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Top Tips for choosing you Wedding Day Jewellery

Top Tips for choosing your Wedding Day Jewellery

After weeks of scouring wedding dress shops and hours of fitting room dramas, I know that ‘the dress’ is important. But choosing your wedding jewellery is just as crucial to give you the perfect look as you walk down the aisle. So before you start your search, have a look at these tips for picking your accessories.

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Compliment Your Dress

First off, the colour of your jewellery needs to stay in theme with your dress/outfit. If you’ve gone for an ivory or champagne shade of gown, gold metal will really set off this style and make you glow. If you’ve chosen a bright white gown, platinum or silver jewellery will enhance your look – or try rose gold metal to compliment a dress with soft pink or blush tones.

Find a Skin Match

The same goes for jewellery working with your skin colour. If you are dark-skinned or have an olive complexion, try and find a lighter hue of jewellery that will stand out, perhaps a silver metal. On the other hand, a pale colouring can be complemented by tones of warm golds – but remember to adjust this if you’re planning on getting a tan for your big day!

Think about the Future

Though your wedding dress may not get another chance to shine, your bridal jewellery should be something you can return to again and again.

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Less Is More

Don’t go crazy with massive statement pieces that will detract from the look of the dress. When you walk down the aisle, you still want the dress to be remembered – not the massive bling hanging around your neck! If in doubt, go for something really simple and stick to only a few accessories – your dress will do the talking anyway!

Hair Accessories

Remember what you’re putting in your hair before you choose what jewellery you’re going to wear on your big day. Think about whether you’re going to sport the veil look, a glitzy tiara, or just using a simple accessory to finish off your hairstyle. When jewellery shopping, take your hair items with you so you can match metals if need be.

Dare to be Colourful

There’s no need to keep everything a shade of ivory, silver or gold. “Adding a pop of colour with jewellery is a subtle way to liven up a classic neutral colour palette. Matching your gemstone to details in the wedding, such as a shade in the bridesmaid bouquets or the table pieces, is a sophisticated way of tying your theme together. Or make some of your jewellery your something blue.

Mix Old, Borrowed and New

Not everything has to match. Of course, you don’t want to clash eras and colours, but a beautiful heirloom piece, borrowed or gifted from a relative, could look wonderful alongside a contemporary classic. And if you have a favourite pair of pearl earrings that always make you feel your best, by all means, wear them. Even better if they complement the beading in your gown; consider choosing a modern tiara which also has pearl beading detail to really make the most of them and create a cohesive overall look.

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Be Comfortable

On your wedding day, you still need to do ‘you’. So if you don’t normally wear extravagant necklaces and heavy earrings, why do it on the best day of your life? You need to feel confident and comfortable in what you’re wearing, so let it emulate your personality and be yourself!

What is Personal Branding Photography & why does your Business need it?

What on earth is Personal Branding Photography & why does your Business need it?

More than just a headshot!

What is Personal Branding Photography?

The concept of branding is more important now than ever. With the enormous boom in social media in the last few years everyone, from teenagers to executives, is developing their online branding. A brand, as you know, is not just a logo or a set of colours; a brand is the whole business. “Brand” covers everything from packaging to ethos, and it’s how businesses portray themselves to their clients and showcase the goods and/or services they provide.

Branding photography
Lifestyle shoot of product being enjoyed.

Personal branding photography is photography that reflects the spirit of the business

One of the best ways to define a business is through images. Personal branding photography is thriving right now because people understand the importance of personalising their offerings—whether that be a service or a product.

Personal branding sessions are becoming very popular for small businesses; a single headshot is no longer enough! In the endless search for content, businesses now need to create posts for their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts as well as their LinkedIn profiles and websites. Not to mention flyers, business cards, newsletters, and other promotional stuff!

A comprehensive and well-planned brand session is a great foundation on which to build a consistent brand persona. It’s important to show different parts of the business to their clients. Yes, it’s nice to see a smiling face in a headshot; but it’s also great to see the business owner in action!

Branding photography
Portrait of illustrator doing what she does best!

