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friday fabulous!

November 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Sweetie by Jimmy Choo

Could this be the magic, at last?

Sweetie - Champagne Glitter Acrylic Clutch Bag – £450 by Jimmy Choo


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eye candy. So Pretty Bride at Rocks For Frocks

November 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon its all about the finishing touches, as we join Brides Up North exhibitor Rocks For Frocks as the debut their gorgeous new collection on these pages. What will be your crowning glory? With images by Morgan Wiltshire Photography.

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Gail says: Our Rocks For Frocks collection this year is called So Pretty Bride and features pieces with hand made Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl flowers.  Coming slightly away from the heavy vintage influence, it has plenty of sparkle, beading and subtle shades of colour, including pale golds, chalk white, ivory and white opals.

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The brand new 30 James Street Hotel were delighted to be involved in our collection launch and gave us free reign in the hotel to shoot whereever we wanted.  We made the most of their amazing roof terraces and entrances which have stunning views of the Liverpool skyline and the river. We started the shoot with a “pretty princess” feel and finished with a dark and dramatic look, which so suited the interior of the hotel lobby. A large field next to our boutique at The Wedding House had been planted with poppies and wildflowers for the Remembrance Sunday and it looked so pretty that we stayed outdoors for the first shots, before moving to the hotel.

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Morgan Wiltshire Photography created these beautiful images. Based in Shropshire, Morgan has a serene, relaxed working style, she is so easy to work with and she captures the details and the backgrounds wonderfully. Make Up was by Cathryn Kerwin Rawlinson. The brief given to Cathryn was very much a ‘pretty and romantic bride’.  Cathryn used Airbase airbrush makeup to give our model the perfect flawless base and for the eyes she opted for a lovely pinky/lilac look using a Kiko Cosmetics quad palette in lilacs, pinks and dark burgundy.  For contour Cathryn used her HD Makeup contour palette and on cheeks she used a pinky glow using Illasmasqua shades Lover and Hussy.  Finally for the lips she finished with two different colours starting with Lollitint by Benefit and moving onto a lip gloss by Mac. Hair was by Carol Ellis Thompson.  A stylist with over 21 years experience, Carol is a Rocks For Frocks bride.  With a passion for wedding hair, she creates wonderful curls, up dos and plaits and is not phased at all by the constant need for hair changes on the go in photo shoots. All gowns were  from Cloud 9, and accessories by Rocks For Frocks.

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friday fabulous!

October 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

shella headband black

gorgeously gothic to celebrate the season.

As far from ghoulish as you can get.

Shella Headband in black by Rock N Roll Bride for Crown & Glory, £30.

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friday fabulous!

October 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Twinkle Twinkle by Kate Spade

A literary choice for a truly original wedding day clutch.

Twinkle Twinkle Emmanuelle clutch bag, $328, by Kate Spade New York 

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friday fabulous!

September 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

J'adore Clutch by Miss Selfridge

J’adore you too!

Clutch bag, £16 by Miss Selfridge

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a wedding alphabet: A is for accessories

September 9th, 2014 | Rachel Parry Photography Kristen Weaver Photography  Dress Claire Pettibone Hair Alycia Johnson Makeup Make You LLC

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With a sparkling new-look blog comes sparkling new content. So while we will be keeping faithful posts such as glam real weddings, stunning styled shoots and lookbook loveliness on our pretty floral pages, we will also be bringing you a host of brand spanking new posts to provide you with bucket loads of pretty wedding inspiration.

One of those new posts will be an A to Z of weddings; giving you a whole alphabet of advice, options and suggestions to help you along your big day planning journey.

So let’s begin. ‘A’ is for accessories – and in this case we’re talking hair accessories.

For individual image credits/designers please see ‘the big picture’ at the foot of the feature.

