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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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Walk With Me: A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Jennie & Andrew

August 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s Thursday.  The weekend approacheth.  If you need another reason to be cheerful, then how about this  beautiful twosome’s lovely love story, with a gorgeous set of engagement photographs by the superbly talented (and a Brides Up North Featured Supplier to boot!) Jess Petrie Photography.  I was saving this for my Wedding Magazine column, but thought that I would share this with you lot here too!  

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I just love what this gal does with colour, tone and light.  Super fresh, romantic and just what the doctor ordered!  Get her booked for your big day, pronto. 

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Let’s catch up with Brides Up North reader Jennie and her husband to be Andrew as they take a pre-wedding walk through one of their favourite beauty spots.  

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Jennie says:  Andrew proposed up Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District. We were all on our own overlooking a view of Lake Windermere and the ring was in the lunchbox for our picnic!

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We are getting married this month at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping, Lancashire. The plan is to have a garden wedding, weather permitting!

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We met at 6th Form College through mutual friends in year 2000 and became a couple in 2001.  Our first date was both of us (and a hundred other people!) at an after show party. We became a couple on a Tuesday and the party was on the following Saturday. It was our first chance to socialise due to the show I was in that week.

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I think I knew Andrew was the one when he suggested we move in together.  I love Andrew’s smile and the way he gets on so easily with people around him.

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Our greatest wish for married life is good health and happiness. 

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We thought an engagement shoot it was a great idea to get to know our photographer, Jess Petrie Photography, and her style. We knew it would help settle any nerves in front of the camera for the big day! It was also great to have some professional pictures taken in one of our favourite local walking spots!

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We had a lovely afternoon for our engagement shoot and it helped us to relax. We have shared the photos with our family and friends which has stirred up the excitement for the big day!

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It’s great to see real brides at Real Weddings on Brides Up North and find inspiration.  We would love to come back and share our wedding photographs with you!

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Congratulations Jennie & Andrew!

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Botanic Beauty! A Real Relaxed Wedding In Sheffield – Anna & Matt

July 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning Brides Up North!  How was your weekend? 

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I spent the weekend working on some special behind the scenes wedding blog projects and some new material for blog posts that will be appearing on your screen shortly.  Before running the Brides Up North blog, events and brand I couldn’t have imagined enjoying a fully working weekend, but they are now becoming the norm – and I wouldn’t change things for the world.  The need to put in even more extra hours stems from all the bridal freelance work that I have been taking on recently alongside developing the business on home turf.  Working hard to spread the Northern Revolution’s message beyond the pages of this site is definitely worth it. 

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This post was one of my very favourite to work on (somewhere between the early hours and brunch on Saturday morning), and certainly got my weekend off to a great start.  Sent to me by real Bride Anna and the fabulous Sheffield wedding photographer India Hobson Weddings – who also shot the official photographs for the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire this year – this pretty and personal Sheffield wedding at the Botanic Gardens is bloomin’ beautiful.  Happy Monday!

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India says:  I loved shooting Anna & Matt’s wedding.  The weather held out for us, and the glasshouses gave such stunning light that it was actually a pleasure when it did start to drizzle a little! I love how relaxed Anna & Matt were, not only at the wedding but when I met with them before – they trusted me completely and I knew that Anna (a graphic designer) would love for me to be creative with the images.

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I had endless conversations with their guests and every single one started with them saying "It’s such a perfect day isn’t it?" there was so much love for these two and it made me all warm and fuzzy inside!
I loved the cake, and I wanted to eat the flowers because they looked so good.

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Our bride Anna says: We got engaged on 2nd March 2012. It was a really short engagement for us – which is what we wanted. We got engaged whilst sitting at home on the sofa. Matt had the ring tucked into his cardigan pocket.

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We got married on 14th July 2012 at The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield with our reception at The Chimney House, Kelham Island.

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We chose the Botanical Gardens because we had spent some time there before and thought it was really pretty. When we went to look around it was a beautiful sunny day, and it just seemed perfect. We had been looking for somewhere that we had both enjoyed visiting previously; that was quite informal but was still very special.  We fell in love with Chimney House before we even looked around. We knew that was where we wanted to have our reception instantly as Matt used to live near there and we love the area so such. Inside was even better than we could have hoped and everything just fit in perfectly with our idea of how we wanted the day to be.

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We didn’t really have a theme, we just wanted it to be fun and relaxed. Our colours started as mustard and grey but ended up having some pale blue and pale pink thrown in for good measure! I found it hard to stick to a particular scheme because I kept changing my mind!