What if I don’t offer a product?

For a business that creates a product, clients will love to see the making process as well as images of the finished product and styled shots of it in use.

If the business provides a service, it’s important to showcase how they interact with clients.

How I Prepare a Client for Their Personal Branding Photography Session

It is essential I get to know my client or business owner’s needs well in advance. As businesses, branding, and personality are so intertwined these days, it’s important to focus on all aspects.

The best way to do this is to use my personal branding photography preparation guide to find out everything I need to know about my client and their business. Before a session, I will meet with a client or business owner, speak to them over the phone and interact via email to make sure I have all the answers I need.

I will study their existing website, social media platforms, and responses to my questions to get a feel for their brand. Can I help them to portray themselves in a better way?

Working Together

Although clients understand the importance of a personal branding session, most will need guidance on the best way to capture their product and service. Planning the session together is essential. I use my expertise to collaborate with my client or business owner to show off their work in the best possible way.

Every Session is Different

Each client is unique and has their own set of requirements. No two assignments will be the same. I’ve photographed creators, illustrators, jewellers, rum distillers, and a writer over the last few years. Each shoot has been approached and planned in a different way.

Branding photography
Product shot

How long does a shoot last?

As personal branding photography is so multi-faceted, there will always be many different parts to a branding session. It’s really important to capture portraits of my client (everyone still needs a headshot, right?), but it’s equally important to capture things like:

  • my client at work
  • interactions with their own clients
  • products (styled in context and/or as a flat lay)
  • work in progress

This can be across a few locations and can take a couple of hours. So sometimes it works best to split the branding session into two shoots if that works best.

Branding photography
Styled product and packaging shoot.

How are the images delivered?

Most personal branding clients want their images provided digitally. My clients use their images across all their social media platforms as well as on their websites. So I deliver a curated library of digital images for them to download and use. They are provided in a social media resolution, ready to drop into websites or Instagram, etc. And in a higher resolution for any printed needs, they may have. For example, the jeweller wanted to use her product images on a show banner.

Branding photography
Me when I still dyed my hair! Used for lots of social media posts.

So there you have it. The days of grabbing a stock image of the internet are over (especially those ones that still have the copyright printed all over them!). Now more than ever businesses need to stand out from the competition online. The best way to do that is with images that convey who you are and what you are selling.

Get in touch if you would like more information.

Studio Session – Family

Time spent with family is worth every second.

Family

I got a last-minute request for a family shoot right before Christmas. Of course, I was happy to accommodate. I love creating a visual history for families to cherish.

If that family then turns up and is great fun right from the start AND are all wearing co-ordinating red tartan. Well, cover me in eggs and flour and bake me in a hot oven for 30 minutes! I am in heaven!

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Youngest Family Member

Isabella had an infectious giggle and gorgeous smile so I had to start with her.

Family Photography by JB Moments Photography.

She definitely had a mischievous streak and had lots of ideas for silly pictures including tickling the olds when they weren’t expecting it.

Big Brother

Next up was big brother Jahcari. Despite being far too cool for school he was also very polite and happy to be directed for poses.

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What a good looking boy but he was keeping very coy about his romantic life despite my teasing! Poor lad!

Fam-a-lam

One thing that was evident was the love between brother and sister, even if they would never admit it!

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What about the grown-ups?

It’s not all about the kiddos as cute as they are. The grown-ups deserve some attention too.

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These two were clearly loved up and took very little persuasion from me to have a little smooch for the camera as well. Much to the disgust of the kids!

All too soon our session was over and we were all still laughing as I showed them out of the studio. These sort of sessions give me life and the 5-star review mum gave me was the icing on the cake 🙂

 

Studio Session – Baby Findlay

Baby Findlay

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

Rainbow Baby

As I write this blog on the 5th day of the new year we are back in another lockdown in Scotland. Hopefully this time there is light at the end of the tunnel as a vaccine is being rolled out at the same time. But for the time being, I can’t shoot anyone in my home studio so I am consoling myself by looking at the gorgeous people I got to capture right before Christmas and bringing you along for the journey 🙂

Findlay was a very special 4-week new client. He was a rainbow baby. For those of you that don’t know what the term means: A rainbow baby is a term for a child born to a family that has previously lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death during infancy. As a volunteer photographer for the charity Remember My Baby I all too often see the loss parents go through so to see a happy and healthy baby after a family goes through that is a very special kind of joy for me.

