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In-home Family Photography Session, Essex

January was such a busy month for us! Not too packed with photography sessions but certainly busy on the life side of things! We tried to get a grip on our tax returns (shout out to all the self-employed people out there…!) caught up on a lot of editing and then headed up to Scotland to show Rodney Brown all of our favourite dramatic landscapes. We also had an amazing weekend down in London, sightseeing and spending time with friends. Lots of love for Dishoom restaurants, especially late at night. Very lovely food! Taking a detour on our way back up north, we headed into the Essex area for an in-home family photography session with the lovely Baby family.

We had the privilege of documenting Jacques and Leonna’s wedding all the way back in March 2015 as our first ever (!) wedding. Then when their daughter Myla arrived we were able to capture this memory for them in a newborn photography session. We headed down to Essex to meet Myla aged six weeks old, the cutest baby we’d ever seen! Myla was kind enough to let us to capture our first ever family photoshoot.

Two years later, Zara was welcomed into the Baby family and we continued the tradition of capturing natural family photos. Zara turned out to have her sister’s skills in being equally camera curious!

Relaxed family photography is something that we really enjoy being a part of. It is so wonderful to have the opportunity to catch and preserve a moment in time. In-home family photo sessions really allow us to capture the personality of your family, in the place they feel most relaxed and at home.

The Essex and Southeast area is a place we always love visiting. Beautiful countryside mixed with cute villages and all at such a handy distance from London… always a pleasure. We will be back very soon, Essex.

We stayed a couple of hours with the Baby family, enjoying lots of laughs (thank you Jacques), catching up on what we’ve missed (Leonna), some tears (Myla) and a fair amount of chocolate Mini Eggs that got consumed (Myla again!).

We hope you enjoy browsing through some of our favourites from this family photography session down in Essex.

Islington Town Hall Autumn Wedding with a Pub Reception at The Peasant Pub - Charlotte and William.

What a perfect autumn day, London was showing off it’s tall shiny buildings next to it’s ancient crumbly ones in the October sunlight. 

Charlotte and William chose the perfect day to wed. Charlotte chose to get ready at The Ned which was the most BEAUTIFUL 1920’s hotel. The decor was truly special, and we nearly got lost in the winding corridors about 5 times. 

We walked into the hotel room and Charlottes Willoughby by Watters dress was hanging up, it really suited her and it suited a London city wedding, elegant and understated. 

We were so happy to hear that the ceremony was taking place at Islington Town Hall as we had always seen images from ‘that corridor’ and we ticket it off the bucket list becoming Islington Town Hall wedding photographers for the day!

The blooms were supplied by Augustus Bloom with cute little Dahlias in oranges and yellows, the perfect compliment to the setting and The Peasant Pub wedding reception room. 

It really was a perfect London city wedding and there were so many beautiful family moments, our personal favourite was Charlottes best friend and bridesmaid playing and singing the song for the couple’s first dance. Keep scrolling and enjoy!

Highgate, London Stoke Newington Town Hall and Star Pub Summer Wedding - Chloe + Ben

Remember the beautiful hot summer days? They seem a million miles away now the clocks have change and we are deep into Autumn. But this wedding will remind you of sunnier times. Chloe and Ben are such wonderful people, it was a pleasure to be there and document their London wedding.

When these two got in touch with us to discuss their Stoke Newington Town Hall wedding we were beyond excited as we have always dreamed of shooting a London town hall wedding, and to make things even better they told us the reception was going to be held in a London pub! Dreams really do come true.

Chloe wore the most perfect dress from HalfPenny London she looked absolutely amazing all day. They had their ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall and the pub reception at The Star Highgate.

There were countless heartwarming family moments including the couple’s grandparents being the witnesses to the marriage register being signed! Hope you enjoy looking through these beautiful memories.

In Conversation With... Sian Chaplin - Yorkshire Wedding and Events Planner.

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“I am so lucky to work with such creative couples..”

What’s your business name and where are you based?

My business name is simply my name just to make things easy! Sian Chaplin Events. I am based in Leeds, West Yorkshire but plan and coordinate weddings across Yorkshire and the UK. 


