big day is approaching, but don’t forget: you need to care about your hair a few months before your wedding date. If you follow our advice, you are going to be the dream bride of every hairdresser and your hairdo is gonna be gorgeous.

First of all, let your hair grow as long as you can and use treatments, moisturizing products suitable your hair type in order to have healthy and shining hair. Schedule your trims around eight or nine weeks and your hair will grow rapidly. You can prevent split ends with cutting them on a regular basis and also using plenty of conditioner while showering. Besides, there are several practices which are good to know, for example brush your hair before washing, not to brush to much while it is wet or lay off the heat styling tools.

Don’t underestimate the importance of the trial sessions. It means you have to book at least one day before the wedding and tell your plans to the professional who can help you can figure out the appropriate hairdo . There are many possibilities you need to decide on your trial appointment on like the colour, the style, the accessories, the length, if you want flower in it or not. We suggest you  gather and take photos of styles you like, ideas you would like to try and also be aware what kind of makeup you will wear, because everything needs to be in harmony. When you are at your stylist, keep an open mind about recommendations but ensure that you end up with something you really want.

Watch the ingredients of the products, most of them contain silicone and they do more harm than help. If you used too much silicon-heavy material on your hair you can solve the problem with using a clarifying shampoo and/or conditioner in the previous weeks. Thanks to the newer formulas you can buy silicon-free cleaning, conditioning and styling goods as well.

Beside the external cures the significance of the proper nutrition and the avoidance of extreme diets are indisputable. Get the essential vitamins and nutrients from the vegetables and fruits and consult with your dermatologist about the supplements which can cause noticeable improvement on your head.

If you colour or dye your hair, you have to make sure that you choose the best experienced hairdresser, and not to cut corners with your hair, because wedding photos and video are taken forever and you don`t wanna be a colourless angel on them. Refresh your colour or ask for highlights to reach the best texture and a natural effect. Maybe some of you are enough brave to make extreme changes in your colour, but leave it for later. Ensure that you avoid dying dark hair a few  days before your wedding, as this can leave marks on your forehead and neck. As our last recommendation, we are finding more and more of our brides are now going for loose and natural look, complicated buns are so not in right now.

If you take this advice, you will have hair that Rapunzel would envy on your wedding day.

 

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The Royal Wedding -What can we expect?

The Royal wedding is just around the corner! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are soon to be  married in May. The younger son of Princess Diana and the American actress have been in a relationship for over a year and a half now and they are now getting everything ready for their big day. The 36-year-old star has quit the TV show Suits which made her famous, in order to follow correct royal protocol.

There are always countless expectations and speculation regarding a royal wedding, which is the biggest event not only in the United Kingdom, but all over the world. If we remember, Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s wedding day which took place back in 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London and think of the amazing  different aspects of the day, which made it such a special event.

The dress and shoes of the bride

The Designer of the year at the 2011 British Fashion Awards, Sarah Burton was tasked with designing the wedding dress of Kate, of course this was not announced until the bride got out from her car and walked in the Westminster Abbey. The breath-taking dress combined the modern and the traditional styles which was the own request of the bride. Kate’s dress featured a fitted, ivory satin bodice with a sheer lace neckline and sleeves which was slightly padded at her hips and the classical floral motifs cut from machine-made lace. The silk tulle underskirt and 9ft train ensured a sumptuous view on the red carpet, however this was a more restrained dress than that of Princess Diana which had a 25ft train. Sarah, who is the creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, also designed the bridal shoes made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. After the ceremony the footwear was displayed at the Buckingham Palace for a while.

The media publicity of the marriage

The wedding day itself was a public holiday in the United Kingdom and drew huge media attention from around the world. The ceremony was viewed live, by tens of millions around the planet, including approximately 70 million live streams on YouTube, the top video sharing site. This event with an estimated overall cost of£20 million was one of the most watched event in 2011 among the television audiences in more than 180 countries with the number of 26.3 million viewers.

The guest list and participating celebrities

Three different guest lists were sent out in the name of the Queen for more than 2800 people who were invited to the ceremony, to the luncheon reception at Buckingham Palace and to the evening dinner. More than half of the invitees were the family and the friends of the couple, but the lists also contained Commonwealth leaders, representatives of foreign royal families, high ranking members of the military and members of religious and diplomatic organisations. Just a few well-known celebrities who were present and took part in the celebration the royal couple: Sir Elton John, the famous pianist and a very close friend of Diana, the football star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, who were waiting for their baby at that time and Guy Richie, the popular film director.

The wedding cake

The extra special wedding cake was a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake decorated with cream and white icing, a masterpiece of a Leicestershire-based cake designer Fiona Cairns. Fiona had to create the cake only from British ingredients, but it wasn`t a problem for her with her more than 25 years’ experience.

The honeymoon

The newly married couple postponed their honeymoon and instead of leaving straight after the occasion, they didn`t depart until 9th of May, 10 days after their wedding. The destination was top secret at the beginning until the spokesman announced that the couple spent a wonderful 10 days on a secluded villa on a private island in the Seychelles.

 

We excitedly look forward to the younger Prince and his bride`s ceremony in a few months’ time and we will obviously take notes as to all the features of the big day, which will certainly be as unforgettable as Prince William’s big day .

 

 

 

 

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