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THIS SUNDAY: It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At The Mansion!

March 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Mansion Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

There’s a whole lot of coffee and Kit Kats being consumed at Brides Up North HQ right now, as we motor through four weeks “on tour” of back to back luxury wedding exhibitions.  All in the name of bringing you the finest wedding inspiration at the most gorgeous venues in your area!

The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

With our huge event at Ramside Hall Hotel last Sunday under our belt, we’ve still found time to squeeze in our chicest bridal exhibition of all, and will be opening the doors to Leeds’ most fashionable brides at it’s most gorgeous boutique, exclusive use, wedding venue – The Mansion, Roundhay Park – this very Sunday.

The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion

Mansion Lane, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2HH

Sunday 16th March 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

I’ve said it before, but you have to see this place.  If Carrie and Big decided to up sticks to Yorkshire, this is where I imagine their wedding would take place.  Plus, with loads of wedding dress and accessory inspiration on site this Sunday (plus live music and every other decorating detail conceivable covered too!), it’s certainly one for the fashionistas!

Visit the venue’s brand new website to check it out.   

The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors House Of Fraser and Love Hearts.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “THE MANSION in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. 

The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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A Cool Classic. A Sanyukta Shrestha Gown For A Real Wedding At Goldsborough Hall – Colleen & Richard

March 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Yesterday I spent the day at the glorious Allerton Castle (our fifth event at this beautiful venue) surrounded by beautiful brides, supremely talented local wedding industry suppliers, gorgeous gowns – they seem to get better year on year – floral towers, hand crafted cakes, bespoke stationery and fancy hats.  All that plus photographers, a photo booth, cars, cupcakes, honeymoons, menswear, magic… diamonds… you name it.  It was a wonderfully relaxed and happy day in a perfect setting, and felt so luxurious and lovely to be there.  I hope that every bride and groom attending enjoyed the special day and felt the love in the room.  I certainly did!  There’s plenty more lovely where that came from too… check out the fabulous events we still have planned across three regions this season, and be sure to clear those diaries!

For now though, online is where the magic is at, as we stay in Yorkshire to join Brides Up North reader Colleen and her new husband Richard for their own sumptuous celebration at Goldsborough Hall.  I love Colleen and Richard’s cool yet classic Christmas styling with just a touch of elegant quirkiness.  But then, when you’re as pretty as these two, a paper bag would look good!  Enjoy their beautiful day. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laura Calderwood

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Colleen says:  We got engaged at Bunker Bay, Western Australia on September 21st 2013 and were married on 30th December 2013 at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate. 

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We chose Goldsborough Hall because it has the perfect mix of elegance and comfort, which we found suited us perfectly.  The panelled library with its large stone fireplace and chesterfield sofas was a unique and beautiful space to have our reception drinks. It was turned into a ‘disco library’ later in the evening.

We also had exclusive use of the venue, including the six gorgeous suites on the top floor. I was able to get dressed in the amazing Presidential Suite after travelling from The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate to the venue.

Goldsborough also offers a group breakfast the following morning for those who stayed at the Hall. It was one of the best parts of the wedding experience to enjoy a relaxed full English breakfast with loved ones after the hype of the wedding.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We wanted the day to be simple and romantic and chose an ivory and burgundy colour scheme. 

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

I carried a simple hand-tied bouquet of white roses and gypsophila.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

I wore a simple long “vintage” style dress designed by Sanyukta Shrestha. I bought it from her wedding dress boutique Behuli in Fulham, London. The dress itself was made from a bamboo/silk blend. The short-sleeved bolero was made of handmade French lace. The belt was beaded with shell beads.

My shoes were 1940s vintage embroidered silk and leather. I got them from Catherine Smith Vintage in Harrogate.

Instead of a veil I wore a beautiful silver hair piece – from Behuli – and I accessorised with a string of pearls and pearl earrings.  I also wore a vintage brown mink cape for our outdoor photographs.  I got that from Fat Faced Cat in Angel, London. 

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Richard wore a three-piece suit, made to measure at The Cad and The Dandy, Saville Row, London. His burgundy tie and pocket square matched the groomsmen’s from TM Lewin. His shoes were single monk straps from Church’s.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We decided to let the bridesmaids and groomsmen choose their own dresses and suits.

We quite liked the idea of having everyone wear something unique to themselves. The only guideline we gave the bridesmaids was on the colour – burgundy. They all wore a pearl drop necklace from Blennerhasset Fine Jewellers, Perth Western Australia – a gift from the bride.

The groomsmen wore different suits, from dark blue to light grey. Their ties and pocket squares were burgundy – a gift from the groom from TM Lewin.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

had my hair and makeup done by Harriet Steele. She is a mobile makeup artist and hairdresser. She was wonderful and travelled to my hotel the morning of the wedding. She was such a calming influence and definitely got the day off to a good start!

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Goldsborough Hall has a beautiful little baby grand piano in the bay window of the ceremony room, so we hired a pianist from The Event Music Company, Leeds to play as the guests arrived. He also played during the ceremony – Processional: Air in F by Handel; Signing of the Register: Pavane by Fauré; Recessional: Prelude to Te Deum by Charpentier.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We served mulled wine during the drinks reception. It was a cold day so it was a nice touch for a winter wedding.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Our florist was Helen James Flowers, Harrogate.  They do beautiful, classy flower arrangements and bouquets. Our table centrepieces were simple and elegant and played on the idea of it being a winter wedding. There were large hurricane lamp candle-holders surrounded by a wreath of winter foliage, white roses, small red roses, gypsophila and red berries.

