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By rekeeley, Mar 20 2015 11:00AM

Next up in our wonderful series of Wedding Expert guest blogs comes from Ben & Hannah of HBA Photography. Here they tell us about their passion for photography, pooches & saxaphones alongside some invaluable tips and advice!


1. Please tell us abit about how you got your business started


Myself and Ben were married in 2008 so we know how important a wedding truly is. We understand that while not everyone loves to have their photo taken, they still want beautiful images to share and remember their day. So our aim is to be unobtrusive where ever possible, to be friendly, helpful and provide as much guidance as you need so that we get the photos you’ve always wanted without having to worry about being stood in front of a camera. - See more at: http://hbaphotography.com/about-us-2/#sthash.IAbrgDNl.dpuf



We are based in a little South Derbyshire village, we live here with our two crazy dogs, Scampi the labradoodle and Bella the Newfiepoo.


Myself and Ben were married in 2008 so we know how important a wedding truly is. We understand that while not everyone loves to have their photo taken, they still want beautiful images to share and remember their day. So our aim is to be unobtrusive where ever possible, to be friendly, helpful and provide as much guidance as you need so that we get the photos you’ve always wanted without having to worry about being stood in front of a camera.


2. Please try and describe the style of your business in 3 words


Personal, creative, unobtrusive


3. What kind of services do you offer?


We offer wedding photography and Stop Motion videos. Also Ben is a professional saxophonist so we can offer that service during the Wedding Breakfast and light background music.


4. What has been your favourite event to work on and why?


I'm sure it's impossible to answer that question without writing an essay! We had one wedding that was held at the Old Royal Naval College in London, then the reception was held on a barge on the Thames. It was so beautiful sailing up the Thames at night! A real experience that stays with you for a long time.


5. Have you had any unusual photographic requests?


Not really.... at one wedding a few years ago we were asked to photograph a guest jumping naked into a lake. Drunken antics - it looked pretty cold!!!


6. Do you have any special business plans for 2015 you’d like to share?


Along with lots more beautiful weddings, we've got some amazing styles shoots lined up and a couple of Love the Dress shoots too. We're also in the middle of having a complete re-brand and new website, so make sure you come back and take a look and the fresh face of HBA Photography later in the year.


7. What advice would you give to couples when seeking a wedding photographer, what questions should they be asking?


Make sure you meet your photographer, it's so important to get on with them as people - you're going to spend a large portion of the day with them so it's important to get on! The more relaxed you feel, the better your photos will be!


Ask to see a few weddings in full, a lot of photographers will only show you their very best pictures, which is easy to do, but it's great to see a whole wedding from start to finish so you know that everything looks great, not just the best 10 images.


Make sure that you will have permission to use and print your photos included in the price. Some photographers charge extra for this.


Make sure that your photographer has insurance, has spare equipment, even a spare car - in other words make sure they have contingency plans in place. The very cheap photographers often don't have any of this and regularly only work with one camera - what if that one breaks?!


8. Do you have any advice to couples wanting to get friends and family to take their wedding photographs?


There's nothing necessarily wrong with having friends and family take your wedding photos, after all we photographed my best friends wedding last year! You just need to manage your expectations. If you have a family member that is a professional photographer and they're happy to photograph your wedding for you, and you love their style, then great - but just be aware that they won't have much time to relax and enjoy the day!! However for an amateur, weddings can be very challenging events and you need to manage your expectations - you can't expect the same stunning images from Uncle Bob as you will get from a professional.... things move very quickly and as an experienced wedding photographer you can often anticipate things happening and get yourself ready for an amazing shot - you only get one chance to photograph those awesome moments most of the time and if you're not expecting it, you'll probably miss it. You need to be able to deal with potentially difficult registrars or vicars, often very little light, a lack of space, bright days, rainy days and snowy days, sometimes all at the same wedding!


9. We hear you organise a wedding show, please can you tell us more?


We organise the Giant Wedding Show. The next date is on Sunday 26th April 2015 at Osmaston Park near Ashbourne, it's an excellent event with about 70-80 wonderful wedding exhibitors and the location is one of the best in the country! You can find out more about the event here: www.derbyshireweddingfayres.co.uk


Visit the HBA Photography website http://hbaphotography.com/

By rekeeley, Nov 30 2014 06:23PM


Next up in our Wedding Expert series of guest blogs comes from the multi-award winning Tineke Floral Design in Derbyshire. Tineke have just been awarded the East Midlands best wedding florist for the 4th consecutive year which is true testament to their skills and expertise. Owner Kerry has very kindly taken time out of her hectic schedule to offer up some invaluable advice to all those future couples who are on the look for a wedding flower advice. Whether you are hunting for your perfect florist or tips on DIY floristry, Kerry has some great advice to offer.


