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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Peter Boyd Photography

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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India Hobson Weddings

Image credit: India Hobson Weddings 

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Damian Hall

Image credit: Damian Hall Photography

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Top man

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography 

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography

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The cravat caveat

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image credit:  Phil Drinkwater Photography 

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David Lawson Studios

Image credit: David Lawson Studios 

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Keep it comfortable

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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Andy Hook

Image credit: Andy Hook Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Image credit: Lissa Alexandra Photography 

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A man in uniform

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Andrew Ward Photography

Image credit: Andrew Ward Photography 

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Toys for the boys

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Insight Photography

Image credit: Insight Photography

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Golden Days: A Real Engagement In The North West – Sue & Rob

April 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This gorgeous Spring time engagement shoot sent to me by Brides Up North reader Sue and Andrew Ward Photographer is just what the doctor ordered as I sit here at my desk in Brides Up North HQ with rain lashing against the window panes.  Sue and Rob are just about the most gorgeous couple ever (wouldn’t you agree?), and it is with pleasure that I share their little love story today. 

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Andrew says: I met up with Sue and Rob at the fabulous Combermere Abbey for their engagement shoot.

It was a beautifully sunny day in March, as we wandered around the grounds and it gave us chance to have a chat about their plans for the big day.  Their wedding at Combermere Abbey promises to be a fantastic day, even the chance of an outdoor ceremony, fingers crossed!

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Sue says: We got engaged whilst on a Caribbean cruise on the Island of Tortola. We were looking out to sea saying how beautiful the clear waters were and then to my shock Rob placed a beautiful diamond ring in front of me and asked me to be his wife. A total surprise!

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We are getting married in June 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Shropshire.

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We first met about eight years ago through mutual friends but at the time we were just friends. We ended up going out together about two years ago and we both knew it was meant to be.

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Our first date was at a Mexican restaurant called Panama Hatties followed by a night on the town. Even with his interesting dance moves, I knew that he was definitely the one for me!  I had never laughed and smiled so much and felt so content. I just could not imagine my life without him in it.  I love Rob’s youthfulness and care free spirit. He has always got a smile on his face and sees the positive side to everything.

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Rob is possibly the untidiest person that I have ever met, but I can live with that!

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My biggest wish for married life is that we continue to laugh together and support each other through good times and bad times and for complete honesty and disclosure.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to help us get a feel for being in front of the camera and hopefully feel more relaxed on the day. It also gave Andrew chance to see our venue and for us to get know Andrew better.

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Our shoot took place at Combermere Abbey and we were both very excited to have the opportunity to have some pictures taken there in the spring sunshine. Andrew helped us to both feel very relaxed in front of the camera by making the shoot fun and informal although capturing some lovely images that we are both very pleased with.

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I’m a Brides Up North reader and enjoy looking at the ‘real weddings’ and getting inspiration for my own special day. The wedding directory is also extremely useful!  We are looking forward to sharing our own Real Wedding on the wedding blog.

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Rob says:  Sues most annoying little habit is that she has a short fuse however, I can quickly win her round!  I love the way that Sue and I are able to have lots of fun together and talk about everything. She is my best friend.

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Congratulations Sue and RobHEART

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  – Images © 2012 Andrew Ward Photographer 

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Pretty In Pink: A Real Wedding – Amy & Michael

August 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog favourite Andrew Ward Photographer sent in this pretty Real Wedding for me to share with you lovely lot.  I just love it when a couple’s personality shine through in their wedding pictures.  I don’t know Amy and Michael, but I can tell that they are a fun loving couple who like a dash of glam!  Enjoy it. 

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Andrew Ward tells Brides Up North about the day: A little while ago I had the pleasure of photographing Amy and Michael’s wedding and it was a fabulous day.

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In the morning the house was a very calm place, plus fresh strawberries and champagne were there for all!

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We all heard the car arrive, a big Oldsmobile V8, it sounded as good as it looked, Amy sure did travel to the church in style.

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Keep reading for more loads more gorgeous images after the drop…including some beautifully emotional church scenes…

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Black Swan, A Real Wedding – Linzi & Kirk

July 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North fabulous photographer Andrew Ward Photographer sure knows how to pack a punch of pure real wedding gorgeousness.  If you haven’t got this lovely man on your wedding photographer shopping list, you should be having a serious word with yourself. 

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Knocking this wedding blogger for six once again, with his follow up to Linzi and Kirk’s beautiful engagement shoot, today on the wedding blog he shares their Real Wedding.  A bit of a masterpiece, wouldn’t you agree?

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Over to Andrew: A couple of weeks ago I had a great time photographing Kirk and Linzi’s fabulous
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The morning with Linzi was very calm until Linzi’s bridesmaids turned up, all eight of them, and things then began to change! Being a man I’m not really an expert on ladies shoes, however Linzi’s shoes looked awesome, and her dress was amazing, see for yourself!

