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Delicate Treasures. Supplier Showcase: Ophelia May PLUS Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

February 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Madeline

I’m starting the week with something simply gorgeous (hey, isn’t that how we always start the week here at Brides Up North) and introducing another of my super creative Featured Suppliers – Jenny of bespoke accessories brand Ophelia May.  I’ve had the privilege of seeing and trying Jenny’s beautiful collection at one of our Brides Up North luxury events and let me tell you, these pieces are even more delicate and delectable in real life than on these pretty pages. 

And the cherry on top?  Ophelia May is also offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive 15% discount on all orders placed by midnight on 16th March 2014 using the code BUNweb15.  If I were you, I’d hightailing it over to Jenny’s online shop right now, before the rest get there first.

In the meantime, let’s say hello…

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May  

Roselyn

Tell us about Ophelia May and how it all began? 

Ophelia May offers beautiful vintage inspired bridal accessories and hair adornments. Each piece is individually handcrafted, with delicate embroidery and embellished with scatterings of Swarovski crystals, tiny pearls and seed beads. The collections are designed using beautiful silks, Scottish lace and vintage bits, to produce a unique selection of intricate head pieces and bridal sashes.

I have always had a particular interest in bygone eras and find that this often translates into my work sometimes even unintentionally. I am forever collecting vintage fabrics, jewellery, beads and pearls as well as fragments of antique lace. Not only do these inspire me to create beautiful pieces but they can also be incorporated into the designs, ensuring no two pieces will ever be quite the same.

Following my degree in Textile Crafts, where I specialised in Embroidery, I did a placement with a bridal designer in London. I then went on to work in the fashion industry as a designer but I always missed the creativity of designing for the bridal market so I jumped at the chance to set up my own company. I hope brides will get as much pleasure wearing my pieces as I get from creating them!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Adelaide

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Alice

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Annalise

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What bridal accessories are available to buy at Ophelia May? 

Beautiful hair adornments, wrist corsages and stunning bridal sashes are available in the current collection. I am also currently designing a range of bridal veils and garters, which will be introduced in future collections.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Christina

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I find inspiration in so many things – film, nature, vintage magazines and fashion, both modern and historical. I love seeing the latest collections from bridal gown designers and making pieces that compliment their designs.

Also, my inspiration often comes from the materials I use, whether it’s a vintage brooch or a delicate fragment of lace from a vintage dress. I love to look around charity shops, vintage fairs and antique markets. London’s Portobello Road is a great place to delve into, as it is full of bric-a-brac, antiques and beautiful vintage finds, perfect for sparking ideas.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Clementine

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

The vintage trend remained popular throughout 2013, particularly the Twenties and Thirties, with the release of period dramas in film and television such as The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey and I think this will continue into 2014. Headbands and smaller hair adornments will continue to emerge, with intricate embellishments, lace and plenty of sparkle to reflect the decadence of the Jazz Age.

There is also an emphasis on Nature in the 2014 trends, with floral details and embroidery appearing on headpieces and bridal sashes. Oversized silk flowers and hints of colour will add a dramatic statement for any bride wanting to create the perfect boho look.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Daisy

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

I am very passionate about every piece I make. All the designs are individually and completely handmade in the studio. Each petal is hand cut and shaped, all embellishments and embroidery are delicately done by hand and all elements are carefully hand-sewn together to produce a truly unique product of the highest quality for every bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Elizabeth

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Erin

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Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Evelyn

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What is your current favourite piece and why?

I love all the pieces in the collection, but the Annalise lace bridal halo is a personal favourite as it’s so versatile. It can be worn across the forehead, as a normal headband and it looks stunning worn at the back to compliment a gorgeous up-do. With its intricate array of crystals and beading, it will add a touch of sparkly vintage glamour to your special day!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Annalise

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service is for those brides looking for the perfect accessory to complete their bridal outfit but who can’t find seem to find it. Every piece can be fully customised to suit each bride. If you love an existing design and would like something similar, then fabric, accents and colours can be altered. Or maybe you would like a combination of two designs?

