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Fabulous Photographer: David Lawson Studios

August 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

David Lawson Studios

So readers, this is the man I chose to shoot my own wedding in 2010.  From a professional wedding blogger, recommendations don’t come much higher than that.  We cherish our beautiful album and are thrilled to call Brides Up North Featured Supplier David of David Lawson Studios a colleague and friend.

David celebrates 30 years in business this year – I know, he doesn’t look old enough does he – and is going stronger than ever,  after winning the Contemporary Wedding Photographer Of The Year Award 2013 with the MPA Northern Region.  Let’s say hello!

David Lawson Studios

How did you get into wedding photography?

David:  Photography is something I have been doing since school days – a long time ago, almost at the start of the Galaxy! My father Robert Sinclair Lawson was a great photographer and it became my passion from then on in. My qualifications are L.M.P.A and also A.M.P.A which were achieved through the Master Photographers Association, the only professional photography organization in the UK where you have to be full time.

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Fabulous Photographer! Jamie Penfold Photography PLUS A Free Cherish The Dress Shoot For Wedding Blog Readers!

June 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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With a double daily blog schedule, I often get asked if I get writers block.  My answer?  Hardly ever.  I absolutely love talking about weddings.  But sometimes, a submission or set of images will leave me speechless.  The work of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography will do that to you.

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Let’s meet this talented (and thoroughly nice) North East wedding photographer.  

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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For as long as I can remember I’ve had a camera.  My dad was always a keen photographer and always tried to copy him but he wouldn’t let me anywhere near his camera. I think I got my first camera when I was five.  Nothing special but it went everywhere with me.  From that point my interest grew and throughout university I was always out and about with my camera capturing the scenes around me.  I had never thought about wedding photography until my wedding in 2000.  The photography was a disaster.  That disappointment was gut wrenching.  My friends started asking me to capture their weddings and knowing what that disappointment felt like pushed me.  My first wedding was just over 10 years ago.  Up until 2010 I was doing my photography alongside my full time job (business advisor) but I was made redundant as part of the government cut backs and that’s when I took the plunge to do it full-time.  Since then I’ve gained my Licentiate qualification with the British Institute of Professional Photography and going through the process with the Master Photographers Association.  It’s been a lot of hard work to get to where I am but it’s worth all the blood sweat and tears.  I’m now capturing weddings across the UK and Europe. 

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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As I mentioned before it all started on July 22nd 2000.  Joanne and I got married in Amble, Northumberland but planned it all from Southampton where we lived at the time.  We went with the only photographer we knew and didn’t do our research.  It was something we regret to this day.  Our photographer didn’t make any effort to connect with us and was a nightmare on the day.  The images were flat, dull and didn’t reflect us or our day.  When my friends saw the pictures and how disappointed we were their reactions were all the same…  there is no way you would do that to anyone and you could do a million times better.  I did a couple of weddings (reluctantly at first as I was really unsure) but loved it.  I can’t rewind and reshoot my wedding.  This is my way of putting right what went wrong with mine.  I’m spurred on by that disappointment and seeing my couples reactions is just mind-blowing. 

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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I love the variety of weddings, the different personalities, the colours… its such a buzz!  My job is definitely not boring!  I get to share those really special moments and capture them forever. 

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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It depends on the couple on the actually day itself.  But with all of them it’s a case of getting to know them from the point of booking.  Getting to know their personalities, their likes and dislikes, and then looking at their ideas for their wedding.  Building that rapport and getting to know each other is as important part of the process as the images.  The pre wedding shoot is part of that process too. People seem to get scared of the camera.  I’D rather people are nervous at the pre wedding shoot than on the wedding day.  By the time we get to the big day it’s like having a friend arriving to shoot the day.  I have such a blast shooting weddings….it’s a great day and should be fun and I try to get that across to my couples.  Enjoy it!  I’Ve been told my enthusiasm is infectious which I think helps.

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

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I think over the past 10 years most of my brides have initially said they hate having their picture taken.  As I always say to my couples "ignore the fact that I am there which won’t be difficult as you’re going to get completely swept up in the emotion and fun of the day".  The simple rule of thumb I have is don’t panic.  There’s no need!  If you don’t feel comfortable "posing" we won’t do "posing".  I’Ll capture you enjoying your day, the emotions and the "gone in a second" moments.  One of the brides I worked with last year, Helena, was terrified at the thought of having her photo taken.  For the pre wedding shoot we picked a quiet beach and spent some time chatting, talking through the process, finding out what she disliked about having her photo taken.  I then began taking pictures, encouraging her, talking to her about everything and anything and most importantly showing her the pictures on the camera.  On her wedding day she was so relaxed with the camera.  She was recently a bridesmaid at her friends wedding which I shot (another bride who hated the idea of having her picture taken) and was so at ease with getting her photo taken yet again.

