Belle Momenti wedding photography winners enjoy prize package
Competition winners Sunny Glasson and Daniel de Bourg won their dream wedding photography package, saving them a fortune on their big day. Here they share the story of their relaxed wedding details with Bride and we explain how you can win an experience like theirs
Photography by Belle Momenti Photography
Among the long list of costly requirements for most couple’s dream wedding is an inspiring photographer who can capture the beautiful day perfectly.
So imagine winning a professional wedding photography package to take care of recording all those precious memories – all free of charge. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Not for Sunny and Dan de Bourg.
Like any other engaged couple, Sunny and Dan were searching for the ideal wedding photographer and by chance, decided to enter a competition at our own Bride: The Wedding Show at Knebworth Barns, with Belle Momenti Photography.
Now, in a special feature with Bride, Sunny and Dan share their wedding experience with Belle Momenti Photography, showcasing the images that didn’t cost them a penny thanks to a spur of the moment competition entry.
Soon after Sunny and Dan became engaged, Dan’s then beautiful fiancé was attending the Knebworth House BRIDE Wedding Show and met the lovely André and Suzanne of Belle Momenti. They were offering a chance to win their fantastic full day wedding photography service so of course Sunny decided to give it a go and entered the competition.
They were both extremely excited to hear back from André and Suzanne a few weeks later, when they told us they were finalists in the competition and were invited to meet them at their lovely studio in Hitchin. Soon after the ‘finalists interview’, they surprised them with the fantastic news that they had won their full day photography package for 2016!.
Daniel is also a recording artist and has a Youtube channel with over 200,000 subscribers and 35 million views: https://www.youtube.com/user/danieldb13. Daniel was also a live finalist on the 2007 series of The X Factor. He will appear in Disney’s Aladdin Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre, London from June 2016.
Unfortunately with his recording career and rehearsals for Aladdin, this meant that Sunny really did need to organise everything.
Sunny & Dan had their wedding booked for June 2016 which they then had to bring forward to fit in with timings for Dan’s new role in the West End show of Aladdin… and no, it did not go down well with Sunny at first, especially since save the dates had already been sent out to all of their guests! Anyway, not only were André and Suzanne completely accommodating with the wedding date change, they also supported the couple in choosing a date based on weather expectations and helped them to research and plan like it was their own wedding.
Sunny & Dan first saw Belle Momenti in action at their good friends’ wedding at Hatfield House in 2015. They were so impressed with their professionalism and their efforts throughout the day. They could see how passionate they are and how well they work together capturing different shots yet never disturbing the natural flow of the day.
As their big day approached, Belle Momenti were there every step of the way, making sure they knew every detail and meeting the couple again to run through which photo types we preferred and timings of speeches, etc. Having changed the original wedding date to two months earlier, this meant that they had to reschedule their pre-wedding photo session to just two weeks prior to the new date.
Sunny & Dan had their pre-wedding shoot at the stunning venue, Luton Hoo, recommended by André and Suzanne. They were so lucky to have beautiful weather and capture some ‘bling’ shots in the sunshine as Suzanne likes to call them. Sunny & Dan had great fun with them and they made us feel very comfortable taking us aside separately for individual shots and then together for romantic shots in the garden, on the bridge and amongst the daffodils. Sunny & Dan loved their competitive nature and their differing photography techniques, meaning they had the best of both worlds.
Sunny & Dan selected Coltsfoot Country Retreat in Hertfordshire for their wedding venue. This had the potential as a major challenge for Andre & Suzanne, as the weather in March is typically cold and wet. They were extremely assuring that, whatever the weather, they had back up plans to ensure the day would be captured. As it turned out, it was one of the sunniest and warmest days anyone could have imagined.
On the wedding day, they were simply perfect. Even when Dan was flapping around 30 minutes before his big moment because he’d left his son’s patent shoes at home, André managed to calm Dan down, he found a solution and still managed to get his shots in!
Meanwhile, Suzanne was in the bridal suite, being completely patient with screaming nieces and nephews and frantic rushing in the last half hour before the ceremony.
André and Suzanne were with Sunny & Dan from ‘getting ready’ to the ceremony, speeches, bouquet throwing, cutting the cake, the first dance and everything in between.
Sunny & Dan couldn’t recommend Belle Momenti any higher and couldn’t imagine anyone else being with them and capturing all of those special memories. They are consummate professionals, exquisitely creative and yet beautifully grounded and amiable.