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a certain magic. supplier showcase: Fairclough Photography

November 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m really proud to make your acquaintance with one of our lovely Brides Up North sponsors, Fairclough Photography.  Katie and James, the awesome husband and wife team behind these amazing images: fabulous photographers and all round lovely souls.

Get them booked for your big day, and your wedding pictures could look as good as this little lot.

Katie and James are also offering a free 20” x 14” museum quality canvas print if you quote ‘Brides Up North Is The Best Wedding Blog!’ when making your booking.  Can’t argue with that!

All images by Fairclough Photography.

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

We are both self-taught photographers; Katie’s passion for photography developed through a side project on her graphic design degree course, and after developing her street photography in New York as a student, discovered that people and emotional storytelling were her passion and inspiration to voice through photography. James fell in love with the photography of National Geographic, and after a lot of wet, muddy outings and ruined 35mm film, started applying some of his theatre experience and techno-geekery to the creative lighting we are constantly developing to use with our couples.

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Why wedding photography specifically? 

Since getting married ourselves in March 2013, we have both been obsessed with weddings! We are fascinated by the whole process, from planning up until the ‘i do’ (and the shenanigans that come after that of course!) and the amazing people you get to meet. We just didn’t want it to end. So to combine both of our passions for photography with another love of ours is the dream.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things! If we had to choose one though, it would be sharing our Bride and Groom’s special day, it always feels like such a privilege to be chosen to share in such an momentous occasion. It always brings back lovely memories from our day too!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Having been recently married ourselves, we know how the nerves and emotions feel on the morning of the wedding – we don’t go in shooting away straight away, we just become part of the day right from the beginning, which let’s us all be comfortable and relaxed for the rest of the day.

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

Definitely come and have a pre wedding/engagement shoot – it’s very important to get to know your photographers, and once you’re used to the camera being around, when it comes to the wedding day you’ll be a natural, and it won’t be such a shock to have a photographer around.

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

Any good make up artist will be able to work with you to create the look you want on your day – it can also influence the types of pictures you want to make on your day too – for example, if you create a film noir look with high contrasts, that’s really going to shine through in the pictures.

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

Using too much fake tan can sometimes create an awkward contrast between skin and the white of the wedding dress – also under tungsten lighting in reception venues, it tends to naturally bring out the orange tone, which isn’t desirable for a natural look.

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

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter’s! We’re both huge lovers of their work and just imagine the type of wedding they’d have with both of their styles and imaginations fused together!

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

One of the most memorable was a really intimate, small outdoor wedding in cambridge, perfectly elegant, with the bride and groom walking down the aisle together. We love an elaborate wedding, but when it’s simply driven by the emotion of a tight group of close family and friends, there seems to be a certain magic we can’t get enough of.

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

YES! We said ‘I do’ in Ashton Memorial on 19th March 2013, a beautiful but freezing cold afternoon at the top of Lancaster. We chose the folly as we wanted a grand yet intimate building for our small party of 45, and after a beautiful and emotion-charged ceremony and portraits around Williamson Park, we retired to The Grand Hotel in our home town of St Anne’s for the reception. With a purple, black and white colour scheme, Katie pulled off a stunningly elegant look, with flowers by Flower Design throughout. We had a superb string quartet and a 5 piece jazz band for the evening entertainment, and then headed out to the seafront to let off Chinese lanterns to round off the evening.

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Any funny stories to share? 

We were recently doing an engagement shoot with a lovely Bride and Groom to be in a little village called Downham in Clitheroe. James was stood in the river photographing (as you do) and Katie is at the side. A ‘lady’ pulls up in her car just beside Katie, gets out and very indiscreetly lets one off! James instantly (and very loudly) blames Katie! How very rude?! Luckilly the couple heard none of this, obliviously schmoozing on the bridge over the river.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

As a husband and wife team, we can be in two places at once on a wedding day, capturing twice the emotion and little moments which make the day special. Katie follows the bridal party from first prep all the way to the ceremony, while James hangs around with the groom and checks out the venue. We can then get two angles on the ceremony, and create more complex and elaborate lighting setups between us to really add some sparkle.

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

We like to be as unobtrusive as possible on the big day and the fact that we’re a husband and wife team helps us to achieve this; neither of us has a set thing to photograph, we just lurk like photographic ninjas, capturing the fun and emotion in a spontaneous fashion. In the morning, Katie is hanging out with the Bridal party capturing the goings-on, whilst James checks out the venue and photographs the groomsmen’s antics. We then come together to shoot the ceremony. Whilst James is at the front with the Groom nervously waiting, Katie is capturing the emotional last moments before the Bride walks down the aisle. After the happy couple are declared Mr & Mrs, we love to take them away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding party for a portrait session that gives them time to reflect on ‘wow, we are married!’ Even though we’re there, our couples always seem oblivious to that fact and they tell us how magical those moments of alone time are – we always find we make the most natural beautiful pictures this way too. The rest of the day is usually party time, where we continue stalking the guests, photographing the laughter and fun up until the first dance as husband and wife.

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What is included in your “package”?

Our most popular package is the Full Day Package and included in that is the following:

*A face-to-face chat about your wedding day and what we could do for you and then two consultations leading up to your wedding so we all know what we’re doing!

*Two photographers (Mr & Mrs Fairclough!) to capture each and every special moment of your big day (up to 12 hours coverage);

*Pre-wedding portrait shoot in a location of your choice – a fun way to build up to the big day and get to know us;

*Professional editing of your images;

*A private password protected gallery for you to view, share and download your images after the wedding;

*Large print quality images on a USB stick presented to you in a stunning presentation box (see the image below

*A CD with a slideshow of the best images from your big day.

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Can you give us an idea on price? 

Our Full Day Package is £1,350

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Any special favours for Brides Up North readers?

Of course! If you quote ‘Brides Up North Is The Best Wedding Blog!’ we would give a free 20” x 14” museum quality canvas print.

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

Our work can be seen on our website is www.faircloughphotography.co.uk and you can get in touch by calling on 07921 386761 or emailing us at info@faircloughphotography.co.uk

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 Anything else we should know?

We also offer a package that includes an amazing quality 10” x 10” photo album; these are gorgeous hand-made, leather or hessian bound, chunky, lay flat coffee table style books priced at £1,700. There’s nothing quite like a printed photo album, we think it’s such a shame to just get your USB stick, watch the slideshow and then it gets shoved in a draw and hardly thought about!

