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Enjoyable Photography. Supplier Showcase: Cat Topham PLUS Win Your Wedding Photography Worth £1,350 Or 10% Off!

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Topham Photography

She’s a relative newbie to the wedding photography game, but we love to support emerging talent here at Brides Up North and what Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Topham lacks in years, she makes up for in skill, personality, fun and life experience.  Here she showcases some images from her most recent wedding, and lets us into her world.  Oh, and she’s running a pretty cool competition too… read on!

Let’s say hello. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I think my journey to being a wedding photographer has been pretty unique! I started out like lots of little girls desperate to ride horses for a living and despite best advice from my parents about getting a ‘proper’ job that’s what I trained to do from school. After realizing I loved it but my dad was probably right (damn!) I decided I ought to do something more worthwhile, so I bounced around a few sales jobs in search of my career and eventually ended up in the Army. I was lucky enough to be selected by the Intelligence Corps, although my dreams of being a female James Bond were quickly shattered with report writing and briefings it suited me well as I never was that military and shouting at people and standing in line never really was much my style! Two operational tours of Afghanistan later and I realized I’d become a bit jaded dealing with all the bad things in life on a day to day basis. I thought I was pretty handy with a camera and I knew that photography could give me the flexibility to spend time with my friends and family which was important to me after being away from home so much over the past seven years. So I set about becoming a photographer…

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Cat Topham Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

Because weddings are happy! I knew I wanted to be a photographer and over all the jobs I’ve dipped my toe into it was always the people that made them what they were, good or bad. So I knew I wanted to photograph people. I also wanted to do some proper training, as being good at what I do is really important to me. I found a company called the The Trained Eye who provide top quality training for budding wedding photographers and over the past year I’ve been lucky to train and work with the best wedding photographers this country has to offer.

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Cat Topham Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

There’s so much effort goes into a wedding and so many smiles and emotions to capture, the photos are the main memory of the day. I get to be the person who gives that to the couple and the family, it’s great.

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

I’m pretty relaxed myself (once described on a school report as horizontal!) and that’s a great place to start. I hope that by adding in some fun and creativity to the photos and making an effort to get couples involved with that as much as possible keeps people at ease. It’s always easier to be relaxed when your involved and you know what’s going on then when someone’s just directing you about the place I think!

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Diary Date: Stunning Sample Sale At The White Room, Sheffield

December 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jenny Packham at The White Room Sheffield

I’m popping by this afternoon with a date for your diaries from Brides Up North exhibitor The White Room Sheffield.

In their special sample sale on Saturday 11th January 2014, The White Room will be offering Brides Up North a unique opportunity to buy a beautiful couture wedding gown by one of the most prestigious bridal designers around including Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford, Stephanie Allin and Claire Pettibone.

Jenny Packham at The White Room Sheffield

Chloe of The White Room says: Some of our beautiful samples are ‘as new’ whilst others are discontinued or need a new home! We also have a selection of gowns at £500 and under. All gowns as ex boutique samples and are UK sizes 12 – 14. We will also have accessories and shoes in the sale too, starting from £25. 

Doors open from 10am and although this is a sample sale, we work on a first come first served basis so the day will not be self service – we will have a welcoming team to greet you and to help you try and buy your dress.  All dresses can be stored at The White Room however we cannot facilitate fittings but can advise on a brilliant seamstress who can. 

A few words of advice….

We strongly recommend that you have already tried on bridal dresses so that you have an idea of what shape and style suits you best.

A sale day is not the best environment for someone trying on for the first time or to get ideas, as we are unable to give you the level of service or time, so we suggest that you make an appointment separately and prior to our sample sale so that it will not be your very first time trying on bridal gowns.

Sample sizes generally are 12 and 14, but there are always a small selection of both smaller and larger pieces.

At a sample sale you do not have the luxury of time to go away and think, because the dress is likely to be bought by the next person who tries it on… please come ready to make a decision. 

This is great opportunity to find a beautiful designer dress at a price that you can afford, so be ready to buy if you fall in love with your dream dress and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Any questions? Call or e-mail The White Room on 0114 272 2336 or email chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by The White Room Sheffield

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Luxe For Less! Flash Sale With Brides Up North Featured Supplier Liberty In Love

November 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Vintage Bow Veil

Vintage bow veil was £120 now £96

I have a feeling that I’m about to become your favourite person.  And that if you are reading this at work, production levels are going to take a dive very shortly

At Brides Up North Featured Supplier Liberty in Love, they sell ‘everything but the dress’.  Their website is brimming with bridal must-haves that make stylish finishing details.  Their collections include wedding hair accessories, jewellery, veils, cover-ups and bridal sashes, bridal lingerie, shoes and bags and  gorgeous gift ideas that are ideal for brides, bridesmaids and mums.

