March 6th, 2018 | Julia Braime
If natural, beautiful and effortlessly elegant wedding images get your vote you’re going to want to read on, as this afternoon we’re delighted to be catching up with our fabulous Yorkshire-based Sponsor Lloyd-Clarke Wedding Photography.
Now you regular readers may well recall one half of this talented duo being mentioned on the blog before – the lovely Bethany Clarke whose gorgeous images we have featured numerous times begore. However, due to popular demand for increased coverage by two photographers, Bethany has rebranded the business to reflect that both she and her equally skilful partner Matthew Lloyd are available to cover couples’ weddings.
Both are award-winning photojournalists that love nothing more than documenting the beauty of a wedding as it unravels, enabling them to tell the full story of the day through gorgeous imagery. But don’t just take our word for it, read on to view more of their stunning photography, and if you like what you see, be sure to take note that Bethany and Matthew are kindly offering a free engagement portrait shoot and 10% off any of their packages for Brides Up North readers. A-ma-zing!
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
bethany says: Our style is documentary, capturing and revealing a story spontaneously as it unfolds. There is a huge difference between posed photographs, which can drain all sense of excitement and spontaneity, and those that show the natural fun, exuberance and affection displayed on a wedding day. Many clients compliment us on being unobtrusive. We give a little direction when needed, then melt into the background, so we can record wonderful moments without interfering. We are both award-winning photojournalists and our approach is to document a wedding with beautiful, memorable images which surprise and delight people because they were unaware they were being taken.
What is it that you love most about your job?
We love to be part of peoples’ very special day. Every wedding is unique, and it is a privilege to share in such an exciting, life-changing experience. Witnessing all the private, tender and amusing moments that families, friends and other relations share at weddings, and capturing them forever, is a huge responsibility that we thrive on. Over the years people can lose contact and memories fade but our images will be there forever.
You have just rebranded your business – can you tell us what has changed and how the rebrand helps to reflect your style and approach?
We rebranded after moving to North Yorkshire from London and requests for two photographers, to intensify the number of viewpoints and images, increased. We have always worked together but now the company name and corporate identity reflects this. However, offering flexibility is crucial and couples can still decide if they want one or two photographers for their special day.
You’ve just launched a new website too, can you tell us a bit about it?
Our new website is easy to navigate and shows the style, quality and variety of our photography, with our prices, so people seeking a wedding photographer can make a fast decision as part of the many other arrangements for their special day. Our client testimonials fit with our documentary style and are more valuable and persuasive than anything we could say.
Your website shows that you have captured a diverse range of weddings but are there any in particular that stand out to you?
Each wedding is unique to the couple involved and we love being part of them all, although we sometimes have favourite locations or flowers. Some of the most rewarding moments can come from helping people who are worried about being photographed to disregard this, have a wonderful day and receive photos that they will love and treasure. Everyone is special in their own way and we bring this out in our photography. The biggest compliment, is when clients come back to us for baby and family photos.
Reflecting on 2017, what would you say were your biggest highlights?
Our work is a journey for us in the same way that couples are starting a new journey when they marry. There were many highlights for us in 2017, including the lovely reviews and thank you cards from delighted couples. Our enthusiasm about our approach means that we also have images that we love, photos that give us goose bumps when we edit them and ones we want to hang on our own walls. However, hearing about couple’s favourite shots is always the most rewarding aspect of our work.
What area do you cover?
We regularly cover Yorkshire, the Lake District, Cumbria and Northumberland, but are happy to travel and demand for our approach means that we have have carried out wedding photography as far away as the Channel Islands and Europe.
February 6th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
This morning on the blog we’re escaping to an award-winning hotel and spa set in 1,400 acres of spectacular countryside. Say hello to the beautiful Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales – the serene backdrop to Sarah and Sam’s big day last April.
Finding a venue that could accommodate all of their family and friends was a top priority for the couple, and The Coniston ticked this requirement rather nicely – and then some! Guests could really make a weekend of it, enjoying activities like clay pigeon shooting, or a more blissful experience in the spa.
Sarah and Sam’s wedding was all about the countryside feels, with plenty of natural tones, hessian and tweed. Our personal highlight has to be the couple’s jaunt outdoors on the rowing boat – true romance!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged on 11th September 2016. Samuel went to elaborate measures for the perfect proposal. About six months before, he began to drop hints about wanting a surprise birthday party. He then spoke to his mum and asked her to convince me that we should throw him a surprise party for his 28th birthday as he would never expect it. I agreed and believed that his mother and I were planning him the party. Little did I know, Samuel planned the whole thing, including choosing the venue, and then made his mum pass it off as her idea and suggestions. Having a busy job as a teacher meant that I was none the wiser and too busy to question anything. Lots of our friends and family were gathered in the hall on the eve on our engagement, some knew what was coming, others had no idea. I gathered everybody around the door ready to shout surprise. When I opened the door, Samuel was down on one knee! I had absolutely no idea and was blown away. After saying yes, we partied the evening away with the people we love.
