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a certain magic. supplier showcase: Fairclough Photography

November 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m really proud to make your acquaintance with one of our lovely Brides Up North sponsors, Fairclough Photography.  Katie and James, the awesome husband and wife team behind these amazing images: fabulous photographers and all round lovely souls.

Get them booked for your big day, and your wedding pictures could look as good as this little lot.

Katie and James are also offering a free 20” x 14” museum quality canvas print if you quote ‘Brides Up North Is The Best Wedding Blog!’ when making your booking.  Can’t argue with that!

All images by Fairclough Photography.

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

We are both self-taught photographers; Katie’s passion for photography developed through a side project on her graphic design degree course, and after developing her street photography in New York as a student, discovered that people and emotional storytelling were her passion and inspiration to voice through photography. James fell in love with the photography of National Geographic, and after a lot of wet, muddy outings and ruined 35mm film, started applying some of his theatre experience and techno-geekery to the creative lighting we are constantly developing to use with our couples.

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Why wedding photography specifically? 

Since getting married ourselves in March 2013, we have both been obsessed with weddings! We are fascinated by the whole process, from planning up until the ‘i do’ (and the shenanigans that come after that of course!) and the amazing people you get to meet. We just didn’t want it to end. So to combine both of our passions for photography with another love of ours is the dream.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things! If we had to choose one though, it would be sharing our Bride and Groom’s special day, it always feels like such a privilege to be chosen to share in such an momentous occasion. It always brings back lovely memories from our day too!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Having been recently married ourselves, we know how the nerves and emotions feel on the morning of the wedding – we don’t go in shooting away straight away, we just become part of the day right from the beginning, which let’s us all be comfortable and relaxed for the rest of the day.

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

Definitely come and have a pre wedding/engagement shoot – it’s very important to get to know your photographers, and once you’re used to the camera being around, when it comes to the wedding day you’ll be a natural, and it won’t be such a shock to have a photographer around.

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

Any good make up artist will be able to work with you to create the look you want on your day – it can also influence the types of pictures you want to make on your day too – for example, if you create a film noir look with high contrasts, that’s really going to shine through in the pictures.

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

Using too much fake tan can sometimes create an awkward contrast between skin and the white of the wedding dress – also under tungsten lighting in reception venues, it tends to naturally bring out the orange tone, which isn’t desirable for a natural look.

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

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter’s! We’re both huge lovers of their work and just imagine the type of wedding they’d have with both of their styles and imaginations fused together!

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

One of the most memorable was a really intimate, small outdoor wedding in cambridge, perfectly elegant, with the bride and groom walking down the aisle together. We love an elaborate wedding, but when it’s simply driven by the emotion of a tight group of close family and friends, there seems to be a certain magic we can’t get enough of.

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

YES! We said ‘I do’ in Ashton Memorial on 19th March 2013, a beautiful but freezing cold afternoon at the top of Lancaster. We chose the folly as we wanted a grand yet intimate building for our small party of 45, and after a beautiful and emotion-charged ceremony and portraits around Williamson Park, we retired to The Grand Hotel in our home town of St Anne’s for the reception. With a purple, black and white colour scheme, Katie pulled off a stunningly elegant look, with flowers by Flower Design throughout. We had a superb string quartet and a 5 piece jazz band for the evening entertainment, and then headed out to the seafront to let off Chinese lanterns to round off the evening.

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Any funny stories to share? 

We were recently doing an engagement shoot with a lovely Bride and Groom to be in a little village called Downham in Clitheroe. James was stood in the river photographing (as you do) and Katie is at the side. A ‘lady’ pulls up in her car just beside Katie, gets out and very indiscreetly lets one off! James instantly (and very loudly) blames Katie! How very rude?! Luckilly the couple heard none of this, obliviously schmoozing on the bridge over the river.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

As a husband and wife team, we can be in two places at once on a wedding day, capturing twice the emotion and little moments which make the day special. Katie follows the bridal party from first prep all the way to the ceremony, while James hangs around with the groom and checks out the venue. We can then get two angles on the ceremony, and create more complex and elaborate lighting setups between us to really add some sparkle.

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

We like to be as unobtrusive as possible on the big day and the fact that we’re a husband and wife team helps us to achieve this; neither of us has a set thing to photograph, we just lurk like photographic ninjas, capturing the fun and emotion in a spontaneous fashion. In the morning, Katie is hanging out with the Bridal party capturing the goings-on, whilst James checks out the venue and photographs the groomsmen’s antics. We then come together to shoot the ceremony. Whilst James is at the front with the Groom nervously waiting, Katie is capturing the emotional last moments before the Bride walks down the aisle. After the happy couple are declared Mr & Mrs, we love to take them away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding party for a portrait session that gives them time to reflect on ‘wow, we are married!’ Even though we’re there, our couples always seem oblivious to that fact and they tell us how magical those moments of alone time are – we always find we make the most natural beautiful pictures this way too. The rest of the day is usually party time, where we continue stalking the guests, photographing the laughter and fun up until the first dance as husband and wife.

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What is included in your “package”?

Our most popular package is the Full Day Package and included in that is the following:

*A face-to-face chat about your wedding day and what we could do for you and then two consultations leading up to your wedding so we all know what we’re doing!

*Two photographers (Mr & Mrs Fairclough!) to capture each and every special moment of your big day (up to 12 hours coverage);

*Pre-wedding portrait shoot in a location of your choice – a fun way to build up to the big day and get to know us;

*Professional editing of your images;

*A private password protected gallery for you to view, share and download your images after the wedding;

*Large print quality images on a USB stick presented to you in a stunning presentation box (see the image below

*A CD with a slideshow of the best images from your big day.

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Can you give us an idea on price? 

