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Twinkle & Bloom! A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Kirsty & Wayne

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Jebson Photography

Following the fashion frenzy of the last week (dahlings!), I think it’s about time we got back to basics here at Brides Up North.  It’s what we do best – Real Weddings from real Brides Up North and their talented local suppliers.  Real, regional and really, really gorgeous.  I jolly well hope you’re thinking local for your big day!

This afternoon’s wedding was sent to us by real bride Kirsty and Brides Up North Featured Supplier James Jebson and has all the elements of the best of big days – tons of sparkle, big blooms and lots of laughs. 

Enjoy!

James Jebson Photography

Kirsty says: We got engaged in October 2012 at Mottram Hall and were married on 14th December 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton by our fabulous village vicar Revd. Brian Whitley, followed by a reception at Beeston Manor in Houghton.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We chose our venue as it just felt very ‘us’.  With its countryside setting and manor house feel, Beeston Manor is beautiful. Furthermore the venue was completely private and meant we just shared our day with our family & our guests.

James Jebson Photography

I chose a Mori Lee wedding dress with lace and diamante detail from Dan Kerr Brides. It was a really sparkly dress and I loved it from the moment I put it on. All my jewellery, accessories and my shoes were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique in Lytham.

Our bridesmaids wore gold dresses by Ronald Joyce, again from Dan Kerr Brides. Wayne and the ushers all wore grey suits, ivory waistcoats and ties to match the girls’ dresses from Moss Bros, and the Mother of the Bride and page boys were dressed by Lottie’s Bridal Boutique – along with the bridesmaids’ fur shrugs.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We travelled in a Range Rovers on the day all dressed by our florist Margaret Mason with ivory ribbons – they looked fantastic.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

My bouquet was made of mini Calla Lilies and had diamonds amongst the flowers. It was simply stunning

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson, our photographer, was simply sensational on our wedding day. His attention to detail, his professionalism, & his incredibly infectious personality, accompanied with his awesome photography put him in another league.  In the words of my new husband James is ”simply a different kind of gravy” and his photography service was extra special from start to finish. 

We were over the moon with our wedding pictures as they capture the best day of our lives from every angle. James didn’t miss a thing and even caught images of moments we had missed! We have the most wonderful memories of our wedding and I cannot stress how important a good photographer is.  When your wedding is over your photos are the one thing you have left and I cannot thank James enough for our amazing images. He is simply fabulous!

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Glam Pastels. Diamonds & Lace For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Hayley & Stephen

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Who said pretty pastels couldn’t come with a huge dose of glamour?  Today’s real bride Hayley and new husband Stephen are ripping up the rule book with their soft and stylish Real Wedding at Rockliffe Hall.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Lee Scullion

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Hayley says:  We got engaged at the Burj al Arab, Dubai in February 2006.  Steven proposed on Christmas day in 2005. We didn’t want a party so we celebrated our engagement with a trip Dubai to pick a ring.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We were married on 22nd September 2013 at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington.  I wanted a classy and timeless wedding and Rockliffe offers modern and old mixed together. We had our ceremony in the old arches which offered a nicer feel than just a function room. The colour scheme is quite neutral which enabled us to go for any colour scheme we wanted.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had lilacs, lavenders, ivories and a beautiful thistle colour in our stationery. Grey suits for the gents, accented with lilac cravats and handkerchiefs to give a subtle bit of colour to blend in with the rest of the wedding. My dress and the bridesmaids were all ivory. I wanted a neutral palette with the flowers taking centre stage. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My dress was from Solutions Bridal Designer House in Orlando Florida.  The dress was antique ivory with ivory lace in a mermaid strapless fit. I opted for a very long veil trimmed in the same lace as the dress and a very glamorous belt made by Maria Elena and Manolo Blanik shoes with a beautiful vintage brooch on the front.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

The hair was prepped by myself the evening before (I’m am a hairstylist) ready for my friend Carol-Anne Jenkinson who is the owner of Platinum Hair Design in Sunderland. She also did her magic on the bridal party. I had my makeup done by Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our flowers were by Adam Prest who is very unique in his work and knew exactly what I wanted. My bouquet consisted of a vibrant lilac roses, astrania, astilbe,clematis,snowberries and sweetpeas. They smelt beautiful. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my flowers with a mix for the top table and centre pieces for the tables at the wedding breakfast. We also had similar mixture for the gents’ button holes and ladies’ corsages.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

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We had six bridesmaids from two years old to sixteen.  The younger bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon and the two older bridesmaids wore a dress from Coast which was from the bridal range. I think they blended nicely together.

The groomsmen wore hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. The grooms suit was made by Ian Bone a visiting tailor. He came to our home and measured Steven up, we picked the material and and cut of the suit. It was a very professional and friendly service from Ian and we had two more fittings before the finished result.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our photographer was the amazing Lee Scullion. We had a lot of recommendations from people but as soon as I saw Lee’s work I knew he was the man for the job.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our videographers were Chris and Janet Hughes for One Digital Image – a great husband and wife team. They made a one minute video summarising the day so we could share with our guests and friends which was really unique in itself and was ready to view the following morning.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our save the dates and invitations were by Noble Fine Art. They also made our favour boxes, the menu for the tables at the wedding breakfast and the seating plan in a beautiful pearl stock paper with thistle ribbon.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed our tables with a new range of lace chair coverings.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had handmade chocolates made for the favour boxes from Robineau Patisserie in Darlington and mini bottles of whiskey for the gents. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

The cake was from Celebration Cakes in Peterlee, I scaled it down from the original design in the shop. It had six tiers with all different sponges and fruit cake. It had a pearl covering with roses and lace made from sugar paste and tied in with all the little elements from the wedding.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had Val Boyers singer and guitarist singing during our wedding breakfast and a fantastic local band (Fate) singing live on the evening of the wedding. 