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Mum asked for very natural posing and minimal props but when I showed her the rainbow bucket that I had we simply had to use it with this gorgeous dude.

Baby makes Three

The arrival of Findlay right before Christmas was the best gift his parents could receive. He has made them a family.

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I love taking these sorts of family images. Stripping everything back to just focussing on the connection and love between them all.

It’s a Love thing

The family name, very appropriately, was Love. So despite posing Findlay very naturally I surprised mum and dad with a composite image in their gallery.

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I mean, when that is your surname it would be rude not to wouldn’t it?

Costume Change

I love it when parents bring something special to incorporate into the shoot. With Findlay being a rainbow baby, mum had found the most gorgeous onesie from Little Loves Cornwall.

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Simply perfect!

Mugshots

Findlay slept throughout most of his session. He only woke up for a few milk breaks (because modelling is hungry work, don’t you know!). Those of you that have read my blogs or followed my newborn shoots know that I like to capture black and white ‘mug shots’ at the end of each session. For these, I need the baby to be awake and Master Findlay wasn’t too happy about that!

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Photographing babies, especially babies like Findlay gives me hope. And where there is hope there is life. Positive thoughts to begin the year with.

 

Children & Animals!

Children & Animals

Phew! What a week it’s been at JB Moments Photography. Lots of children and the odd animal and for all those that tell you never to work with children or animals…ignore them, it’s great fun 🙂

Kincardine Toddler Group

First up was my annual visit to Kincardine Toddler Group for their photos. This year due to C-19 I had to take extra precautions and we operated a strict one family in at a time policy. I still managed to get through 35 families and 600 images! The local school hadn’t offered school photos this year due to the pandemic so as it was an inset day many older brothers and sisters came along in their school uniforms so they could get pictures. This makes my heart sing. Pictures are important, people!

Grandkids and a puppy

Next day I had a location shoot for a grandma who wanted her new lab puppy pictured with her 4 grandchildren. Two of whom are toddlers and one who isn’t even one yet. Sure, I said. What could possibly go wrong?

Cue bedlam of the very best kind. Get all the children in place the dog runs off. Get the dog in place one of the toddlers decides to make a break for it. Then the baby gets angry. The only thing you can do in this situation is keep calm and try out lots of different things.

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Moi? I didn’t cause any trouble.

Meet Juke, arguably the best behaved of a very spirited bunch. Such a little cutie.

Finally, I decided that in order for the shot to work, grandma was going to have to be in it.

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A few head swaps later in post-processing and we have the shot. Best of all, Gran was delighted with the photos.

More Grandkids

That afternoon I was back in the studio for a group of older grandkids. This is going to be a portrait for a lucky grandma for Christmas so I’m not going to share any images here and ruin the surprise.

Baby Cora

Be still my heart, on Sunday morning, two-week new baby Cora graced the studio with her tiny presence.

A beautiful baby girl for a family already blessed with two super cute sons. It was fair to say this 3 and 5-year-old were quite delighted with their new baby sister.

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They were both happy to pose with her and were super cute about it. All the heart eyes!

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As you can see good genes clearly run in the family 🙂

Once the boys had done their modelling and been rewarded with a pick from the lollipop tree dad took them off to their sports training and left just us girls to hang.

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Isn’t she just perfection?

We finished the session with my signature ‘mugshots’ and Miss Cora gave me lots of wonderful eye contact. I love these images.

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So next time anyone says ‘never work with children or animals’ I say – Don’t knock it until you try it. You might just love it 🙂

Cake Smash, Cake Smash, Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Last week was a smashing week in the studio as I had not one, not two but three Cake Smash and Splashes to shoot! The cleaning crew (aka Ernie one of my dogs) were working overtime!

