Katie Byram Photography » Fun & relaxed female wedding photographer based in Northumberland / Newcastle Upon Tyne , covering the UK & Destination Weddings

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Summerhill Bowling Club is one of my favourite little gems in Newcastle City Centre. It’s a bowling club & community centre with a real ‘village hall’ feel. It’s tucked away in some leafy streets very close to the Discovery Museum. It’s perfect for couples looking for a place to host a relaxed DIY wedding, and that’s exactly what Frankie & Simon wanted to celebrate their marriage.

Their ceremony took place at The Mining Institute, right by central station. They got married in the lecture theatre, followed by a drinks reception in the historic library. Frankie & Simon were really set on having lots of fun documentary images, telling the story of their day. This was perfect for me!

The bride & bridesmaids got ready at Hotel Du Vin, in a  a gorgeous room overlooking the River Tyne and the iconic bridges.

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Frankie became really emotional after seeing herself as a bride, it had finally sunk in she was getting married!

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One of the bridesmaids read a brilliant poem out during the ceremony – “I wanna be yours”

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The family had spent many, many hours crafting decor for the wedding reception, which took place in a big marquee as well as the bowling club itself.

It was so personal, beautiful and fun!

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After afternoon tea style snacks, mingling, games and photos, it was time for the meal. The couple opted for sharing platters which really created a family style atmosphere. The cheesecakes were a big hit too!

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Soon it was time to hit the dance floor and have a boogie to the band.

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Frankie & Simon really did have the perfect day, despite dodging a few rain drops, they had the diy, fun, family wedding they really wanted!

Thanks so much to Frankie & Simon for having me as your wedding photographer and congratulations on your marriage again <3

Big thanks to Chris Randle  for working alongside me too!

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I had been very much looking forward to Lewis & Heather’s big day at one of my favourite venues, High House Farm Brewery in Northumberland.

I had chatted to them over Skype to hear all about their plans. Heather is a zookeeper and Lewis a chef. They are both very passionate about their careers and this showed in the personal touches they brought to their wedding day.

The bridal preparations took place in a cottage in Matfen village, and there was such a buzz!

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Heather’s gown was from Ronald Joyce, and she knew as soon as she put it on it was the one. She wore quirky animal print converse under her dress.

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Her gorgeous wildflowers came from Eliza Blooms in Darlington and were a real talking point.

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The first time Heather’s Dad, Andy, saw her ready as a bride, it was a very emotional moment..
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Scamp the dog was the perfect ring bearer, carrying the rings down the aisle in a little pouch. He was rewarded with some doggy biscuits.

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The wedding car, a huge Landrover Defender, was a surprise that Heather’s Mum arranged on the wedding day. It was so perfect for the farm location.

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New York is a very special place for the bride and groom and so they named their tables after their favourite NY places. They had vintage teacups and afternoon tea served in picnic style hampers. The animal sculptures are by a favourite artist of Heather’s and were the perfect decoration for a zookeepers wedding!

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The father of the bride’s speech was absolutely hilarious, featuring many props!

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The wedding cake was made by Lewis himself, with a gorgeous marble finish. The other cakes came from a local bakery. After the meal we went for another wander around the farm to take some couples photographs. It was a perfect Spring day, with lots of daffodils around and spring lambs.

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A big congratulations to Heather & Lewis on their special day and a big thank you for having myself & Chris as your photographers.

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Back in September I went to The Secret Retreat workshop on the Cilantro Coast, down the road from Naples.

After the workshop I had two full days to myself, and after a bit of research decided to split my time between Pompeii & Sorrento to soak up some history & Italian culture.

I very much wanted to photograph some relaxed couples portraits in Sorrento…. and by the power of Twitter, managed to get in touch with Emily and Chris who were on holiday there for a week. They loved the idea of a fairly spontaneous photoshoot. With Emily being 7 months pregnant, it was brilliant to photograph some maternity photographs for her too!

Big thanks to Emily & Chris for spending a couple of hours wandering around Sorrento with me! <3

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Big thanks to Emily & Chris for sharing an afternoon of their holiday with me and my camera:)

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If you’re looking for a photographer for your Italian wedding or photoshoot, please drop me a line via my contact page, as I absolutely love to travel and cover weddings mostly everywhere!

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When I heard they were having their first open day, I simply had to take the opportunity to visit, and took along my camera for a few photographs. I immediately fell in love with the surroundings, as it is located between Creswell & Druridge Bay, on a lovely country lane. It overlooks both the sea and fields of cows and sheep. Here you certainly get coast and countryside rolled into one.

