…and a sixpence in her shoe

silver sixpenceHave you ever wondered what the significance of a bride placing a sixpence in her shoe on her wedding day is?

This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe“)

The Sixpence therefore is one of the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charms. Traditionally it is the father of the bride who places it in the bride’s shoe as a symbol of him wishing her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.

Lucky sixpences can be bought via the  Royal Mint’s website


Pinterest wedding tips

Pinterest weddings

Pinterest Weddings – using it to help you plan your wedding.

Follow Bay Images Photography’s board Wedding ideas – pastels on Pinterest. Follow Bay Images Photography’s board Wedding Ideas on Pinterest.

What is Pinterest?

It is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by ‘pinning’ images or videos to their own or others’ boards usually with a common theme and browsing what other users have pinned.

It allows you to share your tastes and interests with others and discovering those of likeminded people.  Users can either upload images from their computer or pin things they find on the web using the Pinterest bookmarklet.

Did you know?

  • Pinterest currently has more than 70 million unique visitors (2014)
  • Thousands of new users are signing up and using the site every day.
  • Pinterest is driving more traffic to websites and blogs than Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined, according to content-sharing site Shareaholic.
  • It’s a great way for businesses to share their services in a visual way and for customer’s to find new ideas
  • It’s the perfect social media tool for planning a wedding!

If you would like some ideas for your wedding pop over to our Pinterest Boards

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Wedding day tips

As wedding photographers we have picked up lots of wedding day tips over the years so thought we would run a series of tips to help ensure your wedding day runs as smoothly and is as stress free as possible

Tip 1 – Make sure the groom and groomsmen know how to tie a cravat

Grooms preparation - how to tie a cravat

A lot of men don’t regularly wear ties and most certainly don’t often have cause to wear cravats.  On numerous occasions when we have been photographing the groom and groomsmen getting ready on the morning of their wedding day, they all begin getting dressed and suddenly realise they have to try and negotiate an alien item of clothing the cravat!

Everyone begins trying to tie the perfect cravat and soon discovers that nobody in the room has a clue what to do – it must be easy right?  Well whilst it’s probably not the most difficult skill to learn if you haven’t ever tied a cravat before, the morning of your wedding probably isn’t the best time to learn!

Tip – make sure at least of one the groomsmen, maybe your best man practices tying a cravat before the morning of your wedding.

Here is short guide so there is no excuse and hopefully will remove the need to Google the instructions in a panic on your day!

Remember preparation is key to a stress free wedding day.

How to have rain free wedding …

Company claims it can deliver a ‘perfect’ rain free wedding day… with a £100k price tag

Luxury travel company Oliver’s Travels says it offers to use a weather modification technique called ‘cloud seeding’ to ensure rain won’t ruin your wedding day more

For those of you with a more modest budget I would suggest when you are looking for your wedding photographer you ask them what contingency plans they have a for wet wedding plan – after all the average number of wet days in the UK can be over 200, depending whereabouts in the country you reside.  We always meet our couples at their chosen wedding venue a few weeks before their wedding day so we can discuss the type of images they are looking for and also so we can look round the venue to work wet day plan.  If the couple would like we are happy to incorporate the odd shower into the wedding images.

Rainy wedding photography


8 Tips For Booking A Wedding Photographer

Wedding photographerHave you or any of your friends/family recently got engaged and are starting to plan the big day?

Choosing a photographer to cover your special day may seem a simple task, but time should be taken to decide on what you really want.  This can mean the difference between having a set of mediocre photographs gathering dust or set of photographs accurately reflect your big day and can be treasured forever.

Here are a few tips and pointers on booking a wedding photographer to help you choose wisely.

1. Decide on the style of photography that’s suits you
There are a variety of different photographic styles on offer:

Traditional – this includes groups of family & friends, signing the register and the cutting of the cake etc. in staged poses.

Reportage – records and tells the story of your big day in a more relaxed way, capturing candid shots covering the real events of your wedding rather than staging everything.

Contemporary – captures the important poses/moments during the day with a modern twist

You can usually have a mixture of styles to suit your preferences.  Have a look a selection of wedding images on the internet or in wedding magazines to get an idea of the sort of images you would like

2. Arrange to see several photographers before you make your choice
When looking for a photographer, arrange an appointment to see them  and view their work. Ask them if their display albums show complete weddings; this way you can ascertain if the quality of their photography is consistent throughout the day. It is important that you have a good rapport with your photographer.

3. When visiting a photographer, make sure the samples and albums you are shown are actually taken by the photographer who will be covering your wedding?
This may seem an obvious point, but some companies have a few photographers on their books or may even use freelance photographers. The chemistry has to be right.

4. Check how many weddings the photographer will cover on your required date.
It is preferable to choose a photographer who covers only one wedding a day this ensures that all his effort and attention will be with you and not on looking at his watch.

5. Is the studio / photographer full insured?
Check to see that the photographer has professional indemnity insurance (this offers protection in unfortunate event that the photographer is negligent) and public liability insurance (offers cover if someone is accidentally injured by the photographer whilst carrying out his business service.)

6. Does the photographer studio carry back up camera and lighting equipment?  
It is always advisable to carry at a back up camera at every wedding in the event of mechanical failure or an emergency.   A professional photographer will bend over backwards to ensure everything runs smoothly, but unforeseen circumstances do arise. What contingency plans do they have in place in the event of an emergency?

7. How much should I invest in my photography?
Work to your budget.  As a general rule, the more the photography costs you, the higher the quality and the skill level of the studio / photographer. You can find photographers offering full wedding day coverage for under £300 – but the old adage “you get what you pay for” should be borne in mind.  You should pay as much as your budget allows, but bear in mind once all the cake is eaten and the honeymoon is over your wedding photographs will be the only record of your day to treasure forever.  It is therefore important to book a photographer who will record your wedding with the versatility and skills required to produce an excellent set of artistic wedding photographs.  Make sure you are clear what images you will be provided with – is a copy of all your images included in your package or only a selected number with the option to purchases additional images?

8. When should I book my photographer?
As soon as you have your wedding date and reception confirmed. The most sort after photographers take bookings 12 to 24 months in advance of a wedding date and will cover only one wedding a day, so to avoid disappointment start looking as soon as you can.

Stuart Blackledge of Bay Images Photography would be happy to discuss your wedding photography requirements with you.

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