Five top tips to get the most out of your confetti moment

Getting the most from your confetti moment! Here are five top tips to help you enjoy and maximise your confetti moment on your wedding day

1) Get permission

First of all check with your venue what rules they have in place for when and where you can throw confetti. Also make sure it is biodegradable and safe for wild animals.

2) Supply it yourself

Sometimes couples will rely on guests bringing some confetti with them, trust me this rarely happens so plan ahead and provide your own if your budget allows.

Bride and groom on wedding day

3) More is MORE!

Get plenty, allow two good handfuls per guest if possible. There can never be too much! The more colourful the better, also large pieces show up more effectively on your photographs. I love the large paper circles – they float for longer, show up well and are easier to pick out of hair afterwards!

4) Maximise your moments

Consider popping a few confetti packets on the chairs that are closest to your aisle so if your venue allow it those guests closest to the aisle can then throw confetti as you make your way down as newly-weds. You can always have a fun group shot with it too later if you have plenty. Enjoy it, take your time! Look up and smile, as tempting as it is to hide from the confetti raining down! Pause and have a kiss – this is your moment!

Bride and groom walking down aisle after getting married
Bride and groom on wedding day

5) Confetti etiquette

I always advise guests to put drinks down (accident waiting to happen!) get their confetti ready in their hands nice and loose so its ready to go – throwing straight from a bag or cone means it often clumps up. Also they throw UP….not AT you.  Little bags can look cute but a solution that is better for the environment (and easier for you!) is to use recycled paper cones or one or two large baskets or buckets that people can dip into.

Remember not all confetti is colourfast so must be used careful in wet conditions!

For engagement photoshoot tips, see Top five tips to get the most out of your engagement photoshoot for five ideas you’ll love.

Bride and groom with confetti over them

Bride and groom cuddling on wedding day

The Boathouse at Aston Marina Wedding Photography

This wedding day for Elise and Harrison was such an amazing day! Not only did the sun shine but I am not sure we stopped laughing all day! We started off with some bridal prep photographs at The Premier Inn and then on to meet the boys at the couple’s chosen venue The Boathouse, Aston Marina. The couple’s little boy Reggie was the cutest pageboy and watched his mum get ready in the morning, Elise looked so beautiful in an amazing lace gown from Charlotte Baker Bridalwear. 

The venue styling was by the amazing Vintage Venue Dressing and the hair and makeup looks were created by Beauty by Scarlett and Laura Louise Artistry  The floral arrangements were by Flowers Design Lichfield. I love gypsophila is photographs so beautifully, just how cute are the flower girls’s floral crowns? They also taught me some TikTok stuff…I am clueless!

It was great to work alongside Henry and Meg from DimDog Productions, I encourage couples to have a wedding film captured where possible, they are so wonderful and preserve all those audio and visual memories so alongside your photographs you have the whole day encapsulated. I have worked with some amazing film makers and always happy to recommend some options that I feel will suit my couple. Scroll to the end of this post to see Henry’s beautiful highlight reel from Elise and Harrison’s wedding day.

Elise and Harrison had a waterside wedding ceremony and drinks and canapés out on the decking, we were also lucky enough to capture some hot air balloons coming right past us at The Boathouse (they often launch them from the field next door) These two made my job as photographer so easier, they are just the cutest couple! I also went on to photograph Elise’s sister’s wedding a little while later…I think it was after capturing her fiancé so elegantly throwing shapes on the dance-floor! 😉 What an amazing family! You guys rock!

Wedding bridal party stood in line smiling
Bride and groom walking down isle with little boy
Bride and groom toasting after wedding
Bride and groom cuddling on wedding day
Outdoor isle decorations on wedding day
Bride getting ready on wedding day
Bridal party on morning of wedding
Groom and ushers standing together on wedding morning
Bride and groom standing together on wedding day
Groom delivering speech on wedding day
Bride and groom dancing on wedding day
Bride and groom dancing in evening of wedding day
Bride and groom reading vows on wedding day
Bride and groom kissing infront of wedding car

Man and woman posing together for engagement shoot

Top five tips to get the most out of your engagement photoshoot

Having a pre-wedding photoshoot is a brilliant idea as it helps relax you ahead of the big day, you can get to know your photographer a little more (and vice versa) and it gives you a fun ‘practice run’ before the wedding. It is also an opportunity to get some professional photos images to use on your save the date cards or invitations.

I offer engagement photography for all my couples, I have a studio and feel happy to shoot in the that environment I tend to lean toward outdoor sessions for these type of session where possible, it is closer to how things will be on the day plus we can change things up and move around accordingly to utilise the light and the background.

Engagement photography allows you to bring some special props along, for example some of my couples like to bring champagne and a picnic blanket for a summer session or wellies and a cosy blanket in the winter. I am always happy to discuss and advise when styling for engagement shoots. Fur babies are also welcome to come along for the fun.

