Autumn at St James park

What a wonderful autumn this year! And what a better place for an on location shoot in London than St James park. A simple lifestyle shoot with the beautiful Evie on a warm autumn’s day. I enjoyed working on this shoot as we had some lovely jewellery supplied, but most of all I loved the colours and the mood the park had created for us. 

Autumnal yoga shoot in Queens Park

I love yoga. There is something about it that makes your body feel more alive afterwards. Might be all the moving and stretching, and getting off your desk chair. Anyhow, I had the great pleasure to photograph a yoga session lead by the wonderful friend Joanna. Quick insight in the photos below: 

Joanna is not only a good friend of mine, but also a great yogi. You can book her here.

Fancy & branded wood USBs have finally arrived

I have been looking around for a while for some nice and customized (as well as eco looking and non-plastic) USBs to share with my clients and give away together with the finished edits of the photographs. 

I found a lovely (and friendly) place who makes them and even throws in a free chocolate business card. How cool is that? I could not resist but to share how cool they look and I’m ever so happy finally having them - I feel now so much more professional!

What a cool (and tasty!) business card

Cat quality assurance test: passed!

If you’d like some too, I got mine from here. 

The Complete Wedding Checklist

No doubt, getting ready for a wedding is a tough task and it takes a lot of time and organising. Use this little handy wedding planning list for your convenience and forget about half the headache. Also, always ask around your friends for people and services they’d suggest. You’d be surprised how much work can be done via a shortcut! 

12+ months before / as soon as you get engaged and are ready to start the wedding plan:

  • Sit down to discuss the main wedding theme with your other half to be sure you come up with something both of you are happy with. Be on the same page!
  • Set a budget and divide it into sections 
  • Draft a guest list or have an idea of the approximate amount of people you’ll invite 
  • If you have a necessity - hire a wedding planner to help you! Or assemble a dream-team from the family and friends :) 
  • Pick potential wedding dates 
  • Give the good news to your bridesmaids and groomsmen 
  • Research the venues and possible suppliers 
  • Optional: Throw an engagement party or organize an engagement photoshoot 

12 - 9 months before the special day

  • Decide on, visit and book your reception/wedding party location 
  • Do a deeper research on potential wedding services/ suppliers - photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, caterers, music, hair and make up, DJs
  • Decide on type of flowers, food, drinks and decorations for the reception
  • Find the perfect wedding gown 
  • Pick and send Save The Date cards 
  • Choose the package and book your wedding photographer

9 months before the special day

  • Book the entertainment (music & other) and decor, choose your wedding flowers & order the cake 
  • Decide and book bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s suits
  • Discuss, plan and book the honeymoon
  • Choose and book the make up and hair artist
  • Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests for the wedding 
  • Browse and choose wedding accessories and shoes 
  • Optional: launch a wedding website
  • Book & contact the selected venue(s) and arrange the decorations
  • Decide on your wedding rings and purchase them 

8 - 6 months before the special day

  • Reserve and double check structural and electrical necessities; talk with your venue and suppliers and ensure everything is tip-top
  • Arrange transport between the church and venue (if necessary) 
  • Start drafting the schedule of the special day 
  • Organise the legalities (papers, documents and other bits)

6 - 4 months before the wedding day 

  • Organize gifts for family, bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Optional: Book a rehearsal at the church and/or other venues 
  • Meet with your photographer and other service providers face-to-face and discuss the day, ask any questions and clarify the day 
  • Choose your music 
  • Decide on your wedding decorations including favours

4 - 1 month before the big day

  • Finalize the guest list 
  • Arrange the final dress fitting 
  • Finalise details for, and order mass booklets/schedule of the ceremony
  • Enjoy your bachelor & bachelorette parties 
  • Schedule a hair and makeup trial with your chosen artist

4 - 3 weeks before the wedding 

  • Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer and videographer. Include who should be in the group shots and portraits, also determine when during the day portraits will be taken
  • Give venue and the caterer final guest head count and work on your seating plan and print place cards 
  • Start making or buying wedding favours
  • Confirm all final payment amounts with your vendors as well as dates, times etc. 
  • Do a full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil
  • Confirm times for the photographer, hair and make-up and all other vendors

The week of your wedding day

  • Drop off table cards, printed schedules, favours, table plan to the reception / coordinator
  • Ensure the wedding cake is on track to be delivered to reception venue on the day
  • Reconfirm arrival times with all vendors, just in case something has changed 
  • Pack an overnight bag for your reception night
  • Get manicure, massage, waxing & all your preening and prep done
  • Get enough rest, relax and enjoy your most special day!

Let me know how and if this list has helped you! 

© Laine Apine Photography 2016
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