When it comes to your wedding day what are you the most nervous about? This month I caught up with our real bride Lizzy to see how her wedding planning was going! Today she shares with us about her wedding planning fears and how she is overcoming them. Over to you Lizzy….
‘The thought of having my photo taken sends shivers down my spine’
One of the things I was most nervous about when it came to wedding planning was photography. Like many, the thought of having my photo taken sends shivers down my spine and I can feel my face curling into an awkward grimace. Think Chandler in Friends. In fact, when Becca asked me for some pictures of Gareth and me for our introduction blog, I really struggled to find any photos of the pair of us. I am usually the one behind the camera and have found that children make a for a far more appealing end product.
As such, I was apprehensive about finding someone to take our wedding pictures. I was put off by price, packages, styles and the very thought of someone pointing at a camera at us. There were some things I knew. I wanted something relaxed, something natural, something cool and modern. I didn’t want endless formal cheesy photos, but something that reflected us and our guests.
After much Instagram trawling, I came across Laura who runs ‘The Voyage’ photography. I was immediately captured by the amazing lighting she has and the way she could capture the moments that matter most at a wedding. It seemed to be exactly what we had both hoped for and I knew that if our final album looked like her pictures, we wouldn’t be disappointed.
An engagement shoot was included in our package, and Laura kindly offered for us to include children too. So, one sunny afternoon in February the four of us went to our local heath for our ‘photoshoot’. I was nervous and had no idea what to expect. It had been a while since I had met Laura, Gareth had never met her, and one-year olds and five-year olds are not the most reliable with their levels of behaviour and patience.
It became very clear, very quickly, that there was no need to be nervous at all. We started walking up a hill and Laura put us at our ease, asking questions and chatting to Eli, our five-year-old. She found out about how we met, our adventures across Europe and China, and some of our more embarrassing moments. All the while, she was calmly and non-intrusively snapping away. At times we all sat down in the long grass and had a play, and she employed Eli as a location scout to keep him interested and engaged. Even the slow toddle of Luna was met with patience and humour.
The whole hour felt natural. We went on a family walk, like we always do, but this time someone was taking some pictures. We felt relaxed and the amazing photos are a reflection of that, and of us as a family. Even when Gareth and I had a few ‘staged shots’ Laura had some hilarious methods to put us at our ease (no spoilers…) We had so much fun, so many giggles and the fact we received our 20 pictures that same evening was just the icing on the cake.
It is still nine months to the wedding, and there is still so much to do and think about. Even so, I now know that the one thing I worried about more than anything else, it nothing to worry about at all.
Lizzy - I absolutely LOVE your engagement photographs, and really can’t wait to see your wedding photos now either! We will be following more of the ups and downs of Lizzy’s wedding planning journey on the blog this year - so look our for the next instalment!
Photo Credits: Laura, The Voyage