Happy Couple Win their Wedding Photography Prize at Bride: The Wedding Show, Knebworth Barns… Now Win Yours

Competition winners Josh Greenbank and Lucy Boniface won their dream wedding photography package, saving them a fortune on their big day. Here they share the story of their relaxed tipi 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 Josh and Lucy Greenbank.

Like any other engaged couple, Lucy and Josh 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.

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After studying the stand and portfolio of the Hitchin-based photography team, the couple liked what they saw and entered the company’s grand prize draw to win a full-day wedding photography package. They were later selected as the winners from hundreds of engagedcouples all trying their chances to win their dream photography prize.

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Now, in a special feature with Bride, Josh and Lucy 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.

Their relaxed wedding combined an executive helicopter journey from the church ceremony with fun wedding tipis decorated with sheepskin rugs and sequin table runners on wooden tables and of course, the presence of their beloved dog, Hugo.

After the success of the shoot with Josh and Lucy, Belle Momenti Photography has decided to repeat the grand prize draw at the forthcoming 2016 Bride Wedding Show on January 9 and 10 at Knebworth House, Stevenage.

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So, with this in mind, the company is inviting all readers to pop by their stand to enter this fabulous competition and be in with a chance of winning their all-day wedding photography service.

But first, hear first hand from Josh and Lucy what you could win…

 

The winners’ story
“As my mum and I walked around the Bride 2015 Wedding Show at Knebworth, I was feeling quite excited. We’d only been engaged a matter of weeks and had originally decided we’d wait a year or so.

“I knew that a photographer would be my next priority: mum and I chatted to some lovely photographers, some who were available, and some not. We got to Belle Momenti’s stand and as I looked at the photos on display, no one disturbed me… I liked that. I in fact walked in to speak to the man I now know was André.

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“He mentioned about a competition they were running, gave me a form and sort of left me to it. I’ll be honest, I filled in the form and did think of it as a bit of a marketing exercise. How wrong was I!

“All I do know is that I walked away from that stand and said to my mum ‘I want them to do our photography’. We left the wedding show with piles of information, suppliers details and what I didn’t think was possible even more ideas.”


Drawn as finalists
“A week or so passed and I received an email from André and Suzanne at Belle Momenti asking if Josh and I could go and see them at their studio as we had been drawn as one of the three finalists.

“Of course we accepted and a couple of weeks later found ourselves sitting in their lovely Studio in Hitchin. I soon realised we were all going to get on like a house on fire. Each armed with a cuppa, we soon got talking about our wedding plans.

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“We finished our two-hour chat by answering why we should win the competition. We could have gone really overboard here but it was important to us that the photographers (even if they weren’t Suzanne and André) wanted to be a part of our wedding day so we simply said: ‘We want our wedding to be fun, relaxed, different and rustic with a hint of glam and hope that you’d feel like guests and not just the photographers.’

“With that, Josh and I left the studio and went for dinner and spent all evening saying how much we hoped we were successful and what a lovely afternoon we’d had with them. One thing Josh and I did know was that Suzanne and André would be our photographers even if we didn’t win.”

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Winning news
We didn’t have to wait long as the next day we got the amazing news that we’d only gone and won. Josh and I couldn’t believe our luck and on Valentine’s Day when it was announced it was the loveliest feeling.”

The pre-shoot
We had the pre-wedding shoot to get through, which I knew Josh was especially worried about. Josh cannot smile on cue. He really is Chandler Bing!

“As much as I adore him I knew this would be a challenge. Josh was just going to have to learn to look happy. On the day of the pre-wedding shoot we met André and Suzanne at our house, chatted through our wedding plans, with our crazy spaniel Hugo. We then ventured to the venue, an old working farm where I kept my horse Angel. Josh went off with André and I went with Suzanne the aim being that we got relaxed in front of the camera before we had photos together.”

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We were given tips on what to do and how to ‘pose’ (for want of a better word) on the wedding day. We both felt much more relaxed about the cameras and looked forward to seeing the photos. The pre-wedding photos arrived and we were both so pleased with them. Josh was even smiling. We chose one that was used for the signing mount and then knew the countdown the big day had really started.”

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The wedding day
The wedding day arrived and Suzanne came to me at the venue with André meeting up with Josh at our house. I couldn’t wait to show her the tipis; a small army of people had helped us the day before to help us create every idea that had been stored in our heads become reality.

“When a photographer walks in and says ‘wow’ despite the rain and considering the hundreds of other beautiful weddings she had photographed, I knew that the tipis were something to be proud of.

