November special offer – 25% off our full day wedding photography packages – Devon and Cornwall elopement and wedding photographer

Celebrating our fourth year in business with a brilliant promotion for wedding planning brides!

November special offer – 25% off our full day wedding photography packages – Devon and Cornwall elopement and wedding photographer

Taking a relaxed and unobtrusive approach to wedding photography, the photographers here at Liberty Pearl Photo & Film Collective captures the story of each wedding through a collection of beautiful and natural images, capturing the special and spontaneous moments for you to treasure for many years to come.

Our fabulous Full Day Package includes 10 hours of wedding photography with one of our associate photographers; a pre-wedding consultation, site visit and full review of the venues and their grounds to establish a shooting plan and poor weather contingency plan; a password protected web gallery for friends and family to view, download and purchase prints; 600-800 (royalty free) images from your day; and all images professionally edited in both colour and black and white.

Check out some of our wonderful weddings on our website for a flavour of how your wedding may look from the Liberty Pearl lens, and get in touch to check availability and prices today.

WE ONLY HAVE 10 OF THESE DISCOUNTED PACKAGES AVAILABLE SO PLEASE CONTACT US NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

www.libertypearlphotography.com

Check out our Facebook page galleries for our most recent wedding sneak peeks!

Happy wedding planning xxxx

Please note, this discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and does not include any of our products or extra services e.g wedding albums.

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Ollie and Becky’s Special Wedding at Deer Park Country House Hotel

It has to be said that Deer Park Country House Hotel in Devon is one of our favourite all time wedding venues.

 

Not only is it stunning, but when it rains, as it did for Becky

and Ollie’s special day, it’s still possible to capture some beautiful moments making the most of its country-chic interiors.

And what a wedding it was – it was literally incredible!

Love, joy and happiness flowed in abundance, despite the torrential downpour mid-afternoon – which we’re pleased to say finally let up later in the evening.

Thankfully both Becky and Ollie embraced the weather and smiled throughout – which meant that they now have a set of wonderful photographs to treasure.

And as a bonus, when the sun did eventually make an appearance we were able to make the most of the beautiful golden light and the 80 acres of stunning grounds, in time for sunset.

Needless to say Becky looked stunning in her Suzanne Neville dress, which was offset by the natural flowers from Emma at Brompton Buds. Each of the bridesmaids looked elegantly stylish in their Phase Eight dresses, whilst Ollie and the boys looked suave in their suits by Jonathan Hawkes.

 

We’re so glad that we were able to capture such a beautiful wedding at this truly special venue. And the sun shining at the end of the day provided the icing on the cake.

We hope you enjoy the photographs!

 

Suppliers

Venue: Deer Park Country House Hotel

Dress: Suzanne Neville Dress from Miss Bush

Suits: Jonathan Hawkes

Bridesmaids dresses: Phase Eight

Flowers: Emma from Brompton Buds

Stationery: Anon DesignAnon Design

Jewellery: Tiffany & Co. & Hatton Garden Bespoke Diamond Jewellery Workshop

Make-up Artist: Giselle Michael Changing Faces

Hair: Viva Hair

Tennis rackets: HEAD SK

Chris and Gemma’s Boho Wedding at Polhawn Fort

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When Gemma and Chris approached us about capturing their wedding at Polhawn Fort on the Cornish coast, they said their priority was for their guests to have fun.

They were looking for a relaxed and jovial day, not only as a celebration of their love for each other, but for their wonderful friends and family.

Having been together for nine years and now living on Sydney’s northern beaches in Australia, having Polhawn Fort for the whole weekend was a chance for them to spend more time with their loved ones.

The weather might not have been quite as hot as Down Under, but the Cornish coast lived up to its reputation and provided a beautiful backdrop to their wedding.

Gemma looked stunning in her elegant ivory over champagne/blush gown, whilst Chris wore textured blue. It has to be said that he completely rocked his waistcoat whilst the ushers looked dapper with their braces. The bridesmaids’ mint green dresses topped the whole ensemble of the wedding party, which was understated, elegant and fun.

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Beautiful from start to finish, the flowers from Ruth Andrews perfectly complemented the rustic and relaxed vibe of the day.

There was plenty of laughter, tears and special moments, as Gemma and Chris made the most of the breath-taking scenery and spent the day celebrating just how they had hoped they would.

Suppliers: Venue: Polhawn Fort Marquee / Supplier: Jabula Stretch Tents Wedding

Coordinator: Planning Elegance

Catering: Piglet Cottage Bar: The Bartender Hire Company

Hair & Make Up: Alternative Styles Salon & Carmel McCormick

Celebrant: Best Day Ever Ceremonies

Flowers: Ruth Andrews

Chair Cover Supplier: South West Event Hire Ltd

Equipment Hire: Box & Cox Vintage Hire

DJ / Band: Function Central (Band – Party Up)

 

If you would like to book Liberty Pearl for your wedding photography please send us a message via our contact page to check our availability.