Flower Headpiece

 Flower tear shape wedding headpiece was £95 now £59

Baguette Brooch

Feather scroll baguette lined silver brooch was £285 now £214 

 Bracelet

White pearl encrusted symmetrical deco buckle link bracelet was £275 now £206

Dagger Earrings

Elaborate medium drop crystal dagger earrings was £170 now £127 

Vintage Sequinned Bridal Headband

Silver sequined bridal headband was £195 now £49

Crystal Leaf

Swarovski crystal leaf embellished bridal necklace was £305 now £250 

And it just so happens that they are having a flash sale.  Yes, that’s right – you can thank me later, because I know you’re not reading this anymore.  You’re over at the Liberty In Love sale pages, checking out the bounty.

Tea Party Comb

Tea Party Comb was £210 now £168

Opal Bracelet

White and opalised resin crystal leaf scroll splay raised pendant strap bracelet was £195 now £146 

Vintage Rose

Vintage inspired beaded roses on a pearl headband was £135 now £115

 Bow Hair Clip

Symmetrical floral bow hair clip was £99 now £75

I’ll just sit here and twiddle my thumbs shall I?  In the meantime, every item you see in this blog post is currently in their sale (and loads more too)!  Why are you still here?!

Visit Liberty In Love to explore.

 

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Fabulous Photographer: Clive Doyle Photography PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

November 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Clive Doyle Photography

We are so lucky at Brides Up North to have the very best sponsors.  When I started shouting about all the brilliant talent in the Northern wedding industry (think local girls, think local!) back in 2010, even I had no idea about the breath and depth of skills and services available to us regional gals. 

Today I am proud to introduce one of my brilliant Featured Suppliers, the talented Clive Doyle.  Yes his style is relaxed and unobtrusive, but its also so damn beautiful.  Cool and unique, but very high quality – for me, that’s a wining combo.  Get him signed up to record your big day, pronto. 

Oh, and did we mention he’s offering a 10% discount and some other treats exclusively to Brides Up North readers?  Read on to find out more and remember to quote Brides Up North when booking. 

All images by Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

I’ve always loved the idea of having a career that is creative. Whilst studying Media as a teen in Dublin, I first got hooked on all things photography. The idea of getting a roll of film (yeah, film, I’m 37 and sound ancient!), getting out, taking pictures and then spending the day in the darkroom developing the images. The whole process felt so arty to the teen me who’d only just left school and was like a rabbit in the head-lights at this whole new world opening up.

Once college was completed I followed a great Irish tradition… leave Ireland! Along with the masses, I headed swiftly for Sydney, Australia. It was here I first got introduced to wedding photography. I was working in a professional lab at the time (where billboards and such are made) and one of the photographers I worked with asked me if I’d like to come along to a wedding and “capture some ‘snaps’ of the guests mingling and enjoying themselves”, while he captured the more traditional family shots. Reluctant at first, I actually thought it was great, I loved the idea of capturing a wedding in a natural unobtrusive style… this lesson has always stayed with me.

I’ve now been photographing my own weddings for over 10 years, but it was that first introduction to a reportage style that shaped my own work which has been fine-tuned and refined over the years, so that my clients receive the best in reportage, un-obtrusive, natural photography.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

I love to document people and real moments in unforgettable situations; trust me, there’s no better place for this than a wedding! It’s all going on…the beauty of the bride, the pristine guests, the tension before the ceremony, tears of joy and the laughter of family and friends gathered together for this very special day.

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Clive Doyle Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

That’s an easy one. The best thing is that I’m honoured the opportunity to create images with real meanings. These photos will be able to stir up emotions for the couple and their loved ones in years to come. Who hasn’t looked at their parents wedding photos? Who hasn’t coo’ed over their friend’s first dance picture? Who hasn’t shed a tear at a photo that’s power goes far beyond the paper it’s printed on? The fact that I’m a crucial part of these emotion-evoking images is truly amazing to me and I take the responsibility seriously as well as relishing it.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Firstly I let them know that I’m not the director of their day; I won’t tell them to smile, kiss or hug… after all it’s their day, I’m there to capture and nothing else. By working quietly and unobtrusively in the background the bride & groom, along with their guests, very quickly forget that I’m there. However at some stage of the day, usually sometime during the drinks reception I like to spend a few minutes with the bride & groom to capture some relaxed natural portraits. Usually by this stage, the couple are relaxed, happy and actually grateful to steal a few quiet moments away from their guests.

