Rounding up 2017!

This year truly has flown by but it’s been a total pleasure to share with all the wonderful couples who booked with us this year. Thank you to my wonderful couples who have trusted me to capture their incredible wedding days this year. 2017 has been truly special as it’s the first year I’ve thought:   ‘Yep, I can do this forever.’ This year saw Honeydew Moments take on it’s first Indian wedding (second shooting with Sheetal Varsani) and organise 2 epic styled wedding shoots with some talented suppliers too. It was also a huge achievement for us to have also been nominated for the Best of Welsh Wedding Awards for the categories ‘Best Photographer’ as well as ‘Best New Business’. It was completely unexpected but we ended up walking away with second place in Best New Business 2017! I feel honoured and privileged to have experienced each and every wedding day this year. Each wedding day has been different: we’ve had tipi’s, quaint churches, huge barns, grand manor houses and even castles! We’ve also had very windy days, rainy days and glorious sunny days too. Huge thanks to my wonderful assistants and second shooters this year: Siobhan, Leesha, Sheetal, Nisha, Lauren, Cammy and Josie too. You guys make my job so much easier, way more fun and you even listen to my crazy ramblings all day! The thrill I get from every wedding is amazing and I can’t wait to challenge and push myself further as I throw myself into 2018! Next year brings plenty more engagement sessions which I’m really excited for. It also brings my first dabble at destination...

What is a Pre-Wedding Shoot?

If you haven’t realised already you’ll soon find out that all my 2018 full day wedding bookings come with a complimentary pre-wedding shoot! You’ll get to meet me, in person, shooting you, before your wedding! Hello! So… what is it? Engagement shoots, pre-wedding sessions, couple shoots… there are so many different names for these couple sessions. Whatever you want to call it, they all pretty much describe exactly what it is. It’s a great excuse to show off your engagement, it’s a way to practise having your photo taken together before the big day, but it’s primarily a time to capture your love for each other! I always think, in this digital age, the majority of couples have lots and lots of selfies together, which is awesome! But do you frame a selfie? Unlikely! My main goal during these sessions is to create gorgeous artwork which you’d happily frame and put up around your home. I want you to be proud of your love for each other, being in love is awesome!   But we’re so awkward having our photograph taken! One of the best things about your couple session is that it shouldn’t feel stuffy and awkward. It should feel like hanging out with an old friend, messing around and having fun. I don’t like stiff poses and I’m not a photographer who will put you in an exact pose which you must stay in. The way I work is, I give you both prompts to interact with each other. I’ll ask you questions, get to tell each other your favourite moment together, ask you to whisper silly things...

Announcement Shoot!- Amy-Jo & Sean

Announcement Shoot! I’ve been in constant contact with Amy-Jo since her gorgeous wedding at Berwick Lodge back in April. When I received an email from her saying she has a ‘little announcement to make to friends and family‘ and would like an announcement shoot to do it, I knew what she meant instantly! We met at Caldicot Castle one sunny September evening. Amy-Jo, being the organised person she is, made beautiful calligraphy signs to match the one she made for her wedding. The wedding ones had quotes from love stories on them and these ones were just as sweet! I loved how the small details of their wedding could be tied into this session too. During the shoot we had to be careful to to avoid the tourists also enjoying the glorious evening in the castle grounds, just incase they saw someone they knew! This was a complete secret after all. The Welsh sun was glowing amber as we wrapped up the session with some couple portraits. I’m completely over the moon that they asked me to document this special time in their lives. I can’t wait to be involved in the next session we have planned! Thank you so much for inviting me to capture this awesome time in your...

Wedding Photography Wish List

Wedding Photography Wish List Welcome to my wedding photography wish list! I love the things in weddings which make it personal to you, and I love them even more if the ideas weird and wonderful! I’ve compiled a list of wedding plans I would love to photograph and if your incorporating any of these elements into your wedding, get in touch for an exclusive discount! Honeydew Moments Wish List! – A black or different coloured wedding dress – Shoot a surprise proposal!  click here! – A Woodland Wedding (Coming soon, August 2018) – An elopement to anywhere – A dog ring bearer! click here! – A Harry Potter themed wedding – A wedding ceremony on the beach – A Vintage Train Wedding click here! – LGBTQ Wedding – Elderly Couple Wedding (age 70+) – A vineyard wedding (Coming soon, July 2018!) – Kittens or Puppies instead of bouquets? Yes please! – A Tipi Wedding  Click here and here! – A destination wedding outside the UK! Click here! -Mountain top ceremony -Kew Gardens I’ll definitely keep updating this so check back!  ...