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Fabulous Photographer: J Broughton Photography PLUS Album Upgrade Worth £200 For Wedding Blog Readers

October 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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One of my favourite parts of running and writing Brides Up North is the privilege of introducing my readers to the great local suppliers based right in their area.  Today I am proud to welcome Janet of North West based business J Broughton Photography to the blog, to tell us a little bit about why she does it, how she does it and why she’d be a great choice to capture your big day memories.

All images by J Broughton Photography

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Well believe it or not my background is as a Financial Controller! I spent many years just knowing that I was destined to be doing something else but not knowing what that something else was and then I discovered photography. What started as a hobby about four years ago quickly became a passion and I started to study with The Open College of the Arts at the end of 2009 since I was really keen to become the best photographer I could be. I suppose you could say that I accidentally fell into wedding photography after a chance conversation in the street with someone whose son was getting married, when I explained I’d never shot a wedding the response was “Well everyone has to start somewhere”. So I did it and loved it and went on to do some second shooting and some training with Aspire to gain experience and skills and have never looked back. When I lost my job at the end of 2011 I decided the time was right to launch my portrait and wedding business, I’m incredibly proud to have gone from Financial Controller to Professional Photographer winning national awards in such a short time. 

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Why wedding photography specifically?

I love to meet and photograph people and with weddings I get to shoot my two favourite types of photography at the same time, documentary and portraiture.

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

The fact that no two weddings are ever the same and that no matter how prepared you are you can never quite predict how the day will go, it keeps you on your toes! I also think it’s a great honour to be able to capture such an incredibly special day for someone and to know that my work will be treasured and looked at for years to come.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Couples who book my album packages also get a free pre-wedding shoot which I think really helps on the day, they have had the chance to be in front of the camera and experience my approach which is very calm and relaxed. Whilst I can’t stop them worrying about all the other things that are going on I like to think that by the time the wedding day comes around they feel they know and trust me enough not to worry about the photography.

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

Without a doubt it would be to have a pre-wedding shoot even though its more picture taking! I like to take my couples to a favourite outdoor location, I encourage them to interact with each other and not worry about the camera. I will give some gentle direction with regards to posing but it’s a very relaxed experience and helps even the most camera shy brides realise that it’s not something they need to be anxious about.

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

Feeling great is a massive part of looking great in the pictures so I would encourage any bride to wear makeup that she feels comfortable with, don’t experiment with something totally different on the wedding day but have a trial run first and ask the people that know her well and she can trust to be honest what they think.

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

I can’t imagine anyone who puts a lot of attention into planning a wedding (as most couples do) choosing anything that is going to look bad! If your wedding is a reflection of yourselves and you stamp your own personality on it then it’s always going to look great.

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

I’m not really taken by the whole celebrity culture thing. Every couple getting married are stars, even if it’s just for the one day.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I had a beautiful wedding recently where lots of things had been made by the families and there were meanings behind everything, it was very personal and lovely.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think it’s really important for a couple to like their photographer as a person as well as admiring their work and I like to meet for a coffee and talk about my approach before anyone books me. I also meet up again close to the wedding to discuss all the details and by this point we will also hopefully have done a pre wedding shoot too. I believe that having a very personal and friendly approach helps everyone feel at ease on the day and that can’t help but be reflected in the images. The personal approach carries on after the wedding, I’d hate to leave people to choose album images on their own from a gallery so I spend time with the couple and help them to choose the images that work well together to make up the album. My albums and wall products are sourced from quality UK suppliers, I love the thought of a beautiful album being looked at by future generations so they need to be of the best quality.

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

A calm and relaxed approach, unobtrusive documentary photography and some natural and relaxed portraits. My photography aims to tell the story of the day but without disrupting the flow of the day – I’m happy to give guidance on timings at the planning stage but wouldn’t dream of interfering with plans on the actual day. Many years ago we attended a wedding where the meal was significantly delayed by the photography and my husband still complains about it to this day.  I aim to only be remembered for the right reasons!

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What is included in your "package"?

Every wedding is different and I like to have the flexibility to price a wedding in a way that reflects the coverage that is required, for instance I’m more than happy to cover a small intimate wedding but I understand that this wouldn’t necessarily require a full day of shooting and I would amend prices to reflect this. Having said that no-one likes to contact a photographer without guide to prices so I do have a couple of packages that I can add to, or take from, to arrive at a bespoke package. As well as the day itself my album packages include a free pre-wedding shoot, those meetings over coffee, full size copies of all the images chosen for the album free of charge on a disc. Whilst I love the idea of everyone treasuring their images in a beautiful album I also respect that some people would prefer to have a disc and I also offer a digital only package.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

Yes of course! I have two album packages, one with a beautiful luxury linen covered album at £1395 and one with a leather covered premium Fine Art album at £1595.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Rather than a discount I would like to give something extra and I’d like to offer all Brides Up North readers who book a 2014 wedding a FREE upgrade from the luxury linen album to the premium fine art album (worth £200).

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

There’s lots of my wedding and portrait work on both my website and my Facebook page – www.jbroughton.co.uk and www.facebook.com/jbroughtonphotography or I’m happy to talk weddings so give me a call on 07952 990642.

 

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! A Real Engagement In The North West – Chriss & Ritch

February 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies!  I’ve obviously written this post in advance, as I anticipated that I’d be far too tied up clearing the hallway of all those love notes landing on my welcome mat…

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In reality though, there’s only one man for me, so Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely husband Alan – our last as a family of two! 

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I’ll let you into a secret – I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day.  Commercial racket yes, but so is Christmas (my other favourite holiday)!  Let’s just say I’m a marketer’s dream!  I think it harks back to the excitement of my school days: seeing if my of-the-moment crush liked me enough to pay a visit to Clinton Cards.  Generally not.  But hey!  I may never really have got any cards to write home about (except the ones from you, thanks Mum), but it was all about the anticipation!

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Today, we celebrate by meeting a couple full of anticipation for their wedding day, having all but given up on finding long term love before connecting online.  So dip something sweet in your cuppa and enjoy their love story, with images by Ashton Photography

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Chriss says:  We had booked a mini break trip to the beautiful city of Verona and had planned to visit all of the usual landmarks. I hadn’t been too bothered about going to visit the “Casa di Giulietta”, but Ritch really wanted to go, so reluctantly, I braved the hoards of French and Italian kids on Shakespearean educationals and we bought our two tickets into the house. Once inside and touring the various rooms it was thankfully quite peaceful as most of the crowds were gathering in the courtyard, staring up at the balcony or otherwise trying to encourage eternal luck and love by rubbing Juliet’s right breast! As we entered the room and waited for a group to leave the balcony, Ritch was hanging back and, with hindsight, I suppose seemed to be a little preoccupied. He encouraged me to go out onto the balcony; I looked down on the school kids in the courtyard… they looked back up at me.  I turned around to go back inside and Ritch was down on his knee beside me, with that little box in his hand: “Will you marry me?”

