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just peachy. enzoani for a romantic lakeside wedding at the fisherman’s retreat – natalie & sim

February 26th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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Here at Brides Up North we’ve almost forgotten what sunshine feels like. It’s been a loooong winter, am I right? Well, today on the blog we’re featuring a wedding that’s guaranteed to heighten your summer cravings – a sun-drenched ceremony, cobalt skies, and a pinky peach colour scheme of dreams –  #sorrynotsorry.

Natalie stripped all embellishment from the tulle of her divine Enzoani dress for an elegant ‘naked’ finish and ivory, pale eucalyptus green and gold ruled their palette along with pops of peach. Combined with the sunshine, the blue skies and the lakeside views, their day feels as refreshing as an iced glass of fizz. Just what the doctor ordered.

Brace yourself, readers – summer is on its way!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.

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natalie says: We got engaged in Barcelona in September 2016, after watching the magic fountain show. It was just perfect!

Our wedding date was 8th July 2017. We didn’t have a specific reason for the date; we simply wanted to get married in summer 2017, we’d chosen our venue and they had the 8th July available so we snapped it up. I’m studying at university, so the date meant I’d have finished for the summer and would give us time to finalise any details in the run up to the wedding. Oh, and we were also hoping for some summer sun!

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We got married at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom. The room where our ceremony was held had floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hills. It was a gorgeously sunny day and we were really lucky to say our vows with such an astonishing view in sight. For the reception we changed rooms so we had full access to the lake and our guests could sit outside to enjoy their drinks and celebrate. We originally chose the venue because it was in such a beautiful location and because they gave us a lot of freedom in terms of how we spent our money. There was a ‘minimum spend’ but we could decide to spend this on whatever we wanted instead of it being a set package like so many other venues.

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We had a peach orchard theme to tie into the gorgeous views at the venue. We wanted a friendly, casual but fresh vibe for our guests and it turned out exactly as we wanted.

Colour-wise, we went for peach and gold with lots of greenery, for example eucalyptus leaves for place cards and greenery wrapped around the wooden beams in the ceremony room.

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My dress was from Perfect Daze Bridal in Scissett, Huddersfiled. It was from the Enzoani Blue collection and called Janessa. I loved the fabric and had the tulle part reshaped to create a detachable train which I loved! I had the jewels taken off the tulle and shaped so it was ‘naked’ and I adored its simplicity.

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every emotion captured: phil drinkwater photography

February 22nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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It goes without saying that you want your wedding photographer to produce the most beautiful images of your big day, but it’s also important to select a pro that will fit in with the flow of your day, who will feel like a guest and who will make the process as simple as possible.

Fortunately for you we know a fella that offers all of the above, our talented Sponsor Phil Drinkwater of Phil Drinkwater Photography, who is joining us on the blog today.

Based in the North West, but documenting weddings all over the UK and overseas, Phil loves nothing more than delivering the story of the full day through his gorgeous images. He aims to blend in and promises to capture every emotion, so you can relive the special moments of your day time and time again.

We’ll hand over to Phil now to show off some of his fabulous images while telling us more about his love for all things wedding…

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When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?

[juennaopen]phil says: I started just over a decade ago now. I was originally working in beauty (makeup) and fashion photography, but everything I produced looked too “beautiful” for the fashion industry. It was quipped a few times that I should shoot weddings, so I did! I think I suit the happiness of a wedding day and the accuracy that is required to be a wedding photographer. The different stories in a wedding day really attract me and I love to hang out with happy people at such an amazing occasion.

How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?

I’ve combined the best of different styles, but most of my time is spent beautifully documenting the day. I don’t subscribe to the “dark and moody” style of photography much and I’m always looking to produce bright and beautiful tones which flatter. It’s important for me to be involved in the day – I like to capture the day every emotion at a time, and knowing the personalities allows me to predict where to be and what to be focusing on.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

It’s being at the wedding itself. I love to feel the emotions on the day and it’s exciting to develop the picture-based story in my mind as the day progresses. It’s why I only offer a full day wedding option – I wouldn’t want to miss anything.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?

