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My New Wedding Albums

I’m super excited to show you all my new wedding albums and here they are! My beautiful new samples ready to showcase to you all, my wonderful couples, when we meet to talk about your exciting wedding plans! These albums can be added to your wedding photography packages at the time of booking. Or, later on after the big day, as a way to spread out the wedding celebrations even longer!

Birds eye view of two wedding albums, one bound in pale blue genuine leather, one in soft grey linen.
Genuine leather album in pale blue and linen album in soft grey.

So often I hear people say that they love photographs but they have so many still sitting on the computer, waiting to be printed or framed. I think it’s safe to say we are all guilty of that (myself included sometimes!). But the thing I love about photos is that they are there to be looked at, with your partner or family and friends, to relive those wonderful happy memories. So much time is put into planning a wedding, so why not put all your favourite photos into a beautiful custom album that reflects how much time and love you poured into your special day!

Double page spread in wedding album with photos of bridal party getting ready.
Double page spread in the “Digital” album.
Double page spread in wedding album with a black core down the center of the album.
The “Classic” album with black core.

I offer two styles of wedding albums; the “Classic” and the “Digital”. Classic is an elegant album with your choice of a bold black or white core that runs throughout. This one is perfect for those traditional weddings with a beautiful classic look. The digital albums are a bit more versatile giving you the option to have double page spreads without the central seam cutting through the photo and taking away the full impact of it. Which makes it better for those full frame shots of the venue or when the private couple shots really deserve a double page spread, because they are just that damn beautiful!

10 x 10" wedding albums in soft grey linen with rose gold embossed text, and pale blue leather with silver embossed text.
10 x 10″ wedding albums in soft grey linen with rose gold embossing and soft blue genuine leather with silver embossing.

There are two sizes that I offer for the main wedding albums – the A4 size which gives you a landscape orientation, or the new square size of 10 x 10”. Other sizes are available, should you want bigger albums for a bigger impact when showing off all those beautiful wedding photos. My albums come with 30 pages as a standard, but if you’re struggling to cull your favourites this can be upgraded to 40, 50 or 60 pages, giving you ample space without having to compromise on which photos to choose!

Smaller duplicates are also available. These are perfect gifts for Parents or as a unique thank you gift for bridesmaids and groomsmen! And could even be as a special Christmas present for the Grandparents. Smaller duplicates can be ordered at the same time as the main album for great savings. They are bound in the same cover choice as your main album too, creating a stunning matching set. For the landscape orientation I recommend the A5 size, as seen in the photos. For smaller square duplicates they are available in 6 x 6” or 4 x 4

They all come in a soft grey box and protective sleeve or pouch to finish the whole package off.

A5 wedding album in sage green linen cover with "Our wedding" and names and dates printed on the front.
Sage green linen cover with soft grey box and protective sleeve.
Black and white photo of Bride and Groom facing each other, on open page of wedding album.
A5 duplicate that can match the main album.

There are so many stunning cover options to choose from for your albums. They can be created in genuine leather, or the vegan-friendly leatherette and linen options. All of which come with such a wide variety of beautiful colours, you’re bound to find one that goes with your wedding’s colour scheme or even to match your home décor for when it is out on display in your home! And what a talking point it will be when you have guests over! I loved them all and found it so hard to choose for just these sample albums! To help you decide I can send a brochure of the colours in each cover option or by having a look at the swatches in person.

You can also have wording on the front of the album, whether your names, wedding date or something else. This can be embossed on the cover in silver, gold, rose gold, black or as a blind embossing. Or on the linen options you also have the option for a text design printed or, for some colours, laser etched. Like I said, the possibilities are endless!

Blind embossed cream leather, silver embossed pale blue leather, rose gold embossed soft grey linen and UV black printed sage green linen album.
Blind embossed cream leather, silver embossed pale blue leather, rose gold embossed soft grey linen and UV black printed sage green linen album.
Linen and genuine leather wedding albums created by Ellen Forster Photography.

