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keepin’ it real: say hello to squashed apple photography and film – plus an amazing gift for our readers!

August 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we’re introducing you to a new Sponsor of ours that offers the most important keepsakes from a wedding day – photography and videography.

That’s right, the fabulously talented team at Manchester-based Squashed Apple can capture the real essence and emotion of a couple’s big day both in images and footage, providing memories that last a lifetime and with the power to transport brides and grooms back to that very moment in time.

If this sounds right up your street you might be interested to know that Squashed Apple will throw in £1,300 worth of albums and presentation for free for every Brides Up North reader that books their full day photography and full wedding film packages.

Now to tell us more about their style of shooting, we’ll hand over the blog to one of the Squashed Apple team. Take it away Carlo…

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Tell us a little about your background ? 

carlo says: I have been in this industry for around nine years and fell into photography by accident really. A friend needed a hand on a wedding and simply passed me a camera, well that was it – I was sold – and filming was a natural progression. I wanted to create a brand, which was not only affordable but offered fantastic value for money. I’m a believer that every couple should have access to our services and it’s this customer focus that has seen us sustain more than 100 weddings for the last seven consecutive years.

Intro – Goodbyes are not forever from SquashedApple Pro on Vimeo.

What attracted you to the wedding industry specifically? 

I love weddings, in fact if I wasn’t doing this I would be a wedding planner. It’s an amazing life event that has everything; they are fun, sad, joyful and emotional. I find there is so much going on in a wedding day that can make you an amazing creator.

And what is it about your job that you love? 

Well apart from being your own boss, it gives you the freedom to create, plus tonnes of family time.

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How would you describe your style of wedding photography/videography?

Squashed Apple brings collectively everything to the table. We’ve never had a set style, but I believe it’s important to be able to adapt and present something that suits the couple. I believe it’s important to engage with a brides of all ages, therefore I don’t really believe in styled shoots or using models. I want to keep it real. We can have just as much fun with a bride approaching 60-years-old as a bride in her twenties. Our oldest bride last year was 72 – so cute!

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peonies & pastels. kenneth winston for a pretty springtime wedding at the KP – sarah & alan

August 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s uber-pretty real wedding comes directly from one of our lovely readers, the beautiful Sarah, and features some of our fabulous Brides Up North Sponsors too, making it all the more special.

When submitting her wedding, Sarah wrote: “I love the Brides up North blog and used it to research over the last 18 months when planning my wedding. It also helped me find some of my amazing suppliers!”

And it’s wonderful comments like that which keep us busily working away here at Brides Up North HQ.

For us there are so many elements of Sarah’s May marriage to beau Alan that we love – from the bride’s incredible dress, to the romantic colour palette, blousy blooms and homemade décor. Oh and not forgetting Oscar – the couple’s super cute puppy who makes a special appearance!

With images by Sarah Beth Photo and video by Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films.

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A Pretty Wedding at The KP (c) Sarah Beth Photo (26)

sarah says: We got engaged on the 11th October 2014. Alan booked a surprise romantic cottage in the Lake District. After a day of exploring the local scenery, back at the cottage that evening he cooked us a candlelit three course meal and after our warm chocolate brownie dessert (the way to my heart!) Alan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a beautiful setting for a romantic proposal and he had picked a gorgeous princess cut ring.

We got married on the 14th May 2016. We chose to get married in May as we both loved the idea of a spring time wedding. The colours and flowers I had dreamt of fitted perfectly with a spring theme. We also love to travel and explore new places and choosing a honeymoon in May meant we would get the best of the weather long haul while beating the “summer rush”.

Alan and Sarah from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

Our wedding ceremony was held in my home town at St Mary’s Church, Beverley. The church is more than 900 years old and is just gorgeous. Inside the ceiling is painted with stars and the long aisle made for a really grand entrance.

Our reception afterwards was held at The KP club in Pocklington. As soon as we visited The KP we both instantly fell in love with the rolling countryside views. The bright and modern interior meant we had a blank canvass to personalise the room with our finishing touches. We also loved the log cabins with hot tubs in the grounds, the perfect place to get ready on the morning of the wedding.

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A Pretty Wedding at The KP (c) Sarah Beth Photo (36)

We wanted our wedding to have a pretty spring time feel so we incorporated lots of soft pinks, ivory and lilac florals on our wedding stationary, as well as using florals and ribbons to decorate the venue. The overall effect was so dreamy and it all came together perfectly. The theme created a really relaxed feel for our guests which was also something that was really important to us.

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a lifetime of happy memories: silver sixpence films (plus a discount for our readers!)

July 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we’re catching up with our hugely talented Sponsor Silver Sixpence Films, to remind our readers that a videographer is a supplier that should not be overlooked.

