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Getting Glossy. How To Submit A Real Wedding To The Wedding Blog

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Karen McGowran Photography

This week I’m out and about in the Brides Up North mobile taking part in workshops and master classes in Yorkshire and the North West for some of my favourite wedding photographers, Cat Hepple (today) and Jonny Draper (on Wednesday).  Click here to find out more.  I’ll be hosting group sessions to discuss the role (and power!) of online publishing and social media and how professionals can work with bloggers and the wider media to get their work seen by the people who count – that’s you Brides Up North!

Wish me luck.  Even though the content is totally second nature and even though I’m now pretty used to public speaking, I still get those nervous butterflies, every single time.  I’ll be reporting back soon, but whilst I’m exorcising those butterflies, I thought it might be timely to remind you lovely lot how you can share your own wedding here on our pretty pages once the big day is done and dusted. 

Of all the submissions that I receive here at Brides Up North (and it’s a lot) it’s about a 50/50 split as to whether they come direct from the bride and groom or from a member of their wedding team (usually the photographer) who thought that the wedding had that extra sparkle that needed to be shared.  Whilst I love to hear from my gorgeous industry friends, there’s nothing quite like hearing from a reader first hand about why his or her wedding was special.  The excitement just jumps off out of my inbox and I love to hear about each and every single celebration.  It’s my favourite part of the job – no question – and I’d love to hear from you soon. 

I accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs. I accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and gay weddings.

From intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, I believe that every wedding is special. I want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web. Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog.

All you have to do is email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk to make your submission, and it takes about five minutes.  Please stick to the guidelines, it’s easier for us both!

Your initial contact email should include:

- Your name and email address

- Your Real Wedding venue and date

- A brief description of your Real Wedding including general theme, colour scheme and any other special details

- 4 to 5 varied images from your Real Wedding

- Confirmation that your Real Wedding has not been submitted to any other blogs/ websites/ magazines (with the exception of the photographer’s own blog)

When submitting engagement photographs, trash the dress, cherish the dress and other styled sessions, please follow the submissions format as above substituting the relevant details as appropriate.

Whilst I do accept submissions from photographers and other vendors if you are not the bride or groom you will need to seek their permission before making your Real Wedding submission.

Should Brides Up North wish to review your submission further I will require:

- 40 to 50 high quality varied photographs, mostly in colour and without watermarks, at 580 pixels across or larger, 72dpi, to include stylish details of your Real Wedding (your photographer will be able to assist with this)

- I accept submissions as a ZIP file or via Dropbox

- Completion of the Real Bride Questionnaire which will be provided

- Details of your photographer and any other key suppliers

Whilst Brides Up North will carefully review each and every Real Wedding submission that reaches the second stage, it is with regret that I am unable to feature every Real Wedding that I receive. Whilst every celebration is beautiful, I recognise that my readers require a variety of quality editorial content.

I always try to respond to all Real Weddings submissions promptly – and reply I shall – but if you do not hear from me within 5 working days of making your submission, please feel free to submit your Real Wedding elsewhere.

I can’t wait to hear from you! I genuinely love receiving your submissions, so keep them coming!

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Where I’ll Be Next Week: Talkin’ Shop.

April 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

This week has been all about catching up, office time, making plans and getting ready – because once I’ve eaten my last Easter egg on Monday it’s a jam packed diary right until the end of April.  As well as a double daily features schedule, the usual 200 plus emails a day from readers and suppliers (no lie, but I love hearing from each and every one of you!) there’s a fabulous vintage wedding exhibition for Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, not one but two very exciting speaking engagements, fittings, styling jobs, freelance writing, social media projects, a blog overhaul (oh yes, oh yes!) and one very special styled shoot. More on that later.

All this is jammed into a three “day” and a lot of midnight oil burning seven “nights” a week, as I try to juggle my business with motherhood!  Consequently, May might well involve a lot of lying down.

Anyway, those very exciting speaking engagements I mentioned? They both take place next week, and I can’t wait to get out into the spring sunshine and hang around with some wonderful, creative, inspiring souls.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

I’ve already told you about the wonderful workshop that I’m thrilled to join Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography at next Tuesday: The Editorial Wedding (click here for more information).  I’ll be joining Cat and a collective of wedding photography professionals as she shows them the tricks and techniques that allow her to do what she does so well.  Cat’s craft is very special – her work has that magic touch that makes you look a million dollars, “magazine ready” in your wedding photographs.  Put it this way, I’ve never turned down a feature submission from Mrs Hepple yet.

