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Simple Pleasures. A Small & Stunning Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire

November 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Sometimes in the wedding World, it seems like everything is always more, more, more.  More lace, more skirts, more flowers, more guests, more details… more money.  So sometimes, it’s nice to strip everything right back and rejoice in the simple.

This Friday morning, I bring you a small, simple and absolutely beautiful little styled bridal shoot from a group of Yorkshire wedding suppliers whose work I really rate (some of them are even Brides Up North Featured Suppliers).  So grab a cuppa and a KitKat, and prepare for something blissful.

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hayley of The Harrogate Wedding Lounge says:  The initial idea for the shoot was very ethereal so the location on the Yorkshire Moors was perfect! We set up shop in a lovely warm local inn to do Hair, Makeup and dressing before heading out into the wind and rain. Our beautiful model Amy was a true professional and coped well with the difficult conditions.

We wanted to demonstrate a more simple laid back look and what you can achieve with your bridal look by adding different accessories including belts, shoes, headwear, flowers and dashes of colour. The gowns we used were beautiful yet very simplistic.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We chose Mistletoe from the Mia Mia collection by Alan Hannah and the Ghislaine Dress from the Enzoani  collection. Mistletoe is a stylish long sleeved Silk Chiffon gown with pretty covered buttons and a flowing sash. The Ghislaine is a full skirted lace and tulle gown with a beautiful beaded belt. we teamed this gown with a fabulous lace edge cape by Joyce Jackson.  Both gowns are available in my boutique, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The flowers on the shoot were from Emma’s Home and Garden and featured beautiful details used in unique ways.  We styled three looks including: an arc of pale pink astilbe; an asymmetrical head piece of lisianthus, lavender, craspedia, gypsophilaand wax flower and a flower crown of lisianthus, craspedia, lavender, tree fern, and dried protea plus a simple hand tied posy of faded lilac limonium finished with vintage velvet ribbon.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair and Makeup on the day was styled by the super talented Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist.

Victoria says:  The brief was to create a look that is different to what we have seen on this type of styled shoot with lots of creativity. Think ‘Vogue’ with statement lips and eye liner!

Our model had the most beautiful elfin features and short blonde pixie hair which is perfect to let the makeup speak for itself. Our first look was to show the eyeliner and using lashes on the lower lash line instead of the top, which created the illusion of wider eyes and using an almost white colour on the lips with a matt finish kept the look editorial.  The lashes were removed for our second look which concentrated on Amy’s lips. Using the floral arrangements as inspiration and our location, a dark plum was used on the lips to stain them, giving a natural just bitten finish.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Jess of Jess Petrie Photography says:  In regards to overall styling I always free-style… it’s the way I work!  It helps me have more creative freedom on the shoot.  When something is planned expectations are under-met and/or “panic mode” sets in if something is out of place, unexpected, or different.  To work on a shoot I have to be calm and embrace things as they happen naturally.  The worst thing you can do is over think it!

Everyone had an input on the overall styling, which is what I prefer, as I like to involve the team.  It’s not all about the photographer, everyone is bringing the shoot together and working equally as hard.

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We are trying to help brides bring out a little creativity in their overall bridal look and feel and by using matching accessories i.e belts, flowers, shoes and so on, you can style a dress in a very unique and individual way.  

The colours are always important, especially for great pictures. I would advise brides on choosing pastel colours for their accessories and flowers.  It’s nice to create a colour theme throughout and have complimenting colour schemes towards your dress and venue.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Images: Jess Petrie Photography

Wedding Gowns: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair & Make Up: Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist

Flowers:  Emma’s Home and Garden

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jess Petrie Photography

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge & Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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The Editorials: Something Blue

June 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It was lovely to wake up this morning to kind emails from suppliers and brides to be congratulating us on another successful Brides Up North event at Rise Hall yesterday and the conclusion of a fabulous Spring season.  I could go on, and on (and on) about how much fun hosting these wedding exhibitions has been and how much I love each and every one of my readers and exhibitors, but all I’ll say is a massive thank you from me and my team for all of your amazing support – you rock! The Northern Revolution really is in full swing.