Choosing the photos to go in your album can be the perfect little date night idea. Grab a piece (or two) of your wedding cake and cuddle up with the new wife or hubby to choose you favourite photos. As well as reminiscing about your wedding day.

All the photos from your wedding day will be in a private online gallery for you to view. Simply favourite the ones you want in your album. You can also make comments on them with specific instructions if you want some photos together or as a double page etc. Just remember to pick the photos you love, not ones you feel have to be in the album – you also receive all the photos onto a USB too anyway!

Once I’ve designed the album, I then send you a proof of your album layout to see if you are happy with it. You can then let me know if there are any changes you want making. If there is, I will send you a further proof once this is done, to make sure you are happy before approving it for print.

Wedding albums with soft grey box, created with SIM Imaging.
Two wedding albums with candid shots of the walk down the aisle and confetti shots.

When your album arrives, grab a bottle of bubbly, invite the family and friends over aaaaaand enjoy! Your beautiful wedding day memories will look timeless in your custom-made album. Your family and friends will love it too and now you have something to treasure your wedding day photographs forever.

Flat lay of soft grey linen photo album, with white tulip resting on top.
Double page spread wedding album with confetti shots outside The Cloisters in Letchworth.
Wedding album showing the bride with her bridal party getting ready.

To find out more about my beautiful wedding albums or to add one to your wedding day photography package with me, please get in touch!
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How I got into photography

As it’s the new year, with new beginnings and more new people to meet, I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about how I got into photography. Like most, I was in front of the camera as a child. On family days out, we would be grouped together by my Nan with her disposable camera. With our biggest grins and best poses we laughed as she covered the flash with her finger! Then we waited to hear her say “Oh that will be a lovely one!” after every photo.

One of my favourite photos with my Nan.

Years later we still rummage through those photos and laugh at all the fun times we had. Piles and piles of photos filled with silly poses to completely natural ones caught unaware. And every time we get them out, we are right back in that photo, reliving those precious moments. This is where I got my approach to photography from. And this is exactly what I want for my couples and families that I photograph to be able to do, to look at them and feel like they are right back in those moments. Fun and natural photography, capturing it as I see it.

Weddings? No way!

I’m going to let you in on a secret… If you had asked me while I was studying photography whether I would photograph weddings, my answer would have been ‘definitely not’. Originally, I just loved the idea of photographing and didn’t really have a specific idea of what I wanted to photograph. What I did know, was what I didn’t want to photograph and that was weddings. I thought it would be too much pressure because there are no do-overs!

Lisa and Jason at Hertford Castle in Hertford.

In 2015 my Auntie asked if I would help out photographing her wedding with her friend. As it was for family, I didn’t feel too much pressure (especially as I wouldn’t be the only photographer), and really enjoyed it. From here I was getting a few more friends and family asking me to photograph weddings and family portraits. Meanwhile in between I was starting to think of doing an apprenticeship to get into a photography job. But more and more people were asking me, so maybe I would be able to get started without it?

My first ‘proper’ wedding

Then came the moment that I had my first ‘proper’ wedding as I like to call it. By proper I mean, I didn’t know them, it wasn’t for a friend or family member, they were complete strangers that came to me through word of mouth.

Michelle and Chris with all their guests in the grounds of Letchworth Hall Hotel

Michelle and Chris’ wedding at Letchworth Hall Hotel in Hertfordshire was beautiful! I always love seeing how the wedding comes together after hearing the plans at our meetings together. Everything from the bridal prep to the evening reception really did come together perfectly, with their own personal touches. To be asked to be there to capture and witness it all was incredible. It was in the evening while the happy couple and their guests were checking into their rooms that I stood in the reception room having a little break. And in that moment, I thought ‘Wow, this is what I am meant to be doing’.

Laura’s beautiful heartfelt speech to her sister

Since that moment I have never looked back. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to be able to call this my job! In fact, I don’t feel I can even call something I love this much a job. For people to ask me to be a part of their weddings is such a privilege. They are trusting me to capture one of the most important days of their lives. To witness such an intimate moment and capture every ‘blink and you miss it’ moment from the day is a true dream. From every confetti shot, first kiss, hilarious speech to the emotional wipe of a happy tear during the ceremony. I fall in love with weddings, photography and my ‘job’ more and more with every wedding I photograph. Who wouldn’t love to capture love?!

