A Handful of Wedding Planning Tips [Part 2]

A Handful of Wedding Planning Tips [Part 2]

Another Brief Introduction

Welcome to the second instalment of the Wedding Planning Tips saga. For those lucky enough not to be aware of Part 1; it happened in blog post far far away; where topics such as Budgets, Guest Lists & Save The Dates were discussed. For those for whom the Force is strong; you will be aware that that particular post ended with the promises of additional topics being covered; and with that the wedding planning saga continues!

But don’t panic it doesn’t have to be a solo affair..

Part 2 – The Big Take Away [to save you reading the rest]. As with Part 1, Part 2 iterates the same key point! There are very few things that are really worth losing sleep over when planning a wedding. And I’m not just repeating myself for lack of new content; nor because I’m planning to drop in another very loose Star Wars analogy..

 Just remember, as a wise author once said “No, seriously. At the end of the day; you; your partner and some witnesses are all that’s needed! The rest of it is just matrimonial fluff [well, with the exception of a photographer obvs].”

But as promised. lets move on and ramble on around the topics of:

1. A Photographer –  Look Pensive & Do Not Show Too Much Skin.

2. Wedding Fairs – Like a Normal Fair But Less Fun

3. Etiquette / ‘Schzmequette’ -Breaking From Tradition Brides Just Wanna Have Some Fun!!

4. Groomsmen – The Suits, The Responsibilities & The Faux Pas

5. The Wedding Breakfast – To Give Guests a Choice OR to Force Feed Them Chicken [Vegetarians Beware]

1. A Wedding Photographer [Look Pensive & Do Not Show Too Much Skin]

Given the site that you are currently on, it is likely that you are considering the hiring of a wedding photographer; or alternatively you are very lost and are desperately trying to navigate back to cat videos.

The average couple in the UK spend substantial amounts of money on their wedding day, so it makes perfect sense that couples are eager to preserve that memory with top-notch photography. Which is why picking the right photographer is important; because after-all the alternative may leave you keeping the ‘album’ hidden out of sight for the rest of your wedded life.

Here are some tips that should assist with you finding your kindred spirit

Top Tips:

  • Review their past work (portfolio, sample album)
  • Ensure they are showing recent work. Not just that ‘perfect wedding from 10 years ago..’
  • What are they providing you as a product?
    • i.e. unedited images, edited high res images, water marked images, an album]
  • Are they insured?
  • Meet the photographer before booking where possible but at the very least before the wedding; talk about what you want from their services.
  • Ask questions

Most importantly you need to TRUST your photographer. You need to trust that when they provide advice on posing they are helping you look your best. Meeting your photographer before your wedding will really help with this trust building, so make sure you make time! If your prospective photographer will not meet you before the day; that’s your call. BUT would you buy a car before taking it out for a test drive? [the original analogy was veto’d by the wife…].

Personal Insight: During our wedding; I was told many things, mainly ‘stop messing around and focus’ but during the small amount of time my mind was on the prize; I was told two things which stuck with me.

  1. Look Pensive: This was my staple ‘look’, because I like giving off an an air of pretentiousness which at the time I equated to faux-pensive. And secondly; even Gromit would mistake me for Wallace when I smile. #cheese
  2. Too Much Skin: Most importantly this has nothing to do with ‘flying low’. One of the take-aways from my wedding was the importance of leaving your wrist on show slightly, thus to break up the line between trouser pocket and jacket sleeve. Otherwise it just looks weird! Even more so than my ‘cheesy Wallace face’.. I am told.
Wedding Planning | Amanda Forman Photography
2. Wedding Fayres / Like a Normal Fair But Less Fun

Not necessarily a necessary evil; but for those who have a full-time job, and would prefer not to spend all their free time for the next 12-28 months drowning in wedding crap. You may consider a wedding fayre or two, as, if used wisely they are an efficient use of time. And when it comes to weddings, efficiently using ones’ free time has been known to assist in keeping ones’ sanity.

Depending upon your level of commitment [to the wedding fayre idea, not the wedding in general] you can either head to a local fayre or a national one.  In my experience, national wedding fayres felt a little more high maintenance than the local ones; but each to their own.

More Personal Insight: We [Amanda and I] visited both types during our planning stage; to be honest my distain for national ones was akin to that usually saved for ‘those who stand on the left of an escalator’. This distain was primarily due to the size, overcrowding and inherent feral nature of some of the visitors. I personally preferred the more local fairs, usually hosted at actual wedding venues.

