One Friendly Place Wedding {Rosie & Ben}

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I was so excited when Rosie and Ben booked me to photograph their One Friendly Place wedding, because I’d wanted to do a wedding there for so long! It’s a really cool warehouse style venue in Deptford, perfect for a quirky South London wedding (or any quirky, fun London wedding photography really!). It’s also linked to The Roost wedding venue, where I’ve photographed before, and is just as full of offbeat charm and different rooms filled with crazy art pieces and mismatched furniture – so stylish!

Ben and Rosie’s wedding day was exactly the type of wedding I love to photograph. When I arrived at Rosie’s house, her bridesmaids were making toast and cutting the bouquets down to size, and just generally having a fun, chilled morning with their best friend. I felt welcome immediately! Then it was off to their church for the ceremony, where the choir Rosie’s involved with performed and led the congregation in the exit song!

After the ceremony, I got run over by Rosie and Ben in the fastest run confetti exit I’ve ever seen – it was so funny; they came running down the street at me, I snapped away furiously, and then I just ducked as they ran over me (I mean, they didn’t trample me or anything; they ran on either side with their hands over me :P). It was hilarious, and actually turned out really brilliantly, because I think their confetti photos are some of the most dynamic I’ve ever taken, and they love them too! So yay!

After that we all headed off to One Friendly Place wedding venue in Deptford Bridge, south London, which totally lived up to its reputation and was awesome. We popped out to the roof to do the couple photos, and the sky was just amazing – black clouds over the city, swoon. All the hearts for eyes.

Rosie and Ben look so happy and giggly in all their photos, and that’s all them – they had The Best Time on their wedding day, and it really shows – and so did all their guests! Thanks for having me and Heline (my second shooter) along, you two! And feeding us your epic food! YUM.

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Duke’s Head Wedding, Putney {Jennie & Scott}

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I absolutely adore these two! First off, when Jennie first contacted me about photographing her wedding to Scott at The Dukes Head wedding venue pub in Putney, she was incredibly excited about every single thing, and every email she sent me between then and the wedding day (and since) was just bubbling over with enthusiasm. I’m always super excited about weddings, but Jennie’s excitement was just infectious! She and Scott have been together since high school – over half their lives, as they pointed out in their speeches – so their wedding day was about celebrating that love and commitment in true “Scott and Jennie” fashion. So Scott wore jeans and a jacket, while Jennie (aka the craft queen) went to town with pink dye and glitter! She bought a plain white dress and dip-dyed it pink and sparkled it up; she made the sparkly heart belt to go with it, as well as her cat-ear headdress (atop her kickass pink mohawk!) and all the paper bouquets! The girls got a pink taxi to the venue, and then following the ceremony Scott and Jennie did TWO confetti exits – one for flowers and one for bubbles! Confetti is my favourite thing at a wedding (well, one of them), so this was made for me!

After some strolling up and down the Putney riverfront – which fortunately was dry; the following weekend I was in the area and the entire street was caked with mud! – for photos (thanks for giving me time to get so many lovely ones, you guys), we went back to the Duke’s Head pub for a “help yourself” dinner in  the downstairs bar – all very chilled out and relaxed, just like Scott and Jennie. I don’t think I’ve met a less stressed bride ever – Jennie, you’re awesome! Plus we bonded over our mermaid leg tattoos 🙂

Oh and of course, Jennie also made the caketopper figurines of herself and Scott – so cute!

Thanks to my partner in crime, my second shooter Heline Bekker!

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Same-sex Bingham Hotel Wedding, Richmond {Alessandra and Eva}

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Just a few from this gorgeous same-sex wedding I photographed last year, second shooting for my friend Paola De Paola Photography. Ale and Eva are an Italian couple who live in London, and they had a lovely, personal wedding which was partly in English and partly in Italian. The speeches were in Italian, but were so emotional that I was tearing up even though I had no idea what anyone was saying – I swear, you just have to show me a person crying and I’ll cry too! 🙂

The whole wedding was held at the Bingham Hotel wedding venue in Richmond, and the weather was absolutely perfect for all the traditional garden games that the brides’ families had organised as a surprise! And, of course, for photos in the evening sun. 🙂

I loved Ale and Eva’s matching but not identical wedding dresses, and they both looked so beautiful and so happy. I didn’t have to do anything but point my camera and them and click, and they just looked amazing. Having fun is THE most important thing to get great wedding photos! (she said for the millionth time ever). 😛 Thanks, Paola, for inviting me along to this wonderful wedding!

