Marmite Wedding dresses

Marmite.  You either love it or hate it!   Its a bit like some of the wedding dresses that I see.

Just had a link given to me for wedding dresses and you might get some inspiration from some of these frocks.  It is mainly meant as a mickey taking exercise so be warned.

www.visi.com/~dheaton/bride/the_bride_wore.html 

Now I have to say…..take away some of the extreme elements – the wacky hairdos, the babes in arms, the goth make-up etc and some of them aren’t that bad!

Check this one out too  www.englishrussia.com/?p=255

A bit odd.

Here’s another wacky wedding idea – it won’t be long before we see it here!

www.littleisland.biz/english/products_robot_wedding_type/htm

Please note the gaps are underscores, not just spaces.  It doesn’t show up well here. 

Hope you enjoy this bit of lighthearted wedding stuff!

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Wedding album delivery times

Just a quick note as I know that one or two of you are expecting albums back and that some have just put your orders in.   I don’t want anyone to be disappointed so I am writing to ensure that you all understand the timescales involved in getting your album to you.

At Fotoamour we do not get you back for a viewing after your honeymoon.  Most photographers do – and the point of this is to upsell ie: get you to buy more photos for your album. 

There is nothing wrong with this because your album is an item that you should spend the most amount of money on that you can afford. Its a choice that you will live with for life so don’t stint.   There will be loads of photos that you would dearly like to purchase and my advice would be to take your time and save up for these in order to get them in your final album. 

I wanted to make Fotoamour transparently honest in its dealings with its customers when I started the business 3 years ago.  I had been shooting with my husband Martyn for the previous 6 or 7 years so I know all the sales methods in the book – and I didn’t want to go that route.   Hence the in-your-face pricing you see at wedding shows and on our website.  We do things differently and give you your montage and preview book within about 6 weeks of the wedding.  This means you have a fabulous finished piece to put on your wall and a selection of 250 plus images from your day to peruse at your leisure.  Without the pressure of a viewing or the necessity to buy more unless you really want to. 

The compromise with this is, however,  that you have to make two trips to Fotoamour.  One to collect your montage, preview books and thankyou cards and a second to collect parent’s montages, DVDs, the album etc etc.    With customers that live a little while away this is a consideration, but it is a small hassle when viewed in relation to the quality of our work and our very competitive prices.  (And besides Lytham, nearby, is a lovely spot and great for a day out with a leisurely lunch at one of the many gorgeous restaurants and cafes followed by a spot of shopping at Stringers!)

Albums take about 8 to 12 weeks from the date that you return your list of selected photos to us.  This includes the design and production time.  

If we were to use off the peg albums it would take a considerably shorter period of time.  Like-wise if we were to design your album using standard templates.  But we don’t – because everything at this stage is personalised and built around your particular set of wedding photographs.  I don’t believe that it can be done any other way with the sort of photography that we are commissioned to do. 

Some customers of mine tell me that they consider it a long time between their wedding and getting their album.  Add it up.  You get your montage and preview books 6 weeks after the wedding.  The album takes 8 weeks minimum.  That is already 3 and half months.  Most B&Gs take a least a couple of months to get their choices in to me (and if they get them back to me sooner than this I wonder whether they’ve really spent enough time considering their choices!).  That already adds up to 5 and half months since the date of the wedding.

That sounds like a long time.  But in reality it is no time at all for an item that is going to live with you for the entirety of your marriage.  That might be 50 years!

As an aside…. recently, I was also approached by a potential client who asked whether I could provide an album and DVD for £400 at his forthcoming wedding.  The answer is no.  I don’t believe that there is an album worth having on the market that I could provide for my clients, along with the photos inside it, the time shooting the wedding and in post-production and provide me with a modest income for that fee (I have to finance my cake habit somehow!). 

Guys, you get what you pay for in this life.  Times are hard and we appreciate that, honestly we do, but wedding photography is a one-off expense that you cannot go back and recreate.  So either save up a little longer to get what you really want, or be prepared to compromise on quality.

