January 29th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
This morning we’re catching up with our wonderful Sponsor, North-West based photographer Nik Bryant, who had an epic 2017 and now is all set and raring to go on weddings for 2018.
Keen to ensure his couples have the very best day possible so their joy and emotions are reflected in the gorgeous images he takes, Nik is always willing to go the extra mile for brides and grooms and is often praised for his calm and helpful demeanour.
Furthermore, Nik is eager to offer his couples additional services to document the full picture of the day and so is busy making plans to partner with a videographer. Watch this space!
So, if you’re about to embark on the photography search note the name, as we hear more from Nik on his passion for weddings.
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
nik says: Describing my style is a little difficult – I am a little bit documentary and a little bit posed photography I would say. So, floating round and mingling with people and capturing natural moments mixed in with fun portraits.
It’s all about being involved and knowing what’s happening and when something will happen and then being in the right place to capture it. For couple portraits it’s about finding some nice places to shoot and then letting the couple have some time to themselves and interact whilst having fun and getting on their level.
What is it that you love most about your job?
That I get to go to weddings and call it a job! I love photography and have done since I started shooting about 12 years ago. To be able to do something I love and constantly be invited to capture parties and say that it’s my job is pretty cool.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
I honestly think the most important thing for a couple when looking for a photographer comes in two parts. The first part being that you honestly love their work. Find a photographer whose work you love, even if you don’t know why you love it but it strikes something with you that’s the first part of the battle.
The second part comes with meeting or speaking to your photographer. Making sure you click with them and they are what you want for your wedding as we are there all day and spend so much time with you.
I love getting to know my couples so when it comes to the wedding day it doesn’t feel awkward having me around.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
This is really difficult to answer but a lot of my couples and their families have said that I am really relaxed and easy going but with enthusiasm and excitement throughout the day. I genuinely love my work and get excited for every wedding I shoot.
I find that I have a way of getting on the same level as my couples and it becomes more like having a friend capture their day rather than just a photographer.
I also like to try and capture something of a statement image. Something different and cool!
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
I think my favourite part of the wedding day is probably bridal prep in the morning. That time meeting up with the bride and all her bridesmaids and mum. Its where it all starts and kind of sets the tone for the day.
The morning is so full of fun and emotion its really great to be around for and to have that insight into the dynamic of a group of bridesmaids and the bride.
Reflecting on 2017 what would you say was your biggest highlight?
Personally, the arrival of my baby boy has been my biggest highlight (my wife will probably read this so if I didn’t say that I would be in trouble).
However, the biggest highlight for 2017 on a professional level has to be the fact that I feel I have really defined my style and how I work and I am really happy with everything I have shot. It was one of the best years for my wedding photography and I have really built my confidence. I have made some amazing friends with my couples and other wedding suppliers too. I have learnt new skills and just learnt to take on whatever happens on a wedding day.
December 11th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s love-struck couple, Jess and Craig got engaged 4,000 metres up the Rocky Mountains, but wanted to come back down to earth with an elegant garden themed wedding. And it was the stunning Eleven Didsbury Park – a luxury villa hotel close to Manchester – that ended up being their venue of choice, providing the enviable backdrop to their celebrations.
Keeping things understated and natural, the newlyweds went for a subtle sage colour scheme complemented by some rather gorgeous florals, including amnesia roses, blue thistle, white veronica and eucalyptus gunnii, not to mention plenty of wood, hessian and candles for decoration.
Though sticking to a strict budget, our savvy couple pulled together lots of special touches and treats, including an indulgent cake table (yes, that’s a whole table of cakes!), and we for one are bowled over by their special day.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography
jess says: Craig proposed at the very top of the Rocky Mountains, at 4,000m on Peak Eight of Breckenridge ski resort in March 2016. He pretended he wanted to take a photo of us and set up the GoPro, but in fact was filming. He got the whole proposal on film! It was a stunning sunny day, very windy and freezing cold, with the most incredible view. After proposing, Craig produced two small bottles of champagne and glasses, which he’d hidden in his backpack. He almost got frostbite in his fingers as a result of taking his gloves off to give me the ring and pour the champagne!
We got married on 30th July 2017. We wanted the wedding to be in the summer so that we could have a garden wedding or garden reception. We also chose a date that would mean that all of our close family and friends could be there.
We initially went to the open day at Didsbury House Hotel, and at the end of our visit they asked if we wanted to also see their sister venue Eleven Didsbury Park. We wandered down the road and when we saw the gardens, we completely fell in love with the idea of a garden wedding there.
We had planned to get married in the walled gardens of Eleven Didsbury Park Hotel, however in the end there’d been so much rain the week before that the ground was too soft. Instead we got married in the Blue Room of Didsbury House Hotel, which was pretty perfect and a beautiful back-up plan. We then had the reception back at Eleven Didsbury Park in the gardens there.
Neither of us are religious however I had a Jewish upbringing. We chose a Humanist ceremony as it allowed us to create a personal ceremony bespoke to us.
