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a fine vintage. a pretty wedding at eshott hall – katie & phil

April 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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The vintage theme has been popular with wedding couples of late and so we’re used to seeing wonderful weddings featuring this styling landing in the Brides Up North inbox. However, there was something about today’s couple’s wedding that made it stand out that bit more than others – it was pretty (oh so pretty) but it was also personal.

Rather than hiring all the décor from one company to achieve the desired kitsch look, bride Katie rolled up her sleeves (and also called upon those closest to her) to help create beautiful handmade detailing that made the day feel all the more special.

Two stars of the show were Katie and Phil’s mums who sound like they could give Kirstie Allsopp a run for her money when it comes to crafting skills.

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With images by Katie Byram Photography.

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katie says: It was our three year anniversary and also the day we had our offer accepted to buy our first home in London when Phil proposed to me. We were at home having a celebratory meal. I was half way through my chocolate pudding when Philip said he had a surprise for me. When he got down on one knee I couldn’t stop laughing! But eventually managed to say “yes”. I didn’t suspect a thing so was definitely very surprised!

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We set the date for 9th August 2014. No particular reason, but we chose August as we thought that it would be the least likely time of year to rain in the North East. It actually did still rain on the day, but definitely didn’t ruin anything.

We got married at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth. I went to this church when I was growing up so it meant a lot to me to get married there.

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We chose Eshott Hall as our reception venue. We loved Eshott from the moment we walked in the door on our visit there. We knew from the start that we wanted a venue that could offer us exclusivity. The thing we loved about Eshott was that although it is a beautiful building in itself, it also offered us the opportunity to be really creative and to decorate it as we wanted. We would highly recommend the venue to other wedding couples, we absolutely loved it!

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We had a vintage theme, but wanted to be able to add a personal touch. Both of our mums are very creative and helped to make lots of decorations for the venue. My mum sewed the beautiful floral and lace bunting, cushions with our initials on and lace chair sashes. Philip’s mum meanwhile was very busy making all of our vintage style stationery, including the invitations, place tags, table plan, table names, confetti cones and guestbook.

We chose pretty pastel colours and flowery patterns for the main reception room to accompany our theme.

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After trying on about 50 dresses in all different styles, I knew what kind of dress I definitely didn’t want but still didn’t have a clear idea of what I did want! I visited YAP in Newcastle and instantly fell in love with the first dress I tried on. I loved the simplicity of the skirt and the lace detail. Once the decision had been made, Jo at YAP popped open a bottle of fizz so that I could celebrate with my mum, mother-in-law and auntie – a really special moment. I added a sash with a vintage flower which was made by Anne at Diva Designs and wore Rachel Simpson shoes in a design called Katie.

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Philip and the groomsmen wore light grey suits from Slaters with Northumberland Tartan waistcoats from The Northumberland Tartan Company.

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My bridesmaids were four of my best friends from school and they wore pale pink Button Belle dresses from YAP with floral sashes and shoe clips made by Anne at Diva Designs.

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For transport we chose a silver Bentley hired from Sunderland Wedding Cars. The bridesmaids travelled in a mint green campervan from AllCool Classic VW Camper Hire. We also hired a vintage bus from Weardale Company for our guests to travel on from the church to the reception venue.

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Katie Byram was our wedding photographer. She was amazing and photographed the day perfectly. She has a very natural style, capturing candid moments, which was exactly what we wanted. We would highly recommend her.

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Lavenders Blue in Morpeth provided my bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets too. We were keen for the flowers to look quite wild and natural, which Lavenders Blue achieved beautifully. I also had sprigs of feverfew (daisies) pushed into the plait in my hair.

Lavenders Blue provided flowers for the table decorations and we hired candelabras and vintage china teacups and saucers from Lavenders Blue too. We hired birdcages from The Finishing Touch Company and our vintage side plates were hired from Flawless Weddings & Events in Morpeth.

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We added pink and mint green pom poms to the trees outside of the venue, made by Flawless Weddings & Events. They looked amazing and really magical. Flawless also provided jars and scoops for our sweetie table.

