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Let It Snow! A Styled Vintage Winter Bridal Shoot In Durham City

November 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I absolutely adore this pretty and simple styled shoot sent to me by wedding blog favourite Lee Scullion and House Of Mooshki.  It might be the fantastic photography, the romantic backdrops, the cool couple or the to-die-for dress.  It might be the fact that I’m super excited at the prospect of a (very) cold snap and gallons of snow (hey, wedding exhibition season is over… lets get to sledging)!  It might be that these cats are actually a real life engaged couple as well as being super gorgeous…

Or it might be that this entire shoot is staged oh, let me see, at the most ten yards from my old school in Durham City. In fact, I think some of these pictures are outside my old headmaster’s window.  I kid not.  So: unique and gorgeous images, a real life love story, snow upon snow and a good dose of personal nostalgia = one happy wedding blogger. 

Bring on the magic and sparkle!

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Lee says:  Time to cool things down with a snowy wedding shoot in the historic city of Durham.  This was shot back in the spring of this year – our English weather sure knows how to surprise us! Our model Tamzin wore  “Sarah" a tea length full lace dress by House Of Mooshki alongside Vivienne Westwood jellies and a faux fur stole. The groom was head to toe in Raven Vintage

If you are looking for a unique and tailor made wedding dress visit House Of Mooshki, and check out Raven Vintage Clothing if you are vintage fans. 

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Bride: House Of Mooshki, Vivienne Westwood

Groom: Raven Vintage Clothing

 

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THIS SUNDAY! –The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At National Railway Museum, York

November 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s been one seriously fabulous year here at Brides Up North, both online (the prettiest real weddings, most fabulous regional suppliers, lots of great press in the National media and a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” from Wedding Magazine, thank you very much) and offline (sixteen absolutely brilliant wedding exhibitions packed to the rafters with wedding industry talent, inspiration and brides to be, plus two super fun wedding industry parties). 

Whilst your double weekday daily dose of online inspiration ain’t going anywhere, it’s time to wrap up our offline season of bridal events with our grand finale – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at National Railway Museum, York, on Sunday 17th November 2013, 10am till 5pm – and completely FREE entry!

That’s THIS SUNDAY!

Now didn’t that come around fast?!

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Sunday 17th November 2013

10am till 5pm

FREE ENTRY

Like it says on the banner above, this is one seriously beautiful event.  Set amongst the vintage carriages, our suppliers really do pull out all the stops to show you what they can do – and how they can make your wedding day dreams a reality.  With vintage styling and luxury products and services, we have literally every detail covered.  Join us in this unique and stunning setting for a bridal event that feels like a “proper day out” and leave with more inspiration than you can handle. 

Images from our last event and photo shoot by Peter Boyd Photography.  And that was just a warm up!

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Come along and meet Add Vintage, Booth Revolution, Boutique 14 – Wedding Stationery, Cake Pops Ville, Cat Hepple Photography, Club Class Entertainment, Mark Waddington Magician, Designer Travel, Dirk Van der Werff, Fenwick York, Heirloom Bouquets, It’s a Wind Up, JB Creatives, Joel Skingle Photography, KM Cakes & Cupcakes, Laura Calderwood Photography, LCH Jewellery Design, Lee Scullion, Lucy MacNicoll Flowers, Miss Deal Fun Casino, Peter Boyd Photography, Photo Booth Hire UK, Seat Me Pretty, Silk Floral Art, Silver Sixpence Films, Smooch, Stark Film Pictures, Sweetnique, Taylor & Co, The Greenhouse Florist, The Hawkhills, The New Vintage Band, The Vintage Vocalist, The Wedding Guide, Twisted Willow Floristry, Unforgettable Memories, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Linda Abrahams, Swirly Sweet, Martin Waring, Gabriella Brook Florist, Marquee Bar, Adorna Wedding Rings, Wedding Belles & Beaus Of York and more…

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwick York.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “NRM YORK in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy. 

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Pure Beauty: A Real Wedding At Hardwick Hall Hotel – Zoe & Ian

July 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Friday everyone! This morning the wedding blog is visiting the North East and Hardwick Hall Hotel as Zoe and Ian celebrate their big day in style. 

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With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Scullion and at one of our very favourite venues (have you pre-registered for our Grand Wedding Exhibition in September yet?) let’s join the couple for their classically beautiful wedding day. 

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Zoe says: Ian asked me to marry him on Christmas Day in 2011 and we were married on 17th May 2013 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield. 

