Preview – 24 frames from Sarah and Nick’s epic summer time wedding at the awesome Bassmead Manor Barns in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire!
So you want a festival style wedding, but don’t know where to start? Relax! One of our fab 2016 festival brides, Maria reveals her essential festival wedding planning checklist just for you!
FESTIVAL WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST
We really had so much fun as Maria and Ricky’s festival wedding photographers! Their Glastonbury-inspired festival theme wedding took only six months to plan too. The ‘Dansonbury’ Facebook Event page was also a great way to build the hype and excitement leading up to the day. If you are in the early organising stages, don’t miss this ultimate festival wedding planning checklist!
The Masters of Wedding Photography UK and IE is an annual competition, divided in to quarterly award rounds. Each round a top international jury selects the winners. Only the ‘best and most spectacular photos’ from all entries receive an award. It’s an appreciation of the best wedding photography in the UK and Ireland. Also providing an opportunity to showcase artwork to future bridal couples. This week it was time for the final fourth round results. Fingers crossed!
TWENTY-FOUR TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE UK AND IRELAND!
After an already amazing two Masters Awards in the opening two rounds, we were looking forward to the final stages. We are extremely delighted to have won another award in the closing rounds! That makes it a grand old total of three Masters of Wedding Photography Awards. Only twenty-four photographers achieved three or more awards. (We’ll have to let that sink in for a bit!) We are incredibly proud to be amongst some of the most creative and inspiring top wedding photographers out there in the UK and Ireland. So fizz and food-based treats are most definitely on the cards!
A few weeks ago it was our second Level Up creative photography workshop. We were absolutely buzzing to be putting on another fab sold out session. Following our first mega bridal concept workshop, this time we would be shooting creative pre-wedding photography style in sunny Blackpool with a fabulous group of photographers. Bring on the Vegas of the North!
CREATIVE PRE-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Creative photography sessions are ace for experimenting with new techniques, developing new skills and confidence building. It’s also a great way to produce some awesome marketing and website material. Ultimately Level Up provides opportunities for you to get creative. Plus we think portfolio building is supposed to be super fun! Level Up is designed for beginners and student photographers, also any pro seeking motivation or a new direction. So with a jam-packed schedule full of creative and inspiring scenarios, we were really looking forward to meeting our attendees.
We invited one of our awesome past bride and grooms, Jennie and Chris, to be our ‘models’ for the day. Bringing all the benefits of shooting a real life couple, with genuine emotions and interactions. Everyone agreed that they were totally amazing, like we knew they would be! So massive thanks again guys (you might be in line for major international modelling contracts once all these pics get out…)!
SUPER-COOL SPONSORS, A PRIZE DRAW AND PIZZAS
For this Level Up session we were delighted to have super-cool sponsors Digitalab and The Watermelon Design on board. Well done to Danielle Francesca Photography who won the prize draw! A beautiful paisley camera strap, handcrafted by The Watermelon Design especially for Level Up. Also all attendees received some exclusive Digitalab pro printing promo codes! Yaaaaaay! Superb print quality, colour accuracy and customer service – that’s why Digitalab provided our BIPPNW competition prints!
We had an exciting set of locations and cool spots for the attending photographers. So with time for a power-up pizza lunch break in-between shooting (any excuse for pizza, right?), we had plenty of fast paced variety in store.
GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING – LEVEL UP!
We really enjoyed the day and had such a fab group of attendees. You all rock! Sun, sea, sand and street art. We had the lot! The photographs we have seen so far have been brill and the mega feedback has been amazing:
What an awesome day! Big thanks to Zo and Liam!
The workshop was absolutely epic! Zo and Liam were incredibly generous with their time and knowledge, and the whole day was just great fun!
I’ve come away with some shots that I’m really proud of! I will certainly be attending further sessions in the future. Thanks so much guys!
Really got my creative juices flowing and I can’t wait to put all my fresh ideas in to practice! Zo and Liam are amazing teachers. Super relaxed making me feel like no question was a silly one. Would highly recommend to everyone!
A massive thank you to Zo and Liam! I had so much fun and learnt heaps!
To stay up-to-date with future Level Up sessions you can register on our mailing list and follow the Level Up Facebook page. Find out first about the next date. It would be great to see you there!
So here’s some behind the scenes action and a peek at what we got up to in Blackpool. If you got pooped on by seagulls, it was not part of the deal. But it is good luck. Fact.
Catherine and Jack’s super-chic, rustic garden party wedding took place at Eleven Didsbury Park, Manchester. They first got in touch having found us online. Our contemporary, unique style photography was exactly what they were looking for on their special day!
