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We have a wedding photographer!

I’ve been meaning to do this post for ages: we have decided on a wedding photographer – Neil Thomas Douglas. We really liked that a lot of his photos were of people in non-traditional dresses and in unusual locations. The ones of the couple with the grey dress were taken near where the registry office we’re getting married in, so it’s nice to see how it would work in real life.

We also liked that there’s lots of different styles, because I’m thinking that since we’re doing our celebrations over two different days, with two different outfits it would be an excellent opportunity to go for different styles of photography – maybe like a faded retro style for the Friday, because I’ll be dressed in beige and gold, and a brighter more saturated style for the reception – I haven’t got a dress for that yet, but I’m thinking a white Vivien of Holloway dress with lots of red.

I need to do much more research into wedding photography though, so maybe if people have their own wedding photos online, you could share them in the comments? Also, if you know of any wedding blogs for the low-key DIY market, I’d love to hear! I really like 100 layer cake, and handmade weddings on etsy but all the featured weddings are still far too elaborate for us. We’re planning on doing everything ourselves (and because our families are far away, we won’t have an army of helpers either), there’s limits to what we can do with the reception venue (I’d love bunting, but I don’t think it’s possible to hang it without destroying the walls), and we won’t have favours or anything like that either.

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  • ChaCha 8 November 2010, 4:55 pm

    Hi Franca!

    Im the girl in the grey dress!!!

    I cant recommend Neil enough! He made my wedding day something unforgettable…

    On my first meeting with Neil about the wedding, we drove through to Edinburgh and we showed him the venues and generally had a walk about the town. Instantly I knew we had the right person for the job! He understood completely what I wanted and fell in love with the venue as much as I did! I didnt want your bog standard posey pictures that you end up getting bored looking at…I wanted pictures that made people laugh or question and just generally look "into" instead of glancing over! THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE GOT!
    Neither of us are very good at posing and he just completely made us feel at ease and we had a total laugh, pushing as many boundaries as possible!

    Another thing that puts Neil above everyone else was his ability to put the rest of our party at ease and interacted with us like he was one of our guests and just went with the flow whereas some photographers would be quite pushy about getting certain shots etc.

    And another thing…..hahaha… I know…praise praise…

    Like you, we had our wedding over two days…the first just being 12 of our family…however for the second day we ask Neil about the possibility of getting a couple of pictures put onto a disk so we could allow our guests to see them at the reception…this he done, and again went way above the call of duty and gave us 30 photos!!!

    I know I'm just praise praise praise…but I honestly have nothing bad to say about him…

    You have chosen well my dear!!! hahaha xxx

    Good Luck! Have a FABULOUS DAY!!! And I canny wait to see your pics!!!

    xxx Cha xxx

  • Courtney 8 November 2010, 5:02 pm

    We got lucky. My uncle does wedding photography and we actually liked his portfolio quite a bit.

  • Amy 8 November 2010, 5:44 pm

    This is very tragic since I'm not even engaged…but I read the blog Once Wed (http://www.oncewed.com/) and really like the different styles and types of wedding they cover.

    On the actual website there's lots of good ideas for DIY weddings and unusual weddings, so it might be a good source of inspiration?

  • parakeetpie 8 November 2010, 5:50 pm

    Hi Franca. I'm a wedding photographer and I love to see people get excited about it. When I got married 5 years ago I didn't know anything about photography and thought it was all a big chore. I would do things very differently in that respect I were getting married now!

    It's great that you're thinking about the types of things you want in advance which will be a great help to your photographer. I really love some of the portrait examples of his you've shown (and how nice of the bride in the photos to comment). I'd love to be able to do that. My style is much more to shoot things as they happen but the next thing for me to learn is how to take good portraits.

    In terms of your planning, I would say, THE most important thing when organising your wedding is to only do or have things because YOU want them. It's so obvious to me which things at a wedding are because the bride and groom wanted them and which are things they thought they should have.

    I have some suggestions on how to do things yourself (I did pretty much everything for mine, mainly because I'm a control freak and partly because I blew 90% of the budget on food!) but I'll have to come back and write a super long comment later. It may be so long you could turn it into a guest post entitled "Rachel gives Franca a lecture on how to plan a wedding." In the meantime, you can nosey at my photography website if you like
    The one with initials M&R in recent weddings was a very relaxed, DIY type thing.


  • sacramento 8 November 2010, 6:25 pm

    Have a look at my daughters´wedding it was quite different.

    Un abrazo siempre.

  • Marissa 8 November 2010, 8:46 pm

    These photos are amazing! I can't wait to see your own. 🙂

  • tess 8 November 2010, 9:24 pm

    I think you've found the right guy!

  • Lemondrop Marie 9 November 2010, 2:45 am

    Love the phone booth shots! How exciting.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  • LyddieGal 10 November 2010, 12:40 pm

    I love these photos- they have a quirky creativity and I think the photos you end up with will be truly memorable.
    I love the phonebox shot, it's so cute!

  • sartoriography 11 November 2010, 1:46 am

    There are only a few DIY things on this site, but there's one wedding I think you'll love, if for no other reason than the facial hair. 🙂