CURIOUS ROSE WEDDING PLANNING
RELAXED, CREATIVE & VIBRANT PHOTOGRAPHY
I offer artistic and natural wedding photography for creative couples who want a relaxed day that expresses their individuality.
This is certainly NOT a how to but information I have collected from frequently asked questions. It will help you to feel confident to create your own plan for your day that suits you both; enabling you to be as relaxed as you possibly can be on the wedding day. We create a flexible photography plan to work and melt your photography beautifully around your day.
There are no dos and don’ts about a Curious Rose Wedding; I have captured the untraditional, traditional and ones in between. What my weddings they have in common is a relaxed, natural and creative vibe where people create a day that really suits their individuality and they can enjoy.
It's about capturing and creating all those magical moments.
When we meet for a drink and chat on the phone we will discuss this and refine the details in the run up to the wedding day.
GETTING READY, GETTING EXCITED....MORNING PREP
I generally arrive approx. an 1.5 hours before you plan to leave. I encourage you to create an environment in which you are happy and relaxed in.
Timings...Plan for me to arrive approx 1.5 hours before you need to leave for the ceremony. They'll be time for some relaxed portraits & photos with the bridesmaids.
YOUR PARTNER GETTING READY, DUTCH COURAGE, A CHEEKY HALF??
If you want photos of you both getting ready, I would suggest either getting ready at the same place, or asking for a second shooter. Even at the ‘final details’ time, this can sometimes be arranged if you change your mind.
A second shooter is relatively a small extra cost and gives you more coverage of guests & times of the day that I can’t be at, if you have a lot of guests, or lots of formal photos to capture I also think this is a good idea- please enquire if this is something you might want, it adds approx +200 crafted images.
TIME TO GO...leaving time to breath relax
Aim to be ready with plenty of time to spare, the last hours always flies by. Try for approx 1/2 hour before you plan to leave, this gives enough time to get relaxed photos of you, dressed, ready and enjoying everyone special that you’ve got ready with before I leave for the ceremony.
I direct you to nice light and a nice backdrop, the more you concentrate on just being present the better and more relaxed the photographs are. When in doubt take a deep breath & look at a loved one, your flowers or yourself. I’ll ask if I want you to look down a lens.
Timings...plan to be ready a generous 30 minutes before you need to leave, this creates space to relax and enjoy the morning time
I DOS...The ceremony
If logistically workable, I will travel with the wedding party. Journeys are always part of the fun & it helps me to be as relaxed as you will be! Or sometimes I will leave for the ceremony a little before you, often with church weddings and I will introduce myself to whoever is conducting the ceremony about any structure they prefer. I find a good spot to capture the ceremony. I will move about a few times quietly during the ceremony but don’t take too many photos.
You will generally given the chance for the signing of the register photo, which I keep brief & informal or not at all. Guests arriving is another great time for a second shooter.
AFTER IDO...Hugs, Elation & a Tipple?
This is another one of my favourite times, easy to overlook...it's the first time you see your guests, that first half an hour is such a lovely time for elation and celebration. Traditionally if you want to throw some confetti this would be the time, which we can discuss, brief a bridal party member about this, and we will boss guests about together and make some magic.
We can create a confetti tunnel or stand you in the middle of your guests, there are glitter canons too or not at all. Some venues will also give you rules about where you can throw this.
Timings...in between the ceremony and when people sit down for food is traditionally when we fit in some group photos, some time away with just you two and perhaps also the bridal party...allow for a couple of hours to enjoy this time.
INFORMAL FORMAL PHOTOGRAPHS...Bringing People Together
The time between the end of the ceremony until when you sit down for food is when people can allow less time than is sometimes required. 2 hours allows time for celebration, time for drinks and time for some informal formals & perhaps a mini adventure super comfortably. But we’ll work with however long you have. You will confirm up to 4-6 groups (I can help with suggestions for this) on your ‘final details’ form. Then on the day me and a nominated member of your wedding party will gather up somewhere outside and pretty at the ceremony or reception venue.
There’re often a few people to round up, sometimes older guests so I tend to keep this simple and close. The more you can encourage people to concentrate on you and not the camera the more relaxed things feel & look. I’ll tell you all when to look.
MINI ADVENTURES...Getting Creative, Creating Moments
I LOVE when we create moments for you and/or the wedding party just somewhere slightly further a field. It doesn't have to be far or for very long but to steal a moment away from the crowd if always a mega memorable moment.
It’s these moments that capture some cracking relaxed photos with the people closest to you, when you are genuinely enjoying a moment in a nice setting to take a breath, maybe have a tipple and ground yourself.
Timings...my "formal informal" or "mini adventures" only need to take as little as ten minutes, they're often the nicest of moments.
JUST YOU...Take a Moment, Couple Photos
We’ll have discussed this on our pre meeting. And the more you trust in the golden rules of Curious Rose great wedding photography the better. Don't be nervous, everyone comments after their practice photos that they enjoyed it and wasn't at all like they expected.
Concentrate on each other, enjoy the moment. If in doubt, look at each other, put your hands on each other, talk about something trivially wonderful, or just be. Move slowly, breath deeply, I will tell you when I need you to move & when I need you to look at me....so enjoy.
Timings...again just ten to twenty minutes. Have a think where you might like to go. It's also nice to grab another moment once dinner is finished and you feel even more chilled.
When you are away you can trust that your guests are having a fab old time, drinking & getting to know each other so there’s little rush & I’ll be keeping an eye on the time.
Again a key 2nd shooting time, to capture more of all your beautiful decorative details and guests just chilling.
Sometimes a Master of Ceremonies or a nominated loud guest then announces you into the room.