Our Full Day Package is £1,350

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Any special favours for Brides Up North readers?

Of course! If you quote ‘Brides Up North Is The Best Wedding Blog!’ we would give a free 20” x 14” museum quality canvas print.

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

Our work can be seen on our website is www.faircloughphotography.co.uk and you can get in touch by calling on 07921 386761 or emailing us at info@faircloughphotography.co.uk

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 Anything else we should know?

We also offer a package that includes an amazing quality 10” x 10” photo album; these are gorgeous hand-made, leather or hessian bound, chunky, lay flat coffee table style books priced at £1,700. There’s nothing quite like a printed photo album, we think it’s such a shame to just get your USB stick, watch the slideshow and then it gets shoved in a draw and hardly thought about!

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white aisle. a relaxed wedding in Ibiza – vicky & matt

October 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’m trying to embrace the season – hollowing pumpkins, fur lined boots, fireworks parties and thoughts drifting to Christmas lists… and then a wedding like this drops into my inbox.

Vicky and Matthew, what are you trying to do to me? Let’s soak up some sun, as we join this lucky Manchester based couple for their stunning destination wedding on the white isle.

No hard feelings. Not many, at least.

Images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography.

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Vicky says: Matt proposed to me on a random Wednesday evening in August 2013. Matt took me by surprise and decided he would take me out for tea and an overnight stay in Manchester, this immediately roused suspicions but I continued pretending I had no idea. After dining at Australasia, Matt took a me back to the Great John Street Hotel – At this point I believed the proposal was not going to happen, but on arriving back to the room I found rose petals scattered on the bed and a bottle of champagne and strawberries awaiting me arrival. Needless to say tears of joy flowed and more alcohol was consumed.

We were married on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at Elixir Shore Club in Cala Codolar, Ibiza. After doing a 3 day long recce of our favourite Island (somewhere we frequent regularly) we settled on our final appointment ‘Elixir’. Not only were we blown away by the views (tears flowed again) but Vickki who was both the owner and in charge of running the venue, was the most welcoming, friendly person we had encountered so far.

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We  wanted our wedding to be relaxed and informal to suit the Ibizan vibe. After losing my father in 2013, I decided I would prefer a very informal affair where friends and family could come together and celebrate the event without it being a stifling ‘traditional English’ wedding.

We opted for bright colours so they would stand out against the Ibiza beach backdrop.

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I decided to wear something light and comfortable, particularly with the time of year and the obvious heat expected in Ibiza. As it happened, our wedding day apparently reached temperatures of 43 degrees.

I purchased my dress from Bride by Swarbricks in Middleton. The dress is named the Pronovias ‘Pelicano’. The lady who looked after me also holidays in Ibiza every year so we had a lot to talk about during the fitting stages.

Matthew wore a powder blue cotton suit from Next, ideal for warm temperatures. The best man and ushers wore the same suit in a different colour.

My bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses from Coast and the flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.

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James Tracey was our photographer as recommended by friends. We were blown away by his images of our friend’s wedding, particularly the contemporary edginess and just knew we had to book him.

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All flowers were silk and created by Nicola Knight in York. All our guests brought a bunch of flowers with them, along with copper sprayed Kilner jars for the flowers to sit in on the tables. We gave away the flowers at the end for guests to keep as a memory.

All the decoration on the day was completed by family and friends, Molly, Phil and Amanda Newton, Rosie and some serious ribbon tying from Steven Grainger.

 

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Our favours were created by Echo Designs and consisted of handmade hanging hearts with printed maps of Ibiza on them.

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We opted for a very laid back cake, a favourite of ours, a Victoria Sponge made by my sister in law Molly  in a villa microwave oven – it took a few attempts but tasted delicious!

We chose the luxury wedding BBQ as arranged by Elixir and we can honestly say it’s the best food we have ever tasted and many of our guests agreed. The BBQ was served as a buffet style again taking on a more relaxed feel to the day.

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My mum pre-recorded her own performance of ‘All of Me’ by John Legend which was played as we walked back up the aisle. We prepared all other music ourselves and had a DJ, Steve later in the evening who was recommended by Elixir.

We used Kids in Ibiza to look after children who cared for the children perfectly. One of the guests was stunned to see her daughter being pushed around in her push chair by the babysitter so she was able to eat her evening meal. A close friend Heidi Heywood, prepared children’s party bags for the kids which they loved!

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Una, who manages the weddings at Elixir, paid perfect attention to every single detail and everything ran so smoothly we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. We would 100% recommend our venue to anyone looking to enjoy a wedding on the White Isle.

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We have just returned from a two week honeymoon, which consisted of one week touring Sri Lanka and one week in the Maldives on the island of Kuramathi. We had a cultured week in Sri Lanka then a week where we truly relaxed in the Maldives where we had the opportunity to snorkel with tropical fish and sharks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff (or big stuff) and enjoy every minute.

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happy days. supplier showcase: Rachel Joyce Photography

October 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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New around here?  Take some time to visit and explore our brand new directory.  It should be the very first stop for any bride planning her wedding in the better half of the country.

I love introducing my readers to the suppliers and Brides Up North Sponsors who make this pretty place tick, and today I’m proud to welcome Rachel Joyce Photography to the pages of the wedding blog.  I’ve a stunning wedding by Rachel coming up in our schedule later this week – so watch this space – but in the meantime, let’s meet the lady behind the lens.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Rachel says: I had absolutely no intention of becoming a wedding photographer – zero! When I started my business I wholeheartedly planned to concentrate on newborn and family photography with the odd christening here and there. Within a month of going pro I was I was asked to cover two weddings, one which had been organised on a very short timescale and one where the couple had been let down by their photographer at the last minute. I absolutely loved every minute of it and more importantly the couples loved their images. From that point on I decided to focus all of my efforts on wedding photography and I’m so glad I did. I’ve met some wonderful couples, visited some amazing venue and developed my photography further than I ever imagined I could.

