July 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime
The build up to a wedding, and the actual day itself, is one of the most important times of your life, which is why we’re so passionate about our readers hiring a talented wedding photographer to document the special day in all its detail.
To assist couples in their search we always recommend that they take a look at our ever-expanding ‘Suppliers We Love’ directory on the blog, which features some of the very best wedding photographers in the country. And this afternoon we’re delighted to be adding another pro to the list as we introduce our fabulous new Sponsor Kristian Leven Photography.
Self-confessed ‘softie’ Kristian prides himself on producing the story of the day in the form of natural and emotive pictures, including moments that the bride and groom might not have ever known about– meaning they don’t miss a thing.
We’ll now hand over the blog to the man man himself so that he can tell us more about the job he loves while showing off some of his seriously stunning photography…
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into wedding photography…
kristian says: Before getting into weddings I primarily shot travel and street photography, and then, one day six years ago, I took my camera to a friend’s wedding and the rest is history.
What was it that attracted you to wedding photography specifically?
The chance to document the day in a very natural way. Plus all the emotion – I’m a massive softie at heart!
And what is it about your job that you love?
Capturing those moments that might have been forgotten about or never known about in the first place. This is really what drives me on a wedding day, looking to fill in the blanks of the ‘story’, and the pay-off when couples get to see those moments they may have missed is tremendous.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography and what is it that makes you stand out from others?
Emotive and natural, and putting my heart and soul into capturing those unique moments in an artistic way.
What is the feedback like from your clients? What do they love about your approach, service and images?
Thankfully really good! It feels a bit weird bigging myself up, so I’ll quote a recent comment left by my recent clients Laura and Clive: “Everyone who has seen the photos so far have commented on how incredibly talented you are and have congratulated us on finding such an amazing photographer. Having seen your work before we booked you we had total faith, but you far surpassed anything we hoped for. We so miss the day but your photos are an incredible reminder of it. The greatest gift we could ever receive.”
What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples?
To know that it’s completely normal to initially feel a bit awkward – it’s not every day you have a guy you don’t really know taking pictures of you in your dressing gown! But after that first hour you’ll forget about me – you have much more important things to think about. And once the day begins proper, you’ll be so caught up in the emotion and joy of the day that I’ll completely drift into the background.
July 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Time to district you from those Monday blues with this gorgeous North West wedding.
Keen to make her day an elegant affair, bride Liz chose a timeless colour scheme of vintage pinks to complement the venue, which was decorated with beautiful and natural blooms.
In particular we love Liz’s luxurious satin A-line dress, as well as her bridesmaid and flower girl dresses too – they all look stunning!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Stephen McGowan Wedding Photography.
liz says: Nick proposed during a party that he and my family had organised as a surprise for my 30th birthday. During the night Nick surprised me again with a trip to Iceland (somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit), before asking if I would be his wife in front of everyone – not like him at all!
We set the date for 24th March 2016, which led into the Easter weekend and would give us about a year to plan.
Ashfield House in Standish, Wigan, was our chosen setting. It was the venue of the first wedding fair I went to with my mum and sister. I loved it and nothing compared after that. I took Nick and we decided it was the place for us.
We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted everything to be elegant and the venue style helped with this. We then chose a complementary colour scheme of vintage pinks which the flowers and other accessories were styled from.
I chose a champagne, satin, A-line dress by Art Couture, which I bought from Bride in Childwall. I didn’t think I would go for a half/half style dress but after trying this on I fell in love.
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July 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime
To bring your week to a pretty close we’re featuring the lovely North West wedding day of Johanna and Drew.
Following a traditional church service, the bride, groom and their guests moved onto The Shireburn Arms for a relaxed and intimate reception, complete with rustic vintage wedding décor.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.
johanna says: We got engaged in York on 25th January 2014. Drew proposed on a bridge overlooking the city at night, it was very romantic. We set the date for Saturday 25th July 2015 – exactly 18 months to the day that we got engaged.
Our chosen venue was The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, as we felt that it was fitting to our personalities and would feel more intimate for us and our guests.
We wanted the day to be fun and for our guests to feel relaxed, and so we choose a rustic vintage theme for the wedding, which allowed us to put our own unique touches on the day. We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, though our bridesmaids and groomsmen wore a blush pink tone, which fitted in the summery time of year.
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June 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If ‘photographer’ is the next task to complete on your wedding ‘to do’ list then this morning’s post just might help, as we’re introducing you to our fabulous new Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden Photography.
Having fallen in love with photography from a young age, Yorkshire-based Jenny was committed to making her passion her full time job and is now thrilled to witness and document couples’ big days for a living.
Filled with enthusiasm, Jenny loves to get to know her couples and all their plans, striking up a real connection with her clients that encourages them to relax in front of the camera.
To explain more about passion, we’ll let Jenny do the talking…
How did you get into wedding photography?
jenny says: My love of photographs goes back as far as I can recall. As a young child, long before I took photos, I’d love digging out the family albums and I could spend hours rummaging through holiday snaps. I then went on to take pictures myself – initially on a film camera and then on my first digital camera; a Casio Exilim.
It was in early adulthood that I became a real photography enthusiast. I was bought my first semi-professional camera as a birthday present and taken to Knowsley Safari Park to photograph the animals. My love and appreciation for photography grew from there. I enrolled on a photography course and spent many weekends on photography workshops, with other professional photographers, to really get inside the technicalities and hone my photography techniques.
