March 30th, 2011 — 9:00am
Our photo presentation box came through the post last week. We opted not to have an album because we wanted to create our own combining our professional shots with pictures our friends had taken (still have to do that!)
I love that the box itself has our favourite photo on along with our names and wedding date.
We chose 40 prints from the hundreds our wonderful photographer Deborah Stott took, which was so difficult but we’re really pleased with the ones we selected.
A beautiful little keepsake and we love it!
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July 20th, 2010 — 9:30am
Using the photographs from our wonderful pre wedding photoshoot with Deborah Stott, we decided to create our very own guest book with Bob Books.
We wanted to find a way of showcasing our pre wedding photos, rather than just keeping them on the CD and I also wanted to create a guest book that was slightly different from the more traditional ones. It seemed like the perfect solution.
I downloaded (for free) the album software from Bob Books and used it to create our guest book photo album. It was really very easy to do and only took us a few hours one evening to complete. We left it another day before ordering just to make sure we were still happy with the album.
Our guest book photo album arrived within 4 days of ordering and we love it, really couldn’t be happier!
What do you think?
The quality of the printing is excellent and I would definitely recommend Bob Books to anyone wanting to create they’re own photo book. I’m definitely using them again!
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July 9th, 2010 — 9:19am
I can’t believe that in less than a week Deborah has managed to turn around all our photos from the shoot last Sunday.
We arrived home last night to find a very exciting brown envelope “Do Not Bend.” Could really have been one thing!
So without further a do… I present (some of) our photos.
Thanks again Deborah we absolutely love them! The hard part now is deciding which one we want framed!
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July 8th, 2010 — 12:30pm
I almost fell off my chair when I checked Deborah Stott’s website (for the 100th time this week) just on the off chance that our photos were ready, only to find our mugs on the page!
Head on over for some of the other snaps – but come back and let me know what you think!
Thank you so much Deborah x
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July 5th, 2010 — 12:38pm
If you’re humming and harring over whether to have a pre-wedding shoot I would say to you – do it!
Has and I were so nervous about our shoot, we of course wanted it to be perfect and were worried about how to pose, what to wear, what to take etc etc etc!
The moment we met Deborah she put us at ease. She seemed just as excited about the shoot as we did.
Thankfully it was a gorgeous morning, a little windy but nothing we couldn’t handle. We started out with a few test shots before using some of our props. (I’m not going to give too much away you’ll have to wait for the photos!)
Reasons why you should have a photo shoot.
- It allows you to get to know your photographer. After all they are going to be with you on one of the most important days of your life. They’ll be there whilst you go through the pre-wedding nerves during the preparations of the morning, right through to you walking down the aisle, saying “I do”, and swirling around for your first dance.
- It allows your photographer to get to know you. Surely you’re photos are going to be more personal if your photographer knows a little bit about you and how to get the best shots of you.
- It lets you know what to expect on the day. At some point you and your new husband/wife will have a few moments of quiet to pose for some photos. Knowing how to pose and what are the nicest spots in your venue will save you time, so you can get straight back to your guests.
- It will build up your confidence. Throughout our shoot our photographer Deborah, was very complimentary, telling us we were “naturals” and how we were going to be great to shoot on our wedding day. It’s always great to hear you’re doing something well, to get feedback like that is good because you start to relax and you realise it isn’t as bad or as hard as you might have first thought. Your confidence will also shine through in the photos, not a nervous smile in sight!
- You’ll have fun! Has and I had a blast! We laughed and joked during our shoot and I’m sure the photos will look better for it.
- You’ll have great memories. This time in my life is very special to me. Being the Bride-to-be is only going to last for so long and I want to remember every single moment of it. I can’t think of a better way than for someone to capture you and your partner at your dream venue very much in love.
Being at Nailcote yesterday, having our photos taken and talking with Deborah about details of our day made us both so excited. When you’ve been planning a wedding for a long time, it’s easy to think you still have a long wait. It was a lovely reminder that in 4 months time we’ll be having our big day for real and the next time Deborah takes our photos together… we’ll be saying “I do!”
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July 4th, 2010 — 2:25pm
We had our pre-wedding shoot today – so.much.fun!
Deborah Stott is wonderful! She helped us feel really relaxed and her enthusiastic and passionate attitude really helped us make the most of our shoot.
Thank you Deborah, we can’t wait to see the pictures!
We also want to say a big thank you to Suzie for baking us some gorgeous cupcakes to use during the shoot – yum!!
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June 22nd, 2010 — 5:00pm
In less than 2 weeks we have our engagement shoot… What do I wear?!
