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suit & tie. a stunning classic wedding at Castle Howard – laura & daniel

October 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding at the amazing Castle Howard near York is all kinds of beautiful. Elegant and classic, with unexpected touches and an overarching feeling of full on luxury, this is my kind of a wedding day.

Twinkling candles, layers of scent, stunning blooms and a black tie theme. Sensational.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Ally Byrom Photography.

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Laura says: We got engaged in Barbados two years ago. We were on holiday and Daniel suggested we went to the Sandy Lane beach for the day, a beautiful pristine beach attached to the well known hotel. We were walking along the shore when Daniel got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

We got married on 21st June 2014. We knew we wanted an early summer wedding.

We got married at Castle Howard. If you have ever been there you will know how stunning it is. We had also been there the previous year to race in a triathlon. The views during the drinks reception and on arrival at Castle Howard are lovely.

We had black tie dress code but we didn’t have any special theme. I don’t think you really need to add anything else to Castle Howard, otherwise it might detract from the beautiful venue. We had matte silver colour scheme. We went through endless bridesmaid dress colour swatches before we settled on matte silver! We think it looked chic and elegant on my gorgeous bridesmaids.

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I had an Enzoani dress. It had an elegant racer back with some delicate thin lace detail on the neck line and back, fitted to just below my hips and then straight down with a train; and in white of course!

My hairdresser was incredible. Carrie at Urban Hair in Boroughbridge managed to create the exact style I wanted and was so nice and relaxed on the day. I highly recommend her.

My hair accessories were from Flo and Percy, they had a great selection and made each accessory to order. I also got miniature versions of my headpiece for my bridesmaids to wear.

My shoes were from Harriet Wilde, she had a sophisticated, elegant selection of styles. I am quite fussy on shoes but Harriet came to meet me at her London shop to help me choose the right ones.

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Daniel wore a Moss Bros dinner suit with a white waistcoat and white cravat.

The bridesmaids wore JLM Couture dresses in matte silver with each of the five bridesmaids in different style dresses. They each chose their own style from a shortlist I gave to them. All the dresses were floor length and fitted with a black beaded waist belt and beige court shoes.

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Ally Byrom was my photographer. She did an amazing job! We were very relaxed having our couples shots and she captured the moment perfectly without other guests even realising they were being snapped! I would highly recommend Ally!

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Kymm Queen was our florist, I carried some beautifully scented, white peonies and white roses with freesia and lavender hidden around the base (because I love the smell of lavender but didn’t want the colour on display!).

We had white peonies, white roses, lilac freesias and lavender in the centre of the candelabras. We had dried rose petals scattered on the wedding breakfast tables too.

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a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (22)

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a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (34)

Kirsty Guest at Piece of Cake Harrogate made our impressive four tier (Baileys, Limoncello, Fruit and Chocolate and Guinness) cake with intricate lace design (to match my dress) and little bikes around the base (to keep the husband happy). We also had real flowers between two of the layers.

We had Sloe Gin miniature bottles with personalised ‘Laura and Dan’ stamped labels that we made ourselves. We also filled the miniature bottles ourselves, which was a messy job, but we had plenty of volunteers to help us!

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We supplied our own individual types of beers from the countries we had visited together over the last 8 years and had fun little additions with a pick and mix table and giant chocolate letters that spelt out our names.

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Our singer Tommy Ludgate (contact through www.michaelhallmusic.co.uk) was sensational and made our ceremony the highlight of the day with acoustic renditions of modern songs which we chose.  We really can’t recommend her enough.

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a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (52)

My favourite part of the day was the ceremony, but we hadn’t expected it to be. We were looking forward to drinks reception so we could relax but it was just so incredibly special, it was easily the most memorable part of the day. The atmosphere in the great hall at Castle Howard was perfect.

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For our honeymoon we visited Lake Como, Tuscany and Sicily.  We took our bikes and explored the lakes and Tuscany on them. We enjoyed some wine tasting and amazing meals.

We took a private helicopter trip over Mount Etna for a close up look into the crater.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get hung up on minor details, they aren’t that important, as long as you have the main things in place you will have the best day.

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vibrant love. supplier showcase: Sarah Beth Photography

September 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This morning I’m thrilled to formally introduce one very talented lady to the pages of the wedding blog, the lovely Sarah Aylward of Brides Up North Sponsor, Sarah Beth Photography.

Sarah’s work is right up my street – light, natural and full of emotion and radiance.  I know you’re going to love her style too.  Let’s say hello.

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

I’ve always been interested in photography since I was little. I was always the one friend or family member in charge of the camera (I think everyone knows one of these people!). My home made family videos and large photo collages which adorned the walls of my bedroom were something to be marvelled. So it only seemed natural for my 21st birthday to asked for a DSLR camera and after graduating from university I decided I wanted to take things a little more seriously so invested a lot of my time learning and studying about photography.

Why wedding photography specifically? 

Finding your feet with photography can take you in all sorts of different directions, I started professionally shooting as a nightclub photographer and then ventured into music photography including photographing for local music venues. I still enjoy photographing bands, I love music so it enables me to combine my two passions and I get to meet some interesting characters! However, after photographing my first wedding I soon realised that I was hooked, I love the energy and emotions that come with a wedding day and It really is a privilege to feel like your photography is meaningful enough to last for generations.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

My favourite part is getting to know my couples and seeing how they plan their wedding day. I have been very fortunate to photograph some absolutely beautiful weddings, from completely wacky to small and intimate, I love how every wedding day is different. Every wedding I have photographed I always feel like I’ve walked away with a new set of friends, often keeping in touch with many of my past brides and grooms. Its a great feeling being able to feel like not just a photographer for the day but also a guest too.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

With all my couples I get to know on a more personal level first before I stick my camera in their faces! With my wedding photography package I offer a complimentary and totally optional pre-wedding photo shoot so my couples can start to feel more relaxed in front of the camera before their big day. It is a great opportunity to get to know each other and also have some lovely photographs which can be used to decorate your reception area or used for thank you cards or favours.

