February 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
As a special treat for surviving the majority of Monday and to ease you happily into another (bloomin’ freezing) week, we have some beautiful wedding footage in store courtesy of our talented Sponsor Silver Sixpence Film & Photo.
The highly-skilled duo behind the business are husband and wife Penny and Ed, who left their successful careers in big screen feature films to play an intimate role in couples’ weddings by documenting their day through beautiful videography.
Keen to capture couples at their most natural and reflect the true emotions of the day, East-Yorkshire-based Penny and Ed capture their footage in a discreet manor and edit to produce gorgeous films that preserve precious memories in time.
We’ve invited them along to the blog today to tell us more about their fabulous work and the benefits of hiring a videographer – they’re also spilling the details of their latest venture – wedding photography – and offering you lucky readers a cheeky 15% discount too. Read on for all the details.
When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?
penny says: We are a husband and wife team and we met when we were both working in feature films. We were both in high profile jobs; I was working for the director on the last three Harry Potter films and Ed was working on a film with Heath Ledger before moving onto various others, including Skyfall. Ed had been filming the occasional wedding film since he left university in 2003, and when we met we realised that we both shared a love for telling personal stories and so we created Silver Sixpence Films so we could do that together. We loved working on these projects so much that we decided to leave feature film and concentrate on what we love most.
How would you describe your style videography?
Because of our background we approach each wedding in the same way we did a feature film. We try and shoot everything cinematically and we spend a lot of time in the edit putting the story together so that it perfectly captures every couple’s day in a personal and unique way. Because a wedding day is an important day in people’s lives we like to work in an unobtrusive way so our aim is to put together a wonderful keepsake of the day without intruding on the celebration as it is taking place.
What is it that you love most about your job?
We love meeting couples and becoming involved in their day in such an intimate way. We talk to them before the wedding and spend most of the actual wedding day with them, but it is after everything has finished and we start to work on it that we spend a couple of weeks editing their film and really getting to know them. We often get very attached by the end of the project and feel very close to our brides and grooms. We really care about what they think about what we have produced, and we are always so excited when they love it.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?
We would recommend that each bride and groom look at the films that each videographer puts together and try and work out what style of film that they like most. Most videographers will be happy to send a full-length example film to prospective clients so make sure you have done this, so you can get an idea of what the full finished product will be like. Some videographers are more hands on and posed than us, so they might ask you to stop as you are walking down the aisle, or they may constantly give you directions and interrupt your day. Some people might be reassured by that control, but we find it intrusive and so our approach is more relaxed. People often comment that they didn’t even know anyone was filming because of the way we work on the day, which has meant we have been able to film at even very small, intimate thirty-person weddings without intruding on the day.
Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed?
A wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you will want to look back on it and everything that happened. Most people these days plan to get a photographer, and photography is a beautiful way to capture your day, but it will never be able to portray the same emotion as a wedding film. We have lost track of how many of our clients have told us they have been in floods of beautiful, happy tears when watching one of our films. On our wedding day we had a short film made and a year later sadly Ed’s nan had passed away. We are so grateful that we have that wonderful memory of her and of the day that we said, “I do.”
What is the feedback like from your couples?
People get very emotional watching our films and we often get thank you cards and presents detailing how perfectly we captured the day. People often comment, not only on how they didn’t realise the wedding was being videoed, but also on how wonderfully it has been captured. Our bride and grooms often tell us how they love seeing all the parts of the day that they missed because they were busy doing other things.
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
For us, our favourite moment changes each wedding. Every wedding is unique and with our discreet style we are constantly filming and looking for that perfect moment. On some days it is when the father-of-the-bride sees the bride for the first time on the day and breaks down in happy tears, on other days it’s the groom seeing the bride walking down the aisle whilst barely holding it together. Often, it’s the children, they do such wonderful, funny things. Wedding days are full of such powerful emotion and we love being a part of that.
What would you say to couples who feel nervous about being filmed?