DINNER & SPEECHES...All the good stuff
It’s really up to you which comes first. Some of the speakers just want to get it out the way so it’s nice to let them enjoy their food. You can even weave the speeches in between courses. Think about where they'll stand, what's surrounding them & if possible leave a bit of weaving around space for me to capture the moments.
This is also when I sit down and have some food, please feed me...it makes me so happy. Please make sure your caterers know this and allow the time for me to jump up and capture the speeches.
GOLD...The Golden Hour, Magic Moments
When the light is setting on your wedding day, to be basking in it together can just feel totally magical. Obviously this totally depends on the British weather and the time of year. Sometimes at a winter wedding this magical lits falls right in the thick of the day too!
We can work out when this golden hour will be and decide if it sits with your day comfortably for some photos.
Timings...tell me if you're up for another wee adventure and I'll come and steal a moment with you when the light is lovely.
CAKE CUTTING...Bringing people together, Informal Formals
I think this is a wonderful totally nuts but I do love any opportunity to bring everyone together, which lots of the traditional elements do and again the photos are incredibly informal. We can always think creatively about any of these things.
DANCE PARTY...Whoop Whoop
First Dance is my official clocking off time but I always hang about for, at the very least the start of a good dance party :)
CURIOUSLY RELAXED CREATIVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Curious Rose Wedding Photography
Curious Rose wedding photography broken down, formed from the positive words I hear a lot from clients. Coming towards the end of 2017, it's a good time to reflect and shout out to future Curious Rose Type couples so we find each other...
The most important thing to me is that the photography adds to the magic of your day. It's all about capturing and sometimes creating all those magical moments and feels that you will want to remember and cherish. The moments are always very natural and when not, we laugh and move on!
My motto is "Labels are for Jars", and we will work collaboratively to create a bespoke plan that flexibly melts around your day to suit your individuality as a couple. THE best photos I take are of people happy, relaxed, being themselves in the moment.
Fiona & Matthew
"Laura was absolutely fantastic – she completely understood what we wanted and captured all those special moments throughout the day. We loved her relaxed style and calm approach on the day too, that really helped to relax us both and enjoy the day without being aware that Laura was there."
I LOVE working like this, people are my motivation and I thrive on that supportive role and am there to offer a calm and relaxed presence if/when required. Although you may hardly notice me :)
Sarah & Rob
"Her photography style is so unique, it captures everything about the day we wanted for the romantic, relaxed yet intimate wedding we had organised.
In the nicest way I hardly saw Laura in the day, with her taking the photos without being obtrusive and we could relax and enjoy the day knowing Laura was capturing all elements and results were stunning.
I can’t say enough good things, highly recommended and just a lovely, fun and trustworthy person to have alongside your nearest and dearest for what was a dream day. Thank you Laura."
There are no dos and don’ts about a Curious Rose Wedding. We will get creative...I have captured weddings when the couple get ready together, arrive together, have no aisle and no family photos and then others that tick all the traditional boxes. It’s about doing what you are comfortable with and thinking creatively so our photography plan suits you as individuals. It will always be conducted in a relaxed & flexible way, sometimes altered by the mood or weather of the day.
Becca & Paul
"We are so happy we found Laura! From the first meeting we just hit it off immediately, her kind fun and relaxed attitude is exactly what you'd want from someone who will be sharing and capturing your wedding day. Our photos are natural, creative and hilarious and her eye for the little details is spot on. You know you've found the right photographer when you highjack their camera and they get stuck in having a boogie at the end of the night! Bex and Paul x"
My background is art and am am incredibly passionate about the importance of creativity in the way we live and express ourselves. I photograph and edit artistically, always trying to capture more than the visual experience but the fun, vibrance and romance of you both. This is so much more than capturing one day, I'm looking for the love, the stories, the other relationships and celebrations of love and life that makes these days SO mega special and significant.
Romantic & Vibrant...
Romantic & Vibrant are two other lovely words that I have heard in reference to my photography style which are just wonderful.
Romantic, I think a couple feeling comfortable around me and present of their wedding day is what enables me to capture romance. When people are relaxed, happy and elated it just seems to come out and I'm there to catch it which is just magic. It's all the tiny moments, the thoughtful gestures, the meaningful relationships that I understand.
Elise & Cory
"One of the best tips of advice for our wedding was to get a photographer who gets you. Laura did just that. Furthermore her brilliant way of connecting with both ourselves and our guests in a relaxed manor made for captures of timeless un-staged, in the moment photographs.
These incredible documentary style photographs are true gems that were exactly what we were wanting.
Thank you dearly, you are one talented lady."
Vibrant...I LOVE colour...particularly GOLD. It's so expressive, the colours you choose for your day are so expressive of who you are. I believe I edit photos to express how I see and feel the day.
Laura is also a lovely person...
Well this is nice to hear. The only thing I love more than creativity and photography is people. They are my motivation to create and this all started by photographing the hell out of my friends and family, who really are the most important thing in my life, I am so proud of my relationships.
I hear a lot comments of how much I engage with clients, I practice yoga and meditation to be calmer, more present, positive and full of love to help the people around me. So I guess that helps....MOST of the time. You'll be glad to know I swear and have bad days, but I genuinely get such joy getting to know the people I work with and supporting them and enhancing a really special time in their lives.
Michaela & Russell
"We had an engagement shoot a few months before the wedding and Laura made us feel so comfortable and got some great photos without us really feeling like we were posing. On the day Laura blended in to the wedding and a lot of the time you didn't even realise she was taking photos! She is also a lovely person and all our guests commented on how lovely she was which puts everyone at ease. We are so happy with the photos and would recommend Laura a million times!"
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INFORMAL FORMAL, BEAUTIFUL, ROMANTIC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY