Monday, 30 June 2014

Real Wedding: The Seaside Village Fete Themed Wedding of Ryan & Ruth by Mike and Tom Photography

I have a lovely budget wedding to share with you today, full of gorgeous home made details shot by the brilliant Mike and Tom (previously known as One Wedding) who will be joining the Pretty Thrifty Directory. These guys do something pretty unique and special but you'll have to wait until later in the week to find out more about that! Over to you guys...

"Ryan and Ruth's wedding was an hours drive from Sheffield and was truly awesome.
From the moment we met this lovely couple we were overwhelmed with their positive nature and creativity. We knew straight away that their wedding was going to be epic. They had a London bus, a wellington boot throwing competition and a really cool marquee dressed up to the nines provided by Mudfords. It truly was a treat to photograph. The Church was beautiful and the perfect setting for these two lovely people to declare their love for one another.
We can’t thank Ryan and Ruth enough for allowing us into their lives if only for a short time. They both looked stunning and after spending just one day with them we now feel as though we know them, like they are our friends and we wish them every happiness for the future.

Find out more about Mike & Toms work:

Telephone: 07414683730

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

An Atheist in a Church | Budget Wedding Blog

All has been a little quiet on the blog over the last week, apologies for that, sometimes life just gets in the way...

Today I want to talk a little about church weddings. Before I begin I just want to say that this may appear a little controversial to some and is in no way a judgement on anyones beliefs or choices in any way. These are my beliefs and my opinions.

I always used to think that it was incredibly odd that non religious couples should want to get married in a church and when people gave the usual reasoning of "yeah but it'll look well nice in the pictures" I always thought that sentiment rang totally hollow.  I am not religious. I feel like the word Atheist is perhaps a little too strong but that Agnostic is also a little too ambivalent a term for me.

I think it's wonderful to have a strong belief that gives you comfort and reassurance, especially in hard times and completely understand why so many people have faith.

I got married in a church. Not for pretty photos, but for perhaps an equally shallow reason... it was the cheapest option in my area... We wanted to get married where we had grown up and in that village there is a C of E church and so it was the obvious choice. The Church of England is the only church where you don't also have to have a registrar present; thus cutting down on costs.

In the planning of our wedding though, and in coming to terms with actually being on of those people that I had questioned previously I realised that (especially in a small village) a church is much more than just a place of worship, it's often the centre of the community. Local people come out to watch a village wedding, the local kids there have a tradition of tying up the gates (which I joined in with when I was a child) and there is something special about that. I can't remember the last time locals turned up to a holiday inn to watch a wedding from the sidelines.

I was very upfront when talking to the Rector of the church that I had no religious beliefs and I think that is important. If you are planning to wed in a church and you're not a church-goer, be honest, don't pretend to be something you're not. Our Rector was very understanding and welcomed us anyway saying simply "God will be there, weather you like it or not..."

He even allowed us to sing a non religious song which was awesome, I'll be writing more about this soon...

{photography: Duncan Payne}

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Win a Post Wedding Shoot with Diamonds & Doodles Photography | Budget Wedding Blog


Today I have a lovely competition for you! If you don't know, I'm also a wedding photographer and every so often I like to do a little giveaway and I'm feeling especially generous as it was my birthday this week!

Today I'm offering a totally FREE post wedding shoot to one pair of lovely readers.

This is the chance to get all dressed up again and head out somewhere beautiful for a couple of hours dedicated to getting you some gorgeous snaps.

All you have to do is follow the simple steps below:

1) Email me and tell me why you deserve to win*; it may be that you had terrible rain on your wedding day & didn't get any good snaps outdoors, it may be that you just couldn't afford a photographer, or even that you weren't happy with the images that you got (note: I don't want any sob stories, don't make me cry! This is not the X factor...) *extra brownie points for people who can tell me all about their utterly bargainous wedding and their super thrifty ideas!

2) Follow me: give both my accounts a follow on Twitter @shotbyshelley & @_pretty_thrifty

3) Thumbs up: give both my facebook pages a like Diamonds & Doodles and Pretty Thrifty

That's it!

Winners will be announced on Monday the 30th June. Good Luck x

Terms and conditions 
- An additional travel/accommodation fee may apply if your shoot takes place more than 10 miles from Sheffield 
- The competition closes at midnight on 29th June 2014, and we’ll announce the winning couple right here on Monday the 30th June, 2014 
- The winner will be picked at my discretion and this decision is final 
- The date of the shoot will be arranged between the winning couple and myself at mutual convenience
- The date may be subject to change thereafter due to weather or other issues arrising
- There is no cash equivalent  
- Only one entry per couple 
-  By entering this competition, you are happy to let us feature your shoot on our blog, website, and social media  
- If I am unable to contact the winner within 7 days of announcing, the winner will be disqualified and forfeit his or her right to a prize, and a new winner will be chosen 
- To be eligible to win any prize, entrants must be over 18 years of age I reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Real Wedding: Jill & Dans family registry office & pub wedding | Budget Wedding Blog

Today I have a lovely budget wedding to share with you. Jill & Dan's wedding harks back to a simpler time when couples would say their I do's then head down to the local pub for a few pints and a tasty lunch. That's exactly what Jill & Dan did...

They tied the knot at Sheffield Town Hall and then headed down to one of my all time favourite pubs, The Broadfield on Abbeydale Road.

Jill's gorgeous gown was from coast; they planned their wedding pretty quickly and were super laid back about it. Jill popped to her local flower shop on the morning of the wedding and asked them to make a few quick bouquets of lovely wild looking flowers...

They booked a ceremony only package from their photographer (*me) with an added hour down at their reception venue which helped with their budget.

The back room at the pub was reserved for the wedding party and was simply decorated with a little home made bunting and some gypsophila in empty beer bottles and it looked lovely an welcoming.

{Photography: Diamonds & Doodles Sheffield Wedding Photographer}