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When I started the blog back in the dark ages of 2010 my aim was to show other soon-to-be-weds that you  don’t need to head to the smoke to source suppliers for your big day, and to demonstrate the levels of quality available from the wedding industry right on your door step.  These events are doing just that – stepping out from behind the computer screen and showing you exactly what these talented people can do for you.  If you missed our events this Spring, be sure to pop along to an event near you from September 1st.  We’ll be announcing the full line up shortly, but we have another nine events across three regions in the diary already.  Watch this space.  Exhibitors can also contact us for details by emailing contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Another way in which I aim to spread our message is via the plethora of freelance columns that I pen on a monthly basis.  The deadlines here at Brides Up North HQ are always looming, let me tell you!  As well as contributing to many local bridal titles I am also proud to have been recognised as an influential UK wedding blogger and asked to write my own regular column for National glossy Wedding Magazine. This morning I am sharing a column that was published in one of their recent issues in case you missed it offline.

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Girls, get ready to slip on those blue suede shoes… today we are on the hunt for your something blue!

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I wrote: You know the words: Something Old, Something New… but when it comes to wedding day luck, style savvy brides are taking no chances by adding cooler colour details to their big day.

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Almost everything looks bright against white, so take care when adding bold blues to your wedding day scheme. Pick an angle and go with it – choose crisp navy to define and formalise your colour palette or the palest pastel powders to soften and prettify the overall look.

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Whichever shade you choose, all you’ll need to add is a silver sixpence for your shoe!

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Blue Blooms

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Never mind green fingers, the natural world is awash with pretty blue petals in varying shades. Add the freshest bluebells to your Spring bouquet or try hand-tied cornflowers for a relaxed Summer look. Towering indigo delphiniums or bleached out hydrangeas look stunning in centrepieces.

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Razzle Dazzle Em

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Forget diamonds – think royal. Copy the Duchess of Cambridge and sparkle in sapphires instead. Vintage magpies on the hunt for these pretty stones might find that they can cover their Something Old and Something Blue all at once…

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Blue For The Boys

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Most men that I’ve met are afraid of the fuchsia cravat. Win style and brownie points by suggesting that your boy plays it cool in blue. From pale tones, through oxford blue to nearly black navy, 2013’s sharpest wedding suits all seem to have a hint of the hue.

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All In The Details

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To add a dash of colour without feeling over committed, pay attention to detail. Try a pale petticoat under shorter frocks, a flash of a blue suede shoe, a pretty periwinkle vintage motor or piles of Parma violets for your guests to take away with them.

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory!

April 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s this weekend!  Make the most of the (slightly) warmer weather and come and visit us at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition, this weekend at the newly refurbished and absolutely stunning Nostell Priory near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  You know, another exciting event out there in the big (and, as it turns out, really rather beautiful) real World!

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Step away from your computers peeps, and come and explore and experience the wedding industry talent right on your own doorstep.  It’s all good!  

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If you’ve been to one of our events already this year, you will know that each beautiful venue is bursting at the seams with wedding pretty and the best regional suppliers, waiting to make your big day super special.  Add in open house venue tours, some super on the day discounts and a FREE VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag bursting with treats and mags, and you have a really rather lovely and unmissable day out that’s all about inspiring your own celebration.

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If you haven’t been to one of our events this year – and why on earth not?! – this is where the fun begins!  If you are still searching for that to-die-for venue, all the better…

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Visit West Yorkshire’s most gorgeous luxury wedding exhibition in association with prestigious Dine Events & Channel 4′s "Top Blog For Northern Brides" Brides Up North.

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Nostell Priory

Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield

Sunday 7th April 2013

12pm till 4pm – FREE ENTRY ALL GUESTS

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This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at West Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venue: Nostell Priory.  A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events! 

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40 Top Exhibitors/ Stunning Wedding Venue/ Civil Ceremonies/ Meet The Dine Team/ Venue Tours/ Live Music/ Bridal Fashion/ All The Details/ On The Day Discounts!

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Pop by and say hello to the Brides Up North and Dine teams and our amazing line up of suppliers, including: BlossEm, Curvy Bridal, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Jess Petrie Photography, Deans Fine Jewellery , Flowers By Anderson, Iain Henderson Designs , John Gardener Photography , Peter Boyd Photography, Smooch Rings, The Little Bridal Company, Joel Skingle Photography, The Wedding Guide, Top Tier Cakes, Unforgettable Memories, Vintage 78 DJs, VW Wedding Campervan Hire, Wedding Belles Of Otley, White Petal Design, John Hope Photography, Jill Ryder, Heirloom Flowers & Balloons, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, HobbyCraft, Butter Cup Boutique, Top Mark Suit Hire, Swing Thing Duo, Photobooths 4 U, Cake! and more…

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Yorkshire’s most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already, pre-register online NOW.  Beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and lots of fabulous sponsors like House of Fraser, Molton & Brown, Debenhams and the regions’ best bridal glossy mags – while stocks last only.

