Featured Post: Rocksalt Photography and Videography

Hannah from Rocksalt Photography has recently branched into filming as well. You may remember we showed you Ed and welsh bride Jo’s engagement shoot by Rocksalt Photography back last month. Well here you have a lovely little addition to see how it all worked out in the form of a rather lovely video, plus another sneaky look at Hannah’s work.  

So without further ado, I will hand over to the gorgeous girl herself to tell you all about it……..

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I never expected to fall in love with film making the way I have. Thank you so much to that cheeky pair who asked if I could film their wedding, I’ll be forever grateful.
 

How and when did you start the videography side of Rocksalt? 

One of the best parts of being a wedding photographer is getting to know my clients and in a lot of cases having a friendship for life. So a lot of my couples feel that they can be a little bit cheeky and ask me anything ;)
Anyway when a couple asked if I could do a wedding film as well as their stills I recoiled into my chair and said ‘God no!’ Imagine the stress!
But I went away and thought, well, why not? I have a bit of film training, I wouldn’t need any new equipment so maybe I could give it a shot.
I went to see Camera Hannah for a chat, she has added film packages alongside her photography successfully and after having a good chat with her I decided that I would give it a go.

This wedding season I had done a few films, but my first was November 2015.
I arrived at the wedding with no plans to film, but thought why the hell not?….. and thats where it all started.

How would you describe your style? 

I make short 4/5 minute films of your wedding. It’s great to see a film that marries up with the photography.  Everything just seems to fit.
My style, is unobtrusive – I’m there to capture your day. Not direct it.
I try to be as invisible as possible documenting those real moments – happy, fun and relaxed.
Yes, of course I pose a few things up to get those epic dramatic shots. They just have to be done!

What’s the best bit about being a part of the wedding industry?

I love being part of the wedding industry. I’ve met so many different talented and lovely people along the way and have formed strong business and social friendships! (the odd gin may have been consumed at a few ‘networking lunches’! )
The best thing though……(I know it sounds cheesy)…..My clients. I really am so blessed by the people I get to work with – you all ROCK!

Have you had any hairy moments?

Nothing major really…..(touch wood) I smashed a lens at a wedding once lying down on a stone beach, but I had a back up!

Have you noticed any emerging trends specific to your field emerging for 2016/2017?

Smoke bombs and drones seemed to have featured a lot this year……next year, I have had a couple enquire about me shooting their entire wedding on film -old skool! So maybe we’re going full circle!
Do you have any advice for couples choosing a videographer for their big day?
People seem to be more self conscious when being filmed, I totally understand! But believe me, just be yourselves and embrace it. You’re beautilicious.

For more info about adding film to your photography package with Rocksalt Photography please email at : info@rocksaltphotography.com

They’re fabulous Hannah, thank you so much for sharing! So, all you brides and groom, what are you waiting for! Get in touch! x

Calling All Welsh Wedding Suppliers: The LUSH LIST

Well fabulously, you’ll be pleased to hear we are increasing the size of our LUSH List!

Since its launch over 12 months ago, The LUSH List has become the most viewed part of our website. You lovely lot are using it so much and we love hearing from suppliers telling us their clients found them through it! (It gives us a warm, fuzzy feeling inside). So… as we continue to grow and improve this kick ass Welsh Wedding Blog, we have opened a  few more spaces within each of our categories. Read on to find out what its all about and how you can get involved.

Welsh Wedding Suppliers: The LUSH List

The LUSH List BannerThe Lush list is a fabulous online collection of all our favourite venues & suppliers across Wales that have either featured on our blog, been recommended by our readers or we simply LOVE. We’d love to invite you to be part of it.

It is a wonderful collection from across our gorgeous country, aimed to help and encourage Welsh Brides and Grooms to use Welsh companies.

LUSH List Map of WalesMembership is just a one off payment of £150 for a 12 month listing on our blog within ‘The LUSH LIST’.

What we need from you is

  • 200-300 words about your company,
  • your logo,
  • up to 3 images
  • all your links added (website, FB, twitter, telephone number etc.)

All this works out at just £12.50 per month!

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As a lush list member it will also give you the opportunity to get involved in upcoming features & styled shoots throughout the year which will obviously give you more exposure to our readers.

We’ll also share more of your content on our growing facebook page & twitter account. Bookings are being taken on a first come first served basis and categories are limited.

