Wedding Weight Vs. Baby Weight

I know this is a wedding blog, those in the no are aware that I have a 6 month little girl, Ava who is just the cutest and most adorable bundle ever, but then i’m biased. I’m also mummy to Bella who is 3 going on 13 – i’m pretty sure I was told that it was the teenage years where the fun started not the toddler ones!

To be honest having my first child was a breeze, I was back in my skinny jeans within 3 weeks and seemed to shed any baby weight with a click of the fingers. However having my second child I just seem chubby and whatever I do it isn’t disappearing fast… well its just not disappearing at any rate.

It got me thinking to when I was getting married and although I wasn’t overweight, like all Brides I wanted to lose a few lbs to ensure I looked my absolute best on my wedding day… or it could have been because someone told me that pictures add pounds….who knows.

Thinking back, how I feel now is the same as those months in the run up to my wedding…. I feel chubby, tired, constantly worrying that my skin isn’t glowing and my hair is looking a bit lack lustre and that the tightness of my clothes make me look like Vicky Pollard.

So for all you Brides I shall be charting what I’m going to be getting up to over the next 8 weeks – yup I have given myself a two month deadline to shift the bulge (i need to lose one and a half stone to be my pre-pregnancy and wedding weight!)

I’ll be documenting what works and what doesn’t and using a variety of different methods to achieve my target weight.

Wish me luck, as a self confessed foodie this may be quite the battle………….

 

Sophie

xx

 

 

 

 

Why there’s more to it than just a few pictures- Professional Wedding Photographer Susie Mackie tells us more…..

Inspired by a recent issue with a longstanding client over fees Susie Mackie, a professional wedding photographer felt the need to break down actually what was involved in capturing one of the  most important days of your life in pictures.

Susie is a romantic, fairyale and timeless portrait and wedding photographer based on Cheltenham and covering the Cotswolds and further afield.

Susie Mackie

 

Over to you Susie:

Shared of course with love and goodwill ❤
SO JUST WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR WHEN YOU HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?


Much of the cost of a photographic image or print produced by a professional photographer has a lot to do with the time, equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer not to mention expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.

The cost of TIME:
Approaching it from a time standpoint, let’s imagine that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love. This photographer is traveling an hour to your destination to photograph your session.
Here is an example of a time break down:
• Booking time: 30 minutes to one hour (client contact time + emailing/paperwork)

• Pre-session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks)

• One hour travel time to session

• 15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home

• 90 minutes – 2 hours with client photographing subject

• 1 hour travel time from session

• 30 – 45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer

• 30 – 45 minutes time spent backing up the original images

• 2 – 5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images

• 1- 2 hours prep time getting ready/printing orders

• 30 minutes – 1 hour prep time for delivery/posting

• Any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues

• In this example, the time spent per client can range from 13 hours to 17 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to ONE session. When the photographer charges £140 – £370 for the photo shoot (aka SESSION FEE) you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12 – 17 hours complete time for your session – that is, the SERVICE.

• The images resulting from the service are the PRODUCT, whether they are digital, prints, canvases, acrylic blocks or any other medium, each of which has a monetary value (notwithstanding the emotional value and the longevity of this – which some might say is priceless).

The COSTS of maintaining a PROFESSIONAL photography business:
• Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from £10,000 – £30,000 costs dependent on the photographer.

• Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about £2000 there are still other costs related to photography. Most of us have at least 3 cameras.

• A good lens for portrait photography can run from £900 to £2500. Most of us have 5 or more lenses.

• A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run £2500 to £8000 dependent on the photographer. Then come lab costs for specialty products, and professional photo printing equipment, archival inks and paper. Back up costs – external hard drives, cloud computing – we back up our files three times for safety, so if the client loses their images, we DON’T, and can always replace.

• As with other business equipment, deterioration, damage, and replacement must also be factored in.

• Costs of running the business, insurance (not just for equipment, also for personal indemnity and public liability), studio rental/mortgage, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces – all add up and all have to be paid for, just like any other business.

Susie can be found at the following links, I also highly suggest you check out her My Sensuality, she will find the goddess in all of us in this luxurious yet personal shoot that will allow your confidence as well as your beauty to shine through.



Susie Mackie Photography

Website – http://www.susiemackie.com/

Facebook –  www.facebook.cogm/susiemackiepics

My Sensuality

Website – http://www.mysensuality.co.uk/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/mysen2

Would You Skill Swap Your Wedding?

I am always intrigued behind Brides planning processes and how they choose to go about planning their wedding. When I saw a post on Social Media from a Bride asking suppliers to skill swap my interest was immediately pipped! Do people really do this? How does this work?

After contacting the Bride to be and asking if I could chat to her about her Social Media post and to discover what this actually entailed I met up with the lovely Nina. This is her story.

Nina Jenkins is the owner and therapist at Yin-Yang Therapies, her story begins back in 2009, after trying her first Reiki treatment and the immediate health benefits she experienced Nina was inspired to learn Reiki and after studying became a qualified practitioner which saw the birth of WakeyReiki.

After combining her Reiki with Swedish massage, Indian Head Massage and Holistic Facials,  Wakeyreiki has evolved into Yin-Yan Therapies where Nina says ‘ More recently I have been mixing up my treatments and tailoring them for my clients, this tailored ethos makes my offering very different to others. Yin-Yang treatments are about you and finding your optimum balance. Whilst you can sample each signature treatment as it is… I can also mindfully blend them so they are perfect – just for you’

 

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Getting back to the Skill Swap, I asked Nina how the idea to Skill Swap elements for her day came about and how it had been received by suppliers.

How did you come up with the idea to skill swap your wedding?