Confetti for Amy and George at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire

So, the last part of this post is to every person I have had the privilege to photograph. I always receive words of thank you from my couples as well as their families and friends, for being part of their special day. But honestly, I have to thank YOU. Without you, I wouldn’t get to do something I am so passionate about for a living!

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Mr & Mrs Millanaise – Hertford Registry Office Wedding

Est. 22nd September 2018

Jason and Prasheela got married at Hertford Registry Office on 22nd September 2018.

We started the day at the charming The Salisbury Arms Hotel in the middle of Hertford town. The perfect warm and cosy feel for the setting of bridal and groom preparations on a wet day. Jason and Prasheela’s rooms were on opposite sides of the hotel and we made sure Jason had definitely left before Prasheela made her way downstairs. There would be no sneaky peeks here!

Prasheela looked simply stunning in her knee-length lace dress. And how gorgeous does the dress look with these sparkling pair of Jimmy Choo’s?! It was great working with Emma and Sukhi who did Prasheela’s hair and make-up. They were brilliant and really helped everyone to not only feel beautiful but have fun and relax whilst getting ready!

Best man Robert, really took on his role of making sure the day ran smoothly so Jason and Prasheela were able to just enjoy it. From ironing Jason’s shirt (although he made a point of telling me this was only because he was getting married!) while he carried on getting ready and even getting wet while bringing the car closer so Jason wouldn’t get caught in the rain. Now that’s a best man right there!

Jason and Prasheela’s friends and family packed out Hertford registry office to watch the two get married in such a beautiful ceremony. And the celebrations continued onto the Fox & Hound, a great little family-run country pub in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire. The venue may have been packed when all the guests were in, it is safe to say they were still able to throw some big shapes around on the dance floor in the evening. Everyone was having a great time. All joining in for a dance to Cameo’s “Candy”, teaching all the kids the moves. And even a couple of dance offs and points across the room to each other to show their moves! I do love when it gets to the evening with a good boogie and who doesn’t love a dance-off?!

The weather may not have been the best with the wind and heavy rain but it certainly didn’t put a dampener on this truly beautiful wedding!

Thank you for sharing your day with me Jason and Prasheela, I wish you and little Amelia a lifetime of happiness together!

 

 

 

Some of the incredible suppliers that also helped to bring the day together:
Venues – Hertford Registry Office and The Fox & Hounds Restaurant & Bar
Hair – Emma Kim
Make-up – Sukhi’s – Makeup & Brow Artist

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Mrs & Mrs Lupo-Gunn – Cheshunt Registry Office

#lupogunntietheknot

Laura and Chloe got married at Cheshunt Registry Office on 21st July 2018.

I couldn’t wait to capture their special day! After having such a fun time with their engagement session, I knew the wedding day would be no different. Yet again we had beautiful weather for the occasion, albeit a little hot being in the middle of the UK’s heat wave!

Everyone looked absolutely stunning, with some guests travelling all the way from Canada for the special occasion! The ceremony was incredibly beautiful with their own personalised vows. And as you can see by the photos below there was not a dry eye in the house… including mine getting misty behind the camera lens! The love these gorgeous ladies have for each other and the love their friends and family have for them just filled the room!

Like absolute pros Laura and Chloe nailed their private shots later on after capturing some truly brilliant and funny shots with their bridal parties! Never needing to give them any prompting or ideas just capturing them exactly as they are – you rocked it ladies!

Thank you for letting me capture your special day.

Wishing you a beautiful and loving forever together!