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

People look their best when they are relaxed. So when it comes to choosing a photographer choose one that’s right for you. Start by looking through a photographers work and if you can envision yourself in the images then that’s a good sign. For example if you are someone who would rather spend as much time as possible with your guests on the day, it is best by far to choose a photographer who can truly capture you and your guests looking natural and relaxed style when, for most of the time, you are not conscious of photographed.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

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

This is one of those tricky female questions isn’t it?! I’m probably not the go-to person for make-up advice! However I think keep it real to who you are as a person, this will not only look more natural, but you will feel more relaxed on the day which, in turns makes for great pictures!

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

No matter how extravagant or low-key a wedding is, I sincerely believe that if a couple plan their wedding based around who they are as a couple, nothing will look bad in the pictures, everything will look great, as it will be a true reflection of who they are.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

It sounds cheesy but every single one has been unique and special – it’s a wedding, if it ever became ‘just work’ I’d have to stop as the passion would have gone, and this would come through into the images.

There’s been so many different factors that have made some of them memorable; from shooting at a spectacular venue such as Castle Howard to capturing guests dodging the rain in a busy Sheffield City centre, or photographing the bride & groom at sunset in the snowy Peaks of Derbyshire, or simply listening to a moving emotional speech from the father of the bride – who could choose?!

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any funny stories to share?

Plenty. At one wedding the bride & groom had hired an old vintage car to take them from the church to the reception. However as they were set to leave the church the car wouldn’t start no matter how many times the driver tried in vain. So instead of getting all stressed and not wanting to causing a fuss, guests stepped in and pushed the car all the way to the reception… which was luckily only about half a mile down the road! The guests thought it was great, the bride & groom loved it and I got some great images. The driver’s embarrassment waned when he saw how delighted everyone was about it!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I’m genuine when I say my style is unobtrusive. But these aren’t snapshots that your mate could pull off. My years of experience in wedding photojournalism gives me the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. I can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.

It’s my passion for what I do that I hope is evident in the images couples see. To me photos are a valuable art-form, the most personal and precious possible. This day happens once, so I take my responsibility to capture it perfectly and naturally extremely seriously.

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

My clients want the best in photography, but they also want the day to unfold in a relaxed and enjoyable way for all. My job isn’t to interfere (after all it’s their day not mine), but to capture the story as it happens. I’ll get these images in a relaxed and natural way. I’m passionate about getting the most emotion-provoking work possible, but this is my responsibility, all the bride & grooms job is just to kick back and enjoy.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What is included in your "package"?

Couples can choose have me there from when the bride is getting ready to either the start of the wedding breakfast or first few dances in the evening. Included is the digital files that are fully edited and ready to print and share on the internet. This gives couples the option to create their own album and unlimited printing.

I also have a selection of albums to choose from if couples would prefer for me to design and put together their album.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Can you give us an idea on price?

Current prices start at £950.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes, happy to… all Brides Up North readers that visit and like my Facebook page will receive a 10% discount and not only that if they book me for their photography before 30th November 2013 they will also receive a set of 20 10×8 prints of their choice from their wedding day which would normally be worth £300!  Please quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Clive Doyle Photography

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

The best place to keep up to date on what I’m up to and for all the latest offers is my Facebook page.

To see more examples of my work visit my website www.clivedoylephotography.com

To get in touch email me at clive@clivedoylephotography.com or call me on 07771 566 854. 

Clive Doyle Photography

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Fabulous Photographer: J Broughton Photography PLUS Album Upgrade Worth £200 For Wedding Blog Readers

October 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

J Broughton Photography

One of my favourite parts of running and writing Brides Up North is the privilege of introducing my readers to the great local suppliers based right in their area.  Today I am proud to welcome Janet of North West based business J Broughton Photography to the blog, to tell us a little bit about why she does it, how she does it and why she’d be a great choice to capture your big day memories.

All images by J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

Well believe it or not my background is as a Financial Controller! I spent many years just knowing that I was destined to be doing something else but not knowing what that something else was and then I discovered photography. What started as a hobby about four years ago quickly became a passion and I started to study with The Open College of the Arts at the end of 2009 since I was really keen to become the best photographer I could be. I suppose you could say that I accidentally fell into wedding photography after a chance conversation in the street with someone whose son was getting married, when I explained I’d never shot a wedding the response was “Well everyone has to start somewhere”. So I did it and loved it and went on to do some second shooting and some training with Aspire to gain experience and skills and have never looked back. When I lost my job at the end of 2011 I decided the time was right to launch my portrait and wedding business, I’m incredibly proud to have gone from Financial Controller to Professional Photographer winning national awards in such a short time. 

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Why wedding photography specifically?

I love to meet and photograph people and with weddings I get to shoot my two favourite types of photography at the same time, documentary and portraiture.

