December 7th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you’ve got your heart set on a photographer that can capture incredibly beautiful and natural images of your big day, then you’ll want to pay full attention to this morning’s post. For we’re introducing our new Sponsor Melissa Beattie Photography, to the blog.
Providing a mixture of fine art and documentary photography, North-East-based Melissa blends in seamlessly to the wedding proceedings, creating timeless images that tell the story of the day in an unobtrusive and professional manner.
Available for both UK and destination weddings, there are no boundaries for this talented lady! So, let’s hand over the blog to Melissa to tell us more about her photography passion whilst showcasing some of her dreamy images.
Tell us a little about your background and how long you have been photographing weddings for?
melissa says: Whilst I have had a love of photography for as long as I can remember, I have only been doing it professionally for around four years, and photographing weddings for three of those. I started my professional career whilst living in Dubai, which was brilliant but a totally different kettle of fish to the UK. We moved back to the UK early last year and it has been the most amazing experience so far. I love that every wedding I have had has been different and exciting in some way and I have been given the opportunity to work at some dream venues already.
What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?
This might sound a bit cliché, but I love everything about weddings and photography is my passion; I couldn’t think of a more perfect job for me.
And what is it about your job that you love?
I love that I get to witness and share in one of people’s happiest moments. Everyone is happy at a wedding and it is always a very uplifting place to be.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
My style of photography is a mixture of fine art and documentary. It has often been described as natural, honest, romantic and timeless. I love making real connections with my couples and bringing out their personalities in my portraits. I create images that tell the story of your day in the most relaxed, honest and unobtrusive way.
What is the feedback like from your clients?
Here are just a few of the lovely testimonials that I have received from my couples:
“I knew from the outset that I just had to have Melissa as my photographer. Melissa was just a dream to work with. She was friendly relaxed and helped us to stay calm and relaxed. Most of the time we didn’t even realise she was snapping away capturing all the previous moments. My final images blew me away! The edit of the photos capture all the love and laughter that was shared with us and every image is visually stunning – I felt like the images belonged in the pages of a bridal magazine” – Kathryn
“Melissa was the best photographer we could have hoped for. She is not only professional and incredibly talented, but she is also a wonderful person who was so friendly and personable from the word go. She really took the time to get to know us as a couple and what we were hoping for from her work. Not only did she take some incredibly beautiful shots, but she also captured so many little moments with family and friends. Her work tells a story and we’ll treasure our wedding album forever” – Clara
“Melissa has a talent that is hard to describe I’m not sure how she captured the moments so well, of course I’m extremely happy that she did. Our photographs are just amazing! When we look at them we feel very emotional. Sometimes after a photo shoot you might have one or two favourites, but we just wanted to frame all of them. Melissa is such a lovely person and someone who you would gladly share your special day with. The presentation box with all of the photos on a memory stick was beautiful” – Anna
What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples?
Around 90% of couples I meet say they are camera shy or not photogenic – if you are one of these couples then I can’t highlight how important it is that you connect with your photographer on more than a photographic level. You want to find someone who understands you and makes you feel relaxed and beautiful. It might also be worth considering a pre-wedding shoot. A pre-wedding shoot can be a great way to ease any nerves you have about being in front of the camera before your big day. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know your photographer better and understand how they shoot.
August 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’ve made it through to Friday once again, and to celebrate we’re sharing the beautiful north east wedding of Emma & Gareth.
Everything about this wedding says elegance, from Emma’s gorgeous satin dress with dainty detailing, through to the romantic blooms and timeless colour palette.
The stunning venue provides the perfect backdrop and we love that the bride and groom decided to hire it for a full weekend to stretch the celebrations across more than one day.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Paul Liddement Photography.
emma says: Gareth proposed during a surprise weekend away for my birthday in Croatia. We were staying in Hvar and rented a small boat to go out exploring all the small islands just off the coast. We’d found a secluded bay when we got out to have a swim and whilst we were in the water Gareth got done on one knee and popped the question.
We set the date for 28th May 2016. It was the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend. We had a lot of people travelling a long way so we wanted to make a weekend of the wedding.