Our job is to make our couples look amazing. If we capture something and they don’t look brilliant, then chances are it won’t be in the film. The great thing when working with us is you can relax knowing that we are some of the most highly trained people working in the industry and trust us to make you look fantastic. When we take couples out for their portraits together we treat it as a bit of time for them to spend with each other first, and a chance to capture some beautifully romantic shots second. We shoot from as far back as we can so that the bride and groom are free to talk and laugh without feeling self-conscious. If someone needs feedback we will give them simple suggestions to help them feel more comfortable. We are looking for relaxed, natural footage and before too long everyone tends to end up enjoying themselves. Couple’s often comment on how they loved going out with us because it was the only chance they got to spend some quality time together all day.
Other than videography, what are your other passions and what do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a videographer?
Ed is also a very good photographer and has won awards for his work. I love interior design and styling which is why I get so excited about the details on a wedding day. I could see myself being a florist, or an event planner.
January 22nd, 2018 | Julia Braime
One of the very first suppliers you will book, and perhaps the most important, is your photographer and so it’s worth taking time to do your research on which suits your style preferences, budget and requirements.
A pro who is keen to give his couples plenty of choice and control over the coverage of their big day is our talented Sponsor, Yorkshire-based Richard Perry Photography.
Having developed a love of wedding photography into a full-time career, Richard’s passion for documenting a couple’s big day is clear to see and we just adore his mix of natural candid shots and beautifully romantic portrait images.
His choice of packages mean there is a option to suit varying budgets and the introduction of a clever ‘a la carte’ style menu enables brides and grooms to build a bespoke package by adding extras, such as specific albums, prints and pre/post-wedding shoots.
Here to give us all the details is the main man himself, who we must congratulate, along with his lovely wife Louise, of Louise Perry Bridal, on the arrival of their baby son, Tristan. Amazing news – big love from all at Brides Up North HQ!
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
richard says: My style of wedding and engagement photography is primarily reportage, capturing those candid moments that express true emotion. I also add in an element of luxury editorial style portraiture to give my couples those showstopper images that will capture the heart and the imagination.
What is it that you love most about your job?
I truly love capturing unique wedding day moments, and over the years I have come to realise that capturing these singular moments can turn a collection of pixels into a treasured memory that will last forever. The idea that couples will be sharing photographs I’ve captured with their family and friends years from now is a wonderful thought.
You have just introduced The Essential Photography Collection, that allows couples to totally customise their wedding photography package. Can you tell us a little about this?
I offer a number of packages; The Classic, Elegance, Luxury and Designer collections. Prices ranging from £1,695 to £2,995. Each package offers a wonderful collection of services and some of my most popular products to enhance the memories of the big day. I introduced The Essential Wedding Photography Collection (only £1,400) in conjunction with my new A La Carte Menu to enable couples build their own bespoke wedding photography package. This way my brides and grooms to be can take full control of how they enhance their wedding memories, using the A La Carte Menu. but the Essential Collection ensures that they have full day wedding photography coverage and a gallery of their photos that capture the all-important story of their big day.
How has The Essential Photography Collection been received by couples so far? What do they love about it?
The Essential Collection has been received wonderfully. My couples seem to love the fact that the Essential Collection literally covers ‘the essentials’ so then they can focus on the fun bit of picking extras from the A La Carte Menu and creating their own collection. This system offers the ultimate bespoke wedding photography package so that the service can be tailored to each couple. The added bonus with this package is that it also gives the couple complete freedom to initially book The Essential Collection and then add in options at a later date, which is a fantastic way of spreading the cost at one of the most expensive times of your lives.
Are any options in The Essential Photography Collection proving particularly popular with couples?
The 10×10 Queensberry Album is very popular. I think this is because in our digital world we all still secretly love to hold photos in our hands and have something tangible to take away with us. I couldn’t be happier about this as I really believe that it is important to print photos. I also love the idea that my couples have their albums out in their homes so they can show guests their big day or just so they can flick through it whilst cuddled up on the sofa
Why would you encourage couples to enhance their photography package with a pre-wedding or post-wedding shoot?
