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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Leonie Eggleton Hair and Make Up Artist

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Today’s addition to our interview series with exhibitors who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept might be our last for this fair.  We do have many more exhibitors who will be at the fair, who haven’t had the time to be interviwed.  We’re very pleased to have Leonie Eggleton, hair and makeup artist at our fair.  Come along to meet her at the Wycombe Swan to chat with her abut how he can help you to look your best for your tiny wedding.

Tell us a little about what you do.

I am a freelance hair and make up artist.  I provide a service from your own home or hotel, or any other location you choose.  I will have a consultation to get to know you, your skin and your skincare and make up routine to tailor a personal look for your big day.  I have had five years experience and am trained in bridal and occasional make u, editorial and photographic, stage, TV and film make up.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I love that they feel more natural and more intimate.  You really get an insight into the couple and it all feels more personal to them, showing the smaller intimate details of the wedding, for the perfect day focusing on each other rather than the guests.  The closeness of family and friends means that it can still be a perfect dream wedding; even though a grand fairy-tale wedding would be incredible, sometimes it’s not possible and the smaller details mean more.

How do you think the couples are different what working with a smaller wedding?

Overall, I don’t think that the couples are that different.  They all want everything to be perfect on their wedding day.  But when working on a smaller wedding there is more time to get to know the couple better on a personal level.

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?

I don’t think there would be a difference!  I feel that every bride would be treated the same and would receive the same standard of service whether the wedding is big or small.

If you could work on a tiny wedding with any theme, what would it be?

I would love to work on a wedding in the woods, a magical and intimate setting, keeping everything simple.  For a theme I would love to work on a boho wedding, something very free spirited; with natural colours and very 70s.

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Can you give an example of a small wedding that you have worked on in the past?

I met with the couple before the booking to get to know a little about them and their back story and what they wanted for the wedding.  I arranged  atrial for the bride and her two bridesmaids, to try different styles and looks for them, all tailored individually while keeping it simple, which is what the bride wanted.  So we were all set for the morning of the wedding, and everything went very smoothly.

Do you think that smaller weddings are on the increase?

I think they might be.  This is potentially due to cost and society.  Today, couples are investing in saving and buying houses, and choosing that over a big wedding.  They are choosing to set up their future together, so they have a small and more intimate wedding, still a celebration of their love, but in many ways more special.  Smaller weddings mean that you have the people that you love there, rather than distant family members that you might be inviting out of duty.

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Follow Leonie on Facebook, or the fair Facebook page for helpful and inspiring pictures  and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. For some makeup inspiration, follow her on Pinterest, or for lovely pins of happy smiling eloped couples, for the Tiny Weddings Fair on Pinterest.  Follow Leonie on Instagram, or the Tiny Wedding Fair on Instagram for photos and inspiration of small weddings. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance. This will get you preferential entry into our helpful talks, entry in to a raffle to win a free engagement shoot, the first 100 orders get a goody bag, AND you save 50% off the on-the-door price.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Liquid Mobile Bar

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Today’s addition to our interview series with exhibitors who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept is Keshell, who owns and runs Liquid Mobile Bar.  Come along to meet the team at the Wycombe Swan to have a look at their converted horse box mobile bar and to taste some examples of their mocktails, fresh juices, hot chocolates and milkshakes for yourself.

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Please introduce yourself.

I am Keshell and I own Liquid Mobile Bar. We have been running for two years, this year being our main year we have been booked up all through the summer!  We sell luxurious drinks covering pretty much any style of drink! Such as milkshakes, fresh juices, iced coffee and teas, prosecco, beers, cocktails… any anything the couple request. All are made using the best ingredients and are finished at a very high quality standard each with an extra special touch.  Working from a beautifully converted vintage horse box we fit into any theme of wedding perfectly, our bar never fails to impress especially with our magical fairy lights brightening up the scene. In addition as our bar is white we can always add some extra special decorations to match the theme of your magical day.

What drinks will you be selling to couples on the day at the Tiny Weddings Fair?

