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This Must Be Underwater Love: A Styled Trash The Dress Session In The North West

November 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Fancy something a little bit different with your Friday morning bacon butty?  I don’t mean HP instead of Heinz either. Even better, if you can believe it (depending on whether you are operating on a Thursday night “it’s nearly Christmas” hangover, I suppose). 

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This morning we are in the North West conducting a little underwater art experiment with friend of the wedding blog, Craig of Unforgettable Memories.  During this trash the dress styled film shoot, Craig and his small team explore movement and grace.  Maybe not something you do every weekend, granted, but certainly captivating, definitely different and utterly beautiful.  Soak it up and be inspired. 

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Craig says:  Now, I know that this isn’t your typical bridal shoot and that many of you would be horrified to think of your stunning wedding dress being thrown in a pool. However, you can’t say it isn’t different, and you certainly can’t say it isn’t beautiful.

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As trained diver I have always loved being underwater and have created some wonderful footage of the tranquillity of underwater life and when I started producing wedding films I saw similarities between the detailed beauty of bridal gowns and the detailed beauty of the underwater environment so it seemed like a good idea to bring the two together. However it wasn’t until I was having a conversation with Doris Designs who provide bridal petticoats that this actually came to fruition.

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Unforgettable Memories

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During our conversation about a number of different shoots Doris happened to mention that she would love to see how her wonderful skirts would react in water, and I certainly wasn’t going to waste the opportunity to show her. As we discussed the options I was getting more and more excited about how I could make this happen and immediately began to set the wheels in motion.

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Unforgettable Memories

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I contacted a local dive club who happened to use a local pool for their practise sessions. They were extremely helpful and allowed me to go down and take a look at what they could offer and we agreed that the shoot could take place during one of the regular evenings. So pool sorted I now needed dresses and a model. I already had a couple of wedding dresses which I had previously used for creative shoots so that wasn’t a problem; however finding a model who was willing and able to wear one, in a pool, with her eyes open and still look gracious was to be the biggest challenge.

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Unforgettable Memories

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Luckily for me, I do get involved in a wide range of video projects which take me all around the country and during a shoot for a music video I happened to meet a lovely girl who was a burlesque dancer so I picked up the phone and called her. As this was something she hadn’t done before she was extremely excited to get involved and a date was set.  When the time came I met Talulah and we headed off to the pool. She did her own makeup and got into the water. This is the end result.

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Unforgettable Memories

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Unforgettable Memories Wedding Videos is a multi award winning wedding film company based in Cheshire. Having been voted best videographer in both 2011 and 2012 in a North West Magazine poll and shortlisted for the North West Regional final in both the 2011 and 2012 Wedding Industry Awards Unforgettable Memories has a wealth of experience filming both weddings and promotional videos. Using the latest HD cameras Unforgettable Memories will capture your wedding / event and produce a high quality DVD you will want to treasure forever.

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Little Black Book

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Video – Unforgettable Memories

Petticoats – Doris Designs

Model – Talulah Blue

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  – Images & video © 2012 Unforgettable Memories

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Jimmy Choo I Do! A Real Wedding In Celluloid – Gemma & Shane

March 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well, I think I’d marry anyone if they presented me with not one, not two, but three pairs of Jimmy Choos on my wedding day!

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Take note – I can be bribed. 

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Gemma & Shane

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Gemma & Shane

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Seriously though, Choos aside, today’s groom Shane is such a sweetie!  I DEFY you not to tear up at the opening part of this magical wedding film at Peckforton Castle, send to me by the lovely Sara of Marry Me Films

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Usually, the Real Weddings that I feature are made up of just pictures, or a mixture of pictures and videos, but for today, I’m going to just let the motion pictures (and our lovely bride Gemma) do the talking.

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Have a lovely Friday.  I’m sorry that you’ll be mascara-less for the rest of the day!  I blame Shane. 

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Gemma says:  Shane proposed whilst we were on holiday in Las Vegas. We were staying at the Bellagio, and on our first night we went for drinks in a bar over looking the fountains. Shane ordered a bottle of champagne and asked me to marry him. Thankfully he did not get down on one knee or I would of died from embarrassment – he did ask if I wanted him to though. It was perfect.

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We were married on 24th June 2011 at Peckforton Castle.  I had always wanted a dream fairy tale castle wedding and after looking at a few castles, Peckforton felt magical.  It was a very easy decision.  The Great Hall was so stunning, that I would never have wanted to get married anywhere else after I saw that.

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We chose a colour theme of purple and orange inspired by the birds of paradise we have in the garden of our family home in Spain. 

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The Wedding Film of Gemma & Shane at Peckforton Castle from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

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I choose a beautiful dress from Caroline Castigliano. I made a few adjustments adding gorgeous lace over the top of the dress and a Swarovski crystal belt and I carried a bouquet of the most amazing purple vanda orchids and orange calla lilies by Exhibits Florist.

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The bridesmaids dresses were from Fairytales by Sherry in Newcastle under Lyme. The older girls wore a Cadbury’s purple strapless floor length dress with a bow on the one side and gorgeous that tied around the top and trailed down their backs.  The little ones had dresses designed by Sherry, amazing organza dresses with a lovely big bow at the back – they looked like little princesses.

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Gemma & Shane

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We choose a rather unusual cake from Cakes4fun , it was built up of rice paper feathers and covered in glitter (you couldn’t sneak a piece of this cake). The cake its self was made up of lemon sponge and chocolate ganache. As well as a layer of fruit cake to keep within tradition.