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

The fact that no two weddings are ever the same and that no matter how prepared you are you can never quite predict how the day will go, it keeps you on your toes! I also think it’s a great honour to be able to capture such an incredibly special day for someone and to know that my work will be treasured and looked at for years to come.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Couples who book my album packages also get a free pre-wedding shoot which I think really helps on the day, they have had the chance to be in front of the camera and experience my approach which is very calm and relaxed. Whilst I can’t stop them worrying about all the other things that are going on I like to think that by the time the wedding day comes around they feel they know and trust me enough not to worry about the photography.

J Broughton Photography

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

Without a doubt it would be to have a pre-wedding shoot even though its more picture taking! I like to take my couples to a favourite outdoor location, I encourage them to interact with each other and not worry about the camera. I will give some gentle direction with regards to posing but it’s a very relaxed experience and helps even the most camera shy brides realise that it’s not something they need to be anxious about.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

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

Feeling great is a massive part of looking great in the pictures so I would encourage any bride to wear makeup that she feels comfortable with, don’t experiment with something totally different on the wedding day but have a trial run first and ask the people that know her well and she can trust to be honest what they think.

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

I can’t imagine anyone who puts a lot of attention into planning a wedding (as most couples do) choosing anything that is going to look bad! If your wedding is a reflection of yourselves and you stamp your own personality on it then it’s always going to look great.

J Broughton Photography

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

I’m not really taken by the whole celebrity culture thing. Every couple getting married are stars, even if it’s just for the one day.

J Broughton Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I had a beautiful wedding recently where lots of things had been made by the families and there were meanings behind everything, it was very personal and lovely.

J Broughton Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think it’s really important for a couple to like their photographer as a person as well as admiring their work and I like to meet for a coffee and talk about my approach before anyone books me. I also meet up again close to the wedding to discuss all the details and by this point we will also hopefully have done a pre wedding shoot too. I believe that having a very personal and friendly approach helps everyone feel at ease on the day and that can’t help but be reflected in the images. The personal approach carries on after the wedding, I’d hate to leave people to choose album images on their own from a gallery so I spend time with the couple and help them to choose the images that work well together to make up the album. My albums and wall products are sourced from quality UK suppliers, I love the thought of a beautiful album being looked at by future generations so they need to be of the best quality.

J Broughton Photography

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

A calm and relaxed approach, unobtrusive documentary photography and some natural and relaxed portraits. My photography aims to tell the story of the day but without disrupting the flow of the day – I’m happy to give guidance on timings at the planning stage but wouldn’t dream of interfering with plans on the actual day. Many years ago we attended a wedding where the meal was significantly delayed by the photography and my husband still complains about it to this day.  I aim to only be remembered for the right reasons!

J Broughton Photography

What is included in your "package"?

Every wedding is different and I like to have the flexibility to price a wedding in a way that reflects the coverage that is required, for instance I’m more than happy to cover a small intimate wedding but I understand that this wouldn’t necessarily require a full day of shooting and I would amend prices to reflect this. Having said that no-one likes to contact a photographer without guide to prices so I do have a couple of packages that I can add to, or take from, to arrive at a bespoke package. As well as the day itself my album packages include a free pre-wedding shoot, those meetings over coffee, full size copies of all the images chosen for the album free of charge on a disc. Whilst I love the idea of everyone treasuring their images in a beautiful album I also respect that some people would prefer to have a disc and I also offer a digital only package.

J Broughton Photography

Can you give us an idea on price?

Yes of course! I have two album packages, one with a beautiful luxury linen covered album at £1395 and one with a leather covered premium Fine Art album at £1595.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Rather than a discount I would like to give something extra and I’d like to offer all Brides Up North readers who book a 2014 wedding a FREE upgrade from the luxury linen album to the premium fine art album (worth £200).

J Broughton Photography

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

There’s lots of my wedding and portrait work on both my website and my Facebook page – www.jbroughton.co.uk and www.facebook.com/jbroughtonphotography or I’m happy to talk weddings so give me a call on 07952 990642.

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 J Broughton Photography

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Fabulous Photographers: Walker & Walker

August 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photographers

This afternoon I’m honoured to introduce you to Ben and Lynn Walker, a wonderful couple and a pair of very talented photographers, who work together to capture wedding days beautifully and authentically.  Together they make up Walker & Walker Photographers and are joining the Northern Revolution as brand new Brides Up North Featured Suppliers.

I’m busy working behind the scenes on some changes to the blog and wedding directory to make your whole experience here at Brides Up North slicker and prettier still, and I’d love to hear from you with any suggestions or requests to julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk.  It’ll still be Brides Up North as you know and love it (there’s nothing more annoying than when your favourite blog gets a complete redesign, I know!) just more interactive, updated and user friendly – watch out for the new look Brides Up North this Autumn.