We went to auctions and charity shops in the local area to collect the beautiful lace and embroidered table clothes we used. My bridesmaids and I also spent an afternoon decorating small glass candle holders and jam jars with offcuts of material, old jewellery, buttons and hessian. I love that they added a really personal touch to the tables. On the day we used vintage photo frames as holders for our table names, which I love and will use to display our wedding photographs around our home.

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For favours we gave out British Heart Foundation pin badges.

Dreamworld Cakes made our pretty cupcake cake in pastel colours while all the other food and drink was provided by Eshott Hall.

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Colin Cook was a fantastic DJ on our wedding day, keeping all our guests entertained. We chose a mixture of our favourite tunes – mainly 90s pop! It was really important to us that the children we invited to our wedding were a special part of the day. To keep them entertained during the speeches we put together colouring books, soft toys and bubbles into canvas backpacks with their names on.

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For some extra entertainment we hired a photo booth from Smiley Booth. I would definitely recommend this company. One strip of photographs was stuck into our guestbook so that our guests could write messages next to them and the guests could take the second strip home as a memento of the day. They’re hilarious and we love looking back over them to remind us of the day.

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My favourite part of the day was walking into the church and seeing Philip’s face. Philip’s cousin is a professional musician and played Canon in D on the viola as I walked down the aisle. It was a beautiful moment, although I did cry most of way down!

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For our honeymoon we went to Santorini and stayed at Absolute Bliss in Imerovigli, a small boutique hotel with a beautiful view over the sea and cliffs. It is a lovely island and we would definitely recommend it.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be that making some of the venue decorations and wedding stationery yourself is a great way to add a personal touch to the day and to save a bit of money. Collect some pieces of pretty material, pop open the fizz and get creative!

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Shine On! A Real Engagment In The North East – Victoria & Chris

April 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Don’t worry – I don’t think any fog signals will be sounding anytime soon!  Brides Up North reader Victoria brought the sunshine of Cuba home for her engagement shoot with Katie Byram Photography after having to cancel her destination wedding following the early arrival of a very special little bundle.

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Victoria says: We got engaged in Cheshire whilst spending time at Chris’ mum and dad’s in March 2011.  We are tying the knot on 18th May 2012 at The Little Haven Hotel, South Shields. We had planned to get married in Cuba but had to cancel when our daughter was born at 29 weeks. So the wedding has taken just four months to arrange!

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We met at Newcastle Train Station!  Our first date was a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant in Newcastle then afterwards to No. 1 Grey Street a cocktail bar which is also in Newcastle.  I knew that Chris was the one straight away as he made me feel so at ease and it instantly felt like I known him all my life.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to help us relax as we both dislike getting our photos taken.  Katie is very good at making you relax and after seeing the results we can’t wait for the wedding photos. We really enjoyed the shoot.

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We can’t wait to come and share our wedding photographs with Brides Up North, which I love as it is full of great information about local suppliers and inspirational photos to help with all aspects of wedding planning.

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We love everything about each other and hope to have a long and happy life together. 

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Congratulations Victoria & Chris!

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Amaryllis & Lace – A Styled Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot

February 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oh I do like to start a new week in a flurry of pretty! This vintage wedding inspiration shoot was researched and organised by stationer Vicky Trainor and Becky Mitchell Photography. Pens were put to paper last Summer as ideas were jotted, concepts sketched and venue and industry collaborations were formed.  And then, they sent it to me!

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If you are looking for a girly, vintage vibe for your wedding day, these ladies have it absolutely spot on. 

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Vicky says: The design of the shoot is loosely based on the idea of taking areas of an artist’s old Victorian drawing room. A styled area of natural objects, organised and displayed to create a still-life, that would look fitting in the corner of any artist’s/designer’s studio. Using beautiful filters of natural light through laced windows, collaged walls, blooms of botanical prints on fabrics, old vintage drawers filled with amaryllis and flowering jasmine, lace wrapped pebbles, buttons made from shell and pretty hand sewn ribbons.

