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Hot topic: Unusual venues and photography

Our regional experts talk unusual wedding venues and big-day photography

Snappy snaps

Snappy snaps

Q. How do I choose my wedding photographer?

A. Martyn Norsworthy says: I've been photographing weddings now for 28 years and my advice to couples looking to select their big-day snapper has always been the same. Firstly, rapport is everything because the images might look amazing but make sure you meet your photographer before the day and that you like each other! You'll be spending plenty of time together on the day so consider how comfortable you both feel around them and how relaxed they will make your guests feel.

Secondly, look at complete weddings that they have photographed. This might sound a bit silly but when you're viewing albums and portfolios, it's always wise to see full real weddings rather than styled shoots because the time constraints are different. Look for continuity of quality of the images and good editing skills.

Read the testimonials because this is a great way to see other customer's reactions to how their experience was with the photographer, good or bad!

Enquire if they're full-time professionals or semi-professional because you might find it's difficult if they can't devote their full attention to your special day if they have other commitments.

Finally, ask about insurance. This is a question that many don't ask but they should have full indemnity and liability insurance that's very important for you and your guests.

Venue with a difference

Venue with a difference

Q. We'd like a creative, quirky venue for our Plymouth-based wedding that we can style how we wish. We don't want to be confined to the limitations of a hotel. Can you help?

A. Corinne Ponton says: Ocean Studios is an unusual venue offering a stylish backdrop for a wedding. The historic yard is an unconventional space with exposed brick walls, wooden floorboards and open window skylights offering a relaxed, industrial feel. There are three licensed spaces each holding up to 120 guests, with every space being a blank canvas and having the ability to be transformed depending on each couple's vision. It also offers great opportunities for photographs.

The venue offers a range of packages to suit different requirements, including the wedding ceremony, reception or both.

The great outdoors

The great outdoors

Q. We're looking to get married in the Cornish countryside and want a relaxed setting that provides something a bit different for our guests, what can you suggest?

A. Engin and Liz Mumcuoglu says: Why not consider a purpose-built venue that offers you the opportunity to tie the knot outside incorporating something a little bit different in its grounds? Trevibban Mill is a contemporary wedding venue located just three miles from the famous harbour town of Padstow. Nestled in the valley of the Issey Brook, the south-facing event space and balcony enjoy extensive vistas of the wildflower meadows, vineyards and orchards below. There's a bird hide situated on a small island in the lake that's also licensed for civil ceremonies. Big-day catering is all taken care of by Appleton's Bar & Restaurant for a maximum of 120 guests and the venue offers a wide choice of wines and ciders all made in the on-site winery. There's a peaceful two-bedroom Eco Lodge available for hire in the grounds, surrounded by apple trees, that's a short walk from the lake. Furnished in a comfortable, contemporary style complete with a woodburner, it's a romantic wedding night bolthole.

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