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Of course I said “Yes”! All very romantic and, for me, the perfect proposal…the boy done good!

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As soon as we announced our engagement one of my best friends offered to host our special day in their beautiful home in West Lancashire – a truly unique venue. We planned it for October 6th 2012 and can’t wait to share our wedding photographs with Brides Up North soon!

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After years in the relationship wilderness, we have both said that we had all but given up.  Our first date was “last chance saloon” for the on-line dating game!  Good job that evening in June 2010 was successful!

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We arranged to meet half way between where we both lived and our first date was at a riverside hotel bar where we sat outside and laughed about each others’ online dating experiences – always and good ice breaker!  There was definitely a mutual attraction at first sight, love, however, took a little longer

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I knew Ritch was the one for me when I received my first pair of shoes from him – what girl couldn’t fall for a bloke that buys her shoes?

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We’ve waited a long time to get lucky in love, so our biggest wish for married life is to stay happy and for it to get better and better.

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We didn’t have any decent photographs of us together and neither of us felt very comfortable in front of the camera, so the option to have an engagement shoot was a great addition to the wedding package and a chance to get a bit of practice in. Steph of Ashton Photography gave us a few tips on how to get the best photos – but she did all of the hard work. 

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We had a great day out with Steph. We live in Blackpool and spend a lot of time with our dog Jack, on the beach and prom.  Ritch is also a hard core cyclist who clocks up many a mile up and down the sea front on his two wheels; this was the natural place for us to use as a backdrop for our pre-wedding shoot.

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Even for someone that works within wedding industry and who knows what to expect, planning your own wedding can still be very daunting! The thousands of pages in the (very expensive!) glossies and limitless web coverage available to brides and grooms is overwhelming. I’ve found Brides Up North to be an invaluable place to get real ideas and real information from real people relative to the area that we live in… great weddings happen Up North – fact!

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Congratulations Chriss & Ritch!

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Get in touch to share your love story with Brides Up North!  Here’s how.

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Fabulous Photographer: Richard Milnes Photography PLUS Free Album Upgrade For Brides Up North Readers Worth £250!

December 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am thrilled to introduce you to one of my super talented Featured Suppliers, fabulous photographer Richard Milnes Photography.  This North West based wedding photographer is just as happy rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty (get him!) as he is working all over the UK and Europe. 

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He’s recently been accepted into the WPJA, the Wedding Photojournalist Association, an international network of vigorously vetted professional photographers and is the recommended photographer at some of the North West’s most prestigious venues including Sandhole Oak Barn, The Monastery, The Mere, Quarry Bank Mill and Colshaw Hall.

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More importantly though, he wants to meet you and shoot your special day.  Let’s say hello!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I was working for a creative agency and was made redundant, at more or less the same time my girlfriend, now my wife, bought me a digital camera for my birthday. I quickly fell back in love with photography and was taken on at Affleck’s Palace in Manchester to create a photographic document of the place before it was sold to a development company. This lead to several exhibitions including one at Urbis.

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It was some years later that I discovered that my aunt had worked as a photographer and had a book published with her work shot in the Sahara. Not only that but my grandfather (from the same side of the family) had been a photographer when he lived in Jamaica before the war. I guess it must be in the blood!

I’m entirely self taught and I now have the pleasure of teaching other photographers, which is a great thrill and something I thoroughly enjoy doing.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I’ve always loved photographing people, I guess that I’ve always enjoyed watching people’s reactions when I show them a picture of themselves that really blows them away. I’ve also plenty of experience working in the fashion industry, for commercial agencies and for magazines, all of which require a specific set of skills and all of those skills can be applied to pretty much every wedding I ever shot!

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I often hear other photographers state that they would never shoot weddings, well for me a wedding is one of the few opportunities as a professional photographer I can really let the creative juices flow and be entirely honest with the work I produce. I love weddings, absolutely love them!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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I enjoy the freedom that being a wedding photojournalist allows me, my philosophy has always been ‘do less, do it better’ and being left to my own devices allows me to anticipate a ‘moment’ before it happens, and to be ready for it.

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Meeting couples for the first time who are enthusiastic about photography is always a genuine pleasure and some even save up or make savings elsewhere to hire me, which is a always a real privilege and an honour.

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I honestly think that I have one of the best jobs in the world, I’m very lucky.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Like many photographers now, I use an engagement shoot as a great way of breaking the photographic ice with a couple before the actual wedding. On the wedding day itself, I work in a very calm, professional manner. I make sure that I’m available if needed and out of sight when I’m not. I have also been known to help out with the occasional little ‘emergency’ such as opening a particularly stubborn bottle of champagne, fixing a dodgy stereo system or offering some last minute advice to a nervous groom, bride or, more often, the best man!

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

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The majority of brides tell me that they don’t really enjoy having their photograph taken and I think it helps when I explain to them that it’s perfectly normal. Occasionally a member of the wedding party – even the bride – may make it known that they are feeling uncomfortable when they are in front of the camera and I always take the time to explain that if they see me taking a photograph, they can relax in the knowledge that it will be a great picture, otherwise I simply wouldn’t be taking it.

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My journalistic style enables the bride and the wedding party to enjoy the wedding knowing that they won’t be expected to pose for the camera, smile when they might not feel like smiling or be made to stand out in a field for the best part of an hour shivering!

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

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Now I’m no expert on make up but I would recommend using a professional make up artist for obvious reasons – it can also provide excellent opportunities for candid shots! Whatever you choose to do, I would recommend that you stay close to your comfort zone and try and avoid reflective make up as this can sometimes show up with flash photography (again, apologies for my lack of correct cosmetics terminology!)

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

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My job as a wedding photojournalist is to make sure that you have an honest, beautiful and emotional document of the greatest day of your lives to keep for ever. It is also my job to ensure that I capture the laughter, the tears, the fun and games, all of the ‘moments’ that you may have missed.

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All you need to do is to relax, be yourselves and enjoy. I will take care of the rest.

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

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I’m fortunate enough to include a few celebrity names amongst my clients, both in the UK and the US, so don’t think it would be fair to choose one!

