WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – WORKING WITH NATURE

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We know that our woodland wedding venues do make the best backdrops for wedding photographs. They’re naturally beautiful, don’t require any additional decoration and they’re also super romantic. In this feature, we’re looking at how to work with nature for the best ever wedding photographs.

If you’ve been planning your wedding for a while, chances are you’ll have Pinterest boards full of amazing, dreamy images and we have to say that woodland wedding photos really are the best. We’ve spoken to wedding photographer Jess Yarwood (who loves GreenAcres Rainford!) and she’s got some great info to share…

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Just relax…

Firstly, go with the flow. It’s all too easy to get caught up with the thought of ‘perfection’ on your wedding day but sometimes, trying too hard to make everything brilliant can stop you enjoying yourself.

“Embrace your surroundings and ignore whatever the weather might throw at you,” says Jess. “Trust your photographer and don’t worry because your dress can always be cleaned!”

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Very true – you’ll regret not going for that once in a lifetime shot more than a few spots of mud on your gown!

“If you’re having an outdoor ceremony, think about footwear, especially for bridesmaids as heels and grass or woodland floors don’t always mix that well.”

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Perfect wedding photographs…

When you’re planning your woodland wedding, it’s also great to think about those little extras that can really make photographs special. The confetti shot really is an iconic wedding image so we always advise having enough confetti for two takes and remind guests to throw their confetti up so it rains down on you slowly rather than just firing it straight at you!

“When it comes to confetti, real dried flowers are the best,” says Jess. “Not only are they good for the environment, they also look amazing in photographs. Also, think about outdoor lighting for the evening. Festoon lights or sparklers make a great shot!”

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Keeping guests happy and comfortable is also another thing to think about. People relaxing and having fun are always photogenic and capturing the fun of the wedding day in photographs will make you smile for many years to come.

“Have a look for some fun garden games or other kinds of entertainment to fill the lull in between the ceremony and meal,” advises Jess. “Also, if you’re using hay bales for seating at any point, maybe add some blankets so make them super comfortable for guests and to stop delicate fabrics snagging on the hay.”

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Go for golden hour…

Lastly, for those heavenly wedding photos that are full of the softest, warmest light, you absolutely have to make some time in your wedding schedule for a few ‘golden hour’ photos. Golden hour is the hour before the sun sets and it provides light that photographers just adore. It’s flattering, gentle and downright adorable so Jess’s last piece of advice is, in our opinion, unmissable:

“Always check what time golden hour will be on your wedding day and plan accordingly so that you can get some truly beautiful wedding portraits. Sometimes this precious hour can clash with the wedding breakfast but, with a little forethought, you can easily step outside for 15 minutes. I promise that you won’t regret it!”

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If you’d like to visit our woodlands to take a look at the beautiful backdrop that nature has provided for your wedding day, do get in touch. We’ll be very happy to welcome you. Don’t forget that our Pinterest boards are also full of woodland inspiration and photos to make you smile so hop over and get pinning!

 

Credits:

All images by Jess Yarwood Photography

WEATHERPROOF YOUR WEDDING

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Ah, the British weather, it’s something we love to hate. However, when you’re planning your wedding, the weather forecast becomes all the more important. Whether it’s warm, wet or surprisingly windy on your big day, here’s our GreenAcres guide to weatherproofing your wedding

When the weather is warm…

Now the thought of a warm (or even hot) day for your wedding would make most couples smile. Lovely photos, happy guests enjoying a drink and a chat as the sun shines down and a long, warm evening to make the most of your day sounds fabulous. Or does it? Don’t be fooled because sometimes, you need a warm weather contingency plan too.

When the weather is hot, remember that guests are likely to drink more. If the temperature is soaring, speak to your caterers to make sure they bring extra drinks (especially non-alcoholic options) and lots of ice. If you’ve planned to hold your drinks reception outdoors, you’ll need to provide lots of shade, especially for older guests or families with young children.

Marquees can get super hot in warm weather so ask about ventilation. Some designs include roll-back or removable sides to make the most of any breeze. Finally, add some sunscreen, insect repellant and sting relief cream to guest packs and don’t forget to apply sunscreen yourself, especially if you’re wearing a strapless, backless or sleeveless dress!

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When the weather is wet…

Rain is probably on the list of things you definitely don’t want on your wedding day but really, with a little planning, it’s not so bad. Speak to your venue and your photographer in advance so you’ve got a contingency plan all ready – where could you take photos inside? If it’s raining, where will you serve drinks and nibbles? Deciding in advance what will happen will make any rain on your day much less of an issue.

Other practical tips include asking groomsmen to bring umbrellas so that they can escort guests from their cars and keep them dry and you might also want to ask your hair and makeup artist to apply products that will protect your look.

Don’t worry too much about the rain – it’s very unusual for it to be raining all day long so keep your schedule as flexible as possible and you’ll be able to nip outside if there’s a break in the showers for photos. A white sheet can be great to stand on to keep your dress as clean as possible!

