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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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Snap Happy. Extra Shots For An Extra Special Wedding Album?

July 14th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

S6 Photography

Images in this set by S6 Photography

Wedding photographs have come a long way over the years. When my grandparents got hitched in 1960 they had just a handful of black and white photographs taken by my Granddad’s uncle. Fast forwards several years to when by parents tied the knot in 1982 and things had moved on a fair bit.

They hired a professional photographer to take their wedding snaps and there were plenty of lovely coloured images to create an album. That said wedding pics at that time tended to be more structured so there was the standard bride getting out of the car, groomsmen outside the church, confetti shots and traditional family and friend line-ups.

S6 Photography

Today however, almost anything goes in wedding photography. You can have a mixture of both black and white and coloured images, you can hire a photographer from the morning preparation right through to your guests passing out on the dance floor – you can even hire a team of photographers if you so wish.

Better still, there is the option of an engagement shoot, so you can learn to relax in front of the camera ahead of your big day to avoid an album full of coat-hanger style smiles. The bride can also have another bite at the cherry if she likes in the form of a trash the dress shoot, giving her another excuse to don her dream dress in front of the camera.

It is the big day itself though when the most important images are taken. For this reason some brides and grooms are requesting additional shots to ensure they have lots of lovely memories of their wedding day and some snaps that go beyond the traditional album.

S6 Photography

S6 Photography

One idea to secure super special images is to travel to, or stop off at, a place that is dear to the couple for some extra shots, just as long as the chosen location is not too far away from the venue. So, for example, a couple whose real wedding I featured on Brides Up North recently, stopped off at Ladybower in the Peak District for some stunning shots with breath-taking backdrops as the picturesque destination was on the way to their reception venue from the church. Another couple (whose lovely images are shared in this feature – hello James and Kate *waves*) stole the opportunity to sneak off with their photographer for some sensational shots at Padley Gorge in Derbyshire, which was close by to their rural wedding venue.

S6 Photography

While some couples do like the idea creating a bumper album of wedding day memories, they worry that taking time out on their big day to get the extra shots will take them away from their guests for too long and will mean they miss out on some of the action. But there is an alternative – be it a slightly controversial one – have more images taken at a later date.

Yes, that means both the bride and groom can put on their wedding attire once again and pretty much have free reign on the location for the shots as they don’t have to be rushing back to guests. While some couples will find this an odd suggestion,others love the idea of another moment in front of the lens.

PH Weddings

Images in this set by PH Weddings

But when to do it? A couple whose wedding photos are featured in this post braved to go where few others couples would and had their extra shots taken the day after the wedding. If you just groaned at the thought, you’re not alone. I imagine I will be looking far from my best the day after getting hitched, no doubt emerging from the honeymoon suite with remnants of makeup around my dark, sunken eyes and my hair in somewhat of a disorganised crow’s nest style while my dress will be in desperate need of a deep dry-cleaning session. But for careful couples, having extra shots taken the next day can be a nice way to extend that just-wed feeling and escape for a few precious hours as a new Mr and Mrs.

PH Weddings

PH Weddings

PH Weddings

If that all seems like a bit too much hard work, there is the option to leave it a few days, weeks or even months, in a sort of “rock the dress” fashion (just as long as you can both still fit into your wedding day get up that is).

And it’s not always the bride and groom requesting extra images as creative photographers are helping couples to push the boundaries. A northern couple, whose stunning extra wedding images feature here, had an evening ceremony in mainland Ibiza so their clever photographer suggested getting some fabulous coastal shots the following day. The very same photographer is also shooting an urban wedding later this year and has organised a second shoot with the bride and groom the next day to get some contrasting yet completing rural shots to create the perfect package.

S6 Photography

Images in this set by S6 Photography

S6 Photography

S6 Photography

S6 Photography

S6 Photography

So what do you think Brides Up North?  Would you be up for a double exposure? We’d love to know.

