Adventures in Wedding Photography

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5 Interesting Wedding Trends For 2013

There is a great deal of style involved in planning a wedding, and this means that there are naturally trends to be observed in wedding planning. From popular outfits and decorations, to food items and venues, wedding trends often change from year to year, and can provide you with some great ideas for your own wedding. So without further ado, here are five interesting wedding trends for 2013.

1. Creative Food Options

The key word here is actually “options,” rather than “creative.” While most people are familiar with broad choices, such as chicken or fish, at a wedding, more and more couples are offering smaller, more varied selections instead. The idea is that if you offer gourmet finger food (small baked goods, sandwiches, tacos, etc.) instead of large entrees, your guests will be more able to find and enjoy what they like. Improving selection while keeping quality high is always a great choice!

2. 1920’s Style

The 1920’s are extremely popular in entertainment and culture these days, as evidenced by a number of examples. Popular shows like Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey cover this era, and the upcoming Great Gatsby film looks to be a strong endorsement for the glitz and glamour of the period. And, because we tend to associate this glamour with spectacular parties, why not implement it in planning your wedding? Whether in your style of dress or decoration, a 1920’s theme can make your wedding grand and uniquely romantic all at once.

3. Bridesmaid Dress Variety

It has become increasingly popular to offer bridesmaids a choice in picking dresses. Of course, you will likely still want some uniformity between your bridesmaids – which is why many weddings are using a single colour, but multiple styles for bridesmaids’ dresses. This allows the bridesmaids to have some fun picking dresses, and to flatter themselves as individuals while still appearing as a bridal party. So, whether you are dress shopping at the nearest wedding shop or Marks and Spencer, keep this trend in mind.

4. Mint Colour

It may seem strange to highlight a simple colour as a wedding trend, but the bottom line is that mint is showing up everywhere. Whether in bridesmaids’ dresses, floral displays, reception tablecloths, the cake, or other decorations, it seems that a light, refreshing mint green is a new staple of stylish weddings. There’s no need to go overboard with the use of the colour, but if you’re looking for light and easy style trends, this one is certainly worth remembering.

5. Weekend Weddings

Finally, there is also a broad trend toward weekend weddings. This tends to be most appropriate for destination weddings, but the idea is that it extends celebration. Often during a typical wedding the bride and groom are so busy with ceremonies (and each other) that they can barely visit with the friends and family who came to see the marriage. A weekend wedding allows you more time to relax and enjoy your friends and loved ones during this special time in your life.

Matara with Andy and Sam

On Saturday we went for a look around the Matara Centre with Andy and Sam. They are getting married in June and wanted to have a look round and plan their wedding photography at Matara. I haven’t been to Matara before but only passed it on the way to shoot weddings at Kingscote Barn. The Matara Centre is a wonderful place with loads of great opportunities for creative wedding photography. There are Japanese style gardens, small lakes, stone circles and wooded areas. I’m excited to be shooting there.

Andy is a photographer as well so has definite ideas about what he wants but that’s great. It’s nice to be able to work with a couple that know what they want as it pushes me creatively. I love wedding photography because I have to be a fashion photographer, a product photographer, a journalist and a landscape photographer many times in one day.

Here’s a few photographs of Matara. I’m sure it will look beautiful in the summer.

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The wedding is in the details

Where do you go to get inspiration for your wedding? Do you look in magazines and online blogs? Do you see those wonderful real life weddings? Would you like your wedding to be in a magazine or have your photography featured on a blog? If you would like people to “ohh and aah” over your wedding then it’s all about the details. Magazines and blogs love details. Magazines especially want lots of detail shots, dresses, flowers, car, tables, cake and jewellery.

..and then some.

I see a lot of weddings and I really love the ones that dare to be different. Below are some of my favourite detail shots from last year.

The Dress
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The Shoes
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Not forgetting the groom
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and the rings (don’t forget the rings)
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Wedding car
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Table decorations
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Incidentals that help to tell your wedding story
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It all adds up.

One last thing to think about. If the magazines and blogs love the wedding details then please don’t leave them out of the album. You may be limited on space but these little things really add to your wedding story. When you look back on the album in years to come or your children do or the grandkids, they will love the fact that you put these details in and it may give them inspiration for their wedding. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Fairy Tale Winter Wedding Photography

Winter weddings are beautiful. I’m looking out from the office on a snow covered Wiltshire. Reading the news you would think that we have never had snow before. When we went to the Co-op the other night panic buying had cleared the shelves of all bread and all of the milk. I love the snow and I love winter weddings. OK it can be cold and sometimes it can rain but we also get gorgeous low winter sun and we get to shoot in the dark with lights, something that doesn’t happen in the summer. If you are thinking of a winter wedding then I would recommend it.

This year I’m excited to have a Christmas wedding – something we didn’t have last year. So let’s celebrate the winter wedding. It can look like a fairy tale.

Still not convinced? Have a look at our beautiful winter wedding images below. Wiltshire has some fabulous wedding venues. All these were shot on freezing cold days and some of those brides even have wellies on.

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Church in the snow
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Winter Bristol bride
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Savernake Wiltshire Winter Frost

Riverstation Bristol wedding photography wins excellence award

It’s not the Golden Globes but even small wins are pretty cool. The image below of Marcus and Kelly’s Riverstation wedding was given an award for excellence recently. As it was Autumn the sky was dark early and it let me get the lights out. I stood outside while Marcus and Kelly posed on the stairs and tried to translate my hand signals.