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Fill in your details below, marking “NOSTELL PRIORY” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Can’t make it to Nostell Priory? Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the dates!

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"The Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition was a fantastic day, it was the most professional, well organised event that we have ever attended. Thank you for making the day so seamless."  Caroline & Vanessa, Exhibitors, Amelia Elliot Bridal

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"What a great event. One of the best! Well done for organising it so well, it was a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful event."  Trevor, Exhibitor, Patisserie Viennoise

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"Well done for Sunday. In my opinion, you are pioneering the way in which bridal events should be run. The Wedding Exhibition was so well organised." Helen, Exhibitor, The Wedding Concierge

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NEW EXHIBITORS – we are about to close sales for this season. To be a part of the magic and for exhibitor and pricing details for all events please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © Peter Boyd Photography, Bluelights Photography, Brides Up North & supplied by Dine Services

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You Are My Sunshine! A Real Destination Engagement Shoot In Lake Como – Lou & Chris (Plus One!)

November 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Baby, it’s cold (and grim) outside.  And it’s a Tuesday. Ugh. 

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But not in Lake Como, Italy, where it feels like Sunday every day of the week, and where we head this afternoon to hear about Lou & Chris’ love story and their destination wedding.  Let’s fly away.

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Lou says:  We got engaged on Christmas day. Chris wrapped the ring box in a box and in another box until it looked much bigger. He put it in a stocking until later in the evening when we were alone. It was a total surprise.

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We got married in a beautiful Villa at Lake Como on 27th September 2013.

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We knew each other at school but Chris got in touch on Facebook 22 years later. We led totally different lives so would never have met otherwise.  After talking on Facebook for a few months we agreed to meet. Chris is in the army and was recovering from surgery on his hip. I dragged him on crutches up and down steps to the restaurant I wanted, he was in pain as I chatted away but he never said. He said I was like an armadillo… a hard back with a soft underbelly and I was intrigued he had analysed me so well and so soon.

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I knew that he was the one within a few months. The hours would fly when we were together. We were married within just two years. At 40 we knew what we wanted!

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I love that he has such strong values and cares about my welfare before anything else in life. And that he adores and gets on so well with my five year old daughter. 

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Our greatest wish for married life is to live a simple life as a happy family in comfort.

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The engagement shoot was suggested by our photographer Jess so that we could get used to each other and to being in front of the camera.  The shoot was fabulous and definitely made us more relaxed for the big day.

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We’ll be back to share our gorgeous wedding photographs with Brides Up North shortly. 

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Congratulations Lou & Chris!

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Get in touch to share your own love story with Brides Up North.  Here’s how

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Once Upon A Fairytale… A Real Wedding In Lancashire – Jennie & Andrew

October 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s fairy tale theme continues with the most beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Jennie and my fabulous Featured Supplier Jess Petrie Photography

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I featured Jennie and Andrew’s lovely engagement shoot on Brides Up North a little while ago – click here to see it – (and included their images in one of my columns for National glossy Wedding Magazine) so it is lovely to see them tie the knot in style. 

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Are you sitting comfortably?  Then we’ll begin.  Once upon a time…

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Jennie says:  Andrew proposed in June last year on the top of Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District. The ring was packed as part of our picnic!  We said “I do” on 2nd August 2012 at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, Lancashire.

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We were looking for an outdoor wedding venue and this hotel had a very pretty garden. The interior was quite fairy tale like with stone arches and stain glass windows.  Our theme was based on fairy tales with a baby pink, pale lime and cream colour scheme.  All our tables were named after pantomimes we have performed in over the years.

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My dress was Darci by Maggie Sottero and was made in pearl coloured satin. It had a ruffled skirt and corset back with a line of jewels around the waist. I also had diamantes on my veil.

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My bridesmaids wore long, pale lime, satin dresses by Watters and my flower girls wore baby pink, satin dresses by Dessy. The groomsmen wore black morning suits with cream waistcoats and green cravats. The page boys wore pink cravats while Andrew had a cream cravat – all from Swarbricks of Middleton.