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

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I have to agree with the make up artists I work closely with who always recommend staying true to yourself. So no smoky eyes if you normally just wear mascara. You want the make up to bring out your best features. And remember, sometimes less is more!

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

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My golden rule is "if it bends, bend it".  I prefer not having straight arms in the pictures where possible as it makes people look really tense at times.  And the phantom hand around the waist!  It’s simple little things like this that I look for before capturing a shot.  Takes seconds to put right but makes such a difference. 

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

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Joey Essex and Sam Faiers.  I’m a Geordie with Essex roots…what can I say!  I love TOWIE as cheesy as it is!  You just know that the wedding will be way over the top packed with a good mixture of drama and fun! 

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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Many, but Zara and Jonny’s sticks in my mind.  I can safely say that I have never cried as much at a wedding as theirs.  Jonny’s dad had passed away so there was a lot of emphasis on his memory throughout the ceremony.  The readings just tugged at the heart strings, not just about his dad but the pure electric love these two had (have) for each other.  I was hiding behind my camera looking around and not a person had a dry eye.  The registrars were in tears.  I was breaking my heart! 

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It was also brilliantly stylish.  Zara was wearing the most stunning dress from House of Mooshki!  It was a 1950s style dress and she had the most amazing pink sparkly shoes complete with ice creams on them.  Heart   shaped sunglasses, horse drawn carriage, VW Camper Van for the adult bridesmaids, a 1950s style police car for the page boys and flower girls.  It was a perfect day in the sun at Washington Old Hall followed by an English Tea Party! 

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I’ve also shot a couple of weddings under the canvas of a Papakata teepee.  Those weddings were a bit special.  The canvas creates a weird orange glow inside.  Add to that fairy lights, a glitter ball, fire pit, animal skin rugs (oh and marshmallows cooked on the fire) and you have a magical atmosphere!

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

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I’ve been married for thirteen years to Joanne.  We’ve known each other since we were at school and started going out in 1993 when we just sixteen.  We got married at St Cuthbert’s Church in Amble and had our reception at the Masonic Hall in Amble.  We were living in Southampton at the time and planned the whole thing from down there… with Joanne in the final parts of her teaching degree. 

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It was a frantic couple of weeks leading up to the wedding as we had sold our house down there and were in the process of buying our current house in North Shields, whilst Jo was also applying for her first teaching job and thankfully was successful in securing employment a couple of days before the wedding.  It was an overcast muggy July day.  Really uncomfortable! 

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We did the whole thing on a smallish budget and pretty much did it all ourselves.  Catering, decorating etc. On the day of the wedding my parents, my best man Matt, my ushers and myself had to tidy the Masonic as there was a football presentation evening the night before and then we had to set everything. 

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We both grew up in Amble and pretty much knew everyone there.  I walked through the town to the church and kept getting stopped by people.  The ceremony seemed to go in a flash.  I remember having a really bad nervous twitch in my leg which I couldn’t control!  Oh and I couldn’t say "till death us do part"!  Got completely tongue tied.  When we left the church there were loads of people outside waiting.  As Joanne’s nan said "it’s like the royal wedding".

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We then spent an hour and a half being photographed in groups by our photographer (less said about that the better).  After that it was pretty relaxed with the reception at the Masonic.  The only thing left for me to do was to announce after the speeches that there were no desserts until later that night as the mother in law had forgotten to defrost them! 

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We both said we would do it all completely differently if we were to do it again.  Our biggest advice to anyone is to not let people push you into things you don’t want to do on your wedding day. It’s your day! 

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Any funny stories to share?

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From my wedding?  The frozen puddings! 

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From the weddings I’ve shot? 

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Last summer I was shooting the wedding of Louise and Graeme at Alnwick Garden.   A baking hot humid day charged with stacks of nervous tension.  When Louise arrived the nerves were jangling.  She walked down the aisle to meet Graeme.  The registrar began talking and then started the vows.  "Do you Graeme take Sarah….."

