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The-ExpertsHi there!

This is my third and final part of what happens when you hire a make up artist and I hope you have found the posts helpful.

A few final things to point out in the run up to the wedding.

Sleeping Beauty

I know this is a hard thing to do, but try and sleep as much as you can, it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing!   You will be excited and maybe a little bit anxious but everything WILL be perfect – so chill out as much as you can the night before, you will feel so much better on the wedding morning.

Water Baby

Water will hydrate the skin and if you can increase your intake in the run up to the big day, it will enhance your make up and you will notice a difference, I promise!


We all love a schedule

Before the wedding, your artist should provide you with a timeline of the morning, so everyone knows their arrival time and when they will be required in the hot seat.  This allows everyone time to get showered, eat breakfast (so important) and when they are able to get dressed.  I personally like to provide the bride with at least an hour of time, before she is due to leave for the ceremony to get dressed, use the bathroom, put on her jewellery and perfume, it’s surprising at how much time this can take, also this should give you time with your photographer before you leave, should you be having any pictures taken, plus there may even be time to have a glass of fizz!

Expect the unexpected

I often find myself on the wedding day helping the bride pop her veil in, there are even times when I assist the bride getting into her gown or pinning mum’s button hole…this is all part of my service.  Unless I am told otherwise, I always stay until you are ready to leave, thus ensuring I’m around if you need any last minute touch ups.  Maybe double check with your artist what they plan to do, as this is not always the case they will be around until you leave.

And finally….

enjoy every part of the wedding day activities and the run up to the big day.

Take care and see you soon

Victoria x
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Today we’re thrilled to share a lovely Parklands Quendon Hall wedding film from the fantastic Gione da Silva who clearly had an amazing time capturing Hayley and Dan’s big day! There were some amazing surprises throughout the day (the transportation for one!) and Hayley and Dan look just perfect together. But enough from us, we’ll hand over to Gione to tell us exactly how Hayley and Dan’s big day went down…

This was one of the most fun weddings I had this year! Since meeting Hayley and Dan for the consultation at their house we had an immediate connection. We have a lot in common in terms of personalities and share the love for life and fun. It was easy to see we would capture great footage, as they were both very keen on having me as their wedding filmmaker.

Hayley is an IT teacher and Dan is a professional angler. Dan is so into this that he actually writes articles for some magazines and online blogs about fishing, etc… We tried to do a little piece about his passion for fishing but in the end we did not have enough time. Thank God Hayley covered that in her speech!

They got married on May the 29th at Parklands Quendon Hall, Essex. That is a truly inspirational venue with lots of opportunities for beautiful imagery. It’s actually overwhelming! We were lucky to work with great photographer Neal Laver who also has a great eye for composition, so on the day, it was pretty much straight forward for both of us as we shared ideas and both came up with stunning material.

Hayley’s main goal was to get married outside. This was made clear during the consultation and I had it all planned for nice candids of the couple around the golden hour, etc… Guess what? On the day of their wedding, we woke up to rain! There it went the possibility of an outside wedding. As I got to Parklands it was still grey and rainy and at that stage no hopes for an outside wedding. The interesting thing was that even after all that planning and things not going according to plan, Hayley was so up beat and cheerful. It was really cool to see a bride actually enjoying her day and going with the flow. That alone puts anyone at easy and eager to do their best to over deliver on any promise!

During preps Hayley kept looking at the window and they even had a little bet amongst the bridesmaids whether the Sun would show up for a nice outside wedding. About 40 minutes before the ceremony time, out of ‘nowhere’, the Sun showed up! It was great seeing their happiness! The guys from Parklands had to work really hard to get things ready in time, what a great bunch! This is the reason why I show the place being prepared for a wedding outside, it meant a lot for the couple!

They decided to have personal vows, which added a lot to their film and to their wedding too. It was so much like them!

Another emotional moment for Hayley was the opportunity to have her father walking her down the aisle. He has mobility issues and it was a real effort for him to be able to be there. He also delivered a very fun and heartfelt speech.