I wouldn’t say we intentionally added this, but given that it was winter and just after Christmas, there was a big Christmas tree in the dining room and there were various other Christmas decorations of good taste throughout the venue. It added a nice touch to the winter feel of the wedding.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We chose to have a cupcakes and a small cake by Moorish Cakes in Ilkley. The cupcakes were actually a gluten-free sponge, half were chocolate the other half were vanilla, with a vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake was a traditional vanilla sponge cake, with strawberry jam between the layers, covered with a white vanilla fondant icing.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Our wedding favours were shortbreads made by my mother-in-law. It added a nice touch to such a small wedding. And they were delicious!

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We chose a DJ in the evening, Jonny Ross Music.  He was brilliant on the night had had a keen sense of what the people in the room wanted to dance to.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Although I was dreading it, my favourite part of the day was the first dance. The formalities of the ceremony were complete so the first dance was just a very joyous, happy moment where Richard and I were able to sink into being husband and wife for the first time.

We are hopeless dancers so asked my parents for some lessons a couple days before the wedding. We spent an evening trolling through Spotify jumping from song to song and trying to dance. Most of the time we were terrible, but once we found one we could dance to together (Cheek to Cheek, Ella Fitzgerald) I was less stressed about doing it on the day.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to remember it’s about the two of you. It’s easy to forget that the wedding is only the start of something. All that matters after the wedding is how you two are together. So choose the details of your wedding for yourselves, and let your wedding be a reflection of your relationship and your personalities. You’ll end up forgetting all about these details on the day anyway! It really does become just about each other.

Also, if you can find a venue with accommodation it is a great addition. It’s really nice to be able to walk up to your room after a long and emotional day.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Congratulations Colleen & Richard!

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Paper Perfect. Supplier Showcase: JB Creatives PLUS Special Offer For Wedding Blog Readers

February 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one talented chick.  Not content with her thriving photography business, she can also make sure your guests turn up for the wedding too with her stunning bespoke wedding stationery!  Like it says on the tin, this girl is super creative.  Get her involved in your big day, for I can vouch that whatever she turns her hand to, it’ll be very, very beautiful (and pretty cool too).

There’s also a special little offer exclusive to Brides Up North readers on the table too… read on!

Images by JB Creatives, of course. 

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What is the story behind JB Creatives? 

JB Creatives started in 2009 after plenty of encouragement and enthusiasm from friends and family to make the leap and make my dream a reality. With a background in Design and Photography my stationery is very much influenced by my strong Graphic roots. I love beautiful typography and different papers, textures and colours and it seemed the perfect way to make a living doing something I love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more than cutting and sticking pretty bits of paper together; there are long hours and lots of dedication. Every second has been worth it as now it’s a year-round occupation that keeps me busy 24/7. There are just not enough hours in the day!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Who is a JB Creatives bride?

There are all kinds of JB Creatives brides. From small family weddings to big stately home weddings, we welcome all kinds of clients.

Where are you based?

I am based in Otley just outside Leeds. I work by appointment only where couples can come see examples of previous stationery and discuss the sort of stationery they want for their day.  I also get a lot of my bookings online. These initial enquiries are usually about a design they have already seen on my website but can soon lead to a totally new design once we’ve chatted about their wedding plans.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

As the stationery is bespoke you can have the minimum and just order invites or you might want to get absolutely everything in whichever design you have chosen. I design and hand make everything from the save the dates, invitations and RSVPs, orders of service, table plans, place names, table menus and individual menus to the thank you cards and even baby announcements after the wedding day! All the designs including those on the website are available in the whole range from save the dates to thank you cards.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

There are so many lovely styles around at the moment here at JB Creatives HQ we have found our square invites with plain bands or lace bands very popular. Along with the New York style invites.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What other products do you offer? 

I offer all stationery requirements; save the dates, invites, rsvp, order of services, table menus, individual menus, place names, table/seating plans, favour tags and thank you cards and any other stationery items you might wish. I also have some large decorative frames and props for displaying table plans which are available to hire. You can also see my wedding photography on my website too.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Your stationery is the first thing that your guests will see to do with your wedding, it sets the tone for the big day itself. So make it personal to your day and to you!  Have one theme or style in mind and stick to it. Don’t get too mixed up with too many different styles.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

So, does all the stationery have to match?

Stationery doesn’t have to match. I would normally make it all to match but it really depends on the sort of look you’re going for. Most stationery would use the same card, ribbon or font to give a consistent look and in that sense it matches, but its by no means compulsory!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What are your prices like?

Please get in touch to receive the price guide; there are so many designs that the price range depending on the style of stationery. The invitations are priced per item and start at as little as £3.80 each.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Which designs are your bestsellers?

Of the more off the shelf invites I do, the New York wedding invitations seem to be popular at the moment, usually because that is where the couples got engaged. The square pocket fold invitations are also popular. These are a great invitation as not only are they like opening a present but they can be made in a variety of colours, paper and ribbons so they work for all colour themes. They also have space for plenty of additional information inserts as you may wish to tell your guests lots of little details. Beer mat save the dates and beer mat place names have also proved popular. I’ve had lots of lovely feedback from couples on how many guests have raved about the beautiful invitations.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What sets JB Creatives apart from its competitors?

This beautifully bespoke stationery is designed and hand made to the highest quality. If you want something a little different designing from scratch I can do that. I love it when a couple come to me with a sweet story of where or how they got engaged, this can then be incorporated into their stationery. I designed some wedding stationery for a couple that had a little red car on everything as they met when Ian, the groom, sold his car to Martha, the bride, so it was a lovely thing to incorporate into their stationery! With a design background I have created lots of bespoke illustrated maps for the invitations too. I’m also a perfectionist so all the little details are taken care of.

How long do you take to turn around an order?

