Charlotte Balbier

friday fabulous!

July 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

Aruna Seth

Something tiffany blue, to match that rock on your left hand…

Heels by Aruna Seth, coming soon, POA.

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style sheet: tempting tropics

July 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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All this hot weather has got us in the mood for a little tropical wedding inspiration – so grab your sunnies, pour a Pina Colada and lay back in your hammock as we head for the tropics…

Pineapples, flamingos and botanics have all been making a statement on the home interior front for some time and now they’re beginning to creep into the world of weddings too.

From loud and in-your-face playful décor to romantic muted tones, there are numerous different ways to incorporate the tropical trend into your day, whether you’re jetting off for a wedding by the sea or staying closer to home.

Here are the top tropic looks that have currently got us hot under the collar…

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For those who take a “go hard or go home” approach to life, this full on Club Tropicana styling is definitely for you.

Think bright colours, bold patterns and playful props and you can’t go too far wrong.

As huge fans of the colour pink, us Brides Up North gals love the idea of a flamingo theme that can be carried right through the wedding styling; from the invites and stationery, to the wedding cake and décor. While we might just draw the line at introducing inflatable flamingos to the day, we encourage couples taking this route to go all out.

Pineapples and bright fruits, like lemons and limes, can be incorporated into table settings and centre pieces doubling up as name place holders and even vases. There’s also the option to include zesty fruits into food and drink choices too – perhaps a Havana rum cocktail for the drinks reception and a citrus cupcakes or cheesecake for dessert? Brightly patterned crockery and glassware to serve, also helps to set the scene.

When it comes to the bride’s attire we advise steering clear of fruit basket hats and grass skirts and instead keeping it clean and classy with just a slight pop of colour as a nod to the theme. Think vibrant footwear and flower crowns, or perhaps if feeling bold, a bridal separates set or dress that features a burst of colour. Bridesmaids meanwhile can afford to be more fearless, going for a strong solid hue such as turquoise, tangerine or hot pink, or even opting for a punchy patterned dress.

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If the above pushes you a little too far out of your comfort zone, then the tropical trend can be stripped back for a softer and dreamier look.

Pale pastel pinks and greens work particularly well for this theme, as do hints of baby blue, lemon and peach.

A lot of the same typical tropical props can still be used, but it’s about creating a more elegant feel with delicate textures and tones. So mix up sharp-skinned pineapples with gentle blooms, trailing plants and romantic candles. Adding tiny touches of light gold can also help give the look a more classical edge.

Once again, brides might prefer to stick to a traditional ivory or white gown not to compete with the décor, though a pretty blush pink or powder blue dress is an option. Bridesmaids can be muted and matching or all mixed up in differing tones or girly floral prints – just be sure that the pattern remains bold as not to look too ditsy.

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Finally for those wanting to stick to just one colour for their big day, we highly endorse the botanical tropical trend.

Loud leafy patterns are something we’ve seen for a while now in both homeware and fashion so it’s little surprise that brides and linking the look for their weddings too.

Simple yet strong, the trend is all about large textured greenery that can be used in centrepieces, bouquets, tablescapes, signage and chair décor. It’s up to the couple how bold they go. Keeping leaves more sparse against white with elements of wood and hints of metallics, particularly rich gold, can look absolutely stunning but there’s nothing to stop brides and grooms going for much fuller foliage and striking hanging botanics either.

Bold leafy print patterns in stationery, cakes and attire work well for those wanting to add a graphic and more modern twist to the theme.

For bridesmaids patterns, single hues or varying shades of green are all options and the groom and groomsmen have the opportunity to don green as well. While the earthy colour is not typically a hue that you would see a bride wearing, there are lots of fancy green footwear designs out there so think about going more green-toed than green-fingered!

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our love story: george & jo

July 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This morning on the blog we’re heading to the North West of the UK to share the gorgeous engagement shoot of husband- and wife-to-be George and Jo.

Captured in the beautiful surroundings of Lyme Park in Cheshire, we adore how relaxed and natural this loved-up duo are in front of the lens – stealing kisses and hugs while smiling and laughing along the way. Super sweet!

With images by Stella Photography.

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george says: My proposal came as that much of a surprise to Jo she said “no”! It was more the shock at first – I hope! We had trekked three miles up to the Hollywood sign in LA in baking heat and without any water or suntan cream. Jo wanted to turn back, but there was no way I was going back without popping the question! It was on our fifth anniversary, which made it all the sweeter!

We have set the date for May 2017, with the ceremony at my local church in High Lane, followed by a reception in Didsbury.

