THE ROSE & CROWN HOTEL : SWAN VALLEY WEDDING OPEN DAY

21 Jul 2016            Jessica Ratty


We had the most amazing day at the annual Swan Valley Wedding Open Day! This year we were at the beautiful Rose & Crown Hotel in Guildford, which is such a unique venue with so much character and charm. 

I had such a great day chatting to all of the wonderful Brides and Grooms to be and hearing all about their wedding day plans. Thank you to all of the couples who came down and visited us and I can't wait to hear more about your wedding day!

I was so lucky to be surrounded by so many insanely talented wedding suppliers.

Venue: Rose & Crown Hotel, Guildford
Styling: The Little Olive Tree
Flowers: Gum Blossom Cottage
Cakes: The Messy Apron
Cars: Belle Limousines
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E-SESSIONS : 7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE ONE

30 Jun 2016            Jessica Ratty


Often when a couple get engaged and begin to plan their dream wedding day, it is totally normal for them to be in whole new territory and being confused with the planning and traditions. While most couples know what an E-session (engagement session or Pre-wedding portrait session) is, we do quite often get couples asking what they are, or why they should have one. 

I absolutely adore E-sessions and the beautiful images that are captured during them! There are so many great reasons to have an E-session before your wedding day. 

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1) YOU GET USE TO BEING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA

Let's be honest, most of us are not 100% comfortable with being in front of the camera, we feel awkward and unsure of what to do or worried about how we will look. For many couples they have never been photographed professionally or had to pose, so at first it can feel a little awkward or scary. But that is what your E-session is for! Most couples (especially the Grooms) feel way out of their comfort zone the first time they are in front of the camera. But we will start with some super easy and natural poses or setups and show you a little teaser so you know how amazing you look! As the shoot progresses you will begin to relax even more and by the end of it, it will all feel completely natural to you. Then on the wedding day, you don't have to be worried or nervous about having photos taken, or unsure of how to stand or how you look. 

So many times we have photographed a couple who before their E-session have said "how awkward they are in front of the camera and how they are not photogenic" etc etc, then when their E-session comes around they are quite nervous and stiff at the beginning and feel really awkward, but by the end of it they are 100% more comfortable and relaxed while being photographed and the correct way to stand (which of course I will show you how to stand) comes naturally. Then on their wedding day, even if it is a few months after, they automatically remember the way to stand and it all just comes back to them and it is even more natural. It is so important to be relaxed in front of the camera, if you are nervous or tense, you will definitely see it in your images.

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2) YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Your photographer is going to be with you for pretty much your entire wedding day! From the morning when you are getting ready until the reception. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want to ensure that you feel completely comfortable and at ease with the people who are sharing it with you. Especially the person with possibly the most important job on the day (capturing all of the very precious moments and memories that happen) because how you feel around them, will definitely come across in your images. If you don't really know your photographer and they turn up on your wedding day to photograph you and you feel awkward or nervous around them, it will be very clear in your images that you weren't completely relaxed. 


It also means that they can get to know you both and what you are like together. This will help them photograph you in the best possible way and really capture your relationship and love.

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3) YOU CAN HAVE IT AT A LOCATION THAT IS SPECIAL TO YOU

E-sessions are totally personal and different for each couple, so you can personalise it to suit you and your style. Some couples like to choose a location where they met, or that is significant to them or their relationship. 

Or another popular option is to have a themed session to suit something that you love or your style. Why not bring along cute props that add just an extra touch of sweetness to your images! Some ideas are a little picnic setup for some seriously adorable and romantic images, Old Hollywood Glamour, vintage pushbikes, really anything you can think of! If you love the water, why not do something really different and get in the water, for some extra romantic and stunning images!





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4) YOU CAN REALLY TEST OUT YOUR HAIR AND MAKE-UP TRIAL

Many Brides are still not sure about how to have their hair and make-up on their wedding day and often are worried about how it will look in their photos. Make-up always needs to be done darker and slightly more dramatic when it is going to be photographed, as it will always appear lighter in camera, which makes some Brides nervous, as they aren't use to this. Why not book your hair and make-up trial on the same day as your E-session and that way you can see how it lasts throughout the day, how it looks it natural sunlight and more importantly, how it is looks on a professional camera. You will see it from all angles in your images and will definitely help you decide if it is the perfect style for the day!

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5) YOU CAN USE THE IMAGES FOR SO MANY THINGS

The most popular way our clients like to use their Engagement images is to create a beautiful signature album, which is filled with their favourite E-session images with plenty of white space around them. They then have these albums at their reception for their guests not only to look at, but to sign and write their special messages and well wishes. They make the perfect moment from your wedding day and you can always look back on it, in years to come. 

Or many clients like to have them printed and framed to hang on their walls in their home. Of course you will have beautiful wedding images hanging up, but it is also nice to have couples portraits on display that aren't all from the wedding day.

Another popular thing to do is have some printed and give them to parents as gifts to say thank you for their help during the wedding planning process.

