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our love story: emma & mark

December 8th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Emma & Mark's Love Story (c) Frances Sales Photography (3)

This morning on the blog we’re taking a little trip to The Cotswolds to share the engagement shoot of lancashire lass Emma and her hubby-to-be Mark.

Apparently this couple were told by a stranger on their very first date that they would marry as they seemed so at ease with each other. Looking at these wonderful images it’s clear to see that loving connection is still going strong – we think these two are made for each other!

With images by Frances Sales Photography.

Emma & Mark's Love Story (c) Frances Sales Photography (17)

emma says: Mark proposed on Christmas Eve last year. I had actually been seriously ill and diagnosed with Crohns Disease for the last few months before the proposal and our dating life had suffered due to that. But seeing I finally had enough strength to get out of bed and get up and do something again, he treated me to a Christmas Eve date.

I was so excited to be wearing a nice dress, have done my hair and makeup and actually looked like me again that I wasn’t even thinking there might be a reason behind the evening – I was just excited to have a great evening out! After a very quiet pre-Christmas dinner in a lovely country house hotel in Surrey, Mark suggested we take a walk outside. There was a beautiful marble fountain and temple in the grounds which was lit up beautifully in the dark, and he got down on one knee and pull out my dream ring.

Emma & Mark's Love Story (c) Frances Sales Photography (22)

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our love story: caylie & james

November 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Steven Haddock (3)

You might want to grab your woolly hat and rain coat for this afternoon’s post, as we’re heading outdoors to the Peak District for Caylie and James’s engagement shoot.

Braving the brisk Derbyshire weather, their photographer Steven Haddock, captured some fabulously emotive and moody looking shots against a somewhat stormy backdrop.

With images by Steven Haddock.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Steven Haddock (16)

caylie says: Our engagement was an utter surprise. James always said I would never see it coming – and he was right! All the usual suspects; trips abroad, romantic strolls, picturesque viewpoints all came and went. Seven years later we took a break to London, to escape parental roles for a few days and loose ourselves in lazy brunches and late night gin bars! The Saturday afternoon James was determined to get me to Hyde Park, Boris bikes were planned, Pret sarnies packed, and then the heavens opened. It didn’t a stop raining all afternoon. After a thorough soaking I finally threw a strop and demanded to go back to the hotel. The ring had been in his pocket all day, I stepped out of the shower, soap in my eyes, half-dressed to find him on one knee. It wasn’t a Hyde Park picnic, but I never saw it coming.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Steven Haddock (25)

We are getting married next August, during an intimate ceremony in Lincoln, with reception to follow at The Pheasantry Brewery at Markham (with a little help from Totally Tipi).

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our love story: holly & matt

November 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (10)

You might want to grab your wellies and your coat for this afternoon’s post as we’re heading off to rural Yorkshire for Holly & Matt’s engagement shoot.

Though photographer Chelsea says the terrain was rather rocky and the weather rather windy, this bride and groom-to-be look totally lost in the moment together as they take a stroll across Almscliffe Crag.

So let’s hand over to Holly to find out how this love story began…

With images by Chelsea Shoesmith.

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (4)

holly says: We got engaged on holiday in Greece the year that we had been together ten years. Matt popped the question next to a beautiful harbour, it was a complete surprise! He proposed in the middle of the holiday so some of the people who he had told were starting to worry he had changed his mind!

We are getting married at a church in Knaresborough and then will be moving onto a beautiful converted barn called Castle Farm, for the reception. There will be a ceilidh at night time and we also have some games planned to keep our guests entertained whilst they drink their champagne cocktails!

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (12)

We first met back in 2005 when we were 16 and 18 years of age. Our first date was a takeaway pizza which we ate on a park bench – it was more romantic than it sounds!We were best friends before we got together but if we are honest we always wanted to be more than friends – we just needed a song dedication from Matt’s band to make us both realise.

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our love story. jessica & tim

August 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (20)

Brides Up North readers Jessica and Tim are about to tie the knot this Bank Holiday weekend, so we thought it was only right that they share their love story and colourful engagement shoot images with us on the pages of their favourite wedding blog. Over to the bride to be… (and congratulations from Team Brides Up North!)