Prime Entertainment provided Formula One cars which were very popular and we also hired Snaparazzi and their fabulous photo booth.  We got a book of everyone’s photos who had been in the photo booth with a message alongside the photos which is a really nice and different keep sake.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

I downloaded an app called Wedpics and invited all our guests to upload all their photos.  I thought this to be better than having disposable cameras and it worked well.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Honeymoon wise, we’re are still working on that one, we want something different!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take every moment in because it goes over far too fast and don’t drink to much Champagne!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Congratulations Hayley & Stephen!

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Full Bloom. Supplier Showcase: Sandra’s Flower Studio

April 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Image: Joanna Gower Photography

Image: Joanna Gower Photography

At last count, we had over 28,000 Brides Up North subscribers, over 18,700 Twitter followers and over 10,400 Facebook likes on our page.  That’s a lot of love people! 

Keep it coming and #jointhenorthernrevolution across our social networks.  It’s an active, diverse and exciting community we have there – updated even more frequently than the blog itself, and the place for all the insider gossip, breaking news and casual content – and we’d love you to be a part of it.

The northern revolution wouldn’t be happening at all without the support of talented regional suppliers like the lady I’m about to introduce you to: the lovely Sandra of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sandra’s Flower Studio.  I’ve invited Sandra along to our pretty pages to tell us all about what she can do for a bride like you on her wedding day.  Let’s meet her.   

How and when did you become a floral designer?

Sandra: I started out in floristry 22 years ago after leaving school and working in a florist shop. and became specifically interested in wedding design in 2000. Each year I increased the amount of weddings I worked on until last year I made it my full time profession setting up fully on my own.

What is your background and qualifications?

I have two NVQ’s in floristry but I was basically bench trained and have learnt many techniques by keeping up to date with trade magazines and going to demonstrations.

Image: Hines-Images Photography

Image: Hines-Images Photography

What services do you offer for Brides To Be?

I offer a full flower service from designing bride and bridesmaids bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, hair pieces, church pedestals, archways, pew ends, altar designs, to venue and reception table designs, entrance displays and anything else floral. I can also add in those little table details such as confetti, table crystals, tea lights and so on. I have also started to offer a dry hire service for all my vases, fish bowls, martini vases and candelabras 

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

I listen to my brides and make suggestions if necessary but ultimately they decide on what flowers they are having. If you want something and it is available and feasible to do, then you have it. So many times I hear ‘Other florists have said I can’t have…’ Of course if you don’t know where to start I will help and guide you through the process and as your plans develop and your flowers need tweaking then so be it. I also don’t mind how many times you get in touch, this is your day and it needs to be right for you and unless you are 100% happy neither am I.

Image: Natural Expressions

Image: Natural Expressions

Tell Brides Up North about making the finals of The Wedding Industry Awards.  Why did you enter and what does this mean to you?

I like these awards. They are, initially at least, voted for by my clients. I entered two years ago when I first started my business to see if I could compete with the best. I was shortlisted. This year I entered again to see if my brides were as happy as they told me – the voting is anonymous – and the comments I got back were overwhelming as were the scores. I was very happy to be shortlisted again. These awards give you a boost but also the comments give you an idea on where you may need a little improvement.

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The Editorial Wedding. An Exclusive Workshop In Image Creation & Publishing Opportunities

April 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

I’m really excited to bring you news today of my involvement in a very special workshop created and hosted by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography.

I always say that Brides Up North is your blog.  By that I mean you, my lovely readers, who visit in your thousands daily and you, my industry friends and supporters who supply and create the beautiful wedding inspiration that I deliver here in a double daily dose.  Brides Up North wouldn’t be the fantastic regional resource that it is without your loyalty and support.

If you want to get involved with the blog or see your real wedding on these pretty pages, you’ll find all the information, rules and guidelines that you need to submit a wedding for feature (whether you are the bride, groom, their photographer or Aunty Betty) here.  If you would like sponsorship information you can get it here

So, here at Brides Up North HQ we are pretty dependent on you.  And that’s why I like to give back when I can, to support those who support me, and to help to make your wedding, your images – the whole experience – as fabulous as it possibly can be.

I’ll be joining Cat on her exclusive workshop for wedding photography professionals later this month as she shows them the tricks and techniques that allow her to do what she does so well.  Cat’s craft is very special – her work has that magic touch that makes you look a million dollars, “magazine ready” in your wedding photographs.  Put it this way, I’ve never turned down a feature submission from Mrs Hepple yet.

