Whilst we believe that our current album supplier provide the absolute highest quality albums available and we will always use them as our main client album supplier, we understand that not everyone has the budget to buy several high end wedding albums. With this in mind, we have been exploring the possibility of working with a second company to offer mid range products to be gifted by couples to their parents, grandparents etc. When Saal Digital offered to send us a sample photobook for review, we were intrigued and accepted the offer.
Lucy and Benjamin’s wedding at Exeter synagogue was our first time experiencing a Jewish ceremony and we really enjoyed the experience. It’s always fascinating to find out about the wedding traditions of different cultures and religions! Lucy and Benjamin’s day was a wonderful mix of tradition and warm, down to earth family spirit.
Lucy is originally from Australia and Benjamin’s family have roots in France, and it was a privilege to be there to document their family and friends coming together from all over the world to share this special moment with them. We loved their cake, which was decorated with a cute French cockerel and Australian kookaburra, a quirky nod to the couple’s roots!
We were very impressed by Lucy’s wedding ring – Ben, an engineer by trade, designed and crafted it himself by reverse engineering Lucy’s grandmother’s ring! The ring was 3D scanned, printed and then cast in platinum. Overall, this made it oefinitely one of the most unique and special wedding rings we’ve had the pleasure of photographing!
After the ceremony at the synagogue in Exeter, we whisked them away to Rougemont Gardens for a quick portrait shoot before heading on to the reception at the Exeter Guildhall.
The natural, genuine emotion and happiness these two showed throughout the day was incredibly touching and we wish them all the best for their new life together!
A seaside wedding? In October? In England? You’d be forgiven for fearing the worst weather-wise, but miraculously the sun blessed us with its presence and shone down benevolently on Gemma and Jake’s picture perfect wedding in Woolacombe!
The beautiful weather and the natural, unspoilt, rugged beauty that North Devon is famous for provided ample opportunities for us as photographers, but the gorgeous couple themselves were the real stars of the show.
Gemma and Jake have travelled the world and have a particular passion for the sea. In the morning, we accompanied Jake and his groomsmen as they bravely took a dip in the icy Atlantic waters! After the ceremony, the couple stepped out under an arch of surfboards before we whisked them away for portraits on Combesgate Beach, literally a stone’s throw from the Victorian elegance of the Watersmeet Hotel.
It was a privilege to be there to document Gemma and Jake’s big day and we wish them the very best as they continue their globetrotting adventures together as Mr and Mrs Snell!
We got a call on a cool, autumnal Friday night from a well-spoken gentleman with a pleasant German accent. Stefano explained that he and his partner Maxi were taking a week-long vacation in the UK and were staying at the Bovey Castle, a 10 minute drive from our base in Moretonhampstead.
Stefano had decided that the Bovey Castle was the perfect setting for a marriage proposal and asked us to capture the moment for posterity! We agreed to an impromptu engagement shoot the next day, with Stefano popping the question in the morning before our arrival. Happily, Maxi said yes and we spent a couple of hours wandering in the grounds of the Bovey Castle with them!
There was hardly anyone else staying at the hotel and it was a glorious, crisp day with golden sunlight and gorgeous autumnal foliage colours wherever we went.
The happy couple live outside Munich, but both studied at university in the UK. Stefano has what sounds like every young boy’s dream job, designing traditional wooden toys for a German toy manufacturer! This young, intelligent and charming couple were a delight to work with and we wish them every happiness in the future!
Whilst we live in an increasingly digital world, here at Wedding Photography By Harry & Tanya we firmly believe that seeing your photos immortalised in a high quality physical album is still the absolute best way to relive your wedding day memories. Nothing can beat the tactile, tangible experience of turning pages and seeing all your favourite memories in all their glory on professional archival paper. After carefully considering many different options, both expensive and budget, we decided to exclusively offer fine art albums by Folio, a top end British print house who only deal with professional photographers. Read on to discover why we’re proud to work with Folio.
One of our prospective brides asked us the other day if we had any tips, idea or suggestions regarding their wedding day. We decided to expand this into a helpful article which might be of use to other brides and grooms preparing for their wedding day in the future, so here it is!
Jenny and Calum’s wedding saw us heading down to the English Riviera for a ceremony held in the atmospheric undercroft of gorgeous Torre Abbey, a fascinating building with a rich history that was first founded in the 12th century. After a £6 million overhaul in 2013, the building and its gardens have been restored to their former glory and are a truly wonderful place to get married!
After a touching and tasteful wedding ceremony, we battled against the weather in the early part of the day. Torrential rain interspersed with bright sun played havoc with our plans to shoot group portraits in the Abbey’s picturesque grounds. Fortunately, the wedding party didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits and we always come prepared for all eventualities, so we were able to get the shots we needed indoors before making the most of a break in the clouds to take the newlyweds on a short photographic tour of the grounds. We especially enjoyed shooting some romantic portraits in the Palm House, a Victorian-style glasshouse that was actually built in the 1960s before being lovingly restored during the recent renovations.
Thankfully, the rain dissipated as the day went on and we were treated to a dry evening for the reception at The Thatched Tavern, which was lucky as both the food and speeches were outside! Singer-songwriter Matt Sellors provided chilled out musical entertainment whilst the guests dined and mingled.
The Thatched Tavern is a lovely 400 year old village pub with a great reputation amongst Torbay locals. Its exposed flagstone floors, original wood beams and cosy, traditional interior make it a wonderful spot for an informal reception.