For the fair, we will be serving up our mocktails, fresh juices, hot chocolates and milkshakes. There will be many different flavours of each drink type for you to select from which is what we also take to wedding so all will be able to enjoy the treats we provide.

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What are your plans for the coming year?

This year my aim is to focus on being a part of more weddings, especially smaller sized weddings as they are more close-knit and special in their own unique ways. I feel smaller weddings are able to reflect more of the bride and groom’s personalities. So I love how this Tiny Weddings fair focuses on this target and are able to bring very high quality businesses in contact with these brides and grooms.

Can you tell us a little about what drinks and refreshments you can offer for weddings?

We offer any style of drink the couple wish from prosecco to bottled beers. We do fresh juices and milkshakes which are nice for an afternoon service and our cocktails are always a hit for the evening time. Hot chocolates are perfect for the winter weddings to heat up your guests too. All of our drinks are made using only the highest quality products and are decorated each to a high elaborate standard.

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How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

The couple are able to have more say on the entire wedding. The little details can be explored further and clearly seen rather than being overshadowed by the larger wedding’s expectations. Many couples who choose a smaller wedding do so to avoid stress, and it is always my goal to relieve as much stress as possible prior to the big day, nobody likes stress!

Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple.

I had a wedding back in July for an Indian couple. I established a very close connection to the bride talking for hours about ideas she had for the day and how she wanted things to run. They had me in for a morning service in the end, serving up luxury milkshakes and juices to the guests from 8am until 10am but we stayed through till lunch as it was such a wonderful celebration.

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world with any theme what would it be?

It would be a festival theme wedding in the middle of the countryside. With a boho classic style theme in the open air for any couple. Not only would this be a picturesque wedding to work for but I secretly would like something similar for my special day in the future.

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Check out Keshell’s website in advance of the wedding fair and having the opportunity to taste their drink offering.  Follow them on Facebook, or the fair Facebook page for helpful and inspiring pictures  and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates.  Follow The Liquid Mobile Bar on Instagram, or the Tiny Wedding Fair on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, chat with us on Twitter or with Keshell on Twitter. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Domeafava

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If you have a sweet tooth (or your guests do!) then you will certainly want to chat with Ash and Ruksana from Domeafava at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  They are based in Slough and supply wedding and party favours for all occasions and they also hire out a fabulous sweet ferris wheel.

Please tell us a little about what you provide for weddings.

We provide favours for all occasions from cupcakes and pick and mix sweets to small and cute gift ideas to guest on weddings and parties, we have a ferris wheel which is our centre attraction which guests absolutely love! We have been doing this now for just under two years.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

We love to see the intimacy and closeness.

How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

In our experience they are far more relaxed due to less co ordination and planning.

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?

Not a lot to be honest, for any wedding the bride and groom requests are at the forefront so we will always put them first regardless of size

Can you tell us about a tiny wedding you have worked on recently?

We had a tiny wedding at short notice in Birmingham which we were asked to do something for; we catered for both the adults and children favours by providing pick and mix sweets for kids and nuts for adults, and set up our ferris wheel with cupcakes.

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Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years?

We have only recently started this business so we can’t really say from a business perspective.  However we have noticed even through friends and family’s weddings the numbers are definitely trimming.

If you could create something for a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?

I would recreate my own wedding with my wife at Anfield Stadium with all the LFC team in attendance.  Although I don’t think this is a unanimous vote for the Domeafava team!

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Follow our Facebook page or the Domeafava Facebook page for inspiring photos and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and Domefava on Instagram.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance to get a goody bag on entrance if you’re in the first 100 to buy, to be in with a chance of winning prizes in our raffle, and to get preferential entry to our talks and workshops.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – The Silver Workshop

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Liz from The Silver Workshop will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  Liz handcrafts contemporary sterling silver jewellery in her garden workshop in the village of Haddenham in Buckinghamshire.  She uses traditional silversmithing techniques and sometimes incorporates semi-precious stones and other metals and can make just about any silver piece to order.

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Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you make.