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

I assure you I am exactly the same when it comes to having my photo taken so I total empathise with brides, or even grooms who feel nervous at the thought of having their photo taken. Over the years I have found it better to be photographed naturally and when I am not expecting it, so when photographing a couple I like to take on this approach also. My advice would be to enjoy your day, do not stress about having your photo taken as on your wedding day you will feel completely different. Enjoy your day and enjoy each other, there is nothing more beautiful or natural than a bride and groom in love.

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

Make up should be as flawless and natural looking to compliment the brides features. I would always advise booking in with a make up artist before your wedding day so they can guide you through the process and find a look you love.

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

I am not particularly fond of poses which look forced or uncomfortable. I find it important that the couples I shoot are as comfortable as possible and would never put them in a pose or situation in which they feel otherwise.

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

If Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gorden-Levitt were actually a real couple, it would totally be their wedding. How amazing would that be?

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

In 2013 I had the privilege of photographing a wedding in the Amalfi Coast, Italy. I fell in love with Italy after visiting Venice a few years before, so was extremely excited to be photographing a beautiful wedding there. Every where you turn in the Amalfi Coast there are photo opportunities, with soft sandy coloured houses and a backdrop of blue skies. This day was particularly moving and emotional as Emily’s mum unfortunately couldn’t be there due to illness. I was able to surprise Emily and Sam with a short video of the day to show her mum so she could re-live the day without feeling missed out.

See the full wedding here on Brides Up North.

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Are you married? 

Not yet, hopefully one day! I would love to plan a fun destination wedding to Las Vegas.

Any funny stories to share? 

Sometimes I get too involved in taking the photo and once stepped back and ended up sitting on a candle! Its safe to safe the dress I was wearing was ruined…

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

My style of photography is very natural and genuine, I love shooting reportage and capturing those little candid moments which you may never have seen on your wedding day. I won’t ask you to pose endlessly for the camera while forcing you to smile, I’m all about real emotion and showing how ace you both are together.

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

On a wedding day I usually begin at the brides house photographing all the little details. The morning preparations are possibly one of my favourite parts of the day, there is so much nervous energy and excitement which is great to capture. From there I usually visit the boys (we can’t leave them out can we!) this is usually at the venue where I can also prepare for the brides entrance. Although I love to photograph the day as it happens I also believe in the importance of capturing more formal photos of the bride and groom with their families. I like to keep this part of the day fun and quick so they can get back to enjoying their day.

This is based on a wedding day with just myself however I do offer the option of a second photographer.

However I’m not just the wedding photographer on the day, I also have some very helpful skills I’ve acquired in the past two years such as dress carrier, buttonhole pinner, bouquet holder…. The wedding day can be quite stressful as well as fun and after experiencing a few weddings in my time I am happy to lend a hand wherever needed.

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What is included in your “package”? 

I offer a full day package, with coverage from morning preparations to your sit down meal with the option to add extra coverage for your evening reception. I also include an optional Fun Photo Booth for your evening coverage to get your wedding guests joining in the fun by getting dressed up and doing some silly poses.

In my package I also include a complimentary pre-wedding photo shoot with 20 high resolution images, this is a great way for couples to get used to being in front of the camera and to see how I work. I usually organise this for 4-5 weeks before the wedding day and team it up with a pre-wedding consultation to catch up with my couples and talk about their day.

All the images that my couples receive I make into a lovely little slideshow which is set to music, it is a great way to view your images of the day but definitely keep the tissues handy!

My package includes all digital high resolution copies of your images with royalty free licence (so you have full access to printing and sharing your images) I deliver these on a beautiful hand made wooden USB stick with presentation box which looks lovely around the home.

Can you give us an idea on price? 

My wedding photography package currently in 2014 stands at £800.

However I would advise strongly to all couples looking for a wedding photographer try not be swayed on price, I understand every couple has a budget but when looking for your photographer keep in mind these are lasting memories of your day.

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

My website can be found at: www.sarahbethphoto.co.uk

You can find me tweeting over at @photosarahbeth, on Facebook or pinning my dream Vegas wedding.

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Anything else we should know?

I am currently based in Yorkshire, UK but specialise in weddings all over the UK and abroad. If you are planning to get married abroad, please get in touch for a bespoke quote.

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Painted Faces. A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Amy & James

May 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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There’s a dreadfully cheesy bit in the movie Titanic that the teenage me used to (absurdly) absolutely love.  You know, that cringey scene where Rose (Ms. Winslet) slips off her crinoline and whispers to Jack (Mr. Di Caprio) to “Paint Me Like Your French Girls…”

Well, I’m pleased to say that the paint job that fun loving couple Amy & Jack had in mind to celebrate their engagement is nothing at all like that.  Thank God.

Although (paint brushes aside) I’d still be partial to a bit of Leo. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.

Side note – a Google Images search of “Paint Me Like Your French Girls” brings up some very amusing and not entirely work place appropriate results.

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Amy says: We got engaged in September 2012 on the first day of our holiday to Las Vegas. We’d gone for a brunch at the Belagio and had a suspiciously amazing table right in front of the fountains. The fountains move in a display every 10 minutes to music and James proposed in the first ‘display’ after we’d sat down. After I’d said yes and the rush had died down, I realised he’d proposed to a Celine Dion song (nooo!) but he said ‘Sorry I couldn’t wait’.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We’re getting married at the end of this month! The wedding is at St Michael & Our Lady Church in Wragby and then we’re having a marquee reception at James’ parents’ house.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We met when we were were both working at Oulton Hall Hotel in Rothwell. It was Christmas and I had to dismantle a parquet dance floor single handed. James was passing so he came and helped me and we just got chatting.