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What is your favourite part of being a wedding photographer?

There’s so much to choose from. I genuinely love chatting weddings. Things like flower choices and table settings excite me more than they perhaps should! I also love being a part of the hustle and bustle and excitement on the day. Being around people when they are at their happiest is probably the best working environment you could ever ask for. Then I get to come home and relive it all whilst I edit their beautiful images.

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How do you get people to relax on the day?

I personally am not a great fan of having my own picture taken so I fully understand that for most people it isn’t their favourite thing. My approach to any wedding is to keep the formal shots to a minimum so the couple can spend the most amount of time possible with their friends and family. I find that couples who book our full day package which includes bridal and groom preparation are the most relaxed by the time it comes to their formal pictures. They are used to having us around by that point and have almost forgotten we are there to take pictures. I also try to crack a joke and then quickly capture the natural laughs, rather than the posed smiles. They generally turn out the best images.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear?

Being the proud owner of a tube of tinted moisturiser and mascara I’m certainly no expect in the makeup department. I do think that it’s important for people to look like themselves. If you don’t normally wear heavy makeup, your wedding day might not be the time to start. Booking a reputable make up artist and having a couple of trials before the big day will ensure that you are happy with the final outcome.

Anything to avoid that might look bad in wedding pictures?

First thing first – think about your venue. It might have the most beautiful outdoor space you’ve ever seen but what if the weather is terrible? Where are we going to do that must have group shot of all your family? If you have decided to have full day coverage it’s also worth thinking about where you are getting ready. If it’s in the hotel then check if you can have a larger room, if you are getting ready at home it’s worth having a bit of a tidy up the day before and putting some clutter away if you’d rather not have it in the pictures. That said I’m not adverse to moving the odd pair of knickers off the floor if they are in my shot!

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Any really memorable weddings you have worked on that you’d like to share?

I recently covered the wedding of one of my oldest friends, Saiorse. There’s a group of us from school that have remained friends and although everyone is now scattered across different parts of the country, we still keep in touch with a group email and meet up a few times of year. It was extra special to be able to play a role in her day although it does make it harder to take pictures with tears in your eyes! The wedding was an absolute cracker and reflected their personalities perfectly.

Are you married?

YES! Im super lucky to be married to my first love, Tim. We met when I was just 16, bought a house together at 19 and got married at 21. Nine years later we have two beautiful children, Tom and Hattie. At the time we got married I was slightly obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (who are we kidding – I still am) so I went for simple elegance. We had a black and white theme with the bridemaids in lovely elegant long black dresses and the men in black morning suits. The sun shone, the day went perfectly and we had so much fun.

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What sets you apart from other photographers?

I’m know for being pretty unflappable. I come from a background in event management and customer services which are both really useful when it comes to being involved in the wedding industry. If something’s going wrong and I can help I will! I’ve been known to ring florists to chase deliveries, sew up broken zips on bridesmaid dresses and step into the role of wedding coordinator temporarily to help get a day back on track. There’s very little that can go wrong on the day that will actually ruin it unless you let it. Lots of my customers comment on how relaxed I made them feel or how I helped the day run a little more smoothly.

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

I work predominantly in a documentary style so for the most of the day I will be in the background capturing all the important moments of your day without intruding upon it at all. Before the wedding we will have discussed in detail the formal shots you require. We will get through the group shots as quickly and painlessly as possible so you and your guests can go back to enjoying the day. I will normally whisk the bride and groom away for about 20 minutes to get some lovely images of just the two of you.

Can you give us an idea on price?

I offer three basic packages depending on how much coverage is wanted. Our most popular package is The Complete Collection. This includes two photographers covering from bride and groom prep in the morning right through until the first dance at the evening reception. This package is £950

If you quote brides up north when you get in touch I will include a complimentary engagement shoot with any booking.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

Get in touch any time via the website or Facebook page or email racheljoycephotography@hotmail.co.uk.

I’d be delighted to come and meet with you and chat all things wedding.

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vibrant love. supplier showcase: Sarah Beth Photography

September 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This morning I’m thrilled to formally introduce one very talented lady to the pages of the wedding blog, the lovely Sarah Aylward of Brides Up North Sponsor, Sarah Beth Photography.

Sarah’s work is right up my street – light, natural and full of emotion and radiance.  I know you’re going to love her style too.  Let’s say hello.

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

I’ve always been interested in photography since I was little. I was always the one friend or family member in charge of the camera (I think everyone knows one of these people!). My home made family videos and large photo collages which adorned the walls of my bedroom were something to be marvelled. So it only seemed natural for my 21st birthday to asked for a DSLR camera and after graduating from university I decided I wanted to take things a little more seriously so invested a lot of my time learning and studying about photography.

Why wedding photography specifically? 

Finding your feet with photography can take you in all sorts of different directions, I started professionally shooting as a nightclub photographer and then ventured into music photography including photographing for local music venues. I still enjoy photographing bands, I love music so it enables me to combine my two passions and I get to meet some interesting characters! However, after photographing my first wedding I soon realised that I was hooked, I love the energy and emotions that come with a wedding day and It really is a privilege to feel like your photography is meaningful enough to last for generations.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

My favourite part is getting to know my couples and seeing how they plan their wedding day. I have been very fortunate to photograph some absolutely beautiful weddings, from completely wacky to small and intimate, I love how every wedding day is different. Every wedding I have photographed I always feel like I’ve walked away with a new set of friends, often keeping in touch with many of my past brides and grooms. Its a great feeling being able to feel like not just a photographer for the day but also a guest too.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

With all my couples I get to know on a more personal level first before I stick my camera in their faces! With my wedding photography package I offer a complimentary and totally optional pre-wedding photo shoot so my couples can start to feel more relaxed in front of the camera before their big day. It is a great opportunity to get to know each other and also have some lovely photographs which can be used to decorate your reception area or used for thank you cards or favours.