I always recommend a pre-wedding shoot. Pre-wedding photoshoots are a time to indulge in the romance of being engaged and the excitement of what is to come. They are a great opportunity to get used to being in front of the camera and are also a fun time for us to get to know each other better before the big day. The pre-wedding photos are also lovely to use for save the date cards, invitations, wedding website and even signing frames.
I also love a post-wedding photoshoot. It gives my couples an opportunity to get dressed up again and go to a location that is beautiful, interesting or just epic. Hillsides at sunrise, standing in lakes or next to a waterfall. The stress of the wedding day has passed so we’ll put our heads together and style something stunning.
Reflecting on 2017 what would you say have been your biggest highlights?
2017 has been an absolutely wonderful year and I can honestly say I doubt it could have gone better. I have met some wonderful people, worked with some amazing suppliers at some beautiful venues, I’ve created images that I am truly proud of, I’ve won an award and I’ve been published. However, my biggest highlight has to be becoming a father for the first time in December.
January 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s picturesque wedding is all about the elegance, pairing a gorgeous ivory, blush pink and antique gold colour scheme with the grand and impressive backdrop of Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire.
Bride and groom Jemma and David, had their heart set on a summer’s wedding, and we can easily see why they fell for this stunning venue, which just so happens to be a Sponsor of Brides Up North.
Their special day featured a traditional church ceremony (the couple’s personal highlight from the whole day) followed by the wedding breakfast in a marquee beautifully adorned with peonies, roses, hydrangeas and witch hazel – the epitome of a classic country estate wedding.
Other Pinterest-worthy elements include the three-tiered cake with its oh so pretty ruffle and marble design, and the bride’s dreamy satin ivory dress with a mermaid tail.
Diary date: We will be holding a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at the stunning Middleton Lodge Estate on Sunday 4th March, 12 noon to 3pm, FREE ENTRY. Be sure to join us then to view this beautiful venue firsthand, including its new Fig House and Kitchen Garden wedding space, plus the beautiful Lodge House and Garden Marquee.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden.
jemma says: We got engaged in April 2016, at Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh! I had actually planned the trip to celebrate Dave’s birthday and couldn’t have been more surprised! Having no clue what he had planned, on our way up to the top we passed a beautiful lake with some swans. To which I said: “Wouldn’t this be a nice place to get engaged?” Little did I know that ten minutes later we would be!
We got married on 4th August 2017. We were quite flexible on the date as long as it was in the summer.
We tied the knot at Middleton Lodge in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We wanted an exclusive use venue that our guests would love and Middleton Lodge has it all. It is a Georgian manor house set in acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The wedding breakfast was held in a marquee adjoined to the house and then late night partying in the red bricked Cellar Bar sold it for us!
There was no specific theme. We very much wanted a classic, elegant wedding. Tones of ivory, blush pink and antique gold were used in our wedding stationery and blooms.
When it came to wedding dress shopping, I told myself that I would try on literally every style! Of course, I liked some styles more than others, but I really wanted to get the perfect dress that suited my figure and that I felt amazing in. So many of my friends have said they chose a dress that they never would have thought they would go for – so this fuelled my thought process!
In the end, I went for a very elegant satin ivory gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. There was a mermaid tail littered with diamond and it had buttons down the back. I chose a diamond belt to add some more sparkle. My dress was from Abigail’s Bridal in Leeds and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Margaret and the whole team were fabulous and so accommodating!
Dave wore a traditional navy morning suit. He was not a fan of wearing blush pink (surprise surprise!) so instead we opted for a light silver/ grey waistcoat and gunmetal grey ties.
The groomsmen wore the same as Dave; meanwhile the bridesmaids wore blush pink multi-way dresses that they looked beautiful in!
December 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Baby it’s cold outside, but we have a stunning real wedding that’s guaranteed to warm up your Monday morning.
Featuring an abundance of blooms – from striking bouquets and centrepieces, to blossom trees, a floral wall and iced flowers on the cake – Jeff and Zarah’s big day was nothing short of beautiful.
