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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Stately Settings & Secret Teepees! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Rachel & Matt

December 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Sometimes, a Real Wedding will be so gorgeous that (a) I can’t believe it’s not a styled bridal shoot and (b) I really wish that I had been a guest.  Rachel and Matt’s fabulous Yorkshire wedding with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke is one of those.

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Rachel says:  Matt asked me to marry him in the infinity pool at Cameron House overlooking rolling hills and lochs of Scotland and we were married on 14 September 2012 at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, Yorkshire. 

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As l work in events I wanted somewhere different- not on the normal wedding circuit. Matt and I wanted to combine a classic ceremony with something a bit different – and Duncombe ticked all the boxes! We also love the village and have visited often as a couple. 

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony – the vows we made to each other and seeing each other for the first time. 

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I was very set on the style of the day and opted for classic elegance for the day with a rustic secret garden party night, with a colour palette of ivory, champagne, blush and grey. 

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I chose a Manuel Mota for Pronovias gown from Bridal Rogue Gallery York.  I knew that I wanted a simple but striking wedding dress with a low back. 

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My bridesmaid in a stunning taupe Amanda Wakeley dress and the whole groom’s party was in grey – grey and white ties with Matt wearing a blush and white tie. 

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I carried a bouquet of blush and ivory avalanche roses.  This and all our stunning floral displays were by Horti-couture Florists.   

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We made every decision for the wedding based on our lives – the wines were wines we drank, the food was our favourite food and so on. 

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We chose a simple three tiered white cake with types of sponge (lemon and plain) with grey ribbon by Celebrations. 

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We did a lot ourselves – I made the wedding rings and we had personalised homemade favours (raspberry jam for ladies and raspberry vodka for gents), a USA postal box for cards (I am half American) and all our stationery was homemade. 

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We had a secret night venue by Papakata that no one knew about until we led everyone into the woods after dinner!

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We hired The Night Jars band who were amazing ! They went above and beyond and mixed the two songs we wanted for our first dance especially for us. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Santorini.  Just beautiful. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to follow your heart.  It’s too easy to get caught up what you think you should be doing. Just do what you what makes you both happy!

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Congratulations Rachel & Matt!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Andrew Scott Clarke

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Treasure & Trinkets! Supplier Showcase: By Kelcie Jewellery

June 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A recently discovered online vintage treasure trove: Brides Up North Featured Supplier By Kelcie.

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Kelcie makes bridal hair combs and alice bands by hand using vintage collectables sourced from around the World.  She also has a bespoke service – you might have an old piece of jewellery hiding away at home that you would like to incorporate on your day – and also a ‘Something New’ collection, handmade using beads, sparkles, pearls and collectable treats.  Vintage jewellery, a handmade jewellery range and evening bags are also available online.  All in all, well worth a rummage!

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I’ve already lost hours (and may have nabbed a few trinkets for myself)!

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Kelcie, of By Kelcie, says: I’ve always had a love of making things, I love jewellery as all girls do.  My Husband, Andrew Scott Clarke is a Wedding photographer so I sort of put the two together and here I am.

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My lines of jewellery and collections have grown and expanded as I’ve gone along. I started out just using vintage finds to create my hair pieces, the ‘Something Old’ collection, but as I’ve grown I’ve sourced collectables worldwide – new and vintage – and created the ‘Something New’ collection too.

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My eyes started to wander whilst looking for thing to take apart and then the ‘Vintage’ collection was born: beautiful old pieces of jewellery and handbags were jumping out at me that were just too lovely not to seen and used. Pieces of yester year that deserve to sparkle on someone’s special day.

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The ‘By Kelcie’ collection was another happy accident. I was searching the web, as you do (!) and stumbled across jewellery findings that looked very much like the ones in my logo. This collection is for everyday wear, bridesmaids or a beautiful gift. 

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Come and visit my website to explore. 

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At the moment my shop is purely online, although I may be spotted at the odd wedding fair! I do offer a bespoke service, which is available on request for those brides who may have an old piece of jewellery they wish to incorporate into a hair piece.

