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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Sei La Mia Rosa – A Real Destination Wedding In Sorrento, Italy – Sally & Lee

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ve been recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy… we’ll be returning to our usual schedule tomorrow!

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In this fairly new trade, y’know, the modern profession of wedding blogging, one gets to see a whole load of gorgeous on a daily basis.  But just when you think you are nearing beauty blindness, along comes a Real Wedding that knocks your socks clean off. 

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This words cannot describe how stunning Real Wedding of Northern couple Sally & Lee – sent to me by my new favourite person and friend of the wedding blog Sheffield photographer India Hobson Photography – did just that.  Consider my socks knocked.  

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Thought the New Year was going to be dull?  Think again, as my forecast says jaw dropping!

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India says:  Sally and Lee were worried that if they had an Italian photographer they may come across problems with the language barrier and came to me – and I’m so glad that they did. I flew over with one of Sally’s best friends, and stayed for a few nights around the wedding itself; it was a pleasure to be welcomed by all the guests and it was certainly picturesque.

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Let’s chat to real bride Sally: We got engaged on Christmas morning at home by the Christmas tree in 2009.  Lee and I met in college and after 10 great years together, I was absolutely over the moon to be engaged and it was our most magical Christmas ever!  We married on 2 August 2011 at Cloister St Francesco in Sorrento, situated along the Amalfi coast in Italy.

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We had both agreed on a wedding abroad but wanted to keep a more traditional feel to the ceremony, rather than a beach style wedding. Both Lee and I adore Italy: the food, the culture, the romance, the wine, and the Italian attitude to a laid back lifestyle, embodied in the saying: “dolce far niente” (The sweetness of doing nothing! And yes we have watched Eat Pray Love). After doing our research we stumbled upon the perfect venue, The Cloister St. Francesco in Sorrento, an old monastery dating back to the 8th century.

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When you walk through the entrance and step into the open space surrounded by ancient archways, columns and pretty greenery, you find the perfect romantic setting to say your vows. When you step out of the Cloister, you are greeted with a spectacular view of the bay of Naples. It is a stunning location along the Amalfi coast and provided the perfect romantic backdrop for our wedding photography.

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My father and I travelled from The Grand Hotel de la Ville by traditional Surrentine horse drawn carriage. It was a surreal moment and realisation of a dream come true made all the more exciting when spirited Italians sped past us on their Vespas shouting “Ciao bella!”.

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The theme was vintage romance – the venue and setting spoke for itself really.  We chose neutral shades in fitting with the backdrop, coffee and cream for the bridesmaids.

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The dress was from Catherine-May Bridal in Honley, near Holmfirth. From the offset it was clear that natural taupe, soft grey and earthy tones were best suited to my own skin tone and hair colour, as opposed to classic white or ivory. The style was a mermaid silhouette with strapless sweetheart neckline, an asymmetrical ruched bodice with shabby chic corsage at the hip and a chapel train. The fabric was French Taffeta in feather grey, which gave the dress a more vintage feel. Everyone commented on the colour, which really made a statement and was very fitting to the surroundings and romance of Italy. It was the only dress that gave me butterflies in my tummy when I tried it on and when I saw the look on my mum’s face, I knew it was ‘The One’. The headpiece was vintage lace with pearls, custom-made at Kula Tsurdiu in Nottingham.

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My bouquet was a mixture of cream and vintage lilac roses and greenery. My bridesmaid carried cream roses whilst the flower girl had cream silk rose petals, in keeping with the romantic theme.

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My chief bridesmaid, Katie, wore a dress by Leeds based fashion designer Lucy Bennett, who runs her own label Roc and Doll. I was able to assist in the design process and wanted the dress to have a Grecian goddess feel to it with flowing chiffon fabric. The dress was one shoulder with rose detailing at the strap, rouching at the bust, high waste line with coffee and cream panels on the skirt and a small train at the back. The flower girl, Rebecca, wore a cream dress from Monsoon with vintage lace detail top, capped sleeves, tulle layered skirt and silk bow tie at the back.

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The whole wedding was arranged through a Sorrento based company called Sorrento Sunland, who sourced local suppliers for every aspect of the wedding. They provided an excellent service, responded quickly to queries and were both enthusiastic and supportive every step of the way.

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I have never seen a bride use a parasol before so I felt this added a special touch, especially in the photographs and it also proved to be practical in keeping my face shaded from the sun. A perfect accessory for a wedding abroad! I provided female guests with fans to keep cool as they awaited my arrival to the Cloister.

