Summer is here!!! The photographers are in peak season and have back to back weddings and a mountain of editing to do. So a big THANK YOU to Kat Forsyth for squeezing me in and answering in my requested twitter length replies to my questions.

Kat Forsyth is from South Africa but now calls North London home. Her weddings can be anywhere which suits her love of traveling.  Like me she is a huge musical fan and would love to photograph a wedding in a cinema or theater. If you are planning one, maybe she is the lady you are looking for!!

Right over to her now for a zip through her top tips which could just help you plan your big day.

What are your top 2 ‘Do and Don’t’ tips for couples on their wedding day?

DON’T worry about your dress getting dirty underneath – no one will even see it, and it’s a stress you don’t need! Concentrate on having fun, rather!

DO try to enjoy the ceremony – I know couples get nervous about it, but it’s the bit where you’re actually marrying the wonderful person next to you – savour and love every moment!

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?

Are the photos on their website what you want your wedding photos to look like? Most photographers have a distinct style – find one you absolutely love!

Your top tip for Styling your day?

Try and incorporate the things you love, that make you who you are as a couple – whether it’s movie table names, dinosaur centre pieces, or Harry Potter programs!

Do you think you should “Trash your Dress”? 

No “should” or “shouldn’t” – it’s totally up to you! However, I’m completely up for it if you want to get in the ocean or throw paint over your dress!

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one?

So many! Getting to know your photographer, getting comfortable in front of the lens, doing a shoot in a location you love if your wedding venue is very different. I’ve actually written an article on this so read it here!

What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?

Just how many different styles there are, from lighting, to posing, to editing – there are lots of us, so you’ll definitely be able to find the perfect fit for you!

How you describe your style of photography?

Fun, happy and natural, with lots of colour!

Colour photo bomb by Kat Forsyth

What can a couple do for you on the big day?

Schedule your couple photos in the hour or so before sunset, if you can – the light is sooo much prettier for photos then!

Indoor or outdoor wedding?

I love both, but if it’s outdoors, think carefully about where the sun is going to be shining. You don’t want your guests squinting into the sun the whole time. You also don’t want one of you to be in shade and one in bright sun, because that’s incredibly hard to get a good photo of!

Themed or none theme?

I LOVE a good theme! I’m a big geek at heart, and I love something new or different at my weddings. But it doesn’t have to be super-OTT like a child’s costume party – there are tons of ways to keep it stylish, too!

Kat Forsyth wedding icecreams

Local or Destination?

Again, I love both. I’m London-based, so I love a good London wedding where it’s on my turf, so to speak, and it’s quick and easy to get home. But who doesn’t like going to new and different locations? Different countries, scenery, light – yes please!

Big or small?

I’m all for inviting your favourite people. If you have 30 favourite people, do that; if you have 300 favourite people, do that!

Eco wedding ideas?

Re-use things like tins and jars in your decor. Use paperless invitations or ones made from recycled paper. Buy local flowers if you can!

Big thanks to Kat.  She has a great website that is full of inspiring pictures and blogs full of advice. So do click on here logo below and grab a brew and have a good read!

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