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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Bowness Wedding Photography

The most popular elopement destination in England is the Lake District.  If you’d like to learn more about how to get married there and what your options are then come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on Sunday 10th March.  Lorraine from Bowness Wedding Photography will be there, and she will be exhibiting alongside Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, so both of them will be able to answer any questions about getting married there.

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Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do.

I am Lorraine. A female, affordable, professional wedding photographer based in the Lake District and have been for some fifteen years.  The vast majority of my work is as a wedding photographer (although I do undertake fashion, food and hotel work).  Therefore my experience, coupled why my innovative style, makes me both flexible and adaptable – no two couples are the same and each have their own unique requirements which I am happy to accommodate.

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What do you love about small weddings and elopements? 

I love the intimacy of the couple getting just the wedding they want – it is much more personal.  I love the opportunity to show couples secret, beautiful and accessible areas of the Lake District for some great photo backdrops.  Overall such an occasion is much less stressful and relaxed for everyone concerned.

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

The couple can definitely spend more time sharing the intimacy of the occasion both between themselves and with their chosen friends and family. It is easier for them to spend time involving everyone in the highlights of their day.  At large weddings a bride or groom can get separated and “trapped” with a group of friends.  Sometimes couples choose to just sit and talk in the evening or chat around the dinner table and create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  Small weddings are less expensive so couples can treat themselves and their guests. For example, more expensive better champagne, a more sumptuous meal or spend the money on honeymoon.

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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 have always worked on small weddings over the years. However there has definitely been an increase in the Tiny Weddings market in recent years. This in my view has both to do with cost and couples looking for a unique experience.  However, it should be borne in mind that weddings away from home do require guests to commit to attending, potentially book leave from work and making travel and accommodation plans and their costs should be taken into account.

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

Larger weddings require more planning and thinking about moving people around for group shots and often have longer photo lists to ensure I get the images the couple wants.  With fewer guests there are less time pressures and everyone is more relaxed. I often get to learn everyone’s first names and can be seen more as a guest that blends in and take more casual shots.

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Tell us about a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple. 

Often on the small and intimate Lake District weddings I can quickly release an “official” set of images for couple to share.  It is easier to be flexible with timings and I can pop back at dinner to see a different outfit or to go for an evening shoot.  At the small weddings I do at The Old England Hotel they include a cruise on the lake I often jump aboard with the guests for some different fun photos.  At a same sex wedding I was able to add in a free additional boudoir shoot that was last minute and fun to do as a secret wedding gift for his partner.  Also, tiny weddings have more flexibility so that allows me to work around the Lake District weather.

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What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?

I offer a clear set price:

£299 for an intimate ceremony in the UK

£849 for full coverage anywhere in the world with no additional expenses for travel or accommodation.

I am female with lots of experience and I am very flexible. I love shooting weddings and whilst I am so lucky to live and work in the Lake District, I love the excitement of visiting other places in both the UK and abroad.  I have shot in India, Ibiza, Czech Republic and the Seychelles and I would love the opportunity to do more foreign location work to expand my international portfolio.  I love to travel, therefore I just make my travel plans fit with the couples.

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 loved visiting Fiji and that would be my choice as an ideal shoot location. The sun, the sea, the coral colours and the scenery is both romantic and idyllic and would create fabulous photo opportunities.

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You can follow the Tiny Weddings Fair page on Facebook for updates, but at this point we’d suggest just buying your tickets.  You can follow Bowness Wedding Photography on Facebook, or the Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa on Facebook, too.  You can also show interest in our Facebook event for more updates and reminders.  Check out Lorraine’s website or the hotel website, too.  If you’re still not sure if you’re coming, sign up to our mailing list, but if you know you want to come and meet some of our fabulous 30+ exhibitors then get your ticket now to save 50% off on-the day prices.

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Didea Weddings – Dominican Republic – Tiny Weddings Fair

If you have ever dreamed of getting married under a palm tree on a quiet and beautiful white sandy beach then Didea Weddings could be the ones to help you do it in the Dominican Republic. You can get married with them outside of a resort and have the tiny wedding that suits you. Find out more about them in the brochure that we will be handing out to all attendees at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March in Birmingham. Sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with what will be happening on the day.

