Tips for bridal and groom preparations.

Tips for bridal /groom prep shots 

 

The Morning of 

When you decide where you want to get ready, you already know who is going to be with you in the morning of. . Your very own squad..!! 

I cover all love the London, East, South and all of the UK for Wedding photography. I also have a little blog post here which will help you on the venues planning too ! https://roshniphotography.com/venues-around-hertfordshire-with-outdoors-ceremony-license/

It’s important to know what location you are going to get ready as a photographer as I would love to make sure all the important things are captured including all the details of your dress, rings, invitations, RSVPs, welcome notes, thank you notes and the list goes one. 

I love to arrive early for your morning prep to be there when you are starting to get ready. This helps me understand the location and the get to know all your bridal /groom parties. Also i love an early start to so i can capture the story of your day!. The make up artist will be doing their work on you and your brides or the suit designer will be there to help you get ready. I want to be there to meet them too and see the wonderful work they do to help bring it all together.

Coffee someone said?! Love a good coffee in the morning. I sometimes also bring my own so i am not without it at some point in the morning. If your wedding is at the same location where you are getting ready then that is a bonus. I walk on the grounds and plan the day for later shots and also watch your ceremony area getting all decorated and ready. The venues i have shot at in 2019 have been so amazing, I am not able ot say that  I have met some good friends through the venue. Its always good to make new contacts and support the business. 

The morning preparations, the best tip i can give is to make sure you have your bridal party with you or your groomsmen with you as soon as you are all ready so I can get the shots with you all getting involved and have a drink before you get ready to walk down for the ceremony. I capture the natural moment and the in between times when you are enjoying a good chin wag. Parents at the preparations are also important if they can pop down for a little while. Not too long, just 5 minutes, I am sure they will have enough on their plate on the day. 

 

Another tip is to give me 5-10 minute with you alone so I can take some portraits of you in the setting we are in or take you to a quiet place to get some shots. I tend to use mostly indoors near a window or near some stairs if they are available.

All in all the top tip is to enjoy the morning with your pals and let me capture all the silliness and laughter of the day.


Wedding at the York house Twickenham

Wedding at the York House, Twickenham  

Laura and Herbie got married at the York House in December just before the new years eve. Marking 2019 as their wedding year with their friend and family present. I had a pleasure shooting their wedding and I loved every bit of it.

 

Laura looked every bit gorgeous in her white backless dress with faux fur winter coat to complete the winter look. Herbie opted for a black tie suit with best men to match to black and white theme of the wedding.

 

Here are some images form the wedding which I am so excited ot share with you!


Venues around Hertfordshire with outdoors ceremony license.

2019 has been a great year for me as I was able to visit some great venues around London and Hertfordshire. I love shooting on a location where there are options to shoot indoors and outdoors.

Here are some of the Venues I have shot with the images. If I were a bride to be, I would ask a friend or someone who has used a venue and their experiences. It is imperative to have this reviews and take them with a pinch of a salt as every experience is different.

I also work with and am friends with some celebrants, so if you work with a celebrant then you can get married anywhere, regardless of boring licensing laws !!!! 🙂

Let me share some of the venues around Hertfordshire with outdoors license 

Oakley house Bromley Kent.

 

The venue is just 2 miles outside central Bromley on the A21 at Bromley Common in Kent, Oakley House is a characteristic manor house set in its own beautiful gardens. I shot the wedding fo Jaleesa and Khye here and the ground has so much to offer. There is a bar, garden, new Gazebo, their very own in-house caterers .

Manor of Groves,Hertfordshire . 

 

Manor of Groves is situated in Hertfordshire, a 150 acres in a countryside perfect for a wedding outside London. I had a pleasure of shooting an Indian wedding last year. The hotel is perfect of your guest for an overnight stay as the hotel can reserve up to 10 rooms for the bride to be in advance. the hotel has 80 bedrooms including Superior and Four Poster bedrooms, all with marble bathrooms. Onsite parking and only 2 mins from the Stanstead airport. Venue has to offer a choice of banqueting rooms, plus two outside Gazebo. For receptions, the Manor Suite glass conservatory overlooking the Oriental Garden accommodates  400 guests. The Colonnade Room which is situated adjacent to the gardens can accommodate up to 120 guest.

Shendish Manor,Hertfordshire ,

 

Shendish Manor Hotel & Golf Course where Victorian splendor meets modern design, Situated in a west of Hertfordshire, the venue has an outdoors gazebo and indoors ceremony room. the Hotel accommodates up to 400 guests with 70 spacious Hotel rooms. The country side hotel has its very own Golf course too. Whats not to like? I shot the Wedding of my good friend Charlotte and Andy , and we opted for an outdoors ceremony although it was a gamble the weather was in out favor. The Hotel also has it very own catering and bar for your evening guests.

My experience: the hotel staff were so friendly and the ground were perfect for what Charlotte wanted din the images. we were able to explore a little and have a little walk on the grounds, were the bride and groom were able to take a breather and spend some alone time before the reception.

