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Hot topic: Wedding worries

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Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland

Q. My wife-to-be and I are getting married next December, and we're worried about the weather ruining our photographs. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Aaron Gilpin says: Working primarily in soggy Cumbria, this is a question that comes up a lot with my clients. Try not to worry there are lots of ways to deal with inclement weather.

❤ What most people would consider a poor weather forecast can often result in fantastic photographs. The most dramatic light always comes before or after heavy rain showers. I would choose a mixed forecast over a bluebird sky every time.

❤ Be prepared and purchase wellies and colourful brollies.

❤ A carefree attitude goes a long way. Your wedding is only going to happen once, so don't be afraid of getting the most out of the day.

❤ Be flexible with dates for your pre-wedding shoot. It rarely chucks down non-stop for an entire day, and there are often breaks in the rain that can be used for photographs.

❤ When choosing a photographer, ask what they would do if it rains. They should have several strategies up their sleeve to ensure quality pictures whatever the conditions.

❤ Wet weddings are often more sociable as people tend to gather together inside, often around the bar. Resulting in some great photo opportunities.

To have and to hold

To have and to hold

Q. We're having lots of family round before our wedding. How can I ensure the days runs smoothly and that there are no problems?

A. Susan Wakelin says: It can be difficult ensuring your big day runs smoothly, so to help reduce some of the stress I suggest you hire a wedding specialist. I go into homes on the day of the nuptials and help look after guests which allows the bride and groom to relax knowing everything is being taken care of. I also offer on the day co-ordination services.

Decide on what services you require and if you're unable to book a supplier, ask a close friend or relative to help you on the day.

Wedding shows are a great way of meeting suppliers and deciding if they're the right fit for you. My next wedding show is 26th January, 2020 at The Wellbeing Farm (, comes along and speak to me about your requirements.

Festive favourites

Festive favourites

Q. We're having a winter wedding and would like to incorporate our theme into our cake. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Kerri Thompson says: ❤ A white-on-white cake would look elegant and tie in with your theme. Add white textures and a bit of sparkle to create a glistening showstopper.

❤ If you want to create a frosty feel, incorporate edible silver or white sprinkles.

❤ Strong hues are bang on-trend right now. Opt for a rich red or navy blue design decorated with light-coloured sugar flowers.

❤ Flavours are also a great way of incorporating your festive theme. Peppermint and gingerbread are great examples that can be used in several of your tiers.

Hold me close

Hold me close

Q. We're getting married next December and want transport that will wow our guests. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Emma Buckley says: ❤ December is one of my favourite times of year and is perfect for weddings. Quality car suppliers will work with you to ensure your transport fits in with your theme. You could organise a detour near some Christmas lights or stunning scenery to add a touch of winter magic.

❤ Classic cars are popular this time of year. It screams traditional, and whether you choose a Grand Tourer of the 1920s or a limousine from the 1930s or 40s, it all nods to an era of style and luxury.

❤ Christmas is all about sparkle, silver, chrome and glamour. Don't be afraid to embrace it and above all have a fantastic day!

Winter romance

Q. My hubby-to-be and I are worried about having our pictures taken on our big day. We're not the best posers but would love a few snaps in the venue's wintry grounds. What would you suggest we do?

A. Vicky Dubois says: I hear this question a lot, so don't worry, you're not alone. Most people are nervous in front of the camera, myself included. The best advice I can give, speaking from my own experience and working with numerous shy couples, is to find a photographer who you're comfortable with. Having a friendly and honest relationship is a huge part of the service a photographer should offer. Knowing what your likes and dislikes are is also incredibly important, and it means you'll feel comfortable enough to tell your photographer when you've had enough and need a break.