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Big Kisses & Bobble Knits: A Real Engagement At Castle Howard – Rachel & Scott

November 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Photography By Ally Byrom

Following an extremely busy working weekend, it was high time for some downtime.  C’mon, even a blogging machine like Brides Up North needs some non-screen time.   Since we woke to crisp blue skies,  I spent this morning out and about with my baby girl and her grandparents soaking up the autumn colours, fresh cold air and pretty vistas that surround our Yorkshire home.  A pub lunch and a large Monday lunchtime glass of Sauvignon Blanc (very decadent – your Monday is my Sunday, remember!) and I’m back at home feeling happier, cosier and with distinctly more rosy cheeks.

This afternoon’s feature is full of the good stuff too – pink noses, chunky knits and cute kisses.  And all that wholesome stuff aside, I’m wondering where our bride to be got that fabulous parker jacket.  Total winter coat lust.

Let’s join Rachel and Scott as they share their engagement news with a seasonal shoot at the beautiful Castle Howard.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Rachel says:  The day that Scott proposed was a really sunny day in spring and we decided to go to York for the day.  Scott kept insisting that we go down by the river to find somewhere quiet but I wanted to find a wine bar to enjoy the sunshine.  In the end we stopped on a bench in the park and he pulled out a little blue box and got down on one knee.  I quickly said yes and told him to get up as people started clapping!

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Photography By Ally Byrom

We are getting married in June 2014 at Castle Howard. 

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Photography By Ally Byrom

We met whilst working together travelling Greece.  We were friends to begin with and after many ‘bar dates’ in Greece he finally took me on a real date to a Moroccan restaurant!

After our working holiday I returned home and Scott came to see me for a ‘weekend’ and never went back to London – the rest is history.

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Photography By Ally Byrom

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I love Scott’s ability to always make me smile and our biggest wish for married life is to stay as happy as we are today. 

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to get to know our photographer a little more but also to have an idea about what location in the grounds of our venue would be most suitable for photographs on the day of our wedding.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the engagement shoot and I think it definitely helped us relax a little bit and act more natural with each other in front of the camera.  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding story with Brides Up North next year!

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Photography By Ally Byrom

 

Congratulations Rachel & Scott!

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Fabulous Photographer: Bay Photographic

September 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris of Bay Photographic, who works right across the regions from North West to Yorkshire.  Not only does this man take a nifty picture, but he talks a good talk too.  So I think I better leave things to him…

Chris says:  When people ask me how I became a wedding photographer I always seem to stumble a bit over the answer. I suppose I ought to rehearse a really cool sounding response like ‘I was drawn to the work of Jerry Ghionis. Do you know Jerry? I was talking to him the other day…’ or ‘I express myself through the interplay of light and taffeta’…

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In reality, I became a wedding photographer because the opportunity arose to photograph a wedding with a friend who was (and still is) an established professional (Paul McDowell) and as soon as I took my first few shots of the bride arriving with her bridesmaids and her father, I was absolutely and totally hooked in a way that no other hobby, job or activity has ever done before. Before that day, I had been a semi professional landscape and news photographer for thirty years and I had sold photographs to magazines, newspapers, web designers, advertising agencies but nothing had ever captivated me quite so much as the conundrum of recording a wedding day for a bride and groom.

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As a wedding photographer I am privileged to be allowed to attend the most important time in their relationship and I get to make images of people, venues and moments of happiness that give them pleasure for years and decades to come. If that makes me sound like an old romantic then I am guilty as charged. I find weddings intoxicatingly romantic. They can be charming, lavish, extravagant, personal, unpredictable, dignified, windswept, cosy, funny, inspirational, elegant, exciting, surprising or just plain wacky. But they are always romantic, because they are personal to the two people who are getting married.

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I have photographed weddings in churches, hotels, registry offices, castles, country houses, marquees and in architectural monuments but no two have ever been even remotely similar. Except that they reflect the couple, their aspirations, their family and friends and their love for each other. And that means that my day at the office is always changing, always fresh and always about recording something which is good and valuable and decent and beautiful.

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When I am photographing a wedding, I have one central mission. That is to take photographs that the couple will look at in the future, which will remind them of what they did, how they enjoyed it, how happy their family and friends were for them and (this is the really tricky bit) which will remind them of their feelings on the day. If all I had to do was to remind them of where they were and what they did, I could train my two year-old Cocker Spaniel, Basil, to carry a camera and record the day. I don’t mean to suggest that I have some mystical talent that makes me better than ‘Uncle Bob’ (or Basil) but it could be argued that a good professional wedding photographer can make images that transport a couple back to their wedding day in an instant and which make them smile at each other in the way they did as they said their vows. Uncle Bob tends to just remind them of who was there when they did so. When couples tell me that the photographs I have taken are ‘Amazing’ and ‘Fantastic’, I think it is unlikely that they are talking about their technical merit. It seems much more likely that they are telling me that I have managed to fulfil my mission.

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My clients so far have come from every walk of life, and from most parts of the North West of England. They may not have been celebrities in the ‘Hello’ sense of the word, but they have all enjoyed the celebrity moment that a modern wedding provides. Because that moment is so generously, kindly and unreservedly given, with the best wishes of two families as well as the love of a new marital partner, it can be enjoyed by all. By the shy, retiring and uncertain as well as the gregarious, confident and naturally outgoing. For this reason and, I suspect, because I use that fund of goodwill and my own relationship with the couple to bring out the inner confidence and serenity in them, I have yet to photograph a couple who are uncomfortable while I am doing so.