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

I assure you I am exactly the same when it comes to having my photo taken so I total empathise with brides, or even grooms who feel nervous at the thought of having their photo taken. Over the years I have found it better to be photographed naturally and when I am not expecting it, so when photographing a couple I like to take on this approach also. My advice would be to enjoy your day, do not stress about having your photo taken as on your wedding day you will feel completely different. Enjoy your day and enjoy each other, there is nothing more beautiful or natural than a bride and groom in love.

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

Make up should be as flawless and natural looking to compliment the brides features. I would always advise booking in with a make up artist before your wedding day so they can guide you through the process and find a look you love.

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

I am not particularly fond of poses which look forced or uncomfortable. I find it important that the couples I shoot are as comfortable as possible and would never put them in a pose or situation in which they feel otherwise.

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

If Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gorden-Levitt were actually a real couple, it would totally be their wedding. How amazing would that be?

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

In 2013 I had the privilege of photographing a wedding in the Amalfi Coast, Italy. I fell in love with Italy after visiting Venice a few years before, so was extremely excited to be photographing a beautiful wedding there. Every where you turn in the Amalfi Coast there are photo opportunities, with soft sandy coloured houses and a backdrop of blue skies. This day was particularly moving and emotional as Emily’s mum unfortunately couldn’t be there due to illness. I was able to surprise Emily and Sam with a short video of the day to show her mum so she could re-live the day without feeling missed out.

See the full wedding here on Brides Up North.

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Are you married? 

Not yet, hopefully one day! I would love to plan a fun destination wedding to Las Vegas.

Any funny stories to share? 

Sometimes I get too involved in taking the photo and once stepped back and ended up sitting on a candle! Its safe to safe the dress I was wearing was ruined…

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

My style of photography is very natural and genuine, I love shooting reportage and capturing those little candid moments which you may never have seen on your wedding day. I won’t ask you to pose endlessly for the camera while forcing you to smile, I’m all about real emotion and showing how ace you both are together.

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

On a wedding day I usually begin at the brides house photographing all the little details. The morning preparations are possibly one of my favourite parts of the day, there is so much nervous energy and excitement which is great to capture. From there I usually visit the boys (we can’t leave them out can we!) this is usually at the venue where I can also prepare for the brides entrance. Although I love to photograph the day as it happens I also believe in the importance of capturing more formal photos of the bride and groom with their families. I like to keep this part of the day fun and quick so they can get back to enjoying their day.

This is based on a wedding day with just myself however I do offer the option of a second photographer.

However I’m not just the wedding photographer on the day, I also have some very helpful skills I’ve acquired in the past two years such as dress carrier, buttonhole pinner, bouquet holder…. The wedding day can be quite stressful as well as fun and after experiencing a few weddings in my time I am happy to lend a hand wherever needed.

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What is included in your “package”? 

I offer a full day package, with coverage from morning preparations to your sit down meal with the option to add extra coverage for your evening reception. I also include an optional Fun Photo Booth for your evening coverage to get your wedding guests joining in the fun by getting dressed up and doing some silly poses.

In my package I also include a complimentary pre-wedding photo shoot with 20 high resolution images, this is a great way for couples to get used to being in front of the camera and to see how I work. I usually organise this for 4-5 weeks before the wedding day and team it up with a pre-wedding consultation to catch up with my couples and talk about their day.

All the images that my couples receive I make into a lovely little slideshow which is set to music, it is a great way to view your images of the day but definitely keep the tissues handy!

My package includes all digital high resolution copies of your images with royalty free licence (so you have full access to printing and sharing your images) I deliver these on a beautiful hand made wooden USB stick with presentation box which looks lovely around the home.

Can you give us an idea on price? 

My wedding photography package currently in 2014 stands at £800.

However I would advise strongly to all couples looking for a wedding photographer try not be swayed on price, I understand every couple has a budget but when looking for your photographer keep in mind these are lasting memories of your day.

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

My website can be found at: www.sarahbethphoto.co.uk

You can find me tweeting over at @photosarahbeth, on Facebook or pinning my dream Vegas wedding.

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Anything else we should know?

I am currently based in Yorkshire, UK but specialise in weddings all over the UK and abroad. If you are planning to get married abroad, please get in touch for a bespoke quote.

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Twinkle & Bloom! A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Kirsty & Wayne

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Following the fashion frenzy of the last week (dahlings!), I think it’s about time we got back to basics here at Brides Up North.  It’s what we do best – Real Weddings from real Brides Up North and their talented local suppliers.  Real, regional and really, really gorgeous.  I jolly well hope you’re thinking local for your big day!

This afternoon’s wedding was sent to us by real bride Kirsty and Brides Up North Featured Supplier James Jebson and has all the elements of the best of big days – tons of sparkle, big blooms and lots of laughs. 

Enjoy!

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Kirsty says: We got engaged in October 2012 at Mottram Hall and were married on 14th December 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton by our fabulous village vicar Revd. Brian Whitley, followed by a reception at Beeston Manor in Houghton.

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James Jebson Photography

We chose our venue as it just felt very ‘us’.  With its countryside setting and manor house feel, Beeston Manor is beautiful. Furthermore the venue was completely private and meant we just shared our day with our family & our guests.

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I chose a Mori Lee wedding dress with lace and diamante detail from Dan Kerr Brides. It was a really sparkly dress and I loved it from the moment I put it on. All my jewellery, accessories and my shoes were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique in Lytham.