Wedding videography in Devon and Cornwall

We have some very exciting news at Liberty Pearl HQ to share with you today….

We have are now offering wedding videography in Devon and Cornwall to our services and would love to share our most recent wedding highlights film with you.

After sharing the film less than a week ago, we have had 5 bookings for wedding videography! and have been asked by a number of our current wedding couples if they can have wedding photography and videography and the answer is YES!

Why have we started making wedding films?

Many of our past couples said they wished they had captured their wedding with videography and regretted not doing so. I had a wedding film and absoltely loved every second of it, it brought a tear to my eye watching the 3 minute movie, I think I must have watched it over 50 times before I went to bed that night. There were so many little moments, reactions, smiles, tears and expressions captured that we would have never seen if it weren’t for our video.

After hearing so many couples saying they regretted not having wedding videography, I thought I would try and capture some of the love, joy and happiness I am exposed to at weddings in a highlights film.

We are extremely happy with the results of our destination wedding highlights film captured in Ibiza in June 2017 …..as were our lovely bride and groom Alice and Luke!

Please watch their 3 minutes of happiness in the highlights film below

Why have a wedding video as well as photography?


If I had to decide between wedding videography and wedding photography, I simply wouldn’t be able to….. they are both so beautiful and so special in their own way….

However if you have videographer you can replay the most special moments in your life. You may not think you want to relive every minute, but after the day you have been meticulously planning for months flies by in what feels like seconds, you will be desperate for a way to remember it.


A wedding video means everyone can share the joy

It is important to remember that not all of our friends or family can attend an event due to health problems, conflicting schedules, or unexpected emergencies. Therefore a beautifully edited wedding film will be of great comfort to those friends and family who were not able to make the event itself as the entire day will be saved from start to finish forever, so that you can relive your perfect day over and over and share it with those most important to you.

How do we capture the films?

We use the same cameras to capture images and film, we still capture your day with a natural, unobtrusive, relaxed, reportage approach so there is no need to worry about any extra interference on the day. The only thing you might see is a tripod during the ceremony and speeches but we will try and blend it in as much as we can.

 

Which areas do we cover?

We offer wedding videography in Devon and Cornwall, and also in London, Brighton, Scotland…. in fact we cover the whole of the UK!
You can also book our services for destination wedding videography in Ibiza, France, Greece, Italy, New York, you name it we can go there, and did I mention we love to travel…..

Please contact us for our price list for wedding videography. You will receive up to £500 off  if you also book your wedding photography or elopement with us.

 

Remember: A wedding is a live event, not a single moment. Make sure you get it captured right – you’re only going to do it once.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a beautiful week xxx

To plug or to unplug your wedding that is the question

When I married my husband a year ago today – I loved our guests having their phones because I enjoyed seeing the images that everyone captured. It helped me to see the day through their eyes.

But equally I know that some couples prefer to ‘release’ the official photographs when they want to, which is of course their choice too. Either way I thought it would be good to look at plugged (with phones) and unplugged ceremonies (without them) as it is such a hot topic of discussion in the wedding industry at the moment.

As a professional photographer, there is nothing worse than a guest stepping out in front of you to get an image of the bride and groom when they walk back down the aisle.

It can ruin that split second you have to capture a special moment. That moment that becomes forever lost behind the suit jacket of a well-meaning guest.

Everyone who owns a decent smart phone now believes they too are photographers. With Instagram filters and touch of the button editing, it’s easier to create some truly breath-taking images on a mobile. But there is a reason why a couple have invested their money in a professional photographer when it comes to their wedding.

The understanding about composition, posing and above all else light, means that the images stand the test of time. These are the ones that are framed, or end up in the wedding album for generations to come. The pictures that reflect a couple’s special day as they dreamt it would be.

I have been to wedding ceremonies where there has been a ban on all cameras except mine. I have also been to weddings where I have had to contend with guests in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Whilst I really liked looking through the images my friends took at my wedding, I hope they didn’t make it too difficult for the photographer to do their job on the day.

We’re lucky in that we have a beautiful set of photographs to treasure.

But I hope that our guests actually experienced the wedding in person, and not just from the view finder of their camera phone.

Having a plugged or unplugged wedding has to be your decision. It’s just worth having a think during the planning stages about what will work best for you.

Is the wedding industry a rip off?

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Such a fab article from Alison at the PLANS AND PRESENTS wedding blog, about the wedding industry. I know lots of people who have had to give up their beautiful creative businesses because they just don’t pay the bills!

People don’t realise how much all the ‘behind the scenes’ items cost especially for photography, people think I make XX per day after looking at my wedding photography fees, I have had comments such as “you make more in a day than I make in a month!” but really the profit is very very low or non existent after paying for all the licenses, insurances, equipment, stationery, fuel, staff, marketing, branding, office costs, storage, computers, online galleries, advertising, car, websites, tax, VAT, national insurance, the list could go on….

