February 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one talented chick. Not content with her thriving photography business, she can also make sure your guests turn up for the wedding too with her stunning bespoke wedding stationery! Like it says on the tin, this girl is super creative. Get her involved in your big day, for I can vouch that whatever she turns her hand to, it’ll be very, very beautiful (and pretty cool too).
There’s also a special little offer exclusive to Brides Up North readers on the table too… read on!
Images by JB Creatives, of course.
What is the story behind JB Creatives?
JB Creatives started in 2009 after plenty of encouragement and enthusiasm from friends and family to make the leap and make my dream a reality. With a background in Design and Photography my stationery is very much influenced by my strong Graphic roots. I love beautiful typography and different papers, textures and colours and it seemed the perfect way to make a living doing something I love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more than cutting and sticking pretty bits of paper together; there are long hours and lots of dedication. Every second has been worth it as now it’s a year-round occupation that keeps me busy 24/7. There are just not enough hours in the day!
Who is a JB Creatives bride?
There are all kinds of JB Creatives brides. From small family weddings to big stately home weddings, we welcome all kinds of clients.
Where are you based?
I am based in Otley just outside Leeds. I work by appointment only where couples can come see examples of previous stationery and discuss the sort of stationery they want for their day. I also get a lot of my bookings online. These initial enquiries are usually about a design they have already seen on my website but can soon lead to a totally new design once we’ve chatted about their wedding plans.
Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?
As the stationery is bespoke you can have the minimum and just order invites or you might want to get absolutely everything in whichever design you have chosen. I design and hand make everything from the save the dates, invitations and RSVPs, orders of service, table plans, place names, table menus and individual menus to the thank you cards and even baby announcements after the wedding day! All the designs including those on the website are available in the whole range from save the dates to thank you cards.
What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?
There are so many lovely styles around at the moment here at JB Creatives HQ we have found our square invites with plain bands or lace bands very popular. Along with the New York style invites.
What other products do you offer?
I offer all stationery requirements; save the dates, invites, rsvp, order of services, table menus, individual menus, place names, table/seating plans, favour tags and thank you cards and any other stationery items you might wish. I also have some large decorative frames and props for displaying table plans which are available to hire. You can also see my wedding photography on my website too.
What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?
Your stationery is the first thing that your guests will see to do with your wedding, it sets the tone for the big day itself. So make it personal to your day and to you! Have one theme or style in mind and stick to it. Don’t get too mixed up with too many different styles.
So, does all the stationery have to match?
Stationery doesn’t have to match. I would normally make it all to match but it really depends on the sort of look you’re going for. Most stationery would use the same card, ribbon or font to give a consistent look and in that sense it matches, but its by no means compulsory!
What are your prices like?
Please get in touch to receive the price guide; there are so many designs that the price range depending on the style of stationery. The invitations are priced per item and start at as little as £3.80 each.
Which designs are your bestsellers?
Of the more off the shelf invites I do, the New York wedding invitations seem to be popular at the moment, usually because that is where the couples got engaged. The square pocket fold invitations are also popular. These are a great invitation as not only are they like opening a present but they can be made in a variety of colours, paper and ribbons so they work for all colour themes. They also have space for plenty of additional information inserts as you may wish to tell your guests lots of little details. Beer mat save the dates and beer mat place names have also proved popular. I’ve had lots of lovely feedback from couples on how many guests have raved about the beautiful invitations.
What sets JB Creatives apart from its competitors?
This beautifully bespoke stationery is designed and hand made to the highest quality. If you want something a little different designing from scratch I can do that. I love it when a couple come to me with a sweet story of where or how they got engaged, this can then be incorporated into their stationery. I designed some wedding stationery for a couple that had a little red car on everything as they met when Ian, the groom, sold his car to Martha, the bride, so it was a lovely thing to incorporate into their stationery! With a design background I have created lots of bespoke illustrated maps for the invitations too. I’m also a perfectionist so all the little details are taken care of.
How long do you take to turn around an order?
I would usually ask my clients to allow 3-4 weeks from the initial call to the delivered items. These are all hand made – you can’t rush perfection!
How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?
Anything else we should know?
If you order your invitations, place names and order of services (minimum order 45 invites) I will give you a free table menu for each table (1 per table free).
Please order your stationery before 14th March to receive one of these exclusive offers and quote Brides Up North when doing so.
