Today Cwtchers we have our fabulous Lush Listers Guest who who do an alternative to the usual photo booth. They have their top 3 tips for brides to be but first they explain a little of what they do so very well…
In a nutshell we (Dylan and Leanne) provide a lightweight, pop-up mobile studio, a fresh alternative to the usual photo booths, you know the ones we mean (black box.. in the corner of room… 4 people in like sardines…)
We like to think that the ‘Guest Who’ Photo Booth has a touch of the handmade, DIY quality that fits in with many current wedding styles, but with all the professionalism of a commercial photo booth machine.
Whatever theme or style you have for your wedding, we can incorporate it into the booth…. you could say that we are style chameleons!
Based in South Wales, but we do travel all over the UK, Guest Who prides itself on being more personal than all the ‘others’.
We love crazy prop requests (we make specific signs for in jokes, phrases) in addition to the usual Photo booth sayings, we source specific prop requests (provided we can get it) to the needs of the happy couple.
We do all this through a meeting (ideally at the venue) prior to the event… just to iron out all the info, such as timings, so we don’t bring in our stuff in the middle of the grooms (or Brides) speech, where the booth will go (so we don’t set up in the middle of the buffet area) and any other issues… But also, its great to put a names to faces.
Our top 3 tips for Brides
1. Get involved in the speeches. Why let tradition dictate
2. Take flat shoes for the evening so you can dance all night
3. Hire a Photo booth, your guests will love it, especially ours
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb! Happy New Year everyone!
Our first real wedding feature of 2015 is a great one. Full of fun, laughter, love and fabulous people. Our couple, Baz & Jess tied the knot on the 31st May last year at the gorgeous Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire. The wedding was photographed beautifully by our blog founder, Maria Farrelly Photography.
Lets hand you over to the newly weds as they share all the details of their big day.
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Vintage and shabby chic! We wanted a relaxed afternoon tea sort of feel!
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
So hard to decide because EVERY part was amazing! Barry loved the part once the ceremony was over and he was able to relax with a beer (or 3) and have a good chat with everyone.Jess: I really loved getting ready surrounded with people I loved, and the speeches – we laughed a lot, really glad we made them fun and light hearted!
Maria made the photo booth such fun too, really relaxed.. the photos (as I am sure Maria will agree) were HILARIOUS!!!Tell us about your Wedding Dress
When I first got engaged I made a conscious decision NOT to rush into anything and make any hasty decisions without Barry (or my mum when it came to my dress). That went straight out of the window!!
I went to stay with my best mate Ffion in Cardiff when there just happened to be a wedding fayre. I had the most unpractical underwear on, hadn’t even realised there would be dresses to look at or try on! Totally unprepared.
I saw a couple of dresses I wanted to try ‘just to get a feel’. When I tried on THE dress I loved it but when I looked up at Ffi with tears in her eyes there was no going back! I loved the style and I got my head piece at the same time!!
I didn’t try on many dresses really to be honest. I was surprised to find the ones I thought would look best, didn’t so my advice is try on all different styles to start with and THEN decide on a dress. Don’t disregard styles, they surprise you!!Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
Jess: I didn’t even try and narrow mine down. I have amazing and beautiful friends that I wanted to share my day with me!! I had 3 school friends, my best friend from university, my sister and my beautiful niece as my flower girl. Barry: I chose my brother and my best mate, I couldn’t choose between them.
Why did you choose your venue?
We fell it love with it! Simple as that! We didn’t want a religious ceremony and we wanted something really chilled out. The venue was BEAUTIFUL in incredible surroundings. It was rustic and simple. The views were also amazing!How did the proposal happen?
Well…Barry booked a holiday and just said “Pack warm clothes” (I was SURE it was Scotland or North Wales!!) The alarm went off at 5am when he announces we are getting up and going!!
We drive to Birmingham and arrive at the airport where I start to panic that at no point did I pack my passport! Of course Baz had it!
He then gives me this spiel, “I would love to propose to you, I have no money at the moment, let’s just enjoy it for what it is etc” and we board the plane to VENICE!!
Barry had booked a beautiful hotel where there was champagne and rose petals scattered (I must be stupid still oblivious!!)
We then go off wandering streets, drinking lots of red wine and eating local foods etc.. We have such a beautiful and perfect day it seems so cheesy. Anyway, we get back to the hotel and I am lying on the bed and Barry is on the balcony and he tells me to come out and see the Gondola… so off I trot and I am watching this Gondola. When I turn around and Baz is on one knee with a beautiful vintage box in his hands!!!
I stood there while he proposed not quite knowing if he was messing about, until he gave me the ring. I didn’t answer like a normal person would but grabbed the ring, ran into the room and cried with joy while Barry was still waiting for the answer!
He had bought the vintage art deco ring months before, kept it in his drawer in work where he looked at it every day. Snuck it out to Venice in a sock and FINALLY popped the question,
Perfect!Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
We made a LOT of things ourselves. I think the easiest was the centre pieces. We collected old vintage bottles from antique stores, flea markets, car boot sales and tied bits of twine, lace, pears etc to them. They looked simple and beautiful and we used about 8 per table and filled them with peonies and gypsophila. Our table names were also written on chunks of driftwood we found on walks together with our dog. Our tables were names of all our favourite countries/cities we visited when we went travelling together. We made everything from the seating plan (an old smashed mirror frame) to the napkin holders (little hessian and flower fabric pouches with bows). They were VERY effective and gave the tables a really shabby chic feel. Guests loved them and took them home!What was your first dance & why?
