May 10th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Grainne and Justin chose to rip up the rulebook when it came to their big day and, together with just two witnesses and one photographer, enjoyed a ‘home elopement’ with a festive feel.
We love the fact that, after exchanging vows at Manchester’s Town Hall, they strolled the festive Christmas markets, enjoying Glühwein and gathering well wishes from cheery passers-by as they soaked up the warm and twinkling atmosphere. They even picked up a keepsake at one of the stalls to display on their Christmas tree year after year to remind them of the romantic day they became husband and wife.
With cocktails and nibbles – plus a six-course tasting menu at swanky The French – to follow, Grainne and Justin ensured their elopement had all the right ingredients. Tell us more Grainne…
With images by Maddie Farris Photography.
grainne says: We got engaged in Edinburgh in September 2016. We wanted to take in the city views from the top of Arthur’s Seat, but little did I know Justin also had other plans when we reached the top. After finding a quiet spot, he got down on one knee and popped the question. He had come prepared for a ‘yes’ with champagne in his rucksack and, after a toast to celebrate, we made our way down to explore the city and enjoy afternoon tea at the Signet Library. The following day, to escape the hustle and bustle, we headed for the shores of Loch Lomond.
We got married on 14th December 2017 at Manchester Town Hall in the Ante Room, followed by a Glühwein at the Christmas markets, cocktails and nibbles at Mr Cooper’s House & Garden and a six-course tasting menu at The French.
I didn’t want a full-length traditional wedding dress. I wanted to feel comfortable following the service and be able to enjoy the celebrations we had planned. As it was a city centre elopement, I was aiming for more of a subtle bridal look that was practical for the setting, celebrations and the season but which still had a hint of romance. I felt the mid-length skirt combined with the lace offered this and the belt added some sparkle for Christmas. My jacket was a surprise gift from my mum; she wanted to make sure I stayed warm on the day and I think she got it just right.
May 9th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Christmas is such a lovely time for a wedding – the world is wearing its finery, from the streets dripping with twinkly fairy lights to the gigantic smiles on the faces of people in the mood to celebrate. You’re onto a winner for a fun celebration before you even start!
Today’s real wedding couple Rachel and Charles wed among the mistletoe at the impressive Courthouse in Knutsford, Cheshire, with its dramatically high ceilings and fabulous character.
Rachel wore a stunning Maggie Sottero creation with a gold sequined top and frothy skirt – just perfect for a festive celebration and simply beautiful against a backdrop of giant, sparkling Christmas trees. We love the fact that Rachel and Charles’s one-year-old daughter wore a dress that echoed the style of her mother’s – adorable. With entertainment to suit all ages – including a mini Casino and a caricaturist – and little Christmas trees adorning every table, Rachel and Charles went all out to ensure their guests had a fun-filled, festive day.
With images by Kate McCarthy Photography.
rachel says: We got engaged on holiday in Dubai. I asked Charles to get our daughter ready for the pool while I got my sun cream on; when I got out of the bathroom, our baby daughter was in a vest and written on the vest was “Mummy, will you marry daddy?” It was perfect!
Our wedding date was Saturday 23rd December 2017. We really wanted it to be a Saturday as most people are free and with it being Christmas time we thought it would be perfect to get all our family and friends together for a festive celebration too! We created a Christmassy look for the reception with Christmas tree centrepieces and a few dancing Santa hats for the kids.
We got married at the fabulous Courthouse in Knutsford. It’s such a beautiful building with a lot of character. It’s a great size for a wedding and we had the reception and ceremony in the same place for convenience, so we didn’t have to travel to venues as some of our guests had already travelled far to get to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue. The team are fantastic and pulled out all the stops for us. The day ran like clockwork due to Kate the coordinator and the Ice Entertainment team. Thanks to them all, we made the most amazing memories.
I wore a dress by Maggie Sottero, which I bought from Bliss Bridal in Bolton. It was my friend who showed me a picture of the dress and I instantly fell in love with it. It was completely different to any dress I had seen before and the gold sequined top was perfect for a Christmas wedding! My bridesmaids wore custom-made dresses from the fabulous Rixo.
Charles and his groomsmen wore suits from Marks & Spencer. Charles had quite a few groomsmen who all live in different places, so Marks was easily accessible to them all to get the suit that fitted them well. They also came in slim fit, tailored and regular fit, so we knew they would look good on all of them.
May 9th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Pure, simple and spellbindingly beautiful is how we would describe the stunning work of our fabulous Sponsor Cine Reportage, with whom we are catching up with on the blog today.
