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shore thing. ronald joyce for a pretty pastel wedding at the inn on the lake – emma & nick

December 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding couple were set on their wedding venue from the very start – and they certainly picked an impressive one!

Marrying in an outdoor ceremony with the natural beauty of the Lake District as their backdrop, Emma and Nick’s big day is brimming with effortless elegance and romance.

Throw into the mix a gorgeous princess-style wedding gown, some delicate blooms and a soft pastel colour scheme and you’ve got one very pretty wedding day indeed!

With images by Bethany Clarke Photography.

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nick says: I had planned to propose to Emma at our special place – The Inn on the Lake, by the lake where we would sit and have picnics and talk about our future plans together. Sadly, the Cumbrian weather wasn’t to be as it rained for months on end. I finally proposed to Emma three months later than planned on 20th March 2014, while at Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow. Thankfully, she said yes!

We held our ceremony and reception at the only place we ever wanted to; The Inn on the Lake, on 27th May 2016. As well as it holding a special place in our hearts, The Inn on the Lake is a very successful wedding venue, never have we ever read a single negative comment for anyone getting married there. In addition to being a beautiful venue, the staff at the hotel are fantastic and you are made to feel part of the family there.

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Simple elegance was the main aim of the wedding and so we decided to let the setting do most of the talking and chose to complement the beautiful venue and bride’s dress with a pastel colour scheme, reflected through the flowers.

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Emma chose the Eliza dress in champagne by Ronald Joyce, which she bought from Bijoux Bridal Boutique, Hamilton. She teamed the dress with a train-length nude veil with crystal detailing.

My groomsmen and I wore navy three-piece suits with a pink tie, which we got from T.M.Lewin.

The bridesmaid meanwhile wore Tu Es Belle dresses from That Special Day Warehouse in Bathgate.

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Our wonderful wedding photographers were the incredibly talented Bethany Clarke and Matthew Lloyd. Having seen a lot of their photo journalistic style work, we knew they were exactly what we were looking for. Their work on the day was perfect. A huge thank you to Matt and Beth for capturing our special day perfectly.

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one pretty party. caroline castigliano for a navy & copper wedding at middleton lodge – laura & andrew

December 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s real wedding comes courtesy of Brides Up North reader Laura, and oh boy, is it a good one!

From the choice of venue through to the stylish colour scheme, fabulous blooms and Laura’s incredible dress, we adore everything about this wedding, which was planned in just four months. Yep, you read right, four months!

We’re also thrilled to see lots of our fabulous Sponsor suppliers contributing to this gorgeous celebration (if you’re on the hunt for talented professionals to make your day perfect, be sure to take a look at our ‘Suppliers We Love’ online directory).

Laura and Andrew wanted a relaxed and informal big day with a rockin’ party atmosphere, and by the looks of things, that’s exactly what they got!

With images by York Place Studios.

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laura says: We got engaged at home, in September 2015. It was a total surprise – we have been together for ten years, after meeting at Uni. We’d recently moved into our new home and Andrew got up early to do some painting, when I got up he’d written “will you marry me” on the wall!

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We booked the wedding for 12th March 2016, as we fell in love with our venue – Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire – as soon as we saw it and they had an opening for this date. It meant that we had just four months from viewing the venue to the wedding day!

Middleton Lodge had everything we were looking for – character yet it still felt relaxed. We wanted the wedding to be a whole weekend party without people having to worry about taxis and getting home. At Middleton Lodge everyone could stay and the house was exclusively ours for the weekend. We also immediately loved the cellar bar as it was totally different from the house and knew we’d completely change the dynamic of the day when we went down there in the evening.

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We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, things were just relaxed and informal, though we wanted it to have a real party atmosphere.

Our colour scheme was navy and copper. We loved the colours as we’d seen them a lot in home interiors but we’d not seen them being used for weddings.

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My wedding dress was a 50’s inspired Caroline Castigliano dress, called Hepburn, from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. It had a very full skirt but other than that was very plain and simple. The dress was the one thing I didn’t want to compromise on if we’re going to organise the whole wedding in four months so I chose this before we committed to the venue and date. My shoes were Jimmy Choos.

On the day of the wedding my hair was styled by Bows Hair, and my makeup was done by Anna Mason of Cordelia & Co – both were great and I’d definitely recommend them.

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summer flair. a stylish wedding at hillbark hotel, cheshire – alexandra & adrian

December 7th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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This evening on the blog, we’re sharing with you Alexandra and Adrian’s picturesque summer wedding.

Celebrating with friends and family at the luxury five-star Hillbark Hotel in the Wirral, the couple opted for a pared back, elegant look with a cornflower blue colour scheme, which was beautifully offset by floral arrangements of lilies, hydrangeas and roses with pale blue delphiniums.

With images by Jonny Draper Photography

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alexandra says: We got engaged on 7th June 2015, at our apartment in Spain. It was our six-year anniversary and we were having champagne on the terrace when Adrian surprised me with a photo book of our time together. On the last page it said he had a question to ask and then he got down on one knee; it was perfect!

