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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

tulle love. an engagement styled shoot in manchester

February 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (25)

Ever reminiscent of those opening credits to Sex and the City, nothing quite makes a feminine fashion statement like a tulle skirt (or tutu in Sarah Jessica Parker’s case).

So, when we clapped eyes on this beautiful Manchester styled shoot, complete with dreamy grey tulle A-line skirt, we just knew that we had to share it on the wedding blog.

Directed and captured by American-based photographer, Elina Rose, the shoot, which features a real engaged couple, is aimed at inspiring brides and grooms to use the stunning spaces around them to create beautiful photographic memories that last a lifetime.

With images by Elina Rose Photography

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elina says: I fell in love with England’s green parks and countryside as well as the historic beautiful buildings. I felt the combination of the two would help to create a romantic story for an engagement inspired shoot. The reason for doing the shoot was to show couples everywhere that you can utilize the places around you to create beautiful backdrops for your engagement, bridal, or wedding photos.

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Our couple, being local, suggested this location based off my vision for the shoot. I wanted to incorporate gorgeous green fields and romantic sunlight as well as beautiful buildings. Heaton Park turned out to be the perfect place!

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (38)

To complement the romantic feel of the session, we felt that the full tulle skirt was a perfect touch. As the outfits were quite neutral in terms of colour we wanted the gorgeous bouquet to give a pop of vibrancy. This was created by Manchester-based Venus Flowers, using blooms that would give a beautiful range of texture and colour.

For a subtle touch of sparkle, we added some stunning jewellery from Bellarissa Boutique, which completed our bride-to-be’s look perfectly.

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The day of the shoot turned out perfect! While it rained most of the day, the moment we started the sun came out giving us beautiful light.

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honest love: introducing sarah boulton photography

February 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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This morning we’re thrilled to be welcoming another fabulous wedding photographer to our growing list of talented Brides Up North Sponsors – it’s the lovely Sarah, of Sarah Boulton Photography.

Photographing weddings throughout the North West and beyond, Sarah describes her style of photography as “honest” capturing the magic of the day as it unfolds to compile a full story of a bride and groom’s big day.

As a special welcome gift to Brides Up North readers, Sarah is offering a fabulous 10% discount and an 8×8 album for all bookings made up until the end of May 2017. If you like what you see, just quote “Northern Soul” when enquiring.

So, let’s waste no time in handing over to the lady herself to tell us more about her passion for, and approach to, photographing weddings.

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Can you tell us a little about your background? How long you have been in wedding photography for?

sarah says: I fell in love with photography when I was a bridesmaid for my sister about a decade ago. I only had a basic camera but I took pictures of everything, and from that day I was genuinely hooked. I upgraded my camera shortly after, trained, second shot for other photographers and soaked up everything that I could to do with photography. All different types of photography inspire me.

What was it that attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

As sad as it probably sounds, I suppose the little girl inside me who always wanted to find love. I always think that the outside world stops on your wedding day, you’re in a lovely bubble with your nearest and dearest. Everyone deserves that.

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And what is it about your job that you love?

It really is an honour to photograph the start of a marriage. When you listen to the promises to love and support each other through whatever life is going to throw your way, it genuinely gets me every time. It’s the feeling that you’re witnessing such a special part of someone’s life as they’re about to start a new chapter.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

I’d describe my imagery as honest. I love eyes-screwed-up, mouth-open-wide laughter, photo bombs, kids having an inevitable tantrum, confetti being picked out of the bride’s hair, tears, tissues and a bit of dancefloor mayhem. I just believe in everyday beautiful – if that’s even a phrase!

What is the feedback like from your clients? What do they love about your approach, service and images?

I think my couples are always surprised when they get their images – in a good way! I work as more of a quiet observer and I really want people to enjoy their day. So when couples receive their images and see things that they’ve missed or forgotten, it surprises them.

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How do you help couples to relax in front of the lens?

