This is the second in our interview series with exhibitors who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan. We’re very excited to have the talented Rich and Sonia from RS Brown Photography at our fair, and if you’ve seen our posters and leaflet around the venue then you’ll have seen some of their photographs.
Tell us a little about your company?
We are a husband and wife team who love to take photos of people in love. We adore to travel and jump at any opportunity to capture weddings abroad and helps us explore new places which is a huge passion of ours. We have been running our business for just over five years and have captured the most amazing weddings during this time, we just can’t get enough!
What do you love about tiny weddings?
We love the intimacy and emotion which is present throughout the day. Being part of a tiny wedding is a huge privilege as you are sharing your most important day with us, and for that we are so thankful. It also allows us to be really creative and put our everything into the day without being distracted by common circumstances within a regular wedding day.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
We find the difference is that couples tend to be more relaxed and focused on each other rather than pleasing their guests and all the details which come with a large wedding. It allows them to be focused on each other and get to spend their time with the one they love. It doesn’t matter that the bunting may be hung slightly wrong or the cake isn’t positioned in the right area, it’s all about the bride and the groom and the love they have for one another.
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
For us, we shoot a number of big weddings in the UK however the number of smaller intimate weddings has increased over the last few years. We cannot wait to get involved in more destination weddings as for us, getting bookings is not about numbers. We shoot weddings because we love capturing real moments between real people and creating something which is honest and true.
If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
We have our own love for New York since getting engaged their ourselves in 2011, so much so we have been back every year since! For this reason it is our absolute dream to shoot a wedding in Manhattan (or Brooklyn!) so we can share our passion and love for the city with another couple! When it comes to our type of couple, our only criteria is that we click. We feel it is the most important thing when finding a photographer, if you feel like you could go for a drink with us then we are your people! Other than each other, we will be spending most of your wedding day with you so it’s so important that a connection is made, this is why we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have remained good friends with many of our couples.
Can you give us an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?
We shot a wedding in Paris this year which we absolutely loved! We spent a few days out in Paris before and after the wedding in which we spent getting to know the couple more, sharing a couple of bottles of wine and cheese and sharing their love of Paris! We got to know our bride and groom so well we have remained good friends since returning to the UK and cannot wait to shoot another Parisian wedding! Having an intimate wedding with a wedding party of twenty-two people meant the bride and groom could really spoil their guests for travelling all that way to be there for them which included Jo Malone favours!! We stayed until 1am capturing the party which happened naturally. No DJ or band were present it was just the bride and groom with their closest friends and family partying the night away to their favourite hits all thanks to their Spotify play list of 90’s pop hits! We never knew anyone could love NSync as much as their wedding party did (including us!) This made the whole experience feel very unique and natural and ensured their wedding was a true reflection of them.
Check out Rich and Sonia’s work in advance of meeting them at the wedding fair on their website. Follow their Facebook page, or the fair Facebook page for helpful and inspiring pictures and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow RS Brown Photography on Instagram, or the Tiny Wedding Fair on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, chat with us on Twitter or Rich and Sonia on Twitter and see our posts on Pinterest. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance. Rich and Sonia have donated an free engagement photo session to our raffle prizes for those who buy tickets in advance.