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more than a wedding photographer: chelsea shoesmith

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Chelsea Shoesmith Photography (30)

This afternoon we’re delighted to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Chelsea Shoesmith Photography to the blog.

Keen to be more than just a wedding photographer to couples, Chelsea builds a friendship with her clients in order to learn more about their story, which enables her to portray their true emotions and personalities on the big day.

Looking through her work, it’s clear Chelsea has had plenty of practise of photographing brides and grooms, capturing the love, setting and details perfectly along the way (well, she did start snapping at the age of 17).

Better still, Chelsea is offering our readers a huge 10% discount (leaving you more cash to spend on the dress). Whoop! Just quote Brides Up North when booking. 

So let’s find out more about the lovely lady behind the lens.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

chelsea says: I have always loved photography, I got my first DSLR camera when I was 17-years-old and shot my first wedding soon after that too. It was incredibly daunting but I learnt a lot and still do learn a lot at every wedding I shoot. A couple of years later I gained a National Diploma in photography, however the majority of learning has happened on the job. Seven years on and I still love learning and continuing to push my creative boundaries.

Why wedding photography specifically?

I enjoy the pressure of weddings. The excitement, the emotion – all of it! Everyone is at their best and it’s a truly magical occasion to witness up close. I love all things weddings!

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I have so many favourite things about being a wedding photographer, but if I was to pick my very favourite thing I’d have to say meeting my lovely clients and learning about their journey so I’m fully prepared to shoot their wedding.

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leafy chic. an autumn wedding with a nod to halloween at hilltop country house – joanne & chris

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (113)

Monday comes around quick, don’t you think? But to get you through what always feels like the longest day of the week, we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding.

We absolutely love Joanne and Chris’s big day, not only because it took place during one of our favourite seasons (the other being spring), but also because it was held at a venue that we adore too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Hilltop Country House provides a stunning setting combined with first class service, exclusivity and delicious menus.

And how do we know all this? Because we’re fortunate enough to stage our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the romantic gardens of this charming venue twice a year – the next one is coming up on 3rd April 2016, so put it in your dairies!

In the meantime we’ll leave you to admire the pretty via Joanne and Chris’s wonderful wedding photos.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (20)

joanne says: We got engaged at midnight on 11th October 2014, while we were at home. We’d just got home from a trip to Matlock Bath to see the illuminations so were in high spirits.

Following the engagement we set the date of wedding for 31st October 2015. We wanted an autumnal wedding, but practically speaking, it had to fall in with school holidays as I’m a teacher and Chris is training to be one. The fact that it was Halloween was a nice extra touch.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (116)

Our chosen venue was Hilltop Country House, in Prestbury, Cheshire. It’s close to where we were both brought up; I was brought up in Rainow and a lot of my family are from Bollington; Chris is from Disley.

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photogenic: a personal & vintage wedding in south yorkshire – nic & nick

January 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (30)

We’re rather excited about sharing this afternoon’s real wedding on the blog as it’s different to any we’ve featured before. This is because the wedding photographers were the bride and groom themselves. Impressive, right?

As well as organising their big day and having starring roles, Nick and Nic actually captured it all themselves too.

As partners in both life and business at Photogenick Photography, it’s clear these two are made for each other and have a talent for freezing & framing those key moments in life.

And as if the preparing for the wedding wasn’t enough, these guys photographed their own pre-wedding shoot too – of course!

With images by Photogenick Photography.

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (33)

nick says: We got engaged in Stockholm last year on the beautiful waterfront outside the photographic gallery Fotografiska.

Our wedding date was the 4th December 2015. As we are wedding photographers, the middle of summer wasn’t an option for us. Thankfully the thought of a cool, crisp, blue skied winter’s day was very appealing though.

Our chosen venue for the ceremony was Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum. It’s a gorgeous grade 2 listed building, built in 1783 and holding much history of Rotherham. Our wedding reception was held at The Manor Barn in Kimberworth.

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (18)

We had a rustic/vintage theme to our day which we thought fit perfectly with the time of year as well as our own personal and photographic style.

Our colour scheme was varied but included some teal. All our button holes included hessian and quite muted colours to fit the rustic style. Again, this was to reflect our own personal style as well as picking up our own ideas from the many weddings we shoot.

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a grand day out. a personal & pretty wedding at the old grammar school – nadine & rob

January 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at The Old Grammar School (c) James Tracey Photography (47)

Today’s real wedding couple chose two historic venues brimming with character and charm for their big day celebrations, which took place in the North West of the country.

