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Alex

You have no idea how many times I have started this post, I just can’t seem to find the right words to tell you this story, so I am going to use someone else’s.

“Alex is a beautiful, happy, energetic, little boy who loves Buzz Lightyear, the Gruffalo, Lego, playing in his garden and having fun with his little brother, Luke, just like most other 3 year olds.

But Alex isn’t like most other 3 year olds – in June 2010, aged 20 months, Alex was diagnosed with the aggressive childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma (Stage 4) and he has been battling this awful disease ever since. After just over a year of treatment,  and despite having responded well to all of that, his end of treatment scans in June 2011 revealed a new tumour, which meant the devastating news that he’d relapsed just weeks after completing the treatment protocol.

As a result, a cure for Alex is now a very unlikely outcome and treatment options in this country are limited. Alex has been undergoing further chemotherapy at RHSC Edinburgh since June.  He finished another course of radiotherapy just before Christmas and he is currently (for the second time) having high dose chemotherapy”

This is just a brief overview, You can read his full story here.

I spent a few fun filled hours with this amazing family on a beautiful, bright (although very windy and chilly!) winter day.  We climbed Blackford Hill then had great fun exploring around Blackford Pond, feeding the ducks (well with what bread was left after Luke had tried to eat it all) carrying huge sticks and searching in the trees.

These boys are brilliant, they had a great time running around and laughing together. It was such a privilage to capture some great shots of the boys together whilst Alex was well, before starting the next stage in his treatment. Don’t you just love their hats!

I am delighted to be attending and capturing some photographs at “Sparkle for Alex”  It is set to be a fabulous evening. Dress is black tie – with a touch of sparkle! with the aim of raising vital funds for further treatment for Alex. It is on Friday 23rd March at The Edinburgh Corn Exchange and there are still tickets available.

There are some really amazing raffle prizes, if you are interested in buying some ticket then contact me or the “Sparkle for Alex Team”.  If you would like to make a donation to the charity then you can do so here.

To do my bit I will be donating the session fee from any portrait sessions booked in April that quote “sparkle” when booking.  The sessions can take place anytime in 2012 and be on location or in the studio.  Contact me for more information or check out my galleries.

Alex, Luke, Sarah & Chris, you are amazing, thank you for allowing me to spend some time with you.  My thoughts are with you all at this really difficult time.

 

Sue & Stuart

I am a strong believer in doing things “your way”, there are so many “rules” and traditions that surround weddings that you can get so caught up in pleasing other people or doing the right thing that you can forget what it is all about, the two of you promising to love each other, for the rest of your lives, in front the people that are important to you.

There wasn’t much that was traditional about Sue & Stuart’s wedding.  Firstly it was at 11am on a beautiful bright Sunday morning.  An early start for us all but they planned their day around their family.  With little Emily to consider a 2pm ceremony would have been right in the middle of her afternoon nap.  No 3 course meal for the children to have to be on their best behaviour through, but instead a delicious buffet Sunday Lunch.  Table were named after Emily’s favourite toys which were kept company by lovely arrangements from Planet Flowers.  The afternoon was finished off with the most amazing afternoon tea in the form of a Dessert Buffet from Heather’s Cakes, I don’t think the children could quite believe their eyes when they saw so many lovely treats laid out for them.

The atmosphere was so laid back and relaxed as everyone joined to watch Sue make her way down the aisle, she was so excited and they both grinned from ear to ear through out the whole ceremony. Instead of traditional poetry one of Sue’s, close friends Ali read from Elizabeth Taylor’s autobiography about her love for Richard Burton, a really lovely piece.  The day was all too much for Emily, who slept her way through the whole ceremony (and champagne reception), oblivious that Mummy & Daddy were becoming Mr & Mrs Reid!

I hope everything was just as you wanted it too be, I couldn’t think of a nicer way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  It is such a shame that Emily will be too young to remember your wedding, but I hope these images will bring back many memories of a really happy day that you can share with her in years to come.

Sue’s Make up was expertly applied by Lucy of LG Makeup, Hair was by Keith Marshall  .  Flowers were by Planet Flowers, Dessert Table by Heather’s Cakes.

 

Kimberley & David – Dundas Castle

Here is an early Christmas present just for you Mrs Carlin.  I know you have been dying to see these. I have had so much fun putting this post together, it brought back so many memories of a really fantastic day.  Everything came together perfectly in the end, so many decisions (and changes of minds) but in the end your choices were all so beautiful.  I loved your colour scheme, the cream dresses just glowed in the warm winter sunlight.

