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personalise your prints: introducing my-picture.co.uk

April 18th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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As one of the most prized memories of a wedding day its only right that the images captured on your special day should be shown off to the max.

You may well choose to have a wedding album printed, though after time chances are this will become stored away out of sight. But there are many fantastic and creative ways to give your wedding images daily pride of place, not only in your home, but in those of family and friends too.

Keen to help showcase such memories is our brand new Sponsor that we’re introducing you to on the blog today, My-Picture.co.uk. Offering an easy-to-use online personalised printing service across the UK, this inspirational website makes selecting and ordering fabulous print products are simple as saying “I do”.

Choose from high quality canvasses and photobooks to more specialised items, such as calendars, mugs, phone cases and cushions. We love the idea of gifting such items to loved ones, so they can share in the memories, and also putting together a customised ‘photo wall’ of canvasses in your own home to showcase your big day to all who visit.

Here to tell us more about the easy-peasy process and super snappy products on offer is the wonderful team behind My-Picture.co.uk…

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Can you give us a brief overview of My-Picture.co.uk and the services that you offer to wedding couples?

the team say: My-Picture.co.uk is one of the biggest, personalised printing services across the whole United Kingdom. Specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of customisable wall décor and lifestyle accessories, over the years My-Picture.co.uk has proven itself as a reliable, wallet-friendly service with strong business traditions and a highly-regarded, customer-centric philosophy. It is also one of the most sought-after services when it comes to printing photos from special occasions and celebrations such as weddings.

What is the process of My-Picture.co.uk? Can you briefly talk us through the ordering service and delivery?

The process is devised to be effortless on the customer’s part. The client selects the product and instantly uploads their photo. Once the photo is generated on the product in a preview screen, the client can play around with additional customization options. With the product design completed comes the checkout screen. After filling a couple of fields, the client picks the most convenient payment method, and frankly, it’s where the process ends for the customer. The product is dispatched roughly 24 hours after order confirmation and arrives in a couple of days’ time.

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Why do couples like to go beyond a simple album with their big day images?

The wedding photo culture has changed in a lot of ways with the advent of image-based social media sites. Exhibiting your wedding photos and video edits online has become a standard. Thus, when it comes down to giving your wedding photo genuinely special treatment, people tend to think of ways to elevate the whole wedding photo idea on a conceptual level. Photo albums are great, but they have a tendency to lay untouched for years, lying on a corner of a shelf and collecting dust.

What products would you recommend for couples wanting to display images around their home?

Apart from the standard selections such as a photo on canvas, My-Picture.co.uk offers a wide range of other wall décor options. While formats such as aluminium, passe-partout, and acrylic print could work out perfectly for those interested in shiny surfaces and a sophisticated gallery-like appearance, photo canvas prints and photos on forex will be the perfect match for those who prefer mobility and amazing price performance.

And, what products would you suggest as gifts for couples to gift to their loved ones?

Although we tend to view all of our products as gift-worthy articles, there are some that stand out as particularly suitable specifically for the wedding theme. The already mentioned photo book with the simple and rich design options is a great way to compress the whole day into a single, wonderfully presented medium. Meanwhile, items such as photo phone cases and photo mugs provide the option to wake up and live with the memory each new day. Anyway, the ability to choose is a wonderful thing!

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What is the feedback like from couples about My-Picture.co.uk? What do they love about the website, products, and services?

The feedback is really good. Couples ordering digital reproductions of their wedding day photos usually cannot stress enough how quick and fuss-free the whole ordering-delivering affair is. The quality of the print itself is also a subject of acclaim. People love seeing their emotions re-created with such precision and accuracy. The more true-to-life the image, the greater its emotional impact.

What sets My-Picture.co.uk apart from other photo printing companies?

My-Picture.co.uk really positions itself as a people’s service. With incredible pricing and simplicity over flashiness, it’s designed to put the photography in first place, just as it should be. Of course, the price and quality ratio hugely contribute to this. It would be a hard task to find an alternative that offers items for a price that’s three times less the original market value yet without any sacrifices regarding the quality side of things.

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How can couples find out more and view the various product options?