1. Please tell us a little about your business, how you got started and why?

I have been interested in flowers since the age of just 11 years old, which gives me over 20 years experience in the floristry world. I absolutely adore flowers, and love creating new designs for weddings. We are currently based in Hulland Ward near Ashbourne, and were in Matlock and Sutton in Ashfield before then, constantly growing.


2. Please try and describe the style of Tineke Floral Designs in 3 words

Timeless, elegant, romantic


3. What kind of floristry services do you offer?

We specialise in wedding flowers, and can offer everything from the buttonhole, bouquets to full venue styling. We also have Tineke flower school, offering interactive flower workshops.


4. What are your own favourite flowers?

Hydrangeas, peonies and stocks – gorgeous!


5. What has been your favourite wedding or event to work on and why?

Any wedding that features my favourite flowers! The highlight of 2014 has to be providing the wedding flowers for Rebecca Adlington and Harry Needs gorgeous wedding featured in Hello! magazine – front cover too!


6. What are the most important things to consider when selecting your florist?

Definitely experience, knowledge and proof of previous work, wedding flowers can be extremely hard work, caring for them from them arriving to the workshop to delivery on the wedding morning.


7. What questions should you always ask your florist before you book them?

Have they worked at your venue before? Do they have a contingency plan in case the head florist is ill or unable to work?


8. Any tips for brides wanting to try DIY flowers for their wedding?

Practice practice practice! Even I will practice something before a wedding if its something unusual of different.


You can contact Tineke through their website www.tinekefloraldesigns.co.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter by searching "Tineke"


By rekeeley, Nov 14 2014 09:50AM


Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing a variety of wedding suppliers and asking their expert advice on all things wedding-related in a new series of guest blogs. We'll have florists to cake bakers, photographers to dress makers to name but a few! To ensure you don't miss out follow us on Twitter and Facebook and look for the #WeddingExpert hashtag


The first in our series comes from our wonderful friend Karyn at Little Bird Vintage China Hire in Nottingham.


Please tell us a bit about you, how you got your business started and why?

I've often felt I was born in the wrong era, much preffering the nostalgia of the 1940's and 50's so when I got married in 2012 I wanted to create a day with a nod to that style. I spent many happy months collecting pretty vintage china and making dolly mixture coloured bunting for the wedding breakfast. Little Bird Vintage was fledged because I couldn't bear to part with any of my collection (which continues to grow) and I wanted it to be appreciated by other people rather than just kept in display cabinets. I'm based in Nottingham and cover the county and immediate surrounds.


How would you describe the style of your business in 3 words?

Flexible, eclectic, personalised


What kind of services do you offer?

We are able to hire out a range of items to help you style your day at a fraction of the cost of buying it yourself. We have trio sets (tea cup, saucer and side plates), lovely cake stands and sandwich platters, hand embroidered table cloths, tea pots, flower jugs, old glass bottles. Oh, and of course bunting.......


Do you have any favourite pieces in your collection?

I have some particularly ditsy floral teacups which I love! I have a Victorian teapot which is my favourite and I'm now too attached to hire it out, just in case something happens to it.


What has been your favourite event to work on and why?

I donated the use of the china for use at a palative care hospice event. It helped brighten up the venue and created a lovely talking point for patients and their families which was very satisfying.


Do you have anything special planned for the business in 2015?

To spread the joy of bone china and cake stands and make Little Bird Vintage a successful little start up with a broader client base.


What advice would you give to couples wanting to create a vintage style wedding?

Things don't need to match and they still look great next to each other. Ask family and friends if they have any props they can donate for use on your day; They'll be delighted to help and you get assistance with personalising your venue. Try and get hold of a record player and some old vinyl and put it in a room off to one side if you can - the oldies in the wedding party can then slope off to it in the evening and reminisce whilst the band kicks off for everyone else.


You can visit Little Bird Vintage China Hire’s website to see their wonderful collection from a bygone age here http://littlebirdvintage.zohosites.com/ or contact Karyn directly on [email protected] or through their facebook page www.facebook.com/LittleBirdVintageChinaHire


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