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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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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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Fabulously Floral. A Real Wedding In Chester – Michelle & Rob

February 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Hates Peas Photography

This wedding differs from a lot of the submissions we usually receive here at Brides Up North – because this time its the groom in the driving seat.  In fact, he loved the whole process so much that he’s considering a career in the wedding industry.  Watch this space.

Rob writes:  Out of the two of us, I have loads of artistic flare, and Michelle really isn’t fussed on anything creative! When it came to organizing the wedding, Michelle really hadn’t a clue where to start, and so basically left it up to me. Not to say she wasn’t interested – we made a deal – she would concentrate on the dress and I would sort the venue! We did all main bits together but the actual decorating of the venue was all down to me. She was banned until the big day! 

I loved every minute of the build up. I knew what I wanted and made most of the stuff myself. In fact I enjoyed it that much I am hoping to start up in the industry this year.

I think the man’s a natural.  So, let’s hear all about his vision… over to you Rob. 

Images by Helen Hates Peas Photography.  

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Rob says: I asked Michelle to marry me at home on Christmas day in 2010 next to the Christmas tree. I hid the ring box at the back of the tree. After we had finished getting ready to go to her parents’ house, I said I had forgotten one last gift. When she opened her eyes I was on one knee!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

We were married on 18th August 2013 at Trafford Hall, Mickle Traford, Chester.  We wanted somewhere pretty and not overbearing that none of our friends or family had been to before. Somewhere all our guests could stay, somewhere we could have free reign over suppliers and not be dictated to by the venue’s preferred suppliers, and above all, somewhere reasonably priced. We loved the old Georgian house and that the venue is run by a charity who promotes eco values. The guests’ rooms were outdoor stables with wild flower turf roofs which were a brilliant talking point as guests arrived and went into their little hideaways. They try and source most of their food locally and try and grow all the veg onsite.

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Our theme was country floral. I have had a passion for flowers since a young boy and eventually studied garden design at Uni. I had an idea of the way I wanted the venue to look, and it involved lots of flowers and greenery. The venue and location were perfect for a country fayre style wedding, which I think is what we achieved.

We didn’t really have a colour scheme, just lots of floral prints. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it worked superbly!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle wore a crystal and sash White One Bridal sweetheart ball gown from the 2012 collection which she bought from Boda Bridal in Chester. Hannah (bridesmaid) made Michelle’s veil as a personal gift. Her shoes were diamanté flip flops from Oasis.

I wanted to stand out from the best men and ushers, so chose a two piece 0suit from Zara in French Navy. I had a bespoke lilac tweed waistcoat made for me by Crichton of Chester. They also made my shirt and sewed in a contrasting floral pattern to the cuffs and collar for when I took my tie off at night. I wore a silk floral hydrangea tie that I bought from G Room in Hoole, Chester.

We both have a favourite jeweller in Chester called Chique based in St Michael’s Precinct. Michelle’s engagement ring is from there as our wedding rings. As a surprise, I met with Adam, the owner, and selected a pair of pearl earrings for Michelle to wear on the day. I asked Hannah to give them to her on the wedding morning. Little did I know that Michelle had also gone in and spoke to Adam and selected a pair of pearl cufflinks as a surprise for me! Without even knowing we had matching earrings and cufflinks!

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle carried a mixture of garden flowers including dahlias, anthirrinun, scabious, everlasting sweet peas, daiseys, astrantia, cornflower, amongst others. I didn’t want to be an understated groom, so my button hole was equally as flamboyant. I had the same flowers as Michelle, but with the addition of a sprig of thalictrum – a delicate purple flower.

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Helen Hates Peas Photography

Michelle walked down the isle to Etta James ‘At last’ and we both walked out to Jackie Wilson ‘I get the Sweetest Feeling’.

Helen Hates Peas Photography

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Flower Crown. A Styled Vintage Bridal Shoot In Bridlington

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photography

This evening I’m sharing a pretty little gem of a styled bridal shoot from my Featured Suppliers Walker & Walker Photography.  Call me fickle (and you’d be right) but yesterday I readying my gloves, scarf and bobble hat with glee, and tonight, I’m wishing for summer.  That’s what a flower crown will do to you…

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Ben of Walker & Walker says:  This shoot was a joint collaborative project between Walker & Walker and Wayside Flower and was produced with an audience so potential clients could see how we work.The shoot was staged at The Little Organic Bakery in Bridlington and we hand picked the venue for the colourful selections of flora, foliage and rustic walls that had an English secret garden charm.