Our first date was a night out on Greek Street in Leeds. I was slightly alarmed that he’d worn a full suit (!), but by the end of the date we realised we really liked spending time together.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I knew he was the one when I went off to university and missed him loads. We just love having fun together (like on the shoot)!  Our biggest wish for married life is many happy years ahead. 

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We decided to have an engagement shoot to get us used to having photos taken. Most people haven’t had a photo taken since school and I didn’t want us to look really awkward on the day. We chose the paints because we wanted to do something a bit fun and different.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

The shoot was brilliant! Throwing the paints was so much fun and the colours looked amazing.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I like the Real Wedding articles on Brides Up North. They’re great for other couples wanting a bit of inspiration and we’ll be back to share our own shortly…

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Congratulations Amy & James!

If you’d like to share your love story, engagement news, Real Wedding, er, paint fights… here’s how!

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Fabulous Photographer: James Tracey Photography PLUS £100 Off For 10 Lucky Wedding Blog Readers!

February 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Tracey Photography

He may be a self proclaimed NKOTB, but ex police officer and Brides Up North Featured Supplier photographer James Tracey knows his stuff!  As well as these beautiful images speaking for themselves, a lot of others think he’s pretty great too – he was a Regional Finalist for Best Northwest Photographer at The Wedding Industry Awards 2014 and was also shortlisted for Best Newcomer.  He’s also featured in Lucy Tobin’s new book From Yes to I Do: A Modern Guide for the Modern Bride, giving advice to couples on how to pick their wedding photographer.

And guess what, the first ten Brides Up North readers to book James’ Album Package album will receive £100 off the full price.  Forget SWAT teams, add him to your SWAK* team.  

With images by James Tracey Photography

*sealed with a kiss

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

I suppose you could say I’m something of the new kid on the block. Although I went to design college and even studied photography, I left my creative side behind after eight years in image editing to join the Police. I then spent the next 10 years of my career dealing with some pretty interesting situations; rescuing a woman from a burning house, talking someone down off a motorway bridge, attending murder scenes and riots and even being part of a close protection team for the Prime Minister! Needless to say, about as far away from wedding photography as you can imagine. At the same time as this, I had started to take more of an interest in photography and I invested in a Nikon DSLR which I used to take to friend’s weddings. Not only did I love taking photos (and found it generally a lot safer than Police work!), but more and more people started using my images for their thank you cards and in their albums. Everyone told me I should be a wedding photographer – I was hooked. I started doing a small number of weddings whilst continuing work for the Police but the bookings came thick and fast and in the end I decided to ‘quit the day job’ and turn full-time professional photographer in 2013. In my first year I was nominated for Best Northwest Photographer at The Wedding Industry Awards – I haven’t looked back since!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love the spontaneity – you never know what’s going to happen next and there are no second chances. Some people find it stressful when things don’t go to plan, but I suppose I’m used to thinking on my feet and reacting quickly – I’m pretty ‘unflappable’! On top of that, being involved in the best day of someone’s life is just fantastic. I’ve spent a lot of my career dealing with the negative things in life and so I will never tire of the joy at people’s weddings!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

Knowing that my pictures are the one thing that the couple gets to keep after their wedding is over. I love my own wedding photos and how they immediately take me back to the wedding day and how I felt. I hope that my clients feel the same way about theirs.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

All my couples have the option of a complimentary “E-shoot” (Engagement shoot) before their big day. We can meet up, talk through what the couple want, and more importantly don’t want, from their wedding photography. They get used to what I’m looking for, they relax in front of the cameras and we all get to know each other a bit better. You want your wedding day to be perfect, not spoilt by a bossy photographer who thinks it’s all about them, so on the day I don’t ask my couples to do anything they don’t want to do.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

They’re not alone. Lots of my brides complain that they don’t take a good photo, yet when they’re not being made to pose they look great. So if you’re uncomfortable being photographed, scrap the formal poses and choose a documentary style. Everyone prefers the photos which they didn’t know had been taken and you’ll be happier and relaxed. If my brides don’t notice me on the day, I’ve done my job properly.

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

Keep it simple and classic, your make up should make you look the best version of you. Don’t do anything too loud or current as this will either be distracting or dating. Remember your wedding photos will be around forever, so keep it natural!

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

I’m quite open-minded and I like couples who break the rules, so I’m open to anything new on the day. The important thing is to have the wedding day you want and to enjoy every second, the rest is down to me to capture. What I do hate though are cheesy effects in post-production, like colour splash (where the whole image is black and white except for one colour), it just cheapens the image for me. I’m also a bit wary of the vintage filters a lot of people are choosing, as I can’t help thinking these will date and end up looking gimmicky in the (not too distant) future.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

Tough one, but I’d say any celebrity that is getting married in New York. I absolutely love the city and the dream would be to photograph a wedding in the streets of Manhattan. My wife would probably say Kit Harrington’s wedding (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones), I think she loves him more than me. She’d probably come to that one.

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I shot Lisa and Graham’s wedding last September in Huddersfield after meeting Graham when he refitted my bathroom. It turned out Lisa’s 13 year old daughter, Bailey, had been diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumour and at the same time, totally unrelated, she also was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Lisa and Graham had to postpone their wedding so Bailey could undergo treatment and it was really touch and go, they even had to live in the USA for a while whilst Bailey had pioneering treatment. Fortunately, Bailey’s condition is now stable so Lisa and Graham quickly arranged their wedding on Friday 13th September (they said they couldn’t possible have any more bad luck) and when Graham said it was a small family affair, I offered to do the wedding for free.

It was one of the best weddings I’ve ever photographed as it was totally joyous and broke every rule possible. The post service drinks were in a pub at Huddersfield Railway station and the whole wedding party got a train back to Mirfield for their reception in a local Deli. The speeches were done in the style of a Norwegian wedding where anyone can stand up, at any time, to tell their own story about the couple. It was an emotional yet triumphant wedding and one I’ll always remember! (if you want to know more here’s my blog). 

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Are you married? Tell us about your day.

