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skin deep: seasonal bridal beauty with aj edgar mua

November 13th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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It’s not just our wardrobes that change with a turn of season, but also our skincare and makeup regimes tend to take a new direction as we adapt to a new wave of weather.

For you autumn/winter brides out there, cooler conditions may mean needing to take extra special care of your skin when the cooler weather nips, but it also opens up the door to wonderfully glamorous and polished makeup looks that go hand in hand with this whimsical and romantic time of year.

And so, to help spread a little seasonal inspiration, we’ve invited our talented Sponsor, North East freelance makeup artist, Alexandra Jane Edgar, to the blog to share her top skincare tips and favourite bridal makeup looks, with the possibilities ranging from classic red-lip beauty to all-out festive glam.

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What do you love most about autumn and winter weddings?

alexandra says: As a pro makeup artist I get super excited to see what the couture fashion houses release each season and love to take inspiration from this and translate it over to the world of bridal beauty. There is inspiration all around at this time of year; from the changing autumnal palette and those dark, cosy nights that are oh so romantic. It really is magical getting a bridal party ready inside a beautiful country house when it’s cool and crisp outdoors, but the fires are roaring and rooms are filled with the festive scents indoors.

What are your favourite makeup looks for this time of year?

The looks this season are seriously polished and powerful. There is a strong drama on eyes or lips with a consistent dewy, radiant complexion across all fashion houses. This translates to bridal makeup perfection with high shine skin and a nod to Giambattista Valli sparkle. A red lip rocked the catwalk at Alexander McQueen, and Chanel stole the shows with a sexy, subtle bronze smoky eye.

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Are there any makeup trends proving particularly popular with your brides currently?

Timeless makeup looks that are polished with a glowing complexion are consistently popular. My brides never look or (more importantly) feel that they are wearing makeup. The emphasis this season is the true foundation to all good makeup: skincare. Victoria Beckham’s catwalk models received facials pre-show so a minimal base was required. As a skincare expert I am able to guide you onto a great, simple routine to get your complexion working for you in the run up to your wedding and beyond. I would recommend investing in the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask at £57 to rid skin of dull cells and a brand new you with the RE9 Advanced Brightening Set at £269. All products are available at and are entirely Vegan Certified mixing Science with Nature for effective results.

What elements should brides take into account when deciding on their big day makeup?

When you’re deciding on your bridal look my best advice is to be yourself. Your partner loves you so concentrate on creating a look that empowers you to feel the very best version of you. My signature style is timeless and chic, similar to the beauty looks seen on models for the likes of Emilia Wickstead, Ralph & Russo and Philosophy on the AW18 catwalk.

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What would you say is the biggest makeup mistake that brides-to-be can make, and how can this be avoided?

Brides tend to tell me they are terrified of looking too heavily made up and it takes an artist with a lot of experience to provide the assurance that this is simply not the case with a professional application. Please take the time to find the right artist for you. Please also remember to book hair and makeup services at the very latest six months prior to your wedding day to avoid your artist being booked.

Why would you encourage brides to hire a professional makeup artist for their big day?

It is a perfect treat to yourself on the morning of your wedding and hiring a pro ensures your look will stay put and gives you the confidence to be photographed, knowing you will look perfect on your wedding photographs. You are hiring experience and skill and that alone is very reassuring and relaxing as you will be in safe hands.

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How can brides-to-be get their skin in top condition for their big day?

I am passionate about skincare. I know what ingredients work, I understand different skin types, I understand how skin and products work. I can offer individual and tailored solutions to get your skin in its best health. We can discuss your skincare at the time of your trial and I can provide samples to try to see if the products suit you before purchasing.

Are there any foundation types that you would say are better suited to this time of year?

Remember the foundation to great makeup in autumn/winter is great skincare. If you step up your routine and use a handful of effective products you can use minimal base product. I use on myself and the majority of my brides the New Arbonne Pollution Defense CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 at £34, which is available for every skin tone.

What about colour palettes? Are there any particular lip or eyeshadow colours that you think work well for autumn and/or winter?

In autumn/winter I love to embrace palettes of bronze, rose gold, some sparkle and a balmy wash of nude or a statement red or plum lip look fantastic during this season.