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Mothers of the bride and bridesmaids all have to look glam too! There’s plenty of sparkly treats suitable for mums and maids!

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My website has been carefully developed to be easy to use for a pleasant shopping experience. Pieces from the ‘Something New’ collection and ‘Something Old’ collection unless stated ‘made to order’ are all one-off hand made pieces. If something you see has been sold please get in touch and I will do my best to find something similar.

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I don’t have any personal favourites, each piece I buy jumps out at me so I guess they’re all my favourites. It’s hard not to get emotionally attached when you’ve brought something back to life again.

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I hope that shopping at By Kelcie is a pleasant experience from start to finish. All of my products arrive gift boxed and gift cards are also available to purchase online.  Visit my website for more information.

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Dive right in ladies!

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Love & Laughter! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Cheryl & Rob

May 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you are feeling glum because it’s Tuesday (I know exactly how that feels: the freshness of a new week having worn off and ages until the weekend), then fear not!  Today’s Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke and real bride Cheryl is bursting with love and laughter. 

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Grab a cuppa, swivel your screen to face the wall, assume an expression of “not to be interrupted” concentration and enjoy!  Work can wait: you’ve got a wedding to plan!

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Cheryl says: Rob proposed on 15th August 2011. It was the 13th anniversary of the day we first met, unlucky for some but not us. Rob had gone to a lot of effort to cook a meal. Thinking back there were some clues but I had it in my head he was wanting to ask me if we could go on another holiday that year. Totally unexpected proposal!

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We tied the knot on 31st March 2012. We always said we wanted to get married within a year. At first we tried to book for a Christmas time wedding but unfortunately all the hotels were booked with Christmas parties so we changed our plans. The dates available for the reception fell well at the start of the Easter holiday, perfect with us both being teachers.

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We were married at Wadsley Parish Church and then The Royal Victoria, Sheffield.  More than anything we wanted a huge party with as many family and friends as we could and not making ourselves bankrupt in the process!

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We wanted the church we were going to be married in to be both local and mean something. Wadsley Church was perfect as it is close to where we live, in fact just up the road. It always puts a smile on our faces as we pass.

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We looked around a few venues for the reception but the numbers were quiet limiting and we didn’t want to have to choose between family and friends. Many were quite far out of Sheffield and the travelling would have been an issue for some guests as some venues had limited room numbers. Eventually we focussed our attentions on the city centre. Not only were there a range of hotels to cater for guests’ budgets nearby but also a range of easily accessible transport options.

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When we went into the Royal Victoria it took me quite by surprise. I didn’t expect the room to be as grand as it was. The ballroom had double height ornate ceilings which I couldn’t ignore. As soon as we walked through the door I knew that was the perfect location, also confirmed when we spoke to Holly the wedding coordinator: in the town centre; many transport options; over a hundred rooms for guests; a sister hotel across the car park with cheaper guest rooms; flexible drink and meal packages that we could mix and match, the option to use their suppliers for extra items (a huge time saver) and even better a discount with the short time period.

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We didn’t really have a theme, more a collection of ideas. We just wanted it to be classic and timeless. Nothing too in your face or gaudy. The colour scheme ended up being champagne and neutrals. I never really had a colour in mind so went shopping with my two adult bridesmaids one day and asked them to choose a colour and dress they both liked. It was very painless and everything else just fell into place after that.

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My dress was nothing like I originally imagined!

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I tried on dress styles that I thought would look good but truthfully I looked awful! By chance I popped into Blushes Bridal Studio and I knew from walking in the door this was the place I would buy my dress. The staff were amazing. I explained what I thought I wanted and what I had tried on so far. I tried my ‘this is what I want’ style dress on but again yuck! They brought over a dress that they said I should try on. Apparently I looked horrified but as soon as I put it on I felt so comfortable. A random woman in the shop crying when she saw me also sealed the deal. Thinking back she could have been crying because it looked dreadful but hey I felt fine!

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It was a little more blingy than I thought I would choose but nothing compared to other dresses.  Maggie Sottero apparently has a family history in the corsetry world which I was very thankful for.

