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Fabulous Photographer: Laura Calderwood Photography PLUS A Cool £100 Off For Wedding Blog Readers!

March 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Another day, another fabulous local supplier to share with you.  That’s the point readers: local.  These talents are home grown, on your doorstep, and ready to go above and beyond to make your wedding day the most wonderful of your lives.  If you haven’t already, check out the Brides Up North Directory (soon to be a little more all singing, all dancing… watch this space) for the details of the best wedding industry suppliers in your regional locality.

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Today it’s the turn of fabulous photographer Laura Calderwood Photography, whose gorgeous images are gracing the wedding blog’s swirly silver pages this morning.  Not only is Laura’s work clearly amazing – clear, romantic, capture the moment stuff – but she’s a lot of fun too.  Plus, she’s offering every Brides Up North reader who books her for their 2013 wedding before 31st May 2013 a super generous £100 off her basic wedding package!

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Lets’ meet her. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I always wished I could be one of those people who knew exactly what they wanted to do when they left school, but I really wasn’t! I have always loved taking photographs, but it was a hobby and I mostly photographed flowers, animals, textures – anything I thought was pretty basically! Then I got married and our wedding photos were so amazing, I remember thinking “I wish I could do that”. So a couple of years later I decided to attend some photography workshops so that I could learn about photographing people rather than things and that was it, I was hooked!

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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There’s something magical about weddings. It’s the most important day in people’s lives and you get to share it with them, could there be anything better than that? Plus I get to read wedding magazines and play on Pinterest as part of my job!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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So many things! Getting to meet so many wonderful couples and their families. The excitement and nerves on the morning of a wedding. Seeing the look on the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time. The dress. The shoes! There’s such an incredible atmosphere, and the happiness is intoxicating – I always leave a wedding on such a high and babble at my husband about it for hours afterwards!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I like to meet couples a few weeks or months before their wedding for a pre-wedding shoot. It’s a great way for us all to get to know each other better, and for brides- and grooms-to-be to practise being photographed together. It really does help you to relax and feel comfortable in front of the camera, that way when the wedding day arrives you know exactly what to expect and it’s like having another friend there. A slightly bonkers friend with a cupcake obsession…

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I’m also on hand on the wedding day to give advice and support to nervous brides and grooms, to sort out wonky buttonholes, to help things run on time, and to make people laugh. And I always carry an emergency stash of safety pins, Kirby grips, and tissues. And Haribo.

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

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Almost every bride I’ve met has warned me that they’re not very photogenic, or that they feel awkward in front of the camera and want to run away and hide. Grooms too. And I know exactly how they feel! My advice is always to make sure that you choose a photographer who you think you will get on well with, and who will listen to you and help to calm your nerves. A pre-wedding shoot is a great way to get lots of practice in front of a camera, and gives you a chance to see that you actually look great in photographs. Trust me, I’ve been there!

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

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To be honest I would say wear whatever makeup you like! It’s your wedding, so do it your way. If you’re thinking of booking a professional makeup artist then I would recommend having a trial beforehand so that you know exactly what you’ll look like on the day. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable.

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

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Your photographer should give you tips on how/where to stand, where to hold your bouquet, what to do with your hands and so on. I think the only thing that makes for bad wedding pictures is when people look awkward or uncomfortable. Wedding photographs should be as individual as you are, and they should reflect your relationship and the two of you as a couple. If you’re not the nuzzling and smooching in public type (unlike my husband and I, who really are!), but your photographer is asking you behave that way, then your discomfort will show in your photographs. Again that’s why I like to get to know brides and grooms really well before their wedding, and to give them lots of practice at being photographed together.

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

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Hmm, probably Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. So glamorous. And her dress was incredible! Although I also absolutely love Ellen Degeneres, I think she’s hilarious, and her wedding to Portia de Rossi was beautiful. The images I’ve seen are gorgeous – I wish I’d taken them! It might just be me but I think that a lot of celebrity weddings tend to be quite posed and “look at me!”, but Ellen and Portia were very much “look where you like, I’m only looking at her”, and that’s what I love.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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Sick buckets at the ready folks: I really do think that all weddings are beautiful in their own way (I warned you!).  Although I photographed my friend Sally’s wedding last year, and that was wonderful. Sally has been one of my closest friends for years, and it was great to be able to share the whole day with her and her lovely husband.