So many times we’ve experienced brides that we’ve featured on the blog saying that their only wedding regret is that they didn’t get the day filmed. We don’t want you to have the same regrets and so professional videographers Penny and Ed of Silver Sixpence Films, are taking over the blogging reins today to explain what’s in it for you, and why it’s such a huge passion of theirs.

Better still, Penny and Ed are running a Winter Promotion for any November to March weddings with discounts on all our packages. So if you like what you see (and trust us, you will!) just quote WINTERBUN when enquiring and they’ll give you full details!

Now on with the show, 3-2-1, action…

Rich and Will from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

Can you give us a little background on Silver Sixpence Films?

penny says: We set up Silver Sixpence Films in 2013 when Ed and I decided to have a change of career following a long career working in the film industry in London. Ed was working as a visual effects editor and I as a director’s assistant. Between us we had racked up some pretty impressive film credits including three Harry Potter films, Skyfall, Casino Royal, Prince of Persia, Edge of Tomorrow – the list goes on!

Both Ed and I have always loved filming and producing our own projects and whenever possible Ed was making his own short films and had been regularly asked to film at weddings for friends and family, which he loved doing. We found that there was a lot of freedom and creativity in wedding videography, but most of all we loved the people, and telling their stories. After the birth of our daughter we realized that we enjoyed our time spent making wedding films and helping people capture their day more than we were enjoying our feature film work and so we set up Silver Sixpence Films. Amazingly we booked 15 weddings in our first year and it has just snowballed from there! At the time we were living in Kent and our daughter was 18 months so the move back to East Yorkshire (my home town) seemed risky and a big change, but we went for it and have never looked back.

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Can you give us a brief overview of the services that you offer to wedding couples?

We pride ourselves in having our own unique style of filming and find that people book us because of this. We work really closely with our clients and are available to them as much as they like in the run up to the wedding. We have a number of packages available for all budgets, but will often create bespoke packages, as every wedding is different and we like to offer the opportunity to fit in with a client’s specific needs. It is important to us that we don’t interfere with the wedding day and so we try and be as unobtrusive as possible when filming. In fact, people often tell us that they didn’t realize anyone was making a video when they see our finished film.

Pete and Hannah from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

What sets you apart from other videographers?

We offer a really personal service to our clients, (we don’t have a corporate bone in our bodies!) From start to finish everything is bespoke; from the filming packages we create, to the coffee chats and (often hilarious) Skype calls. Our packaging is beautifully handmade; lovingly hand stamped with hand written notes inside. We often become good friends with our clients and their families because we are available to them and will do anything to help them out and make sure, not just their wedding film, but their whole wedding runs smoothly and is a success. The majority of our business now comes through referrals from past clients, which we love. On top of that we bring with us a considerable amount of experience from feature films, enabling us to craft really cinematic films using tricks in the trade that we have learnt from real Hollywood legends. Working on high profile feature films with famous actors like (name drop alert!) Tom Cruise, Emma Watson and Daniel Craig, has given us very high standards, which means we work extra hard to produce a fantastic finished product.

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hearts & flowers: essense of australia for a fancy wedding at the grand hotel – lerina & joelif

July 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This morning we’re heading to the North East to relive the stunning wedding day of Lerina and Joelif.

Having fallen head over heels for The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, Brides Up North reader Lerina set about organising a fun and fancy wedding in just six months! Certainly no mean feat but she pulled it off perfectly with a big day full of smiles, tears and laughter, as well as lots of pretty hearts and flowers. Who run the world? Girls!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Paul Liddement Photography.

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A Glam Wedding at The Grand Hotel Tynnemouth (c) Paul Liddement Wedding Stories (40)

lerina says: We got engaged the day after my birthday last year. Joelif decided that we should have a wonder into Tynemouth, where we live, for some food. We went down to Riley’s Fish Shack which is on King Edwards’s beach. It was a lovely bright, crisp afternoon. We had a hot chocolate and fresh grilled lobster salad whilst we sat overlooking the beach. When we finished, we walked back up the stairs from the beach when Joelif suddenly stopped and got down on one knee and produced a red ring box. He opened it and there was the biggest diamond ring inside. My jaw almost hit the round. He asked if I would marry him and I instantly said yes. He put the ring on my finger then was quick to tell me it wasn’t a real diamond, he’d decided that we could go ring shopping together as he knows I’m fussy with jewellery. After that we went to one of our favourite bars and sat outside in the sun drinking champagne to celebrate. I then called my family to tell them the exciting news! Just over a month later we had our engagement party at a local bar/bistro called The Sandpiper. It was a fantastic night.

Our wedding date was 7th May 2016, exactly 15-and-a-half years to the exact date that we first got together.