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"WHO THE HELL IS SARAH?!" blurted Louise at the top of her voice looking at Graeme.  Graeme stood open mouthed before the registrar apologised saying "Oops!  I mean Louise!  Sarah’s my colleague!".  The whole place fell about.  It did the trick though.  All the nervous tension evaporated.  It did lead to a lot of giggles throughout the ceremony.  It also was a great picture to get, capturing the "Who the hell…" moment!

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Another one sticks in my mind because it’s quite poignant at the moment and I know the bride, Gayle, won’t mind me telling this. When Gayle married Iain in 2011, she arrived at the church with her dad, Owen.  As they waited in the entrance hall of the church Owen’s trousers fell down.  We were falling about laughing, led by Owen!  The folks at the front of the church didn’t have a clue what was going on but the folks in the pews at the back got the full show as the ushers frantically tried to help him get his trousers back up and fastened!  I’d known Owen for years and this was typical Owen.  He didn’t take himself too seriously and poked fun at himself.  Owen passed away a couple of weeks back and Gayle and I were having a good chuckle talking about this story when she told me about her Dad’s passing. 

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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Some would say it’s the Converse boots I wear!  I like to think it’s the depth and colour of my images I create which sets me apart.  I don’t have a particular style.  I am versatile so can provide across a range of styles. 

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

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They’ll get a mixture of energy, passion and discretion.  I’m not the type of photographer who is in your face all the time.  When people say "oh half the time we didn’t realise you were there" I know I’ve done my job and that they’ve all been at ease with me.  I have a relaxed approach on the day.  I still get nervous before every wedding but it’s like a swan: graceful on the surface, feet paddling away underneath.  I like to be a calming influence on my couples.  Above all, I have fun and I make sure my couples have fun too! 

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What is included in your "package"?

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· A modern, professional approach to wedding photography

· Venue visits and planning meetings

· A pre-wedding photo shoot at a location of their choice

· Coverage on the day from bridal prep through to the evening celebrations

· Secure online gallery

· High resolution images on disc in a stunning presentation box

· Framed print

· And me of course!

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However, if people are after something a little different to the above then I will sit down with the couple and design a bespoke package for them.  Albums are something I look at after the big day.  I prefer to give people control of what they have.  Plus, how do you know how many pictures you’ll fall in love with before you see them?  I’d rather people come to me and say "Can we have 58 images in an album" than me to say "You get 40 images in an album". 

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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£1200.  Albums start from £250.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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I’d like to offer a complimentary Cherish the Dress Shoot for Brides Up North readers.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking. 

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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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Well, there’s my website at www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk.  This has a sample of my work as well as my blog about each of my weddings and pre wedding photoshoots.  To arrange a consultation simple drop me a line using the contact form on the website, email me at info@jamiepenfold.com or call 0191 270 8385.

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Anything else that we should know?

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Be ready to have a lot of fun!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jamie Penfold Photography

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From Little Acorns… A Real Engagement In The North East – Katy & Martin

April 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are heading to the park with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris of Xtraordinary Photography, as we share in Katy and Martin’s engagement happiness and learn a little bit about their love story. 

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Katy says:  We got engaged on 13th June 2012 in Padstow, Cornwall.  We went for a gorgeous meal then went down onto the beach. It was a complete surprise and there was no one else on the beach.  We got married on the 8th March 2013 at St Paul’s church in Alnwick and had our reception at Newton Hall, Newton by the Sea.

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We first met through mutual friends in Leeds on a night out in October 2008. I lived in Leeds and Martin lived in Newcastle at the time.  We went out again that same weekend with our friends to a gig in Leeds and then a couple of weekends later we had a few days together in Newcastle just the two of us.

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I knew he was the one when he agreed to come down for the weekend to Leeds but had to stay at my mum and Dad’s house as I was in the middle of moving house. The first time he met my parents was on the Sunday morning over breakfast!

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We love that we can spend all of our spare time together and never get bored or run out of things to say to each other. We’re best friends as well as being husband and wife.

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Our biggest wish for married life is to be happy and enjoy the rest of our lives together and hopefully be able to have children.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to make us feel more relaxed on our wedding day and we got to know our photographer better. We were also able to see what kind of style he used.  We were nervous initially but soon relaxed after the first couple of shots! It made us more relaxed for the day and were especially excited about our big day when we got our photos back. Our photographer Chris put an image we chose into a signing frame for us to use on our wedding day.