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

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You’ve probably already worked it out but yup, I sure am! My husband Jamie and I were married at Fountains Abbey in September 2009. It really was perfect, despite the best man with a hangover and a pageboy who farted during the ceremony! My dress was huge, as was the chocolate cake! There wasn’t a theme really, although there was a lot of purple and butterflies. Of course if I could do it again it would be completely different. That’s one of the great things about being a wedding photographer – I get to live vicariously through other people’s weddings, which makes me less disappointed that I can’t have a wedding of my own every year!

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Any funny stories to share?

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It always makes me giggle when a groom can’t get the wedding ring on his bride’s finger. It happens quite a lot! Oh, and a piece of advice for anybody getting married at The Saddleworth Hotel near Manchester: if the wedding breakfast is taking place in the room downstairs, do NOT stand on the glass bridge above in a wedding dress because everyone downstairs will be able to see your undercrackers!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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Straight to the point: me!  I hope that doesn’t make sound arrogant, because I’m not in the slightest! What I mean is that every photographer is unique because of who they are and this translates into how they work. I have a very relaxed and laid-back approach to photographing couples, and as a result I produce relaxed and natural images. And they’re the kind of images that I love. The ones that say something about you both and your relationship; whether it’s a sneaky kiss when you think no one’s looking, or a bride giggling after her husband tells her a dirty joke! That’s why I like to get to know couples before their wedding, not just during the pre-wedding shoot when I’m mostly behind a camera, but talking over tea (and cake!) about how they met, the proposal, and all the little details of their big day. I also love to spend some time with couples at their wedding venue to see what’s happening where and if they have any ideas for locations for photographs and so on.

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Oh, and I usually supply homemade cupcakes and/or cookies!

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

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My job is to tell the story of each couples’ wedding, so I will be there all day – from the bridal preparations right through until the first dance, or longer if there’s anything extra planned. I try to be discreet and unobtrusive, capturing moments as they happen without getting in the way of the bride and groom and their guests. At some point in the day, usually while guests are enjoying champagne and canapés (or in the case of my wedding, tea and cupcakes!), I like to take the newlyweds away for a short while to capture some beautiful shots of them together. This is also a chance for you to relax and take a breath, and let it all sink in – you just got married, eeek!

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And of course most important of all, we’ll have fun!

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What is included in your "package"?

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I like to keep things simple, so I offer one basic wedding package, and then albums, prints and so on can be added to that. My basic package includes:

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- Detailed consultations where we can discuss all the little details of your wedding, what you’re looking for from me, and get to know each other better.

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- A pre-wedding engagement shoot where you spend some time practicing being in front of the camera, I can help you to feel comfortable being photographed together, and we get some great photos of the two of you. The pre-wedding shoot usually takes place during the week when it’s quieter but that’s not set in stone!

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- Online gallery and slideshow of your pre-wedding images (usually around 30 – 40). 

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Coverage of your wedding by little ol’ me from the bridal preparations until at least the first dance.

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- An on-the-day slideshow of your wedding so far (facilities and time permitting).

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- Careful and professional editing of all of your images, with retouching if required.

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- A secure online slideshow and gallery of all your images on my website (usually between 300 and 400).

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- High-resolution digital copies of all of your pre-wedding and wedding images on disc, with personal printing rights

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In addition to this basic package I also offer a range of wedding albums, coffee table books, framed prints, canvases and more!

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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My basic wedding package costs £1250. Coffee table books start at £200, and albums start at £450.  If any Brides Up North readers book me for their 2013 wedding before 31st May 2013 I’ll knock £100 off my basic wedding package!

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

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The best way to get in touch with me is by email at lauracalderwood@hotmail.co.uk or by phone on 07763 153047. You can see more examples of my work on my website http://www.lauracalderwood.co.uk and on my blog (http://www.lauracalderwood.co.uk/blog). And I’m always happy to meet with couples to show them some sample albums, and chat about their wedding and what they’re looking for from their photographer, with no obligation to book me.

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Anything else we should know?

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I could happily live on cake, biscuits and tea. And chimichangas. Plus I always do a little dance when I say chimichangas. I want a Dachshund. Actually two. I quote Friends way more than is normal. I know all 50 US states and their capitals – I just can’t seem to un-learn it! In other words I’m a bit of a nutter-butter, but it’s very endearing!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © Laura Calderwood Photography

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Fabulous Photographer: Joel Skingle Photography PLUS A Free Guest Book Album For Wedding Blog Readers!

February 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This man’s work is so brilliant that it’s almost unnecessary to add any words to this morning’s feature, but then I figured that a guy who can turn out this quality of wedding images must have some sound words of advice for my lovely readers.  It turns out that he does, plus an exclusive offer for Brides Up North.