Seemples!

Joanna and Mark – 5th September 2009

Jo is a make-up artist and we first met her when Martyn shot Rochelle and Simon Billington’s wedding a couple of years ago. (Jo was wearing this fab spotty dress and looked amazing – and she is a really good make-up artist too.)  So we were really pleased when she asked Fotoamour to photograph her wedding.

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As you would expect her prep shots were lovely and Jo was particularly keen that we get some good shots of their bulldog, Frank.  How’s this?!Needham Coole 050909

I love the White Church in Lytham and particularly the minister, David Philips, who presides there.  He is very laid back and is happy for front of church shots – though we try to be as unobtrusive as possible.   Mark looked at bit nervous at times but he was supported by a great Best Man and a bunch of usher/mates!

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It was a fab dress – by Frothimoon (never heard of it – you’ll have to google!) and cars were by one of my favourites for sheer unobtrusiveness – JetSet Limousines.

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It was a bit of a miserable day weatherwise, it has to be said, so all group shots were taken in the church which was a bit of a life-saver as everyone would have been chilly outside.  However, as with all good weddings the inclement weather didn’t spoil the mood – this was a real bunch of party people!

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Jo and Mark were photographed in their room at The Grand Hotel, St. Annes.  Jo and Mark have the most amazing blue eyes – stunning.

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I loved their cake too – simple but with a real ‘wow’.  It was made by a family friend – Robyn.  Flowers were also by a family friend, Bev.  This is one of the very best ways to go about sorting out your wedding – budget or no budget, as every element of your day will really mean something special to you. 

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Rachel and Andy 5th September 2009

I met Rachel and Andy about a year ago when Rachel was bridesmaid at the wedding of her sister Stephanie.    So I was really thrilled that they asked me to be their wedding photographer too.

Their wedding took place at The Willows Church in Kirkham and then afterwards at Singleton Lodge.     The Willows is a particularly lovely church and I very much like Father Johnstone who is the priest there.  Again it wasn’t such a great day – and we were extremely lucky to get a break in the weather to do the groups.  But the sun shone on Rachel and Andy for those few minutes and by the time we got to Singleton Lodge it wasn’t too bad at all – in fact we got some rays of sunshine!

Rachel looked fab and I had a moment of deja-vue when her Dad walked her up the church path, only this time it was Rachel and not Stephanie on his arm!

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Stephanie was on hand to do some last minute tweaking and adjusting before taking her place with the other bridesmaids.

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Flowers were by Anne Molloy and she did a great and very seasonal job – they looked great against those dark brown satin dresses.Clark Phillips 050909

They had an adorable little boy, Finlay (what a cool name!) who was a cheeky monkey.  Always laughing and smiling, he was just mischief on a stick!  Particularly when it came to the group shots – they were better for being a bit less formal!

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Cars were by Clouds again – with two of my favourite drivers – always really pleasant without getting too involved in the photography.  A big thankyou to Clouds this year – they have been total stars.

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I was really pleased with the shots of Rachel and Andy together.  I loved Andy’s suit – really 50’s in style and very classic. 

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Finlay was so sweet and he obviously had a great rapport with his grandad who was trying at this point to stop him climbing out the window!

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These two little ones were brother and sister and I had a bit of time wandering around just observing,  in between arriving at Singleton Lodge and the wedding party sitting down.  This is why it is really important not to fill up your photographers time purely with formal group shots – otherwise you lose the opportunity for this kind of lovely moment to happen and for the shot to be seen.  You can almost feel Mum breathing in the baby fragrance, can’t you!

Lauren and Peter – 29th August 2009

Fotoamour started the day at Lauren and Peter’s house – it was a bit mad with loads of people coming and going, and lots of very proud Mums, Dads, brothers and sisters looking on.  It was a great atmosphere and Lauren really seemed to enjoy it – once she got into her dress!