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We first met when Jo came with a friend to a gathering at my house and my brother accidentally walked home in Jo’s friend’s boots! Conveniently, this meant Jo had to come round the next day to pick them up. When Jo got to mine, she found me in my best shirt and shorts, stinking of aftershave and she still said she would go out for a drink with me!

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peaches & cream. amanda wyatt for a classic wedding in the north west – stacey & chris

July 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we have a wonderfully elegant wedding for you to feast your eyes on.

After a traditional church service, today’s bride and groom, Stacey and Chris, enjoyed a memorable reception at The White Hart in, complete with delicious cake and fabulous entertainment.

Highlights for us include the classic wedding transport, timeless colour scheme and both the bride and groom’s attire; with Chris sporting a super-dapper tux, and Stacey wearing a stunning satin gown by our amazing Sponsor Amanda Wyatt.

With images by Claire Basiuk Photography.

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stacey says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2014. Chris surprised me with a treasure hunt around our house. It all lead to the final clue, which was to find a teddy-bear-shaped box on top of our Christmas tree that had a diamond ring inside. When I looked up at Chris he was down on one knee asking me to marry him.

We set the date for 23 April 2016 as we wanted a spring wedding. The ceremony was at St Joseph’s in Mossley, where we live, followed by a reception at The White Hart in Lydgate. We chose the church because it’s where my family and I go and my parents got married there. We chose the reception venue because it is close to where we live, it has a good reputation and beautiful surroundings.

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We didn’t have a theme to the day as such we just wanted a very classic style. We decided on a very neutral colour scheme with nude/light peach and ivory colours.

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My dress was a long, ivory, satin and lace Amanda Wyatt dress from Once Upon a Bride, in Hyde. I chose it because it was everything I was looking for. It was quite a plain, classic, satin dress. It was like a two in one dress with a beautiful lace attachment that was placed on top of the dress. The bodice was lace and this trailed all the way down the back of the dress with button detail.

Chris wore a black tuxedo with a black satin trim around the lapels, a black satin bow tie and black waistcoat, all from Swarbricks in Manchester. He finished off his look with black patent shiny shoes. The groomsmen were also in black tuxedos, waistcoats and bow ties to match.

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dream venue: north star club

July 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re looking for a wedding venue with a difference, this post might just bring an end to your search as we introduce another of our famous Dream Venues to the blog.

Located around half-an-hour away from the historic city of York, the North Star Club is somewhat of a hidden gem, nestled away in secluded countryside for a woodland wedding like no other.

Inspired by the legendary American Great Camps, everything about this place is seriously cool and unique. From its welcoming Woodshed to its cosy and contemporary woodland suites, the North Club provides an ideal setting for those that have a rustic chic theme in mind.

There’s also the open woodland to make use of and tipis can be hired for those looking at larger celebrations. Add into the mix creative owners, attentive staff and first-class caterers and you’ve got yourself what qualifies as a Dream Venue here at Brides Up North.

Here to tell us more about this super special setting is North Star Club owner Carolyn Van Outersterp…

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Where is the North Star Club located?

carolyn says: The new North Star Club is nestled within 500 acres of native English woodland in the peaceful Yorkshire Wolds. Inspired by the legendary American Great Camps and suffused with Yorkshire country style, it blends beautifully into the untamed forest setting.

Tell us about the venue and how it has been developed…

Myself and partner Christian, who foundered the company, are multi-award winning designers, with Christian a former landscape architect and I previously trained in fashion.

We are best known for having revolutionized the contemporary fireplace market, (our iconic Firebowl was exhibited at the V&A) and creating CVO Firevault in central London. This unique restaurant bar gained a cult following and was described by Time Out as “one of London’s 10 best kept secrets”.

Six years ago Christian and I put urban life behind us and started Jollydays Glamping, changing the face of British Glamping forever. This unique, woodland camp put four-poster beds and roll-top baths into safari style vintage tents, it won a host of accolades and a loyal fan base, as well as spawning a host of imitators. With Jollydays firmly on the map we turned our attention to developing a new venture and the North Star Club is the culmination of our 15-year dream to create the quintessential woodland retreat.

The Club is inspired by Christian’s North American heritage and his Canadian grandmother’s tales of the American Great Camps – rustic, wilderness retreats, more akin to woodland hotels, they built for wealthy industrialists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We were keen to recreate the magic of these camps, in a rugged Yorkshire setting and the result is a serene and indulgent escape from the pressures of 21st century life.

Since escaping urban life, Christian and I have become passionate advocates of country life – we live on the edge of the North York Moors with our four children, two dozen hens and Binny the Border Terrier.