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We love Brides Up North because of the photos from real engagement shoots and weddings and local supplier recommendations.  We’ll definitely be back to share our wedding images on the site very soon – watch this space!

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Congratulations Katy & Martin!

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Would you like to share your love story on the wedding blog?  Here’s how

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Xtraordinary Photography

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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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Snowkissed! A Real Engagement In The Lake District – Amanda & Aaron

March 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Nothing like a bit of fresh air and a lovely love story to round off the week!  Amanda and Aaron are getting married this very weekend in the North East (congratulations!), but first, we join them and their wedding photographer, Brides Up North favourite Lee Scullion, at the spot – of immense natural beauty – where Aaron got down on one knee.

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Leave those stilettos at home!  It’s walking boots at the ready as we are headed to the great (and gorgeous!) outdoors…

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Aaron says:  We got engaged in April 2012, in the Lake District. Amanda guessed it was going to be that weekend. It was at Aira Force. It’s a waterfall, with a stone bridge over it (we have a tradition of kissing in the middle of every bridge we walk over together). We went to the lakes for the weekend, and we climbed Helvelynn on the Saturday. Amanda thought that I would propose at the top, but I didn’t, so she was a little upset that night. I waited until the Sunday night, just before we were due to come home, and I got down on one knee on the bridge as it was pouring down with rain. And she said yes, of course! We were both very excited and did a bit of jumping around and kissing each other!

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We are getting married this weekend in the North East!

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Amanda came to the UK to study at the University of Nottingham and we met when some mutual friends and family went out to dinner.

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Amanda asked me if I would be her tour guide as she wanted to travel around England. I suggested taking her to the Lake District for a long weekend! It seemed to start out as a sightseeing trip, but I think we both had ulterior motives. By the end of it we knew we wanted to be together.

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When Amanda had to go back to America after her visa expired and I couldn’t bear the thought of being without her,  I knew she had to move back as soon as possible.

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We love how happy we make each other, and our biggest wish for married life is to grow together and be there for each other through thick and thin.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot as we wanted to capture and share how we felt in the beautiful setting where I proposed. It was also a great opportunity to get to know our fabulous wedding photographer, Lee Scullion, and get used to being photographed before the big day.

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We would like to make a small album and use our favourite photo for a signature frame at our wedding ceremony for all our guests to sign. We are also using two more photographs to give to our mums as thank you presents since our wedding is on Mother’s Day. After seeing the photographs, we have a lot of confidence in our photographer and are extremely excited about having him on our wedding day. It was a great decision to have the engagement shoot! I would recommend it to everyone.

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Gilded Glamour: A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Rebecca & Steven

March 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And would you look at that, it’s only bloomin’ Friday!  What better way to round of a week of loveliness here on the wedding blog than with a really rather gorgeous Real Wedding courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier – and all round nice guy – Lee Scullion, and today’s beautiful bride Rebecca. 

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged on 26th November 2011 at St Mary’s Lighthouse. I thought we were going for a walk and I was complaining the whole way about the cold then he just brought out the ring and got down on one knee. Total shock!

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We were married on 7th September 2012 at St Albans Church in Earsdon, North Tyneside and then held the reception at Doxford Hall, Alnwick. 

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Doxford Hall is just such a beautiful place. The grounds are beautiful and the hall has been restored to a high standard. The room where our reception was held has gorgeous chandeliers and large gilded mirrors and I knew it would suit the style of wedding I had in mind. The staff were also great and that really helped us decide it was the best venue for us.

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The theme was country vintage. I’m originally from the countryside and wanted to bring this into the wedding however, I also wanted quite a glamorous wedding so I tried to bring the two together.  I chose a colour scheme of greens, lilacs and whites but it was really a mixture of light colours that were reminiscent of a country garden in the summer.  I wasn’t strict about colour as I didn’t want everything to look too matched together.

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The bridesmaids and I all carried the same flowers but the girls carried smaller posies. The bouquets and buttonholes were from Andrea’s Florists in North Shields. I was overwhelmed at how well the bouquets turned out. They were so fresh and utterly perfect and lasted for days afterwards. They were a mixture of avalanche and quicksand roses with flowering poplar, lisianthus, freesias and agapanthus. They were great.