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Please give a brief overview of your business and what you offer couples.

Didea Weddings is part of Didea Events and Entertainment, a company based in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We are a company offering destination wedding planning but also entertainment services (live music, dance shows) and event rentals. Collaborating only with private venues and beach locations, we are able to create dream weddings from scratch. Our packages are entirely tailored to the couple’s unique preferences. Having a connection to all the right vendors and talent in Punta Cana allows us to combine and offer the best possible services to our clients. Not many people know this, but in Punta Cana you can get married off-resort and have a completely intimate wedding. No matter what hotel the couple and their guests stay at, we organize transport to and from our exclusive venues.

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What do you love about small weddings and/or elopements?

The intimacy at small weddings is something that has always inspired us. It is the main reason why at Didea we work only with private wedding locations. You simply cannot get that type of privacy getting married at a hotel.

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

The entire process of planning a small wedding is more personal. Everything is one hundred per cent about the couple. They are not stressed and having to worry about too many guests, which allows them to relax and fully enjoy their wedding day. With tiny weddings everything flows, in a way.

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

There are many things all weddings have in common, even the tiniest ones: there is always decoration, flowers, an aisle, a photographer to capture every moment. But I would like to point out the importance of tiny details that can add so much value to a wedding. Once, a couple asked for a unique choreography prepared for their first dance on a song that was meaningful to them. As I said in the beginning, at Didea we work with dance classes as well, so we were able to organize dance lessons with our choreographer. Even though they had little time to practice, they danced it beautifully. Their ten guests were totally blown away and they all had such an amazing time. Being able to make someone’s special day even more special is extremely fulfilling.

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What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?

First of all, the venues that we work with are all private. Punta Cana is a well-known wedding destination and there is so much more to it than just the big resorts. A wedding at a beautiful, intimate location by the Caribbean Sea is an experience of a lifetime. Secondly, we tailor every wedding package based on every couple’s preferences. This results in a unique, personalized wedding package. In my opinion pre-armed packages are to be avoided in this industry, especially when it comes to tiny weddings. Lastly, as a company offering wedding planning but also entertainment services and event rentals, we have absolutely everything a couple needs for their big day. Some like a guitar player to play their special song while walking down the isle, others prefer a fire show to amaze their guests… with us, the possibilities are countless.

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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?

There is definitely an increase in tiny weddings, especially when it comes to destination weddings. Couples just want to elope or have up to 10 of their closest friends and family with them. There are many reasons for this, but I think the main one is the stress and pressure of having to plan a big wedding, especially from abroad. Even though it is more complicated to plan a big destination wedding, the entire process can be absolutely stress-free for the couple, if the wedding planner is good at their job.

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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 am very happy where I am now: On one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, surrounded by breath-taking nature and doing what I love with people from all over the globe. It’s the best feeling in the world!

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Rose and Rainbow Photography – Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor

Samantha Davis from Rose and Rainbow Photography will be exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair on the 10th March at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.  She is based in the West Midlands, and loves a small wedding or elopement. She specialises in reportage style photography, so if you don’t think you’d like posing all day long, then she’s the one for you. Samantha enjoys working closely with her wedding clients and families to achieve the best images from their time with her. Come along to meet her at the Tiny Weddings Fair, get your tickets now to save 50% off the on the day price.

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Please give a brief overview of what you do, and what service you offer.

I am a wedding and family portrait photographer with six years’ experience in mainstream wedding photography. Calm and professional, I work closely with my clients to build rapport, to ensure that any extra stresses (sometimes caused by photography on wedding days) are alleviated.

I strive to make a beautiful and concise account of the special day for my clients. Favouring a reportage style, I capture the ‘real’ moments from your wedding day whilst still being able to add the group shots and posed shots which are essential for your collection of wedding images.

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What do you love about small weddings?

Small weddings mean bride and groom are generally more relaxed as each guest is guaranteed to be closer to them. Candid photography relies on emotion… the best way to bring out real emotion is to get a room full of a couples nearest and dearest and capture the fun!