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When I am photographing a wedding, I am completely dedicated to the task of producing the best photographs that I am capable of and maximizing the photographic opportunities of the setting and the day itself. I am totally ‘on my game’ from the moment the day starts to the time I have all the images securely backed up and uploaded to my computer that evening. I used to think that my previous career as a teacher (I spent 27 years in special schools for pupils with emotional and behavioural problems) was demanding of my highest levels of concentration. Compared to photographing a wedding, it was like a walk in the park with Basil. The following day, I start editing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and aim to have a small preview gallery (of around 50 images) online by that evening. I try to have the DVD with all the client’s images on it, edited and corrected, by the end of the week. Once they have chosen the images they want in their Photobook, I create the pages in Photoshop and then email them to the client for their approval before sending them to the print studio.

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I believe that my prices are quite competitive. My ‘top’ package, which includes photography from the bride’s preparations through the day until the evening and a large and a small copy of the Photobook, currently costs £750. Other packages are described on my website. I rarely discount my prices, but I might quote a slightly lower price for a wedding out of season. In recent years, I have photographed an average of around 30 weddings a year, a level of bookings that gives me the opportunity to focus on my clients and give them the attention that they deserve.

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In the early days of my wedding photography career, a prospective client once asked me ‘Why should I book you?” I replied “Because I’m good and I’m available”. I wasn’t trying to be rude, just honest and concise. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t book me. I hope today’s feature will provide you with a rather better answer.

There are more examples of my photographs on my website, www.bayphotographic.co.uk and on my Facebook page

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Bay Photographic

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Ice Cream Vintage: Justin Alexander For A Real Wedding In Wakefield – Molly & Joel

August 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Friday’s here at last, and it’s time to celebrate with this beautiful Real Wedding at Waterton Park, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the fabulous Laura Calderwood Photography

Molly & Joel’s big day was full of love, laughter, bloomin’ beautiful florals, dreamy romantic detailing… and a very, very fabulous pair of somethings blue.  Be inspired!

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Laura Calderwood Photography

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Molly says:  We got engaged by the River Thames in November 2011, and were married on 25th May 2013 at Waterton Park Hotel in Wakefield. 

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For the venue, we wanted to be on the water and Waterton Park has a huge lake almost surrounding it and a gorgeous bridge over the lake.  The whole place and gardens were so beautiful.

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We chose to use all the ‘icecream’ colours, so together it looked very vintage. Creams, duck egg blue, light green, dusky pink and caramels and lots of lace.

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My gown was all lace with a sweetheart neckline, again very vintage and I wore it with a birdcage which went perfectly. It was by Justin Alexander and from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, an amazing wedding dress shop. I wore light blue heels from Faith, again very vintage, it was my something blue!

I used Helen Claire for my make up, she was amazing, I loved it.

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For the flowers, we used a lady called Tanya Sumner, she was so reasonable and did a fabulous job, exactly what I wanted.  I carried a bouquet of sweet avalanche roses. 

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My bridesmaids all wore different colours, the chief bridesmaid was in light green, then one in duck egg, one in dusky pink, one in caramel and my little girl in ivory like me. They were sweetheart neckline 1960’s dress with lace around the middle, made from scratch as I had an idea in my head and couldn’t find anything anywhere. We had two best men and eight ushers so we divided the colours of the bridesmaids and they had that colour cravat. The suits were hired from Moss Bros.

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We had up and coming star Lucy Zirins singing Eva Cassidy’s Songbird while I walked down the aisle, it was just beautiful.

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The ceremony was very emotional and beautiful after being together for 17 years!

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My photographer Laura Calderwood was simply outstanding. She captured our day perfectly.

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For a good year I, my sister, my best friend and my mum collected cups and saucers, jugs, teapots from charity shops and these were all used for the centre pieces. In the reception room I scattered petals across the tables and the sashes on the chairs alternated from lace to ivory.

Along with the china ware that we collected, we also collected sweet jars and I did my own sweet shop.  I ordered the sweets online, along with the sweet bags and various other things and with the help of my sister it looked wonderful on the day and everyone loved it. 

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For my chair covers and sashes which were beautiful I used Cushty Covers, Val the owner was the nicest woman I have ever met! 

I hired cake stands for the centre pieces which were filled with flowers from Add Vintage in Leeds,

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We chose a four tier cake which was white with ivory iced henna on top so it was made to look like lace. A lady called Zarina Akhtar in Headingley made it, it was stunning and so delicious. 

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For favours, we had cupcakes in ivory with edible pearls and lace cases by Louise Morgan.

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The speeches were brilliant.

For our evening entertainment a DJ was included in the price, we played lots of 80’s music and some 60’s too.  Our first dance was to Stand By Me. 

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Rivera Maya, Mexico. It was magical.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute because it goes so fast.  I got given some brilliant advice before the day and I’m so grateful for it – don’t worry about going round and speaking to everyone, just enjoy it, people will come to you. And don’t stress, I was so relaxed in the morning and some couldn’t believe it but I wanted to enjoy the whole lead up to it wedding and I really did.

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Congratulations Molly & Joel!

 

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Peony Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Michelle & Jon

June 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too! 

