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lasting memories: say hello to in love wedding films

December 11th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Briars Hall Wedding - Laura & Phil

We’re delighted to be catching up with another of our fabulous Sponsors this afternoon, today it being the turn of videographer Paul of In Love Wedding Films, to take to the blog hot seat!

While the vast majority of couples instantly add ‘photographer’ to their wedding supplier list, sometimes a ‘videographer’ is overlooked despite their offering lasting far beyond the big day. When captured by a professional, a wedding film allows you to see changing expressions and to hear meaningful voices, providing virtual memories that last a lifetime.

Watching some of Paul’s videos it’s clear to see he has the gift of capturing the true emotions of the day – to the point where a father seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time actually had us reaching for the tissues!

So, let’s hear from the man himself and let you feast your eyes on his fine work…

Marika & Nick’s Wedding Highlights (Weddings at Sudell’s Farm) from In Love Wedding Films on Vimeo.

When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?

paul says: I’ve always had a love for filmmaking and it was when making some short films with friends in 2012 that got me back into the wedding scene. I’d previously (many years ago) done some wedding filming and enjoyed it but then my career took a different path. It wasn’t until I started making those short films again that realised I wasn’t doing what I loved.

How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?

It is a mix of creative and documentary. I use smaller cameras, mostly handheld, so what I film has a more unique look about it. It also allows me to be very discreet on the day.

What is it that you love most about your job?

Meeting different couples. Being a part of one of the best days of their lives. Oh and, getting told they cried when watching the film!

Zarah & Jeff’s Wedding Highlights (Weddings at Hillbark Hotel) from In Love Wedding Films on Vimeo.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?

Finding a style of videographer they like. There are lots of differing styles and specifically lots of different types of film delivered after (from short five-minute films to those that are hours long – and everything in between!) so make sure you find what you want, and most importantly, watch examples of the final film, not just the three- to four-minute highlights.

Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed?

Simply put, you have two ways to remember your wedding day afterwards; photos and video. Both are different. Do you want to hear your vows, see the first kiss, laugh at those jokes in the speeches again? Then, a wedding film should be one of the most important things you book for your day.

What is the feedback like from your couples? What do they say about the way you work and the films you produce?

It’s great! They always mention how they didn’t notice our presence on the day, which is exactly what we want, but that they’re amazed after at what has been captured and edited together. Take a look at some of our Facebook reviews.

Laura & Phil’s Wedding Highlights (Weddings at Briars Hall) from In Love Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

The ‘couple moments’. So, time alone with the couple to capture some real romantic moments for the film. These moments are very important to the way I create my films.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?

I generally cover the North West, but I’d go anywhere in the UK. I love Edinburgh, so I’d love to do a wedding there – or Italy!

Hillbark Hotel Wedding Videography - Zarah & Jeff - Copy (2)

Do you work alone or as part of a team?

I run the business alone but I normally work with a second person on the day.

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river deep, mountain high. anna sul y for a chic garden wedding at eleven didsbury park- jess & craig

December 11th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (20)

Today’s love-struck couple, Jess and Craig got engaged 4,000 metres up the Rocky Mountains, but wanted to come back down to earth with an elegant garden themed wedding. And it was the stunning Eleven Didsbury Park – a luxury villa hotel close to Manchester – that ended up being their venue of choice, providing the enviable backdrop to their celebrations.

Keeping things understated and natural, the newlyweds went for a subtle sage colour scheme complemented by some rather gorgeous florals, including amnesia roses, blue thistle, white veronica and eucalyptus gunnii, not to mention plenty of wood, hessian and candles for decoration.

Though sticking to a strict budget, our savvy couple pulled together lots of special touches and treats, including an indulgent cake table (yes, that’s a whole table of cakes!), and we for one are bowled over by their special day.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (4)

jess says: Craig proposed at the very top of the Rocky Mountains, at 4,000m on Peak Eight of Breckenridge ski resort in March 2016. He pretended he wanted to take a photo of us and set up the GoPro, but in fact was filming. He got the whole proposal on film! It was a stunning sunny day, very windy and freezing cold, with the most incredible view. After proposing, Craig produced two small bottles of champagne and glasses, which he’d hidden in his backpack. He almost got frostbite in his fingers as a result of taking his gloves off to give me the ring and pour the champagne!

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (1)

We got married on 30th July 2017. We wanted the wedding to be in the summer so that we could have a garden wedding or garden reception. We also chose a date that would mean that all of our close family and friends could be there.

We initially went to the open day at Didsbury House Hotel, and at the end of our visit they asked if we wanted to also see their sister venue Eleven Didsbury Park. We wandered down the road and when we saw the gardens, we completely fell in love with the idea of a garden wedding there.

