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more than a wedding photographer: chelsea shoesmith

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re delighted to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Chelsea Shoesmith Photography to the blog.

Keen to be more than just a wedding photographer to couples, Chelsea builds a friendship with her clients in order to learn more about their story, which enables her to portray their true emotions and personalities on the big day.

Looking through her work, it’s clear Chelsea has had plenty of practise of photographing brides and grooms, capturing the love, setting and details perfectly along the way (well, she did start snapping at the age of 17).

Better still, Chelsea is offering our readers a huge 10% discount (leaving you more cash to spend on the dress). Whoop! Just quote Brides Up North when booking. 

So let’s find out more about the lovely lady behind the lens.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

chelsea says: I have always loved photography, I got my first DSLR camera when I was 17-years-old and shot my first wedding soon after that too. It was incredibly daunting but I learnt a lot and still do learn a lot at every wedding I shoot. A couple of years later I gained a National Diploma in photography, however the majority of learning has happened on the job. Seven years on and I still love learning and continuing to push my creative boundaries.

Why wedding photography specifically?

I enjoy the pressure of weddings. The excitement, the emotion – all of it! Everyone is at their best and it’s a truly magical occasion to witness up close. I love all things weddings!

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I have so many favourite things about being a wedding photographer, but if I was to pick my very favourite thing I’d have to say meeting my lovely clients and learning about their journey so I’m fully prepared to shoot their wedding.

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leafy chic. an autumn wedding with a nod to halloween at hilltop country house – joanne & chris

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (113)

Monday comes around quick, don’t you think? But to get you through what always feels like the longest day of the week, we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding.

We absolutely love Joanne and Chris’s big day, not only because it took place during one of our favourite seasons (the other being spring), but also because it was held at a venue that we adore too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Hilltop Country House provides a stunning setting combined with first class service, exclusivity and delicious menus.

And how do we know all this? Because we’re fortunate enough to stage our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the romantic gardens of this charming venue twice a year – the next one is coming up on 3rd April 2016, so put it in your dairies!

In the meantime we’ll leave you to admire the pretty via Joanne and Chris’s wonderful wedding photos.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (20)

joanne says: We got engaged at midnight on 11th October 2014, while we were at home. We’d just got home from a trip to Matlock Bath to see the illuminations so were in high spirits.

Following the engagement we set the date of wedding for 31st October 2015. We wanted an autumnal wedding, but practically speaking, it had to fall in with school holidays as I’m a teacher and Chris is training to be one. The fact that it was Halloween was a nice extra touch.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (116)

Our chosen venue was Hilltop Country House, in Prestbury, Cheshire. It’s close to where we were both brought up; I was brought up in Rainow and a lot of my family are from Bollington; Chris is from Disley.

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simple elegance. maggie sottero for a neutral wedding at eaves hall – cara & mike

January 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (33)

We’re getting your Wednesday off to a stylish start by sharing the wedding of teenage sweethearts Mike and Cara, who have been together since the tender age of sixteen.

While we love to see couples going all out with an imaginative themed wedding, we also feel there’s nothing better than a celebration that is simple and elegant in its appearance, as is the case today.

Bride Cara decided to steer clear of gimmicks and plan a classic and romantic big day, complete with a chic muted colour scheme and picturesque venue.

For us the stand out part of the wedding has to be Cara’s choice of attire – her Maggie Sottero fitted dress and floor-length veil are nothing short of sensational!

With images by our sensational Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (16)

cara says: Mike proposed to me while we were staying at a boutique hotel in Manchester, The Great John Street Hotel – it was just before we were going to Australia for a year to live. In the evening we had a meal at a restaurant with Australasian cuisine and then went onto a couple of champagne bars. While we were out Mike had arranged for the hotel staff to go into our room and fill it with rose petals and candles. When we returned I went into the room and turned around to find Mike on one knee.

We set the date for 15th October 2015. I wanted an autumn wedding, as I love the oranges and reds on the trees at that time of year, and the grounds at our venue were amazing, so I wanted to make the most of them.

An Elegant Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (40)

Our chosen venue was Eaves Hall, in Ribble Valley. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we went to visit it. It was elegant without all of the ‘old’ soft furnishings that you can tend to get with manor houses. We also loved the fact that it was completely exclusive and that the venue had 30 rooms for our guests to stay in. The good thing about the venue is that there are plenty of different rooms so people could do what they wanted. Some of the guests were dancing, whilst others were having a nice wine by the fire, with it being a mild evening some of our guests were outside and some in the bar / lounge and snooker room. It just made for a really relaxed environment where people could enjoy the day and evening.

I wanted the wedding to be simple, elegant and romantic. The venue is grand enough to keep the decorations to a minimum. I wanted our wedding to stand the test of time and so tended to stay away from gimmicks.

