Today we hear from Kaz of Confetti Coast Photography. She specialises in photographing coastal weddings and is passionate about sustainability. Her passion for her business really shows as she tells us about Amy & Sam’s Portsmouth wedding that changed shape due to the Covid pandemic…
Q. Hi Kaz! Can you tell us how you initially met Amy & Sam and how it came about they booked you for their wedding?
A. I’ve known Amy for a few years, first meeting her at a friend’s vintage style wedding at Grittenham Barn where she was singing. I was really struck by her incredible voice, and she is just the sweetest person. I’ve also seen Amy performing at The Wonderous Wedding Fairs in Southsea a few times.
The first time I photographed Amy was at a styled shoot to promote The Nostalgia Show at Stansted Park (where I got married!). It was a wonderful day, full of vintage fun, colour, and charm. I was over the moon when organiser Alex, Amy’s sister, asked me to photograph the shoot, and also the show itself! I loved every minute of the event, and seeing Amy back on stage was amazing. Amy is one of those people who has a happy aura around her, and I have to admit to being quite awestruck when in her presence!
In 2019, the day after the last Nostalgia Show, Sam proposed to Amy in a rowing boat on a trip to London. A few weeks later, I had a lovely message from Amy asking if I was available to photograph their wedding at The Boat Shed in Portchester in 2020. I was on cloud nine with excitement! We met at The Boat Shed with Helen from Margot’s Wedding (who runs the events at the venue) to chat through plans for their day.
Q. Can you tell us about their wedding day and how it was different to the day they had initially planned?
A. As the Covid 19 pandemic struck in 2020, plans for Amy & Sam’s wedding day, along with so many other couples, were turned upside-down. This was something that none of us had experienced before, and the wedding sector – a community of micro businesses – was on its knees. Amy herself, as an entertainer, also had her business impacted, but in the true spirit of rallying the nation, Amy showed up on social media, sang her heart out from home, and kept many of us going when we were breaking inside, trying to keep our loved ones safe by not seeing them. She even recorded a beautiful version of “Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald for my Mum as a Mothers Day gift – thank you Amy, this meant so much to Mum and I. Amy also raised our spirits from home when she joined the rest of the Nostalgia Show at home entertainers.
I’ll never forget how Amy & Sam rose to the challenges of changing plans so positively, even through the rollercoaster of the first lockdown. Sadly, they had to postpone plans for their boat shed wedding, and I wasn’t able to make the new date due to already being booked to photograph another wedding. I was gutted as I would miss their day, and also the opportunity of being the first photographer to capture a wedding at this amazing new venue, which is so very me.
Being small in size has, in my experience, amplified the love and personal nature of ceremonies.
As things evolved and plans changed, I now see that, for me at least, this was an unexpected gift. You see, Amy & Sam just wanted to get married, and there was the hope of small, intimate weddings being able to take place in the Summer of 2020, albeit with very tight restrictions. They were determined to marry so they focussed on scaling things down, having a simple ceremony at Portsmouth Register Office, an intimate meal at The Briny, on Southsea seafront, and a cake-cutting moment. Amy and Sam’s positivity shone through, and despite the prospect of me not being allowed in to photograph their actual ceremony, I knew we could create opportunities for some truly beautiful memories and photographs.
Q. What aspects of their wedding were specifically in line with your brand?
A. I love coastal weddings, so being down in Portsmouth, meant we could capture some lovely relaxed portraits in Old Portsmouth by the Garrison Church, and on the beach near the Square Tower. I also own Vinnie’s Vintage Vehicles so our ‘wedding present’ to Amy & Sam was collecting them in our green vintage VW camper, Sleepy Jean. I took some of my home-grown confetti along for the confetti shots, which is something I’m doing more of – I feel it’s my eco responsibility at weddings to have only biodegradable confetti that doesn’t leave anything unnatural behind.
How could I not have mentioned George Michael yet though! George is their much-loved furbaby who is absolutely adorable – I’m a huge lover of dogs at weddings, so it was lovely being greeted by his fluffy face at the door!
Q. What positives, from your point of view as a photographer, do you see in micro weddings as opposed to bigger celebrations?
A. Micro weddings have shown that couples who are really determined to marry, can do so. Being small in size has, in my experience, amplified the love and personal nature of ceremonies. Without the rush to move onto a formal reception, it’s given couples the opportunity to be creative, enjoy tying the knot, and enjoy a stroll with family afterwards. Pandemic life has slowed us down and made us appreciate personal connections and nature more. Smaller weddings enable couples to spend more time with the ones they love, rather than feeling pressured to split their time between 100 plus guests.
As an advocate of sustainable weddings, there isn’t the volume of wedding waste associated with bigger weddings.
There’s nothing sparklier than your Granny’s smiling eyes!
Q. From a photographer’s point of view what aspects of a wedding have you particularly missed as a result of the restrictions?
A. Not being allowed in to photograph the exchange of vows, wedding rings, the first glances, and the reactions of family and friends, was very hard. As a wedding photographer, my job and passion is to capture the day as it unfolds, and document a couple’s wedding story to play it back to them. Bridal preparations are also something I missed. There’s so much fun and anticipation in the build up to a wedding; tears in dad’s eye when he sees his daughter as a woman who someone else is going to take care of. These moments are priceless and unrepeatable.
Shorter weddings mean not capturing beautiful, romantic sunset portraits, which set my creativity alight.
And Hugging! I’ve definitely missed all the hugs!
Flowers – Albert & Arthur
To read more about Confetti Coast Photography click HERE to read previous ‘supplier spotlight’ post.
To read more about Amy and Sam click HERE to read previous ‘bride-to-be’ post.
And finally why not click HERE to view the FaceTime shoot we did we Amy as our model!