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I was recently both the best man and the photographer at a wedding in Beverly Hills, California and amongst the wedding party during my speech were some big Hollywood names including Harrison Ford and Calista Flockheart – now that’s pressure – Ricky Gervais eat your heart out!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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There are so many to choose from for all kinds of different reasons, some of my most memorable moments at weddings have been entirely unexpected – at a recent wedding in Cheshire, the bride had recently lost a close friend, who had planted an apple tree in her garden. She had a single apple amongst her flower display on the top table which was the only apple that the tree had ever produced. Moments like that can really stay with you. I photograph a lot of military weddings and often there are some incredibly emotional moments at these weddings, for obvious reasons.

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As for dramatic and stylish, one of my very first weddings was for a member of the US Olympic team and her husband who hired me to photograph their wedding in the Algarve. The celebrations were spread over three days, with the first day being a mini-Olympics on a beautiful beach, which became quite competitive with all of the athletes who were in attendance! The wedding itself was in a picturesque 12th century chapel and the final day was spent chilling out aboard a private galleon. Wow!

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Are you married? Tell us about your day?

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Yes, I married my wife Cass in 2008 and I’m ashamed to say that we did away with tradition and travelled to Las Vegas (without Elvis) for a week of hedonism and escapism which was just brilliant. The day itself is a blur of amazing food, champagne and machine guns – seriously!

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Any funny stories to share?

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A bride once me told me that she had been to see a husband & wife photographer team before she came over to see me. Unfortunately for them, they inadvertently called her and left her a long, explicit voicemail message of themselves blaming each other for missing some important shots whilst returning home from a wedding! Ooops!

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There was also a registrar last month who was unable to pronounce the bride’s name correctly, despite repeatedly trying over and over again – this brought the house down and even the bride and groom were in tears laughing by the time she got it right. It happens!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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There are so many wedding photographers now that even I find it difficult to tell them apart, so it must be a very difficult job for brides to make a decision on who to book. One of the reasons that my work stands out is that I produce very honest, emotive images which are edited in a very straight forward way. This means that whilst the latest editing trends and styles may come and go, my photographs will hopefully remain timeless and won’t appear dated a few years down the line.

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

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A very professional, fun and entirely painless experience. I see my role as documenting the wedding, not influencing it, so it’s important for me to work in the background and keep a low profile throughout the wedding wherever possible. I am a very sociable person however, and I do enjoy talking with guests, many of whom will have their own cameras with them and I’m always happy to offer advice to the budding photographers amongst them!

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What is included in your "package"?

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My package includes;

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  • Full day coverage, 2 hours prior to service until first dance
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My album package starts at around £2,300. 

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I’d be delighted to offer an album package upgrade worth £250.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.

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

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For a mixture of professional and personal work, www.richardmilnesblog.com

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Chic In The City: A Real Wedding In The North West – Lauren & David

October 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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There’s nothing I love more than to feature the Real Wedding of a couple whose engagement story I have shared here on Brides Up North.  We first met Lauren and David way back in October 2011 and now they return to our swirly silver pages to share their special day with us.  With images by Scarlett Weddings

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Lauren says: We got engaged just over 18 months ago on 19th December 2010 in Formby Pinewoods. David had planned a trip up to the Lake District to propose near Coniston water as our grandfathers built the jetty together years ago. However, the night before we were due to travel there was extremely heavy snowfall so David decided to take me to Formby Pinewoods instead for a walk. He proposed in the Pinewoods and it was beautiful with the ground and trees covered in snow – a Winter wonderland!

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We were married on Saturday 1st September 2012 at St Andrews Church, Maghull with the reception at London Carriage Works and Hope Street Hotel afterwards.

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We had checked out many of the more traditional venues in Merseyside but none of them were hitting the mark – they just didn’t feel like they were our style.  I discovered that Hope Street Hotel had started offering weddings following a recent extension and I immediately knew it was perfect for us. It was clean and modern but with warmth and friendliness. It felt different to everywhere we had looked at previously, and more importantly we knew that this venue would offer excellent food!

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As the size of our party was over 100 guests, we were unable to fit everyone into the dedicated event space on The Fifth, so instead we asked the Directors for permission to have exclusive hire of The London Carriage Works for the day.

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We used The Fifth for reception drinks and it certainly did have that ‘wow’ factor with amazing views over Liverpool towards the river. As it was a sunny day for our wedding it meant we could use the terrace up there too which was just fantastic.

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The evening reception was held in The Residents Lounge, the basement lounge at Hope Street Hotel that offered a beautiful Steinway grand piano that our pianist was able to use.

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I loved the fact that this venue offered three spaces that were different to each other that our guests could move to during the day that kept people energised.

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We love our home city, so it was fitting for us to have our venue in the centre of Liverpool. We followed a fair few wedding traditions, but we tried to keep everything as simple and as modern as possible.

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Quality and helping our guests to feel relaxed was really important to us, so we focused on ensuring we had excellent food, flowing drinks and transport for all guests between the church and venue.

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We kept things simple with wedding party wearing black to ensure the look was clean and sharp.

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To ensure that there was some contrast on the photographs I added small accents of pale pink and grey on my flowers, balloons and favours.  I found Pinterest to be a really helpful tool to store all of my ideas.

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I chose Silaba by Pronovias as my wedding dress. I only tried on four dresses and as soon as I put Silaba on I knew it was ‘the one’! It is a lace, fishtail gown with some embellishment underneath the bust line. I finished the look with a full-length silk tulle veil and Atara I earrings from Jenny Packham. All gifts from my lovely mum, Gill.

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It worked perfectly with the venue too, as the train could be hooked up for the evening turning the dress into a really sleek evening gown that was light and really easy to dance in!

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I purchased my dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington and I would not hesitate in recommending them to anybody in the North West looking for beautiful gowns and excellent, friendly service. Zoe and Carl, the owners of the store, were on hand to offer lots of help and advice throughout the process and Anne, the seamstress, was so calming in the weeks ahead of the wedding offering top tips and guidance.

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My bridesmaid, Catherine looked beautiful in a black maxi dress from Coast. It really showed off her beautiful figure and the draping on the back was really elegant.

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Our ushers and Best Men looked really dapper in suits bought from Moss Bros. We knew early on that we wanted plain black suits for our wedding party but couldn’t find plain black lounge suits to hire in a quality fabric so we ended up buying them for everyone. The guys at Moss Bros Liverpool were really great in getting us a good deal on the suits but also coordinating all 11 men for fittings! It cost more than hiring but it was worth seeing our brothers, dads and best men looking so sharp! The suits were finished off with ties from M&S and pocket squares from TM Lewin.

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As David wears a suit everyday, we wanted to treat him to something a little more special, so he wore a black suit from Hugo Boss, white shirt from Gieves and Hawkes, black and grey tie from Hugo Boss and finished with Mulberry cufflinks – a wedding gift from me.