Following a ceremony in the church where the groom’s parents had married 34 years previous, the happy couple and their guests moved onto The Old Grammar School in Middleton, for the reception to get underway.

We love the simplicity & elegance of this wedding which also features pops of colour and personality to make it stand out from the crowd.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at The Old Grammar School (c) James Tracey Photography (1)

nadine said: We got engaged on my 30th birthday in November 2014. The engagement was a modern joint decision. Having known each other since our university years and lived together as a couple for five years we had spoken about marriage a number of times. As we were both approaching the 30-year-old milestone we decided it was the right time. Rob proposed in front of the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona. We celebrated in the nearest bar with a jug of Sangria!

Neither of us wanted a long engagement. Spring would have been too soon, summer too popular, so we settled for autumn and set the date for 24th October 2015.

An Elegant Wedding at The Old Grammar School (c) James Tracey Photography (64)

We wanted a venue that would be exclusive to us and our party. We also knew we wanted a venue that resembled a barn and that would require very minimal decoration. We looked at a number of options and finally settled for a church wedding at St. John the Divine in Brooklands, Sale, where Rob’s parents had married 34 years before. The reception was held at The Old Grammar School in Middleton, which is a historic venue with all the character and charm that I was after. I fell in love with the place when I first saw it online and it was even more impressive when we first visited!

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top of the world. a fabulous and fun wedding at Crook Hall and Gardens – florelena & alexander

December 17th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Fun Wedding at Crook Hall & Gardens (c) Darren Mack Photography (31)

Having tied the knot legally in a small ceremony in Germany back in 2011, today’s wedding couple decided to throw a big celebration nearer to home to mark their commitments to each other, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

Taking four years to organise (huge kudos guys!), Florelena and Alexander finally manged to get all their family and friends from across the globe together in Durham for one heck of a wedding day (we particularly love the sound of ‘the crazy hour’!)

Laid back, personal and fun, it’s clear to see that the journey was worth it to all!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Darren Mack Photography.

A Fun Wedding at Crook Hall & Gardens (c) Darren Mack Photography (40)

florelena says: We got engaged in September 2010. I had been out and I got home quite late. When I entered the bedroom Alex was waiting for me and then I saw a Goofy doll – my favourite Disney character – and an open ring box between its legs. I looked at Alex and he asked: “will you marry me?” I felt so happy I just wanted to hug him forever!

We got married legally on the 11th January 2011 in Germany, where Alex’s family lives; we were there on holiday, we had the time and the papers, and we thought why not? We then decided that we’d celebrate our religious wedding in Durham in 2015. It took us four years to plan, because our family and friends are spread out all over the world. Thankfully we managed to bring everyone together and it was a total success. We loved it.

A Fun Wedding at Crook Hall & Gardens (c) Darren Mack Photography (85)

We got married at Crook Hall and Gardens, in Durham. We knew from the beginning we wanted a country-style wedding, so we wanted a natural setting, with lots of grass and flowers (fortunately we also had good weather on the day). This venue was incredible. It is a spectacular place and the staff is very professional. They did an incredible job!

Except for the country setting we did not have a special theme, all we wanted was for our guests, which came from many different countries and spoke a total of 11 different languages, to overcome their language barrier and to become familiar with one another. I think they all tried their best and the party was a total success!

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just peachy. maggie sottero for a romantic wedding at matfen hall – lisa & paul

December 2nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (50)

Where to start with today’s wedding? We love it all!

From the venue to the wedding party’s attire, everything about Lisa and Paul’s big day says elegance and class in an effective yet understated manner.

The pretty colour palette of peaches, pastels and nudes work effortlessly with the setting and with the gorgeous gold, sparkly decor that’s been added for the perfect touch of glamour.

Ladies, you might want to get pinning

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (24)

lisa says: We got engaged in June 2013. I was on a hen weekend in Marbella and Paul decided to purchase the ring while I was away and proposed to me as soon as I returned home!

We set the date for 27th March 2015 as we wanted a spring wedding and plenty of time to plan! Matfen Hall was our chosen venue. It was the first place we looked at and following viewing numerous other venues, we always went back to Matfen. The east wing and basement, in particular, sold it to us!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (52)

We decided on a vintage/ art deco theme with a colour scheme of peaches, pastels and nudes. We worked around the colour of the bridesmaid dresses which were warm colours for the time of year that we were getting married.

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