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honest love: introducing sarah boulton photography

February 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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This morning we’re thrilled to be welcoming another fabulous wedding photographer to our growing list of talented Brides Up North Sponsors – it’s the lovely Sarah, of Sarah Boulton Photography.

Photographing weddings throughout the North West and beyond, Sarah describes her style of photography as “honest” capturing the magic of the day as it unfolds to compile a full story of a bride and groom’s big day.

As a special welcome gift to Brides Up North readers, Sarah is offering a fabulous 10% discount and an 8×8 album for all bookings made up until the end of May 2017. If you like what you see, just quote “Northern Soul” when enquiring.

So, let’s waste no time in handing over to the lady herself to tell us more about her passion for, and approach to, photographing weddings.

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Can you tell us a little about your background? How long you have been in wedding photography for?

sarah says: I fell in love with photography when I was a bridesmaid for my sister about a decade ago. I only had a basic camera but I took pictures of everything, and from that day I was genuinely hooked. I upgraded my camera shortly after, trained, second shot for other photographers and soaked up everything that I could to do with photography. All different types of photography inspire me.

What was it that attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

As sad as it probably sounds, I suppose the little girl inside me who always wanted to find love. I always think that the outside world stops on your wedding day, you’re in a lovely bubble with your nearest and dearest. Everyone deserves that.

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And what is it about your job that you love?

It really is an honour to photograph the start of a marriage. When you listen to the promises to love and support each other through whatever life is going to throw your way, it genuinely gets me every time. It’s the feeling that you’re witnessing such a special part of someone’s life as they’re about to start a new chapter.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

I’d describe my imagery as honest. I love eyes-screwed-up, mouth-open-wide laughter, photo bombs, kids having an inevitable tantrum, confetti being picked out of the bride’s hair, tears, tissues and a bit of dancefloor mayhem. I just believe in everyday beautiful – if that’s even a phrase!

What is the feedback like from your clients? What do they love about your approach, service and images?

I think my couples are always surprised when they get their images – in a good way! I work as more of a quiet observer and I really want people to enjoy their day. So when couples receive their images and see things that they’ve missed or forgotten, it surprises them.

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How do you help couples to relax in front of the lens?

When I nab couples away for ten to twenty minutes, I tell them to take that time just to be together and have a breather. Your wedding day goes so quickly and it is lovely just to have that peaceful moment – whether for a short walk, sneaky kiss or shared drink – before going back to your guests. Sometimes I play a few daft games, which makes people relax and laugh, but most couples are that focussed on one another that they soon forget about the camera.

Are there any weddings in particular that you’ve shot that stand out to you?

Good question – and that’s quite hard to answer because people’s days stand out for different reasons. I second shot a wedding last year in France, which was so beautiful and rustic. The bride and groom were married outside, after the bridal party had spent their morning making the bouquets. It was a real family affair. During the wedding breakfast there was a regional power cut and took them over an hour to get the main course out. But it just didn’t phase the bride and groom, or any of the guests. Everyone was together and that was all that mattered.

I would personally love the opportunity to shoot a proposal and a surprise wedding, that would be amazing!

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If you could shoot a celebrity’s wedding who’s would it be and why?

There’s two that spring to mind. The first would be Helena Bonham Carter because I love how she is unashamedly herself. She doesn’t pretend to be anyone else and is comfortable in her own skin. The second is Miranda Hart. I’ve often been compared to her by my friends and she really makes me laugh so that would be a great day.

And where would be your dream location to shoot?

Absolute dream location for me would be Tuscany. One of my first photography holidays was there and we shot at a small abandoned chapel. It was breath-taking and so tranquil. I could imagine a wedding there with family, lots of food and twinkly lights as the sun goes down.

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hessian & lace. maggie sottero for a rustic wedding in the north west – belinda & dan

October 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Fans of relaxed rustic wedding styling prepare to take note, for the décor and details in this afternoon’s celebration are guaranteed to earn a place on your Pinterest board.

From hessian chair ties and cute bunting to natural log slices and twine-wrapped glass jars filled with wonderful wild blooms, Dan and Belinda’s big day has it all.