In the meantime, our newest addition have got some special treats for Brides Up North readers up their sleeves!  For anyone wishing to book through Brides Up North for a 2013/2014 wedding they would like to offer an exclusive introduction discount of 10% off their half/full day service as well as a free mounted engagement image signboard for the couple and their guests to sign.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

Walker & Walker Photographers

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Pressed To Perfection. Supplier Showcase: Jolovka PLUS Free UK Shipping For Wedding Blog Readers

July 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve something a little bit lovely to share with you this afternoon. 

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Jolovka is a paper goods and gifts shop based in the North East created by husband and wife team, John & Kat Flynn.  Kat moved to the UK from Texas after meeting John whilst working at a summer camp in Dallas, Texas. After three years of having a trans-Atlantic romance, John was pleased to share everything he loved about the North of England with his beautiful bride.

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Jolovka offers custom invitations, embossers, baker’s twine, labels and vintage stamps that are both whimsical and classic. Their custom bridal shower and party invitations are designed so that you have the option to print them at home and they offer customised wedding invitations designed just for you. 

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Kat says: We are passionate about the love that can be found within the words of a hand-written letter and continue to find inspiration in celebrating the life that grows from that love.

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Their custom embossers are both designed and made in Great Britain and I was over the moon when they sent a very special Brides Up North embosser (as well as a little box of paper goodies) my way.  I don’t automatically share every promotional gift that I am sent here on the wedding blog – you’d soon get tired of that – but I’m a sucker for lovely stationery and these beautifully made pieces really stood out.

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I’ve been using the special Brides Up North stamp on all my correspondence, and this would be a lovely way to add a posh personal touch to your wedding stationery, and forever after as Mr and Mrs. 

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Embossers with text are £45 and embossers with images start at £75 but kind Kat and John are offering free UK shipping for Brides Up North readers with the coupon code BRIDESUPNORTH268.  This offer expires 3rd August 2013, minimum purchase £10.

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Go, go, go!  You’ll love it. 

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Good Morning Beautiful! A Supplier Showcase – PLUS 10% OFF For Wedding Blog Readers

July 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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It really is a beautiful morning isn’t it… following a very special weekend, where all of the UK’s wishes seemed to come true all at once!  Blinding sunshine, a Lions win and a straight sets victory at Wimbledon for our very own Andy Murray.  If (like my friends Matt and Charlotte) you said “I do” this weekend, you sure picked a blinder! So, what better time to spring out of bed, and welcome Bella of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Good Morning Beautiful to the wedding blog?!

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And to make things even more rosy, Good Morning Beautiful are offering Brides Up North readers a 10% discount for purchases made before 1st September, using discount code BRIDESUPNORTH10 at the checkout.  Go forth, shop!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Why and when did you decide to launch Good Morning Beautiful – what is your story?

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My husband, Fiachra, and I got married in September 2012 and I was desperate to find bridesmaids’ presents that were unique, that my girls would love but that weren’t particularly ‘bridal’. I wanted them to have a great memento from the day, but thought it was a waste of money to buy them gifts they might never look at again! I searched for ages (and bought loads of presents!) but couldn’t find exactly what I was after. I knew our photographer, Katharine Peachey, would be there in the morning to photograph us getting ready and this sparked the idea that non-traditional ‘bridal’ dressing gowns could make the girls feel comfortable in her presence, look awesome in the photos and be used again and again after the wedding. There wasn’t a huge amount of choice for us, but this idea stayed with me and, on a very cold October morning we decided to just go for it and start Good Morning Beautiful. Originally we were going to focus solely on brides and their bridal parties – with the name ‘Married in the Morn’ – but out on a long ‘business chat’ walk I exclaimed to Fiachra “Women should feel beautiful every day, not just on their wedding day!” Good Morning Beautiful’s personality – and mission – really was formed from that point onwards.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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What is the Good Morning Beautiful “philosophy”?

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We know we won’t change the world one dressing gown at a time, but our philosophy is that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, every day. We believe that the simple act of popping on a gorgeous gown can make your day feel a little brighter and make you feel a little more beautiful. You don’t have to be a particular shape, size or ‘look’ to look and feel gorgeous in our gowns and that, I think, is the beauty of them.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Tell us about your range of gowns, fabric, colours and styles?

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Our first collection, the Rosalie collection, consists of a bright floral print in five colours (white, black, red, blue, purple) and two styles, long and short. The dressing gowns are made from soft Indian cotton here in the UK. We plan, over the next few months, to introduce our second collection so stay tuned!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Where are your gowns produced?