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I definitely knew that I wanted a short dress. This proved quite hard to come by and many shops didn’t have many in stock. As we planned a short engagement, this also limited the kind of dress I could get in time.

I ended up going to The Bridal Rooms in Chesterfield and they had ‘the dress’- which was actually a bridesmaids dress made in ivory! It was perfect- very swirly and 50’s in its style.

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We never planned to have the bridesmaids in the same dress, we thought we would just stick to a certain colour scheme. However when we went shopping, we saw a beautiful grey dress in Noa Noa and both of my bridesmaids loved it! It suited the colour scheme, it was so pretty and not too ‘bridesmaidy’ which none of us

wanted! The dresses were perfect and looked amazing on the day!

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Matt bought his suit from Jigsaw and had shoes by Clarks Originals.

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Where possible we wanted to choose very local suppliers. Our rings – and my engagement ring- were by Jennie Gill a jeweller working in Sheffield at Persistence Works. Her work is amazing and I knew I wanted a Jennie Gill ring way before we got engaged! Luckily Matt knew this and asked Jennie to design a ring especially for our engagement.

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We got all of the wedding flowers from Fresh Ideas in Chesterfield. My mum had used this florist for years and they always did really beautiful flowers.  I really wanted quite a wild looking freshly picked bouquet. I wanted to bring in the yellows of my colour scheme. The result was such a delicate pretty bouquet with craspedia, spray roses and other little flowers.

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We decided to have a wedding bus to take all of our guests to the botanical gardens and back to the Chimney House. We hired a London Routemaster from Vintage Vehicle Hire in Doncaster. This was such a success and the guests loved it!

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It took the guests to the botanical gardens, then returning to the Leopold Hotel to collect myself and the bridesmaids.  After the ceremony it took us on a scenic tour of the Rivelin Valley around Sheffield. It was an excellent way to keep all of the guests together and keep in the party spirit!

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There are too many favourite parts of the day – and some that I didn’t even remember until I saw the photos! Just having the opportunity to spend time with all of our friends and family in such a beautiful venue.

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We didn’t want to splash out on a huge cake as it wasn’t something that we felt was very important to us. We ordered a two tier cake from M&S that I decorated myself with pom pom trimmings and little ceramic birds.  Matt’s mum also kindly made us a yummy chocolate cake and buns that went down a storm.

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My bridesmaid Helen and I hand embroidered pin badges for all of the guests with tiny hearts and moustaches on!

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We love soul music so we hired a local soul DJ – Debbie Soul – to play some tunes later in the evening to get people dancing.  We were also so lucky to have my bridesmaid’s brother Colin Taylor to play guitar throughout the meal. He sounded amazing! Such lovely background music that really made the evening.

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We honeymooned in Basilicata, Southern Italy.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you can totally arrange a wedding in less than 6 months!

Make sure that you think about what is important to you and what kind of wedding you want. Our wedding was exactly how we wanted it and everyone said the whole day was unique to us. This made it even more special.

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Congratulations Anna & Matt!

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Fabulous Photographer: Jess Petrie – PLUS £150 Off For Wedding Blog Readers!

June 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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What with all this football clogging up my Sky Plus planner* and the lashing rain we have been having all week I am in the need for a good dose of prettiness to lift the spirits.

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Luckily Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jess Petrie Photography is one of the very best in that department (did you SEE this styled shoot? To die for!) so it’s over to Jess to flip the balance back to beautiful.

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Let’s meet her.  And if I were you?  I’d book her in a flash.    

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I first got into weddings whilst studying for my HND in photography back in 2000. A professional wedding photographer came to the college and asked me personally if I would like to assist him on his wedding jobs after seeing my work. This became pretty regular for the following five years during wedding season. I also got to shoot quite a lot of weddings of my own for family, friends & friends of friends during this period. Everything was shot on either medium format or 35mm film, as it was before the digital era. My HND & Degree in photography were all darkroom based and everything was shot on film. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.  Whilst at college I studied Art & Design and then Fashion & Design which has given me a good eye for detail and fabulous wedding dresses!

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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There is nothing better than photographing two people that are in love. The eclectic mix of emotions throughout the day, the changes of the day’s events, the people, the atmosphere, the dress, the details, it’s all so special and you cannot recreate any of it on any other type of shoot: it’s impossible.

