March 6th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding saw Jess and Rob pull off the mean feat of a Valentine’s Day wedding without the cheese. Instead of succumbing to Love Hearts and an all-out pink colour scheme, the bride opted for a tea-length polka-dot dress and timeless, elegant shades of silvery blue and dove grey.
Ready for a chic urban wedding that shines with love? We are.
With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Weddings.
jess says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2015 after around eight years together. I didn’t think it was going to happen as Rob had given me all my gifts in the morning and he waited until midnight to propose. It happened at home, which was lovely as I didn’t really want a big fuss.
Our wedding date was 14th February 2016 – Valentine’s Day! We didn’t really choose the date as such; it needed to be in half term as I’m a teacher, and we preferred a Sunday. So it just happened to be Valentine’s Day!
We got married at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester city centre. Rob and I knew we wanted something different and quite urban, so I decided to go along to the wedding open evening. I never imagined that we could afford such a beautiful venue but the packages that they offer there are very good value for money.
The venue itself is just stunning! We got married up on the rooftop, which is gorgeous. It’s such a modern and elegant hotel, it really suited us perfectly.
There was no set theme for the wedding but we constantly reminded ourselves that this was our day. It’s very easy to get caught up in what other people want but we tried to make our decisions for us. Also, we wanted a less traditional day so we tried to make our choices as unique and individual as possible.
Although it was Valentine’s Day, we wanted to avoid the obvious reds and pinks so we decided on greys and blues. I didn’t want everything to match perfectly so I just picked any variation of blue or grey that I liked. We also wanted hints of blue to incorporate our love of our football team – Leicester City!
My wedding dress also followed the ‘non-traditional’ direction we were taking; I always knew I didn’t want a full-length dress. A shorter dress always felt more ‘me’ and I wanted to feel like myself. My beautiful dress was made to measure by a wonderful shop in Nottingham called Frock. Esther who runs the shop was amazing throughout the whole process and the dress was nothing less than perfect. For any bride wanting a tea length dress, Frock is a must!
November 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
This afternoon on the blog we’re delighted to be catching up with one of our fabulous Sponsors, Mark Newton Wedding Photography.
Based in Yorkshire, Mark is super passionate about capturing weddings in a natural and relaxed manner, whilst making sure the bride and groom thorough enjoy their big day without being swept away from the action.
So, if you’re looking a contemporary fine art wedding photographer who takes images in a story telling, documentary style to create memories that will last forever – this is your guy!
Furthermore, as a special Christmas present, Mark is offering Brides Up North readers who are tying the knot in 2017, £100 off his standard package. Just mention “BUN16” when getting in touch. As it’s a Christmas deal bookings must be made before 31st December 2016, so don’t delay!
We’ll now hand over the blog to the main man himself to tell us more about is photography style and what it is about weddings that’s got him hooked…
Tell us a little about your background and how long you have been in wedding photography for?
mark says: My background is in music and editorial photography; I’ve been shooting portrait and documentary photography for quite a while. My first wedding was for a couple who’s band I had shot a range of promotional images for, and they really wanted someone who was coming with a more modern approach so asked me if I was interested, I jumped at the chance and have never looked back!
What initially attracted you to wedding photography?
After shooting my first wedding I was hooked. Every wedding day is so different and reflects each couple, it’s great being able to document such a special day. The fact that no two weddings are the same keeps me telling the story of each couple, capturing what makes their day unique.
And what is it about your job that you love?
I love being able to capture and create memories that will last a lifetime. I want the pictures to remind couples how they felt on the wedding day. It’s wonderful being able to meet so many people and have such an important role in their wedding.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
My style is natural and relaxed, for me it’s about capturing the day as it happens. I keep my eyes open for the fun and emotional moments that happen unexpectedly as well as recording the main elements. My way of working lets the couples enjoy their day while still getting the all important portraits.
What do your clients love about your approach, service and images?
The feedback from the couples is great, everyone really likes the relaxed approach and often comments on how many of their favourite pictures they don’t even remember being taken. Everyone loves not only having the feelings brought back in images they remember but also seeing things that they missed on the day as well.
What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples and how do you help them to relax in front of the lens?