Our bridesmaids wore gold dresses by Ronald Joyce, again from Dan Kerr Brides. Wayne and the ushers all wore grey suits, ivory waistcoats and ties to match the girls’ dresses from Moss Bros, and the Mother of the Bride and page boys were dressed by Lottie’s Bridal Boutique – along with the bridesmaids’ fur shrugs.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We travelled in a Range Rovers on the day all dressed by our florist Margaret Mason with ivory ribbons – they looked fantastic.

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James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

My bouquet was made of mini Calla Lilies and had diamonds amongst the flowers. It was simply stunning

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson, our photographer, was simply sensational on our wedding day. His attention to detail, his professionalism, & his incredibly infectious personality, accompanied with his awesome photography put him in another league.  In the words of my new husband James is ”simply a different kind of gravy” and his photography service was extra special from start to finish. 

We were over the moon with our wedding pictures as they capture the best day of our lives from every angle. James didn’t miss a thing and even caught images of moments we had missed! We have the most wonderful memories of our wedding and I cannot stress how important a good photographer is.  When your wedding is over your photos are the one thing you have left and I cannot thank James enough for our amazing images. He is simply fabulous!

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Girl’s World. Supplier Showcase: Abbie Sizer Photography

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Abbie Sizer Photography

Happy Friday Brides Up North!  Enjoy that hey-it’s-Friday-the-inbox-can-wait cuppa you’ve got there and take some time out to catch up here on these pages.  It’s been an action packed week with lots of exhibitor introductions to make planning your big day that little bit easier, but this weekend the goings on doesn’t stop there. 

We’re gearing up to open our season with a very big and very beautiful Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014, 12pm till 4pm, Free Entry, and can’t wait to see you there.  This is going to be good.  We’ve professional catwalks, 60 + luxury exhibitors and two (huge) hotel suites filled with wedding inspiration and we’re raring to go!  

One lady who will be joining us on Sunday is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Abbie of Abbie Sizer Photography, so whilst I finish stuffing 250 VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags, I thought I’d let her say hello here first!  I’ll leave you with Abbie and see you on Sunday!

Abbie Sizer Photography

Hello Abbie, would you like to introduce yourself? 

Hi, I’m Abbie and I’m a professional freelance wedding photographer. I have had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember but it was at the age of 17 whilst at college that I began to study photography at a professional level. I finished Cleveland college of Art and Design with two A Levels in photography and a BTEC National Diploma in media moving image. I then studied photography at Honours degree level and graduated from University in 2010. Since then I have worked alongside numerous wedding and family portraiture photography companies and established Abbie Sizer Photography in early 2011.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love wedding photography. I love the romance, the individual creativity and the magic of each couple’s special day. Weddings allow me to be creative and to try new techniques and ideas. No wedding is the ever the same therefore my job is forever changing, challenging and exciting.

Abbie Sizer Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I get ‘front row seats’ to lots of lovely weddings! In particular I like the wedding morning. Most brides invite me to spend the morning photographing the bridal preparations; I get to see the nervousness, the last minute preparations and the build up of the excitement.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

My wedding day photography package includes a pre-wedding photo-shoot. This can be an engagement shoot, a family photo-shoot or even a pet photo-shoot! I use this as an opportunity to get to know the couple, find out their likes and dislikes, what style of photographs they like and how they prefer to work. The most important thing and the main aim of the pre-wedding photo-shoot is for the couple to feel comfortable in front of myself and the camera.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Last year I photographed a wedding which took place in a marquee on a family farm on the North Yorkshire Moors. The wedding was simple and perfect. Everything was lovingly handmade, even the bunting that ran the full length of the huge marquee. The happy couple had provided their guests with wellies ready for the outside dancing under the fairy lights and stars. The evening showcased a live local band and the whole day felt magical.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I like to spend time getting to know you before your big day. We head out on a separate engagement photo-shoot session, we work together on your ‘essential photo-list’ and we discuss photography likes and dislikes.

Each part of your wedding day is as important as the other, from bridal preparations into the evening celebrations, I will start when you want me start and finish when you want me to finish.

I bring a female photographer’s perspective to your day. You can guarantee that I will not miss those diamond earrings or your Jimmy Choos. I will photograph the extra lace detailing on your bouquet and your something borrowed and blue.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

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

Couples who book with me can expect quality, attention to detail, reliability and a happy, memorable, wedding day photography experience.

What is included in your "package"?

Here at Abbie Sizer Photography we have just one wedding day photography package. This package includes all the ins and outs and there are absolutely no hidden extras.

· On your wedding day I will arrive when you ask me to arrive and finish when you ask me to finish, whether that be joining you early morning for those very first preparations or staying into the evening until your first dance.

· Two fully qualified photographers to capture your wedding day from all angles. Photographing all those special moments and those natural, off camera, so easily missed moments.

· A pre-wedding consultation where we can get to know each other, discuss ideas and put together your ‘essentials photo list’.

· A bonus engagement photo-shoot. A brilliant idea for discovering how each other works, your preferred style of photography and to have you feeling at ease in front of me and the camera.

· Full professional processing work on all of your images with a mixture of colour, black & white and sepia imagery.

· Every image will be then presented to you on copyright free, presonalised DVD’s inside beautifully handcrafted presentation cases.

· You will be able to print from your disc at your leisure and use on the Internet without watermarks.

· New in 2014 your very own ‘Bellissimo Lifestyle’ wedding album.

Can you give us an idea on price?

Our full day wedding photography package is priced at £990.

Abbie Sizer Photography

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

If you’re interested and would like to arrange a no obligation meeting then get in touch at www.abbiesizerphotography.co.uk or call 07896 816 634.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Anything else we should know?