I’ll be there on the day too, to talk to you about the process of getting your work “out there” and seen more effectively.  I’ve been in this game for nearly four years, and worked on glossy magazines long before that, so I know my stuff.  How to craft a successful submission to a wedding magazine or blog, how to increase your chances of being selected and what those with an editorial eye are looking for. 

And it just so happens that the very next day, I’m hopping in the Brides Up North mobile and heading over the Pennines to make a very special appearance on day two of Jonny Draper Photography’s Masterclass too!  I can’t wait!  Jonny and Cat are two of my very favourite industry friends and to see they do what they do best in their own environment will be fantastic.   

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

So, we’ve heard from Cat, but what’s the plan for Jonny’s class? Please note – Jonny’s Masterclass is now SOLD OUT but watch out for more dates later in the year. 

Jonny says: This two day wedding photography experience  has been specifically designed for wedding photographers who are ready to take their business to the next level.  This is a Masterclass for photographers who are confident with their own digital SLR and are ready to shoot stunning images inside and outside of one of the UK’s most beautiful bespoke wedding venues.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Throughout the shooting day, Jonny will be demonstrating a range of lighting techniques that he uses during a wedding.  Attendees are invited to bring along as little or as much equipment as they would like to use throughout the day and there may be opportunity for attendees to use some of Jonny’s own lighting equipment.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

From the business point of view, this Masterclass offers an insight that no other wedding photography workshop has done before.  On day two of the course, not only will you hear from The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards "North West Wedding Photographer of The Year" (that’s Jonny!) about how he runs his hugely successful business, you will also be given invaluable business information from one of the UK’s busiest and most popular wedding venues about how you can develop relationships with venues just like them.

You will hear from the owner of Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience about how to establish and develop relationships with top wedding suppliers that will benefit your wedding photography business as well as an award winning blogger (that’s me!) who will show you just what it takes to get your work featured on the UK’s most popular wedding blogs.

Sounds good to me!  I’ll be reporting back on both sessions, and might just have picked up a few photography tips myself.  Watch this space.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

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The Editorials: “Its All In The Detail”

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography 

It’s time for another online/ offline catch up folks.  The Editorials is a series I run occasionally here on the wedding blog, bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines online. 

“It’s All In The Detail” was a piece penned by moi and first published in National Glossy, Wedding Magazine as a part of my Trend Alert series of columns (although it’s contents have been tweeted a few times since then)!  I hope it inspires you to accessorise wisely…

Its All In The Detail

I said:  No longer content with just the church, dress and swish wheels, trendsetting brides and grooms are thinking outside the box when it comes to the finer details of their big day.

This isn’t about following the crowd and installing a job lot of teacups, typewriters and the prerequisite bird cage table centres, but selecting unique props and decorating details that say something about the your individual tastes and interests and using them as a backdrop to your celebration.

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography  

A plan is essential. It’s all too easy to get carried away at the car boot sales and lose sight of your initial vision. This isn’t an episode of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Before the great rummage begins, consider your theming carefully and arm yourself with a wish list to avoid expensive mistakes. Consider enlisting the services of a prop hire or event styling specialist who will help you to bring more ambitious ideas to life.

SDS Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography  (26)

CG Weddings by The Crawleys

SDS Photography, Helen Russell Photography, CG Weddings by The Crawleys 

A Personal Touch

Whatever decorating details you add to your big day, the most effective schemes will be those that really mean something to you as a couple. Travel mad? Vintage suitcases, picture postcards and grand old maps in place of table runners can add nostalgia and romance to your celebration. Love cycling? How about a bicycle made for two?

Helen Venables Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Helen Venables Photography, Jonny Draper Photography 

Go Large

Some of the more popular grand schemes like festival or circus themed weddings need commitment to work. If in doubt, add bulk and colour – reams of rainbow streamers or paper pompoms en masse are a cheaper alternative to filling the room with flowers, and in some scenarios more definitely is more!