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Without further ado, let’s meet the fun, friendly and super talented Joel of Joel Skingle Photography, who I am proud to introduce as a Brides Up North Featured Supplier.  Prepare to add him to your speed dial.  

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

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I come from a creative design background working as a graphic designer in advertising and large marketing companies so creative visuals has always been part of me and what I do. I found wedding photography gave me the freedom to express my self and push the boundaries of what I was capable of.
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Why wedding photography specifically?

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The emotion and even the pressure makes for a great job. Plus we are a part of someone’s amazing big day – what could be better?!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

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The freedom to express myself through my images whilst meeting many many fabulous people.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

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Just be myself I am a very open person being able to make the couple laugh and speak on their level helps immensely. My pre shoot that is offered on every wedding also helps the couple to become more comfortable with both myself and the camera.

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

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Choose me!  No, seriously, I insist on a pre-wedding shoot I have never had anyone not benefit from a bit of time getting used to the camera before the big day.

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

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Makeup usually needs the volume pumping up slightly for images.

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

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A colour palette should consist of a few/ similar colours so they are not all fighting for attention.

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

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I am not sure I would! Give me real wedding with real people any day.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I am lucky enough to be an international wedding photographer photographing as far away as the beaches of the Bahamas and more recently the mountains of snowy Austria so its hard to pick just one. I photograph all over the UK as well but you can’t beat a wedding with the Yorkshire dales in the background as a feature.

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Any funny stories to share? 

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There are so, so many but one of my favourites is when I was photographing a barn wedding and the evening catering let us down. I then drove the father of the groom to the fish and chip shop to order 120 portions of fish and chips! We all sat outside in the warm evening sun eating fish and chips out of the paper. What a great memory! And of course it made for some fab shots…

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

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I think both my style and attitude. I pride myself on my brand and the experience it brings. I am not all about me its your wedding but what I offer is to be involved and manage my side to bring you the most stunning images with the minimal fuss.

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

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Service second to none, a mixture of beautifully natural candid moments and stunning wow bridal images for the wall. No fuss, no arrogance just an honest fun experience. My referral base speaks for its self.

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What is included in your "package"?

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I believe in keeping things simple so my packages include myself with all day coverage from bridal prep through to the first dance. Images on disk and also an album. I like my clients to know exactly what they are getting for their hard earned money from the start. Album upgrades are available afterwards.

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Can you give us an idea on price? 

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My prices currently start from £1350 and I can offer a free guest book filled with images from our pre shoot with every Brides Up North wedding booking!  Quote Brides Up North when booking. 

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

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Get in touch: joel@joelskinglephotography.co.uk

Or visit my website: www.joelskinglephotography.co.uk

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Joel Skingle Photography will be exhibiting at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition, this Sunday at The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds. Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm.

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Click here to reserve your VIP Bride To Be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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The Mansion Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Joel Skingle Photography

Joel Skingle Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Wedding Blog Exclusive! £200 Discount On Your Wedding Photography With Richard Wynn Davies, For Brides Up North Readers Only!

December 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Yorkshire Wedding Photographer Richard Wynn Davies

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I’ve an early Christmas present for you lovely lot this afternoon (and we all love those), courtesy of fabulous photographer, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend of the blog Richard Wynn Davies

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Exclusive to Brides Up North, Richard would like to offer all my readers a huge £200 off every 2013 & 2014 wedding booked this month.  All you need to do is contact Richard to make your booking quoting Brides Up North. 

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Richard Wynn Davies says:  We (Richard & Caroline) shoot all of our weddings together in order to ensure nothing is missed,and we cover the whole event so we will never ask you to pretend to put your make-up on after you already have, or re-tie a cravat that has long since been tied. When it happens, we’ll be there.

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We will produce stunning, poignant and natural images that tell the story of your wedding: all the things that you put so many months’ of thought and planning into, the spontaneous and all too fleeting moments, the things you remember, the things you may well have missed and everything in between.

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We like to get to know you and your plans really well before the big day, so we will spend plenty of time with you in advance; from an engagement shoot to get you properly warmed up in front of the camera, to a number of meetings and a venue visit where we discuss your plans and wishes in lots of detail.

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Once the photography is done, we offer a range of stunningly beautiful products across digital, framed and print media, including the finest bespoke albums, handmade using traditional methods here in the UK.

