Trust me, you'll look amazing!

I know what you're thinking - I probably say that to everyone and you're right, because it's true!

Tell me - how many selfies do you take until you're happy? 3, 5, 6, 10 maybe more... maybe you're still not happy even at the 10th attempt. So how can you be happy with your wedding photos when you'll have no control, no added filters and no retakes? Read on and I'll explain.

There's a few different factors to understand here and first one is that I get it! I'm as self conscious as the next person and have my go-to selfie angle :)) So, I'm not going to photograph you from an angle that makes you look frumpy. I want you to love your photos so I'm constantly looking for your best side and the best lighting. I want the same as you, for you to fall in love with your pictures - you can rely on me.

Once you are able to put your trust in me we are a step closer to winning. So the next thing to take into account is that my equipment is way better at taking photos than your mobile. Sorry, but even if you've got the latest swanky iPhone 12 or Samsung Galaxy my gear will knock the socks off yours because that's what it's made for, it has no other purpose than recording images. So don't worry, along with my eye for flattering angles, magic Photoshop enhancing powers I also have swanky professional gear to get this right for you.

Hey, it's not just me who will be sprinkling magic unicorn confidence glitter over you, your make-up artist will know how to enhance your features and make you feel incredible!


Now think about the one, most important thing that is happening on your wedding day... on the best day of your life - you are marrying your best friend, the love of your life. You will be so happy and glowing, your whole face will smile, not just your mouth, from your eyes through your cheeks down to your chin - a true smile! You will laugh from your heart through your belly and right down to your toes! And you might even shed a little unexpected tear, so water proof mascara is a must! (or you will look a bit ropey :)))

When you feel this great, full of love and emotion - you look wonderful! This you have to trust me on because it is true. YOU WILL LOOK & FEEL AMAZING!


Here's some observations that you could read as 'tips to look amazing in your photos' but that's completely up to you. Some are obvious and some might even be a little controversial so take from this what you want as I'm not the boss :)

  1. Don't spray tan too dark. You will look like you went on a fabulous holiday but your groom is likely to look 'natural'. Did you leave him a home? :{

  2. Do your Make-up trial in an off the shoulder top/vest. Why? Because your wedding gown will likely show off more skin than you usually show. So make sure your face doesn't just match your neck but also your shoulders, chest and arms.

  3. Go easy on the glitter make-up. I love glitter and everything sparkly but just an observation here people... too much glitter on your cheeks can look (there's no nice way to say this but...) a bit sweaty in your some photos. Eeek CONTROVERSIAL!! Like I said it's just my observation and I'm not the boss so glitter till your hearts content if it's your thang :)

  4. Keep the RBF at bay. You spent ages on your table plan putting together the best social groups and now you're all seated for the feast. Your guests are excitedly chatting, the wine starts to flow but because your table is your bubble there's no need for polite small talk and all of sudden you relax. Hello RBF! Haha! It's fine, your sparkle will come back, but just remember, your photographer will keep snapping right up until the smoked salmon pate is perched on your fork so try to keep a happy demeanour, at least until the camera is out of sight :)

  5. Don't just choose a dress because your friends/mum/next door neighbour tells you what suits you. Choose the dress that makes you FEEL!!!!!! ....

Feel a.m.a.z.i.n.g!

Feel b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l!

Feel like Y.O.U!

Things you can control...

  • Look after yourself and be kind to yourself too. If you're struggling with your wedmin, reach out to one of your bridesmaids, they'll probably be happy to help. If you can't find a supplier for your day, ask me, I'm soooo happy to help in any way I can. And if you're just generally feeling a bit wobbly, it's okay, you're not alone, cuddle up & talk to the one you love. Cuddles are scientifically proven to relieve stress.

  • Your day - your way. If your mum is stretching your guest list & Auntie Mable implies you should have a traditional element to your day that makes you cringe be tactful but be strong it's your day and only you should decide. I tell my couples to use one simple statement to fend off 'over helpful' people with 'under helpful' opinions... "Our day will be full of lovely surprises, I don't want to tell you too much or it will spoil the surprise but trust me you will love it!" And if that doesn't work just nod and smile and say you're thinking about it and still do exactly what YOU want.