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Wedding Planning Advice: Your Wedding Day Timeline

Wedding planning advice by London Wedding Photographer Kat Forsyth

 

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

So you’re having a WEDDING (yay!). But unless you actually plan events for a living, it’s going to feel a little overwhelming. So many things have to happen on a wedding day – there’s getting ready, and the ceremony, and drinks & canapes, and family photos, and couple photos, and speeches, and dinner, and dancing, and of course you actually want to find time to hang out with all your guests somewhere in the midst of all that! So how does it all come together?

I’ve written this article to help you plan your wedding day timeline, as I’ve photographed over a hundred weddings and I’ve seen what works, but it’s just a guide – every wedding is different, and the most important thing is doing things your way (and having fun doing it!). But with that caveat out the way, this is my “How long stuff actually takes” Wedding Day Timeline.

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Alternative Wedding photographer LondonGETTING READY
1-1.5 hours

Brides, if you’re having a hair and make-artist, they’ll be able to advise you what on time you need to start getting ready. But from a photographic point of view, you definitely don’t need me there for the entire time! You’ll be getting hair and make-up done for a while before I get there. An hour or 90 minutes is plenty of time to capture the hustle and bustle of the morning prep, and get photos of you and your family or bridal party eating toast and dancing around to some Motown hits while getting your hair done! I also use this time to take photos of the wedding outfits, shoes, and any other important details.
Remember, if your dress is lace-up or has lots of tiny buttons, it can often take a lot longer than you expect to get it done up, so make sure to allow a good 20 minutes for this.
Guys usually need a little less time (45 minutes to an hour), but usually it’s only possible to cover groom prep if I have a second shooter. However, if you’re in the same building, I can do a bit of both!

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Alternative wedding photography LondonWAITING TO LEAVE FOR CEREMONY
20 minutes

I recommend this partly as a buffer in case things run late, and partly because it’s a nice time for you to calm down, have a drink with your friends or family, and take some photos!

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TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

As long as it takes! Try to add some extra time in, just in case of traffic. Of course, if you’re getting ready at the same venue, you’ve just eliminated the need for this.  🙂

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CEREMONY
20-40 minutes

This is very dependent on the type of ceremony you’re having (for example, a full church service or a short registry office ceremony), so chat to your officiant well beforehand to find out.

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AFTER CEREMONY
At least 20 minutes

Getting people to filter out of the ceremony can take surprisingly long, especially as they’ll all want to stop and hug and congratulate you on the way out! This is a lovely moment to take happy photos, though. Confetti usually happens here, too (my favourite!).

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GROUP PHOTOS
30 minutes

It’s up to you how many of these you’d like, and where, but I recommend getting them done after the ceremony before people have wandered off and started drinking. I’m quite quick with these, as no one wants to hang around for ages while these are being done. I recommend up to eight groupings, as these can take 3-5 minutes each, usually because someone has gone AWOL!

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DRINKS & CANAPES
1.5 hours

Usually the rest of the guests get going on this while we do the group shots, and then you and your family can join in and have a bit of a chat with everybody. This is when I wander around surreptitiously and get photos of everyone laughing and having fun! If it’s outside, garden games (giant jenga, spacehoppers, etc) go down a treat.

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20 minutes – 1 hour (during the drinks reception)

This is my favourite part of the day – I just LOVE taking photos of just the two of you together – but it’s also completely up to you how many couple photos you’d like. I’m completely open to popping down the road to get pictures in a pretty field, but if you’d only like 5 minutes right near the venue, that’s fine, too! The closer we stick to the venue, the more limited the photos will be, whereas if we go for a bit of a wander we can use more backgrounds and different light and get more variety. So have a think about this!
Remember, it can take a good 20 minutes for the guests to get into the reception room and find their seats, so even if we only do 20 minutes of photos at the same time, you won’t be missing out on anything!
We can also divide up the time, and do 20 minutes before dinner, and 20 minutes afterwards (if it’s still light! You might find me babbling about the beautiful golden light and asking if you want to do photos in it at some point here!)