I can also create something completely new and unique, handmade just for you to match your theme or your dress. Any cut offs or spare lace from your wedding dress can be used for a bridal sash or even incorporated into a hair accessory.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isabella

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isla

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Madeleine

Do you make pieces that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

Several of the smaller pieces would be perfect for bridesmaids, such as the Rose hair clip or the Nellie hair pins. These can be made in a variety of colours to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Melody

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Yes, absolutely. Family heirlooms or treasured jewellery can be incorporated into your design, creating a unique keepsake for future generations. I love to create pieces this way, as these special objects have a history of their own and have the ability to evoke strong emotional sentiments, making them truly personal to the bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Nellie

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Tell us about your personalised embroidery?

Items can be delicately hand embroidered with names, dates or a significant quote, for that extra special touch. This can be applied to anything from a bridal sash to a cherished handkerchief.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Rose

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Willow

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

 How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

Brides Up North readers can contact me via my website or email me at info@opheliamay.com. They can also join me on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

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Style It Up! Supplier Showcase: Ruby’s Tea Party PLUS Special Offer For Wedding Blog Readers!

January 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ruby's Tea Party

Brand new Brides Up North readers (well, hello there!) will soon find out that as well as bringing you a double daily dose of wedding inspiration and wedding gown eye candy, we also work hard to showcase the very best wedding industry suppliers in your region (see our Directory for the evidence, or browse back through our posts with the category "Featured Supplier").  Leaving you more time for shoe shopping and, er, going down the pub. 

Today we meet Brides Up North Featured Supplier Karen of Ruby’s Tea Party, a pretty styling outfit based in the North East.  Karen’s got a special New Year’s discount just for Brides Up North readers up her sleeve, and wants a challenge: to make your wedding day as perfect as possible.  I’ve know Karen for quite a while after meeting at one of my Brides Up North Tweet Ups back in 2012, and it’s time for you to meet her…

Karen is offering  a 10% discount on the hire catalogue for any new bookings confirmed by 28th February 2014. Please quote Brides Up North upon enquiry.

Ruby's Tea Party

When and why did Ruby’s Tea Party begin? 

I set up Ruby’s Tea Party in the summer of 2011 because I spotted an opportunity to help brides and grooms with their special day. I noticed the trend towards serving afternoon tea was growing in popularity and I already had a small collection of vintage pieces at home so all I had to do was start collecting more!

Tell us about yourself?

My first ever job was working in the restaurant of a local pub at weekends. I got a real buzz from making sure people were happier when they left than when they arrived and so I went on to study Hospitality Management specialising in events. I worked for top end restaurants owned by celebrity chefs and a 5* hotel to perfect my craft and just fell in love with all things wedding.

Ruby's Tea Party

What services does Ruby’s Tea Party offer?

Ruby’s Tea Party began as a vintage china hire company and has grown from there. My hire collection includes all the vintage china you could ever need to serve afternoon tea as well as cutlery and linens. Over time I’ve found my collection growing and now I offer various props and decor items to help create an overall look in a venue. I finally left the ‘day job’ earlier this year to focus on Ruby’s Tea Party and since then I’m able to more involved and offer a venue dressing service or work with couples on a full venue styling package.

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Diary Date: Stunning Sample Sale At The White Room, Sheffield

December 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jenny Packham at The White Room Sheffield

I’m popping by this afternoon with a date for your diaries from Brides Up North exhibitor The White Room Sheffield.

In their special sample sale on Saturday 11th January 2014, The White Room will be offering Brides Up North a unique opportunity to buy a beautiful couture wedding gown by one of the most prestigious bridal designers around including Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford, Stephanie Allin and Claire Pettibone.

