February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.abbiesizerphotography.co.uk or call 07896 816 634.
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.
November 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime
I don’t know if it’s the fact that my husband got down on one knee there (pretty much in the spot exactly above, actually) or just the enduring and ceaseless romance of the city, but to me, there’s nowhere better to be in love than in Paris.
Brides Up North reader Becci clearly agrees, as it was there that she and future hubby Ian chose to celebrate their engagement, taking Brides Up North Featured Supplier Stan Seaton Photography along for the ride too.
Stan and Jane have worked closely with Becci in the past in her role as Senior Wedding Co-ordinator at the beautiful Rockliffe Hall – and have always wanted to photograph an engaged couple in Paris – so when Becci & Ian said they would love to have their engagement shoot there, they couldn’t resist.
Stan says: Paris certainly is the perfect romantic setting, it’s beauty strikes you at every turn, with it’s elegant but impressive architecture, iconic monuments and subtle combination of art, history and nature we were all blown away. A photographers dream! The weather as ever was a challenge and on our first day we had torrential rain and on the second day it was rather murky to say the least, but eventually the Eiffel Tower and the sun emerged through the fog, to create a dreamy and mystical backdrop, perfect!
Becci says: Ian proposed on Christmas Day 2011 at home, it was a complete surprise and he picked the perfect ring! We are getting married at Rockliffe Hall in March 2014.
We worked together at Fitness First after I’d left school, had been friends ever since, getting together eight years later. For our first date we met in Yarm for a few drinks and laughed the night away, complete and utter love at first sight even eight years later!
I love how we are the male and female equivalent of each other, we have the same sense of humour and never stop having fun!
Our biggest wish for married life is to start a family and live a long and happy life together – the best piece of advice we were given was "make sure you have fun every day!"
We chose to have an engagement shoot as I have worked with Stan and Jane over the years but really wanted Ian to get to know them as I wouldn’t have picked anyone else!
We loved every minute (excluding the flight home!) and have pictures up all over the house – we are even using one for guests to sign at the wedding.
I love Brides Up North because it has great features and is a lovely blog to read – it’s helped us to plan the perfect wedding! We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding with you soon…
Congratulations Becci & Ian!
September 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
Welcome to a new week folks! After a rare weekend off here at Brides Up North HQ – topped off by an X Factor and Downton Abbey marathon (hell yeah!) - I’m back and bursting to get going.
I’ve so much wedding pretty to share with you between now and our Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this weekend that I’m going to jump right in. We’re in the North East this morning, as we share in Claire and Chris’ utterly elegant celebration at the ever stunning Rockliffe Hall. Timeless, traditional and totally gorgeous.
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jamie Penfold Photography.
Claire says: We got engaged on Christmas morning 2011 – Chris surprised me with a ring as we opened Christmas presents in front of the tree. We had already been together over ten years but I still wasn’t expecting it!
We were married on 2nd August 2013 at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn followed by a reception at Rockliffe Hall Hotel.
It was the first place we visited as we had heard very good things about it, and we were blown away by the gorgeous venue! The staff were so helpful and friendly from our first meeting, and they couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish. We viewed a few other places after that, but we couldn’t get Rockliffe out of our heads, nowhere else compared for us! Becci and Colin made sure everything ran smoothly and we felt like we were in safe hands. The toastmaster, Robert Leeming was completely charming and really made the day extra special.
We didn’t have a theme; we just wanted the wedding to be quite traditional and classic, with a colour scheme of pale pinks and greys.
I chose a strapless fishtail dress embellished with crystals from I Do in Bill Quay. I also got my jewellery, hair band and veil from there. My bridesmaids Ashleigh and Samantha wore short pink Dessy dresses, also from I Do.
Our bouquets included pink roses, white freesias, white veronica and eucalyptus, made by Cinnamon Rose. They also supplied the centrepieces of candelabras and roses.
We travelled in a Bentley S2 from Fearon’s, we loved the classic shape and colour of the car.
Our videographer Steve Spowart from Gibside Video Service was brilliant.
Jamie Penfold was our photographer and he was fab. We couldn’t be happier with the photos from the day!
The invitations, orders of service and other stationery were designed by Noble Fine Art. Julia and Charlotte did a fantastic job and were so organised, which took a lot of stress out of it for me!
Gemma of Love Lily Cakes made our four tier cake, and it was delicious! We chose a bottom tier of carrot cake, followed by vanilla sponge, chocolate and fruit cake. She handcrafted flowers to imitate those in my bouquet and she did an amazing job.
Chris’ cousin Caroline made a slideshow of photos of us both, as babies, through our teenage years up to the present day. It was shown just before our first dance and it was a lovely surprise for us, however there were some extremely questionable photos included!
We went to Dance City and had a few lessons with a dance teacher, Sue, who choreographed a first dance routine for us. Although it didn’t go quite as planned on the night, as we didn’t have time to practise in the lead-up to the wedding, we had such a lot of fun doing it and our guests seemed to enjoy us looking silly too!
For our honeymoon we spent two weeks in El Dorado Casitas in Mexico and it was fabulous – we didn’t want to come home!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take it easy on the morning of the wedding. I’m so glad I got Elaine and Amy to come to my house. There was a really chilled atmosphere as there was no rushing around and we could just relax and be pampered in our PJs!
Congratulations Claire & Chris!
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August 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime
So readers, this is the man I chose to shoot my own wedding in 2010. From a professional wedding blogger, recommendations don’t come much higher than that. We cherish our beautiful album and are thrilled to call Brides Up North Featured Supplier David of David Lawson Studios a colleague and friend.
David celebrates 30 years in business this year – I know, he doesn’t look old enough does he – and is going stronger than ever, after winning the Contemporary Wedding Photographer Of The Year Award 2013 with the MPA Northern Region. Let’s say hello!
How did you get into wedding photography?
David: Photography is something I have been doing since school days – a long time ago, almost at the start of the Galaxy! My father Robert Sinclair Lawson was a great photographer and it became my passion from then on in. My qualifications are L.M.P.A and also A.M.P.A which were achieved through the Master Photographers Association, the only professional photography organization in the UK where you have to be full time.
August 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime
It’s insanely busy at Brides Up North HQ at the moment as we finalise plans for our autumn season of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions. We’ve got eight marvellous shows coming up this time around, and right across three regions too. Make sure to put one of these in your diary.
We start the season in under a fortnight’s time (I’ve blinked and missed the Summer) at the extraordinary venue that is The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland. I first became aware of this gorgeous and unique spot via submissions to the blog, and it was when I first blogged this Real Wedding back in 2012 that I knew this venue was something special. When they invited me to work with them earlier on this year, I couldn’t start planning fast enough! I’m not really into reposting (we keep things fresh here at Brides Up North) but it’s beautiful, it’s timely and aren’t the best things in life always worth a reprise?
You can pre-register for FREE entry and your VIP Bride To Be Welcome Pack on Sunday 1st September 2013 by clicking here.
This Real Wedding at The Alnwick Garden sent to me by North East Wedding photographer Phil Smith Photography and real bride Sarah has to be one of the most fabulous big days that I’ve ever seen. I just love it all, from the vinyl table names to the heart shaped balloons to the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil.
Sarah and Dave: your wedding truly rocked.
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