One of my favourite images of the year of Jules and her bridesmaids was also awarded earlier in the year. Taken outside Tetbury Church, Jules and her father walk towards the entrance followed by her bridesmaids. If you look closely you can just make out Carol rushing ahead to get to the door first.


Dhreen & Jemma’s amazing wedding – Stanton Manor wedding photography

We ended the year on a high with wedding photography at Stanton Manor for Dhreen and Jemma’s dazzling civil and Hindu wedding. It was a full on day with loads going on. The bride had two amazing dresses and was beautifully made up as you can see below. After the wedding breakfast it was all change with Dhreen getting dressed in an amazing traditional outfit for a procession with Dhol drummers around the garden before the beautiful Hindu wedding ceremony. Stanton Manor did a fabulous job with the most amazing food.

Dhreen and Jemma had chosen a large frame for outside the event to welcome their guests which we shot for their engagement photography in Cardiff.

It was definitely one of our favourite weddings of the year and I’m glad to say they both loved the wedding pictures.

Here’s some of the highlights.

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New Year, Newly Engaged?


Most couples get engaged over the Christmas and New Year Holidays

If that’s you then try before you buy with our 2013 new year giveaway

An engagement photography shoot is so important for your wedding, In fact it’s so important I won’t shoot a wedding without one. Why? Because your wedding photographer (and I may be biased) is the most important supplier that you hire. Your wedding photographer is going to take the journey with you from when you hire them until long after the big day. There is no other wedding supplier that will be there as long as the photographer. A good photographer will be there all the way.

There are so many wedding photographers to choose from and we are here to help.

Engagement 2013

So here’s the deal.

To help you decide if we were meant to be together book a complimentary no obligation engagement shoot with Kevin Belson Photography and get a digital gallery app with six of your chosen images completely free.

To see an example gallery please click here

Obviously we hope that you will love it so much you will book your wedding with us but there won’t be any hard sell. We want you to have the best experience possible and get some exceptional images to share with your friends and family.

Be quick this offer ends on January 31st.

Contact Kevin on 07582 139900
Leave us a message on 01793 513800

Love and Light – Wedding at Riverstation Bristol

Marcus and Kelly held their wedding at Riverstation, a fabulous bar & restaurant in Bristol. It was October so the nights were drawing in and they decided to start the ceremony at 4pm. This meant a few things – The day was going to be really compressed, it would be dark before the wedding breakfast ended and I would have to use lights – Yay.

So the setting was an urban Bristol wedding with beautiful Autumn light to begin with and later, after the wedding breakfast it would be dark. I was very excited about it. It would be a challenge.

I had a little scout around the area before the big day which gave me some ideas for the wedding photography.

So here’s the beauty of the engagement shoot – Having taken Marcus and Kelly’s engagement photography in Clifton, they knew they could trust me so when I said “When it gets dark we’ll be a little experimental.” Kelly said “Experimental sounds good.” It’s awesome to have a great relationship with the couple and it makes the photography so much better.

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Jules & David’s Spectacular wedding at Tetbury and Kingscote Barn

Jules and David’s wedding was a milestone for us. It had been a year since we first met them at the North Wiltshire Wedding Fayre. The first thing David asked was whether I would photograph him having his suit measured at the tailor. That sounded like a brilliant idea and it ended up being featured on Love My Dress one of the UK’s biggest wedding blogs.

It was the first wedding that we had booked for 2012 so it was always at the back of our minds. We had a beautiful day when we photographed their engagement last year at Westonbirt Girls School. The pictures were so good I used them in a sample album.

After the wedding I told them that they were our first true clients. They were the first couple to book us since we launched as Cotswolds wedding photographers. That meant that their wedding was a lighthouse during the year and was always in the back of our minds. They were our tenth wedding of the year but it was still a special day.

We started at the house and then on to St. Mary’s church in Tetbury for the service. We dropped back into Westonbirt school for some portraits on the way to Kingscote Barn wedding reception and black tie ball where everyone ate, drank and danced the night away.

Congratulations David and Jules someone had to be the first, it was you and I’m glad we were there to help you celebrate.


Family Lifestyle Photography in Wiltshire

I was recently commissioned for a family lifestyle photography session for a special birthday present. Unknown to me Grandma wasn’t told about her present until the morning of the shoot. This was to ensure that she didn’t stress about it. I can’t tell you how many times I get told that “I hate having my photo taken”, “I’m not photogenic” or similar. When I hear this we start off with a chat over a coffee to break the ice, then we warm up with a few photos that usually turn out to be some of the best family photos taken on the day.

There’s definitely a structure to a photo shoot and it is designed to allow you to relax and have fun. Enjoying the experience means that the photos will be much better and you will get images that you love.

As I said above Grandma was kept in the dark about the shoot so that she didn’t worry about it. After the shoot had finished I received this in my inbox –

“You made choosing extremely difficult with so many wonderful shots. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and your wife and I can almost see where I am beginning to relax and make the most of that wonderful day. You did a splendid job and now I can’t wait to see the finished product. I consider myself an extremely blessed Mother and Grandmother to have warranted such a gift.”

Family lifestyle photography and of course wedding photography is hard work but it feels like the best job in the world when you are making people happy.

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