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Laced tablecloths, crochet edged stationery, bowls of lychees and blueberries lay alongside pretty home baked cakes decorated with frosted butter icing and blueberries and lace with an aroma of lemon and apple. The beautiful florals displayed in old stoneware were influenced by Victorian paintings that were playful and more natural in their arrangement, all in scented tones of white and antique creams with the occasional peacock feather.

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We wanted to use a venue that would allow the freedom to be able to use an empty room like a blank canvas, to create sets and styled areas that were in keeping with the Victorian period. So what would be more fitting than using a beautiful old Victorian manor, Rigwood House in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. They kindly allowed us to work in the whole of their ground floor for two days, and what fun we had. This venue sits under the umbrella of the name ‘Be All You Can’ and it is a fabulous spacious venue if you require somewhere to hold a more creative and a more personally styled wedding.

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We used vintage furniture from my own collection mixed with a selection from the company Peeling Paint. Helen Mawson of Bels Flowers arrived with her little van and wonderful bunches of sculptured amaryllis, roses, hyacinths, jasmine and potted pansies and the mix of their beautiful scent filled the room.

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Designer Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia and I began styling the room while Helen of Bels Flowers creatively made arrangements to fit beautifully into spaces using a wonderful collection of vases and small vessels from Northern Lights Interiors.

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A beautiful Japanese tea set was loaned to us by make up artist Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo and was filled with green tea and roses. The aroma of apple and lemon and cinnamon from the home baking was delicious and was produced by a new little home spun business called A Slice of Nostalgia. The 1970’s flocked nylon dress hanging on the collaged wall was donated by vintage specialist Margaret Garbut.

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The crochet and lace decorated lavender stationery was from Vicky Trainor’s Cotton & Herb Collection and the embroidered and appliqué signs and decorated lace ribbons were from The Vintage Drawer.

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Not only did Helen Stevens from Surfacephilia work on the styling of the photo shoot but she also agreed to be our ‘muse’ for the day, Helen wore a selection of dresses from Truly Beautiful, who are based in Guisborough as well as a pretty hand made organza decorated ribbon from DC Bouquets’ Mae Collection.

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The wonderful tussle of bohemian curls were created by hair stylist Adrian Wray of Chocolate and the beautiful make up was applied by Jo Leversuch from Make-up By Jo.

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This beautiful collection of imagery was produced by wedding photographer Becky Mitchell who also runs, with her husband Bob Mitchell, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. A big thank you to Bob who helped enormously over the two days. A selection of photography that focused on the detail from the ‘still-life’ table was taken by photographer Katie Byram, who supported and helped the team on the day of the shoot.

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Wedding Photographer, Debbie Stogden, also produced a series of videos from the day focusing on ‘behind the scenes’ footage which we hope you enjoy!

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Photography – Becky Mitchell Photography, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop

Photography details of the still-life set – Katie Byram Photography

Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor & The Vintage Drawer

Venue – Be All You Can

Behind the Scenes Videos – Debbie Stogden

Styling & Model – Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia

Floral Styling – Bels Flowers

Cakes – A Slice of Nostalgia

Furniture – Peeling Paint

Bride’s Dress – Truly Beautiful

Make-up – Make-up By Jo

Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors

Vintage Dress – Margaret Garbut

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All suppliers will be exhibiting at The Wedding Institute!  More details soon!

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  – Images © 2012 Becky Mitchell Photography and Katie Byram Photography as tagged, videos by Debbie Stogden

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Street Party! A Real DIY Wedding In Harrogate – Rosie & Adie

January 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This vibrant and joyful church wedding seems perfect for a Sunday morning here on the wedding blog.  Sent in by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katie Byram Photography, Rosie and Adie’s Real Wedding is festive and fun. 

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Katie says:  Rosie & Adie married on 18th June 2011 at St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church in Harrogate, in front of close family and friends.  They had a traditional church service followed by a reception at the church hall next door.

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They did much of the wedding DIY style, and had their family help them set up for the wedding the night before. Rosie made metres and metres of bunting herself, and there were fairy lights galore. The table settings were absolutely beautiful.  The church hall had lovely wooden panels & beams, and it the reception had a real ‘street party’ feel about it.

