Get Involved: We Want to Hear from You!

We love our little blog, well I call it little but it is growing every day and that is in no small way thanks to you, our readers. Whether you are planning your wedding, already married but still sticking around, in the wedding industry or just love weddings we are grateful to all of you for your support and want to say a huge Thank You! We love getting our readers involved, whether it’s with our styled shoots, Christmas parties, or by planning a massive wedding festival for you all to attend!

We want more!

Yes we are quite greedy but we want to see more of you in 2015. We want to see your cwtches, your proposal stories, engagement shoots, DIY tutorials, weddings… you name it!

Basically we want more of this…

So if you are a bride, groom or photographer/videographer wanting to submit get in touch.

Getting Ready

As well as the above I am in the process of planning upcoming posts and I want to hear your stories (good or bad) on getting ready on the morning of your wedding. For me it was one of my favourite parts of the day – I would love for you to share your stories and some photos with me by clicking here to email.

Moments

Wedding photographers are great at capturing those little moments we may have otherwise missed in the whirlwind that is our wedding day! Do you have a favourite “moment”? Share it with me here with details of who is in the photograph, what is happening and the name of your photographer.

The bottom line

The bottom line is that we want to hear from you! We want to see your lovely faces on our lovely blog. So get involved by sending your photos, stories or real wedding submissions to Charlie by clicking here.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Styled Shoot: A Vanity Affair – Part One

You may remember back in July we ran a competition to find models for a top secret epic styled shoot we were planning. Well, today I’m revealing the inspiration behind The Vanity Affair shoot and the idea that started it all.

Inspiration

Back in the late 90’s, when I was coming to the end of my photography degree, I found myself sat across a table with my careers advisor. He asked me (in no uncertain terms) “What do you want to do with your life?”

Bold as brass, I told him I wanted to move to New York City and assist the celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. He looked at me for a few moments (I’m still not sure if he knew who she was or if he thought I was crazy) but either way, he smiled, pulled out his rolodex, made a few phone calls and scribbled something down on paper. I can’t remember what was said on the phone or who he spoke to, I just remember him handing me the piece of paper with the phone number for Annie’s NYC studio! He smiled and said good luck.

To cut a long story short, I made the call (was the most nerve wracking thing I’d ever done) I had my heart set on spending that summer in NYC but sadly, the studio was already full with interns and they told me i’d have to wait until next year. When next summer rolled around, I had met and fallen in love with Nad (my husband) and decided I didn’t want to go to NYC anymore. I decided to settle in Wales and build my career from here.

Fast forward 15 years and here we are. I’m a full time Photographer, blogger, wife & mum of two. I never quite made the move to NYC but I do now take a solo trip to the big apple every year for some much needed ME time. I never assisted Annie Leibovitz either but thats ok.

Annie’s work has always fascinated me. Its timeless, always epic and generally full of glamourous hollywood superstars. Vanity Fair magazine commissioned Annie to photograph many of their front covers and they never dissappoint. This got me thinking.

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What about creating a glamourous styled shoot here in Wales, using real women (not models or actresses) and bringing together some of the finest welsh based wedding professionals and seeing what we can create together.

With the help of my Communications Manager, Cerys, my crazy idea went from some squiggles on a piece of paper to what is now a series of posts that will unfold over the coming weeks, showcasing lots of ideas and inspiration from some truly talented individuals that I have the pleasure to work with at many weddings. We are also going to be introducing you to some of our special readers.

The Shot

So, here it is. My Vanity Affair. I’m sure you’ll agree we have some fabulous readers! All either brides to be, bridesmaids to be, already married or just women that LOVE our blog.

It was important to create the shoot in a beautiful location that would reflect the vanity fair theme perfectly and Hensol Castle was the obvious choice.

Granted, I didn’t have the same budget as Vanity fair, in fact, there was no budget. All the suppliers and models involved gave up their day to work on this shoot with me. I LOVE what we achieved!

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You’ll be seeing a lot more of these lovely ladies over the coming weeks as well as all the people/businesses behind the scenes that helped me create this styled shoot. We all had loads of fun and look forward to possibly organising another one soon.

hensol castle In between directing the girls, I took this sneaky behind the scenes shot.

JZ0C6176I also got this one too of Richard from Aurora filming Christopher Ian directing the models.

There are literally LOADS of images to share with you from all the photographers involved (There were four of us in total) each of us working on different things. For example, Angharad Gwenter & Cashiona photography covered all the behind the scenes, before & after shots of the models getting ready and all the detail shots. Christopher Ian photographed all the models individually and in groups once their looks were completed.  My main role was directing & shooting The Vanity Affair shot but I did manage to take some other images throughout the day too. All this and much more is on it way. Brace yourselves!

Suppliers Involved

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Huge thanks to all of the above, you are each incredible and I loved working with you all. Cannot wait to share more with you all soon.

Maria xxx