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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Golden Sands (Of Tynemouth!), A Real Beach Wedding In The North East – Claire & Jesse

January 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Been for that bracing New Year’s dip in the North Sea yet? Today’s Real Wedding couple save you the trouble!  Its last day of this ’s Christmas break and the final Real Wedding Recap for 2011 (we are starting 2012 in style tomorrow!), this one is a corker!  Happy New Year Claire & Jesse!

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Was your favourite wedding from 2011 included in my 10 personal picks?  Browse all the Real Weddings to date by clicking here.

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Well!  Who needs Malibu Beach?!  Not Brides Up North it seems!  The absolutely fan-bloomin’-tastic set of Real Wedding images from Featured Supplier, Sean Elliott Photography has to be one of my favourite yet.

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Chosen your honeymoon yet? Forget the Seychelles.  I’m thinking Tynemouth all the way…

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Surf’s up!

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Sean Elliott Photography says: Its Jesse and Claire, another North East girl swept away by an American!  This seems to be a trend as I’ve now shot five weddings with North East girls flying over the big pond!

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Jesse and Claire live in the USA and Jesse loves the outdoor life, surf sand and sea.  With his new wife Claire a Tynemouth girl what more could a man ask for!

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They actually got married in the US and had a celebration and blessing In the UK at Tynemouth Priory followed by a reception at Crusoe’s cafe and Tynemouth Longsands beach.

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An incredibly fun and easy going wedding with lots of sunshine.  The American men LOVED the fact they were drinking one of America’s best selling beers – Newcastle Brown Ale – from the source!

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They certainly got the weather for it and the surfboards were a must for the beach… I felt like I was at a beach party!

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Brides and photographers, share the love!  Contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding images featured on Brides Up North blog.

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today… A Real Engagement, David & Hannah

September 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am writing this post from my old bed at my parent’s house, having just wrapped up the third and final of the .  If you are a wedding industry supplier and would like to come along to the next set of events, please pre-register here, citing which Tweet Up you would like to attend. 

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Brides to Be, I have some extremely exciting Brides Up North events coming up especially for you shortly… more information very very soon!

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Last night’s North East  Tweet Up was very busy, very pretty and very pink.  Big thanks to my team of helpers who assisted me in creating a magical and sugar laced setting.  Watch out for all the photographs very shortly, but big love to Claire De Lune Florist, Karen McGowran Photography, Sean Elliott Photography, AMV Live Music, Popcake Kitchen, Heaven Sent Cupcakes, Little Town Bakery, The Black Horse Beamish, Vintage Twee, Perfect Days Vintage, , Cute Maps and of course to Wedding Ideas Magazine for all their support in making it a fantastic evening. 

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One of last night’s best dressed guests was the lovely Becky Mitchell from Profile Gallery, who prior to the night had sent me over this gorgeous to share with you on the wedding blog today.

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Over to Becky: David is from Leeds and Hannah grew up in Saltburn. They met through mutual friends just over a year ago and their first date was a Mumford and Sons gig in Leeds.

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Sunshine Coast: A Real Engagement – Andy & Julia

August 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fabulous photographer Matt Ethan Photography brightened my day by pinging this little burst of sunshine into the wedding blog’s inbox.  Let’s get Monday off to a sunny start with Andy and Julia’s beautiful real engagement shoot.  Have a wonderful week Brides Up North!

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Matt Ethan Photography explains it all:  We headed out to Tynemouth (on the North East coast next to Newcastle Upon Tyne) because Andy and Julia love it there! The beach is fantastic. 

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We were so fortunate with the sunset.  Andy asked if we could meet mid-evening, and I was a little worried about miserable cloudy weather… but he was spot on! We ended up with these amazing images capturing the setting sun. 

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They are such a sweet couple, Andy would regularly pick Julia up so that she didn’t have to climb over fences!  Very cute

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I’ve actually just photographed their real wedding, which was a bit different with the weather storm clouds were brewing, but an amazing celebration none the less.  Congratulations Andy and Julia!

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Click here to read an interview with Matt Ethan Photography.

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Have you recently got engaged?  Why not share your story and real engagement shoot on the wedding blogContact Brides Up North today. 

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Purple Rain, A Real Wedding – Gileng & Charlie

July 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Matt Ethan Photography sent me this brilliant set of images from Gileng (isn’t she gorgeous?!) and Charlie’s Real Wedding to feature on the wedding blog today and I just love them!

