Initially UK Model Folios was created to prevent models wasting their hard-earned cash on poor quality portfolio shoots- but as time progressed we quickly realised boasting the photography talent we do, it was a shame not to spread our wings as far as possible. Since that moment we have gone on to extend our services to host calendar trips in luxury locations such as Thailand, capture treasured family moments for the walls, and shoot special occasions such as weddings.
One of our favourite weddings to date was The Dalton-Lewis celebrations, which took place in central Edinburgh. UK Model Folios met Julie (then) Dalton and Mike Lewis in April 2010 during a Hello magazine shoot in Barbados- after hitting it off over a few cocktails, we kept in touch and were honoured to be asked by Mike and Julie to shoot the most important day of their lives, their wedding in 2011. The reason this wedding was such a special day for us to be involved with not only stemmed from knowing the Dalton-Lewis’ already but more because they made us feel so special, just like one of the family. From being invited to the intimate Dalton dinner on the Friday evening at The New Club, to the concluding family meal on the Sunday, it was a weekend full of love, laughter and true, genuine people- just what every couple hopes for their wedding to be; plus, much to the surprise of the happy couple, we had one of their favourite images published in Hello magazine’s wedding section!
UK Model Folios caught up with the bride Julie Dalton-Lewis, who just over a year on has celebrated her first anniversary with her husband and their beautiful Son, plus opened (the first of many we hope) their family restaurant, The Adamson in the sought-after St Andrews.
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Tell us a bit about your wedding day…
We both had a fabulous wedding weekend. On Friday 4th March; Mike and his family and friends went to the Outsider Restaurant looking on to Edinburgh Castle from the old town. I, friends and family went to dinner at The New Club overlooking the castle from Princess Street. The champagne was flowing however it was home before midnight- a bride needs to look her best on her big Day. Saturday 5th March was perfect, hair salon with my best friends in the morning and then some girly time with my mum and bridesmaids getting ready at the family home. Mike threw an Usher breakfast in Tigerlily’s private room. It was near 2pm and the vintage Bentley arrived outside. My mum left the house with a tear in her eye and Dad and I climbed into the Bentley. It was a perfect time between father and daughter.
As we arrived at the Church the sun was gleaming and I couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle. The Bridesmaids Tammy, Kiesha & Alex followed flower girls Lucy, Ava and our son Charlie as page boy down the aisle
It was the most beautiful, perfect and important moment in my life went I said, ‘I do.’ As we signed the register my brother sang; ‘One Hand, One Heart.’ It was breathtaking. Mike walked me back down the aisle as his wife; I have never felt such joy
“We had fabulous photos taken of the family and friends at the church.”
We arrived at Princess Street gardens with Alan and Fay behind us in a cab. The location was perfect for some shots of us in Edinburgh. Alan and Fay made us feel very special, glamorous and relaxed. There are some gorgeous shots of us in the gardens
As we returned to the car the vintage Bentley wouldn’t start…. We called a cab and took off to the new club for some shots on the roof overlooking the Castle. We arrived at The Merchants’ Hall in another cab and joined our Guests at the Champagne reception. We had the most delightful Wedding Breakfast and danced the night away…
We met everybody the next day for lunch… It was just perfect from start to finish…
Why were the wedding photos a really important aspect of your wedding for you?
It really is a special moment in your life and to have it captured on camera by the best you know means you don’t have to worry about a thing. The image of Mike and I was very important for us both because we want to capture how big this day was for both of us, and also the love between us and the love we have for our family and friends. We didn’t want any moment to pass us by.
“It really is a special moment in your life and to have it captured on camera by the best you know”
What was it like having celebrity photographer Alan Strutt as your wedding photographer?
It was incredible. Alan very kindly took some pics of us in Barbados. Mike and I were new parents; Charlie was 10 weeks old in the shots. They are such beautiful photographers we have them enlarged and hanging in our home in Edinburgh. We just knew we wanted Alan to take our photos of our special day. We just crossed our fingers he would. I couldn’t believe when he said yes. Alan and Fay made us feel like we were walking on air on our Wedding Day. Boy did we laugh when the Vintage Bentley wouldn’t start… The four of us and the driver Bill sat in the car trying to start it on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the most famous gardens in Edinburgh; Princess Street Gardens. Alan of course spotted the moment and started shooting away capturing part of our day that will never be forgotten.
Were you at all nervous about the wedding photos not going to plan?
No not with Alan and Fay leading the way. That was the best part- fabulous Fay and I discussed the style of shots we wanted indepth before the day so I knew I could completely relax and get what Mike and I so wanted.
Why do you feel it’s important for couples to have a reliable photography service such as UK Model Folios that they can depend on for their wedding day?
It is really a magical day for the Bride and Groom and their family and friends so to capture the memories and special moments of you day can make or break the memories you look at for the rest of your life! Alan and Fay have made our memories so special! Perfect.
How easy was it planning the concept of your wedding photos with Fay?
Very easy- Fay let me see some great ideas before the wedding day and we discussed at length the way the shots would look a month before Mike and I’s big day!
Did you have an idea of how you wanted your photos to look?
Yes, I think every bride has an idea of how they wish everything to look on the day. It makes it even better when you work with people who are so professional and make you feel at ease that what you dream of your wedding shots to look like will come true.
Did you feel that the team felt just as passionate about the big day as you did?
Yes, really we did.
Which was your favourite photo and why?
We love them all! Honestly, it’s difficult to choose.
Did UK Model Folios offer any other perks?
Yes, it was wonderful to be in Hello! Our friends loved it! Even people at the gym have stopped me and told me they saw it! How lovely?!
Apart from marrying the man of your dreams, what was your favourite part of your big day?
I loved the entire weekend. Friends and family joined us from all over the world. We had dinner at the New club on Friday with friends and family very close to my heart. The setting was perfect overlooking Edinburgh castle when it was all lit up. Alan and Fay took some photo’s there the next day. I loved getting ready with all my girlfriends at the beauty salon in the morning. I don’t remember having lunch but I remember my mother in law Kathryn bringing chocolates to the salon and Tammy pouring me a glass of fizz whilst we were doing our make up! The Church was fabulous and we had such a sunny day! What a laugh we had when the vintage car broke down. Alan and Fay kept shooting though! The receptionwas gorgeous as was the wedding breakfast and the midnight feast! The moments I will never forget will be the dancing! I danced all night! The band were amazing! Fay even caught the bouquet.
“Fay even caught the bouquet!”
Did Alan and Fay make you feel at ease on your big day?
Yes I loved having them there, it made me feel very at ease. I even had some make-up tips from Fay and the groom loved my make up!
“I even had some make-up tips from Fay and the groom loved my make-up!”
After working with Fay and Alan do you feel a bond with them?
Yes, I hope we work together again soon!