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Wedding Checklist – Wedding Supplier Spotlight Wedding Photography by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

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This is the 2nd in my ‘Wedding Supplier Spotlight’ series which will hopefully help you with your wedding checklist. Next up in the series is the very lovely Chelsea from Chelsea Shoesmith Photography. Chelsea is based in South Manchester, but as you are about to read, she travels far and wide! Choosing your wedding photographer is something that should be chosen early on in your quest to fulfill your wedding checklist. The most fabulous wedding photographers can get booked up well in advance and you don’t want to miss out. After all, your wedding is one day, your images are forever. I have had the pleasure of knowing Chelsea for several years and I can honestly say, she is one of the loveliest, bubbliest, most positive people I have ever met. And of course, her photography is stunning!

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How long have you been a wedding photographer and how did it come about?

I shot my first wedding 12 years ago when I was 17! I had always been creative and loved taking pictures. I hadn’t been to many weddings and so I found them utterly fascinating and beautiful. When a colleague at my part time retail job was getting married but said she couldn’t afford a photographer, I said I’d photograph it for her. I was so nervous and excited. It then snowballed from there to what it is today.

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How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

My style aims to be fun, natural and happy. I pride myself on being friendly and bubbly to put my couples and their guests at ease. It really is a compliment when couples say they felt so unexpectedly relaxed having their photograph taken. I want it to be an easy and fun experience. It doesn’t have to be scary! I like my finished shots to be vibrant and sharp.

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You have photographed many weddings abroad. Do you have a favourite destination?

I have been so very lucky to photograph weddings in Iceland, Majorca and many in Italy. I have also travelled to Toronto, Norway and Malta for engagement shoots and Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland for commercial photography jobs. I absolutely loved Iceland, it was like a playground. However despite it being an unpopulated island, it was FULL of tourists which added a new challenge to my photography, trying to avoid people in the background! I love to travel and I love photography so combining the two is an absolute dream!

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How far in advance should clients book you for their wedding date so they can tick you off that wedding checklist?

I think the furthest in advance I’ve been booked in the past is two and a half years but really, it needn’t be that long. Twelve to eighteen months seems to be the average. I tend to be one of the very first suppliers booked by my couples after they’ve selected a date and venue.

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We recently worked together on a luxury wedding styled shoot. What did you enjoy most about the day?

Being a photographer is often a lonely job and so being at this shoot and working along side lots of talented suppliers really made for a special day. It felt like a collaboration as opposed to how I normally work which is usually telling the story of what I see. This luxury photo shoot was perfect for me to get involved and help style (though I am sure everyone there could tell there is a reason I am a photographer and not a stylist haha) (To have a nosey behind the scenes from our luxury photoshoot at Upper House Hayfield, click here.)

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When couples are looking for their perfect wedding photographer, what should they consider when making their decision? Would you suggest a photographer wedding checklist?

There is so much to consider, here are 10 things just off the top of my head:
1. Do you LOVE their work? I don’t just mean like, absolutely love their work?
2. Do you think you’d be friends with them if you met them in a different way i.e as a work colleague? Are you happy to introduce them to all of your friends and family? You’re going to be spending a lot of time with them and it’s important you get on like a mansion on fire!
3. Do they listen to you? And are they interested in your thoughts and ideas? Is their approach in keeping with what you want? Posed portraits, traditional, none traditional, all natural?
4. Are they insured? That’s a biggie!
5. Are they willing to show you full wedding galleries as opposed to their favourite few shots from each wedding?
6. Do they have a good online presence? Are they keeping their audience informed of what they’ve been up to?
7. Are they a ‘wedding photographer’ or a ‘photographer’ trust me, there’s a huge difference. Being a wedding photographer requires a whole different skill set.
8. Book an engagement shoot. Practise makes perfect! Get comfortable in front of the camera and figure out what you want from your wedding photographs
9. Do they have a back up plan? Do they have spare equipment? do they regularly back up their images?
10. How long will it take till you receive your images. This is another biggie.

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I hear so many people say ‘I hate having my photo taken’ (including me!). Can you offer any advice on how to deal with this before their Big Day?

Choose a photographer who prides themselves on having a laid back and natural approach and want to ensure they provide a fun and relaxed experience. Having an engagement shoot can also help ease pre wedding nerves.

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Finally Chelsea, how would you describe you? Tell us what you love.

I enjoy the simple life, a “text book” weekend (as I like to call them) would involve a trail run or long bike ride, a film, hot chocolate and a nice G&T, shared with my lovely Mark. I am very outdoorsy, you would often find me hiking in the mountains, cycling on my mountain bike or training for triathlons. I LOVE food, there isn’t much I wouldn’t eat! Travelling is also a big passion, I am so grateful for all the destination weddings I have done. I feel very lucky.