It sounds dull, but the most important thing couples are missing at the moment is consideration of image backup policy. Many photographers don’t use dual cards on the day (where their camera is writing to two cards at once at the wedding) and don’t backup the photos when they get home. Outside of that, it’s down to someone whose work and personality you love. It should feel like walking into that perfect new house – something should just feel “right”.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think I’m the most consistent photographer that I know. Many photographers will put their focus into certain sections of the day, or certain types of photos. For me, nothing is given more attention than anything else. I’ll do everything possible to produce the very best in every single photograph.

What is the feedback like from your couples?

It’s that they loved having me as part of the day, that they hardly knew I was there and feel the photographs really tell the story. One groom also called me a “photographer ninja” because I seem to be everywhere at once! Another commented that my booking system was excellent.

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Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

I like to hang out with the bride and bridesmaids in the morning to experience the various emotions they go through as they approach “the moment”.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?

I photograph everywhere! Probably half of my weddings are in the North West, but I’ve photographed London and Scotland and Wales, and been abroad quite a few times. I’d love to photograph a wedding in Morocco because I adore the colours in the country, and the taste of the tagines! I’d also love to do an amazing beach wedding in the Caribbean and I’m sure that’ll happen sometime soon.

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documenting your day: silver sixpence film & photo

February 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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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.

Joe and Michelle from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

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.

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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.

Liam and Marianne from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

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.”

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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.

Phil and Nichola from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

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.

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all angles covered: take a pic

February 7th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Once a big day has been and gone, images and film are the ways in which we relive those important memories, and so we believe it’s super important for couples to document as much of their wedding as possible.

That said, it’s also key that brides and grooms aren’t distracted from their day, meaning they’ll need to rely on others to capture the action for them. While professionals can of course take care of this, getting guests to play photographers too allows for even more fabulous candid snaps to be taken, and can easily be arranged thanks to a fabulous service provided by our Sponsor Take a Pic.

Moving on from the days where disposable cameras were dished out to guests, 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 whole day.

There are various camera packages to choose from; from simple compacts for the tables or better quality cameras for the groom/bridal party. There are also packages with HD video camcorders, instant print cameras and even action cameras.

Better still, the process is simple and stress-free: Simply visit Take a Pic’s website and select your package, hire duration and your delivery date; then capture the action before returning the cameras in pre-paid returns packaging at your local post office. The data will then be transferred onto a USB stick and sent to your address, so you have all your guest images in one place.

Keen to find out more? Us too! As such, we’ve invited the Take a Pic team to the blog with their suggestions of the best packages and products for capturing different parts of the celebrations. And if you like what they have to offer, Brides Up North readers can get £10 off all orders using the discount code BRIDES10PO (online bookings only).

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wedding prep

Take a Pic say: We offer a specially designed ‘His and Hers’ camera hire package ideal for capturing your entire wedding day, including all the preparation from both sides of the family. This package includes two bridge cameras, for the bride and groom, capable of taking 20MP images as well as 720p HD video with optical and digital zoom. Those who hire this package tend to give the job of photographer to the chief bridesmaid and best man alike. This package also allows you to select a number of compact cameras for your guests at the reception too.

vows & speeches

If capturing the vows and speeches is important to you, and something which your photographer may not record on video, we recommend one of our HD video packages. Although most of our cameras have the capability of recording video, the compact handycams in these packages are much more up to the job, with 1080p HD video quality recorded straight onto a memory card. This package also allows you to select a number of compact cameras for your guests at the reception too.

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on the tables

The best and most popular package we offer is our standard camera hire, consisting of a select number of compact digital cameras. These are most commonly placed on your wedding tables to allow your guests to capture photos and videos during the wedding reception and into the evening.

the guestbook of the future

We have an instant camera available for those who want to fill their guestbooks with a photo alongside their messages to the bride and groom. We also offer a mounted video camera with tripod and remote as an alternative to a costly photo booth, designed for capturing your personal messages to the bride and groom. These can then be put into a film, with all your guests and their special messages.

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beautiful & bespoke: richard perry photography

January 22nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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lemon & lace. florals galore for an elegant wedding in the north west – zarah & jeff

December 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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