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Wedding Shows on TV

Women planning their nuptials and thinking about which wedding photographer – such as Matthew Sims – to book may have been a bit concerned to hear that BBC 3 is to be axed, particularly because it’s home to popular wedding show Don’t Tell The Bride.

The television show is a great way for brides planning their weddings to get ideas and see what – and what not – to do and while concerns for its future may have been growing after the BBC’s decision to remove the channel, it’s now been suggested that the programme will be available online instead, via the broadcaster’s iPlayer platform.

Don’t Tell The Bride features a young couple given £12,000 to plan their wedding but there’s one catch – the groom has to do all the organising in three weeks and the bride has no say over any of it, from the venue and the food to the dress… which often proves the most stressful part of the proceedings. While some men do well and surprise their friends, family and fiancée with what they manage to accomplish in just three weeks, others don’t impress quite so much – such as the groom who decided to fly everyone out to Vegas in series four but couldn’t afford flights for everyone so some key family members had to stay behind, which the bride was understandably less than happy with.

There was also the groom who thought it would be a good idea to ask his bride to jump out of an airplane after she’d had her hair and makeup done!

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What makes a good wedding photographer?

Weddings in North/South Devon

What Makes a Good Wedding Photographer? Skills, Locations and People

Devon is one of the most picturesque and idyllic counties in England and is becoming increasingly popular with couples who are searching for that little extra something for the wedding-day location. North Devon and South Devon is host to a whole host of fantastic locations; gripping scenery, welcoming venues and that special Devonshire hospitality that Devonians are famous for. Whatever you are looking for; something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue: it’s important that your wedding photographer knows how to capture everything that makes your wedding day an event to remember forever.

Wedding photography is not simply about photographing a wedding day, it is much more. Having an experienced wedding photographer who knows their trade is a wholly greater advantage.  The ability to communicate to others and carry out your wishes for your wedding day whilst making people feel relaxed is paramount. Successful snappers often talk with those they are picturing, distracting their attention away from the camera and making them feel inconspicuous, whilst having them remain centre stage. Although some shots need to be professionally composed, it is important to capture them as quickly as possible to allow for a non-hectic day. Being able to organise up to hundreds of people without appearing too forthright is very important. After all, people are there to enjoy themselves and your special day.

It is well known that North Devon and South Devon have some of the most fantastic locations for your wedding. You should feel confident that your camera man is capable of capturing everything that makes that location special. It could be the vintage style of Umberleigh or the crystal waters of Woolacombe Bay; the majestic South Hams Countryside or the luxurious Tunnels Beaches: whatever the reason you have chosen the location, your photographer should be able to take your ideas and transfer them perfectly to print.

Technical skills are an important part of a camera man’s repertoire. A wedding is a place full of emotions; tiny moments that truly reflect how people felt. Being able to capture the nuances, the glances, the facial expressions without intruding is key. Lighting at a wedding can sometimes prove a challenge. Without using a direct flash, I like to make the most of available light, complimenting the subject. Using shade and also bouncing light of walls can produce a better effect, creating contrast and an overall better mood.

Most importantly, it is what you want for your wedding. If you speak with your photographer, tell them what it is you require and how you want to have your photos taken; they should have the experience and skills necessary to get the most for your special day. Contact me today to have an informal chat; I’m happy to talk about any ideas you might have.

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How to choose a wedding dress

BRIDES TRY ON UP TO 20 DRESSES!

It’s important to think long and hard about decisions relating to your wedding, whether it be your wedding photographer (such as Matthew Sims), your theme, the colours, the food and, most critically, the dress.

And it seems that women are certainly of this view, with new research showing that they try on up to 20 wedding dresses before finding that one very special one that they can’t wait to walk down the aisle in, and just 9% of those asked in the Promotional Codes study saying they only had to try on five dresses before they picked out a favourite.

While 20 dresses might seem like a lot to try on, it is important to make sure you find a gown that is particularly well suited to your body type. If you’re something of a pear shape, look for a skirt with a gradual flare from the waist to the floor, which will draw attention away from the thighs. For women with a larger bust, it might be a better idea to go for a scooped neckline as this won’t show too much cleavage and will lighten up your face. Also avoid ruched fabric or anything with a sheen to it as this could draw attention to your chest.

For tall brides, a silhouette dress is a great option, as it will help emphasise your shape. Try to avoid anything too fussy and over-embellished and keep your dress as simple as possible, without being too boring – you’re sure to get lots of compliments if you do!

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Another wedding season comes to an end

As another wedding season comes to a close, with 25000 photos taken and Photoshopped it has been a very successful few months at Matthew Sims Wedding Photography. The team and I have covered many miles and even got to do our first wedding abroad, well, only just over the border in Wales at the impressive Celtic Manor Resort. We got to shoot in the Presidential suite just a week after President Obama stayed at the resort. (I wonder if using the words ‘shoot’ and ‘President Obama’ will get my website on the FBI’s watch list?). Of the many highlights of the season multiple visits to Orchardleigh House, Holbrook House and St Audreys Park along with a few new venues including Staplegrove Church in Taunton and The Egypt Mill.

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Wedding Nostalgia, the smell of fresh flowers

There are always specific songs, incidents and even smells which lock in to your memory at each wedding. I can remember offering one of our wedding photography packages at a spring wedding which was lit up with fresh cut daffodils wherever you looked, on the tables, along the isles in the church and of course in the bride’s bouquet. Everybody aspires to have a unique wedding and everybody achieves that one way or another. Within the tones of nostalgia we are all lingering longing for episodes of beautiful wedding images and those unique moments where we are at a our most glamorous and click, the moment is captured forever and replicated on our lounge wall, social media profile sites and on our wedding album cover. For ever more the slightest glance at the artwork evokes the memory of our beautiful day in the spotlight.