Karys is just so sweet,  a real credit to you both and everyone very clearly adores her. I could have made this whole post just of pictures of her, she is a real model in the making.  She was just soo excited and could wait to put her dress on (and then sneak down stairs to show Daddy!).  A little princess only rightly outshone by her very beautiful Mummy.

I hope you know how much I was looking forward to your big day, it surpassed all my expectations.  It was great to meet all your families, everyone was so welcoming and it was a day filled with much laughter, the pavilion was certainly jumping, I bet it was some party.

So here are just a few of the highlights from your day, as always Planet Flowers had dressed Dundas Castle beautifully.  It was fab to work with Steve & Stuart from Cherry Tree Films again and special thanks has to go to the lovely Ditte for all her hard work and beautiful images.

And not forgetting that fantastic finale from 21cc fireworks, we left on a huge high after that impressive display.

I can’t wait to catch up with you in the New Year and show you the rest.  Enjoy your 1st Christmas as Mr & Mrs!

Val Robson - Fantastic pictures… You captured to many very special moments .
Kimberley you are the most beautiful bride I have ever seen and probably will ever see .
The picture have done you justice ….
Just fantastic .

STEVE - Fabulous photos Sarah! It was a great day and you have captured it just PERFECTLY :D

Kimberley & David – Pre Wedding shoot

With their big day just a few weeks away it was great to catch up with Kimberley and David to hear all about how their plans are coming together.  Kimberley is planning the day to perfection and I can’t wait to see all her hard work and vision come together.  Kimberley loves flowers and I am sure Planet Flowers will do her proud. The best things was getting to meet little Karys, she is super excited about Mummy and Daddy’s wedding and is going to make the cutest flowergirl.  We took a few family shots in their home to help get Karys (well really David) used to the camera, the girls are naturals.

Roll on 12th November……


 

Ed Wed Tweet Up

Running your own business is great, the rewards are endless but I am not afraid to admit that it can sometime be a bit lonely.  The recent increase in the use of Social Media is great for our industry, it is an easy, quick way to keep other supplier and clients up to date about what you are up to, to share information and at times indulge in a bit of banter which always makes me smile.  I love the wedding industry, everyone is so friendly, we are all so passionate about what we do and above all ensuring that our couple have the best day possible.  Some of my best friends are fellow wedding supplier because the just get what you do, this is not a 9-5 job but the benifits by far outweigh the drawbacks.  You can’t beat a good recommendation and there is no questions that Social Media has helped networking in our local area, I now have a great bank of supplier who’s work I see regularly, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to any of my couples.

So what is a “tweet up”? Well we chat, we recommend, but lots of us have never actually met.  Even if we are all working at the same wedding our paths rarely cross.   So I decided that it was about time that we put that right.  An informal network evening where we could all get together, put faces to names, have a good old chinwag and enjoy some of the Hawke & Hunter’s delicious cocktails. It was a chance for a rare night off for so many of us who work unsociable hours doing what we love. The cocktail bar within the Hawke & Hunter was the perfect setting and the services was impeccable, we were very well looked after.

It was great to meet so many fantastic people, the atmosphere was great and the feedback has been brilliant.  I hope that we can make this a regular thing, I am already working on the next one, a BBQ in the Hawke & Hunter’s Secret Garden, more information to come soon.  So if you are a wedding supplier in Edinburgh and the surrounding area using social media we would love to see you there!

Also want to say a huge that you to everyone who came along, to all my great wedding friends, thank you for your chat, support and referrals, I appreciate it so much.  To Jay from Elemental Weddings for his cool logo design and name badges and his lovely wife and business partner Christina for helping with the arrangements, organising the Facebook page and making a speech when I refused (public speaking is so not my thing!). Not forgetting Heather & Colin from Heather’s Cakes for providing the most yummy treats for us all, if you have never had a “cakepop” you need to check out her website they are the best!

Here are a few shots from the night, unfortuantely I spend more time chatting than snapping so thanks to Niels from Blue Sky Photography, Alan from Rankine Photography and Christina for taking a few too.

The cocktails were amazing.The “cake pops” were well received, very yummy indeed!

“Pablo” enjoying some attention from the ladies.

A self portrait of those left standing at the end of the night taken by yours truly, not the easist thing to do with a pro camera!

steve - Go Pablo! GREAT night Sarah, loved it and fabulous to put faces to names. So look forward to the next one!

Ditte - Great night, and great photos Sarah, Alan and Christina! Looking forward to the next one!!

Christina - Ace photos Sarah! Well done for remembering to take them – with all the great chat & cocktails it was easy to get distracted. C x

Heather Maciver - Great night!! Looking forward to the next one. Love the pics x