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We used the The Jewellers Guild for our wedding jewellery. They designed our rings for us and gave a really good quality service for the money. They also gave good advice about what I should have to match my engagement ring. We were really pleased with the results.

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On the day we had a vintage ivory Rolls Royce Silver Shadow from Webbs Special Occasion Cars. These guys are great and very professional. The cars are immaculate and they really enjoy what they do so bend over backwards to make sure your day is perfect. They even have a dry run from your house to the church or venue to make sure they get the best route.

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I chose an ivory silk and lace fishtail gown by Paloma Blanca. It was the first dress I tried on and although I tried on a few more I always went back to this dress. I bought it from Darcy Weddings in Morpeth. Jennifer and Debbie were great and the service was excellent. I would recommend them to anyone as they really gave a personal touch which made it feel all the more special.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Debut at Debenhams. They were aubergine floor-length strapless chiffon dresses with ruching at the front. I told them they could pick any dresses they liked as long as I liked them. In the end my Aunty found these dresses and they were perfect. The girls looked beautiful.

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The groomsmen wore charcoal grey tails from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. They wore a pale grey tie as I didn’t really want the men to wear the same colours as the bridesmaids to avoid being too matched. My husband wore an aubergine tie to make him stand out from the others.

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Obviously the favourite part of the day was the ceremony. The Reverend Andrew France helped us plan a really lovely and personal service (that didn’t go on for hours)! We incorporated our friends into the service with readings and were touched at what people had to say. I loved every minute of the wedding day itself. It all came together beautifully and I can’t thank our suppliers enough for all the effort they made.

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I must give a shout out to our amazing photographer, Lee Scullion, he was fantastic throughout the planning process and on the day. He was always there to answer questions or give ideas and the guests at the wedding all commented on how professional he was! We didn’t want a photographer that would be really demanding and in your face and Lee was perfect. The photos are one of the only things you take away from your wedding afterwards so they have to be good. When Lee sent mine to me I cried because they were so beautiful and really captured the feeling of the day.

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In order to add some personal touches to the wedding I contacted The Wooden Ladybird Company who made some wooden signs with Mr and Mrs Colby on them for the top table. They also made our sign for the sweetie table. The signs were fab and I have them up in my house now.

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I did make lots of things myself for the wedding so I also went to Dainty Supplies in Washington a lot. They have great bits and pieces which give you lots of ideas for things to personalise your wedding.

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Our invitations were made by Gingerbread Kisses Gifts. Nadine is my husband’s cousin and she is very creative and made invitations to suit the theme of our wedding. She can also make favours, gifts and decorations – the lot!

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I added numerous individual touches to our wedding. With the help of my family I made all the favours which were little jars of jam for the girls and little jars of Everton mints for the boys. We chose those mints as they are black and white and Steven is huge Newcastle United fan and wanted a tribute to his team at the wedding. I also made lots of tea cup candles. I gathered up (with the help of my Auntie) lots of teacups from charity shops in light summery colours. I then bought a scented candle making kit and created about 40 candles. They were part of the table decorations and everyone loved them. They also made the room smell lovely which was a really nice touch.

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I had my florist make up a small posy of flowers and put it in a birdcage I bought off the internet. I then got some luggage labels and threaded ribbon through them. We asked guests to write their messages on the labels and hang them on the birdcage. It looked fab!

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Our reception flowers were done by Flowers by Julie in Alnwick as they were nearer to the reception venue. I didn’t see them until we arrived on our wedding day and was completely shocked at just how beautiful they were. Julie really took note of what flowers I wanted and the theme and produced flowers that looked like they had been freshly picked from a country garden.

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One of the really lovely things on our day was the photo frame our photographer, Lee Scullion, made of photos from our pre wedding shoot. I didn’t know he had made it for us and when I saw it I was so touched and thought it was a great use of the pictures. I also didn’t want to do a traditional guestbook.

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We chose a two tier cake from Celebration Cakes by Julie. She is amazing! Julie can do anything with cakes. She really took note of my ideas for decoration and my theme. In the end she designed the perfect cake. We had lemon and vanilla sponge which was really tasty. However, a friend also made us a fruit cake as some of the older guests expected this as its more traditional.