Jenny Packham at The White Room Sheffield

Chloe of The White Room says: Some of our beautiful samples are ‘as new’ whilst others are discontinued or need a new home! We also have a selection of gowns at £500 and under. All gowns as ex boutique samples and are UK sizes 12 – 14. We will also have accessories and shoes in the sale too, starting from £25. 

Doors open from 10am and although this is a sample sale, we work on a first come first served basis so the day will not be self service – we will have a welcoming team to greet you and to help you try and buy your dress.  All dresses can be stored at The White Room however we cannot facilitate fittings but can advise on a brilliant seamstress who can. 

A few words of advice….

We strongly recommend that you have already tried on bridal dresses so that you have an idea of what shape and style suits you best.

A sale day is not the best environment for someone trying on for the first time or to get ideas, as we are unable to give you the level of service or time, so we suggest that you make an appointment separately and prior to our sample sale so that it will not be your very first time trying on bridal gowns.

Sample sizes generally are 12 and 14, but there are always a small selection of both smaller and larger pieces.

At a sample sale you do not have the luxury of time to go away and think, because the dress is likely to be bought by the next person who tries it on… please come ready to make a decision. 

This is great opportunity to find a beautiful designer dress at a price that you can afford, so be ready to buy if you fall in love with your dream dress and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Any questions? Call or e-mail The White Room on 0114 272 2336 or email chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk

 

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Luxe For Less! Flash Sale With Brides Up North Featured Supplier Liberty In Love

November 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Vintage Bow Veil

Vintage bow veil was £120 now £96

I have a feeling that I’m about to become your favourite person.  And that if you are reading this at work, production levels are going to take a dive very shortly

At Brides Up North Featured Supplier Liberty in Love, they sell ‘everything but the dress’.  Their website is brimming with bridal must-haves that make stylish finishing details.  Their collections include wedding hair accessories, jewellery, veils, cover-ups and bridal sashes, bridal lingerie, shoes and bags and  gorgeous gift ideas that are ideal for brides, bridesmaids and mums.

Flower Headpiece

 Flower tear shape wedding headpiece was £95 now £59

Baguette Brooch

Feather scroll baguette lined silver brooch was £285 now £214 

  Bracelet

White pearl encrusted symmetrical deco buckle link bracelet was £275 now £206

Dagger Earrings

Elaborate medium drop crystal dagger earrings was £170 now £127 

Vintage Sequinned Bridal Headband

Silver sequined bridal headband was £195 now £49

Crystal Leaf

Swarovski crystal leaf embellished bridal necklace was £305 now £250 

And it just so happens that they are having a flash sale.  Yes, that’s right – you can thank me later, because I know you’re not reading this anymore.  You’re over at the Liberty In Love sale pages, checking out the bounty.

Tea Party Comb

Tea Party Comb was £210 now £168

Opal Bracelet

White and opalised resin crystal leaf scroll splay raised pendant strap bracelet was £195 now £146 

Vintage Rose

Vintage inspired beaded roses on a pearl headband was £135 now £115

  Bow Hair Clip

Symmetrical floral bow hair clip was £99 now £75

I’ll just sit here and twiddle my thumbs shall I?  In the meantime, every item you see in this blog post is currently in their sale (and loads more too)!  Why are you still here?!

Visit Liberty In Love to explore.

 

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Fabulous Photographer: Clive Doyle Photography PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

November 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Clive Doyle Photography

We are so lucky at Brides Up North to have the very best sponsors.  When I started shouting about all the brilliant talent in the Northern wedding industry (think local girls, think local!) back in 2010, even I had no idea about the breath and depth of skills and services available to us regional gals. 

Today I am proud to introduce one of my brilliant Featured Suppliers, the talented Clive Doyle.  Yes his style is relaxed and unobtrusive, but its also so damn beautiful.  Cool and unique, but very high quality – for me, that’s a wining combo.  Get him signed up to record your big day, pronto. 

Oh, and did we mention he’s offering a 10% discount and some other treats exclusively to Brides Up North readers?  Read on to find out more and remember to quote Brides Up North when booking. 