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We chose Hardwick Hall Hotel as we have been going there for over 20 years and it is so beautiful. 

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We opted for a vintage theme with lots of flowers and bird cage centre pieces on the tables.   We used a colour palette of soft pink and French blue. 

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I chose a traditional white dress with a long train and veil to match, and carried a bouquet of white avalanche roses by Charlotte at House Of Flowers. 

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My bridesmaids wore dusky pink dresses from Laura Lee Boutique  and the groomsmen were in a French blue slim fit suit with a pale blue silk skinny tie by Leaf Clothing in Newcastle.  Brian and the staff at Leaf Clothing really went that extra mile to ensure that everything was perfect. 

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We made sure that there was lots of canapés and champagne for our guests while we were having our photographs taken with Lee Scullion.  The day was nice and relaxed with no strict time limits. 

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In the evening we used the resident DJ at the Hardwick Hall – Zodiac Disco – who did a cracking job of keeping the dance floor buzzing all night

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After the wedding we honeymooned at Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa in The Lake District. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to try to relax and allow yourselves to enjoy your day.  It is over so quickly!  Try to complete your arrangements in good time so you are not adding to the stress that weddings create. 

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Congratulations Zoe & Ian!

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Gilded Glamour: A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Rebecca & Steven

March 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And would you look at that, it’s only bloomin’ Friday!  What better way to round of a week of loveliness here on the wedding blog than with a really rather gorgeous Real Wedding courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier – and all round nice guy – Lee Scullion, and today’s beautiful bride Rebecca. 

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged on 26th November 2011 at St Mary’s Lighthouse. I thought we were going for a walk and I was complaining the whole way about the cold then he just brought out the ring and got down on one knee. Total shock!

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We were married on 7th September 2012 at St Albans Church in Earsdon, North Tyneside and then held the reception at Doxford Hall, Alnwick. 

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Doxford Hall is just such a beautiful place. The grounds are beautiful and the hall has been restored to a high standard. The room where our reception was held has gorgeous chandeliers and large gilded mirrors and I knew it would suit the style of wedding I had in mind. The staff were also great and that really helped us decide it was the best venue for us.

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The theme was country vintage. I’m originally from the countryside and wanted to bring this into the wedding however, I also wanted quite a glamorous wedding so I tried to bring the two together.  I chose a colour scheme of greens, lilacs and whites but it was really a mixture of light colours that were reminiscent of a country garden in the summer.  I wasn’t strict about colour as I didn’t want everything to look too matched together.

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The bridesmaids and I all carried the same flowers but the girls carried smaller posies. The bouquets and buttonholes were from Andrea’s Florists in North Shields. I was overwhelmed at how well the bouquets turned out. They were so fresh and utterly perfect and lasted for days afterwards. They were a mixture of avalanche and quicksand roses with flowering poplar, lisianthus, freesias and agapanthus. They were great.

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We used the The Jewellers Guild for our wedding jewellery. They designed our rings for us and gave a really good quality service for the money. They also gave good advice about what I should have to match my engagement ring. We were really pleased with the results.

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On the day we had a vintage ivory Rolls Royce Silver Shadow from Webbs Special Occasion Cars. These guys are great and very professional. The cars are immaculate and they really enjoy what they do so bend over backwards to make sure your day is perfect. They even have a dry run from your house to the church or venue to make sure they get the best route.

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I chose an ivory silk and lace fishtail gown by Paloma Blanca. It was the first dress I tried on and although I tried on a few more I always went back to this dress. I bought it from Darcy Weddings in Morpeth. Jennifer and Debbie were great and the service was excellent. I would recommend them to anyone as they really gave a personal touch which made it feel all the more special.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Debut at Debenhams. They were aubergine floor-length strapless chiffon dresses with ruching at the front. I told them they could pick any dresses they liked as long as I liked them. In the end my Aunty found these dresses and they were perfect. The girls looked beautiful.

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The groomsmen wore charcoal grey tails from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. They wore a pale grey tie as I didn’t really want the men to wear the same colours as the bridesmaids to avoid being too matched. My husband wore an aubergine tie to make him stand out from the others.

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Obviously the favourite part of the day was the ceremony. The Reverend Andrew France helped us plan a really lovely and personal service (that didn’t go on for hours)! We incorporated our friends into the service with readings and were touched at what people had to say. I loved every minute of the wedding day itself. It all came together beautifully and I can’t thank our suppliers enough for all the effort they made.

