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our love story: dawn & oliver

January 23rd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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We’re brightening up your Tuesday with this cool, urban engagement shoot (and accompanying love story) captured in Manchester city centre.

Carefree couple Oliver and Dawn, wanted a fun and playful shoot which reflected their love for one another, and we have to say, we think their photographers absolutely smashed the brief with vibrant street art backdrops, a mix of relaxed and intimate poses and a whole lot of hair swishing! We love!

With images by ZT Photography.

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dawn says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2017. It was magical surprise overlooking the beautiful city of Edinburgh. It was like all of Scotland was there to help us celebrate during the Hogmanay that evening.

We have set the date of our wedding for August this year, and have picked the stunning Hengrave Hall in Suffolk, as our venue.

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Oli and I first met at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey, where Oliver worked as a chef and I worked as a waitress during the holiday season when I was back from university.

For our first date Oli took me bowling and was a complete gentleman (a trait I love about him). We had a few drinks and reminisced about the old days.

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I realised Oli was the one for me from our very first date. He was caring, funny and had such a lovely personality that I knew I wanted him by my side for the rest of my life.

What I love most about Oli is his honesty and smile! His most annoying habit on the other hand is falling asleep in the middle of the day on the sofa.

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oliver says: I knew that Dawn was the one after she sent me on a treasure hunt all around her flat leading me to a door key so that I could visit her as much as I possibly could – I will never forget that day.

Dawn’s sense of humour and stunning looks are what I love most about her. Her worst habit however is leaving her empty contact lenses cases everywhere in the house.

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zoom in: picking the right wedding photographer for you

August 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We often mention on the blog how much of an important role a photographer plays in a wedding; not only on the big day itself, but also in the years that follow, with their images serving as life-long memories of the special event.

As such it’s super important that you like the style of the images that your chosen photographer produces, but with so many differing types of photography to choose, making a decision can be somewhat overwhelming.

To demonstrate the different outcome a wedding album can have depending on who is behind the lens, a talented group of North West based photographers got together at the stunning Ashfield House in Wigan, to shoot the exact same subjects in the very same location.

The results, which we’re sharing with you on the blog today, are all stunning but all rather different and, as intended, perfectly highlight the importance of couples choosing the right style and personality of photographer to suit both them and their wedding.

So prepare to be impressed and amazed as we hand over the blog to Katie Street, the owner of Ashfield House who came up with the clever concept for the collaborative shoot, plus the photographers who took part: Neil Redfern, David Stubbs, Andy Wardle, ZT Photography, and our very own Brides Up North Sponsor, the lovely Jonny Draper.

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katie says: The way couples pick a photographer was something I’d been thinking about for a long time before suggesting this shoot. Each time I heard “she’s a friend of a friend” or “my cousin used him and he was good” I got more and more frustrated knowing these couples could be missing out on picking a photographer that was more suited to their style. As an exclusive wedding venue, we work with a number of trusted photographers to capture the romance, emotion and fun of each wedding day, each with a totally different approach to their work. I wanted to give the photographers the same day, same backdrop, same couple but capture each photographer’s individual creativity and the difference in each set of images for all to see.

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At Ashfield House, we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to weddings and encourage our couples to be as individual and inventive as possible. We know that the best weddings at Ashfield play to the strengths of couples’ personalities, quirks and their passions. Photography is very similar. I’ve taken a keen interest in photography myself as an art form over the years, and am continually astounded by the quality and individuality of each photographer’s work who steps through the doors at Ashfield. My team and I stare in awe at the array of photographic work shared with us, and have often commented about the striking difference between styles and end results – even though the setting is the same. I wanted to show that picking a ‘good’ photographer isn’t enough, you need one that’s good for you.

