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our love story. jessica & tim

August 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (20)

Brides Up North readers Jessica and Tim are about to tie the knot this Bank Holiday weekend, so we thought it was only right that they share their love story and colourful engagement shoot images with us on the pages of their favourite wedding blog. Over to the bride to be… (and congratulations from Team Brides Up North!)

With images by Steve Bridgwood Photography.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (15)

jessica says: We got engaged in June 2014, it was my first weekend home after knee surgery and Tim brought me breakfast in bed. On the plate he has spelt out “Will you marry me?” in alphabetti spaghetti and it was a fantastic surprise to come home to.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (3)

We are getting married on 30th August this year at Heaton House Farm.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (4)

We first met in our local pub in 2005, I was wearing a Ramones T shirt and Tim (who likes the Ramones) came up to me and started talking about them and what my favourite album was. I wasn’t able to answer as I didn’t really know a lot about them and we had a joke about it and hit it off from there.

On our first date we went to cinema, it didn’t start particularly well as we nearly crashed on the way there. Then we went to see a Jim Carey film and it was only after I told Tim that he (Jim Carey, not Tim) really annoys me. So it wasn’t an ideal start.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (11)

We never really had that defining “this is it” moment, but the more time we were with one another the more we knew something special was there and wanted to be with each other.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (19)

 

I love all of the sweet little things Tim does for me. I love how he has always been there for me no matter what. I love how we love each other after being together for almost a decade and our love is getting stronger.

tim says: What I love most about Jess is how kind and conscientious she is to others, which makes me think what a great mother she will be.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (28)

Tim’s annoying little habit is that he is too clean and always tidying up. Mine is that I’m a bit messy, so our annoying little habits work well together.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (26)

 

Our greatest wish for married life is to carry on growing together and to continue enjoying all of life’s little adventures with one another… and to start a family.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (24)

We chose to have an engagement shoot as it was something different for us both and was a great way for us to get to know Steve better and how he works.

We had a great time on the engagement shoot with Steve in the Northern Quarter. He really made us feel a lot more relaxed for the big day as neither of us are big on having our photo taken, but now we’ve got a really good feel for it. The photographs are going to be used on the day for our memory board and we’re going to use them at home too.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (22)

We both have found Brides Up North really useful in planning our own wedding and it has helped us to  channel our own ideas in how we want our wedding to look – and we’ll be back to share the results!

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our love story. amanei & erik

August 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (1)

This afternoon we meet husband and wife-to-be Amanei and Erik, as they share with us their love story and the results of their stunning engagement shoot. The Alnwick Garden provides a beautiful backdrop for the shoot and will also be the setting for Amanei and Erik’s impending big day.

So let’s join them on a stroll around the grounds as we find out the all-important how, when and where’s.

With images by Julie Barron Photography.

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (6)

amanei says: Erik proposed just before midnight on 25th October 2014. We were at the Oblix Restaurant at The Shard, during an amazing weekend away in London. As a surprise he’d also arranged for some of my family to be there the following day for a meal together to celebrate before travelling home. It was all a surprise, however as he’d had the ring since August, I knew it was on the cards!

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (4)

We chose to set the date for 22nd November 2015 as we really wanted a winter wedding, but didn’t want it to be too close to Christmas (no Santa at our reception please).

Our ceremony is to be held at our local and gorgeous parish church and after a lot of searching we found the perfect winter reception venue, The Alnwick Garden.

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (7)

We first met in the office at work. Erik was my (not so secret) Santa shortly after he moved to the same department I was working in (he bought me knitted slipper socks that were three sizes too big!) He is insistent however that for the first months after meeting him, I completely ignored him! After a number of ‘espresso coffee’ dates at work, our first official date was at the intimate Dacantus restaurant in Newcastle in spring last year. We still sometimes go in for a sneaky glass of wine when we’re passing Grey Street and reminisce about how perfect it was!

