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Jana & Paul's fabulous Choccywoccydoodah Cadillac Wedding!

December 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Yippee!  As I write, it's 'Christmas Eve Eve' as my 12 year old daughter excitedly told me on waking this morning!  Two more sleeps, and I still haven't wrapped any presents, so forgive me if my blog's a little shorter than usual.  As much as I love my work, I don't want to stray too far into Bad Mum territory, and trust me, pleasing 12 and 14 year old children isn't easy.  Just because they no longer believe in Santa Claus doesn't mean they don't want bulging stockings, despite nothing on their wish list costing less than £30.  Christmas was much easier when I could buy a colourful wooden thing from a charity shop, or an overpackaged, overpriced colourful plastic thing from a toy shop.  But we'll laugh and eat loads and just enjoy being together away from emails or homework.  And I'll come back to my desk re-energised and ready for my last wedding of the year - on New Year's Eve - and the deluge of wedding enquiries that January in particular always seems to bring.

But before taking a few days' break, I wanted to blog just one more wedding from my amazing and thoroughly enjoyable 2016 wedding season - that of Czech bride Jana, and her British fiancé Paul.  When I first met Jana and Paul, they had already got their main wedding day priority sorted - a fabulous, uber-sized, colourful, crazy cake by the fantastical Brighton based cake design company, Choccywoccydoodah.  I was slightly in awe that anyone would choose their cake before deciding on a date or finding a venue, and very excited when a few days later they called to say I was their favourite photographer, and would I please capture their special day.  Oh, and there would be a vintage Cadillac too - colour to be decided.  Are you kidding me?

 

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Cake and Cadillac aside, Jana and Paul are a lovely couple, slightly shy, and certainly a little nervous of being photographed.  But putting couples at ease is my speciality, and the cake and Cadillac, lovely though they would be, would enhance rather than define their day.  I love all the decor and additions, but ultimately, whether I'm capturing Jimmy Choos and Jenny Packham, or an Accessories tiara and vintage lace from eBay, my job is still the same - to photograph beautifully and creatively to capture two people in love, their personalities, and the choices they've made for their dream wedding.

Finally, months later, the day came, and the wedding was everything Jana and Paul had dreamed of.  OK, so the weather was a bit iffy for August, but we just about managed to stay dry for our trip in the Cadillac to nearby National Trust woodland, Stepping Stones.  I brought along a light to add a little pizzazz to the images and to separate Jana and Paul from the dark background in the dim, overcast lighting.  When I photographed Jana and Paul for their pre-wedding shoot, they told me they felt more comfortable with a bit of gentle direction than being left to 'do their own thing'.  Mindful of this, I encouraged them into natural positions, then stood back at chatted to them to help them feel more at ease.    Jana even gamely donned sparkly wellies and braved the stepping stones for some unique images, although being a Saturday in August, I did have to Photoshop out a few tourists later! Probably just as well there were people around, as a very kind Dad held his son's buggy in one hand, and my light stand in the other, enabling me to grab a few portraits with my light positioned on the river bed, without fear of losing it to the mercy of the tide.  With hindsight, I wish I'd taken his contact details to send him the results!  Well, enough from me as I start the process of winding down, leaving my images to tell their story.

 

 

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Which just leaves me to say, have a very merry Christmas everyone, and see you in the New Year!  And if you've recently got engaged, the next blog post is just for you - keep an eye out in Jan for the ultimate guide to choosing your perfect wedding photographer!

Jenny x

 

 

 

 


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