Why do you read the Brides Up North blog?
For the varied wedding inspiration. There’s always something beautiful to look at on the Brides Up North pages.
January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one of the loveliest girls I know (do I say that about all my Featured Suppliers? Only when it’s true)! She’s a dab hand both at the wedding stationery table – check out her website for more details – and behind the camera too. Today, we are concentrating on her wedding photography talents, so lets meet her and check out a rather stunning sample of her work. Oh, and she might just have flung a little freebie in there especially for Brides Up North readers too…
JB Creatives is offering a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with Jane before 13/03/14. Please quote Brides Up North when booking.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I have always loved being creative and doing all things arty. I studied my art foundation course at Leeds College of Art and Design, where I took a more detailed interest in what had always been a hobby. I then went on to study Graphic Communication at Uni in Cardiff. As well as studying Design principles we used SLR cameras and learnt how to develop our own film in the dark room, which was an amazing thing to have done.
Many years after finishing my degree, whilst working as a graphic designer a good friend asked me if I would photograph her wedding. I was terrified and didn’t sleep for weeks before their big day! I read so many books on wedding photography, practiced on every willing friend I had and made sure I was fully prepared before their wedding day… the day came and went so quickly and I absolutely loved it. It felt really lovely knowing that I’d captured their moment in time, that it could be revisited for years to come. But best of all they were over the moon with the photos! And so began my thirst for capturing perfect love stories.
One of the guests at that first wedding asked me to photograph their wedding and so the ball started rolling. Since then I have photographed just over 50 weddings, enjoyed every one of them and now I have the privilege of doing it full time!
Why wedding photography specifically?
I’m a romantic and I love photographing people. So doing what I do means I get to see so many beautiful people on one of the most important days of their lives. To be able to tell their beautiful love story through the photos is a real honour.
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer, it would be hard to pick one favourite thing. I obviously love taking photos, composing a picture and telling stories with them. But I also love all the emotions that come with a wedding day: the father’s face as he proudly walks his little girl down the aisle; the groom seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle towards him; all the smiles and laughter; the speeches; I love all the small details that put together make every wedding unique… It’s hard to pick one specific thing as it’s more a collection of all the little things that together make it such a special thing to be able to do.
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
I’m a gentle, friendly sort of person. I talk to all the couples I have the pleasure of photographing as if they were friends. I meet all the couples before the wedding day itself to get to know one another beforehand. You’d be surprised how many people forget I have a camera with me.
An engagement shoot is also a great way to get used to the camera before the day itself. I find it helps a lot of the couples I photograph as they have already spent time in front of the camera together and seen the results.
Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?
Just relax and enjoy your day. After all the preparation and planning your day has finally arrived, you will look beautiful so will have nothing to worry about.
What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?
Someone once said your wedding makeup should be the best version of your self, so don’t wear anything you wouldn’t normally wear. Have a make-up trail before your wedding to ensure you’ll be happy with it on the day. But most of all a bride should wear whatever makeup she feels comfortable and confident in wearing and whatever makes her feel beautiful, her inner beauty will then shine out and that’s what will make the photos great.
Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?
I would have loved to have photographed Kate and Will’s wedding!! Kate being the fashion icon she is and Will being our handsome prince, that would have been something to be proud of!
Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?
I know most weddings follow the same structure but it’s so lovely to see how each couple make it their own. I photographed a wedding on a gorgeous day last August at The Cheerful Chilli, Otley, the bride and groom, Hayley and Adam, decided on the day to have the speeches outside which was beautiful as everyone just sat in the venue’s garden with their glass of sparkle, as the speeches were given in the sunshine. It was lovely.
At a different wedding at Wood Hall, James, the groom, knew he would get emotional (and possibly cry) as he spoke about his bride, so he wrote everything down on big sheets of paper before hand then held them up for everyone to read. He did it really well, I don’t think there was anyone in the room that wasn’t moved by it.
Another summer wedding was at East Riddlesden Hall Barn and Rachel, the bride had a Wuthering Heights theme. She hand made so many amazing little details that filled the barn with colour and texture.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
With a background in Design I like to think I compose a photograph well. I don’t limit the number of photos I give my clients but give them as many photos as possible so I can tell the story to its fullest. I also design and make wedding stationery so I am sometimes involved from an earlier stage in the planning process and get a better idea of how the wedding will look on the day. But perhaps the best way to answer this question is to direct you to my testimonials page on my website. I’ve had some really amazing feedback.
