Hello my beauties! 🙂
I was first introduced to the idea of The Wedding Reporter by blogger and wedding consultant and stylist; Charley Beard aka the London Bride . (Who I must add, amongst other things, was one of my sources of inspiration to start my own blog and has been instrumental in helping me get up and running!) Excited and ready to attend the Luxury Wedding Show at Grosvenor House, Charley suggested that I pop along and say hello to Emma Woodhouse aka The Wedding Reporter….with a wry dodgy smile…. “What the heck is a Wedding Reporter” I thought.
So off I went and was greeted by a delightful delicate lady (now referred to as Emma) in a red dress that looked like it was made for her. Emma’s stand immediately stood out from the others, it had such character and was so wonderfully decorated with a gorgeous antique typewriter, pure intrigue had already drawn me in.
Emma’s energy and passion for her work was incredibly infectious and I instantly warmed to her. Read on to find out more about Emma and how having The Wedding Reporter at your wedding day could add something truly magical.Image Copyright: Ali Lovegrove Photography
Nu Bride: A big Hello and welcome Emma. The Wedding Reporter – what a novel idea! (no pun intended – honestly!) How did you come up with this idea? It is utterly brilliant.
Emma Woodhouse: It was one of those lightbulb moments that seemed so simple and transparent that it couldn’t really be a viable concept. Having put my own planning blog to rest after publishing my wedding report and getting on with normal married life, I realised that I missed writing. Specifically, I missed writing on my blog. To be precise, I missed writing about actual weddings on my blog; not the planning process, mood boards, or any of that preliminary stuff, but actually writing up the weddings I had been to. The words “I wish I could just go to weddings and write about them” crossed my lips and lo and behold, The Wedding Reporter was born.
Nu Bride: Tell us more about the process
Emma Woodhouse: I try to experience the day in much a similar way to your guests, really diving in there to soak up the ambience, atmosphere and details of the day. For the important bits I’ll just be furiously scribbling away (and trying not to burst into tears…) but as the day wears on I’ll chat to your guests, tailgate you and your new husband and try to capture as many of the things that you might miss during the hurricane of getting married. Coverage is entirely flexible, so I can document as little or as much as you would like.
Afterwards, I will spend about as much time writing up your report as I do attending the wedding. You will then be sent an electronic draft to proof and then I can make any further amendments or edits that you require. The electronic report is completely your property to do with as you wish; they are sent to you via an online publishing platform (you can see an example here: http://issuu.com/the-wedding-reporter/docs/emily_stef).
You can choose to have it published into a bespoke hardback book which my associated designer will put together for you. You can either have a standard illustrated cover or she can put together an entirely bespoke design for you, based on the details and images of your wedding. At the end of the day, you will have a beautiful, glossy story of your day to treasure long after the newlywed adrenaline has subsided!
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Nu Bride: How long has The Wedding Reporter been in full swing?
Emma Woodhouse: My lightbulb moment happened in March 2011 and I left my job to become a full-time writer in October.
Nu Bride: Tell us a little bit about your background…..
Emma Woodhouse: Well, in my previous lives I have been an actor, director, stage manager, barmaid, film runner, television researcher, landlady, visual merchandiser and, most recently, a champion for the protection of England’s treasure chest of romantic ruins and country houses. I trained with the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) and studied creative writing thanks to the University of Bristol in order to supplement my other degrees in Drama and in Conservation of Historic Buildings. I guess you could say I’ve got an eclectic background, but through it all I’ve been writing stories for as long as I’ve been able to use a pen to describe what’s in my imagination.
Nu Bride: Weddings can be so costly – What can having The Wedding Reporter add to the day in addition to the traditional photography / videography options.
Emma Woodhouse: Having a wedding report adds an extra layer of texture to your memories. The world has become saturated with images and the joy of a wedding report is that it adds a context and a narrative to those images. I know that with my own wedding, I looked at our wedding photos so much that what I now remember is the snapshot of that moment, rather than what it was like to actually BE in that moment; a wedding report provokes your imagination into remembering how you felt, who was crying, the scent of your bouquet, the way your husband looked over at you and a myriad of other moments that make up what is contained within one frame of a photo.
Nu Bride: What has been your most treasured experience as The Wedding Reporter and why?
Emma Woodhouse: Every wedding I’ve documented. I feel that it really is an honour and a privilege to be invited to a wedding, so when I get a booking I know that I am incredibly lucky to have been chosen by that couple to take up an extra seat and add an extra pair of eyes to their day. I don’t really look at this as job, so much as a gift.
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Nu Bride: Do you have much competition in the industry?
Emma Woodhouse: I haven’t yet heard of anyone offering the same services as The Wedding Reporter, though I am sure they will eventually emerge. There are some great companies that create retrospective memory books based on interviews with the couple about the wedding after the big day, but as far as I know I’m the only one actually going to the matrimonial frontline to create these literary legacies. I’m a creative writer, so I like to think that my wedding reports have a bit more of a romantic, personal style to them, rather than just a fairly dry description of the proceedings.
Nu Bride: What inspires you?
Emma Woodhouse: Everything! From the way the sun looks through the clouds as I’m driving down the M4 for the 6th time in a month to an overheard exchange between drunken lovers on a Saturday night. Everything has a story.
Nu Bride: What has been the most unusual project you have done and why?
Emma Woodhouse: I’m not sure I’ve had that many unusual commissions but the very first wedding I attended as The Wedding Reporter was an outdoor humanist ceremony in a field in Sussex that spanned four days and felt like more of an endurance sport thanks to the great British weather keeping everyone on their toes!
Nu Bride: Anything personal you would like to add?
Emma Woodhouse: I never had any intention of getting married. I thought weddings were a waste of time and money and didn’t change anything. Then my wingman floated the idea that we might get married and I ended up with a ring on my finger and an unhealthy amount of google search words containing ‘wedding’. My friends laugh at how such a scathingly sarcastic sceptic as me has ended up not only loving weddings but carving a niche for myself within the industry. For me, it’s literally all about the love. In this day and age where you don’t HAVE to get married, I think it is a wonderfully grand gesture to choose to stand up in front of everyone you know and dedicate your life to making someone else’s a bit better. There’s no greater love story than that.
Nu Bride: Emma you put it so eloquently. There really is no greater love story that that. You are truly fabulous! Thank you so much. ;o)Beautiful followers, if you would like to contact Emma about her services as The Wedding Reporter, please contact her via: http://theweddingreporter.co.uk/ firstname.lastname@example.org Image Copyright: Ali Lovegrove Photography © Nu Bride 2012