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Today we have a lovely infographic from our friends at the fantastic White Dress Films all about what you need to consider when looking for your wedding videographer. Just like in finding your photographer, getting the right videographer is so important to make sure your day is captured perfectly and with a wide range of styles out there and a growing number of videographers offering their services for weddings these are just a few of the things you might want to consider…


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matt-avatar WhitenedEyup, this might be t’ Monday Musings but I’ve scribed it on t’ Friday cos it’s t’ most wonderful day of t’ year: Yorkshire Day.

Ok my patience for writing with a Yorkshire twang may have run dry (I’m always told my accent doesn’t sound like the proud Yorkshireman I am anyway) but having spent much of the day driving (rather slowly thanks to the traffic – bloomin’ non Yorkshire folk blocking up our cycle routes!) through the stunning local countryside on the day proclaimed proudly throughout god’s county as Yorkshire day, I’m feeling, not for the first time of late, rather proud of my home lands.

It’s been quite the year for a county often derived by “outsiders” and fiercely defended by patriotic locals, being proclaimed as one of the top 10 places to visit in the world, playing host to Le Grand Depart of this year’s Tour de France (amid a fever-pitch excitement never experienced before for any cycle race anywhere in the world), Hull, or ‘ull as it is correctly pronounced being declared city of culture for 2017 and, of course perhaps Yorkshire’s best known representative, Small Dog (aka Paddington Bear) FINALLY having a film made about him and his adventures (it’s true, Colin Firth sounds NOTHING like him).

It’s also been an amazing year for Yorkshire weddings. With the sun beaming overhead so many couples have been taking advantage of the beautiful Yorkshire landscape and choosing to marry anywhere from the grandest country houses to open-sided marquees and rustic teepees. I’ve lost count of how many speeches lately have spoken with pride about having a wedding in Yorkshire, in fact at one of our recent weddings there was even a Yorkshire Vs The South sing-off as the guests were invited to take part in a rousing rendition of On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘at, beating Maybe it’s Because I’m a Londoner well into submission!

So well done Yorkshire, and for those who spent their day donning flat caps and taking part in Yorkshire pudding themed events well done to thee and you’ve well and truly earned yourselves a nice cuppa Yorkshire’s finest.

Stick t’ kettle on luv


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It’s always a special moment seeing the Bride in her wedding dress for the first time, but for actress Daisy there was an air of theatricality as her bridesmaids gathered alongside the mother and father of the bride and awaited the grand reveal as she walked down the stairs. I just love all the different reactions from everyone seeing her, from the bridesmaid covering her mouth in amazement to the father of the bride having his breath well and truly taken away, not to mention Daisy herself, her eyes fixed on her doting father and her trademark beaming smile perhaps broadening even more for this incredible moment. 
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It’s one for the ladies today as we step into the ring in a fight to the death, the weapon of choice? Big floppy hats! Yes this week we’re calling the necessity of wearing a hat to a wedding (including calling the necessity of the traditional Mother-Of-The-Bride’s hat) into question and putting it to the debate!


In the Red Corner, fighting it out on the side of the hat with all the passion and ferocity of a girl who, and I quote, “quite like’s hats” it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, fighting on behalf of men everywhere in bravely taking on that most fearsome of creatures – the soon-to-be mother-in-law; breaking through the mighty hatted armour to reveal the surely lovely hair-do beneath, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Hat Vs No Hat


Dom: The hat is a traditional part of the ladies’ wedding ensemble and in particular the Mother-of-the-bride, just as a veil is traditional to the bride herself. There are also further associated traditions such as the Mother of the Bride taking her hat off being the signal for everyone else to follow suit.

Matt: Ladies wearing big hats sometimes makes it rather difficult for them to greet each other, particularly when it’s a kiss on either cheek for the mother of the bride, as you can end up with hats just bumping into each other!

Dom: The mother of the bride’s hat is one of the things that helps her to stand out on the day and be identified as someone very important.