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The two adult bridesmaids wore knee length, strapless champagne prom dresses. The two younger bridesmaids had an individual style, the ten year old had a shoestring strap, floor length champagne dress and the three year old had a white satin and net flower girl dress with champagne petals in the skirt and a bow that matched the other bridesmaids.

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They came from BHS. A huge surprise! One of my bridesmaids mentioned she had seen the wedding range in the window and it looked good. So, off we went and they had such a range to choose from!

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For my bouquet, I knew I wanted orchids and lilies as they are my favourite flowers and with it being a spring wedding I chose to add tulips. After a discussion with Sarah of Sarah’s Florist I decided on a shower bouquet. The adult bridesmaids had a couple of orchid strands and the younger bridesmaids had a moss ball with two orchids and a loop of ribbon to carry it.

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Tulips and freesias were used for the buttonholes with Rob’s having extra orchids and ivy to match my bouquet.

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We travelled in a 1930′s Vintage Landaulette from Balmoral Wedding Car Hire. The colour matched the wedding scheme too.  It must have been fate!

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I enjoyed it the whole day but I think my favourite moment would have to be the wedding ceremony above all. Mainly for the faults! Firstly the youngest bridesmaid stepped on my veil and I only just managed to stay on my feet. I found it hilarious and cracked up laughing. A great tension breaker! Secondly, the organist, I use that very loosely, he didn’t know how to play the organ. Highly amusing when trying to sing the hymns. Finally, the Reverend asked if I would take Rob to be my wife, I think he was thrown by the previous events and yet again the guests erupted into laughter. I don’t think many people will forget the service!

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Our photographer was Andrew Scott Clarke and I can’t sing Andy’s praises enough!  He was just what I was looking for. We wanted to keep everything local and I could not believe he lived so close. His style is very ‘New York’ inspired and once I saw his work I knew he would be part of our day.  Since the first wedding pictures went onto Andy’s site everyone has been so stunned by the quality and enthusiastic about seeing the other photos.

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We tried to keep to a budget so created most of the things ourselves: invitations; service cards; seating plan (with mirror painted by my fair self); favour jars with had personalised sewn ribbon (I thought I might have arthritis after sewing 120); children’s bags with homemade activity booklets and general ‘keep them busy’ items plus a toiletry box filled with a variety of bits for the ladies toilet. We gave personalised gifts to parents and the wedding party, mainly etched glasses.

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A friend’s dad and his barbershop quartet came to sing between the meal and evening guests arriving and we had a DJ in the evening. Andy set up a frame style shot for guests with his assistant Jacqueline. Towards the end of the night we arranged a photo booth, great shots of people dressing up and drunk!

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For our honeymoon we went for a mini cruse on the Nile, along the Valley of the Kings. We both love Ancient Egyptian history and this fitted perfectly.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be to relax!

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Think what really matters to you. We both wrote down three things that we wanted for our wedding day and the things we both said were to have a big party and have people there who we want (basically don’t let others take over).

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Get organised before you start! I set up spreadsheets for budget and guest lists before we did anything else. It was all in one place and very easy to find from then onwards.

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Set up a wedding website. I used www.gettingmarried.co.uk which is an easy to use site and free! It took so little time to setup and guests can find any information they might need for the wedding, along with sending RSVPs and food choices.

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Delegate jobs out to other people that you trust. Not only does this take some pressure off you but it also gives you some time to switch off from wedding mode and spend time with your partner.

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Congratulations Cheryl & Rob!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to feature your own Real Wedding on the pages of Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Andrew Scott Clarke 

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Smile Like You Mean It! A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Rachel & Ali

May 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s feature by the super talented (and lighting wizard) Andrew Scott Clarke comes all the way from sunny Sheffield.  Rachel and Ali are getting wed this very weekend people!  Let’s wish them lots of love, luck and happiness!

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Rachel says:  There was no massive pre-planned proposal to be honest. During a bit of a night out, we got talking and more or less proposed to each other, that was 3 years ago… we adopted a relaxed approach to wedding planning!

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We are getting married this weekend (!) at Hartington Hall (a youth hostel in the High Peak – a whole weekend affair!). 