We got married on 25th June 2016. We wanted a summer wedding roughly a year after our engagement. We looked at when our church and venue were both available and 25th it was!

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We tied the knot at St Joseph’s Church in Crosby. I’m from Crosby and this is the church I went to when I was younger.

We hosted our reception at the Hillbark Hotel in the Wirral. When we viewed the venue, we fell in love with it, plus we didn’t know anyone who had already been married there, which was important to us.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, instead we wanted a classic, fresh look and our florist and wedding coordinators were fantastic at achieving this.

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For our colour scheme, we chose cornflower blue. As we were having a summer wedding we wanted a light, summery colour and it was our favourite next to my white dress and the groomsmen’s blue suits.

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timeless romance: introducing melissa beattie photography

December 7th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’ve got your heart set on a photographer that can capture incredibly beautiful and natural images of your big day, then you’ll want to pay full attention to this morning’s post. For we’re introducing our new Sponsor Melissa Beattie Photography, to the blog.

Providing a mixture of fine art and documentary photography, North-East-based Melissa blends in seamlessly to the wedding proceedings, creating timeless images that tell the story of the day in an unobtrusive and professional manner.

Available for both UK and destination weddings, there are no boundaries for this talented lady! So, let’s hand over the blog to Melissa to tell us more about her photography passion whilst showcasing some of her dreamy images.

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Tell us a little about your background and how long you have been photographing weddings for?

melissa says: Whilst I have had a love of photography for as long as I can remember, I have only been doing it professionally for around four years, and photographing weddings for three of those. I started my professional career whilst living in Dubai, which was brilliant but a totally different kettle of fish to the UK. We moved back to the UK early last year and it has been the most amazing experience so far. I love that every wedding I have had has been different and exciting in some way and I have been given the opportunity to work at some dream venues already.

What attracted you to wedding photography specifically? 

This might sound a bit cliché, but I love everything about weddings and photography is my passion; I couldn’t think of a more perfect job for me.

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And what is it about your job that you love? 

I love that I get to witness and share in one of people’s happiest moments. Everyone is happy at a wedding and it is always a very uplifting place to be.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

My style of photography is a mixture of fine art and documentary. It has often been described as natural, honest, romantic and timeless. I love making real connections with my couples and bringing out their personalities in my portraits. I create images that tell the story of your day in the most relaxed, honest and unobtrusive way.

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What is the feedback like from your clients?

Here are just a few of the lovely testimonials that I have received from my couples:

I knew from the outset that I just had to have Melissa as my photographer. Melissa was just a dream to work with. She was friendly relaxed and helped us to stay calm and relaxed. Most of the time we didn’t even realise she was snapping away capturing all the previous moments. My final images blew me away! The edit of the photos capture all the love and laughter that was shared with us and every image is visually stunning – I felt like the images belonged in the pages of a bridal magazine” – Kathryn

Melissa was the best photographer we could have hoped for. She is not only professional and incredibly talented, but she is also a wonderful person who was so friendly and personable from the word go. She really took the time to get to know us as a couple and what we were hoping for from her work. Not only did she take some incredibly beautiful shots, but she also captured so many little moments with family and friends. Her work tells a story and we’ll treasure our wedding album forever” – Clara

“Melissa has a talent that is hard to describe I’m not sure how she captured the moments so well, of course I’m extremely happy that she did. Our photographs are just amazing! When we look at them we feel very emotional. Sometimes after a photo shoot you might have one or two favourites, but we just wanted to frame all of them. Melissa is such a lovely person and someone who you would gladly share your special day with. The presentation box with all of the photos on a memory stick was beautiful” – Anna

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What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples?

Around 90% of couples I meet say they are camera shy or not photogenic – if you are one of these couples then I can’t highlight how important it is that you connect with your photographer on more than a photographic level. You want to find someone who understands you and makes you feel relaxed and beautiful. It might also be worth considering a pre-wedding shoot. A pre-wedding shoot can be a great way to ease any nerves you have about being in front of the camera before your big day. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know your photographer better and understand how they shoot.

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eastertime frolics. a chic wedding at styal lodge, cheshire – liz & jon

November 29th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today, we bring you Liz and Jon’s special day, set in the beautiful National Trust village of Styal in Cheshire.

Pretty paper lanterns, candles and fairy lights create a charming backdrop to their nuptials, but for us, it’s the couple’s Great Wedding Bake Off that steals the show – with so much cake to tuck in to, what’s not to like?

As a lovely touch, Liz even enlisted the help of her Year One class and the couple made a donation to two charities close to their hearts.

So, sit back and relax as Liz shares all the dreamy highlights.

With images by Jonny Draper Photography

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liz says: We got engaged in April 2015, in New York. I had wanted to find an Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park that I had heard about and when we got there Jon insisted that I sit on one of the toadstools for a photo. As I turned around to refuse him, he was down on one knee! I was blown away – it was all caught on camera too as Jon had arranged for a photographer to capture the moment!

