Wedding Planning

In our latest article, we shine the spotlight on another of our area’s incredibly talented wedding photographers, Richard of RGW PHOTOS. We don’t really need to tell you much about Richard’s talent for wedding photography - just feast your eyes on the gorgeous collection of photographs...

Becks and Tim's beautiful countryside wedding was held at Horton Heath Methodist Church, a lovely small chapel nestled in the Dorset countryside. Their reception followed at Drusilla's Inn in Horton. The photos, taken by David Hammond Photography, perfectly capture the happiness, love and colour of the day. We're...

Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is one of the most important and possibly one of the hardest decisions you will have to make when planning your big day. There are lots of photographers out there and it can be difficult to know where to start with your search for someone who can perfectly capture all the beautiful moments of your special day.   In this fortnight’s edition of ‘Spotlight on’ we meet talented local photographer, Dave Hammond of David Hammond Photography. Dave offers an unobtrusive story-telling style of wedding photography for couples tying the knot across the South West.    Just take a peek at Dave’s gallery on his website and his beautiful collection of images speak for themselves. Dave’s style of photography is fun and timeless but with a really natural feel. He works tirelessly to document your day, capturing the moments and all those little details that tell the story of your wedding. Dave will meet with you ahead of your wedding so that you have chance to talk through the plans for the day as well as what you’re hoping for from your wedding photos. He will also make time to visit your wedding venue in advance to scope out the best locations, making sure he takes the very best images on the day.    And after your big day, Dave will individually process, edit and tastefully enhance the images if necessary so that you have a stunning set of images to treasure and look back at for years to come.

SPECIAL OFFER! Save £199!

Dave from David Hammond Photography is offering an exclusive deal to The Wedding Jar readers. You can get a free engagement shoot and a signing board and frame (complete with an image from the shoot) if you book an Album Collection* photography package for 2017 /18 - that’s an amazing saving of £199! Just quote: TWJ OFFER when you book. *An Album Collection includes a full day of documentary-style wedding photography, hi-resolution digital images on a personalised USB, an online slideshow showing some of the highlights from your day plus a 30-page A4 landscape handcrafted digital album with lustre or gloss paper mounted on a thick board and a full linen cover in your choice of colour that is printed with your names and wedding date. The album will be fully designed, professionally printed and packaged with a presentation box. For more information about Dave and his wedding photography services and to see more of his stunning photos, visit www.davidhammondphotography.co.uk 

Styling your wedding venue so that it looks as beautiful as you’ve imagined can be pretty tricky. Scratch that, it can often be really stressful and hard work! In this fortnight’s ‘Spotlight on’ we meet a lady who can quite literally save your day - taking all the stress away and making sure your venue has the wow factor you were hoping for. Meet Rachel Pertee - a local wedding venue dresser and wedding decoration designer who runs Love By Design Weddings. Based in Christchurch in Dorset, Rachel is a self-confessed perfectionist who specialises in transforming venues into stunning settings for your special day. She’ll help you plan how you want your day to look - choosing a theme, colours, decorations - and then she’ll bring it all to life for you, taking care of every single and tiny detail. This includes setting everything up on the day and also taking everything down again afterwards - something you (or your guests) most definitely won’t want to be worrying about at the end of the night! Rachel told us: “After planning my own wedding and making and sourcing all the decorations, I was gutted to find out that I wouldn't be able to decorate the venue myself, due to time constraints imposed by the venue. I am very much a perfectionist and for me to give up control of my vision to someone else was really hard!! It made me think about how many other brides to be also need help dressing their weddings. I've always loved interior design so it made perfect sense to me to launch Love By Design Weddings, providing prop and decoration hire as well as a full or partial wedding venue decoration service.” Using her creativity and passion for weddings, Rachel prides herself on offering couples something truly unique on their wedding day. But Rachel’s services go far beyond just venue dressing and set up. Whilst she has a wide range of beautiful decorations ready for you to hire, if you’re after something more unique then she can create bespoke, handmade decorations for you. We particularly love these beautifully autumnal candle jars and wedding card crate handcrafted by Rachel…   So whether you’re just after some of her stunning handmade decorations or a full wedding venue dressing service, it’s well worth getting in touch with Rachel for a chat.      Images above from S&S Photography Rachel offers a free no obligation consultation at her home in Christchurch, or if you’d prefer to have the consultation at your wedding venue then it’s just £30 (which will be deducted from your final bill if you go ahead with a booking).    Images above from David Hammond Photography To read more about Love By Design Weddings and to contact Rachel visit www.lovebydesignweddings.co.uk or www.facebook.com/lovebydesignweddings  Rachel also has her own online Etsy shop where you can take a look at some of her bespoke handmade items.  

Rachel tells us…

We caught up with Rachel and found out a bit more about her and her love of weddings...