Obviously, any wedding fair will obviously grant you access to many wedding related services within a small amount of time. The benefit of the more local fayre is that they are located at actual wedding venues. Meaning that if you are lucky you can visit a fayre at the venue that you are also considering for your ‘day’. This provides a good opportunity to see the venue dressed for a wedding, meet local suppliers and also the staff at the venue.

Most importantly; never forget to pop and say hi to the ‘Photo Booth’ team; and use the opportunity to secure a cheeky photo as a memento of your trip to the fayre.

Wedding Planning | Amanda Forman Photography
3. Etiquette / Schmeziquete [Breaking From Tradition & Brides Just Wanna Have Some Fun!]

This is a difficult topic to discuss. You may have picked up on the subtle undertones, but just to be clear; I’m not a traditional type of person, nor would I classify myself as needlessly needing to follow etiquette.

What I quickly realised following a 2.1 second power Google, was that you could likely find any preference dressed as a tradition. It appears that traditions and etiquette once originated from history, royalty etc etc; now it appears to be perpetuated by ‘celebrities’ and wedding magazines.

Tradition ‘fun facts’ to drop into conversation

  • The original meaning of the word bride was actually just ‘cook’ – We don’t think this one will go down too well.
  • Apparently if the groom doesn’t turn up to the wedding, it is the best man’s responsibility to take over and marry the bride.
  • Western Brides wearing a white dress was started by Queen Victoria in 1840

More Personal Insight: During the wedding planning phase of tomandawedding, we primarily focused on the things that we wanted; and only gave attention to etiquette when said etiquette meant something to us, rather than merely because of its status

#tomandawedding was initially meant to be the combination of Tom and Amanda. But as it turned out, everyone just read it as ‘Tom and a wedding’; which to be fair also made sense, as it was MY DAY.

I guess the take away, and therefore the main point that I’m trying to make is. Try and avoid chasing the ‘rabbit of etiquette’ down a hole; because before you know it you’ll have an entire wedding day dictated by everything that is likely not even important to you, because you feel like you should.

AND YOU DONT!

Wedding Planning | Amanda Forman Photography
4. Groomsmen [The Suits, The Responsibilities & The Faux Pas]

In essence, picking your groomsmen is simple. Select people that will be both useful on the day; and that you are close to! After all weddings are about friends and family.

Keeping in mind that a basic life fact [like gravity], is that every social circle has the token ‘let down’ [politest way I could word it]; the person that’s always late, cancels at the last moment; etc etc. This is NOT the type of person to give responsibilities to at anytime; but especially on your wedding day.

Note: Should you be thinking ‘I have no such person in my group of friends’, then here is a fun fact; it is YOU. So after reading this you should tell your better half how lucky you are..

But to the point! The basic responsibilities of the herd / grromsmen include [but are not limited to]:

  • Assisting the groom on the wedding day,
  • Be in charge of the ushers [in the event that the ushers aren’t also groomsmen]
  • Keep the wedding bands safe until needed during the ceremony [usually the best man]
    • wedding bands is wedding lingo for wedding rings. Do not hold the DJ hostage..
  • Stand next to the groom during the ceremony,
  • Act as the legal witness [again usually the best man]
  • Prepare a “best man’s speech” to be read after the wedding breakfast!
    • wedding breakfast is wedding lingo for dinner / supper / tea – depending on where you are from.
  • Look epic in the group photos

Take away: pick people you are close to, who you trust and that are relatively responsible. It may also be worth preparing to get the veto discussion with your wedding collaborator…

Oh and make sure at least one of them can tie a cravat / tie

Wedding Planning | Amanda Forman Photography
5. The Wedding Breakfast – Give Them a Choice OR Force Feed Them Chicken [Vegetarians Beware]

Disclaimer: All joking aside, this section is not about making flippant remarks about vegetarians or vegans, nor about anyone with dietary  requirements. Because as you, the reader will likely know, recent news events have highlighted that making such jokes is NOT OK. I’m not discriminating I have a family member who is a vegetarian.. This section is actually just about the pros / cons of giving your guests menu options.

No Choice – You Shalt Eat Chicken

You may instinctively believe that no choice is the easy choice; your guests will simply eat what you tell them to eat. And if you have invited 50 children who will all happily eat MacDonald Happy Meals [other fast food chains are available] then this maybe true.

However if you have invited 70-100 adults, it is fair to say a hand full of them will not even like chicken; nor your vegetarian option!