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The evening touches included a pic n mix from Augustus Gloops – which went down extremely well – not a single sweet left by the end of the night – and a caricaturist, which was great fun, a lot a Facebook profile pictures were changed to these in the days after the wedding.

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Our first dance was to Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls; Shane then went into a full scale Michael Jackson routine to Billie Jean complete with hat and sparkly glove.

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We finished the night off with bacon and sausage sandwiches – the perfect way to end the perfect day!

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Gemma & Shane

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We had our honeymoon in New York –  five amazing days of sightseeing and shows on Broadway meant we were well and truly ready for a rest in Bermuda. A beautiful island, with stunning beaches and it was a perfect way to relax at last after the hectic build up to the wedding and then New York. We spent lazy days on the beaches mainly however did find time to fit in swimming with the dolphins.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every single second – I’m sure its been said a million times before but it goes in the blink of eye.  I would also urge anyone to have a videographer – Marry Me Films have given us the best gift after our wedding – we can relive it all any time we want.

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Congratulations Gemma & Shane!

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  – Images © 2012 Marry Me Films

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“A Marine!” A Real Wedding – Sarah & Jonathan

November 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness.  I don’t know if I’m just feeling hormonal, but I was welling up within the first 15 seconds of this gorgeous wedding video from Marry Me Films.  Literally – I went back and timed it.  A man in uniform always gets to me - if you know what I mean – but I think its the love, excitement and happiness evident in this little film of Sarah and Jonathan’s big day that tugged at this ’s numb* old heart strings!  Press play and enjoy.

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In the meantime, it’s over to the bride to tell you a bit more about her big day.  With photographs by family friend Christian Ollier.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on New Year’s day 2010, and married on 5th August 2011 at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield.  We had looked around only two venues before we settled on Capesthorne Hall. Our parents told us not to rush into the decision, but there was no question in our minds that this was where we wanted our big day to be. Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful stately home, but not in a flashy sense. I personally was drawn to the building due to its black shading, the drawn curtains and the charcoal colouring around the eaves of the house: the building had a true gothic quality. It reminded me of Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, and I felt it had a quality we had not seen in the other places we viewed. We were sold, it was the one.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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The fact that Jon is an officer in the Royal Marines was an obvious theme throughout the day. The military men in attendance acted as ushers and as you might expect, were diligent in their role and no one argued – not with swords in hands! The guard of honour was amazing, a fairy tale element and an aspect which we will always remember.

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When deciding on a theme for our tables, we thought about continuing the military theme, but decided to go for something closer to our hearts. We chose our favourite places from our time together: Bagdale Hall, Whitby; Casa Best, Malaga/The Lakes; Constance Ephelia, Seychelles; Lebua State Tower, Bangkok; The Four Seasons Hotel, Thailand; The Castle Hotel, Taunton and Oreston Manour House, Torquay. During Jon’s speech, he took each in turn and talked about why each one was of such importance. It was the story of us, built around our special places. It was a fantastic touch of Jon’s, I have to give him the credit there!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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Our wedding colour scheme was green. I love green! I am obsessed by all varieties of the colour and knew that no matter what month we got married in, green would be the colour that won.

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In the end we went for a spring green as we decided on an August wedding. The colour was perfect and when the sun shone on the bridesmaid dresses, the girls looked stunning. The colour suited each of them, light skinned or dark, and everyone commented on its beauty. The bouquets for both the bridesmaids and I were dominated by green foliage, giving them a natural feel. This colour was then replicated on the chair ties, a perfect match, I don’t know how Sue (Chapman Holmes) did it, but it pulled the whole room together beautifully. Green envelopes were used as place names. Green corsages were made for all the male family members.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Christian Ollier

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* I wish! I cry at most wedding submissions actually.  We should have shares in Kleenex. 

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Brides Up North: The Movie – A Wedding Blogger On Film

August 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Check me out!  Another foray into video blogging!  Whilst I don’t think they’ll be commissioning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for me just yet, I am starting to get used to being in front of the camera in my capacity as a

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It helps when you have someone as lovely as Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films on the other side of the camera to put you at ease.  Charlene not only created a beautiful motion picture memory of the first ever Brides Up North Tweet Up North West, but also helped to calm a very green (who was having flashbacks to empty birthday parties…)*

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With my new found confidence, watch out for a few more little video wedding blogs coming soon!

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So! Presenting, without further ado – The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West – The MOVIE, and an interview with a wedding blogger…(don’t you just LOVE the stills Smile with tongue out)…

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The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West

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If you missed all the photograph’s from the night, here’s your chance to catch up…

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To see all the gorgeous styling details from the event, for which I had the assistance of the lovely Sian from The Didsbury Flower Lounge and the gorgeous Colette of All Wrapped Up Events click here!

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To see all the beautiful people who packed out the amazing host venue Didsbury House Hotelclick here!

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I had such an amazing evening!

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I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the next in Yorkshire (Tuesday 6th September) and the North East (Wednesday 7th September) very soon!

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Unfortunately the next two events are also completely sold out! To join the waiting list or pre-register your interest in any of the three events for early 2012, click here.

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*Ok, that never happened.  My birthday parties were well attended events (helps having parents who know people who know people who supply bouncy castles), but still, wouldn’t it be awful if it did!

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  – Video © 2011 Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films

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