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Sparkle. A Real Yorkshire Engagement Story – Claire & Don Plus One!

January 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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What are you up to tonight?  I’ll be at my Mum’s enjoying some home cooked food, a lovely bubble bath and some telly.  Staying in is the new going out.

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What better way to celebrate a cosy night by the fire than with a lovely little engagement shoot sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and awesome photographer Jaye from Tux & Tales Photography.

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Happy days. 

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Let’s hear from Real Bride-To-Be Claire: Don proposed to me at home on the 18 January 2009, it was definitely a surprise as I was upset and looking my worst when he asked me to marry him. Not how I’d imagined it!  But it was lovely and just right!  We will be getting married at St Catherine’s Church, Barmby Moor, York on Saturday 18 August 2012. This will be followed by afternoon tea, fun and dancing at Barmbyfield Barn, Barmby Moor.

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We met in a nightclub in 2004, my best friend had been set up on a blind date –she took me with her for support and her date took his friend (Don), we hit it off and they didn’t!  Hee hee! After I’d met Don that night I said to my best friend that I would end up marrying him. Then I realised we hadn’t exchanged numbers and so we didn’t meet up again until the following January when Don managed to get hold of my mobile number, aww!

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Tux and Tales Photography, Wedding Photographers Yorkshire

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Don is the most caring and kindest person I have ever met and the best daddy in the world. I love the fact that he is the complete opposite to me and his smile, his smile is amazing!

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Don says: Claire is outgoing, fun, confident and a lovely mum and my best friend, even though we are chalk and cheese – apart from our joint obsession of checking that everything is switched off when we leave the house she compliments me… and she’s gorgeous which always helps!

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We looked at a range of websites, when we came across Tux & Tales Photography; we loved the images and how bright they were. We approached Jaye and Matt and we were invited to have a free Engagement shoot. We thought this would be a great way to see what our pictures would turn out like before we committed to paying for our wedding photos. Also we’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s good practice too.

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We had an amazing time on the shoot, it was great. We were very nervous but Jaye and Matt were lovely. We had our daughter Freya with us too and the whole shoot was relaxed and fun. We couldn’t believe the outcome –the photos are gorgeous we are extremely pleased. It has really put us at ease now for the wedding. Originally we weren’t going to have a photographer as our wedding is informal but I’m so glad we changed our minds.

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Tux and Tales Photography, Wedding Photographers Yorkshire

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I love reading Brides Up North because it’s dedicated to Brides up North! It has a range of suppliers in the area and lots of lovely inspiring real weddings to get tips and ideas from.  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photos soon!

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Our wish for married life is to keep laughing and stay happy. Watch our family grow, can’t wait.

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Congratulations Claire & Don!

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  – Images © 2012 Tux & Tales Photography

Tux & Tales Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Fabulous Photographer: Tux & Tales Photography

July 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a good weekend Brides Up North?  I hope so!  I’m off on a friend’s hen weekend at the moment, so I leave you with this lovely chat I had with the fabulous photographer Tux & Tales Photography earlier this week.  What a cool chick and what beautiful images!  This wedding blogger is all agog (and it ain’t the hen do grog!)…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Tux & Tales Photography 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I started out years ago doing what is called ‘art photography’ – which mostly involves a lot of gallery showings and not a lot of money. Although I still love art photography (particularly photographing abandoned buildings and places), I decided that I really wanted to make a living doing it and so the progression into portraiture and eventually weddings seemed only natural. I grew up in a photography family, with my father having been a photographer years ago and remaining a die-hard enthusiast for years after leaving photography as a profession.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I know it may sound silly, but as soon as I decided that I wanted to become a full time photographer, I wanted to photograph weddings (it just took a while to build my confidence!).There is something so exciting and irreplaceable about being a part of someone’s wedding day. You are an integral piece of one of the biggest days of someone’s life and you are helping to create the photographs that will be shared for generations to come – how could I not completely love wedding photography?

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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My favourite part is getting to know the couple. I get so attached to my couples that I even sometimes cry during the speeches. Sad, but true!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Lots of Champagne! :-) … noooooo… don’t do that! Unless you really like that one eye closed ‘pirate’ look! Honestly, I believe that the best way to relax in front of the camera is to get to know your photographer really well before the day. We offer complimentary engagement sessions and during this time, you get an opportunity to see how I work and to get to know me a little bit on a personal level. It is so much easier to relax if it feels like a friend is photographing you rather than a stranger.