I’ll be there on the day too, to talk to you about the process of getting your work “out there” and seen more effectively.  I’ve been in this game for nearly four years, and worked on glossy magazines long before that, so I know my stuff.  How to craft a successful submission to a wedding magazine or blog, how to increase your chances of being selected and what those with an editorial eye are looking for.  Plus, I always love to meet new industry professionals in a creative environment and look forward to seeing you there. 

If you’re a wedding photographer who’d love to add a little bit more of that magic sparkle to your own work, we’d love to see you at Priory Cottages on Tuesday 22nd April 2014Details of how to book can be found here.

Brides to be?  Cat’s available to make the magic happen on your wedding day too.  Click here to visit her website. 

  The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

Cat says:  Wedding photography is changing, and more and more couples are looking for something far removed from the traditional style of years gone by. Many are influenced by fashion and glossy magazines and want their imagery to have that magazine worthy look and finish, whilst still being romantic and natural. 

I’ve honed my style over the past few years in business, to create exactly that – a style which is romantic, natural but also has a fashion edge to it. I’m asked all the time by other wedding photographers how I create this look and feel to wedding images, and how to do that under the time pressures a wedding brings. This is my first workshop in how to create editorial style images which your couples will adore, and which will get you published in magazines and on wedding blogs.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding will cover my style, how to achieve a look unique to you and how to engage couples who want the magazine finish to their images. We will also cover topics such as how to work with and manipulate natural light, how to pose couples and direct but still get beautiful soft, natural images.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

A team of wedding experts is helping me pull together a beautiful wedding shoot, to enable everyone taking part in the workshop to see first hand how I work with couples, and then also take their own images to help build their portfolios. We’ll also be joined by Julia Braime of Brides Up North wedding blog, to discuss what bloggers are looking for with wedding submissions and how to improve your chances of being published.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding workshop is on Tuesday April 22nd 2014 just ahead of the busiest part of the wedding season, so it’s just in time to inspire and encourage other photographers as they begin the long season ahead. The workshop is to be held at the gorgeously beautiful Priory Cottages in Wetherby, near Leeds and runs from 9.30am to 6pm.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

I have never really subscribed to the traditional way of creating images on a wedding day, I have honed my own style through experience and inspiration beyond the wedding industry. This course is perfect for anyone wanting to find their own style and unique approach to creating fashion inspired wedding images.

Places can be booked via my website.  Please click here for more information and to book.

Some spaces have already been filled and I’m excited to be sharing the day with some very talented people.

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

The Editorial Wedding By Cat Hepple Photography

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Little Adventures. A Real Engagement At Castle Howard – Laura & Daniel

March 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ally Byrom Photography

Its been a while since we’ve had an engagement feature here on these pretty pages, so Brides Up North reader Laura, fiancé Daniel and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ally Byrom Photography are here to set that right.  And when you’re planning to tie the knot somewhere so splendid as Castle Howard, where better to head for some shots to capture the moment?

Let’s hear their love story. 

Ally Byrom Photography

Laura says:  We were on holiday in Barbados having a relaxing day on the Sandy Lane beach when Daniel proposed. He bought the most beautiful ring from our friends who own Aurum Gold in London, I couldn’t have chosen a better one myself. I was so dazed by it all and I needed to sit down, but I forgot that I was paddling ankle deep in water and still wearing my dress! So I didn’t look like the most glamorous fiancée trudging back down the beach with a sopping wet dress!

Ally Byrom Photography

We are getting married at Castle Howard in June 2014.  We arranged to have an engagement shoot at the venue as we thought it would be a good way of getting to know our photographer Ally and a great way of finding our favourite locations for the photographs on the wedding day.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

The engagement shoot was brilliant fun. We didn’t know what to expect and thought we might even be uncomfortable but Ally did a great job at making it really relaxed and enjoyable. We now can’t wait for the wedding day shoot! We will have a few of a favourite photos framed and hang them in our lounge, I suspect parents will also want them too!

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Daniel and I met at university 8 years ago, and I think we both knew it was something special straight away. On our first date we went to a little restaurant in Oxford for Valentine’s day.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

I knew Daniel was the one when we were watching sunrise over Oxford one morning before hehad to set off for a Hockey competition.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

We have so much fun together, we are very chilled out.  We both love being active and love that we can have lots of little adventures together.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

I love Brides Up North because it’s great for inspiration and ideas. It also reminds me of all the little things I still need to organise!  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs soon. 

Ally Byrom Photography

Congratulations Laura & Daniel!

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Lovely Letters. Supplier Showcase: Love Invited

March 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Love Invited - Love Birds

Brides, I feel your pain.  My own wedding done and dusted, it’s now onto a whole different set of choices as we look forward to my baby girl’s christening this June.  A joint celebration with her cousin, it’s my job to sort out the invitations.  And its procrastination central round our place.  The issue when planning our wedding was where to start, and now as editor of Brides Up North I’ve seen so much pretty stationery over the years that there’s too many places to start!

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Amanda of Love Invited has just thrown another spanner in the works, as she presents her beautiful range of luxury wedding stationery on the blog today.

Must. make. a. decision.

Good luck making your mind up too!

Love Invited - Love Birds

What’s the story behind Love Invited?

