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thistles & roses. ronald joyce for a winter wedding in cheshire – annastacia & matt

August 16th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Moving on from yesterday’s autumnal real wedding on the blog, we now have a stunning winter celebration to share with you, which features beautiful blooms and cosy seasonal décor.

Taking place at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire, Annastacia and Matt decided not to overcomplicate the day with a set theme and instead styled their wedding by taking inspiration from the wintery season with glowing lights, atmospheric candles and a sparkling colour scheme.

In particular, we love Annastacia’s perfect princess-style dress and the fabulous styling with reflects the time of the year perfectly!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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annastacia says: We got engaged in the skies above Cheshire. Following a phone call from Matt to make a picnic ready for an evening of flying, we drove to the airport. After all the safety checks and taking off, Matt faked an emergency and quickly passed me an emergency checklist all pilots follow. I began reading it out. The last two pages were edited and as well as all the usually fuel and engine checks came one I hadn’t seen before “Are rings engaged? Yes or No?” I asked Matt if they were and he said no, the checklist then read “If No, please turn over” the next page only had one more simple question: “Will you marry me? Yes or No?” After a quick photo, we turned round to fly back because I was so excited to land and tell our families and friends our news.

We set the date for 10th December 2015, as we wanted a winter wedding that wasn’t weather dependent. Secretly, I hoped for a sprinkling of snow.

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We got married at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire. We chose this venue because we wanted a natural venue that was exclusive use. We also wanted our venue to be intimate for the small, informal relaxed wedding that we were planning.

We didn’t really have a particular wedding theme in mind but our colour scheme was white, golds and silver. We chose these colours because they were ‘wintery’ and complemented the coolness and freshness of the outdoors as well as the warmth and glow of the indoors.

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zoom in: picking the right wedding photographer for you

August 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We often mention on the blog how much of an important role a photographer plays in a wedding; not only on the big day itself, but also in the years that follow, with their images serving as life-long memories of the special event.

As such it’s super important that you like the style of the images that your chosen photographer produces, but with so many differing types of photography to choose, making a decision can be somewhat overwhelming.

To demonstrate the different outcome a wedding album can have depending on who is behind the lens, a talented group of North West based photographers got together at the stunning Ashfield House in Wigan, to shoot the exact same subjects in the very same location.

The results, which we’re sharing with you on the blog today, are all stunning but all rather different and, as intended, perfectly highlight the importance of couples choosing the right style and personality of photographer to suit both them and their wedding.

So prepare to be impressed and amazed as we hand over the blog to Katie Street, the owner of Ashfield House who came up with the clever concept for the collaborative shoot, plus the photographers who took part: Neil Redfern, David Stubbs, Andy Wardle, ZT Photography, and our very own Brides Up North Sponsor, the lovely Jonny Draper.

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katie says: The way couples pick a photographer was something I’d been thinking about for a long time before suggesting this shoot. Each time I heard “she’s a friend of a friend” or “my cousin used him and he was good” I got more and more frustrated knowing these couples could be missing out on picking a photographer that was more suited to their style. As an exclusive wedding venue, we work with a number of trusted photographers to capture the romance, emotion and fun of each wedding day, each with a totally different approach to their work. I wanted to give the photographers the same day, same backdrop, same couple but capture each photographer’s individual creativity and the difference in each set of images for all to see.

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At Ashfield House, we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to weddings and encourage our couples to be as individual and inventive as possible. We know that the best weddings at Ashfield play to the strengths of couples’ personalities, quirks and their passions. Photography is very similar. I’ve taken a keen interest in photography myself as an art form over the years, and am continually astounded by the quality and individuality of each photographer’s work who steps through the doors at Ashfield. My team and I stare in awe at the array of photographic work shared with us, and have often commented about the striking difference between styles and end results – even though the setting is the same. I wanted to show that picking a ‘good’ photographer isn’t enough, you need one that’s good for you.

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Choosing suppliers who share your vision is absolutely key to an amazing wedding and, alongside your memories, photographs are the only thing you have left, so choose wisely! The photographers that took part were equally pleased with the final results as I was…

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neil redfern says: Seeing everyone else’s different approaches and the way in which we each interacted with the couple was great. What I loved was that although we were all taking shots in the same location we each saw different things and that just illustrates how unique one photographer is to the next. I don’t think there was ever a time when we each wanted to take a shot the same as somebody else had.