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Hartley’s in Aughton provided beautiful flowers using a mix of roses, hydrangeas, freesias and orchids all finished with looped grass with pearls threaded onto them.

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Our wedding cars were provided by Paddy at PJ Chauffeurs and we hired a bus to take our guests from the Church to the venue through Napier Point. The coach driver even took our guests on the ‘scenic route’ giving them a tour of Liverpool landmarks on the way to the venue!

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Cardlab, a traditional letterpress printer, made our wedding stationary. When I ordered samples from Kate at Cardlab, I was so impressed by the quality and finish that I ordered immediately. I ordered Save the Dates and Invitations in a simple ivory card, black copy and black ribbons and they really set the scene for the day. I had so many people complementing the style and quality of the invites and it helped get us really excited for the big day so we went on to order the place settings from Cardlab too.

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I stumbled over The Custom Cupcake Company a couple of weeks before the wedding and I’m so pleased that I did. The cupcakes were truly excellent, and the service was amazing! This was all while Kelly, the owner and cupcake maker extraordinaire, was preparing for her own wedding that very same weekend!

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Our families both have really strong links to the Liverpool Docks, with two grandads serving in the Royal Navy, one in the Merchant navy and another working in the docks themselves, so we decided to name our tables after the docks they worked in, or sailed out of. It was also a really nice tribute to my two grandads who have sadly passed away.

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We chose different favours for ladies and gents. For the girls, I created a CD made of songs that mean something to me and my close friends and family – the song me and my oldest girlfriends dance to after one drink too many, the song that reminds me of me and my brothers growing up and even a secret bonus track of our first dance song, Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles! I made the CD inserts myself and gave a short description of why the song is important to me. From what I’ve heard, my guests are still playing the ‘Wedding CD’ weeks later – they love it.

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For the boys, we placed an accumulator bet for each guest with predicted scores for the Premier League football matches that were scheduled for that day. A £1 bet could have resulted in a £30k win for some guests – sadly, none of our guests won a bean, but it was certainly a talking point and helped to bring people together on the tables.

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I bought plain CD cases and pillow boxes for the favours, wrapped a length of pink or grey twine around them and stamped with a bespoke wedding stamp that I had made. They looked like mini parcels for each guest!

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The excellent Afrika Fuentes provided two fantastic sets on the piano at our evening reception. All of our guests loved her perfect mix of old and new numbers and she certainly got the party going! Paul Maguire at Wedding Jam kept everybody on their feet until 2am with a fantastic mix of musical genres that reflected mine and David’s eclectic musical style

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We went to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico for a week after the wedding and booked through Kuoni. It was lovely to spend some time together after the wedding, as he weeks leading up to the ceremony were so busy; plus, it certainly made up for the poor British Summer this year!

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I have a few top tips for other Brides Up North! Get as many people involved as possible! Your friends and family will no doubt be as excited as you are for your wedding day and will want to be part of it, plus they can take some of the strain as everything starts to get busy in the weeks leading up to the wedding. It’s true that it’s your day, but it’s also about bringing two families together.

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Secondly, pick a fabulous photographer. Lisa and Emma at Scarlett Weddings were fantastic throughout the whole process. After returning from honeymoon, they popped over for a cup of tea and showed us a slideshow of the images taken on the day. I knew that they would do a good job, but they captured our day perfect and totally exceeded my expectations.

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And finally, make sure you actually spend time with your groom. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of the day!

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HEARTCongratulations Lauren & David! HEART

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding or engagement story featured on Brides Up North. 

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Lady Of The Lake: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West By Fable & Promise

September 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I love it when a styled bridal shoot lands in my inbox that completely knocks my socks off.  Today’s entrancing submission sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Charlotte of Fable & Promise did just that, and then some.

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This striking collection is so different, and has been beautifully and tastefully executed by the team.  The set of images stays true to theme throughout and the story really comes through.  The result makes for uncomfortable – yet stunning – viewing, as I really feared for our tragic heroine in white.  Be sure to give the film a spin too for an alternative look.  

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Charlotte of Fable & Promise says: I’m not entirely sure how the idea evolved but somehow the Lady of the Lake idea grabbed hold of our imagination and took on a life of its own. The initial idea and location were Kerry (Kerry Baker MUA) and Andy’s brainchild, but what it turned into perhaps wasn’t envisaged by any of us at the outset. After showing me a couple of photos of a recent trip to Buttermere Lake, that first grain of an idea turned into something we can all be proud of.

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Kerry and I had worked on a couple of projects together and very quickly discovered that we shared the same enthusiasm and creative direction. A harmless conversation turned into a plan, a simple idea into a mighty project and what started out as a very romantic, possible risk the dress shoot, very quickly turned into a much more creative, sod the dresses photo shoot.

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Well, if you’re going to do something, do it properly!

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The whole idea behind the photo shoot was to explore both the light and dark sides of the Arthurian Legend of the Lady of the Lake… was she the romantic heroine that aids King Arthur and his knights in his endeavours or the dark temptress that seduces Merlin and traps him by using his own magic against him?

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This gave Fable & Promise the opportunity to really unleash the creativity. We instantly knew that our favourite San Patrick dress was perfect for our heroine played by Sadie; the dress is called Calais, with layers of the softest tulle and feather detail. It was ideal for our innocent Lady of the Lake. We knew it would catch the breeze and float on the water and really create that ethereal beauty.

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We then needed something completely new for our darker Lady of the Lake played by Rosie. Fable & Promise not only showcases stunning contemporary bridal designers but we also create bespoke garments and couldn’t resist letting our alternative influences take over. We decided to make our temptress a dress in the richest aubergine satin and tulle; similar in silhouette to Calais but wilder.

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Kerry and I seem to spark off each other and I think Kerry’s imagination really took off with this photo shoot. The looks she created for both Sadie and Rosie were simply stunning and perfectly contrasting. I’ll let Kerry explain how she got there:

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“Sadie’s look was of one of purity and innocence with an effervescent quality to add a touch of magic. I used a combination of reflective pigments and soft sheer colours to create a light, dewy finish. Real human hair false lashes were used top and bottom to add a whimsical, romantic touch.

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Rosie’s look, by contrast, was dark, seductive with a earthy quality. Her eyes were laced with purples and green pigments to compliment the tones in the dress. Our temptress was also given dramatic lashes and glossy, wine coloured lips to complete the look.

