Laura & Wayne’s Wedding Day at Alexander Park

Back in March Laura and Wayne were married. After weeks, possibly even months of rain it had stopped and the weather was very kind them.

Laura and her father arrived at Withington Church to be eagerly awaited by the bridal party and the family and friends they had chosen to share and celebrate their wedding day with.

A beautiful service, followed by photo’s outside the church and a slight diversion for couple photo’s elsewhere before driving to Alexander Park Resort, near Ledbury. As we arrived at the venue there was a tractor with ribbons on the driveway. As the couple both work for Tyrrells in Leominster the tractor was a link to the way they met and Wayne’s job. Inside, a surprise to them both from their work colleagues, was a GIANT bag of Tyrrells crisps. Including the Love Story of how the happy couple met (instead of the normal Tyrrells story) – very cute.

The tractor was a big attraction with young and old and everyone enjoyed the warm weather, sipping drinks outside on the patio.

Many congratulations to a very lovely couple, I wish you many many years of happiness x

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Absence of Loved Ones

This post is quite close to my heart, although I am not married, nor planning one, my Dad would not be present when (or if) I finally do. Sadly my Dad passed away suddenly, one year ago this week. This being the first anniversary I am still struggling with my loss and can’t believe he has gone. It’s all very raw. Neither my two sisters or I will have our Daddy at our wedding. So how would we mark the absence of loved ones?

I know I am not in this boat alone. Two dear friends that I grew up with  also lost their Dad’s – all within 6 months of each other. So, how do you plan your wedding and involve those who cannot be there in body to celebrate with you? No matter how long ago they passed it’s always nice to remember people, and why shouldn’t they be a part of your day? Here’s a few idea’s……

1. Wear something that reminds you of them. This may be Grandma’s pearl earrings or Dad’s tie or cufflinks.

2. Toast to their memory. A mention during the speeches would be a lovely tribute.

3. Save them a seat.  Place a single rose or small bouquet on the chair either before the ceremony starts or as a part of the ceremony.

4. Have a Photo Table. This is my favourite. Photo’s of family members at weddings or family gatherings. A nice way to reminisce with family.

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It doesn’t matter if it happened last week, last year or ten years ago – there is still going to be a hole. Don’t ignore it. It’s okay to shed a tear for the absence of loved ones and know they will ALWAYS love us.

Big hugs

Mel xx

 

 

Emma & Stewart Pre-Wedding Shoot at Croome Park

This beautiful couple contacted me last Spring to ask me to be their wedding photographer. Nearly 12 months later we arrange their pre-wedding shoot.

I always ask couples if they have somewhere that is special to them and if they want to do the shoot there. Emma and Stewart are fond of National Trust grounds and property of Croome Park in Worcestershire, so that’s where we went. Blessed with lovely weather and a beautiful, happy couple THIS is what happened…….

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Tree Planting to offset your Wedding Carbon Footprint

At home I do everything I can to re-use, up-cycle or recycle, so I thought it was about time I transferred eco-friendly ethos to my business. I have decided that I shall be including a tree planting to offset your wedding carbon footprint.

This will be included in your package when you book full day wedding coverage with me. This is a great way to help offset the carbon footprint of your wedding and giving something back to the environment.

During the time you spend planning your big day think of all the trips to your venue, church and shopping. That’s already a lot of miles! What about food miles? How your food gets to your venue? All the preparation I will do visiting your church, venue and of course with you, my happy couple. It all adds up.

Your Wedding Tree can help to offset up to 1 tonne of carbon dioxide throughout the life of the tree. By planting a wedding tree you help maintain and improve new woodlands.

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How it Works

You book your full day wedding photography with me. After your big day I offset all the travelling etc that I/we will have done during the preparations etc and dedicate a tree planting in your honor. You can also have a say in where you would like this tree to be planted. You will also receive an e-certificate (not paper) from the company.

Should you wish to have more than one planted this can also be arranged (at further cost).

If you are trying to keep your carbon footprint low then remember in Perthshire we have AMAZING wedding suppliers (food, drink, transport, venues oh and photographers). If you need help with sourcing anything or anyone please do contact me and I may be able to help.

