Emma and Ben were married on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand on the 16th March, at the beautiful Villa Kalyana. We spoke to Lance Smith, who was present for the duration of their very special celebration. And we are lucky enough to be able to share that with you for today’s Inspiration Post.
“My favourite part of the wedding would have to be the ceremony. The celebrant spoke softly and he was calm. Emma and Ben’s vows to each other were beautiful. There was an incredible energy between them and I’m sure it was felt by every one of their guests.”
I’ll hand you over to Lance…
“When you’re invited by a couple to shoot their destination wedding, you want to make sure you bring your A game, plan well and make the most of every opportunity. The wedding of Emma and Ben was meticulously planned so it was only fair that I planned my shoot the same. I shot this wedding over 5 days which included an intimate shoot at sunset, personal interviews, a cocktail party, a family dinner, a trip to the Fisherman’s Markets, days spent exploring the island on moped with a 15kg camera bag and tripod strapped to my back searching for that epic landscape shot and of course the wedding day itself. Shooting all of this solo was always going to pose a challenge but a challenge I was willing to accept.
(Photo courtesy of: Anne Sophie Maestracci)
Amongst all these moments I was privileged to spend quality time with Emma and Ben and their family and closest friends. We shared authentic Thai dinners together and drank Chang and other assorted Thai beers while hanging out. Having this time to bond with everyone really gave me a feel for Emma and Ben’s love for each other. Their love is deep, genuine, whole-hearted and fun. It creates a real energy. Engrossing myself in the hype and emotion of it all really helped me tell their story. Everyone embraced the idea of a film and were relaxed and themselves. It made for some great shots. This highlight film is a small taste of the festivities that took place over 5 days in Koh Samui, Thailand.”
Emma & Ben | Koh Samui, Thailand | Highlight from Box Media House on Vimeo.
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I’m so happy to be featuring yet another same sex wedding on the blog today. Since the legalisation of same sex marriages, we are seeing such an increase in submissions, like this one of Jo and Clare from regular contributor Binky Nixon. What I love, as well as the beautiful gowns, is the subtle handmade touches throughout the ceremony and reception. Claire and Jo look absolutely stunning and so very much in love.
“Friendly, happy and inclusive. One of our guests left a message to say our wedding “gave her hope for the future, and pride that Brits have welcomed marriages like yours”.
Jo & Claire were married on 30th May at South Farm, Shingay-cum-Wendy. “We really wanted to get married somewhere with a lot of character and South Farm had absolutely everything we wanted from a venue. Not only does it have beautiful grounds, a stunning house and Tudor barn, but it also has gypsy caravans for guests to stay in and tiny piglets roaming around. We were able to get married outside in the summer house with our guests watching from over the lake. We always knew that we wanted two aisles so that we could both walk down at the same time and having the wedding outside gave us plenty of space. South Farm grows most of its own produce and the food is delicious. By coincidence, our preferred date came free the day before we visited so we ended up booking, before we had even been on a tour!”
Today I’d like to introduce you to a fantastic company dealing with all your wedding entertainment needs; The Professional Entertainers. The Professional Entertainers is an exclusive wedding directory featuring Britain’s best wedding bands and entertainment put together especially for you to find the perfect option for your wedding or event. The website has been set up to make your search easier, and what makes them different from other directories is that they don’t take any commissions from the bookings, they simply put you in contact with the band so you can chat to them your self.
Having had a look at the website, I found it bright, modern and very easy to navigate round. With lots of options to search under and lots of search results in each category, the site is FULL of wonderful bands, singers and entertainment. They each have their own mini website featuring pictures, a bio, video clips and testimonials. Will from the Directory has been kind enough to tell us a bit more about how it works.
I’ll pass you over to Will………..
‘ The Professional Entertainers website is a completely new and unique way to search for, and book your wedding entertainment. Firstly, we only feature the very best, most professional wedding bands & musicians after very strict vetting. Secondly, we put bridal couples in direct contact with the featured acts (much preferred by professional musicians!) – which means no agency fees, commission or VAT on top of the acts fee. The only website of it’s kind – The best bands, at the best price!’
What made you start your business?
