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July 22nd, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Lee Scullion Photography

So you’ve found your dream dress but how do you intend to top it all off?

For some brides choosing the accessories can prove more challenging than finding that one special dress. Perhaps the trickiest of accessories to decide on is what type of headdress you will wear.

Unlike the shoes, your headpiece and/or veil will be on show in the vast majority of your photos so it’s important to make sure you feel comfortable and confident with your decision. Problem is there are so many fabulously pretty options and styles to choose from – from classic veils and striking headpieces to sparkling hair accessories and whimsical floral crowns.

Clive Doyle Photography

When Real Weddings arrive in my inbox I’m always intrigued to find out what type of headdress the bride has plumped for – in particular I’m keen to see if they’ve stuck with tradition and gone down the route of an elegant veil, or instead chosen an individual headpiece that adds that extra wow-factor to their attire.

While I’m not a fan of all wedding traditions I am in favour of the veil – for me it’s the item that defines a bride and just looks incredibly pretty and timeless.

Dotmoxee Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Mark Newton Weddings

A veil was originally said to be worn by brides as a sign of their virginity or to ward off evil spirits – but just because the reasoning behind the garment has become dated, doesn’t mean the veil is no longer a highly desired bridal accessory.

Clive Doyle Photography

Those brides who do opt for a veil will need to take several elements into consideration when making their selection. The general rule is that a simple dress requires a more decorative veil and vice versa. So for example, if the dress is high-necked or has detail on the shoulders, a short veil such as a bird cage design would be a wise choice. Equally if a gown has back detailing you aren’t going to want to cover that up, so perhaps don’t go beyond shoulder length. Classic, princess style gowns often suit a veil that ends before the skirt projects out. Meanwhile for brides looking at longer lengths there are finger-tip, knee and chapel length veils, providing options right down to the floor. Alternatively brides could follow in the glam footsteps of Kim Kardashian with a show-stopping cathedral length veil that extends several feet along the ground. The reality star is such a fan that she wore an extended veil when she wed first hubby Chris Humphries in 2011, then again when she got hitched to Kanye West earlier this year.

Laura Calderwood Photography

Jamie Penfold Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

As well as varying lengths there are also different widths to consider, depending on the fullness a bride requires. Wider veils can be favourable with brides wearing strapless dresses though wanting a little coverage around the arms. Fuller-figured brides may want to choose a sleeker veil that pulls attention to their slimmer areas rather than a voluminous design that frames their body from head to toe.

Next detailing – again brides won’t want to detract from the main spectacle of the dress, so if you’re wearing an elaborate gown it’s often better to select a subtle style veil while those with quieter dress designs can afford to make more noise with their headdress. There are shimmering veils, those with dazzling Swarovski crystal droplets or delicate lace appliqués, plus elegantly edged or beautiful scalloped creations. Some brides may even choose to have a tinted coloured veil in a soft playful hue or a regal metallic tone.

Melissa Kay Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Katy Melling Photography

And a veil doesn’t have to be worn alone, it can be paired with a pretty tiara for the ultimate princess look, a glam hair accessory for a little bridal bling or to really stand out from the crowd – a totally bespoke headpiece. Any extra accessories and the positioning of the veil itself will often be governed on a bride’s chosen bridal hair style so it’s well worth taking your veil along with you for any hair trials ahead of the big day.

Dotmoxee Photography

Lee Scullion Photography

Final elements of consideration – how many layers should the veil have and most importantly will the bride want her face covered when she makes her journey up the aisle? This is a hot topic of discussion and one I noticed has already been raised on the fabulous new Brides Up North Facebook group (an interactive space where the blog’s bride-to-be readers, sponsors, exhibitors and industry friends can share inspiration, questions and recommendations). Opinion was split with some saying they couldn’t stand the thought of something covering their face while others said it was a good shield to hide their tears. Several said they loved the romantic elegance it brought, particularly in images, and one or two industry experts even tipped the “big reveal” as a huge wedding come-back.

To add my thoughts to the discussion, I think if it’s good enough for super bride Kate Middleton it’s certainly good enough for me but I tend to get makeup across everything I look so my only fear would be that I’d arrive beside my groom with my veil resembling a used tissue at a Mac counter.

Veil fail.

So will you be doing the big unveil at the altar?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Friday Fabulous!

July 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Verity by Emmy Shoes

You’ll be seriously well-heeled in these stunners.

Verity by Emmy Shoes, £630

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Friday Fabulous!