We got married on 25th March 2016. It was Good Friday and the perfect opportunity for us and our guests to enjoy a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend. As a teacher, I wanted to get married close to a holiday so we could have a honeymoon straight after the wedding.

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We tied the knot at Styal Lodge in Cheshire; it was the only venue we viewed. As soon as we arrived we knew it was the place for us, it was perfect – relaxed, spacious but still intimate.

Our invitations and table names featured a New York skyline but apart from that we kept everything quite simple with a relaxed but elegant feel, complete with lots of beautiful fairy lights everywhere.

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Our colour scheme leaned towards white, green and grey, from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the flowers.

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My dress was from Felicity Cooper Bridal in Knutsford. I knew it was the dress for me as soon as I saw it; something drew me to the dress even though it was everything I hadn’t set out to have! I loved the dress as soon as I put on; it felt like ‘me’ and was light and comfortable, too. Fiona, who designed my dress, couldn’t have been more wonderful and encouraged me to have the dress exactly as I wanted.

Jon wore a grey suit from Next and a tie from Reiss. My very talented mum made the four bridesmaid dresses, and for the best men and groomsmen we hired navy suits from L&J Formal Hire near Middlewich. Colin, who owns the company, couldn’t have been more friendly, helpful and accommodating.

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documenting your day: mark newton wedding photography

November 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re delighted to be catching up with one of our fabulous Sponsors, Mark Newton Wedding Photography.

Based in Yorkshire, Mark is super passionate about capturing weddings in a natural and relaxed manner, whilst making sure the bride and groom thorough enjoy their big day without being swept away from the action.

So, if you’re looking a contemporary fine art wedding photographer who takes images in a story telling, documentary style to create memories that will last forever – this is your guy!

Furthermore, as a special Christmas present, Mark is offering Brides Up North readers who are tying the knot in 2017, £100 off his standard package. Just mention “BUN16” when getting in touch. As it’s a Christmas deal bookings must be made before 31st December 2016, so don’t delay!

We’ll now hand over the blog to the main man himself to tell us more about is photography style and what it is about weddings that’s got him hooked…

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Tell us a little about your background and how long you have been in wedding photography for?

mark says: My background is in music and editorial photography; I’ve been shooting portrait and documentary photography for quite a while. My first wedding was for a couple who’s band I had shot a range of promotional images for, and they really wanted someone who was coming with a more modern approach so asked me if I was interested, I jumped at the chance and have never looked back!

What initially attracted you to wedding photography? 

After shooting my first wedding I was hooked. Every wedding day is so different and reflects each couple, it’s great being able to document such a special day. The fact that no two weddings are the same keeps me telling the story of each couple, capturing what makes their day unique.

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And what is it about your job that you love? 

I love being able to capture and create memories that will last a lifetime. I want the pictures to remind couples how they felt on the wedding day. It’s wonderful being able to meet so many people and have such an important role in their wedding.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

My style is natural and relaxed, for me it’s about capturing the day as it happens. I keep my eyes open for the fun and emotional moments that happen unexpectedly as well as recording the main elements. My way of working lets the couples enjoy their day while still getting the all important portraits.

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What do your clients love about your approach, service and images?

The feedback from the couples is great, everyone really likes the relaxed approach and often comments on how many of their favourite pictures they don’t even remember being taken. Everyone loves not only having the feelings brought back in images they remember but also seeing things that they missed on the day as well.

What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples and how do you help them to relax in front of the lens?

The best piece of advice is to not worry about the camera, on the wedding day you’ll be having so much fun, and enjoying the day you won’t even notice most of the pictures being taken. As part of my package I include an engagement shoot, which is a good way of getting used to being in front of the camera. It’s a little scary at first but five minutes into the shoot you’ll see how easy it is. There’s no stuffy posing, we’ll just wander, chat and shoot some pictures of you both looking ace!

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You have just launched a new website, can you tell us a little about it?

I’ve worked on my new website to ensure that the images are showcased. I wanted to make sure that I show my style of photography so couples can easily get an idea of how I approach a wedding. It’s also been a big part to make sure that it works well on tablets and mobile devices so that it’s easy to have a good look wherever you are.

Your website shows that you have captured a diverse range of weddings but are there any in particular that stand out to you?

I’m a big fan of shooting at different locations, and so many stand out for me. I’ve recently blogged Hannah and Dave’s wedding, which was a really good fun day to photograph. They wanted the day to be super relaxed and loads of fun so they went for an outdoor ceremony, and included plenty of traditions, such as jumping the broom, and tying the knot. The reception was in a walled garden with tipis, and a big fun-filled celebration, with plenty of games for people to play, and a massive bonfire that was lit between the band’s set. The day was just as they wanted with everyone getting involved and enjoying themselves with new and old friends.

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