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We got married at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, which is just a five-minute drive from our house. The Grand was the last venue we looked at as we had been guests at a number of our friends’ wedding there and didn’t think it would feel special if we held our own wedding there. However on the day that we attended an open event there we instantly felt excited about it. The venue had been refurbished since we had last been. It was so much brighter and fresher and had new furniture in the bar area. The ceremony room looked stunning, so classy and exactly what we wanted. When we went up the grand stairs to the main room where the wedding breakfast takes place, it over looks Tynemouth Longsands beach and it just took our breath away. Instantly we knew that we had found our venue. We thought we would enquire about availability or late summer 2016, however the latest summer date was 7th May so we immediately went for it and paid the deposit. This gave us just six months to plan everything.

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We wanted the style of the wedding to reflect the venue, which is grand, classy and romantic, but at the same time, we wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed to match our personalities as a couple.

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a festive treat from silver sixpence films

December 17th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Matt and Hannah from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

We’re crashing in to interrupt your Thursday lunchtime (who has started on the Pret A Manger seasonal sarnies yet?) with a Christmas pressie from our fabulous and talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Silver Sixpence Films.

Silver Sixpence Films are Yorkshire based wedding filmmakers, happy to travel all over the North, who create stunning, high definition cinematic wedding films.

During the months of January, February and March 2016, the lovelies at Silver Sixpence would like to offer some serious deals to our readers – and who doesn’t need a deal just after December? So if you were thinking you had to skimp on a brilliant videographer (my one regret from my own big day) for your winter wedding, think again!

Percy and Louise from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

penny says: We are happy to offer the following special offers to Brides Up North readers:

40% Diamond Package, usually £2695, now £1617
30% Platinum Package, usually £1995 now £1396.50
20% Gold Package, usually £1295 now £1036

This would be for weddings taking place during January, February or March 2016 and doesn’t include travel expenses.

Contact Silver Sixpence Films and quote Brides Up North for more information, availability and to claim your discount.

Ryan and Georgina from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

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reel love. 2 little ducks wedding videography

October 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

2 Little Ducks

This afternoon I am proud to introduce one super talented couple (and the cutest newlyweds like, ever), Becki and James of 2 little ducksWedding Videography.  They’re here to show off some of their short films, tell you why you should book a videographer for their big day (full disclosure: I didn’t think we needed a wedding video but now fully regret not having someone to capture our day on film), why it should be them and to offer Brides Up North readers a sneaky little discount while they’re at it!

Just quotes BridesUpNorth10 when you book to receive a 10% discount on all of their packages.

How did you get into wedding videography? 

In 2006 James bought a HD video-camera in Japan to shoot a little ninja film and when he returned he used it to film his sister’s wedding. Many films done as favours followed with lots of comments about how good the films were. This new love affair with filming resulted in James returning to University to complete his degree in Media, Technology and Production. It was at this time that we met, sharing a passion for film and photography we soon became a strong team and I quickly became James’ camera assistant and booking agent! 2 Little Ducks Wedding Videography was the result.

Why should a couple have a wedding video

Lots of reasons! Firstly, the day will go by so quickly, and you can’t possibly be everywhere at once. You are going to miss parts of your day unless a videographer is there to capture it. Secondly, a photographer will capture most of the sights but none of the sounds of your day. A wedding video allows you to replay your vows, the speeches, the cheers as you enter the room and the laughter of you, your friends and your family. Also a wedding video is a time capsule, you can pass it on to your children and grandchildren and show them all the family members who they sadly may not have been able to meet.

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?

Everyone is at their best on a wedding day. Everyone looks fabulous, has come together in a celebration of love, togetherness and hope for the future and this makes them happy smiley people (the food, drink and dancing helps with that too!). The best thing about being a wedding videographer is capturing the little moments which the bride and groom have missed and knowing that you will put that in the video and they will love it! It is a privilege to be part of the most special day of people’s lives.

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Mostly that is about the preparation time beforehand, lots of people are nervous around cameras so meeting us beforehand reassures them that they are not going to have the camera up close in their face, that we are discreet and relaxed whilst being completely professional. They are relaxed about us on the day as they know that we will do a great job! In our experience though all the nerves come before the big day. Once the wedding day begins most couples just go with it and enjoy it, many couples tell us that they barely noticed us there as they are just concentrating on enjoying their day, guests, however, do have to be encouraged not to “duck” underneath the camera as this looks worse on film than if they just walked in front!

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Last year we filmed a lovely couple Terry and Maureen, they had been together for over 30 years but had never got around to tying the knot, sadly Maureen had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and this was the impetus for them to finally have their special day. We were filming their first dance, Terry with his arms tight around Maureen and captured their eldest son, looking on and wiping a tear from his eye. Even thinking about it now makes me emotional. Our experience with Terry and Maureen has led us to our support of a fantastic charity “Gift of a Wedding” which asks for donations from wedding suppliers to ensure that other couples who don’t have long together are able to have a perfect day.