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As soon as this beautiful Real Wedding landed in my inbox, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography, I got to blogging!  First shared back on Valentine’s Day this year, I couldn’t wait to spread the love with the prettiest pink peonies, the finest of details and the widest of smiles which really make this elegant and romantic country house wedding one to write home about.  

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Michelle says:  We got engaged in July 2010 at the beautiful Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and we were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at St Oswalds Church in Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales and had our reception at Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales. 

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As soon as we arrived at Yorebridge House we fell in love with the boutique hotel. The setting is picture perfect with its beautiful and stylish décor, intimate surroundings and amazing food we knew it was perfect. The best thing was having the entire hotel to ourselves from the moment we arrived on the Friday evening till we checked out on the Sunday morning.

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We chose an elegant and romantic country wedding theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pale pink. 

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I chose ‘Susanna’ by Lyn Ashworth from Choola in Eccleshall, Sheffield. My dress was simply beautiful with a strapless lace bodice and a full silk and organza skirt. In the evening I added a sash to my dress that matched my bridesmaid dresses to make it look a little different.  My gorgeous headdress was by HF Couture.

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My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in persian plum from White Lace & Promises in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. My flower girl wore an ivory dress from John Lewis. 

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We travelled in a silver Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Beaus & Belles.  Our favourite part of the day was getting in the wedding car straight after the ceremony and going for some photographs in the most amazing locations, whilst sipping Veuve Clicquot!

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My flowers – by Mat at Red Floral Architecture – determined the time of year we got married as my favourite flowers are Peonies. I carried a bouquet full of ivory peonies with crystal and pearl detail and my bridesmaids carried bouquets of pale pink peonies with matching pearl detail. My table decorations were masses of pale pink peonies set on tall candelabras with ivory pearls hanging from the candelabras.

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We had a signature board with a picture from our pre wedding shoot (arranged through our photographer) for guests to write messages on instead of using a guest book. We had a wedding wish tree where guests hung their well wishes and advice for us to read. Our sweet shop proved very popular and looked really pretty after collecting different vintage jars from our travels.

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We chose an ivory four tiered traditional cake by Diva Cakes with ruffles on every other tier. We had four different fillings; chocolate fudge, vanilla & jam sponge, cappuccino and lemon.

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We chose Samantha Murphy to sing at our reception. She sang everything from Adele and Eva Cassidy to Oasis and The Killers and got everybody on the dance floor.

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After the wedding we enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon – we went to Barbados for our first week and St Lucia for our second week.

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My top tip for other would be that feeling relaxed and comfortable with your photographer is paramount as they play such an important role on your wedding day with the planning and organisation needed. Our photographer Damian Hall Photography and his Wife Charlotte were amazing, they really made our day extra special and made us enjoy every minute of our wedding day. Their work really does speak for itself; we have the most amazing Queensbury Album that we will enjoy looking at for years to come.

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Congratulations Michelle & Jon!

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Brides Up North – Images © 2013 Damian Hall Photography

Damian Hall Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Bowled Over! A Sweet & Simple Real Wedding At Hebden Bridge – Sara & Jimi

June 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Sara and Jimi and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography is all about doing things your way and thinking local.  Sentiments that you know we would endorse heartily here at Brides Up North HQ.

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And isn’t the result – planned in just 12 weeks – something very sweet and special indeed?

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Sara says:  We didn’t really get engaged. We just decided to get married last Christmas. We planned the wedding in just three months!

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We tied the knot on 6 April 2013 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall in the old Council Chambers.  We had thought of April and asked Sarah (our photographer) which Saturday she was free!

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We live in Hebden Bridge so this was the perfect venue in addition to being very beautiful and full of history.

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We themed the wedding around the Vintage Tea Party that we had planned for the reception. We accidentally also had a mini theme of thistles (flowers & earrings) which fitted nicely as we live in an area called Thistle Bottom.

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Our colour scheme was loosely based around the colour of my shoes (cerise/purple) but they turned out to be a shade of purple that didn’t exist anywhere else on the planet so we ended up with Fifty Shades of Purple!

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We got rid of all the traditional parts of weddings that neither of us liked and had a really chilled day. We arrived at the Town Hall almost an hour early so all had chance to mingle on the terrace drinking tea and lemonade in the glorious sunshine.

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After trawling around several bridal stores I worked out that I didn’t like wedding dresses! Big and flouncy and covered with sparkles just isn’t me. I’d also decided on tea-length which most bridal shops don’t seem to stock. Eventually went to see Julie at From This Day Forward (Greengates, Bradford) and she made it all SO easy. She had dress samples with four different styles of tops and bottoms so we just had to work out which suited me best then pick the length and fabric. At the second fitting (three weeks before the wedding) it was snowing heavily. I started to panic that I’d get hypothermia at the wedding so she quickly whipped up a jacket to match.

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Jimi wore a vintage mod/retro suit with black piping on collars and pockets. He also wore black winklepickers with purple laces.

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Claudette at Fleur De Lys did all the flowers. She did the amazing ‘pimping’ of the shoes with silk flowers in addition to the Town Hall flowers, the bouquet, reception flowers, button holes and hair flowers.

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We chartered a vintage 1959 double-decker bus in black and ivory from Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company. This took guests from the wedding reception venue to the ceremony and back to the reception venue. The bus journeys were great. They had a real ‘Summer Holiday’ feel to them but luckily no Cliff Richard! We see these buses go past the house all the time and stare at them. It was really weird being on the bus with everyone staring at us.