“André and Suzanne had put together a schedule for the day, which I was so grateful for. I don’t remember seeing either of them during the church service, which was exactly what we both wanted. I’d planned a surprise for Josh a helicopter to get us from the church to the venue, which they were in on. Throughout the reception, after the group shots from arrival drinks to the first dance, I saw them every now and then discretely taking photos of all the important people in our lives, including Hugo the dog and Angel the horse.

We had another surprise in the evening for all of our guests: a drag act. A bit different for a wedding, but Doug, or should I say ‘Candy Couture’, is a very dear friend of ours. He offered and how could we say no. It was the perfect addition to a perfect day and again, André and Suzanne were there taking photos at all the right moments whilst Candy did her incredibly talented act. I was genuinely sad when they left us after the evening entertainment. They had simply been marvellous, all day.

“About a month after the wedding, we went to their studio to see our official photos. They’d created a beautiful slide show, set to music from our day and the photographs certainly didn’t disappoint. They had captured every moment that I could remember and many that we didn’t: relaxed photos, stylised photos, funny photos, emotional photos everything about them was perfect.”

www.bellemomenti.com, Hitchin
01462 416369

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Four Weddings and a Fine Time at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

In 1994 the iconic film, Four Weddings and a Funeral was filmed  at the stunning Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa. This included scenes shot in the original Robert Adam designed ballroom as well as one of the bedroom suites where Hugh Grant is found hiding in a wardrobe. Elite Hotels owns 4 of the country’s grandest hotels including Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Tylney Hall Hotel, The Grand Hotel Eastbourne and Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.

Tying in with the Four Weddings theme, a major marketing initiative was developed to generate awareness of the four hotels magnificent setting as wedding venues.

On the 1st March 2104, Luton Hoo hosted a ‘Real Wedding’ event in the mansion house and invited a number of key Editors & Journalists from You & Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding Magazine, Sunday Express Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Your Herts & Beds Wedding Magazine and Ultimate Wedding Magazine.

We were honoured to have been invited as one the key recommended suppliers to Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa to participate in this event. Our brief was that this needed to be photographed as if it was a real wedding, with actors playing the role of Bride & Groom, Mother & Father of the Bride and Mother of the Groom, Bridesmaid and Best Man.

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We will leave the story of the day to the journalists, however you can view the event Slideshow here;

 

Once you have viewed the slideshow, take a look at the Highlight Video produced by Ultimate Visuals

 

Finally you can view the full online Photo Album of the event Here

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The password for access to the Online Photo Album is: hughgrant

The event was a huge success and featured a stunning dress designed and supplied by the multi award winning Ritva Westenius.

Floral Displays, Bouquets & Buttonaire supplied by Wedding Venue Decorators.

The Wedding Cake was supplied by Cakes by Shelly.

Music was provided by Ariella Strings.

Celebrant; Bernadette French

Ice Sculpture provided by Global Ice Sculptures

Videography by Ultimate Visuals

Toastmaster – Robin Powell

Photography by Belle Momenti Photography

We all had a great day working as a seamless team and the resulting images and video are testament to what a fabulous wedding venue Luton Hoo Hotel really is.

We look forward to the next instalment of Four Weddings and a Fine Time at…

If you would like to learn more about this project or our wedding packages then please contact either Andre or Suzanne on 01462 416369 or visit our website at www.bellemomenti.com.

BRIDE – The Wedding Show at Knebworth Park 11th & 12th Jan

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Only 7 days to go for the first of the 2014 wedding fayre season to kick start and what a way to start! We will be exhibiting at the 2 Day BRIDE Wedding Show at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire on the 11th & 12th January 2014.

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The show will see the release of the BRIDE 2014 magazine and we are delighted to have one of our images as the Front Cover!. In addition, we have a four page feature on a spectacular lavender themed bridal shoot, along with a Real Wedding at Letchworth Hall and a great feature on our Destination weddings.

Our stand is Number 25 and will have a French theme to it this year. We will be running a Prize Draw giving one happy couple the opportunity to win an exclusive bottle of Chateau des Buis Grande Cru sparkling wine, some Lavender Confetti bags and some Lavender pamper products. To enter into the Prize Draw all you need to do is to ‘Like’ the picture below when it is posted onto either the Belle Momenti Photography or Chateau des Buis Facebook pages. There will be One prize per day for the show.

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We look forward to seeing you at the show!

For more details about our products & services visit our website at www.bellemomenti.com

BRIDE 2014 Magazine & The Wedding Show

The Wedding Show which takes place at Knebworth Park on January 11-12, 2014 will see the release of the 2014 BRIDE Magazine for Herts, Beds & Cambs. We are over the moon that one of our images has been selected as the Front Cover.