BUN Charlotte & Matt-94

Cassandra Lane Photography

Richard Wynn Davies, Helen Venables Photography

Chiconomics

Before embarking on a decorating extravaganza, remember to do your sums. Props and detailing should really be somewhere near the bottom of your budget and an optional extra rather than essential expense. Decide what’s more important to you – 100 Greek urns or your Santorini honeymoon (and I’m not judging!) and budget accordingly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Shelley Hughes Photography

Jonny Draper Photography, Shelley Hughes Photography

Nothing For The Sake Of It

Often, the most stylish weddings are the simplest affairs. Don’t feel pressured to over-style your day if a themed celebration just isn’t your bag. You can still add personal touches with your favourite flowers, photographs of loved ones or a carefully chosen playlist.

SDS Photography

SDS Photography

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A Year On Film. Supplier Showcase: Jonny Draper Photography

January 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Jen & Jim

This afternoon I’m letting my great friend, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and absolutely amazing (jah-mazing!) wedding photographer Jonny Draper Photography hijack these pretty pages with his round up of the year that was.  What do I mean “letting him”?!  This man would find some way to do it anyway!  

In any case, it’s a win-win, since for me, Jonny’s favourite selection of images from 2013 brings home what a fantastic year the last one was here on the wedding blog too.  I spot more than a few Brides Up North Real Weddings in his selection!

So many love stories, so many gorgeous brides, handsome grooms, happy families, beautiful settings, touching moments, rip roaring celebrations, hi jinks, laughter and excitement.  I’m all about a recap, but here’s hoping that 2014 has even more of all that good stuff (And even more of it) to come:  behind Jonny’s lens, on Brides Up North and in your very own wedding days and special times too. 

Let’s get going. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Abi & Tom

Jonny says:  2013.  What a year.  I shot some of the most amazing weddings you could ever imagine, LOVE Bridal Boutique had an immense first full year and I launched Jonny Draper Photography Training, which was absolutely brilliant.

Jonny Draper Photography

Ella & Lee

Jonny Draper Photography

Ash & Paul

Jonny Draper Photography

Jenny & Ross

I’m so excited for 2014 – I’ve got a diary packed with incredible weddings, there are some VERY exciting plans where LOVE Bridal is concerned, I’m just about to release dates for spring Masterclasses in wedding photography along with one or two other very exciting things that are in the pipeline – it’s going to be an awesome year! 

Jonny Draper Photography

Ange & Mark

Jonny Draper Photography

Emma & Chris

Jonny Draper Photography

Fiona & Giles

Jonny Draper Photography

Jenny & James

Jonny Draper Photography

Karin & Joe

So before I get properly stuck into 2014, I wanted to look back on 2013, on the weddings that I’ve shot and the wonderful moments I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in.  And who better to share that with than Brides Up North?

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Fun Romance. A Real Wedding At Eaves Hall – Emily & Nick

December 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Today we join Brides Up North reader Emily and her new husband Nick for their traditionally elegant yet fun filled celebration (because isn’t that what matters most?) in Clitheroe, all captured beautifully by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend, Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Emily says:  We got engaged on 5th October 2012 at Beetham Tower in Manchester in the same spot that he first told me he was falling in love with me.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We were married on 19th October 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe.  It was one of the only venues we could find that was stunning from the outside but also modern and intimate on the inside. It brings together a stately home and a boutique hotel under one roof – oh and the best bit of it was, it was all ours.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our theme kind of evolved over time, we took all the things we loved and that defined us as a couple, together with our venue and put them down on a board – when it all came together we recognised we had a kind of fun, romantic, British elegance theme – we ended up summarising it as playfully romantic.

We chose an ivory colour palette with shades of purple – from pinky purples to dark purples – we didn’t want a consistent or regimented block of colour. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

I got my amazing, stunning and beautiful wedding dress from Emma Draper at the fabulous Love Bridal Boutique. Emma not only helped me find it, but helped me modify it to fit my individual style.

I also got my veil, jewellery, shoes and garter from Love Bridal Boutique – in fact on the day I was a Love Bridal bride from head to toe.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our groomsmen suits came from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow and our bridesmaid dresses came from Bespoke Brides in Mollington, Chester. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Eaves Hall has a fantastic little bridal lodge at the end of the drive, where my bridesmaids and I stayed the night before and got ready the morning of the big day.

Although they offered us their very plush cars to take us up to the hall in the morning, I wanted to walk up with my dad and the girls so I could take in the beauty of it all and soak in the moment.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

One of the most important things for us was to get a photographer that understood us and what we wanted. That’s why we choose Jonny Draper Photography.

He instantly understood the best way to capture our day so that our photos would show the fun, relaxed essence we were looking.