Well, Will and myself, (being full time wedding musicians!) found there was something missing from all the other entertainment directories that were clogging up the internet. They all seemed to be full of any old band willing to part with money to be featured – and as a professional band, we would get lost in a sea of masses of wedding entertainment – the good and the very bad!! We wanted to create a website where Brides and Grooms could find ONLY the Best Live wedding bands – bands and musicians that had met a strict joining criteria before going live on our website. We wanted to create an industry standard – knowing that anyone searching to find the Best Live wedding bands, could use our website and find nothing but quality, vetted, professional entertainment, with the added bonus of not having to pay any Agency fees on top of the acts prices, as we are not an agency and have no dealings with bookings. This was when we came up with the idea of The Professional Entertainers, and some time back in early 2013 we set about designing and creating a website with the ingenious help of ‘Caged Fish’ in Market Harborough. After months of website designing and building we were ready to launch to the public in August 2013.
The smiles on every single face in today’s wedding, are immeasurable! And you can’t help but grin when you look through these beautiful, sunny, seaside images by Dorset wedding photographer Paul Underhill. It’s plain to see that Laura and Jon enjoyed every single moment of their wedding day. I love how relaxed everyone looks, how ecstatic Laura’s Father is and the vibrancy of the flowers and finishing touches against the stonework of the reception venue. This is just one, big, happy wedding which will have you smiling from ear to ear from start to finish. Enjoy.
“Unique. A beautiful day in a beautiful place with wonderful people to share our special day.”
Laura and Jon were married on the 21st June at St James’ Church in Poole and the reception at Scaplen’s Court Museum also in Poole, Dorset. “Despite living in Guildford we have no connections there so wanted to be married in Dorset by the sea. My family has been married, christened and buried in the church since the year dot so had strong connections. My grandparents got married there in 1946 and so were granted special permission to follow in their footsteps.”
Happy Monday folks. Hope you had a lovely weekend! Let’s start this week’s run of real weddings with an amalgamation of two countries. Brigitta, the bride comes all the way from Australia and her dapper husband, complete with kilt (my favourite groom attire!) is from Edinburgh. The images, captured by Photos By Zoe, show just how magical the day was, with its glorious sunshine and the true celebratory spirit that every man, woman and child was filled with, to celebrate this very happy occasion. Edinburgh Castle is a stunning venue but it’s the small, personalised finishing touches like the homemade bunting that floats my boat.
“The wedding was simply magical. We had a beautiful sunny day which just made Edinburgh glow and the love we felt from our family and friends made for the happiest of days. Simply Perfect!”
Brigitta and Iain were married on the 19th April at Edinburgh Castle and the reception was at The Timberyard. “We decided to get married in Edinburgh as its my husband’s home town and a stunning city. The Castle holds special memories for him and The Timberyard has a wonderfully industrial yet natural setting with superb food! It took about a year to organise as I planned the wedding from Australia and also needed to give my (bride’s) family time to make the trip from Australia.”
A very happy Bank Holiday weekend to you! If you are lucky enough to have tomorrow off work, then I hope you have fabulous things planned for your extra day’s holiday. It’s a rare thing, free time. And this weekend is one of the only ones in recent months that we don’t have something planned. It’s been refreshing to not be running around, preparing for guests and entertaining (which usually continues into the following morning in our house). Instead I’ve been ‘working it’ in my favourite PJs, happily rummaging through my wardrobe trying to create outfit ideas for the coming autumn. And of course, our weekends wouldn’t be complete without a little baking – for anyone interested, the rhubarb I bought home from my mum’s garden is now in a tart! Whatever it is you are filling your weekend with, rhubarb or otherwise, enjoy this week’s Best Bits – handpicked from the wonderful world of weddings.
Today’s best wedding is so chic and elegant. Natalie, the bride, chose a stunning lace gown from Pronovias and accessorised it with a deliciously long veil and plump, pastel blooms for her bouquet. The bridesmaids’ dresses are a beautiful, rich navy lace and there’s a kilt or two and a cute boy in braces thrown in for good measure.
Chic and Elegant Classic Wedding. By Whimsical Wonderland Wedding. Image by Alexa Loy
DIY Easy Braided Upstyle Tutorial. By Bridal Musings
DIY Easy Wedding Hanger. By The Pretty Blog
DIY Old Book Page Table Runner. By DIY Weddings Magazine
DIY Silk Flower Corsage. By Green Wedding Shoes
Alternative Cuddystone Hall Wedding. By Lisa Devlin
Devonshire Terrace Wedding. By Paul Joseph
Sarah & Mark’s Surrey Wedding. By Nicola Thompson
An Outdoors Cotswold’s Wedding. By Matt Parry
Murthly Estate and Ballathie Castle Wedding. By Dasha Caffrey