When I nab couples away for ten to twenty minutes, I tell them to take that time just to be together and have a breather. Your wedding day goes so quickly and it is lovely just to have that peaceful moment – whether for a short walk, sneaky kiss or shared drink – before going back to your guests. Sometimes I play a few daft games, which makes people relax and laugh, but most couples are that focussed on one another that they soon forget about the camera.

Are there any weddings in particular that you’ve shot that stand out to you?

Good question – and that’s quite hard to answer because people’s days stand out for different reasons. I second shot a wedding last year in France, which was so beautiful and rustic. The bride and groom were married outside, after the bridal party had spent their morning making the bouquets. It was a real family affair. During the wedding breakfast there was a regional power cut and took them over an hour to get the main course out. But it just didn’t phase the bride and groom, or any of the guests. Everyone was together and that was all that mattered.

I would personally love the opportunity to shoot a proposal and a surprise wedding, that would be amazing!

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If you could shoot a celebrity’s wedding who’s would it be and why?

There’s two that spring to mind. The first would be Helena Bonham Carter because I love how she is unashamedly herself. She doesn’t pretend to be anyone else and is comfortable in her own skin. The second is Miranda Hart. I’ve often been compared to her by my friends and she really makes me laugh so that would be a great day.

And where would be your dream location to shoot?

Absolute dream location for me would be Tuscany. One of my first photography holidays was there and we shot at a small abandoned chapel. It was breath-taking and so tranquil. I could imagine a wedding there with family, lots of food and twinkly lights as the sun goes down.

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winter warmer. berry hues for a winter wedding at heskin hall – anna & tom

February 22nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Heskin Hall (c) Marie Cooper Photography (30)

Today’s real wedding couple decided to harness the magic of the festive period by getting married a week before Christmas Eve.

There are so many beautiful details here if you’re planning a winter wedding – burgundy lips, faux fur stoles and a classic Christmas-inspired colour scheme of berry, evergreen and hints of gold. Plus, Heskin Hall’s open log fires, elegant chandeliers and Chesterfield sofas make the perfect cosy winter venue.

With photography by Marie Cooper Photography.

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Heskin Hall (c) Marie Cooper Photography (45)

anna says: We got engaged a year before our wedding while we were in Edinburgh for a few days away. Tom surprised me with a stay in one of my favourite places, The Witchery, on the Royal Mile. He proposed by the fire in our suite.

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Heskin Hall (c) Marie Cooper Photography (18)

We were married on Saturday 17th December 2016. We chose this date because my dream was to have a Christmas wedding and a week before Christmas Eve seemed the perfect date – all of the anticipation in the air!

The ceremony was at my parish church, St. George’s Church in Maghull, as we wanted a traditional Catholic ceremony. Our reception was at Heskin Hall in Chorley, as it’s a lovely Tudor house with log fires, Chesterfields, chandeliers and twinkling lights. We thought it was perfect for a Christmassy setting.

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Heskin Hall (c) Marie Cooper Photography (52)

We chose a Christmas theme for our wedding due to the time of year. We wanted it to be super-cosy and for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.

Colour-wise, we chose berry shades, dark greens and gold to reflect traditional Christmas colours.

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Heskin Hall (c) Marie Cooper Photography (27)

I chose a long, flowing champagne-coloured dress. I thought that a warmer shade would suit the time of year more. It had a full skirt with a lace bodice, some subtle sparkles and lace sleeves. I chose a long veil to complement the dress.

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wedfest. a colourful & personal wedding at the bowdon rooms – anna & dan

February 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (41)

We don’t usually repeat posts here on the blog, but (like we reminded you earlier on today!) we’re hosting A POP-UP Mini Wedding Festival at The Bowdon Rooms next Sunday 26th February from 11am till 3pm, and we’re so excited that we wanted to remind you exactly how fabulous this versatile venue can be!

