Trees for Life

I think we would all agree that 2020 hasn’t been the year that most of us expected. 

With our lives essentially on pause and the future surrounded by so much uncertainty, we can all be forgiven if we’ve been left feeling slightly anxious about things moving forward.

This has never been more true of weddings. While we were able to re-open our photography studio at Hoults Yard in Newcastle to continue photographing Newborn babies, 99% of our weddings have been postponed until next year.

Yes, it’s not been the party that we all expected, but don’t fear… the good times will return.

Having so much time off hasn’t been a bad thing for us. It’s given us chance to reflect on many things and we’ve been able to take a good look at our business to see if there were ways that we could make improvements.

We spent some time in lockdown thinking about what else we could do for our clients and do a bit of good for the planet while we’re at it!

If you’ve seen our instagram stories you might have noticed Shazia’s obsession with houseplants, 52 and counting! What is the next step up from houseplants? TREES!

After doing some research we decided to team up with Trees for Life and will plant a tree for each and every couple who choose to book their wedding with us.

We got married in the Isle of Skye so Scotland will always hold a special place for us and we wanted to do our part to protect what we love about it.

Your trees will help to rewild the Caledonian Forest, a rich habitat found only in the Scottish Highlands.

Trees for Life plant in remote areas best suited to the return of the Caledonian Forest such as Dundreggan, situated near Loch Ness and Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.

Your saplings will be planted alongside other young, native trees, transforming open hillsides into healthy young woodland, rich in wildlife such as red squirrel, black grouse, capercaillie, wood ants and twinflower.

The trees will not only represent a gift to nature but also symbolise the start of your journey with us. The trees will grow stronger just as your relationships will through marriage.

Oh, and we’re going to back date the trees to the start of 2020. We did manage to have some weddings before lockdown, so what better way to mark a new decade than for us to do something positive for the future.

Not only do we think that planting a tree after each wedding is good for the planet, there’s something beautiful and symbolic about a tree being planted for each newly married couple. 

You can view our grove (and add to it if you would like!) here