I’m lucky to be married to Laura and we got married in Saddleworth in June 2012. We chose a converted church, so even though it was a civil ceremony it kept the parents happy! We got engaged in New York so we had a hint of NYC running through the day, with a genuine NYC cab and NYPD cruiser as the wedding cars, tables named after places we visited in the city and an NYC inspired cake made by Laura’s mum! We just wanted an informal, fun wedding. We wrote our own reading which poked fun at ourselves (as all the others seemed a bit twee) and had mini Jager bottles as favours. I substituted Champagne for Jager bombs for the toasts, so as you can imagine, it got a bit lively. The weather was awful so in typical British style we headed for the bar and from what I can remember, it was one of (if not THE) best days of my life!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Any funny stories to share?

I once photographed a wedding which was being filmed for the BBC Three television show Don’t Tell The Bride. With the TV crew there, the day was much longer than a normal wedding and the first dance didn’t take place until midnight. By then my feet were killing me so I put my Converse trainers on for the last ten minutes of the day. I had managed to dodge out of the way of the ten-strong camera crew for more than 15 hours, only to be filmed taking a photo of the first dance – in my trainers. I was slaughtered on text, Facebook and Twitter by all of my friends for being a scruff. This was one of my early weddings and I can reassure couples I’ve bought more comfortable (and smart!) shoes now.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think being new to the industry gives me a different perspective on what people want and expect from their wedding photographer. When it comes to my photos, I’m never complacent. I’m always experimenting with modern styles, angles and the best equipment to deliver the highest quality images I can. I also want clients to get the best service they could ask for, right until the day I hand over the photos. It’s a crowded market place out there, so hopefully my easy going style, natural photos and my customer service is what sets me apart. It drives me mad when people don’t get back to me quickly, so I always reply to my clients messages within 24 hours. If they’re asking a question, they need an answer!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

A relaxed, suit wearing photographer (with comfortable shoes) who is there to blend in most of the day, but who can step up and keep the day running to time if needed. I work hard but I like to have a laugh during the couple shots and I find it helps the couple relax. I also avoid anything forced and cheesy.

What is included in your "package"?

I don’t mess about with lots of packages, I have two. Full day coverage from Bridal preparation to the first dance, no matter how long that takes. I ‘leak’ a few sneak peeks the day after the wedding on my Facebook page and then all your hi-resolution JPEG images will be delivered on a USB within a month of your

Can you give us an idea on price?

2014 prices are £895 for the photos on USB and £1295 including the album.  The first ten Brides Up North readers to book the photos and album and will receive £100 off the full price.

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

On my website at www.jamestraceyphotography.com or on Facebook . I also tweet @jtraceyphoto. To get in touch and discuss their wedding, brides can email me at james@jamestraceyphotography.com or call me on 07793 680263.

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Bookworms. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At Harewood House – Kate & George

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we’re in Yorkshire at one of my very favourite spots, the gorgeous Harewood House, as we join Kate and George for their simple and stylish Real Wedding celebration.

Whilst the wind rattles the windowpanes, sit back, enjoy, and remember a time when it was possible to go outside in Yorkshire without being blown away…

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jane at JB Creatives

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Kate says:  George asked me to marry him in Roundhay Park, 23rd May 2012, and we were married on 5th October 2013 at The Courtyard at Harewood House. 

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Harewood House has beautiful grounds and scenery and we were pleasantly surprised with the price, especially because they were really flexible with meal and drink options. And they have PENGUINS!

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My dress was by Maggie Sottero and I got it from Angel Brides in Horsforth. It was quite romantic with lace and tulle over the top.  I bought the bridesmaid dresses from Oasis, they were dark purple with a full floaty skirt. The ushers, best man and dads all wore their own suits with a dark purple tie that we bought for them.

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George and I had decided to save money on the transport so I thought I was just going in a taxi with my dad. On the day when someone said the taxi had arrived, I came outside and was totally flummoxed when I saw a huge white Rolls Royce (it was called a ‘Silver Shadow’). It was amazing! My parents had organised it as a surprise with George’s help. My sister came with us in the car because she was so excited about it!

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I carried a colourful mixture of freesias, gerberas, roses and veronica. It was hot pink, purples and white. The bouquet had a ‘hand picked’ feel according to  our florist!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Violets Are Blue. Bird Cage Veils & Purple Strides For A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle – Alice & Gareth

December 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

On this special morning (Merry Christmas everybody!) we’re in North Yorkshire for the colourful celebrations of ventriloquists (yes really!) Alice and Gareth at one of the most stunning venues I know, Allerton Castle.

This cool couple prove that a choosing a traditional venue doesn’t have to translate to a boring wedding.  These guys got their beautiful setting and their unique detailing.  Kudos.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laura Calderwood.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Alice says: Gareth asked me to marry him at home in front of our log fire on Christmas Day 2012.   We got married on Thursday 22nd August 2013 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

We spent hours scouring the internet and found a few venues that looked great. We viewed a couple and were not overwhelmed. However, as we drove into the grounds of Allerton Castle, we were immediately taken by the grand driveway leading up to the castle which remained out of sight until the last 100 yards or so. When it finally ‘appeared’ it was a moment we will never forget. Breathtaking. And set in beautiful grounds.  Upon entering the castle we were further impressed by the grandness of it all and the staircase was magnificent.

Lyndsey, at Dine, showed us round, talked us through everything, made us feel very at ease and reassured us that she was only ever a phone call away, something which she may have later regretted. We phoned her a lot!

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

My dress was Kenneth Winston Private Label by G.  I loved the detail on the bodice, the ruffles and the train.  Gareth’s suit was made by Leeds tailor, James Michelsberg – a bespoke bright purple suit with lilac lining. Our bridesmaids wore handmade chiffon dresses in lilac.

Helen James Flowers supplied a hand tied bouquet incorporating roses, veronica, lisianthus, phlox and freesias and the stems were bound with satin.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Every part of the day was incredibly special. It’s hard to pick one moment but the ceremony was very emotional (in a good way)!