If you are interested in becoming a member, let us know and we’ll get the ball rolling for you. What are you waiting for! Lets start working together and increasing our Cwtch the Bride family x

Email Lindsey at lushlist@cwtchthebride.co.uk

 

 

A North Wales styled shoot by Tony Fanning

Brides to be of North Wales… if you are looking for some inspiration from some local suppliers, then you are going to love this!

We are sharing a gorgeous styled shoot by Tony Fanning and a team of exceptional North Wales wedding professionals. Let’s hand you over to Tony to tell you all about it! There’s even some behind the scenes images for those interested in how a styled shoot works. Enjoy! ~ Maria x 

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North Wales Styled Shoot by Tony Fanning

A little while ago I brought together some of the best wedding suppliers in North Wales for a bit of a jolly, and to photograph two gorgeous ‘brides’ in the stunning location that is Caer Rhun HallNorth_Wales_bridal_shoot 1

I chose the end of April to do this shoot as we had the best chance of half decent weather. As it turned out it was the coldest it has been for ages. I cannot remember seeing models shivering quite so much. I really do have to thank them both for not throwing a diva strop and walking off.

I carefully chose the two models, Iwanted two different looks for the dresses I had chosen from Wedding Belles in Llanfair PG on Anglesey. I photographed Leanne’s wedding last year in Bryn Eisteddfod so I new I wanted her to be the ‘girl next door’ look the tea-length wedding dress. Jen was new to me but as soon as I saw a photo of her I new she would be perfect for the full length fitted wedding dress. Both of them absolutely rocked it!

Obviously we couldn’t do a shoot like this without immaculate hair and makeup. I asked Julia Nicholls Creative hair and Kay Evans make up artist along as I have worked with both of them before and I know their work is always amazing.North_Wales_bridal_shoot 5North_Wales_bridal_shoot 4

What do you need to finish off a bridal look? Flowers! I asked Sarah from Scent with love to come up with something and she certainly did not disappoint. We had a variety of bouquets to work with with, and always they were flawless.

We needed some behind the scenes video as well so Geoff from Tudno TV did his thing for us. You can check out his short video HERE.

Last but not least we had a visit from Nelly the vintage VW camper. Kindly bought along by Nelly-Weds. Nelly looked fantastic in the sunlight in front of Caer Rhun hall.

Thanks so much to all the suppliers who came along and contributed to this wonderful day. I can’t thank them enough.

I must not forget the very trusting ladies who were kind enough to lend me three pairs of Irregular Choice shoes for the shoot. I know girls like shoes, but it wasn’t until this shoot that I realised just how much girls LOVE their shoes. I knew it was a bit of an obsession but I was nicely warned to look after them with my life 

Here’s a roll of honour from the day.

Photography- Tony Fanning photography
Tony Fanning photography 01492 533869

Models- Leanne and Jennifer.
Hair- Julia Nicholls Creative Hair
Julia Nicholls 01248 353887

Make up- Kay Evans Makeup Artist
Kay Evans 07470022802

Dresses and accessories- Wedding Belles
Diane Roberts 01928 735688

Flowers- Scent with love
Sarah Hudson 01492 330105

Videographer- Tudno TV
Geoff Wiltshire 01492 862875

Venue- Caer Rhun Hall
Caer Rhun hall 01492 650012

VW camper- Nelly-weds

Emma Dallimore 01492 01492 642462

 

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Adam and Zoe’s welsh Seaside Wedding by Ben Walton Films

You know that moment when you watch someones wedding film and rather than yawn you get goosebumps? Yeah… this is one of them! and you know when the guy that made the film happens to be really young and oozing a ridiculous amount of talent that it kind of annoys you (haha)… yeah…. Meet Ben Walton folks! He’s flipping awesome!

I’ve personally had the pleasure of working with Ben. We both shot a wedding together a few years back. I think he was half my age then (mannnn that makes me feel so old to type that!)

Anyhow, today, I want to share with you one BEAUTIFUL wedding film. Seriously, I shed a tear and think you might too. The Father of the Bride’s speech alone warrants a tissue. There is so much I love about this wedding. I’m just gutted I didn’t get to photograph it ~ Maria  

Adam & Zoe’s Welsh Seaside Wedding

Adam & Zoë’s wedding was set on the coast in the seaside town of Aberystwyth. Preperations & ceremony took place in the town followed by the reception slightly set back off the coast at Nanteos Mansion. A great venue, surrounded by fields, rolling hills & sheep.

A to Z // A Welsh Seaside Wedding from Ben Walton on Vimeo.