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I must give a shout out to our amazing photographer, Lee Scullion, he was fantastic throughout the planning process and on the day. He was always there to answer questions or give ideas and the guests at the wedding all commented on how professional he was! We didn’t want a photographer that would be really demanding and in your face and Lee was perfect. The photos are one of the only things you take away from your wedding afterwards so they have to be good. When Lee sent mine to me I cried because they were so beautiful and really captured the feeling of the day.

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In order to add some personal touches to the wedding I contacted The Wooden Ladybird Company who made some wooden signs with Mr and Mrs Colby on them for the top table. They also made our sign for the sweetie table. The signs were fab and I have them up in my house now.

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I did make lots of things myself for the wedding so I also went to Dainty Supplies in Washington a lot. They have great bits and pieces which give you lots of ideas for things to personalise your wedding.

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Our invitations were made by Gingerbread Kisses Gifts. Nadine is my husband’s cousin and she is very creative and made invitations to suit the theme of our wedding. She can also make favours, gifts and decorations – the lot!

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I added numerous individual touches to our wedding. With the help of my family I made all the favours which were little jars of jam for the girls and little jars of Everton mints for the boys. We chose those mints as they are black and white and Steven is huge Newcastle United fan and wanted a tribute to his team at the wedding. I also made lots of tea cup candles. I gathered up (with the help of my Auntie) lots of teacups from charity shops in light summery colours. I then bought a scented candle making kit and created about 40 candles. They were part of the table decorations and everyone loved them. They also made the room smell lovely which was a really nice touch.

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I had my florist make up a small posy of flowers and put it in a birdcage I bought off the internet. I then got some luggage labels and threaded ribbon through them. We asked guests to write their messages on the labels and hang them on the birdcage. It looked fab!

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Our reception flowers were done by Flowers by Julie in Alnwick as they were nearer to the reception venue. I didn’t see them until we arrived on our wedding day and was completely shocked at just how beautiful they were. Julie really took note of what flowers I wanted and the theme and produced flowers that looked like they had been freshly picked from a country garden.

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One of the really lovely things on our day was the photo frame our photographer, Lee Scullion, made of photos from our pre wedding shoot. I didn’t know he had made it for us and when I saw it I was so touched and thought it was a great use of the pictures. I also didn’t want to do a traditional guestbook.

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We chose a two tier cake from Celebration Cakes by Julie. She is amazing! Julie can do anything with cakes. She really took note of my ideas for decoration and my theme. In the end she designed the perfect cake. We had lemon and vanilla sponge which was really tasty. However, a friend also made us a fruit cake as some of the older guests expected this as its more traditional.

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We hired a DJ for our wedding from Premier DJ’s. Chris was great and came out to see us to make sure he chose music we liked for the wedding. He also gave us great ideas about things to do i.e. first dance, throwing the bouquet etc. In the end we did two first dances. One slow and when that finished we danced to

The Proclaimers. We aren’t a serious couple and wanted guests to have a laugh. It was hilarious to see the videos of us bopping away.

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We went to Agadir in Morocco on our honeymoon. The hotel was fabulous and we had a much needed rest after all the excitement (and stress) of the wedding.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make a list of everything you need to do and plan when you are going to do it. This means you only do a bit at a time and won’t have loads to do right before the wedding. I did this as I knew I would be busy with work right up to the wedding and didn’t want to get overly stressed. It really helped and I found that I enjoyed planning the wedding rather than getting overwhelmed.

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Also, remember why you’re doing this! Everyone wants a perfect wedding but inevitably there will be hiccups along the way! It’s not the end of the world and your suppliers will do anything they can to help you out. The main thing is to enjoy every moment!

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Congratulations Rebecca & Steven!

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Fabulous Photographer: Lee Scullion

January 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve said it before, but I will be forever indebted to this man – the fabulous Lee Scullion – for calming and coaxing my very nervy husband-to-be away from the porcelain and out into the light on the morning of my own wedding when Lee was playing second shooter and sent to look after the boys.  I can’t think what Alan could have been nervous about (can you?)!  Luckily, there isn’t much a Mars bar and Lucozade can’t fix and he made it to the church on time, stopping for some gorgeous shots along the way. 

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Now, Lee’s back on the pages of the wedding blog in his official capacity as a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, as we learn more about the man behind the lens (and Lucozade).  Over to Lee…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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Although I began taking photographs from the age of 14/15 photography for me really started when I was at college, I would always organize, arrange, make & design small budget fashion shoots, fascinated with fashion and beauty.  As soon as I got my diploma I fell into work with a portraiture company which then lead me to work for a bigger photographic UK house resulting in my expedition right now.  A little round the world trip working with some fascinating people and events and I am now in my seventh year as a professional photographer.