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Since I started my business I work on average in the office 50 hours per week and if I have a wedding or photo shoots that week it could go up to 70 hours! So my hourly rate is pretty awful to be honest. I didn’t taken a proper holiday (which didn’t include a destination wedding) for 2 years and I had flu pretty much the entire time I was away because I was so run down, and I haven’t had the time to take one since!

So you may ask why I and other wedding suppliers have chosen this career?

I for one love making people happy! I love providing a bespoke, creative, personalised service that suits my clients needs, I love working hard to make their wedding day so special, I love meeting new people, and getting to know them and spend time with them planning their wedding day, I love visiting beautiful wedding venues all over the world and seeing how couples add their own personal touch with their wedding styling. I love sharing such a special day with couples and capturing their family heirlooms that will last a life time.

If wedding suppliers were working in the industry simply for the money I don’t think there would be an industry to be quite honest!!!

So before you criticise people in the wedding industries or other creative industries, please think about all the behind the scenes work that goes into the beautifully hand crafted products, the sacrifices they make to their social life and their families by working weekends and during the holiday seasons, and the amount of pure LOVE they have for the industry, their wedding couples, and making every wedding day so unique and so very special! xx

Read more on the Plans and Presents blog post.

A whirlwind wedding: Why you should consider one and my top planning tips

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I planned my own wedding in 9 weeks so you could say I am an expert at whirl wind wedding planning!

Planning a wedding is fun – but drag out the process for years and it can take a little excitement out of the big day. You can find yourself overanalysing every element of the wedding and see fashions and trends changing – just as you’ve finally decided on the theme of your day. A whirlwind wedding, on the other hand, promises a real adventure. The wedding planning experience is full on from start to end. But you’ve got so much to be getting on with that there’s not really any time to stress. Believe me – I planned my own wedding in 2016 in just nine weeks!

The perks included:

A budget-friendly day

 

The only money we had available was that in our bank accounts, so we had to stick to budget. This meant we didn’t go overboard and were sensible with our spending. It was also nice not to spend years of savings on one day.

An up-to-date wedding theme

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Although suppliers were limited – due to the fact that lots were booked out already – we were still able to plan a stylish wedding. Of course, we had to have an open mind about theme and style but we still ended up with the wedding we wanted.

No waiting around

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I didn’t want a long engagement and thought it was pointless. I was too excited about being a wife and a bride! I also didn’t want wedding planning to take over my life for months or years – so a whirlwind wedding was perfect

All about love

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When planning a wedding you can get so caught up in the little things – but they really don’t matter. By minimising time spent planning our wedding, we realised what was important about the day and were able to prioritise better.

 

Eight tips for planning a whirlwind wedding

Of course, I’m not telling you that every single part of the process was easy. As with all weddings, there were good and bad parts about the planning – but it only lasted nine weeks. With this in mind, I wanted to share my top tips to help you plan your wedding in just a matter of weeks too. If I can do it while juggling a busy business, so can you!

  1. Keep things simple

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Don’t be too over-ambitious with your wedding ideas. Instead, keep things simple, as you won’t have much time to make things for your wedding or to plan extravagant décor. A simple wedding will always look stylish and sophisticated.

 

  1. Be organised

This one’s crucial. Good organisation is key when you’ve got a tight deadline. We had spreadsheets for everything but they really helped us keep track of everything we needed and dates they needed to be done by.

 

  1. Decide on your priorities

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A good wedding planner friend gave me some great advice. She asked, “What are the three most important things you want on your wedding day?” Mine were guests and their enjoyment, lots of flowers, and a beautiful location, near a beach or in lovely gardens. This helped us focus our day and all the planning.

 

  1. Improve your decision-making skills

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It’s so easy to go back and forth with ideas when planning a wedding but why stress yourself out about the perfect day? When planning a whirlwind wedding you have to make decisions quickly. For example, I purchased my wedding dress from the first shop I visited.

 

  1. Ask for discounts

If a supplier isn’t booked nine weeks before your wedding date, it’s unlikely they’ll receive many offers. This gives you bargaining power and many will offer you a discount in order to fill their last minute availability.

 

  1. Ask for help

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If you’ve got lots to do in a short time, help from family and friends is a must. So many helped us leading up to the wedding and on the day, which was amazing. Everyone loved being part of putting it all together and it just made the experience even more special.

 

  1. Go digital

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Speed up the invite process by going digital. We sent invites to our wedding website via Facebook and email and only a handful of invites were printed off for older family members. The wedding website was great and the replies were instant.

 

  1. Pick your bridesmaids wisely

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Last, but not least, pick you bridesmaids carefully – after all, they’ll be providing reassurance throughout your journey. They will need to be calm, supportive and helpful and definitely not cause unnecessary stress!

Good luck! Remember, if you’re looking for a photographer for your big day, don’t hesitate to get in touch to enquire about last-minute availability. Contact me and we can have a catch up about your wedding plans over coffee!