What can a couple who book you expect on the day?
On more than a couple of occasions I’ve been described as a photo ninja! I don’t do any kind of fancy foot work or back flips anywhere, I’m just very discreet, and apparently seem to be in more than one place at the same time! The only time I would lightly direct any photos is for the bride and groom photos and if the couple wanted any group shots. My style is very much documenting the day. I don’t like to be intrusive and so am very much a fly on the wall for most of the day.
What is included in your “package”?
I will be there to capture the story of the day from the excited bridal preparations in the morning through to the romantic first dance. The couple will then receive the high resolution edited images, usually around 600-800 photos about 6-8 weeks after the wedding day. A selection of the images will also go onto an online password protected gallery the details of which can be passed on to friends and family to view the pictures and purchase prints. You can add on an engagement shoot, select from a range of albums and lots more lovely extras if you wish.
Can you give us an idea on price?
Photography coverage on the day starts at £1,250. Please get in touch to receive more information and the price guide.
Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?
I can offer a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with me before 13/03/14. Please quote Brides Up North when booking.
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?
You can see examples of my work on my website my blog is updated regularly www.jbcreatives.co.uk
Anything else we should know?
Not only do I have the pleasure of photographing so many beautiful weddings but I also design and make bespoke wedding stationery, you can see examples of these on my website.
October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Despite the driest September since records began, it definitely feels like the season is changing. Dewy grass, crunching leaves underfoot and clear night skies can only mean that October, and with it autumn (my favourite season of all) has arrived.
I celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in a fortnight’s time – a very busy fortnight, there’s a lot to get done between now and then – and I’m looking forward to taking some time with my husband to reflect on a very special time of year for the two of us.
For now though, let’s celebrate the fall with this beautiful styled bridal shoot, sent to me by Brides Up North Sponsors JB Creatives and Bolton Castle, and their fabulous team of talented industry experts.
There’s definitely something in the air…
With images by JB Creatives.
The team say: We set out to create some romantic, fairy tale castle wedding images that would compliment the venue and inspire couples that are considering getting married at Bolton Castle. Bolton Castle is a stunning venue. A wedding here would be an authentic Castle experience. It has great big fireplaces, turrets with circular stairs, stone floor, terraces with amazing view of the incredible Dales countryside around. We wanted to create an outside space that used the stunning views of the Dales and showcased the location of this fairy tale wedding venue and captured a set of beautiful images.
Amy of The Greenhouse Florist created an outside dining area for the bride and groom with the Dales as their backdrop, such a romantic and unique setting. We used a chaise longue in the field for some intermate photographs. We wanted to add props into the scenery that wouldn’t usually be in that situation. The chaise longue really made a beautiful contrast to the endless views of the green fields and dry stone walls and brought opulence and luxury to the historic setting. Simple yet effective.
Amy created beautiful flowers of soft creams, vanillas, pinks and apricots, punctuated with pops of zingy orange and flashes of blue. She used lots of different textures in amongst luscious greenery. The warm tones complimented to tones of the castle walls, and were highlighted against the grassy fields. She also made a jasmine and rose circlet, fragrant and beautiful with warm apricot tones complimenting the colours of Libby’s complexion.
Jane of JB Creatives made beautiful place names and menus for the bride and groom’s intermate dining experience. Her stationery designs are bespoke, beautiful and made to the high quality that will undoubtable exceed your expectations.
Jane photographed the couple in and around the castle using the gorgeous scenery and all the venues little quirky details to capture a set of beautiful images that tell a gorgeous love story. Jane’s fine art style is very much capturing the story of a wedding day as it unfolds with all the beautiful details and emotions that come with it.
Deborah and Kelly from Love Hair and Beauty Boutique Ripon did Libby’s hair and makeup to enhance that romantic, soft and warm tone we wanted for the shoot. The ladies are highly experienced and specialists in the wedding industry with a reputation for their creative skills and professionalism.
Kellie from Wedding Belles of Otley supplied the beautiful gowns, veils and accessories for the shoot. The dresses used in the shoot were Aubrey by Nicola Anne and Emily by White Rose.
