A lovely Testimonial from Antonina & Dale’s Wedding

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I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it once again – being a wedding photographer is a very stressful job – you’re given the huge responsibility of capturing a couple’s big day and you only get one chance to get it right.

However, despite the pressures & responsibility, it also really is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world; when your couple receive their photos and they love them, you know that you’ve given them something that they will literally treasure for the rest of their lives together.

That gives you a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and fulfilment.

Talking of which, I wanted to share a recent testimonial from one of my couples – Antonina and Dale:

“I would highly recommend Everlasting Moments Photography which I used for my wedding in June 2014.

 

Having over 230 guests meant lots of Bridesmaids & Ushers, meaning we had many formal shots which we wanted captured, so Sam really did have a lot of work to do, but all his hard work did pay off!

 

Our photographs captured our day just as we hoped. From the first meeting, Sam was highly professional and gave his all into everything.

 

Unlike many photographers Sam goes to your venue weeks before the event to take shots of many things that could work on the day for good photographs. I found this brilliant!

 

Even after the event he still puts all his effort in. We received the disc’s of all our photos well within the promised timescale along with a beautiful sideshow of the best ones all done by Sam himself.

 

Even down to choosing our photographs for our album, Sam helped and advised us every step of the way.

 

Sam really does put his heart into his work and you can see your big day means just as much to him!!”

 

It’s always a huge honour to receive such kind words, and I’m both grateful and pleased that my photos can make people so happy :)

Kerrie & Adam’s Wedding at Woldingham Girls School, Woldingham, Surrey

I had the great pleasure of recording Kerrie and Adam’s wedding at Woldingham Girls School, in Woldingham, Surrey.

I had known both Kerrie and Adam on a personal level, so it had been lovely to be involved and given the honour of capturing their special day for them.

Woldingham Girls School was also another venue that had eluded me for some time, so it was very exciting to be able to get the opportunity to photograph a wedding there as it is another stunning venue.

It’s a magnificent mansion house that sits within an 700 acre estate – it has a whole raft of delights and features both internally and externally.

It was a cracking day, and we captured some great photos throughout.

Why not have a look for yourself here below…

Bridal preparation at Bride's house

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Bride and groom posing for photographs at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

Bride and groom posing for photographs at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

Bride and Groom snuggling up on the stone bench at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

Bride and Groom snuggling up on the stone bench at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

Bride and Groom snuggling up on the stone bench at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

Bride and Groom snuggling up on the stone bench at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

Bride and Groom snuggling up on the stone bench at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

Bride and groom posing for an intimate portrait in the doorway of Woldingham Girls School

Bride and groom posing for an intimate portrait in the doorway of Woldingham Girls School

Bridesmaids sharing a joke whilst posing for their group shot at Woldingham Girls School in Woldingham Surrey

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Groomsmen throwing their top hats into the air at Woldingham Girls School during a wedding

The bridal party posing for a group photograph at Woldingham Girls School

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Sutton Holiday Inn Spring Wedding Fayre – Sunday 8th Feb 2015

In Toto Events presents a Wedding Fayre at the Sutton Holiday Inn, Surrey on Sunday 8th February 2015

Please come and join us at the Wedding Fayre on the 8th Feb!

For all you brides-to-be out there, it’s now that time of year that we call ‘wedding fayre season’!

We shall be attending the In Toto Events Wedding Fayre at The Sutton Holiday Inn (Click here for a map) on Sunday 8th February, from 11am – 3pm.

If you’ve never been to a wedding fayre before, and you’ve still got a few things to tick off on your ‘to-do’ list, then I really do recommend you coming along.

What is the point of a wedding fayre?

A wedding fayre will give you a great opportunity to meet with many wedding suppliers, from florists, cakes, bridal wear, cars all the way through to photographers.

A good wedding fayre will host a whole variety of suppliers and ensure that there isn’t too many of any one genre, which ultimately will give all the brides that walk through the door more choice.  No bride wants to walk into a fayre to see there are 6 photographers and only one bridal wear company – it can happen… some fayres will book tables to duplicate suppliers regardless of their genre as they need to fill exhibitors space.  That might be great for the organiser’s wallet, but it certainly won’t be offering the bride a beneficial experience.

