Pre-Wedding Shoots & their importance!


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A while back, there was an article on Wedding Inspiration about the importance of having a pre wedding shoot with your wedding photographer. We still haven’t scheduled ours yet, but given that we are both a little camera shy, even though the thought fills me with dread, I know that it will be worthwhile.

Below the fabulous Wilson McSheffrey share with us one of their latest pre wedding shoots and remind us once again why it really does make sense to have a shoot before your big day!

“A couple of weeks ago Andrew met up with Iona and Ian, who are due to marry this weekend in Edinburgh. During their meeting Andrew had a wee pre-wedding practice shoot with them both.  It is easy to under estimate the value of doing a pre-wedding shoot, especially with all the last minute preparations for the wedding day itself making finding time difficult. But as Iona admitted herself it took a while for herself and Ian to warm up to the camera and with the photography being such a big part of the wedding day, it can really help shake off any nerves before the day itself, especially if you are not used to posing and are feeling apprehensive about it.

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Here at Wilson | McSheffrey the pre-wedding shoot is included in all our packages, so comes at no extra cost and as a bonus you also get a great set of informal portraits!”

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Remember there is still time to enter Wilson McSheffrey’s photography competition – simply visit here for details!

The Royal Wedding – How amazing!?!

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I’m sure by now you must’ve seen some photos of the Royal Wedding, or perhaps you watched it on Friday as the day unfolded. From start to finish I was hooked – a surprise to me too – but it was just so lovely!

Wills and Kate looked so happy, I loved that even though it was a Royal Wedding – the couple still managed to  stamp a little of their personality in.

And so, in case you missed it completely (erm, how), then here are a few photos courtesy of the telegraph.


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Introducing Nikki McLeod Photography – Our latest sponsor!

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You may have noticed Nikki’s banner on the site for a while or seen her work on Wedding Inspiration before – but I have never fomally introduced you! So today, readers, I would like you to meet Nikki, from Nikki McLeod Photography.

A talented photographer, I had seen Nikki’s work in wedding magazines long before chatting with her on Twitter. Her own sense of style and excellent eye for an image means her work always stands out – but enough of my opinions for today, below Nikki tells us a little about herself!


“I’m Nikki, I’m a full time fully qualified female photographer, based in South West Fife with a commercially based studio, where Blast Off Portraits is based (childrens and family portraiture) and where “breathless by NMP” boudoir and Pamper & Pout glamorous beauty photography is taken too!

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I’ve been in business for 11 years now, I have always had an interest in photography and was going to go to art college when I left school but decided to work with animals instead and continue with my photography as a hobby.


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I got really interested in wedding photography while planning my own wedding and started out on my own the year after I got married.

I love weddings – I seriously love the joy at a wedding, I love capturing moments that only happen that one day, I love the details of a wedding which is funny as I am not a girly girl but I love wedding fashion and everything related to a wedding.


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Yes weddings are stressful but I must live for the stress!

My style on the whole is contemporary, fun n funky, making brides look and feel the best they possibly can. I love when they thank me with hugs for being their wedding photographer before they have even seen any images!”


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Thanks for that Nikki – I know for sure that i can’t wait to see more!

If you can’t wait until then – then to get in touch with Nikki, find out more about the girl behind the lens -  or simply see more of her fabulous work – please visit



Wedding Cake Ideas for your big day

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When it comes to planning your wedding, nowadays there are many more decisions to be made. Will you wear a white dress, are you going to make your invitations, will you have the ceremony and reception in the one venue……and when you and your husband cut the cake – what type of cake will it be?

Thankfully, Helen Finney from Cat’s Whiskers Cake Design is on hand to offer some suggestions;

When it comes to choosing a wedding cake it can seem like there are almost too many options to think about! Round or square, pillars or stacked, flowers or ribbons, traditional or contemporary, cupcakes, novelty cake, miniatures…. From the wedding fairs we’ve been to there seem to be two opposite ends of the spectrum – brides who know exactly what they want their cake to be and those who have no idea what they’d like! While it’s true that there are endless possibilities, quite often the style and design of your cake will fit in with the feel of your wedding reception. So if you fall into the second category (and before you disappear under a mound of cake magazines), have a think about the overall feel of your wedding and start from there….

1 Traditional tiered cake – a tiered cake has separators between each tier. Traditionally pillars are used but you can give a cake a more contemporary feel by using something like a glass vase instead. The vase can then be filled with flowers or curls of wire, or alternatively left empty. Additionally, the set up of the cake can be changed – maybe have one separator and then two tiers stacked. With this kind of style it usually looks best if you have decoration placed on each exposed cake top.

2 Stacked cake – in this instance, the cakes stand directly on top of each other leaving an outer edge of cake exposed on each tier. Less space on the cakes tends to lend itself towards a simpler design, although you can make the design more elaborate but still contemporary by using cake jewellery.

3 Cupcakes continue to be very popular and there are lots of different options regarding design. A simple buttercream topped cupcake can be made extraordinary by using cupcake wrappers to surround them.

4 Miniatures – our miniature cakes have been very popular with our 2011 brides. The styles mix and match to create a unique feel for the design as each bride chooses something different! Set on a stand with a small top tier cake they can give the impression of a tiered design without the large amount of cake. They also provide a personal element to your design as each guest has their own complete, iced and individually decorated miniature cake.

A couple of final things to consider –

-          If you don’t need a large quantity of cake, consider a single tier or even a two tier cake. You can still achieve impact and beautiful design without a huge cake.

-          Generally, the more complicated the design the higher the price so if you’re working to a budget opt for a simpler design. Things like sugar flowers will add to your price tag. If you do have a budget, be honest with your cake-maker about it. They will work with you to help you achieve a design you love within your limit.

-          If you’re really struggling, find a cakemaker whose designs you like and go and see them. If helps if you bring pictures or examples of things you like – these don’t have to be cakes but maybe a piece of fabric, your invitation or even a wallpaper sample! They will be able to give you ideas and help you decide what it is you’d like.

It’s Christmas Time (well nearly!)

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As it is almost time to switch off my work computer for the last time this year, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

A crazy year it has been. Deciding to move jobs and go back full time after having lil C (well, kinda it did take me two years to take the plunge,) it has certainly been challeging juggling my time between work and home life with a toddler. Throw in planning the wedding and it got a whole lotta crazy.

Then, out of the blue one sunny day in June, I started the blog, who would have thought this little ole blog of mine would have taken off quite in the way it has. Thanks again to all my readers, sponsors and everyone who has written for or provided images for the site and to all the people I now chat with regularly via Twitter – I am indeed very grateful and look forward to working with you all again in 2011 – the year I get married (wayhey) and enter the “proper” plannin phase (where I get to don my arts and craft hat and get into all the finer details).

But for now, my last post of 2010, and my last Christmas as a little Miss, all that remains to be said is;


Have a great time and fingers crossed we are all on the nice list getting lots of pressies tomorrow surround by those we love!


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