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The products I used on the shoot are almost entirely by an amazing brand called Illamasqua…and it is thanks to their amazing skin base foundation that the models skin looks as flawless both before and after their dunkings! “

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We called on a handful of amazing individuals to help us bring this idea together:

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Duncan Fisher interpreted our vision perfectly, creating soft romantic curls for Sadie and tempestuous tresses for Rosie. The weather was quite mean to us so Duncan had to work particularly hard to keep the girls locks in order through the wind and rain… and repeated dunkings in the water!

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We were also delighted to have Chic Flowers of Leyland on board too. Chic Flowers is a new venture but they are not new to floristry and the bouquets and hair pieces they created for our theme were amazing. They knew exactly what we were looking for and really pulled out all the stops.

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We approached ZT Photography absolutely certain that Zoe was the right person for the job. I’d worked with Zoe and Liam on a previous shoot and knew the idea would spark her interest. She also captured the contrast between the purity and the untamed perfectly. I caught my breath the first time I saw some of the images and I’m still in awe of the levitation shots! Our lips are definitely sealed on that one.

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We also had Chris and Mike of CMY Productions on hand throughout the day creating the brilliant ‘behind the scenes’ video. I think they’ve really captured the feel of the day – and I don’t even mind that they caught me on film!

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Our models Sadie and Rosie were both completely amazing and perfect for this theme. It was a cold and windy day and neither of them even blinked an eyelid to us wanting them to get in the freezing cold water, repeatedly and completely! I certainly wouldn’t relish lying in cold stony water as the sun dips behind the hills and the wind whips wet hair against my face, but they were completely committed to what we were trying to achieve and I love them for it. You can see in the behind the scenes video that even completely soaked to the skin they are both big grins the entire day.

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And the day wouldn’t have worked without our good friend Andy; tour guide come extremely good natured dogsbody. He was an absolute star running about for everyone and generally helping the day run smoothly.

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I can’t tell you the excitement we’ve had over this photo shoot. Right from the very beginning we’ve know it was going to be pretty special but the results just blow us away. The anticipation to see the images has just been insane… I was literally on the edge of my seat as I downloaded the folder and waited as each image loaded and Kerry and I passed frantic messages between ourselves as we saw what had come out of everyone’s hard work.

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Fabulous Photographer: Tina Luke Photography PLUS A Huge 10% OFF Your Wedding Photography

August 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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As we wait for our Sunday roast, let’s chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier and North West wedding photographer Tina Luke Photography, a lady with years of experience and a tale or two to tell.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I have been a full time wedding photographer for over 16 years and am a qualified member of the BIPP. I have never trained in photography and came to it from being a professional fundraiser and PR manager for the British Red Cross, with a degree in Archaeology! I developed my interest in photography from taking photos of my children. I have won awards for both my wedding and portrait photography.

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I just love photographing weddings! I cover over 40 weddings a year and each one is very different. A lot of my work is in the Lake District which is a popular location for couples across the country. I love capturing all the special, individual moments on the day – the ring going on, the first kiss, big hugs from the mums and dads.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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It’s about telling the story of the day – picking out all the small individual details as well as the bigger picture. I am always blown away by the fact that each and every wedding I cover is so very different from the one before or the one after. It’s great to see the vast range of ideas couples come up with and I’m always struck by the fact that I have never seen the same wedding dress twice! I have had a couple of weddings over the past year that have included afternoon tea served in vintage china, one of which took place on a boat as it transferred the wedding party and guests from the church to the reception.
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My approach to wedding photography is very informal and relaxed, I mingle amongst the guests and try to avoid the couple feeling intimidated by having a large camera pointed at them. I just advise the couple to ignore me most of the time and by letting them get on and enjoy the party they have planned I get some great photos.
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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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More often than not brides really don’t like having their photo taken or just aren’t used to being photographed. I usually recommend a practice shoot prior to the wedding day out and about with just the two of them. This allows me to see if there any specific problems either might have in front of the camera – excessive blinking, etc. They are able to see that it’s all about having fun and to learn a few techniques for relaxing in front of the camera.
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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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

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Don’t suddenly change your appearance for your wedding day. I once had a bride who had a perm the day before her wedding! I always recommend couples use the Silver Wedding Anniversary measure – that they will be as happy looking at their wedding photos 25 years on and not be cringing by some of-the-moment fashion statement.
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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I would really have liked to have photographed Zara and Mike’s wedding last summer. My son sang at their wedding and it sounds like it was very much their wedding, with a lots of their friends rather than a great number of distant relatives and friends of the parents.
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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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One of the most memorable weddings I have covered was on a Greek Island – Spetses. The ceremony took place in a beautiful old church, set up high and I have told my daughter that she has to have a Greek Orthodox wedding when she gets married! I didn’t understand a word that the three bearded priests were saying but the symbolism said it all. The reception was then in a marquee in a beautiful stone plaza and en route I took the bride and groom out to a beach. The only draw back was the island doesn’t allow cars and I had a bike which I peddled furiously between the bride’s home, church, beach and reception – desperately trying to keep up with the bride and groom’s carriage!

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We celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this summer! There is only one thing I would change about our day – the photographer! It was very much a home-made wedding – I borrowed a dress from my sister’s friend, she had paid £1,000 for it the year before and I would never have been able to spend that much my self (the money went on a double bed instead). We had a marquee in the garden and mum grew sweet peas for the table decorations.
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I had one unfortunate bride who left the registry office in a big white car and the groom left in an ambulance, he was taken ill just before the ceremony and only just made it through the vows. I had a dentist groom who made his wife’s ring from gold teeth! Luckily I have only had one wedding car break down and was rather surprised when the bride I was waiting for outside the church appeared from a hatch-back and not the vintage rolls she had left home in. This last Saturday I was sewing a button back onto the brides dress 30 minutes prior to the ceremony!

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The shortest wedding booking I have taken is 20 minutes! I got a call at 12.50pm on Friday 13th last May from a distraught best man who was trying to find a replacement photographer as the one they had booked had just dropped and smashed his camera!  At 1.10pm I was helping the bride into her dress and introducing myself as her photographer!.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I realised early on that to be a good wedding photographer you need to be able to do more than take good photos – that’s the easy bit! I feel it’s important to understand what the couple want from their photos and encourage brides to send through any photo ideas they like – it’s very much their day and it’s important they have an input. It’s about managing the day and the people to make sure that everyone has a good time and that the photos are taken efficiently. One of my greatest concerns is to ensure I don’t upset the kitchen by running over with the time allowed for photos, everyone has their job to do on the day and the chef’s is no less important than mine. With over 600 weddings covered I have the experience and knowledge to know what shots are important and what moments will happen when. I always trying and convey to couples that their wedding photographs are one of the only things they will have left to show from their day and that it’s worth spending their money on a professional photographer. I have heard too many stories of friends being tasked with the wedding photos and the end result is a disappointment.
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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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On the day they will have a photographer who will capture every element of their day in a discrete and unobtrusive way. I always make sure there are photos of all the key moments, as well as the main wedding party and all requested group shots.
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All my packages include full coverage from the bride getting ready through to when they sit down for their meal, with the additional option of evening coverage. There is then a choice of either prints, CD or album depending on their requirements and budget.
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Can you give us an idea on price?