I would usually ask my clients to allow 3-4 weeks from the initial call to the delivered items. These are all hand made – you can’t rush perfection!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

You can see examples of my work on my website (my blog is updated regularly) at www.jbcreatives.co.uk  or follow me on Facebook  or tweet me.  

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Anything else we should know?

If you order your invitations, place names and order of services (minimum order 45 invites) I will give you a free table menu for each table (1 per table free).

Please order your stationery before 14th March to receive one of these exclusive offers and quote Brides Up North when doing so. 

Why do you read the Brides Up North blog?

For the varied wedding inspiration. There’s always something beautiful to look at on the Brides Up North pages.

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

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Valentine Cinema. Day Four: Kirby & Adam

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you.

Is anyone else enjoying these gorgeous little films as much as I am?! 

Kirby and Adam – Highlights of their day from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  I filmed this wedding at Oulton Hall in November with a view to making a Film of the Day and a bridal preparation film. As it happened I changed my package structure in December so that couples could have a Film of The Day with their own choices for their DVDs and a Trailer for both the DVDs and online. Kirby decided she wanted to swap over to this option because her music choices were very important to them.

So this is a ‘Trailer’… something Kirby and Adam can share with their friends and family anytime anywhere. It’s short and sweet but captures the essence of their day perfectly. Their Film of The Day is nearly fifteen minutes long and so I was able to incorporate her bridal prep in detail, meaning she didn’t lose out. And what a lovely message Kirby sent me once she and Adam had watched the film, ‘Words don’t even describe that!I absolutely sobbed! We both love it!’

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Hello Hollywood! Supplier Showcase: Silver Sixpence Films PLUS Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Silver Sixpence Films Showreel 2013F2 from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

It’s been a very audio-visual week on the wedding blog this week, as we’ve been counting down to Valentine’s Day with a lovely lunchtime film each day in our Valentine Cinema series. 

Today I’m proud to introduce you to another of our talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers who also knows how to work their movie magic, Penny and Ed of Silver Sixpence FilmsThese guys are no novices, having worked on a whole host of Hollywood Movies and hob nobbing with some VERY big names in the film industry.  Seriously, who wouldn’t want their wedding video to look like a feature film?  I’d be getting in touch with these guys faster than you can say lights, camera, action!

And to make things even sweeter, if you quote BRDSUPN1 when booking Silver Sixpence Films are offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount on their gold and platinum packages and a 5% discount on their silver package.

Grab the popcorn, we’ll bring the pretty, lets meet Penny!

Silver Sixpence Films Vintage Showreel 2013 from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

How did you get into wedding videography?

We have a background in feature films, which is where we met. Ed was working as the Visual Effects Editor on Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and I was working as the assistant to David Yates, who was directing Harry Potter. We were doing post production in the same building and got introduced by a mutual friend. Ed has been making wedding videos for 13 years now – he filmed the first ones for friends of the family and did such a good job that he was asked to do more. He carried on making several a year in between the movies he worked on because he loved them so much. I started to help Ed out when he was filming weddings and instantly fell in love with them too, soon after that we set up Silver Sixpence Films and we haven’t looked back.

Ed has worked as an assistant editor on a lot of films including Prince of Persia, Clash of the Titans, John Carter and James Bond Skyfall and as a result is an incredibly skilled editor. We believe that each wedding video should be unique to the couple but should also be something that anyone, even people who don’t know the couple, will find interesting. Ed is always able to bring out the best in each wedding, using his years of experience to create a beautiful wedding film.

All my production experience working in film and TV (I previously worked for the BBC and Channel 4), means that I am able to organise a wedding shoot in a professional way with ease, allowing me to focus on making sure the couple feels confident in us and happy so that they can relax and enjoy their day knowing that we are making an amazing wedding film.

Why should a couple have a wedding video? 

We know, having spoken to many brides, that a wedding film is not at the top of the list when organising a wedding. We also know from all our previous clients that having a wedding film is one of the best decisions that couples feel they made after their wedding. We are regularly told that it is our wedding film and not the photographs that the couple get out year after year on their anniversary, and it is our film that brought everyone to tears. A good photograph is a beautiful memento of the day, but the real and full emotion of the day can only be captured in a wedding film. That is why we take great pride in knowing someone has been moved to tears by every single film we have made so far! Another thing that we often hear is how lovely the couple find watching the wedding video and seeing things that they missed on the day. Often, they say, their weddings went by so quickly that they didn’t really have time to enjoy it or fully absorb everything that was happening and so having a wedding film means that they can experience all those things properly again and again.

Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer? 

We’re both big softies and weddings are such lovely, emotional days. As film makers the most rewarding thing that you can do is make something that evokes an emotional response from the viewer. Weddings are the happiest day of people’s lives, not just for the bride and groom, but often for their parents and their friends. Knowing that you are making something that will capture the romance and the joy of that is a great privilege. It is such an intimate event that we always feel that we have become friends with our couples by the time we deliver their final film as we have gotten to know them so well and seen the love that they share.

Stuart and Danielle’s Wedding Trailer from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

Our approach is very reportage. We believe that our brief should be to capture the beauty of the day whilst remaining as invisible as possible. We take great pride in being told that no one had even realised the wedding was being filmed when they see our wedding film. We think that you get the best shots when people are relaxed and enjoying themselves and not feeling self conscious so we use a lot of long lenses so that we can stay as far away from the action as possible whilst still capturing beautiful footage. We do recommend that our bride and groom spend 10-15 minutes alone with us on the day though so that we can get some lovely footage of just the two of them. We always meet our couples before their big day so they can get to know us and we can answer any questions they have so that they are comfortable on the day with us. I’ve got plenty of experience from my work in feature films of making A-List actors feel happy and so we treat them in the same way we would a celebrity – it is their day and they are the stars of the show.

