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

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Ashley & Bronwyn’s booking was rather last minute, passed onto me from another photographer who unfortunately wasn’t able to cover their day due to illness.

I was delighted to be available, and felt very lucky to have been asked, as it was a truly fantastic day all round. Due to the last-minute nature, we’d only had time for a brief chat on the phone and a bit of last minute planning by email… but this was more than enough for this loved-up couple. It was clear from the minute I arrived they were both going to throw themselves into having fun. and going with the flow on their wedding day, after two Covid postponements..nothing could stop them!

When I arrived at Bronwyn’s Nan & Grandad’s house, I immediately felt like one of the gang… we had such a giggle.  Bronwyn’s Nan had bought enough sweets for the wedding to stock a corner shop….resulting in a sugar high all day for all!

The venue, The Arches at Dean Clough, Halifax is brilliant for an urban, industrial and laid back wedding. It’s got bags of character and a looooad of twinkly lights.

The day was brilliant from start to finish and I managed to get out in golden light for some relaxed portraits of the new Mr & Mrs….. what a bonus!

Here are the highlights of their brilliant Yorkshire wedding….

 

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A huge congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Griffin and thank you so much for having me to photograph your wedding.

 

 

Supplier details:

Venue: The Arches at Dean Clough  Halifax

Dress: Wtoo By Watters

Bridesmaid Dresses: Chi Chi London

Flowers: Floralisa

Hair & Make up: Bridesmaid Leah!

Cake: Three Little Birds Bakery

Campervan: The Volkswagen Wedding Co. 

Menwear: ASOS

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They must not be used without written permission from the photographer.

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I was super happy when Lee & Antony got in touch to book their wedding photography for March 2022, with me at The Manor House Lindley  

It’s a super swanky venue, tucked away on a Huddersfield street. As soon as you walk in, the staff are so friendly and helpful, and when we met up for a cuppa there and I saw the surroundings I realised we’d be spoilt for choice for photograph locations.

(Incidentally, a couple of weeks before their big day, the venue was crowned The National Hotel Wedding Venue Of The Year At The Wedding Industry Awards, which is a pretty big deal, and you can see why when you see just how great the staff are!)

Anyway! Back to their big day… the sun was shining… and I was delighted to be joined by Jenny who was my second photographer for the day.  Lee & Antony got ready together and then went down to greet their guests in the doorway of The Coach House (the wedding venue bit!), this was such a wonderful way to start the wedding and meant there were hugs all round. They also walked down the aisle together, perfect.

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Onto the drinks, the reception had such a relaxed vibe, it was one of the best weather days of the year so far so people were really enjoying soaking up the sun and catching up with friends and family.

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One thing about super sunny wedding days is, it can make the photography side of things a bit more of a challenge. The last thing you want is a load of photographs of guests squinting into the sun. Lee & Antony were brilliant at trusting me, just going with the flow and we captured some relaxed portraits of them in the gorgeous afternoon light. We definitely had a giggle too!

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Their cake , made by Cheryl Bottomley Cakes had super sentimental meaning, as the design was inspired by Antony’s late Mum, and there were more than a few tears and hugs from people looking at and chatting about the cake.

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What a wonderful day full of LOVE, friends, family and happiness. It was a true delight to be there.

A big huge congratulations on your marriage, and a big thanks to the new Mr & Mr Sykes-Higgins for choosing me to

capture your special day.

All photographs and text copyright Katie Byram Photography

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I absolutely love it when people include their dogs as part of their wedding celebrations!

Here are my top tips for planning a dog friendly wedding day: 

1. CHOOSING YOUR VENUE

Choose your venue wisely! If having your dog at your wedding is a deal breaker, be sure to research thoroughly if the potential venues are dog friendly.

Just how dog friendly are they? Questions to ask could be:  Will your dog be welcome during your ceremony? Will they be able to stay at your accommodation with you? Do they have a quieter room if your dog needs some space?  Is there somewhere nearby for a doggy walk?

One of my favourite dog-friendly wedding venues in The Lake District is Broadoaks Country Hotel near Windermere.

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2. SEE YOUR DAY THROUGH YOUR DOGS EYES

Is there anything in particular that could be stressful for your dog during the day? Perhaps loud music? Plan in advance if there are times your dog should be around or be taken for a walk instead! If your day seems like it would be too difficult for your dog, there are plenty of ways they can be included instead of actually being there. Consider having engagement photographs with your dog instead and have one on display on the day. Or perhaps include them on your table plan design or cake topper.

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3. PLAN A ROLE!

Will your dog be walking down the aisle? A bridesmaid? Perhaps even ring bearing? Have a think about how they can be included in advance, and have a plan B incase your furry best friend isn’t feeling up to it on the day.

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4. NOMINATE A DOG-HELPER!

