When and Why you Should Meet Your Wedding Vendors.

When and Why you Should Meet Your Wedding Vendors.

When it comes to choosing the people who are a part of your wedding day it is important to know that you guys are the right fit! You may love their work, enjoy their gelato or melt over the landscape in the background of their venue, but what happens if once you meet them things aren’t just quite right? It happens, and that’s ok, there are a few ways to navigate through and prevent this from happening and it all starts with a friendly chat and when suitable, a little meet and greet.

When it comes to meeting your vendors you want to know that they are just as excited and invested in your wedding day as you are, so getting to know them, their ideas and how they work can be crucial to a smooth and carefree wedding day. While it’s great if you can meet with as many vendors as possible here a few key peeps we think it’s important to touch base with through more than an email. 

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Photographer

We are always up for a chat! We want to envision your day exactly how you plan. These memories are going to last more than a lifetime; they will be passed down from generation to generation with stories and tales, so it’s important that your photographer has a clear understanding as to how you see your day unfolding. 

Meet with your photographer once you have chosen your date - check their availability if you have one in mind as they tend to book out 10-12 months in advance.

Videographer

Like your photographer, these little beauties will also be highlighting the key features of your day – make clear the things you really want involved and the style in which you are after. Discussing the vibes and feels of your day will be a huge contributing factor; are you set in for formal kind of night, or a relaxed more party vibe?

Meet with your videographer around 6-12 months in advance. Share the things you love and even provide some ideas on some of their previous work so you are both on the same level.

Hair and Makeup

Discussing your styles for hair and makeup can be a little tricky if you don’t have something in mind or you haven’t chosen your dress. Once you know the style of the day get together a little mood board of all the things you love. If you’re not into the girly stuff it can be a little tricky so meet with your stylist to get an expert opinion on things that will work for you.

Use this trial as the perfect excuse for a night out! Your bridal shower, your hens even your kitchen tea, everyone loves to get a little glammed up so why not take the opportunity around 6 months in advance.

Catering

Everyone likes to try before they buy, but not all caterers offer a little taste test! Once you have decided on your venue discuss the catering options with their chef. If you are out sourcing your tucker get in touch to see if you can meet to discuss the menu options! Keep in mind the season of your wedding; you may not want to serve a warm soup on a hot December day, nor offer an array of frozen yogurt in the middle of winter! 

Meet your caterers once you have chosen your venue and make a little date day/night for you and your partner around 6-9 months in advance to choose the delish little delights to be served up to your guests.

Celebrant

The Ring Leader, the Official, the Master of your opening ceremony; this special person is about to set the foundations of our love and formalise your love before all your special family and friends. It is a requirement to meet you marriage celebrant before you are wed, but in all honesty, it is best to get to know them well and truly before your magical day. You want them to know the ins and outs, be comfortable talking about your love and each of you as individuals too!

Meet your celebrant a few times throughout the process if you can. A few little coffee catch ups or a skype call when needed will make reading your vows out loud and declaring your love a little less nerve racking.

Top Three Reasons to Get Married on the Gold Coast

Top Three Reasons to Get Married on the Gold Coast

There are a million and one reasons why this beautiful part of Australia is a number one wedding destination. From overseas travellers’ right through to local love, the Gold Coast inspires such a diverse range of lovers with the amazing traits it holds within its heart. There is nothing I love more than capturing each wedding story with a unique flare, and although that means I am able to travel the globe to extraordinary cultures and sceneries, there are so many places within this location that can allow you to feel a part of something so unique - like they say, there’s no place like home! So, let me fill you in on a few reasons why the Gold Coast is the perfect place to tie the knot!

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Oh, the Land and Sea

From the golden tones of the sandy shores right through to the intricate detail of the tree lined rainforests, the Gold Coast has the most diverse range of landscapes set for your wedding day! Within thirty minutes you can be set on the sandy shores for a balmy night of fun or escaping into the glorious hinterland with the fresh countryside air and scenery to just as beautiful as your love.

Vendor galore

You are honestly spoilt for choice, what more can I say? The Gold Coast has some of the world’s finest vendors on its radar. Each venue is so unique allowing you to stay true to your style while adding splashes of your unique character through your endless choices of live music, styling and most importantly, your FOOD! Don’t be afraid to get fancy, trial run a few things to find exactly what you’re after, and most importantly meet with your vendors to make sure you guys are a perfect fit!

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Hello Holiday

No one could ever say no to attend such a blissful day for you and your partner, nor could they turn down the opportunity to have a little getaway themselves! The Gold Coast is the perfect place for your guests to indulge before and after your celebration and truly make the most of their time in the sunshine state. With white sandy beaches, theme parks galore and mountains as far as the eye can see, this gem within Australia really offers a little piece of paradise for an holiday maker. 

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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The Camera Strap That Saved My Back

Hold Fast

There’s a lot of jobs out there that can take a huge toll on our bodies leaving work a complete drain due to becoming physically and mentally fatigued trying to fight that ongoing battle of pursing our dreams and listening to your body at the same time. There came a time where I had question my ability to continue working within my passion of photography, I could spend days in bed recovering from one wedding and the idea of knowing how much pain my back would be in after another became more daunting by the minute. 

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Fortunately for me that all turned around with the purchase of the best investment I have made to date, my Hold Fast Money Maker camera strap. This bad boy literally saved my back (pun intended) and my photography career continued to blossom and grow because of it – I am forever grateful! Stylish, comfortable and made with quality at its forefront, I honestly could not image my life without it – I sure wouldn’t be able to capture all the incredible weddings I do now! 

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