I’m Amanda Williams, founder of Love Invited, Luxury Wedding Stationery. I’ve spent over a decade in design and I’ve used that experience to create beautiful wedding invitations and complementary stationery brimming with joy, personality and individuality.

Love invited all began not only from a desire to design and create beautiful wedding stationery but we also wanted to ensure the process was as simple and hassle free as possible while maintaining the highest quality finish.

Just so you know this crucial part of your wedding day is in very safe hands here’s a bit of background about me. I’m a working mum with a passion for design. I’ve been working within the design industry for over 10 years now after graduating from university with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. I began my career as a designer, progressing to studio manager then on to account management, where my time was spent ensuring clients receive the best possible design service.

Love Invited - Art Deco

Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Who is a Love Invited bride?

When I was looking to design my own wedding stationery a few years ago I struggled to find inspiring, creative designs that reflected our personalities. We really wanted something that was modern and not run of the mill. This gave us the idea that there was a need to provide high quality, fresh designs with a simple ordering process at a price that is accessible to all. So a Love Invited bride is someone that doesn’t want to settle for the traditional, they want their personality and creativity to shine.

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

Spring Blossom

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

Where are you based?  Do you work by appointment or online?

We have a lovely little studio in the beautifully restored Blue Pit Mill in Rochdale, just North of Manchester. Love Invited is predominantly web based; we have an online store where brides can browse and buy from our collections or request a personal consultation. I do encourage meeting in person, where possible, to get a better understanding of a couples personalities and requirements.

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

There is a varied selection of beautiful design collections to choose from on the website. We hope there is a collection to suit every bride from Art Deco with it’s 1920s glamour, the fun design and retro type of Lovebirds to the delicate floral print of Vintage Rose. The collections are all ready-to-go and semi-customisable to suit the customers needs. All collections include: save the date, day and evening invitations, additional information cards, invitation menus, RSVPs, order of service, table names, table menus, place cards, framed seating plans and thank you cards. Customers can provide wedding details and guest names etc, and customize colours when ordering online or choose to provide this information at a late date once the order is confirmed.

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

If our design collections aren’t quite right, we can create something completely unique. I love working on bespoke projects, they’re so much fun and it’s great to see the end result.

We start every bespoke order with a consultation. Its more of a chat really just to get to know the happy couple and their wedding. We usually talk about wedding themes, colours, personalities and interests, family etc, anything goes within reason! Following on from the initial meeting, we work on the designs and refine them until the customer is ‘over the moon’ with the final design. We only use the highest quality, trusted printers to produce our stationery, which are then lovingly hand-finished by us.

Love Invited - Vintage Rose

Vintage Rose

Love Invited - Vintage Rose

Love Invited - Vintage Rose

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment and do you think will be popular for next season?

I am finding more and more often that customers are looking for invitations that are small in size. This gives their guests something little, dainty and precious to mark your special day. Our Vintage Rose collection fits the bill perfectly and proved very popular last season and in to this season.

This year is all about the love for the romance and elegance of the 1920s into the Art Deco period. The return to tradition is inspired by Hollywood with brides wanting to achieve the look and sophistication of The Great Gatsby and Downton.

To give this theme a touch of 2014 add a bit of sparkle, don’t go mad though, a little bit of sparkle goes a long way! A touch on your dress, a dusting of glitter on your cake and the accessories placed on your tables can really set the scene. I recently spotted some beautiful sequin trimmed tealights, which looked amazing when they were lit and gave a beautifully romantic feel to the room.

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

Royal Elegance

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

What other products or services do you offer ?

As well as the collections available on the website and my bespoke service I also offer framed seating plans. These really make a statement and look great at any venue. Your wedding seating plan will be framed in either a beautiful vintage swept frame or elegant box frame with mount, prints and backing. You can choose from a large 20 x 30 inch (51cm x 76cm) table plan ideal for your venue’s easel/stand or a smaller table plan 16 x 20 inches (41cm x 51cm). Each framed table plan includes a bespoke double card mount to reflect your seating plan and the design will complement your chosen theme or your bespoke design. We can also create beautiful book bound wedding photo albums incorporating your design.

Who would be your dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?

I would have to say someone who is open minded and wants to push boundaries with their wedding stationery. Someone who has an interesting and original theme that sees the stationery as an important part of the style of their wedding. If it was me personally I would love to see a contemporary and creative design, elegantly printed in letterpress and elegantly presented. Now look you’ve got me planning stationery for an imaginary client!

Love Invited - Destination

Destination

Love Invited - Destination

Love Invited - Destination

Love Invited - Destination

What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Research research research.

By gathering a few ideas together of the sort of designs you like, the theme and the overall look you would like to achieve it will ensure you get exactly what you are after

Start planning early.

If you know your date and venue let your guests know as soon as possible by sending out a save the date. 

Keep it consistent

Your wedding stationery is the style setter for the day as your invitation will be the first time your guests will be introduced to your theme.

Order extra

It is easier and usually more affordable to order a few more with your main order than ordering extras at a later date.

Make it yours

Try not to please everyone with your stationery, make sure it is a true representation of you as a couple and your big day.

What would be your no nos for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

I think my no no has to be don’t let everyone pitch in on ideas and opinions so much that you forget what you wanted in the first place. It becomes one big stressful event when it should be fun.  Even though everyone has their own taste we’re not huge fans of tacky ribbons, brooches, buckles or fonts and too many different elements going on in one place.

