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

Way back last March, I organised a photoshoot with some other businesses at Marsden Grotto. One of these fabulous businesses was Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery, who kindly lent some jewellery to dress the models.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago and Tracey, the jewellery designer, who I am regularly in touch with got in touch to say she wanted to commission me to take photographs of some new designs she had. As she is based down in Devon, I was thoroughly touched that she was willing to trust me to organise and photograph her jewellery without being there on the day, and without having a chance to make decisions on the shoot coming together…eeep!

Tracey was after a classic, elegant style, with both close up images to show off the jewellery and also some full length creative photographs on a ‘bride’.

Left in my hands I called in the experts – Becci (Hair By Becci), Make up Artist Dani.Mua, as well as contacting Kirkley Hall, a gorgeous Northumberland wedding venue who kindly provided use of their Oak Room as well as other locations around the building including the outside area, to photograph our model Marie dressed in a beautiful Madeline Gardner dress from YAP Bridal in Newcastle.

Here are some photographs from the day, including some behind the scenes photographs.

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If you are looking for a stunning place to get married, a dress, beautiful hair and make up and of course gorgeous jewellery, I urge you to check out the above links, as they are all fantastic wedding businesses.

I am looking forward to photographing a winter wedding later this year at Kirkley Hall

All photographs (C) Katie Byram Photography and must not be used without written permission from the photographer.

 

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Kirstin & Neil planned a relaxed wedding at Ellingham Hall, near Alnwick in Northumberland last weekend. The venue welcomed guests to stay all weekend and enjoy themselves, and the couple & their family put in a huge effort to create a beautiful and fun wedding weekend for all.

Kirstin chose a Charlotte Balbier  wedding gown, and gorgeous TwoBirds bridesmaid dresses from YAP Bridal in Newcastle. I’ve only ever heard amazing things about the dresses & service at YAP Bridal and Jo the owner is a friend, so I knew their dresses would be amazing and they would be over the moon all around! Neil & his groomsmen wore burgundy suits and it all went so well together.

Kirstin carried a gorgeous white gypsophila bouquet with a hint of pink, and it featured a sentimental keepsake from her Grandparent’s wedding.  Tracey from Campbells Flowers created this simple but elegant bouquet, and the bridesmaids bouquets, and the men wore gypsophila buttonholes.

For this wedding, I was assisted by Debbie Stogden who was a massive help all day, and a really fun person to have around. A particular highlight was when I said “Debbie can you just block out the sun” whilst handing her a reflector. She said “But i’m only 4ft something?”…. Hilarious.

Kirstin & Neil are a lovely couple whose love and happiness for each other really shines thorough. They made their day really personal and thought of everything to look after their guests (Even flip flops for the evening so ladies could kick off their heels and have a dance!).

It was a pleasure to be there and I wish them an amazing mini-moon at Glastonbury (!!!)

Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Johnson on their marriage!

On to the wedding photographs…..

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All photographs (C) Katie Byram Photography 2013.

If you are looking for fun & relaxed wedding photography then please feel free to get in touch via my website. I am now taking bookings for 2014 & 2015 weddings and civil partnerships.

 

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Where to start?! Well, Rebecca & Neil got married on last week at High House Farm Brewery near Matfen, Northumberland. Right from the start of wedding planning the couple decided they wanted a relaxed day, with close family & friends, and as little wedding formality as possible.

I was thrilled when they chose to book me as their wedding photographer, and was very much looking forward to their big day. The couple chose not to have bridesmaids, groomsmen, maid of honour or best man. They chose not to have formal speeches or traditional cutting of the cake.

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The flowers were created by Scentiments of Monkseaton, and looked and smelled divine! The bouquet was just so beautiful to look at I found it hard to stop photographing and get on with something else:-)

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They chose to have a ‘first look’ instead of the tradition of not seeing each other before walking down the aisle. A first look is where the bride & groom meet up before the ceremony, to see each other for the first time in their wedding outfits. It’s a lot more common in America, but this was the first time I’ve ever had an opportunity to photograph one here in the UK. This was done just in front of myself. I set up the Neil, and then let Rebecca come around the corner. I stayed silent, and captured the candid moments on camera. It was an amazing moment and I am so honoured to have been there. We then spent some time prior to the ceremony capturing some relaxed couples photographs, and then the couple walked down the aisle to ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow – what a fab choice of music!

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The barn was decorated in a rustic, countryside style, and the order of service was amazing!

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We had a funny moment in the field with the horses. Above is Rosie, the friendly grey horse. She must have been hungry and decided that Rebecca’s bolero was a tasty treat! We ended up having to leave the field pronto, such a funny few minutes with the bride and groom! I’m not having much luck with animals at the moment:-)

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After the wedding breakfast the bride & groom treated everyone to ice cream from nearby Vallum Farm. There was even wedding cake flavour and pimms sorbet! Perfect for a summer wedding.

The favours were from Sweet Sally Cinnamon which is another local company, little jars of Salted Caramel Sauce which people took home, and larger jars were used as ice cream topping, lovely!

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The traditional cake cutting was something that Neil & Rebecca felt they did not want to do, I was trying to rack my brains for ideas, when I saw a post on another wedding blog where the bride & groom blew out candles on the cake to make a wish. Although this is normally reserved for birthday parties and suchlike, I proposed the idea to the bride & groom and suggested sparkly candles for a bit more fun. A wedding is all about starting off a new life together and I thought making a wish for the future on the wedding day with the cake was very fitting!