The stunning Hillbark Hotel in the Wirral provided the perfect setting for their elegant big day, with the ceremony taking place in the spectacular Grand Hall and the reception in the venue’s large star-lit marquee.
Drawing on her experiences as a guest at the weddings of friends and family, Zarah picked out her favourite features and mixed in a few of her big day wishes too, resulting in an entertaining and enjoyable day for all.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
zarah says: We got engaged in Cuba on the 22nd May 2016. Jeff organised a lovely meal. We got picked up from our hotel in a 1957 Chevrolet car, which was amazing. When we got back to the hotel after our meal, Jeff insisted he wanted to walk on the beach and smoke a cigar – as you do in Cuba! I was a bit hesitant at first as a few drops of rain appeared. None the less we walked down to the beach and Jeff smoked his cigar. After a short stroll down the beach, I wanted to go back into the hotel as few more drops of rain appeared. As we walked back along the beach Jeff said, “wait I have something to ask you”. He then went down on his knee, as he proposed lightening appeared in the background and he asked for my hand in marriage. I was quite shocked and said “ok”, feeling the happiest lady in the world. Jeff then chuckled and told me when he asked my dad, he said the same thing!
We got married on Friday 25th August 2017. We choose that date as it was the bank holiday weekend and we thought it would be a nice long weekend for our friends and family.
We got married in the Wirral at a hotel called Hillbark Hotel and Spa. We choose this venue as it is a beautiful Tudor style hotel and had an amazing great hall where we could get married. There are only 16 rooms at the hotel which meant we had the whole place to ourselves on our wedding day. The details at the hotel are amazing and it has lovely features, such as a large chandelier, fire place and hidden rooms. We also heard good reviews about how amazing their food is. It was also the perfect place where we could get married in the Great Hall and have our wedding breakfast meal in the star lit marquee.
We didn’t really have a theme or style, but I wanted it to be stylish yet classy with a bit of everything. I have been to a lot of weddings and over the years and I have liked parts of different friends and family weddings and I wanted to incorporate this into my own wedding. Things like the blossom trees, larger flower centre pieces and flower background wall.
I chose lemon, white and dashes of hot pink for the colour scheme as lemon and pink are my favourite colours – I like bright and exotic colours having a Mauritian background.
Dress-wise, I wanted a princess style design, which incorporated lace – I also wanted it to be off the shoulder with short sleeves. I went to a few bridal stores until I found the dress at Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne. They had a selection of amazing and beautiful dresses. They didn’t quite have the dress I had in mind but then they showed me a beautiful lace top which I could add onto of my dress, which just finished my dress off perfectly, along with a long cathedral veil with small diamantes. The service at Ava Rose Hamilton was amazing and I would definitely recommend anyone to go to this shop, if they are looking for a stylish wedding dress.
Jeff wore a bespoke suit from Signature Bespoke in Liverpool. He chose a navy-blue tuxedo style suit with a large velvet bow tie and velvet lapels on his suit jacket.
October 5th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
This morning on the blog, we’re heading to the enchanting Colshaw Hall in Cheshire for Dawn and Jayson’s special day, which took place in August of this year.
Following a surprise engagement, the couple fell in love with this exquisite venue – and we can see why. Adorning the backdrop with a pretty palette of purple, lime green and pink, together with beautiful candles and petals – Colshaw Hall was every bit the romantic backdrop that the couple hoped it would be.
From a special reading from their daughter to a balloon release and a rather unique speech from the bridesmaids – they had every detail covered, and then some. We should also mention that we have a serious dose of cake envy – just look at their elegant four-tiered masterpiece.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
dawn says: We got engaged in October 2015, in The Restaurant Bar and Grill in Liverpool. It was a complete surprise to me. Generally, I can sense when there is something going on, but this was a random night out, planned at the last minute – or so I thought. Strangely enough, we were looking at an auction site on the train there and this really ugly ring with a marquise diamond popped up and I said that it wasn’t very nice, little did I know that Jayson had a marquise diamond in his pocket! Afterwards Jayson said I really didn’t make it easy for him. We had a lovely meal and Jayson said, “you know I love you” and I said, “yes of course”, then he responded with “here goes” and got on two knees (not one) and pulled out my nana’s ring box. He then asked me to marry him. I was so overwhelmed and surprised. I loved the simplicity of his proposal, and said yes immediately. Jayson had been to the jewellery quarter in Birmingham and picked the diamond and the setting, designing the ring himself, I was completely blown away.