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

We’ve worked with a lot of very famous actors during our time in film. I’d love to capture Tom Felton’s (who played Drafo Malfoy  in the Harry Potter film) wedding because he’s a friend of mine as is his girlfriend. When Ed and I had our engagement party they came along much to the surprise of a few of our friends who were huge Harry Potter fans. Ed would probably want to capture Andrew Garfield’s (who is currently playing Spiderman) wedding as they because they became quite close whilst working on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Ed is always telling people how he has hugged Spiderman because Andrew hugged him last time they bumped into each other.

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

We have captured lots of really beautiful weddings, all of them so unique in style and content! One that particularly comes to mind, was a gorgeous and very ‘homely’ wedding just near Goole, the couple were getting married in a lovely little church in the village that the Bride grew up in. What was so heart warming, was that it was the same church that three previous generations of her family had all taken their vows in, so her parents, her grandparents, and her great grandparents were all married there. They even displayed all their marriage certificates and photos at the front of the church. We thought that was just so special.

What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

We approach our wedding films as though they are huge Hollywood movies rather than videos – even though we shoot on professional HD cameras we purposefully only refer to our products as films. We spend a lot of time grading each film to look and feel like film because we think the look of film is beautiful. We get a lot of requests to add a vintage effect to some of our films so that they look like they were shot on an old 16mm camera, because that vintage effect is very popular at the moment. We can also shoot on a real super 8 camera if requested to. We have years of experience in feature film and we use this to make our wedding films cinematic with a romantic narrative that captures the emotion of the day. Ed edits each film with the intention of telling the story of the day in the most interesting and moving way it can be told. This often means that our films are non linear, with audio that has been captured throughout the day often narrating the gorgeous shots that we have captured. This means that the film is interesting, moving and endlessly watchable for not just the bride and groom but hopefully for anyone that watches them. Our personal feeling is that the traditional wedding video, filmed in real time that is over five hours long, doesn’t capture the emotion of the day as well as our, much shorter films do. Couple’s that choose us for their wedding will want to watch their film again and again.

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

On the day our couples can expect to feel totally relaxed and forget that we are even filming. Our intention is that throughout the day they don’t have to worry about us and they can be sure that we are putting together the perfect wedding film for them. We ask for the details of an usher and a bridesmaid so that we have other people we can talk to if we need anything without bothering the couple. The couple can expect us to arrive with professional HD cameras and high end camera rigs including tripods, sliders and steady cams so that we are prepared for all conditions to get the best possible results on the day. Most importantly they can expect us to be absorbing the day and working out what is important to the couple, including their taste in music so that we can construct a personal film that will forever remind them of their day.

Lee and Charlotte’s Wedding Highlights from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations and styled shoots with other industry professionals? 

We have recently been working on a film with Rise Hall which is a beautiful country home that is owned by Sarah Beeny. Sarah and her husband Graham have done a fantastic job of renovating the house and it is absolutely perfect for weddings.  We are still putting the final film together now but Rise Hall is such a lovely venue that it has been a wonderful project for us to work on. It would actually be challenging to film something in Rise Hall that didn’t look picturesque.

What projects do you have coming up – either weddings, shoots or otherwise that you are looking forward to in 2014?

We are very excited about working with Rise Hall, both finishing their film and working as their recommended film makers. We are also looking forward to focusing on all the beautiful wedding films this year. Ed is just finishing up on a Tom Cruise science fiction film and then he is dedicating himself for the rest of the year to Silver Sixpence Films so that our clients can have his full attention and expertise.

Are you prepared to travel?  Is there an additional cost for this? 

We are happy to film a wedding anywhere in the UK, although we are based in Yorkshire. We are able to film weddings in London and some of the South East for no extra charge but there is a small additional fee for weddings outside those areas. We have a wedding this year in the Lake District and we are really looking forward to it. We love the opportunity to travel with Silver Sixpence Films so couples who don’t live in Yorkshire shouldn’t be put off from getting in contact with us.

Byron and Sian’s Wedding Trailer from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price? 

We have three packages that we typically offer:

The Silver Package from £895: We arrive an hour before the ceremony and film until the speeches have finished. With this package the couple will receive a beautiful made 5-8 minutes highlights film on DVD (or blue ray for an extra fee) as well as an online version.

The Gold Package from £1295: This package starts at the brides preparations and ends after the speeches have finished. With this package the couple will receive a 10-20 minute film along with a short wedding trailer (which is a collection of the best shots from the day cut to music. These are both online as well as sent to them on two beautifully presented DVDs.

The Platinum Package from £1995: This package starts at the brides preparations and goes all the way into the evening celebrations and first dance. The couple will receive a 20-30 minute film along with a wedding trailer, both of which are online as well as in two beautifully presented DVDs. They also get full versions of the speeches and ceremony on the DVD (if permitted), along with some printed stills from the day.

We also are able to offer a bespoke film with added extras including extra copies of the dvds, extra hours filming, vintage effect or super 8mm film so we are able to create a package that is adaptable to the individual couples.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes, if they quote BRDSUPN1 when booking they are able to get a 10% discount on our gold and platinum packages and a 5% discount on the silver package.

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

We have some examples of our films along with our packages and prices on our website www.silversixpencefilms.com, we are also on Facebook and Twitter.

We are pretty much always online so are usually able to answer any questions that prospective clients will have very quickly.

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Valentine Cinema. Day Two: Lydia & Rob

February 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Don’t mind us, we’re just interrupting your lunch hour with something beautiful.  This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you. 