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We tried to keep everything as local as possible. The rings were hand-made in Hebden Bridge at The Workshop. We used the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company (just down the road in Luddenden Foot). Truly Scrumptious is a local tea party caterer. Our  florist (Fleur de Lys) is also based in Hebden Bridge. The reception was held at The Fielden Centre in Todmorden – a large Victorian Hall.

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We hired the bandstand in the park behind the Fielden Centre to have some ‘glamorous’ photos taken. We also borrowed some bowls to have some ‘action’ shots on the Bowling Green just behind the Fielden Centre.

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We had three cakes made by Jimi’s niece and sister. We don’t like fruit cake so had Lemon Drizzle, Chocolate and Carrot all covered in matching butter icing. Jimi’s sister also made the cake toppers of us. My curly hair was made with a garlic press!

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We didn’t have any evening entertainment. We just had the Vintage Tea Party at The Fielden Centre. Neither of us wanted any kind of disco.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in  Ambleside in the Lakes. It’s a great town for cinema-loving vegetarians!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get carried away with all the things that everyone expects you to have in a wedding. Think about what you actually want and just leave the rest out.

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Congratulations Sara & Jimi!

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Pie & Mash Makes Perfect! Venus Bridal For A Silver & Teal Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Claire & John

April 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Although I’m officially “off duty” today – my first Sunday being busy doing absolutely nothing in quite a while  bloomin’ ages, and for quite a while bloomin’ ages to come – I couldn’t resist popping in to share this beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by bride and groom Claire & John and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography

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As a blogger (and avid consumer of anything pretty) I frequent lots of blogs myself – a very mixed bag of the wedding, celebrity, news, humour and lifestyle varieties – and I’m always saddened by the general weekend down time.  Us bloggers do need weekends off sometimes too – a twice daily feature schedule, busy freelance schedule and nearly twenty Brides Up North wedding exhibitions and Brides Up North events in 2013 to organise does not a lot of free time make – but I do like to keep things interesting around here on a Saturday and Sunday. 

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So without further ado, lets get stuck into today’s lovely celebration and meet our bride and groom (who make a rather cute comedy duo in their interview)!

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Claire says:  We got engaged in St Paul’s Bay in Rhodes in August 2010 and were married on 6th October 2012 at Crow Hill Cottage in Marsden.  We wanted an exclusive use venue where we wouldn’t bump into other people getting married on the day. We really liked Crow Hill when we first went to visit- it is a unique venue in a lovely location and has a marquee outside.  Our families stayed at Crow Hill the night before and after the wedding, which really made the weekend special.

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John says: It was quite near me mam’s house, and the catering staff offered pie and mash as an option for the wedding breakfast.

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John: Our wedding coordinator Rebecca offered lots of different themes for the day (though you were free to design your own if you were feeling creative)! We opted for a clean, contemporary theme with crystals and candles and a silver and teal colour scheme. 

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Claire: My dress was long and white with one shoulder strap. It was from Gorgeous Brides in Wakefield and designed by Venus Bridal.

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Claire: I chose to carry a bouquet of silk flowers from Ups A Daisy Bridal Flowers. They also made buttonholes for John, my Dad, John’s Dad and the best man, and a matching cake topper.

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Claire: We arrived by Ford Fiesta the night before.

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John: Seeing Claire in her wedding dress for the first time took my breath away.

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Claire: Entertainment wise, John’s friend Leavon played acoustic guitar and sang during the ceremony and drinks reception and  Damian Hall Photography helped us to set up a fancy-dress photo booth for the evening, which was a lot of fun.

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Claire: Damian and Charlotte Hall were our photographers on the day. They did a fantastic job!

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Claire: We had some absolutely amazing food! Tracey at Crow Hill did two options for the wedding breakfast; pie and mash, and Mediterranean grilled chicken. The canapés were lovely, and bacon sandwiches in the evening were a great touch!

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Claire: I am allergic to eggs and dairy so cakes are kind of difficult! Mum made some lovely dairy-free cupcakes and a big cake on top to cut.

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Claire: My favourite part of the day was when we entered the marquee and everyone was upstanding to welcome Mr and Mrs Barnard!

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John:  After the wedding we had a mini-moon in Venice, and stayed in a very cute (and tiny) hotel near St. Mark’s square.  It was a great first holiday as husband and wife!

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Claire: I’d definitely recommend picking a venue where you can stay the weekend as it prolongs the celebrations a little bit! Having a couple of meal options is a good idea too, to make sure everyone is happy.
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Peony Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Michelle & Jon

February 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As soon as this beautiful Real Wedding landed in my inbox, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography, I got to blogging!  I couldn’t wait to share the prettiest pink peonies, the finest of details and the widest of smiles which really make this elegant and romantic country house wedding one to write home about.

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Michelle says:  We got engaged in July 2010 at the beautiful Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and we were married on Saturday 19th May 2012 at St Oswalds Church in Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales and had our reception at Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales.

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As soon as we arrived at Yorebridge House we fell in love with the boutique hotel. The setting is picture perfect with its beautiful and stylish décor, intimate surroundings and amazing food we knew it was perfect. The best thing was having the entire hotel to ourselves from the moment we arrived on the Friday evening till we checked out on the Sunday morning.