All the props and furniture featured are available to hire from The Greenhouse Florist.
July 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime
I’m so very excited to be unveiling our brand new look on the pages of the wedding blog today.
This makeover has been a long time in the planning and from conception to completion has been an absolute labour of love. After a 4am finish yesterday (this morning?) to get the final detailing perfect, I’m feeling wired, tired, happy and emotional in equal measure.
Finally, you all get to see what we’ve been working on behind the scenes for months (and then some)!
When developing the concept for a refreshed Brides Up North blog, I wanted a light and pretty feel, with a look to reflect the quality of the features that we curate and the amazing industry suppliers that we feature. It was also important to me that the site was easy to use, and valuable to our visiting brides when actually planning their weddings.
Inspiration is all very well and good, but I want our readers to get active, get connected and find real use in our offering. Away from these pages we strive to make every Brides Up North party or exhibition extremely fun, fresh, beautiful and useful. We aim to run our events seamlessly and at an impeccable level of quality.
I saw no reason why we couldn’t design a site to reflect all of these aims online too. And I think that we might have cracked it.
A wedding blog that’s clean and chic for easy reading on mobile devices and fabulously floral on larger screens. With a sleek new Wedding Fairs section, new imaging features and an interactive Directory brimming with supplier info and images, we are really proud.
Take some time to have a look around; whether it’s diaries at the ready as you browse our autumn events schedule; peruse our expanded Directory or lose hours being inspired by the new gallery facility on each and every blog post.
we hope you love it. Let us know what you think.
You can leave us a comment here, or socialise using the icons at top right. We can’t wait to hear from you.
This afternoon I’d like to say a quick thank you to those people who made the transformation possible. To my family for their support during this crazy time, to my brilliant (and patient) designer Helen, to the talented and kind Cat Hepple for the beautiful images that form the basis of the new design concept and to my dream team of suppliers who helped to make my styling ideas a reality. A finer team of professionals I’d challenge you to find.
With abundant florals by the marvellous girls at Leafy Couture, superb props by Love Light Hire (heart backdrop) and Pamella Dunn (table dressing and big balloons), sparkly stationery by JB Creatives, transformative hair & makeup by Victoria Farr, long lashes by Flutter, drop dead gorgeous dresses and accessories by The Harrogate Wedding Lounge and The White Room Sheffield, table dressing by Dine, scrumptiously beautiful wedding cakes by The Marie Antoinette Cake Company and cutting edge videography by Silver Sixpence Films – on location (and not at all disturbing the shoppers!) at the stunning Leeds Corn Exchange, this just looks like an ordinary day in the Brides Up North office.
You’ll find all their website links in our snazzy little white book below, and the full results of the shoot in our expandable gallery section. Just click on any image, then use the arrows to scroll. Lovely.
If you love tulle, sparkle, peonies and lace (and if you don’t, what are you doing here?!) then you are going to love this.
April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Maggie Sottero, Anoushka G, Claire Pettibone… I think I’ve died and gone to wedding dress heaven. Brides Up North HQ is currently full of tulle and sequins, glitter and sparkle, as we prepare for a very special Brides Up North shoot – on location – tomorrow.
When we do things at Brides Up North, we don’t like to do them by halves. That’s why I’ve pulled together the most fabulous team of wedding industry professionals to concoct a contemporary and glamorous peep behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, with fantastical frocks, beautiful blooms, sensational styling elements and ideas that you will be able to borrow for your very own wedding day.
With creative assistance and input from the likes of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers and friends Cat Hepple Photography, Leafy Couture, JB Creatives, Silver Sixpence Films, Flutter, Victoria Farr, Pamella Dunn, The White Room Sheffield, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Dine, Marie Antoinette Cakes and more, I’m raring to get started and SO ready for my close up.
Watch these (soon to be even prettier) pages for the results soon.
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February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Whilst the wind rattles the windowpanes, sit back, enjoy, and remember a time when it was possible to go outside in Yorkshire without being blown away…
With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jane at JB Creatives.
Kate says: George asked me to marry him in Roundhay Park, 23rd May 2012, and we were married on 5th October 2013 at The Courtyard at Harewood House.
Harewood House has beautiful grounds and scenery and we were pleasantly surprised with the price, especially because they were really flexible with meal and drink options. And they have PENGUINS!