At that point you have two very basic options;

  1. Pander to them and start offering other options on the quiet to guests who dont like chicken
  2. Explain that your wedding is X months away which is plenty of time to learn to like CHICKEN.

Assuming you are not like this author and have an underlying urge to be liked, then option 2 probably isn’t the right one for you. Unless you enjoy ruling your wedding with an iron fist.

Not providing your guests with a choice (outside of vegetarian and vegan) usually works out a little cheaper. The overhead of caterers being able to satisfy multiple types of each course usually adds a surcharge to your bill. Worth noting however that there is always a vegetarian option available at no additional cost; and the vegetarian option can also be adapted to be vegan.

Pro Choice – What Shalt Thou Eat?

Giving your guests an option for each course usually keeps 99% of the guests happy [there is always one]; and providing menu choices with your invites and receiving their responses along with the RSVP is the normal process.

Although you’ll have to do the administration of this, it is incredibly helpful on the day if peoples name cards on the table also have their menu choices printed on them. Why you ask?

  1. Guests will have selected their menu choices months prior to your wedding and may not remember what they chose.
  2. It is not uncommon for people to suddenly prefer the sight of their neighbours food and ‘pretend‘ thats what they in fact ordered.
  3. Your guests will no doubt to talking to each other, so place names that can be turned around to show staff what everyone is eating saves time and disruption.

As mentioned in the the ‘No Choice’ section; providing options to guests will likely increase the costs of your catering bill; as there is extra resources and effort involved in making varying dishes. This is just one of the costs of getting married, as is the cost of corkage, over priced holidays [honeymoons] and pretending that a ‘toaster’ is something that you have always wanted, and have in fact lived without until this very day..

Test Your Menu! 

Any caterer worth their salt #foodpun will suggest you visit their premises and taste your menu; DO IT

  1. This is a great chance to try your menu, which is good for many reasons
  2. The tasting is usually free assuming that you have already booked them; and everyone likes free food

it is your responsibility to check its free, don’ take this authors word for it

Person Insight [the last one] Amanda and I opted to give our guests menu choices. This was well received by most. We tracked RSVPs and Menu Choices via an elaborate Excel Spreadsheet [other spreadsheet applications are available] with VLOOKUPs and conditional formatting [Excel skills are sexy].

Why am I telling you this? Because tracking RSVPs as them came in meant that I could provide our Stationary Company with all information needed to create place names along with the menu choice; thus removing the ability for our lying, cheating and general mischievous guests to cause an incident.

 
and there was much rejoicing
Wedding Planning | Amanda Forman Photography

 

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The day began at the Richmond Hill Hotel with Ruta and her mum being made over by the wonderful ladies from DK Beauty London. The Richmond Hill hotel is set, exactly where you likely think it is, right near Richmond Park in London. It was a beautiful setting with a wonderful autumnal scene just a stones throw from the front of the hotel, and even better, my handy app told me the sun would set later that day right behind those beautiful trees.

I always plan to arrive at prep at the same time as the make-up artists and then take a moment to wonder around the venue to get my bearings before heading on up to the room to take photos with the bride. We were blessed with a little extra time for Ruta as the wedding wasn’t until 3pm so I had the luxury of having a little extra time to capture some bridal portraits of her before the ceremony!

Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding
Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding Bridal Prep
Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding Bridal Prep
Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding Bridal Prep

I also had a chance to pop down and see the reception room, I was incredibly impressed that although it was only about 12:00 when I went downstairs that the staff at The Richmond Hill Hotel had already set the room up, the florists ‘The perfect Piece‘ had already been and all I had to do was switch the lights on. It really was a beautiful setting and the floral centrepieces added the wow factor. Plus as a girl who loves any excuse for fairy lights this was a dream come true to photograph!

The Richmond hill hotel reception room

The wedding ceremony took place at the beautiful Lovekyn Chapel. I am always amazed at these hidden little gems all over London. A cosy wedding chapel with a garden out the back which the guests were able to have champagne in before leaving to go back to the reception later. Did I mention there was a dog at the ceremony too!

The Ceremony was short but perfect. Ruta was walked down the aisle by her mum and I just love the look her mum is giving her as she places her hand in to Ash’s.