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vintage class. jenny packham for a winter wedding at pendrell hall – sarah & jamie

August 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we’re sharing a beautiful winter wedding on our pretty pages, perfect for those of you planning your big day for the colder months of the year.

Super stylish and personal, Sarah and Jamie’s November wedding features stunning attire, gorgeous handmade décor and details, plus out-of-this-world flowers. Let’s get straight into it…

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2014. I love Christmas now as much as when I was little and we were excited about heading back to my family’s to celebrate. On top of this Jamie’s birthday is Christmas day so it’s always a fun time of year for us. Prior to heading back to Southport for Christmas Jamie suggested a walk around Sefton Park, in Liverpool, which is just down the road from where we live. We spend lots of time in the park either on winter walks, picnicking or barbequing with friends, so it’s a place that is close to our hearts.

It was a gorgeous wintery morning and as we got to our favourite spot in the park Jamie stopped and pulled out the engagement ring. The ring was a vintage ring that had been Jamie’s gran’s engagement ring. She had passed it down to Jamie for him to give to his future wife. Needless to say it was an emotional moment and before Jamie could even get his words out I started to cry! It came as such a surprise! Once I could speak again I obviously said yes! I love vintage things so the ring was perfect. We then travelled home and surprised my family with the news (although Jamie is rubbish at keeping a secret so some of them already knew he was going to ask) and subsequently spent the rest of the festive period drinking champagne and celebrating with friends and family!

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We got married on the 27th November 2015. We knew we didn’t want a long engagement and liked the idea of a winter wedding so when the venue had this date available we snapped it up!

We got married at St Nicholas Church in Codsall, Staffordshire. It was important to both of us to have a church wedding. Our reception was at Pendrell Hall in Codsall Wood, which is a beautiful country house, exclusive use wedding venue. It was actually the only venue that we looked at. We knew we wanted somewhere exclusive, somewhere that had accommodation for our closest friends and family and somewhere that fitted in with our style. Once we saw Pendrell Hall it ticked all the boxes! We fell in love with the big reception room and all the old style features so booked it there and then.

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We didn’t really have a theme as such but my individual style and the venue nodded towards vintage. We wanted the day to be relaxed and personal to us with a real sense of family.

I didn’t really think we had a colour scheme as such either, but on reflection I would say it was ‘wintery’ to reflect the time of year. We went for dark and rich coloured bridesmaid dresses and suits and chose wintery Marsala themed flowers to fit in with the season.

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rose gold: a wedding anniversary shoot in manchester

July 7th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today we’re excited to be bringing you a styled shoot with a difference. Instead of the usual collaboration between local wedding suppliers to create an inspirational wedding day set using professional models and props, this morning’s styled shoot sees a real wedding couple taking centre stage, with little need for details.

The stars of the shoot, Amy and Adam, tied the knot two years ago but back then were unable to afford a quality photographer to capture their day as they would have liked. Keen to do something about it, they approached photographer Kate McCarthy with the idea of doing an ‘anniversary shoot’ to give them those special portraits that they longed for.

The result is a glam outdoor shoot with true emotions and laughter that will be treasured by the ‘models’ for many years to come.

To explain more about the concept we’ll hand over to the lady that captured the magic…

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography.

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kate says: Amy is a fellow photographer whom I’ve become friends with recently and the anniversary shoot was something she was eager to do. Having had a discussion about our own wedding photos Amy had said that two years ago when she and Adam got married, they were (like so many of us) in the unfortunate position of not being able to pay for quality photos of their largely DIY wedding day.  With their anniversary looming, Amy approached me with the idea of essentially ‘re-staging’ their wedding photos but with the freedom to have a bit more fun with them; to wear a totally different dress that showed off her own personal style and to capture her and her lovely husband Adam’s natural chemistry and laid-back comfort with each other.

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We both loved the idea of a springtime woodland-style shoot and I suggested the not-so-secret Walkden Gardens, just down the road from me in Sale. I chose the location because I knew it was still quiet in the mornings.  Not many people seem to know it exists! I wanted the ability to shoot without the couple feeling like they were on show.  This way they were able to relax and be themselves with each other.  After shooting in the gardens, I wanted to show contrast to the organic shapes and colours by shooting against brick or steel as well.