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Kirk and his entourage were getting ready a few minutes away and were all surprised when a vintage bus arrived to take them to the Salvation Army for the ceremony. This was a huge surprise, but was topped by Linzi’s parents arranging a Horse and Carriage for Linzi to be taken to the ceremony in style.

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After the ceremony we all headed over to the Ricoh Arena, home of Kirk’s beloved Coventry City. We were even allowed to take a few shots on the hallowed turf.

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Fabulous Photographer: Andrew Ward Photographer (Plus an Amazing Special Offer for the First 10 Brides Up North to Book!)

June 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This Brides Up North Featured Supplier was so busy sending me beautiful real weddings to feature on the the blog, that he almost forgot to chat to me too!  This friendly guy is all about the images.  It certainly shows in his work.

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I finally pinned the amazing Andrew Ward Photographer down to find out why wedding photography is his passion.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I have always loved photography. When I was little my first camera was one of those brick shaped Hanimex things that used 110 film (I even had a disc camera?!). I drove my parents mad filling up film with all kinds of random stuff!

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I started out doing only studio portrait photography, you know the white background thing. Clients then started asking me if I would photograph their weddings and the rest as they say is history…

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Why wedding photography?

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It’s such a great thing to do, capturing through images the story of a couples’ special day. It’s such a privilege to be a part of it all!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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From the initial meeting right through to them viewing their images for the first time, I love it all!

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How do you get them relax on the day?

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I meet with all of my couples several times before the wedding, to chat about the day. We really become like friends! The engagement shoot also helps, as it gives the couple a chance to see how I work and me a chance to see how they interact with each other.

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I have a calm and relaxed personality and hopefully this transfers in some way to my couples. On the big day they aren’t concerned about the camera, and come the time to shoot some lovely portraits of them together, they are really relaxed, which in turn gives such natural expressions. It’s great!

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What sort of make-up would you advise?

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Whatever makes you comfortable. If you usually wear natural tones then go with that, if you wear stronger make up, go with that – just be you!

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What is your must have shot?

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For me it’s the bride walking down the aisle, that is always a special moment. I also love to see the groom’s reaction when he sees his bride for the first time.

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What would you say to brides who don’t like having their photo taken?

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Talk to me about it, and discuss what it is you don’t like. I will always work with you to ensue you look your very best. As I said before the engagement shoot is really good for building confidence. Some people are fine with looking into the lens others prefer to look at their new husband or wife. Whatever you prefer, we will work together to get the right images for you!

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Are you married?

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Yes, I am married. I have been married to Helen for 13 years this year, and we have two brilliant boys, Thomas 7, and Samuel 2.

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We got married at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry and our reception was at the wonderful Coombe Abbey.

Our photos were really good, we spent a lot of time looking for our photographer, one of the most important things for us, apart from liking the images was that we got on with the photographer, it made things so much easier on the day. We had a great day!

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What sets you apart from other photographers?

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I have a very calm and relaxed personality, and I hope this passes on to my clients. I strive to make my couples feel relaxed, which makes for photos that are full of natural expression and emotion.

I work really hard for my couples to make sure the images they receive are a fantastic record of their special day.

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What can couples expect from you on the day?

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I am there from getting ready through to the first dance. I will give 100% to make sure their day is captured beautifully. They will receive a set of fantastic images to treasure forever and when they look back on them they will relive every moment of their day.

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What’s included in your package?

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My standard package includes:-

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Full days’ coverage

All pre-wedding consultations

A complimentary engagement shoot (with 10 Hi-Res images on CD)

A digital storybook album with the first 60 images included

100 favourite Hi-Res (for printing) and Lo-Res (for Facebook or Ipod) versions of images on DVD

Online gallery to share with friends and family

Venue visit before the big day

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I also offer fantastic Queensberry albums, considered to be one of the finest album makers in the world, along with parents albums and bespoke frames.

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If you require something different I am happy to talk about it!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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My price starts at £1,495 for the standard package listed above.

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Can you offer Brides up North readers a special offer?

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Yes, of course! All those that mention “Brides up North” will receive a Hi-Res DVD of all their wedding images, worth £295. However, the first 10 couples to book via “Brides up North” will also receive 10 extra images in their album (worth £150).

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Any memorable weddings?

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This sounds cheesy, but all of my weddings are memorable, all for different reasons. I wouldn’t want to single one out. I just love photographing weddings!

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How can we get in touch with you?

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You can email me at andrew@andrewwardphotographer.com, look at my website and blog at www.andrewwardphotographer.com, or give me a call on 07947 643863.

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Anything else we should know?

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Just remember it’s your day, so relax and enjoy it, and have FUN!

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