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keeping things cosy. a coast gown for a relaxed & intimate wedding in harome – sarah & andy

March 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (42)

A big  wedding just isn’t for everyone and so it’s lovely to see couples organising small, intimate celebrations with just their very nearest and dearest as an alternative. Andy and Sarah had just 30 guests at their wedding and though small, it was perfectly formed.

The setting was a cosy hotel in the lovely village of Harome (one of my very favourite places) which provided a warm and homely environment for them to tie the knot.

With images by James Tracey Photography.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (4)

sarah says: We got engaged in summer 2011. Andy had surprised me and bought me a new watch. We had plans to go out for a meal that evening and when I’d finished getting ready Andy handed me the box which had my watch in it but he had replaced the watch with my engagement ring. Total surprise, never expected it.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (11)

We decided to set the date for 25th October 2014 as it’s a nice time of the year. Sort of the end of autumn, beginning of winter and still chance of a nice sunny day (which we had) but dusk early evening.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (9)

Our chosen venue was The Pheasant Hotel in Harome, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire. We hadn’t decided on anywhere but had been to Malton for the day. I had Googled venues in the area and The Pheasant caught my eye. The moment we walked in we knew this was the venue. It was Christmas at the time too so it was very festive and cosy with all the Christmas decorations.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (28)

We didn’t have a special theme as it was only a very small wedding with a total of 30 guests so just a very intimate celebration with a small group of very close friends and family. There wasn’t a colour theme as such either. I had my sister as maid of honour and my two-year-old daughter as my flower girl. I kept Tilly natural in an ivory dress and my sister wore a black evening gown. My husband wore a dark grey suit from Next and his best man wore a navy suit.

I didn’t want a big dress as the wedding and venue were only small. What I picked was plain but classic – a cream strapless dress from Coast with a lace, off the shoulder bolero which buttoned up the back from a local bridal shop.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (13)

James Tracey was our photographer. He was recommend by a couple of old work colleagues who both spoke very highly of him. I spoke to James several times before the wedding and instantly felt at ease and had every confidence in him. James made me feel very comfortable on my wedding day and it was a pleasure to have him be a part of my special day. I would highly recommend him to friends and family.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (25)

I carried a bouquet of blue and white thistle, agapanthus, white avalanche roses, blue veronica, white bouvardia, eucalyptus. My bridesmaids carried the same but a smaller version. They were put together by Busy Liz’s Floral Design in Kirbymoorside. The same flowers were used for the décor and the room where we got married was candlelit.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (35)

As favours we had pink chocolate lips lollipops for the ladies and milk chocolate moustaches for the men from a company called Cocoa Loco. Our cake was made by a family friend at Cakehouse on the Lane. We had a cream coloured cutting cake with a diamante ‘Mr & Mrs’ topper and cream cupcakes.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (37)

I would absolutely recommend The Pheasant Hotel to others. This venue is just perfect for a wedding, so romantic. We’ll definitely be returning for our anniversary. It is perfect for small weddings like ours or for larger weddings you can have exclusivity of the hotel.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (51)

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (53)

I couldn’t possibly pick out a favourite part of the day – it was all perfect.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (55)

For our honeymoon we had a city break to Rome for four nights. Neither of us had ever visited Italy. What a way to end our wedding.

a relaxed and intimate wedding in Helmsley (c) James Tracey Photography (34)

My top tip to other Brides Up North is relax and don’t stress. Whatever hasn’t been planned/booked doesn’t matter. No one else will know but you. Stand back and just take it all in.

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

March 7th, 2013 |

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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

Laura Calderwood Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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

February 27th, 2013 |

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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

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

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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 |

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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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• 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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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 

Richard Wynn Davies is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

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

July 13th, 2011 |

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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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