Wedding Photography Styles

Wedding Photography Styles

Wedding photography styles fall into three main categories. Reportage, contemporary and traditional wedding photography.

When choosing your photographer (big decision) have a look at all the styles and decide which one suits you.

Photographers  sometimes combine styles for better coverage.

Reportage

Also know as  journalistic or documentary wedding photography.

This style of photography is quite new to wedding photography. It has become  popular in the recent years. It is a natural approach from the photographer who follows the couple and the guests throughout the day while recording the events of the wedding as they happen.

The main goal  is to make a story out of the wedding by capturing natural  moments rather than poses.  Many wedding photographers accommodate formal shots as well.

Contemporary

Also known as fashion or editorial

Contemporary wedding photography is  inspired by editorial fashion photography. The emphasis is on creating visually interesting images. Although shots are set up, they are less formal or rigid. The photographer aims to find interesting spots as a backdrop and uses or creates strong light effects and unusual angles.

Traditional

Also known as  classic wedding photography.

Traditional wedding photography was the only style in fashion until digital cameras came along. Carefully posed shots of groups ranging from the whole wedding party to just the wedding couple themselves.

Traditional wedding photographers rarely capture candid moments, they usually concentrate on the key moments and group shots only and they shoot a set list of photographs.

Wedding Veils

Wedding Veils

 

Are you planning on wearing a traditional wedding veil?

We thought it might be fun to find out why we wear them. The truth is, it seems no one is entirely sure.

Veils have been around in various different cultures for many many years. They have gone through peaks and troughs of popularity and have taken on many different forms and colours.

We have found some theories on why brides wear them..what do you think, true or not?

 

 Keeping Evil Spirits away

Wedding veils started in Roman times, when brides were covered from head to toe in a massive red veil called ‘flammeum’. Romans were scared of evil spirits so they thought that making it look like the bride was on fire this would scare the spirits off.

 

Secret identity

In early weddings when marriages were arranged  through families, with the bride given away in exchange for money and goods. The fathers giving away their daughters wanted to hide their face until the last possible minute, so that a less attractive bride wouldn’t void the agreement.

 

Runaway bride

Veils and trains were used to weigh down the bride and stop them from running away when they met their new husband for the first time.

 

 

 

Symbol of purity and virginity

Not much more to say on this one 🙂

 

 

Gift wrapped

Tradition is that the father of the bride lowers the veil on his daughter’s face, in order to ‘gift’ her to her new husband. Once they’re about to get married, the husband lifts the veil symbolising ownership of his bride.

 

 

 

Love is blind

In the Jewish faith, veils act as a public display that the groom isn’t just marrying his bride because of how she looks.

 

 

Charity Wedding Favours

Charity Wedding Favours

A lot of couples ask us are wedding favours necessary, are they a waste of money, do guests really want or expect them?

Well, if you are looking for a fabulous alternative to tradition, how about Charity wedding favours? 

They are a great way of supporting the brilliant charities doing amazing work all over the world and we love the idea of being able to give your guests a little gift without being wasteful.

In lieu of a traditional one, your guests receive a favour explaining that a  donation has been made in their name to the charity you have chosen.
Here are a small selection of charities you may like to consider:

Cancer Support and Research Charities 

 

 

 

Cancer Research UK develop new treatments for cancer. Minimum donation of £2.00 per guest. www.giftshop.cancerresearchuk.org

Macmillan Cancer Support works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer www.macmillan.org.uk

Marie Curie provides help and care for people living with any terminal illness www.shop.mariecurie.org.uk

Breast Cancer Now works to stop breast cancer for good. Suggested minimum £1 donation per pin breastcancernow.org

 

UK Health Charities

 

 

 

 

 

The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity. giftshop.bhf.org.uk

The Alzheimer’s Society helps to care for people affected by dementia today and find a cure for tomorrow. https://shop.alzheimers.org.uk

Mind mental health charity www.mind.org.uk

 

Children’s Charities

 

 

 

 

 