Finally, the guests and the couple danced the night away to local band Harbour.
On a day which served up both bright sun and pouring rain, Calum and Jenny didn’t let the weather ruin their big day and enjoyed a day filled with love, laughter, friends and family. It was a pleasure to be there to document the occasion and we wish them all the best for the future.
Below are a selection of some of our favourite photos of the day. Please scroll to the bottom of this post for links to venue and vendor websites!
We thoroughly enjoyed being along for the ride at Tom & Erica’s wedding at the Mill End Hotel, an elegant 4 star hotel picturesquely located on the banks of the river Teign.
Mill End is just outside Chagford and only a 5 minute drive from our base in neighbouring Moretonhampstead, making this one of the most local weddings we’ve ever covered.
The happy couple are the proprietors of the historic Bearslake Inn, where they fell in love whilst working together. They first met each other during a job interview, in which Erica was the applicant and Tom the interviewer; needless to say, she got the job and the rest is history! Their special day was relaxed and full of love, laughs, family and sunshine. Their adorable son Oliver frequently stole the show, along with his cousins Oscar and Taylor, the sons of Tom’s twin brother Sam, whose wife Danica was also Erica’s bridesmaid on the day.
Music during the ceremony and in the evening was expertly provided by Paddy’s Whiskers who had everyone dancing, jigging and reeling the night away with their upbeat mix of traditional and modern Irish, Celtic and American music.
The floral arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes by Okehampton-based florist The Flower Consultant were truly some of the most tasteful and stylish we’ve seen locally, so we highly recommend them if you’re looking for wonderful wedding flowers in Devon!
We wish Erica and Tom the very best for the future and hope they’ve thoroughly enjoyed their first few weeks of married life!
The idea of storing everything electronically, be it music, books or photos, is a deeply attractive one. If you’ve ever moved house or lived in a place where you were ‘space-challenged’, you probably know the feeling of being burdened by your possessions. After relocating three times in the space of one year back in 2013, we have vowed to live a simpler life and think twice before acquiring any new physical belongings. The minimalist in me rejoices at the thought of storing everything on the computer or in a cloud online. It means that my books, records and photos don’t have to sit around, collect dust or occupy any space in the room. The digital age can certainly help you get rid of a lot of clutter in your life and we love it for it. However, let us tell you why we think having a wedding album professionally printed is an excellent choice.
What happens when technology becomes obsolete?
Being fully digital photographers, we appreciate the simplicity offered by modern technology. These days many of our clients also only want a digital gallery of their wedding photos. An online gallery is an absolutely great way to share and present the record of your special day, and we certainly understand the appeal. So when the internet pioneer and Google Vice president Mr Vint Cerf advised everyone to print their photos or risk losing them to the digital Dark Age, naturally it gave us food for thought. In his speech at a conference in February 2015 he warned of a real 21st century danger: the loss or deterioration of digitally stored information – including photos. He stated that as file formats and software become obsolete, many of the precious photos that capture our significant moments may be gone forever. In addition, digital files are affected by data rot, which is a term for the slow and gradual decay of storage media. That too may cause the loss of the photos you hold dear, as well as other files.
Photos are time capsules
The pictures of your family, your children and your significant other are certainly the ones that you’d want to preserve for posterity. Wedding pictures in particular are an invaluable record of the day when you joined your lives as a family and made it official. Your wedding is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation, and the photos are there to provide you with an opportunity to go back in time and relive it all over again. Wouldn’t it be crushing to lose them to the slow deterioration of bits and bytes?
Your wedding photos deserve to shine
Apart from the dangers of losing your wedding pictures to the digital Dark Age, we simply feel that your images deserve to be seen. Ever since the days of daguerrotypes, photos have always been displayed one way or another. For generations, people kept physical prints around and arranged them in family albums. You probably have such albums in your family too – think of the warmth you feel on those occasions you get to look at them. It’s only a very recent phenomenon that family photos are not printed but stored on electronic devices. We believe that your cherished photos belong on your walls and in albums, not on your hard drive, and encourage you to have them printed.
DIY or better yet, opt for a professional wedding album
One option is to print them yourself. All our packages come with a personal print license, meaning that you’re free to print your wedding photos for your personal use. However, not every company uses archival inks and paper, and your photos may fade and become yellow with time. Another option is to have them made into a beautiful, professionally printed wedding album. Our timelessly classic albums are designed in house and are only sent off to the press after several revisions by our clients. We work with the wonderful folks at Folio, one of the UK’s top print houses, who offer their services to professional photographers only. You can rest assured that your beautiful wedding album will be printed on archival quality 200gsm fine art paper. It also includes a choice of cover colours, as well as a variety of customisation and upgrade options available to meet every need. Whatever option you choose, we think a timeless keepsake in the form of a professionally made wedding album is a great investment in your family and happy memories to look back on for years to come.
I write this on the eve of a big event in the life of our clients, Tom and Erica: tomorrow we will be shooting their wedding at the beautiful Mill End hotel on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. This wedding, like any other, will be the culmination of months of hard work and preparations on the part of the bride and the groom, as well as their families. Our firm belief is that preparation is the key to shooting a wedding successfully and without unnecessary stress. We have an established routine when it comes to what we do on the eve of photographing someone’s special day, and we wanted to share it in this post. We hope it can be insightful for anyone who has ever wondered what wedding photographers do to prepare for their job.