A wedding videographer with a difference, William who owns the business captures a couple’s big day on real film using Super 8 and 16mm cameras. The outcome? Utterly gorgeous footage with a charming, nostalgic grainy edge which only further boosts the romantic feels.
Having covered varying styles of weddings across the UK and overseas, William is now keen to shoot some celebrations closer to his home in rural West Yorkshire having recently become a dad to baby son Percy (talk about a cute name!) As such, William is offering a £150 discount for weddings within a 75-mile drive of Holmfirth – so be sure to get on Google maps to see if you fall into said radius for a little extra saving!
But for now, join us as we take a look at William’s incredible work – be warned, this could trigger an emotional tear or two!
Images by Zara of Ginger Veil.
Can you tell us a little about your style of videography and why you think it’s so important for weddings to be captured on film?
william says: We love the photos of our wedding, but every year on our anniversary it’s our wedding film that we watch. It transports us back to the day, the place and the people in a way that photos can’t. I love it more every year and I look younger and slimmer every year!
What would you say to camera-shy couples who feel that having a videographer present on their wedding day would make them nervous?
I shoot as unobtrusively as possible and a lot of the time you won’t even know you’re on camera. It’s worth remembering that the film won’t just be about you; you’ll be surrounded by your favourite people and they’ll all be there to celebrate your love – it’s worth recording!
What is it that couples love about your approach and particular style of videography?
Unlike almost any other wedding filmmakers, we shoot on real film. It’s more romantic, more beautiful and more permanent than digital mediums. The films we make are fairly simple, and free from gimmicky production. We just record the day, as it happens, in a beautiful way. It’s not for everyone, but people that get it, love it.
What have you been up to since we last spoke to you? Where have you been shooting and what styles of weddings have you captured?
I’ve shot a crazy variety of weddings since we were last in touch – from fields, to beaches, to a private chateau in the South of France. The most unusual was a 1940s themed wedding at a 1940s weekend in Sheringham, Norfolk. The whole town dressed up and I shot it entirely in grainy black and white film with a period soundtrack.
You’ve just launched your new website. What’s changed and what can couples see on there?
Our new website is simpler and has more films on it than the last one; it’s easier to show you what we do than to talk on about how we do it. I’m going to add a blog page on there too – I’ve just got to find the time to write some posts!
What was your highlight of 2017 and what are you most looking forward to this year?
My highlight of the year was the arrival of Percy, our son. With him around I’m really keen to do more local work so that we can enjoy more time together.
If you could shoot a celebrity’s wedding whose would it be and why?
Hmm, that’s tricky! Maybe Martin Freeman. I just watched the first series of Fargo on Netfilx and he’s awesome in it. And my wife once saw him taking his mum to tea at Ladurée in Paris, which make me think he’s a good egg. I’ve no idea if he has any plans to get married. Otherwise maybe a great designer, director, photographer, or artist – it’s always a massive compliment when you’re asked to work for someone whose work you love.
Is there anywhere in particular you would love the opportunity to shoot, that you’ve not yet visited, or an area you enjoying shooting that you would like to shoot in more often?
I live in Holmfirth, on the edge of the Peak District. It’s an incredibly beautiful part of the world and I’d love shoot some weddings around here. There’s a vineyard just up the hill from our house – the view from there is immense and the wine is pretty good too! I’d love to shoot a wedding there.
Can you give us an idea on price/packages and are you able to offer our readers a special discount?
Our prices usually start from £1,650, but for 2018-2019 I’m offering a £150 discount for weddings within a 75-mile drive of Holmfirth. With a young family, it’s becoming more important for me to spend time at home and living in such a beautiful part of the country it seems a shame not to do more, more locally.
May 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The city of York provides the backdrop to today’s gorgeous rustic wedding, with Rachel and Jonathan’s big day perfectly reminding us that saying ‘I do’ in the autumn months can be a very pretty affair indeed.
After exchanging vows at the quaintest of churches, the newlyweds then celebrated with family and friends in the 14th Century Hospitium – a two-storey listed building situated within the stunning York Museum Gardens. This is such an idyllic setting – think stone walls, wooden beams and magical ruins – that paired beautifully with the couple’s vision for a rustic themed wedding dressed abundantly with flowers and plush greenery to create a dreamy enchanted forest vibe.