My-Picture.co.uk has quite an established online presence. New sales and special offers are regularly announced on our Facebook page while our Instagram feed offers great insight into how your preferred image might look in different types of interiors. Here, you can also soak up some inspiration for your interior solutions in general. Just follow our social media channels, save the items you desire for later, and get updated every time a hot deal comes around!

Any other exciting news to share?

Yes, in fact, there is some good news! A new product has been added to our selection, a product that combines the best of high-tech digital photo printing and organic materials. Photo print on wood is a new, beautiful looking décor piece with an unbelievable price tag! The plywood edge has a beautiful rustic radiance that makes the piece perfect for cosy huts and backyard studios. Safe to say, this will greatly complement wedding photos taken in a natural environment!

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snap happy. introducing take a pic

June 9th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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As technology and trends move on, some wedding traditions are going the same way as sugared almonds and falling by the wayside. Disposable table cameras are one such tradition that appear to be on the way out.

The idea in principal – encouraging guests to capture the day through their eyes resulting in a different set of images to the professional photographer’s – is a good one. However, the cost and process of collecting and printing the films can be rather expensive and timely. And so today we’re excited to introduce a modern and stress-free way to enable your guests play photographers but without the laborious developing on the other side.

Our Sponsor, Take a Pic, specialises in hiring a range of digital cameras for the wedding day, which can be used by the groom and bridal parties during the prep and by guests during the main event – resulting in high quality images and video from all angles from the day, meaning the newlyweds don’t miss a thing. Furthermore, with the recent introduction of action cameras, Take a Pic, can even offer the latest technology to capture the all-important adventure honeymoon too.

We’ll now hand you over to the family team behind the business to get a close-up on their digital offering…

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When and why was Take a Pic first set up?

take a pic say: The business was established in 2015 following a wedding of one of our directors. After looking into buying disposable cameras for the wedding tables we realised how out dated the cameras really are, and so we purchased ten compact digital cameras to use instead. After the wedding we decided other couples might like to follow suit, so we began to hire the cameras out to others for their weddings at a similar cost to the disposables. From there Take a Pic quickly grew into offering a range of different camera equipment to hire for other occasions.

What does the business offer to wedding couples?

We offer wedding couples the option to capture their special day from a different angle, allowing their guests to take pictures and videos throughout their day, which they can look back on in years to come. We have different camera packages to suit any wedding day from simple compacts for the tables or better quality cameras for the groom/bridal party. We have packages with HD video camcorders, instant print cameras for guest books and message boards and action cameras for capturing that adventure honeymoon. All packages can be booked online for your selected dates and durations, with free delivery to your address and free return at the Post Office for convenience.

We know that most of us nowadays have smartphones with cameras, which are perfectly capable of taking quality images and video footage in HD, however we have found that couples would rather have their wedding day photos and videos all in one place, be the first to view them afterwards, get the surprise of the amount of images and also get to realise parts of their wedding they didn’t see. Not only do guests not like to use their phones too much at the wedding, couples generally don’t want to see them shared on social media or have random photos sent from everybody who took some. Hiring digital cameras encourages your guests to start snapping away at the things they wouldn’t normally.

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Why would you encourage couples to hire digital cameras for their big day in addition to a professional photographer?

We would always recommend hiring a set of digital cameras in addition to that all important photographer. We do not provide a photography service, just the means to allow you and your guests to become photographers yourselves. Having digital cameras around at your wedding allows you to capture the more natural moments and perhaps the more embarrassing moments too. Remember your photographer may only be with you for a small part of the day, and they may focus their attention on the bride and groom, whilst the digital cameras can capture anything through the entire day.

You photographer may only be able to spend time with one of the wedding parties before the ceremony, so we have created a package aimed at having camera with both parties to be able to capture the night before or getting ready in the morning. You may start using the equipment as soon as you received it.

What are the benefits of digital cameras over disposable cameras for a wedding?

