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Jeni Smith Photography

There are many things that are great about running The Vino Van, meeting exceptional professionals at events is definitely one of them.  Last month we attended the Salonista Wedding Fair and was lucky enough to meet photographer and Polaroid film  photographer Jeni Smith.

Jeni is hugely talented and offers bespoke packages for weddings, couples sessions or simply any event or moment you’d like commemorating.  She’s been shooting Polaroid film for some time now too and has recently added it into sessions to complement her still photography, believing that unedited it adds a real, un-staged touch to the occasion, another level to the session.

Jeni’s unique approach is to capture moments as they happen – she’s not the type of photographer who’ll jump in and arrange the setting and scene.  Believing that letting the situation unfold and capturing the outcome is how beautiful, natural images are created.  With this style you can expect relaxed, fun images that truly capture the sitter’s personality.

It’s always a pleasure to meet people who love their job, Jeni is no exception.  Her enthusiasm is infectious, “I love photographing wedding day details. Not just the dress or the cake, but all the little things that make the day amazing.”

Jeni’s work does not just involve weddings and social events, her Purple Heart Sessions is photography for families and couples who lead lives that are not easy and often very challenging.  The sessions offer families and individuals the chance for some fun, time out and a break from the routine, not to mention beautiful images to keep forever.  Anyone who knows an extraordinary family who could use a little pampering and fun can nominate them via Jeni’s website.

One of the highest endorsements for anyone who provides a service is repeat custom. That Jeni’s past clients very often return for updates to their family albums, anniversary memento sessions and to photograph new arrivals to the family is testament to the quality of her work and the customer experience she offers.  She counts many of her past customers as friends and has been lucky enough to photograph her clients all over the world. “Photographs are all about stories. My job is to capture and create the images that tell a unique and wonderful story.”


To see more of Jeni’s work and to get in touch visit www.jenismith.com


Top Five Tips for planning for a honeymoon (Guest Blog)

Guest blog from Rob Gower – Dragonfly Traveller

A honeymoon is your first experience of living as a married couple. It should be fun, relaxing and romantic and a chance to kick back and reflect on your wedding.

So, how can you ensure that you plan the perfect honeymoon as well as the perfect wedding?

  1. Communicate with each other

Start as you mean to go on and open up to each other. Which places are on your bucket lists? Is there anywhere you have been in the past that you would love to introduce to your new husband or wife after the wedding? Do you want a relaxing beach holiday or extended city break of sightseeing? Or a combination of both? Find out what you both want and work out a destination you would both be happy with.

  1. How are you going to pay for it?

Once you have agreed on a type of holiday and location, start researching prices. You can then either factor the cost into your overall wedding budget or consider asking for holiday vouchers or money towards it as a wedding present. Most travel operators like ourselves accept payments for a honeymoon from multiple sources.

  1. Timing is everything

Think carefully about when you book your honeymoon and your flights. Try to coincide your booking with January sales or go for flights that depart and return midweek as these will be cheaper and save you money. Also, despite what many say, always book flights early. With scheduled flights, these are published 11 months in advance, so this is the time to book to get the cheapest flights.

  1. Make sure your Honeymoon is ATOL protected.

Travel with an ATOL protected travel agent or consultant and take out a comprehensive travel insurance. There are so many external factors that can affect holiday bookings from terror attacks to storms and strikes. Make sure you are covered for all eventualities, so you don’t lose your money or end up having to pay extra if something goes wrong.

  1. Make it unique to you

Nobody wants a mediocre honeymoon and they also don’t want to be swapping honeymoon tales years down the line and find out that lots of other couples had a carbon copy of their dream holiday.

The littlest details can turn an ordinary activity into something extraordinary and memorable. Consider booking a candlelit dinner on the beach or a helicopter ride. How about the VIP lounge at the airport to start your dream holiday with a glass of champagne together?

Myself and my wife Lisa are travel PAs, operating under the company name Dragonfly Traveller, in Northampton. We work with our clients to create trips and experiences bespoke to them. We work with them and help to research, plan and arrange every part of their holidays from the more regular requests like booking accommodation and flights or upgrades like extra leg room, to a city break added on to the end of a cruise or the more unusual requests like hiring Harley Davidsons for road trips or visiting elephant sanctuaries.

If you would like to find out more about how working with a travel PA can help you to create your dream honeymoon, get in touch with us on 01604 661 100 or visit https://dragonflytraveller.co.uk/.

The Hill House Farm

We’re always excited to visit wedding reception venues; some are new to us, some are old favourites and some are just getting up and running, opening their doors, or in this case gates, to local couples.  One such venue is Home Close Field in the pretty Northamptonshire village of Brigstock.

Niki Newbery has over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry and saw a gap in the local market for a relaxed country venue.  We met up with Niki to discuss her new venture, who describes Home Close Field as “rustic meets vintage”.

The field, which is also home to three llamas, is set in 10 acres of land adjacent to a working farm, right on the edge of the village. Receptions are held in a beautiful Raj style marquee with capacity for up to 120 people, which we’re sure is going to make it one of the most popular venues in the area.  There are plans to add a luxurious shepherd’s hut to the field to offer accommodation for glamping.  Niki will be offering a completely bespoke service, with couples in charge of the style of décor they’d like the venue to have, “with this service we can offer a unique experience that’s totally personal to each couple”.  The marquee will also be available for hire within a 25 mile radius of Brigstock.

Packages start at £3,000 which includes the use of the field, marquee, power, lighting and toilets.  Facilities are available for horses and dogs on the big day too.

Home Close Field launch date is 20th May between 11am – 3pm.  Come along and meet Niki along with her suppliers of choice including, florist Foxtail Lily, décor by Beau Bright, The Vino Van and DJ One Vision, for a glass of prosecco, tea and scones and a full tour of the venue.

For more information visit:

07962 324551


The Vino Van and your Wedding

Weddings can be one of the most stressful events to organize – particularly if you’re arranging your own, there’s so much to think about and do!  It’s a day where planning has to be nothing short of perfect, with no room for mishap. There are, of course, plenty of ways to ensure the big day goes as smoothly as it possibly can – one of those is making sure the professionals you hire have all the bases covered.

How We Can Help

We love a good wedding and we’ve worked hard to provide everything necessary to make the day a breeze.  Here’s how we can help you.

  • We may be experts on bubbles but we also offer beer, cider, wines and soft drinks to make everyone happy
  • For large events we use biodegradable plastic glasses but for weddings and other special occasions we can provide glassware
  • The Vino Van can be personalised to fit in with any theme of an event or to incorporate the names of the happy couple. You name it, we’ll do our best to incorporate it
  • We can be at the wedding for whatever time you need us and we don’t require you to be there when we arrive to set up.  Weddings are incredibly busy affairs so we encourage you to relax and let us get on with what we do best – pouring the fizz
  • Should we need a licence (a Temporary Events Notice) to serve alcohol on the big day we’ll make sure it’s all covered. Naturally, the same goes for relevant insurance
  • We offer a number of set packages to help make planning a special day easier, we can of course provide a more bespoke service to make the day as personal and perfect as possible.


Get in touch with us today  to see how we can add some fizz to your wedding day.




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