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DINNER
2 Hours

Depends on how many courses you have, and if it’s plated or buffet, but I will say that dinner has run overtime at 90% of my weddings, so I’d allow at least an extra 20 minutes on top of what your caterers tell you, just to be safe!

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45 minutes

Totally variable depending how many you have, and how long they are, but I’d recommend giving people a time limit so that you at least have a rough idea of how long they’re going to take! Again, every wedding is different, but I’d say you’re looking at 35-45 minutes for the traditional three speeches (Father of the bride, groom, best man). But please don’t be limited by tradition! If you want different/more people to speak, but you don’t want speeches to run on too long, just give them a shorter time limit to stick to. Sorted!

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CHANGING THE ROOM OVER FOR DANCING [venue-dependent]
30-45 minutes

If you’re using the same room for dinner and dancing, the venue staff might need to get rid of all the tables, or possibly just the front few. This can take longer than you expect! Usually the guests go into another room for tea and coffee while this happens, so it’s another good time to chat to people you haven’t managed to catch up with yet, but it generally does take 30-45 minutes.

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CAKE-CUTTING
10 minutes

Most of this is taken up with getting the guests into position. The actual cutting only takes a minute or two!

 

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10 minutes

Same as the cake! Everyone loves this moment, so they’ll all be trying to get a good spot on the edge of the dancefloor. The actual dance won’t take as long as getting them into position.

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30 minutes

I find 30 minutes is more than enough to get the guests having a blast on the dancefloor. Often it’s the same few people dancing, so make sure your DJ plays some crowd-pleasers right at the start so that I get the most variety of people on the floor!

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And that’s how a wedding day timeline adds up to 9+ hours! Again, every wedding is different – I’ve photographed ones where everything is over within 5 hours – but this is how a standard day generally runs!

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Cambridgeshire Wedding Photographer – Fun Chippenham Park Wedding {Angie & Martin}

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Fun fun fun fun fun. All the fun. SO. MUCH. FUN. That’s basically the only way to describe Angie and Martin’s fabulously freaking fun summer wedding at Chippenham Park wedding venue in Cambridgeshire in August. Seriously, if you want to know how to have an amazing wedding and get great photos, just study Angie and Martin! I don’t know if there was a single guest left at the end of the wedding without an aching jaw from smiling so much. Or an aching belly from laughing so much!

I met Angie through my lovely friend Emma, who used to live here in the UK, but has since moved back to South Africa (boo; I miss her). Like Emma and me, Angie and Martin are also ex-South Africans living it up in London, so after we met at a picnic back in 2012, we became Facebook friends, and I got to see all the fun Angie and Martin have as a couple (mostly eating amazing food and making incredible Halloween costumes!). I was also there to see them get engaged (well, I saw it on Facebook, I wasn’t physically there :P), and then Angie, who runs events and is super organised, asked me to photograph their wedding, ewven though it was in two years’ time! I was thrilled because I KNEW their wedding day would be epic, and that after years of Facebook friendship they knew I would fit in perfectly on the day and be “one of the guests but with a camera”, which is exactly what I always try to do.

The surprise star guest of the day was the inflatable T-Rex, who ended up in many a group shot and Boomerang video – even my second shooter Vicki Clayson and I got some photos with him! (PS – thank you, Vicki, you were AMAZING!). T-Rex even stood in for some “cheesy” wedding shots of the bridesmaids holding him across their bodies, and he stood firm when an impromptu game resulted in spacehoppers being thrown at his head. Damn, I LOVED THIS WEDDING.

PS – Hair & Make-up by my amaaaazing friend Anneke from Anneke Hair & Makeup!  Also South African, also lovely, making brides look beautiful all over the UK!

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