We didn’t want lots of posed shots, we just wanted everyone to have a good time – we wanted our photographer to blend in with our guests and become part of the wedding- and Jonny is amazing at doing this.

He made our wedding day even more enjoyable than we could have imagined, by not only capturing every single moment and emotion but doing it in such a fluid and relaxed way that it blended into the day rather than felt like a chore for either us or our guests.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We worked with the very talented Flower Design not only for beautiful neutral tone flowers I carried on the day but for all the button holes, bouquets and venue dressing. The flowers were central to bringing our theme and wedding to life; they were stunning and brought the entire day together perfectly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our beloved bulldog couldn’t be there – but we didn’t want to leave him out of the day – so we not only incorporated him into our save the date, wedding cake and favours but we also had a cocktail hour in his honour – with a chubby bulldog cocktail served in a mini milk bottles with his face on them – using stickers from moo.com

Jonny Draper Photography

We worked with Joe from Specialized Cakes to design and make a bespoke wedding cake that incorporated our Bulldog topper (made by Sarah at Character Creations).

It was three tiers – vanilla, chocolate and lemon sponges. With sugar paste flowers to match our wedding flowers by Flower Design– with little dog bones and paw prints leading to the top of the cake.

Specialized Cakes also made our favours which were little chocolate cupcakes with dog bones on top – placed in a purple cake cases and boxed with a purple ribbon.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We had an evening DJ included in the Eaves Hall package, however, as we had an 11am start we had bits of entertainment throughout the day for our guests.

We had Steve Christie as our pianist as he was used his classical training to deliver modern, relevant music – which is more our style such as Rhianna and Kings of Leon. He played as guests arrived and during our drinks reception.

We also had Evan Young – an acoustic guitarist – who played modern ‘band style’ music in the bar during our cocktail hour. Giving it a relaxed pub feel.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

If I had to pick my favourite part of the day I think it would be our first dance.

When we got engaged our first dance was the one thing I was dreading – never having danced in a formal way before.  Now the song choice was easy to make – because it was ‘our’ song, but we quickly learnt wasn’t that easy to dance to. We choose Celo Green ‘Forget You’.

However, we were very lucky to have the amazing Ailsa Baker Dance, who worked out a simple yet fun routine for us and brought us together as dancing partners. She made us feel so relaxed and confident.

On the day it was so much fun to do and such a surprise for our guests – I think we literally took their breath away with our fancy footwork. It is a memory that will stay with us forever.

Jonny Draper Photography

For our honeymoon we went to Vegas, baby!

Jonny Draper Photography

What advice would I give to my fellow Brides Up North?  Well, the best thing I did was have an open mind and a relaxed approach to the fact everything didn’t need to match. This meant it took the pressure off everything and everyone, making it all so much more enjoyable and relaxed.

The fact we didn’t have one consistent block colour also meant our wedding appeared to have more layers and textures and had quite a laid back feel to it.

Jonny Draper Photography

 

Congratulations Emily & Nick!

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Terry Fox Couture 2014: A 1920s Styled Bridal Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

November 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

So, have you got the message yet?  We are hosting another fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham THIS Sunday 3rd November – and we’d really, really like you to be there.  Click here for all the details and to pre-register as a VIP Bride to Be.

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2013

Meanwhile…

Combining a bit of wedding dress eye candy of a Friday afternoon and showing off just how versatile this unique venue is (watch our for another real wedding from the venue this afternoon showing it looking completely different!) I’m proud to welcome Emma and Jonny of LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography, along with the brilliant Terry Fox, as they introduce Terry’s latest collection.  Enjoy!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Tell us about the new collection by Terry Fox?  What was the inspiration behind the collection? Which fabrics were chosen for the new collection and why?

Terry Fox HQ: The 2014 collection from Terry Fox was a particular treat – sizzling with sex-appeal and inspirational in its sheer creativity. Our couture-trained designer makes it look easy and that, perhaps, is the secret of her success; she layers fabrics and colours, patches together delicate pieces of the finest materials to create something that is always surprising and reliant on finish and texture rather than formal silhouettes.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Who would be a Terry Fox bride? 

TFHQ: A Terry Fox bride knows her own mind, is fabulously gorgeous and is looking for a bridal designer as individual as them!! Let’s say ‘classic with a twist’. Terry Fox brides understand the important aspects of a dress from fit to finish.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What sizes are available?

