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Two in a Campervan, Two Little Kisses, Ten Months Later, Mr & Mrs! The Winners of the Foley Photography Vintage Engagement Shoot Competition: Beth & Simon

April 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Regular readers of Brides Up North wedding blog may remember that a while ago I blogged about a fabulous competition being run by a collective of North West wedding suppliers for one lucky couple to win a vintage engagement shoot worth £700.

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As you all know, Brides Up North loves to fly the flag for Northern talent and these suppliers prove that they have got it in droves!  With their expert help, lovebirds Beth and Simon have a beautiful set of engagement photographs that they can treasure forever!

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Scott from Foley Photography explains: Childhood sweethearts Beth and Simon overcame one challenge after another on the path to true love. But 18 years after losing touch, they celebrated their engagement on 9th April, winning a vintage photo shoot competition in Manchester.

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Beth and Simon had known each other since primary school, but lost touch for many years before the magic of Facebook drew them back together. They knew they were meant for each other, but further challenges lay in their path. Beth had a major operation following the discovery of a benign tumour, and Simon was made redundant, but after a difficult year they put these hurdles behind them and travelled to New York for Christmas, where Simon went down on one knee. To add to the excitement of getting engaged, they won a vintage themed photo shoot competition on Simon’s birthday weekend after their story melted the hearts of the organisers, a collective of creative businesses in South Manchester.

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Beth and Simon loved the vintage theme and really wanted to win. “Vintage style is something we both subtly aspire to, as we love a British, classic look – and often with a modern twist. For me, I love ladylike glamour, have a wardrobe bursting with dresses and am known for my love of pearls. For Simon, it’s all about tailoring and the odd flat cap!”

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Their shoot took place at the new Airyfairy Cake Boutique in Didsbury, with us, Foley Photography. To create a real vintage vibe, the couple were treated to some styling by Urban Angels hair salon and make up by Gorgeous Flawless, with cute props to complete the look, from Airyfairy Cake Boutique, Didsbury Flower Lounge and Vintage Twee. Manchester VW Campervans even chauffeured Beth and Simon to the beautiful Whitworth Gallery and Whitworth Park in Manchester, for an afternoon shoot in a beautifully restored yellow campervan.

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For us, as a collective, running the competition was about giving something back to the community and working together. Laura of Airyfairy Cake Boutique agrees, “We were really pleased to give Beth and Simon a day to remember, and even feel we made some new friends along the way.”

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Beth and Simon were thrilled with the results. “We thoroughly enjoyed the engagement shoot and meeting genuinely lovely people! We were quite tired afterwards from all the smiling!”

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When asked about their wedding plans, the couple revealed that they were planning a December wedding at Nunsmere Hall in Cheshire, complete with fur stoles and mulled wine, nearly a year from Simon’s proposal. So were they destined to be together? Beth thought so. “When I was 7 I had a major crush on my now fiancé,” she said. “I told my Mum ‘that’s the boy I’m going to marry!’ Simon now likes to quote that I’m only marrying him so I can prove I’m always right!”

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Thanks to Foley Photography, Gorgeous Flawless, Urban Angels, Airyfairy Cake Boutique, Didsbury Flower Lounge, Vintage Twee and Manchester VW Campervans.

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Are you a Northern Wedding Supplier with talent to shout about?  Join the Northern Revolution with Brides Up North!  I support regional suppliers and believe that you don’t have to travel to get the best for your big day.  Contact Brides Up North to find out more about my Featured Supplier packages today.

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  • Lorraine
    April 18, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    What a lovely couple and fantastic pics! My fave has to be the moustache and heart glasses one, love it! x

  • April 18, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous shoot, love the teacups, cupcakes and campervan. Her dress is lovely x

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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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