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#dreamteam diary date: charlotte mills shoe launch at luella’s bridal

August 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today we have news of an exciting new #dreamteam with two of our fabulous Sponsors teaming up to bring you lucky brides-to-be a stunning choice of exquisite dresses and gorgeous accessories, all under one roof.

As from next month Manchester-based Charlotte Mills will be stocking her fancy bridal footwear at the wonderful Luella’s Bridal boutique, located in Wimbledon, London. And to mark the beginning of the pretty partnership, the boutique will be hosting an exclusive launch event on the 2nd and 3rd September – to which you are all invited!

As well as the opportunity to try on Charlotte’s stunning footwear, those who book an appointment for the event at Luella’s will also get to meet the designer herself during a one-to-one consultation, and, better still, will receive a fabulous 10% discount on any purchases made from her collection.

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We spoke to Rachel Attwell, the founder and creative director of Luella’s.

rachel says: We are so excited about our new venture with Charlotte. Her designs perfectly complement the dresses we have in store and our brides are going to be really spoilt for choice.

Not only are we going to be able to offer our customers a fantastic variety of styles, but we will be carrying a large quantity of stock, so they will also be able to walk away on the day with a pair of shoes in their size. We view this as a key step towards really giving our brides what they are asking for and leading the way in instant bridal fashion.

As it’s the first time that the entire Charlotte Mills collection will be available to purchase in London, the northern designer is equally thrilled about the union.

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charlotte says: I’m delighted to be working with Rachel and the team at Luella’s to bring our collection to London brides. We opened our first boutique, based in Greater Manchester, in March this year and it’s been a huge success. We have so many brides in the south wanting to see the shoes and try them on, so this collaboration will be the perfect opportunity for us to make this possible.

To book an appointment to meet Charlotte on the 2nd or 3rd of September and to receive 10% discount, email Luella’s directly at appointments@luellas.co.uk

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once upon a time. a story book themed wedding at hyde bank farm – jessica & rob

August 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Story Book Wedding in Cheshire (c) Lee Brown Photography (72)

Today’s wedding is brimming with beautiful inspiration, so be sure to have your Pinterest boards at the ready ladies.

Tying the knot at a rural barn setting in Cheshire, bookworm bride Jessica decided to theme the wedding around her favourite childhood stories, with nods to everyone from Peter Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall, to the beautiful Snow White.

Looking every inch a princess herself, we adore Jessica’s stunning duchess satin gown as well as the bridesmaids’ vintage dresses and the groomsmen’s dapper suits!

Another stand out element for us has to be Jessica’s dreamy bouquet made by her talented mum – who just so happens to be a florist, and a fabulous one at that!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

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jessica says: Rob proposed on Christmas Day 2013. Christmas is my favourite time of the year but I didn’t see the proposal coming. We had talked about getting married for years but finances had been tight as we were renovating our home.

I woke up at about 4.30am, which is normal for me on Christmas Day. We spent some time opening our stockings in bed before moving on to the Christmas tree in the living room. Rob opened his presents from me first and then it was my turn.

I unwrapped my first gift which was a poem from Rob asking me to be his wife. Rob was filming me and I read it out loud but couldn’t read it in full. My legs went to jelly but I thought he was winding me up. I started to cry and he handed me another present. I unwrapped a ring box and inside there was a note saying ‘Find Me, I’m hanging on the tree’.  I couldn’t contain my emotion at this point. I tried to stand up but my leg were shaking too much! Eventually I found the ring on the tree. The ring was beautiful. I was ecstatic. We celebrated with a bacon butty and a glass of champagne.  All this at 5am!

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We set the date for 7th May 2016. We chose May hoping for good weather and we got it! It was warm, but not too hot, and it stayed dry for the majority of the day.  We chose the 7th as number seven is a lucky number for the family and we were automatically drawn to it.

We got married at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Cheshire. It was the only venue we looked at and we booked it straight away. Rob’s dad used to work there as a teenager back when it was a dairy farm. He actually used to work in barn where the ceremony was held. The farm is still run by the same family he used to work for.  The venue is perfect for an intimate ceremony but because it has two floors and outdoor space, it can hold up to 100 guests in the evening.