All images by Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

I’ve always loved the idea of having a career that is creative. Whilst studying Media as a teen in Dublin, I first got hooked on all things photography. The idea of getting a roll of film (yeah, film, I’m 37 and sound ancient!), getting out, taking pictures and then spending the day in the darkroom developing the images. The whole process felt so arty to the teen me who’d only just left school and was like a rabbit in the head-lights at this whole new world opening up.

Once college was completed I followed a great Irish tradition… leave Ireland! Along with the masses, I headed swiftly for Sydney, Australia. It was here I first got introduced to wedding photography. I was working in a professional lab at the time (where billboards and such are made) and one of the photographers I worked with asked me if I’d like to come along to a wedding and “capture some ‘snaps’ of the guests mingling and enjoying themselves”, while he captured the more traditional family shots. Reluctant at first, I actually thought it was great, I loved the idea of capturing a wedding in a natural unobtrusive style… this lesson has always stayed with me.

I’ve now been photographing my own weddings for over 10 years, but it was that first introduction to a reportage style that shaped my own work which has been fine-tuned and refined over the years, so that my clients receive the best in reportage, un-obtrusive, natural photography.

Clive Doyle Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love to document people and real moments in unforgettable situations; trust me, there’s no better place for this than a wedding! It’s all going on…the beauty of the bride, the pristine guests, the tension before the ceremony, tears of joy and the laughter of family and friends gathered together for this very special day.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

That’s an easy one. The best thing is that I’m honoured the opportunity to create images with real meanings. These photos will be able to stir up emotions for the couple and their loved ones in years to come. Who hasn’t looked at their parents wedding photos? Who hasn’t coo’ed over their friend’s first dance picture? Who hasn’t shed a tear at a photo that’s power goes far beyond the paper it’s printed on? The fact that I’m a crucial part of these emotion-evoking images is truly amazing to me and I take the responsibility seriously as well as relishing it.

Clive Doyle Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Firstly I let them know that I’m not the director of their day; I won’t tell them to smile, kiss or hug… after all it’s their day, I’m there to capture and nothing else. By working quietly and unobtrusively in the background the bride & groom, along with their guests, very quickly forget that I’m there. However at some stage of the day, usually sometime during the drinks reception I like to spend a few minutes with the bride & groom to capture some relaxed natural portraits. Usually by this stage, the couple are relaxed, happy and actually grateful to steal a few quiet moments away from their guests.

Clive Doyle Photography

Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

People look their best when they are relaxed. So when it comes to choosing a photographer choose one that’s right for you. Start by looking through a photographers work and if you can envision yourself in the images then that’s a good sign. For example if you are someone who would rather spend as much time as possible with your guests on the day, it is best by far to choose a photographer who can truly capture you and your guests looking natural and relaxed style when, for most of the time, you are not conscious of photographed.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

This is one of those tricky female questions isn’t it?! I’m probably not the go-to person for make-up advice! However I think keep it real to who you are as a person, this will not only look more natural, but you will feel more relaxed on the day which, in turns makes for great pictures!

Clive Doyle Photography

Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

No matter how extravagant or low-key a wedding is, I sincerely believe that if a couple plan their wedding based around who they are as a couple, nothing will look bad in the pictures, everything will look great, as it will be a true reflection of who they are.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

It sounds cheesy but every single one has been unique and special – it’s a wedding, if it ever became ‘just work’ I’d have to stop as the passion would have gone, and this would come through into the images.

There’s been so many different factors that have made some of them memorable; from shooting at a spectacular venue such as Castle Howard to capturing guests dodging the rain in a busy Sheffield City centre, or photographing the bride & groom at sunset in the snowy Peaks of Derbyshire, or simply listening to a moving emotional speech from the father of the bride – who could choose?!

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any funny stories to share?

