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Mr Bo Jangles VW Hire

2nd November 2014 by Alan Schofield

It was a pleasure to work along side Bob from Mr Bo Jangles at Denise & Simon’s wedding recently in Winkleigh. His pristine vehicles can be used all year round and the service is not restricted to the simple journey to the ceremony and then onto the reception. It is his desire to fulfil your every wish regarding your wedding transport. For those more unique moments he will travel to another location of your choice prior to the arrival at the reception or if tight for time, and will often wait until after the meal and speeches, to get those special shots, enabling you to relax and cherish those very special moments.

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25th Anniversary Window Display

16th September 2014 by Alan Schofield

I have now been a professional wedding photographer for the last 25 years and to celebrate this landmark I decided to do something a little special in the window.
This would not have been possible though without the support of the following local suppliers, whom we would like to say a BIG thank you to: Frilly Frocks, Twigs, Furniture Magpie, Smallridge Florists and Julie Draper.
Come along and see if you too feature in the display and do not forget to come and join us at our special event on the 20th October which we are holding at the Portmore Golf club’s new function rooms; come and see how the trends and styles have changed over the 25 years. It would be nice if you could also bring along some pictures, or maybe even your album too. During the evening we would like to get a group photo of all our past brides and grooms too so it would be great if you could bring along your wedding dress so that we can include it in the shoot.
Keep an eye out in this week’s North Devon Journal where we feature, also do not forget that we are at the Big North Devon Wedding Fair on Sunday at the Big Sheep, come along and say hello.

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Cedars Inn Hotel

19th May 2014 by Alan Schofield

The Cedars Inn Hotel, Barnstaple makes the perfect setting for weddings or civil partnerships, it is full of character and charm to make a unique day truly unforgettable. It was extensively refurbished in 2010, this former country house set in landscaped grounds is the perfect getaway hotel and the ideal location for weddings and private parties, close to Barnstaple. They will help you plan your day, ensure it goes the way you want it and give your guests all they need. Accommodation is located 50 yards from the main house and is centred on a courtyard. Barnstaple town centre is either a 20 minute walk or a five-minute drive away.

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Barnstaple Hotel

7th March 2014 by Alan Schofield

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My first two weddings of 2014 both took place at the Barnstaple Hotel which on the main road out of Barnstaple on the way to Braunton, The hotel has been re-furbished and offers excellent value for money, along with the best staff from the Brends Group of Hotels

Ifyou choose the Barnstaple Hotel for your special day, you can relax knowing that you are in expert hands. You will have your own wedding planner who will make sure that every detail is exactly how you want it.

From large parties to smaller, intimate occasions, we have a choice of function room and dining options that can be tailored to your requirements. Whichever particular package you choose, your wedding with us will include the following complimentary features:

Printed menus
Table decoration
Cake stand and knife for the day
Red carpet
Colour ribbon
Flower arrangements
Master of ceremonies and PA system
Assistance with table plan
Booking of entertainment
Changing room
Accommodation for bride and groom is included in each package.
Your guests will enjoy a preferential rate should they stay at the hotel.

If you book a mid week wedding you will receive a 10{d88b940cb7f6a7a59fcf272843336cf4b651e195bc6618bfca01a70750c698cd} discount on your wedding package (dependent on the Tariff.)

Contact them to arrange your free consultation and they will take you on a tour of the Barnstaple Hotel so that you can see all that this great venue has to offer.

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The Flower Lady

23rd September 2013 by Alan Schofield

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I had the pleasure of photographing flowers provided by Marilyn, the flower lady who is a freelance florist who can provide you with a unique and personal floral service. Based at the edge of South Molton she can offer her clients quality, experience and individual attention at non pretentious prices with no charge for local delivery. Marilyn offers you creative and bespoke wedding flowers arranged with care, expertise and reliability at affordable prices. Whether you are having an intimate celebration or are sharing your day with many friends and relatives you can place your trust in the flower lady.

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Hunters Inn Parracombe North Devon

23rd September 2013 by Alan Schofield

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I was delighted to cover Helen & David’s wedding at The Hunters Inn which is situated in Heddon Valley and is regarded as one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the South West. It is a fantastic Edwardian Inn with bright spacious rooms and fabulous views of the valley. The Inn has four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds ideal for wedding photography and is situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Your Wedding Day can be as simple or elaborate as you wish – from your marriage ceremony alone, to a fully seated wedding breakfast and evening party.
The ballroom is licensed for a wedding ceremony for up to 100 guests. If you wish, you can choose to have a marquee reception in the beautiful grounds or have a drinks reception with canapes, returning to the ballroom for your wedding breakfast including a band or disco in the evening. The Morning Room is licensed for 40 Guests, with a reception in the ballroom or a marquee.