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Little Adventures. A Real Engagement At Castle Howard – Laura & Daniel

March 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ally Byrom Photography

Its been a while since we’ve had an engagement feature here on these pretty pages, so Brides Up North reader Laura, fiancé Daniel and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ally Byrom Photography are here to set that right.  And when you’re planning to tie the knot somewhere so splendid as Castle Howard, where better to head for some shots to capture the moment?

Let’s hear their love story. 

Ally Byrom Photography

Laura says:  We were on holiday in Barbados having a relaxing day on the Sandy Lane beach when Daniel proposed. He bought the most beautiful ring from our friends who own Aurum Gold in London, I couldn’t have chosen a better one myself. I was so dazed by it all and I needed to sit down, but I forgot that I was paddling ankle deep in water and still wearing my dress! So I didn’t look like the most glamorous fiancée trudging back down the beach with a sopping wet dress!

Ally Byrom Photography

We are getting married at Castle Howard in June 2014.  We arranged to have an engagement shoot at the venue as we thought it would be a good way of getting to know our photographer Ally and a great way of finding our favourite locations for the photographs on the wedding day.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

The engagement shoot was brilliant fun. We didn’t know what to expect and thought we might even be uncomfortable but Ally did a great job at making it really relaxed and enjoyable. We now can’t wait for the wedding day shoot! We will have a few of a favourite photos framed and hang them in our lounge, I suspect parents will also want them too!

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Daniel and I met at university 8 years ago, and I think we both knew it was something special straight away. On our first date we went to a little restaurant in Oxford for Valentine’s day.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

I knew Daniel was the one when we were watching sunrise over Oxford one morning before hehad to set off for a Hockey competition.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

We have so much fun together, we are very chilled out.  We both love being active and love that we can have lots of little adventures together.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

I love Brides Up North because it’s great for inspiration and ideas. It also reminds me of all the little things I still need to organise!  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs soon. 

Ally Byrom Photography

Congratulations Laura & Daniel!

Fancy sharing your love story, engagement news or Real Wedding with Brides Up North?  Here’s how

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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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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Abbie Sizer Photography

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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

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 JB Creatives

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Enjoyable Photography. Supplier Showcase: Cat Topham PLUS Win Your Wedding Photography Worth £1,350 Or 10% Off!

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Topham Photography

She’s a relative newbie to the wedding photography game, but we love to support emerging talent here at Brides Up North and what Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Topham lacks in years, she makes up for in skill, personality, fun and life experience.  Here she showcases some images from her most recent wedding, and lets us into her world.  Oh, and she’s running a pretty cool competition too… read on!

Let’s say hello. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I think my journey to being a wedding photographer has been pretty unique! I started out like lots of little girls desperate to ride horses for a living and despite best advice from my parents about getting a ‘proper’ job that’s what I trained to do from school. After realizing I loved it but my dad was probably right (damn!) I decided I ought to do something more worthwhile, so I bounced around a few sales jobs in search of my career and eventually ended up in the Army. I was lucky enough to be selected by the Intelligence Corps, although my dreams of being a female James Bond were quickly shattered with report writing and briefings it suited me well as I never was that military and shouting at people and standing in line never really was much my style! Two operational tours of Afghanistan later and I realized I’d become a bit jaded dealing with all the bad things in life on a day to day basis. I thought I was pretty handy with a camera and I knew that photography could give me the flexibility to spend time with my friends and family which was important to me after being away from home so much over the past seven years. So I set about becoming a photographer…

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Cat Topham Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

Because weddings are happy! I knew I wanted to be a photographer and over all the jobs I’ve dipped my toe into it was always the people that made them what they were, good or bad. So I knew I wanted to photograph people. I also wanted to do some proper training, as being good at what I do is really important to me. I found a company called the The Trained Eye who provide top quality training for budding wedding photographers and over the past year I’ve been lucky to train and work with the best wedding photographers this country has to offer.

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Cat Topham Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

There’s so much effort goes into a wedding and so many smiles and emotions to capture, the photos are the main memory of the day. I get to be the person who gives that to the couple and the family, it’s great.