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A small weekday civil ceremony package is between £400 – £900 and a large weekend church wedding package is between £800 – £1,800. I am happy to give a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers, please mention Brides Up North when booking. 
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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

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I have a website www.tinaluke.co.uk and a studio gallery with my work displayed.

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Fabulous Photographer! G&S Photography

August 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today I chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sharon of North West wedding photographers G&S Photography about the passion, professionalism and personal touch that this husband and wife team put into every stunning wedding that they shoot. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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Geoff has been a photographer for many years covering mainly editorial and sports photography, and was well known for his work. He was the Ring Magazine sole UK photographer and has been commissioned for many projects including EA Sports, and editorial biography for Enzo Calzaghe father and trainer to Joe Calzaghe. He gradually moved into doing weddings more as he just kept getting asked to do them! I joined him initially to be an assistant and became a second photographer and we then made a conscious decision to become more focused on wedding & portrait photography as we felt a real buzz from working with people. We so enjoyed the personal friendships we developed with our clients and felt honoured to be invited to be part of their day. Each wedding is a new adventure and we still have the very same excitement each time! Geoff is a member of the SWPP, and is an Associate member of the Zone Photographic Society.

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What’s not to like? We get to share one of the most memorable days of people’s lives, and feel so lucky to have the chance to be a part of it! We experience love, laughter and tears all in one day… and many are unexpected!

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Magical moments, and being part of our couples’ history.  Even after shooting hundreds of weddings things still surprise us! You can never always anticipate all of the emotions shared by couples and their families, and we still find ourselves shedding a tear behind the camera! Laughter is a big part of what we aim to capture: so many of our couples say there are so many smiley faces it was a wonderful day full of joy.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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We meet all our couples several times before the wedding and always undertake a pre-wedding engagement or love shoot, its a wonderful way to get to know each other and our couples then have a good idea about the way we will work with them on their big day. We like to fit in with their day and will plan with them the times we will do special pictures and group shots, so there is no stress and no worries – that’s our job! We work quietly and professionally with the teams at their chosen ceremony location and venue so it all runs smoothly. By the big day our couples are relaxed in our company and the images from the day reflect that.

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

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It is really up to the bride about how much she wears, but even if you are not a fan of make-up we would recommend a professional make-up artist to do your makeup.  Lots of brides have a trial make-up session before the wedding to ensure that they are happy with the look they want. When done well make-up will look very natural and enhance your features for your photos, giving subtle soft skin tones which will help us provide the beautiful bridal images that all brides want for their day.

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

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With photographs often you do not see what is staring you in the face until you see the picture.  We all do it, and we especially look for this when taking pictures.  Things to avoid would be not too much fake tan, as it can look very strong against a bridal gown, or against a paler partner.  Try to get it done a few days before so it looks natural for your big day. Make sure you try it out too beforehand to be sure you like it, you could try it for your engagement shoot to see how it looks.

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Think about where you are getting ready, is home suitable for space and surroundings
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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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Prince Harry’s wedding would be wonderful to capture as he has a cheeky happy go lucky disposition! He enjoys life to the full and is always laughing and smiling.  This would just be so wonderful to be part of, as his charisma shines through! I’m sure there would be a few surprises when his Grandmother had retired for the day!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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We had the pleasure of shooting a wedding earlier this year for a wonderful and unassuming couple very much in love, Matthew & Ashleen. They were married in February this year at Vale Royal Abbey, Whitegate, Cheshire,

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We had met them the year before and from the moment they booked with us we knew it would be a very subtle and special day. We met up with Matt & Ashleen a couple of months before the wedding to shoot their engagement shoot at their venue, it was a very cold and frosty January day with beautiful late afternoon sunshine.

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Sadly a few days after this meeting Matthew was struck down with a terrible virus, which left him fighting for his life. Thankfully he pulled through but was left with nerve damage and was unable to walk. We spoke with the couple several times and agreed that the day was to go ahead despite his ill health and that we would endeavour to do as much as had been planned.

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On the morning of the wedding we arrived at the bride’s parents home to capture all of the family and bride getting ready:  it was filled with lots of emotions and not a dry eye in the house! We left a stunning bride as we rushed to the venue to meet Matthew before Ashleen’s arrival, and were stunned to see that Matthew could stand for short period and he was determined to stand for his bride’s entrance. Matthew drew on all of his strength that day and stood waiting as his bride walked down the aisle to meet her man.

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These moments were so moving and were felt by all there that day. We went on the take a very rapid selection of wonderful group pictures for their family and also were able to capture a few moments with the bride & groom. This was really a special day as it brought home the very meaningful vows taken "in sickness and in health" as we never know what fate has in store for us. Matthew continues to make progress, and we are currently working with the couple on their stunning Graphi Studio Wedding Album.

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

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We married some 25 years ago this September, it will be our Silver Wedding Anniversary this year! We married when we had very little money and had a simple registry office ceremony, which was perfect for us. Today things are done very differently and even on a budget weddings are fantastic celebrations of life and love. We had no official photographs, just a few the family took, which still makes us laugh and are very special to us! I suppose that’s why we feel it is important to have pictures taken on your day… even if you are on a budget.

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Any funny stories to share?

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We have many stories of love, laughter, tears and surprises (some which we can’t tell!) but there are times when things happen and do make you laugh when you look back, even if it wasn’t funny at the time! Like the time we had to chase the groom out of the pub opposite the church as the bride was arriving! Very stressful for us! He wasn’t stressed at all. Or having to push to bride’s car into the venue so she make grand entrance as if it the car was running! All of these things are what make weddings so exciting and special.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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We are parents fortunate to have three wonderful children, and this we think gives us a wonderful insight into how and why weddings mean so much to not just the couples who choose us but their families too.

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As there are two of us, we also understand what both a bride and groom want and how they want to be seen. A bride will have dreamt about being a princess for the day but grooms often have a different perspective:  some are very traditional and like things to be kept that way whilst others are more relaxed and just want their beautiful bride to have the day she dreamed of.