A Gorgeous Wedding at Denton Hall from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  Did you know that the biggest regret amongst newly weds is not to have a wedding film?  Well it’s true… but having a videographer is still so low down the priority list of many couples. I recently spoke to a bride who’d spent over £6,000 on her dress so had cut her film budget by half. It’s all very well having a beautiful dress and I’m sure the photographs will do it justice, but why compromise on a film which could have given her lifelong living memories of the day?

Here’s today’s Valentine Cinema for Brides Up North.  Lydia and Rob were married at another location that I’m proud to be recommended by, Denton Hall in Ilkley.  Lydia got ready in the morning in the wonderful coach house and then walked up the drive for her civil ceremony in the house. Some ceremonies are quite short so this couple chose to have a film of their ceremony in full, rather than a highlights film.

As well as working closely with many venues like Denton Hall I also pride myself in the relationship I have with other suppliers, especially on the day, so I was thrilled when photographer Karen Ross sent me this note after working with me at this wedding. “After working with several videographers over recent years,  I can honestly say that Emma is the best I have worked with.  It was a real pleasure to work alongside her.  Her work is first rate and her desire for us to work together to obtain the best results possible for the wedding couple was both refreshing and effective.” And that is what it is all about. Everyone working together to achieve the best possibly results for the couple to make their day memorable and enjoyable.

I hope you love today’s short film as much as I do. 

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Good Music, Good Food, Good Times! Peacock Feathers & Glowsticks For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Vicky & Paul

February 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I have loved every moment of putting together Vicky & Paul’s Real Wedding feature!  You see, the bride and I go way back, as I used to go out with her lovely brother Neil at University.  Although it didn’t work out for us (and Neil is now happily married himself to a gorgeous lady!) I’m glad to say that we still keep in touch, and that it did work out ever so well for Neil’s little sister Vicky and one of our Uni mates, Paul. 

Knowing Vicky, I knew her wedding celebration was going to be big, colourful and offbeat… and couldn’t wait to see her submission.  I was exactly right:  Vicky and Paul’s wedding was a fabulous day full of feeling, personality, beauty and fun.

Bravo Mrs Hough!

With images by Andy Gaines.

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Vicky says:  Paul and I first met when I went to visit my brother Neil at University in 2003. We got together four years later in early 2007 after meeting up again and Paul plucked up the courage to ask my brother if he could go out with me!

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Paul and I aren’t a very traditional couple and I suppose it follows that our engagement wasn’t either. One evening out of the blue and in the run up to our five year anniversary, Paul asked me to go online and pick out what my ideal engagement ring would look like. The task itself was easy as like many other girlfriends, I’d been looking at rings for months but this was the first time he’d ever uttered the ‘E’ word and I was beside myself with excitement. The fact, however, that it was a vintage ring not available to buy immediately online was something Paul was not prepared for. His solution was to take me to London to spend a day trying on diamond rings… it was tough, but I accepted the challenge! By a stroke of luck the exact ring I’d seen online was still there and after purchasing I was one happy bunny. However we still weren’t actually engaged yet so back it went into the box.

About a week later, we were getting ready to go out and I was running spectacularly late. Running downstairs with fluffy hair and makeup half on, I noticed that our song was playing, and as I turned the corner into the lounge, Paul was there on one knee. Paul has never been one for grand romantic gestures, and you know what, getting engaged in our little house, listening to our song, with just the two of us, was perfect

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Andy Gaines Creative

Our wedding day was the day of the deluge – 6th September 2013. After decorating the hall in temperatures pushing 30 degrees on the Thursday, my heart sunk when I woke to a total downpour and grey skies on our wedding day. However, once the day got into full flow, the rain added a comedy element (watching people running under the cover of umbrellas), a dramatic element (fabulously moody skies in our photos) and ultimately created a fantastic cosy, party atmosphere for the meal and evening dancing. Plus as my friend texted me ‘Better that 2 beautiful people get married in the rain, than 2 mingers get married in the sun’ – brilliant!

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We chose to say “I do” at a beautifully refurbished old barn at East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire. 

I’m a country lass, growing up in the wilds of Norfolk and I desperately wanted to get married in somewhere I felt had that element of the countryside. Now finding a barn in Norfolk would have pretty easy but our hearts were set on getting wed in the county we had met and begun our lives together. Despite its proximity to the Dales, there are few barns to choose from in reach of Leeds, so we weren’t sure what we’d find at East Riddlesden Hall. Our first trip there was a gloriously sunny day and the place combined a sense of rural beauty and aged grandeur. Emma, who is the wedding planner was so helpful and relaxed, taking on board all our ideas and answering our questions. It is pretty fair to say that we were smitten as soon as we entered the barn. Even undecorated, the place looks stunning; with exposed beams, flagstone floors and whitewashed walls dotted with tiny windows. As a keen crafty-type, the thought of such a beautiful blank canvas to work on was a dream come true. The venue is also run by the National Trust and the thought that we were investing in the future of such a beautiful place was the icing on the cake.

It must be said that the staff at ERH are brilliant and they have put so much work into making this a fantastic wedding venue. Particular thanks go to Emma and Sam who were on hand to chauffeur people and perform emergency cake decorating duties. The in-house bar run by ERH served a great selection of drinks, including locally brewed beers, much to my husband’s delight. Having such dedicated staff all working tirelessly, made a huge difference to the day.