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A personal touch was the name labels on the favours. I attached old fashioned tags with lace and on one side wrote the name of each guest, on the other I wrote romantic phrases in Italian such as ‘per sempre insieme’ (together forever), ‘amo solo te’ (I love only you), ‘sei la mia rosa’ (you are my rose). All the guests were asking me to translate!

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In Italy the cake was presented on a stand individually portioned and served to the guests as their dessert. Sorrento is famous for its lemon orchards so we chose the light lemon sponge covered in Chantilly cream. It was delicious.

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Our reception was at Marameo Beach Restaurant, on a jetty out in the sea. We had our DJ playing chilled out tunes during dinner and as the sun was setting. Then the music got louder and we made our own entertainment! The setting by the cliff face and looking out to sea was absolutely stunning!

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Both Lee and I agree it is difficult to choose one specific part of the day as we loved every single moment. One aspect we both agreed on was the fact that it was a very intimate affair with close family and friends (32 guests). This meant that we got to spend time with each other as well as our guests and felt overwhelmed by the love and support from all those who shared our special day. It was relaxed and informal. We both loved our first dance to Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’. Lee got very emotional and it was lovely when our friends and family joined in.

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As the bride, if I had to choose one part of the day it would have to be stepping into the cloister and the ceremony that followed. It was such a fairy tale, overwhelming emotional moment floating down the isle with my Dad by my side. One I shall cherish forever. The string quartet playing Pachelbel’s Canon as I entered the Cloister was absolutely beautiful and the romantic music played throughout set the perfect atmosphere.

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The romantic reading by my friend, Carolyne Gregory was also a special moment. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

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We went to Thailand on our honeymoon. We spent 5 nights in Bangkok at the Banyan Tree Hotel, famous for its Vertigo restaurant on the top of the hotel on the 61st floor. We enjoyed dinner there on our last night.

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We visited the Grand Palace Buddhist temples, watched Muay Thai boxing, visited the floating markets and had outfits tailor made. We then flew down to Phuket and stayed at the Indigo Pearl spa resort for two weeks the relaxing portion of the honeymoon.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, keep calm and take in every special moment of the day. Don’t let it pass you by worrying unnecessarily, it will all go to plan. Also remember to spend time with your new hubby as well as the guests and have fun together.

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Anyone considering a wedding abroad should contact their local registrar who will explain the procedures according to where you choose to marry. I can’t recommend this enough, especially as you can do it all again on your return by throwing another big knees up and show off the dress of your dreams for one last time!

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HEARTCongratulations Sally & Lee! HEART

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  – Images © 2012 India Hobson Photography

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April 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Is it Wednesday already?  I don’t know whether I’m coming or going this week with brilliant sunshine one day, blizzards the next! I wish the World and the weather would sort itself out. 

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This morning, I chat to one of my very favourite ladies in the industry, India of India Hobson Weddings, here she is (far left) with me (far right) on a recent shoot…

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…about her love for wedding and fashion photography, and the effort that goes into creating fabulous memories of your big day.  Even better, if you mention BUNSHOOT or BUNDISCOUNT when booking with her you can choose between a free pre wedding shoot or a 10% discount off your wedding photography. 

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I can feel the mid week blues dispersing already…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I found myself assisting a wedding photographer about 7 years ago, and ended up working for him for 2 years shooting all the candid moments & learning to anticipate shots as well as finding my way around a camera! I really enjoyed the fast pace and so studied an art foundation course, following that with a degree in photography at the Manchester School of Art. I’ve worked in fashion, shooting for various magazines such as Oh Comely Magazine & have been featured in Stella, the Sunday Telegraph supplement.

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I fell back into weddings last year and haven’t looked back – this time I have years of experience in different types of image-making as well as a creative approach that makes my images not-so-traditional.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

 

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First and foremost I love working with people. I also love being creative, and I firmly believe that your wedding photographs are not only a document of a defining moment in a relationship, but they should also be a CELEBRATION. Your images should make your heart feel full of love, life and make you feel proud. Weddings are where you find the natural full smiles, a joyful tear and countless hugs – there’s no other profession that can boast such pure, positive emotion.

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I also work with bridal/wedding suppliers to create bespoke imagery for their businesses & I find that everyone in the industry (so far!) is full of love for their job, highly creative & incredibly driven – I think we all have to believe in what we do and the love between two people.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Variety, definitely. I’ve never seen two weddings the same and that’s definitely a strength! Every person is different, and each bring their own to their wedding. I’m a sucker for the personal touches!

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I’m also a very happy bunny when I’m travelling, which I do often (a 4 hour coach journey is a great time to get through emails!) I’m based in Sheffield but I’d say only 5% of my weddings are in Sheffield – I travel far and wide (including Europe) to do what I love.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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With couples as far away as Norway booking my services, I use Skype in order to have face-to-face contact before the big day and if I can meet with you then that’s even better – a pre-wedding/engagement shoot is a perfect way to ease any nerves (and have some fun!).

