Supplier Spot Light: True Blue Ceremonies

I’m delighted to share with you today a guest post from the wonderful Katie at True Blue Ceremonies, I met Katie at the Scotney Castle Wedding fair last September where we both exhibited. I love what True Blue Ceremonies do & I am a great advocate of Katie’s work, like Joanne Truby Floral Design what she does  is personal and bespoke to each of her couples.  I shall now pass you over to Katie to tell you more….

Can you tell us about True Blue Ceremonies? 

I started True Blue Ceremonies after 8 years’ experience as a Registrar of Marriages working for the local council, where I conducted and registered many hundreds of marriages.  I saw a gap in the market for a Celebrant-led Wedding Ceremony that could be tailored to each bride and groom in order to make it personal for them.  I enjoyed my career and loved meeting all the couples I married, but as a Registrar felt frustrated by the restrictions that existed, and at only being able to offer them a standard script – as we all know, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all! Each script produced is written from scratch, with elements and ideas from the couple, as well as any symbolism they’d like to include – for instance, the inclusion of hand-fasting or the lighting of a unity candle.  The script develops over time and is not finalised until the couple are totally happy.

Creative Exposure Photography

Creative Exposure Photography

Where can you perform your service?

The legal Marriage Registration part of the Wedding takes place separately, perhaps a day or two before the Wedding Day.  Katie’s couples liken this to registering a birth, or signing the legal deeds on a property!  Once the legalities are completed, a Wedding Celebration may be held anywhere, and at any time. I have worked at many beautiful Wedding venues across Kent and the South East, and my favourites tend to be the off-the-beaten track, little-known places.  Any venue (whether licensed or not) is suitable for a Celebrant-led Wedding, so this means lots more business opportunities have opened up in the industry.

Rik Pennington Photography

Rik Pennington Photography

What would you say are the upcoming  weddings trends for 2014 and beyond? 

2014 sees a big upward trend in weddings that are held completely outdoors, either in private gardens, meadows or woodland.  Weddings in marquees, yurts and tepees are becoming huge these days and are the perfect solution for a relaxed, festival-type feel or a village fete/tea party atmosphere.  Katie is happy to fit in with whatever style of wedding her clients envisage – whether this is outdoors under an oak tree, or in the grand surroundings of a stately home – True Blue Ceremonies are unique, meaningful and above all, personal.

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What do you like the most about your job?

I love getting to know my couples well before their Wedding Day (bookings are normally taken months in advance). Helping them celebrate their love with a really individual, bespoke ceremony. The excitement of the wedding planning stage and helping my couples make their day just perfect.  I know I’ve done a good job if the Groom cries during the ceremony!

Katie's Photos Hastings

Katie’s Photos Hastings

Do True Blue Ceremonies offer any other services beside from Weddings?

Yes I perform Renewals of Vows (often to celebrate special Anniversaries) and Baby Naming ceremonies too.

Thank you very much to Katie for guest posting for us today, to find out more about True Blue Ceremonies or to get in touch with Katie visit their website. You can also meet Katie in the Creative Brides Vintage Village at the Bluewater Wedding Fair between 7th-9th February.

Have you thought about having a personal celebrant for your wedding? Will you be writing your own vows? As always I would love to read your comments 🙂

Joanne xx

Supplier Spot Light: Rebecca Douglas Photography

Every week over the next month or so I will be sharing with you our new feature series; Supplier Spot Light. Showcasing some of our favorite suppliers that we have had the pleasure of working with that are going let you in behind the scenes of what goes on in their world and share with you some useful information and tips which may come in handy when planning for your big day. First up we have Rebecca Douglas Photography, I have had the pleasure of working with Rebecca on a number of shoots and this year we shall also be working together on some real weddings which I am very excited about!  Not only is Rebecca extremely talented (her photos below speak for themselves) but she is also one of the loveliest people I know! Without further ado I shall pass you over to Rebecca….

So, tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello there, I’m Rebecca and I live in Ashford, Kent with my husband Mark (an über maths geek) and our cute cat Misu (if you’re wondering, his name derived from my favourite pudding Tiramisu).What totally makes me tick is telling a story and this starts by putting my couples at the heart of what I do, hearing about their dreams for their big day and how they would like my photography to be shaped around that. You could say this is my mission to capture couples being themselves having the best day of their lives.

When you’re working with a couple how do you help them to refine their ideas and consult on what they’d like?

I love capturing love. It is a total treat to work with folk to create elegant, soft, natural images with a creative twist. Photos are so important, the still frames that are our connection to our past and our legacy for the future. When I meet or Skype with a couple, I’ll spend time chatting and understanding how they want their day to feel and how my photography can fit around that. I am lucky to work with lots of creative couples who trust me and so together we can work on some really unique images to tell the story of their day.

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

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Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

What is your favourite time of year to shoot weddings?

I love capturing weddings all year around and working with the seasons. I did Geography at uni back in the day and I am fascinated by the connections between people and place and so this is something I always think about when I am shooting. We can get the most stunning natural light all year round and if the weather takes a turn, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to create some magic rain. I think it is really important to have confidence in your photographer that no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, you’ll get some truly special images.

Magic Rain Wedding Kisses - Rebecca Douglas Photography

Magic Rain Wedding Kisses – Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

What do you think are the hot trends for weddings this year?

I think we’re going to see an explosion of colour coming through this year with corals, teals, purples with a stylish twist of neon and glitter. I know there is always discussion about ‘vintage weddings’ but I think you will always see couples incorporation their heritage, hobbies and interests into their wedding. After all, they are a very nostalgic tradition and a milestone in a couple’s journey through life so I think we will see this feel continue to be expressed at weddings for years to come.

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

2014 is going to be a busy and exciting year and it has kicked off with a competition to win an engagement shoot in Paris in partnership with Creative Brides and the winner will be announced shortly after a three day wedding fair extravaganza at the Vintage Village at Glow Bluewater Wedding Fair. If you would like to enter click on the image below.

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Thanks Rebecca for guest posting for us today, if you would like to meet Rebecca and see her amazing work in the ‘flesh’ why not pop along to Bluewater wedding fair, you will also find me there too 🙂 as always please feel free to share any comments.

Joanne xx