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We hired a DJ for our wedding from Premier DJ’s. Chris was great and came out to see us to make sure he chose music we liked for the wedding. He also gave us great ideas about things to do i.e. first dance, throwing the bouquet etc. In the end we did two first dances. One slow and when that finished we danced to

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We went to Agadir in Morocco on our honeymoon. The hotel was fabulous and we had a much needed rest after all the excitement (and stress) of the wedding.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make a list of everything you need to do and plan when you are going to do it. This means you only do a bit at a time and won’t have loads to do right before the wedding. I did this as I knew I would be busy with work right up to the wedding and didn’t want to get overly stressed. It really helped and I found that I enjoyed planning the wedding rather than getting overwhelmed.

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Also, remember why you’re doing this! Everyone wants a perfect wedding but inevitably there will be hiccups along the way! It’s not the end of the world and your suppliers will do anything they can to help you out. The main thing is to enjoy every moment!

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Congratulations Rebecca & Steven!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: A Proper Winter Wonderland! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ryan

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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Starting off our seasonal recap in style, today I am honoured to share the Real Wedding of one of my best girlfriends in the whole wide World, Rachel. I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for Rachel and Ryan, and was more than a little nervous that one of my favourite photographers and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katy Melling Photography would be there to see me descend into drunken Christmas wedding merriment at what has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended (you’ll see!*).

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After all, elegance aside, this was also the wedding where I could be found singing shouting Christmas carols at 4am, where my husband set fire to himself on an aisle candle (yes really!) and where a faux snow fight left everyone twinkling!  Proper Geordie fun! I did catch Katy snapping a shot of me taking a big slug of white wine, but it hasn’t made it into the final edit.  Thanks Katy!

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Without further ado, over to my best friend Rachel: We got engaged on 10th December 2010 in Central Park in New York and were married at home in County Durham on Sunday 18th December 2011, at Rockliffe Hall.  We said our vows in the Rockliffe Suite and then had a drinks reception in the Old Hall while the Rockliffe Suite was done up for the wedding breakfast.

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As soon as we visited Rockliffe we loved it. On the practical side we had a large guest list and it was able to cater for 180. It also had 60 bedrooms so all of the guests who wanted to stay were able to be accommodated.

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It seemed a bit more luxurious than some of the other venues we visited and was decorated to our taste. It is about 45 minutes away from Newcastle so was fairly easy for our guests to get to. It is just a lovely hotel and felt cosy and we thought it would suit the wintery/ Christmassy feel we were after. It has a lovely area called the Old Hall which we used for the drinks reception and also has a fabulous spa which our guests got good use of the day before and the day after the wedding.

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Obviously the wedding was very near Christmas so overall we had a bit of a Winter Wonderland theme.

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My dress was Jenny Packham. It was very detailed and glitzy around the neckline which went down my back and then it had a tulle skirt. I also had a Jenny Packham headdress. I tried on a Jenny Packham dress in a shop in Newcastle but then went to her shop in London as it was a good excuse for a weekend away with my Mum. There were a few that I liked but the one I chose was most appropriate for a Christmas wedding.

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We had a lot of music and entertainment during our reception: my good friend Emma Kendall sang during the service, and then we enjoyed the Opus 4 String Quartet, carol singers and some singing waiters, before hitting the dance floor to Jeff Dingle and the Moonswing Trio.

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Thinking about favourite moments, my mum and dad had organised the singing waiters as a surprise for Ryan and me. I loved this and we were all up dancing on our chairs for an hour so that was really fun. In general I just loved it all as I wanted it to be a massive party and that’s what it was. I also loved the girly time on the morning of the wedding with the bridesmaids and all my family.

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We had a simple cake made by Gemma at Love Lily Cakes. It was all white and had a flower appliqué on it. We had 3 tiers which consisted of Victoria sponge cake, chocolate cake and lemon cake.

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After the excitement of the wedding we had a mini moon for a few days to the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and we are hoping to go to New York at the end of the year. We live in Dubai so we wanted to stay in the North East to enjoy the rest of the festive season with our friends and families.

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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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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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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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Fabulous Photographer: David West Photography

September 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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When I saw the photograph of the excited groom above, I knew that I was going to love David West Photography’s work.  This has to be one of my favourite wedding images of all time, and believe me, in this line of work – I see a lot!

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This morning, the talented David West Photography shares a selection of his work and talks about his passion for photography, why he loves weddings and why he always packs a spare pair of trousers…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I spent the last 20+ years as a computer graphic artist, making computer games for the likes of Nintendo and Atari ( remember them?).  It seems so long ago now and I guess it was, I’ve been using Photoshop since version 1 and editing digital images for same amount of time.  To cut a long story short I rose through the ranks to running the art studio, where I worked on everything from animations to photography.