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Right here in good ole Blighty! It was really important to us to support the UK manufacturing industry and guarantee the very best quality for our customers. The UK manufacturing industry has some really fantastic characters, many of whom are carrying on family businesses, and we are proud to be involved in it.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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All the models on your site are your real life friends (and very nice they look too)!  Why did you decide on this approach?

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Quite frankly, I was tired of seeing models and thinking ‘but I’ll never look like her in that’! As our philosophy is that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, every day, why not use ‘real women’ to show off our gowns? Our gowns come in sizes 8-22 and we wanted to reflect, in our website, what we believe as a company. The main model was actually one of my bridesmaids, too, as were three of the others! It was fantastic to be surrounded by friends during the photo-shoot, too. Our photographer was Katharine Peachey again, as we loved her so much after our wedding, my friend Gemma Conley-Smith, who works in fashion, styled the shots and my pal Anna Allen (www.skinandblisterblog.com) was in charge of hair and make-up. My ‘veil lady’, the wonderful Margaret Byrne over at Sale-based Dream Veils lent me veils to use – it really was a family affair!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Why should a bride choose to wear a Good Morning Beautiful gown on her wedding day?

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The feeling a bride gets on her wedding morning is second to none. There’s excitement, a little nervousness and a strange amount of calm – all going on at once! The last thing you want to feel is self-conscious when people are popping in and out and you’re sitting there in your hair rollers and no make up on! Our dressing gowns are so easy to take on and off, protecting your hair and make-up, and add a touch of glamour to start your day off in the best way. Wearing a gown will also mean that every time you wear it post-wedding you’ll be reminded of your big day – particularly if you take it on honeymoon! One of our brides told me that her husband loves when she wears her gown around the house because it always reminds him of their incredible honeymoon, which is pretty awesome!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Do they make good gifts for the bridal party?

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Our dressing gowns make fantastic gifts for the bridal party because they are, first and foremost, gorgeous! They are fantastic mementos from the day that will make your best girls feel special, and, importantly, more relaxed in front of your photographer that they might be in old PJs. The dressing gowns are ageless, so equally appropriate for your mum or grandma, or your 15 year old bridesmaid, and they add a special touch to the getting ready preparations. My big bit of advice, however, is don’t forget the mums – they will care! (My mum now has two to make up for my previous oversight!)

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What sizes are available?

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Our sizes run from a size 8-22 and, as we have two lengths (knee and ankle length) we can cater for most heights, too.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price? Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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The short dressing gowns are £54 and the long gowns are £60, including postage and packaging to a UK address.

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I loved Brides Up North when I was planning my wedding (particularly as we moved to Hale 8 weeks before the big day!) and so we’d love to offer your readers a 10% discount for purchases made before 1st September, using discount code BRIDESUPNORTH10 at the checkout.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Brides Up North can expect high-quality products that they – and their friends with love – delivered with a personal touch. We really care about our customers and, as such, welcome questions and queries directly to me.

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How does Good Morning Beautiful provide a superior experience to other online accessory retailers?

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We really care about the personal touch. I have so many of our customers emailing me about sizing, or colour suggestions, or just to say hello and every email or tweet back comes directly from me. Wedding planning – and indeed present buying – can get stressful at times, so I see it as my job to take that stress away and just leave our customers with beautiful dressing gowns they can treasure.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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How are your products packaged? 

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Everyone deserves gift wrap! Our gowns come in beautiful cotton gift bags, which can be used again and again and we use acid-free tissue paper to protect the gowns in transit.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

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To find out more you can find us at www.goodmorningbeautiful.co.uk, tweet us, follow us on Pinterest or say hi on Facebook. You can also email me on bella@goodmorningbeautiful.co.uk anytime!

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Fabulous Photographer: Melissa Kay PLUS Free Brag Book Worth £150 For Wedding Blog Readers!

April 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I absolutely love putting together my fabulous photographer features, as the professionals that I choose to work with here on Brides Up North really need no introduction.  Melissa Kay Photography is one of those whose work absolutely speaks for itself, and after a period abroad, she is now back home in the North East.

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If you are looking for your wedding photographer, I’d be snapping her up quick. With work like this, her diary is going to be very full, very soon.  Plus, anyone booking an album collection before the end of July and quoting ‘Brides up North’ will receive a free brag book worth £150 to show off their beautiful images on the go!