We had planned to get married in the walled gardens of Eleven Didsbury Park Hotel, however in the end there’d been so much rain the week before that the ground was too soft. Instead we got married in the Blue Room of Didsbury House Hotel, which was pretty perfect and a beautiful back-up plan. We then had the reception back at Eleven Didsbury Park in the gardens there.

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (25)

Neither of us are religious however I had a Jewish upbringing. We chose a Humanist ceremony as it allowed us to create a personal ceremony bespoke to us.

Our absolute best decision was using Hannah Wroe Gill as our Humanist Celebrant. It was the one thing we went well over budget on, but she created the most personal ceremony bespoke to us and which had all our guests in tears and talking about the ceremony afterwards.

A Chic Garden Wedding at Eleven Didsbury Park (c) Nik Bryant (47)

We decided against having a strong theme. We felt that the venue itself had such great character and the gardens were beautiful in themselves. We planned a relaxed and understated garden wedding with personal touches and a natural feel.

We wanted the bridesmaids to look fantastic and feel comfortable in their dresses so we picked them out first before deciding on a colour scheme. With two brunettes and one redhead, sage green dresses from Little Mistress suited them best, so we went with that.

The guys then picked out the ties and pocket squares to match – they even took one of the dresses shopping with them to make sure they got it right – what absolute stars!

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your day your way: picking confetti to suit your venue

December 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Golding Photography Laura and Will (credit - goldingphotography.co.uk)

Golding Photography

With couples now making their own wedding rules not all big day traditions live on, but it seems the confetti shot is one ritual that stands the test of time.

Not only is it fun, but it also marks the beginning of a couple’s married life journey together – and on the day signals to guests that the party is about to get underway.

In order to ace that perfect confetti-throwing moment there are several elements that should be taken into account – predominately; the colour scheme, the setting and the presentation of the confetti. Here to offer their expert advice on the subject is our fabulous Sponsor, natural petal confetti supplier, Shropshire Petals

shropshire petals say: In today’s world there are many different venues in which you can get married, from elegant stately homes to tipis in a rolling open field; so here we offer different confetti colour and displaying options to suit a variety of big day settings…

(Oh and p.s. Brides Up North readers can get 10% off Shropshire Petals orders over £50, just visit the website, where you can also find further confetti inspiration.)

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The venue: When you mention a castle wedding, you imagine grand staircases, huge chandeliers and large banqueting tables. In reality, whether your castle is large, small, grand or pretty simple, how you style it can change how it looks. Castles tend to have a lot of original features and décor, so when it comes to choosing your confetti, opt for simple, soft colours to ensure they don’t clash with those already featuring at your venue.

The confetti: Choose soft pinks and ivory or if you want to include a touch of brightness, adding yellow or orange petals will work wonderfully when you have your confetti moment.

Displaying your confetti: Add your own little fairy-tale touch by choosing Personalised Confetti Cones in the ‘Fairytale’ design to display your confetti.

Tip: If your venue has a lot of colour, make use of it by choosing some confetti to match and scatter it on your tables for the perfect way of tying in your venue décor to your wedding styling.

ShropshirePetals.com Petal Pouch with Summer Nights £2.55 each

outdoor weddings

The venue: Getting married outside is a huge trend that will continue for years to come. Whether you get married in an enchanted woodland or a large open field, choose confetti that will stand out when thrown over you.

The confetti: For locations that are darker such as woodlands, choose a confetti mix that is light to ensure it doesn’t blend into the background when your photographer captures guests throwing it. For more open locations, a darker or brighter confetti mix such as ‘Kaleidoscope’ will look spectacular.

Displaying your confetti: You can never tell what the weather will do on the day, so choose to display your confetti in vessels that are covered, such as our Confetti Pops, so that your confetti is contained in the great outdoors.

Tip: If the weather isn’t as you expected, keep your confetti dry and covered to ensure it doesn’t clump together, or blow away, before your confetti moment.

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and for our next trick: introducing wedding magician danny jewell

December 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Stephen McGowen photography

Stephen McGowan

A DJ and live music are the types of entertainment that instantly spring to mind for brides and grooms to consider when planning their wedding, but there are further acts that can be incorporated into the day to make it all the more memorable.

Magicians being one such offering – and we’re not talking seen-it-all-before pulling a rabbit out of a hat style tricks, but mesmerising magic that will leave guests impressed, stunned and enthralled.

We know just the man who can help wow you and your guests with his amazing skills – talented north-west based magician, and Brides Up North Sponsor, Danny Jewell.

Having been practising magician for more than 12 years, Danny has developed a fabulous range of close-up magic that works particularly well as an ice-breaker among guests and keeps all ages entertained during the ‘slower’ points of the day, such as during photos and the switch over from the wedding breakfast to evening reception.