I work closely with Strike A Pose Wedding Videography. Although a photograph speaks a thousand words, there are some moments of your wedding day that even a photograph can’t capture as well as a video.

Your vows are a moment that you will want to relive, as are your speeches and maybe even your first dance! Strike A Pose Wedding Videography are a team of videographers that creative beautiful wedding day movies for bride and grooms. They’re unobtrusive in their filming and they have a talent for helping guests feel at ease in front of the camera. Their wedding movies typically last around 30 minutes, are edited to the couples’ very own soundtrack and portray all the emotions, excitement and laughter of the wedding day perfectly.

Abbie Sizer Photography and Strike A Pose Wedding Videography offer a combined photography and movie package so that you can have the best of both worlds.  They will be exhibiting together at The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014.  Click here to reserve your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag. 

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Fabulous Photographer: James Tracey Photography PLUS £100 Off For 10 Lucky Wedding Blog Readers!

February 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Tracey Photography

He may be a self proclaimed NKOTB, but ex police officer and Brides Up North Featured Supplier photographer James Tracey knows his stuff!  As well as these beautiful images speaking for themselves, a lot of others think he’s pretty great too – he was a Regional Finalist for Best Northwest Photographer at The Wedding Industry Awards 2014 and was also shortlisted for Best Newcomer.  He’s also featured in Lucy Tobin’s new book From Yes to I Do: A Modern Guide for the Modern Bride, giving advice to couples on how to pick their wedding photographer.

And guess what, the first ten Brides Up North readers to book James’ Album Package album will receive £100 off the full price.  Forget SWAT teams, add him to your SWAK* team.  

With images by James Tracey Photography

*sealed with a kiss

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

I suppose you could say I’m something of the new kid on the block. Although I went to design college and even studied photography, I left my creative side behind after eight years in image editing to join the Police. I then spent the next 10 years of my career dealing with some pretty interesting situations; rescuing a woman from a burning house, talking someone down off a motorway bridge, attending murder scenes and riots and even being part of a close protection team for the Prime Minister! Needless to say, about as far away from wedding photography as you can imagine. At the same time as this, I had started to take more of an interest in photography and I invested in a Nikon DSLR which I used to take to friend’s weddings. Not only did I love taking photos (and found it generally a lot safer than Police work!), but more and more people started using my images for their thank you cards and in their albums. Everyone told me I should be a wedding photographer – I was hooked. I started doing a small number of weddings whilst continuing work for the Police but the bookings came thick and fast and in the end I decided to ‘quit the day job’ and turn full-time professional photographer in 2013. In my first year I was nominated for Best Northwest Photographer at The Wedding Industry Awards – I haven’t looked back since!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love the spontaneity – you never know what’s going to happen next and there are no second chances. Some people find it stressful when things don’t go to plan, but I suppose I’m used to thinking on my feet and reacting quickly – I’m pretty ‘unflappable’! On top of that, being involved in the best day of someone’s life is just fantastic. I’ve spent a lot of my career dealing with the negative things in life and so I will never tire of the joy at people’s weddings!

James Tracey Photography

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

Knowing that my pictures are the one thing that the couple gets to keep after their wedding is over. I love my own wedding photos and how they immediately take me back to the wedding day and how I felt. I hope that my clients feel the same way about theirs.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

All my couples have the option of a complimentary “E-shoot” (Engagement shoot) before their big day. We can meet up, talk through what the couple want, and more importantly don’t want, from their wedding photography. They get used to what I’m looking for, they relax in front of the cameras and we all get to know each other a bit better. You want your wedding day to be perfect, not spoilt by a bossy photographer who thinks it’s all about them, so on the day I don’t ask my couples to do anything they don’t want to do.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

They’re not alone. Lots of my brides complain that they don’t take a good photo, yet when they’re not being made to pose they look great. So if you’re uncomfortable being photographed, scrap the formal poses and choose a documentary style. Everyone prefers the photos which they didn’t know had been taken and you’ll be happier and relaxed. If my brides don’t notice me on the day, I’ve done my job properly.

James Tracey Photography

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

Keep it simple and classic, your make up should make you look the best version of you. Don’t do anything too loud or current as this will either be distracting or dating. Remember your wedding photos will be around forever, so keep it natural!

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

I’m quite open-minded and I like couples who break the rules, so I’m open to anything new on the day. The important thing is to have the wedding day you want and to enjoy every second, the rest is down to me to capture. What I do hate though are cheesy effects in post-production, like colour splash (where the whole image is black and white except for one colour), it just cheapens the image for me. I’m also a bit wary of the vintage filters a lot of people are choosing, as I can’t help thinking these will date and end up looking gimmicky in the (not too distant) future.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

Tough one, but I’d say any celebrity that is getting married in New York. I absolutely love the city and the dream would be to photograph a wedding in the streets of Manhattan. My wife would probably say Kit Harrington’s wedding (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones), I think she loves him more than me. She’d probably come to that one.

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I shot Lisa and Graham’s wedding last September in Huddersfield after meeting Graham when he refitted my bathroom. It turned out Lisa’s 13 year old daughter, Bailey, had been diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumour and at the same time, totally unrelated, she also was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Lisa and Graham had to postpone their wedding so Bailey could undergo treatment and it was really touch and go, they even had to live in the USA for a while whilst Bailey had pioneering treatment. Fortunately, Bailey’s condition is now stable so Lisa and Graham quickly arranged their wedding on Friday 13th September (they said they couldn’t possible have any more bad luck) and when Graham said it was a small family affair, I offered to do the wedding for free.