Love Invited - Summertime

Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Does all the stationery have to match?

It does look effective if your stationery does match and it carries the theme though from your save the date and invitations right through to your wedding day and thank you cards. That’s not to say that each item has to look exactly the same, it just needs to have the same theme and feel.

What are your prices/price range, are you doing any special offers?

I hope we can cater for every budget and taste. With our invitations they start at £1.95 for a single card up to £4.60 for a pocket folder. We do have an offer at the moment if customers Share or Like Love Invited at the checkout stage they will receive an automatic 10% off their order. 

Which of your ranges would you recommend for a Bride on a budget or if money was no object?

Within each collection I do offer options so if there is a pocket folder there is always a folded card or single card option, so you can have the design you like at your budget. The Vintage Rose collection is great if you are on a budget as it is simple and pretty but as it is printed on a lovely pearlescent card finished with a length of ribbon and a personalised tag it really is value for money. If money was no object I would say the Sweet heart collection is the way to go, it’s so much fun with the lollypop save the dates and the sweetie bag wallet that holds the invitation and additional cards looks very impressive.

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Sweetheart

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Which designs are your bestsellers?

My best sellers over the last year have been Art Deco, Vintage Rose, Vintage Chic and Viva Las Vegas. I was surprised how popular Viva Las Vegas has been, but it is a great design and some much fun to work on.

What sets Love Invited apart from its competitors?

As your wedding day is going to be the biggest day of your life I aim to make this little part of the organising as simple as possible. I really care about every bride and their requirements whether they are ordering 10 place cards, 100 invitations or I am working on a completely bespoke order. I hope my personal creative approach to wedding stationery is a refreshing change.

 

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

How long do you take to turn around an order?

Well every order is different but usually you will have your gorgeous stationery order delivered by your postie within 3 weeks. Once and order is made I aim to send a digital visual on email within 2 working days. Following approval of the design I can print and deliver the order within 10 working days. Pretty speedy really.

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

There are a number of ways you can contact us at Love Invited, you can either visit the site www.loveinvited.co.uk and fill in a contact form or check us out on Facebook or Twitter.  If its a good old fashioned chat you are after give us a call on 0161 883 0079. 

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Something Blue. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Deep, Hull – Claire & Dave

March 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

This afternoon it’s wetsuits at the ready and off to East Yorkshire to join Claire and Dave for their celebration at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue The Deep in Hull. Styling their big day, Claire kept things simple – and saved herself some pennies too – by letting their unusual and extraordinary wedding venue do the talking. 

Images by Chris Bailey Photography

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Claire says:  Dave’s parents live in Portsmouth and we often travel down there with our sons for holidays by the sea, ice creams and all! It was a beautiful summer’s day and we’d spent it on the sea front amongst the two penny falls, eating candy floss and winning teddy bears for the boys. On the pier we stood admiring the view and out Dave pulled a pretty necklace with the words “Marry me” engraved on it.  I was beginning to think he’d never ask! I began planning straight away, in case he changed his mind! We both had pretty unconventional ideas when it came to weddings and we knew from the start that we wanted something a little bit different.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

We were married on 27th October 2013 at The Deep in Hull. We looked around at various wedding venues and as beautiful as they were, it wasn’t quite what we wanted. Then we came across The Deep. We fell in love with the venue instantly, the atmosphere was so serene and we wanted to create a real "wedding experience" that our guests would always remember. The huge tanks blew us away and the "ice tunnel" that was to become my aisle, was especially stunning. We had definitely found the unique venue we were looking for. They were so welcoming and their attention to detail made me sure the day would go perfectly.

The staff at The Deep did an amazing job of putting everything together and so many guests commented on how much they enjoyed it.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I really like natural colours and so I chose dark champagne, browns and coffee colours for the day. As we were getting married later on in the day and having a candlelit reception I thought this colour would complement our autumn wedding perfectly.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

On the morning of the wedding I had all the people I love around me. My bridesmaids were with me and my mum was in the hotel room next door! As the wedding wasn’t until 5pm, we spent all day getting ready, giggling, drinking champagne and doing hair and makeup. It was such a special time having them around me, I think that was the reason I was fairly calm and relaxed (that and the champagne!)

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I wore an A-line light ivory Maggie Sottero dress with a little crystal detail from The Bridal Barn in Stafford. I wanted something really simple and got overwhelmed by the amount of dresses I tried on with a lot of detail. My dress was perfect for me as it reflected my every day style. I wore a lovely tear drop silver necklace by Leslie Davis from a little boutique in Stoke on Trent.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My bridesmaids wore champagne and mocha coloured dresses, bought from Debenhams and found on eBay.  As a hairdresser I had specific ideas on how I wanted my bridesmaids to look, they both had matching chignons and pretty hair slides. They looked absolutely beautiful!