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home is where the heart is. an artistic post wedding shoot in manchester – emilia & richard

November 13th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Post Wedding Shoot (c) Lusina Photography (11)

This morning on the blog we are spoiling you with a truly romantic photoshoot – but one with a twist. Because, unlike the more conventional engagement shoot we’ve all come to know and love, this one takes place after bride and groom Emilia and Richard tied the knot in Poland.

The reason for the shoot? To capture their love in the place where it first blossomed: Manchester, ahead of the newlyweds relocating overseas. It was also an opportunity for Emilia to capture her wedding gowns on film one last time, before she gave both dresses away.

Set mostly in the Deansgate area of Manchester, the shoot showcases some of the city’s most beautiful architectural backdrops; think towering glass structures, park benches and secluded street corners, blending an edgy urban setting with some truly private, tender moments between the pair.

This concept is such a wonderful idea for our readers to consider – particularly if you’re looking for the perfect excuse to slip on your dream dress beyond the big day. Here’s Emilia to tell us more…

With images by Lusina Photography.

A Post Wedding Shoot (c) Lusina Photography (23)

emilia says: We got engaged in Paris on 28th July 2017 – it was a surprise and so lovely and intimate. Rich was nervous all day and I thought he was not enjoying the trip at all – we had burgers and wine but he barely ate. We had a cute Airbnb apartment overlooking a rustic church. When we were taking pictures on the balcony, he presented me with a ring – capturing my reaction!

A Post Wedding Shoot (c) Lusina Photography (6)

We were planning on eloping in Cyprus but decided to get married in my hometown of Elblag in Poland. Rich’s immediate family flew from Wales to make our day even more special. It was small and perfect, with a traditional dinner and (a few too many) drinks to help the language barrier disappear (as my family do not speak English too well!).

A Post Wedding Shoot (c) Lusina Photography (21)

We met through app OK Cupid – we are a couple of millennials after all! Exchanging thousands of messages within a week – we then cancelled on our respective friends so we could meet earlier!

We met at a cosy wine bar and after a few glasses I invited him inside for a late-night coffee. The next day we had a massive breakfast burrito and I had an inkling he might be a keeper.

A Post Wedding Shoot (c) Lusina Photography (1)

I always had a thing for charming geeks – and Rich was handsome and hilarious, too. He also instantly bonded with my beloved lop house bunny – our family is now complete!

He will probably joke that what he loves most about me is my derriere but I think it’s my caring side and inner geek. I love that he remains calm in a crisis when I’m in pieces – he is also a great hugger.

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ain’t no mountain high enough. martina liana for a stylish wedding at the normans – dani & andy

November 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Twinkly Wedding at The Normans (c) Mark Hillyer (72)

Monday isn’t so bad when we’re treating you to a sumptuous wedding at standout Yorkshire venue The Normans, set within revamped and reimagined farm buildings dating back to the 18th century.

Tying the knot last summer, Dani and Andy chose their 13th anniversary as their wedding date – an unlucky number for some, but certainly not for this bride and groom! We just love the vision they had for the wedding – showcasing all their favourite things and celebrating the memories the couple had already shared together.

With so many personal touches throughout their day – think an oh so romantic stroll in a cornfield, a skiing themed photobooth and garden games for the guests, plus an ice cream stall in the courtyard – it’s pretty much impossible not to feel inspired! Let’s hand the blog over to bride, Dani for all the memserising details…

With images by Mark Hillyer.

A Twinkly Wedding at The Normans (c) Mark Hillyer (55)

dani says: We got engaged on top of a mountain whilst working on our ski season. Andy had carried the ring around in his backpack for nearly a month waiting for the ‘perfect’ moment. The moment he chose was us having a cheese and ham baguette at the top of a black ski run. It was completely unexpected – afterwards we celebrated and took photos, but we still had to ski down. My legs were like jelly and my goggles had steamed up from crying so we had to stop half way down the piste in a café, we only had enough money on us for an Orangina and a strawberry tart to share. We popped open the champagne and celebrated in style later that night though!

