Wedding Editorial: National magazine articles, wedding brochures, web content, press releases and blogs
I specialise in engaging, well-crafted wedding editorial, blogs, web copy, press releases and wedding venue brochures.
My writing has been published in a range of national and regional wedding magazines, as well on popular wedding websites and blogs.
In the past year I've written:
A 10-page wedding brochure for a historic wedding venue near London
Ongoing topical blog series for an exclusive, award-winning bridal accessories company
SEO web content and blog series for two award-winning wedding photographer's websites
Press Releases for a popular Bucks wedding venue - these received substantial coverage in regional newspapers Bucks Free Press and Northampton Herald and Post as well as bridal magazine Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding. Exposure does not get much better than this!
Blog posts for a top wedding venue covering latest industry news and engaging wedding advice.
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You and Your Wedding Magazine - Article on Save the Date Wedding films
Forget fiddly fridge magnets and crumpled cards, the hottest way to tell friends and family of your impending nuptials is via your own Save the Date film
Already a huge hit in America, couples from Blighty are warming to the idea of starring in their own pre-wedding trailers.
From hi-tech ‘studio style’ productions, to charming homemade films of couples eating cakes decorated with their date, there is a film concept for every taste and, importantly, every budget.
A lot more fun than picking out fonts, one of the main advantages of filming a unique Save the Date movie is that you can tailor your invitation to perfectly reflect you and your paramour’s personalities.
“Whether you want something cool and quirky, or classically romantic, filming your invite is the ideal way to capture how you’re feeling and provides an opportunity to do something really personal for your guests,” says Matt Rozier, Director of Photography. (www.rozierwilkinson.com).
The ‘Big Idea’
The first step to creating your perfect pre-wedding film is to decide on your concept.
“The more unique your idea, the more interesting and engaging your film is likely to be”, says award-winning wedding videographer, Philip White. (www.philipwhiteweddings.co.uk)
“For example, we recently filmed a couple who wanted a wedding trailer based on The Only Way is Essex, while another wants to re-enact a scene from the classic romance Brief Encounter. The key is to choose something you would really like to do and have fun with it.”
If you are feeling camera shy, another popular idea for a pre-wedding film is to make your own stop-motion animation film.
Comprising hundreds of photos streamed together to tell a story, these have a real, ‘cute-as-a-button’ homemade appeal. One of the best examples we found was [link to Rozier Wilkinson’s Save the date animation here], but if you are looking for more inspiration, YouTube is a great place to start.
Hi-tech or home-spun fun
Once you have settled on an idea, the big question is whether to hire a professional or to do it yourself.
“You can pay anything from £300 to £1,000 for a professionally made film” says Matt,
“However, an expert will have a strong grasp of visual storytelling techniques and regardless of whether you want something polished, or homespun, a pro-filmmaker is more likely to capture your ideas effectively.”
Choosing to make your own Save the Date film is often the more purse-friendly option, as most people have access to a digital camera, whilst basic editing software is available on nearly all home computers.
“If you decide to make your own save the date film using a camcorder, don’t try to make it look too professional, says Philip, “’a rough around the edges’ look will give your film a special charm that only comes from being homemade.”
Inspired? Here are five top tips to help make your movie magic:
· Create a strong concept – “Like a music video, your film should be original, imaginative and entertaining to watch” says Matt.
· Keep it short – one to two minutes is ideal, any longer and you risk sending your guests to ‘Snoozeville’
· Have fun – “Your wedding day is a live event but your pre-wedding shoot can be as posed and set-up as you like, so enjoy it” says Philip.
· “You’ve done what Dear? An electronic-mail you say?” – always send a traditional, postal invite to your older or less technically savvy guests
· Don’t post your film online too soon – it can be difficult to un-invite people who see your film beforehand, so it’s a good idea to wait until after the wedding before posting it on social network
Real Life Weddings Magazine
A Tale of Two Cities - Jennalyne and Dimitrios’ Dual Wedding Celebration
Jennalyne and Dimitrios chose a double celebration – an outdoor ceremony in Buckinghamshire followed by an alfresco wedding in Greece
Jennalyne and Dimitrios are so enchanted with each other; they’ve decided to tie the knot not once, but twice!
“My background is Pilipino and Dimitrios is Greek, so we decided to celebrate our different cultures and traditions with two weddings in two different countries,” explains Jennalyne.