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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belinda says: Dan proposed to me in front of Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill, on 15th March 2015. Dan knows that Holcombe Hill is my favourite place so knew it would have meaning for us to get engaged there. He asked my dad’s permission earlier in the day and then suggested we go for a Sunday evening walk. We got to the top of the hill and I started to take some photographs – when I turned around he was down on one knee with the ring in his hand. I cried for about 15 minutes before I remembered to actually say yes!

We set the date of the wedding for 1st April 2016. We had chosen this as our ‘official’ anniversary date of when we first got together (mainly so that Dan would never have an excuse to forget with it also being April Fool’s Day). The wedding fell on our fourth anniversary.

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Our chosen venue was The Fisherman’s Retreat, in Shuttleworth, Lancashire. We wanted a venue where we would be able to see Holcombe Hill, and at The Fisherman’s you have the view of Holcombe Hill right from the spot you have the wedding ceremony so there was never really any other choices on the cards.

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I’d describe the style of our wedding as rustic and natural! We just picked out things we liked the look of really – so lots of brown card, jars with twine, crates, log slices, wooden hearts, etc. This is just our taste in general so seemed the right thing to do!

We didn’t particularly have a colour scheme. We picked a heathery colour for the bridesmaid dresses and Dan’s tie and handkerchief (because I saw the colour on a Dessy swatch and it was the only one I liked) but apart from that we just had all different colours of wild flowers, and then the rustic details in between.

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I wore a Maggie Sottero dress called Cassidy, which I got from The Bridal Lounge, in Accrington. I actually only chose it six weeks before the wedding as I had a total change of heart about the first dress I had chosen from another bridal shop. Lee at the Bridal Lounge turned everything round within the time frame and made sure I had the perfect dress on the day. I teamed my dress with a long veil and wore bright red heels as a surprise for Dan (had to get a little nod to Liverpool FC in somewhere as I had refused it on every other thing he’d suggested!)

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roses and thistles. a gorgeous winter wedding at bashall barn – amy & ted

April 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

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We don’t know about you but here at Brides Up North HQ we just couldn’t take our eyes of Ted and Amy’s wonderful winter wedding when it arrived in our inbox. This stylish couple tied the knot between Christmas and New Year giving their friends and family an extra reason to be in high spirits over the festive season.

They wanted a relaxed and informal do in a charming rural setting and that’s exactly what they delivered.

I absolutely adore the flowers in this wedding – that bouquet! Oh and of course there’s a bunch of mistletoe too…pucker up!

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Fairclough Photography.

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amy says: We got engaged on Christmas Day. We were at my parents’ house with my sister and auntie and uncle. We had just finished opening the presents and then Ted said, “I’ve just got one more present, but you’ll have to stand up for this one Bob (my nickname)”. I stood up, turned around and he was on one knee. I don’t remember much of what happened after that – only that I said “YES”.

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We didn’t have a date in mind when we started looking at venues but after finding the right place, we sat down to look at diaries and found out they had space around Christmas. We both love Christmas and as we got engaged on Christmas Day, it seemed like a good idea to do it around that time. We went for the Saturday between Christmas and New Year, 27th December.

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We got married at Bashall Barn, a few miles out of our hometown of Clitheroe, Lancashire. We wanted to get married in the Ribble Valley and knew that we wanted a relaxed and informal setting. The Barn was perfect for us, spacious yet cosy and with plenty or rustic, rural charm.

We didn’t have a theme as such but did stick with traditional Christmas colours of red and green. We wanted to create the sense of happiness and magic that Christmas evokes in us for all of our guests.

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My dress was from Dessy’s After Six range. I went to Orchid Designs bridal shop in Clitheroe to try on some dresses to get a feel for what I wanted. It wasn’t the kind of dress I thought I wanted but as soon as I put it on, it just felt so ‘me’ and I didn’t want to take it off. It was the third dress I’d tried on and I just knew it was the one.a pretty winter wedding at bashall barn (c) Fairclough Photography (11)

Ted wanted a three piece tweed suit but we’d left it quite late and they are harder to come by than we thought. About four weeks before the wedding we went out looking and found the perfect suit in Next, it fit perfectly and he looked gorgeous in it.

