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Hot topic: Cake, Photography & Videography

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Sweet sensations

Sweet sensations

Q. How can we incorporate autumn themes into our big-day cake?

A. Cheryl Shields says: Burnt oranges, coppers and neutral shades emerge when the trees begin to lose their leaves. These beautiful colours can easily be incorporated into your cake.

❤ If you're having a rustic theme, opt for a semi-naked design adorned with fruit such as blackberries, figs and raspberries. Decorate it with foliage and seasonal flowers.

❤ Alternatively, an iced creation with a wooden-effect tier, sugar blooms and leaves in burnt orange and copper accents would look fabulous.

❤ A more formal option would be to cascade sugar flowers and add rich red berries and dark foliage.

❤ Marble designs are on-trend. Create a deep red tier and add touches of copper and gold. Embellish it with large whimsical sugar flowers and copper leaves.

Love through a lens

Love through a lens

Q. We're getting married next July and want the pictures to reflect the season. What do you suggest?

A. Mark Copeland says: Summer is a great time of year to get married; the days are longer and the weather is glorious. Here in the North West, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to venues. Many offer outdoor ceremonies and are surrounded by fields of long grass and oak trees that look stunning in photographs.

Perfect blue skies and uninterrupted sun can create challenging conditions. When choosing a photographer, ask how they intend to tackle these issues. Do your homework, and ask to see examples of their work taken in similar weather conditions.

Rings, camera, action!

Rings, camera, action!

Q. Our big day is fast approaching, and we're thinking of booking a videographer, but we're not sure what to look for. Do you have any tips?

A. Aidan Blunt says: ❤ Before you make contact, research and decide which style of film you like best. Documentary films are generally an hour long and shown in chronological order, while cinematic versions are shorter and tell the story in a more stylistic way.

❤ Videography uses expensive equipment, and editing can take between 60 and 100 hours, so bear this in mind when looking at prices. If a supplier seems cheap, then it's unlikely you'll be getting a polished final product.

❤ Most videographers offer a no obligation face-to-face meeting so they can explain what they offer and their style. I highly recommend you take them up on this, and if they don't offer it, ask for a consultation. Don't book without meeting them first!

❤ When searching online, look to see whether they have a physical address associated with their business. Also, check out their reviews and social media posts. This is a great way to get an insight into how enthusiastic they are about their work.

❤ If you've chosen your photographer, ask them for recommendations. Your videographer and photographer will work hand-in-hand on the day, so it's important that they get on.

Moments that matter

Moments that matter

Q. We're looking for a wedding photographer, but we're a bit worried about booking someone online we've never met. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Jo Greenfield says: In this day and age, the majority of photographers will have a good online presence. Look at their work and do some research into them as a person. Most use Instagram stories to give you an insight into their life, and others will have about me sections on their websites.

Once I've received an email enquiry, I send over six full galleries that are on a password-protected part of my website. Potential clients then have two weeks to have a good look through, ask any questions and, most importantly, contact other photographs to get a comparison.

Finding the right supplier is a balance between budget, images and personality, so it shouldn't be a quick decision. However, be aware that most book up quickly.

If you're apprehensive, ask to meet up or have a Skype conversation to run through any queries you may have.