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Our theme was classic children’s books. Each table was named after a classic tale: Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This was chosen because since a very early age I have been a bit of a bookworm. These were my favourite stories as a child. My mum has always compared me to Snow White with dark hair, fair skin and cherry red lips.

We went for a vintage look when it came to picking the colour scheme for the outfits and flowers. The bridesmaids wore vintage style dresses in powder blue and Rob, the dads and groomsmen wore navy. The flowers were vintage/rustic, in keeping with the venue, using predominately blue and lilac flowers.

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framing moments: sier photography

August 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we’re thrilled to be introducing another talented wedding photography company to our list of fabulous list of Sponsors – say hello to Sier Photography.

Set up by Sheffield-based husband and wife team Matthew and Deborah, Sier Photography offers the services of two skilful photographers with more than a decade’s experience of shooting weddings.

Capturing the day as it unfolds, the dynamic duo aim to blend into the background, framing beautiful moments as they happen while also working to a couple’s brief to ensure they achieve exactly what the bride and groom want for their big day images.

For those of you that like what you see, Sier Photography is offering a free pre-wedding photoshoot to our readers who book them for their wedding, simply quote “Brides Up North”. Just be sure to hurry though as these guys are in demand!

To explain a little more about their wedding day image style and approach we’ll hand over the blog to the main man himself, Matthew.

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Tell us a little about your background…

matthew says: We have been photographing weddings for a little over ten years. Our first was as a favour to a colleague of Deborah’s who wanted a few images of her day. As well as being our first, it is also our smallest to date with a total of eight guests, including us!

What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

We love weddings and being there to capture the emotions of the day for everyone involved gives you such a buzz. It was the thought of helping create memories for our clients that appealed to us.

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And what is it about your job that you love?

I think we both like the happiness of the day, seeing people at their best and most lively. It is a wonderful privilege to be part of one of the biggest days in a couples lives (up to then at least) and so nice to be able to capture it for them.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography and what makes you stand out from others?

Our style of wedding photography is to be as hands-off as possible. We love to capture the day as it unfolds around us, using the features of the venue and lighting to give our clients the best images possible. We try to work in a relaxed and informal way, to blend in with guests. This doesn’t mean that we won’t take any formal shots or grouped posed photographs though. We always say it is your day, your way and we are there to work for you.

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What do your clients love about your approach, service and images?

The feedback from our clients has always been highly positive and they are always really surprised just how hard we work for them on their wedding day!

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our adventure. spring pastels for a disney wedding at aston hall – natalie & james

August 24th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Disney Inspired Wedding (c) Ellie Grace Photography (27)

Today’s real wedding has to be one of the cutest to have appeared on the blog.

Bride and groom Natalie and James centred their big day celebrations on the adventures that they’ve shared together so far, taking inspiration from the adorable Disney Pixar film Up (one of our very favourites) along the way.

The result is a loved-up, honest and personal wedding featuring touching homemade décor, beautiful blooms and some rather sweet flower girls.

With images by Ellie Grace Photography.

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natalie says: James proposed to me at home once I’d returned for work. It was my first job since having our daughter Martha. He made me my own ‘Book of Spoilers’, Doctor Who style with memories from our time together and the ring was in the back within a hollowed out heart. It was just lovely.

We set the date for 18th March 2016 as we both wanted a spring wedding because it’s our favourite time of year. It was also two years (nearly) to the day that James proposed. Having an out-of-season wedding reduced our costs and helped us to keep within our budget too.

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Our chosen venue was Aston Hall Hotel in Aston, Rotherham. We fell in love with it instantly. It’s a beautiful venue with gorgeous grounds with an excellent twist of traditional glamour and modern class – plus it was super handy for guests to travel to and stay at.

We chose our theme from the Disney Pixar film Up. People often tell us that we are like Carl and Ellie. We then took the theme a little further by adding adventure aspects, including a world map table plan and tables named after places we’d been.

Disney Inspired Wedding (c) Ellie Grace Photography (32)

Our colour scheme was spring pastels. We wanted to carry through the season with wild flower type colouring and so we went with hydrangea blues and lilac purples.

