The Guide



Photo by Carine Bea Photography


Putting you in the frame. 

10 Tips to help you choose a wedding photographer. 

An experienced photographer will have made mistakes in the past gone off on a tangent, taken average photos forgotten lenses,batteries but only once ! 

Published: 2018-09-16

Published By: Janice Gordon for Green Union


Introducing Ed Brown photography 

How to plan your wedding.

Almost the moment you start planning your wedding, people start giving you advice. It can be pretty annoying. So, Green Union would like to offer you one definitive piece of advice which is… don’t take anyone’s advice! It is your day, it should be what you both want and not what anyone else wants.

Published: 2018-06-14

Published By: Green Union / photography Ed Brown


Well, the breathlessly awaited, dare I mention it, John Lewis seasonal ad is finally out there (and isn’t it just the cutest ad ever?).  So now I feel I can safely mention the C word in public…

Christmas (and New Year) are the single most popular times for proposals so I imagine there are a few of you wondering just where to begin when contemplating, and navigating the journey towards being the owner of a beautifully ethical and Fairtrade engagement ring.  Read on to find out ...

Published: 2016-11-15

Published By: Rosie Ames


This week, as we're nearing the end of our series on wedding planning, I thought it would be fun for you to see things from the other side.  So Claire has written a piece about her own experience of being a wedding planner. 

If it's a mystery to you what a wedding planner really does and why it could be a budget friendly choice for many brides, read on to find out what Claire actually does in her day to day job.  Over to you Claire ...

Published: 2016-09-17

Published By: Rosie Ames


This month Claire's put together an essential kit of wedding day survival tips and what a brilliant list to bear in mind as you get closer to the BIG DAY.  Over to Claire to fill you in on the detail ...

So you’re putting together the finishing touches to your BIG day, dotting all the i’s, crossing all the final t’s and you’re pretty much all set!  I’m sure you have an amazing bridal party that you can rely on and who’ll make sure your day is extra special.  

But if you DID ask me to give you and your bridesmaids some last minute tips it would be these:

Published: 2016-08-13

Published By: Rosie Ames


Photo: Aga Tomaszek

Okay, so the lovely Claire, GU's wedding planning guru's got one last thing to say about planning your special day before getting on to some fun stuff starting next month. I let her talk about all the less glamorous stuff after all!

I know it’s terribly boring to keep banging on about the potential pitfalls in your wedding plans, but bear with me.  Here’s one last summary of things you should look out for then we can move on to the fun bits, I promise…

Published: 2016-06-10

Published By: Rosie Ames


You’ve got your whole wedding day planned - it’s going to be perfect, but now you’re on to the final invite list and you’re in a dilemma about the children - a real marmite subject.  You want to include your best friend’s kids, your cousin has two little ones and your Aunty’s teenagers are just about, but not quite grown up.  Do you include the children, aged 0 to 14, in your wedding plans or do you just ban all kids from your wedding party? 

I asked Becky Joiner what she thought since, being a wedding photographer, she should be well qualified to comment on the whole knotty subject - click below to read on ...

Published: 2016-06-03

Published By: Rosie Ames


I know you try to be eco-friendly in your every-day life, and you’re determined your wedding day won’t be any different so this week, to celebrate Earth Day (yup it’s this Saturday, 22 April) I’ve put together some perfectly easy tips to help you go green on your big day. Get them all below …

Published: 2016-04-21

Published By: Rosie Ames


Whoa, how did we get past Easter so quickly! Did you eat too much chocolate? Thought so! 

This week I've got something equally delicious but not edible - a little bit of colour inspiration to kick you off on your wedding dreams ... a few thoughts on colour and colour trends.

Picking your wedding palette and working out how your wedding is going to come together visually is where the fun really starts.  It gets your creative juices going as you’re beginning to work out the look and feel of your wedding day. 

Published: 2016-03-31

Published By: Rosie Ames


Does your future mother-in-law sometimes make you want to scream? You just want to get your plans down on paper and your chief bridesmaid throws in a curved ball?  Do you feel like you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown because other people keep suggesting things they ‘know you should have’ for your wedding (like frilly chair covers or a pink ring cushion)? 

If you feel like you're never going to achieve the kind of wedding you daydreamed about without alienating your entire family and group of friends, Green Union’s resident wedding planner Claire de la Motte has some great ideas to steer you away from insanity …


Published: 2016-02-18

Published By: Rosie Ames



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