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Andy Gaines Creative

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I began by actively rebelling against having a theme as I am, by nature, unable to decide on any one thing (except for a husband of course). Our wedding motto was ‘good music, good food and good times’. I knew I didn’t want anything matchy-matchy (I always think that allowing things to be a little rough round the edges means you can be a bit more flexible!). Plus as we decided to get married in a beautiful old barn, anything too polished would have looked out of place. We just wanted ourselves and our guests to feel relaxed, included and have an awesome time.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

As time went on and my Pinterest account bulged with pictures that had caught my eye, I realised that bright colours and handmade details kept appearing in my selections. I decided that whilst I wouldn’t outlaw any particular colours, I would focus on blues, purples, white and add touches of gold (if only to force me in making decisions on decorations). I have always been obsessed by peacock feathers so they played a big role in tying decorations together too.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

The glamorous and very lovely Anna Stephenson was a joy to have doing my hair and makeup. We spent the entire trial run chatting and laughing and the final look was exactly as I wanted. Anna and Lucy turned up early and were so flexible with how we wanted to organise the morning, it put me at ease and I absolutely loved the whole getting ready part of the day. Despite a lot of dancing and a bit of limboing, both hair and makeup stayed put the entire day.

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The dress! Such a big decision! And one I made in a single day! I spent hours, nay days, looking at dresses – shapes, lengths, decorations, straps – the choice is bewildering and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted. Facing this uncertainty, I decided to leave my first wedding dress shop until my mum could accompany me. Now one of my mum’s best qualities is that she wears her heart on her sleeve. After 14 dresses, none of them were meeting with much excitement. That is until I tried on an ivory crinkle chiffon, one strap, corset dress with sweetheart neckline at Confetti and Lace in Stanningley. After looking in the mirror and deciding I really quite liked this one, I looked up at Mum who had tears rolling down her face. Either I looked bloody awful and she was in despair, or it was ‘the one’. Luckily after a few moments I established it was the latter and I bought it on the spot. The women at Confetti and Lace were fantastic and helped me alter the dress by removing all crystal detailing and the strap, so the individualist in me is quite proud to say my dress is a one off.

With such a clean cut dress, the detailing in my outfit came from a fascinator I made with blue, purple and white flowers decorated with pearls. My shoes were bright blue vintage style sling backs from Rocket Dog. For my jewellery, I decided to wear a gold chain with my grandmothers’ wedding rings hung on it, so I could feel like they were part of the day. As a wedding gift, Mum also gave me a gold heart locket that had belonged to my grandmother who had worn it almost every day. I felt a strange mix of sadness and pride, and the fact the Mum was giving it to me was very, very, special indeed.

Paul wore a gorgeous bright blue fitted 3-piece suit from Reiss with brown brogues from Hudson. I may be biased but I thought he looked pretty damn handsome.

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I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and glamorous so opted for navy blue 1940s style dresses from Phase Eight. I then bought them some amazing chunky necklaces from Ashley at TheEnchantedOwl on Etsy, sent all the way from Georgia, USA. The bright purple looped in the colours from the decorations and the girls all looked beautiful!

The groomsmen all wore grey 3-piece suits hired from Slaters. They were accessorised with purple ties, Hawaiian-print pocket squares and my homemade peacock feather buttonholes tied with navy blue ribbon.

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I carried a beautiful mix of flowers by the ever so lovely Lynne of Stems Design. Deep pink Celoxia, bright blue Nigella, light pink astilbe, Blue Veronica, Scabious, Blue Wax, Cornflower, various grasses, tiny succulents and of course, peacock feathers. Lynne was a joy to work with, so enthusiastic and full of ideas – the final result was stunning.

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I was originally planning on going down in a taxi with my bridesmaids but my Dad took an uncharacteristic step in intervening. He said that he would arrange my transport but refused to reveal what it would be. I had nightmarish visions of going side-saddle on a horse or riding pillion on a quadbike. As it turns out, my Dad and Brother, Neil (who was also our best man) had spent the previous night decorating Neil’s car with white ribbons, stashing a bottle of champagne in the back seat and recording an eclectic pre-wedding message and playlist. Little did I imagine that the last song I would hear before I entered the world of marriage would be Gangnam Style!

It was a very special time to have with Dad, who drove us. He was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year and I am fiercely proud of how he dealt with it with humour and love, having a precious few minutes talking and laughing with just the two of us was very important to me.

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Wedding readings were really hard to decide on – we wanted to strike a balance between celebratory, real and emotional but absolutely not smush. After much searching we opted for the lyrics from Noah and the Whale’s ‘Give a Little Love’ and an extract from ‘The Game’. There were many chins a quiver by the end – it really was a memorable moment.

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Andy Gaines Creative

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Andy Gaines Creative

Special thanks must go to Geoff, our fantastic registrar from Keighley Council. He completely put us at ease, conducted the ceremony with heart and humour.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Paul and I are super foodies, not in the foams and micro-herb type of way but in the yummy, fill-you-up type of way. With this in mind, the food at our wedding was pretty important and the fine fayre served up by the people at GFS Catering was exceptionally good. Goat’s cheese tarts for starters, Lamb shanks and mash for mains and chocolate profiteroles for pudding were all delicious crowd-pleasers. An evening buffet of sausage baps and halloumi pittas served to mop up some of the great selection of drinks also served up by GFS with the help of the brilliant Martinez Wines in Ilkley. Special thanks to Alex from GFS who was such a great help on the day, finding alternatives to unknown food allergies and making sure each course flowed into the next seamlessly.

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Cake wasn’t high on our priorities so we used up some vouchers and opted for three layers of M&S loveliness. I then decorated with homemade flower crown and mini glitter bunting. All in all a pretty little cake which cost us less than £10! In the end I’m glad we didn’t spend loads on the cake, because by the time it came to try it, it had all gone!