For those of you who are already booked with me, this will also be included in your package.

For the Family Lifestyle sessions I do around Perth & Kinross – at the end of each year I will make a donation to plant several tree’s for this footprint also.

Just to give you an idea of the carbon footprint of your wedding try using this calculator.

Happy New & Green Year

 

Mel x

Gift Vouchers

There is always that one person who we struggle to buy gifts for. We all have a loved one who has everything or who really is just a nightmare to buy for. Well I think I have the answer. The perfect gift for someone special (or family) this Christmas, how about gift vouchers for a family lifestyle or pet portrait session?

You can pay (a minimum of £10) toward, or in full for a family lifestyle session (£90).  A two hour photo shoot on location and your images to keep on a USB stick.

This would make a fantastic present and great keep sake to treasure forever. Something to look forward to in the Spring maybe? Or if they are brave maybe a shoot in the snow? Lets make the family photo fun. Not everyone is comfortable with posing so my shoots are perfect for nervous children and adults alike.

Alternatively if you have already booked me, or are thinking of booking me, as your wedding photographer next year you can also use these toward the payment of your wedding coverage. So whether you ask for them as a Christmas present or an early wedding present is entirely up to you. A great way of easing the expense of your wedding day.

For more information or to buy your gift vouchers please call me on 07866 856921 or email mel@melaniechadd.co.uk

 

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*Vouchers are available all year round*

 

Small, intimate and lots of fun – Greenman , Fownhope

At the end of August  was lucky enough to share Sarah & Dave’s beautiful intimate wedding. They were very fortunate as the sun was shining (not what the weatherman had predicted!) and it was a great day for a wedding.

Sarah, daughter Molly, Mum and bridesmaids spent the morning pampering at The Greenman at Fownhope.  The Groom, Dave and his brother popped into Peter Prosser for a wet shave, where my second photographer was on hand to capture the action.

Lower Bullinghope Church is a lovely small church and perfect for just over 40 family and friends to feel a part of the ceremony.  After a touching ceremony and photo’s outside we all made our way over to The Greenman where the celebrations would start.

Lovely relaxed day where I could just wander in amongst the happy couple and their guest’s taking photographs. With the wedding breakfast all done it was time for the speeches. With a rather touching speech from the Groom followed by the amusing speech from the Grooms brother/bestman. I couldn’t possibly share the stories but will say bravo…..

Evening guests were in for a treat with a live band and a photobooth to add to the celebrations.

The whole day was beautiful and I was most excited by the bride’s Louboutin black and white shoes and black fish on the top table.

Here are just a few of my favourite photo’s from the day

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New & Exciting

So with little over one week to go I wanted to remind you all that I shall be exhibiting at ELLIS Wedding Show & Bridal Catwalk at the beautiful Penyard House. Sunday 22nd September 10am-3pm.

You will be able to talk to me about your big day and idea’s that you have whilst looking over my NEW coffee table range of albums. They will be making their debut at ELLIS Wedding Show and will make a great addition to your wedding package.

For the first 50 brides to visit me I have something a little bit special to giveaway not to mention the vouchers that will be in each of the Luxe Bridal Bag if you have pre-registered with ELLIS.

I am really excited to be a part of this show and I look forward to meeting lots of lovely people.

 

Mel

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Own Your Wedding

A few weeks ago I was a guest at a friends wedding and firstly, it’s quite strange to be the one sat down in the church and tucking into lovely food at the reception instead of capturing the days events with my camera. Secondly it gave me a different perspective. Will you own your wedding?

Our friends are good fun loving people and wanted their personalities to reflect in their wedding and boy did they pull it off.

Our invitation arrived by email. I LOVE this idea, it saves money and also is eco-friendly (bonus). This invite gave us everything we needed to know and an insight to what the day would be like – lots of fun. It explained the usual ceremony details but then we took quite a big step outside the “planning a wedding” box. They wanted to have a Festival style affair. So a marquee in a private field at the foot of the Malvern Hills was to be the venue. Excellent. Next was a request to bring your own picnic to the relaxed outdoor reception. “Bring your own picnic” I hear you cry! Yes, bring your own picnic. Two reasons for this – one, it suited the style of the day & two, it cuts the cost down for the Bride & Groom. Oh and three, you get lots of your own favourite goodies. The invite continued with plans for the evening which were a hog roast, a band to play and a licensed bar to fuel dance moves.