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When the weather is cold…

The thought of snuggling up and getting cosy with you partner is probably one that makes you smile. But, if it’s cold on your wedding day, what do you do? Well, firstly, do what you can to stay warm. A chunky cardigan or jumper can look great in photos or a huge scarf or wrap is also a good idea.

Speak to your caterers and see if they can serve hot drinks rather than chilled fizz after the ceremony. Hot chocolates, teas and coffees with a shot of liqueur are brilliant (and warming!) options.

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When the weather is windy…

Blustery days can cause a few problems too but again, they’re easy to deal with if you think ahead. If you’ve planned any outside decorations, they might need to be weighted down or bought inside and candles will either need to be put in enclosed lanterns or swapped for LED versions. Similarly, drinks tables planned for outside might need to move to a more sheltered spot – no one wants glasses toppling over at the wrong moment.

Wedding photos can look amazing in the wind but we know that you won’t want your veil flying everywhere in every single shot! A simple clothes peg can attach your veil to the back of your dress and hold it in place perfectly. On a windy day, your hair stylist might need to apply additional product to keep your hair in place or add more grips and pins but again, it’s not a problem.

The team at GreenAcres Woodland Weddings are well used to thinking on their feet and whatever the weather, they’ll be able to come up with a plan to make sure your wedding day is absolutely perfect. In fact, we’ll make sure that every cloud has a silver lining…

 

Credits:

Image1: Top Left via Inspired Bride | Top Right via Elle | Bottom Left via Oh Best Day Ever | Bottom Right SMS Photography on Pop Sugar

Image 2: Left via Pinterest | Top Right The Image is Found on One Fab Day | Bottom Right via Inked Weddings

Image 3: Left Aly Carroll on Green Weddings Shoes | Top Right Cat Mayer Studio on Stonewood Vintage | Bottom Right Urban Fig Photography on Something Turquoise

10 DIYS FOR A WOODLAND WEDDING

At GreenAcres, we LOVE seeing all the ways our fabulous couples personalise their weddings. One of the best ways to add unique touches to your day is with a little bit of wedding craft. Making something that’s a real one-off can be a lot of fun and wedding DIY is super popular right now. Today, we’re sharing ten wedding makes that are perfect for your woodland wedding

  1. Leaf confetti – let’s start with a really easy DIY. All you need to do is grab yourself a leaf-shaped hole-punch and get busy! You can use either coloured papers or even real leaves to create your confetti. What could be simpler?
  2. Table plan – gather some logs, write guest names on one end and stack them up to create a really brilliant table plan. Yes, wedding DIY can be that easy! Decorate the table with pinecones, flowers or other woodland touches and you’ll have a table plan that looks amazing.
  3. Lantern/candle backdrop – Stand a lots of logs of various sizes on their ends in a group to make a totally on-theme backdrop. Add in big candles and lanterns for an atmospheric finishing touch.

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  1. Signs – every wedding needs a sign to point guests in the right direction and again, these are an easy make. Just attach length of wood to a post and add on whatever details you like.
  2. Top table garland – stringing fir cones on a length of twine makes a great garland and when this is hung along your top table, it’s rustic brilliance. You could add flowers, a branch or length of wood and candles in little terracotta pots for an organic flourish.
  3. Table centrepiece – creating your own tablecentres with stacks of wooden slices is another fab wedding DIY. Use pieces of varying heights and thickness to give a different look on each table and then add flowers, table numbers and details for extra personalisation.
  4. Cake stand – again, wooden slices make great cake stands and you’ll find a really easy to follow tutorial here. This is perfect for individual cupcakes or desserts and it also makes a lovely wedding keepsake too.

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  1. Place card holder – Making place card holders for your woodland wedding is another speedy DIY. All you need are lengths of twig and a glue gun. Stick the lengths together and stand the place card in between.
  2. Guest log – A rustic take on a guest book where you simply ask guests to sign a wood slice. You can add on text or illustrations yourself and even craft a little explanatory sign for guests too.
  3. Ring box – not the simplest DIY we admit but if you’d like to test your woodworking prowess, this is the one for you. The finished box can be carried by a best man or ring bearer or even passed around your guests as part of a ring-warming ceremony.

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There are lots more ideas on our Pinterest boards and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. If you’d like to come and get inspired in our woodlands, do make an appointment to visit us soon.

 

Credits:

Image 1: Left Mark Tattersall on Boho Weddings | Top Right Wildflower Favours | Bottom Right Emily Wren on Ruffled

Image 2: Top Left Alexa Loy on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Top Right Razzleberry Photography on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Bottom Left via Deer Pearl Flowers | Bottom Right Rustic Wedding Chic

Image 3: Left Etsy | Top Right via Happy Wedd | Bottom Right Martha Stewart Weddings