8 ideas for your wedding dress after the big day!

You dreamt about it since you were little. You thought about it ever since you got engaged. You tried on so many before your wedding until you found the one. You looked absolutely stunning in it on your wedding day, but what’s next? I have a few ideas for you!

Choosing your wedding dress is one of the most crucial choices you will face when planning your wedding day. Everything needs to be perfect: the style, the colour, the train, details. But most importantly, you need to feel comfortable as a bride in it! Your guests will not be taking their eyes off you. They will be swept off their feet by its glory.

Sometime after the wedding, when all emotions settle, you will face the question: What do I do with this most beautiful gown I wore on my wedding day? It’s a dilemma every bride goes through, and I have a couple of propositions for you!

Sell it

This will be the very first thing that will come up to your mind. A wedding dress is indeed an expensive dress, and you might want to try and retrieve even a fraction of what you have paid for it. Many future brides do not have an extensive budget, and your beautiful wedding dress will be an enormous joy to them!

Alter it

Who said that you only have to wear it once? I’m sure your seamstresses will advise you on what you could do with it. Why not try and make a casual dress from it? Or maybe you are expecting a baby, and you could turn it into a christening dress for your little one. The ideas here are endless; you just have to brainstorm a little. You can even dye it. No hidden rules are saying you can’t do that.

Alter it to something different

Are you not feeling like turning it into something wearable? No problem! There are many different things you could alter your wedding dress. For example, you could change it into decorative pillowcases or other household items or accessories.

Donate it

Many organisations are helping people in difficult situations such as but not limited to terminal or life-shortening illnesses creating their dream wedding. https://dressesforangels.co.uk turns donated wedding dresses into an outfit for babies born sleeping. Check out other charities:
https://www.redcross.org.uk/shop/shop-for-wedding-dresses
https://weddingwishingwell.org.uk/gown-donation
https://www.giftofawedding.org
If you know any other charities, please let me know, and I will happily add them to this list!

Could you keep it for your future generations?

Did you ever look back at your mothers or grandmom’s wedding photographs and think they were breathtaking? Did they look like something you would be thrilled to wear on your wedding day? You know, something old, something borrowed. When I look at my mom’s wedding dress, I think I would love to have it. Maybe not necessarily keep it in the same style, perhaps I would alter it a little to make it more me, but it would make my wedding day more memorable. Just give it a think!

Keep it as a souvenir

But how? Well, first of all, you need to get it cleaned first and preserved to remove party stains and smudges. Like mud from when you sacrificed yourself for that EPIC photograph or prosecco drops from when auntie Betty took a turn on the dancefloor without reading the ‘no drinks while dancing’ sign. It’s all okay; those stains will come off, don’t worry.

But how do I keep it as a souvenir, Kay? Some brides like to wear their wedding dresses on their wedding anniversary, but what else could you do? Turn it into something you will cherish every day! Have it professionally framed and hang it on your staircase just like a past bride of mine, Laura ( Laura And Tyrone’s Warbrook House Wedding ). I think it’s a brilliant idea and what a WOW thing to have displayed in your beautiful house! 

Have a post-wedding location photoshoot

Are you planning a honeymoon? Or maybe you are just heading somewhere hot or tropical for a holiday? Or perhaps you just didn’t have the time to take any couple portraits taken during your wedding day because it ran super fast, and you didn’t even realise it was already time for your first dance. Book yourself a photoshoot! Think about it as another beautiful opportunity to look glam and fabulous in it, whether it’s organised here in the UK at your wedding venue or somewhere else. Don’t limit yourself – Cotswolds, Bournemouth, Greece or Barbados. I will happily help you with them too!

Trash it!

No, no, no! I didn’t mean it like that, haha! Have you ever heard of a photoshoot called – Trash the dress?

By definition – “Trash the dress” photos are pictures taken after the wedding in which the bride essentially ruins her dress. It’s a great way to have one final creative photoshoot while wearing your gown.