For any brides out there considering a vintage dress for your big day, today’s real wedding is likely to seal the idea as part of your plans. Just looking at today’s bride Anna in her unique vintage gown makes us go weak at the knees as she radiates such flawless beauty and elegance.

In line with her choice of attire, Anna’s wedding to beau Dan followed a vintage festival route with the ‘I dos’ and party taking place at one-of-a-kind venue, The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, with homemade décor to match.

Now, on with the pretty…

With images by Eclection Photography.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (7)

anna says: We got engaged in 2013 on a beach in Kefalonia. We’d spent the day sailing over to Ithaca on a little boat and then made a picnic to take down to our local beach. I had no idea it was on the cards until Dan suggested getting some fizz, and then I had an inkling!

We got married on 23rd August 2014. We chose the date because it was a bank holiday weekend and we wanted get the most out of our celebrations with a day-after party at my mum’s house.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (57)

Our wedding took place at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We chose it because it’s in the area I grew up, close to my mum’s house, old school and teenage drinking haunts! We really wanted a local feel to our wedding and The Bowdon Rooms really provided that. We actually made the decision to book it when we popped into the Brides Up North wedding fair there and saw how lovely the space could look. The fact we could decorate and personalise the space as much as we wanted was a big deciding factor and the team at The Bowdon Rooms really accommodated this – especially when helping us hang hundreds of paper pom poms!

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (83)

We didn’t really have a theme but we knew we wanted to go colourful, instead of traditional white/cream. We also wanted to have seasonal wild flowers on the tables with a vintage, DIY kind of look so I guess that defined our theme. Our wedding invitation also lent itself to this as we worked with an illustrator called Ryn Frank, who specialises in flora and fauna designs, and designed us a beautiful illustrated wedding wreath for our invites.

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once in a lifetime moments: say hello to arusha’s images

February 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re catching up with our fabulous Sponsor and talented wedding photographer, Arusha of Arusha’s Images Photography.

As a self-confessed romantic, North West based Arusha loves nothing more than photographing couples’ weddings in a relaxed yet enthusiastic manner, capturing the big day as it naturally unfolds.

Having built up another year of fabulous photography in 2016, she’s back on the blog today to tell us what it is that keeps her utterly hooked on weddings, and what she can offer to brides and grooms who are currently on the search for a friendly pro to document their big day.

Also, Arusha is kindly offering Brides Up North readers a complimentary signature frame, or framed image from their wedding day, should they book with her, so be sure to mention this when dropping the lovely lady a line.

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Tell us a little about your background…

arusha says: I have always loved photography, since being a child and playing in my dad’s dark room as he developed images. As soon as I picked up a camera I was in love, I studied photography, and as soon as I started photographing people I knew that was for me. I have been working in wedding photography and perfecting my style as a wedding photographer for nearly ten years now.

What attracted you to the wedding industry specifically? 

I am a romantic at heart, and I adore photographing real people, real moments and real emotions. Wedding days are just packed full to bursting with emotion, which is perfect for my natural style of photography. I also love seeing and photographing all of the gorgeousness of weddings. Working as a wedding photographer I get to constantly be creative in my photography, as all my couples and their weddings are personal and different.

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And what is it about your job that you love? 

As a romantic, I love having a job that allows me to photograph so much excitement, happiness and love, and involves me being constantly creative. Being a wedding photographer is a fabulous job, yes it is hard work, and long days, but it is totally all worth it when you perfectly capture those once in a lifetime moments on your couple’s wedding days. I love hearing from excited newly married couples when they see their wedding images for the first time, and are just so overjoyed with what I have created for them. That is just a really awesome feeling!

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

I am primarily a documentary wedding photographer, so this means that the majority of my wedding photography is un-posed. I love to let your wedding day happen, allow you to be immersed in the excitement of it all, and photograph it all as it happens without getting in the way. I do not do a lot of posing. I do love creating unique and romantic images, and having a little play with my couples when it comes to your newly married images. Maybe we will go for a dance in the grounds of your venue, a walk through the streets outside, or to a little hideaway I have found close by beforehand. I love to make people laugh, and work hard to create really relaxed and beautiful photographs.