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Our model was Sophie. She was chosen by us as she’s curvy and demure with beautiful long dark hair and showcased the vintage white wedding dress, floral head wear, shrug, underskirt, shoes and jewellery supplied by Wayside Flower beautifully. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

The floral hand tied spray was made up by Lynn Walker from Next Flowers and the vintage wedding ring belonged to Lynn’s great grandmother.  Lynn also prepared the props and set styling. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Walker & Walker Photography

Venue:  The Little Organic Bakery, Bridlington

Clothing, Jewellery & Floral Head Pieces:  Wayside Flower

Other florals, props and styling: Next Flowers

Walker & Walker Photography

 

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Simple Pleasures. A Small & Stunning Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire

November 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Sometimes in the wedding World, it seems like everything is always more, more, more.  More lace, more skirts, more flowers, more guests, more details… more money.  So sometimes, it’s nice to strip everything right back and rejoice in the simple.

This Friday morning, I bring you a small, simple and absolutely beautiful little styled bridal shoot from a group of Yorkshire wedding suppliers whose work I really rate (some of them are even Brides Up North Featured Suppliers).  So grab a cuppa and a KitKat, and prepare for something blissful.

Be inspired.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hayley of The Harrogate Wedding Lounge says:  The initial idea for the shoot was very ethereal so the location on the Yorkshire Moors was perfect! We set up shop in a lovely warm local inn to do Hair, Makeup and dressing before heading out into the wind and rain. Our beautiful model Amy was a true professional and coped well with the difficult conditions.

We wanted to demonstrate a more simple laid back look and what you can achieve with your bridal look by adding different accessories including belts, shoes, headwear, flowers and dashes of colour. The gowns we used were beautiful yet very simplistic.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We chose Mistletoe from the Mia Mia collection by Alan Hannah and the Ghislaine Dress from the Enzoani  collection. Mistletoe is a stylish long sleeved Silk Chiffon gown with pretty covered buttons and a flowing sash. The Ghislaine is a full skirted lace and tulle gown with a beautiful beaded belt. we teamed this gown with a fabulous lace edge cape by Joyce Jackson.  Both gowns are available in my boutique, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The flowers on the shoot were from Emma’s Home and Garden and featured beautiful details used in unique ways.  We styled three looks including: an arc of pale pink astilbe; an asymmetrical head piece of lisianthus, lavender, craspedia, gypsophilaand wax flower and a flower crown of lisianthus, craspedia, lavender, tree fern, and dried protea plus a simple hand tied posy of faded lilac limonium finished with vintage velvet ribbon.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair and Makeup on the day was styled by the super talented Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist.

Victoria says:  The brief was to create a look that is different to what we have seen on this type of styled shoot with lots of creativity. Think ‘Vogue’ with statement lips and eye liner!

Our model had the most beautiful elfin features and short blonde pixie hair which is perfect to let the makeup speak for itself. Our first look was to show the eyeliner and using lashes on the lower lash line instead of the top, which created the illusion of wider eyes and using an almost white colour on the lips with a matt finish kept the look editorial.  The lashes were removed for our second look which concentrated on Amy’s lips. Using the floral arrangements as inspiration and our location, a dark plum was used on the lips to stain them, giving a natural just bitten finish.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Jess of Jess Petrie Photography says:  In regards to overall styling I always free-style… it’s the way I work!  It helps me have more creative freedom on the shoot.  When something is planned expectations are under-met and/or “panic mode” sets in if something is out of place, unexpected, or different.  To work on a shoot I have to be calm and embrace things as they happen naturally.  The worst thing you can do is over think it!

Everyone had an input on the overall styling, which is what I prefer, as I like to involve the team.  It’s not all about the photographer, everyone is bringing the shoot together and working equally as hard.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We are trying to help brides bring out a little creativity in their overall bridal look and feel and by using matching accessories i.e belts, flowers, shoes and so on, you can style a dress in a very unique and individual way.  

The colours are always important, especially for great pictures. I would advise brides on choosing pastel colours for their accessories and flowers.  It’s nice to create a colour theme throughout and have complimenting colour schemes towards your dress and venue.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Little Black Book

Images: Jess Petrie Photography

Wedding Gowns: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair & Make Up: Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist

Flowers:  Emma’s Home and Garden

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jess Petrie Photography

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge & Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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Flower Power. Supplier Showcase: Firenza Floral Design

October 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

It’s bloomin’ beautiful on the wedding blog today isn’t it?!  After this morning’s gorgeous wildflower wedding, I’m proud to introduce you to Yorkshire based florist and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Fiona of  Firenza Floral Design.  This talented lady is a wizard with wedding flowers. You need her in your life. 