If you have a  friend or family member coming along who knows your dog. ask them if they can be your dog-helper for the day! This takes the pressure off you, so you can relax and enjoy the big day, knowing your  fur baby is in safe hands. There are also some professional dog walkers that offer this specific service – how amazing! For example – Katie & Co   offers a range of wedding day services in Yorkshire. 

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5. PLANNING THE PAWFECT DOG OUTFIT! 

Ok, I’m not suggesting you dress your dog in a costume, they will probably hate you for that! But what about a new collar & lead for the occasion, something to match your colour scheme. Or a bow tie, bandana or floral collar for photographs? You could also consider special touches –  one of my wedding couples got their dog Raven, a new ID tag with their new family name. How cute! Why not discuss with your florist if they can create something beautiful!

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If your dog will be present during your wedding meal, a great ideas is to bring their bed from home so they can be settled. Don’t forget their favourite toy!

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7. BOOK A DOG FRIENDLY PHOTOGRAPHER

This sounds obvious but when searching for a wedding photographer, if your dog is part of your wedding day, definitely check your photographer (and other suppliers that will be there on the day) are comfortable around dogs. Fun fact – I actually used to be scared of dogs as I was bitten when I used to be a paper girl in my teens. After that I got a job walking a dog and since then, I absolutely love dogs! I love it when my couples include them as part of their wedding day.

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All images and text copyright Katie Byram Photography

 

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Carly & Chris finally got to tie the knot in October 2021 after a year’s postponement, and wow what a brilliant day they had! They chose to get married at Todmorden Unitarian Church – a beautiful, historic church, which was extremely welcoming and diverse (not been to a church that regularly hosts rock concerts before!). They had their first look outside the church! After the ceremony they stuck around for pies & drinks (Yup, I’ve never seen a font used as a bar before either!) and a natter with their guests.

With a short walk, they led their guests down to Yakumama, an independent bar & cantina in the centre of Todmorden.(Plus it’s 100% vegetarian, woop!) This was the perfect venue for a laid back and super cool wedding!

We stopped by the canal for a few relaxed portraits, and the rest of the evening involved food, laughs, chats, donuts, cocktails, dancing, and even a post-it-note game. Chris & Carly and their guests were so welcoming, I genuinely felt like part of the family. It was the perfect approach to blend in and get photographs, and I love it when I get to belly laugh with the bridesmaids too!

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Delicious donuts from Ant & Doh! 

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PS. I’m already thinking of my next meal at Yakumama too! – absolutely delicious!

 

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Wait, what exactly is a ‘first look?’ 

A ‘first look’ is an increasingly popular part of the wedding day in the UK. It’s setting aside some time before the ceremony to see each other, once you’re dressed and ready to get married. So that the first time you see each other on the big day, isn’t in front of a crowd either.

In many countries, it’s completely normal to see your partner before you walk down the aisle.

But isn’t that bad luck? Funnily enough, there are no statistics to suggest your marriage is more likely to fail because you’ve laid eyes on your partner prior to your ceremony 😉 There are, on the other hand many great reasons for considering a ‘break in tradition’ to see each other before you say ‘I do’!

Here are 6 brilliant reasons!

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                                            1. It helps to settle those nerves

Having had the privilege of photographing many wedding days, many couples are extremely nervous about walking down the aisle, and lots of them say ‘As soon as I see X, I know I will feel better’. All of my couples that have chosen to do a first look say they were way more relaxed walking down the aisle. Having been able to see their partner first also provided some reassurance and support!

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2. It’s a chance to share a private moment with your partner 

(Ok so your photographer/videographer will be there discreetly capturing the moment too!)

A wedding day can go by in a blur, and often with many friends and family to chat to, sometimes it’s hard to find the time just to take a few minutes with your partner! A first look can offer that opportunity, and create a wonderful memory from your wedding day.

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3. You have more time to party! 

Having a first look means you get chance for a few lovely couples photographs before your ceremony, meaning that’s more time to party with your guests later!

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4. It’s perfect for winter weddings. 

If you’re opting for a winter wedding, you tend to lose light pretty quickly after the ceremony. Having a first look can sometimes be the difference between having natural light photographs of you and your partner , or not. It also means things are more relaxed later on as you won’t need to squeeze in portrait photographs before it gets dark.

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5. It’s ideal for same sex couples! 

From experience, I’ve found many same-sex couples opting for a first look. It can solve the ‘who walks down the aisle and when’ decision, you can walk down together instead (or not).

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5. Create some epic emotional photographs

Ok, so i’m a bit biased here! But I absolutely love the emotion that I can capture during first look photographs, and capturing those special memories for you, to look back on for years. It’s that raw, genuine emotion of the first time you see each other all dressed up and ready,  before you walk down the aisle. You can also set a brilliant location, the choice is yours.

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So, what do you think? Would you consider a first look? I’d love to hear your plans!

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