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its the season: spring 2016 confetti colour trends from shropshire petals

February 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Handful of Candyfloss Confetti £11.95 per litre

With January out of the way, 2016 is now in full swing and we’re hurtling towards the start of prime wedding season – spring!

Featuring mild weather, lighter nights, a wonderful fresh atmosphere and incredibly beautiful flower options, it’s easy to understand why so many couples pick the spring season in which to say their ‘I dos’.

For those that will be tying the knot between March and May this year, the experts at natural confetti company and Brides Up North Sponsor Shropshire Petals, are giving us inspiration on which pretty colour mixes are top of the trends for springtime weddings, whilst also introducing us to their new confetti cone collection for 2016.

So let’s focus on the warm weather to come while we discuss colourful confetti…

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shropshire petals say: Wedding colour trends change each year and season, so it’s helpful for couples to know which colours will be top of the charts when they tie the knot in order to assist with their confetti choices.

Using the Shropshire Petals pick and mix online tool, brides and grooms can experiment with colours to create a unique colour combination to complement the top spring trends whilst also fitting in with their chosen wedding theme and setting.

Better still, here at Shropshire petals we’ve just launched our new confetti cone collection, which has been inspired by the stunning tones from the 2016 wedding colour palette, so both the confetti and cone can be matched to couples’ chosen schemes.

As well as our iconic white cone, the new collection features wonderful shades of yellow, grey, brown craft, blue, pink and purple, fitting in great with the top spring colour trends for 2016, which are set to be vivid brights mixed with subtle nudes and hints of pastels.

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rose quartz – Said to be colour of the year, this gentle tone conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Our recommendation to match this pretty colour is Candyfloss delphinium petals. Rose Quartz also pairs well with Serenity, Peach Echo and Lilac Grey, so to include all of these colours, an excellent mix would be Candyfloss, Frosted Blue and Lady Grey delphinium petals with Promise rose petals.

peach echo – a warm shade of orange that is perfect for those wanting to be playful with colours. To achieve this colour scheme, our recommendation would be our Coral Reef confetti mix, which includes hints of orange, pink and ivory.

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destination sunshine: hummingbird hall jamaica

February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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While we are, of course, huge advocates of couples who choose to wed in the north of the UK, we understand that its unpredictable climate isn’t for all.

Today therefore, we’re sharing the details of Hummingbird Hall Jamaica – a rather special wedding venue on a tropical island complete with white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and a whole lot of sunshine!

Furthermore, this paradise-like venue offers amazing all-inclusive packages with everything you could ever dream of for a luxurious overseas wedding; from drinks, décor and dining to flowers, cake and entertainment!

So sit back (and put on your sunnies) as Hummingbird Hall Jamaica’s client service manager, Michelle Patterson, tells us more about this Caribbean delight.

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Tell us a about Hummingbird Hall Jamaica…

michelle says: We’re perched on a gorgeous hillside – that overlooks the Caribbean ocean – on a dreamy 5,000 acre private estate in Montego Bay. We’ve been hosting destination weddings for six years, and have won WeddingWire’s ‘Couple’s Choice Award’ every year that we have been in operation!

We started hosting weddings because we wanted to offer couples an alternative to the conveyor-belt, cookie-cutter style weddings hosted by resorts. Our weddings are personalised, very private, and have more goodies as standard than other venues in Jamaica.

What makes Hummingbird Hall Jamaica so special?

So many things! We are the only all-inclusive, stand-alone wedding venue in Jamaica (i.e. venue that does not offer accommodation). This means that couples can marry at Hummingbird Hall without the pressure of forcing guests – who may well have different budgets – to stay at a particular hotel.

We offer truly private and mansion style weddings, hosting just one wedding per day, that are adored by celebrities and couples who seek absolute exclusivity.

As an all-inclusive venue the planning process is very convenient and our staff are friendly, approachable and very experienced. We also have the friendliest birds and butterflies in Jamaica – really! They are tame and often make delightful entrances during our events.

We love, live and breathe our weddings!

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What are the benefits for couples who choose to marry at Hummingbird Hall Jamaica?

In addition to the above, we have more inclusions as standard in our packages than other wedding venues in Jamaica. To name a few, our packages boast a live band, DJ for the duration of the wedding, custom wedding design, wedding coordination, custom wedding cake, unlimited reception alcoholic bar, delicious and plentiful Jamaican cuisine, bouquets and boutonnières, celebrant and marriage licence!

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individual ink: julia ogden

February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Julia Ogden (c) Sarah Mason Photography (4)

Julia Ogden produces handmade, one off wedding stationery, completely unique to each couple. Viewing her designs as art works in their own right, we meet the artist behind the inks…

Julia is currently offering 10% off all packages until Valentines Day. In addition to that Brides Up North readers will have a free screen print when they place their stationery order, including the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date. Quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Images by Sarah Mason Photography.

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What is the story behind your business and your background?

julia says: I began my wedding stationery business in 2013. I studied illustration at University and have always had a love of combining text and image, so when a gallery (Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge) I supplied artwork to, mentioned they were having a wedding fair I jumped at the chance to create a stationery range for it.

Who is a Julia Ogden bride?

A Julia Ogden bride has a love of handmade, bespoke items. They would want their stationery to give a true sense of their relationship; loves, places and memories.