       

Some of the incredible suppliers that also helped to bring the day together:
Venues – Cheshunt Registry Office and The Broadhall Suite at Stevenage Football Club
Dresses – Next and Ann Bridal
Hair – Perry’s Hairdressing
Laura and her bridal party’s make-up – Artistry by Sophia
Chloe and her bridal party’s make-up – Kate Malham MUA
Car – Herts Limos

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Engagement Session At Stanborough Lakes, Hertfordshire

Laura and Chloe

Today I’d like to kick the weekend off with a little post about last weekend’s engagement session with Laura and Chloe at Stanborough Lakes in Welwyn Garden City.  The days leading up to the session we weren’t sure if we’d have to think of some cute rain photo ideas with all the threats of storms, thunder and lightning! Boy, how we were wrong!

We had absolutely beautiful weather and a lot of fun! Engagement sessions are to help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera. You can even practice your first dance at our sessions before the big day! Laura and Chloe really had so much fun with it;
“Can we climb a tree?”
“Can we get in the water and splash each other?”
“Can I do some of my crossfit in the photos?” – my answer to these questions, HELL YES! I love it when clients really go for it and bring their own ideas for photos to the session. Do whatever you feel, I’m just there to capture your relationship!

Can’t wait to photograph these beautiful ladies next month!

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Leanne and Jean-Pascal

#ITWASMEANTTOBEECROFT

Now I’d like to start by saying that the clever title was not of my own creation but a creative play on words of the groom’s surname (Beecroft) by his gorgeous bride (Leanne). This really cool hashtag was for guests to use when posting any videos or photos on social media accounts. Friends and family travelled all the way from France as well as other places in the UK for Leanne and Jean-Pascal’s special day at The Cloisters in Hertfordshire.

When I meet with a bride ocassionally I will ask or am told a little about the dress but I love to keep it quiet so that I am as shocked as the guests when I see it for the first time on the big day. Leanne arrived at this historic venue in a classic white Rolls Royce with her Dad and when she stepped out of the car I instantly smiled. The dress was truly beautiful, a grecian chiffon dress that looked simply elegant on Leanne and suited her to a T.

It was amazing to see both families really mingling and dancing together like you should at a wedding. It truly was a union of two families and they both made me feel so welcome. Also I have to mention how brilliant the band were, they really got everyone on their feet! I can honestly say that if I wasn’t working as a photographer at this wedding then I would 100% have loved to have been a guest!

Dress – Wed2b
Bridesmaids Dresses – TFNC London
Suits – Moss Bros
Hairdresser – Hair by Ellen Stevenage
Makeup – Rosie Tredgett
Flowers – Carole Smith
Cake – Louise Cleaver
Car – Wedding Cars of Herts
Band – A Night Of Jersey Boys
Venue – The Cloisters

For more photos from Mr and Mrs Beecroft’s special day visit here.

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A Small Affair

29th October 2017

Michelle (my bride) worked with one of my previous couples and it was through them that we were introduced. We met back in April last year and when I heard their wedding ideas I couldn’t wait to get started!

After all the meetings, planning and preparations their special day finally arrived. Starting at the bride’s parents’ house for bridal preparation. Michelle looked absolutely stunning and I couldn’t believe how excited and calm she could be at the same time! Even Sophie (Michelle and Chris’ daughter) had a dress and floral crown for her teddy anxious.

For the ceremony I returned for my second wedding at St Mary’s Church in Shephall, Stevenage. This church holds a lot of meaning to Michelle as the place her parents married and her grandparents renewed their wedding vows. From here we travelled to the beautiful venue of Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel. There were so many great backdrops for photos at this venue and Michelle and Chris’ attention to detail was amazing with table decorations, sweet and prop stalls and a wish tree.

It’s always wonderful when you meet a couple and get to know them during the whole process and build-up to the wedding but my favourite part is always the speeches. You get to hear what the couple are truly like through their family and friends. There was a mixture of beautiful, emotional and hilarious stories for Michelle and Chris’ day. See if you can guess from the photos what the best man had to say about where Chris’ place is now he’s married!

Make-up: Danielle Copeland
Hair: Kim Sanford and Kate Kneafsey
Dresses and veil: Rose’s Bridal Bedford
Venue: Letchworth Hall Hotel

For more photos from Mr and Mrs Small’s special day visit here.

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