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Flower Design supplied our fabulous flowers. My shower bouquet consisted of ‘sweet avalanche’ roses, gemini, sweet peas, calla lilies, eucalyptus and champagne grass. My bridesmaids had posies with the same flowers and my flower girls had small sweet pea posies. We had a variety of corsages and rose button holes.

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Jenn Edwards was our hair and make up artist and gave all the girls a glowing, natural look.

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My favourite part of the day was the wedding ceremony. It was a scene I had been imagining for a long time and I wish I could go back in time and do it all again.

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Our photographer was Jess Petrie. We met up prior to the big day for an engagement shoot in one of our favourite dog walking spots and had fun practicing our wedding poses. Jess has documented our wedding in pictures like a storybook (which compliments our fairy tale theme) and uses natural light to her advantage.

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Our favours were silver horse and carriages filled with jelly beans and small pillow boxes with fairy tale extracts on them. The pillows were all hand made by Vintage Twee.

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My Auntie designed and made my cake. It included many hand made flowers made of icing to match my bouquet and a bride and groom to look like us on the day. The bridesmaids and page boys received their own personal cup cakes.

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Creative Chair Cover Hire supplied white chair covers with alternating pink and green organza bows.

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Our table plan was hand painted by a family member on a canvas with pictures relating to the table names. We now have this on our wall at home to remind us who was with us on our special day.

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We had a pianist for our wedding breakfast and DJ and singers for our evening party.

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After the wedding we travelled to Scotland and visited Glasgow then honeymooned in a hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that the day will fly by for both bride and groom so hire a videographer for the day so you can watch it again at a later date. It’s hard to remember exactly where the time of day went! We had Adrian Patrick for ours and it’s not just a video, it’s a movie!

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HEARTCongratulations Jennie & Andrew!

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

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  – Images © 2012 Jess Petrie Photography

Jess Petrie Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Fabulous Photographer: Jess Petrie – PLUS £150 Off For Wedding Blog Readers!

June 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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What with all this football clogging up my Sky Plus planner* and the lashing rain we have been having all week I am in the need for a good dose of prettiness to lift the spirits.

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Luckily Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jess Petrie Photography is one of the very best in that department (did you SEE this styled shoot? To die for!) so it’s over to Jess to flip the balance back to beautiful.

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Let’s meet her.  And if I were you?  I’d book her in a flash.    

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I first got into weddings whilst studying for my HND in photography back in 2000. A professional wedding photographer came to the college and asked me personally if I would like to assist him on his wedding jobs after seeing my work. This became pretty regular for the following five years during wedding season. I also got to shoot quite a lot of weddings of my own for family, friends & friends of friends during this period. Everything was shot on either medium format or 35mm film, as it was before the digital era. My HND & Degree in photography were all darkroom based and everything was shot on film. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.  Whilst at college I studied Art & Design and then Fashion & Design which has given me a good eye for detail and fabulous wedding dresses!

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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There is nothing better than photographing two people that are in love. The eclectic mix of emotions throughout the day, the changes of the day’s events, the people, the atmosphere, the dress, the details, it’s all so special and you cannot recreate any of it on any other type of shoot: it’s impossible.

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I believe strongly in evoking true emotions from people when photographing them (natural & un-posed), it is so important to me and at weddings I have the perfect setting to achieve this every time. The moments caught on camera at weddings are pieces of history caught in time, and the couples can pass these on for generations to come. It’s such an important time of anyone’s life and to be able to capture this for them and share their stories is a great honour.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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My favourite thing about being a wedding photographer is being able to witness all the emotions of the day, then later share them with the couple through my photography.

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I feel the most rewarding time is sharing the photographs with the couple after the wedding when they get to re-live their special day thorough the photos. Presenting them in an album is something quite special as a lot of couples who get married probably only have the photos on disc, which means they rarely see them again.

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With a well presented album it’s a special keep-sake that can come out at family get togethers, parties, or just when you please, and the whole day can be re-lived, even with those who weren’t there!

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I have also followed on many stories with the couple after their big day such as photographing the bride whilst pregnant with her baby-bump, photographing their new born baby, a family portrait… it is so incredibly special to be able to follow someone’s life, story-telling through my photography.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?  

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If possible I like to get couple to have a pre-wedding shoot before the big day itself. I find that pre-wedding shoots are a perfect opportunity to get used to my camera & the way I like to work, especially if the couple are camera shy. They are also lots of fun and can be shot in any location from the comforts of their own home, to a regular walking spot, to the wedding venue itself, a shopping mall, the beach, and abroad! The locations and preferences to the couple are endless.

