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Las Cicadas Ibiza, Boho Chic Destination Wedding - Hollie and Hardeep.

Ahhh we can’t tell you how excited we are to share this Ibiza destination wedding with you all! There are just so many amazing highlights from photographing this wedding in Ibiza’s old town that we might split this beautiful wedding into two posts… this is part one, so stay tuned for more sunshine-filled images in the coming weeks. 
Hollie and Hardeep got in touch early in 2018 to enquire about whether we were willing to travel to sunny Ibiza to photograph their destination wedding. We were super excited about it and of course said yes! Holly and Hardeep wanted their celebration to reflect both of their personalities and cultural identities so they had two celebrations, an English style wedding on the Friday and then a Sikh wedding on the Sunday.

They planned their English ceremony day perfectly with the help of Sonya from Ibiza Magic events. She is super organised and made sure everything ran smoothly and stress-free. Most of their family and friends stayed at Las Cicadas so they were relaxed and based locally for the weekend of celebrations. On the Friday, Hollie and Hardeep tied the knot in the Cathedral right at the top of Ibiza’s old town. As photographers, we had a lovely time absorbing the history and culture of this place and we feel that it is reflected in the wedding photos and videography.

The blooms and florals by Marbin Flowers were inspired by tropical landscapes - totally perfect for the sunny day and Ibiza setting. Their incredible wedding cake was three tiers of joy, topped with berries and figs and made by Cupcake Collection Ibiza.

It’s not often that we get blown away by a party but we certainly were at this wedding reception! Hollie, Hardeep and their guests partied late into the night with the amazing DJ Sam Totolee

Hollie works in the fashion industry so she knew exactly what look she wanted and it showed. She designed her wedding dress herself and I’m sure you will be blown away with how perfect it is. Every detail reflected their personality so wonderfully; balancing the Boho elements while also keeping it super chic. 

It is always an exciting and adventurous experience being destination wedding photographers. Being involved in a wedding so far from home can feel a little non-stop, but the welcome from the families here and the love between Hollie and Hardeep made us feel so included like we were guests ourselves.

…They had a second celebration which we will be sharing very soon! 

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!

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

Emily + Chris' Houghton Tower Wedding

Spending the day with these two was such a joy. We knew them quite well already, Emily was a bridesmaid at one of our lovely weddings in 2017 and we had met Chris in Liverpool for their pre-wedding shoot. They are such a lovely couple and so up for a laugh. Their day took place at Houghton Tower a beautiful, ancient building with so much history and character. The blooms added a splash of colour to the day and a true reflection of Emily and Chris's happy personalities. Hair and make-up was done by the talented Jodie and the girls looked flawless all day!

Enjoy looking through the lovely memories. 

Beth + Liam Destination Wedding, Sorrento, Italy.

Sorrento is the most incredible place, a place that I have always dreamed of being able to visit. So when Beth and Liam got in touch about shooting their wedding out there we were totally up for it and extremely excited. 

The whole wedding was totally glam and beautiful. There was a moment during the meal where Nathan and I were sat down, taking it all in and we just could not believe we were in Sorrento, working a cool job. It was a surreal moment and a huge highlight on 2017. 

The day was organised by http://www.dreamweddingsinitaly.com and I would highly recommend checking them out if you're thinking of getting married abroad! 

Enjoy looking through the images and soaking in that Italian sunshine (even if it is just through a screen..)