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Although I loved my job I wasn’t getting any younger and the thought of being stuck behind a desk was just too depressing so I decided to bite the bullet, and move onto something that not only got me out from behind the desk, but got me outside in the elusive sunshine and let me continue being creative… it was a no brainer.

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Good question… wedding photography was and is by far the most stressful and difficult to master, but once you do, you can do anything. I LOVE to capture emotion – true emotion is quite rare and you’ve got to be in right place to capture it, being a wedding photographer gives me in the best seat in the house.

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It has to be seeing everything from such a unique point of view, how many people get to go see what I see? I get to see things no one else is privy to and I get to tell the story in my own words (or pictures). I get to see the bride as she waits nervously with her friends, I see the intimate moments of her with her father, both the laughter and tears. The bumbling groom, as he checks his watch and tightens his lips trying to convince himself and everyone else that he really isn’t nervous at all… and above all else the way now and again, you catch them look at each other in such a way.  That’s magic and I actually get paid to photograph it.

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I would leave that one up to the makeup artist, but a foundation that leaves the skin without a shine is essential to avoid specular highlights.

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

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Hmmm… from an aesthetic point of view it would have to be the Beckhams (for obvious reasons!) but for a fun day I would most certainly say Keith Lemon …now that would be a hoot………………POTATOES!

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I would have to say each have been very special in their own way, although it has been known for me to get a watery eye behind the camera on the odd occasion.

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Are you married?

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No I’m not!  Believe it or not, I did propose, but we had just moved in together in our first house and we didn’t have a lot of money, so I gave her the choice of double glazing or marriage.  Lets just say we don’t have any more draughts!

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Any funny stories to share?

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Oh dear! Yes, quite recent actually, I was photographing a wedding at Headlam Hall.  I was down in the grounds photographing some portraiture shots of the couple when I suddenly saw a shot I wanted from a very low angle, instead of lowering myself down to my ankles gently, not wanting to miss that “must have” shot I decided to get down as quickly as possible: bad, bad idea!

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I don’t know a great deal about physics but the speed I fell to my ankles was way too much for my trousers to withstand, they didn’t tear, they literally burst (mum would be proud to know I had clean underwear on)! A true professional, knowing the show must go on… I continued to shoot, they where Calvin Klein after all which slightly lessened the embarrassment.

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Although the photos I got where not the initial “must have shots” I planned, I shrugged it off and pretended it wasn’t the worse day of my life with a “hey this happens all the time” attitude.

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Both Charlotte and Duncan (the Bride & Groom) were brilliant, they couldn’t stop laughing, resulting in great pictures and VERY memorable day.

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She went on to tell EVERYONE at the wedding breakfast much to their amusement. Oh how I laughed… not!

I do owe a MASSIVE thank you to Headlam Hall who very kindly gave me a pair of trousers (one size to small I may add) for which I am and will be, eternally grateful.  Lesson learned, I now not only take a spare shirt with me to every wedding, i know pack an extra pair of trousers too!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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From I have been told, apparently I’m normal. I have fun , I’m very easy to get along with and I aim to please the couple as well as their guests and not myself. I’m not only a professional photographer but a professional graphic artist to boot giving me the design skills to make beautiful eye catching albums.  I know my way around Photoshop and graphic manipulation very well.  I wouldn’t say it sets me apart but it does give me an advantage over a lot of others.

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

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Bursting trousers!  Seriously though, a very personable professional who will strive to get the very best that the day has to offer.  I deliver the very best in service and product. Oh,and an ear…. if they need it!

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What is included in your "package"?

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This really depends on what package you go for, I offer everything from DVDs to albums and even an Ipad2 with your images on it.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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My prices range from £845 for a CD package up to £2000 (subject to change very soon). 

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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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They can visit my web page www.davidwestphotography.co.uk

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I update my blog on a regular basis (probably the best place to see more current images) www.davidwestphotography.co.uk/blog

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Or email me info@davidwestphotography.co.uk or phone on 07403418356. 

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Anything else we should know?

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I don’t have any limitations on my boundaries, I photograph anywhere in the UK and beyond! I don’t smoke and I’m house trained!

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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, What A Do Weddings, 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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Click through to see the set of beautiful images. 

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