How long have you been a wedding planner? 

I set up my business back in January 2017 and went fully self employed as of May 2018. I have been in the events industry for over 12 years now so it's honestly a dream come true to be able to work with couples full time as part of my own events business. 


What inspires you the most about your work?

My couples! The majority of the weddings I get involved with are the DIY and outdoor types which involve a lot of creativity, unique ideas and hard work from each and every couple plus often their family and friends. I am so lucky to work with such creative couples who really want to make their day personal to them both. The ideas they come up with are so fun and unique!

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“My best piece of advice? Do not stress! Take it slowly, make lists, get your loved ones involved and enjoy it”


What has been the most rewarding part of your job?

The friendships I build with my couples is most definitely the most rewarding part of my work and one of the many reasons why I love what I do. Planning a wedding takes a lot of hours and hard work so receiving such lovely feedback from my couples makes it all so worth it, especially when they say how grateful there are to have had me there to support them with the planning and coordination of their special day. 

When it comes to weddings, what advice would you give to brides and grooms starting to plan and think about planning options?

When you are ready to start wedding planning it's important to focus and note down a list of what you need to do and when. Take advantage of the checklists that you see in magazines and online, it will make the whole planning process a lot easier and less overwhelming. Focus on your guest numbers, budget, ideal month/date and look and feel of your day before you consider searching for a venue and booking your church ceremony or registrar. Once you have the venue and ceremony confirmed you can then look at all other suppliers such as your photographer, caterer, florist, entertainment etc. Be aware of the time of year as often suppliers get booked up well in advance during high season. The important thing to remember though is to not rush into booking your suppliers. Take your time to do your research, get recommendations from family and friends, go to wedding fairs and check out their reviews. . Plan regular date nights with your partner and remember that this day is about the both of you! 


What are your favourite details of weddings to plan and be creative with?

Outdoor and DIY weddings are so much fun and always involve lots of fabulous ideas and quirky suppliers. I love getting involved with the DIY projects that couples set out to create. Often I'll be setting up on the morning whilst the couple enjoy getting ready, which involves putting all of their creative creations into place such as DIY table plans, photo backdrops and garden games. 

This is going to sound ridiculously boring but I'm also a sucker for a schedule! For every wedding I get involved in I create a schedule that details each and every supplier involved along with the timings from the day of set up to take down. I'm such a geek when it comes to anything like this and often my suppliers and couples comment on how detailed and great it is which is always nice to hear! 

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“The friendships I build with my couples is most definitely the most rewarding part of my work”


Have you had any stand-out weddings that you loved and why?

It's really hard to choose but I would have to say my first wedding that I coordinated when setting up my business was so quirky and fun I honestly don't think I'll witness a day like that again! It was a huge garden festival weddings with actors who dressed up as grannies to serve afternoon tea along with a bar that looked like an ice cream van and a bell tent village for all of the guests. It was amazing! I also love to experience weddings where there are a mixture of cultures and traditions. My last wedding of 2018 was a mixture of English and Nigerian traditions which was so fantastic to see and a lot of fun! 

Get in touch with Sian over on her website.. CLICK HERE..

Top Tips from Yorkshire Wedding Planner Sian Chaplin

5 Ways to Keep Your Wedding Planning Stress Free!

Weddings can be beautiful, emotional and special days. Your wedding is a unique celebration of your love to all of your family and friends. But sadly, with emotions running high and pressure building as the day nears, it can also become a stressful time.

Months or even years of wedding planning and the expectation that this will be the happiest, most beautiful, memorable day of your life… these ideas can quickly become pressures.

So how can you make sure that your wedding day is as stress free as possible? How can you de-stress the planning process to make sure that you and your partner can enjoy the most relaxed wedding day?

As Yorkshire wedding photographers, we have observed so many brides and grooms make a success of their wedding planning. Having learned from the best, we want to share that wisdom with all of you! Here are seven tips to help you enjoy your stress-free wedding planning!

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1. Make Lists.