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

Couples seem less concerned with ‘keeping up appearances’ and most interested in what THEY actually want, I think tiny weddings allow couples to be more personal and are a lot more beautiful than a ‘one size fits all’ wedding.

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

Planning is key as they structure of their day may be completely different to a larger wedding which is generally dictated by larger venues.

If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world; where would it be?

Cornish weddings… beach weddings or tiny farm venues… cliff top portraits!

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

Terri and Scott flew over from Chicago to get married in Ledbury (Scott’s original home). I was booked via Skype by Terri, we instantly hit it off as I’m a bit of a hippy at heart and when Terri told me of their plans to marry outside and have the reception in a tepee (!) I was so excited! They did everything themselves and the wedding was attended by friends from the UK, America and as far away as Australia. The day was incredible, intimate, low stress, emotional and really fun.

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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?

Since starting out in wedding photography I have thankfully been blessed with smaller weddings, I think the fashion for big showy days has started to become a bit ‘last decade’ and couples are starting to get married later on in life… straggler friends have been culled in your late 20s so by your 30s or 40s you know who is really important to you!

What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?

I’m always at the end of the phone and willing to meet up for a cuppa if my couples want a chat. Wedding photography is a massive investment and I like my couples to know I am likewise invested in them.

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Come along to meet Samantha at the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on the 10th March, get your tickets now to save 50% off the on the day price.  If you just want to keep up to date with news for now, then sign up to our mailing list, or follow the Facebook event.  You can like the Tiny Weddings Facebook page, or the Rose and Rainbow Photography Facebook page, or follow Tiny Weddings on Instagram, or Rose and Rainbow Photography on Instagram.  If you want to learn more about Samantha and what she does, then go over to her website, or come and meet her in person at the Tiny Weddings Fair.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Hazel Buckley Photographer

Tiny Weddings Fair - Hazel Buckley Photographer

Today we make another addition to 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 hugely experienced and talented photographer Hazel Buckley at our fair.  She began her career in journalism, and she feels that affects her style as a wedding photographer.  So, she is queen of capturing the candid moments that show the emotion of your wedding.

Please introduce yourself.

I am a wedding photographer based in Berkshire and I have photographed a lot of weddings over fourteen years – I’ve lost count, to be honest.  I was a newspaper shooter for some time but switching to weddings was one of the best things I ever did.  My photo-journalistic background means I document the story of your day – your love story

I adore meeting new people, I get to travel (how lucky am I?) but mostly I am passionate about making pictures for people! I’m lost without my camera and I love it almost as much as I love my two sons. I never get bored of photographing weddings – each  being individual and exclusive to the next – I have the best job in the world.

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

I have noticed that fewer people at a wedding means less stress.  It’s all about them and the celebration.  Nobody is worried about the flowers that aren’t quite the ‘right shade of pink’ or if they can get the older relatives up the stairs – of course these things are important for bigger weddings – but it just doesn’t happen at smaller weddings.  People are more relaxed – traditions are thrown out of the window and replaced by a unique and creative way of saying ‘I do’.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I have photographed lots of big, beautiful weddings throughout my career but it’s the smaller ones that I remember the most. It simple really – tiny weddings are about the people.  The couples choose exactly who they want there with them – I have never seen one smart phone recording or taking pictures at a tiny wedding but I have seen true emotion from the guests which I can capture and share with them later.

Can you give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on?

The tiniest wedding I photographed was a couple in Perth, Australia. It was just the two of them plus the celebrant in their garage! They asked me to be their witness too – which was my privilege.

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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 have worked mostly with big weddings but I’ve had more enquiries for smaller wedding of late and I have seen a lot on social media.  I think some couples are loving the locations open to them for tiny wedding which means their wedding pictures can have some of the most amazing back drops.  I also believe couples who chose to have a tiny wedding spend the day embracing each other, the love and emotion which sometimes at a big wedding can get lost in a crowd when I see couples going their separate ways to chat to friends and family.