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Let’s say hello…

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

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I suppose you could say that photography runs in my veins- both my Mum and my Gran were photographers! Contrary to what you may assume though, this did not mean that I was naturally encouraged to get into photography- quite the opposite in fact! My Mum found wedding photography in particular extremely stressful and often made herself physically ill with stress about how her wedding images would turn out (she needn’t have ever worried- her work was always beautiful!)  This of course gave her just cause to try to put me off following in her footsteps and she was not at all impressed when I announced that I had been shooting in secret throughout my teenage years and planned to follow the very same career which had caused her so many hours of stress in her working life! But, I was adamant, and after finishing a degree in media technology, began working in a prestigious portrait studio in Kent. Since then, I have been lucky enough to work all over the world capturing my very favourite thing in life – people and the love they share.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

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Oh my word! Where to start?! I consider it the greatest honour to be entrusted with capturing one of the most important days in a couples life, and I don’t take that lightly! I love to capture that twinkle in a brides eye as she steps into her dress, and the pride exuding from Dad as he walks her down the aisle. That look of absolute awe and excitement when the groom sees his bride for the first time and the love, oh so much love between two people meant for each other… how can I not get excited about that?!

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Also, I love to travel and shoot in new places, and photography has allowed me to do that- I have shot all over the world and I’ve just come back from two years living and shooting in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve been so lucky that my work gives me a reason to travel, although I must say, there is always a special place in my heart for the North East!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

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I find that the more time I have spent with a couple before the big day, the better the experience is for all of us, which is why I include a ‘Love Story’ or engagement shoot with each wedding package. When the couple has had the chance to experience what it’s like to have their picture taken by me and when I have been able to gauge how best to work with them, it takes away any anxiety from the couple in terms of what I’m doing, and they can simply relax and enjoy each other and their wedding day.

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

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Make sure you have a shoot with your photographer prior to your wedding day! Honestly- I can’t tell you enough how much it helps to have worked with your photographer before the big day. Everyone is different and if you give your photographer the opportunity to see how you react to the camera- they should be able to put you at ease in any situation. Most brides who aren’t keen on posing for the camera will likely opt for a more documentary or candid style of photographer, which takes away that awkward posed feeling which is what most are uncomfortable with. But any photographer worth their salt should be able to capture you at your best and make you look and feel great.

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

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It depends on the bride! Some women love to rock the bold lipstick or smouldering eyes, while some are much more comfortable with the more natural, neutral palette. I would say the best bet is to stay true to your own style- you don’t want your groom to be wondering "Who’s that girl?" when you lift your veil! It’s definitely a must to practice your make-up look before the big day- most of my brides take the opportunity to go for their make-up trial on the day of their love story shoot- that way they have great make-up for the shoot and they can see what the make-up will turn out like in the images. Really though, as long as a bride feels like her very best self and is happy and relaxed she will look fantastic in her wedding pictures.

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

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The happy couple can expect to enjoy their day without interference! Their wedding day is just that- Theirs! and I want them to enjoy every moment. I often have a few meetings with the couple before the wedding day, and also the love story shoot, so that we all are on the same page and I am more of a friend at their wedding than a random stranger. I’ve been told many times by my clients how relaxed they felt during their love story and wedding shoots, and that really is important to me- I want my clients to be relaxed and have fun so that I can capture them at their very best!

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What is included in your "package"? 

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With all of my wedding collections, I cover the entire day, from the bride getting ready, right up to the dancing at the evening reception, so the whole day is captured with love. All of my clients will receive a copyright -free disk of edited images, and I offer the most beautiful range of albums. I do have set collections as a guide but I am also happy to tailor a package to my client’s needs.

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Can you give us an idea on price? 

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The ‘Sweet and Simple’ collection, which is my starting collection, is £985.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Anyone booking an album collection before the end of July and quoting ‘Brides up North’ will receive a free brag book worth £150 to show off their beautiful images on the go!

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

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Come and check out my website or my blog, like Melissa Kay Photography on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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Alternatively if you would like to see something specific or you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line at Kay@melissakayphotography.com or give me a call on 07592924200. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Melissa Kay Photography

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Screen Starlet! Supplier Showcase: Story Of Your Day PLUS 10% DISCOUNT For Wedding Blog Readers

April 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are chatting to Brides Up North Featured Supplier and Exhibitor Emma of Story of Your Day.  In the World of wedding videography the fabulous Emma has a CV to die for, so you can be assured that your big day will be captured beautifully and thoughtfully.  Let’s meet this small screen siren…

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How did you get into wedding videography? What is your background and qualifications?

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I have worked in television for twenty years as a TV Journalist, producing, editing and presenting my own films. For the last ten years I have been a fully trained BBC Video Journalist learning the skills required to make original, eye-catching and unique films. Just over a year ago I was asked to film a colleague’s wedding and the very next day the photographer Cat Hepple, who I’d worked with at the BBC, suggested I should consider wedding videography. It seemed too much of a coincidence and when the referrals and bookings started coming in I quickly realised that this was a job I was not only good at but enjoyed as well. I started the business up slowly and the let it evolve organically. My first few films were with suppliers and photographers on wedding shoots, rather than weddings themselves. This is a film I made with Chloe from White Room Bridal and Cat Hepple.