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Choosing suppliers who share your vision is absolutely key to an amazing wedding and, alongside your memories, photographs are the only thing you have left, so choose wisely! The photographers that took part were equally pleased with the final results as I was…

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neil redfern says: Seeing everyone else’s different approaches and the way in which we each interacted with the couple was great. What I loved was that although we were all taking shots in the same location we each saw different things and that just illustrates how unique one photographer is to the next. I don’t think there was ever a time when we each wanted to take a shot the same as somebody else had.

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Did You Get Mighty Boof’ed With Brides Up North?!

November 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Image (c) The Bowdon Rooms

Don’t panic, boof’ing is not the new twerking.  It’s better. 

I’m writing this pretty late on Sunday night (ready to greet you on Monday morning) after an absolutely fantastic day in Altrincham for our Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at the beautiful Bowdon Rooms.

The snapshot above will give you a sense of the day – fun, friendly, fabulous and full of heart and soul.  This unique venue was transformed into a warm and welcoming vintage winter wonderland, and really was decked to the nines with twinkle, blooms and candlelight… as well as a full house of absolutely brilliant local exhibitors (only the best for my readers!). 

Image (c) Charlotte Eve via Instagram

It felt like one big party: with music from Minerva Ensemble, It’s A Wind Up and the brilliant Dominic Halpin Band keeping our feet tapping, loads of yummy cake samples from the likes of Pink Cocoa, Marie Antoinette Cakes and Cheshire Cat Cake Company, pretty glitzy things from Ophelia May, Cool Joolz and LCH Jewellery, lace loveliness (you should see these frocks!) from LOVE Bridal Boutique, vintage garden games, a retro booth and the rest!

And even if I do say so myself, we throw the best parties. 

And the best wedding exhibitions. 

Image (c) Brides Up North via Instagram

The next date at The Bowdon Rooms is booked – Sunday 27th April 2014 (!) – but I can’t think beyond a good night’s sleep just yet, so there’ll be more news on that later on.  Our last bridal exhibition of the season is at The National Railway Museum, York in just under two weeks time on Sunday 17th November 2013 (it’s going to be a biggie, we are closing the year with the grand finale!) so if you haven’t experienced the magic yet, get the date in your diaries, I’d love to see you there.  Click here to pre-register.

In the meantime, it’s time to come full circle to The Mighty Boof.  Did you step inside our fabulous photo booth at The Bowdon Rooms?  Be afraid.  Be very afraid. 

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Spot anyone you know?!

To hire The Mighty Boof for your wedding or special event (including personalisation) contact Zoe at boof@ztphotography.co.uk

 

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Lady Of The Lake: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West By Fable & Promise

September 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I love it when a styled bridal shoot lands in my inbox that completely knocks my socks off.  Today’s entrancing submission sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Charlotte of Fable & Promise did just that, and then some.

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This striking collection is so different, and has been beautifully and tastefully executed by the team.  The set of images stays true to theme throughout and the story really comes through.  The result makes for uncomfortable – yet stunning – viewing, as I really feared for our tragic heroine in white.  Be sure to give the film a spin too for an alternative look.  

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Charlotte of Fable & Promise says: I’m not entirely sure how the idea evolved but somehow the Lady of the Lake idea grabbed hold of our imagination and took on a life of its own. The initial idea and location were Kerry (Kerry Baker MUA) and Andy’s brainchild, but what it turned into perhaps wasn’t envisaged by any of us at the outset. After showing me a couple of photos of a recent trip to Buttermere Lake, that first grain of an idea turned into something we can all be proud of.

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Kerry and I had worked on a couple of projects together and very quickly discovered that we shared the same enthusiasm and creative direction. A harmless conversation turned into a plan, a simple idea into a mighty project and what started out as a very romantic, possible risk the dress shoot, very quickly turned into a much more creative, sod the dresses photo shoot.

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Well, if you’re going to do something, do it properly!

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The whole idea behind the photo shoot was to explore both the light and dark sides of the Arthurian Legend of the Lady of the Lake… was she the romantic heroine that aids King Arthur and his knights in his endeavours or the dark temptress that seduces Merlin and traps him by using his own magic against him?

