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Tips to planning the ultimate summer wedding

Tips to planning the ultimate summer wedding

Oh, the sweet bliss of a summer wedding; the gorgeous cocktail attire, the sun kissed skin, cloudless blue skies and sweet smell of that salty summer air; but Mother Nature isn’t always that kind. Sometimes she likes to throw in a little (or a lot) of wind and rain, and what most people don’t think of when planning their special day, a blazing sun! While summer weddings on the Gold Coast are far from few, many brides can forget key things to consider when planning their ultimate summer spectacular. Here is how to plan ahead to ensure those summer critters and melting cheese boards are a no show on your big day.

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Location, location

Choose a wedding venue that offers an indoor/outdoor option. Having the chance to get that much needed shade will come with a huge relief to you and your guests; wind, sun or rain! Make the best of both worlds and choose to have one part of your celebration outside and one part in!

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Heat Protection

There can simply never be enough! Sunscreen, hand-held fans and umbrellas; yep! You read right – umbrellas are perfect to protect your guests from the rain AND sun.

Water

Worried about the look of guests walking around with water bottles of all sorts? Ask your bar service to serve in icy cold water in crystal goblets with raspberries and a slice of lemon to get those summery vibes flowing along with the hydration.

Breathable Attire

You may be shopping for your wedding dress in the middle of Winter so keep in mind not only the style but the type of material of both yours and your bridesmaid’s gowns. Oh, and don’t forget the boys in their suits!!

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H20’s the way to go!

Pick a person, any person and delegate them to be your water supplier for the day. Try and pick someone that will actually give you the water and not swap it out for the vodka!

Food Choices

Be mindful of what your serving your guests. Meats and seafood can be dangerous if they’re not stored or severed correctly; and make sure that cheese board is out of the sun and covered up when not being indulged in; it’s for the guests not the creepy crawlys. Time Plan

Be sure to head to the location of your ceremony at the exact time you plan to have your wedding in the lead up. You can then make sure your stylists know where and what to set up to avoid squinting into the sun. It is always best to meet with your photographer before the wedding to discuss options for you photos too, they will know some great places to avoid or go to if the sun is beaming on the day!

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Beach Wedding?

Everyone loves to get married by the ocean but no one like burnt feet! Be mindful of people standing in the sand for too long and of those dear elderly guests who may be a little fragile walking up and down the sand.

What happens once you have booked your photographer?

What happens once you have booked your photographer? 

You have chosen the date, have ideas on florals, dresses and styling all overflowing in your mind and you have inquired with Feather & Finch, so what happens now? Well, now is where all the fun begins, and the excitement starts to really sink in for both of us! 

One of the most special things about your wedding journey is that everyone’s is different. There are so many little quirks that make up the unique characters of our clients and we have a few little steps within the Feather & Finch process to ensure we are the perfect fit and can capture your day in the most comfortable and natural way possible.

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So, to kick things off, once you have inquired with us the first thing we like to do is organise a meeting! In our studio, at your local café or a Skype call for you international and interstate peeps, this meeting gives us chance to not only chat face to face but ensure we are on the same path when it comes to the imagery for your wedding day.

After we meet we set you up with your own personal portal – yep, you got it – a place where we can communicate for the months, sometimes years, leading up to your day instead of trying to filter through old emails and messages! We really encourage this interaction with our couples as it not only provides clear information but enables you to feel organised and on track for everything to do with your wedding photography! 

It is from this point we are available to you 24/7; via email, phone, location scouts, studio catch ups, you name it – we are there!  We encourage as much communication as possible and love scouting out each venue with you to see your visions for the day, regardless if we have been there before! 

As your day draws near we have a few mandatory catch ups at the three-month, two-month and two to three-week stage, here we can get a little more in depth and plan a little more detail – and by plan, I mean timings etc, not your photography poses, there will be none of that!  

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Once we have captured this phenomenal love of yours our team will have all of your images back in your hand within thirty days! We love to arrange a studio meeting with all the finer trimmings of beers and champagne to unwind and watch the narration of your love unfold. Caution: there may be beaming smiles and way too many tears of happiness as you walk away! 