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celebrity spy: eva longoria

August 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We thought it was high-time we got a little big day inspiration from an A-lister who has recently hotfooted it down the aisle, and so today we’re shining our celebrity spy spotlight on stunning Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria.

Tying the knot to her beau Jose ‘Pepe’ Antonio Baston during a romantic lakeside ceremony in Mexico back in May, the dress was one element of the wedding that pretty pint-size Eva need not worry too much about. As a lady with friends in high places, she called upon the services of her talented bestie and top fashion designer Victoria Beckham, to create her not one, but a whole trio of dream dresses for the lavish celebrations that spread across three days.

In this post we’ll be focusing our attention on the main silk crepe gown worn by Eva for the dreamy ceremony, whilst also providing inspiration for similar hair and makeup styles to those chosen by the gorgeous actress for her big day.

the dress

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Opting for a flawless yet fuss-free look, Eva’s stunning ceremony gown was revealed as a fitted slim-line design with elegant straps and sweetheart neckline.

Perhaps plainer than what a lot of people would expect from fashionable Eva, the delicate design clung to her incredible figure in all the right places, before flowing elegantly to the floor and also fitted in perfectly with the paradise-like overseas setting.

This season’s bridal catwalks have seen a real return to simplistic designs, free from beading, pearls and crystals, and so brides wanting to mirror Eva’s dress shouldn’t be short of choice.

For the less is more look there are ultra-uncomplicated designs that leave the talking to elegant silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. Meanwhile for those wanting a little more detailing to their dress, interest can easily be added with a sparking belt, decorative straps or feminine lace trim.

Given the clean appearance of the dress, it’s key that brides don’t detract from the main spectacle by overdoing it with their accessories. Eva hits the nail on the head with a delicate Calla Lily bouquet and dainty necklace to complete her look.

the hair

EVA LONGORIA - THE HAIR

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Though she has many assets, Eva’s thick glossy hair has to be one that we envy most.

Again, keen not to withdraw attention from her gorgeous VB gown, Eva opted for effortless barrel type waves with her long, dark locks swept gracefully to one side. On the opposite side she added just a touch of detail with a small hair accessory, pinning the divine do in place.

A look best copied by brides with long trestles, the intensity of the waves will tend to drop slightly throughout the day resulting in a neater look for the ceremony and a more undone appearance for the evening celebrations.

the makeup

EVA LONGORIA - THE MAKE UP

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Eva’s dark olive skin tone sets off her white dress off wonderfully, and we’re pretty sure that even without a scrap of makeup that her flawless complexion would be glowing on her wedding day.

Going for a popular bridal look of the moment, Eva’s makeup centred around a gorgeous dark smoky eye and pale pretty pink lip to frame that sublime Hollywood smile.

A touch of bronzer and sweep of highlighter later, and this hot wife is looking far from desperate.

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keeping it classy. blue by enzoani for an elegant wedding at hassop hall – jessica & ross

August 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today on the blog we’re venturing to rural Derbyshire for a real wedding that’s elegant to a tee.

Taking place at the impressive Hassop Hall, Jessica and Ross chose not to have a set theme, instead picking a timeless colour palette and leaving the rest of the detail to the venue.

Hats off to the wedding party for their stylish and sophisticated attire – looking very swish indeed!

With images by Key Reflections.

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jessica says: We got engaged in Las Vegas in front of the Bellagio hotel on the 15th December 2012.

We chose to marry on the 9th September 2015, as September was when we officially got together in 2007, after initially meeting in July 2007.

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Our ceremony was held St James Church in Norton, because this was where I was christened and it is round the corner from my childhood home. We then had our reception at Hassop Hall in Derbyshire, which we stumbled across after searching for countryside locations.

We decided not to have a set theme as such but to make it a traditional and elegant day. Our colour scheme was purple, grey, silver and black to fit in with the feel the timeless we wanted to create.

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My dress was Blue by Enzoani, which I purchased from Emily Bridal Wear in Sheffield. This was the last shop I looked in and was literally losing hope as every shop had said everything looked nice on me but nothing felt like the one. Emily was brilliant and helped me find a dress I loved by listening to what I had in mind and then suggesting a dress that included all the elements I really wanted.

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