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WOW, thank you to Chelsea. There are some fantastic tips here which I am sure you will all find really useful. I especially love Chelsea’s 10 tips for choosing your wedding photographer. Don’t delay and pay Chelsea’s gorgeous website a visit here and get another tick on that wedding checklist! You can also find Chelsea and her beautiful work on facebook and Instagram too. If you are still looking for your wedding cake, then you will definitely want to read about Linda from Buttercup Cakes too.

Lisa xx

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Wedding Planning – Wedding Supplier Spotlight Luxury Wedding Cakes by Buttercup Cakes

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Wedding planning can be a HUGE task. As most couples haven’t been involved in wedding planning before, it can seem a little daunting trying to find the right wedding suppliers. I have been making handmade wedding invitations and stationery since 2007. Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many fantastic, talented wedding suppliers. I would love to share some of my favourite and most trusted wedding suppliers with you. This is the first in my series of ‘Wedding Supplier Spotlights’. I hope you find it useful.

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Image from our luxury photoshoot

Meet Linda from Buttercup Cakes

First up, is the very lovely Linda from Buttercup Cakes. Linda and I have become great friends over the years and spend many hours discussing weddings. I first found Linda on the internet! I joined her already huge following on facebook when I saw her amazing wedding cakes. Having sampled her cakes on many occasions I can say without any bias, I can truly say they taste divine as well as look amazing.

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Linda at work in her studio

So Linda, how long have you been making wedding cakes?

I’ve been making wedding cakes since 2010. After baking and decorating cakes for family and friends for many years, we established Buttercup Cakes working from home in Cheshire. The business has gone from strength to strength and in June 2013 we relocated the business to our lovely studio in Whaley Bridge, in the Peak District.

What is your favourite style of wedding cake to make?

I love to make beautiful, elegant wedding cakes with a contemporary feel, incorporating handmade sugar flowers.

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Image from our photoshoot

When couples are wedding planning, what things should they know about the cost of a wedding cake?

The cost of a wedding cake will very much depend on the size of the cake – the bigger it is, the more portions it will give and the more expensive it will be. The design of the cake and the amount of time it takes to complete will also impact on the cost. Intricate piping, ruffles and sugar flowers all take many hours and even days to complete so will increase the cost of the cake. Wedding cakes should taste great too!  Great tasting cakes mean using the finest ingredients which don’t come cheap!

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Luxury wedding cake by Buttercup Cakes

I am intrigued, does anybody choose fruit cake ​for their wedding cake ​these days?

There are just so many amazing flavours to choose from nowadays, that not many couples have a traditional rich fruit cake as part of their wedding cake. If they do, it tends to be the top tier which is traditionally kept to be used as a christening cake.

We recently took part in a luxury photoshoot together, what did you enjoy most about the day?

With virtually no weddings this year, I’ve really missed being creative and working with other talented wedding suppliers. The photoshoot was such a great way to showcase what we do and create some beautiful wedding inspiration. Hopefully we will help inspire those that are wedding planning. (for an insight into our day, have a read of my photoshoot blog post)

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Image from our luxury photoshoot
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Image from our luxury photoshoot

Big question…do you have an absolute favourite wedding cake that you have made or are most proud of?

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love making wedding cakes and put my heart and soul into each and every one, so it’s hard to pick a favourite. Probably the cake I’m most proud of was my daughter’s wedding cake. 5 tiers with masses of handmade sugar flowers, sugar ruffles, shimmer and sparkle, all took many hours and late nights to put together. On the morning of the wedding, I even set the cake up at the venue in my rollers! It was made with so much love and I felt incredibly proud to have been able to make it for my daughter’s wedding.

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Linda and her daughter’s wedding cake

We have known each other for many years Linda, what would you say my style is and how can our clients benefit from booking us both?

We certainly have Lisa and I love working with you. Your style is elegant and timeless with a touch of luxury.  You are a perfectionist and your attention to detail is second to none. By booking us both, a client can be sure that not only will everything match beautifully, but their stationery and cake will complement each other perfectly.

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Cosmopolitan wedding invitation suite
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Mini cupcakes and macarons by Buttercup Cakes

Linda can be found baking in her fab studio in Whaley Bridge in the beautiful Peak District. She works with clients across Cheshire, the North West and beyond. If you are wedding planning and would like to know more about Linda and her business; Buttercup Cakes, please click here to visit her website. If you fancy learning some tricks of the trade, Linda also runs COVID secure cake classes. She also has online training coming soon so do keep an eye on her Facebook and Instagram feeds for details..
Thank you Linda – my address to send the brownies to can be found on my home page. 😉 Ha ha!

