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monochrome magic. justin alexander for an outdoor wedding at horton grange – katie & michael

May 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Monochrome Wedding at Horton Grange (c) Helen Russell Photography (25)

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.

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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.

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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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ready for your close up? stan seaton photography talks pre-wedding shoots

April 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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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.

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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.

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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.

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wrapped in lace. a pretty pink wedding at jesmond dene house – lucy and david

December 16th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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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.

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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!

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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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magical mint. mori lee for a wedding in the tree tops at the alnwick garden – wendy & david

November 12th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Magical Mint Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Paul Liddement Wedding Stories (60)

This morning’s real wedding couple decided to make to plan a wedding that was pretty and personal rather than shaping it around one set theme.

The result is a very natural and romantic big day that’s brimming with beautiful elements; from the fairy tale style venue to the gorgeous blooms and delicate decor, this one has it all!

With images by Brides Up North favourite, Paul Liddement Wedding Stories.

A Magical Mint Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Paul Liddement Wedding Stories (43)

wendy says: We got engaged on the banks of Loch Lomond in February 2013. I’m from Helensburgh, near Loch Lomond and I love boats so Dave arranged for us to go on a boat tour for my birthday. After a beautiful, if slightly chilly, trip around the loch and a whisky to calm the nerves, Dave got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

A Magical Mint Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Paul Liddement Wedding Stories (57)

Our wedding date was Saturday 6th June 2015. As we were getting married outside we wanted to choose date where we might have slightly less chance of getting rain.

We got married and had our reception at The Treehouse in Alnwick Gardens. We looked at a number of venues in and around my hometown and felt they were far too formal. I then started looking online for unusual wedding venues and came across the Treehouse. As soon as we walked up its walkway we knew we had found the right place; it’s so naturally beautiful, the perfect size and adorned with fairy lights!

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a personal approach: paul liddement wedding stories

October 28th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Paul of Paul Liddement Wedding Stories.

As the name of his business suggests, Paul is very much about getting to know his clients and telling their individual love stories through his images on their big day.

Looking at his work it’s clear to see that Paul’s personable approach pays off as couples relax in front of the lens and their genuine feelings for each other shine through. What’s more, Mr Liddement is also a master at capturing guests’ emotions and all the little details that bring the whole story together.

Now let’s hear from the main man himself about his work (and passion)…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

paul says: I have a teaching background as a professionally qualified teacher, I taught media studies to 13 to18-year-olds as well photography classes. Having this background is essential to my work as I have to understand individuals’ needs and direct large groups of people.

I began dabbling in the dark room in 1998, and in 2006 I shot my first wedding. My professional company was set up in 2012 due to demand. One thing for sure about this game is, you can’t teach – art and creative styles is what sets photographers apart.

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Why did you want to do wedding photography specifically? 

I think it ticks a lot of boxes for me. I get to meet great people, travel the world, see fantastic venues and be amongst the loved up. Seeing two people’s connection come together in the setting of their choice is fascinating to me, the way they harmonise themselves and can be best of themselves at that moment in time is priceless.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

My favourite thing about my work is that I have a lot of creative freedom, so I can create people’s wedding stories the way they want them to be told and the way that I see them.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

The best way to keep a couple relaxed is to a. keep your eye on all of the events and understand people’s needs and the structure of the day. b. be everybody’s best friend. Think like a person of action, act like a person of thought. Telling a wedding story requires a very personal approach.

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

All brides are beautiful, which is why they are getting married. Understanding a bride’s feelings, their little traits, their little smiles and their little quirks should be the aim of the photography. Everyone takes a naturally good picture if you understand them.

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

I think enough to complement a skin texture to keep it looking soft, as well as keeping a little vibrancy to catch the eye, but not too much.

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

Your wedding is about looking your best because not only is it the best day of your life, but it is the day you will always reflect and admire the most. Dress so you have some physical flexibility on the day and so you look comfortable in your images.

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

My style is classy, creative and fun, so it is a perfect fit for a creative celebrity wedding, such as an actor, comedian or singer. I couldn’t put my finger on who because I’m too diverse.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I will always have a special place in my heart for my New York wedding. I had never been there before and we covered so much stuff together with the couple, the fact that I was taking pictures was kind of bonus. We toured the charm of Central Park’s many locations and vibrant entertainers and flew over Manhattan via helicopter and sailed by the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge by night which was breathtakingly romantic. We finished the wedding with a quirky, drunken trip to Times Square for some great fun with the tourists. An unforgettable experience.

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Tell us about your wedding day?

My day was very traditional and for the first time I understood what it was like being the one getting married and afterwards I was able to reflect on what my requirements were. This was instrumental to my ‘wedding stories’ approach of my own business as I look at each wedding as if I’m in the clients’ shoes.

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Any funny stories to share?

Plenty, but I have a non-disclosure policy (smiley face).

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I don’t really see myself as having any competition and that’s not in an arrogant sense, as there are some remarkable craftspeople out there. But people are coming to me for my work and my approach to their day, which comes back to what I describe as art. I see myself as an artist and what sets me apart is that my clients have picked me because they love what I do.

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

I’d say 40% storytelling, 20% friendship, 20% creativity and 20% documenting.

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What is included in your ‘package’? 

My work is very individual, so choosing me for your wedding isn’t simply about packages, it’s about hiring an artist. I tend to cover whole days only though.

Can you give us an idea on price?

