December 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Its a bit of a late running start here at Brides Up North this Monday. I’m taking a little pre-Christmas holiday with my family and baby girl (bliss) and our Wi-Fi coverage seems to be vacationing too (not so much bliss). Just what a blogger loves – a poor internet connection!
Still, I think we’ve more than made up for the delay with this stunning set of images sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom and a collective of fabulous East Yorkshire wedding industry suppliers. Victoria Farr is another very special lady to grace the Brides Up North Featured Supplier Directory and having seen both her and Harriet Head’s work in person I can vouch for their considerable talents!
So starting late but starting timeless with a beautiful bit of inspiration for your Monday morning. Classic and chic, this is definitely one for all the Audrey’s out there…
Ally says: The common thread or purpose of this styled shoot was to showcase what East Yorkshire has to offer. We firmly believe that there is talent and life beyond the big smoke, hence Brides Up North being our resounding first choice when we decided to share these images, as they were far too good to keep to ourselves!
We are three local suppliers who’ve forged a great bond and work well together. We complement and inspire each other but most importantly we have fun. We had the opportunity to work with a beautiful Hull girl – Laura Peterson – destined for greatness on the silver screen and a beautiful hitherto undiscovered local stately home who have just opened their doors as a venue.
With an opportunity like this we rummaged through the yet to be photographed collections from By Harriet and decided to see how much fun we could have in a day. When classic beauty Laura entered the building, inspiration continued to flow and the shoot grew organically.
The day resulted in beautiful images of three different collections. As an added bonus we even managed to capture a couple of by Harriet’s hats and a sneak peak at the Christobel Circlet from the “Ethereal Dreams” collection, to be photographed soon.
There are those moments in life that prompt you to ask that old question: is this coincidence or is this fate? In the case of these three creative women, if you didn’t believe in fate before, they may just change your mind…
Harriet Head – By Harriet
Harriet is an experienced award winning accessories designer of couture & bespoke hand crafted pieces. She has worked not only brides but also on TV and commercial projects. Her designs are in demand world-wide and not just by brides, they have been worn to three Royal Weddings, Ascot and to many ladies day events. The start of 2014 sees by Harriet as a finalist in both the Wedding Industry Awards (Winner of NE Region for accessories) and the You & Your Wedding Magazine Bridal Retail Awards, both being announced at glittering London events in January, a new top Couture bridal stockist in London, working on a revamped website and two major national exhibitions in February and March.
Ally Byrom – Photography by Ally Byrom
A qualified, professional, award-winning and published photographer, specialising in wedding and commercial photography. We should also mention that Ally is currently offering an incredibly rare opportunity for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography, which you can learn more about by clicking here. But hurry the competition ends soon!!
Victoria Farr – Victoria Farr Make Up and Hair Artist
A much sought after professional in the hair and beauty industry. Victoria’s artistic flair and natural talent has seen her collaborate with leading industry and high fashion brands. A specialist wedding makeup & hairstylist her personal service leads the field in tailoring the perfect look for each client and occasion. With the luxury of being freelance Victoria travels all over the UK providing a personable service on your special day. Victoria also has experience in TV, commercial and camouflage make up.
Laura Peterson is a Hull actress currently studying at a prestigious American drama school founded by Stella Adler, whose past students include Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro. The team managed to prise Laura away from her busy schedule just before she jetted off to New York. Click here to read more.
Saltmarshe Hall is a beautiful, Grade II listed stately home on the River Ouse. With its light and airy rooms and vast, perfectly manicured gardens, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic or dramatic setting. Once inside Saltmarshe Hall, it was clear that the library, the orangery and the portico all had something different to offer and it was too good an opportunity to miss from both a product showcasing and photographic viewpoint.
So what brought Harriet, Ally and Victoria together? Where does fate fit into all of this? Well, they’re all professionals in the wedding industry who just happen to live within a 10 mile radius of each other in East Yorkshire and, unbelievably, never realised it and never met.
Thankfully (via social networking – thank you Facebook!), they finally did and, as you can imagine, when you combine their extensive credentials and experience, something spectacular is surely just around the corner.
And there’s no reason your wedding can’t resemble these beautiful images, so for more information or to make a booking with either Harriet, Ally or Victoria just follow the links to their web sites.