My dress was by Maggie Sottero and I got it from Angel Brides in Horsforth. It was quite romantic with lace and tulle over the top. I bought the bridesmaid dresses from Oasis, they were dark purple with a full floaty skirt. The ushers, best man and dads all wore their own suits with a dark purple tie that we bought for them.
George and I had decided to save money on the transport so I thought I was just going in a taxi with my dad. On the day when someone said the taxi had arrived, I came outside and was totally flummoxed when I saw a huge white Rolls Royce (it was called a ‘Silver Shadow’). It was amazing! My parents had organised it as a surprise with George’s help. My sister came with us in the car because she was so excited about it!
I carried a colourful mixture of freesias, gerberas, roses and veronica. It was hot pink, purples and white. The bouquet had a ‘hand picked’ feel according to our florist!
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January 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Our lovely guest blogger Rachel’s back this afternoon with more pearls of wisdom, all because she wants your wedding speeches to be memorable for all the right reasons. Don’t forget to raise a glass to her too!
Rachel says: Although I’m currently as close to getting married as Justin Bieber is to winning a role model of the year award, it’s a growing concern of mine just how my Dad will manage to hold it together long enough on my wedding day to make a speech.
Basically he’s an emotional guy – he’s been known to cry over Forest Gump (forgivable), waving my 19-year-old brother off on his two-week holiday to Thailand recently caused him to blubber, even a beautifully cooked steak sandwich has been known to reduce the man to tears (I kid you not).
Hypothetical talk of my wedding day is another catalyst of emotion for my Dad. It’s therefore no surprise that I worry how he will fare when it comes to delivering his farther-of-the-bride speech – a duty that has caused even the sternest of fathers to well-up.
As the only daughter I would never take the privilege away from him – I know he’ll make a wonderful job of it (no matter how many boxes of Kleenex he goes through in the process), but this trail of thought did get me thinking about who else I might like to speak at my wedding.
Traditionally speeches are delivered after the wedding breakfast by the father-of-the-bride, the groom and the best man, but as couples continue to shake up formal proceedings, speeches are taking place at different times of the day and are being delivered by different people.
A popular new addition is inviting the father-of-the-groom to deliver a speech. Witnessing a child tying the knot is a big day for any parent whether it’s a son or daughter taking their vows. As such mothers-of-the- bride/groom are also taking to the stage.
To me, those picked to speak at a wedding should be the people who know the bride and groom best, both before and during their relationship. As well as a parent, it’s a nice idea for a grandparent sibling or friend to be invited to say some words too. Admittedly there needs to be a short-list, not all those nearest and dearest can contribute but speeches given by people who know the couple in different capacities gives a well rounded overview of the new Mr and Mrs that all guests can relate to.
Another change to note is the rise of the bride’s speech. After all ladies why wouldn’t we want the opportunity to thank our loved ones, speak kindly of our new husband (oh and have the right to reply to any cringe-worthy stories delivered at our expense).
Much to the relief of many people’s digestion systems, speeches are often now planned to take place before, rather than after the wedding breakfast. Whether it’s outside during the welcome drinks or prior to the sit down meal, this enables all to relax and enjoy without struggling through courses with their stomach in knots.
Whoever you choose to do the honours, here are a few quick tips for a spectacular speech:
Plan In Advance
I’ve actually seen people leave their speeches until the last minute and try to wing it, I’m yet to see this done successfully. The nerves on the day are enough to contend with without piling on the pressure by having to make up a speech on the spot.
Those who plan and practise in advance often deliver the best speeches, whether they provoke tears, laughter or a combination of the two. Rehearsing will give those not used to speaking in public the opportunity to build confidence whilst running their speech passed others to gain feedback.
Engaging with the audience is key to delivering a good speech so don’t bury your head in a piece of paper and read out your prepared speech word-for-word. Instead try to come across more conversational, get the main parts in your head ahead of the big day then have a few clear notes to hand during your moment in the limelight to ensure you don’t miss anything, or anybody, out.
Be Aware Of Your Audience
The last thing any wedding couple wants is a speech that warrants a #awkward or #cringe tag. While embarrassing stories, dating anecdotes and hen/stag do memories can add a humours element, speakers should consider if they are likely to upset or offend. Particularly bear in mind children, older relatives and protective parents.