Image (c) Ann Kathrin Koch for Firenza Floral Design

How and when did you become a floral designer?

I’ve always had a passion for flowers and love being at work in my garden, although I actually trained and worked for many years in the print industry. I loved what I did but it was very technical and I am a naturally creative soul. Having always wanted to venture into floristry, I realised I’d regret not trying and so, in 2005, I decided to bite the bullet and do something about it.

I continued working full time and spent my weekends gaining invaluable work experience at a local flower shop. I volunteered help on an ad hoc basis for almost two years before I had the confidence to leave full time employment, retrain and pursue my dream career as a florist.

So, in 2005, I waved goodbye to my company car and pension and headed off to London to attend the Jane Packer Flower School career course. I rented a flat opposite Selfridges, within walking distance of the Flower School and had an inspirational and liberating month living back in London and learning the skills that I’d dreamt of.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Where does the name Firenza come from?

The business is named after my nana, Florence, or “Firenza” in Italian. I wanted to make the business name personal to me and after I had chosen it I found out that the meaning of the name “Florence” is “flowering” or “blossoming”, so it was even more appropriate than I had first realised!

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Where are you located and will you travel?

Our large workshop is near my home just outside Halifax, West Yorkshire, overlooking the hills towards Ripponden and beyond. It consists of a large consultation area, an office, workshop, and of course, the all-important cutting gardens. We are very close to the Yorkshire/Lancashire border and we also have a private workshop near Cheadle in Cheshire. Distance isn’t a problem and we regularly travel far and wide – wherever the weddings take us!

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What services do you offer for Brides To Be?

Firenza Floral Design is a specialist wedding and event florist and provide flowers for every part of the day. We aim to make the whole process enjoyable and special; from the initial meeting; to the wedding itself where we set up the church and/or venue flowers; delivering the bridal flowers on the morning of the wedding; then taking all the hired items away again afterwards, so our couples don’t have to worry about a thing.

Our style is a very natural, relaxed, garden style, using the sort of flowers you would see growing in a beautiful cottage garden, especially scented flowers and herbs.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What about extra little details?  Do you offer a hire service for accessories and decorations?

We have a large collection of accessories including vases, lanterns, candelabra and tea-light holders, to name a few, all of which are available for our couples to hire. All these are on view at our workshop in Halifax and provide a source of inspiration during consultations.

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Tell Brides Up North about your “home grown” flowers?

I am already growing a large amount of herbs and foliage for use in our weddings, but this year I have started work to convert an area of ridiculously steep waste grassland within our gardens to grow more cut flowers and herbs, which combined with our established gardens will provide a lot of flowers as well.

Work is well underway on our cutting beds – we have three raised beds all ready to start growing properly into 2014. They are on the steepest land imaginable and have been a challenge to build, especially when combined with a very busy wedding season!

This is something I feel really passionate about, I have always adored gardening and the last few years have been so busy with weddings my poor garden has just been totally neglected, which was making me very frustrated. So my (possibly rather strange) logic was if I make it part of the business I HAVE to do it and it has actually proved to be the case! I must admit though my first foray into serious seed growing was not particularly successful but I don’t yet have a greenhouse so that’s going on my list to Santa!

As part of this process I have met some fabulous growers across the country and I always use British growers where possible. I am also part of the lovely “Flowers from the Farm” network where I keep in touch with, and support, local flower growers.

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

As well as the above, we specialise in using scented flowers and herbs, a lot of which are grown in my own garden. The unique ability of a particular smell to remind us of times, places and memories, is the reason why I’m so keen to use scent as much as possible in my weddings.

We use a lot of typical garden flowers like forget-me-nots, aquilegia, clematis and even buttercups, which give our flowers their very distinctive natural, garden style.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Tell us about some of the industry connections you have made and shoots that you have worked on since launching your business?

We have met some lovely people along the way and have built up some fabulous relationships with many fellow suppliers. We’ve worked a lot with the lovely people from PapaKata and have worked on many of their 2013 weddings, they are great to work with and our natural style flowers particularly suit their tipis.