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (20)

I suppose it’s true what they say, that when you meet ‘the one’ you know instantly, because that’s definitely what happened in our case – the choice is I suppose, made for you! Erik is my absolute rock and that’s why I love him so much. I know that he will support me, and our relationship, through thick and thin and whatever married life may throw at us. He’ll be an amazing husband.

Erik says that he knew from the beginning, when we first used to go for coffee together that I was that ‘one’ special person. He proposed very quickly but says that’s because he doesn’t have any doubts about us.

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (15)

We both have our little downfalls though. No matter how often I tell Erik not to, he always feeds our Chihuahua Miles, some of his dinner, and Erik says I can be a bit of a control freak – he wishes I would just relax a little bit more.

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (19)

Our biggest wish for married life is to have a solid, stable, supportive home and to make each other happy, that’s all we can ever wish for – anything else is a bonus!

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (11)

Our wedding photographer Julie was recommended to us by a friend and as we had never worked with her before we took her up on the offer of an engagement shoot. We want very natural, unobtrusive and relaxed photography to capture our day and were confident that Julie was the right choice, but the engagement shoot concreted that for us. Phew!

We were definitely nervous beforehand, however Julie really put us at ease and we really enjoyed the session, but most importantly we now know that on the day we’ll feel comfortable while Julie is photographing us – which is so important.

The timing of the engagement shoot was also perfect as we’ve just moved into our beautiful new house, so we’re planning on framing some of the stunning pictures to make it feel like more of a home – it’s just a little difficult to decide on those select few, as we love so many!

An engagement shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography  (17)

I love Brides Up North because I find the amount of local contacts, suppliers and events featured are really useful in preparing all of those little details for the day! For us being able to contact suppliers who are local enough to meet up with and discuss ideas face to face is really important. We hope to return to share our big day on the blog.

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our love story. kala & andy

August 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (21)

This afternoon we’re heading to North Yorkshire, to meet husband and wife-to-be Andy and Kala, as they share their gorgeous engagement shoot with us.

The shoot took place at the beautiful Bolton Abbey where Andy and Kala spend a lot of their time walking their cute dogs, Beren and Roxi. Photographers are often warned not to work with animals, but in this case the handsome hounds look good as gold, posing obediently in front of the lens.

It’s just a matter of days now until these high school sweethearts tie the knot at Halifax Minster. Good luck guys, we can’t wait to see the photos!

With images by Ellie Grace Photography.

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (12)

kala says: We got engaged Christmas day 2006. Andy proposed to me at my nan and grandad’s house when we went for Christmas dinner. It was a complete surprise to me, although we had been looking at rings. He later revealed that he had nervously asked my dad’s permission then had been secretly arranging it with my grandparents.

We get married on Thursday 20th August 2015 at the beautiful Halifax Minster, West Yorkshire.

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (1)

We met at school, high school sweethearts! Our first date was on my birthday, we went into town and then to the cinema. We both have a great passion for films and still have our ‘date nights’ at the cinema now. It was true love and here we are 12 years later.

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (8)

I knew that Andy was the one from the word go! I felt so comfortable with Andy; he gets on great with my family and our friends. We both love sharing our hobbies and we just have such a laugh. Naturally he does my head in most of the time but we really are best friends and I couldn’t be without him.

Andy says he knew I was a keeper when I didn’t freak out after I nearly drown when he took me kayaking with my friends for the first time!

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (14)

I love Andy’s personality. He gets on with everyone, he’s adventurous and very caring. The only thing that really drives me mental is his habit of tapping his feet all the time!

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (20)

Our biggest wish for married life is simply for nothing to change! We just want to continue as we have been for the last 12 years, best friends and totally in love.

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (18)

We chose to have an engagement shoot for a number of reasons; we wanted relaxed pictures with our fur babies Roxi and Beren, Bolton Abbey is such a beautiful place and we wanted a chance to get to know Ellie, our photographer, a bit more before the big day

We loved the shoot! Although a little nervous at first, Ellie made us very relaxed and everything was very natural. I think it’s made us more excited for the day and it think it’s made me (I’m a bit camera shy) a bit more relaxed about having my picture taken all day.

