Here’s an interesting thought: Out of all the things you spend money on for your wedding, your wedding photos are the only thing that will increase in value. It’s not necessarily something you will think of at the time you are considering paying the florist, feeding all your guests and buying the perfect dress, but in years to come it will only really be the photos that have lasted and that you will treasure the most.
While digital photos are the easy way to store and share your wedding photos, a wedding album is still the best way to pull it all together as a finished story, and give you a tangible memento of your wedding day. Albums are bespoke, individually designed and made books of your unique day.
The main album I offer is the Storybook Wedding Album. A luxury, contemporary album, the Storybook is a fantastic way to display your photos in a modern layout with a superior finish. Images are photographically printed flush on the thick card pages which open up to flat double page spreads. Layouts are ‘magazine style’ which allows a mixture of full page prints and smaller photos perfect for a ’storytelling’ style of album including all your little details. Choose from covers in faux and real leather with embossed names and the acrylic photo front as shown on my sample here. The album is presented in a velvet lined presentation box which will keep it safe for many years to come.
My sample is a 40 page 12×12″ Storybook album with Acrylic photo cover and faux leather backing. It features Sarah & Tom’s colourful Tipi Wedding
You can also choose to add Parent Books to your package. These small duplicate versions of your main album make lovely gifts.
Storybook Wedding Album- Amy Wass Photography
To celebrate Valentines Day this year I am offering the chance to win a free portrait session and images for you and the love in your life.
This year I am making an active effort to ‘do more of what makes me happy.’ To fill my schedule with exciting things to do, to make more time for my friends, to learn new stuff and to appreciate what I have. This Valentines I would like to encourage you all to skip the overpriced red roses and freaky stuffed animals and take some time this weekend to appreciate the simpler things. Spend time with the people in your life who are special, whether they are friends, lovers or family, and embrace the things you do and places you go together that make you happy.
To win a portrait session I want to hear about your happy places and fun things you do with the people you love.
4 ways to enter:
- Leave a comment on the blog post below
- Share a photo on instagram with me @amywass, and the hashtag #myhappyvalentines
- Tweet me at @amy_wass hashtag #myhappyvalentines
- Reply on my Facebook page
The winner will be chosen on 2nd March 2014. The prize is a free portrait session on location within 50 miles of Portsmouth for a couple or family, to take place on a mutually agreed date. You will receive a disc of fully edited images from the session and a presentation print.
To give you a bit of inspiration, here’s a photo of a place, person and thing that makes me happy. This is a photo from summer 2013 when my husband and I took my beloved (now sadly deceased) Mazda MX5 and drove across the Alps to Italy where we got married 6 years ago. This is us in Switzerland on the Fluellapass, a beautiful high alpine road leading to the Stelvio Pass- named as Top Gears greatest driving road. It was a great adventure!
Now your turn…
Whether you are celebrating a new engagement, a long and happy marriage or a new special someone in your life, here’s wishing you a lovely Valentines day.
The choice of winner is final and binding. No correspondence can be entered into.
The prize is not transferrable and there is no cash alternative.
The winners will be contacted by 17:00 on 3rd March 2014 via the method of competition entry. If the winner is unreachable and a response is not received by 17:00 on 10th March 2014 the prize will be offered to the next entrant.
Laura & Kim’s New Forest wedding was the most fun wedding of my year. I’ll share highlights from their big day on the blog in a while, but for starters here are some photos from their engagement portraits at Rhinefield Ornamental Driveway in the New Forest.
Barn wedding venues are the quintessential choice for rustic, country style weddings. A wedding in a Barn is perfect for a relaxed wedding which you can stamp your personality to. We have lots of stunning Barn wedding venues in the Hampshire and West Sussex area, set in pretty villages and amongst cornfields and downland.
I’ve photographed lots of lovely Barn weddings in the South, and wanted to share a few photos, tips and ideas if you are considering getting married in a Barn. You might think a barn seems a little rough and simple for a wedding, but most Barn wedding venues are beautiful buildings with high beamed ceilings, lit with fairy lights and chandeliers, and set in beautiful gardens looking out on fields and woodlands. The Tithe Barn in Petersfield has a high vaulted ceiling to rival most churches, while the gardens at Bury Court Barns are charmingly landscaped like any Country manor. I love photographing barn weddings, when you can have relaxed photos in a golden cornfield, or looking out across hills and pastures.
The uncomplicated decor of a wedding barn allows you to stamp your own style on your wedding, and barn wedding venues can be be gorgeously decorated with flowers, bunting, pom poms, lights, garlands and personal touches. Unlike a hotel, you will not have to share your venue with other guests, and you can often choose your own caterers or menus so you really have the wedding how you want, whether it be a relaxed hog roast or elegant 7 course dinner.
Most Barn wedding venues are licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can get married and hold your wedding reception all in one easy place with no bother moving guests from one place to other. Of course Wedding Barns are also perfect for wedding receptions if you are getting married in a pretty country church nearby. Some venues, such as Upwaltham Barns, Southend Barns and Rivervale Barns have separate buildings for your ceremony and reception, and many even have break out areas such as bars, quiet rooms and covered courtyards ideal for grandparents to escape the music, or kids to play. Some venues even have accommodation on site, with cosy cottages or bed and breakfast rooms for Bridal preparations and the first night of your honeymoon. Barn weddings allow you to have an outdoorsy wedding with the confidence you have a warm, dry and atmospheric retreat from the elements, so they are suitable for weddings in Spring, Autumn and Winter, as well as for Summer weddings.
If you are considering a Barn wedding here are some local venue’s you may want to look into.
Wedding Photographer at Barn Wedding Venues in Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey
I love photographing small and intimate weddings, where I get to feel really welcomed into the fold. It really helps that I get some awesome couples to work with. Julie and Rob were so much fun, I had such a great day in sunny Winchester it hardly felt like work at all.
Julie and Rob flew in from the USA to get married in Rob’s hometown of Winchester with a small gathering of friends and family. I joined them getting ready at the South Winchester Lodges in the countryside, with Julie getting ready in a short vintage dress and petticoats, spiced up with shiny red heels and a birdcage veil. They travelled together to be married at Winchester Registry Office, in a sweet and smiley ceremony. We walked down to the Westgate for family photos before leaving the group to explore Winchester’s historic city centre. Julie and Rob gave me loads of time for photos and it was really fun and relaxed strolling around the Great Hall and gardens and down to the Cathedral and Cloisters on a beautiful summer’s day. We met everyone again for a champagne picnic in the park before everyone walked down to the Chesil Rectory for dinner.
Winchester Wedding Photographer Amy Wass