Since setting up in 2005, we’ve worked on several shoots with great photographers including Damian Hall, Barnaby Aldrick, Shelly from Toast, Sarah Mason and Lissa Alexandra, to name a few. One of our former brides has recently set up her own photography business, Laura Calderwood Photography, her work is beautiful and we have worked a lot together this year as well. We’re currently working on a series of shoots with local photographer James Melia and make up artist Jo BLiham. We all share a similar style and the shoots we’ve worked on so far have been truly beautiful, some of which have been picked up by the wedding media.

Image (c) Andy Sutcliffe Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What have been your professional highlights to date?

In July 2012 we were commissioned to provide flowers for Her Majesty The Queen. This was so exciting, although a little terrifying, if I’m honest. The brief was not to be “too weddingy”, so I stuck with my natural, gathered, garden style and imagined the sort of flowers that she would choose. I opted for bright cerise Yves Piaget rose, which is gloriously scented, with lilac delphinium, blackberries, purple clematis, mint, pink campanula, Artemisia, antirrhinum, stocks and hydrangea. The presentation bouquet for Her Majesty had a selection of these, with pink peony and monarda – it was an absolute honour and a very proud day!

What are your favourite wedding floristry looks for 2013?  What trends do you see emerging?

Our style of floristry is timeless and not particularly trend-led and I will always be a huge fan of very natural and unfussy designs. The just-picked look is still very popular and will remain so into 2014. There is a move towards more mixed and bright colours and in a much more unstructured style – less rose domes and more wild, natural and untamed designs.

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What would be your top tips for a Bride To Be when choosing her wedding flowers?

Allow your florist to have as much free reign as possible – I don’t mean just let them do what they want, but rather guide them with an idea of the sort of look you are after, what flowers you like and dislike, and then let the florist do the rest. This way you benefit far more from their creativity and you get a totally bespoke look designed specifically for you. If the florist understands your vision, it gives them the confidence that if they see the most beautiful but unexpected flower at the market that week, they can use it and you will love it. The more prescriptive a bride to be is, the less creative the florist can be.

Also, take some time to look at previous work the florist has done and consider whether it is in line with what you want, before asking them to give you a quote. I wouldn’t expect someone to come to us looking for a contemporary and off-the-wall design, because that just isn’t our style. All florists have their own natural style and pictures on their website blog or Facebook page or displays at wedding fairs will reflect this and help to show you their signature style.

Finally, don’t feel you always have to use the colour of the bridesmaid dresses in the flowers, especially if it is an unusual colour, instead you could use the dresses as a backdrop for a different colour scheme. For example, if you have a royal blue colour scheme you could consider opting for flowers that compliment it instead, perhaps using ivories, greens and blush pinks or maybe ivories, peaches and oranges. If your chosen colour scheme is particularly dark, I would always recommend using tones of the colour as well, to prevent a clash of dark and light colours, so instead of just using red and white flowers for example, introduce ivories as well as pale and darker pinks as this gives a far more cohesive appearance.

Image (c) S6 Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What would be your no-nos?

I really dislike dyed or artificially coloured flowers, especially the rainbow rose, which in my eyes is just wrong I’m afraid! Nature is so beautiful on it’s own so we should use what nature gave us. I would suggest finding other ways of bringing in unusual colour schemes, maybe through ribbon, or brooches.

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Who would be your dream client and why?

George Clooney. He seems to be the sort of person who would choose our flowers, his style is so understated and classy, with nothing too glitzy or bling. I think he would want very natural and beautiful flowers. He has a villa on Lake Como (one of my favourite places) and I have a vision of a ceremony outside, under rose covered pergolas on a late spring/early summer day, it’s sunny but not too hot, with the lake in the background and oodles of displays of scented garden roses, scented stocks, herbs, peonies, delphiniums and hydrangea. His bride is carrying a very simple but beautiful bouquet of herbs, roses and peonies in blush pinks and ivories…ah well…we can all dream… (the number is below George if you’re interested)!

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Are there any really memorable weddings that you have worked on?

They are all memorable in their own way, but a recent one we worked on was a little different. Flowers were really important to Georgie, she wanted a very natural, forest floor type theme, which all worked fabulously with her tipi wedding and we created a lot of beautiful displays for her. But, the memorable thing for me was that she arrived at the wedding breakfast on a white horse (something I’d always wanted to do) and I just love this shot of her with her bouquet. Apparently the horse bucked at one point but she clung determinedly onto her bouquet throughout!

