I Trashed My Dress : Our Alternative Wedding Photos

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, there's a good chance you'll have seen me chatting about Scream Factory. For those of you who don't have a clue what this is, let me introduce you to one of my husband's family businesses.

To give you the shortest version of this story, Jay and his Dad have a restoration business which they diversified five years ago and created an event management company to produce a Halloween event in the woods. It was inspired by the American Halloween Horror nights and a few hundred people attended. A few years down the line Scream Factory is now the biggest, scariest and the only purpose built Halloween Haunt in the North East of England and sees thousands attend each night in October.

The Tate's are a pretty talented lot (if I do say so myself) and everyone works on the event. From joiners to painters, to actors and cake bakers, you name it they've got it. Plus the event hires hundreds of creative folk each year from around the region.

Given that Scream Factory is pretty close to Jay's heart, people kept asking if we'd have anything Scream Factory related at our wedding. "No!" I'd scoff when they asked. Jay jokingly mentioned about having some zombies turn up and I could only begin to imagine the look on my Mom's face had that happened!

So when our photographer Jade mentioned doing a trash the dress / post-wedding photoshoot... there was a bit of a lightbulb moment and somehow Jay convinced me to pop my wedding dress back on. Except this time I'd accessorise with blood, wounds and tools.

Back in July, some of the haunts still didn't have roofs on (they're re-built each year along with new ones created) so given it was a bright sunny day, it was the kind of weather every bride wants - even a dead bride. I wore my Dr Martens boots and hoisted my dress up as much as I could!

My dress did suffer at the hands of some of the coloured smoke and running blood but to be honest... I kind of like it. It never was just a typical wedding dress and now it's got more than one story to tell.

I'm fairly sure that Jay will have one of the Scream Factory wedding pictures framed and on our mantle piece if he has anything to do with it. I however plan on drowning them out with our real wedding photos!

So if you're in the North East and you're looking for something to do this Halloween, I cannot recommend Scream Factory enough. I might be a little bias but hey, I went round last year fully knowing what to expect and I still needed a sit down and some sugar after!

Scream Factory is split into two tours, so if you're a bit of a wimp (like me) or you have children and want a more magical experience for them - then the Twilight Tour is for you! This year's theme is 'The Mad Hatter's Halloween Tea Party' and there's absolutely nothing scary. It's just a fun Halloween event for the kids, plus it's only £6pp and you get some free sweet treats!

On the other hand, if you're a bit of a dare devil and fancy giving The Extreme Tour a go - you'll love it! I can't tell you what is there this year as it will ruin all the surprises for you but the team have gone all out to celebrate Scream Factory's fifth birthday! Prices start from £14.50 and are available to buy now here!

Becca Daisy Jewellery

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

When J asked me to marry him, he took me shopping to choose my own ring and having coveted rose gold jewellery for years, I assumed I would pick something warm and golden. So I'm not sure how I ended up falling in love with an icy light aquamarine stone, set with two diamonds on a white gold band but I did.

And I love it... my finger simply doesn't feel right without it but all my jewellery is either gold or rose gold and I'm not a great fan of mixing colours. A white gold wishbone band was added on our wedding day to my help start my new collection but other than that I had nothing to match. A few weeks after our wedding, an email popped into my inbox that caught my magpie eye.

Let me introduce you to Becca Daisy Jewellery, a small independent northern business running from Scarborough and going from strength to strength. Since our first few emails, a new online store has launched and this weekend Becca Daisy's first shop opens it's doors to the public!

I fell head over heels with most of the collection, especially the feather necklace pictured but it was the bangles that really got me. They are perfect for presents (if you aren't just treating yourself) and are engraved with sweet messages. You can even contact Becca Daisy and have your own personalised message engraved on one. I'm definitely going to be getting a few of these for people for Christmas.

To celebrate the brand new Becca Daisy store, I have two of these fabulous bangles to give away to two separate winners. To enter to win, simply email katy @ girlinthenorth.com and tell me what colour jewellery you prefer!

I'll be picking a winner at the start of October when I get back from America! Take a look at the full range of Becca Daisy jewellery by clicking here and if you're free this weekend, why not pop along to the launch of the new store?!

I'm Married

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

I've got so many half-drafted posts ready to be finished and lots of exciting news to tell but our wedding video from Tie the Knot Films landed in my inbox the other day and I couldn't wait to share it!

We weren't going to get a wedding film but several family members, including Jay's Mum were convinced us otherwise and I cannot explain how thankful I am that they did. It was something on our 'nice to have list' but if you're a bride to be, I urge you to make sure it a must have.

The day was exactly what we wanted, a beautiful ceremony and a laid-back, fun day with all our family and friends... and that is exactly what we got! I certainly feel that Rebecca and Alex did an amazing job at capturing all the special moments we had. I plan on sharing many more details including how we planned the whole wedding in only 3.5 months, when we get our professional photos back but for now, I hope you like the video as much as I do!

Take a look at Tie the Knot Films here. They're based in Durham in the North East but travel all over making beautiful films - so drop them a message if you like what you see... I cannot recommend them enough.

A Little Wander in Durham: The Importance of a Pre-Wedding Shoot...

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

GASP Photography Katy and Jay

With only 24 days to go until I officially become Mrs. Tate, I thought I'd share with you a few of our pre-wedding shoot snaps. In case you didn't know Jay's originally from Teesside but was living and working in London when we met. His business can take him anywhere in the UK and without going into all the details he moved back up here before Christmas and we decided to make Durham our home. So it only seemed fitting to go for a little wander round the city centre when our photographer, Jade from Gasp Photography mentioned the idea.

Photography was next on our priority list after choosing our venue. We knew we wanted something a little more creative and also exactly what we didn't want. So when my Mom and I bumped into Jade at a Belle Bridal wedding fayre at Wynyard Hall, we booked her straight away! Gasp Photo Co are a creative and alternative team of wedding photographers who use different types of cameras, film and props to really tell your story. I was hooked from the moment I saw some coloured smoke as it reminded me so much from when I worked on bringing the Color Run to the North East when I worked at Sunderland Live.

As a soon to be bride, I've been reading lots of blogs and articles either from a magazine perspective or from a photographer's point of view and I haven't yet come across an actual bride writing a post about how important a pre-wedding shoot is. It's easy to roll your eyes at the idea I know, however as a creative, I'm much more used to been behind the camera than in front of it and having the chance to wander for a couple of hours with Jade allowed all of us to get to know each other a bit more and for me to relax. I've only included a small selection in this post however we received over fifty and as cliché as it sounds, all of them capture us as a couple perfectly.

So if you're debating whether or not to go ahead and have a pre-wedding or engagement shoot, I cannot recommend one enough. It was a really fun afternoon and I absolutely cannot wait for the big day now.
Take a look at GASP Photo Co's Instagram and Facebook pages to see more similar engagement and wedding shoots. Drop into their Darlington Studio or visit their website by clicking here.