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We chose an elegant and romantic country wedding theme, with a colour scheme of ivory and pale pink.

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I chose ‘Susanna’ by Lyn Ashworth from Choola in Eccleshall, Sheffield. My dress was simply beautiful with a strapless lace bodice and a full silk and organza skirt. In the evening I added a sash to my dress that matched my bridesmaid dresses to make it look a little different.  My gorgeous headdress was by HF Couture.

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My bridesmaids wore full length Dessy dresses in persian plum from White Lace & Promises in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. My flower girl wore an ivory dress from John Lewis.

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We travelled in a silver Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Beaus & Belles.  Our favourite part of the day was getting in the wedding car straight after the ceremony and going for some photographs in the most amazing locations, whilst sipping Veuve Clicquot!

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My flowers – by Mat at Red Floral Architecture – determined the time of year we got married as my favourite flowers are Peonies. I carried a bouquet full of ivory peonies with crystal and pearl detail and my bridesmaids carried bouquets of pale pink peonies with matching pearl detail. My table decorations were masses of pale pink peonies set on tall candelabras with ivory pearls hanging from the candelabras.

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We had a signature board with a picture from our pre wedding shoot (arranged through our photographer) for guests to write messages on instead of using a guest book. We had a wedding wish tree where guests hung their well wishes and advice for us to read. Our sweet shop proved very popular and looked really pretty after collecting different vintage jars from our travels.

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All our wedding stationery was by Cards By Sophie

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We chose an ivory four tiered traditional cake by Diva Cakes with ruffles on every other tier. We had four different fillings; chocolate fudge, vanilla & jam sponge, cappuccino and lemon.

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We chose Samantha Murphy to sing at our reception. She sang everything from Adele and Eva Cassidy to Oasis and The Killers and got everybody on the dance floor.

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After the wedding we enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon – we went to Barbados for our first week and St Lucia for our second week.

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My top tip for other would be that feeling relaxed and comfortable with your photographer is paramount as they play such an important role on your wedding day with the planning and organisation needed. Our photographer Damian Hall Photography and his Wife Charlotte were amazing, they really made our day extra special and made us enjoy every minute of our wedding day. Their work really does speak for itself; we have the most amazing Queensbury Album that we will enjoy looking at for years to come.

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Damian Hall Photography will be exhibiting along with the rest of Yorkshire’s finest at the first Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition of the year, at Allerton Castle.  Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm. 

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Click here for more information about the event and to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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Win Your Wedding Photography Worth £1,200 With Peter Boyd Photography!

January 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Feeling that January pinch?  Brand new Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Peter and Kelly of Peter Boyd Photography are here to lighten the load on one lucky reader’s wedding budget.  I could go on about how fabulous these two are and their work is, but you can see that for yourselves, right?  You just want to know about that £1,200 prize

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Peter and Kelly say:  Yes, you heard right, we are offering one lucky couple the chance to win their wedding photography for free – a prize that’s worth £1200

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Are you getting married between 1st July 2013 and 31st December 2014? Do you have fantastic and creative ideas for your wedding? Then this competition is for you!

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We love weddings with lots of fun ideas, DIY features and attention to detail. We want to see the most interesting, most personal, most creative weddings full of quirky and individual ideas. We’re not asking for the biggest budget just the biggest imagination! If this sounds like your wedding then tell us all about it to be in with a chance to win your photography for FREE!

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A pre-wedding/engagement photo-shoot.

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The photographer and assistant for the whole wedding day.

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What you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the Amazing Prize…

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It couldn’t be easier – you just need to answer one simple question and post an image that best depicts you as a couple or captures the essence of your wedding. This can be a photograph or a drawing or whatever (as long as it’s clean). Be creative!

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Go to www.facebook.com/PeterBoydPhoto and click on the WIN box in the top right hand corner.

Follow the instructions on-screen to take you to the competition page.

Click on ‘Enter’ and fill in your details.

Enter your answer to the question and post your creative image.

Get everyone to vote for you!

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Go to www.facebook.com/PeterBoydPhoto and click on the WIN box in the top right hand corner.

Follow the instructions on-screen to take you to the competition page.

Click on ‘View and Vote for Entries’.

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The 20 entries with the most votes at the end of the competition on the 31st March 2013 will go into the final draw. The winning couple will then be chosen from the 20 finalists by Peter Boyd Photography and will be notified by email by 14th April 2013.

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Even if you don’t win, the 19 Runners Up will still get an amazing 20% off their wedding photography package if they book with Peter Boyd Photography before the 1st May 2013!

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Having recently got married ourselves we know exactly what planning and carrying out a wedding entails! So, not only will we capture the beauty, joy and elegance of your day, we will also be on hand to help you throughout your preparations and do everything we can to make sure that the day runs as smoothly as possible.

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The most important thing for us is to perfectly illustrate the whole of your day from beginning to end so you can guarantee that we will be there from the start of the bridal preparations to well into the evening celebrations. Also, we understand how special every detail of your wedding day is and make sure we capture everything from the shoes to the wedding favours!

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About Peter… by Kelly

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Pete is a geek. I’m not sure if it’s politically correct to say that anymore but, in his case, it’s true. Pete’s love of cameras started when he was just a boy and his Granddad was a camera repair man which is where I think he got his love of taking things apart from – a habit that is sometimes helpful and sometimes disastrous. Anyway, he moved onto actually taking photographs with the cameras when he was in his early teens and the love of photography has just grown from there.