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I purchased the two bridesmaids dresses online. I knew I wanted dark green but I found it really difficult to find any in the shops so had a look online and managed to find a company who had just what I was looking for. The dresses were then altered to suit each bridesmaid.

The groomsmen each wore their own suits but they all had matching red ties which were purchased from the Saville Row Company.

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I travelled to the wedding in my dad’s car. I didn’t see the point in hiring a car and driver for the ten minute journey. As it was, it was lovely, my auntie had decorated it with ribbon and flowers and my uncle chauffeured us – it was perfect.

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Our photographers were husband and wife duo, the Faircloughs from Fairclough Photography. They were recommended to me by another photographer. I sent the initial email to them to see if they were free on the day that we’d chosen and received a phone call less than five minutes later from Katie. The service was as efficient as that throughout and they were an absolute pleasure to work with. They have some great ideas and are keen to try out cutting edge techniques. We didn’t want the posed formal shots and so were happy for them to do their own thing. We were completely overwhelmed with the pictures! They really capture the spirit of us and of the day and that’s just what we wanted. I would highly recommend them.

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I didn’t want really fussy flower decorations. I had a look on Pinterest for rustic winter wedding flowers and found a bouquet with thistle, berries and roses in. My mum had been recommended to try Fusspots in Whalley. I took the picture of the bouquet along with me and told the owner Theresa, what I was thinking. I cried when she delivered the flowers on the morning of the wedding – they were absolutely perfect!

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The venue was already decorated for Christmas and so I didn’t want to go overboard with decorations. I had a large bouquet of mistletoe where the ceremony took place and candles everywhere – I love candles! On each of the tables, I had a cluster of flower decorations from Fusspots and a large lantern, along with favour bags and decorative table number plaques which were designed by a close friend.

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I wanted simple homemade favours. I bought 150 small brown paper bags, miniature bottles and miniature jam jars online. My best friend’s mum made some homemade chutney to fill the jars with and I filled each of the bottles with port. There was also a small chocolate in each. I tied each bag with a piece of butcher’s string and attached a brown gift tag with the guest’s names on so that the favours were also the name places.

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We had a cheese wedding cake for the evening, which was provided by the Barn. I wasn’t going to have a sweet wedding cake but my mum panicked a few days before and so we did end up getting a few plain iced sponge cake tiers from a supermarket but we didn’t even cut into it in the end!

The venue we chose has been voted to have the best on site restaurant in the UK, as foodies this was a massive plus for us. We didn’t get married until 4:30pm and our evening guests were due from 7:30pm onwards and so we were a bit limited for time. We chose to have canapés to start whilst guests were having their reception drinks, for mains we had a braised blade of beef with creamed mash and veg and for dessert, a sticky toffee pudding. It was lovely!

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We had a band called Duncan Disorderly to provide our entertainment. We first saw them at Knutsford Wine Bar and fell in love with them. They play covers but put their own funk style on each track. They’ve got tonnes of energy and are perfect for a good dance!

We wanted our guests to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible – this was at the forefront of our minds when we planned the day. We had a little snack table with savoury and sweet nibbles and little bowls for people to help themselves throughout the evening, to ensure nobody went hungry. We also put toiletries in each of the bathrooms for guests to freshen up.

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I would highly recommend the Barn, especially to couples who want a little bit more flexibility when planning their day. Henk, the coordinator, was a great help in the planning and was very accommodating to our ideas.

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I loved the whole day – it just went too quick! I particularly loved walking down the aisle and seeing my Ted for the first time – I got a rush of excitement like I have never experienced before!

We hadn’t booked a honeymoon initially but had booked a fortnight off work at the end of January. A few days after the wedding, we went to the travel agents in Clitheroe and booked a ten-day break to Mauritius, to begin two weeks later. It was so nice having something to look forward to when we both went back to work after New Year. Mauritius was idyllic! We stayed at Le Victoria in the north of the island and everything was perfect – the weather, food, people – we didn’t want to come back! We still miss the time we lived in Mauritius – even if it was just for ten days!