First up Miss Millie was back for her final Grow with Me session of her first year. Then Miss Grace who was gifted the Cake Smash shoot for her first birthday by her gran. So she would have an experience to look back on rather than more plastic toys (so cool). And finally, Master Callum who I’d last seen as an itty bitty newborn came in to celebrate his first birthday.

The Formals

I like to take some pictures whilst the little one is still clean so that they have some images they won’t hate when they are 18!

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Miss Millie was tutu cute in her sparkly tutu and crown.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments Photography

Master Callum looked so very dapper in his waistcoat and bowtie.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments Photography

Miss Grace opted for some pale pink skinny jeans and a very on-trend puff-sleeved shirt.

Time for Cake

I always say to parents that kids don’t always react the way you want them to when they are presented with the cake. Especially if they haven’t really tried cake before.

I needn’t have worried with these three cake Olympians though!

The many faces of Millie

Miss Millie went through a full range of emotions during her cake smash.

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First, there was happiness.

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Then there was anger.

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And finally hilarity!

Callum

Master Callum changed into his Friends t-shirt. Apparently, like Joey, he doesn’t like to share food.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments PhotographyHe sure likes cake though.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments PhotographyGreat big handfuls of it!

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments PhotographyAnd feetfuls!

Grace

Miss Grace also very much enjoyed cake.

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She was having a great time.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments PhotographyNo need for spoons when you can eat it straight off the stand.

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Miss Grace also liked putting her feet in the cake.

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And was very proud of herself once she’d completely trashed the cake!

Splish Splash in the tub

With the exception of Miss Grace who really wasn’t feeling the bath the tin bathtub was filled with bubbles. The bubble machine was switched on and the rubber ducks were drafted in.

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Miss Mille thought the splash session was hilarious.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments Photography

Master Callum got himself all in a lather!

I love doing these shoots. I’m not sure who ends up laughing the most. The parents or me.

🙂

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Sketchography

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Sketchography

Sketchography Colloboration

What the heckety heck is Sketchography?

Well, for that my friends I need to take you back, way back to 2018. My photography business was still pretty new and I had recently joined a business networking group run by Fife for Kids an organisation founded by two kick-ass mums who wanted to be able to find everything on offer for people under the age of 18 in Fife, in one place!

After a particularly good discussion and cake at one of these events I was packing up my stuff and Jess (one half of Fife for Kids and fellow cake addict) appeared looking quite twitchy. “I wondered if you’d be interested in an idea I have to combine photographs with my illustrations?”. Two things I should point out here. 1. As well as Fife for Kids, Jess is the owner/illustrator of The Ricketty Desk . 2. What I didn’t know until much later. She was really nervous about asking me. Not sure why because HECK YES I thought it sounded like a great idea! We agreed to meet over cake (obv.) to discuss further.

There was lots of cake (and meetings), model calls, refinements, customer testing, more cake…Until eventually Sketchography was born. A made-up word that sums up our two respective professions. Put together we have created an amazing experience that results in a bespoke piece of art that is uniquely yours. Not only that, it is ready to hang in your home on a fantastic quality gallery block from my professional lab that hand finishes every item.

Storybook

We started our Sketchography range with the Storybook Collection. A choice of 4 different scenarios that your little could be the star of.

Sketchography

This is Magical Woodland, we also offer Story Book Road for wannabe race drivers, Let them Eat Cake for birthday celebrations and Welcome to the World for Newborns.

I think these images are just adorable in your child’s bedroom or playroom.

Sketchography Experiences

Then we wanted to get really really bespoke. Fuelled by cake we brainstormed and came up with the Back to School Experience and the Family Crest Experience.

We both loved the idea of asking kids going back to a new school year questions like, ‘who is your best friend?’ and ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’. Jess does it with her own kiddos every year and it is fun to see how the answers change over the years.

We got the kids to complete a questionnaire. Which is a fun part of the experience thanks to Jess’s fab illustrations. And then they come to the studio in their stiff and uncomfortable new school uniform for a fun shoot! Then Jess works her magic based on the answers given and….