Lovekyn Chapel wedding ceremony
Lovekyn Chapel wedding ceremony
Lovekyn Chapel wedding ceremony
Lovekyn Chapel wedding ceremony
Lovekyn Chapel wedding ceremony
Lovekyn Chapel wedding ceremony
Lovekyn Chapel wedding ceremony

Ash and Ruta had arranged a bus to bring everyone from the chapel to the Richmond Hill Hotel so I ran over to grab them all from the bus and get a group photo before they headed in for warmth and a little more champagne. After a little break to mingle with their guests we just about had time to catch the sunset before the wedding breakfast began. And of course Benjie had to join in for some photos too.

Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding
Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding sunset
Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding sunset

And to finish the evening we had the cake cutting and first dance. I only realised once I had left that I had failed to try any of the cake (How am I meant to blog an awesome review about the cake without trying it) but it did look incredible and how cute are those toppers!

Thank you Ash and Ruta for being such an incredible couple. I absolutely loved photographing your wedding, you and your families made Tom and I feel so welcome and I can’t wait to share the full gallery with you. Hopefully this helps with the wait though. Have a fantastic honeymoon. xx

Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding cake cutting
Richmond Hill Hotel Wedding first dance

 

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Hedsor House Wedding of Lauren and Keith

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On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Lauren and Keith at Hedsor House. The ultimate in sophistication and luxury, this wedding was perfect from start to finish. Lauren was surrounded by her best friends and had her mum by her side during bridal prep in one of the most stunning bridal rooms I have ever seen. Keith looked like he had just walked out of Vogue magazine and the flower girl – well take a look below and be blown away by how cute she was in her tutu!

 

These are just a few images from the wedding at Hedsor House, I will share more in the full blog as soon as the gallery is finished.

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Steal their style 

Venue – Hedsor House

Make-Up and Hair – Powder Blue Artistry 

Cake – Tees Bakery 

Band – The blue Lion Band

Florist – La Belle Floral 

Catering – Caper and Belly 

Production – JSO Production 

Videography – Cross Sullivan Weddings

 

 

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A country wedding at Hambleton Hall

A country wedding at Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall Wedding Amanda Forman Photography

I can’t believe I am only just posting about this wedding now! Back in July I photographed the Wedding of Katie and Andy in the breathtaking setting of Hambleton Hall in Rutland.

Hambleton Hall is one of the most beautiful country House Hotels. An old Victorian House, expertly converted in to a luxury hotel with 17 rooms, all of whom are catered for by Michellin star Chef Aaron Patterson.

Katie and Andy couldn’t have chosen a more stunning venue for their celebrations. The morning saw me arrive at Hambleton Hall at 10:00 to a rather warm bride and bridesmaids. You see, the day of Katie and Andy’s wedding it was a rather toasty 30 degrees.

Hambleton Hall Gardens Amanda Forman Photography
Hambleton Hall Wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Ph
Hambleton Hall Wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Ph
Hambleton Hall Gardens Amanda Forman Photography
Hambleton Hall Wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Ph
Hambleton Hall Wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Ph

As Andy turned up well before the ceremony over at St Andrew’s Church in Hambleton, I was able to pop downstairs and get a few photos of him and his groomsmen. I had no trouble finding everyone downstairs but it was made easier by the fact that when you have your wedding at Hambleton Hall you have to have the whole venue so everyone there that morning was a guest of the couple – PERFECT.

Hambleton Hall Wedding Groom prep Amanda Forman photography
Hambleton Hall Wedding Groom prep Amanda Forman photography

The ceremony took place at St Andrews Church in Hambleton, just a short walk from Hambleton Hall. Katie was taking no risks though and donned her flip flops for the walk over, expertly sheltered from the sun with an umbrella by her Dad.

Hambleton Hall Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Hambleton Hall Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton Bride image
St Andrews Church Hambleton Bride image
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton
St Andrews Church Hambleton

we LOVE our photos!! Thank you so much…can we do it all again next week please??

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Hambleton Hall Wedding band
Hambleton Hall Wedding band
Hambleton Hall Wedding guests
Hambleton Hall Wedding guests
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Hambleton Hall Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Hambleton Hall Wedding
Hambleton Hall Wedding guests
Hambleton Hall Wedding guests
Hambleton Hall Wedding guests

Now I couldn’t even consider writing this blog without special mention to Katie’s parents who were brave enough to stand up and sing a beautifully rehearsed song for the newlyweds. It was such a wonderful moment.