Man and woman holding each other arm in arm

Five top tips to get the most from your engagement session

  1. Think about timing, the beautiful soft morning light is perfect plus everywhere is quieter at that time so less distracting people walking past. Golden hour is also amazing as it the most flattering light, typically this is the last hour or two before sunset.
  2. Consider professional hair and makeup so you feel fantastic on the day – ladies, you may want to consider your nails as it is likely you will want to show off your new engagement ring off on a few photos
  3. Leading on from that….make a day of it. If you are all dressed up and having a shoot together why not have lunch afterwards or a special brunch beforehand. Don’t make it a rushed job in-between life-admin – be romantic!
  4. Coordinate with one another without being too ‘matchy matchy’. Soft neutral earthy tones work well for outdoor shoots, avoid too many clashing colours and patterns which will become the (unwanted) focal point of the images. I always provide styling advice ahead of time to all my couples.
  5. Bring a few props or items that are personal to you – be that your much-loved furbaby, a picnic hamper, a special blanket or your favourite flowers.

Man and woman holding hands in a field
Man and woman wearing sunglasses laughing together
Man and woman posing together for engagement shoot
Man and woman holding each other next to a fountain
Man and woman kissing and holding hands
Man carrying woman and kissing

These photographs are from George and Paige’s engagement session, which took place at their wedding venue in Stone, Staffordshire. When Covid put a stop to their big day in 2020, we met up on their planned wedding date to capture these beautiful photographs instead. Then, when their second wedding date came in 2021, they were ready to rock when they finally got hitched on another gloriously sunny day!

George and Paige’s wedding photography at The Boathouse, Aston Marina.


Summer wedding at The Boathouse, Aston Marina

Such an amazing wedding to photograph, after having to postpone due to Covid George and Paige were chomping at the bit to finally get married and have the wedding day of their dreams. My favourite part? How to choose? I think their first dance outside in the setting sun with all their friends a family circled around them was definitely up there with the highlights!

Paige’s makeup look was created by Helen Willis who is SO good at what she does, was great to work with her again, the bride’s stunning up-do was by Ooh LaLa Hair Designs. I am terrible at hair and makeup (mascara and a messy bun for me) so I love this part of the day, I get to find out some tips of the trade and watch some really talented artists. The Boathouse looked so pretty thanks to the talented Bespoke Creations who always create such a fabulous unique look for each of their weddings. Paige had the most amazing train on her Justin Alexander gown…against the bright blue sky it was just heaven to photograph.

I was also lucky enough to photograph a wonderful engagement shoot for these two at the marina (see, Top five tips to get the most out of your engagement photoshoot). I love shooting at The Boathouse, Aston Marina, each day is always unique and special to each couple, the staff go above and beyond for all of their couples and being a recommended supplier with them is a dream come true.. Every time I receive an enquiry for The Boathouse I know it is going to be a goodun!

Bride and groom on wedding day standing infront of wedding car
Bridal party on wedding day
Wedding welcome sign and table set for wedding breakfast
Bride and bridesmaids holding wedding bouquets
Groom and ushers on wedding day
Bride and groom smiling at camera on wedding day
Bride and groom after ceremony under confetti
Bride in wedding dress
Bride and bridesmaids in wedding pyjamas
bride and groom kissing on wedding day

Man and woman holding newborn baby

Newborn photography using natural light - my Staffordshire studio

I love photographing newborns in my studio, I often opt to use the natural (window) light instead of studio flashes as it creates a softer warmer look to the images.

Ideally newborn images are best done whilst baby is 10-14 days old but I have photographed newborns as young as 5 days (hours old if you include my own!…yes I took my camera to the hospital) and slightly older at around 3-4 weeks old, even 6 weeks old. Please don’t ever convince yourself you have “missed the boat”.

They will never be as small and as new as they are today, they change so so quickly.  The only difference between very new babies and those that are a few weeks old is that they are less ‘curled up’ and tend to have longer waking periods so whilst may not get the curled up sleepy shots you had in mind you will still capture some amazingly cute moments….they may even be smiling by the time they are 5-6 weeks old!

Soft neutral tones work well when styling newborn sessions, I tend to advise my clients to avoid lots of contrasting colours and pattern allow the focus to be on themselves and their new baby. Denim, white, creams, pale grey, pale blue or pale pink work well. We can include special little toys or blankets and hats too, if you don’t have anything you wanted to include then I have plenty of options in my Stafford photography studio.

I tend to avoid unnatural poses when it comes to newborn photography, its just not my style, I like babies to look like babies, how they would be at home….if they were cosy and relaxed and beautifully lit 😉 This is how you will remember them, not propped up in a plant pot or tiny armchair.

If you would like to find out more about my newborn photography sessions please get in touch or call 07773 064280. I also offer gift vouchers which are perfect for new parents or as a baby shower gift.

Man and woman holding newborn baby smiling
Newborn baby wrapped in blanket
Newborn baby asleep wrapped in blanket
Mum and dad holding newborn baby
Mum with newborn baby