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Supplier Showcase: The Fine & Funky Events Company

March 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North talks to Kim from The Fine & Funky Events Company about their fabulous event planning and styling services.  Want your wedding to be extra doubly super duper?  Talk to Ms Groves.

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How did The Fine & Funky Events Company begin?  What is your background?

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The Fine & Funky Events Company started after planning my own wedding. I totally adored every single second of planning my wedding, I developed a passion for all things wedding related and really enjoyed being able to use my creative flair. My previous background is in office management / project management in the public sector, which sounds very different, but I actually use a lot of the same skills. I’m very organised (not afraid to say my friends call me Monica from Friends!) and have organised numerous celebrations events and other large events throughout my working life. So after my wedding when I found out I was being made redundant, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to combine my two passions, list making and pretty things!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding and event stylist?

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My absolutely favourite thing is seeing everything coming together. When I’m at a venue and setting up I get such a buzz and tingly feeling, it’s amazing to see the couples day surpassing their expectations and to see their massive grins whilst being surrounded by everyone that loves them. (P.S I’m a massive softy.)

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What services do you offer?

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I offer wedding planning services, which includes full planning, on the day co-ordination to supplier search. In my planning packages I also offer bespoke packages so couples can tailor a package to suit their needs. My on the day co-ordination services are very popular this year, from couples who are having backyard weddings, to village halls to grand manor houses. Couples have put in so much time and effort planning their wedding they want to make sure that their day runs perfectly.

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I offer styling packages, these are really fun for me as couples will ask me to provide ideas and inspirations for a rock and roll theme for example and I will go away and research and come up with lots of ideas with costs, and a very funky mood board to boot!

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In addition to this, I also have lots of items that I hire out. Including vintage crockery hire service which I can cater for up to 200 guests.

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I also hire out a photo corner which is the first in the North East -  think moustache on sticks, cute signs, wigs, guests love this! So fun!

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I specialise in vintage themes and have a lot of vintage props that I hire out, a vintage bicycle for a table plan for example Or a vintage typewriter for an alternative guest book.

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I don’t just do weddings though, oh no! Celebrating birthdays and other special occasions is becoming more popular than ever, from a swinging 60’s birthday party to a baby naming ceremony!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have styled/ planned?

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Every wedding or event is so memorable as I really get to know my clients, it’s a very emotional time planning a wedding and I get just as excited as they do! I have lots of lovely clients who really become part of the The Fine & Funky Events Company family and quite often text me, or email, or give me a ring for a chat, it’s lovely!

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Which celebrity’s wedding would you like to style and why?

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I take a lot of my inspiration from the US and would love to plan a wedding over there one day, perhaps in a vineyard in California, they have amazing backyard weddings over there and that would be my dream! Don’t really mind if they are a celebrity or not, just as long as they love each other and I plan them the day of their dreams that’s all I care about.

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How would you style the Royal Wedding?

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For a start, I would insist that everyone in the country has the option to attend a street party and the wedding is projected on big screens, so folk can sit with a nice glass of champagne and some fancy sandwiches (no crusts of course)! For the actual wedding, I would defiantly go classic and elegant, lots of beautiful flowers everywhere, white hydrangeas, flower curtains hanging in all the gardens, flower pomanders hanging everywhere at different heights, beautiful tall centrepieces. I think a classic and elegant feel to the wedding would really represent them as a couple. Everyone in the industry will be watching the wedding as no doubt lots of trends will follow.

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I am in total admiration of them asking for donations to the 26 charities they support, think that its very fitting of the situation around the world at the moment.

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Did you style your own wedding?  Tell us a bit about it…

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Would you like a little look? You can see piccys of me at the top and bottom of this post! Chris and I spent what seemed like forever venue searching, we stuck to our guns though and held out till we found a venue that really represented us, we knew what type of day we wanted practically from the first moment we met, fun, informal, relaxed and surrounded by are amazing family and friends. I still get butterflies now thinking about our wedding day, words cannot describe how perfect it was, how could it be anything less when I married my best friend, I did not stop smiling all day!

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Is this your dream job?  What would be your alternative career?

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Hell yeah it is! It’s incredibly hard work, working 7 days a week, 14 hour days but I love every moment and feel incredibly lucky to be doing what I’m doing.