Plenty. At one wedding the bride & groom had hired an old vintage car to take them from the church to the reception. However as they were set to leave the church the car wouldn’t start no matter how many times the driver tried in vain. So instead of getting all stressed and not wanting to causing a fuss, guests stepped in and pushed the car all the way to the reception… which was luckily only about half a mile down the road! The guests thought it was great, the bride & groom loved it and I got some great images. The driver’s embarrassment waned when he saw how delighted everyone was about it!

Clive Doyle Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I’m genuine when I say my style is unobtrusive. But these aren’t snapshots that your mate could pull off. My years of experience in wedding photojournalism gives me the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. I can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.

It’s my passion for what I do that I hope is evident in the images couples see. To me photos are a valuable art-form, the most personal and precious possible. This day happens once, so I take my responsibility to capture it perfectly and naturally extremely seriously.

Clive Doyle Photography

What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

My clients want the best in photography, but they also want the day to unfold in a relaxed and enjoyable way for all. My job isn’t to interfere (after all it’s their day not mine), but to capture the story as it happens. I’ll get these images in a relaxed and natural way. I’m passionate about getting the most emotion-provoking work possible, but this is my responsibility, all the bride & grooms job is just to kick back and enjoy.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What is included in your "package"?

Couples can choose have me there from when the bride is getting ready to either the start of the wedding breakfast or first few dances in the evening. Included is the digital files that are fully edited and ready to print and share on the internet. This gives couples the option to create their own album and unlimited printing.

I also have a selection of albums to choose from if couples would prefer for me to design and put together their album.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Can you give us an idea on price?

Current prices start at £950.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes, happy to… all Brides Up North readers that visit and like my Facebook page will receive a 10% discount and not only that if they book me for their photography before 30th November 2013 they will also receive a set of 20 10×8 prints of their choice from their wedding day which would normally be worth £300!  Please quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Clive Doyle Photography

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

The best place to keep up to date on what I’m up to and for all the latest offers is my Facebook page.

To see more examples of my work visit my website www.clivedoylephotography.com

To get in touch email me at clive@clivedoylephotography.com or call me on 07771 566 854. 

Clive Doyle Photography

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Fabulous Photographers: Walker & Walker

August 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photographers

This afternoon I’m honoured to introduce you to Ben and Lynn Walker, a wonderful couple and a pair of very talented photographers, who work together to capture wedding days beautifully and authentically.  Together they make up Walker & Walker Photographers and are joining the Northern Revolution as brand new Brides Up North Featured Suppliers.

I’m busy working behind the scenes on some changes to the blog and wedding directory to make your whole experience here at Brides Up North slicker and prettier still, and I’d love to hear from you with any suggestions or requests to julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk.  It’ll still be Brides Up North as you know and love it (there’s nothing more annoying than when your favourite blog gets a complete redesign, I know!) just more interactive, updated and user friendly – watch out for the new look Brides Up North this Autumn.

In the meantime, our newest addition have got some special treats for Brides Up North readers up their sleeves!  For anyone wishing to book through Brides Up North for a 2013/2014 wedding they would like to offer an exclusive introduction discount of 10% off their half/full day service as well as a free mounted engagement image signboard for the couple and their guests to sign.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

Walker & Walker Photographers

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Pressed To Perfection. Supplier Showcase: Jolovka PLUS Free UK Shipping For Wedding Blog Readers

July 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve something a little bit lovely to share with you this afternoon. 

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Jolovka is a paper goods and gifts shop based in the North East created by husband and wife team, John & Kat Flynn.  Kat moved to the UK from Texas after meeting John whilst working at a summer camp in Dallas, Texas. After three years of having a trans-Atlantic romance, John was pleased to share everything he loved about the North of England with his beautiful bride.

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Jolovka offers custom invitations, embossers, baker’s twine, labels and vintage stamps that are both whimsical and classic. Their custom bridal shower and party invitations are designed so that you have the option to print them at home and they offer customised wedding invitations designed just for you. 