I’m am Liz Dee and I am The Silver Workshop. I am a small, independent silver jeweller based in the village of Haddenham in Buckinghamshire. Working in my garden workshop, I create a varied array of handcrafted jewellery – necklaces, pendants, earrings, brooches, cufflinks and of course rings! Working mostly in sterling silver, I also incorporate gold and semi-precious stones in some of my pieces. As well as my range of jewellery, I also make bespoke one-off commissions and a range of wearable keepsakes including handwriting jewellery and jewellery designed from children’s drawings. I also personalised jewellery for him and her.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

Having had a small wedding myself, I love the intimacy of a small wedding. It’s more personal and you are able to enjoy every moment as a couple and there’s time to enjoy everyone who you chose to share your special day with you.

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What wedding rings do you offer?

I make a variety of silver wedding bands. I can also make special commissions, these can incorporate a design or symbol which is special to the couple.  For example I once made a pair of wedding rings with a Lover’s Knot.  When apart the knot looks like a pattern on each ring, but when put together they formed the Lover’s Knot. All my rings are made to order and I invite couples to visit my workshop so that together they can choose exactly what they want.

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What else have you made for non-traditional ceremonies?

I’m open to any ideas posed by the couple. On one occasion I made a pair of commitment rings for a couple who wanted to commit to each other, but weren’t ready to make it official.

 

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Have you ever had a couple ask you for a piece of jewellery for their wedding that isn’t a ring?

I have made a number of personalised necklaces and bracelets which brides have given to their bridesmaids either when asking them to be their bridesmaids or as a ‘thank you’. I have also made personalised cufflinks for the grooms and best men. I have made personalised cutlery and even made a personalised silver tea light holder for a couple to commemorate their wedding.

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Follow our Facebook page or the Silver Workshop Facebook page for photos of Liz’s beautiful work, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and the Silver Workshop on Instagram for beautiful custom-made jewellery inspiration.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance to get a goody bag on entrance if you’re in the first 100 to buy, to be in with a chance of winning prizes in our raffle, and to get preferential entry to our talks and workshops.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – One Forever Films

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One of our awesome returning exhibitors is Caitlin from One Forever Films.  She was at our first Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  We’re very excited to have her back representing her company One Forever Films at our second Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham, she will be coming along to the Birmingham Rep Theatre on 10th March 2019 to tell you why you need a videographer to capture your tiny wedding.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

I am Caitlin, I am a wedding filmmaker with a real intense passion to tell your story. I am the owner of One Forever Films, a wedding videography service. I have been doing this for three years and I just love it! All my wedding films are unique because all my couples are unique with a different story and journey.

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Why should a couple have a videograper at their wedding if they elope?

It might even be more important for couples eloping to have a videographer – it is so important to be able to capture those moments that only you will experience, a treasure to look back on and remember how great your wedding was. You won’t have any guests with their camera phones and you won’t be filming yourself! It is also a great idea to have a videographer so that your family and friends who aren’t there in person are able to watch your special day back and feel like a part of it. Your wedding day will be incredible, but it will also be over in a flash. What if someone said to you ‘I could give you the opportunity to relive the day and all the most precious moments, time and time again’? Wouldn’t you want that?.

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Can you tell us about a destination wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?

In June I flew out to the South of France to spend a few days with Steph, Rob and their closest family and friends. Their celebrations started the day before the wedding with a Chinese Tea Ceremony (which of course I was their to capture) I then went onto their wedding venue to capture all the lovely surroundings and venue the day before so that on their wedding day I could focus on the people to make sure I didn’t miss a single special moment. Then post wedding day called for a fun, relaxed pool party. Their destination wedding was epic…and so was their film!

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I love that tiny weddings are all about celebrating with those who are the most important people in your life. For some couples it is great to have wedding with all their friends from school or university but there isn’t always the opportunity to speak to everyone, and often guests can get left out. A tiny wedding means you spend the whole day celebrating with those who you literally can’t live without, a chance to speak to everyone and share some truly amazing memories with them.

What do you love about elopements? 

I love that an elopement is even more intimate than a tiny wedding, the idea of a couple being the entire focus and spending a day celebrating their love with each other is magical. It is also kind of a videographers’ and photographers’ dream!