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Pete’s best quality is that he is the most calm person I know and, at a wedding, that is one of the most amazing qualities to have. When I watch him work I can’t believe how laid back he is and how much that calming influence seems to rub off on everybody. He even managed keep me calm on our own wedding day – which is amazing.

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He also has a great sense of humour, can mimic anyone or any accent, and does the best one-eyebrow raise that I’ve ever seen. I promise he will make you laugh on your wedding day no matter how nervous you are!

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Kelly is organised. So organised, in fact, that when out shopping she simply has to tidy up the leaflets on the checkout counter. This probably goes a long way to explaining her love affair with spreadsheets. Of course, as one half of Peter Boyd Photography it’s a fantastic quality to have, as it means everything we do on the day of a wedding has been meticulously planned and considered.

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Organisational skills aside, she also takes a mean picture and has a keen eye for detail. She’ll instantly see if your necklace clasp has slipped around the front, or if a member of the groom’s party hasn’t buttoned his jacket.

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She also makes me laugh… a lot. She’s gaining a small following on Facebook where, I’m told, she is known as ‘the funny one’. This always helps during group and couple shots, especially if we have any camera-shy people. You can guarantee we’ll get a shot of them smiling!

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Anyway, instead of us trying to sell ourselves to you here are a few comments from past couples who booked us…

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Thank you so much for taking such wonderful photos and for being your great selves. Thank you also for going the extra mile…” Mick & Polia

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Thanks again guys for your amazing work on the day. You were everything anyone could want in wedding photographers and make a GREAT team!” Matt & Natasha

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“Thank you SO much for photographing our wedding day and capturing it all so perfectly… we really couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you so much for being part of the day and being wonderful to work with – if only we could do it all again!” Sarah & Joe

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“We can’t thank you enough for everything you have done on the lead up to and on the day itself. You really made the day fun and each of our families enjoyed spending the mornings with you both.” Charlotte & Craig

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This competition is entered into with Peter Boyd Photography, independently of Brides Up North.  Here are their terms & conditions:

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Terms & Conditions

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The winners will receive an engagement shoot and their wedding day photography from Peter Boyd Photography. Prize also includes a disc of approx 500 high resolution, fully edited wedding images and another disc of approx 60 high resolution, fully edited engagement images. Albums and other extras can be purchased if required.

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The winners will agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions of Peter Boyd Photography for their wedding day.

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Closing date for entries is 31/03/13. The 20 couples with the most public votes will be entered into the final. The winning couple will be chosen from the finalists by Peter Boyd Photography. Finalists will be notified via email by the 14th April 2013.

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The winners will be chosen by Peter Boyd Photography on merit. Having the most votes at the time of the closing date does not automatically make you the winner.

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The choice of winners may be subject to the availability of dates.

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The winning wedding must take place between the 1st July 2013 and 31st December 2014.

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The engagement shoot and wedding can take place anywhere in the world. Transportation and accommodation costs for Peter Boyd Photography must be covered by the winners if required. Engagement Shoots and weddings outside of a 50 mile radius of Huddersfield will be charged transportation charges and accommodation will be necessary if the wedding venue is over 80 miles travelling distance from Huddersfield. The couple can choose accommodation to be provided.

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Only 1 entry per couple.

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Winners must be willing to be featured on Peter Boyd Photography‘s website and blog. Winners may be required to become involved in future publicity. The images of the winners may be used in the press and online.

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Copyright of publicity will belong to Peter Boyd Photography.

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By entering the competition you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.

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Peter Boyd Photography reserves the rights to use all material from the wedding and engagement shoot for promotional purpose.

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Peter Boyd Photography reserves the right to delete any entry that it deems to be unsuitable.

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By entering this competition you agree that Facebook will in no way be held responsible for anything that happens with regards to the competition. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. All information that contestants provide is for use by Peter Boyd Photography and not Facebook.

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No purchase necessary.

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Fabulous Photographer: John Steel Photography PLUS A Cheeky Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

November 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Sunday everybody!  How are you spending the last Sunday before Advent?  I’m off to a “Christmas” dinner with my in-laws, so I’ll be breaking open the tinsel a little early… it seems that the countdown to Christmas is officially on, not least the countdown to the Brides Up North Christmas Party in just under three weeks time.  Hurrah!

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*Mild I’ve-not-started-my-Christmas-shopping panic*

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If the countdown to Christmas is on, then the countdown to 2013 weddings must be on too!  How exciting… if you are tying the knot in 2013 you have such fabulous times ahead of you.  Enjoy every minute of the planning (we have some amazing bridal events across the regions planned for 2013 to help you with this – more later) and your celebration.

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One supplier that it pays to investigate thoroughly and book early is your wedding photographer.  A good photographer really does make memories.  Today we meet Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fabulous Yorkshire photographer John Steel, a professional with personality as well as talent.  What a range this man has!  Plus, there’s a cheeky little discount for Brides Up North readers too… 

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I started off as an amateur photographer a number of years ago, and found myself specialising in skateboard and night photography. My pictures started to appear in national magazines. Despite being completely self-taught, mastering the challenges of these two very differing types of photography proved I had the technical side sussed.