So when you finally settle with the thoughts that your wedding day (days, weeks or even months down the line) is over, you might want to do something spontaneous! Imagine a wonderful and warm summer evening, sun setting on the horizon and you and your husband in your wedding atelier strolling on the beach. It’s all romantic and intimate until he picks you up and carries you further into the sea. The waves hit both of you, and you could not stop laughing because your hubby had just realised he didn’t bring spare pants! Or you would like to take it to an even messier scenario and have a Holi powder fight! Channel your inner artist and treat your husband like they’re your canvas. The result is wild and colourful!

I’d love to hear more from you! What did you do with your wedding dress? Or maybe you have some excellent idea that didn’t cross my mind? I’d love for you to share it!


Fresh Wedding flowers or artificial?

Let's have the flower talk!

It must be one of the most crucial decisions you will make. Wedding flowers will be with you all day everywhere. You will find them in your very own wedding bouquet, with your bridesmaids, in buttonholes, dressing your ceremony venue, in your centrepieces. Literally everywhere! They will make a colossal difference to the look of your big day, but should you buy fresh or artificial?

Flowers by: The Flower Fairies

I am madly in love with flowers! My garden is blooming from spring till the end of autumn, and my office is full of plants plus occasional bouquets I pick from my local florist. I have always been a massive fan of real blossoms because of their appearance and the most fantastic scent, which fill my rooms for days!

Flowers are playing a significant part in wedding décor, and it’s simple to understand why. They’re attractive, colourful, romantic and luxurious. Fulfilling your venue with blooming decorations and holding an impressive wedding bouquet is definitely very high on your priority list. Have you considered whether you’ll choose fresh or artificial wedding flowers? If this decision is still unclear, here are the pros and cons of both that might help you make your final decision.

Fresh wedding flowers

PRONS: 

  • the scent will fulfil the whole venue, making you think you are at your very own Kew Gardens 
  • They have their natural beauty. 
  • They can be arranged by yourself or by an experienced florist.
  • Real flowers are unique and delicate. 
  • You could even grow them yourself.

CONS:

  • Florist can be expensive, but they know what they are doing. 
  • Some flowers only bloom at certain times of the year. 
  • They are fragile and may not last long, but you can dry them. 
  • Some flower types might be more expensive than others.

Fake wedding flowers

PRONS: 

  • Your hayfever will not go crazy
  • There is a smaller chance that you will attract any flying insects 
  • You can plan and buy them well in advance as they will last you forever.
  • Depending on quality, they can be more affordable 
  •  You can use any flower kind at any time of year

CONS: 

  • They do not come with a unique fragrance. 
  • Buying online might be miss matching (we all have purchased that strange fitting dress on eBay at some point!) 
  • If you hire them, they might not necessarily be fresh looking. It will be a gamble. 
  • Colours may differ
  • They are not ECO. Most artificial flowers are made of plastic.

Can you see or feel the difference between real flowers and fake flowers? I would always go for the real thing; however, we are all individuals! If you were debating between these types, I hope I have made your decision easier! Could you share all your thoughts in the comments?

 

Lots of hugs and love,
Karolina x


Wedding Albums

So you took your precious time to design your beautiful wedding. The day was remarkable, and the memories you have made will last forever. You have received your online gallery, shared the link with your loved ones, but what’s next? Wouldn’t you like to have the luxury of looking through your wedding without remembering what the link to your gallery was? Or the search for misplaced USB that goes on for forever. God knows it takes me AGES to find the things I want, and in the end, I just lose my interest. Sounds familiar? I bet it does.

Since I went to school (how long ago precisely? Haha!) I always loved to have my photographs printed and cover my bedroom’s walls with them. I guess it reminded me of all the good and fun times whenever I needed it. Fast forward few years those prints faded or fell off and that’s when I have started my albums. I don’t think I have ever appreciated them as much as I do right now.