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Do you feel there has been an increase in destination weddings in the past few years?

Definitely! More and more couples are choosing a destination wedding, not only is their wedding day set in the most stunning surroundings with pretty much guaranteed sunshine, but they also get to wake up on their honeymoon! A destination wedding is more than a day, you turn it into a wedding weekend with guests arriving before and staying on a few days, more time to celebrate with family, friend and each other. Whilst a standard videography package may include ‘getting ready to first dance’, more often than not, I find myself working way after hours at my destination weddings. I can’t help but be completely swept in by the beautiful surroundings and the care-free enjoyment amongst you and your guests, clearly embracing full holiday mode. I’m no stranger to turning up for footage of pre-wedding, arrival drinks or post-wedding pool parties either!

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Check out Caitlin’s work in advance of meeting her at the wedding fair on her website.  Follow her Facebook page, where she posts occasionally, or the fair Facebook page for helpful and inspiring pictures  and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow One Forever Films on Instagram, where Caitlin shares the majority of her updates, or the Tiny Wedding Fair on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings.  Some examples of her work are on vimeo.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.  That’s how you get preferential entry to the talks and workshops, goody bags, AND 50% off on-the-door entry prices!  If you want to stay updated with other exhibitors and want to know when the talks about tours will take place, then sign up to our mailing list.  We won’t spam you and that’s how to be sure that you won’t miss a thing!

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Dusk Designs

TW blog titlesToday’s addition to our exhibitor interview series is with wedding stationery designer Hafsah, from Dusk Designs.  Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan to chat with her about her handmade cards and stationery.

Please tell us who you are and what your business does.

My name is Hafsah and alongside my full-time job as a children’s nurse in a busy hospital, I own a small design business online which predominately focuses on handmade stationery. My main clients tend to be those looking for wedding, baby or business branding stationery although I am always happy to try something new in an exciting bespoke order.

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What do you love about tiny weddings? 

I love the fact that because so much of the budget isn’t used up feeding and entertaining so many people (because let’s face it, more guests means more cost!), the couple has the scope to be nit-picky on little details. It’s often these small details that really make the day so pretty and special when looking back.

In terms of my business, I love the excitement of making elopement announcement cards for the couple to send out to their family and friends after they’ve tied the knot. I often work closely with their photographers and use raw images to bring the announcement alive.

How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

I myself had a massive wedding (about 150 guests) because I have a really big family and I spent a lot of the time stressing about what people were going to think. In hindsight, all that precious time could have been spent ensuring the day focused on what was important – the vow my husband and I had made to spend our lives together. I definitely think that the smaller the wedding, the more you can focus on what you want and not lose yourself in traditions and expectations. Tiny weddings are about the couple and not the guestlist!

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?

Whilst all my work with couples is unique, tiny weddings allow for such a depth of personalisation and focus on small details that truly make the wedding memorable.

Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple? 

I recently created a bespoke wedding invitation collection for a relatively small wedding featuring laser-cut details and a gorgeous wax seal. The couple had a rough idea in mind and based on my previous work, they were able to pick out elements they liked which I then put together in one beautiful collection for them. The end result was stunning!

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be? 

I personally really like digital elements such as cartoon versions of the couple, of animals or objects that could mean a lot to them. I enjoy designing them and putting colour schemes and design elements together. I also have a love of shimmery laser cut pocket folds – which explains why I use these a lot in my work!

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? 

I feel as time passes by, a lot of weddings are becoming smaller. This is often due to cost but may also be that more and more couples are opening up to the idea of weddings being about the couple and not for their families, as weddings used to be for the generations before us.

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Go and check out Hafsah’s website for lot more information on her wedding invitations, baby milestone cards, business cards, religious festival cards and much more, or come and meet her at the wedding fair.  Follow the Dusk Designs Facebook page our Facebook page or for inspiration and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and and Hafsah’s Instagram for custom wedding invite inspiration.  Follow Hafsah’s pins or our pins on Pinterest.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

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Free Engagement Photo Sessions – Raffle Prizes with your Tiny Weddings Fair Ticket

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It might seem a little illogical to have photographs taken shortly before you spend a whole day being photographed but engagement session can serve a purpose and also be a fun way to take some time out of wedding planning to remember why you are getting married in the first place.