Little Black Book
Images – Photography By Ally Byrom
Hats and headpieces – By Harriet
Make up and hair – Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist
Venue – Saltmarshe Hall
Wedding Car – Silver Lane Wedding Cars
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November 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Following an extremely busy working weekend, it was high time for some downtime. C’mon, even a blogging machine like Brides Up North needs some non-screen time. Since we woke to crisp blue skies, I spent this morning out and about with my baby girl and her grandparents soaking up the autumn colours, fresh cold air and pretty vistas that surround our Yorkshire home. A pub lunch and a large Monday lunchtime glass of Sauvignon Blanc (very decadent – your Monday is my Sunday, remember!) and I’m back at home feeling happier, cosier and with distinctly more rosy cheeks.
This afternoon’s feature is full of the good stuff too – pink noses, chunky knits and cute kisses. And all that wholesome stuff aside, I’m wondering where our bride to be got that fabulous parker jacket. Total winter coat lust.
Let’s join Rachel and Scott as they share their engagement news with a seasonal shoot at the beautiful Castle Howard.
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom.
Rachel says: The day that Scott proposed was a really sunny day in spring and we decided to go to York for the day. Scott kept insisting that we go down by the river to find somewhere quiet but I wanted to find a wine bar to enjoy the sunshine. In the end we stopped on a bench in the park and he pulled out a little blue box and got down on one knee. I quickly said yes and told him to get up as people started clapping!
We are getting married in June 2014 at Castle Howard.
We met whilst working together travelling Greece. We were friends to begin with and after many ‘bar dates’ in Greece he finally took me on a real date to a Moroccan restaurant!
After our working holiday I returned home and Scott came to see me for a ‘weekend’ and never went back to London – the rest is history.
I love Scott’s ability to always make me smile and our biggest wish for married life is to stay as happy as we are today.
We chose to have an engagement shoot to get to know our photographer a little more but also to have an idea about what location in the grounds of our venue would be most suitable for photographs on the day of our wedding.
We thoroughly enjoyed the engagement shoot and I think it definitely helped us relax a little bit and act more natural with each other in front of the camera. We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding story with Brides Up North next year!
Congratulations Rachel & Scott!
October 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime
As well as showing off the talents of our amazing wedding industry in the North, one added bonus of our Featured Supplier showcases here on the blog is the insight it gives into the fabulous personalities behind their professional personas. One such lovely lady is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ally of Photography By Ally Byrom, who is here to day to introduce herself and her work. Oh, and give away a day’s wedding photography COMPLETELY FREE! Read on, or if your head’s been turned by that revelation, click here for more details and to enter.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I have been a photographer for many years in the tiny Channel Island of Guernsey where I photographed around 25 weddings a year. I moved to East Yorkshire 18 months ago and have been astounded by the number of spectacular wedding venues and the warmth of the Yorkshire people.
I studied art at University where I first picked up a film camera. Photography didn’t really float my boat until the advent of digital cameras and Photoshop – it was like being able to paint pictures without chucking away a ton of canvasses!
I first established myself as a children’s portrait photographer until one day a client asked the fateful question “Do you photograph weddings?”. So I said yes, and I was hooked.
I hold the Licentiateship of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and have won multiple gold awards with the SWPP. My work has been published in Digital Camera Magazine, Professional Imagemaker and will shortly be published in My Perfect Wedding magazine.
Why wedding photography specifically?
Weddings are emotional, fun and full of personality and little details! For a photographer who loves portraiture it’s a positive feast!
I have lost count of the number of weddings I have photographed but all of them without doubt are different. It is hard work but I can honestly say I never ever notice the time on a wedding day. It seems like you start photographing the preparations and before you can blink the bride and groom are being called to the dance floor for their first dance! By the end of the day I am tired but buzzing!
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
I love the fact that I meet my clients at least a year in advance of their wedding day and I know nothing at all about them. By the time the wedding day arrives we have built a rapport and I am just as excited as they are to see how they have set the scene for their very special day.
