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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Something In The Air, A Real (Double)Pagan Wedding – Pam & Stuart and Vicky & Tony

December 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This Real Wedding which featured on the wedding blog back in June is so unlike any other that I have featured in terms of religious beliefs, location, dress and the fact that it’s a double celebration, that it had to take it’s place in my recap of favourites from 2011.  Broomsticks at the ready!  

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andy of Peacock Pix sent Brides Up North this amazing Real Wedding.  When this landed in the Brides Up North inbox I really sat up and took notice.  This (double) wedding is quirky and different, yes, but very very very special too. 

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Peacock Pix tells us more: On 30 April 2011, on the eve of the Pagan festival of Beltane we were privileged to shoot a double handfasting within the circle of Stonehenge. The couples Pam & Stuart and Vicky & Tony were already legally wed but as practising Pagans they felt that the ancient ritual of handfasting where knots are tied and broomsticks jumped and more importantly vows made that are not formulaic and seek to bind the relationship with the forces of nature, earth & the universe just had to be done.

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The logistics had been quite protracted for the Lancashire quartet & obviously the arrangements made via phone & internet, including finding their celebrants Cat Treadwell & her partner James Begley, both priests of the Druid faith and myself as photographer and my wife Sally as second camera.

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Despite the necessity of these arrangements we met up on Saturday afternoon and immediately felt the warmth & sincerity of purpose embodied by all involved. At Stonehenge itself the wedding party attracted a lot of attention & curiosity from the last tourists of the day; the couples, their witnesses, family & friends remained focused in anticipation as the site was cleared.

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Finally we were escorted to the monument by Stonehenge security staff, the wedding parties congregated outside the circle to remove their shoes & make final preparations while the celebrants prepared their altar and artifacts within. As venues go it was quite literally an awe inspiring location: the sun was shining and the wind blew quite fiercely as the ceremonial circle was made & the spirits of the ancestors invoked to witness. Our plan as ever was to not intrude but to record the ceremony from all perspectives and to create a wedding portfolio that captured the atmosphere of the day. As the sun began to set the ceremony began & even the wind seemed to abate a little. My wife & I moved around the outer circle to exploit light & shadow and capture all aspects of the ceremony.

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All wedding days are very special days for those getting married and we aspire to rise to the challenge of capturing the atmosphere  and occasion for all involved sometimes the venue has a little extra wow factor but in the end we hope our photographs capture the essence of what the day meant to the happy couple.

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Just wow.  It’s rare that this wedding blogger is left speechless.  But there you go.

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Brides and Photographers – fancy seeing your Real Wedding photographs featured on the Brides Up North wedding blogContact me 

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Trick Or Treat? Eye Candy: Dia De Los Muertos

October 31st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

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And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Dia De Los Muertos

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Happy, happy Halloween! You didn’t think I would let one of my favourite days of the year go past without a mention, did you?

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This afternoon on the wedding blog, a wedding inspiration collage paying homage to the Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) an increasingly popular theme for alternative ceremonies and a colourful celebration of lost loved ones with marigolds, sugar skulls and colour pops galore.  Read more about Dia De Los Muertos here

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Be inspired.

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  – Song Lyrics from Michael Jackon’s Thriller, Inspiration Board © 2011 Brides Up NorthImages sourced via: ohsobeautifulpaper.com, sparrows-and-arrows.blogspot.com, ageminirising.blogspot.com, poptasticbride.com, kaboodle.comgothamist.com, projectwedding.com, lamode.co.nz, trendhunter.com, misanthropoet.tumblr.comcakelava.blogspot.comfineartamerica.com, jessicamonnichphotography.com, weddingbee.comweheartit.com, dailymail.co.uk, Emerson Photography 

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Friday Fabulous!

September 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Friday Fabulous Bourne Collection

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Not your traditional wedding shoe granted, but just too fierce and fabulous to leave out, and perfect if you fancy adding a rockin’ twist to your bridal footwear. 

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Ladies – if you can incorporate these into your wedding, hen party, honeymoon or life in some way I will salute you.

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Charlie in Pink Leopard by Bourne £195

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{Visit the Bourne website, I implore you – they also carry the most fabulous wedding heels around}

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  – Image © 2011 Bourne

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Biker Chic, A Real Wedding – Penny & Nik

September 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Well. Sometimes I get a Real Wedding submission that just fills this with glee.  Penny and Nik’s big day, submitted by the lovely Jamie of Emerson Photography is one of them.  Because it full on rocks.