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy the experience! It is so easy to get carried away with what you should/shouldn’t do but at the end of the day, it should be about you, the bride and groom! You only get one day to show everybody who you both are and how much you love each other – don’t lose sight of that in the planning.

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A Masterclass With Jonny Draper Photography

May 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This time a fortnight ago I was doing what I do best… talking my socks off.  I was over in Cheshire to address the attendees of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jonny Draper’s Two Day Masterclass in Wedding Photography

After a full day of shooting at Jonny’s right hand, through the editing process and onto the business of wedding photography (it’s not just all about taking a few pretty pictures and spending the rest of the time in the pub you know!), it was time for me to take the floor.  My input?  It was all social, baby!  The power of blogs, social media and real life relationships on your business, the impact that building relationships through these mediums can have, how to harness that power for good, staying “real” and how to work with the pacesetters and trendmakers to further your own success.  I was talking about what I look for in a Real Wedding, feature or sponsorship submission, how to succeed at wedding exhibitions and about picking your team wisely.  And boy, can I talk! Tips, tricks and tales of the trade… nothing is sacred anymore!

I also learnt a lot from watching Jonny and the wider team at work and hearing from the floor, too.  What I loved about the day was that I felt able to be myself, contribute, question and bounce off the others in the room.  It made for a very inspiring session and one very weary blogger, ready for a nice cold glass of something grape related at the end of the day!

Like at the Masterclass itself, I’ve probably gone on too long… let’s hear from the man himself, and see some of his images from the day (all shot, edited and submitted on location in front of the class, no less).

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Jonny says: The Two Day Masterclass in Wedding Photography is the very first wedding photography training workshop that I put together and it’s still one of my absolute favourites.  Having run it four times now, the Masterclass just goes from strength to strength and has continued to evolve each time we’ve run it.  Day One is the shooting day where I walk the attending photographers through how I shoot a wedding from bridal prep through until the first dance and Day Two is the business day. 

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Jonny Draper Photography Training

Jonny Draper Photography Training

Jonny Draper Photography Training

Jonny Draper Photography Training

This time we were lucky enough to have Julia Braime (readers – you will know her very well!) with us on Day Two talking to us about all things social media, blogging, marketing, wedding exhibitions and events – she was an amazing addition to our ‘core team’.  Sarah Heath from Heaton House Farm and Emma Draper from LOVE Bridal Boutique also join us on Day Two to talk about working with photographers from their perspective. 

Julia’s involvement has helped to put new ideas into place for the next Two Day Masterclass and also for some brand new training experiences (more on that later!).

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From a personal point of view, I love these workshops.  I encourage them to be conversational rather than me just standing in front of people for two days talking.  By encouraging all the photographers to talk with each other as well as me, we all get to learn some awesome new things!  I love how much I’ve learned from other photographers who have attended the Masterclass – and that is absolutely key to it’s success.  It’s a level playing field.  No one will ever be the finished article and our willingness and desire to learn is what makes us all get better and better at what we do.

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Jonny Draper Photography Training

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Overall, the reason I started doing the photographer training is because I want to be surrounded by great photographers in our industry.  I want brides and grooms booking an amazing photographer to be the norm.  I don’t want to hear any more stories about how a bride and groom were so disappointed with their wedding photographs.  I want every bride and groom out there to love their photographs. 

And this isn’t a money thing.  There are so many different markets within our industry that require very different pricing structures which is absolutely fine – everyone has a budget to work to and that must be respected.  But regardless of whether a bride and groom pay £500 or £5,000 for their photographer, there should be one stand out consistency – and that is the quality of the work and the level of service that the photographer provides.  That’s what I want to change in the industry, I want those two things to be expected and demanded of every photographer.

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Jonny Draper Photography Training

Jonny Draper Photography Training

Vive la revolution!

More shots from the day – and those on the course – coming soon. 

To find out more about Jonny Draper Photography – either his wedding photography or his training courses – visit his website.  He’d love to hear from you.

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Good & Honest Memories. Fabulous Photographer: James Jebson

January 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I adore James Jebson.  Not only – as you can see from these images – is this Brides Up North Featured Supplier a brilliant wedding photographer (have you booked him yet?), but he’s also an all round nice guy, doting new dad, friendly face and party animal.  Even without all that, anyone who names the tables at their wedding after their favourite shots is a-ok with me…  let’s say hello…

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How did you get into wedding photography/?