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White Room Bridal Shoot from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Why should a couple have a wedding video?

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Not having a film is just not an option. In fact not having a videographer to capture the day is the main regret felt by today’s bride. I guess people sometimes picture 80’s style long wedding films. These are in the past and should stay there. Wedding films should be short and sweet and be something that’s watched time and time again by couples, family and friends. Find the right videographer and they’ll capture beautiful memories on film to last for a lifetime.

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Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?

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There is nothing quite so rewarding than watching the reaction on your couples‘ faces when they watch their films for the first time. And then over and over again.

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On the day of the wedding it is always such a privilege to be part of such an important occasion in a couples lives. From the moment I take on a couple’s wedding to watching back my films, I just love being involved.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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A wedding is one of the most important days of a person’s life and it’s essential everyone enjoys themselves and has a memorable occasion for all the right reasons, therefore making sure the couple feel relaxed is imperative. I always try to meet with my couples before the wedding day itself. If not before it would be at a rehearsal or meeting with the venue. On the actual day I begin filming in the background in order that the bride and the bridal party feel as ease and relaxed. I let the photographer take the lead and direct the day – this way there aren’t too many people making decisions and the couple don’t feel like they’re being pulled in too many directions. Many people worry about being interviewed. This is where my experience as a Video Journalist comes in. I am an expert at making people feel at ease with the camera and bringing out the best in them. In the end it’s more like having a chat than an interview and that way people come over on the films at their best. Finally, it’s about being there to help the day run smoothly. I regard myself as part of the team helping the day to be enjoyable and a fantastic day to remember.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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Every wedding is beautiful and moving in my eyes and being part of that very special moment in peoples‘ lives is an honour. In November I filmed a fusion wedding at the amazing Goldsborough Hall in North Yorkshire. The mist took nearly all day to lift but actually it made the setting even more romantic. The bride was absolutely gorgeous. In the morning we filmed the preparations for the church ceremony. Depika looked stunning in both her outfits. It was a long day but it was fantastic fun and wonderful.

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James and Depika – A Winter Wedding from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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The perfect venue for a Fusion Wedding from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

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I am refreshingly new to the industry and I offer something unique to many other videographers. Rather than one long film of the whole day it’s my belief that your films should be short and sweet – I offer small individual films, chosen by you, which are much more likely to be enjoyed by you and your loved one, as well as family and friends, time and time again. My films incorporate the best bits of your day, the highlights from your vows and speeches and messages from your guests.

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Every wedding is different.  Every couple is unique.  I’ll capture the essence of your day and each bespoke film will tell your individual story. Such is my reputation, I am now the recommended Wedding Videographer for many fantastic venues. These include Castle Howard, Rise Hall, Goldsborough Hall, Danby Castle and for wedding celebrations on board the Orient Express.

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Highlights from Phil and Heather’s day by Story of Your Day from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations and styled shoots with other industry professionals?

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From the outset I have worked on styled shoots. I do a lot of work with Cat Hepple because I admire her work. My favourite shoot with her was ‘Behind Closed Doors‘ with White Room Bridal but there have been many more. I have recently started working with suppliers and venues too making marketing films for their websites. These, most recently, include Wedding Celebrations on board the magnificent Orient Express and for Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. I have lots more stylised shoots and wedding venue films planned for the summer months too. They all appear on my website and blog.

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What projects do you have coming up that you are looking forward to in 2013?

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I am extremely exciting to be filming the wedding of Lois Earl and her fiancé, the Olympic hammer thrower Alex Smith. It’s at Rise Hall in East Yorkshire. As well as a film for the couple I’ll also be incorporating their wedding in a promotional film for Rise Hall’s website. I’ve got a few weddings at Castle Howard too this year and they should be amazing. The venue for a wedding is to die for.

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Your Wedding Celebrations at Castle Howard from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Are you prepared to travel? Is there an additional cost for this?

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Of course. I am prepared to travel anywhere. The only additional charge would be my expenses.

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What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price?

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I have two packages Confetti and Rose Petals but I also offer a bespoke service to clients based on requirements and budget. My prices start at £995.00 for a ‘Film of the Day’. More films are included in the Rose Petals Package or you can add them individually. It’s best to look at what I offer by clicking here or even better give me a call to chat your day through. There’s no obligation to book. I’m here to help.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Brides Up North readers can benefit from a 10% discount on my Rose Petals Package.

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

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Examples of my work can be found on my website http://www.storyofyourday.co.uk/gallery/ and they can email me through that or directly on emma@storyofyourday.co.uk. Or just pick up the phone and fire me a call on 07973 459058.

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