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Everyone stayed at the Days Inn, Wetherby, the night before and although some drove to the castle, the majority were picked up by a special wedding bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.  Alice’s mum drove her to the castle on the day as her entrance was down the grand staircase so she had to arrive at the castle first. Gareth drove in a few minutes later with his best man.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Endymion String Trio played beautifully throughout the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. The Hot Shots, a great party band from Essex performed two sets in the evening.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

The whole day was very special but the extra unexpected special touches included our caricaturist, Mike Bryson, who had the ability (and guts) to identify and accentuate everyone’s slight imperfections with great accuracy. The shock and laughter really brought everyone together.

The fireworks by Ferrensby Fireworks were incredible and well worth every penny. Interspersed with a well timed lightning storm (provided free by nature) they just kept coming getting bigger and brighter before culminating in a huge grand finale!

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

We decided to have a victoria sponge cake which stood proudly over 72 cup cakes (36 purple, 36 white) by Cupcakes By Charley. I made the cake toppers.  They actually looked a lot better on the cake than they looked in the kitchen the previous day!

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Gareth wrote a song for me and performed it for her as part of his wedding speech. The song is called ‘My pot of gold’ and is available to watch on Youtube.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

We work on cruise ships as ventriloquists and are in demand at the moment so have not yet had chance to go on a honeymoon but we are planning on going to Las Vegas for a few days and skiing for a long weekend, just as soon as we get a gap in the diary

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to enjoy every moment. It goes so quickly. Have fireworks in the evening but don’t tell anyone (apart from the firework providers of course)!

Laura Calderwood provided a pre-wedding shoot on the castle grounds which we would recommend as it gives you a chance to get to know your photographer and get a feel for their style.

We were going to use a magician but going for the caricaturist instead was a great idea because it brought everyone together and gave people something to take away with them.

Also, using a bus was great because it not only ensured that everyone got to the castle at the same time but it also built up a lot of excitement on route.

Allerton Castle Wedding by Laura Calderwood Photography

 

Congratualtions Alice & Gareth!

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Winter White. Ian Stuart Bride For A Classic Real Wedding At Goldsborough Hall – Nicola & Duncan

December 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

The classic styling continues this afternoon on these pretty pages with Nicola and Duncan’s stunning celebration at Goldsborough Hall.  Nicola added elegant details and a scatter of snowflakes and sparkle to create a beautiful winter’s wedding day.

With images by Yorkshire wedding photographer Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Nicola says:  Duncan proposed at the top of the York Eye in North Yorkshire in the VIP Cabin on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2012. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We were married on 1st December 2012 at St Mary’s Church, Alne, with our reception at Goldsborough Hall.  It’s a truly stunning venue, intimate and royal with fabulous photographic opportunities.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We had a winter wedding with lots of snowflakes and sparkle! I chose a colour palette of white, soft ivory and silver with a hint of vintage green.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

I travelled in a 1952 Bentley Freestone and Webb by Superior Motor Cars. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

My dress was a combination of three dresses by Ian Stuart of London. Hayley Dennison at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate made my dream dress come true.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

My bridesmaids wore a Vintage Kiwi one shoulder dress made in duchess satin with a Lux Chiffon overlay by Dessy.

Duncan wore Newbury Charcoal Tails with classic stripped trousers, olive diamond waistcoat with silver cravat and hanker-chief by Moss Bros, and our groomsmen and pageboys wore the same with olive accessories. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

I carried a natural, quite large loose hand tied bouquet with large creamy winter white roses, white bouvardia, white freesia, creamy white spray roses, green hypericum berries, feathery fountain grass and added winter foliage by Paper White Flowers.  Our church flowers were by Hilda Harvey. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We used Gospel Touch in the church and later on were entertained by Fiddlers Wreck Ceilidh Band & The Beat Collective.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

When it comes to my favourite moment, its very difficult to pull out one specific part. Walking down the aisle and our first dance and having all your close family and friends around us was fantastic. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We used crooks and ribbon to line the pathways both at the venue and at the church with large floral displays, storm lanterns with flower explosions, lots of candle light, crystal candelabras and topiary hearts with twinkle lights on the red carpet.  Inspire Me Designs provided our stationery and It’s A Cover Up did our venue dressing. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Our cake was covered in winter snowflakes with snowdrop beading and was a four tier fruit cake and chocolate sponge with chocolate truffle icing. The layers were alternated with the bottom tier starting with fruit cake by Patisserie Viennoise of Otley. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We honeymooned in Sri Lanka and then onto the Maldives. It was all booked by my ‘husband to be’ as a surprise! I found out the day after our wedding on route to the airport where we were going!

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to jot down everything you’ve always dreamed of for your wedding day. I had a day called ‘Wedding Wednesdays’ purely set aside for wedding planning and appointments! Enjoy every moment, add personal touches where you can and try not to make too many compromises. Relax, drink tea and eat cake! Not too many though!

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Congratulations Nicola & Duncan!

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Fabulous Photographer: Clive Doyle Photography PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

November 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Clive Doyle Photography

We are so lucky at Brides Up North to have the very best sponsors.  When I started shouting about all the brilliant talent in the Northern wedding industry (think local girls, think local!) back in 2010, even I had no idea about the breath and depth of skills and services available to us regional gals. 

Today I am proud to introduce one of my brilliant Featured Suppliers, the talented Clive Doyle.  Yes his style is relaxed and unobtrusive, but its also so damn beautiful.  Cool and unique, but very high quality – for me, that’s a wining combo.  Get him signed up to record your big day, pronto. 

Oh, and did we mention he’s offering a 10% discount and some other treats exclusively to Brides Up North readers?  Read on to find out more and remember to quote Brides Up North when booking. 