Hambleton Hall Wedding gardens
Hambleton Hall Wedding gardens
Hambleton Hall Wedding couples photo
Hambleton Hall Wedding couples photo
Hambleton Hall Wedding couples photo
Hambleton Hall Wedding couples photo
Hambleton Hall Wedding couples photo
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding speeches
Hambleton Hall Wedding couple portraits
Hambleton Hall Wedding couple portraits
Hambleton Hall Wedding couple portraits

I am going to finish this story of Katie and Andy’s day at Hambleton Hall with a few images from the dance floor. There were so many to choose from so I have picked just a small selection but I am sure you can see how much fun was had! I am told the party continued until 4am, I on the other hand left at midnight before my carriage turned in to a pumpkin and my photos became too close to bribery material 😉

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Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall wedding first dance
Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall wedding dancefloor
Hambleton Hall Wedding band
Hambleton Hall Wedding at night

Steal their Style

Venue – Hambleton Hall 

Band – Funked up 

Dress – Dress me Pretty

Cake – Family member created

Flowers – Sally Holmes Florist Oakham 

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Normanton Park Wedding – Elaine & Andy

Normanton Park Wedding – Elaine & Andy

Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography

On the 24th August Elaine and Andrew said those magical words ‘I DO’ at Normanton Church in Rutland and celebrated their day at the nearby Normanton Park Hotel. Family travelled from far and wide, with one of Elaine’s sons travelling all the way over from Scotland.

 

Andrew and Elaine met in Rutland and so it wasn’t a hard decision when choosing their wedding location to come back to Rutland, and more specifically Normanton Church. They have fond memories of sitting on the bench at the back of the church and looking out to the water so of course this was a photo I had to capture for them on their wedding day.

I arrived at Normanton Park hotel for 08:30 along with the makeup artist Phoebe where preparations were already in full swing. Elaine was surrounded by her grandchildren and was amazingly relaxed considering Andrew was just over the hallway, what I loved about the bridal prep was how clearly Elaine’s grandchildren doted on her, there was a real buzz in the room.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography

Andrew was just across the hallway with his sons getting ready for the day. I took them all outside for a few photo’s and I am pretty sure they loved me for that because with 4 men and 2 children in one room… it was getting quite warm in there.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography

The stunning Normanton Church was the backdrop for Elaine and Andrews vows. I love photographing weddings here, it is such a magnificent church with breathtaking views across Rutland Water.

Elaine had told Andrew that she would be wearing a two piece suit instead of a dress on their wedding day and had even had her friends involved in the plot to trick him so his face when he saw her at the top of the aisle in her beautiful wedding dress was really something beautiful to see.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography

After the ceremony, we attempted to photograph the confetti shot but with bubbles instead but the bubbles were not playing ball, it did make for a lot of laughs and the longest aisle walk in history though. The guests all ran for shelter from the wind whilst we took a few photos of Elaine and Andrew around Normanton Church before heading out in the Rutland Belle. I have lived in Rutland for over a year and a half and can’t believe this was my first time! I loved it, we could have had better weather but spirits were high and everyone was excitedly chatting away.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
The Rutland Belle | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
The Rutland Belle | Amanda Forman Photography

We arrived back at Normanton Church just in time for the rain to start!! Luckily I had planned ahead and brought a white umbrella with me for the couple to use. They guests however had to improvise 🙂

We all headed back to Normanton Park Hotel for the reception where the rooms had been beautifully transformed by Lola Rose and we were greeted by ALPACA’S !! Seriously I think every wedding should have them. They were so cute and soft.

The Rutland Belle | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography

Elaine and Andrew thank you for sharing your day with me. I can’t wait to share your full gallery with you but for now I hope you have enjoyed your sneak peeks. Have a wonderful honeymoon xx

 

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Koy Labs – My Wedding Album Supplier

Koy Labs – My Wedding Album Supplier

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

Fact. You cannot take care of every minute of your business yourself. This is why we employ accountants, lawyers and website designers, to take care of their specialisms so you have the time to run your business and excel at your passion.

Another Fact. For any company, arguably even more so for smaller ones; having good suppliers’ is paramount if you intend for your business to be successful. After all from the customer looking in, they rarely care who didn’t deliver. The buck, as they say, stops with
you.

For wedding photographers the wedding album supplier is right up there at the top of the supplier list.

However, for me, finding a fantastic and passionate supplier for my clients’ wedding albums was ticked off a long time ago!

This blog post is all about our trip to Portugal to meet our wedding album supplier, to meet the workforce that deals with my ever-increasing demands; and to also thank those who contact me when I’ve done something silly and thankfully fix it before the wedding album is even printed or sent to me.

