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!

 

The Duke Wedding Collection Live – Plymouth

Are you the type of bride looking for inspiration, new trends and stylish accessories? The Duke Wedding Collection: Live at Plymouth’s award winning Duke of Cornwall Hotel is the wedding event for you.

We were honoured to be asked to capture the Duke’s first wedding event since it’s wedding relaunch this September. The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth is a fairytale wedding venue and the event oozed with glamour and vintage splendour.

In between taking photos I spoke to lots of lovely brides, grooms and their families, about the stunning venue and their exciting wedding plans. Many brides took the opportunity to explore this gorgeous venue and enjoyed some top-notch wedding inspiration along the way. It was fantastic seeing so many talented, creative local wedding suppliers all under one roof.

There was also a brilliant prize is up for grabs, in the form of ‘a fabulous vintage experience’, which includes a photo shoot and Champagne ‘Tea at the Top’ with butler service.

With gorgeous wedding inspiration aplenty, a live fashion show and live entertainment amongst the day’s delights, make the event a must in your wedding planning calendar, details coming soon.

You can watch a lovely video from the day made by the fabulous Baxter and Ted  here.

For details of the amazing wedding suppliers from the day you can go to the bottom of the page.

List of suppliers from the event

www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk

www.libertypearlphotography.com

www.teamobrides.co.uk

www.DanBrazier.com

www.thewindsorcarriagecompany.co.uk 

www.norsworthyweddings.com

www.peboryon.com

www.withaflourish.co.uk

www.inspire-hire.co.uk

www.tobylowephotography.co.uk

www.amariestationery.co.uk

www.yourbigevent.co.uk

www.HazelParsons.com

www.juleschampionfloraldesign.co.uk

www.the-wedding-company.co.uk

www.aphroditebrides.co.uk

Liberty Pearl Vintage Photo Booth

www.cutmeoffaslice.com

www.baxterandted.com

www.thedukeofcornwall.co.uk

www.sewansome.co.uk

www.cornishcelebrants.co.uk

www.celebrationballoonsandevents.co.uk

www.luxurydrive.co.uk

www.watercolourweddings.com

www.hisandhersweddingboutique.co.uk

A Hollywood Glamour Vintage Wedding Shoot at The Duke of Cornwall Plymouth

We are delighted to be sharing the beautiful pictures from this Hollywood Glamour Vintage wedding shoot that took place at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth.

The pictures showcase the hotel’s facilities for weddings in all their splendour, and we love the Hollywood Glamour styling that works perfectly at this stunning hotel.

The Duke of Cornwall is a venue bursting with history and elegance, so when we were planning this inspirational shoot the elegance of the 1930s seemed to capture the spirit of the hotel.

We are really looking forward to showcasing the photos at the DUKE WEDDING COLLECTION: LIVE.

on Sunday 4th October 2015 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Images © Liberty Pearl Photography and Leon Theisinger of Kioo Marketing

Videography: Baxter and Ted

Shoot Co-ordinator: Jenny Wren Weddings & Event Planning

Venue: The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, Devon

Styling: Inspire Hire

Champagne Saucers and Vintage Crockery: Meadow Sweet Vintage

Flowers: Jules Champion Flower Design

Hair and Make Up: Madame Tashy

Dresses: Bridal House of Cornwall and The Wedding Company

Suit: The Wedding Company

Accessories: Peppermint Bridal

Stationery: Hip Hip Hooray

Cake: Cut me off a Slice

Car: Mr Alfie’s Jaunts

Models: Sarah Jane Mackfall and Tommy J Stewart. Mia (flower girl), Harry and Rudy (pageboys)

English wedding photographer in New York

I would love to photograph a wedding on my trip to New York this winter.

Are you getting married in New York this winter? 

Are you a wedding planner with weddings booked in New York this winter?

Do you write for a New York Wedding blog?

If so I would love to hear from you and work with you so please get in contact.

Here’s my story…..

Amber-McCarthy-Devon-Wedding-and-portrait-photographerI am a professional wedding photographer based in the UK. I am travelling
to New York over the Christmas period in 2015 (dates 17th December 2015 –  5th January 2016). I am really looking for the opportunity to work with a New York wedding planner to photograph a beautiful winter wedding.

I am a destination wedding photographer and have photographed a diverse range of weddings across Europe, and I would love to shoot a winter wedding in New York City this winter.

I need to connect with a bride and groom so I can photograph their wedding? I know it is very short notice so there is also the possibility of a pre-wedding shoot instead?

I know this sounds unusual but I would love to do this for free (my fee is usually $2600). I just had the idea that I would love to be a blessing to couple on their wedding day due to it being Christmas, but if the couple insisted on paying me I would donate the money to a great charity.

I am planning to get this wedding featured on an international wedding blog; I have been featured on 7 top UK/ international wedding blogs in the last 12 months alone including Mr & Mrs Unique, Want That Wedding, Wed Magazine, Juno & Joy, Festival Brides, Coco Wedding Venues, and The Wedding Community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries.

I look forward to hearing from you very soon xxxx

Mr & Mrs Unique feature our Festival & Vintage bridal inspiration shoot with Blue Fizz Events!

We are so happy to announce that our recent Festival & Vintage bridal inspiration shoot with Blue Fizz Events has been featured on the fabulous Mr & Mrs Unique wedding and lifestyle blog!!!

You can visit the blog post on the Mr & Mrs Unique website.

 

Festival & Vintage bridal inspiration shoot with Blue Fizz Events has been featured on the fabulous Mr & Mrs Unique wedding blog!!!

 

Cornish Wedding – Beth and Dan at Plymouth Museum and Kingsand Village Hall

This was one of the loveliest weddings I have ever been to, two very beautiful people celebrating their special day. Beth and Daniel had their wedding ceremony in Plymouth Museum’s main gallery, followed by a short ferryboat ride with their guests to Kingsand Village hall in Cornwall. Beth had decorated the village hall with simple vintage style decor and the lawn was scattered with hay bails for seats. The wedding breakfast was extremely yummy, it was a very British afternoon tea party with tea, sandwiches and homemade cakes brought by their guests. The afternoon was set aside for drinking local cider, mingling, flying kites and relaxing in the beautiful Cornish summer sunshine on the village hall lawn. Congratulations to the Maxwell-Pooley newly weds, your wedding was a truly wonderful day and I was so lucky to be a part of it.

Engagement shoot – Bristol at Ashton Court Estate

Sneak peek from a recent {him & her} photo shoot in Bristol. The couple were married last summer, but are moving away from Bristol and wanted a keepsake for their time together in the city.  Lucy and Neil selected some wonderful locations for the shoot including the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge and beautiful Ashton Court. These are some of my favourite places in Bristol and it was a fabulous day. I must say Ashton Court looked absolutely stunning, I am a great lover of natural light and the combination of winter sun light and autumn trees are just magical at the moment xxxxxx

Engagement – Lydia and Mike in Rilla Mill Cornwall

Today was the first of many engagement photo shoots booked in for this year. Lydia and Mike chose a walk in the beautiful Cornish countryside – an ancient woodland near Bodmin Moor – for their photo shoot. It was a fun day, despite being a little freezing!

Why have an engagement shoot? It’s a great opportunity for us to get to know you as a couple and how you photograph and for you to get to know our shooting style. It’s a chance to take some amazing photos of you both, to practice and experiment in front of the camera. This will make you more comfortable in front of the camera so there are no surprises on the big day.