We got married at Ellingham Hall. We were living down south at the time but we knew we wanted to get married in Northumberland as the north east was where we met. Ellingham Hall is such a beautiful place and when we looked round, every room we looked at got us excited. Exclusive use was really important to us and the fact we could hire Ellingham for the whole weekend and could have people stay in the cottages surrounding the hall as well as the house swung it for us. The staff were so flexible with our arrangements and we hired Ellingham Hall and all the surrounding cottages from the Friday to Monday so we could have an extra barbecue and games day on the Sunday.
We didn’t really have a theme – I was going for classic elegance – I didn’t want to look back at our wedding in five years and think it looked really dated! The colour scheme was blues as it’s both of our favourite colour. I put my bridesmaid in navy and cornflower blue dresses and luckily this matched in quite well with the tartan that boys were wearing.
July 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Here at Brides Up north HQ we like to see things doing things differently, so when we heard about today’s couple’s ‘back-to-front’ wedding, we were intrigued to find out more.
With guests coming from near and far to celebrate their special day, bride and groom Colette and Peter, were keen for their guests to mix up, get to know each other and have fun. To assist, Colette and Peter planned a tea, scone and drinks reception, games, speeches and the meal all to take place before the ceremony – so come the main event and party that followed, all were totally at ease and well acquainted. Guys, we like your thinking – this could catch on!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Paul Liddement Photography.
colette says: We got engaged on my birthday, 20th September, in 2014. Peter took me for a lovely lunch at a beach resort hotel in Ystad Sweden. After some food and wine we went for a walk along the beach and next thing he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes immediately.
Our legal wedding date was 16th May 2015. We got married at City Hall in Sweden, where we both live, when I was heavily pregnant. Although we were technically married I didn’t want to give up my dream wedding and dress so we decided to have a proper wedding and party the following year. The exact date was already taken at the venue so we decided to have it a week before. Now we can have two wedding anniversaries to celebrate!
I’m from Billingham in Teesside and so we had our UK wedding in the North East at Newton Hall in Northumberland. We chose the venue because we felt it was a romantic yet quirky venue with its modern and traditional twists, which suited our personalities perfectly. As we had friends and family coming from Sweden, Denmark and the UK, the venue’s good transport links to nearby airports and great accommodation for our guests was also a plus point.
The theme of the wedding was chic, romantic and fairy-tale. I picked this theme because I wanted my wedding to be my idea of a perfect wedding. I wanted to feel like a princess so I wanted a big dress, pink and sparkles but wanted it to be romantic and chic also.
We did our wedding sort of back-to-front so we had guests arrive at 1pm for tea and scones, then at 2pm a cocktail reception with Pimms and popcorn, at 3pm we had the speeches and sit down meal, at 6pm I went to change into my second dress, at 7pm the ceremony took place outside and then at 8pm we had the evening party with a live band.
We thought a back-to-front wedding would be a good idea to mix the wedding up a bit as we were already married we wanted it to be fun and for our guests to be relaxed and in good spirits. Also many of our guests hadn’t met each other before due to being from different countries so having the games and the speeches and meal first enabled them to get to know each other.
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May 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime
As much as we love to see a colourful wedding, nothing quite says class like a simple black and white themed celebration, just like the one we are sharing with you on the blog today!
Bride Katie dreamt of a timeless wedding which led her to choose a monochrome palette with little pops of pastel added along the way as a nod to the summer season.
Tying the knot outdoors, Katie and Michael’s wedding is simple, elegant and sophisticated and provides lots of lovely inspiration for those of you planning open-air “I dos”.
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
katie says: Michael proposed at home just after we watched a romantic film. To me this was the best way of proposing because it was just us two in our new home, doing what we enjoy most.
Our wedding was on 26th July 2015 at Horton Grange in Northumberland. We chose this summer date because we wanted an outdoor ceremony and the venue appealed to us because we are a private couple and so the small intimate setting was just perfect. The venue’s band stand also provided the perfect option for our outdoor ceremony.
The theme for our wedding was a classic vintage look. I am very traditional and love old things. I also handmade most items for the wedding so that it was sentimental to us.
The colour scheme was black and white which we decided on because it makes a bold statement as well as being classically elegant and timeless. I added touches of grey and pastels to complement the black and white and just gave things a more summery feel when I felt it was necessary.