Hessian, gypsophila, ivy, hurricane lanterns and brown Kraft paper blend to create all the natural feels, with the bride getting crafty in the lead up to her big day, creating her own order of service, invitations, menu place cards and table plan. And if there’s ever a time to exploit the cake maker in the family then this would be it – and their stunning four-tiered creation (made with more than 2kg of chocolate ganache!) doesn’t disappoint! We’ll pass the blog over to Rachel to fill us in on all the exquisite details…
With images by Photogenick.
rachel says: Having been together for five years and talked about our future, it felt like a proposal was imminent. When Jonathan surprised me with a romantic holiday to Rome I, as well as all my friends and family, thought ‘this is it’. However, the holiday, which was amazing, came to an end and there was no ring. Over the next year Jonathan kept surprising me with romantic trips away and meals out and each time I would think it would happen but, alas, I was still without a ring.
Then one Wednesday night, on 12th February 2015, I finished a long shift at work and came home very tired and cranky. I had bought Jonathan a magazine on my way home and said to him ‘oh, I’ve got you this’ and gave it to him. He then said ‘I’ve got you something too, close your eyes’, which I did and then when I opened them – he was there with the ring! I burst into tears and didn’t stop crying happy tears for the rest of the night. It was a complete surprise and so special. We celebrated with an Indian takeaway!
We got married on 30th September 2017. I have close family in Australia, so it was very important that they could come to the wedding. That narrowed it down to the end of April or September. We decided on the latter as Museum Gardens, our chosen venue, begins to turn autumnal at this time and we loved the idea of all the autumnal colours of the trees and plants.
Jonathan and I both come from Christian backgrounds and it was important to both of us that we were married in a church. We are lucky as our Parish Church, St Olaves, is stunning. My granddad is a church minister and was able to play a big part in the service and it was so special to have him up there with us. And, unbeknown to us at the time, we had picked the same three hymns that my grandparents had at their wedding. They have just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary so hopefully we will follow in their footsteps.
Our reception was at The Hospitium in York Museum Gardens. The first summer we got together, we would often meet there and sit in the gorgeous gardens in the sunshine getting to know each other. It was always a special place for us. When we were thinking about wedding venues it was the first place we both thought of. We both love York and its history, so to have a wedding in such a historical and meaningful place was a dream come true. We also loved the two different feels you get in the venue with the more rustic, barn feeling upstairs with the beams and wooden flooring, then the stone pillars and ruins of the downstairs.
The theme was rustic elegance. We wanted lots of greenery, with flowers as the main decoration. In particular, lots of trailing ivy to create the feeling of being in an enchanted woodland. The Hospitium is so beautiful, we knew we wanted to work with the building using candles and greenery to enhance the setting. The stationery and finishings were in brown Kraft, with hessian and twine to pull together the rustic feel.
To tie in with the theme, we kept the colour palette for the wedding fairly neutral. The bridesmaids wore different shades of dusky pink and the men had dusky pink ties and pocket squares. This brought some warmth whilst maintaining the overall rustic theme.
May 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime
If there’s one element of our job that we adore, it’s getting lost in the beauty of couples’ wedding images with some photographers able to make us feel that we were actually present at the celebrations for ourselves as we share in the emotions. One such professional who embodies this skill is our wonderful Sponsor, Kristian Leven.
With a true passion for documenting weddings, Kristian likes to blend into the background and capture the magic as it happens, framing not only the connection between the newlyweds but also the emotions and reactions of their guests resulting in a set of truly special images.
He promises that his photos have the power to transport his couples back to that treasured moment in time and looking at his work here, it’s clear to see that he is a man of his word.
So, let’s find out what makes this fine photographer tick while viewing some more of his fabulous imagery…
With images by Kristian Leven.
When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?
kristian says: Eight years ago now! For me it was an opportunity to do something I love, but also in a style I enjoyed. I was very fortunate to start at a time when documentary wedding photography was really taking off.
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
I’m all about creating very natural and emotive imagery. I just let everyone enjoy their day, but behind my calm exterior I’m constantly looking and observing for moments, and quirks, and things that a lot of people would not ordinarily notice.
What is it that you love most about your job?
Probably the email I receive after the couple have seen their wedding gallery for the first time. I put so much work and effort into this, so it’s incredibly special to then to hear how much the pictures mean to them.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
Sounds a little obvious, but the photography! There are so many different styles of wedding photography now – some photographer’s concentrate on the details, or the bride and groom portraits – so they need to ask themselves, what do I really want? If it’s to spend as much time with their family and friends and to have the relationship between them captured, then I’m your guy!