Disposable cameras are the traditional option for capturing the other parts of your wedding that your photographer may not get or be around for. As technology has advanced over the last 20 years disposable cameras have stayed relatively the same, in fact processing the film has become more of a skill, thus become more expensive. Digital cameras provide a simple alternative to disposable cameras with the main benefit of having the ability to take better quality images and a lot more of them; depending on the size of memory cards supplied you could take thousands more images on a single camera than the largest film. Once the cost of film processing is factored into the price we find that hiring digital cameras is more cost effective.

There is a clear difference in what you get from digital cameras to what you can’t get with disposable, not only sheer number of images but better quality images and the ability to capture videos and share these digitally across social media channels, save them on cloud storage and have them playing as a slideshow on your TV. Plus you can always get them printed, or ever print them at home, to put in your wedding album as you wish.

If you require something different there is a range of camera hire packages available to suit your fancy.

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Fabulous Photographer: J Broughton Photography PLUS Album Upgrade Worth £200 For Wedding Blog Readers

October 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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One of my favourite parts of running and writing Brides Up North is the privilege of introducing my readers to the great local suppliers based right in their area.  Today I am proud to welcome Janet of North West based business J Broughton Photography to the blog, to tell us a little bit about why she does it, how she does it and why she’d be a great choice to capture your big day memories.

All images by J Broughton Photography

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Well believe it or not my background is as a Financial Controller! I spent many years just knowing that I was destined to be doing something else but not knowing what that something else was and then I discovered photography. What started as a hobby about four years ago quickly became a passion and I started to study with The Open College of the Arts at the end of 2009 since I was really keen to become the best photographer I could be. I suppose you could say that I accidentally fell into wedding photography after a chance conversation in the street with someone whose son was getting married, when I explained I’d never shot a wedding the response was “Well everyone has to start somewhere”. So I did it and loved it and went on to do some second shooting and some training with Aspire to gain experience and skills and have never looked back. When I lost my job at the end of 2011 I decided the time was right to launch my portrait and wedding business, I’m incredibly proud to have gone from Financial Controller to Professional Photographer winning national awards in such a short time. 

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Why wedding photography specifically?

I love to meet and photograph people and with weddings I get to shoot my two favourite types of photography at the same time, documentary and portraiture.

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

The fact that no two weddings are ever the same and that no matter how prepared you are you can never quite predict how the day will go, it keeps you on your toes! I also think it’s a great honour to be able to capture such an incredibly special day for someone and to know that my work will be treasured and looked at for years to come.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Couples who book my album packages also get a free pre-wedding shoot which I think really helps on the day, they have had the chance to be in front of the camera and experience my approach which is very calm and relaxed. Whilst I can’t stop them worrying about all the other things that are going on I like to think that by the time the wedding day comes around they feel they know and trust me enough not to worry about the photography.

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

Without a doubt it would be to have a pre-wedding shoot even though its more picture taking! I like to take my couples to a favourite outdoor location, I encourage them to interact with each other and not worry about the camera. I will give some gentle direction with regards to posing but it’s a very relaxed experience and helps even the most camera shy brides realise that it’s not something they need to be anxious about.

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

Feeling great is a massive part of looking great in the pictures so I would encourage any bride to wear makeup that she feels comfortable with, don’t experiment with something totally different on the wedding day but have a trial run first and ask the people that know her well and she can trust to be honest what they think.

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

I can’t imagine anyone who puts a lot of attention into planning a wedding (as most couples do) choosing anything that is going to look bad! If your wedding is a reflection of yourselves and you stamp your own personality on it then it’s always going to look great.

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

I’m not really taken by the whole celebrity culture thing. Every couple getting married are stars, even if it’s just for the one day.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I had a beautiful wedding recently where lots of things had been made by the families and there were meanings behind everything, it was very personal and lovely.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think it’s really important for a couple to like their photographer as a person as well as admiring their work and I like to meet for a coffee and talk about my approach before anyone books me. I also meet up again close to the wedding to discuss all the details and by this point we will also hopefully have done a pre wedding shoot too. I believe that having a very personal and friendly approach helps everyone feel at ease on the day and that can’t help but be reflected in the images. The personal approach carries on after the wedding, I’d hate to leave people to choose album images on their own from a gallery so I spend time with the couple and help them to choose the images that work well together to make up the album. My albums and wall products are sourced from quality UK suppliers, I love the thought of a beautiful album being looked at by future generations so they need to be of the best quality.