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Taken from a French Lavender themed bridal shoot in the Summer of 2013, the front cover image complements a major 4 page feature article within the magazine. All those involved in the shoot are considered the best in their field and include Linda Masters Florist, Niki Make-Up Artist, Hair by Jaydean, dresses by Zoe Beckett all set in the stunning fields of Hitchin Lavender Farm.

All the suppliers will be exhibiting at the Knebworth Park Wedding Show, so do come along and say hi. If you are interested in securing free tickets to the Show then contact andre@bellemomenti.com.

To view more of our worth then visit our website at www.bellemomenti.com

Lovely Words – Chris & Nicole

This is why we love our work!  When we receive written feedback from our Bride & Groom,  weeks after the wedding and honeymoon celebrations have died down and they have had time to reflect on the images we have captured of their special day.

A big thank you to Chris & Nicole for their lovely words…

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The moment we met Andre and Suzanne we knew they were the photographers for our wedding day. They were friendly, helpful and understood the importance of our special day. From the first consultation through to the wedding day Andre and Suzanne were very professional and had our best interests at heart. Andre and Suzanne are a great team and it was a pleasure having them take our photos.

The photos were amazing and captured everything we could possibly ask for.  We would highly recommend BMP to friends and family“.

Many thanks,

Chris & Nicole

Married at Fanhams Hall Hotel, Ware on 27th July 2013

Venue Spotlight: Hotel Russell, London

We are really looking forward to this coming Saturday when we will be photographing the wedding of Sarah & John at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London.

We had the pleasure of meeting with their Wedding Planner, Samantha last Friday and had the grand tour of the venue. What a stunning location to hold a large wedding reception.

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If you are thinking of holding your wedding in central London and need a large venue, then you should check out the Russell Hotel.

 

For more information about our Destination Wedding Photography services, visit our Website.

 

Venue Spotlight: Mangapp Manor

On the 31st August 2013 we have the pleasure of photographing Leanne & Robert’s Wedding at  a brand new venue for us. Mangapp Manor in Burnham on Crouch is located in Essex and yesterday we had the opportunity to meet with the on-site Wedding Planner, Sasha for our site visit.

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Wow! what a gem this venue is. It has always been such a surprise and disappointment that so many wedding venues pay such little attention to the colourful backdrops we photographers seek out when capturing beautiful locations on wedding days. They generally think that because the building is so beautiful, thats sufficient. What a difference at Mangapp Manor when you stroll through the grounds and at every turn you see a swathe of floral displays, beautifully manicured gardens and colour as far as the eye can see!

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The layout of the house, grounds and marquee are extremely well thought out. The car park is large and completely hidden from the venue. The Ceremony location is situated on a small lake, in the main floral gardens and the marquee is again hidden from the main House & Gardens. So from a photographic perspective, it is just perfect.

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Mangapp Manor is owned by Kate and Ben who moved to the house from London in 2005. Initially struck by the beauty of the grounds and the backdrop of the house they saw the potential of the location for a unique and romantic wedding venue.

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Organising their own wedding reception at Mangapp Manor in 2006, they had a vision of creating a magical garden setting for wedding celebrations and of using the lake as a feature for outdoor marriage ceremonies held on water.

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Based on their own experiences as a bride and groom and of being guests at many other venues in Essex, Kate and Ben attempt to offer a great deal of flexibility to couples planning their weddings matched with reasonable venue pricing. They understand that brides and grooms want to have some control over making their own arrangements for their wedding day whilst all the finer details are taken care of.

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Mangapp Manor is a small, family business run by Kate and Ben and a loyal and hardworking team.  Wedding couples are well looked after and given a great deal of personal attention at Mangapp Manor within a relaxed, homely and friendly environment. These qualities are often lacking in larger or more corporate wedding venues. Kate and Ben coordinate all weddings themselves and manage the smooth running of events by both being present throughout the day and evening celebrations, ensuring their high standards are maintained.

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Few Essex wedding venues can boast the colour and true spectacle of the grounds at Mangapp Manor during the spring and summer months. Offering outdoor weddings, couples can marry on a floating gazebo in a unique and stunning lake setting. Wedding receptions are held in a beautiful silk lined marquee on the lakeside, surrounded by idyllic gardens.

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Mangapp Manor has charming wedding accommodation for couples and their immediate family and friends. There is further luxury accommodation for large numbers of guests very close by to this Essex Wedding Venue. There are ample hotels, pubs and B&Bs within the historic town of Burnham on Crouch, located a mile away.

Visit Mangapp Manor’s Website here.

To find out more about our Destination Wedding Photography services visit us online at www.bellemomenti.com