What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

2 Little Ducks are about capturing your day not about getting you to perform, we have seen loads of wedding videos which we know as professionals must have taken ages to set up, cutting into the couple’s enjoyment of the day. We tell couples we will film whatever you want us to film but try and just relax and enjoy your day without feeling you have to create something “different”, in years to come this will look dated.

The other thing that sets us apart is we actually have video cameras! Many videographers actually use DSLR cameras with a record button, the quality is nowhere near the video cameras we have and reliability can often be an issue leading to important parts of your wedding being missed. We promise every couple a highlight reel of their day within 2-3 weeks whilst we continue to edit the full video. This gives you reassurance that we did capture your wedding and also allows you to replay the day for yourselves, your friends and family and for others who could not be there on the day.

We have an aerial camera which can capture footage from high in the air, this is great for outdoor weddings or those at stately homes / country houses where you want to capture full scale and grandeur of the location. We recently used this to film a firework display, the results are stunning, though we were a little scared that the camera be blown out of the sky!

What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

They can expect that we will be there early, ready to go, that we will be smart, professional and polite, we will work well with other suppliers and often meet or talk to for example the photographer beforehand to ensure a smooth running day. We will capture everything you want capturing but won’t get in your way.

Tell us about some your most recent collaborations and styled shoots with other industry professionals?

We recently collaborated with Minihaha Garande of Brachetto Weddings on a styled shoot in Skipton. This was our first experience of a styled shoot and it was great fun as well as an opportunity to meet some fabulous local wedding suppliers, Medici Macarons, Photography by Kathryn, Minnie Bee’s Floral Design and Cakes for Show. We have also just completed a promotional video for Peak Tipis who have a great team of people behind an amazing product. Those Tipi’s are huge, awe-inspiring and magical inside!

What projects do you have coming up ?

We have such exciting weddings booked for this season, I am looking forward to a Yurt wedding at Bolton Abbey, a Bollywood dancing vs Ceilidh dance off in North Yorkshire, a big band at Victoria Hall and lots of fun and garden games at Sutton Park. Everyone has such different and fun ideas for their wedding!

You are newly-weds yourselves – tell us about your own big day?

We got married in August last year at St Stephens Church in Skipton and had our reception at The Priests House in Barden Tower. We wanted our wedding to be intimate and only had 40 close friends and family members there with a few more on the evening, it was a very relaxed and fun day, I laughed so much my face hurt! We asked two friends of ours who are both trained camera operators to help in capturing the day though of course James could not stop himself setting up shots and doing some of the filming once we were at the reception. He edited a beautiful highlight reel for us which I can’t stop showing people!

What is included in your package? 

We have three main “packages” though we are happy to work with couples to create something bespoke. Our Silver package is for couples who just want to have the ceremony capturing so we would cover the arrival of bride and groom, ceremony and register signing then leaving the ceremony, this package costs £400 and offers couples the opportunity to have a record of the day without breaking the bank! Our Gold package is priced at £600 and will cover everything from the silver package plus the arrival at reception (if in a different location) and the wedding breakfast, though not close ups of people eating! Also the speeches and the cutting of the cake. Some couples feel that they after this point they just want to let their hair down, get a few drinks and don’t necessarily want what happens afterwards recording on film so we can leave before it gets messy! Our Platinum package basically ensures that we are there all day and for as long you want us into the night. It will cover everything from the 2 previous packages but also the first dance evening reception and entertainment and we include bridal prep filming in this if the bride wants it. Our cameras are excellent at filming in low light and will easily be able to record at night including any evening entertainment such as fireworks.

All our packages include the 3 minute highlight film. There are also a range of extras such a photo slideshow on the DVD using photos supplied by the bride and groom or our screen-grabs from the day. We can make a very funky graphic novel using screenshots too, a funky alternative to your traditional framed wedding photo.

We are also happy to film proposals, engagement parties, hen and stag parties and a lovely idea we think is to record “secret” video messages from the bride to groom and vice versa that can be watched on the morning of the wedding as the couple get ready. James wrote me a lovely letter which I fortunately read before my makeup went on and it was so lovely just to hear from him at that point. We wished we had thought to do little films ourselves!

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

We are happy to offer Brides Up North readers a discount of 10% on all of our packages. Just quotes BridesUpNorth10 when you book!

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

We have a fab website which James designed himself which has more info on including FAQ’s, examples of our work and a contact form, or you can email us at admin@2-little-ducks.com, call on 07817 664605, tweet @2DucksWeddings or visit our Facebook page.

Anything else we should know?

We are a very friendly bunch and never put people under pressure to book. We are passionate believers that every couple should have their wedding filmed as we know so many people who have regretted not doing it but if you get in touch we are happy to just give you the information you ask for and leave it up to you!

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