All images by Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

I’ve always loved the idea of having a career that is creative. Whilst studying Media as a teen in Dublin, I first got hooked on all things photography. The idea of getting a roll of film (yeah, film, I’m 37 and sound ancient!), getting out, taking pictures and then spending the day in the darkroom developing the images. The whole process felt so arty to the teen me who’d only just left school and was like a rabbit in the head-lights at this whole new world opening up.

Once college was completed I followed a great Irish tradition… leave Ireland! Along with the masses, I headed swiftly for Sydney, Australia. It was here I first got introduced to wedding photography. I was working in a professional lab at the time (where billboards and such are made) and one of the photographers I worked with asked me if I’d like to come along to a wedding and “capture some ‘snaps’ of the guests mingling and enjoying themselves”, while he captured the more traditional family shots. Reluctant at first, I actually thought it was great, I loved the idea of capturing a wedding in a natural unobtrusive style… this lesson has always stayed with me.

I’ve now been photographing my own weddings for over 10 years, but it was that first introduction to a reportage style that shaped my own work which has been fine-tuned and refined over the years, so that my clients receive the best in reportage, un-obtrusive, natural photography.

Clive Doyle Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love to document people and real moments in unforgettable situations; trust me, there’s no better place for this than a wedding! It’s all going on…the beauty of the bride, the pristine guests, the tension before the ceremony, tears of joy and the laughter of family and friends gathered together for this very special day.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

That’s an easy one. The best thing is that I’m honoured the opportunity to create images with real meanings. These photos will be able to stir up emotions for the couple and their loved ones in years to come. Who hasn’t looked at their parents wedding photos? Who hasn’t coo’ed over their friend’s first dance picture? Who hasn’t shed a tear at a photo that’s power goes far beyond the paper it’s printed on? The fact that I’m a crucial part of these emotion-evoking images is truly amazing to me and I take the responsibility seriously as well as relishing it.

Clive Doyle Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Firstly I let them know that I’m not the director of their day; I won’t tell them to smile, kiss or hug… after all it’s their day, I’m there to capture and nothing else. By working quietly and unobtrusively in the background the bride & groom, along with their guests, very quickly forget that I’m there. However at some stage of the day, usually sometime during the drinks reception I like to spend a few minutes with the bride & groom to capture some relaxed natural portraits. Usually by this stage, the couple are relaxed, happy and actually grateful to steal a few quiet moments away from their guests.

Clive Doyle Photography

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

People look their best when they are relaxed. So when it comes to choosing a photographer choose one that’s right for you. Start by looking through a photographers work and if you can envision yourself in the images then that’s a good sign. For example if you are someone who would rather spend as much time as possible with your guests on the day, it is best by far to choose a photographer who can truly capture you and your guests looking natural and relaxed style when, for most of the time, you are not conscious of photographed.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

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

This is one of those tricky female questions isn’t it?! I’m probably not the go-to person for make-up advice! However I think keep it real to who you are as a person, this will not only look more natural, but you will feel more relaxed on the day which, in turns makes for great pictures!

Clive Doyle Photography

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

No matter how extravagant or low-key a wedding is, I sincerely believe that if a couple plan their wedding based around who they are as a couple, nothing will look bad in the pictures, everything will look great, as it will be a true reflection of who they are.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

It sounds cheesy but every single one has been unique and special – it’s a wedding, if it ever became ‘just work’ I’d have to stop as the passion would have gone, and this would come through into the images.

There’s been so many different factors that have made some of them memorable; from shooting at a spectacular venue such as Castle Howard to capturing guests dodging the rain in a busy Sheffield City centre, or photographing the bride & groom at sunset in the snowy Peaks of Derbyshire, or simply listening to a moving emotional speech from the father of the bride – who could choose?!

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any funny stories to share?

Plenty. At one wedding the bride & groom had hired an old vintage car to take them from the church to the reception. However as they were set to leave the church the car wouldn’t start no matter how many times the driver tried in vain. So instead of getting all stressed and not wanting to causing a fuss, guests stepped in and pushed the car all the way to the reception… which was luckily only about half a mile down the road! The guests thought it was great, the bride & groom loved it and I got some great images. The driver’s embarrassment waned when he saw how delighted everyone was about it!

Clive Doyle Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I’m genuine when I say my style is unobtrusive. But these aren’t snapshots that your mate could pull off. My years of experience in wedding photojournalism gives me the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. I can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.

It’s my passion for what I do that I hope is evident in the images couples see. To me photos are a valuable art-form, the most personal and precious possible. This day happens once, so I take my responsibility to capture it perfectly and naturally extremely seriously.

Clive Doyle Photography

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

My clients want the best in photography, but they also want the day to unfold in a relaxed and enjoyable way for all. My job isn’t to interfere (after all it’s their day not mine), but to capture the story as it happens. I’ll get these images in a relaxed and natural way. I’m passionate about getting the most emotion-provoking work possible, but this is my responsibility, all the bride & grooms job is just to kick back and enjoy.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What is included in your "package"?

Couples can choose have me there from when the bride is getting ready to either the start of the wedding breakfast or first few dances in the evening. Included is the digital files that are fully edited and ready to print and share on the internet. This gives couples the option to create their own album and unlimited printing.

I also have a selection of albums to choose from if couples would prefer for me to design and put together their album.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Can you give us an idea on price?

Current prices start at £950.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes, happy to… all Brides Up North readers that visit and like my Facebook page will receive a 10% discount and not only that if they book me for their photography before 30th November 2013 they will also receive a set of 20 10×8 prints of their choice from their wedding day which would normally be worth £300!  Please quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Clive Doyle Photography

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

The best place to keep up to date on what I’m up to and for all the latest offers is my Facebook page.

To see more examples of my work visit my website www.clivedoylephotography.com

To get in touch email me at clive@clivedoylephotography.com or call me on 07771 566 854. 

Clive Doyle Photography

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Fabulous Photographer: Photography By Ally Byrom Plus WIN Your Wedding Photography – Completely Free!