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I recently shared a post on veils, exploring the various headdress options for brides keen on sticking with tradition. So now I’m identifying some alternatives – and boy are there plenty to choose from. Photography Tamara Lockwood Photography Hair Shealyn Angus Events  Makeup Becky Grimman Wedding Dress Ines Di Santo

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There’s a different offering to suit almost every imaginable style and theme, from glam Hollywood style accessories, to sweet vintage pieces and beautiful bejewelled creations. Brides can choose to make a bold statement with their hair accessories by selecting a striking headdress or by contrast they can just add a few subtle hints of detail, using delicate slides and pins. Headpiece by

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For those wanting pretty, natural looking hair accessories beautiful floral corsages on pins, slides or headbands are a fabulous option. The soft layers of fabric that make up the flowers’ petals create an air of romance perfect for a wedding day. While some are simply plain, others include different fabrics such as tulle, chiffon and lace, plus extra detailing in beads or jewels. Depending on their chosen hairstyle, brides can go as large or small as they wish with their blooms. So for ladies wearing their locks loose, a headband with large, blowsy corsages can be an effective way to top off their attire. Meanwhile tiny flower pins look super cute in more structured dos, such as boho style fishtail plaits. Delicately detailed organza headbands worn in the hair or across the forehead offer further options for ethereal style brides.

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The release of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the Great Gatsby last year brought with it a surge of 1920s inspiration that many accessory designers incorporated into their collections. These show-stopping, high-glam pieces are perfect for brides wanting to reflect the elegant era. Heavily detailed, Art Deco style pieces offer an incredibly glamorous look and can make the perfect statement for those donning a simple style dress, or alternatively, add the missing piece for brides looking to sparkle from head to toe. Ladies can choose from large, lavish diamante headpieces and hair combs to more delicate creations such as diamante detailed organza headbands or droplet forehead circlets.

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Traditional tiaras remain popular with princess style brides, keen to top off their attire with a sparkling crown all of their own. Though often worn with a veil the glistening accessory can be worn alone. Designs feature all things sweet and shiny from pretty pearls to Swarovski crystals.

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Meanwhile for brides that have picked a vintage themed big day there are lots of fitting hair accessories worth crushing on. The 50s and 60s inspired pieces vary from pearl encrusted creations and shimmering glass beaded combs to fine feather headbands and antique broach adorned slides. To create the ultimate vintage vision, many of the hair accessories can be combined with statement bird cage veils, giving brides the best of both worlds.

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pale & interesting. a pretty wedding at Hassop Hall – sarah & david

September 5th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Wedding at Hassop Hall

Just like the bride in this wonderful wedding I’m a huge fan of pretty pastel shades and bridesmaids wearing different coloured dresses. So as soon as I saw the sweet image of Sarah, flocked by her pretty maids I knew this wedding would have style.

And that it does. From Sarah’s stunning Sharon Bowen gown, to the impressive Peak District venue and the incredibly beautiful blooms, this wedding oozes inspiration.

So sit back, relax and let’s all take a trip to the countryside to relive Sarah and David’s big day.

With images by Jess Petrie.

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Sarah says: David proposed over a beautiful breakfast at home on my 30th birthday – he knew I would hate a public proposal.

We set the date for September 28th 2013. We wanted a Saturday wedding and September was the perfect month for us because my parents and best friend married in this month too.

We got married at Holy Trinity Church and Ashford in the Water. It’s such a beautiful church and I was a bridesmaid for my auntie and uncle there when I was very young. Church bells on a wedding day are a must too! Our reception was at Hassop Hall near Bakewell in Derbyshire. It was the only choice for us all along and it was perfect! It’s such a beautiful place and holds many family memories.

We wanted a relaxed, pretty, traditional, countryside wedding. We love living close to the countryside and spend a lot of time there so wanted to incorporate it into our day.

Pretty pastels was our colour theme. I always knew I wanted my bridesmaids in different colours and this went perfectly with the theme.

