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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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merry & bright. an engagement at north pier – sally & stephen

December 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (25)

This morning we join newly weds Sally and Stephen for their crazy, colourful (and all kinds of lovely) pre-wedding shoot on the North Pier, Blackpool. Time for a few candyfloss kisses

May your days be merry & bright!

Images by James Jebson Photography.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (27)

sally says: A few weeks before Christmas, I told Stephen I didn’t think we’d made enough effort with our Christmas decorations. Arriving home late from a late shift, on a very wet and cold evening, I opened the front door to find our hall stairs had been covered in fake snow and glitter. My first thought was that Stephen had taken my ‘pimping the decorations’ briefing a bit too far, until I noticed an arrow of glitter directing me into the living room. All of the walls had been covered in fairly lights; there was more snow across the floor; the hearth was filled with flowers and there was a very large mound of glitter where the television should have been. There was also a champagne bucket with an iced bottle of Pepsi and a platter of cheese.

It is at this point I should probably explain that when we had first started dating we listed our five favourite things – mine were glitter, fairy lights, cheese, kittens and dancing (Pepsi would inch in at number 6). Over by the mound of glitter were two small kittens (not real ones!) with a sign pointing at the glitter and saying ‘shake me’. As I did, the glitter stuck to a piece of card and revealed the words ‘Sally Henfield will you marry me?’ Then Stephen popped out of the downstairs toilet (where he’d been hiding for 40 minutes because I was late home) and got down on one knew with a beautiful 1920s-style sapphire and diamond ring! I said YES, and then we did a little dance to Newton Faulkner – the song he first told me he loved me to. So, all five favourite things boxed off in one proposal.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (21)

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (20)

The first time we met is a topic of hot debate. We both went to Newcastle University and some of our friend groups overlap, but we never actually met each other while we were there.

Stephen remembers meeting me in a box at a Newcastle United game in 2002, but I do not remember meeting him until he (via our mutual friend Chris) offered me and a mate a place to stay when we went to a wedding in 2006– in return for us getting the boys invited to the evening do. Stephen won’t mind me saying that he held a torch from then on, but we did not get together until the summer of 2012. Chris invited me to an Olympic party while I was on a secondment to London and Stephen was dressed as Fidel Castro. Then the next night we were abandoned by our friends on a night out and shared a can of Pepsi in Trafalgar Square…

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (23)

After swapping number by Nelson’s Column, Stephen came to visit me in Preston, where I was living at the time. We had a fantastic weekend – we went to a beer festival, for walks in the park, drank Pepsi, visited museums. But after 52 hours Stephen had still not kissed me! It was only just as he was about to get his train that he finally made his move (with a very strong verbal hint from me!) He says he wanted me to know that he was in it for the real deal and hadn’t just come to Preston to get a quick smooch– a very gentlemanly approach.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (10)

Our engagement shoot was part of our photography package. We already knew our photographer James Jebson and it was a really good way to see how he worked ahead of the actual wedding. We picked Blackpool because we had been on one of early dates there and had danced down the North Pier in the moonlight when it was empty of tourists.

The engagement shoot was great fun, if a little chilly. We even got to go on a carousel! I had just bought my frilly underskirt from a vintage shop the day before and we had several old ladies come up to us to say how pretty it looked as Stephen twirled me round.

We love the photos – they are so fun and colourful (even if the weather was dreary!)

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (5)

We technically got married at Lewisham registry office, but that was just the legal necessities!

We held our wedding over a long weekend so we could spend as much time as possible with friends and family. Our wedding ceremony was held at the Asylum, a disused chapel in Peckham, and one of our best friends Chris (who is responsible for bringing us together) acted as the ‘vicar’. It was so lovely to have someone who could give such a personal account of our relationship delivering the ceremony.

We then held our reception at Brunswick House in Vauxhall – this is a Georgian town house that is now used as an architectural salvage shop during the day and a great place for partying in the evening.

The following day we gathered for a picnic in St James Park and then we all boarded the Tamesis Dock boat for more dancing.

On the Sunday, Stephen and I took some time out to celebrate as just the two of us and went to the Chiltern Firehouse for brunch before catching up with family and then jetting off on honeymoon.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (7)

I love that Stephen will always get up on the dancefloor (and look good doing it); that he shares a passion for cheese and Pepsi; that he loves adventures, big or small; he looks fab in woolly jumpers; he loves creating ‘memories’; he remembers the little details of things that you have said so can buy amazing presents; he is funny and has a different laugh for when I am doing silly things; because he has the best eyebrows in the world EVER; he makes a mean fishfinger sandwich (potato waffles is the key ingredient)…the list goes on and on.