Make It Memorable
Incorporating photos, videos or props in a speech can help to make it all the more memorable. It might be a souvenir from the hen do, a video message from someone unable to make the wedding day or a montage of childhood photos but whatever you choose don’t forget to take it with you on the big day.
Finally, remember the tissues – God knows I’m going to need them at my wedding!
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Rachel Parry is a regular guest blogger for Brides Up North
November 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime
It’s been one seriously fabulous year here at Brides Up North, both online (the prettiest real weddings, most fabulous regional suppliers, lots of great press in the National media and a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” from Wedding Magazine, thank you very much) and offline (sixteen absolutely brilliant wedding exhibitions packed to the rafters with wedding industry talent, inspiration and brides to be, plus two super fun wedding industry parties).
Whilst your double weekday daily dose of online inspiration ain’t going anywhere, it’s time to wrap up our offline season of bridal events with our grand finale – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at National Railway Museum, York, on Sunday 17th November 2013, 10am till 5pm – and completely FREE entry!
That’s THIS SUNDAY!
Now didn’t that come around fast?!
Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Sunday 17th November 2013
10am till 5pm
Like it says on the banner above, this is one seriously beautiful event. Set amongst the vintage carriages, our suppliers really do pull out all the stops to show you what they can do – and how they can make your wedding day dreams a reality. With vintage styling and luxury products and services, we have literally every detail covered. Join us in this unique and stunning setting for a bridal event that feels like a “proper day out” and leave with more inspiration than you can handle.
Images from our last event and photo shoot by Peter Boyd Photography. And that was just a warm up!
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As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwick York. Just because we love you. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last only.
To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “NRM YORK” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. Only the bride need register for larger groups.
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October 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime
The usual blog schedule has been all of a scramble in the excitement of this week (did you miss our big news?!), but this afternoon it’s business as usual as we return to the Real Wedding loveliness with a particularly lovely one. Hayley and Adam’s big day is small, simple but super special. From their outdoor speeches and quirky touches to Hayley’s cute bridal bob and glittering gown, these photographs fill me with joy.
With images by JB Creatives.
Hayley says: Adam asked me to marry him in New York City on 21st December 2011. Adam booked a surprise trip leaving the day after our staff Christmas party so I was a bit worse for wear. When Adam woke me up and told me to pack for a surprise trip, I said ‘I don’t like surprises!’ but I’ve always wanted to go to New York and it was amazing at Christmas time.
We started visiting the Cheerful Chilli when I started going to a running cub near the tea rooms every Sunday morning. Adam hates running but he’d come along to watch because the cakes at the Cheerful Chilli afterwards are so delicious! They had never held a wedding reception there before but they were really keen and the place is so quirky and intimate we thought it could be great for us.
We didn’t really have a theme, we just wanted the whole day to be really relaxed, but we did aim for a vintage, 1920-40’s tea-party style vibe.
Adam wore a taupe suit from Ted Baker with individual hand-picked accessories from a variety of shops and boutiques in Leeds. I bought Adam some cufflinks that had the New York skyline etched into them and Adam bought me some vintage-style earrings.
Our two bridesmaids wore navy blue ‘Wrap and Twist’ dresses from BHS. One of our bridesmaids was very heavily pregnant so the dress provided versatility as her shape changed. Our groomsmen wore their own suits but we gave them matching ties and pocket squares from TM Lewin.
The bridesmaids and I carried bouquets of gypsophila from Flowers by Karen in Guiseley. They also made us some lovely buttonholes for our family.
Adam’s mum made a traditional three tier fruitcake. His sister got married 6 weeks earlier and she made the cake for her too so she’s becoming quite an expert!
JB Creatives photographed our wedding and made our fantastic menus for our high tea stands. JB Creatives is run by one of the nicest people you will ever meet, so many of our guests commented to us just how friendly and hardworking Jane, our photographer, was.
We added loads of personal touches to our day. My brother walked me down the aisle and sang our first dance song. My mum made hundreds of colourful paper butterflies to make a hanging tree decoration at our venue. We handmade pom-poms, bunting, place settings, card box and we also made a photo-wall with at least one photo of each of our guests from events/times in our past. As a final touch, we printed out lyrics and got everyone to sing along to our first dance song, ‘Hey Ho’ by the Lumineers.