Lisa xx

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Wedding Stationery Staffordshire – 10 Items of Wedding Stationery you Didn’t Know you Needed for Your Wedding Day

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The wedding invitations were sent months ago! The RSVP’s are finally in and the guest list has been finalised. It’s nearly time for your BIG DAY. Here are 10 items of wedding stationery you didn’t know you needed for your wedding day?

1. Church Wedding Ceremony Order of Service Booklet

If you are getting married in a Church, an order of service booklet is an important part of your wedding stationery. You and your guests will need to know the order of the ceremony and at what points they are required to join in with singing and prayers. The booklet will also include hymns and readings.

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Image by James Tracey Photgraphy

2. Civil Ceremony and Reception Order of the Day

We all love to know what is happening and when, right!? A wedding day is perfectly planned and timings are vital to keep the day running smoothly. Including an Order of the Day as part of your wedding stationery will please your guests enormously by telling them where they need to be and at what time. They will especially love to know what time they are being fed!!

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Image by Inspired by Lisa

3. Wedding Guest Seating Plan

This element of wedding stationery can be a real show stopper as well as functional. If you would like your guests to be seated at certain tables for the wedding breakfast, then this is essential. There are lots of creative ways to display your seating plan from traditional ornate frames with floral decoration to individual tables in vintage frames.

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

4. Table Names or Numbers for each Table

When your guests have found their name on the seating plan, they then need to find their table. Whether you have simple numbers or have chosen a name for each table, this will coordinate with your seating plan. Choosing a theme or names for your tables can be a great way of adding personal and unique touches to your wedding day.

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5. Guest Table Place Setting

A place setting, possibly a place card or tag, is not just an item of wedding stationery but can often be a wedding keepsake too. Guests love to take home a snippet of your day as a reminder of the fun they had. I also think this is an important part of your table decoration and can be displayed in so many creative ways.

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
Two place names decorated with gold leaf displayed in vintage style gold frames
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

6. Wedding Breakfast Menu

As wedding stationery goes, I believe this one is vital! Your guests will want to know what they are about to eat. Whether you have a set menu, or your guests have chosen what they wanted to eat beforehand, they will need a reminder. If your guests chose there menu before the wedding day having personlaised menus is a great help. Often they made their choices months in advance. Would you remember what you chose?

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

7. Personalised Wedding Guest Book

This is a very personal and much loved item of wedding stationery for you to keep forever. Asking your guests to leave messages in your guest book is a lovely thing to read as Mr & Mrs after your wedding day. It is also a lovely way to look back in years to come at the ‘expert’ advice that was offered. I am sure there will a giggle or two in there.

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Image by Inspired by Lisa

8. Personalised Wedding Card Post Box

Your wedding guests will bring cards, which may often contain gift vouchers or cash. A safe and obvious place to leave cards is really useful. This can also match all of your wedding stationery and be a useful item to store your memories in after the day.

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Image by Inspired by Lisa

9. Wedding Day Signage

Signage is a great way to describe or give helpful instructions for certain parts of your wedding day. This can include things such as ‘welcome to our wedding’ sign, cake flavours for your wedding cake, reserved signs on the Church pews, or even to remind guests to sign your guest book. These are just a few ideas of which there are many more.

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Image by Katie Mortimore Photography

10. Finally…..Do you Need Wedding Stationery or Wedding Stationary?

Wedding stationery and wedding stationary are very often confused. A lot of people use the wrong one when contacting me about their wedding stationery. So hopefully this will help;

STATIONERY is a noun that means tools used in an office or for writing such as paper and pens. You can remember E for Envelopes or ER in paper.

STATIONARY is an adjective used to describe something that is still or not moving. Remember the AR in parked car.

I hope this gives you a good idea of what wedding stationERy you will need. You definitely don’t want a stationARy wedding day! If you would like to discuss your wedding invitations and wedding stationery, please do get in touch. I can provide all of what you need to match your wedding day theme.

Several of the images used within this blog are from a recent photoshoot that was photographed by the wonderful Chelsea Shoesmith Photography. To see behind the scenes at the photoshoot at The Upper House, please read my blog post. Other professional images where specified are by James Tracey Photography and Katie Mortimore. Non-professional images are taken by me!