Sketchography

Could you imagine how much fun these would be going up the stairs of your house for each year? That would make me smile every time I had to use the stairs 🙂

That grew into something the whole family could do as fun experience together. Complete a questionnaire together, have a studio shoot and then end up with a Family Crest to hang on their wall that looks like…

Sketchography

And indeed here is this one is on the families wall.

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What’s next for Sketchography?

I feel like I have been spoiled with my first collaboration as Jess is so easy to work with. I love this concept of combining both our passions and making truly one-off pieces of art for people. I thank the cake gods every day that she chose me as the photographer. There are loads more ideas percolating in both our brains so watch this space…

Just one more thing.

We’ve self-published a book! I know, right! We used the Sketchography method over lockdown to entertain people on our social media pages with Would You Rather questions. Like, Would you rather be chased by one zebra sized duck or 100 duck-sized zebras? So we have curated them all into a book. It’s daft, whimsey and a great idea as a Christmas gift! On sale now through The Ricketty Desk’s Etsy Store.

 

Wedding Etiquette: Who (Traditionally) Pays For What?

Wedding Etiquette: Who (Traditionally) Pays For What?

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You’re engaged to your best friend, your partner in crime, your ride or die. Now it’s time to start planning the big party! The first thing on your mind will likely be: “How much is all of this going to cost?” and “How are we going to pay for it??”. But don’t panic. Apps like BrideBook have super helpful budget planners which estimate the costs of your wedding and breaks them down, so you have a good idea of what each part will cost.

Some families may offer to help the newlyweds-to-be celebrate the most magical day in their lives, and for that, I’ve put together the lowdown on (traditionally) who pays for what. This way you can look at your budget, see how much each part costs, and let your families know how much they can help with! At the end of the day, it’s whatever works for you and your family, but this is a good place to start!

Who pays for the engagement party?

This expense is traditionally covered by the bride’s family, as they will often host the engagement party at their house, as a way to welcome and bring together the two families (usually for the first time!). However, whichever family is feeling the most generous can host or offer to throw the party.

Who pays for the wedding rings?

The wedding rings are a split cost between the bride and groom’s families. The groom’s family will pay for the bride’s ring and vice versa.

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Who pays for the wedding flowers?

The bouquet should be a gift from the groom to the bride, as she is his date. The bride’s side of the family will traditionally pay for the flower decorations

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Who pays for the bridesmaid dresses and usher suits?

The bride’s side of the family traditionally pays for the bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses. Although more and more, bridesmaids are paying for their own dress. It really depends on your budget, the type of dresses you want them to wear and whether or not it’s within their price range! This is something which you should definitely discuss early on with your bride squad, to avoid any confusion later.

As for the best man and usher suits? Unless they are matching and require special suits, the ushers should pay for them themselves. If the suits need to be tailor-made, it’s an expense that the groom’s side should kindly cover. 

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Who pays for guest’s accommodation?

Traditionally each side of the family will pay for their own guest’s accommodation. However, this will really depend on what the families are comfortable with. Nowadays, most guests will pay for their own accommodation – just make sure you mention this on your invites.

Who pays for the honeymoon?

Traditionally, it is the groom who pays for the honeymoon. However, most couples today are splitting the cost, and many are asking for donations towards their honeymoon, instead of wedding gifts! This is a new tradition, that stems from the fact that people are getting married later and already living together when they tie the knot. This means they probably don’t need a new toaster or a 24-piece dinnerware set!

