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Get Natural Shots At Any Wedding

Guide To Natural Photos You Can Get At Any Wedding

If you’re looking for wedding photo ideas on glamourous websites, or even Pinterest and Instagram, then you have to keep in mind that those photos were taken by different people at different times, in different conditions and possible in a different location.

Wedding photography these days revolves around capturing natural moments. 
Once you start giving your photographer lists of photos you want taken then they stop capturing natural moments, because they have to try to contrive unnatural moments that look natural, because it happened naturally at someone else’s wedding once.
BTW the only list of photos I’d want you to give me is of the group photos, that’s actually really helpful. 

If you’re going to give your photographer any lists other than the group photo list, here is one I recommend.

What’s that, you haven’t got a photographer yet? 
Walking Down The Aisle and The Reaction.
Not everyone bursts into tears, that moment when you both clap eyes on each other as one of you walks down the aisle is a moment to behold.
Straight off the bat this is one of my favourite shots, and one that I make sure I’m in position for every time.

Walking Through Confetti
It actually takes quite a lot of ushering on my part to get people into the right position.
Once I give everyone the go-ahead, it’s all natural.
Sometimes guests throw the confetti into the couples faces, sometimes they swallow a little and choke, sometimes they look down, look up, get separated in the confusion….
Whilst there is nothing natural about the situation, the moment is genuine, loads of fun and makes for amazing natural photos.


Wedding Flowers

 

Flowers will be a major focal point at your wedding but choosing your wedding-day blooms might understandably feel a bit daunting. To help, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to wedding flowers, from a rundown of the top 10 most popular wedding-day flowers to a handy guide of wedding blooms by season (Autumn wedding flowers, winter wedding flowers, spring wedding flowers, and summer wedding flowers).


TOP 10 MOST POPULAR WEDDING FLOWERS

Choosing specific flowers for your wedding can be a little overwhelming, especially if you aren’t really a “flower person” and can’t tell a rose from a ranunculus. Not to worry, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 most popular wedding flowers. These are blooms we love and see most frequently, from beloved classics like peonies and roses to some under-the-radar florist faves. We’ve also included details about each flower’s growing season, so you can choose the right flowers that will be blooming around the time of your wedding and maximize your floral budget.

Top 10 most popular wedding flowers

1. PEONIES

Quite possibly one of the most popular wedding flowers of all time, peonies are beloved by brides and highly sought-after when they’re in season. If you have ever been to a Trader Joe’s store during peak peony season, you have surely experienced the madness! It’s easy to see why so many brides love peonies. Their fluffy, romantic shape and ruffled petals for beautiful bouquets. They are also available in countless beautiful colors, from crisp white, cream, and yellow to varying shades of pink and red. Carry a bouquet entirely of peonies down the aisle to highlight this very special flower. Continue the theme by mixing peonies with other in-season blooms for your reception centerpieces. This is a smart way to be mindful of your budget since peonies are typically a pricey flower.
Season: spring through early summerbride holding peonies flower bouquet

Photo: Esther Sun

2. GARDEN ROSES

Most roses used as cut flowers in the floral industry fall into two general groups: standard roses and garden roses. Standard roses are the roses you might imagine, with long stems and a classic rose shape (a tightly cupped bloom formed by overlapping petals). Garden rose is a loose term, but generally refers to roses that have been bred with a denser petal count than your average standard rose, resulting in a fuller, more romantic look. Garden roses are also usually more fragrant than standard roses, making them perfect for bridal bouquets since you’ll hold them close and smell them throughout the day. Some of our favorite garden rose varieties include: Juliet (a soft, peachy-apricot shade), Distant Drums (which range in color from blush-lavender to caramel), Koko Loko (a coffee-and-cream hue), and Patience (ivory petals with a pale, buttery-yellow center and an incredible rose fragrance).
Season: spring and summerbouquet of garden roses on a chair

Photo: Elizabeth Messina

3. ANEMONES

These pretty blossoms are known for their delicate petals and bold, dark centers. The most popular anemone variety features bright white petals and jet-black centers, making it the perfect choice if your wedding colors are black and white, or if you’re doing a black-tie dress code. Besides black and white, anemones are also available in many other colors, including blush pink, deep purple, cherry red, burgundy, and even bright blue.
Season: early winter through early summerbouquet of anemones

Photo: Olga Plakitina

4. RANUNCULUSES

A florist favorite, ranunculuses are a beautiful bloom with delicate, tissue-thin petals. This varietal are often mistaken for peonies. They’re a versatile flower and look great in bouquets as well as table centerpieces. Ranunculuses are also quite hardy, with many florists also using them as boutonnieres since they’ll stand up to a lot of hugs. Ranunculuses are available in nearly every color imaginable, so you’re sure to find them in the perfect shade to match your wedding color scheme.
Season: late winter to early summerbouquet of ranunculuses