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
Being able to see things differently to other photographers and capturing those moments in a unique way.
What is the feedback like from your couples?
I received this recently, and it blows me away every time I read it:
“I spent the day yesterday waiting eagerly for these and when they arrived I had to pause Eastenders and settle down with Corey and a glass of wine to look at them and we were still viewing them come midnight. We both felt so emotional; you managed to transport us straight back to the day with the power of your imagery. We never imagined our photos would be anything like that. They make us laugh, cry and smile, and we love EVERY single one of them. We cannot thank you enough, we wanted timeless photos to last us a lifetime and that is exactly what you provided. You listened to us and made us feel so relaxed on the day, we both agreed that we didn’t even know you’d taken the majority of these pictures and we love how natural they all are, and the emotion and personality each photograph conveys. We would recommend you a hundred times over and if we are ever in need of photography again, we know who to call.”
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
To be honest I love the reception, as that’s the part I can get stuck into, and capture the really original stuff. Plus, people are relaxed then, and can let their guard down, which results in some great moments.
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?
Originally all my weddings were in London or the South East, but since my referral network has grown, I travel all over the UK, and internationally now. I had two places I really wanted to shoot, the Big Sur and the Amalfi Coast, and in 2016 my dream came true.
May 7th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
There’s a gorgeous, soft, uber-romantic quality to these sublime photos from Aaron and Harriette’s wedding at East Riddlesden Hall – everything feels a bit dreamy, like we’re seeing their day through their misty, love-tainted eyes. Maybe it’s the delicate pastel shades of their colour-scheme, or perhaps it’s down to the abundance of British blooms and natural foliage that filled their stunning venue. Whatever it is, we feel like we’re under a spell!
This wedding is brimming with accessible inspiration, from fairylights and bunting galore to rustic pallets and a relaxed sharing-plates menu. And we’re agog at the news that Aaron and Harriette pulled off the ultimate feat – securing their dream teaching jobs in Dubai, their honeymoon destination! “We went on honeymoon and never came back!” says Harriette. If they weren’t such a blatantly lovely couple we’d be green with envy…
With photography by Emily Olivia.
harriette says: We got engaged at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on the 6th December 2015. Chatsworth is my favourite country house; we’ve visited it several times with family and friends. It was a cold, wintry day and Aaron revealed afterwards that he’d planned to ask me to marry him next to the Emperor fountain with a view of the house and the grounds as a backdrop. Unfortunately though, he’d forgotten to bring a box for the ring! Luckily, there was a jewellery counter in the gift shop and the assistant had a spare box – she wished him good luck, apparently! When we arrived at the fountain Aaron turned to me and smiled. We hugged and I put my hands into his coat pocket, feeling the ring box! He promptly got down on one knee and popped the question!
Our wedding date was 29th July 2017. There was no particular reason why we chose this date; although saying that, we’re both teachers and wanted a summer wedding with as many friends and family members there as possible, so the end of July seemed like the perfect fit.
We got married at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Pudsey, Leeds. This happened to be the church linked to my primary school, and the priest who married us was also the Chaplin at my secondary school. The reception took place at East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley. We both wanted a barn wedding but found it really difficult to find something close by – most seemed to be down South or in North Yorkshire. Then one day, we came across East Riddlesden Hall and it was perfect! It had everything we wanted and the staff were amazing.
We had lots of ideas when we were planning the wedding. In the end, we decided we wanted something rustic and Italian with lots of flowers and botanicals. When we first started dating, we went on holiday to the Italian lakes and loved it. We wanted to create something with the same feel: a large, relaxed, family and friends gathering with amazing food to reflect our personalities.
To fit in with our loose theme we wanted lots of flowers and foliage, so we decided on pastel colours: greens, pinks, blues and copper. We also really liked the idea of ‘literary’ invites so we chose Feel Good Invites’ vintage Penguin invitations. Ged was brilliant – quick to respond, really helpful with our designs and we couldn’t recommend him enough!
My dress was from Lace and Co., Wakefield. I really wanted a bohemian, flowing dress and Charlotte Balbier’s designs just matched perfectly. The dresses were beautiful and they really suit the individual. The dress I chose was called Lily May and it was simple with a lovely bohemian feel. My Aunty Ann made my veil using a 17th century lace pattern and we’re going to keep it in the hope that it becomes a family heirloom. I wore my grandma’s engagement ring as well as a vintage cameo which we added to the bouquet as something old and borrowed.
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