The couple’s priority for their UK wedding was to find a venue with lush country surroundings that was easy to access for friends and family.
To their delight the couple discovered exclusive wedding venue The Pavilion at Lane End.
Only a 40-minute drive from London yet ensconced in the picturesque Chiltern Hills, it ticked all the couple’s boxes.
“As soon as we arrived at The Pavilion we knew we had found our dream venue,” says Jennalyne.
“As well as a great team, we absolutely fell in love with the garden gazebo in the venue grounds. Its traditional design evokes old-fashioned romance and you’re surrounded by beautiful countryside, I instantly knew it was the one.”
Jennalyne and Dimitrios chose a white theme for their wedding with accents of blue.
Jennalyne’s bouquet was a mass of pale blue hydrangeas, while the wooden garden gazebo was decorated with delicate boughs of blue wisteria.
The wedding breakfast was custom created by The Pavilion’s team of professional chefs.
“The Pavilion’s Head Chef, Mike Day, was brilliant. He worked with us to develop a special wedding menu that reflected our respective backgrounds,” says Jennalyne.
“Our starter was a selection of delicious Greek mezze dishes, followed by a traditional British favourite - steak and chips!”
The couple rounded off their special day with a disco in the venue’s grand Pavilion room.
As the confetti settles on Jennalyne and Dimitrios’ English country wedding – the couple are busy preparing for wedding number two – a forest wedding in Greece.
To find out more about The Pavilion wedding venue visit http://www.thepavilionuk.com/ or call 01494 417365
Exclusive Magazine Editorial
Summer Celebration - Holly and Chris’ Country Garden Wedding
Holly and Chris opted for a relaxed country garden ceremony in the great outdoors
Nestled in the lush green surroundings of Lane End village, Holly and Chris found the perfect country idyll for their summer wedding.
Holly says: “We wanted a relaxed, rustic feel for our day and instantly fell in love with The Pavilion’s traditional garden gazebo and country views.
“The wooden gazebo is so romantic and set in acres of beautiful grounds, so you’re surrounded by wild, open countryside.”
The couple’s romantic, rustic theme was reflected throughout their day, from Holly’s dress – a beautiful fitted wedding gown with vintage crystal detailing - to their choice of flowers.
Holly chose delicate peach roses, marguerite daisies and feathery fronds of astilbe for her bouquet. While garlands of peach roses and white peonies were hung from the gazebo’s posts and beams, adding to the romantic country feel.
British weather can be notoriously unpredictable even at the height of summer, however, Holly and Chris’ wedding day turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far.
“The weather was hot and sunny but there was plenty of leafy shade for our guests, it was perfect,” says Holly.
“The venue also helped us to make the most of the sunshine by extending our drinks reception until later in the afternoon. This meant guests could enjoy their surroundings, taking walks in the grounds, sipping drinks on the terrace, some even played a round of golf!”
Best of British
For the wedding breakfast the couple chose a classic British menu.
“We wanted tasty traditional food that everyone would love,” says Holly.
“To start we had muscovado and ham hock terrine, followed by tender fillet steak and chips. Dessert was a fruity Summer pudding, which was ideal for the weather.”
The couple opted for an elegant Croquembouche wedding cake prepared by The Pavilion’s own Head Chef.
To find out more about The Pavilion’s exclusive indoor and outdoor wedding venues visit http://www.thepavilionuk.com
Historic Wedding Venue Brochure Editorial
Elegant Days, Enchanted Evenings
With its rich English history, romantic Neo-Gothic architecture and rolling country grounds, Ditton Manor is a greatly sought-after venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions and special events.
Set on its own private moated island at the heart of a 200-acre estate in Royal Berkshire, Ditton Manor provides a beautiful traditional English backdrop for your celebration.
Offering a choice of elegant indoor and outdoor spaces - from the grand, atmospheric space of The Gallery to the large, luxurious setting of our garden marquee - Ditton Manor has the perfect venue for your special day. For a unique fairy-tale twist, Ditton Manor’s Bridal Suite even has its own Juliet balcony overlooking the estate’s ancient moat and beautiful gardens. While a discreet distance away, there’s a spacious dressing room for the Groom and his entourage.
Ditton Manor – Your Exclusive Country Playground
And because we know no-one really likes to share, Ditton Manor’s exquisite interior, gardens and parkland are available exclusively for you and your guests to enjoy for the duration of your event.