Fun Fact: For people preferring to skip the Porto preamble and get right to Koy Labs and their Epic Albums. CLICK HERE

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

Our fleeting visit to Portugal started off with a three-night [two day] stint in the lovely Northwest city of Porto, a city known for various attractions, but none less important than their port wine!

Our time in Porto was perfect for relaxing in the sun, watching the world go by, and, depending upon the hour, either sipping coffee or port wine in one of the outdoor bars.

Porto is perfect for those who like to wander. As long as you don’t mind hills. We were thankful that at the time of our visit the temperatures were a mere 25 degrees rather than the spicy 47 degrees they are having at the moment. We visited several old churches, took a ride on the Gaia Cable car, ate Gelato in several different Gelato bars (I wish this was a thing here) and generally meandered our days away.

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

We also visited the Caves Cálem, where you can learn all about where Port comes from and how it is made. We pottered around their interactive museum, went on a guided tour and unsurprisingly found ourselves testing their fine port products.. #WhenInRome

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

For our last evening in Porto we ended it with a meal at Rib Beef & Wine, a fantastic steakhouse on the river front; which not only served us epic steak and wine, but chips in truffle oil… need I say more!

Off to Braga & Koy Labs

The time arrived for us to leave our lovely apartment and Porto behind and travel to Braga, and as the kind people of Koy Labs had arranged our transfer, the hour or so drive was hassle free.

When we arrived in the wonderful city of Braga we were greeted by Antonio Carneiro; and taken for a fantastic local meal. This gave us all the chance to chat about photography, wedding albums, and artwork with Antonio, Pedro Reigoto [Koy Labs, COO] and Pierre Delaunay a Koy Labs Ambassador from France. My husband however not being a photographer; took to sampling some local specialities, of the port wine variety.

On the morning after the night of port drinking before, we made our way to the Koy Lab factory; where the orders are taken, and every part of the album is made lovingly by hand.

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

Firstly when your order arrives it is checked over to ensure that there are no anomalies with the files, so making sure no heads have been chopped off or pages without images added by accident for example.

From there it is taken to be printed. Once the printing is complete it is again checked against the files I have sent in to ensure that the print matches the file and then the pages are trimmed to the correct size and sent on to be heat pressed.

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

Each album is pressed for up to 70 minutes on each side to ensure that the pages are bonded together. And the best part about the glue – they make it themselves, it has less water in it so this means that your pages won’t warp over time due to the moisture.

The next step is the creation of the covers. With your album there are quite literally hundreds of different options available to you. Most of my couples tend to choose the Acrylic cover which is truly stunning (see images at the bottom of this post) but you can have leather, suede, linen, and many more and you can choose to have them embossed too. Each and every part is carried out by hand (seeing a theme here?) Even the cardboard is made by Koylabs to be a certain thickness and the blades that cut the cardboard are replaced weekly instead of every three months as recommended so that they can ensure the card is cut perfectly every time.

Here are a few photos of some of my clients albums having their covers attached, these are the acrylic covers, this bride opted to include two parent alums (they do what they say on the tin) and the wonderful people at Koy matched the albums exactly so they were mini replicas.

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

If you choose to have your album embossed then this lovely lady here hand picks the letters out, adds them to the embossing plate and then using card first, measures to ensure that the wording is exactly in the middle of your album cover (if that is where you have asked for it to go). Only when he is 100% satisfied will the album cover itself be embossed. It really is an art to make this absolutely perfect, and yes I did take that cover home with me 😊

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier

Once the cover is finished and attached it is pressed once again and then passed on to be packaged and sent out. Even at this stage it is still being checked all the way through to ensure that no one has missed anything and if the person who is packaging it notices anything wrong it is sent all the way back to be fixed.

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with Koy Labs, the love they put in to the creation of your wedding album is like nothing I have ever seen. Tom and I just got our own wedding album back from them and it is now proudly displayed in our living room In pride of place.

I wouldn’t have any other supplier now and can’t wait for you to see your album when it is made.

Here are a few images of recent wedding albums, everything shown was chosen by my couples, covers, colours, materials and papers.

Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Amanda Forman Photography | Koy Labs | Wedding Album Supplier
Want to see more? Take a look at this video showing some footage from the lab.

Thank you to everyone we met and who looked after us whilst we were there;

Mr Koy and Mrs Teresa (the owners).
Pedro Reigoto (Manager)
Marta Braga Production Manager
Marta Azevedo (Customer care)
Sara Carreira (Marketing)

 

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