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We would relish the chance to come and show you some of our work and to chat with you about how we can help to make the story of your wedding truly unforgettable. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

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We don’t compromise on coverage. All of our weddings include both of us for as long as you want us on the day. Usually this is from the start of the preparations in the morning right up until the party is well underway in the evening, or even longer should you be having fireworks or other events later in the night.

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We also like to keep things simple. No platinum, diamond encrusted, luxury or what-not packages. We have one price for our outstanding service and beautiful photography with all your photographs on disk, and another to Include a truly stunning hand-crafted album.

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Our digital option is £1,700 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes:

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• A number of detailed consultations to help us understand your plans, wishes and vision for your wedding day.

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• An engagement shoot where we get to know each other really well, make you feel at ease in front of the camera and take some gorgeous photos of the two of you.

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• A venue visit with you where we can plan your photography in more detail, so you know exactly what to expect and we know exactly what you want.

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• A few exciting surprises along the way!

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• Full & comprehensive on the day coverage from Richard and Caroline.

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• Full post editing service providing you with approx. 400 stunning images of your day, print-ready on disk & displayed in a beautiful personalised presentation box.

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Our album option is £1,950 (before Brides Up North discount!) and includes all of the above plus:

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• A choice of drop-dead gorgeous albums and coffee table books, traditionally handmade in the UK, with 60images of your choice. Additional products are available including albums from Queensberry of New Zealand, guest books and signing boards containing your engagement photographs, parent albums, and a wide range of the highest quality frames and canvasses. Prices are available upon request.

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BUN Dec 12 Promotion-11

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Click here to read an interview with Richard and Caroline and here to catch up with Richard and Caroline’s beautiful Real Weddings and other work as featured on on Brides Up North.

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W: www.richardwynndavies.co.uk

E: capture@richardwynndavies.co.uk

F: www.facebook.com/rwdphotography

T: 01757 228647 / 07762 132361

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  – Images © 2012 Richard Wynn Davies 

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Enchanted: The Princess & The Tractor, A Real Wedding – Gemma & George

July 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Following on from the fairytale dresses showcased here on the wedding blog yesterday afteroon, today the lovely Dominique from York Place Studios shares this enchanting real wedding and tells us a tale of her own…

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Are you sitting comfortably?  Then we’ll begin.

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The Princess and the Tractor: A Modern Fairytale

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Once upon a time in a fairytale kingdom there lived a beautiful Princess, fair and true. She and her best friend, Claire, would laugh and run in the grounds of the castle and joke that one day they would be
sisters and unite the two noble families of the village. But whilst she was happy at the castle, as in all good fairytales Princess Gemma knew that one day she must leave this place and be rescued from her tower by a great and handsome knight on his mighty steed.

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The kingdom was a peaceful place and often Royal friends would visit the castle. On one such occasion the King announced a Royal Tournament was to take place in the Court. As there was no Prince it fell to Princess Gemma and the son of the other nobles, Claire’s brother George, to defend the honour of the Kingdom. It was decided that the tournament would take place at the Court of Tennis within the town and that Gemma and George would stand side by side, partnering one another in this friendly battle.

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However though both fought bravely, Gemma was a peace-loving Princess and could not wield her sword as well as her competitors. Despite her most valiant efforts, their opponents were more seasoned in war and the battle was lost. Though she had enjoyed the bout immensely the defeat brought great sorrow to the Princess for she had not been able to defend her family’s honour. Seeing this, her partner in battle George (with whom she had long since been friends) offered to cheer her spirits, and invited her to accompany him for an intimate feast.

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As Gemma slept peacefully in the highest tower of the castle, she dreamt once more of her fairytale rescue by her mysterious noble knight. Suddenly she was awoken from her slumber by a strange sound in the distance. As she listened it seemed to get louder; a deep rumbling sound now filling the air and thundering ever closer.  But what could it be? For a moment she feared it could be a deadly dragon or a great foreign army until, with a final mighty roar the sound suddenly stopped.

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Click through to the next page to find out what happens next…

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Fabulous Photographer: Blue Lights Photography

June 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I had the most fabulous day at Hardwick Hall Hotel yesterday, shooting and filming the Brides Up North Wedding Belles photo shoot with a bevy of Northern wedding industry lovelies and amazing photographers Mandy Charlton and Emerson Photography.  Watch out for the big reveal coming soon on Brides Up North wedding blog!