The best piece of advice is to not worry about the camera, on the wedding day you’ll be having so much fun, and enjoying the day you won’t even notice most of the pictures being taken. As part of my package I include an engagement shoot, which is a good way of getting used to being in front of the camera. It’s a little scary at first but five minutes into the shoot you’ll see how easy it is. There’s no stuffy posing, we’ll just wander, chat and shoot some pictures of you both looking ace!
You have just launched a new website, can you tell us a little about it?
I’ve worked on my new website to ensure that the images are showcased. I wanted to make sure that I show my style of photography so couples can easily get an idea of how I approach a wedding. It’s also been a big part to make sure that it works well on tablets and mobile devices so that it’s easy to have a good look wherever you are.
Your website shows that you have captured a diverse range of weddings but are there any in particular that stand out to you?
I’m a big fan of shooting at different locations, and so many stand out for me. I’ve recently blogged Hannah and Dave’s wedding, which was a really good fun day to photograph. They wanted the day to be super relaxed and loads of fun so they went for an outdoor ceremony, and included plenty of traditions, such as jumping the broom, and tying the knot. The reception was in a walled garden with tipis, and a big fun-filled celebration, with plenty of games for people to play, and a massive bonfire that was lit between the band’s set. The day was just as they wanted with everyone getting involved and enjoying themselves with new and old friends.
July 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Sarah and Jiten’s wedding day was a fusion of beliefs and influences, set in the glorious surrounds of Harewood House in Yorkshire. Their day of two halves was bright, beautiful and full of love. We like their style.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Mark Newton.
sarahsays: Jiten booked out the whole of my favourite restaurant only for me to think that it was just a “Quiet” Tuesday night in Leeds! We had a lovely meal and then after exchanging Christmas presents, Jiten presented the engagement ring as the final gift… I said yes!
We were married on 19th July 2014. We chose this date as it was the most convenient time in our busy schedules as doctors and also matched in the Hindu calendar as being a “lucky day” to get married.
We tied the knot at Harewood House, West Yorkshire. We chose to get married here as we needed a venue big enough to cater for approximately 400 guests, and the parkland is so beautiful. Its location, near to our home made the planning of our wedding easier.
We had a civil ceremony in the morning, followed by a Hindu wedding in the afternoon.
We chose a shabby chic style for the civil ceremony and a full Hindu experience for the afternoon. The themes suited our upbringing, personality and beliefs
The Hindu wedding and civil ceremonies featured lots of red colours, which is in keeping with good wishes and good luck in Hindu beliefs.
I chose a white dress in the morning civil service followed by a fabulous saree for the Hindu part. I carried a bouquet of wild flowers from Daisy Chain in Roundhay.
Jiten bought a Hindu formal male wedding dress from India. It is called a Kurtha and was custom made for him in India. For the civil ceremony he had tails with a cravat.
The groomsmen wore Kurthas all bought from India, and suits for the Civil ceremony. My bridesmaids wore custom made dresses followed by Indian dresses bought in Birmingham.
Our photographer was Mark Newton. He was a legend! Very polite, unobtrusive, well read on Hindu ceremonies and made us feel very, very, very relaxed. We can highly recommend him.
The favours were all hand painted sherry glasses that we made ourselves, and our Star Wars themed cake was made by a friend of ours from Birmingham.
We had a local DJ from Bradford (Soul Asia Roadshow) who kept everyone entertained and played dancing games with all the guests.
We had a slideshow with embarrassing childhood photos of the two of us and the rest of our family. We also had some special surprise dances from our family members.
Our favourite part of the day was dancing with all our family and friends at the end of the evening. Mark Newton’s photography really captured how much fun we all had during the day and we cannot thank him enough.
For our honeymoon, we went to Lake Como for a week and then travelled around northern Italy for the second week. Lots of pizza, ice cream, prosecco, nice people and great scenery.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get planning early and enjoy the whole process with your other half. Having an online Excel document to allow both of you to make changes and refer to regularly saved our bacon on many an occasion.
July 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding makes me yearn for fresher air, falling leaves and azure autumn skies. Fickle, I know.