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We met back in Berlin 2007 at a Killers gig, Leicester lad meets Sheffield lass!

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We hit it off straight away, same sense of humour so it was belly laughs from the start. Our first date was at Woodall Services (South bound…classy eh!) – we met for a coffee and ended up there for about 4 hours.

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He’s my best friend, lover and soul mate all rolled into one – corny but true! 

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to prepare us both for the big day.  We were dreading the shoot as it really wasn’t something we would naturally elect to do. Within 10 minutes however we really eased into it as Andrew made it very informal and relaxed. The shoot really did what it said on the tin as we are far more prepared for the big day and are looking forward to what Andrew has in store for us. We’ll save a space on the wall in our new house for at least one of the photographs.

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I read Brides Up North because of what it says in the title: “Up North”!

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Congratulations Rachel & Ali!

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Why Does Good Wedding Photography Cost So Much?

March 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Why does good wedding photography cost so much?!

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We’ve all been there at some point or other especially when we are planning our wedding day. We try to work out our budgets and more often than not we try to find reason why the photographer costs so much. 

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After all – how hard can it be to take a photo, right?

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This morning, we get serious and talk to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke about where your pennies go.  An informed pocket is a happy pocket, in my opinion… unless we are talking about telling the hubby about my last shopping trip! 

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Hubby, if you are reading.  I’m joking of course.  Artistic license and all that…. *burns receipts*

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Over to Andrew: I’ve based this article on a normal wedding session.  The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and ability to control various factors during the image taking and making process.  Photographers, the hobbyist, the professional and the amateur all benefit from this ability to manipulate pixels.  However, with flexibility comes a price. 

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Digital camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in it’s lifespan, the need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into creating a work of photographic art.

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We all know that you can go to the local chemist and pay a £1.50 for a print – so as a client you may wonder why you may pay upwards of £500 – £3,000 for a wedding album or disc with your prints?  Professional photographers hear this question every once in a while. 

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The truth of the matter is that the answer to this question is multifaceted.  Much of the cost of a photographic image produced by a professional photographer has a lot to do with the time,  equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer not to mention expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.

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Approaching it from a time standpoint, let’s imagine that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love to photograph your wedding.  This photographer is traveling an hour to your destination to photograph your day.  Here is an example of a time break down:

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    Wedding prep time (30 mins– 1 hour including equipment/ back up checks, vehicle checks)

    1 hour travel time to wedding

    15- 30 minutes prep time at client’s home/venue

    4- 12 hours with client photographing wedding

    1 hour travel time from wedding

    30- 45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer

    30- 45 minutes time spent backing up the original images

    12- 24 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images

    1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering

    2- 3 hours time with client for ordering images

    1 hour sorting through and checking order

    30 minutes -1 hour prep time for delivery

    30 minutes -1 hour getting order shipped

    Any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues

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In this example, the time spent per client can range from just under 18 hours to 30 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service.  This is time dedicated only to ONE session.  When the photographer charges £800 – £3,000 for the wedding shoot (aka the session fee) you are not just paying for the 4-12 hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 18-30 hours complete time for your session – sometimes even longer!

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The Cost of Maintaining a Photography Business

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Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from £10,000 – £30,000 dependent on the photographer.  Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about £1,000 there are still other costs related to photography.  A good lens for portrait photography can run from £900 to £2,000.  A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run £2,000 to £6,000 dependent on the photographer.

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Then come lab costs for specialty products.  A good photographer knows the lab is integral to their success.  Photography labs dedicated to the professional photographer often cost more and offer a range of products that allows the professional photographer to continually offer new, innovative products for you, the discerning client.

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Discussing other costs of running a photography business could take a while so we’ll skip many of the intricate details.  There is of course much more including: costs of running the business, taxes, studio rental/mortgage if the photographer has ownership of a dedicated studio, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces that the photographer will likely bring to your session, and so it continues.