Our wedding date – 6th August 2017 – chose us, once we had found the venue. We knew that we would prefer August as we wanted to make sure that our children could be part of our special day. Colshaw Hall didn’t have any Saturdays available so we decided on a Sunday instead.
We had both our ceremony and reception at Colshaw Hall, as the venue has its own chapel called The Stables. We had looked at so many other venues, and even considered going abroad, however we kept coming back to Colshaw Hall, so we made an appointment to view it. We were shown around by the owner, David Irlam, and his passion and attention to detail sold it to us. Colshaw Hall is absolutely beautiful and completely unique to anything else we had seen. A venue that is exclusively yours for the day; you actually feel like it’s your home.
We discussed themes for quite some time, and originally we were going to have a Mediterranean theme, but as time passed, we decided to just go with vibrant colours and places in the world we would like to see over our life time together.
My favourite colour is purple, however we didn’t want to have typical wedding flowers so we opted for a colour scheme made up of purple, pink, lime greens and white.
Pinterest was an amazing help to build a picture of the wedding we wanted before I visited Qube Events and Productions in Bury. Qube provided our venue dressing and flowers, and surpassed all of my expectations.
I knew almost straight away what type of dress I wanted: Spanish looking, fitted, lace with detail and a full bottom with a dramatic train.
I visited a number of bridal shops and found nothing unique at all. So I did more research and found Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne. The boutiques that they have looked beautiful and they had a number of designers that I had never seen before so decided to book an appointment. I was welcomed by Kay and she instinctively knew what I wanted and pulled out a number of dresses. As soon as I saw the Enzoani dress I knew it was everything I wanted, and when I tried it on, I knew it was the one.
August 30th, 2017 | Julia Braime
This morning on the blog, we’re delighted to be catching up with one of our fabulous Sponsor photographers, Yorkshire-based Jenny Maden.
A self-confessed “softie”, Jenny loves capturing every element of a big day; from the thought-out details and styling, to the true emotions and expressions of those involved.
Summing up her style as natural and relaxed, Jenny prides herself on making couples feel totally at ease so they barely even notice her capturing their day.
Here to tell us more about her passion for photography (and romance) is the lady herself…
When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?
jenny says: I’ve been photographing weddings on a full-time basis since 2014. I love photographing people and wedding days are so full of opportunities to capture expression and emotion.
How would you describe your style of photography?
My style is very relaxed. When I’m working with my couples, they are generally chatting and laughing throughout, either with me or with each other. So much so that many couples tell me that they almost forget I’m photographing them. As a result, I achieve images that capture ‘you’.
I also constantly watch the light, the image composition and the angle in which I’m shooting, to ensure that the final images are polished and flattering – as well as natural.
What is it that you love most about your job?
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, often meeting them again to photograph their growing families.
I just love weddings! The dress, the flowers, the jewellery, the shoes, the table décor, the cake, the food and drink, the 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!
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
I strongly suggest you review their portfolio of work, to ensure that their style of work is to your taste. I also think it’s useful to meet as it’s really important that you feel at ease with your chosen photographer.
What is the feedback like from your couples?
I’ve had some lovely feedback, which I hugely value. Instead of me paraphrasing, take a peek for yourselves here.
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
I genuinely love the whole day. The bridal prep, the ‘first look’, the ceremony itself, the speeches, the first dance, but I also really love those quiet moments when I take the bride and groom off for a few pictures away from the guests. It’s often the only part of the day that they are alone together, and it’s a really special time that I get to capture.
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