Sarah & Adam chose a cosy pub setting and rustic, vintage style details for their snug celebration in the Lakes. Make mine a pint of Blond Witch please!
sarah says: We got engaged in New York – at the top of the Empire State building at night. It was freezing & Adam had to keep waiting for a quiet moment – which you don’t really get in December in New York! It was very special & we went out for an amazing meal that night to celebrate & watched the Christmas lights at Saks department store.
We were married on 16th November 2013 at The Wild Boar in the Lake District. We fell in love with the place the moment we stepped through the door – it has wood beams & open fires & was just the perfect cosy, vintage venue we wanted. It was also really important to us that all of our closest family & friends could stay at the venue & so it was just the best option for us. The grounds meant we had some amazing wedding photos that really captured the time of year in the Lakes.
We used a colour palette of golds, silvers and creams. I got vintage tea cups from charity shops to use on the tables & we used a lot of tea lights & more rustic flowers rather than stylised centre pieces.
We used Mark Newton Weddings for our photographs. Mark was recommended by a friend & we are delighted with the results. I would & have recommended Mark as he was so good on the day & worked so hard – we also had photo booth by Mark which was really good fun & we got some really great photos from this.
Mark also came up on Friday & spent the day taking photos of Adam & the ushers & dads doing clay pigeon shooting – we are really pleased that we did this as we have the whole weekend captured. It was very important for us to have a photographer that made everyone feel comfortable. Everyone loved Mark & he got some great pictures as a result.
Our day was filmed by Tiago & Sandra from All ByVideo who were amazing and worked really hard all day creating a 1.15 wedding film for us that we love.
My dress was from Bridal Apparel in Rawdon Leeds – I chose it because I loved the lace back & it wasn’t too big for the venue & for dancing later.
My mother in law made me a vintage brooch bouquet made up of jewellery from my Grandmas who have passed away.
I had five adult bridesmaids & they had two different dresses – three wore gold/cream dresses from French Connection & we added netting & belts . The other two wore silver from Phase 8. I also had three young bridesmaids from 3- 7 and they all wore silver sparkly dresses from Monsoon.
Adam wore a tweed suit from Next, altered to fit him perfectly. It really suited the time of year.
We used Flower Design based in Blackpool for the venue flowers & they were amazing. We used lots of gypsophila & apples & moss from the fields next to the venue to decorate as we wanted a very natural look.
My brother is a baker & he made a cake & cupcakes with snowflakes on them. We used a wood stand for the cake with some silver pine cones to decorate it.
Food is very important to us & so that was big factor in our choice of venue. The food at the Wild Boar is amazing –we were able to give our guests a three course meal with three choices for each course – ranging from a deli board for starter, Steak for main & White Chocolate Cheesecake for pudding. We bought our own wine from the supermarket to save a bit of cash & then just paid corkage!
For our honeymoon, we went to San Francisco, Hawaii & then Washington. We would go back to San Fran in the summer as it rained a lot when we were there but it was still amazing & we went to Alcatraz & did the Golden Gate Bridge on bikes in the torrential rain. We went to the Big Island in Hawaii & really relaxed – the food & beaches were stunning. To break up the trip back home we went to Washington to see all the sights.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the whole process of planning & make sure you don’t compromise on the important things such as your photographer & videographer as they will help to create the lasting memories of the day for you.
December 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
One of the things I adore about curating these pretty pages is the opportunity to introduce you lovely lot to people like this man: Mark Newton Weddings. Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mark can capture your big day beautifully, and he’s got an early Christmas pressie up his sleeve for you lucky things too.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I started out as a music and portrait photographer. Shooting gigs, and band promo portraits, I originally trained as a Graphic Designer getting a degree which was heavily photography focused. This has led to my style of photography having a very strong graphic feel. Picking up some details that might normally get missed, and through the experience gained shooting gigs using low and available light to capture moments as they happen naturally. I think that this has helped me to become a very relaxed wedding photographer, and happy to work well in a range of different venues. Helping the day run smoothly without getting in the way.
Why wedding photography specifically?
After shooting my first wedding I was hooked. It’s a long hard day, but great fun, seeing all the hard work and effort that’s been put into the planning all coming together friends and family catching up and generally having a wonderful day. There’s nothing better than photographing excited and happy people.
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
The best thing about being a wedding photographer is sharing the photos after the day and hearing how happy the couples are. (Especially if they lead to tears of joy).