Our absolute best decision was using Hannah Wroe Gill as our Humanist Celebrant. It was the one thing we went well over budget on, but she created the most personal ceremony bespoke to us and which had all our guests in tears and talking about the ceremony afterwards.
We decided against having a strong theme. We felt that the venue itself had such great character and the gardens were beautiful in themselves. We planned a relaxed and understated garden wedding with personal touches and a natural feel.
We wanted the bridesmaids to look fantastic and feel comfortable in their dresses so we picked them out first before deciding on a colour scheme. With two brunettes and one redhead, sage green dresses from Little Mistress suited them best, so we went with that.
The guys then picked out the ties and pocket squares to match – they even took one of the dresses shopping with them to make sure they got it right – what absolute stars!
June 1st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Err, bride Maxine from today’s real wedding, can we be your friend please? Check out these photographs from her wedding to the lovely Alex and try to deny that this wedding belle was seriously good to her #bridesquad girls: not only are they wearing the most beautiful floral dressing gowns in their preparation pics, but she chose floor-length, rose gold sequinned gowns for them for the ceremony. I mean, I’d be literally skipping down the aisle!
Maxine herself wows effortlessly in her slinky lace number, which moved smoothly from the hotel ceremony to the couple’s gorgeous outdoor photoshoot and from day to night. And what a night it was from the look of things – love lights, laughter and leapfrogs. What all good weddings are made of!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lee Brown Photography
maxine says: Alex proposed to me in Cairns. He had been in Australia with work for six months and I had gone to visit him. He popped the question just after we‘d been scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. It was perfect!
We got married on 18th February 2017. We wanted to get married fairly quickly; a long engagement wasn’t for us. We knew we couldn’t rely on the weather and liked the idea of a winter wedding.
We got married at Mere Court Hotel, Cheshire, and had both the ceremony and reception there. I viewed it while Alex was in Australia. I knew as soon as I looked at I that it was what we both wanted. It had a country house feel with lots of rooms for our guests to stay in, an intimate ceremony room with a lot of character and an amazing conservatory for the reception.
For our theme, we went with a winter glamour/Gatsby-type feel. I knew I didn’t want red and knew I wanted the bridesmaids in rose gold sequin maxi dresses and so the ideas just stemmed from there. I love how rose gold, bronze and ivory work together – the bridesmaids looked amazing in their dresses!
I bought my dress at a bridal shop owned by my friend Holly, Dream Dress Bridal. I‘d tried a few dresses on at wedding fairs for Holly and had an idea of the style I liked. I loved the one I eventually chose, particularly its detailed back. I knew I didn’t want a veil but a tiara; it went perfectly with the dress.
Alex wore a blue Signature suit from Next with a waistcoat and taupe tie. The colour looked amazing on Alex and thankfully went with the theme! The groomsmen also wore blue suits from Next.
September 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime
It’s only Wednesday and already we’ve seen so much pretty on the blog this week. And we hope you’re prepared for even more of the good stuff as this morning we’re sharing the gorgeous big day of newlyweds, Liz and Andy.
Deciding on a relaxed and traditional wedding with a pretty pastel colour scheme, today’s bride and groom opted for a church ceremony followed by a hotel reception, complete with elegant décor.
Though subtle, the result is a stunning celebration with everything from the wedding party’s attire to the beautiful blooms and classic transport tying together perfectly!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
liz says: We got engaged on 1st March 2014. I had been at home all day cleaning whilst Andy was out refereeing. I had put tea in the oven and had a shower, put my onesie on and was laid on the sofa watching Ant and Dec’s Saturday night takeaway. Andy came in the room, switched the TV off and passed me an empty egg box. In each hole was a little note and in the final one was a plastic egg with a ring in. He got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him.
We set the date for 23rd July 2016. We were looking for a date at the end of July as my sister had her GCSEs so we wanted them to be over in time and this date was also suitable for both the church and reception venue. It wasn’t until I told my mum the date that we realised that my grandparents had got married on the same date in 1955, exactly 61 years ago. It then seemed like fate that we should get married on that day.
Our ceremony was at St Mary’s Church in Partington. My parents had been married there in 1988 and it is where my grandad’s ashes are so it’s close to our hearts. Our reception was held at The Deanwater Hotel in Woodford, Cheshire. Andy used to work there and it suited our needs perfectly. We had a number of guests travelling from afar and there were enough rooms for people to stay the night before and the night of the wedding. We had a large number of guests and the hotel was big enough to cater for us all without it feeling too busy.
We decided to have a traditional wedding with a pastel colour scheme. We are quite a traditional couple and this style was simple but effective. We wanted the day to feel relaxed, nothing too ‘in your face’ and it worked perfectly. The pastels were lovely and soft and worked well as we had quite a lot of guests and didn’t want anything too bright in the reception venue which may look too much. Also, I have an English rose complexion and so the pastel colours tend to suit me really well.