June 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast

Punchy and pretty.  If you prefer a clutch to a bouquet, I think we’ve found your gal.

Floral Pizazz Clutch, £55 by Coast 

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Friday Fabulous!

May 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Miro Clutch by Reiss

Pearly white:  to match your wedding day grin.

Miro beaded box clutch bag, £129 by Reiss 

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Friday Fabulous!

May 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

All that glitters, and all that…

Britton Clutch in Gold, £110 BY Kurt Geiger 

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Friday Fabulous!

May 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Aruna Seth

Straight in at number one on the wish list.

It’s got to be Aruna Seth.

Coming soon, watch their website for more details.

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Friday Fabulous!

May 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Charlotte Olympia

 

Without question, the most fabulous bridal clutch I have ever laid eyes on.

I do indeed!

Rock On Pandora Clutch (with three interchangeable inserts) £620, Charlotte Olympia 

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Relaxed Country. Edwardian Lace For A Real Wedding At Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire, Kate & Thomas

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

It’s over to Cheshire today as we join Brides Up North reader Katie and her new husband Thomas to celebrate their Real Wedding day in lovely, laid back style.  Katie and Thomas chose a relaxed, fresh and homespun feel with touches of mint, pink and coral for their simple and pretty celebration. 

Not just a crafty bride, textile designer Katie is also the designer behind the beautiful bridal accessories and jewellery range at Eliza Vale (named after her great-grandmother).  If you like her style, check out her brand new look book here or visit her website.  You are welcome!

Images by Julie Cummins Photography.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Katie says:  Thomas asked me to marry him in May 2012 on the lake in Central Park, New York where we had met 10 years previously.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We were married on 31st May 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire.  We just loved the laid back vibe of the place, the stunning setting and the ease and professionalism of the owner and caterers that we met at the first viewing. We looked around several further venues but had already fallen for Sandhole. Also it meant we could have the ceremony and reception in one place, as well as having 19 rooms and lots of hotels close by

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We wanted a relaxed country wedding with a handmade feel. I planned on making lots of the decorations and not wasting money on things you really wouldn’t notice on the day. The venue needed very little doing to it and it was the beauty of the oak barn and lake setting that gave us the atmosphere we wanted.

We opted for a colour scheme of mint green, pale pink and coral. 

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

I chose an Edwardian style warm cream silk gown with beautiful embroidered lace polka dot silk tulle overlay and silk sash belt from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. I had seen it in London with my mum and sister but luckily found it in a sample sale half price in Ireland so I was delighted. It was the perfect size and totally undamaged so I really felt it was meant to be!

I had seen my Rachel Simpson shoes on a few blogs and was lucky enough to also pick these up in a sample sale in Ireland.

I wore very simple jewellery as the dress itself was quite detailed. I bought very small pearl studs and my mum lent me a stunning Edwardian necklace that was left to her by her grandmother. I made a simple veil and attached a little of the same lace used in my dress to the top which I embellished.

I made an embellished lace headband for the evening.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

We designed individual dresses for each bridesmaid, bought mint green silk crepe and chiffon and I dyed some beaded lace to match for the cap sleeves.

I made hairpieces for the three bridesmaids based on what they liked and matched in with the style of their dresses. They wore their own nude shoes.

I made the flower girl dresses from some cotton broiderie anglaise that I dyed a slightly peachy tone. I bought silk organza and satin to make corsage headbands that matched in with my dress.

The groomsmen wore their own suits. We bought new white shirts and mint green ties and handkerchiefs to match in with the bridesmaids. We also got Tom and the best man Paul vintage gold cufflinks from the 1940’s. I got Tom a tie pin that I had engraved and gave to him the night before the wedding.

I made a headpiece for my mum using some of the lace from my own dress and little netting. She wanted something unfussy but still wanted to look like mother of the bride.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

As the whole day was in one place we thought it a waste to get fancy cars. My Dad drove me on my own and played me Bob Dylan’s Forever Young on the way which relaxed me (a bit!)

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

I printed some family pictures onto fabric and put in embroidery hoops, along with a few embroideries just for a bit of decoration.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

A friend of mine, David from Darktown Jubilee played guitar and his friend played the piano as we signed register and walked back up aisle and also whilst reception drinks were served.

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

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Friday Fabulous!

March 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast Georgie Clutch

Is it just me or did the countdown to the weekend suddenly get glitzier?!

Georgie gold glitter bag by Coast, £50

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Friday Fabulous!

March 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast

Razzle dazzle ‘em. 

Rex Cuff by Coast £35

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