FIRST OFF, SIT DOWN. HAVE A CUPPA. AND TRY NOT TO WORRY.
I appreciate it's so easy to say 'keep calm and carry on', but honestly the more we all panic and catastrophise, the worse things will seem, and the worse we'll all feel. And I promise you we are all in this together. I have spoken to lots of other suppliers and the one thing that is coming out of my conversations is that everyone is doing their utmost to pull together in this incredibly difficult time, being as supportive and accommodating as they can, myself included. And what could be more positive than that?
WILL YOU BE AT MY WEDDING?
Absolutely, for me it's business as usual. I love weddings, and I absolutely intend to be at your wedding. If it helps, and I'm sure many of you know anyway, I live on a farm in a remote little village, so I'm quite self-contained. I'm also well-stocked on hand sanitiser and multivitamins. I'm doing my very best to be fit and well for your wedding.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY GET CORONA VIRUS?
Whilst I absolutely fully intend to be at your wedding, there is a caveat to the statement above. I am definitely not going to deliberately infect anyone with this virus. So if I or any member of my family start showing any of the symptoms as defined by the government and the NHS I will self-isolate. If this becomes the case, I revert back to my earlier statement about everyone pulling together. I have already made a pact with a bunch of other amazing photographers that should any of us get sick with Corona, we will step in for each other. If I have to get one of my fantastic friends to cover for me, they will shoot it, and I will still edit the photos. This means the final look will still be consistent with what you see in my portfolio. This is not something I expect to happen though.
WILL MY WEDDING BE ALLOWED TO GO AHEAD?
I totally understand your concerns. Information seems to be changing on a daily basis. At the minute the country is in its second three-week lockdown, which currently requests that we stay at home unless for essential food, medicine or exercise. Or when we cannot work from home. That we social distance from each other. Non-essential businesses and educational establishments have been asked to close for the time being and events such as weddings have been put on hold. It is likely that normal day-to-day life will be phased back. So it is not unlikely that those with later summer weddings will be able to take place.
CAN I POSTPONE MY WEDDING?
I totally understand that this may be a question on your mind at the moment, and I've thought long and hard about the best way to accommodate this without compromising my business and ability to provide the best possible service to my couples. Postponements have a knock-on effect. If every couple I had booked this year decided to postpone their wedding until next year. I simply wouldn't be able to sustain my business until next year to fulfil those bookings. So to be as accommodating as possible I can only move weddings for FREE to another date this year. Any postponement after the end of March 2021 will incur a small fee. That being said I have stopped taking further bookings for 2020 so as to give as much flexibility and preference to any rescheduling of dates.
HOW WOULD POSTPONING WORK?
I am currently postpoing dates with no additional cost.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU'RE NOT AVAILABLE ON MY NEW DATE?
I strongly advise that before formally settling on a new date that we work with each to find a date that works for us both, so that this situation does not happen. If however, this is not possible then I will use an associate to shoot the wedding in my style and all editing would be performed by me so that your images would be in my signature soft, light and dreamy style. All albums would be also still be created bespoke for you by me.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY WEDDING?
I cannot stress how much I hope you don't do this. Weddings are the most wonderful joyous occasion. And if we need joyous occasions at any time, we need them right now. I cannot think of anything sadder than a wedding not going ahead when we all desperately need something wonderful to celebrate and look forward to. Should you decide to cancel for any reason, the standard cancellation policy in the contract you signed would be applicable.
I HAVE WEDDING INSURANCE?
I'm sure you were smart and took out wedding insurance. Now's the perfect time to give them a call and have a chat about your options. Don't make decisions about postponing, cancelling or anything else until you have spoken to them about the impact it may have on whether you are covered or whether it may affect your policy. You have insurance and they are there to help.
WHAT IF MY WEDDING IS DUE TO TAKE PLACE DURING LOCKDOWN?
If your wedding is scheduled to take place during the Government sanctioned period of lockdown, then I am happy to work with you on choosing a new date that works for everyone. Should you choose a date that I am not available, you may either have an associate photographer of mine shoot your wedding or you would forfeit your deposit.
FINALLY, TRY NOT TO WORRY.
I know it's hard, these are extraordinary times, and totally unprecedented. We're all just trying to find our way through them the best way we can. But I firmly believe keeping a positive attitude is the best way to staying fit and well. And I promise I'll do everything possible to make sure that getting through this is as painless as possible, and has as least impact on us both as possible. After all, we both want the same thing - your wedding going ahead. You guys having an amazing day with all your friends and family, and me there to capture it all. And in 50 years time when you're looking through your album with the grandchildren, can you imagine the story you'll have to tell behind the photos!