The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands There is a suggested donation of £2 per favour. www.nspcc.org.uk
Martin House Children’s Hospice provide family led care for children with life-limiting conditions www.martinhouse.org.uk

 

Humanitarian Crisis Charities

 

 

 

 

Unicef are the world’s leading children organisation in the UK and around the globe providing humanitarian assistance. www.shop.unicef.org.uk

 

Animal Charities

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSPCA are the oldest welfare charity around and the first to introduce a law to protect animals. www.shop.rspca.org.uk

World Animal Protection work the world over to protect animals in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America. The suggested donation for each favour is £2. www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk

 

Confetti Alternatives

Confetti Alternatives

We love weddings and one of our favourite parts of the day is the waving off from the ceremony, throwing confetti on the newlyweds.

Confetti often gets overlooked in the planning or is seen as old fashioned but it is making a comeback. Whilst the traditional paper variety may not be welcome at some venues, there are some great alternatives that you could consider.

Here are our favourites:

Glitter

A twist on traditional confetti, how about throwing a little bit of glitter and sparkle with cute foil hearts (or hundreds of other shapes)

 

 

 

Paper Planes

One of the funniest ideas, sure to amuse both old and young is to go old school with paper planes.

Handy for cleaning up afterwards, you could even write a message on them for your guests.

 

 

 

 Bubbles

Who can resist the fun of blowing bubbles! Just a word of warning though – bubble liquid stains delicates so keep a safe distance from the over-enthusiastic guests.

 

 

Balloons

Perfect if you don’t want to make to much of a mess why not have a balloon exit – just make sure you have your balloons filled with helium so they float.

 

 

 

 

Twirling Ribbons

Get your guests to wave their happiness for the married couple with pretty ribbon wands

 

 

 

Tinkling Bells

Probably the cutest of all the confetti alternatives, imagine the chimes of tiny tinkling bells to ring in the newly weds

 

 

 

Lavender Confetti

For more natural confetti alternatives lavender seeds top the list. Not only eco-friendly, it smells great too! It blows away in the wind, leaving no mess.

 

 

Birdseed

Not only eco friendly, but wildlife friendly, congratulate the love birds by tossing bird seed.

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Leaves

Leaves, who would have thought it!? Eco friendly and free! Great idea for an Autumn wedding.

Exclusive venue

Exclusive venue

Are you looking for a venue with total privacy? Then this exquisite exclusive venue could be the one for you.

It boasts a fairy tale view of exquisite sunsets and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Surrounded by 35,000 square metres of private landscaped gardens and courtyards.
This unique venue allows you to create your own wedding design. The estate has all the facilities you could ever need to make your event one to remember.
The garden terrace sits 400 metres above sea level, offering breathtaking views. Waterfalls, a gently flowing stream and more than 17,000 varieties of plants, flowers and fruit trees, along with sweeping natural vistas, create the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony or event.
It is always hired on an exclusive basis and outdoor music can be played with no time limit.
The venue has lighting throughout the gardens for maximum effect at night
Bathrooms are attended throughout event.

Catering starts from €70pp + IVA to include cocktail hour, buffet style dinner with drinks, tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, glassware and wait staff.

There is no accommodation but as you are only 10 minutes from Marbella there are plenty hotels in the area to suit all budgets.

Parking for 200 cars – maximum size of bus 36 seater due to width of access road.

Rental prices start from €3,500 + IVA (Mon- Thurs) to €5,000 + IVA Saturday

Contact us today and let’s start planning.

  

Beautiful beach club wedding venues

Beautiful beach club wedding venues

With the fabulous climate, the beautiful sandy beaches and the stunning wedding venues,  Marbella is an ideal place to tie the knot!
As wedding planners living in Marbella, its very easy to take all this for granted. Sometimes, we just have to sit back and really appreciate the beauty around starting with these 3 fabulous beach clubs.

 

La Cabane – Marbella 

La Cabane is the beach club of the 5 star Los Monteros Hotel in Marbella. With stunning views of the Mediterranean, a beautiful pool area ideal for dining around and a large indoor room to  party in. This is an amazing venue for larger weddings. There is a maximum seating capacity of 120 for the ceremony overlooking the sea though the venue can cater for parties of 200+. 

Due to the popularity of the beach club with hotel residents and locals alike, this venue is only available for weddings from 8pm earliest in the summer months and from 6pm the rest of the year

 

 

Puro Beach 

Puro Beach is a beach club located between Marbella and Estepona where you can enjoy your wedding ceremony on the beach. You can then celebrate until the early hours with your guests. Whether you are looking for exclusivity or private areas for smaller wedding parties, this venue is definitely one to consider if you are looking for a beachside venue

Packages include cocktail hour, 3 course dinner with wine followed by a 2 hour open bar.

 

 

 

 

Estrella del Mar – Marbella

Estrella del Mar is the beach club of the 5 star Vincci Hotel in Elviria, on the outskirts of Marbella.It’s overlooking the sea with direct access to the beach. This venue could be perfect for those looking for beach wedding without having to walk on the sand.

The gardens and pool area are perfect for your ceremony offering the sea views many couples crave. It’s large covered terrace offers shade while you enjoy your wedding breakfast with your guests. There is a large indoor room leading off the terrace that can easily accommodate a party for over 100 where you can continue with music until the early hours.

With accommodation available for you and your guests in the Vincci Hotel a short walk away, and a fabulous Spa on site this venue offers real 5 star luxury at very reasonable rates.

 

 

 

Beautiful new villa venue

Beautiful new villa venue


This beautiful 5 bedroom villa set in peaceful gardens is available for private hire for your wedding.

The perfectly manicured front lawn is the ideal location for your ceremony with the house providing a stunning backdrop.

Once the ceremony has taken place, guests can then move around to the back of the house by the pool to enjoy drinks and canapés while the lawn is transformed for dinner.

Outdoor noise restrictions require a 2am finish to the celebrations.

The property is available for day only rental from €2,710 in low season.  3 day stays also popular throughout low and mid season.

Daily or shorter stay rentals in high season will only be taken if they fit within bookings already made.

The villa is a short drive from the centre of Benahavis, which is a pretty white village around 15 minutes from cosmopolitan Marbella.

Gorgeous new venue available

Gorgeous new venue available

This family owned and run restaurant is located around 15 minutes from Marbella on the Ronda road with views of La Concha mountains from the gardens. The owners have an allotment nearby where they grow most of the food served.

The venue has ample space for the ceremony, cocktail, dinner and partying with no noise restrictions (a hard thing to find so close to the coast!)

 

Wedding menus start from €60pp + IVA and include cocktail and canapés following the ceremony and a 3 course dinner with wine and water. Their 3 hour open bar package is only €19pp + IVA with additional hours from €5pp per hour + IVA.

The venue can hold up to 350 guests but the areas are still intimate enough to host a smaller wedding. The main restaurant can be used year round and is ideal for weddings of up to around 100 guests. In the warmer months, weddings would be held outdoors.

Ceremonies can take place at whatever time you prefer and you can celebrate until 7am!

 

For more information on this great wedding venue please get in touch with us today

 

 

Choosing your diamond shape

Choosing your diamond shape

DIAMOND SHAPE – which shape will you choose and what does it say about you?

Virtually all diamond cuts sold for use in jewellery are one of ten round or fancy diamond shapes. The most popular diamond shapes are

Round Diamond

The round cut  is the most popular diamond shape, representing approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes at the proper reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness. Its wearer has a classic, fuss-free approach to style. You don’t bend to trends; you know what transcends the seasons, and have confidence in your own tastes.

Princess Cut 

First created in 1980, is the most popular fancy shape, especially for engagement rings. Like round cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds are a good choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring. If you wear a princess cut  engagement ring, you love a mix of tradition and change. A modern thinker with respect for the past, you embrace different influences for a well-rounded world-view.

Oval Diamonds

Because the oval diamond is a modified brilliant cut (like virtually all round cut diamonds), the two diamond shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance. However, oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size. A sophisticated choice for brides who value elegance but are looking for something a bit more unique.

Marquise cut 

The marquise cut  is  football-shaped but because the marquise diamond is long and narrow, it can also create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, the marquise diamond has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize perceived size.Its elongated shape lengthens the ring finger, while its history will inspire those with a love for romance. King Louis XIV of France requested a new diamond cut for the woman he loved, and the fancy cut was born.

Pear shape

 

The  pear shaped diamond is a combination of a round and a marquise shape, with a tapered point on one end. Ideally, a pear shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. This is for women who mean it when they say they want to stand out.

 

Cushion Cut

The cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow . This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years. If you wear a cushion cut, you’re romantic and elegant, with a love of vintage luxury.

Emerald Cut

The unique look of the emerald cut diamond is due to the step cuts of its pavilion and its large, open table. Emerald cuts produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, with the interplay of light and dark planes. Dramatic and distinctive, an emerald cut engagement ring is for a woman with confidence and an appreciation for vintage design.

 

Asscher Cut 

The asscher cut diamond was first produced in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland, an is a forerunner to the emerald cut. The asscher cut is similar to the emerald cut, but in a square shape with larger step facets and  a higher crown. This combination often produces more brilliance than the emerald cut.n recent years its popularity has soared, and it is now seen as a pick for women in the know. Beloved by Hollywood, the asscher cut has adorned such iconic figures as Elizabeth Taylor and Gwyneth Paltrow. If you opt for an asscher cut, you have a keen eye for style. You want to stand out from the crowd with an engagement ring that will attract lots of admiration.

Radiant cut

The radiant cut is the first rectangular cut to have a complete brilliant cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion, creating a vibrant and lively diamond. The modified square shape is a nice bridge between a cushion and a princess cut, and for that reason looks beautiful set with both rounded or square cornered diamonds.This is for those who want that traditional sparkle but don’t want to veer too far from the classics.

Heart shaped

The heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love, popular in solitaire pendants as well as rings. Heart shaped diamonds less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, since the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs. A definite choice for the dreamy and sentimental.

Wedding seating plan – our handy hints

Wedding seating plan – our handy hints

Organising the wedding seating plan can be a real headache for most brides and grooms. Trying to take into account all the individual requirements of your guests can be quite daunting.

Hopefully, our handy hints will help…

Firstly, decide if you want a seating plan. Not having one, works well for smaller and less formal weddings and buffet receptions. Its nice to allow your guests to sit where they like especially if they all know each other. It does create a relaxed atmosphere and saves you a lot of stress free time.

You could let your guests know  that they may sit wherever they like with a personalised sign saying something like“we’re all family now, please sit yourself”. Think whether this will work for your wedding

If you are having a larger celebration with more guests, a traditional sit down dinner or you want to add formality to your wedding then go for a seating plan.

You can assign tables and seats to your guests, for this you will need a table plan for your guests to look at and place cards on the table. Alternatively you could just assign your guests to tables and allow them to choose their actual seat themselves.

Before you start, find out how many tables you will be having and how many guests they sit.

Try using post-it notes with the guests names on and move them around until you find an arrangement you like. There are plenty of websites where you can obtain a template or indeed do it all online.

Don’t split up couples if you can help it – most guests will prefer to sit with their partner.

Don’t have a singles table or a same sex table.

Mix and match guests but try to put at least a couple of people who know each other on each table

Think about your guests who may need access quickly to the bathroom, guests with small children, pregnant guests or elderly guests.

Think about the top table seating plan. Traditionally this table should seat the bride, groom, the bride and groom’s parents, the best man and the chief bridesmaid. Seating order runs from left to right as: chief bridesmaid; groom’s father; bride’s mother; groom; bride; bride’s father; groom’s mother; best man.

Spending hours staring at your table plan, adding people in and taking people out will make you literally boggle-eyed. Set aside just one evening to do it with your hubby-to-be, and then come back to it the next day with a fresh mind to make minor changes. And then leave it alone.