Although I normally stay in touch with most of my couples, I actually built a friendship with Hayley and Dan and we always talk. I am about to finish their full feature film and can’t wait to see their reaction!

Thanks to Gione for sharing this lovely film with us today, you can find out more about Gione and his work on the links below!
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matt-avatar WhitenedChristmas, as we’ve previously established, is undoubtedly my favourite time of year. I love practically everything about it from the carols to the decorations to the festive good will. There’s one thing about it though that I, like most people really don’t enjoy: Christmas shopping.

Now it’s not that I consider myself to be a grinch when it comes to giving; I genuinely get a huge amount of satisfaction from making someone else smile with a well-considered gift, it’s just the well-considering part that tends to drive me a little bit crazy. When people query the existence of Santa Clause they so often ask the wrong questions. The question of how on earth Santa can visit every single child’s house in the world in one night pails into insignificance compared to the question of just how the heck he comes up with gifts for those who haven’t got any idea what they’d like, have no hobbies and interests that provide any inspiration whatsoever and most certainly haven’t sat on your knee and provided you with a list.

Having officially now looked at EVERY PRODUCT IN THE WORLD during this year’s Christmas shopping I can in fact exclusively reveal my Christmas purchases thus far (shhh, don’t tell my family). Stand by to be amazed, I have officially bought…drumroll please…

One Chocolate Orange.

And it’s for someone who’s on a diet.

And doesn’t like Chocolate.

Or Oranges.

I fear my aspirations of one day becoming Santa Claus may have hit an early stumbling block.

Chocolate Orange

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We love working with Brides and Grooms that just want to have fun and they don’t come much more relaxed and fun-loving than Laura and Tom! Laura and Tom weren’t exactly looking for traditional group photos and this hilarious moment came just as we were taking the awesome couple out for one or two portraits and, whilst laying on the ground, the bridesmaids decided to all pile on!
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Many photographers and videographers we’ve spoken to lately tell us they will be seeing in the New Year at a wedding, and it got us thinking – is it a good idea to get married on a famous date like New Year’s eve, Valentines day and Bonfire Night or is it best to avoid those dates entirely? Time to put it to the debate!


In the Red Corner, arguing for getting married any other day, (although don’t tell Matt but she does find the fact she was married the day before Halloween pretty much the only way to remember the date!) It’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, arguing for getting married on a date of national significance, he himself will be seeing in the New Year filming a lovely couple’s big day and we’re not sure Dom’s too happy about it, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Famous Date Wedding Vs Any Other Day


Dom: In getting married you’re CREATING a significant date in your personal history and its importance to you will be far greater than that of a national holiday so there’s really no need to piggy-back an already important date!

Matt: There’s something special about getting married on New Years Eve or Valentines day, or even having a blessing on Christmas day! These days already have a kind of magic about them and marking them further with your wedding just makes them extra special.

Dom: It might be particularly expensive to get married on a famous date, for example most suppliers will charge a significantly higher fee for being away from their loved ones on New Year’s Eve or particularly Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Matt: Getting married on Bonfire Night or New Year’s Eve gives you an extra excuse to have some amazing fireworks! Who knows, you may be having your wedding at a venue where Fireworks are already planned so you can receive all the benefits without the costs!

Dom: Some people might find getting married on certain dates such as valentines day a little tacky rather than über romantic.

Matt: Your anniversary date will always be extra special and extra memorable if getting married on a famous date and you get to combine your anniversary celebrations with wider celebrations across the country!

Dom: By having your wedding on a date that already has special significance you can end up losing some of the personal significance of the day, for example a New Year’s wedding could end up being more about the clock striking midnight than you and your partner getting married which is really what it’s all about.

Matt: There’s a special significance about getting married at New Year and starting a new chapter together on the first day of the year – so symbolic.

Dom: Your friends and family may already have plans for the most significant days in the calendar and you may well find that they’re unable to come on such significant dates.

Matt: Famous dates are often bank holidays and consequently it can be easier to get everyone together and everyone’s in the mood to party long into the night!

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Leave a comment or place your vote in our Friday Fight-Out Poll below!

Famous Date Wedding Vs Any Other Day


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