All photography by Alan Schofield

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Photo Fun Booth

24th June 2013 by Alan Schofield

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For that something a little different during your wedding evening , try a Funbooth Devon wedding photobooth hire  which will ensure that you and your guests have a fun filled reception, with loads of fun, laughter and memories. Their photobooth will produce an instant, high quality photograph as soon as you exit the photobooth. This is the best party entertainment you can hire in the South West.

 

Their  photo booth hire will make your wedding reception or special birthday party a day to remember.     They are centrally based in Plymouth and  operate photobooths throughout Cornwall and Devon and onwards into Somerset or Dorset for all types of events

 

 

 

How will you and your guests remember back to your wedding day?

 

When the party is over will memories begin to fade?……….

 

Not with the images captured with our photo booth hire.Printed in seconds and last for years

 

 

 

A group of friends and family could book a wedding photobooth as a joint present or corporate clients might consider a photo booth for a product launch, seasonal celebration or a thank you for a job well done.

 

The  photobooth is just as suitable for charity balls, prom nights, club presentation evenings, mess dinner or University graduation There aren’t any types of celebration we haven’t been involved in, but go ahead and test us!. They have helped celebrate birthdays from teens through to 70’s, you can be sure of the appeal of a photobooth to everyone.

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The Receiving Line

19th June 2013 by Alan Schofield

The Receiving Line

For all upcoming Bride & Grooms that would like a place to show off all the photographs from their wedding day taken by family & friends, have a look at The Receiving Line which is a web based application that allows couples to capture all their wedding memories along with their guests to easily upload photos directly from their smartphones and digital cameras. The application can be used with just a few clicks and there is no software or app. to download. Smartphone users are not likely to download an app they know they’ll only use once, even for a special occasion and couples run the risk of losing photos their guests take.

TheReceivingline.com makes it easy for couples and easy for their guests to show all the images of the happy day!

Why choose TheReceivingLIne.com?

  • It creates a single place to gather all the photos from your wedding events! (Showers, Parties, Rehearsal, Ceremony, Reception)
  • There’s no app to download
  • Guests don’t need an account to upload photos
  • You control privacy and sharing options
  • It’s cost effective

How much does it cost?

  • Our Introductory price is $74.99.

Do my guests need a smartphone to use TheReceivingline.com?

  • No! Guests can upload photos from any web-enabled phone, tablet or computer

How do we let our guests know to share their photos with us?

  • There are several ways to get the word out to your guests. You can send an invitation and instructions by email, facebook or twitter.

How do our guests share their photos with us?

  • From their web-enabled phone or tablet, they can upload pictures directly into your album by visiting the unique personal LINK or scanning the QR Code.

Can guests view or comment on photos in the album?

  • Yes! You and your family and friends can comment on each individual photo in your gallery.

Can I download my photos?

  • Yes

What if there is no cell or WiFi coverage?

  • No problem! Guests can continue to take pictures with their smartphones or digital cameras, and can share them with you once they are in an area with better network/Wifi coverage.

Once photos are shared to my album, can I share them back to my existing social networks (Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest)?

  • Definitely. You can share items directly to Facebook or anywhere else you choose.

Can I edit or delete photos from my album?

  • Yes!

How do I sign up?

Click Here

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Live music for your wedding

12th June 2013 by Alan Schofield

If it’s live music you are looking for to dance the night away for your wedding try The Backtrackers who are a fully professional band playing all over the U.K. The band was started in
December 2001. They cover popular songs from the 60s to the present chart at weddings, parties, functions, corporate events hotels and clubs etc. They also have a set of nursery songs for childrens events and pre-schools. Full public liability insurance.

Live Music for weddings, corporate events, parties, and  functions. Demo can be heard on our Myspace site

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Four Leaf Clover Flowers

5th June 2013 by Alan Schofield

The flowers for Andrea & Kristian’s wedding on the 25th May were provided by Four Leaf Clover Flowers, who work hard to ensure that all clients wishes are fulfilled. All the flowers were absolutely stunning from the bouquets and reception flowers to the  buttonholes. They looked so impressive and beautiful just as Andrea had wished, and she didn’t stop talking about them all day.

The quote below is taken from their website:

“So much has changed over the 35 plus years  I have been working with flowers but nothing has changed as much as the need to conserve the world in which we live. I try very hard not to use any materials that cannot be recycled or that aren’t biodegradable; it is necessary sometimes and for this I apologise. I truly believe that because no one person can do it all it is up to all of us do whatever we can however small that may be, it all adds up”

Contact Four Leaf Clover Flowers on 07776122680 to discuss your  wedding flowers.