Photography has always played a massive part in my life and having earned my ‘apprenticeship’ from assisting other professional photographers which then led to ‘second shooting’ – I learnt a lot of do’s and don’ts of not only the technical side of photography, but also how to photograph a wedding day in a relaxed and low key manner!

I always had the plan to have two separate photography businesses and after a lot of hard work this became a reality – my wedding photography business, where I’ve captured weddings from Scotland to Brighton as well as my commercial photography business where I’ve been commissioned by companies such as Manchester United FC and Thwaites Brewery. By having two different disciplines, I remain really creatively challenged – something which I feel is very important for all photographers so they don’t fall into ‘autopilot’. I really found my own style while studying the first year of my Photography degree at Blackpool and the Fylde College, something which I feel sets me apart from other wedding photographers that are out there.

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Why wedding photography specifically? 

I absolutely LOVE weddings, there is no better environment to be in. The day is always full of love, laughter and often some (happy) tears, so to able to capture all those genuine emotions and tell the story of one of the best days of your life, is ridiculously fulfilling. That combined with the end result when my couples receive the photography from their day and seeing how it brings back all those emotions – really does make it the best job ever.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

Wedding photography has really changed massively in the last five to ten years and (thankfully) gone are the days of a ‘generic photo album’, where a massive part of the day is taken up by posing for very formal and stuffy shots. I love meeting my couples, hearing their stories and their journey to becoming married and just generally really getting to know them and then exceeding their expectations once they receive the images. I also love the reactions I get once my couples see their images – especially for the first time. There is nothing quite like it.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

I’m a strong believer that each and every wedding couple is very different in how they want their day, so I spend a lot of time building an honest and trusting relationship leading up to it. I really believe that getting to know each couple and building a really good, natural rapport is essential and truly goes a long way to making sure my couples both enjoy their day and are as relaxed as possible, safe in the knowledge that they know ‘I’ve got this’.

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

Be yourself and keep reminding yourself that your look beautiful – there is no such thing as an ugly bride! Some brides really love having their picture taken and could happily pose all day for photographs if I let them – however these brides are very much in the minority. I include a pre wedding shoot for this exact reason as not only do you get some great keep sakes, but more importantly you experience having your photograph taken professionally. My aim for every pre wedding shoot I do, is to make sure that not only have we had a laugh, but you also look at your photographs and think ‘actually, I really look good there…’ This means that not only have we spent more time together building on that all important relationship, but you’ll also know exactly what to expect on your big day – meaning it’s one less thing to worry about. So in short – make sure you pick a photographer that you are 100% comfortable with and that you trust – if they’re doing their job right, then you should (dare I say it) enjoy having your photo taken!

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

Every bride’s ‘look’ as well as the style of their day is often very different but the makeup can really make a difference. I’d always recommend to use a professional make up artist, they really are worth the investment as not only will your make up be perfectly flawless, but it also goes towards the whole ‘wedding experience’ which is so important. Make sure that they include a make up trial which is industry standard and as always, make sure it’s someone you like and have a connection with.

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

The only thing I’d suggest is to avoid choosing anything that isn’t ‘you’. Be yourself.. You’ll find that during the planning stages of your wedding day a lot of family and friends will readily give their input and opinion on how they think you should have the day or what dress you should have, who you should invite, etc. My advice with this is to politely nod then go with exactly what you want because as with most decisions you will genuinely get ‘a feeling’ when you find the right photographer, venue, dress, etc so as long as you follow your instincts, there wont be anything that looks bad in your wedding photographs – simple!

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

It would have to be Prince Harry’s as not only would it be one heck of a celebration, but I think he’d be one of the few royals that would go against protocol and what was expected but in turn really have the day how he wanted it!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

I’ve loved each and every single wedding that I’ve had the honour of being involved in, but one of the most stylish weddings has to be when I was involved with capturing a ridiculously cool wedding in the centre of Manchester. The ceremony took place at the stunning Manchester Town Hall and once complete, the couple and all of their guests marched through Spinningfields to the reception venue which was the ridiculously cool Australasia restaurant which had been completely hired out.  A very stylish and awesome day which finished off with a packed dance floor and is a prime example that the best weddings are always the ones where the couple have done exactly what THEY want and really let their own personalities shine through.