The room we had our meal in got very warm by the end of the meal so we decided to have our speeches outside. There were only 20 guests at the meal, so we were able to individually thank everyone. We also enjoyed the time that we got to spend on our own.
We had a brilliant acoustic jazz band called ‘Jazzmundo’ play a two-hour set outside in the garden. They must have enjoyed themselves because they played for 4 hours!
After the wedding we travelled down the west coast of USA in a convertible for four weeks.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress the little things. At the end of the day, if you have all your friends and family together in one place you’re bound to have an amazing day. It is about the two of you demonstrating your love and commitment to one another. The rest should just be a great party.
Congratulations Hayley & Adam!
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September 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime
This morning we are in Yorkshire for a (the title of this post says it all) reassuringly rustic styled wedding inspiration shoot sent to me by Amy and Nigel of The Greenhouse Florist, Ripon and Jane of JB Creatives. Both companies are exhibiting at Brides Up North’s Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York on Sunday 17th November 2013, so you can check out their talents first-hand then. Click here to pre-register.
For now though, be assured that with Amy and Nigel on floral décor, vintage props and venue styling and Jane taking care of photography and stationery (plus a very special venue) that this was always going to be cool, quirky and utterly original.
Amy and Nigel say: We really enjoyed working with Jane and Kerry for this photo shoot. The Barn at Camp Katur is a fantastic venue within such an inspiring woodland setting. With all the fantastic glamping tents in the woods it makes for a perfect and unforgettable wedding venue.
We brought the woodland into the barn with the use of touches such as the tree branches hung from the rafters with ferns in mossed pots hanging down. The stag head worked brilliantly above our faux fireplace, created from wooden veg crates. I chose the bright summery tones of coral Peonies and blue Thistle and Delphiniums to add touches of colour to the lace covered banquet table piled with old books. There were arrangements in vintage flower pots and larger glass containers covered in chicken wire. The shiny silver candle sticks were added to give the impression of opulence in times gone by.
The old door which is one of a pair which we hire out and makes a fab table plan display which Jane (of JB Creatives) designed a beautiful coral seating plan for.
The banquet table was given the look of a luxury picnic, complete with hampers and old fashioned lemonade. The vintage items shown are available to hire from us. The table plan, place names and wedding stationery made by JB Creatives. Beautifully bespoke wedding stationery individually designed and created for each and every couple. JB Creatives wedding stationery is made to the highest quality to suit any style of wedding.
Camp Katur Glamping Village doesn’t do conveyor belt, formulaic ceremonies. This alternative venue offers bespoke, contemporary and personal weddings. As a wedding venue with a difference your imagination can flow and your dreams will come true giving you and your guests an unforgettable experience full of fantasy and splendour.
Camp Katur has over 10 acres available for an idyllic wedding. Overlooking a beautiful meadow and surrounded by woodland a wedding here really is bespoke and unique.There are a variety of quirky accommodation options within the Glamping village, including safari tents, Yurts and an authentic Tipi. The Glamping village can accommodate up to 61 guests with extra options close by.
The rustic outer barn is a blank canvas offering itself to inspiration and creativity. The open bricked, open beamed, open aired barn has personality and charm in abundance and can be transformed into a unique personal setting. Available to be hired out empty for DIY brides or dressed with hessian curtains, fairy lights and candles the barn can really reflect the wedding party’s personality and style. The rustic outer barn can accommodate up to 100 guests seated or 150 guests standing.
Camp Katur’s unique extras include the use of the outdoor Norwegian Eco Spa, set within tranquil woodland with a spacious wood burning hot tub and unique wood burning sauna barrel. This is the perfect place to unwind whilst listening to the sounds of local wildlife during sundown.
The Nordic ‘Grillikota’ BBQ Pod Cabin is the perfect indoor barbequing option and is available for the wedding party to extend the celebrations whether before or after the big day to cook up a hearty breakfast or an evening meal with a difference. Comfortably seating 16 adults inside there are tree hammocks and outdoor seating to extend the space further.
Camp Katur can offer unique transport options to arrive in style to the ceremony. Options include; a tractor and trailer, an army bus, quad bikes, horseback and by hot air balloon.
Little Black Book
Images: JB Creatives
Floral Décor, Vintage Props and Venue Styling: The Greenhouse Florist
Stationery: JB Creatives
Venue: Camp Katur
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