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Brides Up North is all about celebrating Northern talent, Northern couples and the fact that the North is just all round better fabulous!  On these pretty wedding blog pages, leather can sit alongside lace and peonies alongside chocolate skulls (wait for it…!). 

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Let’s celebrate similarities, differences, following trends, forgetting trends, doing things your way, letting your parents have a little say, vintage brides, punk rock brides, classic brides and being proud to be Northern.  And above all, lets celebrate L.O.V.E. 

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Happy Wednesday!

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Jamie says:  This wedding was a long time coming – I’d been looking forward to it for months!  Our groom, Nik belongs to a motorcycle club and many of the guests crossed continents on their bikes to be there on the big day.  Penny and Nik were married in the very grand, very low key surrounds of Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire.  The day began with meeting a film crew in the car park.  They were from Sky Food Channel, on behalf of Choccywoccydoodah – cake makers extraordinaire.  They specialise in incredibly intricate and artful cakes – more of which later.

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Penny was soon helped into her bespoke gown.  Tailored locally to fit in with the denim and leather theme of the wedding, and cut especially low at the back to show off her new tattoos.  The more I shot, the more obvious it became that this wedding had been planned long and hard!  The attention to every little detail was astonishing; from toenail transfers to very eye-catching shoes (DMs for Penny and shark attack print heels for the rest of the girls!).

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The ceremony itself was held in the Lodge’s garden, with the sounds and smells of a beautiful Summer’s day floating over the excited babble of the guests.  Penny and Nik had managed to have a brand new wooden pergola built and Penny walked towards it through an avenue of huge motorbikes belonging to the guests. 

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After the heartfelt ceremony, the bride and groom walked back through the corridor of motorbikes, but this time, the engines were fired up and the noise was awesome, in the original sense of the word.  It sounded like the end of the world, but was strangely romantic at the same time.  My poor assistant spent the rest of the day deaf in one ear!

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You have to see the rest… and the famous cake.  Click through to read more. 

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Birds Of A Feather, A Real Wedding – Andy & Sally

July 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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As I said just this Saturday on the wedding blog, I am all for featuring all different kinds of weddings in these pages and refuse to be shoe-horned into one genre.  Today’s Real Wedding is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andy Pickard Peacock Pix’s own, and would probably fall into the “offbeat” category.  However, when I came to blog this Andy’s wedding I realised that there was nothing offbeat about it.  In fact, it was so “onbeat” with Andy’s fun and kooky personality, it was untrue. 

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This wedding is quirky, it’s fun and it’s beautiful.  There’s a whole lot of peacock feathers, a whole load of inflatable guitars and a whole lorra love in these two amazing settings!  Fandabydosy!

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Over to the groom: What  does a wedding photographer do when it’s comes to the point of realisation that they can’t shoot their own wedding?  Sally and I spent many hours searching the internet looking for that special person, someone who had the flair and romantic style to capture our unique peacock inspired wedding.  Andrew Billington Photography stood head and shoulders above all contenders with his fabulous eye and unmistakable style. Andy managed to capture every emotion filled moment with the decadent grandeur we envisioned when planning our once in a lifetime celebration.

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We had planned a truly spectacular day from the pink Cadillac to the live rock band (Wild Turkey – Halifax’s premier party band)  and 100 inflatable guitars for all the budding air guitarists at our evening hog roast reception.

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Sally designed her dress, made the bridesmaids’ jewellery, cake bands, table centres, hand fasting tie and also hand-embellished the invitations as well as sourcing many one of a kind hand crafted details such as her tiara, her bouquet of leather roses & peacock feathers, the Lego couple for the wedding cake and my wedding coat.

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The two part ceremony – civil plus Pagan hand fasting – took place at Newstead Abbey, ancestral home of poet and playboy Lord Byron resplendent with with gothic architecture, sweeping grounds, lakes and (of course!) peacocks.

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The venue also inspired our choice of wedding attire with velvet frock coat and frills for myself and Sally’s bespoke silk corseted dress featuring over 100 peacock feathers.

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Forever Green Restaurant in Sherwood Forest supplied a magical secluded woodland setting for the hog roast reception and the party rocked on well into the night!

