Pre-Wedding Shoot: Future Mr + Mrs Billing

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Simon + Kiana

26th May 2020 Quantock Lakes

Instagram: @simonandkianaphoto Photos: Kelly Weech Photography

Photography duo Simon and Kiana were due to marry in May 2020 but sadly had to postpone their wedding until February 2021. They celebrated the occasion with a gorgeous couples shoot at their wedding venue at sunset. Mr and Mrs Billing to be tell us all about their experience behind the camera and tell us all about their upcoming wedding...

How did you meet and how long have you been together? 

We met in school 13 years ago. We have been together for 11 years. Simon proposed to Kiana on a beach in Majorca after 4 years of being together.

How did you celebrate your ‘would be’ wedding date? 

We celebrated our ‘would be’ wedding date at home. We spent all day in the garden, drinking champagne and relaxing in the sun. The weather was so beautiful on that day, it was quite annoying as we started to hope for rain! It would have made us feel a little bit better about having to postpone our wedding! Haha.

Our wedding photographer ‘Kelly Weech Photography’ offered us a photo session to mark our ‘would be’ wedding date. It was so kind of her and we will forever treasure those photographs. We are actually wedding photographers ourselves... A lot of people say to us ‘it must have been so hard choosing your wedding photographer!’ But it really wasn’t. We know Kelly will absolutely smash it out the park. We love her approach, her style and we cant wait for her to be apart of our wedding day. She is amazing!

Tell us about the shoot location...

We had the our photo session at Quantock Lakes (where we were supposed to get married). Throughout this whole process, Quantock Lakes have been so supportive and helpful towards us, we don’t know how we would have managed without them. They were also totally up for us having a photo session there to mark our ‘would be’ wedding date! The team at Quantock Lakes are phenomenal and they always make us feel at home whenever we visit. Which is why we have chosen to get married there!

Did you feel nervous behind the camera? 

Well, Kiana was drunk! So that defo calmed the nerves! Its a weird thing for us being the other side of the camera, you would think we would know what to do.. Thats so not true! We are still ‘normal people’ who feel exactly like most people in front of the camera! We much prefer taking the photos for sure!

Did your photographer give you any tips before the shoot? 

Kelly just told us to dress smart and be ourselves and honestly, that's all you need to do! 

What advice would you give to other couples who do plan to have a pre-wedding shoot? 

The best thing you can do, is to turn up and be yourself. Bring some booze, bring some music, whatever makes you feel relaxed. There seems to be this ‘pressure’ around photo sessions... but they are honestly so much fun and not the ‘big awkward thing’ you tend to build up in your head... just enjoy it!

Were there any stand out moments in the shoot? 

It was just nice throughout the whole session. It was so lush to spend an evening where we were suppose to be and have Kelly capture that for us.

What is your favourite photo from the shoot? 

The one where we are splashing champagne!

Tell us about your wedding plans...

Our wedding has this bohemian vibe! Wild followers, Autumny colours... We want our wedding to be casual, laid back and fun for everyone. Less formal, more normal!

Have you made any changes to your wedding since postponing? 

Not yet!

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 Did you face any difficulties in rescheduling your day?

No problems at all! And we feel so lucky. All of our suppliers have been amazing with helping us reschedule and they have all been available for us, twice!! (this is the second postponement)

Do you plan to incorporate any of the photos into your wedding?  

We are thinking about making a big canvas for all of our guest to sign!

What has been your favourite part of wedding planning so far? 

We enjoy meeting our suppliers and taking about all the plans we have! We know most of them, as we are in the wedding industry, but its just great to hang with them.

What are you most looking forward to about the wedding date? 

Finally getting married. When the registrar announces we are now Husband and Wife, we can say we finally made it! (its been a long process...) haha.

From Brides, With Love xo

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