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Are you married? Tell us about your day. 

I really learnt some very valuable lessons from my own experience of getting married. Really seeing what a couple go through completely changed my own perspective of both the day and the wedding photography so I often reflect on this. Gemma and I have been together since early 2003 and she did me the great honour of marrying me on the 29th April 2011 at the superb Inn at Whitewell. This date may ring a bell with some people as it was also the Royal Wedding Day. Now for the record – we booked ours first (two years earlier in fact) but it brilliantly brought in a whole different element for us as the whole country was caught up in ‘wedding fever’. Due to my wife working in PR we were bizarrely featured in different newspapers, websites, interviewed live on BBC Radio Lancashire’s breakfast show and ridiculously Channel 7 News based in Australia sent a reporter and a TV crew up from London to film us for two days as a feature for their Royal Wedding coverage – crazy!

The day itself (even though I’m clearly biased) was perfect. We had the day exactly how we wanted it and ensured that it really reflected our tastes and us as both individuals and as a couple. Even down to the meal we had Bangers & Champ as our main course and as both us and our friends and family have been known to like the odd tipple we decided to name each table after a particular alcoholic drink (for example The Jägers, The Kir Royals, etc). Each guest was carefully located on a table where their beverage was synonymous with them and when it was time to ‘toast the happy couple’, each guest promptly received ‘their’ drink – meaning to toast our marriage, some people downed a shot and others sipped a brandy. Perfect.

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Any funny stories to share? 

Much like the doctor-patient confidentiality, what happens on my couple’s wedding day… stays on their wedding day…

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

Aside from my own individual photography style, I feel that my approach on the day also sets me apart from other photographers. I ensure that I maintain an extremely low profile throughout as my aim is for the guests not to be conscious that I’m actually there taking their photograph. This in turn produces brilliant results by creating and capturing images that show the real and genuine emotion of the day and its guests. I also work very quickly and efficiently, especially when it comes down to group shots. I understand the need for group shots (especially to please mums and dads) but I’m very conscious that it is a wedding day and not a photo shoot. I maintain my low profile by drafting in the use of the bridal party to gather the required guests in a very low key manner. I made a promise to myself very early on in my career that I will never find myself stood on a pair of step ladders, with a list in one hand and shouting for ‘Uncle Bob and Aunty Norma’ – it is simply not me or what I want for my couples. As well as the day itself, I also firmly believe that the planning stages of a wedding are just as important as the day itself and that every element of the planning should be fun and genuinely really enjoyable – especially meeting and choosing your photographer!

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

My couples can expect a photographer who tells the true story of their wedding day in a very low-key and relaxed approach, ensuring that they feel completely at ease and can focus on having one of the best days of their life. Aside from the awesome imagery, my couples also find that as we have built what can now be described as a great friendship, that I’m also there to ensure the day flows effortlessly and I’m there for any support or guidance that may or may not be needed on the day.

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What is included in your "package"? 

Included in the package is the all important pre wedding shoot followed by coverage of the big day from ‘bridal prep’ in the morning, right through to the first dance (and a little bit after). This is then followed by a disc of high resolution images along with full copyright permissions and some other lovely bits & pieces.

Can you give us an idea on price? 

I keep my pricing as simple as possible so to discuss this or to ask any other questions just simply get in touch.

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

They can visit my website at  www.jamesjebsonphotography.com, or come and find me on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest

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Anything else we should know?

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today… A Real Engagement In The North West – Becky & Simon

June 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Friday Brides Up North!  Loving how it’s the weekend already (thanks HRH!).  Let’s wind down to another one with a love story from the North West, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier G & S Photography and reader Becky.