From the very beginning right until the end Feather & Finch are all about enjoying this journey with you. We want to feel just as much a guest at the wedding as we are vendor. The natural moments unveil the second you feel comfortable with the people surrounding and this is exactly what we want to capture on your wedding day. 

Feel free to check out what some of Feather and Finch previous clients have to say about their experience. REVIEWS

Do’s and Don’ts when preparing Your Wedding

Do’s and Don’ts when preparing Your Wedding

When you start to prepare for your wedding day there are so many things that come to mind that even beginning the beginning of the list seems unachievable.  We have put together a few little tips to help you ease into that wedding mode and prepare you for preparing your wedding day (cause that is totally a thing!) 

Do set out some time to chat with your partner. Decide on some of the key features of your day and designate a few jobs around to take ease the workload. 

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Don’t give in to the things that you don’t love. There is nothing worse than feeling a little bridal pressure from friends and family; choose the characteristics that represent you –  just cause cousin Katie had a DJ from weneedadj.com doesn’t mean you must too! This is YOUR wedding, a representation of YOUR relationship. 

Do decide if you prefer a cocktail, sit-down or buffet style of reception; this can play a huge role in choosing your venues, scrumptious food and styling!  

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Do remember to start looking and booking your vendors. Venues and photographers book incredibly quickly, some up to 18 months in advance! So, put your feelers out for your date and lock your favourites in and work the rest around that. 

Don’t forget to visit these incredible places! Taste the cake, take a walk through the venue (multiple times) and quadruple check that champagne. Planning your wedding should be some of your best days, many people forget to enjoy the lead up just as much as the day.

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Do consider a backup plan if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Sometimes, well, all the time, we can’t predict the weather that far in advance so chat with your vendors for a wet weather option – just in case! 

Don’t get caught up on the little things. While these still play a special part in your day, if you feel you’re getting side tacked deciding on what size font you want your table numbers, sit down, revaluate and focus on the things that will truly mean something to you on the day.

Don’t forget to meet with your photographer and lock in a date for your engagement shoot. This will not only allow you to get to know your photographer, but if there are any camera-shy participants they will be totally comfortable on the day knowing that they don’t have to do the usual stand, smile and say ‘cheese’.

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Do choose your traditions and run with them. Every wedding is so unique, fill yours with personal or cultural traditions that you will remember forever; and if you don’t have any to instil, that’s just as amazing and hey, a whole new tradition in its self!

Don’t forget to take out a few moments of your day for yourself.  Sit back together and take it all in. Relish in those moments of bliss and remember that everyone surrounding is there to celebrate YOU and YOUR love!

Do I really need to pose?

Do I Really Need To Pose? 

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Capturing images that represent your wedding day is so much more than your standard ‘look into each other’s eyes on the count of three and smile’. There are so many couples, and I am talking a good 90%, that fear their wedding photos; ‘I’m not very photogenic, I never look good in photos, this is going to be so awkward, are you going to tell us how to pose?’. Well let’s cut to the chase and let me tell you why not posing is the best thing you could possibly do!

This day is a celebration of love, so all you need to focus is exactly that; from the morning mimosa and round of golf, right through to those first few moments as husband and wife, I am there to bring these to life, there is no need for me to tell you how to pose, nor do you need to, your natural love will flow and shine - and that’s exactly what I am after.
I want you to look back on these photos in all the years to come and see those laugh out loud moments, the unseen tears and the hidden little whispers between yourselves as you stroll hand in hand through your chosen location and just enjoying each other’s presence. If you want to cry, cry, if you want to skip back down the aisle through the colourful confetti, then go right ahead and do that too! These are the captures that will truly represent your love, free from all fear of awkwardness and just beaming with the elements of you. You will be pleasantly surprised on just how special and perfectly angled these become without any posing or modelling instructions from myself or any other random posing blog you might have scuffled across – you guys just be you and leave the rest to me, it’s the part I love the most.  

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