A Twinkly Wedding at The Normans (c) Mark Hillyer (47)

Our wedding date was the 1st July 2017, which was our 13th anniversary. We had originally thought about an autumn wedding but as soon as we picked our venue – The Normans in Bilbrough, Yorkshire – we knew we had to have a summer wedding. We realised our anniversary fell on a Saturday and wanted the 1st July, luckily for us a few hours after we had looked around the venue the date we wanted became available.

We found it really difficult finding a venue, as we wanted to get married in Yorkshire (where we both grew up) and wanted a venue we could make our own. We looked at loads of venues and they just didn’t seem right.

Andy found The Normans online but it hadn’t opened yet. The website only had a couple of photos featured, but as pug lovers we pretty much knew that the venue would be perfect for us as soon as we saw a picture of their resident pug Betty! We booked to see it on their first open weekend and fell in love with it on the spot. We loved that the ceremony barn felt authentic and special, despite it not being a religious setting.

A Twinkly Wedding at The Normans (c) Mark Hillyer (29)

We didn’t have a theme; it was just full of our favourite things. As we had been together for 13 years before our wedding, we wanted it to be a celebration of the memories we had already created together.

We wanted to make sure we could spend at least part of the day with our pug Douglas. He stayed with Andy in the morning and wore a navy harness and bowtie for the main event. He only stayed a couple of hours (he gets incredibly tired) but we captured some lovely photos with him and he certainly helped us celebrate the day.

Much of our wedding colour scheme was neutral but I also wanted splashes of rich berry colours in the flowers.

A Twinkly Wedding at The Normans (c) Mark Hillyer (18)

My outfit consisted of separates by Martina Liana, which I purchased at Ava Rose Hamilton. I wanted something that was very simple and elegant and had originally thought I would choose a Grecian style dress but as soon as I saw the layers of tulle in the skirt I chose – I fell in love with it. The skirt didn’t need any detailing because the fabric was so beautiful. In the shop I was worried the skirt was too full, but on the wedding day I loved swishing the skirt around the dancefloor!

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happy ever after. oksana mukha for a whimsical wedding at dorfold hall – gia & john

November 8th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Whimsical Wedding at Dorfold Hall (c) Matthwe Grainger (27)

Today’s bride and groom, Gia and John tied the knot back in May, on the same date a certain Royal couple also said ‘I do’ (but our couple picked it first – just saying!). Marrying at the wonderful Dorfold Hall in Cheshire – the venue provided everything they could have wished for to bring their fairy tale wedding to life.

Glass baubles, floating candles and tendrils of creeping foliage set the scene for the romantic backdrop, offset by a sophisticated palette of navy, blush pink and green. Meanwhile, food and drink highlights from their special day include a cocktail hour complete with signature drinks (we think every wedding should have one of these…), sweetie jar favours and a truly indulgent vanilla, Irish cream and red velvet wedding cake.

The real showstopper to their big day though has got to be Gia’s stunning Oksana Mukha ball gown – think gorgeous layers of tulle for a dreamy bridal look straight from a storybook. As you can tell, there’s plenty to swoon over today, so let’s pass the blog over to Gia to share all the fabulous details.

With images by Matthew Grainger

Gia + John // Dorfold Hall Cinematic Wedding Film from In Love Wedding Films on Vimeo.

gia says: John and I got engaged in the Maldives on the 12th March 2017, while we were away celebrating our ten-year anniversary. John got down on one knee on the first night and I was so surprised – I didn’t think he had it in him to plan a proposal without me knowing!

A Whimsical Wedding at Dorfold Hall (c) Matthwe Grainger (14)

Our wedding date was 19th May 2018 (we picked it first, but I was thrilled to share it with the Royals!) I wanted a wedding in peony season and was hoping for some sunshine.

We got married in Dorfold Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire. I fell in love with the venue the first time I saw it and saw unbelievable potential to create the fairy-tale wedding I had always wanted. It was new to the wedding world and wasn’t anywhere near finished, but I loved the idea of having our ceremony in the coach house followed by the reception in a sperry tent.I always envisaged having a fairy tale wedding. I love ball gown dresses, tulle, cathedral veils, gold, Disney, candlelight, fairy lights, flower arches…go big or go home!