October 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Photography By Ally Byrom

As well as showing off the talents of our amazing wedding industry in the North, one added bonus of our Featured Supplier showcases here on the blog is the insight it gives into the fabulous personalities behind their professional personas.  One such lovely lady is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ally of Photography By Ally Byrom, who is here to day to introduce herself and her work.  Oh, and give away a day’s wedding photography COMPLETELY FREERead on, or if your head’s been turned by that revelation, click here for more details and to enter.

How did you get into wedding photography?

I have been a photographer for many years in the tiny Channel Island of Guernsey where I photographed around 25 weddings a year. I moved to East Yorkshire 18 months ago and have been astounded by the number of spectacular wedding venues and the warmth of the Yorkshire people.

I studied art at University where I first picked up a film camera. Photography didn’t really float my boat until the advent of digital cameras and Photoshop – it was like being able to paint pictures without chucking away a ton of canvasses!

I first established myself as a children’s portrait photographer until one day a client asked the fateful question “Do you photograph weddings?”. So I said yes, and I was hooked.

I hold the Licentiateship of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and have won multiple gold awards with the SWPP. My work has been published in Digital Camera Magazine, Professional Imagemaker and will shortly be published in My Perfect Wedding magazine.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Why wedding photography specifically?

Weddings are emotional, fun and full of personality and little details! For a photographer who loves portraiture it’s a positive feast!

I have lost count of the number of weddings I have photographed but all of them without doubt are different. It is hard work but I can honestly say I never ever notice the time on a wedding day. It seems like you start photographing the preparations and before you can blink the bride and groom are being called to the dance floor for their first dance! By the end of the day I am tired but buzzing!

Photography By Ally Byrom

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I love the fact that I meet my clients at least a year in advance of their wedding day and I know nothing at all about them. By the time the wedding day arrives we have built a rapport and I am just as excited as they are to see how they have set the scene for their very special day.

I love designing wedding albums, for me the album is a bride and groom’s story and a wedding feels naked without one. Whilst I am photographing a wedding I do so with the album in mind and as a result every page tells the story of each scene. I am so passionate about albums I wrote a whole blog post on why everyone should have one! I haven’t shown an album to many newlyweds without them shedding a tear or two!

Photography By Ally Byrom

We hear you have a VERY exciting competition in the pipeline?

Indeed I do, I am offering one lucky couple the chance to WIN their wedding photography. Anyone who has planned or is currently planning a wedding knows just how much of your budget is set aside for professional photography, and I feel lucky to be able to save a couple a considerable portion of their budget!

To enter, couples should head over to my Facebook page for the terms and conditions – it’s very easy to enter, and well worth it! The winner will be announced just before Christmas on 22nd December – what a lovely gift for one lucky couple.

Photography By Ally Byrom
How do you get couples to relax on the day?

My style is around 95% unstaged. I describe myself as an honest, sincere and inspirational photographer. I am most interested in capturing the emotion of the day, which is more often than not when people don’t know they are being photographed. I like to make my images look as though I was looking through a keyhole. There is a saying “nothing changes behaviour like being observed” which is absolutely true, if you don’t believe me just stand in front of a camera …

The greatest compliment clients can pay me is that they didn’t know I was there.

When it comes to the all important time alone with the couple I choose a location that says something about where they were that day then ask them to take a walk and focus on each other. I use a very long lens which helps me keep my distance and they then tend to act more naturally. Once they become comfortable only then will I add a tiny bit of direction.

Photography By Ally Byrom

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

If I had £1 for every time people say to me “I hate having my photograph taken” I would be one very rich lady! But in reality on a wedding day when everyone is looking their very best and there’s a bit of champagne involved there is usually a queue for the camera!

We all have the same goal – great pictures – and my advice to a bride who really doesn’t like to have her picture taken would be to look at her husband, she’ll forget the camera is even there, the same advice I will give her on the day.

Photography By Ally Byrom
Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

Alan Rickman’s wedding – preferably with me as the bride!

Photography By Ally Byrom
Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Far too many to mention, all of my weddings to date have been at least one if not all of these.

If I must choose one then it would be the wedding of two opera singers, I had goose bumps in the church, the singing was incredible.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

Any funny stories to share?

Being a photographer in the Channel Island of Guernsey for several years, most wedding venues have swimming pools and there’s rarely a wedding without someone ending up in it!

Scottish weddings featuring kilts are always reliable for a slice of humour; for some reason they are always keen to share the “secrets” beneath the kilt. The culprits rarely consider that I am sober, have a camera and will definitely take the shot!

Not exactly funny but I did have to stop a waiter half way through distributing the wedding cake and explain that the bride and groom hadn’t cut it yet! Poor guy was mortified.

Photography By Ally Byrom

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

My style is unobtrusive, I do not interfere in a wedding day and as a result my images are natural, full of emotion and a reflection of the bride and groom’s personalities.

There is a wealth of photographic talent out there and I think in the end it comes down to your style and personality. Stunning images will not get you by on their own, you also need an engaging personality because wedding photography is great imagery and great people management in equal parts. I pride myself in having both.

I also offer wedding films. We make amazing wedding films and have a real passion for telling stories. We make high emotion wedding films that will stand the test of time and be as enjoyable now as they will be for years to come. You can see a trailer by clicking here

Photography By Ally Byrom

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

A big smile. My undivided attention. An organised, calm and punctual photographer (actually that’s a fib, I’m always early). A gentle people manager (you’ll love this when it’s time to gather 200 guests for a group shot). A pair of helpful hands – I carry a crochet hook for silk buttons on wedding dresses and I am well practiced in lacing up too!

But most importantly of all you can expect a beautiful set of images recorded sensitively to remember that special time in your lives.

Photography By Ally Byrom

Photography By Ally Byrom

What is included in your "package"?

I don’t have set packages, I provide clients with a tailor made service and provide what they feel they need. From disks, to beautifully bound wedding albums, high quality frames and thank you cards.
Can you give us an idea on price?