Julia Ogden (c) Sarah Mason Photography (22)

Where are you based? 

I am based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. I can work by appointment or if the client is further afield I can work online; emailing stationery ideas and sketches.

Tell us about your gorgeous hand printed designs? 

Each design I make is tailor made so I am happy to make any products the client would wish for. I do have packages on my website but I can always quote for additional items. The invitations are hand screen printed by me in Hebden Bridge.

Julia Ogden (c) Sarah Mason Photography (17)

Is every design really completely bespoke? 

I begin the process of making the invitations by chatting to the couple and getting to know them (online or in person). I then sketch some ideas for their stationery, these could be based on their wedding location, the bride and grooms favourite things or to match the colour palette of their wedding. When the couple have decided on their favourite design I then screen print them.

This is a hand printed process; pushing ink through a thin mesh screen with the design on it to make the image. Every single invite is hand printed in this way and therefore truly bespoke. I draw all the illustrations for the invites and pride myself on them being completely unique to each couple.

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dream venue: tanfield house

February 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime


Tanfield House is occupied and run by Allanah & Neil Bourne-Arton, whose family have lived in West Tanfield for 130 years. They have a passion for the heritage of the house and the area, and take great pride in sharing Tanfield House and it’s very special setting with those who want to design a unique and memorable wedding day.

We love a stunning setting here at Brides Up North, so have made it our business to find out more (and especially about some incredible special offers that are up for grabs due to the popularity of the venue)!

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Tell Brides Up North about Tanfield House, what is its history?

Now part of the Tanfield Lodge Estate,Tanfield House was originally developed from two Georgian cottages in the Victorian era by Reverend John Clarke, for his daughter and son-in-law, Colonel and Mrs Crompton in the late 19 Century.

While living in Tanfield House, Colonel Crompton was influential in the early development of electricity, including the development of a water turbine which illuminated Tanfield House, using the River Ure at the foot of the garden. As such, Tanfield House was one of the first houses in the UK with electricity. His electricity inventions were also influential in the illumination of the Milan Opera House in 1883.

Height etchings of the Crompton children dating from 1881 can still be found in the house.

Does Tanfield House cater for weddings?

Tanfield House is a very intimate wedding venue with an idyllic English country garden, riverside setting. We offer exclusive use, full use of the hosue and grounds and total flexibility, meaning that you have your day your way!

The venue’s capacity is from 20-140 people, with a maximum of 50 dining in the house and 50+ in Riverside Garden Marquee (additional hire).  We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies in our Period Drawing Room and Riverside Pavillion and offer accommodation for up to 9 on site (including our beautiful Cromton Suite bridal suite) with additional accommodation readily available in the village, plus space for camping.

We offer extremely competitive venue hire rates, and the best thing is that we have a no corkage charge policy!


What makes Tanfield House a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

Tanfield House offers couples an entirely exclusive and bespoke experience. They simply hire the venue and curate their day their way. They enjoy use of the house and grounds for two full days around their wedding, exclusively for them and their wedding party only. We want all our couples to feel very at home at Tanfield House.

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eye candy: the separates collection by charlotte balbier

February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

Tempest Lace

Our lead Sponsor here at Brides Up North, Charlotte Balbier is famous for celebrating a bride’s individuality and style and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking all the bridal rules (kinda why we love her)!

With great delight we are proud to debut the new Balbier separates collection on our pretty pages.  Charlotte has created 11 inter-changeable separates all designed for the bride to build and create her own individual look.

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Maybe a satin slip with a lace topper and satin sash, or a ball gown skirt, crop top and lace reverse bolero? Whatever your personality and look the new separates collection offers a diverse way of creating your very own bridal syle.

charlotte says: Now, more than ever before, a Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style, expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.

Girls, get ready for some serious dress crushing…


Harper:  A slipper satin dress with shoestring straps and low back. Fabulous with one of the lace overlay gowns, lace toppers or worn simply as it is.

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more than a wedding photographer: chelsea shoesmith

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re delighted to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Chelsea Shoesmith Photography to the blog.

Keen to be more than just a wedding photographer to couples, Chelsea builds a friendship with her clients in order to learn more about their story, which enables her to portray their true emotions and personalities on the big day.

Looking through her work, it’s clear Chelsea has had plenty of practise of photographing brides and grooms, capturing the love, setting and details perfectly along the way (well, she did start snapping at the age of 17).

Better still, Chelsea is offering our readers a huge 10% discount (leaving you more cash to spend on the dress). Whoop! Just quote Brides Up North when booking. 

So let’s find out more about the lovely lady behind the lens.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

chelsea says: I have always loved photography, I got my first DSLR camera when I was 17-years-old and shot my first wedding soon after that too. It was incredibly daunting but I learnt a lot and still do learn a lot at every wedding I shoot. A couple of years later I gained a National Diploma in photography, however the majority of learning has happened on the job. Seven years on and I still love learning and continuing to push my creative boundaries.

Why wedding photography specifically?

I enjoy the pressure of weddings. The excitement, the emotion – all of it! Everyone is at their best and it’s a truly magical occasion to witness up close. I love all things weddings!

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I have so many favourite things about being a wedding photographer, but if I was to pick my very favourite thing I’d have to say meeting my lovely clients and learning about their journey so I’m fully prepared to shoot their wedding.

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