With images by Steve Bridgwood Photography.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (15)

jessica says: We got engaged in June 2014, it was my first weekend home after knee surgery and Tim brought me breakfast in bed. On the plate he has spelt out “Will you marry me?” in alphabetti spaghetti and it was a fantastic surprise to come home to.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (3)

We are getting married on 30th August this year at Heaton House Farm.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (4)

We first met in our local pub in 2005, I was wearing a Ramones T shirt and Tim (who likes the Ramones) came up to me and started talking about them and what my favourite album was. I wasn’t able to answer as I didn’t really know a lot about them and we had a joke about it and hit it off from there.

On our first date we went to cinema, it didn’t start particularly well as we nearly crashed on the way there. Then we went to see a Jim Carey film and it was only after I told Tim that he (Jim Carey, not Tim) really annoys me. So it wasn’t an ideal start.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (11)

We never really had that defining “this is it” moment, but the more time we were with one another the more we knew something special was there and wanted to be with each other.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (19)

 

I love all of the sweet little things Tim does for me. I love how he has always been there for me no matter what. I love how we love each other after being together for almost a decade and our love is getting stronger.

tim says: What I love most about Jess is how kind and conscientious she is to others, which makes me think what a great mother she will be.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (28)

Tim’s annoying little habit is that he is too clean and always tidying up. Mine is that I’m a bit messy, so our annoying little habits work well together.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (26)

 

Our greatest wish for married life is to carry on growing together and to continue enjoying all of life’s little adventures with one another… and to start a family.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (24)

We chose to have an engagement shoot as it was something different for us both and was a great way for us to get to know Steve better and how he works.

We had a great time on the engagement shoot with Steve in the Northern Quarter. He really made us feel a lot more relaxed for the big day as neither of us are big on having our photo taken, but now we’ve got a really good feel for it. The photographs are going to be used on the day for our memory board and we’re going to use them at home too.

A Colourful Northern Quarter Engagement (c) Steve Bridgwood Photography (22)

We both have found Brides Up North really useful in planning our own wedding and it has helped us to  channel our own ideas in how we want our wedding to look – and we’ll be back to share the results!

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call it magic. a winter’s walk for an engagement in durham – dan & donna

January 13th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (3)

This afternoon we are in my home town of Durham as we meet loved up newly-weds Dan and Donna and share their wild and wintery engagement shoot.

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With images by Chris Parkinson.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (2)

dan says: The engagement took us both by surprise really, we were sharing a bottle of champagne in Durham, and all of a sudden I just asked Donna ‘Will you marry me?’. It was as much a surprise to me as her, I didn’t have a ring or anything. It was just the right moment, the perfect time. Magic.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (9)

We were actually classmates in primary school. But we went on to different secondary schools, and didn’t meet again until we were both 25, through Donna’s brother. I asked Donna out for a drink and we’ve been together ever since.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (16)

We just went to the local pub for our first date. It was love at first sight for me, but not sure about Donna! We just seemed to become best friends instantly.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (23)

Just being around Donna makes me happy, she makes me laugh a lot, in particular her dancing around the house.

I know this sounds soppy, but Donna never really annoys me, I annoy myself more.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (24)

Our biggest wish for married life is just to keep on being us.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (26)

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (28)

Obviously the best bit about Brides Up North that its local, and helps you find exactly what you need. We just find the whole website really easy to use and got some great ideas.  We were married at South Causey Inn on 22nd December 2014 and we’ll definitely be back to share our wedding photos on the blog.

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (31)

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (29)

An engagement shoot in Durham (c) Chris Parkinson (30)

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merry & bright. an engagement at north pier – sally & stephen

December 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (25)

This morning we join newly weds Sally and Stephen for their crazy, colourful (and all kinds of lovely) pre-wedding shoot on the North Pier, Blackpool. Time for a few candyfloss kisses

May your days be merry & bright!

Images by James Jebson Photography.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (27)

sally says: A few weeks before Christmas, I told Stephen I didn’t think we’d made enough effort with our Christmas decorations. Arriving home late from a late shift, on a very wet and cold evening, I opened the front door to find our hall stairs had been covered in fake snow and glitter. My first thought was that Stephen had taken my ‘pimping the decorations’ briefing a bit too far, until I noticed an arrow of glitter directing me into the living room. All of the walls had been covered in fairly lights; there was more snow across the floor; the hearth was filled with flowers and there was a very large mound of glitter where the television should have been. There was also a champagne bucket with an iced bottle of Pepsi and a platter of cheese.