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Ali & Alison warmly greeted us (I took Chris along for the ride of course!) and showed us around.  My initial impressions were it’s managing to hit totally the right spot between rustic & boutique. It’s just completely filled with character and immediately could visualise the types of couples wanting to get married here. I have a feeling it’s going to be huge!

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The ceremony room is fully licensed for up to fifty guests, but there’s so much flexibility for larger weddings too. The venue even suggest you could have the legal ceremony first, followed by a more personal, humanist type ceremony on the beach or in a tipi! It definitely suits the more laid back and fun weddings, which is why I am soo excited about the possibilities of this place. Some venues state they are near to the sea, but this venue is literally across the road and through a little field. Wedding receptions can take place in the barn, or in a marquee or tipi. There are various options to choose from…

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Ruby Tuesday Events did all of the lovely styling for the wedding open day, and Emma Bunting provided the gorgeous bespoke bunting.

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The Barn On The Bay offer a full weekend for no-rush weddings, and complete exclusivity. You are also able to choose all of your own suppliers, including caterers, the only condition of this is that you use their bar….which when it looks like this…. is blumming amazing!!! Yep that’s a horse box bar. Which can even be towed to the beach… Perfect for a day-after barbecue!

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There is also a mobile tearoom in another horse box… how cute??

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The one dilemma I hear from couples planning their weddings, is that they are wondering about where their guests can stay nearby… well definitely not here. As well as offering free use of the camping field, Calico Barn is usually used as bunkhouse accommodation. So the bunkhouse sleeps eighteen guests. On top of this, couples could also hire luxury glamping bell tents…

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What also hit me about the venue was the total enthusiasm from the ladies, Ali & Alison who are clearly excited over the prospect of hosting weddings at the gorgeous Calico Barn. They really feel strongly about their couples having choice and flexibility for their wedding day to make each one perfectly personal.

I wish the team at Barn On The Bay lots of luck with their new venture….I think it’s going to be awesome and I really can’t wait to photograph my first wedding there!

All images and text copyright Katie Byram Photography 2017 and must not be used without written permission.

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I’ve known Leanne for a number of years as we used to work together, and I was absolutely thrilled when she got in touch to ask me to be her wedding photographer! She was marrying her lovely & funny fiancé Arnold (Arny), and planning a day full of colour and fun.

It was my first Chinese wedding and it was an amazing experience. Leanne had three dresses to wear throughout the day, which all came from their pre-wedding trip to Hong Kong!

The wedding ceremonies took place at The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle city centre, followed by a banquet at Sky Chinese Cuisine in Chinatown. I photographed this wedding with Chris as my second shooter as well and we had a fantastic time!

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At Chinese weddings, it is a tradition for the groom and his groomsmen to complete games and challenges before the groom is allowed to see the bride. The bridesmaid organise these games and believe me they didn’t make it easy for Arny & his groomsmen!

Wasabi roulette, flying bananas, balloon popping, a dance routine & putting their feet in ice cold buckets of water to collect chess pieces were all part of the fun. Obviously this was brilliant to photograph too.

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One of the groomsmen had to have his legs waxed by a bridesmaid…. which he did like an absolute trooper..

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After that, it was just the small task of negotiating a price with the bridesmaids before he was allowed to see Leanne….

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Luckily Arny pulled out some top negotiating skills and managed to secure his bride 😉 Then he read a declaration to her of how he would look after her in their marriage etc..it was so lovely!

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 Then it was time for the tea ceremony, which took place in the ballroom at the Vermont. This is a traditional part of a Chinese wedding and involves the couple serving tea to their parents and other family elders. Jewellery and lucky red envelopes are gifted to the couple

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After a little walk in the sunshine for some relaxed portraits… it was time for Leanne’s first dress change…

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Check out that train! Wowza!!!!

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Leanne just looked absolutely blumming amazing!!!! <3

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After some drinks and photographs at The Vermont Hotel, it was onwards to Sky Chinese Cuisine for a proper banquet!

Eleven courses of beautifully presented food, toasts, speeches and lots of giggles made it a brilliant night.

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Their amazing mini letters came from Coco Luminare.

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A big congratulations to Mr & Mrs Li on their marriage and a big thanks for having both me & Chris shoot your wedding day!

All photographs copyright Katie Byram Photography and must not be used without written permission.

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