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Oooooo if I wasn’t a wedding planner / stylist think I would love to be Kirsty Allsopp making her homemade TV series, would be so much fun! Or I would love to be in Glee, can’t sing or dance but would have a blast! Although I’m 30 this year so might be a little late to start my career in musicals!

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We hear you do very special sweetie tables, can you tell us a bit about them?

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The Fine & Funky Events Company now does Sweetie Tables and Dessert Bars!

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Sweetie Tables are very popular at evening receptions at weddings, or birthday parties and christenings. You can now add popcakes to your sweetie table as well from the amazing Popcake Kitchen! Sweetie Tables are fab, they look amazing and kids but mainly adults it seems go wild for them! Think old fashioned white mice, cola cubs, lips, bon bons, the list goes on! I was one of the first to offer this service in the North East and they are still proving very popular!

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The dessert bars are fab, some couples have had this as an alternative to serving a dessert, others instead of a sweetie table on the evening, very much up to the couple. Think mini sherry trifles in shot glasses, macaroons, mini bakewell tarts, victoria sponge, cupcakes sprinkled with popping candy, they are just such fun and very much a talking point of the day as something totally different. I’m the first company in the North East to offer this service.

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What’s all this about vintage tea parties at Danby Castle?

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I work very closely with Carolyn from Danby Castle, who is amazing! Not only did she put up with me being a total bridezilla during my own wedding planning but she is so open to trying new ideas and we work so well together. The Vintage Tea Party Package is a collaboration between Fine & Funky Events, Danby Castle and Arches Cookery School (who are out of this world) Couples need not worry about a thing, nearly everything is sorted for them and the package is so quirky and unique, it’s been a massive success, prices start from £4000 for 60 guests, inc venue hire, catering, venue decor and styling.

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How can Brides Up North find out more or get in touch with you?

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Anything else my readers should know?

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I’m extremely passionate about what I do and you will find me very personable, a friend, and most importantly a great listener. Your day is about you two as a couple and I will do all I can to ensure you both have the perfect day, whatever that may be, from a chill out festival theme on a farm to a classic elegant ballroom wedding.

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Finally, why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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It’s fab to have something that’s written in the North for the North! Very inspiring what you have achieved so far Julia, you rock!

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Photographs by Karen McGowran Photography, Katy Melling, Katie Byram Photography and Kim Groves.

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Fabulous Photographer: Katie Byram Photography

March 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North caught up with fabulous photographer and Featured Supplier, Katie Byram Photography, to find out where she picked up her camera skill, why she LOVES weddings and, more importantly, how you can snap her up as your resident paparazzo for your big day!  What a gal.

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I’ve been taking photographs since I owned a plastic camera at five years old & I’ve always been intrigued by photography. At sixteen, I went to college where they insisted I take on an extra a-level subject and I chose photography. I was hooked straight away, and I knew it was what I wanted to do the minute I saw a black and white image appear in the developing chemicals. I then went on to do a degree in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging, and started working for a few companies. I’ve always known I wanted to own my own business also since I was five years old when I used to visit my parent’s shop, so everything just slotted together and things took off from there.

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Wedding photography is so exciting at it allows you access to photograph someone’s very special day and capture all of the love and joy that comes with it. I love meeting people, and I’m a very smiley and positive person so photographing a wedding allows me to do all of that as well as use my passion and skill for photography.

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A wedding is a photographer’s dream! There are so many wonderful things to capture, the smiles, the laughs, the tears and the unexpected moments that present themselves. It’s great to meet so many new people and share in someone’s special day. It’s an honour really!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I just speak to them and be myself really. I meet my couples beforehand and find out a bit about them, and on the day, having a chat and a giggle with them means they are more relaxed. Most of my work is candid so they don’t even know I’ve taken the particular photographs until they see them afterwards anyway.

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Katie Byram

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

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The most important thing is: make sure you’ve met your photographer before the day. Be confident in feeling you trust them and you feel they will capture you at your best. It’s always a great idea to book a pre-wedding shoot with your photographer to get some practice before the day and know what to expect.

