Hello RMW-ers!!! *Waves frantically*
Well this is awful exciting. My first post. Where to start? With you: Thanks for voting for me! I hope I do your votes justice. You voted for me so if there is anything you want to see me talk about let me know 🙂
Anyway! I feel like these first posts are about us all getting to know each other a little bit better. We know that Sarah really likes her bridesmaids/man, and is not afraid to put in the effort to show it! We know that Sophie is one of ‘those’ ladies with scrap books under her bed 😉 and is having the most intense dress hunt ever! (I hope you found it) And last week we found out about Jackie’s awesome winning team and ingenious Father!
I thought the best way to have a bit of bonding today was to share secrets. Deep, dark, wedding secrets!! Now the more I wrote the more I have realised that my wedding secret gets a bit strange so I warn you now, don’t judge me. So the one thing that I have never told anyone; not Ciaran; not the maids – no one! Is that my inspiration for the day comes from the film Braveheart. Yes the Mel Gibson, historically inaccurate, Battle of Stirling Bridge with no bridge, FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOM, film account of William Wallace.
From my vague recollection of watching it in history class aged 13 I remember the wedding to be this fun filled gathering of the community to celebrate the union of a couple in any fashion they could: dancing; music; rock throwing – standard Scottish celebrations. It looked like the best day ever but it was pretty simple. That is all I felt I needed. Then I watched the film again last week and realised that neither wedding had a happy ending !!!…
But anyway what my ramblings are trying to say is that Ciaran and I are committing ourselves to each other in the most significant way we feel we can and that is the most important thing. The wedding is just the celebration of this commitment and shouldn’t overshadow the reason we are celebrating. This is something I want to remember throughout the next 9 months, because I already know how easy it is to get whipped up into the wedding world and start thinking irrationally about shades of purple and tea sets. So our ‘theme’ and focus will be us, our union, our commitment, our marriage.
So now I have let the cat out the bag about my crazy let’s move on to the pretty and..
Save The Date!
We took the decisions to make Save The Dates, though I am sure everyone who needed to knew the date of our wedding already; but it is another excuse for pretty! We knew we would want to D.I.Y and personalise as much of the wedding as we could, so we were always going to make our Save The Dates (doing my very best to refrain from abbreviating that) and an e-Save The Date seemed a great way to save some pennies. So together (after a few disagreements) Ciaran and I designed this image to send to our family and friends via email, saving on production and postage costs.
A quick DIY?! I am a lover of hessian/burlap and lace which formed the background (we put them in the scanner to get the image) and Ciaran wanted the tartan which he will be wearing on the day included. This meant my need for symmetry was appeased, a little bit of him and a little bit of me. However the main attraction of the Save The Date is a stamp we had made by the fabulous Sadia of Red Cloud Boutique!
With our venue being covered in stag antlers we decided to use this as our branding. Ciaran initially wanted the stag statue from the film Skyfall (he is a big James Bond fan!) but couldn’t get a good image. So we started searching through Etsy for ideas when we came across this amazing handcrafted stamp! We loved it, it seemed perfect for us, so we ordered it there and then; and we could not have been happier with that decision. Although she is a one woman crafting machine Sadia took the time to email us and kept us informed of the order being placed, made and dispatched. Even though she was inundated with orders, it only took about 3 weeks to arrive all the way from Canada! We were so impressed when it arrived we started stamping everything to hand! We again scanned in the stamp, popped it centre stage and then added the text after trawling Da Font to find the perfect font!
It only feels fair to talk about our photographers Ten21 in my first post because I had chosen them first… Even before I chose my man!
I stumbled across Ten21 years ago when a friend showed me a facebook profile picture of her friend as a bridesmaid. I tracked down the photographer and years of stalking their work commenced. It always felt strange to spend my procrastination time at uni looking at wedding photos before I had a man. Like waiting for the next RMW post every morning before you are engaged (I know I was not the only one surely?!).
So when the time came and he went down on one knee I knew I had to have Ricky and Shelley shoot our day. So rather unconventionally I started planning my wedding around them rather than us or venues or whatever you are meant to start with. As mentioned in my Real Bride entry many happy dances were had when everything slotted together and we could finally put down our deposit!
We are firmly in the camp that you should do everything in your power to get the best photographs of your wedding day that you will be happy with. We love Ricky and Shelley’s use of light. We love the vintage feel to their shots. We love the natural moments they capture. We love the fun group shots they do. But you have to find what you love. The style you like. The coverage of the day you want. Do you need every decor detail immortalised in print? And very importantly the photographers you click with.
They end up playing a pretty big part of your day and you don’t want to spend chunks of your day spent with someone ordering you around in poses you are not happy with, in a manner you don’t like.
I was sneaky and organised a surprise trip to Belfast (where Ten21 are based) to have a little shoot with them, last year, BEFORE we were even engaged!! I know some people don’t see the point in engagement/pre-wedding shoots so may think that I am entirely ridiculous, but we love our photos. We loved the morning we spent with Ricky and Shelley and I am so grateful to have these extra lovely photos of us as we have so few pictures together. So now I am confident we love their photography and will feel relaxed with them snapping shots throughout our wedding day.
It only seems fair to let Ciaran explain why he loves Ten21 too: “I like TEN21 because I don’t have to succumb to the photo shooting stereotype: pose, pint and shoot. I just had to be myself, walk with the one I love along a beach and they took real photos! No staging, bar the odd directional word, just real photos of real moments taken by people who really care about the end product.”
For those who are not in the same camp as me and are thinking they may just get a family member or friend to take photos as after all it is just ‘one day’: it is also the only ‘one day’ you are likely to have all your family and friends together looking sharp and sexy. The only chance you will get to have gorgeous photos to remind you of the way that person smiled or they way they looked, no matter what happens and how far they move away. I know I am going to treasure my wedding photos to remind me of our amazing day but also treasure the images of my nearest and dearest.
What are your criteria for photographers? What do you love? What are you hoping to capture? And what about Save The Dates? Yay or Nae? Waste of time or treasured stationery?
And this is also about me getting to know you all; so tell me a secret! Tell me a bit about yourself and your day 🙂
x x x