So the big day arrives, and yes, thankfully the sun is shining. The Bride walks down the isle to a Bon Jovi track and the ceremony was beautiful. After photo’s outside the church we all made our way to the “LOWE’fest” location to be greeted with a nice cold mojito or non alcoholic choice. Everyone armed with blankets, chairs, sun cream, parasols and hampers, we chose a spot to take a seat for the day in such a stunning venue. The bar was already open and serving nice cold pear cider (other beverages were available), lovely. Inside the marquee were several tables with coloured wellies filled with plants as centre pieces (another great idea), bunting and banners. All very pretty. Outside there were hay bales, comfy armchairs and solar fairy lights hanging in the small fruit tree’s dotted around the field. There was also a bouncy castle and make shift pop up photo booth with lots of fab props to get dressed up in.

The afternoon whiled away, eating and drinking in the sunshine, meeting new people and of course congratulating the new Mr and Mrs Lowe. All very relaxed. As the evening guests arrived and the band set up the atmosphere changed again. As the sun set over the Malverns the band warmed up and we all tucked in to the hog roast with the best ever crackling. Even the cake was different – made from cheese with its very own bride & groom mice topper and little mice to represent their children.

The evening was also fun and laid back. Music from a DJ and a band to get us boogieing  with of course, alcohol still flowing. The warm evening surrounded by friends and family was the perfect end to a perfect day for them. Even a bit of joining in with the band!!!

We had an amazing time, even if I did struggle NOT to get involved with taking photo’s.

What I am trying to say is that when planning your wedding, remember it is just that – YOURS. You don’t have to fit into a box, you do have to own your wedding. Just because all the other weddings you have been to have done this or that, doesn’t mean you have to. That is not to discredit all of those more traditional weddings but just remember to show your personalities and have fun. Oh and make time for photo’s with your photographer!! haha

Mel

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ELLIS Wedding Show and Bridal Catwalk

I know it is not quite July yet and I now want to tell you about September but it will soon be here!

So on that note I would like to share my excitement at joining many other fantastic Herefordshire Wedding suppliers at ELLIS Wedding Show & Bridal Catwalk on Sunday 22nd September 2013.

I can almost hear you squeal with excitement as ELLIS show’s are like no other Wedding Fayre you will attend. Hosted in the beautiful Penyard House, just outside Ross on Wye, Bride’s and Groom’s will be able to choose from some of Herefordshire’s very talented suppliers. If you are looking for something a bit different or maybe you don’t know what you want, I will guarantee you will come out with LOTS of idea’s.

So what exactly makes this Wedding Show and Bridal Catwalk so special? Well with a choice of  50+ Exhibitors, 2 Professionally Staged Bridal Catwalks (11 am & 1 pm), Bridal Beauty Boutique (free beauty / day spa treatments all day, courtesy of Simply Stunning Hair & Beauty), Fashion Gallery, what more could you want?

We all know men don’t “do” shopping well how about you entice them to Penyard with the idea of a Groom Chill Out Zone? Lager & local cider available and non-alcoholic for those driving. This proved a BIG hit at the last event.

So come and find me, say hello, have a chat and maybe I will be capturing your big day….

Look forward to seeing you there – Look for the butterfly

 

Mel

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Wedding Industry Experts Awards “Best New Photographer”

Last week I entered into the Wedding Industry Experts Awards. Yesterday was results day. On tenterhooks I eagerly awaited an email (it is difficult to type with crossed fingers!). Then it arrived……..

With a little squeal and a BIG smile I read the email over and over and it definitely says I have won Best New Photographer for Ledbury & Herefordshire. You have no idea how excited I am to receive this award.

Without sounding like I am making a speech I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has supported me, it means the world. So here is to the future of Melanie Chadd Photography and to meeting lots of wonderful people and capturing many happy memories to treasure forever.

Thank you all very much

a very happy and smiley

Mel xx