My base price is £1,500, this includes my time from preparation to first dance and a disk of high resolution, post-processed images from which you can print. Beautifully crafted professional quality albums are available at an additional cost.

Photography By Ally Byrom
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

You can see my wedding photography and film at www.allybyrom.com

Call me on 07704 171118

E-mail me at allybyrom@gmail.com

Photography By Ally Byrom

Anything else we should know?

I love a good gin & tonic. I love weddings. I read all the time. I am constantly watching my weight. I love shoes. I guess I am your average woman, except I don’t have an obsession with handbags!

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Photography By Ally Byrom

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Sun Kissed. Amanda Wakeley For A Real Wedding In Nidderdale – Cat & Tim

September 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Sarah Mason Photography

I’m waking up in Durham this morning after the most epic day yesterday at our Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall HotelOver 300 of you lovely brides to be and over 1,200 people in total came to join the fun, and what fun it was!  I think it was our best show yet!  With over 90 exhibitors, some very different Gatsby inspired bridal catwalks (our break-dancers were very popular), a beautiful venue, goody bags packed with treats from our exhibitors and our sponsors House Of Fraser, lots of swinging live music, games and two very buff butlers in the buff (!) excitement levels were very high.

I must have walked about five miles across the five exhibition spaces throughout the huge venue: saying hello, sorting logistics, wiring in electrics, packing goody bags, chatting to exhibitors, brides, choreographers, models and (ahem) butlers in the buff (what? It’s a perk of the job!)… and I couldn’t wait for room service and a hot bath at 6pm.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event and to our fabulous readers for attending in their droves.  As I always say, North East – you rock!

Here on these pretty pages as ever though, it’s on with the show, and straight back into the real wedding inspiration.  Today we join Cat and Tim for their beautiful sun dappled Real Wedding in the Yorkshire Dales, with images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.  Just how gorgeous is today’s leading lady?!  If you are planning a traditional country wedding under canvas,  you’ll love this one!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Cat says: We got engaged over a year and half before our wedding day- on a morning dog walk. Tim sat me down on a bench at the top of the hill to admire the view. Next thing I knew he was on bended knee and there was a bottle of champagne stashed over night behind the wall. We basked in engagement bliss for as long as possible and only dipped into wedding planning 8 months before.

Sarah Mason Photography

We were married on July 6th 2013. The first beautifully sunny day this summer at St Chads Church, Middlesmoor . Luckily the sun was shinning – as it has been known to be a cold and windy exposed church on the top of the hill in the middle of nowhere! Our reception was at The Sportsman’s Arms, Wath in Nidderdale.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We typically thought of every other possible location to get married, down south in the Cotswolds where I am from or France – in a chateau we both love, and then realised we had the perfect spot on our doorstep! We dine at the Sportsman’s Arms a lot and it’s a field away from where we live so had sentiment to the both of us and of course meant the church was in our parish. It’s a beautiful setting with warm, friendly and impeccable service. 

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

A theme sort of transpired just from choosing colours and things we both love and elements we have in our home. The wedding was simple rustic, with a touch of French. We used wine crates as planters and vintage chateau scroll elements on the order of service and table plan with wood from our garden for table centres and cake stand.  The bridesmaids’ dresses where a range of muted colours and there was lots of lavender. The flower arrangements were ‘spilling’ and loose for a ‘just cut from the countryside ‘ look!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I wore a simple,unstructured, draped, superfine Jersey dress from Amanda Wakeley. It was so light and lovely to wear. It was backless and had an interesting Mikado silk hip-belt feature.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

My bridesmaids wore dresses from Whistles and the ushers were in Charles Tyrwhitt morning suits and Gieves and Hawks waistcoats.My hair and makeup was done by Jenny Howson at Lips & Lashes Makeup who had her work cut out with 7 bridesmaids and a bride – but her results for a natural look were amazing!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our florist was local to Ripley and runs ‘Friday Flowers’. We didn’t want contrived arrangements and she was so helpful at offering advice and selections that would be seasonal to July. Everything was originally thought out in the depths of winter!

I carried a natural ‘just-picked’ look bouquet containing Lavender, Astrantia, Milca Sensation Spray Roses, Gypsophila, Rosemary and Cinerea Eucalyptus finished with open stems and hessian ribbon with natural twine. The bridesmaids carried bunches of white Gypsophila and the flower girls had delicate Gypsophila head circlets.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We used our own land rover to get up the windy roads at the top of the hill. We didn’t want any dramas on the day of an old car not quite making it!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We had a fantastic pianist David Robertshaw play throughout Pimms on the lawn reception – modern songs with a classical twist. It created a lovely, peaceful ambiance.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I designed the table illustrations and wedding stationery (www.partridgecreative.co.uk).  It was fun to draw bespoke birdie illustrations for the table centres, which stood on wooden stands made with wood from the garden. We planted wine crates with flowers before the big day, assembled lavender church pew ends and we felt the day was personal to us as a couple.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Our photographer was the very talented Sarah Mason.  She met with us before the big day and immediately put us at ease. We loved her style of reportage photography and we knew we could enjoy our day and all the special memories would be captured. We were so thrilled to return from honeymoon and have them to view and relive the day over again.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I loved very part of the day! It went so quickly. It was so lovely to have friends and family all in one room and wasn’t half as intimidating as I had thought it would be. It was such a happy, happy day.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

After the wedding we jetted off to Bali, Lombok and the Gilli islands. It was utter bliss, relaxing and magical. The Indonesian food was to die for – fresh fish everyday – and perfect beaches for surfing and snorkelling. We didn’t want to return!

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t over think the day. Enjoy finding things you like and making decisions together. We made the decisions only once and everything came together very easily as it was a culmination of flowers, colours, food, drinks and settings we loved. Comfortable heels would also be a top tip – as mine weren’t!

Sarah Mason Photography

Congratulations Cat & Tim!

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