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I love men and woman who are very aware of who they are, its great to photograph brides with that quality. However, you will find there are some folk who feel uneasy about it all and it is very challenging and rewarding to photograph someone who is very shy at first and become at ease with you and their surroundings.  You bring that out in them!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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People for sure, but I have to say the whole design of a wedding: the dress, the shoes, the jewellery.  I am always very interested in the styling of each wedding. I love to advise or give ideas of my own, after all we see more wedding shoes than anyone else! Sometimes you have to go for style over comfort… but you really don’t have to.  If your dress hits the floor and you don’t want expensive weddings shoes or they hurt too much… go out and by some Vivienne Westwood jelly heels for example, comfortable but very quirky.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I really don’t think I’ve thought about that until right now.  I guess being very relaxed myself and always fun and happy helps, being silly and a little crazy helps too.

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

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The best advice I could give a nervous or self aware bride would be to try it out first!  That’s why us photography folks push pre-wedding shoots.  Enjoy different styles together with the photographer, make sure you see your pictures together, listen to advice from your partner and don’t pick apart everything about yourself.  Your wedding is all about enjoyment – if you ate relaxed and enjoying yourself with others, the photographs will reflect that.

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

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I would always stay very natural with your skin tones, if you don’t wear make up all the time, stay clear of wild bold colours. Then again, I work with some excellent make up artists from Bobbie Brown to Illamasqua so I would leave that question up to the pros.

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

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As long as its you doing you it will work, personally I would stay clear of props unless you are having a related theme.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I would adore the chance to work with Lara Stone or Natasha Poly.  Pharell Williams would be a big box ticked too!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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Every single one of them, young and old, they are all stylish and beautiful.  I never forget my weddings.
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I am not married! A little rule I have now is every time someone asks me that question, it gets delayed a month…

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I am great believer in tailoring your technique to each wedding.  Every wedding is different so stay stylish but don’t repeat what you do all the time.  I like to think I always stay fresh. I also travel internationally and work with some fantastic people overseas, so do not be afraid to inquire if you are getting married in Ibiza, Croatia or Mars.

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

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Me and no one else.

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I like to consider myself a professional, so I am loud, fun and fast but also quiet, slow and steady when needed. Timing is essential on your wedding day, your photographer has to co-ordinate it at a professional level.

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What is included in your "package"?

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Again similar to what sets me apart, tailoring to each couple’s needs is key.  I truly believe you have to accommodate what your soon to be close friends really want out of their wedding photographs.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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My time coverage begins at £799 upwards, I work only with the best products out there.

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

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Be sure to visit my website – www.leescullion.com

Feel free to email – info@leescullion.com

Call anytime – +44(0)7756 117 313

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You can ask as many questions and spend as much time on the phone or in our meeting as you desire, I am a people person and this is my business, my hobby, my project and my lifestyle.

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Ebony & Ivory: A Real Wedding In The North East – Laura & Matthew

December 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The wonderful Lee Scullion Photography was once part of the photographic team who shot my own real wedding.  I will be forever grateful to him for furnishing my husband to be with Lucozade and Mars bars to make sure that he made it to the altar without throwing up or passing out (come on Alan, man up!) and also managed to get some amazing shots in the process.

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This afternoon, his talent’s are evident once again as he shoots the breath taking Real Wedding of North East couple Laura & Matthew. 

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Laura says:  We got engaged on19th January 2012 at a gorgeous little place that Matthew took me to for our first valentines date together. We like to keep the location of our special place a secret as it’s a really quiet, unspoilt place that is almost like a little heaven for the two of us. It was a total surprise (even though I had been pestering Matt to pop the question for about 5 years)!

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We got married on 9th August 2012.  We didn’t want a long engagement and with me and a lot of our family and friends being teachers it had to be in the school holidays. I really wanted a summer wedding and i just couldn’t wait until summer 2013! We booked our venue- Lumley Castle in Durham – just three months before the wedding date! Planning the whole thing in three months was great fun!

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As soon as we walked into Lumley Castle we knew it was where we wanted to get married. We had looked at lots of other beautiful venues but this place just took our breath away as soon as we saw it. We loved how grand and over the top it was. It was quirky and yet fairy tale at the same time. The rooms all had their own personalities and we loved that we could have a different room for each part of the day- Ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. We wanted our wedding to be an event and not just one day so the fact the Castle was a hotel too was a real bonus so that we could have all our family and friends in one place.