Make Lists and Break it down into Timed Chunks

It may sound simple, but keeping a mental to-do list will make you feel mentally pressured, overwhelmed or stressed. But… a long, lengthy list of everything you’ll ever need to plan your wedding will be completely daunting. Break up your list into things you can do right away, things you will do next month, or even things you can do the month or week before the wedding day.

We will be writing a blog post on how to plan a wedding quite soon, but remember to sort the big things first (venue, legal stuff, caterers and of course, photographers!)

Having your wedding planning split up into manageable tasks will make you feel relaxed and lower the pressure of how much you have to do.  It will also make you feel reassured, that you’ve done all you can for this point in time.

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2. Take a break…

Have time where you take a break from wedding planning.

Your family and friends will be really excited about your special day, so they will want to know details and plans and updates on your wedding planning. Your life can quickly become nothing but weddings! Make sure you give yourself a mental break to relax and de-stress from the wedding. Your life is varied so make sure you enjoy that all of that variety in the months leading up to your special day! Spending time with loved ones and enjoying all your usual ways of relaxing is so important.

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3. Let other people help.

If someone else can do it, let them!

Delegate, delegate, delegate!

Your closest friends will want to help. Let them! They may not do the job exactly in the way you expect, but if you communicate your ideas clearly, they will be able to take the load of your hands. A wedding is a huge event to plan, so let people help you!

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4. You can’t please them all.

Don’t try to keep everyone happy.

Everyone has an opinion on how you should plan your wedding. From where you should get married to what month of the year to how many traditions you include. To keep your wedding stress free, only include the parts of the day that you really care about. If you don’t want to cut the cake, don’t cut the cake! If a first dance makes you feel anxious, organise your family and the bridal party to all dance along with you. Don’t squash in other people’s expectations at the expense of your enjoyment. They will enjoy the day anyway and enjoy seeing you and your partner relaxed and happy!

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5. Don’t expect perfection.

Have reasonable expectations of the day

Your pictures will look even more beautiful if you are happy and relaxed.

Be reasonable about how long certain parts of the day will take. Being rushed or having too much time to kill will lead to unhappy guests and a stressed bride and groom. Make sure you plan time to spend a little quiet time together during the wedding day, whether that is a first look before the ceremony or a couples shoot in the evening light. At Caitlin + Jones Photography we can absolutely recommend the value of doing this, both to keep your wedding enjoyable and to have even more beautiful pictures for your memories!

The ArtWorks Wedding Venue, Halifax. Botantic House, Industrial Mill Wedding - Faye + Scott

Faye + Scott tied the knot at the Halifax Minster on one of the hottest days of the summer. Their reception was held at The Artworks in Halifax, Faye and Scott had done so much of the styling and the work themselves, the room really did feel like you were stepping into their home, from the Boho wicker chairs to the hanging hoops with greenery on and the Persian rugs. 

The amazing blooms were made by Gabriella Brook Florist

And also need I say more about that cape! (Kindling Bridal)

This day was full of vibrancy, happiness and a bit of cat-themed memorabilia. Enjoy looking through these sunny memories and laughing along with the hilarious speech reactions from Scott.

Samantha + Jamie's Cow and Calf Sunset Engagement Session

We got lucky with the light... like really lucky. Probably the most glorious golden hour ever, in one of the most beautiful places in Yorkshire with the sweetest couple. Yeah, you could say we were pretty happy about this session! At the beginning of the shoot Sam and Jamie told us 'we are so camera shy and awkward' but then proceed to absolutely slay it and look amazing the whole time! The images speak for themselves, so romantic and tender. You can't help but smile looking through these. 

Our 2017 Highlights

We've had the most amazing year being able to record love stories all around the world, the UK, Scotland, Italy and the USA. This time last year we had no idea what was in store, it's been a total whirlwind of craziness but we wouldn't change a thing about it! 

Here's a few hand picked moments that are our personal favourites from the year, that really capture the emotion, the deep feeling. By no means are these all the most technically accurate or 'printable' wedding photos. But these images are our motivation for what we do.