A cheat sheet of what each family traditionally pays for…

Bride and Bride’s family:

 

• Wedding dress and the accessories that come with it

• Bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories (although nowadays more and more bridesmaids pay for their own attire)

• Bride’s accompanying outfits (going away and honeymoon)

• Hair and make-up, along with other beauty treatments

• Transportation for the bridal party to the ceremony

• Transportation for the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception venue

• Photography and/or videography

• Flowers

• Venue hire and decorations

• Wedding cake

• Catering

• Favours

• Drinks

• Entertainment

• Wedding stationery

• Groom’s wedding ring

• Engagement party

• Wedding insurance

• Overnight accommodation for close family

• Presents for the groom’s family

 

Groom and Groom’s family:

 

• Groom’s outfit

• Best man’s and usher’s outfits (like bridesmaids, however, these now tend to be bought by the groomsmen themselves)

• Groom’s going-away outfit

• Transportation for the groom and best man to the ceremony

• Transportation for the bride and groom from the reception

• Buttonholes for all the groomsmen

• Civil or religious ceremony fees

• Church fees, plus extras like church music and bell ringing

• Registration office and other venue fees

• Passports and visas for the honeymoon

• Travel and accommodation for the honeymoon

• Spending money for the honeymoon

• Travel insurance for the honeymoon

• Bride’s engagement and wedding rings

• Presents for the bridesmaids, ushers and best man

• Presents for the bride’s parents

• Press announcement for the wedding

• Wedding night hotel
So, that’s how it’s been broken down historically, but the winds of time are changing and there’s nothing to say that this is how yours will or should be broken down. Couples are getting married later in life now than they used to, so financial situations are likely to be somewhat different.

Studio Session – Baby Holly

Studio Session – Baby Holly

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.” – Don Herold

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Sleepy vibes

For once the sleepy baby gods were looking favourably on me! When Miss Holly arrived at the studio she was fast asleep and she decided to stay like that for a good portion of her session.

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She was two weeks new the day she visited me and although she had arrived 3 weeks early she was a tiny bundle of absolute perfection.

Mum and Dad were totally smitten with her. And from the moment I held on to her, so was I. 🙂

Teddy Bear

Holly absolutely loved being swaddled nice and snug in the various wraps. She was so out of it that I was able to dress her up like a little teddy bear.

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Seriously though, how cute. Look at that beautiful little pout she has already perfected. Dad says she can already wind him around her little pinky. I suspect she will be able to all her life!

Pretty in Pink

I couldn’t have a little girl in the studio and not use some pink. Come on!

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I rarely get to do this pose with babies that have just drifted off or awake so I took full advantage of Miss Holly’s slumber.

Mugshots

She did wake up when her nappy needed changing and she wanted some more of the house white. I took the opportunity then to take her ‘mugshots’ (I really must come up with a nicer name for them! 😉 )

As well as the usual ones where she glared at me for keeping her awake I think! I asked mum and dad to hold a hand each and I love how it turned out.

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I wish my double chins looked as cute as this!!

She was very happy once she knew both of her parents were on hand (literally!).

At Mum’s request

Holly’s Mum had been on my website and loved the Calm Moon composite image that I have on there. She asked if I could recreate with Holly. Hell yes!

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As often happens, Holly’s session was over way too soon and I had to say goodbye to the little angel that stole my heart for the afternoon.

 

 

Gift ideas for your Wedding Party

Gift Ideas for your Wedding Party

Your parents, their parents, the bridesmaids and the best man and ushers, they all (hopefully) help you have the most amazing day ever. So you want to say thank you either when you’re getting ready, during the speeches or at some other time. There are traditional gifts like flowers for the mums but for those of you that want to gift something different…read on, I have collected some ideas 🙂

Gifts

Mums

For as long as you have been dreaming about your wedding day there’s a good chance your mum has been too. If her help has been invaluable why not treat her to one of these gifts as a thank you? Same goes for your future mum-in-law or any other maternal figure that has been a big part of your day.

  • Overnight bag – If your mum played an integral part in helping you plan your wedding, encourage her to take a much-needed postnuptial holiday with a roomy canvas bag, perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
  • A cosy dressing gown – Is there a more perfect way to say, “Thanks for all you do—now go relax!”? I think not.
  • A custom illustration –  Custom gifts are the way to go for brides seeking something that says a heartfelt “thank you.” Memorialise your special bond with a personalised illustration of your likenesses. (check out The Ricketty Desk for a truly bespoke experience)
  • Engraved beauty compact – Pair this sweet little handbag accessory with her favourite lipstick or nail polish for a thoughtful beauty gift she’ll use for years to come.
  • Personalised hankie – On your wedding day, waterworks are practically guaranteed—especially from your mother. Give her a pretty crocheted hankie and, for maximum sentimentality, have the gift customised with embroidered names, dates or a monogram.
  • Spa experience – Relieve your mum from her mother of the bride/groom duties by giving her the gift of relaxation.