It was one of the best weddings I’ve ever photographed as it was totally joyous and broke every rule possible. The post service drinks were in a pub at Huddersfield Railway station and the whole wedding party got a train back to Mirfield for their reception in a local Deli. The speeches were done in the style of a Norwegian wedding where anyone can stand up, at any time, to tell their own story about the couple. It was an emotional yet triumphant wedding and one I’ll always remember! (if you want to know more here’s my blog). 

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Are you married? Tell us about your day.

I’m lucky to be married to Laura and we got married in Saddleworth in June 2012. We chose a converted church, so even though it was a civil ceremony it kept the parents happy! We got engaged in New York so we had a hint of NYC running through the day, with a genuine NYC cab and NYPD cruiser as the wedding cars, tables named after places we visited in the city and an NYC inspired cake made by Laura’s mum! We just wanted an informal, fun wedding. We wrote our own reading which poked fun at ourselves (as all the others seemed a bit twee) and had mini Jager bottles as favours. I substituted Champagne for Jager bombs for the toasts, so as you can imagine, it got a bit lively. The weather was awful so in typical British style we headed for the bar and from what I can remember, it was one of (if not THE) best days of my life!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Any funny stories to share?

I once photographed a wedding which was being filmed for the BBC Three television show Don’t Tell The Bride. With the TV crew there, the day was much longer than a normal wedding and the first dance didn’t take place until midnight. By then my feet were killing me so I put my Converse trainers on for the last ten minutes of the day. I had managed to dodge out of the way of the ten-strong camera crew for more than 15 hours, only to be filmed taking a photo of the first dance – in my trainers. I was slaughtered on text, Facebook and Twitter by all of my friends for being a scruff. This was one of my early weddings and I can reassure couples I’ve bought more comfortable (and smart!) shoes now.

James Tracey Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think being new to the industry gives me a different perspective on what people want and expect from their wedding photographer. When it comes to my photos, I’m never complacent. I’m always experimenting with modern styles, angles and the best equipment to deliver the highest quality images I can. I also want clients to get the best service they could ask for, right until the day I hand over the photos. It’s a crowded market place out there, so hopefully my easy going style, natural photos and my customer service is what sets me apart. It drives me mad when people don’t get back to me quickly, so I always reply to my clients messages within 24 hours. If they’re asking a question, they need an answer!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

A relaxed, suit wearing photographer (with comfortable shoes) who is there to blend in most of the day, but who can step up and keep the day running to time if needed. I work hard but I like to have a laugh during the couple shots and I find it helps the couple relax. I also avoid anything forced and cheesy.

What is included in your "package"?

I don’t mess about with lots of packages, I have two. Full day coverage from Bridal preparation to the first dance, no matter how long that takes. I ‘leak’ a few sneak peeks the day after the wedding on my Facebook page and then all your hi-resolution JPEG images will be delivered on a USB within a month of your

Can you give us an idea on price?

2014 prices are £895 for the photos on USB and £1295 including the album.  The first ten Brides Up North readers to book the photos and album and will receive £100 off the full price.

James Tracey Photography

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

On my website at www.jamestraceyphotography.com or on Facebook . I also tweet @jtraceyphoto. To get in touch and discuss their wedding, brides can email me at james@jamestraceyphotography.com or call me on 07793 680263.

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Vibrance & Joy. Fabulous Photographers: Dotmoxee Photography PLUS Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

February 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

 Dotmoxee Photography

Whilst there’s nothing I like better than getting stuck into blogging a full Real Wedding feature for an individual couple (and you can see that we have covered quite a few – ok, hundreds – of those over the years), but recently I’ve enjoyed putting together our Fabulous Photographer features too.

Each supplier showcase gives an insight into the photographer’s work and personality, but also opens the door on lots of gorgeous wedding days that we might not otherwise share. 

It seems a Dotmoxee Photography bride and groom can expect a wedding day full of wide smiles, vibrant colour, special touches, quirky details, and most of all – an amazing set of images at the end of it all.

So let’s meet Emilie & John-Paul, the duo who together make up Dotmoxee Photography, our newest Brides Up North Featured Supplier. 

 Dotmoxee Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

After both studying photography at university, we were introduced through mutual friends one Christmas Eve four years ago in our local pub. The conversation instantly took off as we began sharing our interests and love for photography and film.

After a few meet ups and many ideas later, we began planning our photography business partnership. It wasn’t until we were asked to photograph a friend’s wedding that we caught the wedding bug and haven’t looked back since.

 Dotmoxee Photography

 Dotmoxee Photography

 Dotmoxee Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

Although we both come from very different photographic backgrounds (fashion, music and advertising) we were both heavily involved with documentary and street photography. Weddings offer a perfect environment for us to tell a story and we love the unpredictability each moment has. Also the fact that each wedding is so different, it’s a new challenge for us to approach with a fresh pair of eyes.

Dotmoxee Photography

What is your favourite thing about being wedding photographers?

The fact that we have constant excitement where it’ll take us, and all the incredible places we get to photograph. Also meeting our couples, who are all amazing and unique in their own way. We love hearing about their plans and being part of the journey and excitement – a journey that leaves them with our photographs. That’s pretty special in our book.

Dotmoxee Photography

Dotmoxee Photography

Dotmoxee Photography

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A Romantic. Fabulous Photographer: JB Creatives

January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one of the loveliest girls I know (do I say that about all my Featured Suppliers?  Only when it’s true)!  She’s a dab hand both at the wedding stationery table – check out her website for more details – and behind the camera too.  Today, we are concentrating on her wedding photography talents, so lets meet her and check out a rather stunning sample of her work.  Oh, and she might just have flung a little freebie in there especially for Brides Up North readers too…

JB Creatives is offering a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with Jane before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

How did you get into wedding photography? 

I have always loved being creative and doing all things arty. I studied my art foundation course at Leeds College of Art and Design, where I took a more detailed interest in what had always been a hobby. I then went on to study Graphic Communication at Uni in Cardiff. As well as studying Design principles we used SLR cameras and learnt how to develop our own film in the dark room, which was an amazing thing to have done. 