Stephen gave the most heartfelt groom speech I have ever heard (and of course I would say that – but he had most of our guests crying with his lovely words) and if I can paraphrase it for him here he said he loves me because I live up to the ideal of the Sally Henfield he has had since we first met.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (1)

Our biggest wish for married life is that there are even more adventures to come and that there is always time to dance with each other!

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Where The Wild Things Are. An Engagement In County Durham –Shane & Jessie

July 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Photography by Chris Parkinson

County Durham based photographer Chris Parkinson got in touch with his first ever blog submission, to share the engagement shoot of his best mates Shane and Jessie.  Well, he might be a newbie to these pages, but Chris is certainly no novice behind the lens, as this cool and quirky set of images shows.

Chris says: I was chosen as best man at Shane & Jessie’s wedding so thought it would be fitting as a gift to them if we did a pre-wedding shoot in the run up to the wedding around the local area where we live.  We have some spectacular woodland so why not go for a mooch in the trees & fields?

Let’s check out what they came home from the woods with, and hear Shane and Jessie’s love story.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Shane says: I asked Jessie to marry me on Christmas Day – We had Jessie’s family to visit for Christmas, and after Christmas dinner I sent them on a treasure hunt around the village leaving clues at each place. The final clue led to me down on one knee.

We were married on Saturday 7th June in Piercebridge, Darlington.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We met on the mountains of Flaine (France) by chance whilst we were both working as Ski Reps. Jessie was from Shropshire & I lived 200 miles away in Durham.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Our first date was spent skiing together on the mountains, nobody knew we were together so there was lots of sneaky kisses on the ski lifts. The date finished in a nice little French restaurant & a few too many drinks.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

I knew that she was the one for me when we came back to the UK, we lived 200 miles apart and I realised life wasn’t the same without Jessie so I upped sticks and moved to Wolverhampton.  I love her ability to always make me laugh, some people probably think she’s a bit mad but that’s why I love her.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We’re hoping for a life time of happiness, fun and laughter.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We actually wanted an engagement shoot with Chris because we’d seen some of his previous work and liked his alternative style.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

The engagement shoot was lots of fun.

Before the shoot we collected Chris and his partner Sara (who are both great friends of ours) in our vintage VW Beetle (which was also Jessie’s car at the wedding) Unfortunately the Beetle broke down half way through the shoot in the middle of Hamsterley Forrest with none of us having any phone reception, although we did manage to get it up and running after a little while.

Chris asked us to position ourselves in some very obscure places but after seeing all the pictures he created it was well worth all the climbing on trees, rumbling in forests and rapeseed fields.

We framed a lot of the engagement shoots and displayed them on the wedding day. Chris also provided us with a book with all the pictures as a gift.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We love Brides Up North as we have a bit of a passions for DIY weddings, Jessie spent lots of time on our wedding day doing arts & crafts. She loves to take inspiration from other people’s crafty work too

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Congratulations Shane & Jessie!

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Rainbow Brite! A Colourful Engagement In Derbyshire – Charlotte & Danny

July 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Wednesday afternoons always warrant a trip to the chocolate machine, don’t they?  Save your calories – here’s a double dose of sweetness instead. Real childhood sweethearts and newlyweds Charlotte and Danny are here to share their love story, along with some bright and beautiful images from friend of the wedding blog Sarah of Folega Photography.

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Charlotte says: Danny planned a surprise proposal in Hathersage atop of Mam Tor, the exact place he asked me to be his girlfriend on a school trip 10 years ago when we were just 12 and 13 years old!

Danny says: It was a surprise for Charlotte, but everyone else – her mum, sister, my mum and dad, my brothers and a few of my best friends were in on it. 

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

We tied the knot at 3.30pm on Sunday 28th June 2014 at Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield. 

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

The first time we properly met was our first day of secondary school as we were in the same class.  With us being only 12 years old at the time, our first date was probably at McDonalds!

I don’t think we realised then how long we would be together, it was the norm really to swap and change your boyfriend or girlfriend each week in the school yard!

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Personally I love the fact that because we grew up together, supported each other, shared sad and happy times together and experienced all our “first times” with each other – he is my best friend, we are completely open and natural with each other, nothing has to be forced with us, we genuinely enjoy spending as much time together as we can and I cannot wait to marry him. 

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

Colourful powder paint engagement shoot (c) Folega Photography

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