Two of the photographers exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September have kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize.  RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair waiting to meet you, but if you want to get to know them better then an engagement session is a great way to do that.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance.  Here are our reasons why an engagement shoot is a great idea…

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  1. Engagement session give you time to celebrate your relationship and share some quality time together.

Wedding planning, even for a tiny wedding, can be stressful and pile the pressure on you as a couple. It can seem like every conversation revolves around outfit, meal and venue choices and sometimes it’s nice to remember what those choices are really all about.

Whether it’s a few hours spent in your favourite location or half day spent sharing your hobbies and interests, an engagement shoot gives you plenty of opportunity to reconnect during the planning and the chance to celebrate a milestone in your relationship. Your engagement is a special time when you chose to commit to each other and a time to celebrate love and marriage prior to your wedding day.

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  1. A chance to rehearse your wedding photos.

I am yet to find any couple where both parties enjoy having their photographs taken.  Even if you’re totally at ease in front of the lens the chances are your partner isn’t! If you’re struggling with the idea of being photographed on your wedding day or just feel like you never look good in photos it can be a great idea to get those nerves out of the way before the big day.

Getting used to posing in a way you are comfortable with, making sure you get over the giggles or find out what style you want your photos to be are important to getting great photos and, if you have no idea where to start, an engagement session can help you clarify what works for you. And the more you know the less anxious you will be about your wedding day photography.

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  1. Perfect images for your wedding website.

If you’re eloping in secret or need to keep your small party on track with changing plans you are probably looking at having a wedding website where you guests can follow your adventures. It will amaze you how many terrible photos you have as a couple when you come to make it! Seriously! Wonky selfies with heads slightly cut off, badly lit party pictures or images of yourselves at other peoples weddings just won’t cut the mustard to get your wedding website up to date.

So what better way to share your joy with the world than filling your wedding website with beautiful new, professional pictures of you as a couple. Whatever your style, funny, classy, smart or glamorous you engagement photos will show your friends and family what to expect from your wedding day.

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  1. Help you decide on a certain style of photography or photographer.

You may not have any idea as to what style of photography you would like on your wedding day or you may have a selection of photographers that you like and want to see how you’ll get on with them during your wedding day. This is especially important if they might be a large percentage of your wedding guests! If you have 10 people accompanying your big day and 10% of them is your photographer you definitely want to make sure you get along and both parties understand what you’re looking for.

Working closely with a photographer can also give you a chance to learn the lingo and work out what you do and don’t like in style. You can take a selection of more formal photos alongside carefree, actions shots and see what suits you best. Learning to communicate what you want can be an experience in itself and it well worth getting right prior to your wedding!

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  1. It’s a great chance to try out new looks.

If you’re not sure what looks good on you, you can use your engagement sessions to try out different styles of hair, makeup and clothing. You may find that your idea of the perfect hair and clothing combination looks terrible in photographs or that your chosen cut of suit just doesn’t suit you!

What looks good in the mirror doesn’t always looks great on film and vice-versa. Your engagement shoot can give you the opportunity to try out different styles, get your hair style sorted, and make decisions on what is going to look best in your wedding photos.

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Even for those who don’t necessarily feel “engaged” I would highly recommend having a small photo shoot before the day if your photos are important to you. It gives you more time during your wedding photos to get the images you want knowing you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera.  RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September waiting to meet you.  They have both very kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize.  If you’re looking to try some mini-sessions or book an engagement shoot before your big day then come along and speak with the photographers and videographers who specialise in intimate celebrations at the Tiny Weddings Fair.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance.  And if you are one of the first 100 people to buy tickets then you’ll also get a goody bag on the day, but be quick because they are selling fast!

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All photos in this post by www.rsbrownphotography.com and www.ayellephoto.com

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