I love designing wedding albums, for me the album is a bride and groom’s story and a wedding feels naked without one. Whilst I am photographing a wedding I do so with the album in mind and as a result every page tells the story of each scene. I am so passionate about albums I wrote a whole blog post on why everyone should have one! I haven’t shown an album to many newlyweds without them shedding a tear or two!
We hear you have a VERY exciting competition in the pipeline?
Indeed I do, I am offering one lucky couple the chance to WIN their wedding photography. Anyone who has planned or is currently planning a wedding knows just how much of your budget is set aside for professional photography, and I feel lucky to be able to save a couple a considerable portion of their budget!
To enter, couples should head over to my Facebook page for the terms and conditions – it’s very easy to enter, and well worth it! The winner will be announced just before Christmas on 22nd December – what a lovely gift for one lucky couple.
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
My style is around 95% unstaged. I describe myself as an honest, sincere and inspirational photographer. I am most interested in capturing the emotion of the day, which is more often than not when people don’t know they are being photographed. I like to make my images look as though I was looking through a keyhole. There is a saying “nothing changes behaviour like being observed” which is absolutely true, if you don’t believe me just stand in front of a camera …
The greatest compliment clients can pay me is that they didn’t know I was there.
When it comes to the all important time alone with the couple I choose a location that says something about where they were that day then ask them to take a walk and focus on each other. I use a very long lens which helps me keep my distance and they then tend to act more naturally. Once they become comfortable only then will I add a tiny bit of direction.
Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?
If I had £1 for every time people say to me “I hate having my photograph taken” I would be one very rich lady! But in reality on a wedding day when everyone is looking their very best and there’s a bit of champagne involved there is usually a queue for the camera!
We all have the same goal – great pictures – and my advice to a bride who really doesn’t like to have her picture taken would be to look at her husband, she’ll forget the camera is even there, the same advice I will give her on the day.
Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?
Alan Rickman’s wedding – preferably with me as the bride!
Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?
Far too many to mention, all of my weddings to date have been at least one if not all of these.
If I must choose one then it would be the wedding of two opera singers, I had goose bumps in the church, the singing was incredible.
Any funny stories to share?
Being a photographer in the Channel Island of Guernsey for several years, most wedding venues have swimming pools and there’s rarely a wedding without someone ending up in it!
Scottish weddings featuring kilts are always reliable for a slice of humour; for some reason they are always keen to share the “secrets” beneath the kilt. The culprits rarely consider that I am sober, have a camera and will definitely take the shot!
Not exactly funny but I did have to stop a waiter half way through distributing the wedding cake and explain that the bride and groom hadn’t cut it yet! Poor guy was mortified.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
My style is unobtrusive, I do not interfere in a wedding day and as a result my images are natural, full of emotion and a reflection of the bride and groom’s personalities.
There is a wealth of photographic talent out there and I think in the end it comes down to your style and personality. Stunning images will not get you by on their own, you also need an engaging personality because wedding photography is great imagery and great people management in equal parts. I pride myself in having both.
I also offer wedding films. We make amazing wedding films and have a real passion for telling stories. We make high emotion wedding films that will stand the test of time and be as enjoyable now as they will be for years to come. You can see a trailer by clicking here.
What can a couple who book you expect on the day?
A big smile. My undivided attention. An organised, calm and punctual photographer (actually that’s a fib, I’m always early). A gentle people manager (you’ll love this when it’s time to gather 200 guests for a group shot). A pair of helpful hands – I carry a crochet hook for silk buttons on wedding dresses and I am well practiced in lacing up too!
But most importantly of all you can expect a beautiful set of images recorded sensitively to remember that special time in your lives.
What is included in your "package"?
I don’t have set packages, I provide clients with a tailor made service and provide what they feel they need. From disks, to beautifully bound wedding albums, high quality frames and thank you cards.
Can you give us an idea on price?
My base price is £1,500, this includes my time from preparation to first dance and a disk of high resolution, post-processed images from which you can print. Beautifully crafted professional quality albums are available at an additional cost.
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?
You can see my wedding photography and film at www.allybyrom.com
Call me on 07704 171118
E-mail me at email@example.com
Anything else we should know?
I love a good gin & tonic. I love weddings. I read all the time. I am constantly watching my weight. I love shoes. I guess I am your average woman, except I don’t have an obsession with handbags!
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