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
On the wedding day I try to keep everything as relaxed as possible, covering what happens naturally on the day. I aim to be their as an extra friend for the day.
Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?
The best thing I can say is try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Every bride looks wonderful in her own way. You want photos that capture you both as a couple. Enjoy yourself and don’t think about having the pictures taken at all. That’s why I’m there.
Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?
I love shooting weddings where the bride and groom’s characters and personalities come through. Trevor and Linda-Mary’s wedding earlier this year in Manchester Northern Quarter was lovely bringing together loads of little details that summed them up. A english/swedish mix up bringing together elements from each of their home countries as well as plenty of personal details. Linda-Mary even brought her leather jacket along for a few photos. Being at the NQ2220 gallery Trevor and his friends all DJ’ed between them and the evening was a great party with all the closest friends and family dancing away right into the early hours.
Are you married?
Me and my Fiancée are getting married in the new year at the wonderful Victoria Baths in Manchester. It’s a totally unique venue and we’ve got full control of what we want to do which is exciting. We’re going for quite a vintage feel to tie in with the venue, we can’t wait to share our day with all our friends and family.
Any funny stories to share?
Plenty, but a good photographer doesn’t kiss and tell!
What is included in your "package"?
With my package I keep things as simple as possible. I offer a single package which allows couples a full days coverage. This normally runs from Bridal/groom preparations in the morning right through to the evening celebrations, and covers everything in-between. After the wedding I edit all the images and supply them to the Bride & Groom to keep forever, along with offering a wide range of beautiful Luxury Albums and high quality prints. Extras include the popular pop up photo booth which is a great way of getting shots of all the evening guests. The cost of this is £1300.
Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?
As a special Christmas (almost) treat, I’m currently offering a special 10% discount to Brides Up North readers that confirm a booking before the 16th January 2014.
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?
To see more examples of my work head on over to my website at www.marknewtonweddings.co.uk where I’ve got examples of previous weddings I’ve covered along with a few other projects I’ve worked on. It facebook and twitter are more your find I can be found over at facebook.com/marknewtonweddings and @marknewtonphotos
Mark Newton Weddings is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and this is a sponsored post
November 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Time for a Tuesday afternoon love in. After meeting online back in 2010, Brides Up North reader Lyndsay and her boyfriend Paul are tying the knot this Christmas. So, where better to celebrate their engagement than on the interwebs? With images by Mark Newton Weddings, lets hear their love story.
Lyndsay says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in the afternoon, 2012 in the Guy Fawkes Pub in York. It was a complete surprise – I had absolutely no idea! It was very wintry and cosy by candlelight. Paul had chosen the ring too so that made it even more special and meant a lot to me. York is a very special place to us, as we have spent many Sunday afternoons having drinks and nice meals.
We are getting married in December this year at Snaith Priory St Laurence Church, followed by a reception at Wentbridge House Hotel. We really wanted a winter wedding!
Paul and I met on match.com in February 2010. For our first date we met at a pub for a drink which funnily enough I now work in the same village a couple of years later! I very nearly didn’t go to meet Paul as I had been held up at work, so ended up meeting up a couple of hours later than had planned. I am so glad that I didn’t cancel!
Paul and I went to Whitby for the day a few weeks later after we met. This day really stands out in my mind and we are actually going there for a few days after the wedding. I knew that day that he was someone special and who I wanted to be with.
Paul is very caring, considerate and generally a big support to me. He knows me very well and understands me. We also love doing the same things together. We enjoy days out at the coast or country walks. Equally, we like nice restaurants and bars.
Paul says: I love that Lyndsay is very thoughtful and giving to others. We also both have the same things in common and the same values in life
I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Paul. He makes me really happy and we have a lot to look forward to! I would like us to be happy and healthy for a very long time.
We chose to have an engagement shoot as we wanted to get used to the camera. As it was a warm, hot, sunny day in June, we had drinks by the river afterwards and made a day of it! We spent some time having photos taken in York where we had got engaged. Our photographer found some really lovely places around the city that we never knew existed! We were very pleased with the photographs that were taken.
I love Brides Up North as it is great to read about other weddings and get inspiration for my own! We’ll be back soon to share our winter wedding photographs.
Congratulations Lyndsay & Paul!
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