My pricing is very reasonable, I currently charge £1325 for a full day and I am mostly fully booked for 2016.  My work is tailor made and I am one of your guests for the day.

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

Via my global website:

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Girl’s World. Supplier Showcase: Abbie Sizer Photography

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Abbie Sizer Photography

Happy Friday Brides Up North!  Enjoy that hey-it’s-Friday-the-inbox-can-wait cuppa you’ve got there and take some time out to catch up here on these pages.  It’s been an action packed week with lots of exhibitor introductions to make planning your big day that little bit easier, but this weekend the goings on doesn’t stop there. 

We’re gearing up to open our season with a very big and very beautiful Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014, 12pm till 4pm, Free Entry, and can’t wait to see you there.  This is going to be good.  We’ve professional catwalks, 60 + luxury exhibitors and two (huge) hotel suites filled with wedding inspiration and we’re raring to go!  

One lady who will be joining us on Sunday is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Abbie of Abbie Sizer Photography, so whilst I finish stuffing 250 VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags, I thought I’d let her say hello here first!  I’ll leave you with Abbie and see you on Sunday!

Abbie Sizer Photography

Hello Abbie, would you like to introduce yourself? 

Hi, I’m Abbie and I’m a professional freelance wedding photographer. I have had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember but it was at the age of 17 whilst at college that I began to study photography at a professional level. I finished Cleveland college of Art and Design with two A Levels in photography and a BTEC National Diploma in media moving image. I then studied photography at Honours degree level and graduated from University in 2010. Since then I have worked alongside numerous wedding and family portraiture photography companies and established Abbie Sizer Photography in early 2011.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love wedding photography. I love the romance, the individual creativity and the magic of each couple’s special day. Weddings allow me to be creative and to try new techniques and ideas. No wedding is the ever the same therefore my job is forever changing, challenging and exciting.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I get ‘front row seats’ to lots of lovely weddings! In particular I like the wedding morning. Most brides invite me to spend the morning photographing the bridal preparations; I get to see the nervousness, the last minute preparations and the build up of the excitement.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

My wedding day photography package includes a pre-wedding photo-shoot. This can be an engagement shoot, a family photo-shoot or even a pet photo-shoot! I use this as an opportunity to get to know the couple, find out their likes and dislikes, what style of photographs they like and how they prefer to work. The most important thing and the main aim of the pre-wedding photo-shoot is for the couple to feel comfortable in front of myself and the camera.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Last year I photographed a wedding which took place in a marquee on a family farm on the North Yorkshire Moors. The wedding was simple and perfect. Everything was lovingly handmade, even the bunting that ran the full length of the huge marquee. The happy couple had provided their guests with wellies ready for the outside dancing under the fairy lights and stars. The evening showcased a live local band and the whole day felt magical.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I like to spend time getting to know you before your big day. We head out on a separate engagement photo-shoot session, we work together on your ‘essential photo-list’ and we discuss photography likes and dislikes.

Each part of your wedding day is as important as the other, from bridal preparations into the evening celebrations, I will start when you want me start and finish when you want me to finish.

I bring a female photographer’s perspective to your day. You can guarantee that I will not miss those diamond earrings or your Jimmy Choos. I will photograph the extra lace detailing on your bouquet and your something borrowed and blue.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

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

Couples who book with me can expect quality, attention to detail, reliability and a happy, memorable, wedding day photography experience.

What is included in your "package"?

Here at Abbie Sizer Photography we have just one wedding day photography package. This package includes all the ins and outs and there are absolutely no hidden extras.

· On your wedding day I will arrive when you ask me to arrive and finish when you ask me to finish, whether that be joining you early morning for those very first preparations or staying into the evening until your first dance.

· Two fully qualified photographers to capture your wedding day from all angles. Photographing all those special moments and those natural, off camera, so easily missed moments.

· A pre-wedding consultation where we can get to know each other, discuss ideas and put together your ‘essentials photo list’.

· A bonus engagement photo-shoot. A brilliant idea for discovering how each other works, your preferred style of photography and to have you feeling at ease in front of me and the camera.

· Full professional processing work on all of your images with a mixture of colour, black & white and sepia imagery.

· Every image will be then presented to you on copyright free, presonalised DVD’s inside beautifully handcrafted presentation cases.

· You will be able to print from your disc at your leisure and use on the Internet without watermarks.

· New in 2014 your very own ‘Bellissimo Lifestyle’ wedding album.

Can you give us an idea on price?

Our full day wedding photography package is priced at £990.

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

If you’re interested and would like to arrange a no obligation meeting then get in touch at or call 07896 816 634.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Anything else we should know?

I work closely with Strike A Pose Wedding Videography. Although a photograph speaks a thousand words, there are some moments of your wedding day that even a photograph can’t capture as well as a video.

Your vows are a moment that you will want to relive, as are your speeches and maybe even your first dance! Strike A Pose Wedding Videography are a team of videographers that creative beautiful wedding day movies for bride and grooms. They’re unobtrusive in their filming and they have a talent for helping guests feel at ease in front of the camera. Their wedding movies typically last around 30 minutes, are edited to the couples’ very own soundtrack and portray all the emotions, excitement and laughter of the wedding day perfectly.

Abbie Sizer Photography and Strike A Pose Wedding Videography offer a combined photography and movie package so that you can have the best of both worlds.  They will be exhibiting together at The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014.  Click here to reserve your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag. 


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