I have a bit of a hoarder when it comes to make up! So my bridesmaids had a great time rooting through my collection and using all of my lotions and potions! We all did our own makeup and I think by doing this, we all felt comfortable with how we looked. I’m not sure I would’ve felt the same with someone else making the choice for me.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

I made my own bouquet as I like to think of myself as fairly creative and saved a heap of money doing the flowers myself. I was so pleased with the results and it was something the bridesmaids could keep after the wedding.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Our photos were taken by Chris Bailey Photography of Cottingham. We were lucky enough to get some shots outside The Deep after the ceremony, just as the sun was setting. It was a bit on the chilly side, but our photographer was so great at getting the shots done, that we were back in the warm in no time. The guests went up to the observatory and we were able to get some great shots in front of the huge tanks.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My special moment of the day was singing to my new husband instead of a first dance. Everyone was so surprised! I sang “The Story” by Brandon Carlisle and the words are especially emotional, I cracked a little half way through, but all the guests gave me the biggest cheer of encouragement that I was able to carry on! I’ll be in trouble for saying it, but even the men were in tears, although I’m sure they’ll all deny it!

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

We didn’t have a wedding cake, but made up for it by stacking chocolate donuts and cupcakes on a stand and to be honest, I don’t think anyone even noticed the missing cake! We danced the night away until the early hours and all of our guests were in the party mood.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

The day after the wedding, we took the boys away for the night to the Alton Towers resort, where we stayed in a Peter Rabbit themed room which was like a rabbit burrow! We are planning a honeymoon to coincide with my 30th birthday and our one year wedding anniversary to Disneyland Florida. We love spending time together as a family and couldn’t image a honeymoon without them.

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

My top tip for other Brides Up North would to be savvy!  Don’t fooled into buying the most expensive of everything. We stuck to a tight budget and saved money by customising and creating. By doing this, we got our dream wedding for under £5000.  Remember to cherish each moment, and don’t stress! It goes by so quickly that before you know it it’s over and you’ll wonder what all the nerves and worrying was about!

Chris Bailey Photography at The Deep, Hull

Congratulations Claire & Dave!

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Beautiful On A Budget. Supplier Showcase: First Impressions Wedding Invitations PLUS 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers

March 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Something I’m often aware of as I write these pages is the need to be inclusive.  I know from your emails and messages that not all of my readers have the deepest pockets, a six figure salary or easy access to the bank of Mum and Dad.  Here at Brides Up North it’s my job to showcase the loveliest ideas, inspirational weddings and dream dresses, but I also think it’s important that our content is attainable.  Sometimes you want the pretty without the price tag. 

Half the battle is thinking local and using the brilliant regional suppliers right on your own doorstep and the other half is having all the options available to you.   I’m aware that I often only feature high end products and aspirational shoots, but today I would like to introduce you to a stationer who is keeping her prices real but her products still sparkling: Brides Up North Featured Supplier Paula of First Impressions Wedding Invitations

For those of you on a budget who still want some bling – Paula’s your gal!  Let’s meet her…

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What is the story behind First Impressions Wedding Invitations?

First Impressions Wedding Invitations started trading in the summer of 2010 initially on eBay. I had just had my second son Ryan and was unable to return to work due to childcare issues. I have always had a creative flair and had done stationery for a few close friends, therefore decided to start my own business doing wedding stationery, which was an instant success.  

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Who is a First Impressions Wedding Invitations bride?

A First Impressions bride is someone who wants to have beautiful handmade wedding invitations and stationery but doesn’t necessarily have a big budget to spend on their stationery. That is where we step in: creating beautiful wedding stationery at affordable prices so the bride can get the best of both worlds.

Where are you based? 

We are based in Wigan, Lancashire. We mainly work online using email and telephone as our main way of corresponding, but do work face to face with brides to be in our locality.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

Our ranges include our butterfly designs, floral designs and hearts designs. All of our designs are embellished with gorgeous sparkling diamantes, to give each design an elegant and classy feel. In all of our designs we do the following products: save the date cards, wedding invitations, RSVP cards, money request cards, order of services, menus, name cards, table numbers, lottery favour cards and table plans.

Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

Yes. The client would contact us with their requirements and any examples of the designs they like. I will go away and put a design together within that brief and email a proof image to which they can make as many changes as needed until they are 100% happy. We do not charge extra for bespoke designs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment or do you think will be popular for next season?

Our most popular designs are our butterfly ranges. This has always been a favourite amongst our brides. The butterflies represent hope, joy and new beginnings, perfect for a couple embarking on their journey into married life. For next season I predict that people will still go for the more traditional designs but using brighter colour combinations. A popular colour scheme in the last 12 months has been fuchsia pink and tangerine.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Make sure the stationer can match your chosen colour scheme if this is what you desire, order a sample to make sure it is the correct colour.

Proofs are a must!  Avoid companies that do not provide proofs either via post or emailed images.

Find out whether the cost of invitations includes envelopes or if they are extra.

Order your invitations and stationery at the earliest convenience and make sure the stationer can accommodate your needs.

If paying online for your stationery, I always advise paying through PayPal, for that extra bit of protection.

Does all the stationery have to match?

It is totally up to the bride! It is their big day and can have anything they choose, that’s a brides prerogative. They could choose different designs for different items of stationery having them all the same colour or they could have the same design throughout their range. We aim to please all our brides and make it as easy as we can to meet their needs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Which designs are your bestsellers?