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

A calm and relaxed approach, unobtrusive documentary photography and some natural and relaxed portraits. My photography aims to tell the story of the day but without disrupting the flow of the day – I’m happy to give guidance on timings at the planning stage but wouldn’t dream of interfering with plans on the actual day. Many years ago we attended a wedding where the meal was significantly delayed by the photography and my husband still complains about it to this day.  I aim to only be remembered for the right reasons!

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What is included in your "package"?

Every wedding is different and I like to have the flexibility to price a wedding in a way that reflects the coverage that is required, for instance I’m more than happy to cover a small intimate wedding but I understand that this wouldn’t necessarily require a full day of shooting and I would amend prices to reflect this. Having said that no-one likes to contact a photographer without guide to prices so I do have a couple of packages that I can add to, or take from, to arrive at a bespoke package. As well as the day itself my album packages include a free pre-wedding shoot, those meetings over coffee, full size copies of all the images chosen for the album free of charge on a disc. Whilst I love the idea of everyone treasuring their images in a beautiful album I also respect that some people would prefer to have a disc and I also offer a digital only package.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

Yes of course! I have two album packages, one with a beautiful luxury linen covered album at £1395 and one with a leather covered premium Fine Art album at £1595.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Rather than a discount I would like to give something extra and I’d like to offer all Brides Up North readers who book a 2014 wedding a FREE upgrade from the luxury linen album to the premium fine art album (worth £200).

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

There’s lots of my wedding and portrait work on both my website and my Facebook page – www.jbroughton.co.uk and www.facebook.com/jbroughtonphotography or I’m happy to talk weddings so give me a call on 07952 990642.

 

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Snap Happy! Brides Up North Wants You To Love Your Wedding Photographs

October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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After he’s up off one knee, you’ve bought your first bridal magazine, subscribed to a half dozen wedding blogs and thought about setting a date, what’s next? The dress? A honeymoon somewhere exotic? Or how about 200 hand knitted heart favours that your guests are sure to treasure forever?

Stop right there.

Every wedding will have a budget and whether large or small, it’s up to you to spend it wisely. After a venue, a pretty frock and something good to eat, I’d say that a quality photographer should be right at the top of your shopping list.

This wording comes from a feature I wrote for the Autumn/ Winter issue of Unveiled Magazine, but I thought that you lovely lot might benefit if I was to share it on these pretty pages too.  Please do leave me a comment to let me know if you found it useful, or if you are a professional photographer reader (howdy!) I’d love to know what other advice you might offer our brides. 

With images kindly provided by Jonny Draper Photography

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As a professional wedding blogger, I receive a lot of real wedding submissions and believe me, there is a big difference between a just-ok photographer and a really good one. A bad photographer? Let’s not even go there.

But why are good wedding photographs so important anyway? Aren’t your memories of the big day enough?

The reality is, wedding photographs are your memories. Crack open your album and your big day will all come flooding back. For better or for worse. If done right, they’re also memories that you can share – with future children, grandchildren, family and friends. You want your images to be as beautiful as the celebration itself.

So, that friend who’s just keen with a camera? Ask him to take some fun shots of the party instead and book the best professional that your budget will allow. You’ll be so glad that you did.

Now that’s clicked, where to start?

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Start Early

It’s simple: the best get booked, and fast. If there’s a photographer whose work you already know that you love, you want to be securing their services as soon as the date is saved. If you do miss out, then ask them to recommend a trusted industry colleague with a similar style.

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Narrow Your Options

If you’ve no idea where to begin, wedding blogs like this one and personal recommendations are your best bet. Decide what look you like, then search out the photographers who deliver consistently within that style. Ask online and across social media platforms for reviews and honest commentary.

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Do Your Homework

Once you think you’ve found your man (or woman), request to see a variety of examples of their work. Rather than a load of great photos from lots of different days, you should be looking for a few excellently captured complete weddings. It’s relatively easy to get one lucky shot, but a whole day’s worth takes real skill. While you are there, check out your options for aftercare and albums and that you like your photographer’s editing style and presentation choices.

