Summer Sun in London

julie michaelsen wedding flowers blue sky flowers photo Miss GenI don’t know how it happens but I always seem to have a wedding on my birthday…. well September is a popular month and I’ve had enough birthdays to now worry about it now I guess but this one was even more special as it was the wedding of my lovely wedding friend and a-ma-zing photographer Julie Michaelsen and her beau Ross Haley

Julie and Ross were planning to have their main wedding celebration in Italy later in the month but decided to have a London based civil wedding and party for friends and family based here. Read more here

Calling dressless brides-to-be!!

Have no fear, we may have the answer for you here… read on to find out about a very special wedding dress sample sale taking place on September 13th in Kensington

The very lovely wedding venue of 170 Queensgate, which is part of Imperial College, will be playing host to couture dress designer Emma Hunt London and her 2015 wedding dress sample saleEmmaHuntLondonChloeBetween 10-3pm, in the Solar Room at 170, you will be able to view and more importantly try on dresses from the London and Echo collections to see if THE ONE is there waiting for you … as these are samples, most dresses will be in sizes 10-12

The gowns usually retail from £1900 (Echo collection) or £2600 (London collection) however at the sale there will be an amazing 50-75% reduction

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Also on hand to help get you in a true wedding frame of mind, will be fabulous shoes from Charlotte Mills and beautiful accessories from Kelly Spence. We will be there too with bouquets of differing styles to help you practice being a bride before the big day

On arrival you will be greeted by the venue staff with a glass of Champagne and an opportunity to look around – just in case you haven’t found your venue yet either!

RacquelCake_2_Era1960s_-ú1100_www.gccouture.co.ukThe Council Room, where wedding receptions are held, will be dressed with laid up tables and will offer cake tastings courtesy of GC Couture, wedding photographer extraordinaire John Nassari will also be there along with Ananya Cards who will be happy to advise on wedding stationery

So don’t hang about… the day is free to attend but you will need to register in advance by emailing 170QG@imperial.ac.uk with your name and that of your guest(s) – so why not bring your mum, best mate or chief Bridesmaid!

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We look forward to seeing you there in September xx

 

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I’d like to introduce you to a lovely photographer with whom I worked a couple of years ago on a styled shoot that is scheduled to appear in You & Your Wedding magazine very soon … Watch this space!

Anushé Low is a beautiful lady with a very kind manner… just what every bride needs on her wedding day. I know that I would appreciate her soft calming influence if I was about to take the biggest step of my life

So I asked Anushé a little about how she came to be a wedding photographer

When did you start in this business and what did you do before?

I officially started my wedding photography business in August 2010. Before this I worked as an architect – very different! In 2008 I had my son which changed everything – I wanted to spend more time with him and work flexibly. I never dreamed I could make a business out of something I had been passionate about since I was about 9 years old! I was one of those annoying guests who casually photographed friends’ weddings in the background…I enjoyed it so much and unbelievably those very photos made their way in to wedding magazines – the rest, as they say, is history!

20130714-369 Northbrook Park Surrey WeddingHow would you describe your style?

I love to shoot clean, editorial style wedding and portrait photos using natural light. I come from a design background as a trained architect and have an eye for simple lines and creative compositions

What is your favourite flower?

I’ve always loved the simplicity and beauty of an Orchid or a Calla Lily both of which were the primary flowers at my own wedding. However in recent years having been exposed to so many beautiful flowers at weddings, I must say I’ve come to love big, fat Peonies and delicately formed Ranunculus too!

What sort of information do you need to know when meeting with a prospective client for the first time?

First of all, I love to hear all about their love story! A wedding day is such an intimate, personal day for my clients, I think it’s important to get to know them a little better as I feel it helps me capture them and their day more authentically

I also like to understand their plans for the day itself, however sketchy or detailed and walk them through it using my experience. Lots of important things come up during this discussion and my clients are usually grateful for my having a better understanding of their day from start to finish

How many weddings do you handle per year and would you do more than one per weekend?

In a business where you can’t always know how your year or weekend will pan out in terms of work, I think you have to have rules. One of my rules is only 1 wedding per weekend – I want to be as fresh and focused as possible on a wedding day and for me, that’s physically not possible if I’m shooting back to back. I also stick to photographing just 15 or 16 weddings a year which for me is plenty. I can give my clients an impeccable, dedicated service, keep turn-around times short and have quality time with my family

Do you have fixed prices for shooting/albums/discs or can you tailor the package for each client?

I can do both! I have a list of packages that clients can simply choose from including luxury to basic, or if they have more specific needs I can tailor a bespoke package to suit picking items from an á la carte menu

Is there anyone in the wedding industry that you particularly respect or admire or have been influenced by?

Those that are in full time employment as I was will never truly understand the relentless amount of hard work that a self-employed, small business owner has to do to become successful. Those in the industry whom I admire most are the incredible business owners – be they photographers, bloggers, cake makers or florists who have worked non-stop, all hours and consistently for years to create amazing businesses and brands. I love a quote by Samuel Goldwyn who once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get”

What is the most important part of your job?

Telling my clients’ wedding story authentically, beautifully and wholly

What makes you laugh?

My crazy 2 year old Sohana is currently making us all laugh A LOT… she is nuts!!

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So if you are looking for a wedding photographer with a relaxed, happy style, take a look at Anushe’s work… simply stunning