We have already picked our favourite pictures from the shoot and have had them printed for family.

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (22)

I love Brides Up North for all the ideas and inspiration that people share about their weddings. We’d love to come back and share our big day on the blog, if you’ll have us?

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our love story. sinead & matty

July 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (3)

I’m a massive softie at heart, and spend most of the day at our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions indulging in girly talk with my readers – finding out all about their wedding plans and when and where they first met.  It might be a little annoying for my fellow event managers, but I can’t help it.  For me, before all the pretty, flowers and lace, the best thing about this blog is the people who fuel it.

Today I’m happy to share a beautiful outdoorsy engagement shoot and the accompanying love story of reader Sinead and her husband to be, Matty, as they prepare for their destination wedding this October.  Not long now guys…

With images by Chris Parkinson.

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (30)

sinead says: We got engaged on Christmas morning in 2011. Matty was planning it being a surprise but he didn’t know which ring to buy me. He ended up telling me so I could choose my own ring. We were sitting opening all our presents in my family’s houses when he finally gave me the ring and asked me to marry him. I thought he had changed his mind he took that long to propose!

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (27)

We are getting married on 23rd of October 2015 and we decided on Jamaica. We didn’t want all the stress that comes with planning a wedding in this country and the prospect of a holiday and tan helped us choose to elope. We are having a reception when we get back on the 7th November to celebrate with our family and friends who wont be joining us in Jamaica.

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (28)

We first met in 2010, I used to cut Matty’s hair in the barbers that I work at. After cutting Matty’s hair for a few months he asked me on a date and I was in two minds if I should go or not! I am so pleased I did. We went for a meal and a game of bowling (which I won). We had such a good time together, we went on another four dates in that one week.

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (22)

I knew Matty was the one fairly quickly, he makes me giggle all the time and he can change my mood instantly! I love how laid back Matty is, he never worries about a thing. He’ll do anything to make me happy and I love him for that.

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (25)

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (24)

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (19)

I just wish for our lives together to be as happy as the last five years have been, I’m sure once we are married things can only get better.

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (10)

We chose to have an engagement shoot because we love our dog, Mac, and after talking about ways to have him included we decided this would be a great way to do it. We also had a long engagement and thought it would help to remind us that we are engaged and actually getting married.

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (13)

We both loved the engagement shoot, Chris was fantastic and with a bit of encouragement we quickly got into the swing of someone taking photos of us. Its made us both excited for the wedding and we cant wait to share all the images with our family and friends.

Sinead & Matty (c) Chris Parkinson Photography (2)

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call it magic. a winter’s walk for an engagement in durham – dan & donna

January 13th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (3)

This afternoon we are in my home town of Durham as we meet loved up newly-weds Dan and Donna and share their wild and wintery engagement shoot.

wrap up warm

With images by Chris Parkinson.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (2)

dan says: The engagement took us both by surprise really, we were sharing a bottle of champagne in Durham, and all of a sudden I just asked Donna ‘Will you marry me?’. It was as much a surprise to me as her, I didn’t have a ring or anything. It was just the right moment, the perfect time. Magic.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (9)

We were actually classmates in primary school. But we went on to different secondary schools, and didn’t meet again until we were both 25, through Donna’s brother. I asked Donna out for a drink and we’ve been together ever since.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (16)

We just went to the local pub for our first date. It was love at first sight for me, but not sure about Donna! We just seemed to become best friends instantly.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (23)

Just being around Donna makes me happy, she makes me laugh a lot, in particular her dancing around the house.

I know this sounds soppy, but Donna never really annoys me, I annoy myself more.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (24)

Our biggest wish for married life is just to keep on being us.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (26)

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (28)

Obviously the best bit about Brides Up North that its local, and helps you find exactly what you need. We just find the whole website really easy to use and got some great ideas.  We were married at South Causey Inn on 22nd December 2014 and we’ll definitely be back to share our wedding photos on the blog.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (31)

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (29)

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (30)

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