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April 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
From speaking to wedding couples day in day out we know the volume of brides and grooms that suffer pre-wedding photography nerves – and trust us, there’s a lot!
The case is often that individual doesn’t like having their photograph taken full stop, never mind during a ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion that will be looked back on for many years to come. As a solution to this common fear, many wedding photographers now offer couples the opportunity to have a pre-wedding shoot, providing a practise run in front of the camera, ready for the big day to come.
For those photo phobes out there what’s important to remember is that the guys capturing your wedding day are professionals – it’s not your mum or dad behind the camera with a shaky hand and bad lighting, these guys know all the tricks in the book to make you look and feel amazing on your big day, leading to both stunning and natural photos.
Two photographers who are big believers in the power of a pre-wedding shoot to calm any camera-shy couples’ nerves are Stan and Jane of Stan Seaton Photography. And so to find out exactly what’s involved and how couples can get the most out of such shoots, were putting our pre-wed questions to the pros…
With images by Stan Seaton Photography.
Can you explain what a pre-wedding shoot is?
jane says: A pre wedding shoot is an opportunity for us as photographers to meet with our brides and grooms prior to the wedding day and see how they interact together. At our first couple of meetings the discussion is usually geared towards nitty gritty things like pricing, albums and coverage, so it’s really lovely to get to know a couple as people (after all that is what we are going to see and capture on their wedding day).
Where and when do you advise couples to have their pre-wedding shoot?
We usually recommend that couples choose a location that is special and personal to them, often this is the place where they got engaged or somewhere that they like to go regularly. We have covered shoots in Paris, London, Oxford, as well as many local beauty spots such as Fountains Abbey and Seaham beach. Once we have decided on location we fix a date and time, usually six months prior to the wedding day.
There isn’t really such a place as the perfect location for a shoot, many contributing factors can make a good shoot, this could be good lighting/sunlight, a foggy day or fresh untouched snow and as the shoot date is usually arranged well in advance we really don’t know what we are going to get. However, we always say to couples that living in Britain the same could be said for their wedding day, so if we can get some great shots of them on a beach, on a blustery February day then their minds are at rest that we will get some amazing photos on their wedding day.
What about styling? What outfits should couples where and is this a good time for brides-to-be to have their hair and makeup trial?
We usually recommend that couples wear toning complimentary outfits, scarves and hats usually work well and wellies are good, if appropriate. All black isn’t good as this can have a tendency to look like two shadows in the pictures.
Some girls do choose to have hair and makeup done prior to the shoot and while there can be benefits of this, often it’s lovely to have a set of images which are of the bride and groom in their relaxed natural environment and not necessarily with full makeup and styled hair.
December 16th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s couple had made their minds up about one key element of their wedding before the proposal had even taken place – the venue. For David and Lucy fell head over heels for the gorgeous Jesmond Dene House from the very first time they visited.
With the setting taken care of, David and Lucy built in a pretty theme using burlap and lace along with touches of pink which featured in the bridesmaid dresses and beautiful blooms.
With images by most excellent Brides Up North Sponsor, Jamie Penfold Photography.
lucy says: David proposed at Jesmond Dene House in the middle of the restaurant (mid-meal) on the 2nd November 2013 after we’d gone, accidentally, to a wedding fare a couple months beforehand and fallen in love with the building. After that, David came up with a plan to propose, and as both of us are obsessed with great customer service, David wanted to go and stay there to make sure Jesmond Dene House was up to his standards! Luckily it was – and he proposed!
We booked the wedding for 15th of August 2015 at Jesmond Dene House. It holds a special place in our hearts as it was where David proposed and we both totally fell in love with its surroundings. We didn’t really have a set them as such but we did use a mixture of burlap and lace mixture throughout the wedding and chose a colour scheme of pinks with hints of green, silver and cream.
I decide on a strapless lace Pronovias gown which I bought from Mia Sposa Bridal Boutique in Newcastle Upon Tyne. As my something borrowed for the wedding, I had one of my best friend’s/bridesmaid’s lace veil – hopefully a tradition all of my friends will pass on.
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