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For the meantime though, lets chat to another fabulous photographer and wedding blog Featured Supplier – a Yorkshire lass this time – Adele from Blue Lights Photography.  Adele and I first met when captured some great images of this wedding blogger to accompany an article in Hitched Magazine.

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To see the article, click here

To see the shots, click here

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Now, without further ado, lets chat to Ms Blue Lights Photography

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I have always been into taking photographs, so I don’t think it was   any surprise when I said that I was setting up Blue Lights Photography.  My earliest memory of having a camera I was 3 years old, and getting 
ready for starting “big school” so the headmasters used to come and visit and I remember hiding behind the door and jumping out taking photographs of him (no film in the camera).  I suppose you can say I was 
in to reportage photography years before it became popular!  I don’t have any formal qualifications at all, I started studying a home study Diploma in Photography, just as I started freelancing with a   local photographer, and soon I was too busy to even think about finishing it.  My Brides love the fact that it’s a real entrepreneurial drive and photographic talent that has got me where I am today.

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Why wedding photography?

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Wedding photography is just amazing. I wanted to give brides beautiful images they could treasure forever, from a female’s perspective. There aren’t many of us about in Yorkshire. I went into Wedding photography 
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I get to meet the couple months, sometimes years before their big day.  I’m there on hand for any questions and a lot of my brides add me as a friend on Facebook.  I build up rapport and a lot of my brides become 
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Its not just about getting them to relax on the day, it is making them relaxed with you as a person from the first initial meeting, and that’s how you get them to relax on the day. I speak to them like they’re real people! I’m interested in their Wedding as a whole, not just my part in it, and I like hearing about how they met etc.
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I don’t personally like having my photographs taken, and sometimes the fact I’m not this skinny person helps us normal sized brides to be relax!

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I do a pre-wedding photo shoot with all my bride and grooms to get them used to having their photographs taken, but I also get them to look at photographs they like! And we go from there…

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

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Make up should be something similar to what you normally wear, but remember you will be wearing it all day. If you can, get a professional make up artist in to do your make up. Not only is it one less thing for you to worry about but they are used to making people look beautiful day in day out! They can tell you what make up to last, what will look better in photographs and so on.

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

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Make sure your cravats are done properly (if not I can  help) the dress is laced up correctly (if not I can help)  and you have no hanging tags on show!

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why? 
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Emma Bunton! I know she has just recently got engaged to Jade and after almost 12 years together, I reckon they’ll have a beautiful wedding that’s all about the love for each other and the family they have 
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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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Each Wedding Is memorable for each and every reason. From the bride and groom surprised by Mum who had organised fireworks, to just seeing a couple in love – weddings are beautiful. 


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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I take the time to learn and find out all the details and build up a really good rapport with the bride and groom. This is to enable their wedding to be as relaxed and unique to them as possible. As I meet 
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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Half Day price is £595, Full Day is £735 – we do a bespoke quotation for anyone that is over 50miles/1.5hours drive away. Prices for albums vary from £360 to £926 so a lot depends just on what the bride and groom want- and the number of spreads – however I listen and advise on the best route to go for. I will not say they need a more expensive album or a Full Day photography if they don’t.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Yep! Brides Up North readers can have a discount of 10% they just have to quote BRIDES UP NORTH on their enquiry.

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

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You can see more of my work on the website, the blog and face book.  Alternatively why not email or call and we can meet up to view sample albums and discuss your Wedding Day in detail.
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Web:      www.bluelightsphotography.co.uk
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We cover Nationwide weddings as we believe that a postcode should not  stop you having me as your wedding photographer if you so wish.  We also advise bride and grooms to book your Wedding Photographer as soon as you have your date and your venue booked – as we are now taking 2013 bookings!

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Green Gables, A Real Wedding – Jo & Dave

June 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Fab photographer Nicky Chadwick Photography sent Brides Up North this gorgeous Spring time Real Wedding to feature on the wedding blog this morning.  A stunning setting – surrounded by nature – with lots of lovely little details.  Let’s go green!

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Nicky Chadwick Photography tells us more:  Jo and Dave’s wedding ceremony and reception took place at The Ashes on Thursday 28th April 2011. The bride and groom live in Yorkshire – but found this venue and loved it so decided to tie the knot there.  .

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The style of the venue fit really well with Jo’s theme and the green of her bridesmaids matched the colours perfectly.

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Photography:  Nicky Chadwick Photography

Venue:  The Ashes

Wedding Dress: Hoops A Daisy

Flowers:  Hampsons Flowers

Cake:  Sugar Rose Cake Company

Hair and Make Up:  Emma from Pure

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Did you see Nicky’s own real wedding featured here on the wedding blog?  Click here to check it out!