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mid-century chic: a cool & classy styled shoot at the northern monk brew co

January 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Mid Century Styled Shoot (c) Mark Newton Photography (22)

This afternoon we’re treating you to a stunning styled shoot that is brimming with inspiration for everything from the dress to the décor.

Keen to celebrate his passion for mid-century design, Yorkshire based photographer Mark Newton called upon his top wedding supplier friends to help him create a styled shoot centred on the much loved era but with a modern twist.

The shoot also provided the perfect opportunity to showcase a new contemporary space available to hire for weddings at The Northern Monk Brew Co, in Leeds. If, like us, you are instantly drawn to pendant lighting and exposed brick you are going to love this place!

We’ll now hand you over to Mark so he can fill you in on all the rest of the gorgeous details (of which there are many!)…

With images by Mark Newton Wedding Photography.

Models: Natalie Abson and Hannah Pickles.

A Mid Century Styled Shoot (c) Mark Newton Photography (24)

mark says: The concept for the shoot was to create a mid-century modern style wedding setup. I initially worked closely with Emma Taylor, of Emma Weddings and Events, on how to achieve the right look as we’re both big fans of mid-century designers.

When it came to picking the right venue I was aware that The Northern Monk Brew Co were in the process of putting the finishing touches to their new ‘Chapter Hall’ on the top floor of the mill and now offer the space for wedding receptions. I knew it would be perfect.

A Mid Century Styled Shoot (c) Mark Newton Photography (29)

The Northern Monk Brew Co is housed in The Old Flax Store in Holbeck Urban Village, taking the ground floor for its brewery, but making full use of the rest space for the refectory and new event space, (plus there is outdoor space as well). The building retains lots of the original character, with exposed brickwork and ceilings, plus the large windows, which allow masses of daylight to pour in. In the evening the atmosphere changes to create a cosier feel. We decided we wanted to capture both sides of the space, so during the day we produced a bridal shoot, and in the evening a candle-lit meal setup.

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photogenic: a personal & vintage wedding in south yorkshire – nic & nick

January 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (30)

We’re rather excited about sharing this afternoon’s real wedding on the blog as it’s different to any we’ve featured before. This is because the wedding photographers were the bride and groom themselves. Impressive, right?

As well as organising their big day and having starring roles, Nick and Nic actually captured it all themselves too.

As partners in both life and business at Photogenick Photography, it’s clear these two are made for each other and have a talent for freezing & framing those key moments in life.

And as if the preparing for the wedding wasn’t enough, these guys photographed their own pre-wedding shoot too – of course!

With images by Photogenick Photography.

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (33)

nick says: We got engaged in Stockholm last year on the beautiful waterfront outside the photographic gallery Fotografiska.

Our wedding date was the 4th December 2015. As we are wedding photographers, the middle of summer wasn’t an option for us. Thankfully the thought of a cool, crisp, blue skied winter’s day was very appealing though.

Our chosen venue for the ceremony was Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum. It’s a gorgeous grade 2 listed building, built in 1783 and holding much history of Rotherham. Our wedding reception was held at The Manor Barn in Kimberworth.

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (18)

We had a rustic/vintage theme to our day which we thought fit perfectly with the time of year as well as our own personal and photographic style.

Our colour scheme was varied but included some teal. All our button holes included hessian and quite muted colours to fit the rustic style. Again, this was to reflect our own personal style as well as picking up our own ideas from the many weddings we shoot.

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golden touch. maggie sottero for a classic wedding at new house farm – lucy & chris

January 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Golden Wedding in the North West (c) James Tracey Photography (34)

We’re getting your week off to a beautiful start here on this stunning real wedding in The Lake District.

Keen to make their big day both pretty and personal, Lucy and Chris, along with help from family and friends, styled the venue themselves and added little handmade touches along the way to make the occasion all the more memorable.

With images by Brides Up North ‘Supplier We Love’ James Tracey Photography.

A Golden Wedding in the North West (c) James Tracey Photography (3)

lucy says: We got engaged in June 2014 at Surprise View in the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. Chris got down on one knee whilst we were walking with the dog during a holiday to visit some of Chris’s family who live in Cumbria. Unfortunately Chris had forgotten that Surprise View is a bit of a tourist hotspot and the engagement nearly happened in front of a coach full of sightseers!

Our chosen venue was New House Farm in Lorton, Cumbria. We had looked at a few venues but New House Farm was the only place that we could fully customise to our own taste and let our imaginations run wild! Chris also used to go there for afternoon tea with his grandparents and mum when he was a child, so the family link was a lovely touch. Hazel at New House Farm was just so easy to deal with and let us really put our own mark on the space.

A Golden Wedding in the North West (c) James Tracey Photography (42)

We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted the day to be personal to us, and be different to any other wedding that our friends and family might go to. Our colour scheme was neutral romantic creams and golds. I wanted it to be subtle and timeless.

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