We got married on 8th April 2017. Being a teacher meant that our dates were restricted to the school holidays and as a close friend was getting married in the summer holidays, we chose April. We couldn’t have been happier with the weather; blazing sunshine and 17 degrees.
We tied the knot at St Peter’s Church, Coniston Cold, Skipton, and had the wedding breakfast and reception at The Coniston Hotel. When we started to plan, we sat down and discussed our values for the big day. We wanted somewhere that was going to accommodate all our family and friends and somewhere that would listen to us and work with us to be flexible. The Coniston were just that. They truly are an amazing wedding venue. Nothing was too much and our coordinator Sharon made sure our day was absolutely perfect. Our very good friend, Luke, is a rector so he performed the ceremony for us which really made it personal and all about us. He is amazing.
There was no particular theme – we liked cosy, countryside style and knew we wanted somewhere where all our family and friends could come together and spend the weekend, with clay pigeon shooting and the spa.
We wanted a neutral colour scheme and I was a particular fan of hessian and lace. I had seen lots of inspiration on Pinterest and wedding websites and was always drawn to this combination.
I knew from the start that I wanted a dress that incorporated lace and a train. I went to a few wedding fairs with my mum, grandma, sister and bridesmaids, and tried on quite a few dresses. I was starting to get frustrated because I liked certain parts of them but always wanted to change something. We watched the catwalk at one wedding fair and my mum saw a dress that she thought would look nice on me, so we went to try it on. It was from Berketex Bride. It was the first dress I’d tried on where I didn’t want to change anything. I still didn’t know it was the one until afterwards. Every dress I looked at (on the hangers) I kept comparing to this one, so I tried it on again and knew it was right. I did have a slight panic that I’d made the wrong choice afterwards, but once I tried it on in my size at my first fitting I knew I hadn’t.
January 29th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
If you’re a fan of all things luxe, today’s real wedding has got your name on it. Gold, ivory and champagne hues dominate this decadent day, as well as an utterly wow-worthy Anglo-Indian gown and a gourmet menu fit for this pair of self-professed fine dining fans.
A last-minute cancellation gave the couple their dream venue – the opulent yet contemporary Rudding Park, Harrogate – but also meant that they only had four months to plan their big day. Unbelievably they not only pulled it off, but put on a party of epic proportions – complete with magic mirrors, magicians, live music, clay pigeon shooting and fireworks!
Over to Satwant to spill the dreamy details…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.
satwant says: We got engaged on my 30th birthday, during a surprise getaway to Venice, organised by Bob. We spent a wonderful luxurious weekend wandering around the quaint streets of Venice, taking local tours and exploring the Venetian cuisine. On the morning of my birthday, we took a romantic gondola ride and when we reached the Ponte Dei Tri Archi, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Having visited several potential wedding locations, we came across Rudding Park. It was our dream venue – however, the next available Saturday wasn’t until 2018. Fortunately for us, there was a last-minute cancellation and Saturday 9th September 2017, became available. We agreed to take the date immediately even though it left us with only four months to plan our wedding!
Both Bob and I are food fanatics and love fine dining, so it was really important to us that the venue served exquisite food. We wanted a location that was elegant with a stately home ambience and lots of space for guests to be able to explore. We felt that Rudding Park’s elegant contemporary décor complemented the wedding theme, too.
In terms of a theme, I wanted to go for an elegant, vintage style with a modern twist. The colours were very neutral and the overall look was very clean and simple.
The focus colour was gold, with a background of creams and whites. My wedding dress was red and gold in keeping with the traditional Indian bridal colours, and therefore gold was the ideal colour theme choice. This complemented the hotel’s interior décor perfectly. We had warm fairy lights covering all four pillars in the Radcliffe Suite to match the gold theme.
We decided to have a civil ceremony and not a combined civil and Indian ceremony – however, I still wanted traditional Indian bridal attire with a modern twist. I therefore, travelled to London and had a bespoke wedding dress designed and made by Charmi Creations. The dress was in traditional Indian colours, made of velvet and had intricate gold embroidery and stonework but was a modern Western style, consisting of a corseted top, a lovely long trail and a sweetheart neckline. Sharon Roda did my makeup and hair.
January 22nd, 2018 | Julia Braime
One of the very first suppliers you will book, and perhaps the most important, is your photographer and so it’s worth taking time to do your research on which suits your style preferences, budget and requirements.