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Reputation/ Expertise of the Photographer

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Being in demand, being well known for quality work and having a good reputation often costs time on the photographer’s part.  Their expertise comes at a cost:  their time learning their craft, learning the intricacies of lighting and the commitment put forth on their end to create a business persona that communicates professionalism.  A great number of photographers go a very long time from the time that they purchase their first good camera to making money at the business of photography.  Many photographers, when first starting out, rush in thinking that the business will be easily profitable in no time: how expensive could it be to get a camera and use it to create their dream?  They often neglect to factor in the cost of business, the cost of equipment, software, back ups and so on. 

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Being of sound reputation, a better professional photographer knows that they must always reinvest in their business to maintain this quality level.  To create good work, good equipment, reliable equipment and back up equipment is a necessity.  The photographer who desires to be known as better/best/unparalleled reputation-wise knows that the most important thing they can do for their business is to be reliable and dependable. This is how reputations are built.  Good work often is a wonderful side product of building that good reputation.

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I hope that this article helps shed some light on why a professional photographer is a better choice for your wedding memories.  The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring someone who is right for your precious investment. 

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Somebody To Love! A Real Wedding In Manchester – Lynette & Ben

February 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I absolutely adore today’s bride, Lynette, who sent in her Real Wedding along with photographer and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrew Scott Clarke.  Her wedding is so full of colour and personality that I think I want to be her best friend. 

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Let’s hear from Lynette:  Ben asked me to marry him in October 2010 in the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the top of the Paris hotel (Las Vegas) overlooking the Bellagio Fountains. It was very romantic (I don’t think my family thought so when I rang them to tell them forgetting that with the time difference in the UK I was calling them at 5am!). 

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We set the date for 5 November 2011 (Bonfire Night and the day after the my birthday – Ben has been forewarned about trying to combine birthday and anniversary gifts into one in the coming years!). 

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We chose The Place Hotel Manchester as our venue.  The main thing we wanted from our wedding was to have as many people as possibly share the day and evening with us and have a huge party atmosphere, but without breaking the bank. Most of the venues we considered only offered ‘packages’ such as the typical “sparkling wine on arrival, 2 glasses of wine with the meal” etc which would have really restricted us in terms of numbers. Most of the venues were also quite traditional which whilst nice, didn’t really make us fall in love with them.

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We came across The Place by chance online, as it wasn’t hugely advertised as a wedding venue as such. As soon as we walked in, we knew we were going to get married there! It’s funky, modern, huge, with open brick walls and steel rafters – an old converted cotton mill (working well for a bride originally from Oldham!) The Atrium where we had our ceremony was really unusual and nothing like we’d seen before at the weddings we had been to. It had so much potential, and with a main room on 3 levels, we thought it was fantastic.

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And as if we hadn’t already fallen in love with the venue, the food / drink packages (or lack of them more importantly) was fantastic. We were able to basically split out budget in whatever way we felt was right for us. If we wanted to spend all our money on food – fine, give our guests a purely liquid lunch – again no problem!

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Which leads me to the main reason we ended up picking the venue. Sam the wedding coordinator at The Place. We discussed options with her before we booked the venue and basically nothing was too much trouble. She showed us mood boards for decorations, made drink suggestions, had ideas for entertainment, and instilled us with a huge amount of confidence that our day would be just as we wanted it! I can’t sing her praises highly enough!

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We didn’t have a theme as such, more a general mishmash of ideas mainly focused around late 80’s and early 90’s power rock songs! The only thing we knew for sure was that we wanted to get married to a beautiful instrumental version of Somebody to Love by Queen, and this kind of music ran through our entire wedding (check our the Vitamin String Quartet for fantastic and beautiful classical versions of great songs if you want something a bit different!)

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In the end, our colour scheme was bright but modern! Black and white mainly, but hot pink, yellow and orange were the accent colours of the day, from centre pieces, to the bouquet to the cake itself. Our evening reception had more of an ‘awards ceremony’ type feel – so we teamed black table cloths with the bright flowers – they looked great!

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So many people had told me you choose the dress you think you want. They were so right! I thought I was going to go for a more simple streamlined affair, but having tried on a range, I went for a strapless dress, with diamante trip on the empire line, and a fuller skirt.