Shenley Cricket club Hertfordshire 

I was so excited to capture Sarah and Sam’s wedding at the Shenley cricket club last year as we were also graced with snow the day before so the images came out absolutely gorgeous.

Shenley cricket club is on an idyllic Hertfordshire countryside, with vast amount of grounds and indoor/outdoor ceremony options. Sarah and Sam opted for an indoor ceremony with outdoors for Portraits and family shots. The venue possess indoor catering and its very own bar for your guest. The luxury Marque and heated terrace is a perfect area to have the reception or the dinner for your evening guest which is overlooking the grounds of the cricket club. Available between October to April  The venue can hold 100-300 guests.


Alex and Sharm's Syon Park Wedding

Alex and Sharm’s Fusion Wedding at the Syon Park  

Alex and Sharm’s Indian Fusion wedding at the Syon Park London. They got married in a fusion celebration filled wedding. The day was filled with colors and lights. The fusion of the cultural traditions and celebrations brought the two families together to bless the couple.  During the day time we had the Indian ceremony and during the evening we celebrated with cake, drinks and live band. Of Course you can see Sharm got up onto the stage to impress his new bride and he was really good.


Top tips for having your Pets at your wedding

Top 5 tips if you are having your pets at your own wedding!

  1. Get a sitter for half day!. i am sure there will be someone in the family happily obliged to look after them, but you want everyone to have fun so get a professional to look after them.
  2. Include your fury babies at your bridal shoot. I love getting these shots as this will be the moments you will get to spend before you get hitched
  3. Have at least 3 people at 3 different times of the day to look after them. Its so easy for someone to get stuck with the doggies, but you want everyone to have fun equally.  Have 3 people look after them at different times of the day so everyone get to get involved equally
  4. Have the doggies get ready with you before you put on your dress. My last bride had some time before she put on her dress to brush the dogs and put some bow ties and hair pins. They look absolutely gorgeous plus I got the capture these moments too!
  5. Are they going to be the ring bearers? How exciting! Have your bridesmaids escort them on the isle so they don’t go running free. This is was any last bride Jacquelyn did too. See her gallery here!


Chars and Andy's wedding at the Shendish Manor, St Albans, Hertfordshire

I am in awe of these images of Charlotte and Andy. The day was so gorgeous and Charlotte and Andy Opted for an outdoors ceremony. We were gambling with the weather as through out it was really cloudy and was ready to pour down
Charlotte looked absolutely beautiful in her long sleeve blush , laced wedding dress. The first time I saw her in her dress was as soon as I arrived and I was taken aback with it.
I have just a few images here to speak for themselves. 

Transport and catereres

Shendish Manor for catering

Cake and Flowers

Cake from The Little Cake Boutique London. Flowers from Maples Flowers

Stationery

VMBespoke.com for the wooden names on the table

Entertainment

Dj Pete Braithwaite


Jax and Joe's wedding at the Grim's Dyke Hotel

I had a pleasure of photography ing Jacquelyn and Joe’s wedding that took place in at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow North London. It was so beautiful and they had their pets are ring bearers.


Wedding at the Pergola Hills and Gardens

Will and Carina had their wedding celebrations at the Pergola Hills and Gardens and  there after at the Bull and Gate Pub in Kensington. Will contacted me from the US, as he and Carina were going to visit the UK for their wedding celebrations and we discussed where we would shoot their session. There are so many places in London that we have to choose from, so I suggested a feww places including Peragola! and it did not disappoint.

 

We had a couple more chats over the phone and emails, and settled for Pergola. Will was having their wedding dinner at the Bull and Gate afters. We started off the session with the family group shots, although the weather on the day was drizzling down, but with the help of some umbrellas and guests as my assistants we managed to caprture some great shots.

 

Will and Carina were so natural in front of the camera and made it so easy for me to capture their couples shots. I really love the ones Will looking at Karina as you can see how much madly in love they both are. I was able to get so many beautiful images; Pergola has so much to offer too. the place is absolutely beautiful. I really loved the greenery and the architecture.

Here are some images from our session that will give you an idea of how the day went! I hope you like them

Thank you so much x


Engagement Party Ruislip London

Suren and Ria’s engagement party at the Venue 5 in Ruislip, London

 

Suren and Rai booked me where they wanted to capture some natural shots of the event. Of course, Indian ceremonies are very lenghty and pricise. So many details to consider when you are photographing the day. I was at the venue from the morning and then in the evening for the engagement party.

 

Here the two families came together and celebrate the engagement of Suren and Ria. I love how everyone was in such a joyous mood all day that it flew by so fast.

Here are some portraits of Suren and Ria that we were able to snap just before they evening party.


Sopewell Ruins Engagement session St Albans

Sopewell Ruins Engagement session St Albans

Joe and Jacquelyn are getting married in July and I cannot wait to photograph them. Jacquelyn opted for the Sopwell Ruins  for the shoot as this was the place where they both fell in love and spend most of their day getting to know each other. I did not have to direct them throughout as you can see from the photos they both are so natural in front of the camera.