  • Drink plenty of water in the run up to your day - your skin will thank you. And of course keep hydrated on your day too but be aware how tricky (and inconvenient) it can be to need too many loo trips especially in your dress. While you're getting ready sip smoothies instead of coffee and consider hydrating snacks for slow release fluids.

  • Don't sweat the small stuff, tbh don't even sweat the big stuff. I've seen all sorts of crazy stuff and 99% of the time, as long as the bride can laugh it off, it just becomes a funny story to recount for years to come with no need for a Bridezilla outburst...

Here's a few stories that added to the day... (If I add your story to this list one day, be happy, you have reached legendary status)

Best man left the ring at the hotel over a 30 minute drive away. Result; the bride had extra time to chill!

Where's the Confetti gone? No one can find it! Result; We improvised and scooped up all the petals that lined the aisle at it was amazing!

Toddler bridesmaid (daughter of the Bride) tripped just before starting the aisle walk; Result Bride and gorgeous bridesmaid walked down the aisle holding hands. Very cute moment.

MOH had an upset tummy (probably nerves)! Result; No worries these things happen and there's always a chemist near-by for some fast acting Imodium.

Best man had a few too many to deliver his speech. Result; Lots of strong coffee to counteract the nerve busting inebriation all added to probably one of the best comedy speeches of all time!

  • You can control YOU! Basically don't worry about ANYTHING!! It will be an amazing day even if you have a few ups and downs, just embrace every moment and enjoy your unique day.

Things you can't control...

  • The crazy things people say to you when you're planning your wedding. Honestly, the best thing to do is laugh about it and try not to get too riled up I know it's easier said than done but don't let anyone stress you out, wedding planning can be stressful enough.

Check out some of these corkers that some of my real-life brides have been subjected to -

"You can't wear black - it's not a funeral!" - Pah! If you want a non-traditional dress, whether it's pink, green, rainbow or black - Do it!! It'll look awesome!!

MIL... "It's just not done to spend the night before your wedding together!" - Oh for goodness sake you're both grown-ups - CHILL MIL!

"Eloping to Vegas is tacky!" - Get out of town!! Vegas will NEVER EVERRRR be a bad idea!

"You will look weird walking yourself down the aisle!" - Not true! You will look EMPOWERED!

"Brides don't do speeches" - Codswallop! People should encourage tweaking traditions.

"Pizza is not for weddings!" - Erm hello?? Don't be daft :))) Pizza is for EVERYTHING!

BF... "I don't like your dress!" - What??!! BF's, MIL"s, MOH's, everyone... keep any neggyness to yourself! One word said three times ... support, support, support!!

"How much weight do you need to lose before your day?" - People do NOT ask this question.

"Oh you're getting married, I hope my invites in the post!" - Haha, cheeky!!

"We can't get a dog sitter, can we bring our (massive jumpy/barky) dog" - Hahahahahah..ha..ha...h.... Oh - my - god, you were serious??

"Sorry, I know your invite says no children but we're bringing ours" - Rude!! Maybe you could reply with "Sorry, I know we invited you but if you can't get a sitter, you need to stay at home" :)))

"I hope you're taking out your nose ring and covering your tattoos" - What?? How about you wear a wig & false nose (ie go as someone else??) Just say NO! YOU BE YOU! Unless you're a comic book/superhero/Viking dork then go for it and be whoever YOU want to be!

  • Emotions!! You can't control emotions so don't hold back. Laughter & joyful tears are a beautiful part of your day (my favourite!)

  • And finally you also can't control the weather - it will be amazing come rain or shine!

The general rule to looking amazing is to have FUN! Relax, smile, grab your drink, grab you're hankie and if you want to release white doves! I've got this!

I hope you find this helpful xx ❤️

I hope you feel inspired to come and visit my little place on the internet to see if I'm that Wedding Photographer you are looking for...

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