When Paul and I first decided to go ahead with a wedding we were sitting in France, our bellies full of another huge pot of moules marinieres, jolly with a few glasses of wine and excitedly chatting about our Big Day.
The underlying rule was not to overspend and as anyone preparing a wedding knows you could go on forever as there are so many good ideas out there.
‘We don’t need a photographer.’ I said fuelled by the idea of saving money and asking all our guests (who all have posh cameras) to take lots of photos for us and capture our day. My brother has a flash camera as does his girlfriend and then there’s Paul’s brother with a very fancy camera, we’ll be fine.
But later on down the line I thought to myself – ‘Do I really want to spoil their day and have them running around taking photos for us when they should be relaxing and enjoying the party?’
In all honesty it’s a huge favour to ask someone and say they don’t get the right shot? Or they don’t capture the moment because they were having a drink at the bar with grandad?
After all it’s only one day after which there won’t be other opportunities to retake a shot, so you have to get it right.
I want my day to be documented, I need a Memory Maker, I need someone I know can capture every tiny little bit through a lens and capture it beautifully. Someone who I can trust to record the day, the emotions, the fun, the laughter and the friends and family celebrating so I, for the rest of my life can look back and remember, savour the moments, relive the joy and remember this unique day in my life.
Only one name came to mind Jay Mountford.
I bumped into her a few years ago in the blogging world and her photography blew me away, you can see for yourself why. Inspired by her I started to take part in her Silent Sunday and have enjoyed taking a weekly photograph and trying to push myself ever since to get a ‘Jay shot’. ONCE Jay even left a comment on one of my photos and I can’t tell you how pleased I was because coming from her that means it was a decent stab at photography although I don’t think she’s worried about me taking her job just yet.
I met Jay back in 2011 when we were invited by BritMums to London to try out Kodak cameras and start to vlog. It was a fun day, she is relaxed, no nonsense, VERY easy to get on with and what I like most about someone ‘What you see is what you get.’ You know where you are with her and I feel as if I can ask anything; an openness I really appreciate in people.
Isn’t this photo stunning, how she’s captured the emotion, it gives me goose bumps.
I asked Jay to be my Memory Maker and to find out more we had a Google hangout, which is pretty much like a Skype. I’d advise all brides to do this as you can talk face to face and cover the questions that you need to ask, we broadcast our speech for the use on a blog but you don’t have to, you can hangout in private with her, ask all the questions, even if you think they’re dumb ones and she’ll advise you perfectly. Trust me you’re in good hands, take a look and see