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I believe strongly in evoking true emotions from people when photographing them (natural & un-posed), it is so important to me and at weddings I have the perfect setting to achieve this every time. The moments caught on camera at weddings are pieces of history caught in time, and the couples can pass these on for generations to come. It’s such an important time of anyone’s life and to be able to capture this for them and share their stories is a great honour.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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My favourite thing about being a wedding photographer is being able to witness all the emotions of the day, then later share them with the couple through my photography.

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I feel the most rewarding time is sharing the photographs with the couple after the wedding when they get to re-live their special day thorough the photos. Presenting them in an album is something quite special as a lot of couples who get married probably only have the photos on disc, which means they rarely see them again.

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With a well presented album it’s a special keep-sake that can come out at family get togethers, parties, or just when you please, and the whole day can be re-lived, even with those who weren’t there!

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I have also followed on many stories with the couple after their big day such as photographing the bride whilst pregnant with her baby-bump, photographing their new born baby, a family portrait… it is so incredibly special to be able to follow someone’s life, story-telling through my photography.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?  

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If possible I like to get couple to have a pre-wedding shoot before the big day itself. I find that pre-wedding shoots are a perfect opportunity to get used to my camera & the way I like to work, especially if the couple are camera shy. They are also lots of fun and can be shot in any location from the comforts of their own home, to a regular walking spot, to the wedding venue itself, a shopping mall, the beach, and abroad! The locations and preferences to the couple are endless.

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The pre-wedding shoot is a bit of a practice, without the restraints of what the wedding day can bring, and therefore I am able to spend time with couple encouraging them to be as natural as possible. With gentle guidance I coach them as to which angles are most flattering to the camera. I love to see their faces when the images are ready.  This is where the confidence kicks in (because they know they look smokin’) and on the wedding day they are totally rocking it!   Pre-wedding shoots are great to incorporate into wedding invitations and update your Facebook page with! Awesome!

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If the couple don’t have time for a pre-wedding shoot I make sure I spend a lot of time getting to know the couple by meeting up with them and chatting over the phone. I do have a genuinely relaxed nature and I’m pretty calm and laid back. I have been told that this has really helped people relax around me and I cannot stress how important it is to be an easy going wedding photographer, as the last thing a couple need on their big day is a stressy photographer causing chaos… and believe me this does happen!

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

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Yes, be yourself. We all tend to stiffen up when a camera is pointing our way (even I do it), and when this happens our muscles tense up, our lips tighten up & our face transforms (to a look we dislike). Or we do the opposite and ‘over work’ it.  Not a good look either. The best photographs are taken when we are caught unaware. This is our natural self: we are relaxed, smiling and calm. I often get my brides to talk about something that brings a smile to their faces, that gets them thinking about a particular memory, then I subtly snap away whilst laughing and talking with the bride. Before she knows it I caught the best photo of her she has ever seen. Part of my job is making people feel relaxed in front of my camera and whilst in my presence and I’ve been told I am a master at this!

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

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You would have to ask a make up artist that question as I rarely wear make-up myself. It’s probably nice to get a make up artist to do your wedding make-up if it is within your budget, if not I had a bride who did her own using MAC. She looked fab and had been to the MAC counter a few days before her big day. They talked her through some make-up tips and helped her choose the best colours and shades for her skin.

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

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Bad lighting. I can’t think of anything worse than being in a dark room and having your picture taken. Yes I have flash and use it but you cannot beat the quality of natural light and how flattering it is on the skin as opposed to harsh, bright flash than can make your pictures look flat. I have been to dark venues before but they have always added additional lighting for the wedding party. If they don’t provide this I have heard of people hiring it. Soft romantic colours work the best, and can transform the feel and ambience of the whole room too!

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I would say all of the weddings that I have photographed have been moving, beautiful and stylish, and this is what I love so much about photographing weddings. Every wedding is different but all are beautiful and moving in their own way, and I think I must shed a little discreet tear at every speech!

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My style of photography most definitely. I have mastered my camera and have programmed it to work with me, when editing I do very little due to working with my camera in such depth. I take clean, light-filled images that are beautiful, romantic and timeless. I am super confident in my craft and I feel being a woman has great advantages with wedding photography as when I photograph a bride I know exactly how she wants to look in her pictures and how she is expecting to look. It is important and this part always gets my fullest attention.

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My relaxed and calm approach is definitely one to set me apart from the rest.  You won’t find another like me!

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I am also one of the quickest wedding photographers when it comes to getting clients images finalized and wedding albums completed. I do not believe in making people wait for their photographs, I really dislike this.