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines, our photographer, was the very first wedding-related enquiry I made, even before we had a date or a venue. His photographs are stunning. They have this gritty yet ethereal quality that I find fascinating. Plus Andy himself is a blooming lovely chap – so welcoming, unobtrusive and damn talented. Andy worked like a ninja-trooper on our wedding day, capturing shots whilst keeping out of the way and staying from morning ‘til way past everyone’s bedtimes in order to capture our day. Everyone has commented on how awesome the pictures are, with even my normally-bored-silly-by-photos Dad confessing and I quote, ‘Fantastic photos – absolutely brill.  Can’t wait to see the rest!’. Andy’s gone from strength to strength in the two years we’ve known him and it’s not hard to see why.

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Andy Gaines Creative

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We employed the fantastic talents of Rachel from Simply Vintage to help us decorate the huge space. Rachel strung a plethora of fairy lights, colourful pom poms with peacock feathers and white lace bunting across the beams. I then decided to make a lot of the decorations myself, including props for the tables, peacock name places and adding little splashes of our personalities across the barn, including photographs of my grandparents on their wedding days. I think however, the biggest and most complex decoration was our sequin LOVE sign. This beast was lovingly crafted out of gold sprayed MDF letters and sequins individually nailed on. It took a hell of a lot of work but looked pretty darn good strung up on the barn beams and glistening in the fairy lights.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Without a doubt the speeches was my favourite part of the day.  2013 was a tough year having had both my Dad and Paul’s Mum diagnosed with cancer within a couple of months of each other. Dad’s speech was emotional – not only because of what we were going through at the time but because it reaffirmed just how much I owe to my fantastic family. He laughed about my unrivalled ability to be untidy, spoke about the time I drew a picture of him stark naked much to the disapproval of my nursery teachers (but to the hilarity of my parents!) and how he was so proud of me despite having no idea what my job title actually means.

Paul’s speech talked of how he did the unthinkable and asked out his best friend’s sister, how darn well it had all worked out and even how despite his hatred of clichés, he thought we were made for each other!

Then it was the turn of my older brother Neil to give the best man’s speech. I wondered if he might take this opportunity for the ultimate teasing of his little sister but I needn’t have worried as he mostly concentrated on his best friend and long-time drinking partner, my husband! Superbly written and with touches of comic brilliance, it was the ultimate tribute to Paul and I being both deeply personal and evoking fantastic memories. I will always be thankful to him for the effort he put into the speech. Oh and not to forget our wedding present – a canvas featuring our Back to Future drinking game– rather nattily named by myself as ‘Flux Incapacitated’ – I thank you!

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Music is big in our house, so we always knew it would feature a lot in the wedding. We employed the gorgeous sounds of the Northern String Quartet for the ceremony, playing a mixture of old and new for the waiting guests. I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ which was just gorgeous. During the signing were the sublime ‘One Day like this’, God only knows’, and ‘All you need is Love’. Then I entered the world as Mrs Hough to sounds of ‘Hoppipolla’ which was such an uplifting way to end the ceremony.

For the evening, we had the brilliant City Lights who blew our socks off with a great mix of modern tunes and some classic floor fillers, kicking off the set with a stonking rendition of ‘Got my mind set on you’ by George Harrison.

The evening celebrations were added to by some unorthodox entertainment in the form of glow sticks. What was an off the cuff purchase reminiscent of my raving days, became the biggest success of the day. Never did I think I’d witness friends of my parents fighting over who would get the glow bunny ears! The glow stick limbo was a total stroke of genius and made for some memorable photos!

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We decided to delay our honeymoon both because we had no money left and the weather in Thailand is much better at this time of the year. So in but a few weeks time, we’ll be heading off to Thai cities and shorelines.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to decide where you want to focus your efforts and your money – for us it was the look and feel of the venue, excellent food and awesome music. Wedding preparation is hard so don’t spread yourself too thin by trying to do too much. I absolutely adored being engaged and putting my heart and soul into planning our wedding day and I’m so glad we had the time to enjoy it all.

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Congratulations Vicky & Paul!

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A Romantic. Fabulous Photographer: JB Creatives

January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one of the loveliest girls I know (do I say that about all my Featured Suppliers?  Only when it’s true)!  She’s a dab hand both at the wedding stationery table – check out her website for more details – and behind the camera too.  Today, we are concentrating on her wedding photography talents, so lets meet her and check out a rather stunning sample of her work.  Oh, and she might just have flung a little freebie in there especially for Brides Up North readers too…

JB Creatives is offering a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with Jane before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

I have always loved being creative and doing all things arty. I studied my art foundation course at Leeds College of Art and Design, where I took a more detailed interest in what had always been a hobby. I then went on to study Graphic Communication at Uni in Cardiff. As well as studying Design principles we used SLR cameras and learnt how to develop our own film in the dark room, which was an amazing thing to have done. 

Many years after finishing my degree, whilst working as a graphic designer a good friend asked me if I would photograph her wedding. I was terrified and didn’t sleep for weeks before their big day! I read so many books on wedding photography, practiced on every willing friend I had and made sure I was fully prepared before their wedding day… the day came and went so quickly and I absolutely loved it. It felt really lovely knowing that I’d captured their moment in time, that it could be revisited for years to come. But best of all they were over the moon with the photos!  And so began my thirst for capturing perfect love stories.

One of the guests at that first wedding asked me to photograph their wedding and so the ball started rolling.  Since then I have photographed just over 50 weddings, enjoyed every one of them and now I have the privilege of doing it full time!

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Why wedding photography specifically? 

I’m a romantic and I love photographing people. So doing what I do means I get to see so many beautiful people on one of the most important days of their lives. To be able to tell their beautiful love story through the photos is a real honour.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer, it would be hard to pick one favourite thing. I obviously love taking photos, composing a picture and telling stories with them. But I also love all the emotions that come with a wedding day: the father’s face as he proudly walks his little girl down the aisle; the groom seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle towards him; all the smiles and laughter; the speeches; I love all the small details that put together make every wedding unique… It’s hard to pick one specific thing as it’s more a collection of all the little things that together make it such a special thing to be able to do.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

I’m a gentle, friendly sort of person. I talk to all the couples I have the pleasure of photographing as if they were friends. I meet all the couples before the wedding day itself to get to know one another beforehand. You’d be surprised how many people forget I have a camera with me.