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Take note brides to be: this is how to handle rain on your wedding day with style and aplomb.  Kudos. 

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Over to Gileng: We got engaged on a beach overlooking Dunstanburgh Castle in August 2010 and we married on 11 June this year, with our ceremony at Holy Trinity Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne and a reception at Jesmond Dene House.

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We chose our venue as it was close to our church in  a scenic part of Newcastle. I was living in the area as a student at the time. We like manor houses, but we don’t like dusty chandeliers and fussy china ornaments. Jesmond Dene House was perfect in it’s balance of modern and old.

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We had a garden theme.  There wasn’t a strict colour theme, but we ended up having a lot of greens and purples.

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There were natural garden string bows on the invitations. The table plan was a twiggy tree, in which the names were hung, alongside tiny silver buckets. On the tables were garden lavenders, potted in silver buckets.

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Because of the rain,  I ended up in wellies!

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I wanted a dress that was unadorned and pure. I also wanted a white dress, which is surprisingly difficult to find as most people wear ivory.  I resorted to designing my own dress, and had it made by a bespoke wedding dress shop called Eve and Adam in Newcastle.

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The adult bridesmaids were in peacock green cocktail dresses from Oasis. The flower girls wore white Tiger Lily dresses from Debenhams.

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Our flowers were by Helen Jolliffe at Wedding Flowers for You in Newcastle. I carried faded purple tea roses, with dark green ivy. The bridesmaids had bunches of gypsophilia. The groomsmen all had white roses as button holes. Charlie’s buttonhole matched the bridesmaid bouquet.

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We travelled in a vintage, burgundy 1940s Rolls Royce, complete with no power steering! The company – Champagne and Roses – were so lovely, and really made everyone feel at ease.

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A friend made a 3 tiered cake with plan white icing. Each tier was a different flavour: chocolate, Victoria sponge and lemon.  Alongside the edge of each tier was white lace. To finish it off, we placed a few sprigs of lavender on the top.

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In the evening, we used a local band called The Imposters, they are a great soul/funk band and play regularly at As You Like It. They stirred up a great party atmosphere and the dance floor was packed all night.

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We honeymooned in Sorrento, Italy.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is It can be easy to become distracted with the details for the wedding day but make sure you invest as much time in your relationship, as you do in the wedding. It is the point after all! Keep the main thing the main thing.

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Brides and photographers – share your Real Wedding photographs on the wedding blogget in touch!

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Exterminate! A Real Wedding – Karen & Richard

June 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Blog favourite and Featured Supplier, Sean Elliott Photography sent me his super fun Real Wedding this week.  Check out Richard’s face during the confetti toss… hilarious!  Oh, and is there a Doctor in the house?!

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Sean Elliott Photography explains it all:  This is Karen and Richard, who got married at St John’s Church with a reception at Otterburn Hall, Northumberland. 

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This couple were so lovely, completely relaxed and easy going. I received a phone call a few days before their wedding from a friend of theirs who thought it would be a good idea to give me the heads up on a surprise he had lined up. He told me that he was going to organise a Doctor Who Dalek to turn up at the wedding. I must admit I wasn’t sure if I was being wound up or not…I was assured that it would be well received but I must admit I did have some reservations!

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The day before the wedding I met with Karen and Richard to talk though the finer details of the wedding and it was quite hard to keep a straight face! I was trying to work out why on earth this couple would want a Dalek to turn up on their wedding day!  As it turned out the couple were in fact huge Doctor Who fans.

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I staged a group photograph so everyone’s attention was on the camera and from the distance a rumble followed by a Darlek’s electronic alien voice started rolling in. I must say it was incredible, the guy inside apparently spent much of the year making this thing and it was more Darlek – like than the real things!  The guy inside was actually really funny – he even had a party popper in his weapon turret!

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The couple were presented with a signed photographic print congratulating them both on their wedding day from the actual Doctor Who at the time David Tennant.

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Daleks aside, the day was lovely – great sunshine, lovely crowd and I got a perfect 15 minutes with the couple for some lovely signature shots of them round the grounds.

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Certainly one of the most fun and original surprises I’ve seen to date!

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Brides and Photographers – get in touch to share your Real Wedding photographs on Brides Up North.  Join the Northern Revolution, why don’tcha?