A pro who is keen to give his couples plenty of choice and control over the coverage of their big day is our talented Sponsor, Yorkshire-based Richard Perry Photography.
Having developed a love of wedding photography into a full-time career, Richard’s passion for documenting a couple’s big day is clear to see and we just adore his mix of natural candid shots and beautifully romantic portrait images.
His choice of packages mean there is a option to suit varying budgets and the introduction of a clever ‘a la carte’ style menu enables brides and grooms to build a bespoke package by adding extras, such as specific albums, prints and pre/post-wedding shoots.
Here to give us all the details is the main man himself, who we must congratulate, along with his lovely wife Louise, of Louise Perry Bridal, on the arrival of their baby son, Tristan. Amazing news – big love from all at Brides Up North HQ!
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
richard says: My style of wedding and engagement photography is primarily reportage, capturing those candid moments that express true emotion. I also add in an element of luxury editorial style portraiture to give my couples those showstopper images that will capture the heart and the imagination.
What is it that you love most about your job?
I truly love capturing unique wedding day moments, and over the years I have come to realise that capturing these singular moments can turn a collection of pixels into a treasured memory that will last forever. The idea that couples will be sharing photographs I’ve captured with their family and friends years from now is a wonderful thought.
You have just introduced The Essential Photography Collection, that allows couples to totally customise their wedding photography package. Can you tell us a little about this?
I offer a number of packages; The Classic, Elegance, Luxury and Designer collections. Prices ranging from £1,695 to £2,995. Each package offers a wonderful collection of services and some of my most popular products to enhance the memories of the big day. I introduced The Essential Wedding Photography Collection (only £1,400) in conjunction with my new A La Carte Menu to enable couples build their own bespoke wedding photography package. This way my brides and grooms to be can take full control of how they enhance their wedding memories, using the A La Carte Menu. but the Essential Collection ensures that they have full day wedding photography coverage and a gallery of their photos that capture the all-important story of their big day.
How has The Essential Photography Collection been received by couples so far? What do they love about it?
The Essential Collection has been received wonderfully. My couples seem to love the fact that the Essential Collection literally covers ‘the essentials’ so then they can focus on the fun bit of picking extras from the A La Carte Menu and creating their own collection. This system offers the ultimate bespoke wedding photography package so that the service can be tailored to each couple. The added bonus with this package is that it also gives the couple complete freedom to initially book The Essential Collection and then add in options at a later date, which is a fantastic way of spreading the cost at one of the most expensive times of your lives.
Are any options in The Essential Photography Collection proving particularly popular with couples?
The 10×10 Queensberry Album is very popular. I think this is because in our digital world we all still secretly love to hold photos in our hands and have something tangible to take away with us. I couldn’t be happier about this as I really believe that it is important to print photos. I also love the idea that my couples have their albums out in their homes so they can show guests their big day or just so they can flick through it whilst cuddled up on the sofa
Why would you encourage couples to enhance their photography package with a pre-wedding or post-wedding shoot?
I always recommend a pre-wedding shoot. Pre-wedding photoshoots are a time to indulge in the romance of being engaged and the excitement of what is to come. They are a great opportunity to get used to being in front of the camera and are also a fun time for us to get to know each other better before the big day. The pre-wedding photos are also lovely to use for save the date cards, invitations, wedding website and even signing frames.
I also love a post-wedding photoshoot. It gives my couples an opportunity to get dressed up again and go to a location that is beautiful, interesting or just epic. Hillsides at sunrise, standing in lakes or next to a waterfall. The stress of the wedding day has passed so we’ll put our heads together and style something stunning.
Reflecting on 2017 what would you say have been your biggest highlights?
2017 has been an absolutely wonderful year and I can honestly say I doubt it could have gone better. I have met some wonderful people, worked with some amazing suppliers at some beautiful venues, I’ve created images that I am truly proud of, I’ve won an award and I’ve been published. However, my biggest highlight has to be becoming a father for the first time in December.
January 15th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
A wedding that lasts a whole weekend has to be every bride’s dream, as anyone who’s ever been married will tell you that the big day goes by in a flash.
Today’s featured couple, Neil and Sarah, who held their wedding at Brides Up North Sponsor venue Hornington Manor, squeezed every minute they could into their nuptials, hiring the venue exclusively for a full weekend and bookending their wedding day with relaxed barbecues for their family and friends.
An unusual but inspired detail of their big day was to have a juke box in the evening instead of a band, so everyone could plug in their favourite tunes and create their own DJ set.