My wedding albums are gorgeous! Artbooks with beautiful matt paper, Heirloom books with the old school touch, Bloom books with its eco-friendliness and last but not least, Prima book, the little weapon. All are just marvellous with stunning print quality – they will really showcase your photos and bring your wedding day to life more and more as you look through the pages!

They offer are so many stunning options for your cover. You can have quality linen, leathers, silks or velvets, in a large range of attractive shades. You can either choose your cover in person with me, looking at all the swatches together at our initial meeting or if you need more time, I will share my online brochure with all the colours and details so that you can select your choice in the comfort of your own home and time. You can also pick whether you would like to have names, date, or other wording on the front cover, or you could just leave it bare if you prefer. It’s completely up to you!

Okay, okay so where do we start with our wedding album? 

We will start with your online wedding gallery where you can select and favourite the photos you would like to include in your album. I know there is a lot you would like to include but remember the album as it’s page limit! Once you have done that, I can then design your draft layout. You can then preview this draft online, and ‘virtually’ flick through the pages to see how your album will look. You can leave comments for changes on the pages, swapping, moving or removing photos as you like until we make your album perfect! I’ll then make the changes you have asked for, and you can view the draft again online, before approving it for print. When your album arrives, make sure you have a bottle of bubbly in the fridge ready to enjoy looking through the lovely pages together! Sounds like a perfect plan, am I right? 

If you would like to find out more about my wedding albums or if you are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch! I would love to hear from you 🙂 


Should I have a second shooter?

I’m often asked by my couples “do we really need two photographers for our wedding?”. I understand that finding the perfect photographer for your day is enough to work as it is. Before you bin the idea, please let me give you six reasons why I find the second shooter highly valuable.

Getting Ready

Do you love the idea of having your and your partner’s preparations captured in the morning? I know that usually, you will get ready in different locations just so your groom doesn’t take a sneak peek of you before you walk down the aisle. Unfortunately, I have not gained my licence for Apparition just yet, and as much as I would love to be in both of those places, it is merely impossible. The second photographer usually starts with the groom, capturing his preparations, details and everything that is happening at that moment; while I can entirely focus on the bride without having to look at the clock.

Ceremony

During the ceremony, I don’t like to move around. The vicar/ registrar usually find it very disturbing to them and also to your guests. It is your big day, and everyone’s eyes should be on the two of you.

I get so many requests from my brides asking if I can capture grooms impression when he first sees you. Of course, that is such a beautiful and emotional moment I wouldn’t want you to miss it! As the chief photographer, I’m usually at the front as this is where the majority of the magic happens. Place where you say, your I do’s and seal your marriage with a kiss. The second photographer is always at the back, which allows them to capture that first look, capture candids of your guests – some might share a tear, some will smile away. They also can move freely at the back; therefore, they can get different angles of you, your guests and readings.

Speedy Formals

If you have been a guest at a wedding, you must know how much time consuming formal photographs might be. I do try to explain to all of my couples to not go over 12 groups to avoid your guests waiting around. While I shoot a group from my cheat list, my second shooter, aka right hand, usually gets another group ready. This way, we are all set and prepared to shoot continuously, and instead of this taking an hour, we cut the time as much as possible. Remember, it adds up to your cocktail hour!

More candid snaps

I work in an as much natural way as possible. This is your day, and I want you to enjoy it to the fullest! When it comes to your drinks reception, I want to capture you and your guests in the most natural way. Together with my second shooter, we aim to photograph the most natural smiles and impressions, preserving the most valuable moments.

Two sets of hands – two sets of eyes

Let’s talk speeches! Your husband, father, best man wrote funny but beautiful speeches, thanking your mother, bridesmaids and the whole family for helping out. When working with the second shooter, I can relax and capture all your speakers and trust my right hand to photograph your guests. Their reactions to your stories, their laugh to your dad’s bad joke, tears of joy and cheeky toasts! If your wedding is more significant in numbers, you can not expect one tog (no matter how fast and talented) to snap every crucial moment happening in each corner of the room.