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Kat says: We are passionate about the love that can be found within the words of a hand-written letter and continue to find inspiration in celebrating the life that grows from that love.

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Their custom embossers are both designed and made in Great Britain and I was over the moon when they sent a very special Brides Up North embosser (as well as a little box of paper goodies) my way.  I don’t automatically share every promotional gift that I am sent here on the wedding blog – you’d soon get tired of that – but I’m a sucker for lovely stationery and these beautifully made pieces really stood out.

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I’ve been using the special Brides Up North stamp on all my correspondence, and this would be a lovely way to add a posh personal touch to your wedding stationery, and forever after as Mr and Mrs. 

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Embossers with text are £45 and embossers with images start at £75 but kind Kat and John are offering free UK shipping for Brides Up North readers with the coupon code BRIDESUPNORTH268.  This offer expires 3rd August 2013, minimum purchase £10.

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Go, go, go!  You’ll love it. 

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Jenny Packham Fan? Get Your Sick Note At The Ready…

April 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Jenny Packham Bridal End Of Line Sale

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Whatever else you had planned for tomorrow, un-plan it.

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You’ll be hot-footing it to Manchester instead. 

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Work??  Who needs it?…

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Jenny Packham

Bridal End Of Line Sale

Up to 70% off dresses, accessories and lingerie

Thursday 18th April 2013 from 8am to 6pm

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The Midland Hotel – Derby Suite

Peter Street

Manchester

M60 2DS

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Fabulous Photographer: Richard Milnes Photography PLUS Free Album Upgrade For Brides Up North Readers Worth £250!

December 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am thrilled to introduce you to one of my super talented Featured Suppliers, fabulous photographer Richard Milnes Photography.  This North West based wedding photographer is just as happy rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty (get him!) as he is working all over the UK and Europe. 

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He’s recently been accepted into the WPJA, the Wedding Photojournalist Association, an international network of vigorously vetted professional photographers and is the recommended photographer at some of the North West’s most prestigious venues including Sandhole Oak Barn, The Monastery, The Mere, Quarry Bank Mill and Colshaw Hall.

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More importantly though, he wants to meet you and shoot your special day.  Let’s say hello!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I was working for a creative agency and was made redundant, at more or less the same time my girlfriend, now my wife, bought me a digital camera for my birthday. I quickly fell back in love with photography and was taken on at Affleck’s Palace in Manchester to create a photographic document of the place before it was sold to a development company. This lead to several exhibitions including one at Urbis.

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It was some years later that I discovered that my aunt had worked as a photographer and had a book published with her work shot in the Sahara. Not only that but my grandfather (from the same side of the family) had been a photographer when he lived in Jamaica before the war. I guess it must be in the blood!

I’m entirely self taught and I now have the pleasure of teaching other photographers, which is a great thrill and something I thoroughly enjoy doing.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I’ve always loved photographing people, I guess that I’ve always enjoyed watching people’s reactions when I show them a picture of themselves that really blows them away. I’ve also plenty of experience working in the fashion industry, for commercial agencies and for magazines, all of which require a specific set of skills and all of those skills can be applied to pretty much every wedding I ever shot!

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I often hear other photographers state that they would never shoot weddings, well for me a wedding is one of the few opportunities as a professional photographer I can really let the creative juices flow and be entirely honest with the work I produce. I love weddings, absolutely love them!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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I enjoy the freedom that being a wedding photojournalist allows me, my philosophy has always been ‘do less, do it better’ and being left to my own devices allows me to anticipate a ‘moment’ before it happens, and to be ready for it.

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Meeting couples for the first time who are enthusiastic about photography is always a genuine pleasure and some even save up or make savings elsewhere to hire me, which is a always a real privilege and an honour.