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Photographers!  Fancy sharing your work with Brides Up North?  Please get in touch to submit a Real Wedding.

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You Set My Heart On Fire, A Real Wedding – Jo & Gary

May 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Damian Hall Photography delivered this beauty to my inbox this weekend.  It made me full of the joys of spring (and I was already enjoying the four day weekend sandwich!).  This should put a smile on your face…

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Damian tells us more: Jo and Gary married at St Bartholomew’s church in Old Whittington, Sheffield then the wedding party went onto a marquee in the grounds of Woodthorpe Hall on the edge of the Peak District. Jo comes from Canada and her parents came over to celebrate with her. Gary is a commander in the fire service and they all enjoyed the very special Cider brewed on the premises!

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Brides and photographers – its time to show off!  Contact me with your Real Wedding photographs today!

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Don’t Be Blue! Win Your Wedding Photography with Blue Lights Photography

April 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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And you thought all the giveaways were over!  Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Adele from Blue Lights Photography emailed me to tell me all about this fabulous competition that she is running on her blog.  Get involved.

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Adele is a lovely lady and fab photographer – check out these shots she took of me in Shaky Jakes ahead of my Hitched Magazine feature!

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Adele explains:Blue Lights Photography is a female Award Winning Wedding Photographer from Barnsley, covering the Yorkshire area and beyond. I specialise in making images to treasure forever. Also a finalist for a Wedding Ideas Award within her first year of business, you can be sure of a great service.”

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Adele is running a competition to enable couples getting married from 1st October 2011 to 31st March 2012 to WIN their Wedding Photography.

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Adele considers that “Most people who get married in the winter months, do so because they either want to have a beautiful winter wedding, or, their budget will  not stretch to an “in-season” wedding. This can mean that a lot of people drop the idea of having a professional photographer, or they go for someone they can afford rather than want. Giving the opportunity for a couple to win an amazing £1200 of photography including an album means that they do not have to worry and that money could be spent elsewhere on the wedding.”
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All you have to do is visit  www.bluelightsphotography.co.uk/competition or email 
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Fabulous Photographer: Chris Milner Photography

April 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I have featured a Real Wedding from this great photographer just the other day on the blog, and there are plenty more exciting things from him waiting in my inbox! But patience is a virtue Brides Up North! In the meantime though, lets find out a little bit about the man himself, Chris Milner Photography.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a creative person. Back in my school years I loved to draw and paint, and this gradually led me to down the path of graphic design. It was at college where I turned to the digital side of things and began to use Photoshop during my studies. I took a HND in Multimedia Design at Leeds College of Art and Design, and a lot of the modules focused on photography, and enhancing photos in Adobe Photoshop. After leaving college, photography became a big passion and would take my camera literally everywhere! Whilst working in a marketing role for a few years I built upon my skills learnt at college, and found myself improving as time went on, adding to my collection of camera gear and lenses along the way! For many years I Just considered photography to be a hobby, and never thought that I would be good enough to be able to make a career out of it. My first experience of wedding photography came when I took my (fairly basic SLR) camera with me to a friends wedding, and I was hooked from that point on! I loved capturing the vibe and emotion of everyone on the day and the spontaneous moments. For the next couple of years I took many a training course up and down the country, learning from some of the biggest names in the wedding photography industry before starting up my own business, Chris Milner Photography.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I love the sheer variety of a wedding. It’s practically every photography genre (portrait, landscape, product, documentary, fashion) all rolled into one day. I get a massive buzz from each wedding that I photograph, it’s a huge uplifting feeling to share the day with so many happy people! For someone that is addicted to taking photos, it doesn’t feel like work at all, there is so much going on at each wedding I’m like a kid in a sweetshop!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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I would say it would be meeting fun and interesting couples and sharing the happiest day of their lives, and as mentioned before, the sheer variety of weddings, every day is different! Oh, and I often end up laughing my head off during the speeches!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Before each wedding I will meet the couples at least twice beforehand. About a month before the big day arrives I will arrange a pre-wedding meeting and portrait session, often at the wedding venue. This is a great way for me to get to know the couple better, and for them both to get used to being in front of the lens. I try to get to know them as much as possible, what are their hobbies, what makes them tick, and to get an idea of their sense of humour. I then tailor my shooting style to their personalities, whether they are the shy types or more outgoing. Whilst I am taking photos during the wedding day portrait session, I will talk to them as much as possible to take their mind off the fact that they are having their photographs taken, using information that I have already learned about them at the pre-wedding meeting to strike up conversation topics. I find that most of the time though that the couples are so wrapped up in the moment and with each other, so I give them as much space as possible and work from a distance with a longer lens to be less intrusive.