Jess Yarwood Photography

Jess Yarwood Photography

When did you first start performing magic and how did you get into it?

danny says: I started performing magic at the age of 13 (I’m now 25!). I saw a magician on holiday in Dominican Republic blow up a balloon, pop it and a live dove appeared on stage! It was the first time I’d seen live magic, so I decided to buy a Marvin’s Magic Set with some pocket money I had saved from my holiday spends. I practised every magic trick for hours then ended up doing my first family show that night. I then found myself a mentor and I started learning all the techniques used with cards and coins.

I ended up performing in Salou, Spain at the prestigious House of Illusion magic dinner theatre show entertaining more than 200 guests per evening six nights a week. All the hard work was worth it in preparation for all the lovely bride and grooms I’ve met over the years. Evidently, I learnt a lot more about the performance side of magic and being a top-class entertainer specialising in wedding entertainment.

Is there a certain type of magic that you specialise in?

I predominantly specialise in close-up magic around Manchester, Cheshire and the North West, performing at weddings to guests of all ages using cards, coins, ropes and other everyday objects. In my opinion, performing high quality magic with plenty of audience participation for adults and children is important because the bride and groom are purchasing a package that they can trust for their wedding day. I have the ability and experience to accommodate the magic to the situation of the event too. For example, performing around tables or mix and mingle magic for guests in groups of two to ten people, who have a drink and are relaxing in the bar area of your chosen venue.

Every single routine I utilise has been tried and tested at more than 150 weddings, so you can be sure to receive the very best in wedding entertainment for your special day!

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For what points of the day do wedding couples tend to book you and what type of magic do you perform at these times?

Drinks Reception – shortly after your ceremony finishes, you will be having photos taken with your photographer so your guests will need entertaining until you sit down for the wedding breakfast. This is the perfect time for me to break the ice for all your guests by performing interactive close-up magic for approximately five to ten minutes per group of two to ten people. Most of the magic I do can be done in the spectator’s hands and I always work my hardest to ensure everyone is involved during the wedding performance.

Wedding Breakfast – the show usually continues from the drinks reception around tables in between the courses of the meal. The magic doesn’t interfere with service and I perform a varied routine which adds a lot to the atmosphere of your special day. I have the experience to work the tables in a professional manner ensuring guests have a fantastic day!

Changeover Section – this is probably my favourite place to perform at a wedding because everyone has eaten, the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed and guests are up for high quality entertainment before your evening party starts. I’d perform magic for people in the bar area and around tables.

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Jess Yarwood Photography

In your opinion, why is a magician a good choice of entertainment for a wedding?

Every bride and groom want their wedding to be unique, memorable and to stand out from the rest! A magician is the perfect way to do this because magic is an interactive personal form of entertainment suitable for adults and children. People presume magicians are cheesy however, this is definitely not the case! The right magician with plenty of experience will entertain guests with magic, laughter and plenty of applause throughout the drinks reception, around tables or during the changeover section at your wedding.

Magic has also been revitalised from shows such as Britain’s Got Talent. Therefore, the public understand that a good magician stands out from the rest and is definitely something to squeeze into the plans for your wedding day.

What makes you different from other magicians?

Most magicians are remembered by an audience from one particular trick they did, such as walking on water or bending a coin in the spectator’s hands. The main difference with me is the fact that I have an extensive repertoire whereby every magic trick I do flows in a routine and I have the ability to change my act if people start following me around. This is important on a professional level and develops from a lot of experience performing at many types of events.

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Amanda Boileau

What do you enjoy most about performing, and particularly at weddings?

I’ve always had a passion for acting and a strong interest in performing arts. I think magic combines both of these together and enables me to express myself as a performer. I love meeting new people and putting a smile on their faces and after all, there’s not one person I’ve met that doesn’t want to be entertained! Magic enables people to remember a special moment in their lives that they can talk about for years to their friends and family and that means a lot to me.

I love performing at weddings because each wedding is different. Brides and grooms always put their own spin on their wedding and it’s fantastic to see so many people come together and celebrate the wedding of their loved ones. Everyone has a smile on their face and wants to be entertained which makes everyone more approachable and encourages a much better performance.

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run to you. jewel tones for a personal wedding at the bowdon rooms – laura & john

December 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Jewel Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Johanna Steward Photography (26)

Most brides spend the morning of their wedding getting pampered and preened in preparation for their impending nuptials, but today’s featured bride spent her final ‘un-wed hours’ completing her 50th Park Run. Now that’s some fitness dedication!

Stepping out in a charity-shop-bought wedding gown to mark her special day and the milestone run, Laura was joined by fellow members of the Lymm Runners running club as she completed the 5km course at Victoria Park in Warrington, before heading to a nearby café in her home village of Lymn for a Bucks Fizz brunch.

But worry not readers, Laura and John’s ceremony was late afternoon, so the bride still had plenty of time for hair and beauty prep and slipping into her proper wedding gown.