A Whimsical Wedding at Dorfold Hall (c) Matthwe Grainger (36)

I was so excited to plan my wedding day and put absolutely everything into it. I have always loved the idea of planning a wedding, ever since watching J-Lo in The Wedding Planner when I was younger.

My wedding dress was white and the only other colours I wanted to see were navy – for the groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen, with a hint of blush pink and greens in the bouquets and centrepieces and some finishing touches in gold.

A Whimsical Wedding at Dorfold Hall (c) Matthwe Grainger (32)

My wedding dress was by Oksana Mukha. I knew I wanted a ball gown style dress, as I would never get the opportunity to wear something like that again. I fell in love with her designs online and actually saw the dress I wanted before I bought it. I travelled from Liverpool to Adele Louise Bridal in Wolverhampton, who are one of three UK stockists.My partner wore a navy tuxedo with black lapel from Hugo Boss. His horseshoe waistcoat was by Gieves and Hawkes.

A Whimsical Wedding at Dorfold Hall (c) Matthwe Grainger (52)

Our bridesmaids wore navy evening gowns by Kirsty Doyle, who is a Liverpool designer, and the flower girls wore white dresses with a tulle skirt to match my dress, also from Adele Louise Bridal. Meanwhile, our groomsmen wore navy three-piece suits from ASOS.

Our hair was done by a Liverpool mobile hairstylist called Becky Thow and our makeup was done by Liverpool MUA Rachel Morris (aka Fair of Face) who is now based in Dubai.

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castle in the sky. pronovias for an elegant wedding at appleby castle – francesca & richard

November 8th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

An Elegant Wedding at Appleby Castle (c) Ailsa Reeve Photography (50)

Like a real-life fairytale, today’s enchanting real wedding takes place in a magnificent castle in the Lake District. Could this setting be any dreamier, we wonder?

Bride and groom, Francesca and Richard chose Appleby Castle in The Lake District for both their ceremony and reception back in August, with the glorious interior providing inspiration for their tres sophisticated red, blush and gold colour scheme, beautifully complemented by lanterns and a smattering of sweet avalanche and black barraca roses. Truly romantic.

Keen to put their own stamp on the day – the newlyweds peppered the wedding with lots of wonderful touches, from the giant Jenga game and surprise performance of La Vie en Rose by the bride, to the scrumptious chocolate Guinness cake and charity donations in place of traditional favours. Prepare to be whisked away by all the fabulous details!

With images by Ailsa Reeve Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Appleby Castle (c) Ailsa Reeve Photography (53)

francesca says: We got engaged on 11th July 2017 on a beach in Amed, Bali at sunset. We’d had the best day – snorkeling, enjoying lunch with an amazing view, a bit of pampering and then Richard suggested a walk on the beach. I had no idea what he had planned but when he got down on one knee it suddenly clicked into place! We celebrated with cocktails, and later video-called our parents before heading off to dinner.

An Elegant Wedding at Appleby Castle (c) Ailsa Reeve Photography (14)

We got married on 25th August 2018. We’d always known we wanted a summer wedding, but we struggled to get a registrar at a sensible time – we didn’t realise for a few weeks that it was the bank holiday weekend! This worked out brilliantly as it meant that people had the extra day to meander home before getting back to work! So, it was obviously meant to be!

An Elegant Wedding at Appleby Castle (c) Ailsa Reeve Photography (40)

Our ceremony and reception took place Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland. We chose it because we wanted a venue that would let us put our personalities into the day as opposed to making us fit into their formula. And how could we resist saying we had the run of a castle for day?

We didn’t have a particular theme but used the castle interior as inspiration. The castle is beautiful and had a real sense of history, which we tried to incorporate into our day. We chose wine red, blush and gold to fit with the castle’s aesthetic.

An Elegant Wedding at Appleby Castle (c) Ailsa Reeve Photography (21)

My chosen wedding was by Pronovias. I bought it from Fellside Brides Kendal and I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough – Holly and Gill are fab! I’d tried quite a few dresses and I was struggling with which one to choose. This was the dress that made my mum go “wow”, so that was it! My something blue was a beautiful pair of Celia Heels from the Perfect Bridal Company – I had lots of compliments on the day about them.