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Katie Byram

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

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I’d recommend complimentary colours and a more natural style, to bring out your features rather than make you look like somebody else. Booking a professional make up artist who can also do a trial with you beforehand is great as well, so you are completely happy with your look. They know all the best make up that will last all day, even if you do have a couple of tears!

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

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This may sound really small and is easily overlooked, but many photographers will photograph the bride’s dress hanging up before they put it on. It’s something that can be forgotten, but having it on a normal plastic coat hanger can spoil the photograph. Having a wooden one or a satin style one makes the whole shot look so much better. Really tiny detail I know!

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If you were photographer at the Royal Wedding, what would be your "must have" shot?

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My ‘must have’ shot would be the moment when Kate has walked down the aisle to William, and they first lay eyes on each other. This strips it back from being the ‘Royal Wedding’ with all the fuss of the day and the tourist attraction, and makes it capture a moment that is intimate and really about what the day is, confirming two people’s love for each other. Cheesy, I know!

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Katie Byram

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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My old friend from college, Hannah got married to Sam in Gretna Green last January. They didn’t want any of the ‘touristy style’ shots and her day was just beautiful, a candlelit winter wedding. She went against tradition and wore a red dress, to match her husband’s military uniform, and it was just gorgeous. During Sam’s speech I had to wipe away a few tears as it was just the sweetest thing I’d ever heard. After the first dance had been underway for a minute or so, they both broke out into ‘air guitar’ playing and it was hilarious. There were a lot of great moments that day, and the individuality of the dress and the relaxed atmosphere really suited them.

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Are you married?

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Not yet! I’ve definitely met ‘the one’ (sorry to go all cliché) but no marriage plans yet.  As long as I’m in charge of choosing the photographer I’m sure we will have a very happy life together!

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Any funny stories to share?

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Not one in particular but something that happens at many weddings with lovely little children in attendance. When everything goes quiet and the vicar/registrar asks ‘if any person here present knows of any reason why these two people cannot be joined in marriage, speak now or forever hold your peace’ (or words to that effect) there’s always a little one who decides it’s a great moment to shout/babble something out and make everybody laugh and release the tension!

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Katie Byram

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I’m friendly, approachable, and flexible. I can tailor my work and packages to fit each wedding’s individual needs. I’ve also a lot of experience of working with and photographing children (from my time as an action sports photographer for children’s events) and can speak to them on their level, make them laugh and get some great shots of them. If there’s something special I can do for a particular wedding, I will try to offer it – for example I’m photographing a vintage style wedding on a farm in June (watch out for it on Brides Up North) and as well as the digital shots I’m going to do some bride and groom shots later on with a 1950’s Rolliflex box camera. These pictures will be on 120mm film in square format. The couple really love old style photography. I was originally trained in film photography and have the equipment so thought we could do something different!

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Katie Byram

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

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They can expect me to be reliable, smiley, friendly and provide a personal service. They can also expect me to have learnt the names of the main wedding party and refer to people by name. We will have gone through some planning together beforehand so everything will run smoothly on the day. Most of the time they won’t even realise I’m snapping away.

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What is included in your "package"?

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All of my packages include a CD of high resolution retouched images, in a personalised case, with printing rights, this means the couple have a choice of what they want to do with them afterwards. Extras such as high quality coffee table albums can be added, I find that most people like to piece together their own package to suit their wedding.

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Katie Byram

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Prices for all day coverage start at £695, I also offer package for smaller weddings or those on a tight budget who still want fantastic photography.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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I can offer a 5% discount to Brides Up North readers, and in addition I have an offer running at the moment where if you book your photography with me between 14th February and 14th July 2011 for anytime after July 2011, you go into a draw to win your wedding jewellery, designed by the fabulous Tracey from Bridal Designs.

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Katie Byram   Katie Byram

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

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They can visit my website and fill in the contact form.  Or have a look at my blog

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Anything else we should know?

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As well as weddings I am available for portraits, engagement/ trash the dress style shoots, events, and christenings/naming ceremonies.

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Katie Byram Photography
www.photographybykatie.co.uk
Tel: 07792346114

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