Introducing our newest sponsor – Wilson McSheffrey Photography

Category : Sponsors, Wedding Photographer

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you wedding-inspiration’s latest sponsor, Glasgow’s very own Wilson McSheffrey Photography. I first came across these fantastic photographers via an old friend’s wedding photos on facebook, and was instantly impressed with their lovely images.

So, it is without further hesitation, that I hand you over to Kate to tell us all a little about Wilson McSheffrey Photography;

Wilson McSheffrey Photography is a small independent, creative, fine art photographic company based in central Scotland run by photographers and friends, Andrew Wilson and Emmett McSheffrey. Andrew and Emmett have known each other on the photography scene for almost ten years, having gained their Advanced Diploma in illustrative photography together at Glasgow College of Building and Printing (now Glasgow Metropolitan). After being asked separately by friends and family to cover several weddings they joined together to form Wilson McSheffrey five years ago. Andrews fiance Kate (that’s me!!) also a professional photographer works also helps out when clients request a female photographer to cover the bridal preparations.

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Andrew and Emmett love the creativity and freedom that working as photographers offer and absolutely enjoy bringing something a wee bit different to the wedding photography market. They also take great pleasure from producing beautiful photographs that really convey the unique atmosphere of each individual wedding and seeing their clients faces light up as the memories of their day come back. However being creative types they don’t enjoy the more dull office bound aspects of running a business. (which is why I do most of that for them!)

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Wilson | McSheffreys style could be described as vintage glamour with the spontaneity of photojournalism and they love to create classic wedding photography with a modern feel. Taking inspiration from fashion and editorial photography Andrew and Emmett hope to provide clients wedding photography that offers something new and a bit diverse from the standard expectation of what wedding photography should be.

We offer four flexible packages – Lace, Satin, Velvet & Cashmere all of which include full day coverage and a gorgeous Bellissimo Perfetto wedding album. More details can be found on our blog:

A big thanks to Kate for introducing us to Wilson McSheffrey! Please be kind and leave some comment love for wedding-inspiration’s newest sponsor!

As a special treat Wilson McSheffrey have a special offer available to all wedding-inspiration readers;

Quote Wedding Inspirations in any enquiry and receive an engagement shoot included in the Lace or Satin packages or a post wedding fashion shoot included in the Velvet package.

Your Wedding Stationery by Cards by Sophie

Category : Sponsors, Wedding Stationery

As wedding stationery is my passion, I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to choose yours! Your weddings stationery sets the scene for your big day and gives guests an idea of what your special day will be like.

Personally, I wouldn’t worry about picking a theme for save the date cards – these can get sent out as much as a year in advance, so you may not even have chosen a theme yet. If not, choose something you like the look of – it really is that simple!

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For some couples, their invitations help set the tone of their wedding day, and in deciding, may help you decide on flowers and other accessories. To help you decide, think about all the things you love, a favourite colour, your ideal décor, the place you are getting married, whether you want something traditional or modern.

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We offer 14 designs through our website at Cards by Sophie, and we welcome bespoke orders too. If there is something you’ve found or a particular item that has become your inspiration for your wedding, let us know. We love a challenge and are keen to work with you to ensure the stationery is exactly as you envisaged.

So, once you have decided, what do you order and when?

Here’s our handy guide:

  1. Order Save the Date cards once you have fixed your wedding date: as a general guide at least 9 months to a year before your wedding. Send these out as far in advance as possible if your wedding is at the height of summer or mid-week.
  2. Order Invitations, RSVPs and pocketfolds. Aim to be sending out invitations at least 2 months prior to your wedding. Remember to allow enough time for your stationer to make all your items (we ask for 4-6 weeks). Once you’ve found a design, choose a colour theme. Your stationer will then send out a proof so that you can check all the details are correct.
  3. Order on the day items. These can be ordered much nearer to the actual wedding and include anything that will be used on the big day itself! We know how long it takes sometimes to finalise things such as details with the vicar, caterer or even your final guest list, but as a general guide we usually request these be finalised around 4-8 weeks before the wedding.
  4. Order favour boxes and thank you cards. Many clients purchase these at the same time as the invitations – however they can be left until nearer the time!  Thank you cards and favour boxes can be tailored to match the rest of your stationery.

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If you are ordering stationery package with us, then don’t worry – we give you plenty of reminders as to when we need your information! Our suggested timescales are exactly that – suggested! We realise that it’s not always possible to stick to them, but don’t worry – we can often help out if you have a tight timescale. Drop us a line, we love to help!

For more info, or to see more of our range please visit our website

Introducing – Gary Bonar Photography


Category : Sponsors, Wedding Photographer

I often read brides to be comparing notes on their photographer’s packages, and wondering why it costs what it does for a wedding photographer. As a result, I thought it would be good to hear exactly what is involved.