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Fabulous Photographer: Peacock Pix

July 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Andy of Peacock Pix, today’s featured Fabulous Photographer on the wedding blog, is a kooky creative.  I love him! Though to be honest I’d love anyone who had a rock band and 100 inflatable guitars at their wedding…read on!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Peacock Pix

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Over to Mr Peacock Pix

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I am a self-taught photographer, although I taught digital photography to others for eight years. I have always been a keen photographer; starting from my eighth birthday present: a Kodak Box Brownie and progressing over the years through film SLRs to digital SLRs. In 2008 I shot my first wedding and was hooked!

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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While I’m passionate about all photography and am rarely seen without one camera or another, weddings are the ultimate challenge for me; so many shooting styles & techniques are required, so many once-only chances to capture the perfect shot in telling the story of the perfect wedding day.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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That’s easy! I just love being the one to record all those intimate moments and special details that go to making a wedding day unique, to capture a permanent record that can be enjoyed by the couple and their family time and time again. 

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I endeavour to meet couples in person at least once prior to the wedding and hopefully visit their venue with them to discuss what they would like from their wedding shoot.  I feel that it’s essential to listen to what people want rather than impose any particular style. At this time I’ll take some informal shots to put the couple at their ease, so that on the day we know each other better.

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

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My advice would be to relax and try not to worry. To enjoy their day and forget that I’m there, after all I’m only there to capture their day. I also find that the pre-wedding meeting and shoot is an ideal time to dispel any concerns and offer reassurance.

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

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That’s really up to the individual bride, whatever style the bride wants and feels most comfortable with will help me produce the most natural relaxed images.

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

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It’s best not to try a brand new look for the first time on your wedding day but I’m sure everyone tries out their ideas beforehand. As long as the wedding party are happy the result will be great images.

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

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If Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman ever decide to renew their vows I’d love to be the one to capture the party. I like to celebrate the uniqueness of a wedding and I’m guessing that Jonathan and Jane would have a VERY unique celebration indeed.

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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All weddings are memorable but I’ve been lucky as there have a been a couple of really fabulous ones in the last couple of years – a wedding at a Devon beach resort where the couple wanted the entire weekend capturing including a surfing competition and beach party on Saturday and their vintage 1970s style wedding on Sunday and secondly the double hand fasting at Stonehenge (which was showcased on this wedding blog recently).

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day.

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Yes I am; in fact my wife Sally often accompanies me to shoots as second camera for bigger weddings. We were married last August at Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron. We had a peacock theme and we both took the opportunity to dress extravagantly with literally hundreds of peacock feathers involved! We followed the civil ceremony with a fabulously moving hand fasting in a wooded glade in the Abbey grounds and then held a reception at Forever Green restaurant, beautifully situated in Sherwood Forest featuring a hog roast, live rock band and 100 inflatable guitars.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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My passion – I’m not saying others don’t have passion but for me it’s more than just a job; I have a need to do the best I can and create a unique record for each couple. My wife says I suffer from OCD – Obsessive Camera Disorder.

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I create images for couples in love, great wedding photography tells stories, capturing the unique personality and intimate moments of a wedding. I focus on the relationships between people, capturing their expressions and emotions, often taking the picture without anyone knowing. I try to document every key moment, from the preparation through to the first dance.

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

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A bespoke service – I shoot what they want, not just my signature shots. If a couple have particular photographs or look they would like taken in a particular way then I can deliver. I do however put my personality into the shoot which marks it out as a Peacock Pix event.

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What is included in your "package"?

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All our packages include a pre-wedding meeting and venue visit to discuss what they would like from me; full wedding day coverage from preparations to first dance; 250+ high resolution images, fully edited which come on DVD with permission to reproduce the images as the couple and their family desire.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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As a Northerner I believe in value for money –all packages include full day coverage. My prices start at £450 and range to £1000 depending on what extras you choose to include. Full details are available at www.peacockpix.co.uk

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Yes, all clients who mention Brides Up North when booking can have a complimentary pre-wedding shoot with 2 x12x8 prints and a 15% discount on any of our wedding packages.  This offer will be available for all weddings booked in 2011.

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

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Visit my websites:
www.peacockpix.co.uk
http://peacockpix.blogspot.com/

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or follow me on Twitter @Peacockpix

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Anything else we should know?

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If any couples who are reading this are planning an unusual, creative or funky wedding please get in touch as we may offer additional extras to shoot really funky weddings.

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