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The dress came from Pronuptia Manchester I had a really fantastic experience with the shop, the price was really reasonable, and the fitting was a dream.

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I’d have to put a shout out to the local bridal alteration lady Pauline who was an absolute dream.

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I wasn’t a very ‘bridey bride’ at any point in the wedding so when it came to selecting flowers, I had no idea whatsoever, (who really knows the names of flowers anyway!) All I knew was I quite liked the idea of pink, orange, and yellow. Millers in Oldham handled everything! I had a beautiful, slight teardrop bouquet of gerberas, and roses in the bright colours I had suggested. The bridesmaids had the same flowers in more of a posy style.

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The button holes were all hot pink gerberas, and the shop even made me up a tiny baby sized pink carnation, as a button hole for a 6 month old nephew!

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My makeup was done by the amazing Zareena Mayet (zareena.mayet@yahoo.co.uk) a fabulously trained makeup artist who did a fantastic job of my request of “I don’t want any of that au naturel bridal makeup – give me dark smokey eyes and big eyelashes”. All of us felt like a million dollars/ supermodels when she’d done her magic!

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Our photographer (oh the photographer!) Andrew Scott Clarke was the best one I have ever come across in any wedding I’ve been to! Every single guest since the wedding has raved about the photos they’ve seen since (and one of my relatives even snapped him straight up for their wedding on NYE!).

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The best part about our photographer was his sheer daring! He managed to barge us into the venue kitchens to get a shot of us in the middle of dinner preparation madness, and also had us running out into the middle of a city centre road, dodging cars to get the best shot of us in a more urban setting. At one point we were even standing on a walkway under an old canal – bit smelly but made for some amazing photos!

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We designed our own invitations, menus and table plans. We also created our own cones of sweets wrapped with hot pink and yellow ribbon which looked fab and were loved by all (try making 120 though!)

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Now the thing for me about wedding cakes, is that I think no-one every really remembers them, despite a hell of a lot of expenditure going into selecting the best cake.  I’d stumbled upon the idea of a ‘fake cake’ online – a cake actually made of foam but decorated to look real! Lets be honest, the cakes are there to look great on photos! So Fake Cake it was!

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Cherry Cloud Cakes managed to create me an amazing 3 tier cake in hot pink, orange and yellow (not a drop of white to be seen) with lots of mini gerbera and swirl designs. They also managed to create a cake topper of myself and the groom which looked exactly like us – even down to the tiny diamante details they had added to the dress and hair piece, and a mini cricket bat carried by the groom!

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Its so hard to choose my favourite part of the day! I think I would have to say our ‘non first, first dance’ We’d been to New York the year before and seen a Broadway show called Rock of Ages, and fell in love with Journey ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as a first dance song. But then it got X-Factored and Glee’d so it became less cool and we picked something else!

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Towards the end of the wedding, the DJ played Journey, and with all of our friends and family in a circle around us, we managed to get the first dance we had wanted – and it didn’t feel cheesy!

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After the wedding we were off our our honeymoon! We started in New York for a few days, flew to San Francisco for another few days, then drove across to Yosemite for a night. From there to Vegas for 3 / 4 days then onto Mexico for 10 relaxing days – it was incredible. I think we were away for about 22 days in total!

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My top tip for other would be stay completely relaxed! If there is one thing I think most people would say about us in the build up to the wedding is that we were really laid back, which is weird as we’re not like that by nature! After we’d gotten engaged we made a list of things that we definitely wanted in a wedding and the things we didn’t, and it basically came down to a fun day with our loved ones. We kept this in mind throughout, and really didn’t worry about details such as whether seat covers would match the bride’s shoes (these things can drive you insane).   As a result, we were really relaxed for the wedding itself, and it made the whole thing amazing!

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Congratulations Lynette & Ben!