TFHQ: All sizes, all shapes, any fit! Each Terry Fox dress is uniquely created to the brides individual measurements.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What sort of price point?

LOVE Bridal Boutique: Prices start from around £2,100 up to and around £3,000. This cost includes the dress being made to a bride’s measurements and any minor modifications to a gown. Here at LOVE we believe Terry’s dresses to be great value for money, particularly considering the dresses are made from the finest silks and laces and are created in the UK.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What is the process from finding “the one” to final fitting?

LOVE: When a bride finds her dress here at LOVE, it’s a very special experience indeed, celebrated by the bride and her family with a glass of bubbly and lots of jubilation! At this point a bride’s full measurements are taken in order to ensure a perfect dress fit and also any special requests/requirements are agreed with the bride. All Terry Fox gowns are made-to-measure for every bride. The great thing about a Terry Fox gown is that they can also be modified to suit the bride – silks are available in a multitude of colours, and dress detailing/embellishment can be tailored to the bride’s individual requirements.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

After this initial order stage a bride will usually revisit the boutique in advance of her first fitting to choose any accessories she might need, and there are a wide range of Terry Fox accessories available to compliment this dress collection perfectly.

When it comes to fittings, the bride will come back into the boutique to try her personalized gown and any minor adjustments required will be made by my in-house seamstress.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Why are you so excited to stock Terry Fox at LOVE?

LOVE: When we first saw Terry’s collection down at Terry’s amazing studio in Suffolk (which is a complete treasure trove by the way and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look!), we were completely blown away and knew instantly they would be the perfect partnership with LOVE. It is clear to see that Terry lives and breathes dresses and beautiful fabrics and that comes across with every gown she creates. Every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery and drape has been carefully thought through and just takes your breath away.

We also knew that these gowns offered our brides a more unusual dress choice, and this is something which I hear time and time again from my brides. When a ‘Terry Fox bride’ (she might not know it yet!) walks through our door her eyes light up instantly. She couldn’t figure out before what she was looking for and why she couldn’t find it… until the moment she sees this beautiful collection!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

The fact that each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements too, with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from is something which offers a fabulous point of difference compared to a lot of other designers on offer.

This stunning collection is definitely for the bride who wants something that little bit different and to express her creativity. Her selection of dress shapes and styles is so refreshing too in a completely inimitable Terry way!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What was your inspiration for the shoot, why did you choose the venue/ styling and who was involved?

LOVE: When we saw the new Terry Fox collection at The White Gallery, there was a clear 1920′s, Art Deco feel to it which was one of the reasons we loved it so much. When we realised that the new dresses we had chosen would land at the boutique around the same time as The Great Gatsby was released in the cinema, our overall inspiration for the shoot was born.

We went to see The Great Gatsby & there was such a wonderful nod towards this era in the new Terry Fox collection that we knew we just had to base our shoot on this film.

We got in touch with Neil at the amazing Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire which is an original Art Deco venue and the concept began to come to life!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Cue a call to vintage model, Laura Norrey (we had seen her work on Facebook & knew she would be perfect for this shoot), our amazing friends Paisley Gamble (hairdresser based at Macleod Bradley) and Gemma Hallowell (Make Up Artist), Sian and her gorgeous floral creations at The Didsbury Flower Lounge and award winning photographer (and co-owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique) Jonny Draper and our team was ready! With a simple brief of creating six completely different looks in one single day!

We were also delighted to showcase the new headdress collections from our amazing accessory designers Donna Crain and Halo & Co, and these pieces worked perfectly with Terry’s new collection.

The shoot was amazing.  Since we had a small team on the day, communication was easy, everybody relaxed very quickly and we had a lot of fun. 

Each look & set up worked perfectly & Neil and his team at The Bowdon Rooms could not have been more helpful. We were able to use literally anywhere we wanted and I think that is what ultimately gave us this great set of photographs.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

How can brides find out more about the new Terry Fox collection at LOVE?