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Budget For The Best

It’s a big ballpark, and very dependant on location, coverage and experience, but a photographer at the top of their game usually costs between £1,000 and £2,500. When discussing prices, check what the total figure covers to avoid any nasty surprises. How long will the photographer be there on the day? Does the price include an album? What about digital images and who will own the copyright to the photographs? What sort of timescales does the photographer work to and how soon after the wedding will you see your proofs?

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Practice Makes Perfect

I’d recommend an engagement shoot to everyone. Even if you’re already a pro in front of the camera, you can practice your make up, get to know your photographer better and check that you get on. If you’re a little more hesitant in front of a lens, a warm up shoot can really help to relieve pre wedding nerves and instil confidence.

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Smile For The Birdie

Once the big day arrives, remember to relax. You’ve done your research and paid a fair price. Trust that your photographer will do a good job and let them get on with it. Strike a pose!

 

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Fabulous Photographer: Nicky Chadwick Photography

February 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I have always loved photography but didn’t take it up seriously until about 15 years ago. I was on maternity leave and wanted something to do so went and did what was then City & Guilds qualifications in photography. This covered everything from the darkroom to location to studio.  I then photographed my brothers wedding out in Portugal and was hooked! Someone saw the work that I had done for him and 
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I have done other photography and still do select commissions when asked, but I just love weddings – every one is unique and I love being  able to capture all that for the bride and groom.

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One thing I always have to do though is remind the Bride and Groom to take the price labels off the bottom of their shoes!

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

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I would love to photograph Scarlett Johansson so I guess her wedding would be good.

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If you were photographer at the Royal Wedding, what would be your "must have" shot?

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Something private that meant something to them – not one for the media but one that they might like on their wall at home to show how special their day had been. 

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I can honestly say that I have loved all the weddings that I have photographed, but there are always some that surprise you like when the groom cried and I’d thought he was as tough as old boots or when 
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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I always discuss with the couple how long they want coverage for so this can vary from wedding to wedding, but I will happily cover bridal preparations through to first dance or just a couple of hours, whatever suits them. My style is quite relaxed so I do tend to ‘go with the flow’ as much as possible but I always make sure there is time set aside at some point for any group shots that the couple may want.

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I don’t have set packages, preferring instead to work a bespoke package out for each wedding. This means that the couple only pay for the elements they really want and don’t pay for those they don’t want. If someone wants all day coverage and a beautiful album then they can have that, but equally, there are plenty of couples that only want a few hours coverage and often a small coffee table book or even a CD so I work around that too.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Mistletoe and Wine, A Real Wedding – Jenny & Tom

January 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Karen McGowran Photography, a brilliant Brides Up North Featured Supplier, sent me this beautiful snowy real wedding over the weekend.  What a treat!

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Let’s hear from Jenny: Our wedding day was everything we imagined it would be. The minute we saw Matfen Hall we instantly fell in love with the beautiful country house hotel inside and out.

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It was truly the best day of our lives and ran smoothly from start to finish. The men wore Ascot morning suits, the groom sported an ivory cravat whilst the other men wore red cravats to match the bridesmaids.

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The bridesmaids wore long dark red Alfred Angelo dresses with ivory shrugs and ivory roses to match. My wedding dress was also by Alfred Angelo. It was exactly as I had always imagined, with a tiara and veil.  It was traditionally ivory in colour, strapless and figure hugging with a bit of sparkle and laced up at the back. My bouquet was a cluster of big deep red roses.

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The Great Hall where wedding ceremonies take place boasts a huge sweeping staircase – enough to make any bride feel like a princess. We filled the room with flowers and candles which were complimented by the large Christmas tree and big open fire..

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Matfen Hall is surrounded by beautiful Northumbrian countryside which was covered with crisp white snow and sparkled in the winter sunshine.

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Jenny and Tom

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We had a wonderful day with all our close friends and family around us which made it even more special. Some guests even described the day as the most romantic wedding they had ever been to.
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Brides and Grooms, contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured here!

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