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The pre-wedding shoot is a bit of a practice, without the restraints of what the wedding day can bring, and therefore I am able to spend time with couple encouraging them to be as natural as possible. With gentle guidance I coach them as to which angles are most flattering to the camera. I love to see their faces when the images are ready.  This is where the confidence kicks in (because they know they look smokin’) and on the wedding day they are totally rocking it!   Pre-wedding shoots are great to incorporate into wedding invitations and update your Facebook page with! Awesome!

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If the couple don’t have time for a pre-wedding shoot I make sure I spend a lot of time getting to know the couple by meeting up with them and chatting over the phone. I do have a genuinely relaxed nature and I’m pretty calm and laid back. I have been told that this has really helped people relax around me and I cannot stress how important it is to be an easy going wedding photographer, as the last thing a couple need on their big day is a stressy photographer causing chaos… and believe me this does happen!

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

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Yes, be yourself. We all tend to stiffen up when a camera is pointing our way (even I do it), and when this happens our muscles tense up, our lips tighten up & our face transforms (to a look we dislike). Or we do the opposite and ‘over work’ it.  Not a good look either. The best photographs are taken when we are caught unaware. This is our natural self: we are relaxed, smiling and calm. I often get my brides to talk about something that brings a smile to their faces, that gets them thinking about a particular memory, then I subtly snap away whilst laughing and talking with the bride. Before she knows it I caught the best photo of her she has ever seen. Part of my job is making people feel relaxed in front of my camera and whilst in my presence and I’ve been told I am a master at this!

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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You would have to ask a make up artist that question as I rarely wear make-up myself. It’s probably nice to get a make up artist to do your wedding make-up if it is within your budget, if not I had a bride who did her own using MAC. She looked fab and had been to the MAC counter a few days before her big day. They talked her through some make-up tips and helped her choose the best colours and shades for her skin.

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

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Bad lighting. I can’t think of anything worse than being in a dark room and having your picture taken. Yes I have flash and use it but you cannot beat the quality of natural light and how flattering it is on the skin as opposed to harsh, bright flash than can make your pictures look flat. I have been to dark venues before but they have always added additional lighting for the wedding party. If they don’t provide this I have heard of people hiring it. Soft romantic colours work the best, and can transform the feel and ambience of the whole room too!

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I would say all of the weddings that I have photographed have been moving, beautiful and stylish, and this is what I love so much about photographing weddings. Every wedding is different but all are beautiful and moving in their own way, and I think I must shed a little discreet tear at every speech!

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Congratulations on your own engagement!

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Thank you! We are planning on getting married in lucky 2013! I would like to be a bit of a boho bride and have tipi tents and belly dancers!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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My style of photography most definitely. I have mastered my camera and have programmed it to work with me, when editing I do very little due to working with my camera in such depth. I take clean, light-filled images that are beautiful, romantic and timeless. I am super confident in my craft and I feel being a woman has great advantages with wedding photography as when I photograph a bride I know exactly how she wants to look in her pictures and how she is expecting to look. It is important and this part always gets my fullest attention.

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My relaxed and calm approach is definitely one to set me apart from the rest.  You won’t find another like me!

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I am also one of the quickest wedding photographers when it comes to getting clients images finalized and wedding albums completed. I do not believe in making people wait for their photographs, I really dislike this.

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

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A super relaxed, friendly photographer who will help them with anything and everything on their day. Someone who will be unobtrusive to the day’s events, discreet, professional and know exactly what they are doing and what is coming next. I will capture everyone and everything as it happens naturally, and I always have a few unexpected surprises for the Bride & Groom on the day itself… they always go down a treat.

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What is included in your "package"?

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I have two collections.  Both include wedding day coverage, an online private wedding gallery, a disc of high-res images, a slide-show, a few extra freebies from me to them as a gift (I’m a lover of giving gifts), and unlimited consultations, support & guidance. A wedding album is included in one collection, or can be added as an extra, along with a second shooter, photo-booth and other goodies.

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Can you give us an idea on price?  

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My collections start from £1,300.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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Sure! How does a £150 off any wedding collection sound? Pretty good deal right?  Only for Brides Up North though!  Please mention the wedding blog when booking. 

