MICRO WEDDINGS, ELOPMENTS & VOW RENEWALS
Smaller can be better
We've all seen or heard about wedding guest counts (and price tags!) getting out of hand when planning. This is can be due to family or social media pressure. At some point, a lot of my couples have started to feel like it’s not even their wedding any longer. That they’re along for the ride.
This year is your excuse to have the wedding YOU actually want. You now have full control over the guest list. You get to invite the most important people in your life to be there, and you actually have time to be with them.
You get to spend time with everyone there
Traditionally, it’s actually rare for my couples to actually talk to everyone that attends their wedding.
With a smaller wedding, you can now spend time with everyone you’ve invited.
More time for photos
As a wedding photographer, this is the most exciting part of micro weddings for me, and more time equals less stress, for everyone!
Weddings have become much simpler overall. Which means less stress for you on the day. No problems to troubleshoot, you just get to enjoy the day. This lack of stress on the wedding day really comes through in the photos.
We have all the time we need for photos, and we’re in control of the time of day we take them. At a traditional wedding, the photo session just kind of fits wherever it fits – which means non-ideal lighting conditions where you might not look your best. One of the main perks of a micro wedding is that we can schedule at the best time of day for photos.
So how do you plan the best micro wedding?
How to get the best out of your photographer…
Schedule your ceremony when it’s good for photos. 2 hours before sunset will give us the best light for photos. Make the best use of your time, this allows you to have a nice relaxing day, no rushing to get ready!
Scheduling photos around sunset also makes use of the best light of the day. Perfect to make the most of the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest and the stunning Solent coast.
Hire a photographer (me!) for 3-4 hours. That will cover a little of the getting ready, the ceremony, family photos and photos of the two of you. (There are also packages if you’d like me to come to the reception).
No hidden costs, no surprises. You images will be delivered via a password-protected online gallery. The option of USB sticks can be requested, and you can take your images wherever you like and get them printed to your own personal preference.
Pick your dream location. There are now fewer rules as to where you should have your ceremony.
Parks, locations, and businesses are all really going out of their way to be super accommodating these days, and that makes your life a lot easier.
Spend some of the money you’re saving on bringing in great vendors. Budgets usually get stressed really thin because of the number of guests at the wedding. This is your excuse to involve all of the vendors you would want to have for your dream wedding.
Set up an on-location dinner, or move to a restaurant. With smaller guest counts, it’s now possible to set up a small reception wherever you’d like. Again, whatever your dream location is for this, this is probably the only year that it will be possible to do.
Hey, I have a question…
How many photographs will we get?
Can you give me an idea of how each package works?
I don't like to limit my coverage to a number, every Wedding is different and I like to capture everything from the shot list as well as those candid moments that unfold. From full day coverage a minimum of 500 photos isn't unusual.
Do your packages include travel?
All packages include travel within 2.5 hours of BH25. Full-day weddings more than 2.5 hours away will incur a surcharge of £150 for accommodation.
How will we receive our images?
How do we secure our date?
High resolution edited jpegs will be supplied online and via USB Stick if applicable to your package. I aim to deliver a preview of your wedding within 48-hours of the event. Your full gallery will be supplied within 90 days of your wedding.
RAW files will not be supplied under any circumstance.
A 25% Booking Fee secures your date in my diary,
Full payment 14 days before Wedding date. Payment of the balance can be made at any time and in instalments if needed.
Please note: dates are not secured until the booking fee is paid.
We don't want a pre-wedding shoot, can we have a discount?
The Engagement/Family/Pre-Wedding Shoot is a complimentary bonus when you book a full-day package. The cost of which cannot be deducted if you decide not to use it. It can also be taken up to 3 months after the wedding as a Trash the Dress/Family shoot if required – pets absolutely count as family! bonus points for any dogs brought to weddings/shoots.
What gear do you use?
I'm a Nikon girl. I shoot with a full frame set up and a variety of lenses, including back up equipment that I always bring with me.
I am fully insured and have public liability cover up to £2,000,000
Do we need to cater for you?
Do you accept credit cards?
It would be wonderful if you could… As you know, Wedding days are long, from prep to reception is almost a full day in itself. Being properly fuelled for and during the day is vital for keeping energy levels topped up.
I do, however follow a Vegan lifestyle, if you're unable to offer me a meal please let me know in advance so I can plan accordingly. I will take my main meal break during your meal – no one likes having their photo taking while scoffing down on something delicious! If you are having speeches during the meal please let me know so I can work my break times around this. I always appreciate being fed and watered.
No, sorry. I accept payment by Bank Transfer only. Your booking fee is only 25% of the total invoice. You can pay in instalments if needed, so long as the balance is cleared 14 days before your date.
Question not answered?
Head on over to my contact page and I'll be happy to help you out!