And so, the talented Gary Bonar has written a post about what is typically involved in a normal working day;

A Day in the Life of a Wedding Photographer

“My day generally starts the night before, by making sure all my equipment is good to go.  When I first started shooting digital I often made little time consuming mistakes like not wiping memory cards meaning that when I did need to change a card the last wedding that I shot would still be on there and I would have to wait until the camera done the formatting resulting in maybe missing one of the best images of the day.

Things have come a long way since those days and I’m far more fine tuned of late.

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I always dress smartly for photographing weddings.  I feel that if I dress like a guest then I can get those unobtrusive shots that loads of my clients are asking for these days.  A comment I hear often is “I can’t remember that photo being taken” and “ how did you manage to get that photo”.

My passion is documentary photography though there are parts of the wedding day that have to be staged to a certain extent.

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When I arrive at the location of where the bride will be getting ready in the morning the mood is always a little on edge and one thing people don’t want is to have their photos taken when they feel this way.  I always try and lighten the mood whilst capturing the special moments like Dad seeing his daughter for the first time in her beautiful dress or mum wiping a tear away when she sees her daughter wait for the wedding car to arrive.

I like to get to the venue at least half an hour before the bride arrives. This gives me time to get some images of the groom and best man.  This is usually when I’m really put to the test as the nerves can sometimes get to the boys and guys at the best of times aren’t fond of having their photos taken.  This is another great time for me to capture some candid portraits of the guests arriving, usually I have a longer lens at this point so that guest won’t know that they are being photographed resulting in more genuine smiles.

As the bride arrives I get some photos of her in the car with her father and entering the venue.  One of my favourite shots of a wedding day is the image of Dad giving his daughter a little kiss on the cheek just before they head on into the venue, there is a real moment here between the bride and her father and one that is close to me as I have a little 4 month old daughter whom one day I will hopefully share this experience with.

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Whilst the bride walks down the aisle I’m at the front taking photos of her walking towards me, at the same time capturing both expressions of the bride and groom to be – which by the way are usually just brilliant!

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Most ceremony’s take no longer than 45 minutes at best so in this space of time and with the proper permission I will float all around the venue capturing as many photos from as many different angles as I can.  There are some fantastic venues in and around Glasgow, we are very blessed with some of the old buildings that we have here in Scotland so I feel it’s my duty to utilise these places.

After the ceremony is finished the bride and groom usually head out to the front of the venue where they are met and congratulated by all the guests, this is another great moment for me as I love capturing sincere hugs, the expression on a face whilst congratulating newly weds is really amazing.  I usually wait for about 15 minutes whilst the bride and groom have a little glass of champagne and talk to their guests before I start photographing the group photos.  I normally ask for the group photos  to be kept down to about a dozen or so, this gives me more time with the bride and groom and to utilise the venue and the surrounding area.  If I have enough time with the Bride and Groom then I usually love getting photos that are just that wee bit different, this is where I get creative.  Sometimes I get really lucky depending on the venue and of course the couple themselves.  Its all well and good having the creative ideas and the perfect venue but sometimes (usually the Groom) might take a bit of persuading so this is where the meetings with my couples before their wedding comes into place.  Continue Reading

New Sponsor – Cards by Sophie

Category : Sponsors, Wedding Stationery

I’m very excited to introduce our new sponsor today (drum roll inserted here!)  – Cards by Sophie. I met Sophie through the wonderful world of twitter and having looked through her website, fell in love with her stationery.

Sophie’s style is very chic – all her wedding stationery is handmade and her designs can be customised to match in with your own wedding colours.

Stylish and modern, Sophie has 14 (yep 14!) different designs in her collection. And best of all, if you see one you really like, Sophie will send you a free sample or for a small fee will customise one in your chosen colours so you can see exactly what it looks and feels like.

Below are a few of my favourite designs;

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The business was started after planning her own wedding and struggling to find modern wedding stationery at a reasonable price. “When I was choosing my wedding stationery, I found it so difficult to find something that was just as I wanted. I wanted to be able to personalise it, change the colours and get the design just right for me. So I decided to create a collection that is simple, stylish, contemporary and affordable… just what you’re looking for.”

Offering her stationery in a range of prices and sizes, Sophie has something on offer for every style and budget. Stationery available includes Save the Date cards, Invitations, Menus, Order of Service, Place Cards, Table Plans, Favour boxes and much more.

Cards by Sophie offers a nationwide service, one sample free of charge, no minimum order and not forgetting a fantastic 10% discount on orders over £250!

For more information, to view the complete range, or get in touch with Sophie, please visit her website :

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