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

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Lovely brides to-be can check out my portfolio here: www.jesspetrie.com, call me up on: 07581 209794, or email me at: jess@jesspetrie.com and we can arrange to meet up over coffee.  I can bring my studio sample wedding albums, my brochures and other bits, and we can talk weddings the whole time. 

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Anything else we should know? 

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I also fly around the world shooting destination weddings so if you are thinking of getting married abroad, be rest assured you can still have me there, documenting your beautiful day! (I have special rates for destination weddings, please ask).

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Empowered Empresses! A Styled Ian Stuart Bridal Shoot Especially For The Jubilee!

May 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just the one instalment from me today (I am busy behind the scenes planning lots of events and wedding loveliness for you lot!) so I thought I better make it an exceptionally good one.

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I don’t like to disappoint now, do I?

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Today’s absolutely stunning styled bridal shoot comes you courtesy of Brides Up North’s newest Featured Supplier, Jess Petrie Photography and Ian Stuart.  I have died and gone to wedding dress heaven. 

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Jess says: With Ian Stuart lending me his gorgeous gowns for a bridal themed photoshoot I wanted to create something with meaning. Something that stood out, but also represented Ian, his gowns and his ideas. After-all this was no ‘ordinary’ shoot.

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Ian started off first designing for the Royal family members and socialites and is well-known for this, mainly in the South of England. But Ian has since spread his clientele, winning Bridal Designer of the Year, numerous times, and with the brides of today having varied and vast taste in dresses, Ian proudly caters for all. We also want Brides Up North to also be familiar with Ian Stuart gowns and his amazing creations as there is definitely a dress for every style of bride.

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The dresses I create are not just for divas, the dresses are for anyone.” ~ Ian Stuart.

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Being an artist myself, of many mediums i.e. oils, acrylics, charcoal, ballet dancing, playing musical instruments, poetry and enjoying all forms of art, I felt I could easily relate to Ian and his ideologies behind each and every one of his creations. I could feel the history, hear the music, envision the atmosphere… to me it was just magical to allow my artistic inhabitations to shine through my camera.

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I wanted a venue, not any venue, but one with history… real history and historic ambience. I searched high and low until I came across the perfect place Stamford Hall. This place is something else. I’ve been to plenty of manor houses and stately homes but when I caught sight of the building, standing alone amongst fields as far as your eye could see, with a ½ drive way and big iron guarded gates I got serious goose-bumps.

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I felt like I needed someone to jam my jaw shut, and I can’t say I’ve ever felt this way about a building before! This is a 17 Century Estate and was built in the time of William & Mary.

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"Stanford is the perfect William and Mary House. When seen from the road, the south front floats like a palace of romance across a distant meadow" ~ Simon Jenkins.

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I’m in complete awe of this place and I couldn’t think of anywhere more fitting to photograph these luxurious, romantic, feminine gowns. Everything about this house screams history! The ornaments, fixtures, fittings, and the amazing library. 

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I chose two models. Both with strong and very different looks. Both dancers of different forms of dance (Argentine Tango & Oriental Dance), as I wanted to incorporate everything that inspires Ian, even down to the models. I wanted the models to feel the theme, to live it out loud whilst on the set and put real energy and emotion into the whole feeling of the Stamford Hall, it’s history, art and ambiance, and of course into the gowns.

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It was amazing. Once the models were wearing the gowns and were breathing in the brief & the whole atmospheric history of the place it felt like we had all gone back in time. 

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The models told me they felt like princesses… walking down the long historic dramatic corridors holding the bottom of their gowns they looked like true Empresses. With their posture straightened with the gown’s structured waist lines & their heads held high, they were re-living the Victorian woman: a controversial bride newly empowered and oozing with confidence.

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“Structured waist lines give you the posture to become a different person. You can be whatever you want to be.” ~ Ian Stuart.

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I looked to paintings of Empresses to draw inspiration. I wanted to find something that would tie into an art form. I thought of violins. I found lots of information about the Victorian era and women playing violins. The people around, and before, the Victorian era were not in favour of woman playing many instruments and especially the violin as they felt it represented a woman’s body shape. They were very aware of this fact and felt such an instrument needed to be “played” by a man. A woman who chose to play the violin, especially in public, was looked upon with disgrace. Some even said that she was playing the sound of her own love to the world and preferred this sound to that of her man’s.