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I used to think wedding photography was all about group formals as this was my experience of being a guest at weddings. Then, six years ago, I was at a friend’s wedding and shot some candid pictures. I was able to create a beautiful album using the images I got and gave it to the happy couple as a wedding present. Everyone loved the pictures, saying that they were better than the official photographer’s which gave me a real boost. I realised I got a buzz out of photographing people and documenting the emotions of the big day. Once the penny dropped that wedding photography was about people and capturing their feelings, and that I could show some creative flair in doing so, I was hooked!

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Wedding photography is just so rewarding – nothing beats knowing I’ve documented one of the most important occasions in a couple’s life. It is challenging, but I relish the opportunity to combine my people, creative and technical skills and am always really proud of the end results, knowing that I’ve captured the story of the day as it has unfolded.

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I love my job for many reasons. I feel privileged with each wedding I cover as I experience someone’s big day from all angles (from behind the scenes preparations through to the raw emotion of the ceremony, to more intimate moments and crazy party time!). I get to meet and know fantastic people – every couple has a story to share. Wedding photography keeps me on my toes as each wedding is so unique and presents new opportunities and challenges from a photography point of view. The most special thing about being a wedding photographer is knowing that the pictures I take on the day are going to be treasured, not just by the happy couple but by generations to come.

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My packages include a pre-wedding shoot, so come the big day, we’ve already spent a few hours together with the camera, getting to know each other in a relaxed environment. The couple choose the venue of their pre-wedding shoot so that they feel at ease, if they have kids or pets I encourage them to come along too – whatever it takes to make them feel relaxed. We will go through in detail the plan for the day, discussing timings, logistics and what pictures are specifically required so I can get on with my job without causing any need for the bride and groom to worry. By the time the wedding day arrives, my couples have got used to being in front of the camera and seeing how I work. Also, my style of photography lends itself to naturally posed shots as I believe in capturing the true personality of the people I am photographing.

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From my experience, most people (not just brides!) don’t like having their picture taken! If a bride and groom have chosen a photographer that they get on with, then that’s half the battle won. Having a pre-wedding shoot is a brilliant way of getting used to being photographed by a professional, and will give you an idea of how much fun can be had on a shoot. Getting the images through well before the wedding will give you a real confidence boost too. On your wedding day, you’ll be so busy enjoying yourselves and taking it all in that you will barely notice me as I capture your day in a candid, relaxed and fun way.

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I am certainly no make-up expert but my advice would be to get a make-up artist. From what I’ve seen, having professional make-up will boost a bride’s confidence and a bride can never be too pampered can she?! Make-up artists will do a trial run, and this can be tied in with the pre-wedding shoot so a bride can get a good idea of how her make-up will look on camera.

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I think it’s more down to the photographer to make sure things will look right in the pictures and to show everyone off to their best. I will have done my homework before any wedding – researching the venues, and thus finding a good backdrop for pictures. If group formals are required, which are slightly more posed, I might ask people to stand in a certain place or make small adjustments. My strength is in capturing people as naturally as possible.

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

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I would have loved to have photographed Peter Kaye’s wedding. I think the speeches would have been hilarious and I am a big fan of “garlic bread”!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

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Every single wedding that I photograph is memorable for so many reasons. I love them all and each one tells its individual story and has its individual style. One particular wedding that springs to mind was one that was shot up in Scotland. The day started off with a ceremony in a village hall. After this we proceeded to the venue – a marquee overlooking a gorgeous, sandy beach. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, it really was the most perfect setting for a wedding reception…apart from the gale force winds that had been blowing all night and day! Just as the guests were summoned to take their seats in the marquee, a gust of wind tore through the marquee and ripped it in half! It was so dangerous in there, it was like the world’s largest sail and it could have taken off at any second.

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Fortunately the bride and groom and their friends were a bunch of people with a very positive attitude. There was no way that this was going to ruin their day. A decision was made to re-locate the entire wedding reception back to the village hall. Most of the guests had vans (being band members) so everyone helped load them up with tables, chairs, plates, cutlery, decorations, all the catering and bar equipment not to mention the food and drink, and drive them back to the village hall. Opposite the hall was an old skool coffee shop so I have some lovely pictures of the bride sipping tea in there, staying calm and re-charging her batteries while a whirlwind of activity took place across the road in the hall. Within three hours everyone was able to sit down to a hot meal and enjoy the wedding celebrations. After the meal they had a party outside with lots of drumming and people twirling fire etc until the neighbours complained! The winds had finally calmed down so once again a decision was made to go back to the original venue. An all night party under the stars proceeded – it really was an unforgettable experience for all involved!

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day. 

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Yes, I am married. Our wedding will always be the best wedding I’ve ever been to (my wife will be reading this!). Our main aim was to keep things true to us, every single element had meaning, we did away with things that didn’t reflect who we were or what we believed in. We got married in a village hall which overlooked the stunning Yorkshire countryside. We had an intimate humanist ceremony surrounded by our closest friends and relatives, we planted a tree, we ate the most delicious steak I have ever tasted, our flowers were grown locally, the speeches had everyone in stitches and we got all our guests including my wife’s 95 year old granny up on the dance floor with a ceilidh. We had a Yorkshire brass band playing during and after the ceremony and award winning pie and peas for supper. My wife wore an amazing dress made from hand-dyed organic silk and looked beautiful. I had to photograph the hall set-up on the day of my wedding as I am the venue’s recommended supplier but that was good as I didn’t have time to get nervous beforehand.

