In all the years I’ve been a wedding photographer, capturing peoples love stories, I’ve at different points had different opinions on what makes the perfect wedding, and those opinions come and go, a beautiful dress, stylish groomsmen suits, pretty bridesmaids, a stunning scenic venue. etc.
But lately I’ve come to finally realise what makes a good wedding and thats The People, The stories, the connections and the Love! The rest is a bonus really , but whats at the heart of a good wedding is a feeling , i can’t really explain but its the connection of two people , the fire and the electricity when they look at each other and when they touch.
Im intrigued and inspired by The stories behind them , how they met, who they were before and who they are together and how they bring out the best in each other.
Love fascinates me and always has, how one person can see something in another person no-one else can, how they decide from all the billions of other humans on the earth that this is the person they want to spend the rest of their life with.
This is the secret ingredient to a good wedding!
So when i get to photograph a wedding with this kind of love, this kind of connection AND it has a beautiful venue AND the style and design is stunning i am like a kid at christmas!…..
This Beautiful bohemian and ethereal styled wedding was one of my favourites to date!
Not only because it was made even more special because i have been friends with vicki for so many years, but because the style of the wedding was right up my street! It was in one of my favourite venues West Tower.
From the stunning dress which i helped vicki choose, the beautiful eucalyptus adorned tables, the wild undone flowers arranged in vicki's bouquet, one of the most beautiful bouquets I’ve seen. ( see below this blog for all the suppliers for this wedding )
The rustic feel of the room decor and gin bottle table seating plan, right to the gorgeous music played throughout the day by my wonderfully talented boyfriend Ben.
vicki has always been good at little details so i knew from the start her and Marks wedding would be perfect and just a dream to photograph.
For sometime now i have been filming little snippets of some of my clients weddings as well photographing, i had the idea a year ago as my first love was film which i studied when i was younger, and so i thought of combining film and photography, i wanted to create shorter cinematic films that captivate the viewer, i love the energy and movement films have, this enable me to capture the feeling and stories of people and their connections even more and in a really unique way. I totally have fell in love with doing this and cant wait to share with you more stories like this :)
You can watch Vicki + Marks short film i have made below this blog :) This is a shortened down version of the day :)
Vicki and Mark are soulmates! They first met when mark became Vickis room mate many years ago, vickis mum recalls telling vicki she would marry him as mark made it quite clear he fancied her like mad! They were like best friends and stayed that way for a long time until the time was right , the stars aligned and they got together! they soon after had their gorgeous little boy George! I really believe sometimes we meet the person we are meant to be with much sooner than we are supposed to, and we are not the people we need to be in order to be together, i suppose some people call it fate :)
I first met vicki working at Venture portraits many many years ago, we have shared some brilliant memories of our younger days when we would spend most of our time socialising in Liverpool.
When vicki asked me to photograph her wedding i was truly honoured as i know she has many photographer friends, i also felt the pressure was on photographing another photographers wedding.As photographers we know exactly what we want,I think although our styles appear different, i think the way we both photograph is very similar, vicki knows i love the bohemian style and i totally ‘got’ the look and feel she wanted for her day.
On the day it self it was very emotional, vicki had made cards for everyone thanking each person for their involvement of their day and what everyone meant to her, and mine was so so lovely!
From each wedding i usually have parts of the day that i always remember, and these were vicki giving her sister a gift on the bed , which had everyone feeling really tearful, vicki reading marks letters to her, vicki and her sister dancing in their dressing gowns, when vicki dad took his first look at her in her dress, the car ride to the church , ill always remember that feeling of so much excitement, vicki holding her dads hand in the car, that moment vicki walked into church with the sound of Bens beautiful voice singing Tenerife sea and seeing marks face light up! The beautiful speeches, the hilarious conversations between mark and vicki during their couple shoot that only us photographers get to hear :)
And a memory from that magical day i will always remember towards the very end of the night everyone made a circle around Vicki and mark as we all sang and danced to Mumford and sons “i will wait “ , everyone looked so happy and just being able to capture that feeling, the end of the day that vicki and mark had been waiting for for so long, just really was so special.
To Vicki and Mark …it was so wonderful to capture your special day and even more wonderful to see you so happy , i hope you stay this happy for the rest of your lives :)
Love Louise xxx
The suppliers for this beautiful wedding were amazing! Right down from the gorgeous stationary from the Paperdolls, the Stunning venue West Tower which has always been one of my favourite venues, the stunningly beautiful flowers by David Beckham Doyle, THE most amazing Dj ever witnessed at a wedding, the gorgeous makeup by Becca Pilkington and stunning hair by Hannah and of course we cannot forget that incredible dress by Eternity Bridal wear, and the beuatiful live my music by my lovely Boyfriend Ben McEwan
They all did an incredible job of making this wedding so perfect :)
VENUE WEST TOWER -http://www.westtower.com/
FLOWERS DAVID BECKHAM DOYLE -
MUSIC - BEN MCEWAN
DJ- Jeff Woods https://www.facebook.com/JeffWoodVJ/