To find out more please contact Emma at LOVE either by phone on 0161 941 6446 or email emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

LOVE Bridal Boutique will be exhibiting with Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms this very Sunday 3rd November.  Do pop in and say hello, open 12pm till 4pm, completely free (because we are nice like that)!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Little Black Book

Photography – Jonny Draper Photography

Venue – The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

Dresses – Terry Fox at LOVE Bridal Boutique, Altrincham, Cheshire

Accessories – Donna Crain and Halo&Co

Model – Laura Norrey

Hair – Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley

Make-up – Gemma Hallowell

Flowers – Didsbury Flower Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jonny Draper Photography

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Coming Up Roses. Pink & Mink For A Real Wedding At Mere Golf & Country Club, Cheshire – Angela & Mark

October 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Finishing up an exciting week here at Brides Up North HQ with another dose of beautiful, as we join Brides Up North reader Angela and her new husband Mark for their stunning Real Wedding in Knutsford.  Angela offset her gorgeously girly palette with cool minks and an abundance of blooms for a celebration that looks as a fun as it was elegant.

With images by Jonny Draper Photography (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, don’tcha know)! 

Jonny Draper Photography

Angela says:  Mark surprised me and took me to Paris in February 2012. He didn’t do the traditional Eiffel Tower as he knew I wanted something a bit different so proposed as we were walking along the River Seine.

Jonny Draper Photography

We were married on 30th August 2013 at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme and Mere Golf Club, Knutsford. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Mere Golf Club had just been refurbished when we were looking for venues and it was looked lovely and had the views we wanted. One of the other reasons was the neutral carpet, which a lot of other venues didn’t have!

We chose a colour palette of light pinks, mink and ivory. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

My dress was from Sense and Sensibility and was my second dress as I had decided the first was not ‘The One’. I saw the second and knew it was right. It was a fitted dress with one shoulder, with a slightly Grecian feel to it. 

Jonny Draper Photography

The bridesmaid dresses were from Coast and our flowergirl’d dress was from BHS.  Our groomsmen wore suits from Moss Bros.

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Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

My bouquet – by Red Floral Architecture – was a mass of avalanche roses, enhanced with occasional sweet avalanche, metallina, quicksand and amnesia roses. A diamante section was included within the bouquet in a small crescent shape to match the gown and the headpiece. 

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We choose to have Howard Wing to entertain the guests throughout the day and into the evening; he also performed our first dance. In the evening we had a photo booth, which was a big hit with the guests. 

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Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We wanted different table names rather than the usual number and it worked out nicely that we had seven tables for the seven years we have been together. Each table was Year 1, Year 2 etc. with a photo from that year.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Jonny Draper Photography

My uncle made our cake for our wedding present, we asked for a plain ivory three tier cake and Red Floral decorated it with ivory flowers between each tier and one the top.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Jonny Draper Photography

I loved the ceremony but my favourite part was during the meal when Howard entertained us all and when the guests really started to relax and enjoy themselves. The photos just show how much fun we were all having. 

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Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

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Jonny Draper Photography

We knew that our honeymoon  was once in a lifetime so we fulfilled our dream of going to Australia. We started with a stop off in Singapore and then travelled down the east coast of Australia and then stopped at Bangkok on our way home. It was the best four weeks we have ever had.

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Jonny Draper Photography

My top tip is that once the day is here there is no point worrying. You have done everything you possibly can, this is your day so relax and enjoy every minute of it – have fun!

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Congratulations Angela & Mark!

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Snap Happy! Brides Up North Wants You To Love Your Wedding Photographs

October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Unveiled Autumn Winter 2013

After he’s up off one knee, you’ve bought your first bridal magazine, subscribed to a half dozen wedding blogs and thought about setting a date, what’s next? The dress? A honeymoon somewhere exotic? Or how about 200 hand knitted heart favours that your guests are sure to treasure forever?

Stop right there.

Every wedding will have a budget and whether large or small, it’s up to you to spend it wisely. After a venue, a pretty frock and something good to eat, I’d say that a quality photographer should be right at the top of your shopping list.

This wording comes from a feature I wrote for the Autumn/ Winter issue of Unveiled Magazine, but I thought that you lovely lot might benefit if I was to share it on these pretty pages too.  Please do leave me a comment to let me know if you found it useful, or if you are a professional photographer reader (howdy!) I’d love to know what other advice you might offer our brides. 

With images kindly provided by Jonny Draper Photography

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As a professional wedding blogger, I receive a lot of real wedding submissions and believe me, there is a big difference between a just-ok photographer and a really good one. A bad photographer? Let’s not even go there.

But why are good wedding photographs so important anyway? Aren’t your memories of the big day enough?

The reality is, wedding photographs are your memories. Crack open your album and your big day will all come flooding back. For better or for worse. If done right, they’re also memories that you can share – with future children, grandchildren, family and friends. You want your images to be as beautiful as the celebration itself.