Our best sellers are our butterfly designs including our “Butterfly One range” which is decorated with 11 separate diamantes to really sparkle. One of our new designs, named “Willow” is proving to be a big seller, and is of two birds in a bird cage – another popular trend with recent brides.

What sets First Impressions Wedding Invitations apart from its competitors? 

Our unique way of embellishing with diamantes definitely sets us apart from the rest. Our prices, quality of products and customer service makes us stand out from the crowd.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

How long do you take to turn around an order?

From our first contact with clients we will advise of a production date. We supply dates on a first come first serve basis, that is why it is imperative to contact us as early as possible to secure your date. We will then dispatch your items within 7-10 working days of this production date.

What are your prices, are you doing any special offers?

Our prices for our handmade wedding invitations and stationery are very affordable but we do not compromise on quality. Our prices range from £0.75 for save the date cards including envelopes to our invitations priced from £1.00 to £1.80 again including envelopes. Our on the day stationery again is extremely affordable with no individual item being over £1.80 and our A1 table plans are £49.99. Our prices include all personalisation and every design hand embellished with our diamantes. We offer free delivery on samples and on orders over £150.00

Can you offer a special discount to Brides Up North readers?

We can offer a 10% discount to Brides Up north readers. When contacting us to place an order quote the reference BUN10% to receive your discount. 

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

All our contact details can be found on our website www.firstimpressionsweddinginvitations.co.uk, this includes a contact form, email address, telephone and postal address. We aim to make it as easy as possible for brides to be to establish contact with us. We have a simple an effective online order form and brides are able to purchase samples directly through our store.

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Grow Your Own. Supplier Showcase: Firenza Floral Design

March 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ann-Katrin Koch

Image by Ann-Kathrin Koch

A few weeks ago we welcomed Brides Up North Featured Supplier and award winning Yorkshire wedding florist Fiona Pickles, director of Firenza Floral Design, to the wedding blog to tell us all about her home grown wedding flowers. 

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image by Laura Calderwood 

This afternoon I’m doing something rare and reposting that content for you here, following controversy last month about a supposedly British grown Valentine’s bouquet supported by the Royal Horticultural Society … that turned out to contain no British grown flowers at all, as they were out of season!  The story was covered in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and other titles and after much pressure from the British flower growers (under #britishflowers on twitter) the RHS removed the incorrect labelling and personally responded to every single tweet of complaint (and there were lot!).  The RHS are also working with British growers now for something for Mother’s Day.  

Guaranteed:  all the flowers you see in the piece that we share here this afternoon have been home grown by Fiona’s fair hands.  That’s something pretty special.  Imagine choosing your wedding flowers and seeing them grown from seed!  Fiona is passionate about her love of British flowers and is here to tell us how she continues to develop her own crop to incorporate more locally grown blooms into her beautiful wedding bouquets.  Let’s hear from her…

James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Images by James Melia

James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Fiona says: I’ve always had a passion for flowers and really love being at work in my garden. Even though the weather isn’t great at the moment we’ve been outside in the wind and rain preparing the cutting beds, and in a few months, with a bit of luck, we’ll have flowers in bloom and I can’t wait!

Having locally grown flowers and herbs adds an extra special and personal touch to a wedding knowing the flowers have been grown right here, in the Yorkshire countryside.

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Images by Laura Calderwood 

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

As a wedding florist we are incredibly busy – especially during the spring and summer – and growing our own flowers does mean extra work, but it’s something I love and am passionate about, plus it’s very rewarding, so the extra work is worth it, which is why we started to grow more of our own wedding flowers last year, with wonderful results.  We’re based in West Yorkshire and whilst we seem to have a very pleasant micro-climate, we are still in the Pennines, 1,220ft above sea level and on a substantial slope, so conditions can be a little testing. Before growing in earnest, I wanted to get some good advice from other growers so I attended a “Flower Farming for Beginners” course at Common Farm Flowers run by the fabulous Georgie Newberry, she has a real passion for British grown cut flowers and her business was a real inspiration to me.

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Images by James Melia

James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

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Last year, we had a lot of snow in March so it wasn’t the best start to the growing year, but the beautiful summer meant that our herbs and flowers were very, very happy on our fully south facing plot. We even had a photo shoot here in late June, with a small team of trusted suppliers, all the flowers used in the shoot were grown by us, including the buttercups, which I just adore!

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Images by Laura Calderwood 

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

We use a lot of mint, rosemary, thyme, lavender, lemon balm, oregano and sage as well as many beautiful cottage garden-style flowers. We’re extending our herb terraces even further this year, so lots more scented beauties to come hopefully. I love using herbs in our wedding flowers, it really adds a beautiful dimension and helps to create those lasting memories.

We will never be able to grow enough flowers for all of our weddings, but as well as growing more of our own, I am working closely with Gill Hodgson from Flowers from the Farm, a network of flower growers, large and small, across the country, to supplement our flower needs, so we can use as many British Flowers as possible.

Mark Dolby

Image by Mark Dolby

Looking ahead for this year, the beds are being filled with compost, the cold frames are ready, the seed catalogues are being perused and my tools are being sharpened ready for another busy year of weddings and growing. The workshop is being fitted out with shelves and storage to create more space, we are even planning a lean-to greenhouse on our beautiful but rather shabby shed to give us more space for all our beautiful British flowers and I can’t wait!