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Which weddings or shoots do you have coming up that you are really excited about?

We worked on a wedding a couple of months ago where not only did the bride wear a crown of ivy and daisies in her hair, but the groom wore a flower crown as well, which he was most excited about. I imagine this will be the first and last time I design a flower crown for a groom and it was great to get creative!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

It’s a bit “how long is piece of string?” I’m afraid. That is almost impossible to answer as everything is totally designed around each couple, I will say that working on a percentage of your wedding spend, which a lot of magazines seem to suggest, is not always the way to go as it doesn’t take into account whether you want a lot of flowers at the church, whether there are a lot of bridesmaids or table centres, how time consuming the set-up is, or even the sort of flowers/herbs you want and it seems to result in some very unrealistic expectations! It may seem very obvious but the more flowers you want the more it will cost. There is a very rough price guide on our website which can help with budgeting purposes but we always suggest a full consultation before giving more specific ideas on price.

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Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work or find out more?

We offer consultations our beautiful studio and workshop in West Yorkshire. For more information visit www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk or ring 01422 835540.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Manuel Mota For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Chelsey & Andy

October 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning we join Brides Up North reader (and Canadian bride) Chelsey and her other half Andy for their gloriously colourful countryside Real Wedding in Yorkshire.  The best bit?  All the beautiful blooms are picked right from the garden.  It’s just one of the special details that makes this pretty celebration stand out.  Be inspired!

With images by Andy Gaines Creative

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Chelsey says:  Andy proposed in 2011 during our annual “Orphan’s Christmas” that we host every year for friends in our ski resort community who are away from home, sometimes for the first time. I was so surprised and it was so fun to celebrate our brand new engagement with so many friends!

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We were married on 30th August 2013.  Our ceremony was at All Hallows Church in Sutton-on-the-Forest and our reception followed at the Stone Trough Inn in Kirkham Abbey.

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We chose our venue because the manager, Tim was so helpful and the location was like a picture postcard – even on a foggy October afternoon when we first saw it. The food was incredible and they did it up just beautifully for us on the day.

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Our theme was vintage English countryside. Andy grew up in a small village in Yorkshire and the surrounding area is so beautiful with amazing views and beautiful landscapes.

Our colours were based on the bright colours of wildflowers – cornflowers, marigolds and meadowsweet, with splashes of poppy and violet. The main colour was bright yellow because it is such a happy colour!

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I wore a Manuel Mota for Pronovias lace and chiffon gown. I bought it on a sort of whim very early on in our engagement from Viva Bridal, in my town of Kamloops, BC. I fell in love with it from the first moment I tried it on, and it made my mum tear up right away so we knew we had a winner! It was exactly what I had always imagined I’d wear. My veil came from Sibo Designs on Etsy.

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Judy Wright of The Plantsmiths supplied all of our flowers right from her very own garden, which I loved. The bouquets were lovely and full hand-tied bunches with lots of bright colours, wrapped in hessian and ribbon.

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My bridesmaids wore yellow sun dresses from ModCloth with nude suede pumps. Andy and his best man wore grey suits from Moores in Kamloops. His other two groomsmen wore their own suits and they all looked so sharp! All of the groomsmen accessorized with yellow seersucker ties and pocket squares. Our little ring-bearer had grey suit from Next and a yellow seersucker bow-tie as well.

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We chose a 3 tiered cake with two tiers of chocolate and one of lemon, with a delicious buttercream icing, decorated with silk wildflowers from Cakes Unlimited of Yorkshire. We were so busy visiting that the only piece we had was when we cut the cake! Everyone said it was delicious though.

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Andy Gaines Creative

We had plenty of flowers on the tables, with lots of candles too.

Each table had a photo of a wedding from our families — each of our parents and grandparents. I also made yards and yards of bunting which was hung from the rafters.

We also had a lovely guest book alternative which was a thumb print tree from an Etsy shop called Spotted Nest. She even incorporated our cat, Dominic on it!

Love Invited did our beautiful custom stationery suite. They were wonderful to work with and we got exactly what we were after.  I hand made the escort cards with tea-soaked shipping tags and vintage buttons.

My favourite little extras were the cuff links I bought Andy, which were little bits of maps with our birth cities on them, as well as the bird cake toppers, both custom made from Etsy shops Paper Arcadia and Cinnamon Birds, respectively. I love Etsy and went a bit mad with wedding purchases there.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

We worked with amazing local vendors. Andy Gaines Creative did our photos and they turned out better than we ever could have hoped. He captured so many special moments of the day and in such a beautiful, artistic way. He was so enthusiastic and we had a great time having him there.