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On your wedding day at times I will direct an image (such as with specific family/group shots) but for the most part I like to catch the natural moments and that means I’m close by but not in your space. I always make sure that I pull my couples away from their guests for a little while, not only for individual photos but also because it’s the first time you’ll have seen each other alone – and that short breather will make you feel amazing.

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

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Most people would agree that they feel awkward when they’re posing – so 98% of the time I don’t ask you to. If you feel comfortable then you will look like you are and that is more attractive than a forced smile! I’d absolutely recommend having a professional make-up artist to enhance your features and make you feel extra pampered. The most important thing to remember really is to enjoy your day, don’t even think about being photographed – relax, indulge & I will do the rest.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I don’t think I could pinpoint 1 or 2 – but I know that this year will is looking positive for chart-toppers as some of my best friends are tying the knot, and I am so excited about them. It’s an absolute pleasure to photograph for people I know too – I think it’s a huge compliment to be asked. One of my friends is hiring a marquee in a field and we’re staying for the whole weekend so that will have a festival feel to it, and another is very informally celebrating with a quayside barbeque so I guess my favourites are the more relaxed & simple – with the family & friends at the fore.

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We hear that you recently got engaged?

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We have plans galore! {see India’s self portrait engagement shoot here}. We’re planning a simple day, with beach-esque touches with grasses & heathers as well as plenty of small but meaningful touches. My maid of honour is designing my dress with hand-embroidery from a few talented family members, both Lee & I have designed our stationery/invites and a friend of mine (a fashion photographer) is photographing – so plenty of involvement from everyone I love. And there’ll be dancing!

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Any funny stories to share?

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As I’m usually with the bride for the majority of the day I have many-a-time helped them into dresses – it’s a skill I’ve developed and of course being female I can oblige!

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I photographed a wedding in Turkey last year and we weren’t told that the bride being a little late is definitely not allowed – so that resulted in a 5 minute rush to dress & have a quick pre-ceremony toast, luckily the registrar hadn’t left… There was a mad-dash for the mother-of-the-bride’s hat though as she’d left that in the room & had planned her entire outfit around it! Those last minute things add to the excitement and also make great stories.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I think coming from a fashion background makes me look in a different way to most, I aim to make something from the scenes in front of me rather than just record them and I want you to be able to look at your wedding images every day afterwards and still feel inspired & special. My images are an extended portrait of your relationship and I do this by being creative & thinking outside the box. I use mirrors, doorways and other things unique to your venue and choose colourings/textures that I feel really suit you as a couple. Most of all I like my couples to know that I understand the responsibility I have and that I look after them from the moment that they inquire – and that I know it’s not all roses & menu-tasting while planning for a wedding so I do what I can to make it easier. 

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

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Bridal preparations are usually the start of my day – and so as well as photography I help to calm nerves & answer any questions I can help with, whether that’s about me or if your hair looks right.

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I like to keep close with the bride & groom – couples often look to me for reassurance as I tend to know what’s coming next (don’t forget I’ve done this before & usually it’s your first time!) and when it feels like the right time I like to guide you away from your guests for a short photo session that also lets you spend a little time with each other to let the day sink in.

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Expect my full attention for the rest of the day, whether it’s orchestrating group/family shots, or getting those natural images of your guests enjoying themselves. The details don’t go unnoticed either and I’m with you until it feels right to you – obviously I can’t promise to capture everything, but I can do my very best!

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What is included in your “package”?

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Weddings are difficult to put together, and to make it as simple as possible I offer 2 packages; the first in which I provide all of your images on disc/s with a license to reproduce and the second includes a leather album of your favourite images put together by hand, as well as all the images. I never hold back images – you get every single one. I offer engagement/pre-wedding shoots as extras and can also help if you want to create a unique piece of wall art. Just get in touch if there’s something special you have in mind.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Packages are £1250 & £1650. I give a bespoke price for destination weddings so please ask if a wedding abroad is in your plans. Couples can also shoot with me just because they want to!

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Absolutely! If you wish to book me you can choose between a 10% discount on either package or include a pre-wedding/engagement shoot for free – just mention either BUNDISCOUNT or BUNSHOOT in your message to me. Weddings can be expensive, so every little helps along the way.

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

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My (shiny new) website: www.indiahobsonweddings.co.uk
I have a blog too: www.indiahobsonweddings.blogspot.co.uk
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All contact details are on both of those pages.

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