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January 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Its an absolute pleasure to showcase the work of my fabulous sponsors here on the wedding blog, without whom the success of Brides Up North would just not be possible.  This afternoon we meet fabulous photographer and cheeky chap Andrew of Photography By Andrew Scott Clarke, who shows off some of his favourite images and tells us what makes his tick.  There is bags of personality behind this lens. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I’ve always been into photography ever since having the idea to use photography in some of my artwork while I was at school many moons ago!. My teacher was ace and lent me an SLR which I put to use. I was hooked from then on in! No formal training I’m completely self taught, however I am also a trained electrical engineer and used to design lighting schemes for high end retail stores (before going pro) which basically taught me a huge amount about lighting, which is the key ingredient for great photography! I fell into wedding photography quite by accident really but absolutely love it.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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Wow, I love weddings!  I do photograph other things but weddings is where its at for me. i love the pressure to get the image in a very short period of time without having the safety net of studio lighting etc.  You really have to use your imagination and ingenuity on the day. Plus I want to give people a choice with their photography as I’ve seen so many so called photographers out there that are really quite dull and unimaginative, i want to bring a bit of zing to the day!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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The food.

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Not really… I love giving the photos to the couple afterwards and looking through them with them, there is so much that they don’t remember from the day, its like reliving it all.  I love smiley people.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Drink and if that doesn’t work…basically my experience and being able to help diffuse a situation before it happens. I always carry things to help out too from umbrellas to packets of Emergen-c which give a natural boost of energy, amazing things! The biggest thing is that I always give a free pre wedding shoot (for those that book me for the full day) this gives the couple a chance to see how I’m going to work with them on the day and I will also know how they are in front of the camera so can direct them accordingly.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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A pre wedding shoot either with your photographer or another professional is the best thing for you.  Being photographed by a professional is different as they know how to get people to relax.  It’s not like being photographed by your Uncle Bob who has a big camera! There’s a reason why we work with people and that’s because we know how to work with them.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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Hopefully i can make most things look good, it all depends on how formal/informal you want to be. I’m not a big fan of the traditional formal photographs, they always look stiff and uncomfortable. I much prefer relaxed happy people in group shots.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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It would have to be Carrie Bradshaw’s from Sex & The City (yes I know its not real!). I love American weddings and Carrie’s in real life would be amazing, probably in the big Apple, and we could get loads of cool photo’s in New york and Central Park.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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To be honest I’ve photographed quite a few beautifully stylish weddings around the world. it would be hard to pick just one out. I’ve just shot one wedding in Sheffield where the groom (who was in a band) whipped out his guitar for his speech and sung his bride a really beautiful song about the way he feels about her, there was plenty of tears in the crowd.

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Are you married? 

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I am married, yes. Our wedding day was very relaxed and informal. we basically invited all of our friends (we banned kids) and had a very boozy party with a few surprises as we ended up with two extra impromptu speeches which turned out to be the best ones! We had a video diary room which as you can imagine got crazier the drunker people got.

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Any funny stories to share?

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There are a few but I’ve been sworn to secrecy, if I told you I would have to kill you.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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Hopefully a fair bit. I’ve tried to model myself on the New York style of photography and mix in loads of flash and other lighting plus i use a few off beat techniques too which you definitely don’t see very often.  I am definitely not a hum drum boring photographer and I’ve had my clients doing all sorts including dodging traffic in the middle of the street in a city centre to get a cool photo, anyone booking me be warned!

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

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A full day booking means just that!  I arrive early in the morning and leave really late.  I hate to hear that photographers leave straight after the first dance because that’s when the party is only just staring and there is so many great photo opportunities to be had, even impromptu hip hop dance offs!

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What is included in your "package"?

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I try to be very basic when it comes to pricing, I offer either a half day or a full day’s photography (without albums) and supply edited images on DVD (I’ve gone this way from public demand really).  If couples want albums they can choose one to their specifications and pay as an add on extra. I offer albums from Graphi Studio, Jorgensen and Ribblebox, plus any other extras you can think of.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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I am an absolute bargain!

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I currently charge £1300 for a full days photography and £800 for a half days photography. Look at some other photographers who charge a similar price and you will see what i mean.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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Its your lucky day! I will give a 10% discount to any Brides Up North reader.

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

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You can check out my websites at www.andrewscottclarke.com & www.yourweddingphotographerblog.com or give me a call on 07816071167 and I’m also available (very high tech) on face time.

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