So, that friend who’s just keen with a camera? Ask him to take some fun shots of the party instead and book the best professional that your budget will allow. You’ll be so glad that you did.

Now that’s clicked, where to start?

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Start Early

It’s simple: the best get booked, and fast. If there’s a photographer whose work you already know that you love, you want to be securing their services as soon as the date is saved. If you do miss out, then ask them to recommend a trusted industry colleague with a similar style.

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Narrow Your Options

If you’ve no idea where to begin, wedding blogs like this one and personal recommendations are your best bet. Decide what look you like, then search out the photographers who deliver consistently within that style. Ask online and across social media platforms for reviews and honest commentary.

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Do Your Homework

Once you think you’ve found your man (or woman), request to see a variety of examples of their work. Rather than a load of great photos from lots of different days, you should be looking for a few excellently captured complete weddings. It’s relatively easy to get one lucky shot, but a whole day’s worth takes real skill. While you are there, check out your options for aftercare and albums and that you like your photographer’s editing style and presentation choices.

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Budget For The Best

It’s a big ballpark, and very dependant on location, coverage and experience, but a photographer at the top of their game usually costs between £1,000 and £2,500. When discussing prices, check what the total figure covers to avoid any nasty surprises. How long will the photographer be there on the day? Does the price include an album? What about digital images and who will own the copyright to the photographs? What sort of timescales does the photographer work to and how soon after the wedding will you see your proofs?

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Practice Makes Perfect

I’d recommend an engagement shoot to everyone. Even if you’re already a pro in front of the camera, you can practice your make up, get to know your photographer better and check that you get on. If you’re a little more hesitant in front of a lens, a warm up shoot can really help to relieve pre wedding nerves and instil confidence.

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Smile For The Birdie

Once the big day arrives, remember to relax. You’ve done your research and paid a fair price. Trust that your photographer will do a good job and let them get on with it. Strike a pose!

 

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Evening Do… Or Evening Don’t?

September 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Our regular guest blogger Rachel – editor of Mosaic Brides – is giving me the morning off, as she takes control of these pretty pages to debate the pros and cons of a wedding at sundown.  No more worries about getting to the church on time: if you’re going to be fashionably late, why not make it official?!  Over to Rachel. 

With images by Jonny Draper Photography 

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Rachel says:  As marriage laws have been relaxed over the years couples have been given much more say over when and where they tie the knot.  One of the most recent changes to marriage laws means ceremonies can now be conducted outside the traditional hours of 8am to 6pm so couples can get married at any time of day or night – depending on the venue, of course.

It seems crazy that it’s taken this long for the rule to be relaxed considering it was initially introduced in 1837 to stop people marrying the wrong partner in the dark before the days of electricity (awkward).

The change is seen as a good thing for those looking to save money on their wedding day as it gives them the option to hold their celebrations in the evening, which means less expenditure on food, drink, entertainment and venue hire.

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But, as the law was only changed in England and Wales last year (there are no restriction on the hours of weddings in Scotland) the difficulty may be finding a venue that provides the option of an evening wedding, as most would prefer couples to hire the facilities for the majority of the day and evening.

Before deciding on whether or not to say ‘I do’ at dusk it’s worth taking a look at the pros and cons in a little more detail.

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Pros

Save – As previously mentioned the biggest plus point is considered to be the savings couples can make by holding their celebrations in the evening. So instead of forking out for a champagne and canapés reception plus a main wedding breakfast and evening meal, couples should be able to get away with feeding their guests just the one time. Similarly you will only require entertainment for the evening and the venue hire should be less for the amount of hours you require it for.

Relax – A later ceremony means no rushing around during the day. There will be plenty of time to decorate the venue, take receipt of flowers, cakes etc and make those final checks ahead of the ceremony. This also means more time for the bride and her maids to get ready and make the most of the venue’s facilities (halleluiah).

Personal preference – If you’re not marrying during traditional hours there’s certainly no need to stick to all the formalities. For example after the ceremony you could enjoy a cocktail hour (a trend particularly popular in America) without the fear that your guests will crash and burn before the party really gets started. Also instead of a formal sit down meal you could have street style food or a buffet so guests can mingle and the disco/live entertainment can get underway. If you are a real foodie however, the money you save on only needing to feed your guests once can be pooled on the main meal so you can really go to town and treat your guests to something special.