We mulled this over for a good old while. We had a few options but finally got it down to Ray Lamontagne ‘You are the best thing’, Lifehouse (Jason Wade) ‘You belong to me’ and a song from Toy Story by Randy Newman, ‘You got a friend in me’.
We chose the Toy story song because it was light hearted and fun. We’re not really soppy and serious so we wanted it to suit us!In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
We wouldn’t have got stressed and would have accepted no matter how hard you try you simply cannot please everyone. It worked out perfectly in the end!Do you have any advice for future couples?
Barry: Don’t drink too much the night before!
Jess: Enjoy EVERY single second of the build up. Nothing is worth getting stressed about – it’s such a special time!
Barry: If your considering making everything yourself, just remember how long it takes and the cost of buying everything, it can be cheaper to get them made!
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Be kind to each other.
Barry: Just let her wear the trousers!What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
All the images in this post were taken by Maria Farrelly (even the photo booth!) Maria is available for weddings throughout Wales, the UK and abroad. For details on hiring Maria for your wedding, you can contact her here
Want us to feature your wedding?
If you got married recently and would like us to feature your wedding on Cwtch The Bride, all you need to do is submit upto 20 images to our features editor charlie. You can email her here. If selected, Charlie will guide you through the process :)
Please note, we will only feature weddings with a Welsh element. For example, The Bride or Groom is welsh or the wedding took place in Wales.
Today’s featured Vendor are Dylan and Leanne – otherwise known as Guest Who, a pop-up style photobooth company based in Cardiff :)
Tell us a little bit about yourself :)
We are Dylan and Leanne of ‘Guest Who’, a small and unique pop-up studio style photobooth company based in South Wales. Not only business partners, but we are a couple and we love the fact that our job allows us to work together, it allows us to be creative together and gave us a reason to buy our very own camper van (well what else could we use to ferry our equipment round – a stinky van? I don’t think so!)
We both have photography degrees, and Leanne is also a trained graphic designer and seamstress. A jack of all trades you may say, whilst Dylan currently lectures Photography part time in a local college. We love to walk our dog, take photos of our dog (some times in the booth), and generally live an easy going life in the very beautiful Vale of Glamorgan.
How long have you been running Guest Who? What made you decide to start?
We have been running Guest Who for just over a year now. We saw the trend of Photo booths growing in the UK, and to be honest, everything over here seemed very corporate and formal. With us both having degrees in photography and Leanne being very crafty and loving to sew, we thought that we could offer something in Wales and beyond, that would suit the weddings of the alternative bride and groom.
We wanted our photo booth business to be more handmade, pretty and, most importantly, personal. It has been a great way for us to pool all our skills, work together and bring happiness to ourselves and to others. This year has seen our service grow and develop in ways we didn’t imagine. We started with a simple package offering a disc of all images, but we are now able to offer instant print outs, so quick you are barely able to put your props back before the image is in your hand :)
What does Guest Who offer?
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
We love gatecrashing weddings! Ha ha, of course we are always working, but it is such fun to be a part of someones big day and help to make special memories that can be treasured. You never know who is coming in the booth or what they are going to do.
Guest Who helps to bring out the fun side of everyone, even people who at first protest (they usually end up the booth addicts by the way). Setting up and watching the magic happen is something we never tire of.
What can your clients expect from you?
We bend over backwards to accommodate our clients needs, we will tailor backdrops and props to any theme or colour scheme, personalise the images with names and dates, etc, and do all we can to ensure smooth running on the day. We like to have at least one meeting, preferably in the venue, before the wedding so that we can fine tune all details, see the space and know what to expect on the day. Although running a business like this seems nothing but fun, it is our attention to detail and professional planning that enables the fun to happen without any stress during the wedding.
What’s your price range?
We have two basic packages, both for three hours hire of the booth. One is a disc only package at £350 and the other includes unlimited prints for £450. We have additional add ons to both these packages such as tailored backdrops and props, guest books, favours, more hours, etc. We are happy to find a way to provide anything our client wants and will quote individually for any extra requests.
What makes you different to other photobooth businesses?
With Guest Who, you get two qualified photographers taking the picture instead of a machine. Unlike many of the ‘booths’ we are more than an ugly plastic box in the corner. Our pop- up studio has unique backdrops that can compliment and, dare we say, even add to the look of your wedding!
Because Leanne is a trained seamstress she makes all our backdrops and we like to make them quirky and standout as apposed to plain and generic. We also make a lot of our own props, design our graphic signs, and source unique items to add a more personal touch to the booth and pictures.We pride ourselves on a high quality product from production to the finished outcome.
What’s your favourite thing about working in Wales?
The glorious weather of course! Joking aside, Mae Cymru yn ein calon (Wales is in our heart). Dylan is a born and bred Welshman, Welsh being his first language so we offer a bilingual service if needed. Leanne, an English girl (shhh…don’t tell anyone) has lived in Wales since 2000 and has never looked back. What’s not to love?!
What locations do you cover?
Anywhere and everywhere, we are local to Wales, but will cross the border too. If you are getting married in any country abroad we are happy to attend if you buy the plane ticket! :)
What do you think guys? Are you planning on hiring a photo booth for your wedding? Let us know in the comments :)
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