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

I don’t do business any differently, really.  I like working with people and I feel I give my best to whoever contacts me.  However, saying that, I guess one difference would be that I can give the couple more of my attention with a smaller wedding.  Sometimes at a larger weddings I have felt as though I’m trying to please lots of people – even when the bride or groom have specifically asked for something and another relative doesn’t agree!  At tiny weddings I have only a few people to please and we can spend lots of time chatting, or emailing about the day.  And usually if there are guests they have surrounded themselves with ‘like-minds’.

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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? 

Wow what a question!  I’m not sure if it would be New York, Iceland, Scotland, then again maybe on the beach in Greece.  Lets go with New York – a snowy, stylish affair in Central Park… no I’ve changed my mind lets go to Iceland.  I visited Iceland recently and fell in love with the place – such beautiful passionate people and the land just takes your breath away.  I don’t know enough about it to organise a wedding there but I would happily follow any couple and their planner to any part of it!  I mention Scotland because that is another place I love and I was married there a long time ago now – just me, my husband our two best friends.  It was the perfect marriage for us – we laughed and cried all weekend – and drank too much whiskey – which you can get away with at a tiny wedding!

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Check out Hazel’s website in advance of meeting her at the wedding fair.  Follow her 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 Hazel on Pinterest or the Tiny Weddings Fair on Pinterest.  Follow Hazel on Instagram, for examples of her work, or the Tiny Wedding Fair on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, chat with us on Twitter or with Hazel on Twitter. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Marry Abroad

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Steph from Marry Abroad was be a very popular exhibitor at the first Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  So, we are very happy to have her back at the second Tiny Weddings Fair to be held at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  She gave a talk last time, on how to choose where to get married – which country and which location will suit what you need.  And she will be doing it again in Birmingham on the 10th March 2019.  Choosing on the right location is the first thing you need to do when you decide to have a destination wedding abroad, then finding the right wedding planner or venue is the second.  You can do both those things with Marry Abroad and their incredibly helpful website.

Tell us a little about what you do.

I run Marry Abroad, a website couples can use to find a wedding provider in a foreign country. They can then talk directly with the actual planner who will be arranging their wedding, which cuts out any middle man and also means the couple gets the best price possible for their wedding.

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

I love the fact that often they are arranged very quickly. The couple decides they’d like to get married, they decide on a location and, because there aren’t lots of guests to herd around, they can book everything easily and just go and get married.

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

I think tiny wedding couples are more decisive, as they’ve already decided not to do the traditional ceremony, and often they are more quirky. I’ve seen couples get married in Halloween outfits in a log cabin, or up a mountain in the snow – a tiny wedding can be more imaginative as there’s no concern about how all the guests will fit into the location.

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

As we don’t arrange the weddings ourselves there’s no real difference. Although often the tiny wedding couple will be looking to get married sooner, so sometimes there’s an availability issue with some wedding planners who are booked up years in advance.

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

I had an enquiry via our Facebook page two weeks ago for a gay couple who weren’t sure where exactly they’d like to marry, although they liked the idea of Canada or the USA. So I suggested some places to them, and after a few messages they decided they liked the idea of New York. So I passed their details to Claire of Wed in Central Park, and they’re getting married there in a couple of weeks’ time! So that would be four weeks from enquiry to ceremony. Which is pretty fast!

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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?

We’ve always had a lot of enquiries for couples who would just like to get married and not have a huge wedding (although we do have large enquiries too). Often tiny wedding couples don’t want to do the whole “meet with the wedding planner and talk through every detail” part, so, as we’re a website, they find it easier to just ask us online. We’ve also found that this year we’re getting a lot more enquiries via Facebook messenger from couples who don’t know exactly what they want.

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Follow our Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates, check out the Marry Abroad Facebook page for lots of inspiration on where to get married. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and follow Steph on Instagram for beautiful photos of weddings in exotic places. Chat with us on Twitter, or with Steph on Twitter, and see Steph’s posts on Pinterest, or our posts on Pinterest. If you don’t like to be too public about things, and you really don’t want to miss any updates, then sign up to our newsletter.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.  This will get you preferential access to Steph’s talk, and others’ talks, as well as saving you money!

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