Hotel Terravina Wedding Showcase- New Forest, Hampshire

On a glorious sunny Saturday in March, Hotel TerraVina held their first wedding showcase! The hotel is nestled within the New Forest with it’s award winning food and incredible service, it makes the perfect place for your intimate wedding. Remember I photographed a beautiful wedding here last year? Read all about it here! The wedding showcase was a success! Couples, mothers and daughters, brides and friends all flocked to the sunny hotel to visit Terravina’s first wedding showcase. The hotel looked so inviting in the afternoon glow- especially the outdoor pool! The showcase was friendly and welcoming due to having one supplier per service and no hard sell. With drink flowing and the low buzz of wedding chatter, it made for the perfect backdrop to imagine your special day held at the TerraVina. The hotel has always been licensed to hold wedding ceremonies but not any people know this as it’s firstly an incredible restaurant. The showcase was a way to let everyone know that you can get married at this bespoke hotel too. The showcase is set to be an annual event, possibly even bi-annual! The suppliers tables and set-ups looked beautiful and everyone was so friendly and welcoming, a perfect wedding showcase! Hotel TerraVina Wedding Showcase Suppliers Included: Venue: Hotel TerraVina Florist: Pomp and Petals Table Flowers: Florality Photographer: Honeydew Moments Photobooth: Speedypix Origami Flowers: Florigami Creations Wedding Cakes: Moyra (TerraVina Pastry Chef) Chocolates: New Forest Chocolates Wedding Dresses: Something Old Something New Travel and Honeymoon Counsellor:  Mimi Ronald Personalised Gifts: Tabetha’s Touch Wedding Cars: New Forest Wedding Cars Catering Equipment: Crocks Stationary: Sarah’s Stamp Shack Drinks: Hildon Mineral Water &...

Amy’s Story- With a heavy heart- South Wales Wedding Photography

If you keep up to date with my blog posts, you’ll already be in the loop. If this is your first time here, please feel free to read this post to understand more. It’s with a heavy heart and a lump in my throat I have to say these words. Amy Jones, the beautiful, courageous woman who has been fighting so hard to beat cancer, has passed on. Originally, other local suppliers and I had come together to create Amy’s dream Vow Renewal to tick it off her bucket list. Unfortunatley, on Sunday 5th March 2017, the day we had agreed she would renew her vows, Amy lost her battle. I can only imagine what her family and friends must be going through at this difficult time, and here at Honeydew Moments, I can only only give my support and thoughts to everyone who knew her. I only met her once, but she made such an impression on me, her smile was infectious and her bravery shone through, no matter what. She was a daughter, a sister, a mother, a wife and a complete inspiration. Rest In peace Amy, you’ve grown your wings now. Read WalesOnline’s story here Donate to support her family and children here...

Amber Aslett- Romsey Baby Shower Party Photography

Amber’s Baby Shower On Sunday 15th January, Amber invited the closest girls in her friends and family to Ampfield Golf and Country Club for a baby-filled afternoon! For one of the baby inspired games, Amber had filled nappies filled with brown substances to be sniffed by guests to determine their contents! The girls also guessed the size of Amber’s bump by using string and Amber and soon to be dad, Connor, opened plenty of adorable presents- along with a few tears! I know everyone is so excited for little Alfie William Mountford to be born, me included! Thank you for inviting me to your awesome baby shower! You both are going to make incredible first-time parents and Alfie might just be the luckiest little boy in the world! Prints are available on...

Amy’s Story- Vow Renewal- South Wales Wedding Photography

On Monday this week I met a very special lady and her wonderful family at Ty Newydd Country Hotel.   Amy’s story is truly a heartbreaking one; she was diagnosed with terminal cancer just before Christmas. Amy Jones is genuinely an inspiration for so many and with her fiercely positive attitude she is aiming to tick off her dreams from her Bucket List.   One of them happens to be to renew her wedding vows with husband, Chris, so their children can be involved too. I am honoured to be able to offer to support Amy and her family at this difficult time by capturing their vow renewal.   A huge thank you to Wedding Planner Marcus Gough Jones at Eventagious for organising so many amazing wedding suppliers to help out with the day out of the kindness of their hearts.   We managed to keep everything Marcus had organised hidden from Amy until Monday by planning it with her sister, Kirsty.  These are just a few from when we told Amy she as getting the vow renewal she wished for.     There are many fundraising events going on in South Wales for Amy and there is also a JustGiving page you can donate to. You can also read more about Amy’s Story...

KEEPSAKE USB’S FOR 2017!

Preparing for 2017 with New Wedding Photography Packaging! Starting a business for the first time is difficult, nobody tells you what to do to make it work and mistakes will be made along the way. It’s all part of a learning curve. When creating my packaging at the beginning, I went for the more rustic, eco friendly option of Kraft paper boxes and wooden embellishments. However, as the Honeydew Moments brand has grown, so has the branding for it. Packaging has been on my mind for a while now, the previous packaging didn’t quite match Honeydew Moments values. Honeydew Moments values quality and luxury over anything else and my eco-friendly presentation boxes weren’t quite cutting it. It was time for something new! Pre-2017 Packaging:         The previous packaging was something that my clients would probably end up throwing away or misplacing as it was make-shift and an awkward size. As a result, I required something more desirable, smaller and with a completely new look. Honeydew Moments aims to provide high-quality, luxury wedding photography and the new packaging exudes just that. This signature collection includes a Gold, Engraved Keepsake USB to store your wedding memories forever, tucked inside a Honeydew Moments branded gift box all tied together with ribbon in an ivory bag. Big thanks to 3XM Solutions for these! *2017 weddings come with the new packaging as standard when booking* From mock design to real design!  ...