We first met Lynda back when we launched The Pilgrims Rest as a new wedding venue and instantly fell in love with her beautiful wedding stationery.
How did you get into wedding stationery?
After designing my own wedding stationery nearly six years ago, shortly followed by requests from friends and family, I realised how much I enjoyed this creative process and decided to turn my passion into a small business. My background in graphic design with over 20 years at a London design company, along with my experience in print, layout and typography has enabled me to combine two of my biggest loves - design and stationery.
What are the popular stationery/wedding trends of 2017?
Foiling is still a popular choice especially in gold and copper as it can be complemented with so many colour ranges. It's my favourite print finish too along with letterpress. Pantone green is a popular choice with botanical finishes.
Is there a wedding you have done that really stood out for you and why?
Each wedding is special and stands out for their own reasons. Once you get to know the couple and their personal tastes it's my priority to ensure everything is just right for them. I worked on a small wedding last year and the bride and groom were so happy with all the work I'd done, even down to the way I had packaged their stationery! Getting happy feedback makes my day and all the little details worthwhile.
What are your two top tips for Brides planning their wedding day?
Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially with endless choices these days. It can be overwhelming. Organise, prioritise and let people help. On the day your bridesmaids are there to assist and just enjoy the day and take time to take it all in.
Lynda has been a hugesupport both creating our logo and providing stationery for our photo shoots. We highly recommend Lynda to our prospective couples. To see some of Lynda's work please visit www.lyndaloves.com.
Sarah Williams is a photographer based in East Sussex.
Sarah, where did your love of photography and becoming a photographer come from?
My love of photography started when I was young and my dad gave me a Kodak Retinette camera. He would teach me to look at the light and decide what settings to choose. I will always be grateful for his help which gave me such a good grounding for my photographic career.
Sports photography was how I started out - I used to compete in Athletics and when I got injured I started to capture my colleagues in action instead. After completing my degree in photography I won a scholarship to capture cricket for Lord's cricket ground, something I still do today.
What do you think will be the wedding trends for 2017?
One of the biggest trends I am noticing with my couples is the amount of DIY touches they bring to their wedding, whether it is a homemade seating plan, making metres and metres of bunting from scratch or having a special tea stand at their reception because they love tea – Such personal touches which for me I always love to capture.
What should couples consider when choosing a photographer?
The most important thing when choosing your photographer is to like their work and get on well with them. This person will be with you for a long time on your wedding day so it really is important that you feel happy and relaxed with your photographer. I always like to meet up with potential couple,s if I can, and it is also very important to ask a photographer to see a full wedding gallery, not just their favourite photos. This will then give you a good idea how that photographer will capture a whole wedding day.
What do you think are the most important images to capture on the day?
My style of photography is relaxed and documentary so for me it is about telling a complete story of each of my couple's special day. I do try and encourage my couples to take a couple of breaks during the course of their wedding day where they can spend some time together whilst I capture some nice relaxed portraits of them at the same time. It is always great to photograph couples in a old building with architectural features as they make such wonderful backdrops.
Sarah has been an amazing support to us at The Pilgrims Rest. She has worked tirelessly taking photographs for us. With Sarah, nothing is too much trouble and she is a joy to work with.
To see some of Sarah's work please visit www.sarahwilliamsphotography.com