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What do brides and grooms love about your approach, service and images?

I love the feedback I get from couples. I find that they love how naturally beautiful my images are, and how relaxed and friendly my approach is on their wedding days. I often get feedback that my images are romantic, and that I have captured so many of the little moments. I always try to go the extra mile, helping out with advice during wedding planning, if my couples ask for it, and giving little extra surprises when I deliver their images.

How do you help camera-shy couples to relax in front of the lens?

After working as a wedding photographer for a number of years, I have experience of helping even the most anxious and camera-shy couples to relax in front of the lens. I always recommend a pre-wedding/engagement shoot to all my couples. This is a wonderful way for you to ‘have a go’ at being photographed professionally before your wedding day itself, and also allows couples to see that even with couple portraits I photograph in a really natural way. I like to start with getting you to walk together, talk to one another, make each other laugh, whilst I photograph in the background. I find that this approach soon helps everyone to relax and really flourish in front of the lens.

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What would you say was your career highlight of 2016?

There were lots of wonderful moments, I loved featuring in a whole range of wedding blogs and wedding magazines over the year. It’s always super exciting for my couples when their weddings are shared with the world.

But, I think that a more personal highlight was being able to photograph the wedding of an amazing couple, whose Lake District wedding was postponed after the bride was diagnosed with breast cancer. I often get to know my couples quite well in the build up to their wedding days, and following this bride’s battle with breast cancer, then hearing the best news that she had been given the all clear just weeks before their rearranged wedding day, and then being able to photograph her day knowing that she was now cancer free, was amazing. Emotions were definitely running high all day, and it felt extra important that I could capture all that celebration of life and love for them and their family and friends. Plus, it was a beautiful wedding!

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posh frocks & cocktails. justin alexander for a relaxed wedding at the bowdon rooms – hayley & tim

February 15th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (37)

Given that we’re super excited about our Brides Up North ‘Pop-up Wedfest’ at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham next Sunday 26th February, we thought it best to showcase how fabulous the venue is with a real wedding that made use of its versatile function space.

Craving a relaxed yet fun big day, bride and groom Hayley and Tim chose The Bowdon Rooms as the ideal venue for their evening reception following a low-key ceremony at Altrincham Town Hall.

Keen to stray away from tradition, the couple threw the ‘wedding rule book’ out of the window and made the day all about what suited them – from posh frocks, suits and Jimmy Choos to an informal afternoon tea, signature cocktails and one big evening party.

So ladies, if you like what you see be sure to come view The Bowdon Rooms for yourselves at our event between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 26th February, by registering here (Hayley and Tim did!)

With images by Stuart Hornby Photography

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (26)

hayley says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015 at our local Italian restaurant Coco’s in Altrincham. It was totally unexpected as after us both being married before, we had pretty much ruled it out. Tim chose my favourite day of the year to propose and I was truly stunned! One of our daughter’s Amelia was with us on the evening and she screamed louder than I did!

We chose Friday 28th October 2016 for the wedding. I’m a little impatient and didn’t want to wait too long!

A Relaxed Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Stuart Hornby Photography (29)

We got married at Altrincham Town Hall, which was beautiful, followed by pictures in Altrincham Market House, and afternoon tea and cocktails at the Sugar Junction in Altrincham. We for our evening reception by many more guests and partied the night away at the nearby Bowdon Rooms. We were very keen to have a low-key wedding, (despite going full out on the Justin Alexander gown and Jimmy Choo shoes of course!) and our day was truly perfect in every way.

With us both having been married before we very much wanted to shy away from tradition, so apart from posh frocks and a lovely suit, everything was kept very informal, hence the stand-up afternoon tea and cocktails! We did add just a touch of vintage styling.

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