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Over to Becky: I had been secretly working my butt off to organise Simon a surprise 30th birthday party in June 2011. As we are both very theatrical and love to perform so I planned the theme “From Stage and Screen”. Everybody came dressed as a famous person or character and the room was decorated with Hollywood icons. We had a red carpet as guests arrived and Simon’s dad played the part of the paparazzi! I’d managed to keep everything under wraps and even convinced him to dress as The Mad Hatter (and me Alice in Wonderland!) Everyone was having a brilliant time when Simon asked me to get up and sing with him on the karaoke. I was just about to announce the winner of the quiz and at the time was more concerned about that! But then Simon started to talk on the microphone, telling me how much he loved me and started to reach for his pocket and go down on one knee. I just thought “Oh my god, this is it!” He produced the most beautiful, unique, sparkling ring and obviously I said yes! It was a very emotional moment; I hid behind the quiz sheets to compose myself! He’d apparently had the ring hiding in a drawer for months but was waiting for the right moment. He’d sent his mum to our house to pick it up! For us, it was the perfect proposal. On stage, dressed up, everyone watching and the best bit: it was caught on camera! Not many people are lucky enough to have a photograph of their proposal, but we do.

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We are getting married in October this year at the Grosvenor, Pulford. As soon as Simon popped the question it was all systems go! Operation Wedding was on! We looked at a number of venues but I was very fussy; if I didn’t like the carpet or the curtains or a picture on the wall, it was a no-no! Then we found the Grosvenor and fell in love. It has the best of both worlds: a country house feel on the outside but really modern on the inside. If I’m completely honest, it was the fairy light walls that sold it to me! Choosing the venue also set our colour scheme: purple. I have a bit of OCD so the colour scheme had to compliment the décor. Nobody else will probably notice but I will feel content on the day knowing that everything matches!

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It was the summer of 2009 when I first clapped eyes on Simon, he was performing in a play with two mutual friends. My first thought was “Who on earth is Simon and why don’t I know him!?” I was a bit of a socialite back then and knew everybody! Then my second thought was “Wow, he is a very talented actor!” And my final thought as he stripped down to a pair of pristine boxers was “Hmm I quite like him!!” though it wasn’t until we were at a friend’s house watching the Champion’s League final that we actually met for the first time.

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I believe it was love at first sight though our friendship blossomed first. We had so much in common and really enjoyed being in one another’s company. I don’t really remember a ‘first date’ as such. We just used to get in the car and drive to an unknown destination; spontaneity is something we both share! We discovered some lovely little pubs and restaurants on our travels. 

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I knew that he was “the One” quite quickly. I’d never met anyone that was so similar to me. Some people think it doesn’t work if you are too much of the same thing but for Simon and I it definitely does. I am marrying my soul mate. We share the same interests and hobbies and love spending time together. There have been many a late night/early morning where we have stayed up singing on the Xbox! People say “What? Just the two of you?” He’s my best friend.

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I am looking forward to expanding our little family. Simon has two children from a previous relationship, Megan and Josh. I love them to bits and can’t wait to see them in their wedding attire! Josh is going to be our ring bearer in a matching suit to Simon’s and Megan is going to be a flower girl. I can’t wait to add to our family with a little brother or sister.

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I’d looked at lots of different photographers but struggled to find one in our price range. Then I stumbled over G & S Photography on Facebook. Sharron and Geoff came round to our house and showed us some of their work. It was exactly what we wanted and the prices were unbelievable. It was a no-brainer! The engagement shoot was included which I think is a fab idea.

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We absolutely loved the shoot! Sharron and Geoff make a brilliant team; they are a comedy duo but I don’t think they realise it! The shoot has made reality strike that little bit more and so the excitement is really beginning to set in. It also made us more relaxed. We chose  a retro themed picnic which Sharron and Geoff had wanted to do for some time and when us thespians came along we were the perfect candidates!

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I think on the wedding day this will really help as there will already be so much emotion flying around, already knowing our photographers and having built up a relationship with them will definitely be one less thing to be anxious about! I am going to use the engagement photos as part of the décor on our wedding day, but I am not telling you too much about that – you’ll have to wait and see!

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I love looking at Real Weddings and pinching ideas from Brides Up North! I also think the Directory is fab! Everything you need in one place.  We’ll be back to share our wedding photographs without a doubt!

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Congratulations Becky & Simon!

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  – Images © 2012 G & S Photography

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