An engagement shoot is also a great way to get used to the camera before the day itself. I find it helps a lot of the couples I photograph as they have already spent time in front of the camera together and seen the results.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

Just relax and enjoy your day. After all the preparation and planning your day has finally arrived, you will look beautiful so will have nothing to worry about. 

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

Someone once said your wedding makeup should be the best version of your self, so don’t wear anything you wouldn’t normally wear. Have a make-up trail before your wedding to ensure you’ll be happy with it on the day. But most of all a bride should wear whatever makeup she feels comfortable and confident in wearing and whatever makes her feel beautiful, her inner beauty will then shine out and that’s what will make the photos great.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

I would have loved to have photographed Kate and Will’s wedding!! Kate being the fashion icon she is and Will being our handsome prince, that would have been something to be proud of!

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

I know most weddings follow the same structure but it’s so lovely to see how each couple make it their own. I photographed a wedding on a gorgeous day last August at The Cheerful Chilli, Otley, the bride and groom, Hayley and Adam, decided on the day to have the speeches outside which was beautiful as everyone just sat in the venue’s garden with their glass of sparkle, as the speeches were given in the sunshine. It was lovely.

At a different wedding at Wood Hall, James, the groom, knew he would get emotional (and possibly cry) as he spoke about his bride, so he wrote everything down on big sheets of paper before hand then held them up for everyone to read. He did it really well, I don’t think there was anyone in the room that wasn’t moved by it.

Another summer wedding was at East Riddlesden Hall Barn and Rachel, the bride had a Wuthering Heights theme. She hand made so many amazing little details that filled the barn with colour and texture.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

With a background in Design I like to think I compose a photograph well. I don’t limit the number of photos I give my clients but give them as many photos as possible so I can tell the story to its fullest.  I also design and make wedding stationery so I am sometimes involved from an earlier stage in the planning process and get a better idea of how the wedding will look on the day. But perhaps the best way to answer this question is to direct you to my testimonials page on my website.  I’ve had some really amazing feedback.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

On more than a couple of occasions I’ve been described as a photo ninja! I don’t do any kind of fancy foot work or back flips anywhere, I’m just very discreet, and apparently seem to be in more than one place at the same time! The only time I would lightly direct any photos is for the bride and groom photos and if the couple wanted any group shots. My style is very much documenting the day. I don’t like to be intrusive and so am very much a fly on the wall for most of the day.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What is included in your “package”? 

I will be there to capture the story of the day from the excited bridal preparations in the morning through to the romantic first dance. The couple will then receive the high resolution edited images, usually around 600-800 photos about 6-8 weeks after the wedding day. A selection of the images will also go onto an online password protected gallery the details of which can be passed on to friends and family to view the pictures and purchase prints. You can add on an engagement shoot, select from a range of albums and lots more lovely extras if you wish.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Can you give us an idea on price? 

Photography coverage on the day starts at £1,250. Please get in touch to receive more information and the price guide.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I can offer a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with me before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

You can see examples of my work on my website my blog is updated regularly www.jbcreatives.co.uk

or you can follow me on Facebook or on Twitter. 

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Anything else we should know?

Not only do I have the pleasure of photographing so many beautiful weddings but I also design and make bespoke wedding stationery, you can see examples of these on my website.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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The Silk Garden. A Styled Shoot By Rebecca Jagger: Plus An Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

January 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

This morning I’m thrilled to share this stunning styled shoot in Halifax showing off the creations of one very talented local lady, Rebecca of Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories.  And because she’s kind as well as creative, if you like what you see here (and my bet is you will) Rebecca is offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive discount.  Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories would like to offer Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount until 28th February 2014.  Please quote Brides Up North when contacting Rebecca.  Bonus!  Read on, read on…

With images by Nicola Mackrill

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Rebecca says:  When planning my wedding, I found it very difficult to find the right head piece to compliment my 1930′s style dress. I knew I didn’t want a veil, but couldn’t afford the bespoke prices of a milliner. As a tailor by trade I thought I would have a go at making my own. From this Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories was born. 

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

My designs are completely hand made by me, all hand sewn, meaning each piece is bespoke. I use the most luxurious silks and soft feminine veiling, which give a lovely vintage feel to my pieces.

For my first photo shoot we used the beautiful venue Holdsworth House in Halifax, where we made the most of the gorgeous surroundings. I got to work with some very talented ladies, and we got fabulous photographs.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola says:  Our inspiration for the shoot was a vintage 1920′s glamour, the setting was beautiful and the model was amazing, even through the cold and the rain! As a team, we have another shoot planned for the spring, just waiting for the weather to cheer up first… 

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

I have been a photographer for many years, but it is only within the last two years that I decided to take the leap to set up my own business.  I love covering weddings that are a little bit different, quirky or unusual and my style is quite informal and relaxed.   I like to capture the essence of the day in a way that complements the Bride and Groom. Alongside weddings, I still work on personal projects and have an exhibition in the pipeline due for April.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories would like to offer Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount until 28th February 2014.  Please quote Brides Up North when contacting Rebecca.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Little Black Book

Images:  Nicola Mackrill

Headpieces:  Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories

Styling accessories:  Rosy Apple Creations

Hair:  Gemma Peers

Make Up:  Carys Farrow

Wedding Dresses:  Lush Bridal

Model:  Katie Burnside

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

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