It is at this point I should probably explain that when we had first started dating we listed our five favourite things – mine were glitter, fairy lights, cheese, kittens and dancing (Pepsi would inch in at number 6). Over by the mound of glitter were two small kittens (not real ones!) with a sign pointing at the glitter and saying ‘shake me’. As I did, the glitter stuck to a piece of card and revealed the words ‘Sally Henfield will you marry me?’ Then Stephen popped out of the downstairs toilet (where he’d been hiding for 40 minutes because I was late home) and got down on one knew with a beautiful 1920s-style sapphire and diamond ring! I said YES, and then we did a little dance to Newton Faulkner – the song he first told me he loved me to. So, all five favourite things boxed off in one proposal.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (21)

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (20)

The first time we met is a topic of hot debate. We both went to Newcastle University and some of our friend groups overlap, but we never actually met each other while we were there.

Stephen remembers meeting me in a box at a Newcastle United game in 2002, but I do not remember meeting him until he (via our mutual friend Chris) offered me and a mate a place to stay when we went to a wedding in 2006– in return for us getting the boys invited to the evening do. Stephen won’t mind me saying that he held a torch from then on, but we did not get together until the summer of 2012. Chris invited me to an Olympic party while I was on a secondment to London and Stephen was dressed as Fidel Castro. Then the next night we were abandoned by our friends on a night out and shared a can of Pepsi in Trafalgar Square…

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (23)

After swapping number by Nelson’s Column, Stephen came to visit me in Preston, where I was living at the time. We had a fantastic weekend – we went to a beer festival, for walks in the park, drank Pepsi, visited museums. But after 52 hours Stephen had still not kissed me! It was only just as he was about to get his train that he finally made his move (with a very strong verbal hint from me!) He says he wanted me to know that he was in it for the real deal and hadn’t just come to Preston to get a quick smooch– a very gentlemanly approach.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (10)

Our engagement shoot was part of our photography package. We already knew our photographer James Jebson and it was a really good way to see how he worked ahead of the actual wedding. We picked Blackpool because we had been on one of early dates there and had danced down the North Pier in the moonlight when it was empty of tourists.

The engagement shoot was great fun, if a little chilly. We even got to go on a carousel! I had just bought my frilly underskirt from a vintage shop the day before and we had several old ladies come up to us to say how pretty it looked as Stephen twirled me round.

We love the photos – they are so fun and colourful (even if the weather was dreary!)

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (5)

We technically got married at Lewisham registry office, but that was just the legal necessities!

We held our wedding over a long weekend so we could spend as much time as possible with friends and family. Our wedding ceremony was held at the Asylum, a disused chapel in Peckham, and one of our best friends Chris (who is responsible for bringing us together) acted as the ‘vicar’. It was so lovely to have someone who could give such a personal account of our relationship delivering the ceremony.

We then held our reception at Brunswick House in Vauxhall – this is a Georgian town house that is now used as an architectural salvage shop during the day and a great place for partying in the evening.

The following day we gathered for a picnic in St James Park and then we all boarded the Tamesis Dock boat for more dancing.

On the Sunday, Stephen and I took some time out to celebrate as just the two of us and went to the Chiltern Firehouse for brunch before catching up with family and then jetting off on honeymoon.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (7)

I love that Stephen will always get up on the dancefloor (and look good doing it); that he shares a passion for cheese and Pepsi; that he loves adventures, big or small; he looks fab in woolly jumpers; he loves creating ‘memories’; he remembers the little details of things that you have said so can buy amazing presents; he is funny and has a different laugh for when I am doing silly things; because he has the best eyebrows in the world EVER; he makes a mean fishfinger sandwich (potato waffles is the key ingredient)…the list goes on and on.

Stephen gave the most heartfelt groom speech I have ever heard (and of course I would say that – but he had most of our guests crying with his lovely words) and if I can paraphrase it for him here he said he loves me because I live up to the ideal of the Sally Henfield he has had since we first met.

North Pier Pre Wedding Shoot (c) James Jebson Photography (1)

Our biggest wish for married life is that there are even more adventures to come and that there is always time to dance with each other!

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