As my skills developed and my portfolio grew, the bookings came and I’ve really never looked back! My passion is my job – and that’s pretty awesome!
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer!
I love getting to know my couples before the big day; getting a feel for their personalities, how they like to spend their time, what they have planned for the big day etc. I’ve stayed in contact with many of my couples, long after their weddings, in fact I’m meeting one of my ‘brides’ next month with her brand new baby!
I just love weddings! The dress, flowers, jewellery, shoes, table décor, cake, the food and drink, venue, bunting, games on the lawn, musicians – you name it! Sometimes couples incorporate quirky and unique touches into their wedding day, which I’ve perhaps not photographed before, which is a real treat for me.
Lastly, and I think perhaps my upmost favourtite thing, about being a wedding photographer, is capturing the emotion of the day; happiness, laughter and love. The feelings between the bride and groom are so evident, but the love between them and their parents, siblings and friends, is so clear to see too.
I get to witness this close-hand and document it. Being a hopeless softie with a passion for photographs, this is an absolute pleasure!
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
Have a giggle and allow the couple to just be themselves. It’s worked a treat so far.
June 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
What makes a great wedding photographer? Someone who can capture emotion whilst being discreet, someone with creativity and flare or someone who can think on their feet and calmly adapt to any situation? Preferably we’d like all three, and we thankfully we know a lady who can deliver just that.
Introducing new Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography. Having hacked the intense pressure of being a photojournalist for some of pretty impressive news titles, Yorkshire-based Bethany now uses her skills and experience to capture couples’ weddings in a relaxed and emotive documentary style.
Reading situations and anticipating reactions is Bethany’s forte, and so she’s always in the right place at the right time to photograph emotions that pass in a moment, so they can be kept and treasured forever.
We’ll now hand over to the lady herself to explain more about her individual style and approach…
Tell us a little about your background?
bethany says: I am a United Nations award-winning photojournalist and have worked for some of the world’s most prestigious editorial clients. Getty Images, The Times and The Daily Telegraph have trusted me to cover a huge variety of work, from breaking news events to state occasions. I have produced iconic pictures from sensitive features, documented post conflict stories and captured striking images of celebrities, top politicians and royalty.
During my career I have worked in almost every kind of light, weather, environment and emotional situation you can imagine – all to the minute-critical print deadline of the front page. After having lived in London and worked internationally as a successful photojournalist I am now based in North Yorkshire and use my experience to document your wedding day.
What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?
Alongside my photojournalism, I have always photographed weddings due to demand from people who knew my work and liked my photojournalist style. I love being invited into people’s special day and having the creative freedom to capture elegant and timeless images that tell a couple’s story. During a wedding there are so many wonderful interactions, reactions, people and details to capture – events and emotions that pass in a moment, but can be kept and treasured forever.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
I have an unobtrusive approach and blend into your day to be able to capture subtle interactions and tender moments that will transport you back to the day for years to come. Many people these days claim to shoot in a “documentary” or “photojournalist” style, and if you want that style, ensure you book someone who has the genuine experience necessary to produce beautiful imagery whatever the situation.
What do your clients they love about your approach, service and images?
My clients often comment that my friendly approach made them feel very relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera and that they didn’t notice me taking photographs. People also appreciate that I capture many special moments and details that come from being discreet and watching people – reading situations and anticipating emotions and reactions.
June 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s real wedding couple Matt and Steph, fell in love with their chosen venue at first sight knowing that it would be just perfect for the family focused big day they had in mind.
Pops of pastels were picked to complement their springtime theme, while personal touches were added to remember their most nearest and dearest, resulting in a pretty and sentimental celebration.
And if you like the look of Matt & Steph’s wedding images, we have some excellent news that might just make your Monday. The photographers who photographed the day, the fabulous Katie and James from Fairclough Photography, are offering our readers an amazing £200 off their full day wedding package for those that book before 30th June 2016. Just quote ‘BUN16’, when enquiring/booking.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.
steph says: We got engaged at the end of March 2014. We had arranged what I thought was a birthday meal for my sister in the restaurant we had our first date in. We had a gorgeous meal and a few wines and suddenly ‘our song’ came on in the back ground. I pointed it out to Matt and he just made this silly grin at me, and then there he was down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant with the most gorgeous ring in his hand. Neither of us spoke we just cried (like the big softies we are) – I’m not sure I’ve technically said yes yet.
We were married on 6th April 2016. We picked this date as it was the same date as our engagement party and we wanted it to be in the half term as Matt has two daughters and my sister works in a school. Generally, we just wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the build up to the wedding with us.
Our wedding venue was Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. I fell in love with it at first sight, it’s the only place that we looked at because in my mum’s words “it just doesn’t get any better than this”. It was intimate and cosy, just perfect for the family filled wedding we wanted.
The theme was spring, we just wanted it to be pretty and understated and a little bit country, so this worked well. To complement the theme we chose pastel shades for the colour scheme and incorporated lots of different pastel flowers and some gorgeous daffodils, adding a lovely splash of colour.
My dress was a lace A-line design, and lots bigger than I thought I would of picked! The train at the back was gorgeous and I spent most of the day swishing it around. I knew it was the dress for me when the lady in the shop went to help me out of it and I cried. My shoes were glittery blue shoes with a bow on the front from Irregular Choice. They were a gift from my sister (who was my maid of honour) as my something blue.
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