The different point of view

We are all used to what we do, have a safe way of doing certain things. As the primary photographer, I focus on getting the most important shots and sometimes because of the time scale and other factors; I don’t get to be as creative as I wish I were. The second shooter does really have the freedom to think outside the box. When we go out for your couple shoots, I will get you to pose in the way I know is beautiful and flattering. My right hand will top it up with a different angle sometimes creating a whole new look. The same goes at your ceremony, first dance or even the evening portraits. Seriously, you cannot lose!

Of course, don’t feel like you have to have a second shooter! This is only an option you might or might not consider. If you are having fewer guests, trying to keep your wedding day intimate, then having a second tog might feel like it’s too much. There is no right or wrong, but if you ask for my opinion – 2 photographers are the best way forward! Let’s double the trouble!!

Message me – promise I won’t bite.


Pre-shoot – What to expect?

To begin with, let me tell you how much I adore pre-shoot sessions!

Before we get to get out there, I usually offer to grab a coffee (if available) in the nearest coffee shop around your chosen location. 

What a pre-shoot actually is? Apart from getting professional photographs of you and your other half, you are also getting the opportunity to get to know me – your third wheel. The person who is going to be with you for the whole day. 

Let’s be honest, it might be awkward at first, but once we get talking and discover a thing or two about each other, we’ll become super comfortable. Think of it like a first date with your photographer, and a few days later you will receive beautiful portraits of you and your fiance.

I aim for you to enjoy your time and have fun! What was the funniest thing you have done together? Maybe you love festivals or funfairs; I would like you to think of that time and help me recreate all the joy you had! So be creative, silly with each other – just be you.

It all sounds great, so when do we book and how do we approach it?

I usually keep pre shoots within 30 minutes from Watford; however, I do not want you to feel limited by it. If you both love Paris and you would have your pre-shoot done over there (or any other places abroad), feel free to tell me about it – I am on board! Or maybe both of you have joined interest or hobby? I’m sure we can arrange everything for you to make the most of it!


What’s the best timeYou can book your pre-shoot as soon as you book your wedding. Any time of the year is excellent for me if it is for you. Autumn and golden leaves are gorgeous, but if you wish for those extraordinary golden hour portraits, then spring/summer are your best friends.

My personal favourite is the golden hour, It is the last hour of the day which gives warmer, softer and more flattering tones of light. I wish I was a magical weatherman. I’d flick my fingers and always have clear skies and perfect sunsets. However, until I gain those skills, we need to use what we are given. If the day is overcast, then the middle of the day will work best for bright light. 

Where do we go: Paris, Barcelona … no country is the limit. Deciding on the scene is very significant, and it should be somewhere that means something to the two of you. The place you met, became engaged, or somewhere totally different. If you love big cities, then London offers a lot of urban and bold locations. We can also go to the beach, a riverside, a village, the woods, a forest, botanical gardens or maybe even a museum. The ideas are endless, so make the most of it!

Bonus! Check out my Pre-Shoot location blog for a bit of inspiration!

What can we do: Smoke bombs, sparkles, balloons, confetti, party poppers, paint powder, space hoppers – whatever comes on your mind! I’ll be more than happy to provide some of those – just please let me know in advance! Let’s not forget about your pets! They are also more than welcome to join us!

What do we wear: Pick something to fit your location and make sure you feel comfortable. Please keep it simple, your outfits should be colourful, but I’d advise staying away from patterns. Complement each other. Pre-shoots are fun, but at the same time, it should be a private and unique encounter. 

To sum it up – just be yourselves!

On the day I want to see the two of you being a couple, I want to see you engaging with each other, your personalities and the love you guys share! I wouldn’t want you so just stare into my lens with cute smiles because those should be shared between the two of you and THIS is what I want to capture! There might be few tips and poses I’ll share with you however I’d love to keep it as relaxed and romantic as possible. I want to capture your emotions and moments you will always remember.

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