So this is not what you were expecting
Covid-19 and your wedding
This is probably about the last thing that you expected to be thinking about in the lead up to your wedding. It’s a situation that none of us could have foreseen, and we are all following government guidance as things develop. I just wanted to put a bit of information together for you, that will hopefully answer any questions that you have related to your wedding photography.
I have lots of wonderful weddings coming up over the next few months and I’m just as excited about this as you are. This planning process should be one of the happiest and most exciting periods of your life, so please don’t let the current circumstances dent this. You are still getting married to that incredible person that you have found, and it is still going to be all kinds of wonderful. The more of a plan that you have in place, then the more you can continue to enjoy it all, so let’s have a think through the different considerations.
WILL YOU STILL BE THERE TO PHOTOGRAPH OUR CELEBRATIONS?
First of all, I fully intend to photograph your wedding exactly as planned. I have been looking forward to it for months and I have no intention of not making it. I am taking as many precautions as I can, and doing my best to stay fit and healthy. Hopefully, as we all are!
If I do get any signs of illness, I will absolutely follow guidance, and won’t put your guests at risk. As with any other unexpected illness, I would do my best to find you a brilliant replacement. I am part of an amazing photographic community that comes together and helps each other out at times like this, and I am fully confident that I could find you someone wonderful to replace me if this was necessary.
WHAT IF WE HAVE TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL OUR WEDDING?
It’s most likely that you will be absolutely fine to go ahead with your wedding day as planned. However, if you need to postpone or cancel your wedding, then the most important thing to do is get in touch with your wedding insurance and take advice that is specific to your policy. This will be different for everyone, depending on circumstance and your own insurance details.
In terms of our photography contract, the legal details are as follows: the deposit is non-refundable; The Final balance is due 1 month before your wedding date and if cancellation is required within 10 weeks before the wedding the final balance is still owed. You may need these details for your wedding insurance, and please let me know if you need more information on any of this.
The reality is that this situation is really difficult for everyone, and we are all trying to work through it in the best way possible. It is hopefully very unlikely that you will need to cancel completely. If you are thinking about postponing your date within the next 12 months, and I am available, then I am happy to move everything across to this new date for you, at no additional cost. Let’s have a chat on the phone and look at options – I just want to try and work this out for you in the best way possible.
YAY, LET’S GET MARRIED!
At the time of writing this, we can hopefully continue with things as they stand. There are currently no restrictions on gatherings. This may change, so let’s all keep watching official advice and adapting accordingly.
Maybe you have guests who may not make it due to travel restrictions, or who are unwell themselves. I will put together a slideshow of wedding images that you can share with any guests who can’t be there in person, and if there is anything else that I can do to help share the event with others that can’t be there, then please let me know.
These are particularly unusual circumstances, and we are all trying to work together to find the best way through. Your suppliers will do everything they can to make your day just as wonderful as you are hoping it will be. You may not end up having exactly the wedding that you were planning to have, but it will still be incredible, you are still going to end up married to the number one most important person in your life, and that’s what really matters! If you have any concerns at all then let’s chat about it.
Here are some links to some useful advice
Holly and Ross got married at the gorgeous Marylebone Town Hall and then hot-footed it to the Landmark Hotel for afternoon tea.
One of the most joyous parts of my job is catching up with my previous couples when they go onto have families.
Baby cuddles and tiny toes!
In our image-saturated, Instagram picture-perfect lives world I wanted to talk about REALNESS. Authentic images.
Holly Bobbins is a documentary wedding and family photographer based in Hampshire with a love for alternative weddings, wicked candid shots, and awesome couples.