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As with the Castle our theme was quirky fairy tale! We had all the ingredients needed for a traditional fairy tale wedding but with a little twist.  Our colour scheme was Ivory and black  (Matthew is a devoted Newcastle United fan!) and I liked how classic the colours looked together.

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My dress was an absolutely beautiful Benjamin Roberts creation. The moment I put it on I knew it was the one. It was tight fitting and very simple at the front with just a little detailing on the bust. But when i turned around the dress had the most amazing ruffled train that i have ever seen. I just loved it! I bought my dress from Elizabeth of York.

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My beautiful hair piece and bandeau veil was made from www.lilybella.co.uk and my jewellery was from the Alan Hannah Devoted collection.

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My two little bridesmaids wore a gorgeous Ivory gown from the Jenny Packham NO1 collection which had lots of ruffles to match my dress perfectly. My daughter was my youngest bridesmaid and we really struggled to find a dress small enough to fit her so we had hers altered. My maid of honour (my sister) wore a black gown from Coast which we had altered to create a fishtail bottom.

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Matthew and his groomsmen wore grey three piece suits with black neck ties which were from a boutique in York. And my little page boy (my nephew) wore a similar three piece suit from a children’s boutique in Sheffield.

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I carried a hand tied ivory bouquet with hydrangea, Norma Jean roses, ivory peony roses and a gypsophila collar with pearls scattered throughout which was tied off with ivory satin ribbon. My Bridesmaids carried all gypsophila hand tied bouquets with black satin ribbon. Our florist – Claire De Lune – was great!  She created everything I dreamed of and made my vision of a really original ring cushion made from moss come to life!

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There were so many special moments during the whole day but i think the best for me was the moment I walked down the aisle and saw Matthew. I had the most amazing feeling of nerves and excitement and just felt overwhelmingly happy.

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We wanted our wedding to be really personal to us so we added lots of extra touches.  I created my very own sweetie table and photo booth for the wedding reception, making and buying all the little jars, props and things we needed. My mum and I made hundreds of paper pom poms to hang in the dungeon room for the evening reception. I made our own table confetti by cutting heart shaped pieces out of old romance novels.

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For our favours we wanted to do something really personal to us so we donated money to the MS Society on behalf of our guests and had little cards made that we attached a pin badge to for every guest. The charity is something really close to our hearts so that was a really special touch for us.

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I had the whole family saving their used glass jars for us and we used these to scatter tealights all over the venue. We tied black string around the jars and filled them with black sand and it created a real magical effect within the Castle and outside on the terraces.

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Our photographer was Lee Scullion. Lee was so fantastic on the day and our images are just perfect. We really couldn’t have asked for anymore from him. The photos were so important to us and I literally cried like a baby the first time we saw them!

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Our wedding dvd was by Fullmotion. Again we can’t thank Joe enough, we hardly knew he was there on the day!

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Our cake (by HQ Cakes) was three tier with the bottom two tiers being lemon sponge and the top tier chocolate. The cake was decorated with white chocolate cigarillos and ivory dusted rose’s finished off with black satin ribbon. It not only looked but tasted amazing.

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For entertainment we chose to go with a DJ. As I’m a dance teacher it was really important to me that everyone was up dancing all night and we had a great time.

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I also spent ages creating a slide show which we showed to our guests after the speeches. It was done like a fairy tale story with lots of embarrassing pictures of Matt and I growing up and photos of our bridal party and families. It didn’t go exactly to plan on the day as the music wouldn’t work to go with it and a voice mail message actually came on half way through it! But it was still a great part of the day and I’m glad I took the time to put it together to say thank you to our families.

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During the evening reception we invited our guests to set off Chinese lanterns from Night Sky Lanterns. We handed pens round and everyone wrote special messages on them for the two of us. Our guests set white lanterns off while Matt and I set off a red love heart lantern.

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We went to a beautiful beach front hotel in Pathos for our honeymoon. We took our little girl Sofia with us as I just couldn’t bear to leave her for so long. A month later Just the two of us went on a short break to Rome which was really romantic.

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I think my main tip for other Brides Up North would be not to get stressed about the little details in the run up to the big day. I found myself having many a sleepless night about silly things like whether or not I should pay extra to have ivory table linens instead of white as our theme was ivory and black and not white and black! I honestly think that on the day I wouldn’t have cared if the table linens were purple! Everyone is there to celebrate two people getting married they are not bother about the tiny details! You really have to just relax and enjoy the day as its over so quickly!

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Congratulations Laura & Matt!

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