To coin a phrase that The Boy loves to use… “if you buy sh*te, you buy twice”.
That sort of sums up our wedding photography experience.
Yes, we’re on to our second, and final wedding photographer, and whilst the first photographer is by no means “sh*te”, they were by no means right either. Well, not for us anyway.
At the very beginning of our plans, when everything is overwhelming and ever-so slightly confusing, it seemed that every source for wedding pretty was shouting at me that I needed to book the venue as soon as physically possible, and then the photographer… because apparently, “the best ones get booked years in advance, don’t you know”.
So, we rushed into it. In just over a month into our plans, my shiny new fiance and I found ourselves with our lovely venue and a photographer… we were on track, according to the rule book.
But gradually, that little voice in the back of my head started to put doubts into my mind. I wish I’d taken a step back and had a good think, because as I became more immersed with serious amounts of all things wedding, a clearer picture – no pun intended 😉 – of what we wanted emerged.
And it wasn’t that photographer, or that style.
I didn’t really know what to do, there’s nothing in the rule book for this one! It literally took me weeks to broach the subject with The Boy. I was worried about his reaction, and the fact that we would lose our deposit – which is never a good thing when every spare penny is going on a wedding!
Turns out, I needn’t have had a few sleepless nights over it, he was totally cool with it, bless him.
Coupled with some sound advice and a lovely conversation with our insanely talented videographers, Jo & Simon at Shoot who have often graced these polka dot pages, my mind was made up. We needed a new photographer that ticked our boxes, and was free on our date. Pronto.
A few lengthy sessions with Google later, our new shortlist was drawn up… and after meeting with them all, it was easily narrowed down to one.
Down to earth, witty and a genuinely nice guy (let’s not forget the talented photographer part either 😉 ) Stewart Randall ‘got’ what we wanted from our day and importantly, could do it well… reportage photography with a few stylised shots thrown in for good measure. Nothing too static or false, we just want the love to (hopefully!) shine through.
So. We bought twice, and it was one of the best wedding decisions we made. Fact. So much so, that I might have sent Stewart a slightly gushing email once we had seen our pre-wedding photographs. Not because we loved the sight of our goofy faces on every photograph, but more for the images themselves.
I won’t lie, we did think that the whole pre-wedding shoot would be one big embarrassing cringe-fest, especially as we’re not a PDA type of couple – but how wrong we were!
We spent a sunny Easter Sunday morning with Stewart in Manchester’s Northern Quarter traipsing about with a load of balloons; giggling and laughing our way through the shoot.
Not only did we get to know Stewart better, but – shock, horror! We didn’t feel ridiculously uncomfortable, shy, or like total idiots… and it was actually, one of the best days together…
Roll on August 27th, I can’t wait!