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It’s important to listen, as all of our couples are different and their day unique to them. Speed and anticipation are key too: you have to know how to read people and be ready to get those special moments. We like to use prime quality lenses and cameras which deliver a quality image under all conditions.

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

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Good time keeping, professionalism, quality equipment and knowing how to use it well! Friendly banter, with a happy disposition, where nothing is too much trouble and a safe pair of hands!

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Remember – we have to get the pictures on the day, there is no re-run! If the weather is dreadful we are able to cope with the most demanding of conditions: snow, ice, heat, rain or thunderstorms!

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What is included in your "package"?

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We offer a variety of options for our clients, depending on their own personal requirements, and will tailor a quote to them, but we do include a CD of all the best images with printing rights from your day to all of our couples as standard. We also include a FREE engagement shoot and FREE print to all couples, along with a selection of images for web use to share with family and friends before the big day. We also offer the stunning Graphi Studio range of wedding albums, which are all handmade to order in Italy and individually designed for each couple. We only ever shoot one wedding per day making your day our priority. We offer a DVD slideshow of your favourite images set to music, we can include framed prints, canvas or parents albums all tailored to your requirements.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Our prices start from £650, please contact us for a quote.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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We will be happy to offer any Brides up North readers a discount of up to 10% off selected wedding album options.  Please mention Brides Up North when booking. 

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

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You can visit our website at www.gandsphotography.co.ukOur Facebook page gets updated the most and its where we always post the first pictures from a wedding plus anything else we are up to. 

Our contact details are on our Facebook page and website.

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Spring Fresh! A Real Wedding In The North West – Kirsten & Carl

July 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I felt like treating you this afternoon, so it’s a double whammy of wedding blog content this Sunday with this beautiful spring Real Wedding sent to me by Pixies In The Cellar and real bride Kristen. 

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Kristen and Carl’s fresh and colourful classic wedding is a breath of fresh air.  Enjoy (and watch out for a stunning Real Wedding instalment coming up bright and early tomorrow too!). 

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Kirsten says:  Carl asked me to marry him at home on 26th March 2011 and we were married on 24th March 2012 at The Villa Country House Hotel, Wrea Green.

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We chose The Villa as it was a very relaxed and accommodating venue where we could have a get together with close friends and family the night before and everyone could stay over.

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We didn’t really have a theme, but ‘Springtime’ very much featured in the flowers, stationery and cake we chose.  Colour wise, we opted for a background of navy blue with lots of different spring colours in our flowers.

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My wedding dress was ‘Ali’ by Augusta Jones, quite a vintage style with lots of lace and a diamante belt, from a boutique shop in Shropshire.  I accessorised with a bunch of colourful spring flowers from Rolands in Rawtenstall.

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The bridesmaids chose long navy blue flowing dresses from Debenhams which we customised with brooch detail where the dress gathered at the front.

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My absolute favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle to meet Carl.

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We added special touches to the day by making a candy stand with personalised paper bags and Pixies In The Cellar set up a photo studio for portrait shots in the evening which was fantastic.

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For our cake, we chose a cupcake tower with a spring theme by Emily’s Cupcakes and we were entertained by a duo of singers/guitar players called ‘Just’.  All our stationery was by Lovegreen Invitations

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After the wedding we enjoyed a romantic stay-cation in a cottage on the coast of Scotland. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, smile and enjoy it!

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Congratulations Kirsten & Carl!

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Are you newlywed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding

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Love Bumps! A Real Engagement In The North West – Emmylou & Paul

July 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning’s blog post was written on the East Coast Friday night train home from London Kings Cross.  Blogging in rush hour is hard enough, but I am feeling absolutely cream crackered (yet fabulous, naturally!) after a day in the studio shooting a feature for Fabulous Magazine.  I tweeted a few behind the scenes pictures throughout the day yesterday (do you follow the blog on Twitter and Facebook yet?) but you will have to wait until the feature hits the newsstands in August to see more.

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It was an amazing day full of girl talk, gossip, posing, playing dress up, glamming up and wolfing down the studio’s buffet lunch.  The Fabulous team are a brilliant lot of ladies, and it was fun catching up with my friend Chloe from The White Room Sheffield too.  After all the fun that I’ve been having behind the scenes, I thought it was only right that I share something lovely with you this morning too. 

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Today we chat to Brides Up North reader and bride to be Emmylou of LilyBud Cupcakes, who will tie the knot with her man in 2013, after welcoming their second baby.  With images by Mick Cookson Photography, it’s hard to imagine how this little family could get even more perfect.  You know that I’m a sucker for a love story!

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Have a wonderful Saturday Brides Up North!  Who’s saying  “I do” today?  Good luck ladies! 

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Emmylou says: We met when I was working in hospitality management and Paul was a customer. He caught my eye in his smart suits and with his charm and I would look forward to seeing him walk in the building on a lunch meeting or after work.
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We’d been dating for a few weeks and he asked me to his friend’s wedding in Harrogate as his +1.  It was there that I realised I really liked him… nothing to do with the free bar.
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So we became a couple and shortly after, found out that we were having a baby. Paul was wonderful, looked after me and asked me to move in with him.  We have a beautiful little 4 year old girl named Lily Blossom. Paul is a wonderful dad and Lily is such a daddy’s girl.
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I hadn’t given much thought to getting married, I’ve been really busy with Lily Bud Cupcakes, other projects and Lily is still at home with me part time.
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However, when we found out we were expecting our second child, I knew it was time to start thinking about getting married. Especially as Lily has my surname and we didn’t want our little family to have different names. We were so happy but unfortunately, at Christmas, we lost our dream and I couldn’t think about getting married and put the thought aside.
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Just four months later, we found out we were expecting again and everything seemed brighter again. I picked my ring and showed Paul. He thought it was a little unconventional but I insisted it was the ring I wanted.

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We dropped Lily off with my mum and finally went shopping. I was ecstatic but he wouldn’t let me proudly wear it as we walked through Manchester. We surprised me with a beautiful meal at Jamie’s Restaurant and to celebrate, I had a very small glass of Prosecco. It was a lovely day and he finally asked me to marry him when we arrived home and he placed my new beautiful engagement ring on my finger. I said ‘Yes’ of course!
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Our baby is due in January so I’m going to plan the wedding over my maternity leave when I’m not busy baking and planning other couple’s weddings and cakes. I’m looking forward to this and I have already worked with some amazing wedding suppliers. I can’t wait to include them all in my wedding.
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Congratulations Emmylou & Paul!

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