The wedding package
“We’re not really thinking about it as a ‘wedding’. We’re getting married and then having a massive party.”
The words of one of my couples and, if you ask me, the perfect approach to getting married. It’s you, your family and your friends – and you’re all celebrating something pretty special.
I’ve never met a couple yet that didn’t love their engagement shoot (or couples’ shoot or e-session or whatever we’re calling them these days).
What even is an engagement session? I like to think of it as dress-down rehearsal for the wedding itself. We’ll head to a location of your choosing – place you went on your first date, an activity you’re into, somewhere you just think is plain amazing for photos – I’ll give you some general pointers on how to be comfortable in front of the camera and you get used to having your photo taken. It pays dividends on the day itself. It is always a good time.
“I was pretty nervous about it. Turns out it’s actually really fun.”
Depending on how far in advance of the big day you’re booking your photography, some couples like to use the final shots to announce the engagement, use them for save the date cards or just share them with friends and family to get a bucket load of likes on Facebook.
The big day
You’re getting married! A million and one different things happen on your wedding day – from small, personal encounters with friends and loved ones down to full-on dance floor showdowns. The Life Romantic approach is to capture everything to tell the story of your day. Sometimes that means documentary-style, sometimes that means running off with the newlyweds to get some amazing photos in the coolest locations on hand, sometimes it’s grabbing a bunch of your mates because someone just bought a tray of tequila. Over the course of your day the follow touchstones are always covered:
- The preparation – hair, make-up, pre-noon Prosecco and a lot of cufflink fiddling
- The ceremony
- The formal group shots – your family wants them.
- The newlyweds – we get to run off from your guests and get some amazing shots of just the two of you.
- The details – all those little touches that make the day yours and only yours.
- The dinner & speeches
- The cake cutting
- The first dance – throw shapes
- The party – throw even more shapes
Not your conventional photobooth. In as much as there’s no booth. It’s probably best described as a pop-up photo studio (backdrop and studio lighting) set up in the corner of your reception.
Your guests dig into the dressing up box (hats, feather boas, empty photo frames, chalk boards…) and pose for the camera. Which I’m holding. And usually trying to get guests to one-up whoever was in last. The later the bar closes the more interesting things get. And sometimes it gets weird.
The photobooth is always really popular for those at the party who aren’t that into cutting shapes on the dance floor.
“Oh my God! Does it always get this weird?”
The finished product
After your wedding a teaser set of images with be uploaded to the The Life Romantic Facebook page for you, your family and friends to share.
Once I’m done with the edit you’ll get a customised presentation box, that holds a customised USB, with all your images in high resolution. Poster-size high resolution. Seriously, they’re massive.
And that’s it. No extra hidden cost for high-res files. No supplementary fee for a full set of images. No demands that you buy an album. Nothing. If you are interested in having your awesome photos turned into a book and want a hand, that’s something we can talk about. There’s a whole bunch of options.
All that sound good? Say “Hi!”
If all that sounds like it’s right up your street then give Parri a call on 07714 105 954, drop an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can even send a message via Facebook. We can talk about what you’re looking for – Not interested in engagement photography? Not into the photobooth? – and if all that goes well we can meet for a coffee to go over your plan for the day and I can find out what your favourite albums are. We might be spending a whole day together so it always helps if we get on. You can definitely tell in the images.