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Lauren and Peter have the most adorable little girl, Nell.  She was just such an angel and looked so sweet in her bridesmaid’s outfit.

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Lauren was looked after by two friends, who were hyper efficient, and a large entourage of gorgeous bridesmaids and a very cute pageboy.

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Peter was obviously a very proud man when Lauren stood beside him that day.  He had two lovely ladies on his arm, even if one of them was actually sitting on it!

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The wedding took place at Springfield House which is run by Sara.  Sara took over this venue about 2 years ago – it could be longer – and she and her team have worked their magic on the place.  The interiors now look elegant and fresh and they have improved the gardens too.  I think you can now hire a marquee if you have a very large party of guests, but this is something that you would really need to talk about with Sara as this is the first wedding I have shot here since just after the refurbishment.  Happily I have more booked here in the forthcoming months.

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Cars were by Clouds and this time Kelvin was driving – he’s always so helpful.  I’m not a photographer who likes to go down the traditional route and I try to ensure that it is only the couple and their friends and family that feature in their photographs – not the other wedding suppliers.  But it is always nice when you get a great looking car and I do happen to know that Kelvin of Clouds takes a great deal of pride in the service he offers to his customers.   So don’t be offended Kelvin – you were on some of the photos.  Just not this one!

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Lauren and Peter worked really well together – even though I did happen to ask them to visit a local maize field.  I just liked the backdrop it provided (I think Kelvin thought I was a bit barkin’ though!).

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The cake was cute – I love Nell’s little auburn moptop!  What a sweetie!

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Great wedding!  Lovely weather!  Congratulations!

Ashleigh and David 22nd August 2009

Oh dear!  Its been quite a difficult job to keep up to date on the blog with the weddings that we’ve had in over the summer.  So I’m posting Ashleigh and David’s wedding a little later than I’d like.

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Their photographer on the day was Paul who did a fantastic job – I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the photographs, Ashleigh and David.

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The wedding took place at St. Paul’s on Whitegate Drive, which has some pretty impressive interiors, and then the reception was at the lovely Singleton Lodge. 

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I like Singleton Lodge.  The gardens are great, the interiors have improved hugely over the last couple of years and also, I like Jo – the wedding coordinator there.  She really is helpful and always smiling.

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Ashleigh wore an incredible dress which I think came from Dan Kerr (correct me if I’m wrong, Ashleigh).

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It was a beautiful summer’s day, they had the most gorgeous bridesmaids all dressed in the most amazing mauve colour with fabulous accessories.  It had obviously all been considered very carefully.

Holmes Currie 220809 When Ashleigh came and picked up her photos, a little while ago now, she wasn’t feeling very well so I hope that they cheered her up.  Hope you like these photos here too – just a few picked out that I liked.  But there were so many great images it was difficult to choose.

Another post tomorrow and hopefully I will catch up with them all by the end of next week!

Laura and Chris 7th August 2009

Things have been going a bit mad recently and, although I’ve been blogging I haven’t been adding pictures from weddings shot over the summer.

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Laura and Chris got married one lovely summers day at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping.  Laura was wearing a fabulous wedding dress – one of my favourites of the year.  The dress was by … oops I don’t have the details – but it was fabulous.   I love the shot above – it really gets across the sense of anticipation and the excitement.

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Laura and Chris were such lovely people and happy to have a bit of a laugh with us.  Flowers were by Jelly Studios.

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Laura and Chris really worked well together and obviously felt very comfortable in front of the camera.  These were a great set of photos of the pair of them together, just because they were at ease.  Probably they might have had a glass or too of fizz – it always helps!

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The cake was fab too – I don’t have a supplier and I’m guessing that it was made by someone in the family.  Here is a detail shot though and you can see that it is simple but really nicely done.  Very elegant.

Thanks for being such great ‘models’ Laura and Chris – hope you have a fabulous life together.  Glad you liked the pictures and we’ll have your album and canvas with you as soon as we can.