I’m sticking with you!

January 26, 2010

Oh dear, I think this will be a day of mega posting on my blog… Just thought, why don’t I share a few of those wonderful songs with you while I’m here. Non traditional wedding songs… I always loved the Velvet Underground and actually had the original version played for ‘walking down the aisle’ at my wedding, but this version is even better me thinks…

But what do you lovely ladies and gentlemen think?

What is the song of choice for your wedding?

By the way, I have no idea what this drawing is meant to be all about, but heh…


Just came across this amazing version of a song that some of you might know from the Blues Brothers movie but this version rocks my socks off. So if I was to get married today this would definitely be a song I would have to stick on to get the wedding party groovin’.

I just feel big love here


When I met Joanne for the first time, I instantly loved her. She has such a lovely, bubbly personality and told me excitedly about her wedding plans over a couple of glasses of wine. I was really chuffed when she then booked me for her special day. The wedding was set in one of my favourite venues in Glasgow, Hotel Du Vin, One Devonshire gardens on Halloween night and Joanne and Nick opted for a black and white theme. We had so much fun all day which you’ll see in the photos.

WOOHOO, how exciting!

The lovely Kat over at RockNRoll bride has given my work the thumbs up and I’m now a proud sponsor of her site. If you haven’t heard of RockNRoll bride before, Rock ‘n Roll Bride promotes individuality and general awesomeness in a cookie cutter, pastel pink, poufy dressed wedding world. Don’t let the wedding industry define your day – let *you* define your day.”

So all you RockNRoll brides at heart, check out her site and if you have been directed from her site to mine and like what you see, get in touch, I’d love to hear about your wedding plans!

You can now also become a Fan of CandySnaps on Facebook – Yeah, rock on!

What my clients seem to really like about my work is the fact that my photos all look very ‘natural’ – even the couple shots. One of my clients once said that she had looked at so many photographers websites that all say they will provide you with ‘natural’ wedding photos, but when she looked at their portfolio the photos all seemed rather staged. I think the problem is, that some photographers make the couples look unnatural in couple shots because they make them do things that is not really them. There are certainly couples out there who really love posing for the camera but I would have to say that the majority of my clients say they don’t really like being photographed. No surprise to me, I don’t like it myself when someone holds a camera up close to my face and yells ‘Cheeeeeeeese’… How much more awkward can you look? I came across a lovely article on the WPJA’s website. The WPJA is the Wedding Photojournalist Association which I’m very proud to be a selected member of. Here a little summary of what I read in the article:

Real moments – you can’t fake them!
A glance, a quick kiss, laughter – those little fleeting exchanges, the whirlwind of activity and emotion.
When you look back at your wedding photographs the important thing is to remember what you felt like on the happiest day of your life!
Your wedding photographs are your treasured memories and make you experience again and again, real life as it happened. You don’t want the experience of the photographer being in charge and directing the whole day; you want someone to record it.
You want to remember the spontaneous moment — the real moment!
Then you can say: ‘That’s what I look like when I’m really living my life. That’s who I really am!’

Today I thought I will share with you, another gorgeous wedding of 2009!

On 19th of September, Louise and Patrick got married at the wonderful Glencorse House near Penicuik in Edinburgh.

Such a fantastic venue, beautiful surroundings, a cute kirk and a great minister who held a rather touching service. I must admit though, that I always get a wee tear of joy in my eye at any wedding ceremony. Just seeing two people so in love is just beautiful. Did I mention how much I love my job???

Happy, happy New Year 2010!

January 10, 2010

To all of you a happy, happy new year 2010! I wish you all the bestest fun planning your special day and am really looking forward to being part of all those gorgeous weddings of 2010.

I’ll be posting more weddings soon, so check back regularly for inspiration!

If you haven’t booked your photographer for 2010 yet, hurry and give me a bell, the calendar is filling up fast!

PS: Found this lovely picture of my daughter Mia today 😉

It is absolutely freezing today and I’m trying to keep warm by eating soup and the most delicious Lebkuchen (ginger bread), courtesy of Judit, my lovely friend in Stuttgart and bride to be. Can’t wait to photograph her big day next year… But while munching away and browsing through my wedding archives, I remembered the wedding of  the gorgeous Susie and Leo in Stranraer and our German connection. Susie had been working in Germany for a few years, in Schwaebisch Hall believe it or not, which is not far from the little village of Ellenberg where I’m from. Susie even speaks German with a southern accent. Absolutely brilliant! They had such a great wedding. The sun was shining and the location, a manor house garden was absolutely beautiful. When Leo proposed though it was winter and they were on a skiing holiday. On the third day, they were on the ski lift, when Susie looked down and someone had written: ‘SUSIE WILL YOU MARRY ME’ in the snow in big fat letters. Susie turned to Leo and said: ‘That lucky girl has the same name as me…’

Maybe not quite the reaction he’d expected, but the important thing is, she said yes.

Here are the best bits!

I was looking through the wonderful offbeat bride website today. It’s a blog by a Seattle based author of a book called Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides. This blog is the ongoing celebration of couples who dare to walk off the beaten aisle. Great inspirations can be found for all of you who embrace the non-traditional bride within. And I salute every single one of you. When my clients find me they sing ‘halleluja” , ‘ a photographer who won’t drag us away from our guests for two hours and believes that there is no need to pose anything on our wedding day’.

So on this note, let me share with you a wonderful non traditional wedding set at Mavis Hall Park, a small family owned business tucked away at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills….

Come rain or shine, Althea and Dav were well prepared with plan A, B and C in place but thankfully after a downpour in the morning, the sun came out and the plan A outdoor wedding could commence…

Oh, it’s grey out today and rainy and perfect for cups of tea galore and  looking through my wedding archive to share with you a little something that should bring a smile to your face… Rain did not faze Julie and John on their wedding day, in fact the umbrellas set a colourful scene and the two were all smiles. I was really chuffed when they chose me to be their photographer for the day as they were saying “I do” on a little cruise ship on Loch Lomond. It was quite a rainy day but the sun broke through now and then and just in time for the group shots on the shore of Luss Pier. We just had to get rid of a very pesky swan who was keen to be photographed. Here are some of my favourites…

Venue: The Lodge on Loch Lomond (http://www.loch-lomond.co.uk)

Ceremony on boat: Sweeney’s cruises (http://www.sweeney.uk.com)