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For evening entertainment and a few more silly photographs, the couple booked a funky photobooth with me. I have to say, it went down a storm and the guests loved every second of it!

Special thanks to Emma Bunting for the colourful bunting backdrop she created for me over a year ago now! Also Oh, Abigail who makes fabulous signs, and who I purchased the photobooth welcome sign from!

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The couple danced the night away to Kelly & The Sensations who I’d heard lots of good things about but not seen before. They were fab! A couple of the band members may have even popped into the funky photobooth during their break!

A massive congratulations to Mr & Mrs Wood on their wedding, I’m so pleased they had an amazing time and didn’t feel so pressured by traditional wedding formalities, and had the day they dreamed of.

A big thank you for having me too, I loved every minute!

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All photographs (C) Katie Byram Photography 2013.

Please do not use without permission.

If you are looking for fun, relaxed & quirky wedding photography for your 2014 or 2015 wedding, please do drop me a line through my website, I’d love to hear from you!!

 

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So last Sunday, Debbie of Debbie Stogden Photography and myself took a road trip down to Focus on Imaging 2013, which is held once a year over several days at the NEC, Birmingham. We arrived in the afternoon, and decided to check out the last couple of hours of the exhibition.

It was great to have a look around at a quieter time to prepare for the big day of the exhibition on Monday… The following are just snapshots from my compact camera and iPhone (& Instagram… new love of mine) … it was so busy with lots to see and I didn’t want to be weighed down with my camera!

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I loved these pink pom poms on display at the Artsy Couture stand..

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I loved the Canon stand, they had a tree and lots of “wildlife” (seagulls, owls) and some clouds… and some lenses and cameras of course!

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Left: The Nikon stand… all those little black things are actual DSLR cameras!! Seriously…. Anyone want to count them? Right: Debbie found a new friend but she was a bit miserable to be honest and not much of a talker so we left her to it! Debbie checked out the Nikon speedlite demo and was very impressed and inspired.

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I was thrilled to find my new album range at Focus on Imaging, and am very pleased to be working with such an amazing company for my new albums. Sample albums are being made as we speak, and I cannot wait to get my hands on them ….

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The day went past really fast, and after making big decisions on the albums to order,  having some lunch, watching a couple of demos, catching up with a couple of other photographers and buying a couple of small gadgets towards my lighting kit, it was time to go home!

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I spotted this lovely clock on my way home at Darlington train station, I love it!

Find our more about Focus on Imaging here

All photographs and content (C) Katie Byram Photography 2013.

 

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Helen & Chris got married last July at As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle. They were after some relaxed and quirky wedding photography, and were keen also to get some lovely family photographs with their two children.

Helen got ready at her home, and it was a lovely calm atmosphere when I arrived, and lasted throughout (not the usual on hectic wedding mornings!) 

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Her bouquet arrived, a beautiful fragrant bouquet which just smelled amazing!! It was from the wonderful Foxtail Lily Flowers  as were the button holes.

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After getting into her fabulous one-shoulder dress, Helen and her Dad headed off to As You Like It in a fabulous 1960’s VW Beetle car they’d hired.

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Everyone was gathering in the Frangapani Room downstairs excitedly awaiting the bride. There are various room set ups at As You Like It for weddings, and they were married facing the window, which lets in a nice amount of natural light for the fairylit/spotlight lit ceremony, which was perfect!

I just love the look between Chris & Helen’s Dad as he brought her down the aisle.

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As you can see from the above, As You Like It is one of those places that lets guests thrown confetti actually INSIDE the venue, which really captures the fun, excitement (& great photos) of the bride and groom walking back down the aisle once married!

We then went onto the rooftop terrace to capture some relaxed group photographs of the couples’ lovely friends and family…

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Hows that for a family photograph?!

We then went to do some bride & groom photographs around the building and outside. Chris & Helen were worried at first about where to have their photographs taken, at their pre-wedding meeting a few weeks before we had a good look around together to scout out some locations for quirky urban shots, which is what they were after…. and on the day this was the result:

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Roads and a 1960’s grey office block? No problem!

 I just love a bit of Britishness in wedding photographs, hence the lovely iconic red post box!

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Believe it or not, the two above photographs were taken in a car park, I just found a lovely stone wall to make a great textured background.

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The couple had a relaxed small dinner for close family and friends, with lots of DIY touches, including the table plan and cute gift bags.

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 How fab are the personalised Love Heart sweets please!? They were very popular with guests!

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As You Like It Jesmond, As You Like It Wedding, Small Wedding, Quirky wedding venue, wedding photography newcastle, northumberland wedding photographer, urban wedding photography, alternative wedding photography,fun wedding photographs, AYLI, Jesmond, children at weddings,PINIMAGE I had an amazing day with Helen & Chris and their families, just looking through the photographs here brings back a lot of happy memories of the day!

Wishing them all the best for a long and happy life together:-)

If you’re planning a quirky, relaxed wedding and are looking for a wedding photographer  to match, please get in touch via my website Katie Byram Photography. I am based in Newcastle upon Tyne and cover weddings all over the UK.

I have limited availability left for 2013 and taking bookings for 2014 too!

All photographs and text (C) Katie Byram Photography. Please do not use images without permission. 

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