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A slightly different blog post today - a quick guide to some easy ways to sign PDFs without printing and scanning them.
When you book me in, I'll send a full legally binding contract to ensure that everything is agreed and in writing. With the technological advances in smartphones and tablets, it's now very quick and easy to sign the contract on your device and email it back to me.
I encourage everyone to email me the contract where possible - paper copies via post are still fine, but when I receive a paper copy I'll then digitise it and destroy the paper copy - so it makes sense just to receive it digitally in the first place! With the advent of GDPR, it's harder now to store paper securely in line with the regulations - much easier to keep it in secure digital format.
Method 1 - Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad
Open the PDF contract attached from your email and tap the 'markup' button (looks like a pen).
This allows you to write directly onto the PDF. Zoom in to the signature strip on page 2 and sign.
This will attach the signed PDF into a new email which you can send back to me.
Method 2 - Adobe Fill & Sign App
This is one I haven't tried personally, but I've been told this is an easy way of filling in PDFs directly from your phone or tablet. It's available on both Apple and Android devices:
Laptops, Chromebooks and other devices...
A little more complicated, so I'll defer to people who know what they're talking about!
Printing... scanning... and paper copies
If you don't fancy trying the electronic method, you can of course just print the contract and sign it by hand. Once signed, you can either scan the signature page or take a photo of it (as long as it's clear and legible), then return to me via email.
And finally... you could even post the contract to me! Remember the days when we used pen, paper and the post box?! Ha ha! That's still absolutely fine. As mentioned in the intro, I do destroy paper copies after I've digitised them and stored them securely using online cloud storage. This is due to the new GDPR regulations - it's very important to store personal data in a responsible way, and paper copies with name and addresses can easily get into the wrong hands.
published 13th March 2019
Clevedon Hall wedding fayre appearance (30th September) cancelled
Unfortunately I've had to cancel my planned appearance at the Clevedon Hall wedding fayre on Sunday September 30th due to another engagement. However I'm hoping to be back for the next one on 13th January - details TBC.
To avoid any confusion, it's only my appearance that's cancelled, the wedding fayre is going ahead as normal! So if you were planning on coming down to see me, don't let my non-appearance put you off! You'll still get the chance to chat to lots of amazing suppliers and have a look around one of the most beautiful venues in the South-West.
I'll be getting some new professional videos filmed later this year, but in the meantime I'm going to be putting a new live acoustic song on my YouTube channel every Tuesday. Not only will this help me get lots more of my music online, it also gives you guys the chance to make song suggestions and get involved!
Search #tuesdaytune on Social Media or leave a comment on one of my YouTube videos to make a request - I've had lots of great song requests come in already so am putting together a list. Let me know if there's something you'd like to hear!
You can check out the full #tuesdaytune playlist below...
18th Feb 2018 - The Chosen Wedding Fair
The Chosen Wedding Fair at the Paintworks in Bristol is a gathering of the best and most creative wedding suppliers in the South-West and beyond. This wedding show is always one on the first dates in my diary - it's such a fantastic event and one I really look forward to!
I arrived bright and early, ready to set up and await the opening of the doors at 11am. I set up my area, did a few vocal warm-ups and was good to go! I must say, it was nice to be exhibiting having not played a gig the night before. Usually, I will have been playing til midnight the night before, so it was nice to have Saturday night off and be fresh and ready the following morning.
Chosen has undergone some changes recently - Matt and Joe of Always You Photography took over and this was their first fair at the helm. They did an absolutely fantastic job - anyone would've thought they'd have been running the shows for years! Everything ran smoothly and we had lots of engaged couples through the doors enjoying the unique atmosphere and vibe of the show.
Part of Chosen's appeal is the setting - the Paintworks in Bristol is the perfect venue. Modern, contemporary and a perfect blank canvas for wedding suppliers to let their displays stand out. However the main thing that really sets this wedding fair apart is the suppliers themselves! It's a very in-demand fair, and every exhibitor is hand-picked (hence "Chosen") for their quality, creativity and originality. You won't see any bland displays on white tablecloths at this show - it really is amazing to see what the exhibitors produce, and is so inspiring for brides and grooms-to-be.