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Fabulous Photographer: Stan Seaton Photography

May 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I met Stan Seaton’s lovely right hand woman Jane at the Hardwick Hall Hotel wedding fair, and we just clicked.  No photography pun intended!

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Today, Jane from Stan Seaton Photography shares some more of their beautiful images with Brides Up North and talks about how they can make your wedding photography perfect. 

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How did Stan Seaton Photography begin?

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Stan went into photography from leaving school, he studied at college at Newcastle and since then he has constantly kept up to date with new technology and techniques. He is regularly in touch with some of the leading photographers within the industry and is constantly looking for new inspiration through art and the fashion industry. I have been working with Stan for ten years now and together we make a great team, we each bring something of ourselves to the partnership.

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Why choose wedding photography?

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Weddings are such exciting events to be part of and every one is so different, but even within one wedding there is such a wide variety of emotions to capture.

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What do you love about it?

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We love the variation of wedding venues, people and styles; how can you ever be bored when you are working with clients who are planning the most exciting day of their lives? We never get up in the morning and think I don’t want to go to work today.

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How do get your clients to relax?

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All our couples have a pre wedding shoot is included as part of our wedding service. The session gives us the perfect opportunity to get to know our clients a little better as we usually meet up for coffee first and have a chat. At the beginning of every pre wedding shoot the couple are usually quite nervous, but as we chat and give subtle direction as we shoot, encouraging them to interact with each other, they become less conscious of the camera. We then arrange to view the images back at the studio the following week, also giving us a further opportunity to catch up on latest wedding plans. Once the bride and groom have seen how easy we make it to get great images of themselves, they will be so much more chilled about their photography on their big day.

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What if I don’t like having my photograph taken?

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A large percentage of girls (and some guys) arrive at the pre wedding shoot saying that they don’t like photos of themselves, but once they see their pre wedding shoot images they are far more chilled about having their photo taken on the wedding day, with the added bonus that having met us several times prior to their wedding, we are not two total strangers turning up on the day.

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What make-up should a bride choose?

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Obviously brides need to wear a little more make up than usual for their wedding day, but I would certainly recommend that they have a trial with a make-up artist and ask them to give them a couple of looks, 
so that they can choose which is the right look for them. It is good to have an open mind at your make up consultation, but you need to find a look that is right for you,  that you will feel comfortable with and will last throughout the day.

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What should a bride avoid?

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I would always recommend that when a bride tries on the dress of her dreams, that she moves around and sits down in it. Sometimes a  dress that looks fabulous when stood in front of a mirror or on the 
model, is not always flattering and comfortable when a bride moves around.  We all have hang ups about some aspect of our bodies, so choose a dress that plays to your strengths..

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Are there any weddings that you really remember?

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Every wedding we photograph has something that makes it memorable to us, but often something unexpected on the day is what makes a wedding stand out from the rest. I can remember one wedding that we photographed in November at Judges Hotel, it was a really horrible damp day and I can remember getting up and thinking how disappointed Claire would be with the weather. As  the day progressed it became damper and foggy. However when the time came to take Claire and Andrew away for a few intimate photos, Claire was determined that she was going to brave the weather, and couldn’t believe the results. The swirling fog in the gardens was beautiful and with the old fashioned lampposts, it  looked as if we hand stepped into the world of CS  Lewis’ Narnia. Claire and Andrew had images to die for!

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What can a bride and groom who book Stan Seaton Photography expect on the day?

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We limit the number of weddings we book each year, and there is only Stan and myself, so you will only ever deal with one of us and we will both be there on the day. We give a very personal service and are 
still in touch with many of our ‘old’ brides and grooms.  One couple said of us recently "For our wedding we bought a photography service, but we have ended up meeting two new friends whose services we 
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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Every couple’s requirements are different and we will sit down with prospective clients and work out what will work best for you – we strive to not only meet but to exceed expectations. Our wedding services start at £1500.

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We do put a lot of work into our weddings and only use the very best albums, so our prices are very competitive but we would be happy to give any Brides up North  readers some extra complimentary images  in their album.

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

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For all Brides up North readers who are interested in our photography, we would love to meet with you personally and discuss your big day with you both. We really believe that the relationship that you build up with your photographers is the most important one as they will be with you throughout the day. You are able to view some of  our images on www.stanseatonphotography or for more information please do give Stan or Jane a call on 01325 382555 or email info@stanseatonphotography.co.uk, we would love to hear from you.

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