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It’s a fact that the vast majority of people don’t like having their photograph taken (and I’m one of them, that’s why I keep behind the camera!). But then again, most people haven’t had their photograph taken by a professional photographer using a professional camera and lens. These days people are used to seeing themselves in photos taken by compact cameras and on mobile phones. These cameras are rarely flattering, with direct flash light and poor optical quality, resulting in photos that would struggle to make a supermodel look good! A professional wedding photographer will use high quality cameras and lenses that cost many thousands of pounds, and will have the skills to create beautiful photos of a far higher quality to what Uncle Bob has taken on his compact camera! The photos that the couple get from their pre-wedding portrait session give them a bit of extra confidence that they are going to look great in their wedding photos which really helps them to feel at ease.

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

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I would really recommend having a professional make up artist for the wedding day. They will know just how much to apply to make you look amazing. It is often a bit of an art to get a blend of makeup that makes you look great in the photos as well as to everyone else, and a make up artist will know just how much to apply. If you are doing your own make up or a friend is lending a hand, don’t overdo it. Use a matt foundation and lightly apply mascara. Don’t worry too much if you have some blemishes on the day, contrary to what some photographers might tell you, the odd spot or two is very easy for a good photographer to fix in seconds!

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

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One thing would be to go easy on the spray tan! Very often brides will get spray tans a few days before the wedding, but the grooms rarely follow suit. This can sometimes make for quite an obvious difference in skin tone in the photos of the wedding day. Again, this is something that a photographer can fix, but only to a certain extent. Every bride wants to look her best on the wedding day but a camera is not as advanced as a human eye, and can make colour differences quite obvious in a still image. I’d recommend having a spray tan at least 3-4 days before the wedding day to let the colour settle a little without looking too false. I’m now wondering why I sound so much like an expert in spray tanning!

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

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Out of the ones that I can think of I’d go for Russell Brand and Katy Perry (too late I know!). I know nothing about their actual wedding day but I can imagine that being the big characters that they both are that their wedding day would be the most entertaining ever!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I’m somewhat of a perfectionist (so I am told!), who strives to take the best photographs possible in every scenario come rain or shine. My background in art and design has given me an eye for composition and use of colour that some photographers might lack.

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

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A fun, friendly and relaxed photographer, that is going to make you both look and feel fantastic.

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What is included in your "package"?

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All of my packages include a full day’s wedding photography, I don’t believe in working by the hour, when you book me I will be with you for as long as you need me to capture all the moments of your day, from the preparations right through to the end of the night. I always include a disc of high resolution photos, each one carefully edited to bring out the very best in the image. There are no hidden extras! As mentioned earlier, I also include a pre-wedding photo session and the photos on disc too. I have a range of high quality hand finished leather bound albums to display your wedding photographs in the best way possible, just drop me a line to arrange a get together if you want to take a nosey through some samples.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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My wedding photography coverage including an album begins at £1150 with upgrades available.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Sure thing, how about £100 off any of my packages if you mention Brides Up North?!

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

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Red is the Colour! (But Rugby is the Game) A Real Wedding, Nicky & Darren

March 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wow!  This Real Wedding has got personality by the bucket load.  It’s fun, its rugby ballsy, its colourful!  I love it!  Take some tips from Nicky (of Nicky Chadwick Photography, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, none the less) and keep your groom happy too, with a wedding that mixes sport and sophistication.  Nicky gets it just right.

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Nicky tells Brides Up North all about it: When my husband proposed back in the summer last year I was so happy. We were walking around one of the many gold shops in Dubai and we stopped at the ring section and he said “pick one”! I was in shock – we hadn’t really talked about getting engaged so wasn’t expecting it – but it had been part of Darren’s plan all along.

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We talked a little bit about the type of wedding that we wanted but couldn’t really think of a venue that suited us. As a wedding photographer I see so many venues, all of which are beautiful in their own right but I didn’t really want any of them. Then, in October we were at the last game of the season for the Leeds Rhinos (somewhere I have been a season ticket holder for many years) and I just thought, I love it here, maybe we could get married here. Darren loved the idea and the next few days were spent checking out the venue and dates. Due to the nature of my business there was no way I could’ve got married in the summer so we picked February which was quiet for me and the planning began. Thank you to Claire Pearson at the Rhinos for helping us organise the date, food, drinks and more!