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“I have often wondered whether psychologically there is a basic difference between the woman’s relationship to the violin and the man’s…  Does the woman violinist consider the violin more as her own voice than the voice of someone she loves?  Is there an element of narcissism in the woman’s relation to the violin, and is she, in fact, in a curious way, better matched for the cello?  The handling and playing of a violin is a process of caress and evocation, of drawing out a sound which awaits the hands of the master.” ~  Yehudi Menuhin (1940′s).

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For a woman to stand her ground and not let anyone stop her from doing what she loves, despite the controversy, to me represents great inner strength and determination. This fit perfectly with Ian’s theme of gowns.

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I just so happened to have a couple of violins lying around the house so I brought them along, with creative intention. I wanted the models to play out the love & beauty both the violin and women share. To show no shame in caressing the violin, and be proud of who she is. Both models acted this out with great success. And more importantly you and I believe their performance.

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ANTOINETTE

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Full of soft but dramatic detailing this gown has draped tulle featuring ribbon bows and a sequinned underskirt.  The strapless sweetheart bodice is adorned with head beaded lace motifs.

Fabric: Shan silk & tulle.

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This dramatic gown oozes indulgence.  The strapless scoop neckline is heavily adorned with ornate beading and the heavily rushed ball gown skirt is draped at the front and features exquisite beading in large motifs that continue around the skirt and cathedral train.  Wear with oversized sleeves to make the ultimate statement.

Fabric: Taffeta metal & beaded lace.

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A show stopping gown in the tradition of a classic MGM movie.  The striking back detail of this dress features oversized bow tails that waterfall down the flowing chapel train from a beautiful floral centre.  The bodice is pleated to a point at the waist with a draped straight neckline and halter neck strap.  The silk garza skirt has a whipped effect around the hips and flows into a soft A-line skirt.

Fabric: Taffeta suede & silk garza.

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MANDALAY

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Capturing the vintage look perfectly this beaded lace gown has an off the shoulder portrait neckline trimmed with frayed silk, lace & roses.  The bodice is finely draped with a scalloped trimmed waistline.  The mermaid skirt has a distressed look with frayed roses and raggetty lace trim.

Fabric: Silk dupion & French lace.

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Many thanks to Ian Stuart himself for being so lovely and humble, encouraging and enabling the shoot to take shape.  Many thanks to your team & especially Jo for being so helpful and super efficient. (see www.ianstuart-bride.com for local stockists near you.  Email: enquiries@ianstuart-bride.com). 

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Many thanks to all of the staff at Stamford Hall.  You were all so helpful and accommodating, and the place is just out of this world.  What a venue.  I think I want to get married here!  Who wouldn’t? www.stanfordhall.co.uk.

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To my models: Agi & Helena, you were both truly amazing and I couldn’t have had any two better women.  You both worked really hard and put so much energy into the whole creation, true Empresses without a doubt.  I wish you both all of the successes with your dancing careers as you are truly amazing at what you do.

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Emma & Rebecca from Emma’s Home & garden, wow your flowers are something else.  A massive thank you for supplying and creating the flowers especially for the gowns used.  You are both so talented and are lovely people too. 

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Nicola from Silver Six-pence in her Shoe… thank you for the loan of your newly designed head-piece Delphine, you are incredibly gifted at what you do and your creations are stunning & made to perfection.

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Jenn Edwards (super-star) Hair & Make-up artist.  What can I say… Who needs photoshop when you have Jenn?  Not me.  Thank you so much for all of your support and help in making the shoot happen.  You are so lovely and we make a great team (you can contact Jenn: info@jennedwards.com).

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Splash! Mermaid Bride: A Trash The Dress Shoot

September 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Talk about visual impact!  Now I am not suggesting that this is what you get up to on your wedding day ladies, but for a trash the dress shoot… what a stunner!  Revel in it. 

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Friend of the wedding blog Jess Petrie Photography put this vibrant and haunting set of images together.  I asked her about the inspiration behind the day.

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Jess says:  I have had a styled bridal shoot in mind where I would take the most stunning dress and the bride wearing it off to the sea and completely trash it.  I am a big fan of wedding magazines and blogs. I like to look for inspiration through different things. We don’t very often see our brides getting married by the sea, and if they do it’s abroad. But why? Ok we don’t have the best weather but we do have some stunning beaches, and they are free!

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I chose Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, because it’s somewhere I used to visit often with my grandparents as a child and I have a lot of good memories here. The sand is very soft and golden and the beach stretches right out, as far as you can see. There are a lot of stunning views with the cliffs at either end, and of course the North Sea.

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