Jay Mountford Wedding photographer

I was banging on for ages on the run up to our wedding in March just how excited I was that Jay Mountford would be capturing the moments of our wedding and now it’s time for me to tell you what it’s really like having her there whilst you prepare for the biggest day of your life.

Trust me, the day whizzes by and before you know it, Jay will be saying, ‘Right that’s me done, wishing you all the best and I’ll be in touch when the photos are ready.’ Maybe not as abrupt as that but there will come a time when her work is done.

and you will be sad.

This super woman, amazingly creative, little bit bossy, funny, chatty (dirty laugh) lady will go and you’ll be left with that ‘I wish it could have lasted a little bit longer‘ feeling. Not because she skips away before her time, no no no but you find yourself having amazing fun whilst she’s around. Here take a look at this video that Oliver Kiell kindly made of her at work then you’ll really get the feel of what it’s like…

Jay Mountford Photography Trailer from Oliver Kiell on Vimeo.

You can see on Jay’s wedding photography blog a great selection of photos she took of us on the day, then Boho Weddings featured her stuff too as they liked it so much (my incy wincy celeb moment) and here’s a small selection of my favourites from that very special day now over a month ago.

spring wedding bouquet
My beautiful spring bouquet

mother and son
My beautiful daughter in law Oana and gorgeous grandson Evan

wedding preparation shot
My sister in law Tracey zipping me up

me wedding

I can’t decide which B&W or colour?

bridesmaids
My gorgeous bridesmaids waiting to go

me and dee 6

My brother Dee who gave me away

husband and wife

paparazzi

I love this shot!

Friends from italy

My lovely friends who came over from Italy to be with us xx

5 generations 9

A portrait shot of the 5 generations – my nan, my mum, me and Paul, my four children and my two grandchildren LOVE this one

Mari & Paul, 10

Portrait of me and Paul – I love the colours

my wedding cake

My mum made my wedding cake for me and the decoration on the top layer is from a dress she wore on her 18th birthday <3

wedding cake and cupcakes

Got to do her hard work justice!

evan choc

and somebody who enjoyed a bit of chocolate

I could go on forever and I wouldn’t bore you as all the shots are stunning so if you’re undecided I promise you she’s good, she’s better than good and will become such an important part of your day you’ll love it.

Go book her now and tell her I sent you ;)

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.

Joel & Greg, Civil Partnership, Stourhead Wedding Photography, J

‘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?

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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.

Kate & Ricky, Walton Hall, Warwickshire Wedding Photography, Jun

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.

Asian Wedding Photography, Birmingham, Chowdury, July 10

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

When I imagined buying my wedding dress I automatically thought of my mother smiling on and nodding her head in approval or shaking her head with every wrong choice I made. I knew that having her there would mean I would come home with the perfect dress for me; after all the bride’s dress is an enormous part of the Big Day.

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This is the lady I have chosen to be my photographer in her wedding dress! Photo credit Adrian Jones Photography

I also knew deep in my heart that my dress was not going to be high end budget. We are a a family now with so many outgoings that our priorities have changed. I cannot and will not spend the cost of a three week August holiday on a dress I am going to wear only one day. Fortunately the Great British High Street is the best in the world and we are spoilt for choice with dresses on offer, Monsoon, BHS, Phase Eight all have superb wedding dresses perfect for the occasion.

In fact I will admit to ‘popping in’ to these shops on various occasions to have a look at what’s on offer.

But it was the other day that I checked the rails and fell in love, instant pure love with the most beautiful dress. Just one problem I had two little people hanging on each arm moaning they were tired, bored and hungry – not the best combination for trying on wedding dresses.

I spoke to the assistant with a beautiful French accent and told her it was my dress but not the right time to try it on and begrudgingly I had to leave the shop and pray no one went in and bought my dress.

I went back a few days later, Other Half had taken a day off and I explained the importance of the occasion, I may have thrown in a 50% discount to make it even more essential that I visit that shop TODAY and I left him to take the girls for an ice-cream nearby whilst I spent some valuable Me time and tried on The Dress.

I entered the shop with an alarm clock in my head knowing he was waiting with the girls for me to return. I spoke to the assistant who recognised me and told her I had a very short amount of time available. She whipped down the dress and accompanied me to a dressing room, a small one as the other two were occupied by giggling girls trying on bridesmaids dresses.

Inside on my own I stripped and winced at the sight of myself in the enormous mirror, my passion of wine and chocolate clearly evident for all to see. I pulled on the dress and couldn’t to do the zip up!

Shit, It’s too small.

The French assistant sails by and zips me up ‘See, it fits.’ She says although I struggle to breath. She takes me out of the dressing room asks me to stand on a box and look in a mirror.

‘How will you be wearing your hair?’

How the hell do I know? ‘Up’ I say guessing.

She passes me a clip and I study myself in the unforgiving mirror.

It is so pretty, I love it but is it ok? Is it me or do I look an idiot in it?

I have no one to ask, no one to advise so I ask the giggling bridesmaid’s mum who is there.

‘It’s beautiful she says.’ but she would say that wouldn’t she? How would a stranger say ‘No love, not for you.’?

I point at my extruding tummy.

‘Spanx.’ she replies and then she shuffles her bridesmaids out of the shop quickly telling the assistant ‘ It’s not till 2014 anyway’

Ok I’ll take it.’ I say.

I buy it and as I walk away from the shop I am filled with doubt, every step increasing the insecurity until by the time I reach Other Half and my girls I am quite uncertain of the purchase I have just made.

If only I could try it on and get your TRUE opinion but can you give a true opinion or do you give the one that is wanted to be heard?

If I had taken you along would you have been able to advise me properly?

Image kindly lent by Jay Mountford who will be our wedding photographer and making very special memories of our day, nip over and see her work it’s amazing more to come on her very soon. Photo credit goes to Adrian Jones photography