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

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A super relaxed, friendly photographer who will help them with anything and everything on their day. Someone who will be unobtrusive to the day’s events, discreet, professional and know exactly what they are doing and what is coming next. I will capture everyone and everything as it happens naturally, and I always have a few unexpected surprises for the Bride & Groom on the day itself… they always go down a treat.

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What is included in your "package"?

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I have two collections.  Both include wedding day coverage, an online private wedding gallery, a disc of high-res images, a slide-show, a few extra freebies from me to them as a gift (I’m a lover of giving gifts), and unlimited consultations, support & guidance. A wedding album is included in one collection, or can be added as an extra, along with a second shooter, photo-booth and other goodies.

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Can you give us an idea on price?  

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My collections start from £1,300.

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Sure! How does a £150 off any wedding collection sound? Pretty good deal right?  Only for Brides Up North though!  Please mention the wedding blog 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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Lovely brides to-be can check out my portfolio here: www.jesspetrie.com, call me up on: 07581 209794, or email me at: jess@jesspetrie.com and we can arrange to meet up over coffee.  I can bring my studio sample wedding albums, my brochures and other bits, and we can talk weddings the whole time. 

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I also fly around the world shooting destination weddings so if you are thinking of getting married abroad, be rest assured you can still have me there, documenting your beautiful day! (I have special rates for destination weddings, please ask).

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Smile Like You Mean It! A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Rachel & Ali

May 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s feature by the super talented (and lighting wizard) Andrew Scott Clarke comes all the way from sunny Sheffield.  Rachel and Ali are getting wed this very weekend people!  Let’s wish them lots of love, luck and happiness!

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Rachel says:  There was no massive pre-planned proposal to be honest. During a bit of a night out, we got talking and more or less proposed to each other, that was 3 years ago… we adopted a relaxed approach to wedding planning!

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We are getting married this weekend (!) at Hartington Hall (a youth hostel in the High Peak – a whole weekend affair!). 

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We met back in Berlin 2007 at a Killers gig, Leicester lad meets Sheffield lass!

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We hit it off straight away, same sense of humour so it was belly laughs from the start. Our first date was at Woodall Services (South bound…classy eh!) – we met for a coffee and ended up there for about 4 hours.

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He’s my best friend, lover and soul mate all rolled into one – corny but true! 

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to prepare us both for the big day.  We were dreading the shoot as it really wasn’t something we would naturally elect to do. Within 10 minutes however we really eased into it as Andrew made it very informal and relaxed. The shoot really did what it said on the tin as we are far more prepared for the big day and are looking forward to what Andrew has in store for us. We’ll save a space on the wall in our new house for at least one of the photographs.

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I read Brides Up North because of what it says in the title: “Up North”!

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Proposal DIY! A Self Portrait Real Engagement In Sheffield – India & Lee

January 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness!  I am SO IN LOVE with this fabulous engagement story and DIT (do it themselves!) photo shoot from newly engaged couple (and professional photographers) India and Lee of India Hobson Photography.  Their lovely love story, stunning images and frankly, drop dead gorgeous style make this one of my very favourite wedding blog posts to date. 

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Let’s hear from this talented Bride To Be: Lee proposed to me not long after midnight on New Year’s Eve/day in one of our favourite bars where a lot of our friends work – I’m not really fussed about celebrating NYE & was particularly grumpy about this one as all our friends would be working, hence ending up there! Lee asked me if I’d like to get engaged, and I said ‘yeah!’ like it was just a normal question, then he put a ring in my hand and I was so shocked and elated that I cried for about 10 minutes before I could coherently tell my friends!

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It was a complete surprise because Lee’s rubbish at keeping secrets, so I was amazed that I didn’t suspect anything. He knows that I didn’t want him to do it in front of everyone, so this was the perfect way to do it and still be able to share with everyone that I’m close to.

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He gets extra points too as the ring fits perfectly!

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We’re both creative, and don’t really have a taste for the traditional ‘wedding’ thing, and ideally we want to get married outdoors, but we’ll be compromising a little as we don’t want to go abroad – so the search is on for that place we both feel is right. Some time next year I imagine, because we both want to handle most of the details & to involve the artistic skills of our friends & family.

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We met when we both studied photography together at the Manchester School of Art, he’s from County Durham & I’m a Sheffield girl.  I was the geek at uni that most people probably had reservations about; put my hand up to answer every question, teacher’s pet, smart remark-for-everything-kind-of-girl. I worked solidly for my first year and hardly talked to anyone on the course.