We love the barn setting, with its hanging chandeliers, and the bunting that Sarah’s mum took a whole year to make – now that’s dedication! If you too adore the country charm of this stunning venue then be sure to join us on Thursday 19th April, when we will be hosting an Pop Up Evening Wedding Festival Fair at Hornington Manor, with a collection of fabulous local suppliers and the venue’s amazing team!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged in 2016. Neil had bought a ring in the August but had been thinking about how to pop the question for a few months. He decided to propose when we were on holiday in Edinburgh, in September. We stayed in a small town called Linlithgow, for a few days where there is a castle by a loch, which would have been a lovely setting. He had planned the proposal to be there and we went after dinner one night – but it was really dark. We went into Edinburgh for the latter part of the week, by which point Neil was running out of chances. One night I had a dream that Neil proposed while in Edinburgh, so he thought I knew! It got to our last night: we had dinner in town and walked back through the Princes Street gardens. He took me to a quiet part away from other people and got down on one knee. I was so surprised that I started laughing and crying at the same time. So much so that he had to prompt me for an answer!
We got married on 22nd July 2017. I liked the idea of a summer wedding but wasn’t set on an exact date. When we booked the beautiful Hornington Manor near Tadcaster, they didn’t have many dates left, so we just picked one before they got booked up! The venue is an old manor house, which has all the original bedrooms and kitchens, and large front lawns, and they’ve refurbished the barn into a reception area. It was perfect – so relaxed and homely. You can hire the whole place for the weekend, which is an extra bonus. We would definitely recommend the venue: it’s so beautiful and the barn was just perfect for our style of wedding. Having it for the whole weekend meant we could invite all our family down, have barbecues on the Friday and Sunday and have a good catch up with people we hadn’t seen for a while. Joanne, Simon and all the team are so helpful and go above and beyond to make the weekend perfect.
We didn’t choose a particular theme. With the venue being quite ‘country’ and relaxed, we just aimed for the whole wedding to be easy going. We both like the colour blue, so were happy to incorporate that where we could. The wedding party was dressed in blue and all the stationery, made by Megan at Pretty Neat Studios in Harrogate, was done on navy blue card. She laser-printed our invitations, menus and thank you cards. We gave her an idea of what style we wanted, which she based the design on. They were beautifully made and unique. We would highly recommend looking her up!
I got my dress from Scarlet Poppy in Pudsey, Leeds. The staff there are so helpful and not pushy. I knew I wanted a slim-fitting dress, as I have a small figure. It was a sweetheart gown in ivory, with the underskirt a sand colour. It had lace detail and the straps could be either straight or criss-crossed. I loved it and it was so comfortable to wear all day.
Neil wore a suit hired from Harrogate Suit Hire. It was a navy, slim-fitting tailcoat, with a tweed waistcoat. He wore tan brown shoes. The groomsmen wore the same as Neil.
The bridesmaids wore pale blue maxi dresses, which had an oriental print along the bottom. They suited the venue style really well and the girls looked really nice.
December 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s couple, Lauren and Andrew, wanted timeless over trendy for their special day, and so tails, armfuls of roses and a traditional hearty Yorkshire menu were the order of the day.
Light-up letters, live music and a talented DJ ensured their reception went with a bang, as well as an alternative guest book in the form of some fun photobooth action.
Of all the gorgeous details you’ll see below, however, there’s one that really stands out: Lauren’s gown. In our humble opinion, her stunning Ronald Joyce creation steals the show – the lace overlay, sequin detailing and that beaded string back is Choirs-Of-Angels-Singing-Halleluiah levels of stunningness – just take a look for yourselves…
With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.
lauren says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015, and chose Saturday 2nd September 2017 as our wedding date. We liked the fact that we would get the end of summer/early autumn colours outside but also hoped for a warm, sunny day (which we got!) It was also important to give my sister and husband enough time to fly in from New Zealand for the wedding.
We were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Sicklinghall. It’s a catholic church which was important to Andrew, but had the attractive setting that I’d always imagined getting married in.
The reception was at The Bridge Hotel & Spa Wetherby. It was the first place we looked round after researching some places that took our fancy. It was an instant hit and nothing we saw afterwards compared to the overall package they were offering. It had a spacious function room and lovely grounds but still had a ‘country inn’ feel to the bar and restaurant, which we loved.
Colour-wise, we went for coral. We felt it matched with the time of year and the coloured roses we wanted for the bouquets.
Andrew wore a silk slate grey suit with tails and a white waistcoat from Bridal Apparel, Leeds. We wanted a more traditional look compared to a normal suit and felt it was important for a once-in-a-lifetime day. He matched it with a coral cravat and handkerchief.
Our bridesmaids wore coral Morilee dresses from Platinum Brides, and the groomsmen wore the same as Andrew but with grey waistcoat.
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