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the secret garden. a whimsical styled bridal shoot at hornington manor

November 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Secret Garden Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Sugarbird Photography (3)

There’s nothing quite like an enchanting bridal shoot with a hint of childhood nostalgia to really capture your imagination in the midst of your wedding planning. And today’s secret garden themed shoot – with its nod to the children’s classic – is brimming with all kinds of lovely.

Coordinated by Stephanie from Stephanie Moran Couture, the shoot took place at the beautiful Hornington Manor in North Yorkshire – where we held a spectacular Brides Up North Wedding Show just last week (and will be returning to host another in April 2019). Through the creative use of design and styling – think understated ivory and gold palettes, summer blooms and fantastical table arrangements – the team brought to life their very own love story.

Throw in some other wonderful details such as sweet meringue nests, eucalyptus illustrations, a floral crown of garden roses and rustic candelabras – and you’ve got one very pretty shoot to pore over with us today!

With images by Sugarbird Photography. Model Dominika Blonska.

A Secret Garden Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Sugarbird Photography (18)

stephanie says: With a new adaptation currently being filmed, and to many a favourite childhood book of playful mystery – collaborators wanted to inspire brides alike with a Secret Garden inspired shoot. A bridal shoot that releases your inner (grown up) child, that’s chic, sophisticated and mysterious. Set in the beautiful North Yorkshire venue of Hornington Manor, this was the perfect backdrop – grand, yet private and quaint in its appearance.

A Secret Garden Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Sugarbird Photography (23)

It was important to all suppliers involved to create and transform an already beautiful venue and use it to its full potential to show what amazing things could be done here for your own big day. Hornington Manor is such a versatile venue with a courtyard ceremony, and the freedom to move into the gorgeous barn style reception afterwards. We wanted brides to be like ‘wow I want to get married there’.

Styled shoots are about realising dreams and visions that brides didn’t know existed themselves and making them achievable – it’s about being able to take inspiration from a set of images and use them as a whole or take parts and ideas and turn them into a style that suits you and your other half. With a truly epic team of wedding industry creatives it promised to be the perfect collaboration for Pamella Dunn Weddings, where they could sprinkle fairy tale styling in their signature style that would fit the brief. They created mystery and magic with layers of gold, soft ivory, and flickering candle light. Imagining secluded spaces, delicate trailing foliage, English country summer blooms, and fantastical tablescapes with exquisite detailing; the team at Pamella Dunn Weddings were smitten and completely love struck with the calm and spacious Hornington Barn venue. Wedding design and styling is all about telling a story. It may be influenced by the venue, location, theme and colour schemes, but ultimately, it’s a love story. Daydreams, fairy tale, love and romance, childhoods and futures together, are where the styling team begin when creating personal wedding day details. It’s what they do with so much love. It’s a beautiful thing when the design captures the story and is woven into the fabric of the day overall. Every detail carefully considered, every element chosen to create beauty and all the feels.

A Secret Garden Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Sugarbird Photography (9)

The flowers for the secret garden shoot at Hornington Manor had to be seasonal and British grown garden flowers. Fleuradamo Flowers have their own secret garden with a mixture of cottage garden flowers, herbs and roses. The team love to have the fragrance of the old fashion roses with the lightness and movement of cottage flowers to encapsulate the moment. The flowers for this shoot were cut the day before or on the morning, so they were at their best.

The flowers were mixed with herbs and greenery to give a natural looking loose bouquet to complement my Stephanie Moran individual dress designs. The model also had a head-turning floral crown of garden roses to complement the look.

The mixed green runner, which cascaded down the side of the table, gave a fresh natural feel to the table display, mixed with candles to give a magical vision.

A Secret Garden Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Sugarbird Photography (1)

The inspiration behind the shoot ultimately came from the classic book itself, and we wanted to evoke both magic and mystery and recreate that childhood love feeling. The most important thing in the wedding industry to us as designers is about making brides feel confident and empowered on their wedding day – helping them be the perfect version of themselves. Everyone is different and unique and it’s so important to be the perfect you, whatever that may be!

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