Many years after finishing my degree, whilst working as a graphic designer a good friend asked me if I would photograph her wedding. I was terrified and didn’t sleep for weeks before their big day! I read so many books on wedding photography, practiced on every willing friend I had and made sure I was fully prepared before their wedding day… the day came and went so quickly and I absolutely loved it. It felt really lovely knowing that I’d captured their moment in time, that it could be revisited for years to come. But best of all they were over the moon with the photos!  And so began my thirst for capturing perfect love stories.

One of the guests at that first wedding asked me to photograph their wedding and so the ball started rolling.  Since then I have photographed just over 50 weddings, enjoyed every one of them and now I have the privilege of doing it full time!

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Why wedding photography specifically? 

I’m a romantic and I love photographing people. So doing what I do means I get to see so many beautiful people on one of the most important days of their lives. To be able to tell their beautiful love story through the photos is a real honour.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer, it would be hard to pick one favourite thing. I obviously love taking photos, composing a picture and telling stories with them. But I also love all the emotions that come with a wedding day: the father’s face as he proudly walks his little girl down the aisle; the groom seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle towards him; all the smiles and laughter; the speeches; I love all the small details that put together make every wedding unique… It’s hard to pick one specific thing as it’s more a collection of all the little things that together make it such a special thing to be able to do.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

I’m a gentle, friendly sort of person. I talk to all the couples I have the pleasure of photographing as if they were friends. I meet all the couples before the wedding day itself to get to know one another beforehand. You’d be surprised how many people forget I have a camera with me.

An engagement shoot is also a great way to get used to the camera before the day itself. I find it helps a lot of the couples I photograph as they have already spent time in front of the camera together and seen the results.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

Just relax and enjoy your day. After all the preparation and planning your day has finally arrived, you will look beautiful so will have nothing to worry about. 

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

Someone once said your wedding makeup should be the best version of your self, so don’t wear anything you wouldn’t normally wear. Have a make-up trail before your wedding to ensure you’ll be happy with it on the day. But most of all a bride should wear whatever makeup she feels comfortable and confident in wearing and whatever makes her feel beautiful, her inner beauty will then shine out and that’s what will make the photos great.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

I would have loved to have photographed Kate and Will’s wedding!! Kate being the fashion icon she is and Will being our handsome prince, that would have been something to be proud of!

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

I know most weddings follow the same structure but it’s so lovely to see how each couple make it their own. I photographed a wedding on a gorgeous day last August at The Cheerful Chilli, Otley, the bride and groom, Hayley and Adam, decided on the day to have the speeches outside which was beautiful as everyone just sat in the venue’s garden with their glass of sparkle, as the speeches were given in the sunshine. It was lovely.

At a different wedding at Wood Hall, James, the groom, knew he would get emotional (and possibly cry) as he spoke about his bride, so he wrote everything down on big sheets of paper before hand then held them up for everyone to read. He did it really well, I don’t think there was anyone in the room that wasn’t moved by it.

Another summer wedding was at East Riddlesden Hall Barn and Rachel, the bride had a Wuthering Heights theme. She hand made so many amazing little details that filled the barn with colour and texture.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

With a background in Design I like to think I compose a photograph well. I don’t limit the number of photos I give my clients but give them as many photos as possible so I can tell the story to its fullest.  I also design and make wedding stationery so I am sometimes involved from an earlier stage in the planning process and get a better idea of how the wedding will look on the day. But perhaps the best way to answer this question is to direct you to my testimonials page on my website.  I’ve had some really amazing feedback.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

On more than a couple of occasions I’ve been described as a photo ninja! I don’t do any kind of fancy foot work or back flips anywhere, I’m just very discreet, and apparently seem to be in more than one place at the same time! The only time I would lightly direct any photos is for the bride and groom photos and if the couple wanted any group shots. My style is very much documenting the day. I don’t like to be intrusive and so am very much a fly on the wall for most of the day.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What is included in your “package”? 

I will be there to capture the story of the day from the excited bridal preparations in the morning through to the romantic first dance. The couple will then receive the high resolution edited images, usually around 600-800 photos about 6-8 weeks after the wedding day. A selection of the images will also go onto an online password protected gallery the details of which can be passed on to friends and family to view the pictures and purchase prints. You can add on an engagement shoot, select from a range of albums and lots more lovely extras if you wish.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Can you give us an idea on price? 

Photography coverage on the day starts at £1,250. Please get in touch to receive more information and the price guide.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I can offer a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with me before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

You can see examples of my work on my website my blog is updated regularly www.jbcreatives.co.uk

or you can follow me on Facebook or on Twitter. 

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Anything else we should know?

Not only do I have the pleasure of photographing so many beautiful weddings but I also design and make bespoke wedding stationery, you can see examples of these on my website.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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Good & Honest Memories. Fabulous Photographer: James Jebson

January 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Jebson (1)

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

James Jebson (2)

How did you get into wedding photography/?

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

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

James Jebson (3)

James Jebson (4)

Why wedding photography specifically? 

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

James Jebson (5)

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

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

James Jebson (6)

James Jebson (7)

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

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

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Are you married? Tell us about your day. 

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

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

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Any funny stories to share? 

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

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

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

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

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

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What is included in your "package"? 

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

Can you give us an idea on price? 

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

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

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

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Anything else we should know?

I know and understand from my own experience how stressful organising your wedding day can become. I pride myself on the fact that I class each of my couples as friends and each one has received photography that truly tells the story of their day in a stylish, modern and honest way. Have a good look at my website and really get a feel for what I can do for you – I promise you won’t regret it…

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