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Something changed in 2nd year, and I started to make friends, especially with the boys & found that I just wanted to spend more & more time with Lee. He made me laugh, we talked photography & work non-stop & found excuses to see each other (he stole my keys once to get to come to my house!) and went to a house party where I was sure he’d make a move. I felt 15 all over again! I was so disappointed when he didn’t kiss me.

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We’ve lived together from almost the beginning, and I’ve never lost that nervous feeling in my stomach; we studied together, worked together & rarely spend time apart – I don’t think there was a lightning moment of “this is it” realisation, it’s something we’ve grown into.

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Lee makes me laugh uncontrollably, makes me feel safe & puts so much effort into doing special things for me – and gets really annoyed if they don’t work! Working in the industry that I do (I’m a photographer & artist) I really value that he appreciates what I do, & understands that although it’s not a conventional occupation, it’s what I do. Lee knows exactly when I need a bath, a drink or a chippy tea! I love that he gets obsessive about his bike, and puts everything into what he does. That’s inspiring.

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Lee says: I noticed India at uni because I didn’t really know where she was from, she has an exotic thing & kind of foreign look so I was curious. She’s got a good sense of humour & doesn’t fuss or get all sensitive like most girls, plus she’s a tank at work. And she’s hot.

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We decided to do this DIY shoot as after telling all of your family, and changing our facebook status it felt like a natural progression! My personal practice as an artist involves a lot of self portraiture, and I work as a wedding photographer also, so we thought it would be something unique to bring the two together. We’re both resourceful & creative and approached it the way we do with everything else…

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I especially enjoyed it – mainly because Lee was so embarrassed & I got to make fun of him for once! We prepared the quote cards & took to the roof – we both moved to my hometown of Sheffield & fell head over heels with the city, hence the skyline as a backdrop. We both love the elements, and the sky fits us both perfectly.

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We used a tripod with the self timer and also the shutter release that I have and played around. Luckily we’re both photographers so it wasn’t really a problem shooting it, and that represents us too. It’s a fundamental part of our relationship so makes sense.

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Since becoming engaged I’ve got the wedding bug and have been hooked on wedding blogs – Brides Up North does exactly what it says on the tin and features local suppliers and stories, so is much more relevant to me than most. Its a great source of inspiration too.  I’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs too!

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You cans see more of India’s gorgeous work in this fab fashion shoot for The White Room Sheffield.

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Curtain Call: Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Bridesmaid Heaven With The White Room Maid Collection

January 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well hello there!  I’ve a little couture treat for you this morning on the wedding blog to ward away those post Christmas blues.  Call it a BRIDAL FASHION EXCLUSIVE!

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Just before the festive break, I blogged about the forthcoming launch of The White Room Maid by Kate Harrod, a bespoke bridesmaid collection especially for The White Room Sheffield

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Offering a capsule collection of bridesmaid gowns and a couture service for Mother of the Bride to compliment the boutique’s range of gowns by Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Claire Pettibone and Stephanie Allin, Kate, the winner of the “Bridal Buyer 2011 Student Bridal Designer Of The Year Award", will operate under the “White Room Maid by Kate Harrod” label.

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Today, in this Brides Up North bridal fashion exclusive, The White Room Sheffield and Kate Harrod unveil the Spring/ Summer 2012 collection with a special curtain call shoot at The Lyceum in Sheffield, a beautiful theatre which has been an iconic Sheffield space for many years.

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Chloe Curry of The White Room Sheffield says:  Great design, intelligence and thought went into The White Room Maid’s initial creations. We took inspiration from real women: those who embody femininity, timeless elegance and rock and roll glamour and created four capsule gowns in chiffon and silk with leather belts and tulle skirts to create a modern and memorable bridesmaid look.

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We wanted to create a sense of “getting ready for the show”, so used the models to create a sense that they together were helping each other perfect their own look to support the leading lady – the bride – even though she wasn’t there on set. 

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Introducing Gwen, Evangeline, Marilyn and Lottie for The White Room Maid by Kate Harrod Spring/Summer 2012 bridesmaid collection.

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GwenA bold and eclectic gown combining soft charcoal chiffon with ash grey leather, we took inspiration from Gwen Stefani, one of the celebrity world’s recognized fashion trend-setters. With a rock and roll feel and a Hollywood glamour undertone,  Gwen encapsulates the heart of our collection, where we seek to play with new and interesting style influences, fabrics and textures to make bridesmaid wear feel very 2012.