Keen for a fun and memorable big day, today’s couple wanted a venue that could offer an intimate space for their personal ceremony as well as room for a real party, with The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, ticking all the boxes.

And here’s some advance warning… ready your new diaries for our next glittering Brides Up North wedding show at The Bowdon Rooms, Sunday 4th November 2018. More details on that later.

With images by Johanna Steward Photography.

A Jewel Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Johanna Steward Photography (2)

laura says: We got engaged on 27th December 2016, in the Lake District during a few days away between Christmas and New Year. We had spent the day relaxing by the fire in the hotel after a lovely big breakfast, then we went for a ten-mile trail run around the lake and up to the waterfalls and finally having lovely meal in a quirky restaurant called The Jumble Room. John proposed in the middle of the road on our walk back to the hotel after our night out, it was completely unexpected, but I was thrilled to say yes.

We set the date for 2nd September 2017. It worked really well as all our friends and family were back from holidays with the kids as they were heading back to school that week, so everyone was able to make it – even one friend who flew from holiday, drove straight from the airport and just made it in time for the vows!

A Jewel Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Johanna Steward Photography (30)

Our chosen venue was The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham. We knew that we wanted a local venue which had a lovely atmosphere and we didn’t want it to feel like a hotel. Having looked at quite a few venues, including marquees and local wedding barns, The Bowdon Rooms felt like the right choice. We had been to friend’s wedding party there previously and had such a brilliant evening. The ballroom felt perfect and it even had a stage for a band.

Our ceremony, which was at 4.30pm, was held upstairs in The Bowdon Rooms and it was lovely. John and I wrote our own vows and my son walked me down the aisle before giving me away – he did a fantastic job. It felt really personal and a few people had tears in their eyes – I guess it was intimate even though we had 90 guests.

A Jewel Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Johanna Steward Photography (34)

In terms of the colour scheme, I didn’t want the usual ‘wedding colours’ of pastels, creams and the like. I love bright vibrant colours, so chose purple, teal and emerald green. They are all colours that are found in peacock feathers, which I love, so we incorporated feathers into the wedding décor.

A Jewel Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Johanna Steward Photography (12)

I initially considered not having a traditional wedding dress, but quickly decided that I did want to look like a ‘bride’. I visited a few wedding boutiques and had almost given up finding ‘the dress’ when we went to Puure in my home village of Lymm. I chose my gown because I loved the embellishment detailing, which I thought suited the vintage style of the venue. Angie and the girls in Puure are absolutely the best at helping to choose a dress that suits you and were so lovely right through the fitting process too.

To accessorise my gown, I wore some very special hand-painted shoes by a fantastic artist called Kat from Electric Heels. They are covered in images that mean something to my husband and I; the places we are from, places we have visited together, our hobbies etc. They are unique and I now have them displayed in my living room.

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hot off the print: new wedding stationery designs by project pretty + 15% discount

December 4th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If you got engaged during late summer or early autumn and have found your dream venue and secured your date but are yet to send out the save the dates or invites, then this afternoon’s post is perfectly timed as we’re sharing the gorgeous new stationery collections from our fabulous Sponsor, Project Pretty.

The talented due behind the business, Kerry and Becky, have been working hard on eight fresh designs, which feature varying colourways, typographies and illustrations, meaning there’s a pretty paper option for all.

With the ladies predicting berry and burgundy colours to be big in weddings for 2018, we’re definitely drawn to the opulent jewel tones of Grace but also adore the monochrome and pastel appearance of Marble – though with one of the collections being named ‘Rachel’ it’s easy for me to pick out an overall fav!

Take a look below to see which of the lovely designs catch your eye, and if you order quick, you can enjoy 15% off your wedding stationery order up until the end of December 2017. Just use code NEW15 at the checkout.

Now over to Kerry and Becky to tell us more…

With images by Holly Booth Photography.

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Where did your inspiration for the new collections come from?

project pretty say: Our new wedding stationery collections have been inspired by the autumn and winter months. Think autumnal berry and burgundy tones, crisp icy greys, cool mint and winter botanicals.

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Do the new designs follow a certain theme?

While we have used the colder seasons as inspiration for the collections, each design has its own theme.

What type of couples or styles of wedding would the new collections appeal to?

We hope that there is something for everyone in our new collections. From outdoors and adventure types, to couples looking for contemporary wedding stationery and those that prefer traditional styles.

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Which is your favourite design from the new collection and why?

Our favourite is the Eloise Collection. I love the combination of blush and green florals on the contrasting Kraft background, with the geometric frame adding a modern twist.

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Can you talk us through each of the new collections?

Adventure Collection – The Adventure collection is perfect for rustic, outdoor weddings. We have hand painted the abstract landscape and used a mixture of textured white and Kraft card for a rustic effect.

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