If you’d like to make an appointment with Fiona to create your wedding flowers please contact visit www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk or ring 01422 835540.

James Melia

Images by James Melia 

James Melia

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From Yes To The Dress. Going Bespoke With Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

March 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Kirstie McNulty for Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

A few weeks ago I introduced you to one of our lovely Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, the mother and daughter team at Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride, who design and hand make stunning wedding gowns entirely from scratch. 

Now, when I got married a few years ago, this is something that I would never have considered doing – and didn’t really know was available at my (average) budget, location (Up North of course!) and what the process would be.  Even if I had thought about it, I would have worried that the final design wouldn’t come out in line with my expectations, or how I could possibly get my ideas across to the person making the gown.  I hadn’t really imagined the dressmaker as a “designer”, and thought that the off the peg option was the safest one.  I loved my wedding dress (All That Jazz by the wonderful Alan Hannah if you were wondering), but having met Jessica and hearing about what they can do – and seeing the results – if I had my time again, I think I might just be paying her a visit. 

Jessica summed it up herself in her first interview here at Brides Up North when she said: ‘A wedding dress is arguably the most important dress a girl will ever wear. It is something that is dreamt about for years and we… feel that there should be no compromise on the most important dress you will ever wear!

Bespoke is also perfect for those brides that want something truly unique, something that no other bride can be seen to have worn. Having something custom-made enables the bride to give a true reflection of their personality, find a style that suits their body shape perfectly and they can also design their dress around the style of their wedding day.

We… have a lot of brides who have had a style in mind for years – a red-carpet dress they saw in a magazine, a famous wedding gown or a thought up design that they have held onto.  To go bespoke means our brides are able to have exactly what they want, with no compromise.’

Given my own misconceptions, I thought it was about time that someone in the know talked my readers through the bespoke process, so that they understand entirely what’s involved and exactly how rewarding the choice can be.  And since it was Jessica who inspired this post, who better than to ask?  She’s back on the blog today to talk you through it, step by step. 

Images by Kirstie McNulty Photography

Kirstie McNulty for Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

The Initial Consultation

Jessica says:  The initial consultation gives us the opportunity to get to know our Bride, understand her wants and requirements and also how she envisages her big day to be. At this stage we will discuss styles, fabrics, colours and time scale. From this we will then be able to give the client a more accurate quote based on what has been discussed and we will begin to source samples of fabrics.

The Design & Toile

We will begin to collate all of the ideas discussed at the first consultation, thinking about the style of wedding our Bride is having, location, time of year and how all of these factors will affect the design and fabrics of the dress. We will then start work on a toile. This is in affect a mock-up of the proposed design. This will be done in a calico fabric and will meet the brief given to us in the first consultation. The toile gives the Bride the opportunity to see her proposed ideas made up in a fabric and make any alterations to the style, the shape and fit of the dress before we actually begin work on the final fabrics which more often than not are silks and laces.

An initial measurement will be taken from the Bride at first consultation if she is happy to go ahead and begin the process. If the client needs more time to think about it another appointment will be arranged once her decision has been made to take first measurements (these can be taken over clothes) – these measurements will enable us to begin work on the toile.

Kirstie McNulty for Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

The Fittings

Once the toile has been made up the Bride will have another fitting done and any alterations to the size and shape of the dress will be marked out on the calico fabric of the toile. This will then be taken apart and will form the pattern pieces for her wedding gown.

Approximately 6-8 weeks after the toile fitting the Bride will come to try on her wedding gown that will now be made up in her final fabrics (silks, lace etc). This will be made to the measurements of the last fitting but will not have any final seams or hems in and so can be taken in/ let out more if necessary. At this stage we, with the client, will make final decisions on length, over all fit, fastenings and finishing touches.

4 weeks later at the next fitting we will have the Bride’s wedding gown ready to a finished standard. This will include hems on the length, seams and fastenings. If the Bride is happy with the gown at this stage she is able to take away/ confirm that no more alterations are needed. However, if the Bride needs any additional adjustments to the size (due to weight loss/gain) this will be the final opportunity to have these confirmed.

Kirstie McNulty for Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

Tweaks…

More often than not the design of a dress alters throughout the Bespoke process as our client’s get inspired as they see their gown at every stage and realise the potential of the bespoke dress making service. 

Accessorising

We also make a range of accessories from birdcage veils to cathedral veils and covered silk clutch bags for Mother of the Brides. Most Brides like to wait and see their dress on before choosing the length or type of veil as only then will they know what will be the perfect match to their bespoke gown.

Kirstie McNulty for Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

Dressing On The Day

This service is available to our Brides and large bridal parties. We can help take the stress out of the morning for our clients and ensure all our ladies get to the aisle looking their very best. If a client opts for this service we can bring the gown with us on the day if this is requested.

There is nothing more valuable to us than a happy customer and so we will do all we can to make sure each of our client’s leaves us feeling thrilled with their garment and the service they have received.

For more details visit Jessica’s brand new website at www.jessicabennettbespokebride.co.uk, contact her by email at info@jessicabennettbespokebride.co.uk or call her on 07852 158 566.  Jessica is also on Twitter and Facebook, so say hello!

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