All photography by Alan Schofield.

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Unique Wedding Invitations

24th May 2013 by Alan Schofield

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When it comes to Wedding and Civil Parnership invitations there’s so many

options, everybody wants that unique wedding invitation, but the bigger the idea, the bigger the price
tag, and as wedding budgets spiral out of control, you could be tempted to make your
invites the first sacrifice in your quest for the perfect wedding.

For people who want to create a special memento of their day, on a budget,
while at the same time being kinder on the environment,The Wedding Tea Towel
is the answer. It’s easy to produce, cheap to post out and it’s guaranteed to give your
guests an early taste of your special day that they’ll never forget.

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Mr Bo Jangles

24th April 2013 by Alan Schofield

 

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If you are looking for something a little different on your Wedding Day why not contact Rob at Mr Bo Jangles VW vehicle hire. Their pristine vehicles can be used all year round and the service is not restricted to the simple journey to the ceremony and then onto the reception. It is their desire to fulfill 6447_445943392152659_266298546_n your every wish regarding your wedding transport.

Perhaps you could begin your memorable day by taking pictures of the Groom and Best Man in your chosen vehicle(s), prior to collecting the Bridal party. You may like to have shots of the Paige Boys and Bridesmaids in the driving seats and the Bride and Groom leaving the ceremony. For those more unique moments they will travel to another location of your choice prior to the arrival at the reception or if tight for time, they often wait until after the meal and speeches, to get those special shots, enabling you to relax and cherish those very special moments.

 

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Sandy Cove Hotel

12th April 2013 by Alan Schofield

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From the moment you arrive, you will feel truly welcome, the charm and courtesy of the staff are only two of many reasons why visitors return to the hotel again and again. Perched on a North Devon cliff top the hotel has breathtaking sea views. The sprawling sea decks stretches the entire length of the hotel and from these you will enjoy uninterrupted views of Great & Little Hangman and the rolling hills of Exmoor, Sandy Cove Hotel could not be situated in a more spectacular position.

The  lovely function room, amazing clifftop Marquee and gardens are perfect for a Wedding Venue.  They have a Civil License for Civil Marriage Ceremonies to take place on the premises. Their dedicated staff will be with you every step of the way ensuring each detail is taken care of with your special day.

Whatever you are planning, a small intimate event of a large lively one, from my personal and professional view the Sandy Cove Hotel can offer the perfect setting for a beautiful and memorable Wedding Day. Their spectacular setting creates sensational wedding photographs you’ll always treasure.

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Northcote Manor

11th April 2013 by Alan Schofield

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Weddings at Northcote Manor in Devon are always private and extra special. They understand the complexities of planning weddings and have perfected the art of creating spectacular wedding celebrations of which memories are made. They were also recently runner up in the Westcountry Wedding Awards ‘Best Wedding Venue in Devon’ category.  One of their recent brides agrees…

“Northcote Manor was my wedding venue and I couldn’t have had a better day. The staff were fantastic on the day and leading up to the celebrations. The wedding organiser was brilliant, making sure everything went perfectly. The food was delicious and our room was beautiful. The surroundings were also beautiful; we couldn’t ask for any more. Thank you to all the staff for making our day one I will never forget” (July 2012)

You have a choice of 3 areas at Northcote where you may take your wedding vows. The  Oak room is a popular choice of venue and overlooks an old Oak tree, with fields stretching beyond. Large wedding parties often choose the slate roof conservatory, which opens onto a garden terrace area. If you have a outdoor wedding in mind, they also have a beautiful Victorian summerhouse called ‘The Sanctuary’ – an ideal venue for a romantic wedding ceremony.

Imagine your wedding guests on the garden terrace in our private grounds enjoying bubbles and canapés whilst I can capture those special wedding day moments. Wedding photo opportunities can also be found from the bridge in the Victorian garden or apple orchards with the North Devon countryside as a backdrop.

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Ben Ford Carriages

10th April 2013 by Alan Schofield

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The carriages are pulled by a matching pair of horses – either greys or blacks. All the turnouts come complete with a driver and groom in matching livery consisting of top hat, livery jackets, breeches and long black boots.

All prices include the transport of the vehicle and horses on the wedding day to and from your venue. Also included is a visit from us prior to your wedding to view your route, discuss parking arrangements and timings. All turnouts are covered by public liability insurance.

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Cake Box

10th April 2013 by Alan Schofield

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The Cake Box is based at Umberleigh, Devon has been designing and making bespoke cakes for over 20 years. Offering a friendly, professional service, Cake Box has been awarded the Westcountry Weddings Best Wedding Cake Designer 2008 and a finalist for the last three years.
MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASue’s Wedding Cakes are designed to your very own personal taste, from traditional style to theme cakes, using classic or more contemporary shapes/colours, each cake is hand-made, and can have exquisite hand-crafted sugar flowers matching your bouquet that can put that finishing touch to your wedding.