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This gave Fable & Promise the opportunity to really unleash the creativity. We instantly knew that our favourite San Patrick dress was perfect for our heroine played by Sadie; the dress is called Calais, with layers of the softest tulle and feather detail. It was ideal for our innocent Lady of the Lake. We knew it would catch the breeze and float on the water and really create that ethereal beauty.

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We then needed something completely new for our darker Lady of the Lake played by Rosie. Fable & Promise not only showcases stunning contemporary bridal designers but we also create bespoke garments and couldn’t resist letting our alternative influences take over. We decided to make our temptress a dress in the richest aubergine satin and tulle; similar in silhouette to Calais but wilder.

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Kerry and I seem to spark off each other and I think Kerry’s imagination really took off with this photo shoot. The looks she created for both Sadie and Rosie were simply stunning and perfectly contrasting. I’ll let Kerry explain how she got there:

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“Sadie’s look was of one of purity and innocence with an effervescent quality to add a touch of magic. I used a combination of reflective pigments and soft sheer colours to create a light, dewy finish. Real human hair false lashes were used top and bottom to add a whimsical, romantic touch.

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Rosie’s look, by contrast, was dark, seductive with a earthy quality. Her eyes were laced with purples and green pigments to compliment the tones in the dress. Our temptress was also given dramatic lashes and glossy, wine coloured lips to complete the look.

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The products I used on the shoot are almost entirely by an amazing brand called Illamasqua…and it is thanks to their amazing skin base foundation that the models skin looks as flawless both before and after their dunkings! “

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We called on a handful of amazing individuals to help us bring this idea together:

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Duncan Fisher interpreted our vision perfectly, creating soft romantic curls for Sadie and tempestuous tresses for Rosie. The weather was quite mean to us so Duncan had to work particularly hard to keep the girls locks in order through the wind and rain… and repeated dunkings in the water!

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We were also delighted to have Chic Flowers of Leyland on board too. Chic Flowers is a new venture but they are not new to floristry and the bouquets and hair pieces they created for our theme were amazing. They knew exactly what we were looking for and really pulled out all the stops.

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We approached ZT Photography absolutely certain that Zoe was the right person for the job. I’d worked with Zoe and Liam on a previous shoot and knew the idea would spark her interest. She also captured the contrast between the purity and the untamed perfectly. I caught my breath the first time I saw some of the images and I’m still in awe of the levitation shots! Our lips are definitely sealed on that one.

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We also had Chris and Mike of CMY Productions on hand throughout the day creating the brilliant ‘behind the scenes’ video. I think they’ve really captured the feel of the day – and I don’t even mind that they caught me on film!

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Our models Sadie and Rosie were both completely amazing and perfect for this theme. It was a cold and windy day and neither of them even blinked an eyelid to us wanting them to get in the freezing cold water, repeatedly and completely! I certainly wouldn’t relish lying in cold stony water as the sun dips behind the hills and the wind whips wet hair against my face, but they were completely committed to what we were trying to achieve and I love them for it. You can see in the behind the scenes video that even completely soaked to the skin they are both big grins the entire day.

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And the day wouldn’t have worked without our good friend Andy; tour guide come extremely good natured dogsbody. He was an absolute star running about for everyone and generally helping the day run smoothly.

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I can’t tell you the excitement we’ve had over this photo shoot. Right from the very beginning we’ve know it was going to be pretty special but the results just blow us away. The anticipation to see the images has just been insane… I was literally on the edge of my seat as I downloaded the folder and waited as each image loaded and Kerry and I passed frantic messages between ourselves as we saw what had come out of everyone’s hard work.

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Concept, organization and styling -Kerry (Kerry Baker MUA) and Charlotte

Dresses- Fable & Promise Wedding Co. Ltd

Make up – Kerry Baker MUA

Hair – Duncan Fisher

Flowers – Chic Flowers

Photography – ZT Photography

Videography – CMY Productions

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  – Images © 2012 ZT Photography 

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