I have also run out of weekends to go shopping, so it’s online all the way for me. I think Has is working late a few nights this week so a dash around the bullring may be in order.
I have my eye on a few outfits, so I’ll be heading to those shops to try them on.
These are a few outfits I’ve seen and may consider
Dress, belt, necklace & bracelet – Oasis. Shoes – Topshop. Cardigan - New Look
Summer girl casual, or something a little smarter
Top & bangles – Oasis. Shoes & city chorts – New Look.
What do you think?
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June 3rd, 2010 — 9:52am
We’ve booked it!! On July 4th we’ll be striking poses all over Nailcote Hall!
I contacted Deborah Stott this week to see how she was and to find out when we were due to speak with her next and she offered us a few dates to choose from for our engagement/pre-wedding shoot.
Obviously now I have less time to think about what I’m going to wear, how I’m going to have my hair and what, if any props am I going to take?!
We started talking about it last night and I said I really want this shoot to be about us. If Has wants to wear a Metallica T-shirt then he should, because that’s him! We laughed about how we should take our patch jackets or our American Football shirts for a few fun photos.
I still really want to have a bouquet of tulips and to take a blanket for us to have a few pictures on.
I also thought it would be really cute for us to bake and decorate a few cupcakes, not only can they feature in our pictures but we can eat them afterwards! Yum! With the blanket it could almost look like a picnic.
Although the shoot is happening in what is supposed to be the height of summer you really can’t trust the British weather, knowing our luck it’ll be rainy and drizzly. I thought it might be a good idea to get a large colourful umbrella just in case! Plus it can make for some gorgeous pictures.
Expect many “What do you think of this dress?” and “How should I have my hair” posts from me over the next few weeks!
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March 31st, 2010 — 4:07pm
Photos are a huge deal to me, growing up I had an entire wall in my bedroom covered in photos I had taken. Before digital cameras I would save up my money to buy film and then to have the pictures developed, often opting for the more expensive option of an hours processing because I was too impatient to wait 24 hours.
I love taking pictures (especially with my new camera) and I love to be surrounded my pictures of people and places I love.
Picking our wedding photographer, as I’m sure you can imagine, was a major job for us. Luckily Has and I were on the same page when it came how we wanted our wedding to be captured. We are confident that the photographer we have chosen, Deborah Stott, will match if not beat our expectations.
We want to place disposable cameras on each of our dining tables for our guests to take their own candid shots of the day. (There are a few taken on Suzie’s wedding day that make me look naked! Not intended I can assure you, let’s hope they never make it on Facebook!)
Having spoken to friends who did this a lot of photos end up being either unusable (turn the flash on!) not printable (Who does that belong to!) or of very similar things (I believe Suzie has around 12 photos of the lamb shank we all ate for our main course!) But some of them really do turn out good. People pull funny faces or poses because they know they don’t have to be on their best behaviour, it’s not like when the professional photographer is shooting you, disposable cameras give you the licence to be silly. That’s what I want!
So how do you get good quality silly and fun photographs of your guests? No. I don’t mean plying them with alcohol, although I’m sure that helps! I’m talking about a photo booth.
People “in the know” are predicting photo booths as the big trend of 2010 and I can see why. A private space for your guests to leave you with a funny reminder of them on your day. Most packages come with the option of your guests being able to print two sets. One they can keep and another for them to stick in your guest book along with a note. It’s such a simple yet great idea!
Of course these don’t come cheap, the cheapest quote I’ve found so far is around £500 for 3 hours. Yikes! A definite on our “nice to have” list!
Of course there is always the do it yourself approach. You’d need to ask your photographer or friend if they mind helping out but the results can be fabulous!
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March 25th, 2010 — 4:20pm
I’ve had a couple of ideas for our engagement shoot.
I’d love to be able to carry a small bouquet of tulips in some photos. They are my favourite flower and seeing as I can’t afford to include them in the wedding it would be nice to have a few shots of them.
My other thought was related to our “Thank You” cards. We won’t have the opportunity to write these out before we go on honeymoon, so I wanted to prepare as much as I could for when we get back. We’ll be away for 3 weeks and I don’t want to leave people too long without a proper thank you.
I have been thinking about having a few photos taken during our shoot specifically for our “Thank You” cards so I can make these us ready for us to write out when we get back. I love the idea of having the words “Thank You” written out and held by us. Something like this…
It’s really different and cute! As chalkboards seem to be featuring quite heavily in our wedding, I had thought about using the boards we are having for our menus
We can also have a lot of fun with other different messages
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