 

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Choosing A Wedding Photographer

25th March 2013 by admin

Congratulations, you’re engaged. Now you’re wondering what the heck do I do now?

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Decide what style you like

Today’s wedding photography like everything else comes in various styles. You have traditional which is more posed, journalistic which is more candid, and then you might have a blend of the two. When it comes to your formal pictures you might like the traditional, posed, look at the camera and smile look, a glamour/fashion look, or maybe something really artistic and more of a landscape look where the photographer takes in the beautiful surroundings and you are a small part of the pictures. Depending on your venue location, your personal taste and what the end use (album, wall art, etc.) these are all things to consider.

Decide what your needs are

We all have different needs. While one bride might want a nice, leather bound album as a keepsake, another might be a scrap -booker and want just the digital files. You might be more interested in something for your wall like a large gallery wrap or a wall grouping. As for the coverage, is getting ready important to you? Are pictures of the entire reception important? How about the family pictures? All of these considerations affect the hours of coverage. Allowing ample time to cover all aspects of your photography will mean more in terms of investment, but planning enough time will make your day much more relaxing.

Know your budget

Typically I find that my clients budget for photography is about 12-18{d88b940cb7f6a7a59fcf272843336cf4b651e195bc6618bfca01a70750c698cd} of their total wedding budget. Depending on how important pictures are to them it might be even higher. According to a recent article 27{d88b940cb7f6a7a59fcf272843336cf4b651e195bc6618bfca01a70750c698cd} of the brides said they would spend more on photography if they could do their wedding again.

Searching. The web is your friend

Use the web to search for photographers. By looking at websites you can get a feel for the photographer and their style. Choose a style that you like and if they have pricing or at least price starting points add them to your list. If there is no price listed and you love their work, add them to your list anyway.

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So you’ve never planned a wedding before, much less had to choose a wedding photographer. The only thing we know to ask is “How much?” It’s OK to ask for package and pricing information in your initial email but there are a lot of other things to consider when choosing a photographer. We suggest making an appointment to meet and discuss your wedding once you have narrowed your choices down to 4 or 5 photographers. A face to face meeting can reveal a lot of things (both positive and sometimes negative) that can help with your final decision. And remember the old saying, you get what you pay for.

How many pictures?

We’ve heard it all… even that one photographer is going to deliver 3,000 pictures on disk. Really? Do you think that’s a good thing? Who wants to look at 3,000 pictures? It doesn’t take 3,000 pictures to tell the story of your day and you will go crazy sorting through that many pictures.

Websites. Do they tell the truth?

Let’s face it. Photographers puts nothing but their best work on their website. Sure, it’s impressive, but it might be a good idea to see more, make sure that the photographers you are deciding on show complete weddings on their websites, these are the photographers that have nothing to hide. When you meet with a photographer ask if you can see a whole wedding in an album. That gives you a pretty good idea what you can expect as far as quality, consistency & overall style. Did they capture the day without gaps? Did they capture the emotion? Did they capture the ambiance of the venue?

Have they worked at your venue? Does it matter?

A lot of people ask and think it makes a difference if a photographer has photographed a wedding at their chosen venue in the past. Does it matter? Yes and No. I am are pretty sure the sun rises and sets the same and that my equipment will perform as well at any venue. It’s about being prepared… Visiting the venue prior to the wedding and planning concepts and an outline for your photos. A professional photographer can take exceptional photos no matter the location.

What do others say?

Ask other people what their experience was with a photographer. Ask your friends or family members for their opinion or suggestions.

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You will spend more time with your wedding photographer than anyone else on your big day. That’s another reason I highly recommend you meet face to face. As human beings, our relationships are based on personal taste. We’re all different. While one person might find a photographer to be friendly and personable, you may not. If you don’t “click”, it’s going to be a long day and your uneasiness will show in your pictures.

Still undecided? Read on

Choosing a photographer for your wedding is a big decision. You can go to the venue, walk the grounds, taste the food. You can sample your cake. But what’s it actually like to work with a particular photographer? Want to find out? For a limited time I am offering a “Try Before You Buy” engagement session. That’s right. Make an appointment, we get together and actually do a real engagement session. No cost, no obligation. We’re confident that you’ll not only love your pictures, you might just want to book us for your wedding. Call today to schedule your session – 01271 344480 or call into our studio at 51 Bear Street Barnstaple Devon.

Alan Schofield Wedding Photographer.

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