In addition to that, some venues will also use the opportunity to have a room or two fully set-up to showcase how their facilities could look on a given wedding day to help people visualise what they can offer them.

Meeting suppliers in the flesh and not via an online profile page

Now, you may well point out that you can find all the suppliers and venues you ever need at the end of your finger tips with the help of your good friend Google, and you would indeed have a point.

However, the true benefit of a wedding fayre is moving away from the cyber world and providing you with the opportunity to meet the ‘real’ people and their physical products that you might be investing in.

When it comes to your wedding, we’re talking about an extremely important day, not to mention an expensive one – you want to make sure you’re getting things right, and that you’re selecting the right suppliers who you believe will provide you with the best product and the best experience.

This is very difficult to do online, yes companies and suppliers may well have mighty fine all-singing-and-dancing websites and branding that looks amazing, but what are they like as a person, we quite often forget that these people are part of their brand and their product and you can’t easily analyze that through a web page.

There is no substitute for meeting people face to face, you will soon pick up a vibe as to whether they are someone that you want to entrust carrying out a role on your big day. You can also thoroughly vet the quality of their products through the physical form of touch rather than make judgements remotely from photos – trust me, this is such an important thing that I really do advise all couples to do with most if not all of their suppliers if possible.

Plan ahead – 4 useful tips!

Make sure that you plan ahead – as with any supplier that you still need to hire, have a think about what questions you might like to ask them – write them down and take it with you to the fayre.  That way you can then ask them when you’re talking to them directly, it will not only satisfy your concerns but also potentially save you time in having to meet up with the supplier again in the future.

Take a bag with you, there will be a lot of printed literature and business cards on display from all the suppliers, this will allow you to take home the ones that you’re interested in without losing them on your way around the venue!

Special offers – some suppliers will run a special offer for any brides that book there and then on the day, it might be a discount and or possibly includes a freebie of some kind.  If you’re happy with the supplier and their products and feel that you want to book them, then you can do so there and then and take advantage of their special offer!

Another good tip is that if you are heading to a specific wedding fayre, have a look around to see if there are any other fayres also going on in the area – you could possibly combine the two and visit both one after the other, which will give you a further measuring stick to compare the venues and suppliers.

Join us at our next fayre

Don’t forget, we’ll be at the In Toto Events wedding fayre at The Sutton Holiday Inn on Sunday 8th Feb from 11am – 3pm – why not come along and meet the wonderful local suppliers that I personally know very well?

In Toto Events generally run their fayres so that there is only one supplier of each genre, so you won’t be faced with the prospect of looking at 5-6 of the same type of suppliers and you’ll enjoy the excellent variation.

It’s also FREE Entry – so what’s there to lose?

Hopefully see you on the 8th Feb!

Baby Ronnie’s Newborn portrait photo shoot

Aside of the wedding work that we carry out throughout the year, we do also cover various portrait shoots of families, children and newborn babies.

These can be either studio or location based portraits, depending on what our client prefers.

One form of portraiture that we frequently get requests for is babies, whether that be at the newborn stage, 6 months or 12 months – we cover all of these key ages.

Why not have a look at one of our newborn shoots from a few months ago here to gauge a feel for the type of shots that we’d look to capture for a typical newborn shoot.

If you have any questions about our portrait services, then please do not hesitate to drop us a line to discuss your requirements further.

Let your child be the star of your Christmas Cards this year!

We’re currently running a Christmas promotion for all those parents out there who have a child and of whom would love their little munchkin to feature on their own personalised greeting cards.

We’ll be running mini festive portrait shoots and offering three packages with different card quantities.

Each package will come with the designated quantity of cards, plus one FREE 8″x6″ print, and also a FREE low resolution JPEG for use on social media.

To find out more please read the poster below, and contact us directly with any other questions.

We will be looking to take bookings in the next fortnight, as obviously time will be required to have the cards printed and returned.

If you are interested, please register your interest now by contacting us here or by telephoning 07930 400059.

Everlasting Moments Personalised Christmas Cards Promotion