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Words and advice from Sarah + Gav, reflecting back on their truly fabulous summer wedding!

Top Wedding Advice from a Bride and Groom

Top Tips and Wedding Advice from a Shropshire Bride and Groom

831…eight letter, three words, one meaning…
I will always remember that, as much as the wedding of Sarah and Gav!

I had the pleasure of photographing Sarah + Gav’s wedding back in the summer of 2016 at The Moat House – you can see their photographs here – and I just connected with them both so well!

A couple surrounded by the most adorable family, and the best group of friends, from the first moment I got there, I had a blast.

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But my journey with Sarah + Gav didn’t start with the wedding of course, as we got to spend a genuinely fabulous afternoon together on their engagement shoot. Wanting to bring something different and meaningful together, we met at Bridgnorth and travelled on the Severn Valley Railway to Bewdley…so Gav could visit his favourite sweet shop!

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The thing that was fabulous about our shoot, however, was the time I got to spend with Sarah and Gav. While we had connected during our meetings when they booked, spending quality time together goofing around and just talking about them and their day, I honestly felt a friend rather than just the photographer.

Come the day of the wedding, and I couldn’t have been happier to see a glorious July day! It was perfect!

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This post isn’t to talk about Sarah + Gav’s wedding, but instead to share the top pieces of advice from Sarah + Gav following their wedding!

I hope the excellent pointers are helpful when you are planning your wedding!!

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So, here goes:

Top 3 pieces of advice:

  1. Make sure you spend the right amount of money on what is important to you. My husband and I weren’t particularly that fussed with lots of flowers and a really fancy cake (it only gets chopped up and eaten!) so we didn’t put the bulk of our money there. We wanted lots of music as we are keen musicians and good photography as your photos last a lifetime and are what you look back on throughout your life to remember and show your day.
  2. Pick suppliers you feel comfortable with. Some of these people will be with you throughout a lot, if not most, of the day so make sure you can relax and be yourself around them. Gav always said he would only pick people he felt like he could go for a drink (a pint!) with as you’re at your most sociable and comfortable in that situation. It 100% works!!
  3. Don’t overthink things; if you find something you like and are happy with the price GO FOR IT. Don’t put it on hold because you feel you should look around at another 10 places. Your first instinct is normally the right one – so go with that – it will cause so much less stress and actually make the process enjoyable.
  4. Finally (I know this is number 4)… let the groom do some planning!! So many brides don’t let their grooms get involved with the planning and that’s such a shame. I couldn’t stop Gav getting his little notebook out and I would not have had it any other way. The day was truly ours to share and we still talk about how fun it was to plan even 2 years on. I wish we could do it all over again

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Sarah + Gav, thank you – I love you guys, and love that you took time out while travelling to write this for us! Hope to see you soon!

If you have any gems to share following your wedding day, or maybe the top regrets you have instead, I would LOVE to hear from you!
Please drop me a message or fill out the form at www.stuartjamesphoto.co.uk/supplier-questions.

What genuinely fabulous advice – Sarah and Gav, thank you for sharing your top advice!

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