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I honestly think that I have one of the best jobs in the world, I’m very lucky.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Like many photographers now, I use an engagement shoot as a great way of breaking the photographic ice with a couple before the actual wedding. On the wedding day itself, I work in a very calm, professional manner. I make sure that I’m available if needed and out of sight when I’m not. I have also been known to help out with the occasional little ‘emergency’ such as opening a particularly stubborn bottle of champagne, fixing a dodgy stereo system or offering some last minute advice to a nervous groom, bride or, more often, the best man!

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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The majority of brides tell me that they don’t really enjoy having their photograph taken and I think it helps when I explain to them that it’s perfectly normal. Occasionally a member of the wedding party – even the bride – may make it known that they are feeling uncomfortable when they are in front of the camera and I always take the time to explain that if they see me taking a photograph, they can relax in the knowledge that it will be a great picture, otherwise I simply wouldn’t be taking it.

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My journalistic style enables the bride and the wedding party to enjoy the wedding knowing that they won’t be expected to pose for the camera, smile when they might not feel like smiling or be made to stand out in a field for the best part of an hour shivering!

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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Now I’m no expert on make up but I would recommend using a professional make up artist for obvious reasons – it can also provide excellent opportunities for candid shots! Whatever you choose to do, I would recommend that you stay close to your comfort zone and try and avoid reflective make up as this can sometimes show up with flash photography (again, apologies for my lack of correct cosmetics terminology!)

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Anything to avoid which might look bad on the wedding pictures?

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My job as a wedding photojournalist is to make sure that you have an honest, beautiful and emotional document of the greatest day of your lives to keep for ever. It is also my job to ensure that I capture the laughter, the tears, the fun and games, all of the ‘moments’ that you may have missed.

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All you need to do is to relax, be yourselves and enjoy. I will take care of the rest.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I’m fortunate enough to include a few celebrity names amongst my clients, both in the UK and the US, so don’t think it would be fair to choose one!

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I was recently both the best man and the photographer at a wedding in Beverly Hills, California and amongst the wedding party during my speech were some big Hollywood names including Harrison Ford and Calista Flockheart – now that’s pressure – Ricky Gervais eat your heart out!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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There are so many to choose from for all kinds of different reasons, some of my most memorable moments at weddings have been entirely unexpected – at a recent wedding in Cheshire, the bride had recently lost a close friend, who had planted an apple tree in her garden. She had a single apple amongst her flower display on the top table which was the only apple that the tree had ever produced. Moments like that can really stay with you. I photograph a lot of military weddings and often there are some incredibly emotional moments at these weddings, for obvious reasons.

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As for dramatic and stylish, one of my very first weddings was for a member of the US Olympic team and her husband who hired me to photograph their wedding in the Algarve. The celebrations were spread over three days, with the first day being a mini-Olympics on a beautiful beach, which became quite competitive with all of the athletes who were in attendance! The wedding itself was in a picturesque 12th century chapel and the final day was spent chilling out aboard a private galleon. Wow!

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Are you married? Tell us about your day?

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Yes, I married my wife Cass in 2008 and I’m ashamed to say that we did away with tradition and travelled to Las Vegas (without Elvis) for a week of hedonism and escapism which was just brilliant. The day itself is a blur of amazing food, champagne and machine guns – seriously!

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Any funny stories to share?

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A bride once me told me that she had been to see a husband & wife photographer team before she came over to see me. Unfortunately for them, they inadvertently called her and left her a long, explicit voicemail message of themselves blaming each other for missing some important shots whilst returning home from a wedding! Ooops!

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There was also a registrar last month who was unable to pronounce the bride’s name correctly, despite repeatedly trying over and over again – this brought the house down and even the bride and groom were in tears laughing by the time she got it right. It happens!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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There are so many wedding photographers now that even I find it difficult to tell them apart, so it must be a very difficult job for brides to make a decision on who to book. One of the reasons that my work stands out is that I produce very honest, emotive images which are edited in a very straight forward way. This means that whilst the latest editing trends and styles may come and go, my photographs will hopefully remain timeless and won’t appear dated a few years down the line.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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A very professional, fun and entirely painless experience. I see my role as documenting the wedding, not influencing it, so it’s important for me to work in the background and keep a low profile throughout the wedding wherever possible. I am a very sociable person however, and I do enjoy talking with guests, many of whom will have their own cameras with them and I’m always happy to offer advice to the budding photographers amongst them!

