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We asked Karen Boyle from Andy Boyle Photography (www.andyboylephotography.com) for her thoughts on how to add something personal to a couple's wedding photography. Read on to find out more.
It's so much fun to make a feature of the things that mean the most to you on your big day. We've photographed many weddings with wonderful personal touches, from favourite holidays taken together through football teams, and favourite bands to Star Wars! Deciding how to make sure your vows are the most important part of the day while reflecting your passions is a balancing act.
One of the easiest ways of expressing yourselves is via your table decorations. They're eye-catching, in full view of your guests and are great to photograph. One of our couples booked brass musicians to entertain everyone, and made their centrepieces from old, broken trumpet parts. They named their tables after the theatre musicals they'd performed in with orchestras. Favourite holiday spots are another beautiful idea, with destination names and little items from the areas.
There are so many ways to reflect yourselves in your wedding day: your ties, socks, flowers, décor and so much more. When your passion is Marvel comics and you have a friend who is willing to ham it up as Captain America, that certainly cuts a dash! Many cake makers can cleverly make a reveal cake – the traditional side that guests will see first before moving round it to discover the secret geek-themed one!
Then, of course there's football. We've been greeted at the door of a beautiful venue by full size cut-outs of team players, flags and sounds of cheering crowds. Fortunately everyone supported the same side!
We always ask our couples if they have plans to include particular features, so we can be sure to get the shots, even if it means catering for one supporting the reds, while the other cheers on the blues!
Sometimes, your passion for your special interests can be a bit lost on your guests, so maybe if you love heavy metal, a full day of Metallica and Iron Maiden could be a bit much for some. Remember too, that your wedding photos could be on the wall for many years, so newlyweds dressed as Princess Leia and Skywalker may gradually lose it's appeal. Have the most fun with your planning, but just occasionally, less is more.