DIDSBURY GARDEN PARTY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Part of the Eclectic Hotels collection, Eleven Didsbury Park is a stylish, luxury Victorian townhouse. It has a reputation for top-class hospitality and fantastic food. So of course we were very much looking forward to being back in leafy Didsbury.
On the morning of the wedding, we met Cat and the bridal party in the awesome Veranda Suite. Penny from Jodie A Smith Make-Up & Hair Team was already busy and the champers was on ice.
BESPOKE FASHION FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM
We love all the personal touches on a wedding day. Cat and Jack took things to a whole new level!
Jack’s mum and her friend, who had both worked in the fashion industry, designed and made Cat’s beautiful wedding dress. Cat looked amazing in her bespoke lace and satin gown.
Continuing the family trade, Jack is a menswear designer. So naturally he designed his own sharp suit, which was tailor-made at his workplace. Incredible skills! Bride and groom kitted out, total Sutton-style. Bravo!
SUPER STYLISH RUSTIC GARDEN PARTY WEDDING
Multi-award winning florists, The Flower Lounge in Didsbury arranged the bouquets and table centrepieces. Sian and the fab floral team work hard to ensure your visions beautifully come to life.
A naked Victoria Sponge wedding cake with fresh berries really complimented the day’s intimate, rustic vibe. Oh, The Dish and Spoon cake most certainly tasted as good as it looked too!
The ceremony took place at the trendy Didsbury House Hotel. It was a short walk for the bridal party in the Manchester sunshine. Afterwards, we enjoyed a pre-barbecue stroll around Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens with the newlyweds. A relaxed shoot with great light and an almost tropical backdrop made for some awesome shots! Then it was back to Eleven Didsbury Park to party the night away with close friends and family.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS PERFECTLY CAPTURED THE BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – BLOWN AWAY!
A few words from the gorgeous couple:
“We looked at lots of wedding blogs and photographers who had previously shot at our wedding venue and came across ZT Photography. We looked further at their website, through their online portfolio and loved their work and unique style. We’re so happy we chose them! Not only are the photographs stunning and better than we could have hoped for, but Zo and Liam were awesome on the day. They were extremely chilled, helping to put us at ease and nothing was too much trouble. They managed to capture all the emotions of the day and just how happy we were, which was so important to us. The images are beautiful and vibrant with a stunning depth of colour.
We first got a twenty-four snap shot of the photographs when we were on honeymoon in Sri Lanka, which we loved and made us incredibly excited to see more. Then when we got the full set through we were blown away! There was so much laughter and happiness, and they’d caught beautiful moments and details, which we can now keep forever. The photographs perfectly captured the best day of our lives. For that we are incredibly grateful, thank you! Lots of love, Mr and Mrs Sutton x”
INTRODUCING THE WATERMELON DESIGN
The Watermelon Design make funky accessories for photographers. So we were more than happy to check out their latest range of trendy camera strap action.
After several years working for international textile brands, UK-based designer, Ez decided to set up her own business. With a wealth of experience, a passion for fabrics and a special talent for unique ‘fresh and juicy’ designs, The Watermelon Design was born. Yaaay!
CAMERA STRAPS THAT MAKE A STATEMENT
Camera straps come in all shapes and sizes these days. So there’s no excuse not to ditch that characterless freebie that probably came with your camera. If you want to make a real statement with your strap, then be sure to check out The Watermelon Design’s handmade beauties.
Our strap arrived in perfect condition. All carefully packaged in a neat brown box and wrapped in protective tissue paper.
FUNKY ACCESSORIES FOR AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHERS
The camera strap itself is hand-crafted to the highest standards. It’s also a simple, classic-style strap with a functional design. There are even fab lens cap pocket and personalisation options too. A polypropylene-webbing inside the fabric provides extra strength. Also interfacing material gives additional support and comfort. The strap ends come with handy adjustable buckles. These are suitable to fit a standard 10mm camera loop or larger. Other swivel lobster clasp types are also available.
LEVEL UP! JUNE 2017 SPONSOR
The Watermelon Design have a wide range of straps, with many bold and quirky patterns to choose from. The lobster and the paisley designs are definitely two of our faves! Minimalist straps and scarf-style versions are also available in the shop. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Have a look at the excellent reviews from many happy customers!
We are very excited that Ez has beautifully handcrafted a super-cool paisley camera strap especially for our Level Up creative photography workshop in June 2017. Attendees will have a chance to win this amazing prize! So thanks again, Ez!