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What is included in your "package"?

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My package includes;

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  • Full day coverage, 2 hours prior to service until first dance
  • A handmade, Italian Wedding Book, 40 pages, 120 images, crystal cover
  • Two duplicate parent books
  • High resolution images
  • Social media pack.
  • Personal website
  • All contracts, invoices and wedding information stored & signed digitally

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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My album package starts at around £2,300. 

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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I’d be delighted to offer an album package upgrade worth £250.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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For my professional images, www.richardmilnesphotography.com

For a mixture of professional and personal work, www.richardmilnesblog.com

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Wedding Blog Exclusive! £200 Discount On Your Wedding Photography With Richard Wynn Davies, For Brides Up North Readers Only!

December 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve an early Christmas present for you lovely lot this afternoon (and we all love those), courtesy of fabulous photographer, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend of the blog Richard Wynn Davies

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Exclusive to Brides Up North, Richard would like to offer all my readers a huge £200 off every 2013 & 2014 wedding booked this month.  All you need to do is contact Richard to make your booking quoting Brides Up North. 

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Richard Wynn Davies says:  We (Richard & Caroline) shoot all of our weddings together in order to ensure nothing is missed,and we cover the whole event so we will never ask you to pretend to put your make-up on after you already have, or re-tie a cravat that has long since been tied. When it happens, we’ll be there.

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We will produce stunning, poignant and natural images that tell the story of your wedding: all the things that you put so many months’ of thought and planning into, the spontaneous and all too fleeting moments, the things you remember, the things you may well have missed and everything in between.

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We like to get to know you and your plans really well before the big day, so we will spend plenty of time with you in advance; from an engagement shoot to get you properly warmed up in front of the camera, to a number of meetings and a venue visit where we discuss your plans and wishes in lots of detail.

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Once the photography is done, we offer a range of stunningly beautiful products across digital, framed and print media, including the finest bespoke albums, handmade using traditional methods here in the UK.

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We would relish the chance to come and show you some of our work and to chat with you about how we can help to make the story of your wedding truly unforgettable. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

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We don’t compromise on coverage. All of our weddings include both of us for as long as you want us on the day. Usually this is from the start of the preparations in the morning right up until the party is well underway in the evening, or even longer should you be having fireworks or other events later in the night.

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We also like to keep things simple. No platinum, diamond encrusted, luxury or what-not packages. We have one price for our outstanding service and beautiful photography with all your photographs on disk, and another to Include a truly stunning hand-crafted album.

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Our digital option is £1,700 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes:

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• An engagement shoot where we get to know each other really well, make you feel at ease in front of the camera and take some gorgeous photos of the two of you.

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• A venue visit with you where we can plan your photography in more detail, so you know exactly what to expect and we know exactly what you want.

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• A few exciting surprises along the way!

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• Full & comprehensive on the day coverage from Richard and Caroline.

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• Full post editing service providing you with approx. 400 stunning images of your day, print-ready on disk & displayed in a beautiful personalised presentation box.

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Our album option is £1,950 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes all of the above plus:

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• A choice of drop-dead gorgeous albums and coffee table books, traditionally handmade in the UK, with 60images of your choice. Additional products are available including albums from Queensberry of New Zealand, guest books and signing boards containing your engagement photographs, parent albums, and a wide range of the highest quality frames and canvasses. Prices are available upon request.

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Click here to read an interview with Richard and Caroline and here to catch up with Richard and Caroline’s beautiful Real Weddings and other work as featured on on Brides Up North.

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W: www.richardwynndavies.co.uk

E: capture@richardwynndavies.co.uk

F: www.facebook.com/rwdphotography

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