No lulls – We’ve all been to a wedding where we’ve found ourselves stood around with nothing to do but listen to the sound of our stomachs rumbling. A later wedding means less time to fit things in and so the proceedings should move swiftly from one part of the celebrations to the next without guests becoming bored.

Setting the scene – An evening wedding can make for a more atmospheric and romantic occasion with low lighting and twinkling fairy lights and candles. Creative couples can go all out on a decedent theme to suit the mood such as Great Gatsby with sparkling décor, elegant lighting and glamorous attire.

Grateful guests – A later time of arrival means guests can travel to the venue on the wedding day so those coming from further afield don’t need to book more than one night’s accommodation. An evening wedding, particularly on week days, can also mean that guests don’t have to take a full day off work.

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Cons

Blink and you’ve missed it – Most couples are put off the idea of an evening wedding simply because they’re told a wedding goes too quickly so they should make the most of it with a full day of celebrations.

Nerves – Many brides, grooms and those that will be making a speech can suffer terrible nerves on the wedding day awaiting their moment in the spotlight. A later wedding means a longer wait and more time for nerves to build.

Venue – As previously mentioned finding a venue for an evening wedding can be tricky as many places will prefer couples to hire the facilities for the day and evening. Also local authorities and religious groups aren’t forced to conduct marriages outside the traditional hours, so finding someone to conduct the legal part could also prove challenging.

Photography – Getting married later in the day, and particularly in the winter, means less natural light for photographs. Those getting married at venues with gorgeous grounds and stunning views will more than likely want to use them as backdrops for wonderful wedding pictures which require daylight. Those who do choose to hold evening celebrations should look for a photographer who has some great night time shots in their portfolio to ensure they still get some standout snaps.

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One area of the law that remains however is that 15 days advance notice is required for weddings – so they’ll be no drunken Ross and Rachel style wedding ceremonies taking place in England just yet!

 

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Here Come The Girls! Princess Frocks & Westwood Heels For A Bridesmaids’ Shoot In The North West

September 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I just love it when when of my real brides stays in touch, even after the big day.  We first met Kirsty on the wedding blog last winter, when I featured her gorgeous Christmassy real wedding (images that time by Jonny Draper Photography) and now she’s back – and she’s bringing her best girls with her – for a bridal shoot with a difference.  Brides Up North, here come the girls…

With images by Jules Fortune Photography.

Jules Fortune Photography

Kirsty says:  The inspiration for the shoot came from the lovely ladies at the boutique I purchased the Bridesmaids dresses from – Judith and Emily at Just Gorgeous.  On one of the many visits to the boutique during the wedding planning we talked about doing something fun after the ‘Big Day’ – a funky shoot with picnics and fizz. A friend of Emily’s has a VW camper van in the same vibrant red as the girls dresses – We jumped at the opportunity.

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

The bridesmaids were all so in love with the fabulous 50′s style dresses that they couldn’t wait to dust them off and hit the lens one more time! and I of course had to join them.  We’d set the date – borrowed picnic hampers, blankets and the camper van… it was full steam ahead!

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

I of course wore my amazing wedding dress! My dress was by White Rose. On the big day I teamed the dress with sparkly Jimmy Choo’s but opted for boots (hidden under the dress!) for the shoot.  I wasn’t risking sinking my heels into sodden grass…

The Bridesmaids wore 50′s style Lou Lou dresses with gorgeous Vivienne Westwood heels. 

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

We decided to use Whitaker Park, Rossendale as it’s lovely quiet parkland would be perfect for the ‘look’. Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery is also situated on the park and we were kindly invited in to continue the shoot when the heavens opened! The park is also close to Jules’ fabulous studio so it was only a short drive – needless to say the windscreen was almost covered with my frock and we did get some funny looks!

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

The day was such good fun! A great girlie day and a must do for those Brides that get the chance. We had such a giggle, I remember having to reposition the cakes on the cake stand because one of the bridesmaids had taken a chunk out of one proclaiming she was starving!  It’s nice to dig out your dress once again and the photographs are great.

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

When I get round to it I’m going to frame the photographs. The shots are fantastic, Jules really captured us having fun and the images don’t look staged at all. We didn’t realise Jules was there at times!  

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Little Black Book

Photographer – Jules Fortune Photography 

Bridal Boutique – Just Gorgeous, Crawshawbooth

Bouquets – Love Bouquets, Bury

Bridesmaids – Danielle Carss, Kat Carss & Victoria Borg

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