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

I’m pretty relaxed myself (once described on a school report as horizontal!) and that’s a great place to start. I hope that by adding in some fun and creativity to the photos and making an effort to get couples involved with that as much as possible keeps people at ease. It’s always easier to be relaxed when your involved and you know what’s going on then when someone’s just directing you about the place I think!

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The Winter Boudoir. A Sweet Reveal shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own.  All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual.  Would I book a boudoir shoot?  Absolutely not. 

But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat.  Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Well, maybe I already have…

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That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.

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Cat says:  Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.

The Winter Boudoir from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that  we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.

The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.

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Fabulous Photographer: Mark Newton Weddings PLUS A Special Christmas Treat For Wedding Blog Readers!

December 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Mark Newton Weddings

One of the things I adore about curating these pretty pages is the opportunity to introduce you lovely lot to people like this man: Mark Newton Weddings.  Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mark can capture your big day beautifully, and he’s got an early Christmas pressie up his sleeve for you lucky things too. 

Read on. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I started out as a music and portrait photographer. Shooting gigs, and band promo portraits, I originally trained as a Graphic Designer getting a degree which was heavily photography focused. This has led to my style of photography having a very strong graphic feel. Picking up some details that might normally get missed, and through the experience gained shooting gigs using low and available light to capture moments as they happen naturally. I think that this has helped me to become a very relaxed wedding photographer, and happy to work well in a range of different venues. Helping the day run smoothly without getting in the way.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

After shooting my first wedding I was hooked. It’s a long hard day, but great fun, seeing all the hard work and effort that’s been put into the planning all coming together friends and family catching up and generally having a wonderful day. There’s nothing better than photographing excited and happy people.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

The best thing about being a wedding photographer is sharing the photos after the day and hearing how happy the couples are. (Especially if they lead to tears of joy).

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Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

On the wedding day I try to keep everything as relaxed as possible, covering what happens naturally on the day. I aim to be their as an extra friend for the day.

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

The best thing I can say is try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Every bride looks wonderful in her own way. You want photos that capture you both as a couple. Enjoy yourself and don’t think about having the pictures taken at all. That’s why I’m there.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I love shooting weddings where the bride and groom’s characters and personalities come through. Trevor and Linda-Mary’s wedding earlier this year in Manchester Northern Quarter was lovely bringing together loads of little details that summed them up. A english/swedish mix up bringing together elements from each of their home countries as well as plenty of personal details. Linda-Mary even brought her leather jacket along for a few photos. Being at the NQ2220 gallery Trevor and his friends all DJ’ed between them and the evening was a great party with all the closest friends and family dancing away right into the early hours.

Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

Are you married?

Me and my Fiancée are getting married in the new year at the wonderful Victoria Baths in Manchester. It’s a totally unique venue and we’ve got full control of what we want to do which is exciting. We’re going for quite a vintage feel to tie in with the venue, we can’t wait to share our day with all our friends and family.

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Mark Newton Weddings

Any funny stories to share?

Plenty, but a good photographer doesn’t kiss and tell!

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What is included in your "package"?

With my package I keep things as simple as possible. I offer a single package which allows couples a full days coverage. This normally runs from Bridal/groom preparations in the morning right through to the evening celebrations, and covers everything in-between. After the wedding I edit all the images and supply them to the Bride & Groom to keep forever, along with offering a wide range of beautiful Luxury Albums and high quality prints. Extras include the popular pop up photo booth which is a great way of getting shots of all the evening guests. The cost of this is £1300.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

As a special Christmas (almost) treat, I’m currently offering a special 10% discount to Brides Up North readers that confirm a booking before the 16th January 2014. 

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

To see more examples of my work head on over to my website at www.marknewtonweddings.co.uk where I’ve got examples of previous weddings I’ve covered along with a few other projects I’ve worked on. It facebook and twitter are more your find I can be found over at facebook.com/marknewtonweddings and @marknewtonphotos

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Mark Newton Weddings

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

October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Unveiled Autumn Winter 2013

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!

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jonny Draper Photography

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