Video recorded live at the Chosen Wedding Fair
The energy and atmosphere is infectious, and it's hard not to have a smile on your face all day! I like to think I added to the atmosphere in a positive way by performing live, so the sound of acoustic music rings out around the venue as people browse and discuss wedding plans.
It was great to catch up with some of my favourite suppliers including magician Darren Campbell, stylists Kirsten of The Little Wedding Helper and Lauradana of Wedding Creations, Emma of Bake My Cake, Photographers Tasha Park and Jake Morley, Sola representing Clevedon Hall... and many many more! See the full list of exhibitors here.
An absolutely fantastic day - congratulations again to Matt and Joe on their first fair, and I'm looking forward to seeing the event go from strength to strength under their guidance. If you missed this show, don't worry - there's an Autumn fair on 21st October and I'll be there. There's also shows in Cardiff and London - see the website for details www.chosenwedding.com
Wedding Venues in the Southwest
Following on from my previous blog post, where I put together a list of 10 of my favourite wedding venues, here's an exhaustive list of every venue I've played at down the years! I've arranged them by area, and each has it's own web link so that you can check out what they have to offer...
Wedding venues in Bristol
The Avon Gorge Hotel, Hotel Du Vin, Mercure Bristol North Hotel, Paintworks, Number 4 Clifton, Berwick Lodge, The Bristol Golf Club Almondsbury, Clifton Pavilion (Bristol Zoo), The Square Club, Colliters Brook Farm, Glassboat Bristol, Goldney Hall (The Orangery), The Bristol Packet (a boat!), The Grain Barge, Merchants Hall, Ashton Court Mansion
Wedding venues in Bath, Somerset & Wiltshire
Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard, The Roman Baths, Orchardleigh House, Priston Mill Tythe Barn and Watermill, Wick Farm Bath, Coombe Lodge, American Museum, Bathwick Boatman Restaurant, Clevedon Hall, Haberfield Hall, Cadbury House, Rookery Manor, The Gathering Barn, Cornerhouse Hotel, Nailsea Tithe Barn, Charlton House, Bishopstrow House Hotel, Combe Grove Manor, Bailbrook House, Kilver Court, Abbey Manor Centre Yeovil, Court Farm Banwell, The Old Mill Bath, Moonraker Hotel, Huntstile Organic Farm, Limpley Stoke Hotel, Homewood Park, Folly Farm Pensford, Batch Country House, Babington House, Yarlington Barn, Hare & Hounds (Lansdown, Bath), Haselbury Mill, Brympton House, The Battleaxes, Quantock Lakes
Wedding venues in Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds
Kingscote Barn, Cripps Barn, Stone Barn, Berkeley Castle, Great Tythe Barn Tetbury, The Manor House Hotel (Moreton-In-Marsh), Westonbirt Arboretum, The Manor House (Castle Combe), The Matara Centre, Thornbury Castle, Thornbury Golf Club, The Hare & Hounds (Tetbury), Eastwood Park, Manor By The Lake Cheltenham, Hatton Court, Rendcomb College, Elmore Court, Egypt Mill
Wedding venues in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset
Watergate Bay, Tunnels Beaches, Trevenna, Dunster Tithe Barn, Lusty Glaze, The Green Cornwall, Mill End Hotel, The Lynhurst (Lynton), Ever After - A Dartmoor Wedding, Polhawn Fort, St. Elizabeth's House, Yeoldon House, Bovey Castle, Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Bridwell Park, Branksome Dene
Wedding venues in Wales
Canada Lake & Lodge, Glen-Yr-Afon Hotel, West Usk Lighthouse, Llancaiach Fawr Manor, The Barn at West Farm, Fforest, Oxwich Bay Hotel, New House Country Hotel, Cardiff Marriott Hotel, Clearwell Castle, Manorbier Castle, Barn at Brynich, Bryngarw House, Florin
Friars Court, Caswell House, Spittleborough Farmhouse, Sulgrave Manor, Oaks Farm (Surrey), Bordesley Park, Birtsmorton Court, Brockencote Hall, Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, Morden Hall, Little Channels, The Mill Barns