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We kept styling to a minimum and chose to just let the flowers take centre stage in the locations.  Amy originally planned to use her own wedding dress but changed her mind in favour of something totally different. The shape of her chosen dress (which was from ASOS) was very retro and so makeup artist Charlotte Sprosten of Beauty in Elysium, took her cues from the rose gold hue and the flowers and created a very soft bridal look with a bold berry lip.

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more from the wedding festival front line: #wedstival16

June 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Last weekend we featured all the official images from #WEDSTIVAL16, our epic Brides Up North Wedding Festival at Capesthorne Hall, and told you about how you can get involved in our events this autumn and next spring. Click here to catch up.

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Turns out though, that the fabulous Peace Wedding Photography weren’t the only ones doing a bit of snapping – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know y’see – and super talented friend of the wedding blog, Jonny Draper had been capturing the action on his trusty camera for us too.

We absolutely adore Jonny’s images of our amazing day in full swing (and he even had time for an impromptu photo shoot with LOVE Bridal Boutique’s stunning models too – what a backdrop for wedding photos!) as they remind us what a brilliant party it was!  We couldn’t wait to share all the shots with you here.

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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As a reminder, don’t forget that we’ve already set the dates for our wedding festivals in 2017 – #WEDSTOCK17 will take place at Stockeld Park on Sunday 7th May, 11am till 4pm and #WEDSTIVAL17 will take place at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday 21st May, 11am till 4pm. Get the dates in your diaries (and interested wedding suppliers should get in touch using the contact form below). Watch this space for a couple of other exciting dates too… North East, we mean you…

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diary date: the wedding edit (plus win an absolutely amazing romantic break at gilpin hotel & lake house)

October 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Love Wedding Edit

We’re interrupting your Tuesday afternoon to remind North West readers of a very special event coming up this Sunday. Introducing the wedding edit at Styal Lodge in Cheshire: brought to you exclusively by friends of Brides Up North, Emma of LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography!

This styling event is ideal for brides getting married from 2016 onwards, looking for inspiration for their wedding dress with an exciting catwalk show showcasing new collections and trends from LOVE’s designers Alan Hannah Bridalwear, Enzoani, Raimon Bundó Novias, Sarah Seven and Stewart Parvin.  Not to mention all the finishing touches from accessories to cakes, entertainment to shoes, flowers, photography and so much more…

And all glamour and inspiration aside, as an attending bride at The Wedding Edit you will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win an absolutely sensational prize from our friends at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, known as one of the best hotels in the Lake District where carefully designed ‘mini-moon’ breaks for newly weds are nothing short of spectacular.

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Just by attending The Wedding Edit, you will be automatically entered into a competition to win a TWO night stay in one of Gilpin Hotel and Lake House’s new spa suites with dinner (with upgraded tasting menu with matched wines), breakfast, lunch, all drinks and their new spa journey (described below) included, totalling £1600. This is a unique opportunity for a couple to be one of the first to experience the ultimate romantic break in the hotel’s stunning new spa suites!

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Each suite comprises an open plan bedroom and lounge with treatment area, an ensuite spa bathroom with steam room, sauna, hot tubs, rain maker showers and private walled garden. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House have designed a range of beautiful spa products to accompany these spa experiences which are specifically designed to be shared as a couple and as part of a spa journey. The spa journey also includes accompanying music, food, drinks, and lighting to create the ultimate romantic experience. Terms and conditions will apply.

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emma says: “Jonny and I were lucky enough to stay at Gilpin Hotel during the summer and can not come close to explaining what a stunning experience we had.  The bedroom, the terrace, the lounge areas – the food, the drinks and the wonderfully attentive staff all led to us relaxing so much that we felt like we’d been away a week!  We are so grateful to our friends at Gilpin for providing this exclusive prize for The Wedding Edit and one bride to be is going to be walking away from our event with an amazing break for her and her hubby to be!

If you would like to be sure of a place on our guest list then please email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk with your name, wedding date, venue and the name of your ‘plus one’ (unfortunately, due to high levels of demand for places, we are only able to accommodate one guest per bride)

Be quick as there are now only a handful of places left! And remember – this is strictly a girls only event!