Of course you can also use them for so many things for the wedding day, from Save The Dates, to wedding invitations, custom wine bottle labels or bonbonnieres. 

The options really are endless. 


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6) CELEBRATE AND CAPTURE BEING ENGAGED

Being engaged is such an exciting and happy time and always filled with so much love! Why not celebrate this incredible chapter in your life, where you are so happy and planning not only your dream wedding day but your dream life together! 

I know that planning a wedding can be a stressful and insanely busy time in your life, but why not take a few hours out from the crazy wedding planning and just let your hair down, have some fun and get loved up with your fiancé? It will add some fun to this time in your life and help you to remember what your wedding is really about - you, your fiancé and your love for each other. 

On the wedding day, of course it is all about the Bride and Groom, but it is also a celebration of your entire lives coming together, so naturally it is also about all of your family and close friends. So the majority of your images from the wedding day will be with all of those very special people in your lives. An E-session is just about the two of you together. 

I promise by the end of your E-session, you would have spent the time cuddling, kissing, holding hands, just being sweet and romantic with each other, that you will leave feeling all loved up and remembering exactly why you are getting married. The stress of wedding planning will all fade away. 





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7) WHY HAVE AN E-SESSION?

Why not?

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THE ROSE & CROWN HOTEL : SWAN VALLEY WEDDING OPEN DAY

29 Jun 2016            Jessica Ratty


Are you engaged or know someone who is planning a wedding? This weekend is the annual Swan Valley Wedding Open Day and I am going to be exhibiting at the absolutely beautiful and charming Rose & Crown Hotel in Guildford. 

The Swan Valley is the perfect location for a wedding day and the list of locations to create beautiful photographs is endless! 

I can't wait to meet all of you Brides and Grooms to be and hear all about your wedding plans!

   

The details:

Location: The Rose & Crown Hotel, Guildford

Date: Sunday, 3rd July 2016

Time: 10am-4pm



         



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MISS L : BEYOND FORTY AND FABULOUS BOUDOIR

27 Jun 2016            Jessica Ratty


The lovely Miss L decided to have a Boudoir session as a gift for herself, which is the perfect reason to have a session! They are the ultimate self confidence booster and they will change the way you see yourself forever! Boudoir is perfect for women of all ages and it is completely up to you to decide how much or how little you would like to show. You don't have to just bring along lingerie to your session, formal gowns are perfect for any session!

Thank you Miss L for allowing me to share your beautiful images. 
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MISS S : BRIDAL BOUDOIR

23 Jun 2016            Jessica Ratty



I am so lucky to have the most gorgeous and sweetest clients, but Miss S was extra sweet! She was just so lovely and such a pleasure to photograph. Miss S decided to have a Bridal Boudoir session as a surprise for her Groom-to-be for their wedding day. He had absolutely no idea she was even considering doing something like this and she said he definitely wouldn't think she would do something like this! Which makes it an even better surprise! 

Miss S brought along the most beautiful and delicate lace outfits, which just looked incredible on her! 



































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MISS A : BOUDOIR SESSION TESTIMONIAL

01 Jun 2016            Jessica Ratty


The beautiful Miss A came to me for her Boudoir session as a surprise Valentine's Day gift for her partner. She said that it was something that he would never expect her to actually do (which is definitely when it is the best gift and the perfect way to knock his socks off!). Miss A wanted to include some of her partners favourite things to really personalise her images, so she brought along his drumsticks and his favourite singlet. 

She also brought along the most beautiful lace top and flower crown, which I just adored!

I am so grateful when one of my gorgeous clients allow me to share their images and even more grateful when they leave us with the sweetest review about their Boudoir experience. 

























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MISS J : BOUDOIR ALBUM

27 May 2016            Jessica Ratty


A little while back I shared the gorgeous boudoir session that Miss J had as a wedding anniversary gift for her Husband. Today I wanted to share her album design from that session. Miss J opted for a very simple and timeless, plain white album layout with a beautiful white album cover. 

Thank you for allowing me to share your images Miss J 
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MISS J : BRIDAL BOUDOIR

25 May 2016            Jessica Ratty


I photographed the beautiful Miss J's Bridal Boudoir session in the lead up to her wedding day, as a total surprise for her Groom-to-be! She was absolutely gorgeous and just so sweet too! 





















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OUR THIRD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

18 May 2016            Jessica Ratty


I can't believe it has already been 3 years since our absolutely amazing, dream Wedding Day! I loved the entire planning process and even more so the day itself that I wish we could do it all again! My tip for all the Brides-To-Be out there, enjoy every single minute of your day, as it will fly by so quickly! We were married at the stunning Laurelville Manor in York. 

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Stuart. 

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Image by the incredible Jerry Ghionis 




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PERTH BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY : MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL OFFER

14 May 2016            Jessica Ratty


I am so excited to announce that we have EXTENDED our very special Mother's Day Offer! This offer is now available for sessions purchased before the 31st of May 2016. Vouchers are available for future sessions and are valid for 6 months. 

Contact us today, to book your session!



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