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“Gwen” paired with DC Bouquets forehead chain and flowers from Swallows and Damsons

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Evangeline – Drawn from a vintage influence, we wanted to embody retro looks without looking dated. Evangeline is constructed in a platinum pink chiffon and silk, with a 1920′s inspired bat wing sleeve that can be worn draped over the arm or pinned with a dress brooch to create a one shoulder effect. Debbie Carlisle of DC Bouquets has made some beautiful pieces to wear on the sleeve including a soft metal clip with a striking vintage brooch. We suggest pairing this with a ’40s pin-up, swept-up hairstyle or ’20s-style hairpieces for a striking look that embodies looks of old but looks very now.

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Marilyn - Named after the icon herself, Marilyn is a full skirted tulle and silk chiffon gown which was influenced by Monroe as her sole purpose for dressing was to show off her body in a fun, flirty and sexy way. This is exactly what Marilyn does whilst resonating with 50′s femininity and 2012 modern, clean lines and colour. Pair with a soft platinum leather belt for a kooky, rock and roll edge to a soft and flirty gown.

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Marilyn” paired with DC Bouquets headband and Rachel Simpson “Rosalyn” shoes

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LottieThe girl of the group – soft, short and angelic – Lottie is created from stardust chiffon and silk to create a gown with fluidity, movement and sway. We wanted to make a gown that looked young and fresh, that is perfect for the country wedding with a tea party twist or the cocktail party where the gown is just effortless and sassy yet screams couture. Pair with one of DC Bouquets’ soft leather headbands or platinum embellished cuffs for a rock and roll edge.

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: The White Room Maid By Kate Harrod To Launch January 2012!

December 20th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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As always, this wedding blog has it’s finger on the fashion pulse, and brings exclusive news of a fabulous new range of bespoke bridesmaid gowns by Kate Harrod (winner of the “Bridal Buyer 2011 Student Bridal Designer Of The Year Award") available only at The White Room Sheffield, to launch in 2012.

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This morning we have a sneak peek behind the scenes at the collection’s stunning launch shoot, coming to these swirly silver pages soon.  If you want to dress your best girls in beautiful frocks they will want to rock again and again then watch out for news of the The White Room Maid launch party, very soon

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Chloe Curry of The White Room Sheffield says: We are delighted to announce Kate Harrod as our in-house designer.  Initially launching with a capsule collection of bridesmaid gowns and offering a couture service for Mother of the Bride to compliment our range of gowns by Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Claire Pettibone and Stephanie Allin, Kate will operate under the “White Room Maid by Kate Harrod” label. 

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We want The White Room Sheffield to be about individuality and dedication to a Bride’s desires for her wedding.  We wanted to bring something contemporary and fresh into the industry.  The initial range launches in the New Year and will be extended throughout 2012 to offer a full range aimed at meeting the needs of all members of the bridal party, concentrating on the co-ordination between the wedding gown and the need for other to express their own personality and flatter their individual body shape.  We want to make the whole process of dressing the bridal party a fun, refreshing an uplifting experience that sets the tone for the big day, factoring in modern elegance with wear-ability and comfort. 

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To compliment Kate’s new label, a range of exclusive accessories by Debbie Carlisle of DC Bouquets will be launched.  The designs promise glamour, sparkle and a few textural surprises. 

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And The Bride Wore Louboutins: A Real Wedding – Gemma & Pete

August 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I always get excited when a submission from friend of the wedding blog Tierney Photography lands in my inbox, and Gemma and Pete’s gorgeous Real Wedding didn’t disappoint.  From the top of her tiara to the toes of her brand new heels, Gemma was the perfect princess bride.  Her man didn’t look half bad either. 

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This Real Wedding is jam packed with beautiful soft pink details and plenty of prettiness that you can replicate on your own big day.  Be inspired!

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Tierney Photography tells the tale: Gemma and Pete got married at Carlton-in-Lindrick Church with a reception at Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire on 14 August 2011. 

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Keep reading after the drop for oodles of gorgeous soft pink detailing.  Divine…

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Roses Are Red, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Matt

May 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and lovely lens-man Damian Hall Photography sent Brides Up North Sarah and Matt’s cute and colourful Real Wedding

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These fantastic photographs are fresh and fabulous.  And is that a pair of Jimmy Choos I spy?

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Damian says:  Sarah is an event planner, but managed to leave her clipboard at home for the entire day when she married Matt at Wortley Hall, Sheffield, last September!

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