Spa break

  • Special locket or charm – Tuck in a little note or vintage photos of loved ones for a sentimental gift she’ll treasure forever.
  • Meaningful Figurine – Like the Willow Tree carved ones are the epitome of sweet sentiment.
  • Monthly subscription box – Gin tasting, wine of the month, chocolate tasting…the choices are endless.( check out Bottle in a Box for a wide range of alcoholic gifts)
  • Glass or crystal vase – up the ante by giving her flowers already arranged in a beautiful vase, that will last long after the flowers do.
  • House Plant – or for the green-fingered mums a house plant or garden plant would be a thoughtful gift.
  • Perfume set – her favourite perfume or the one you’ve chosen for your wedding day.

 

Dads

Whether he is walking you down the aisle or providing much needed moral support, here some gift ideas for the main man in your life.

  • Overnight bag – Perhaps he and mum can go away for a wee break?
  • Personalised handkerchief – give it to him during prep and he can carry it with him all day.
  • A decanter – wine or spirits his thing? Help him to show them off in style.
  • Wallet – personalise by having his initials monogrammed onto it.
  • Monogrammed glasses – for his whisky or other tipples.
  • Personalised cufflinks – there are loads of great styles to choose from
  • Personalised golf ball set – if your dad is a golfer this could be perfect.

 

Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids have been there for you every step of the way throughout your wedding planning journey. From celebrating your engagement to planning the best hen party ever, you can’t imagine a better group of gals to have by your side for your walk down the aisle. Whether you met them in school, university, or at work—you’ve undoubtedly shared some amazing memories together, and your wedding is no exception!

  • Personalised clutch bags – It’s a gift they’ll use for years to come—and they’ll always think of you.
  • Anything monogrammed – from coasters to make up bags – who doesn’t like something with their initial(s) on it?
  • Jewellery – from tie the knot stud earrings to necklaces to wear with their bridesmaid dresses you can’t go wrong with a bit of bling.
  • Pashmina – If your wedding is outdoors or taking place in the evening, a super-soft pashmina is the perfect gift way to say thank you to your bridesmaids.
  • Personalised candles – Available in a variety of delicious scents such as lavender peppermint and lemongrass verbena, these modern, budget-friendly candles are the perfect custom gift for your girls. Search on Etsy.

Candles

  • A personalised mobile phone case – Personalised phone cases offer a modern pop of colour to your bridesmaid’s clutch. They’re the perfect accessory for those impromptu mirror selfies on the big day.
  • Engraved beauty compact – see mum’s list above.

 

Best Man and Ushers

These guys will be there to help the groom during every step of his wedding planning process.

From trying on wedding suits and organising an awesome stag do to giving a hilarious best man speech, there are a whole load of best man and usher duties which might go unnoticed by the other guests.

  • Personalised tankard -The glass or metal can be personalised with the groomsman’s role, your wedding date and location. You could also go for pint glasses or rocks glasses.
  • Personalised collar stiffeners. They can be engraved with your choice of a message in a selection of fonts, making them truly unique to the recipient. What a lovely idea!
  • Wedding socks – a practical gift that can be personalised.
  • Beers of the world gift set – What best man wouldn’t be over the moon with a hamper full of beer? This set contains six speciality craft beers which have each been paired with a savoury treat. Once your groomsmen’s wedding day hangovers have subsided, they’ll love tucking into this thank you treat!

Beer

  • Personalised leather keyring – sites like Not on the High Street have lots of lovely options.
  • Personalised cufflinks – See dad’s list above
  • Other monogrammed gifts – from hip flasks to belts there is something to suit your guys.
  • Beard care kits – no self-respecting hipster would be upset at this gift!

 

I hope that these ideas give you some inspiration.