What to DIY at a wedding, and what to leave to the professionals

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This is from a lovely wedding planning website called Rustic Wedding Chic. Things to DIY: dance lessons, wedding invitations, flowers and drinks (remember they are planning rustic weddings). And things you should leave to the professionals: food, the music, planning and coordinating – what would you expect from a planning service!? – and PHOTOGRAPHY!!

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I know you have heard me say this before, and you can read about why you shouldn’t have a friend take your most important photographs here, but I do think that one of the most crucial investments on a wedding day is to have a professional wedding photographer. And then to have those images properly presented in a good quality album.

Sandy

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Wedding Inspiration: Dior – Secret Garden – Palace of Versailles … just beautiful

Inspiration from fashion and art is really important to me. I was quite surprised recently when during a training session with Brett Florens he openly admitted looking at other photographers, particularly high fashion shoots. In fact he recommended Fashion Editorials as a great source of ideas. He made a joke of it saying that fashion photographers don’t mind because the two styles are so different, but the idea of importing the principles of fashion photography into high end wedding photography is great if you have the correct mix of couple, venue, vision and attitude!! I am always looking for inspiration. This video is just fantastic and Daria Strokus is stunning!! The photography by Inez and Vinoodh makes Versailles and the girls (and the clothes) look absolutely wonderful.A girl can dream …

Sandy

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Vogue Weddings – Kate Bosworth wears Oscar de la Renta

I will definitely never photograph Kate Bosworth’s wedding. One day I would love to shoot a wedding where the bride wears Oscar de la Renta (or Vera Wang, please!!). What a stunning combination … Kate Bosworth in an Oscar de la Renta gown! Ok, so this is fantasy land for most of us, but for me the most special thing about this short film, courtesy of Vogue weddings, is the way Kate talks about her dress, the simple style of the front but adding drama to the back of the dress and a cathedral veil!! She keeps it simple and then accessorises, again with elegant but coordinated jewellery. The finished result … what would you expect, breathtaking!!!

Sandy

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A Gift for Hubby (or just for you, or a special someone)

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Boudoir photography should be subtle, sophisticated. It should flatter, hint, flirt even, but should never be in your face or obvious. It is not magazine glamour and it is definitely not porn. It is a way for a woman to be proud of who she is, to delight in her sensuality. Boudoir Photography seeks to enhance what you have, while gently diverting attention from those bits and pieces we may not be just quite so comfortable with. It is a fantastic gift for a loved one, and can make a stunning present for your groom on the eve of your wedding – so he can remember what he is missing, and marrying tomorrow! Or it can be a personal thing – a reminder of who you are now, in all your beautiful gorgeousness, and trust me everyone woman is a goddess in the Boudoir studio! Why else would you be there?

For the full experience book hair and makeup, buy some new lingerie, have a glass of something sparkling and enjoy!! Contact me for details.

Click here or on either of these gorgeous images of (Mum of Three) P to see some more examples.

Alternatively click here to see more of P, on her Pinterest account.

Come on ladies, you know you want to …

Sandy

http://www.sandrakeddiephotography.co.uk

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Wedding Planning Advice

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Credit to Pamela Hanson/trunkarchive.com

I very rarely write about other blogs or websites, but I found Colin Cowie Weddings, a wedding planning and advice site, and some of the content is just invaluable for brides to be as well as photographers!! I am always looking for resources that keep me on trend and up to date with weddings. I also find that as the person who has been at the most weddings – apart from the event coordinator and maybe the limo driver, but these guys are responsible for limited bits of your day – the photographer often becomes a reference point or go-to-guy when something goes awry, not quite to plan, or when there is a decision to be made. I have lost count of the amount of times I have been asked “what normally happens now” or “what do you think we should do”?

I know some photographers who do not give advice – and there are quite a few times when I have said that whether the service should be outside or not is a matter for the groom/best man/event coordinator – yes, that is where the best light is, and as a photographer I would love you to be outside, but am I going to assure you that it will definitely not rain? No way! But I will help out … I know how to put on a buttonhole (quickly), lace up a dress (girls, gowns with corset style bodices, the ones that lace at the back look gorgeous, but please practice at least once, if you do not have a professional dresser on the day because these things take a while to do up! I should be taking photographs!!), which side your dad should be on and a whole host of other things picked up along the way. And I want you to relax and look great in your photographs, so I am your best friend … up to a point!

Your other best friend should be the professional industry, like Colin Cowie. This is from a great article on the site called Underneath it All, really sensible advice about what to have under that fantastic gown –  “Every bride dreams of looking her most beautiful and feeling her finest on her wedding day. If you love frilly and sexy underwear, its your choice, but make sure it does the heavy lifting, too. You want the undergarments you wear under your dress to support you, smooth you and keep it all in one place. Make sure you pack some sizzling underwear for your wedding night and honeymoon–your groom will thank you later!”

Sandy

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Dreams of South Africa, and memories of Scotland

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So, now that we have decided and announced to the world that Sandra Keddie Photography (and hubby and dog) are moving to our new residential studio and office in Hillcrest KZN in the South African spring, my thoughts are turning to huge clear blue skies, white sandy beaches and wide open stretches of veld. Then I remember that the summer of 2013 is probably the best I have ever had in the UK since I got here in 1999! And I shot some fantastic weddings last year! I found these images from Lindsay and Carlos’ wedding  – Lindsay is from Scotland, Carlos is from Venezuala, they met in Madrid, and got married on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond! Just look at these skies and views across the Loch. It  was even hot! There are some things I will really miss about Scotland.

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But I am so looking forward to moving home to SA, and the good news for all you SA brides to be is that Sandra Keddie Photography ZA will be running some fantastic introductory offers – watch this space and the website for some great bargains, on wedding and studio photography, and click here to see the limited time offer available right now.

I am taking enquiries and bookings from October 2014 onwards.

Please contact me to discuss your photography needs.

Sandy

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http://www.sandrakeddiephotography.co.za

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Future Bride ZA

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As part of the relocation of Sandra Keddie Photography I am proud to be associated with Future Bride, a prestigious online and hard copy magazine and wedding service provider directory for the wedding industry in South Africa. Our on-line entry is available now, and I am so looking forward to seeing the “Dare to be Different” artwork on a full page in the new hard copy edition for 2014, due to be distributed at the major wedding expos around the country. I am so excited to be working in South Africa in the coming year!! As part of our relocation I am offering 30% discounts on our normal package prices, please click here for more details or contact me directly.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Sandy

o141 884 2250

http://www.sandrakeddiephotography.co.za

031 834 8844