What facilities does North Star Club have? 

The Club has only five private and well-spaced woodland suites, decorated in modern rustic style. These each have a large veranda with gas fired barbecue, cosy sitting room, large bedroom and indulgent spa style bathroom. Close by is The Woodshed, a communal chill out area with an outdoor fire pit and oodles of natural woodland beyond. There is a pizza oven on side ready for guests to use and our Star Suite has the gorgeous Copper Bath and Infra-Red sauna.

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Tell us about the space that is available for weddings…

Woodland Weddings at The North Star Club blend sophisticated style with rustic chic. Whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or huge theatrical affair, the enchanted woodland is the perfect venue.

The cosy Woodshed can host up to 40 guests for an intimate wedding blessing ceremony and then sit down dinner, or the wider woodland area can be used for a blessing ceremony area and Papkata tipis can provide tepees for up to 120 guests on the lawns at North Star Club.

Hire the woodland and our ruggedly cosy woodland suites for the whole weekend and enjoy a relaxed and unique experience.

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rustic romance. phase eight for a relaxed wedding at east riddlesden hall – emma & dan

July 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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The bride from this morning’s real wedding has lots of words of wisdom for you ladies in the planning stages, so have a sit down with a comforting cuppa and prepare to take note.

Organising their big day in just six months, bride and groom Emma and Dan, decided on a relaxed occasion for their family and friends that would also be pretty and fun. Finding tuned-in suppliers to help their vision become reality, Emma described the rustic feel she wanted to create and left it to the experts, who well and truly delivered.

This left Emma and Dan time to concentrate on nailing the other key areas, such as catering and entertainment, plus their attire. Can you believe Emma’s stunningly detailed dress is from the high street?! Us neither!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography.

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emma says: We got engaged in November2015 in New York. I had bought a trip to New York for Dan’s 30thBirthday in July. Dan had decided this was where he was going to propose and in the months leading up he had sourced and designed my engagement ring through a family friend – Barnard’s Jewellers. We had decided to spend the day exploring central park and thought it would be fun to hire a rowing boat on Central Park lake. Whilst out on the boat Dan proposed. It was very lovely and a total surprise! We celebrated with a bottle of Prosecco in the boat house.

Once we had got engaged we knew we wanted to get married the next year. We started to look at some venues in the north as Dan is from Yorkshire and I am from the North West. We were really flexible and although I had a rustic theme in my head we were open to what that looked like.

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In the end we chose to marry at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, which is a National Trust site. I had wanted a rustic feel to our wedding so we had looked at both barns and marquees but when we looked at East Riddlesden we loved the set up and the grounds, having some outdoor open space was important to us. The barn itself was also really pretty, I loved the lights and rustic feel. Although we went to view the venue on a cold wet day in December I could see that it was the perfect location. When we met the wedding team and East Riddlesden, not only were they lovely and full of enthusiasm but we couldn’t believe how much support we would have from them, not only the day, but the run up too.

Our wedding date was Friday 13thMay 2016. East Riddlesden said they had a cancellation and had availability for that date so we just decided to go for it. Some people may have been a bit suspicious of Friday 13th but it didn’t really bother us.

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We didn’t have a specific wedding theme, but I’d say our style was rustic and relaxed. I didn’t want a wedding were I would feel uncomfortable, I just wanted it to be a fun day that was an extension of us. We knew we wanted everyone to have fun and that played a part in choosing aspects of our day. We didn’t want anything too formal for the wedding party and so the colours and style for suits and dresses happened quite organically as did the decoration and flowers. The venue really spoke for itself and so all we had to really do was enjoy it.

I really wanted to keep the wedding very soft and romantic, so we went for a neutral colour palette, picking soft blush pinks and creams.

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I really didn’t have an idea of what dress I wanted and so was really open to the style. I wanted it to be in keeping with the venue so I knew it wouldn’t be too traditional. I had seen the Jenny Packham Esme and fell in love with the style but couldn’t really justify the price tag. I tried similar styles and found the Phase Eight Hope dress. When I tried the dress I knew this was the one. To make it feel a little more personal had the back altered, lowering the internal panel, the straps shortened and a bustle fitted.

To keep with the vintage feel of the dress I opted for a Juliet cap veil, which I felt suited the dress perfectly. I had the veil made and loved the fact that I could take it off later in the evening but still have the head band in place. I wore Jenny Packham No1 shoes and decided to go with a blush colour to match the bridesmaids.

My make up was done by Lauren Sally Make Up.

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