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

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Boy, I am going to sound like I am harping on engagement sessions, but they really are critical to creating great photos – particularly if you are camera shy. I hate having my photo taken – I have been known to literally run from a camera before. I think it is one of the reasons I decided to get behind the lens (no running if you are the one taking the picture). From my own camera-shy experience, feeling comfortable with the photographer makes a huge difference. I know that I feel so much better about having my photo taken if I know in advance that my photographer can pose my body to hide all the wobbly-bits that I hate.

It also doesn’t hurt to practise a little before the day. A tiny lift of the chin or turn of the ankle can make a huge difference, so it never hurts to get into your wedding dress before the day and ‘get your pose on’ in front of a mirror. C’mon – it isn’t like you really need an excuse to put on that lovely dress!

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

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I always recommend a professional makeup artist for your big day because they really are pros and know which brands look best on camera (some really do look better than others!) But let’s be realistic, not everyone has the extra money in their budget. So my biggest bit of advice is to watch your skin tone matching – it is really rough when the photos look like you have an orange mask on your face and a white neck. If you have creamy skin, rock it – don’t cover it. I have found that MAC makeup looks really great and you could always have a consultation with a MAC makeup artist before the day. One last hint (as I ramble on…) watch the false eyelashes. Glue them on really well because crying can dislodge them and you may not notice that they have peeled back for quite some time!

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

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Avoid rushing and give yourself time in the day to have your photos taken. Wedding photography is usually the largest amount of money anyone will ever pay for professional photography – make the most of it.

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

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Wow… so many… how would I ever narrow down the list? I would have to say it is a tie between Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wedding and Stephen Fry’s civil partnership.

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I love both little DIY weddings full of fabulous details as well as big, luxury affairs. Recently we photographed a wedding that was a bit of both. The bride and groom had this really elegant luxury wedding at Sudbury Hall National Trust property (NT weddings rock!) and when they went home, they had this great boho-eclectic DIY reception at their house. There was salsa dancing and a treasure hunt! In the groom’s speech he said that being with his new wife was better than the Evel Knievel action figure he got as a kid. I cried.

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day.

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I am married to the best husband in the entire world (who also just happens to work as my assistant). When we got married a few years ago we were po’ (too poor to afford the ‘O’ and the ‘R’) and we did the whole wedding on £1000. I wore a charity-shop wedding dress and we were married in a mixed faith ceremony at the local church. We were so poor the vicar even rung the bells for us for free because we couldn’t afford to pay for it. We had a fabulous, really fun day and even though we were on the world’s smallest budget, I still remember it so fondly. We have decided that in a few more years, we will renew our vows and do something really quirky and out-of-this-world (he was talking rickshaw and those great tee-pee tents…need I say more?).

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Any funny stories to share?

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We were recently at a wedding were the best man and the groom had accidentally swapped coats and at the end of the evening, everyone was waiting to give the bride and groom their big send off and the groom couldn’t find his keys! Everyone was in a mad panic trying to find the keys including the best man. This went on for a half an hour or so before the best man realised he had the keys in his pocket because he was wearing the groom’s coat. Poor guy turned about 19 shades of purple. I think it is fun stuff like that which is remembered years and years later. It seems embarrassing at the time but makes for a great memory.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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Our business is created following the ‘boutique’ model – meaning that we take on fewer clients but give them more service. I am a complete nut for good customer service (and not afraid to write a stern letter when I get bad service!) and I want to be the part of the wedding that goes perfectly. Time and again our clients have thanked us for the way we watched after all the little details. We also like to think of ourselves as guests at a wedding who are entrusted with photographing it – not some great, bossy choreographer who needs to herd the cattle into behaving properly. We take a ‘light hand’ with guests and try to use humour to get people to do what we need them to do.

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

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They can expect to have a good time!
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What is included in your "package"?

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We offer collections that start at 4 hours and go up to 12 hours and include a disc of high resolution, individually retouched photographs. We also offer a range of modern and traditional print options from world class printing companies.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Our collections begin at £600.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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Brides who contact us and tell us that they found us through Brides Up North will receive £100 off their wedding collection if they book before the 30th of November, 2011.

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We take bookings up to 2 years in advance and as prime dates go quickly, we always encourage brides to book us early!

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

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They can visit us at our website: www.tuxandtalesphoto.co.uk and on facebook or twitter (@TuxandTales).

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