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I have a whole bank of funny stories. Whilst we are on the subject of my wedding I will tell this one. I didn’t want to go for the usual hiring of a morning suit so I thought it would be nice to treat myself to a new suit. I asked my friend to come shopping with me. I bought a nice designer suit and didn’t wear it until my wedding day. As already mentioned I had to photograph the set-up for my wedding so I did that. On my way to put my camera away (I had my orders) my best man said “do up your flies fella” – I reached down and noted that they were already done up. I then looked down and realised that I had a large gaping hole in the groin area of my trousers! Luckily we managed to patch up my wardrobe malfunction with some gaffa tape which just about held things together during the ceremony, after which some safety pins were tracked down.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

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I take pride in being open, honest and transparent with my pricing; there are no hidden extra costs. For example, all my packages include full coverage, I’m happy to cover the bridal preparations and to stay until the last guest leaves the dance floor so that your story is told in full. The fun booth is also included at no extra cost in my packages. I like to go the extra mile for my customers, offering quality products and outstanding customer service.

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I’ll be there early as early as you need me and I’ll stay as late as you want me! We’ll have discussed your wedding timings beforehand so you can be sure I’ll always be in exactly the right place to capture the key moments. The focus of the day itself is all about you. A lot of the time you won’t even know I’m there – I will be blending into the background. I take care of the photos, you take care of enjoying yourselves and I promise I won’t boss anyone around or get on anyone’s nerves.

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What is included in your "package"? 

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I like to keep things simple so I have two packages, with both of them you get:

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· Pre-wedding shoot and the high resolution images from the shoot

· Full day’s wedding coverage from bridal preparations until the end of the evening celebrations (or as long as you would like me there)

· Fun booth

· At least 300 images from the wedding, all high resolution, no watermarks, ready to print as well as low resolution versions, re-sized for Facebook or other social media.

· Secure, online gallery to share with your guests

· DVD slideshow of the images set to your favourite music

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My packages are £1250 and £1650.

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They can call me on 07951 726212, drop me an email at info@johnsteelphotography.com or check out my website www.johnsteelphotography.com , or just click on the link on Brides up North (the bride with the trombone!).  For regular updates on my work, like me on facebook or follow me on twitter!

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We Make Rainbows! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Olivia & Jon

August 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding in Yorkshire by Anna Louise Crossley

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Is it raining where you are?  Yeah, me too.  Those pesky Southerners, thinking they know it all about weddings (we know better!) and now hogging the sunshine too?!

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Anyway, we don’t care!  If it rains on our parade, we just do it in style – as proved nicely by today’s real bride Olivia and her wet and wonderful race day wedding captured by Anna Louise Crossley.  Olivia made sure that her big day was so bright, colourful and packed with personal touches that when it rained, she made rainbows.

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Olivia says:  We got engaged at home in October 2011. Jon asked me when he got home from work. I had the day off and was watching the news, drinking tea and eating Jaffa Cakes.  We were married on

June 30th 2012 at Holy Trinity, Ripon then afterwards at Ripon Racecourse

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We are both sporty, we like racing and we wanted somewhere different for our wedding. Most of our friends and family weddings have been at stately homes or hotels and we fancied something quirkier. We also wanted lots of outdoor space for children. 

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The wedding had a vague newspaper theme because we are both journalists and met each other while we worked at rival papers in East Anglia, with a colour base of sea green, turquoise and pink.  

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I chose 1950s style tea length wedding dress with a full skirt and halter neck, from Carlton Couture in Ripon. It was quite a simple and plain design  (I am a tomboy you see!!)  I also had a little jacket with collar which stood up and a bird cage head dress. We wanted to keep everything as local as possible to help businesses in Ripon. {Editor’s note: hear hear!}

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My bridesmaids wore turquoise/sea green dresses from a shop in Florida – it’s the only thing we bought outside North Yorkshire!

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I walked down the aisle carrying a beautiful bouquet of peach, pink and white roses, sweet peas and hydrangeas by Twisted Willow Floristry, who also provided the flowers for my bridesmaids and the wedding reception. 

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The ceremony was so brilliant. I couldn’t stop grinning. When we got to the altar Jon told me he had written L and R on the soles of his shoes – but the wrong way round, that’s what he’s like.

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The vicar Rev. Isaac Lawrence was quite inexperienced. He is originally from Pakistan and after the marriage part of the ceremony he produced a mirror, which he said was a Pakistani tradition. It was lovely and made a great photo opportunity. This was my favourite part of the day because I had been nervous and it was just so amazing to be surrounded by all our favourite people in the world.

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We asked as many people to make things for our wedding as possible. My mum made a banner for above the top table, my father in law created a “newspaper front page” celebrating our wedding. My dad made ceramic hearts for place names and a DVD slideshow of us growing up which was played during the signing of the register. My mother in law made the cake and a lolly tree for the children. My father in law drove us in his car – which should have been convertible except it was raining! – and my sister made our invitations!

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Ripon Racecourse recommended a local jazz band – I Love New York. They’re from my old school in Ripon. They were amazing and everyone complimented them.

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After the wedding we had a mini-moon in my aunt’s cottage near the Lake District and we are going to Barbados later in the year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to splash out on a really great photographer like Anna Louise Crossley. She is ace. Also buy some cute wellies in case it rains!

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Congratulations Olivia & Jon!

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Get in touch to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North!  Don’t be shy!

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