My Favourites…

Oh yes. All of our wedding photos are now in my grubby little hands!

And I love every single one of them.

I’m sure I’m like most Brides and I’ve flicked through them over and over again. To the point where I’m starting to get Repetitive Strain Injury in my wrist.

But I can’t help it. To work on something for 18 months and see all your hard work pay off and all your crazy ideas come together, and see the raw emotion on your husband’s face when you speak your vows, and the tears and laughs on your friends and family’s faces are something that will be etched in my heart forever but will always be so beautiful to see them again and again.

I’ve got so much I want to write about so I will be breaking it all down for you but for the moment, here are my just a few of my favourites. I hope you like them as much as I love them.

xxx

Photo Credit - AJG Photography

Photo Credit – AJG Photography

Photo Credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo Credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - AJG Photography

Photo credit – AJG Photography

Photo credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

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Phot Credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

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Boudoir Photography – to do or not to do?

Why hello there.

I’ve got a bit of a saucy one for you today. Yep, let’s talk about getting your kit off. In front of a camera. And posing in a somewhat seductive manner. Without feeling and looking like an absolute idiot.

I’m not too sure if you know what I’m talking about but Boudoir Photography has somewhat become very popular in the last couple of years and I’ve seen plenty o’ pins on good old Pinterest.  Some not all good though I must hasten to add. Essentially, Boudoir shots involve taking your clothes off, looking hot whilst having your photo taken. Why put yourself through that I hear you ask?  Well sometimes you might feel like giving yourself some self-love, or perhaps you’ve worked hard to get your body into an incredible shape and would like to document it or perhaps it makes a good wedding present for the other half.

I went for the latter.

The Boy loves confident women and I’d say I’m not shy in front of the camera (thanks to my younger years as a amateur model and Beauty pageant contestant. Yes I know. The SHAME of it!). I had shifted some pounds and was probably physically fitter than ever and was really struggling what to get the Boy as his wedding present. I wanted something special. Something that he / we could look back in 40 years and for him to remember the woman he married. Also I have a fantastic friend Manon – check her out her website here   (FYI – Manon took our incred Engagement photos here) who wanted to add to her portfolio. Bonus!

So we put our heads together in secret squirrel meetings, pinned like crazy and set a date. I was adamant that I did not want any cheesy, over the top, trying too hard sexy shots. I just wanted to look like me but hotter. Luckily Manon’s bedroom had incredible light. Double bonus.

Here are a few shots that we sort of used as inspiration:

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Pic Credit – Unknown

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Pic credit – Apostrophe 9

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Pic credit – Unknown

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Pic credit – O-la-la-mademoiselle

 

Boudoir Photography - Bride By the Beach

Pic credit – Tumblr

Pretty hot right? Without being too overtly sexy we thought. So that’s what we tried to envisage. So armed with some pretty pants and make up, I gave it my best shot. I thought about getting pretty drunk beforehand but I tend to get a bit blotchy so that was a no-no. However, as Manon is close friend, getting my kit off and posing wasn’t as scary as first thought. She was amazing and put me right as ease, getting the right poses for me and the best light.

*Deep breath* So here are a few of the photos that’m happy to share.  The “Hot Hot” ones are for The Boy’s eyes only mind.

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

 

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

I was and am  really pleased with the final pictures. And once I had made a little black book for the Hubby to be with the chosen photos to open on the morning of the wedding, I think he was pretty pleased with his present too.

So, thoughts on Boudoir pics for you or your other half? Is it a hell yeah? Or a hmmmm not too sure?  Well this little article here from Theknot.com might answer questions. Or feel free to drop me a line!

Until next time lovelies!

PS. I asked Manon to Photoshop on a 6-pac. She said no.

xxx

Eeek – our ugly mugs!

Say WHAT?! Two posts in one morning?! Aren’t you lucky girls?!

Well it’s because my new post on the awesome Festival Brides is now live! It’s all about engagement photos and you can read it here.

We had such fun doing these pictures with our brilliant photographer Manon – her work is incredible – take a look here.  She’s taken some “special” shots of me too which I will reveal all in good time! But to whet your appetites in the meantime, here are some more from our shoot. We love them!

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Would love to hear your thoughts on engagement pictures – are you having any done?

And if you would like to book our awesome photographer Manon then feel free to drop her an email – lamat.manon@yahoo.com

xxxx

 

Everybody say Cheese!

Apologies for my lack of posts this last week, I’ve been thoroughly engrossed in a series of books that I just can’t put down and wedding planning has been pushed aside (Shock horror!)

Anywho, I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages as it’s about a passion of both mine and The Boy’s and ties in nicely with my Super 8 film  post from last week.

Confession – we’re both wannabe photographers. Photographers in the loose sense of the word as we try and take photos, they’re not very good but we like them anyway. And we seem to have amassed a number of cameras that we’ve picked up along the way.

I especially LOVE 35mm film cameras and the surprises you get when you develop the films.  The effects you can get with 35mm can be absolutely beautiful. There is a massive analogue movement called Lomography who are everything to do with bringing back film and they have some awesome cameras which take such gorgeous different pics.

Here are a few of my fav pics take on some of my Lomography cameras showing the effects you can achieve:

The Boy - double exposure taken by the Diana Mini

The Boy – double exposure taken by the Diana Mini

 

Brighton Pier, redscale film taken on a Diana Mini

Brighton Pier, redscale film taken on a Diana Mini

 

Bridesmaids and I taken on an Actionsampler with flash.

Bridesmaids and I taken on an Actionsampler with flash.

 

Brighton Beach taken on a n original Olympus Pen.

Brighton Beach taken on an original Olympus PEN.

I’ve always wanted to tie this hobby of mine into our big day whether it’s giving  our cameras to friends and family on the day to use, using our pics as decor or even hiring a photographer that specilizes in 35mm film photography. The effects that these cameras can produce on your special day can be spectacular. Check out these beauties:

Pic credit from Danjlander

Pic credit from Danjlander

Pic Credit: Eunicekam

Pic Credit: Eunicekam

Pic credit: Jo Brown

Pic credit: Jo Brow

Pic credit: Eunicekam

Pic credit: Eunicekam

Beautiful beautiful photos. The dreamy like effect adds a different vintage effect and I just feel that they look and feel different to the standard wedding photography package.

Should you be thinking about perhaps buying some plastic fantastic cameras for your tables, Lomography are even doing a camera package which should help the pennies. Score! Find more info here.

Right, I’m off to bury my nose back into my book. Happy Bank holiday y’all.

PS – If you’re wondering what book has me so enthralled, it’s the Sunday Times bestseller “The Discovery of Witches.” Get it, read it, devour it. xx