Monday, 26 September 2016

My First Wedding Fair Exhibition

I sat down a year ago and made my "Five Year Plan" as to how I foresaw my photography career and portfolio developing. Loosely, I thought I'd like to think about how I would brand myself and get a webfolio set up after one year, exhibit at a wedding fair after three years, and perhaps be taking regular bookings after five. 

Thanks to the opportunities given to me by Hannah and Liam King, newlywed owners of Herons Park Venue in Kent, I have now already officially exhibited at my first Wedding Fair, at the end of year one. You may have noticed some changes to the blog here, and it has all been a slow but steady work in progress towards building my brand "Sophie De-Roe Photography" and you can now find all my professional work over on the wedding portfolio site here.

The fair was successful on many levels for me; I allowed my physical portfolio to brave the scrutiny of half a dozen brides-to-be who were yet to find a photographer for their special day, I got to meet and chat to local suppliers and continue to build relationships at Herons Park.

Above: Feeling proud of my very first stand

Above: Molly Dollys Bridal Gowns

Above: Blossom Bakers (afternoon tea caterer, vintage crockery and cakes)

Above/Below: Peaches and Pearls (Sashes, table runners, table centre pieces, step ladder, starlit backdrop, post box pictured below)

Above: Gift bags provided by Herons Park for all the lucky engaged couples

Above four photos: All me :)

Above: Page & Sons Wine Merchants
Just something to add about this one- This company will allow the couple to design their own custom labels for their wine, which will be printed, attached and delivered at no extra cost. And the minimum order? Six bottles. I'll definitely be remembering that...

Above five photos: Bethany-Grace Designs

Above four photos: The "Indoor" ceremony option

Above four photos: Debs Sweet Delights (sweet cart and ferris wheel)

Watch this space for up and coming news about Herons Park and all the local suppliers.


Saturday, 23 July 2016

So I really should have posted this about two months ago, when the event actually happened, but life kind of got in the way as usual and I totally forgot. Back in November I wrote about the launch of the new wedding venue at Herons Park. This has now seen it's very first wedding - of course it had to be the faces behind the project - Hannah & Liam King themselves - and I had the very great honour of being the one to shoot it.

So minus a few equipment technicalities and a strong but steady wind, the day was beautiful. Having known Liam since I was twelve years old I was so happy to stand there with him at the alter and snap the photos of his blushing bride walking down the aisle. 

One thing Hannah said to me back in January when we originally met for the brief was that she is obsessed and in love with her beloved Sky, a gorgeous Golden Retriever, who she would very much like featured in one way or another in one of the photos. Cue me, laying down on the floor with my assistant whistling for Sky to come away from Hannah and sit nicely in the foreground for me when what happens? Literally, the best thing ever. She snatched Hannah's bouquet in her mouth and ran off with her prize towards my assistant in an excited blur and the result? Well, I think Hannah got exactly what she wanted.

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