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My dress was from Choola in Sheffield. I wanted something pretty and simple but that was still unusual. The dress I picked was by Sharon Bowen and had the most amazing polka dot effect on the silk organza overlay and gorgeous tiny flower appliqués.

Dave wore a pale grey suit, cream waistcoat and a lilac cravat, all from Debenhams. The groomsmen wore the same.

The bridesmaids wore beautiful floor-length chiffon dresses with iridescent sequin underlays on the bodice. We found them in Mirage Couture near Sheffield and they were absolutely perfect!

Wedding at Hassop Hall

Our photographer was Jess Petrie. Jess was absolutely amazing, I knew as soon as I met her that she was the perfect choice. She’s so friendly and relaxed but still very professional.

Wedding at Hassop Hall

We travelled in a vintage cream Rolls Royce Phantom III, from American Pie Limos in Sheffield.

Wedding at Hassop Hall

Wedding at Hassop Hall

I would most definitely recommend Hassop Hall to other wedding couples – it’s perfect in every way. Other suppliers I’ve not mentioned that I would recommend are Adela Rosa in Sheffield who did a fab job of our stationery and Classy Weddings from Mastin Moor, Chesterfield, who supplied our chair covers and post box. Matt and Kath from there were so lovely and really helpful – they also put us in touch with our fantastic pianist who played for most of the day.

Wedding at Hassop Hall

Myself and the bridesmaids carried a mixture of roses and freesias in creams, pinks and soft lemons. They were provided by White Petals and Lace who were so fantastic with everything we asked of them. For our reception decorations we had roses, freesias and hydrangeas arranged in huge Martini glasses in the centre of the tables. They looked amazing! The arrangement on the top table looked great too.

We gave our guests favours of heart-shaped mints and pink chocolate hearts, hand-tied in pretty tulle.

Wedding at Hassop Hall

Our cake was four-tiers with delicate pearlescent piping from I Love Candy Cakes in Chesterfield. We then had it dressed with fresh flowers. It looked spectacular and tasted so delicious.

For our wedding meal we had quite a traditional menu to follow the theme. We had a choice of peach Bellinis, Kir Royale, and elderflower presse with canapés in the garden on arrival at Hassop Hall. We had a pianist playing in the garden on request which added a lovely touch. We then sat down to smoked chicken and avocado salad followed by vegetable soup. For main we had roast beef and Yorkshire puddings with all the trimmings and dessert was crème brulee with summer berries. We finished with coffee and petit fours.

Wedding at Hassop Hall

We had a local band called Junkyard Dog as our entertainment followed by a DJ. My best friend’s husband is the lead singer of the band and they never disappoint. They were great and even learnt one of our favourite songs to perform at the reception, The Walk of Life by Dire Straits.

I was a little sceptical when Dave hired a toast master (Michael Wall) but we were so grateful for him. He really put us at ease and made sure that everyone knew what was happening.

Wedding at Hassop Hall

For our honeymoon we jetted off to the Sugar Beach resort in Mauritius for ten days. It was beautiful. We swam with wild dolphins and had candle-lit meals on the beach. We then spent four days in Dubai on the way back, which was also a fantastic experience.

Wedding at Hassop Hall

Our top tip for other brides and grooms would be that when looking for people to help with, or provide different aspects of your day, go with your gut! We met so many lovely people through our wedding and have developed genuine friendships. If it feels right, it most probably is!

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friday fabulous!

August 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime


As close to a fairy-tale as you’ll get (without your coach turning into a pumpkin).

Cinderella by Emmy, £725

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friday fabulous!

August 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime


Minae Clutch

A pretty pocket for your big day essentials. shine on!

Minae Clutch, £35 by Coast.

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lookbook: unveiled

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 as tagged, Dotmoxee Photography, Clive Doyle Photography, Lee Scullion, Mark Newton Weddings, Katy Melling Photography, Melissa Kay Photography, Helen Russell Photography, Laura Calderwood, Jamie Penfold Photography, Jonny Draper

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