Lisa xx

The biggest thank you ever to Lisa for making such beautiful stationery for our wedding day. Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with from my first enquiry before I’d even placed an order, and she captured my vision perfectly. She works to such a high professional standard, I couldn’t find fault with any of her work. The quality of the materials Lisa uses is just stunning and really makes everything feel like it’s been made with love and care. Lisa was so friendly and professional, I didn’t feel rushed at all, everything worked around my timings and when deliveries were convenient for me and when the deliveries came everything was packaged with the upmost care so nothing was damaged – including my table plan which came in a frame! I cannot thank Lisa enough or recommend her highly enough, if you truly want something bespoke and luxurious that’s made with love and care with fantastic attention to detail then you must must must order with Lisa xxx ‘ – Pia

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Luxury Wedding Stationery – Timeless Luxury Styled Wedding Photoshoot at Upper House Hatfield

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Planning the Luxury Styled Wedding Photoshoot

With weddings as we know them on the back burner at the moment, the next best thing for us wedding suppliers, is a luxury styled wedding photoshoot! Our aim was to get back to what we all know and love, and be able to share our passion with you. We decided to go for a luxury feel with lots of whites, gold and gorgeous green foliage. 
Our venue for the day was the stunning exclusive use, Upper House which is tucked away on the magnificent Kinder Scout in the Peak District National Park. It truly is a unique venue which is full of history dating back to 1378.

Please note – The following images were taken on the day by various suppliers. Professional images to follow.

Upper House Hayfield

First Set-Up of the Day

We started our table set-up in the magnificent Medieval Banqueting Hall bay window which included beautiful crockery supplied by Whitehouse Events Crockery and gorgeous linen embroidered napkins from The Embroidered Napkin Company.

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Lisa at work
Helen at work

Luxury Wedding Stationery

For the day, I created lots of wedding table stationery including place cards, place tags, menus and table numbers. The luxury wedding style allowed me to use lots of gold leaf, gold eyelets, glitter and foil cards and my favourite, antique gold frames.

Gold Leaf Place Tag with Gold Eyelet
Gold Foil Place Tag with Gold Leaf Macaroon
Place Setting from my City Design Range
Place Setting from my City Design Range

The Wedding Photographer

Our photographer for the day was the very lovely and super talented Chelsea from Chelsea Shoesmith Photography. Chelsea was an absolute star and very patient with us all as we ‘tweaked and faffed’ to get that perfect shot. 

Chelsea at Work

The Wedding Venue Upper House Courtyard

As the weather was on our side (anything can happen in the Peak District), we just had to take advantage of it. The Upper House wedding venue courtyard is stunning and has lots of amazing features and photo opportunities so we headed outside. 
The florist, Helen from Taylor Made Blooms worked tirelessly throughout, creating beautiful displays and then moving them around to show a multitude of uses. In particular, we were all in awe of her amazing floral decoration of Joanne’s stand and sign that was set up in the courtyard. Joanne from Wild Peak Events supplied some fabulous props, including this huge sign which just looked FAB!

Joanne’s Sign
Helen and Joanne

Finding Many Uses for Props and Flowers!

We also utilised the floral decorated stand to showcase my wedding table plan which just looked stunning! The grand finale was the stunning wedding cake from Buttercup Cakes which was framed perfectly within the floral decorated stand. It was great to see the many uses of the props and florals. Perfect examples of how to utilise all of these items for your wedding day.

Table Plan from my Cosmopolitan Range

The End

After consuming THE best chocolate brownies and cupcakes made by Linda from Buttercup Cakes, we moved back inside the Medieval Banqueting Hall to make use of the stunning fireplace and amazing backdrops. We now eagerly await the images from Chelsea once she has put her stamp on them.

And that as they say…is a wrap!!

Gold Leaf Table Plan in Antique Gold Frame
Linda at Work
Linda’s Cake

Thank You

Thank you to all the wedding suppliers that took part in this luxury styled wedding photoshoot and shared their skills. Special thank you to the lovely Linda for getting us all together and creating a wonderful day. Not forgetting Eric, the resident Upper House dog. He was quite a character!

The Team
Eric, the Resident Doggie!

Watch my Instagram and Facebook accounts for the professional images coming soon….

The Fabulous Team

For more information and ideas of how to style your wedding date, please contact the suppliers who are happy to help;
Inspired by Lisa designing and creating handmade luxury wedding stationery helping couples across the UK. Instagram Facebook Pinterest
Upper House is an exclusive wedding venue that stands alone on the magnificent Kinder Scout in the Peak District National Park.
Buttercup Cakes specialising in beautiful bespoke wedding cakes which are elegant and timeless.
Chelsea Shoesmith Photography offers contemporary wedding & portrait photography.
Wild Peak Events based in the High Peak, offer an eclectic range of props and accessories available to hire for your wedding day.
Taylor Made Blooms an independent florist in Manchester covering the northwest, specialising in Weddings and events.
Whitehouse Events Crockery supplies some of the most unusual and innovative crockery and glassware for hire.
The Embroidered Napkin Company creating personalised embroidered napkins.

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