Photo: @jkrejnik

5. DAHLIAS

A quintessential fall flower, dahlias are wonderful focal flowers because they have such a commanding presence. Some varieties, called dinner-plate dahlias, can be as large as your head! They’re available in practically every color under the sun and, best of all, are usually more affordable than the ever-popular peonies or roses. One of the most popular dahlia varieties among brides is called cafe au lait. It’s color is quite accurate to its name and ranges from a blush pink-peach hue to a soft and creamy beige.
Season: mid-summer through fallbride holding bouquet of dahlias

Photo: Sarah Kate Photographer

6. SWEET PEAS

It’s no surprise sweet peas are popular wedding flowers. They have a lovely fragrance and wonderfully ruffly, romantic petals. Carry a cluster of sweet peas tied with silk ribbon for a sweet, very feminine bridal-bouquet look. We also love stems of sweet peas in glass bud vases on cocktail-hour tables for a simple and elegant look. Sweet peas are available in a wide variety of colors, from white and varying shades of pink and purple to burgundy and blue.
Season: spring through early summerbouquet of sweet peas

Photo: Bradley James Photography

7. HYDRANGEAS

Fluffy, cloud-like hydrangeas are among the most enduring and versatile flowers for a wedding. White and blue varieties can lend your celebration a preppier, country-club vibe, while antique varieties, with their tinged, variegated petals, are perfect for a more vintage wedding aesthetic. Mix hydrangeas with roses and fresh greenery like eucalyptus for a classic bridal bouquet. Or, you could combine white hydrangeas with white phalaenopsis orchids for a modern, monochromatic look.
Season: year-round but peaking in spring and summerbride holding bouquet of hydrangea

Photo: Anastasia Belik

8. LILACS

This spring bloom is known for its signature color, both deep purple and lighter lavender, but lilac is also available in crisp white. The flowers have a wonderful, sweet fragrance and a loose, organic shape. Mix them with other spring blossoms in a centerpiece or gather a big bunch of lilacs to carry as a fragrant bouquet.
Season: springbride holding bouquet of lilacs

Photo: Carmen Santorelli

9. HELLEBORES

Another favorite among florists, hellebores are known for their graceful, nodding heads and moody, variegated colors. They are most often available in shades of ivory, blush, green, mauve, and even black. Mature hellebore blooms will hold up well out of water, making them a great choice for bouquets, boutonnieres, and even hair flowers.
Season: mid-winter through early springbouquet of hellebores

Photo: @heirloombindery

10. LILIES OF THE VALLEY

Lily of the valley, known for its delicate, bell-shaped flowers and lovely fragrance, is a very popular spring wedding flower and has been featured in the bridal bouquets of many iconic brides, including Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Grace Kelly. For a classic, bridal bouquet look, ask your florist to create a larger bouquet by combining several bunches of lily of the valley stems together, including the surrounding green leaves.
Season: springbouquet of lily of the valley

Photo: Simply Sarah Photography


SEASONAL WEDDING FLOWERS

Using in-season flowers for your wedding arrangements is the most economical and beautiful way to go. The flowers will be at their peak season and abundance, and the blooms will be a reflection of the season of your wedding celebration. Our seasonal wedding flower guide below outlines the availability of the most popular wedding blooms. Keep in mind, however, that seasonality might vary within different regions of the UK.

AUTUMN WEDDING FLOWERS

Bittersweet
Chrysanthemum
Coreopsis
Dahlia
Fall branches and foliage
Japanese anemone
Rose hip
Marigold
Zinnia

wedding flowers

Photo: Trent Bailey Studio

SPRING WEDDING FLOWERS

Bearded iris
Daffodil
Flowering branches (quince, tulip magnolia, cherry, dogwood, apple, plum, forsythia)
Fritillaria
Hyacinth
Lilac
Lily of the valley
Muscari
Narcissus
Peony
Ranunculus
Snowball viburnum
Stargazer lily
Sweet pea
Tulip

spring wedding flowers

Photo: Lynette Boyle Photography

SUMMER WEDDING FLOWERS

Coneflower
Cosmo
Coxcomb
Daisy
Foxglove
Gladiolus
Hydrangea
Lavender
Rudbeckia
Sunflower
Viburnum

summer wedding flowers

Photo: Ciara Richardson

WINTER WEDDING FLOWERS

Amaryllis
Anemone
Casa blanca lily
Citrus fruit
Cosmo
Evergreens
Holly
Ilex berry (winterberry)
Pine cone
Poinsettia
Snowberry

winter wedding flowers

Photo: 2 Brides Photography

YEAR-ROUND WEDDING FLOWERS

Alstroemeria
Calla lily
Carnations
Chrysanthemum
Delphinium
Freesia
Gardenia
Gerber daisy
Gypsophila (baby’s breath)
Iris
Lisianthus
Orchid
Protea
Rose
Star of Bethlehemwedding flowers

Photo: Cly by Matthew Photography


WEDDING FLOWERS CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Ready to talk wedding flowers with your florist? Before you meet, you’ll want to put together a checklist of all the floral arrangements you’d like to have. Keeping it simple? You may only need bouquets, boutonnieres, and reception centerpieces. If you’re going all out, then the sky’s the limit! Display florals everywhere imaginable, don’t forget the powder rooms! Below is a comprehensive list of potential wedding floral arrangements you might like to have.

wedding flowers checklist

PERSONAL FLOWERS

  • Bride’s bouquet

  • Bride’s hair flowers (crown, hair comb, single bloom, etc.)