I think we need to take a leaf from the old days. Bartering (or skill swapping) goes back centuries and as long as both parties are benefiting then why not? The average cost of a UK wedding is escalating beyond what modern day couples can actually afford sadly. Many are taking out loans to be able to fund large and elegant weddings and putting themselves under great pressure and some newly weds are actually paying off the debt for years after. I’m a believer of using your resources where you can, and if that’s a positive for all concerned then why not skill swap at least some of the things you would like for your special day?

 

How has the idea of skill swap gone down with suppliers you’ve approached?

Some have been very receptive and some have not been as enthusiastic. I think there are some grey lines with swapping, ie. are you both getting an equal share. For example, how much effort would someone need to put in to recoup the value of their services to £100? This differs with each service and product provided by suppliers so sometimes it can make it tricky.

 

Have you come across any difficulties with the skill swap set up?

Some suppliers haven’t totally understood the concept and this has lead to some difficulties regarding who was offering what. I was offered a swap for photography but the higher value services would have meant many hours of holistic treatments which made it unfeasible sadly. But I have found a great photograher who has offered to capture my day informally for an amazing deal.

 

Would you recommend it to to Brides on a  budget?

Yes I would as it can help cut costs and help others. My advice is to think about a fair deal between both parties (not just in terms of money but time and effort) and set out the guidelines so there are no grey lines before agreeing to a skill swap. I know that every supplier that has offered to swap with me is benefiting from receiving some lovely holistic treatments that will make them feel much better, help them to relax, de-stress and restore themselves, which makes them more happy and productive in work and in general life. And that makes me happy.

 

If you hadn’t of skill swapped some services, how would this have impacted on your wedding day ideas/designs/atmosphere?

I would not have been able to splurge as much on some things that I really wanted too.  I have managed to skill swap flowers,  bridesmaid presents, hair styling trial and hair styling on the day, wedding nails and some essential beauty treatments in the run up to the wedding, these really eat into your budget. For example, 2 months prior to a wedding it is recommended you get regular facials every 2 weeks so you can look your absolute best on the day, so if a facial is £45 that really adds up and many brides don’t factor nails, regular facials and hair into the equation when budgeting.

Any other tips for Brides looking to cut costs?

I would also recommend offsetting any crafty DIY wedding tasks to bridesmaids and close family to help even further. For example, do you have an Aunty that can make your bouquets or an uncle who can MC on the day? Can you make anything yourself? Asking for support from those close to you can often mean you don’t have to spend quite as much from the budget.

Also check out free wedding downloadables you can get from sites like http://offbeatbride.com/diy-wedding-printables/ they are really brilliant!

 

 

Check back here in the New Year to find out how Nina’s day went!

 

Sophie

xx

 

Nina practices her therapies in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and can be found here:

Website: www.yinyangtherapies.com

Email info@yinyangtherapies.com

Contact number +44(0)7903500837

Twitter @yinyangholistic

Facebook: @yinyangholistictherapies

Instagram: missyinyangholistic

 

 

Buttonhole or Boutonniere?

Buttonhole
A flower or spray worn in a buttonhole on the lapel of a jacket.
Boutonniere
Essentially the french for buttonhole – a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower.

Traditionally buttonholes or boutonnières  where a single flower and worn frequently by men, in today’s world buttonholes are now usually reserved for special occasions where formal wear is required ie weddings, funerals

There are many beautiful creations that todays man can wear, but what if you dont want flowers? Can you still wear a buttonhole? What would you wear?

 

Everything from feather to buttons and superheros are now being seen on the buttonhole scene, check out these lovelies:

Simple Satin

Beautiful satin ribbons are used to create these simple flowers with coloured diamante centres. Handmade in Cirencester for Tuxedo Junction these beautiful simple buttonholes can be made to order to match the colours of the suits you are hiring – what a fab idea – and they can be used as keepsakes. Being on a pin setting these would also make beautiful buttonholes for mothers of the bride and groom to enable them to join in on the day – the guys get a buttonhole, the girls get a bouquet, but what do the MOB and MOG get to wear on the day?

Feathered Friends

Incorporate colourful vibrancy using natural materials like  Lisa Von Hallwyl Millinery with these beautiful feathers:


Beautiful and vibrant these feather buttonholes would make fantastic colourful buttonholes for either an opulent or glam country wedding…. think tweeds, cashmere and silks in  vibrant shades of peacock blue, turquoise, plum and berry.

Superheros

A huge trend this year and on that looks  like it will continue into 2017 is superheros – we’ve all seen the wedding cakes with a hidden side detailing superheros. Well for the nerd or kid in your man then check out these fun and quirky buttonholes – however don’t mix your superheros – I have it on authority (from hubby) that its a no no mixing Marvel and DC characters!

 

Back To Nature – Dried Flowers

These stunning buttonholes are actually dried flowers – the perfect accompaniment to a rustic wedding

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Why not collect these at the end and have them encased in  box frame as a memento of your special day.

Papery

From paper roses to quilling these buttonholes are as individual as you. Perfect if matching a paper bouquet, I love the red dice detailing on the Spade Rose.

Buttons

Button buttonholes remain popular and being on trend with either colourful buttons or alongside luxury fabrics such as tweed, felt or given an antique twist with music paper or map detailing.

 

Happy buttonholing!

 

Sophie xx

 

 

We’re Launched & Live…..

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So today the button was pressed  and we are LIVE!!!!

The seed of an idea that has been germinating for 4 years is finally here!

With blog posts covering everything from actually how to plan your planning to suppliers, secluded and exclusive venues and How To’s for the DIY in you,  I hope you’ll love A Cotswold Wedding as much as I do.

Enjoy

 

Sophie xx