When it came to my dress I picked a princess style design. I tried on more than 30 dresses, all different styles, and liked most of them. When I tried this dress on I cried, then my mum cried and I knew I wanted to get married wearing it. The dress was from Agape Bridal Boutique and the staff there were fantastic. They added a bit of sparkle for me and did the alterations in-house. I felt a million dollars when I tried it on and the morning of the wedding, I was speechless as to how beautiful it looked and felt.
Andy picked an unusual checked three-piece suit with tails (which was gorgeous) for him and the groomsmen. We then picked the cravats and waistcoats to match the bridesmaid dresses, which were a lovely pastel blue. As a surprise to the boys, I bought them all pastel blue socks to wear too! The suits were from Best Man in Great Moor, again, the staff there were brilliant.
I found the bridesmaid dresses online at Mix Bridal. I could choose the exact colour I wanted and they were beautiful dresses, they all looked absolutely stunning. I had a family friend make alterations so they would fit perfectly.
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August 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding is brimming with beautiful inspiration, so be sure to have your Pinterest boards at the ready ladies.
Tying the knot at a rural barn setting in Cheshire, bookworm bride Jessica decided to theme the wedding around her favourite childhood stories, with nods to everyone from Peter Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall, to the beautiful Snow White.
Looking every inch a princess herself, we adore Jessica’s stunning duchess satin gown as well as the bridesmaids’ vintage dresses and the groomsmen’s dapper suits!
Another stand out element for us has to be Jessica’s dreamy bouquet made by her talented mum – who just so happens to be a florist, and a fabulous one at that!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
jessica says: Rob proposed on Christmas Day 2013. Christmas is my favourite time of the year but I didn’t see the proposal coming. We had talked about getting married for years but finances had been tight as we were renovating our home.
I woke up at about 4.30am, which is normal for me on Christmas Day. We spent some time opening our stockings in bed before moving on to the Christmas tree in the living room. Rob opened his presents from me first and then it was my turn.
I unwrapped my first gift which was a poem from Rob asking me to be his wife. Rob was filming me and I read it out loud but couldn’t read it in full. My legs went to jelly but I thought he was winding me up. I started to cry and he handed me another present. I unwrapped a ring box and inside there was a note saying ‘Find Me, I’m hanging on the tree’. I couldn’t contain my emotion at this point. I tried to stand up but my leg were shaking too much! Eventually I found the ring on the tree. The ring was beautiful. I was ecstatic. We celebrated with a bacon butty and a glass of champagne. All this at 5am!
We set the date for 7th May 2016. We chose May hoping for good weather and we got it! It was warm, but not too hot, and it stayed dry for the majority of the day. We chose the 7th as number seven is a lucky number for the family and we were automatically drawn to it.
We got married at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Cheshire. It was the only venue we looked at and we booked it straight away. Rob’s dad used to work there as a teenager back when it was a dairy farm. He actually used to work in barn where the ceremony was held. The farm is still run by the same family he used to work for. The venue is perfect for an intimate ceremony but because it has two floors and outdoor space, it can hold up to 100 guests in the evening.
Our theme was classic children’s books. Each table was named after a classic tale: Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This was chosen because since a very early age I have been a bit of a bookworm. These were my favourite stories as a child. My mum has always compared me to Snow White with dark hair, fair skin and cherry red lips.
We went for a vintage look when it came to picking the colour scheme for the outfits and flowers. The bridesmaids wore vintage style dresses in powder blue and Rob, the dads and groomsmen wore navy. The flowers were vintage/rustic, in keeping with the venue, using predominately blue and lilac flowers.
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August 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s real wedding is the perfect fairy tale, complete with a princess style wedding dress, sweet colour scheme and horse and carriage.
Ladies in pursuit of a happy ever after wedding day, prepare to start pinning…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
moira says: We got engaged in June 2015 on our first evening of our holiday to Cuba. We had a private meal on a veranda overlooking the beach and Ste got down on one knee. I was not expecting it at all so I was wondering what he was doing on the floor but when I realised he’d given me a ring, I was speechless. I was actually speechless all night which is not like me, he’d completely caught me by surprise! We had a bottle of champagne and told the families the following day.
Our wedding date was Saturday 25th June 2016. Ste had contacted Nunsmere Hall, where he knew I wanted to hold my wedding, before he proposed and had asked if they would contact us if any Saturdays in June became available. Nunsmere contacted Ste with our date and said they would reserve it for us. When Ste proposed he also gave me the date and said if I was happy to have it we could confirm as soon as we got home, which we did.
Our ceremony took place at Church Christ the King in Bromborough, Wirral. This is my family church where I was baptised so I was set on getting married here. The florist, organist, soloist, registrars and the Priest were all wonderful and made our ceremony so special. We then had our reception at Nunsmere Hall, Northwich. We decided on Nunsmere as I had always loved it, I took Ste for his birthday and he fell in love with it too. We felt an instant connection with Nunsmere and we loved the fact that the lake surrounded it. When we had a look around the bedrooms we loved that they were all different designs, all charming and comfortable. The marquee and grounds are phenomenal and we were completely smitten with the venue, especially when they moved the marquee to the lakeside. We did not consider anywhere else than here.
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