  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets

  • Junior bridesmaids’ bouquets

  • Flower girl’s flowers (basket of petals, floral crown, posy, etc.)

  • Groom’s boutonniere

  • Groomsmen’s boutonnieres

  • Ring bearer’s boutonniere

  • Pet flowers (floral collar, floral/greenery leash, etc.)

  • Mother of the bride’s corsage or posy

  • Mother of the groom’s corsage or posy

  • Father of the bride’s boutonniere

  • Father of the groom’s boutonniere

  • Grandmothers’ corsages

  • Grandfathers’ boutonnieres

  • Officiant’s flowers

  • Ushers’ boutonnieres

  • Additional family members’ boutonnieres/corsages

  • Tossing bouquet

wedding flowers

Photo: Katherine Rose of Max & Friends

CEREMONY FLOWERS

  • Entrance arrangement (venue’s front doors, foyer, etc.)

  • Welcome table arrangement

  • Altar/chuppah/ceremony backdrop florals

  • Pew or chair arrangements

  • Aisle decorations

  • Aisle petals

  • Tossing petals for guests (for the recessional)

wedding flowers

Photo: Heather Nan

  • Cocktail table arrangements

  • Bar arrangements

  • Escort-card table arrangements

  • Reception table centerpieces

  • Sweetheart table arrangement

  • Couple’s chair decorations

  • Buffet-table/food-station arrangements

  • Lounge area arrangements

  • Flowers for wedding cake

  • Cake table arrangements

  • Powder room arrangements

  • Getaway car arrangement

wedding flowers

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Professional Wedding Photography In The UK

Professional wedding photography is an essential part of a wedding as it involves capturing everything that goes on during the wedding day. Wedding photographs are the items that exist long after the celebration to remind every single detail of the day. Choosing a professional wedding photographer in the UK is a crucial task.

 Professional wedding photography is a specialty in photography that focuses on the photography of events and activities that are related to the wedding. A professional wedding photographer is a photographer who runs his own business either solely or in a company. A wedding photographer will capture the moments you cherish for a lifetime in pictures. A professional photographer is easily able to imagine his subject in different ways and make it look interesting and creative.

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

AMATEUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:

An amateur photographer is someone who has a passion for photography. His hobby is photography.

PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:

A professional wedding photographer is someone who earns his income from photography. They have a different variety of cameras and lenses. They are good and experienced at different types of photography.

WHY TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

Professional wedding photographers are very creative, they know when and where to click the photos. They do their work very fast and properly. They have a quick backup plan in case something unexpected happens.

REASONS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER:

A wedding photographer will capture the moments for a lifetime in pictures. These pictures are the memories of a wedding day that only happens once, and will never fade away.

A professional photographer has the skills and knowledge of using a variety of lenses and has a good quality camera.

A professional photographer is good at observing each and every detail before clicking a photograph.

All photographers tell their stories through images but professional wedding photographers have the unique way to tell and capture the memories that they will cherish forever.

A professional wedding photographer knows when they should arrive, what they need to wear, what key moments to be looking out for and what looks good and what doesn’t.

 Professional wedding photographer puts you at ease knowing that your memories are being captured by someone who knows their work very well. This means you don’t have to worry about your wedding images as you can trust them to capture your wedding images well without constant reminders from you throughout the day, by hiring them you become stress free and can celebrate more.

Your wedding images will last decades and generations. They will be seen by generation after generation. This is also one of the reasons to hire a professional photographer.

A professional photographer will guide and instruct properly and also provide directions and guidance during the process. They do their work properly and capture each and every moment very properly.

A professional photographer tries to develop photos quickly and ensures that they are to be delivered as soon as possible.

QUALITIES OF A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Creativity and imagination: Creativity helps to enhance the beauty of a photograph by making it unique and imagination helps to maintain creativity.

  • Patience and flexibility: Patience is a very essential quality of a good photographer. A lot of patience is required to become successful in your task. Flexibility is also required to make out best results from the most undesirable and difficult conditions.

  • Good communication skills: Communication skills are very important for a photographer. Because they have to interact with many people for different tasks.

  • Passionate: If you are passionate it will show up in your work. It takes a lot of time, patience and hardwork to become a professional photographer.

  • Storyteller: A picture which has a story behind it is always more interactive than a simple one. Storytelling is an art which requires a lot of imagination and creativity. Storytelling is an important quality of a professional photographer.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER SHOOTS for:

  • Wedding, Pre Wedding, black and white photography, engagement ceremony, candid photography

  • Civil ceremonies

  • Events such as birthday parties, proms, christening weddings and funerals

CONCLUSION

Wedding photography is important because it will capture your day, it will capture your memories, it will tell a story that you will never forget. Photography is not about an expensive camera, it is about capturing a story.

 
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