Matt: If needing to put the hat on and off during the day you can easily end up with the dreaded “hat hair” – not a great look for a wedding!

Dom: Hats at a wedding can be a bit of fun, with the ladies sometimes having a little friendly competition over who has the biggest of most elaborate hat!

Matt: Unless some pegs have been provided to “hang your hat”, big hats can be a little awkward to put anywhere once you take them off, ending up taking up all the space on the tables instead of the food!

Dom: Hats provide lots of colour at the wedding and look great in all the pictures!

Matt: But hats can also be a photographer’s worst nightmare as they put big shadows over people’s faces or obscure them from view entirely!

Dom: Wearing a hat can help to keep you cooler during a hot summer drinks reception in the sun!

Matt: Hats are an expensive accessory and can easily end up getting squashed/lost or blown off!

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Leave a comment to join the debate!

Hat Vs No Hat


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Bhavna Profile PicBridal preparation is one of my favourite things to photograph. I love the atmosphere that surrounds the bride whilst she gets ready for one of the happiest day of her life. But that is not the only reason I love bridal prep. It’s also because I love seeing the brides outfits and the accessories that she has chosen to go with her dress(es). I mean who doesn’t like shiny sparkly things?

An Indian bridal outfit is not complete without the jewellery and bindis that go with it.

Indian bridal accessories will usually include:

An ornate necklace, sometimes there are layers of necklaces.

Indian Wedding Accessories

Earrings that match the necklace, sometimes these will come with an ornate string attachment that attaches to your hair.

Slave bracelets for the hands, these can also be matched to the rest of the jewellery, I love these. If they’re not too ornate you can pair them up with a lovely black dress too.

Bangles – lots of them! These are usually in the colours of the outfits and some will have gold and silver in them too. I love a bride with lots of bangles.

Shiny Sparkly Things - Indian Wedding Accessories

Kaleeras – usually worn by Sikh brides, these are ornate bells that hang from the wrist, they make a subtle jingly sound.

Anklets (aka Payal) – these are also quite ornate and will sometimes have a jingle to them, in olden days this was to alert the groom of the brides arrival.

Nose ring (nath) – many brides will choose to have a nath, this is a circular ring that is worn on the nose and that attaches to the hair.

Tikka – no this has nothing to do with food. In fact this is an accessory that is worn on the head and comes down to the forehead. This is one of my favourite accessories.

The Accessories that make up an Indian Wedding Outfit

Matha pati – you may have seen these around, as they have become quite popular in Western shops too. They are headpieces that are usually made up of 3 or 5 strings with a centre piece that is ornate and worn along the hairline, once worn it transforms you into a princess!

Jhoomers – these are quite popular hair accessories in the Pakistani community but due to trends, most South Asian brides are now wearing them. They are usually made to match the head piece.

Rings, saree belts and armlets are also popular accessories.

Indian Wedding Accessories

It’s not just the bride however that gets all dolled up like a princess. The groom has to look the part too! Some grooms will have an ornate Kalgi which is a little feather broach that attaches to the turban.

It’s in trend now to wear a pearl necklace or have a string of pearls decorating the sherwani.

Some grooms will carry a sword and wear the pointy shoes that remind me of Aladdin. But they are totally amazing shoes.

Bhavna Barratt - Indian Wedding Accessories

In recent times when gold is expensive and where brides are not fond of wearing real gold jewellery, there has been an increase in brides wearing jewellery made for them by the likes of Bees ( and Kyles ( both UK based companies.

I actually own most of this jewellery because I wore it all when I got married and I sometimes wear the head piece when I’m sat infront of the computer, like today. I like feeling special.

Finally, we got a few requests from readers on how to wear sarees, so here’s a youtube video that will show you how to drape a saree (universal drape).

Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll go back to being a princess.

Have a great weekend.

Indian Wedding Photography by Bhavna Barratt

Profile picture by Tux & Tales Photography

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