Charlotte Balbier
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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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Eternal Flame: A Real Wedding – Kait & Mark

November 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m back in the UK today after a girly break visiting a friend who lives over in the UAE.  We had a blast and it was lovely to get some winter sun, although there really is no place like home, even if the welcome at Newcastle Airport yesterday morning was a little on the dark, dank and dreary side!

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So, on with the show – and I’ve brought a little bit of sunshine back with me!  Today on the wedding blog we have a Real Wedding with a distinctly gothic twist, sent in by Andy Pickard of Peacock Pix.  Andy says: When Kait and Mark chose 30th September for their wedding in the Victorian gothic splendour of Bestwood Lodge in Nottinghamshire they probably didn’t expect it to be the hottest day of the year, but despite the sultry weather this English rose & her dashing groom had the most fabulous wedding day, flourishing in the baking heat.

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Kait and Mark are both Live Action Role Play enthusiasts along with many of their friends and they made this wedding a ceremony to remember with a vintage feel.  After the ceremony a party atmosphere with impromptu song and dance routines from the guests added extra pizazz!

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They wanted me to record the day as it unfolded and what I captured was a love affair, hot as the weather and the bride’s flame red hair.  When it came to taking the wedding portraits you could see the obvious passion that these two have for each other.  The evening party had a distinctly gothic feel with a DJ sporting a magnificent Mohawk and good old fashioned loud rock music, my kind of wedding.  

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Let’s catch up with the bride herself!  It’s over to Kait: We got engaged a little spontaneously, having crawled into our tent when a thunderstorm hit absolutely covered in mud. I was cold and a bit grumpy and Mark just wrapped his arms around me and proposed.  We married on 30th September 2011 at Bestwood Lodge Country Park, Nottingham  – we were very lucky having believed we would get a rainy day to end up with a heat wave!  We were both blown away by the venue’s gorgeous Victorian features, huge green grounds and lovely staff. 

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Most people expected me to be in a black dress, red or purple at a push. So I decided to surprise them and went for a simple ivory fishtail dress from Karolanne in Nottingham.  I chose a red, white and black colour scheme and my two bridesmaids wore lovely 50’s style black dresses from Collectif Clothing.

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I carried a tear drop bouquet of red roses, red carnations and long ivy trails from Roma Flowers in Beeston. 

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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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Fancy sharing your Real Wedding memories on the wedding blogGet in touch! 

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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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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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Super Sunday!

June 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning All!  It’s been a very very busy week on the wedding blog this week with lots of exciting projects afoot, so I thought that it might be time to turn my attention inwards rather than outwards this week, with a little roundup of all the happenings at Brides Up North HQ.

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I have a few more fantastic surprises coming soon which I will keep up my sleeve, but for now, get a load of this lot…

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Brides Up North Wedding Belles!

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Well, well, well I am one very excited little wedding blogger this Sunday morning.  Today I am getting together with a group of fabulous North East wedding industry lasses, to take part in the Brides Up North Wedding Belles photo shoot with Mandy Charlton and Emerson Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel.  We have been keeping the shoot a secret for weeks months, but have allowed ourselves the odd sneaky tweet about it this week.  We can’t wait to share the results with you… watch out for some fabulous images coming the way of the wedding blog very very soon!

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We are going to be movie stars too – Forever Film will be making a special behind the scenes video so you can see exactly what goes on at a Brides Up North styled shoot.  Clue: lots of backcombing, lots of laughs. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Mandy Charlton Rock The Dress

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Big love to all those involved – Kerry from Daisychain Events, Gina from By Gina Jewellery, Kristy from Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Joy and Mark from Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, Steven from Forever Film, Lisa Cameron Wedding Hair Specialist, Leeanne Bennett Makeup Artist and of course the hugely talented super snappers Mandy Charlton and Jamie Emerson.

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See what happened last time I posed for Mandy Charlton by clicking here.

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Time For A Tweet Up or Three!

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Brides Up North Tweet Ups with Wedding Ideas Magazine

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I have had an absolutely phenomenal response to the Brides Up North Tweet Ups networking events supported by Wedding Ideas Magazine.

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Have YOU registered your interest yet?  Click here to sign up.  Please specify if you are interested in the North East, North West or Yorkshire event.  More details and dates coming very shortly.  The cocktails are on ice…

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Not sure what a Tweet Up is?  Click here and all will be explained

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North of the border and feeling left out?  I’ll be heading your way in the autumn, do not despair!

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Motion Pictures

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First, did you see this wonderful Pagan double wedding at Stonehenge recently on Brides Up North with images by Peacock Pix?

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Well, there was so much interest (it was even mentioned on Radio 2!!) that Andy from Peacock Pix sent Brides Up North the video of all the images… Amazing!

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Step Aside Bridezilla, there’s a much scarier monster in town…

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Charlotte Ward, freelance journalist and wedding blog BBF is on the lookout for a groomzilla to interview for a women’s magazine feature.  Know anyone who might fit the bill?  If so, contact Charlotte at

weddings@charlotteward.co.uk

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The Best of The Rest

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Also on the wedding blog this week, this fabulous lot.  Catch up time…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog:  Little Town Bakery by Helen Russell Photography

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Spin spin sugar!  A supplier showcase with Little Town Bakery

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Fabulous Photographer: Alison Groves Photography

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Green Gables – A Real Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Let Them Eat Cake:  A Bride & Groom Direct competition

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So Lovely In Lace – A Real Wedding by Tierney Photography

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The Wheels on the Bus – A Real Wedding by Ali Lovegrove

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Over and out!

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