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Right from the start we didn’t want any fuss – we just wanted it to be a nice get together of our closest friends and family. I chose a beach theme as ideally that’s where we would’ve liked to get married but there were several of our guests that wouldn’t have been able to make it. Our daughter Mel drew me a starfish and that became the central point of everything for the wedding.

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Paula at Heart and Design used the starfish design and put together some gorgeous invites. I included a reply card and an info card for the guests to make it more convenient for them – and also a reply envelope – all they needed was the stamp!

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My dress came from Confetti and Lace in Leeds. They were fabulous, helping me to decide on the right dress and then with the fitting, and the shoes!

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The bridesmaids dresses were made by my Mum who is pretty talented when it comes to dressmaking. As my dress was red it was difficult to decide on a colour but I think we did the right thing going for black and white.

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I contacted Joanna from Twisted Willow Floristry several months before the wedding as I knew that even though I didn’t want flowers at the wedding, she’d be perfect to help me put together a theme for the table decorations. Joanna got together bamboo and drift wood, starfish and sand filled vases and made the fabulous centre pieces for each table. She also made amazing posies for the bridesmaids and button holes for the guys from Chupa Chups lollies. The girls thought this was a great idea as not only did they look fab, but it meant they could eat them too!!

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The fabulous wooden letters came last minute from Sarah at The Big Pops Letters Shop. The Mr & Mrs were great to have as props with the photos and later in the evening, our guests signed them so we have a lovely keepsake of the day.

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The girls had their hair done by a local hairdresser and some lovely starfish pins, made by the lovely Jane at HF Couture, were added as a finishing touch.

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Viv at Poppy Sparkles made me a fab starfish necklace to go with my dress but unfortunately, the day before the wedding when we were putting everything together to take over to the Rhinos we couldn’t find it anywhere! I was a bit upset as it would have been perfect with the dress, but Darren was amazing and surprised me with a silver starfish necklace to wear instead. The girls had tiny necklaces made for them by the lovely ladies at Pink Butterfly Jewellery.

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My cake was made by my very special Auntie who was persuaded by me that her butterfly buns were exactly what I was looking for. She did a great job and the buns were loved by all.

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On the morning of the wedding we woke up to about 3 inches of snow and a small panic, but after getting the car safely down the hill I was happy. The day went exactly as I’d hoped. It was very relaxed with no real formalities and everyone had a great time. The venue is not what you would call a ‘pretty’ one so I didn’t want lots of photographs – but Lorna from Lorna Roberts Photography had agreed to come over and take some funky type shots in the stands of the stadium so I could have something a bit different to put on the wall – thank you Lorna.  Here is what Lorna had to say about shooting my wedding – always a little bit daunting shooting another photographer!

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All that remains for me to say is thank you to all those wonderful people who helped me to put my day together. The wedding industry is full of amazing people who go out of their way to help – thank you so much to everyone.

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Venue: Leeds Rugby

Dress: Confetti and Lace

Groom’s suit: Harrogate Suit Hire

Table decorations: Twisted Willow Floristry

Lettering: The Big Pops Letters Shop

Jewellery: Pink Butterfly Jewellery

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Jewellery: Iain Henderson

Hair accessories: HF Couture

Stationery: Heart and Design

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Stan Seaton Photography
Jonny Draper Photography
Eslington Villa
Melissa Kay Photography
James Tracey Photography
Abbie Sizer Photography
Aaron Gilpin Wedding Photography
Lee Brown Photography
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Bowburn Hall Hotel
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Silver Sixpence Films
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Bespoke Bride
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Clockwork Pictures
Mark Newton Weddings
The Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Victoria Farr Make Up
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Simplicity Weddings
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Clive Doyle Photography
Complete My Wedding
Irene & Ozzie
Music Newcastle
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Func On The Rocks Wedding Band
Woodhill Hall
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Last Night Of Freedom
The Little Velvet Cake Company
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Florrie Mitton Couture
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Claire Hartley MakeUp
BAY Photographic
Memories Of Vintage
David Lawson Studios
Middleton Lodge
Walker & Walker Photographers
Berketex Bride
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Perfectly Practical Parties
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York Place Studios
Middleton Hall
Jamie Penfold Photography
Liberty In Love
Jon Richard
All The Little Details
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Katy Melling
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