(COVID-19 and your wedding – updated on 2nd June 2020. Further updates as and when there are any changes to government advice/legislation).
Firstly, and most importantly, we hope that you and your families are all safe and well.
We know that there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding weddings (and life in general!) at the moment, and we know it’s hugely stressful. None of us know exactly when weddings will be able to go ahead again, and if they are allowed, on what scale, but we do want to help reassure you as much as we can.
Pre-wedding shoots and meetings–let’s stay safe!
Firstly, we’re now conducting all meetings over Skype/video call, to comply with the government’s advice on social distancing. Especially as we’d usually meet up in a cafe or pub!
With the new guidance that came into effect on Monday 1st June, allowing up to six people to meet outdoors, we’re now able to go ahead with pre-wedding shoots, if your wedding is still going ahead.
We’ll all need to adhere to social distancing, keeping two metres apart, but the good news is that that shouldn’t affect what we do on a shoot. Just don’t be offended if we don’t hug or shake hands with you as we usually would!
Of course, please do tell us if you start to have any symptoms before the shoot and need to self-isolate. We need to stay healthy for all of our couples if we can, and let’s face it, none of us want to be ill if we can avoid it! Shoots can always be re-scheduled; it’s not the end of the world.
If you’re considering postponing your wedding, it’s probably a good idea to postpone the pre-wedding shoot as well. We usually do the shoot a couple of months before your wedding. That way the experience will be fresh in your mind and it’s a lovely part of the build up to your big day.
Do we need to book in for our pre-wedding shoot?
If you’ve booked a pre-wedding shoot with us, we’ll be in touch with you around three months before your wedding date. We’ll touch base and see what’s happening with your plans. Just to keep you in the loop, we are now dealing with requests for postponements of August weddings onwards (all of our weddings up to the end of July have now been postponed).
If you’re not quite sure what’s happening with your wedding yet, don’t worry. We have plenty of availability for shoots (especially now that we don’t have any weddings over the next couple of months!) so please be patient for now. If your wedding is able to go ahead, we’ll be more than happy to schedule in a shoot, and at short notice if necessary.
Will you still photograph our wedding?
The short answer is yes, if it’s currently going ahead. We’re following updates closely so we’re fully informed on the latest advice from the government. Nothing has changed and your contract with us remains the same, with the same payment and final balance deadlines.
What happens if we decide to postpone our wedding?
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are thinking of postponing. We want to do everything we can to work with our couples who feel this is what they have to do. In the current circumstances we’re happy to move your wedding booking to a new date on the condition that we’re available. There will be no additional charges to move your wedding date to a new date in 2021 (please note there may be an additional cost for 2022 dates).
Most importantly, we still want to photograph your wedding, so please (please!) do check our availability before booking a new date, if you’re considering this and want us to be there! (P.S. We really want to be there!)
What happens if the government isn’t allowing weddings, or our venue tells us we have to postpone?
We completely understand that this will be a huge disappointment for you both. Assuming that you both still want to get married once any restrictions are lifted, we’ll be happy to transfer your wedding photography booking to a new date, providing we’re available. Please keep in regular contact with us so we can find a date that suits all of your wedding suppliers’ availability.
Again, there will be no extra charges from us to move to a new date in 2021 (please note there may be an additional cost for weddings in 2022).
What happens if you catch COVID-19?
We’re taking all the precautions we can to stay fit and healthy for your big day. However, should the worst happen we will follow the government guidelines by self-isolating and will not be photographing your wedding. Your health, and the health of your guests, is of the utmost importance and we don’t want to put anyone at risk of infection. To be prepared, we already have potential back up photographers (of a similar style to us) to cover your wedding should this happen. In the event of this, we would then edit the photographs from the back up photographer(s) and deliver your final images as normal.
We are part of a very large network of wedding photographers (and other wedding industry professionals) and it has been amazing to see how everyone has been coming together to help each other in the last few months.
Overall, try not to panic (I know that’s easier said than done!) These are unusual circumstances but you will get through it. You will still get married, and it will be amazing!
Please do get in contact if you have any questions or need to talk about things on a more individual basis. Whatever we can do to help, we will, even if you just want someone to listen. We’re all in this together!
Heather & Colin
We are wedding photographers in Yorkshire and Lancashire
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Natural, relaxed, creative wedding photography from a husband and wife team based in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Serving Yorkshire, Lancashire and the UK.