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

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If I had to choose one favourite moment it would be when we had our photos done in the field across from the Stone Trough Inn. It had just been harvested and we got my favourite pictures of the day there and had so much fun while we were at it.

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Andy Gaines Creative

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Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

We had the most amazing DJ that we met while clubbing in Manchester, named Melanie Carter. We asked her if she’d like to make a trip out to Yorkshire for our big day and luckily she agreed. She had everyone dancing all night; the music was really one of the highlights!

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Andy Gaines Creative

We honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast and Rome in Italy. We had such an incredible time, and absolutely stuffed ourselves full of pasta, pizza, gelato and wine. It was an unforgettable two weeks. We finished our honeymoon with a quick visit in Manchester with Andy’s family before we flew home to Canada.

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative

My top tips for other Brides Up North are to take in every moment as best you can because the day really does fly by. Try and get a good night’s sleep the night before and don’t fret if something goes wrong; no one will notice (really!). Tell your parents you love them and wear lash extensions instead of mascara, you won’t regret it once the speeches begin.

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Congratulations Chelsey & Andy!

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Fabulously Fitzgerald! A 1920’s Flapper Styled Bridal Shoot In Sheffield

June 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Whoot!  This evening – with the hubby on babysitting duty -  I’m off to the new Everyman Cinema in Leeds (apparently they let you take pizza and wine in with you – result!) with my Mum to catch The Great Gatsby before it leaves our movie theatres for the small screen.  Like all Mr Lurhmann’s films, I think this one is meant to be seen in all it’s cinematic glory.  Plus as a self confessed Leo fan, why not?!

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I might usually shy away from featuring a 1920s “Gatsby” inspired shoot this late in the day, because lets be honest, isn’t it just a little overdone right now?  But as this utterly gorgeous, simple and stunning styled bridal shoot sent to me by Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers and a little collective of really rather fabulous suppliers proves, nothing is overdone if it is done better than the rest!  Enjoy, and be inspired. 

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Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers says:  I’m so delighted to be part of Brides Up North and super excited to be able to bring you a collaboration of really creative local wedding specialists in a beautiful 1920’s flapper-style shoot.

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely Hayley of Glory Days Vintage who told me that she and some other friends were putting together a Gatsby inspired shoot to mark the launch of Baz Lurhmann’s film. Being big fans of a great story, I jumped at the chance and asked my lovely friend Jenn Edwards Make Up Artist along too!  So we rocked up at a gorgeous little venue in York to meet Alison Barrett of Vintage Bridal Millinery and Andy Gaines Photography.

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The idea was to bring you an inspirational and modern interpretation for today’s brides, by adding a contemporary stylish twist to a 1920’s influenced wedding. Drawing on Fitzgerald’s beautiful character, Daisy Buchannan, we created a look which embodies her striking glamour. We used 1980’s dresses alongside the original 1920’s gowns for simple, timeless sophistication.

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Here at Campbell’s Flowers, we adore pretty, textured posy bouquets, which work beautifully with knee length 1920’s wedding dresses. We especially love the versatility of posy bouquets in that they effortlessly compliment the elegance of sheer dresses and they even work to set off and enhance those gorgeous oh-so-very-1920’s beaded dresses. 

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We love the fact that this weddings inspired by this era are so timeless, really accessible to style and so sophisticated. In creating the breathtakingly romantic bouquet we used structured Calla Lilies intertwined with rustic natural Ivy to create our modern vintage take on a 1920’s bouquet. A large urn arrangement of longiflorum lilies, a favourite with 1920’s fashionistas, completed the florals.

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The beautiful glossy  hair and stunning make up by Jenn worked brilliantly with the strong accessories and beautiful head pieces designed and created by Alison – drawing on all eras of vintage and completing the look.

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All of us just adored the art deco architecture of the Tiffany Room of York’s trendy 1331 Bar, which would be a lovely place for a really intimate wedding.  We absolutely loved the chance to work with such fab like-minded creative people and hope we’ve managed to bring an essence of the fabulous to you too!

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Flowers: Tracey Campbell, Campbell’s Flowers

Hair and Makeup: Jenn Edwards

Model and Vintage Gowns: Hayley Neil, Glory Days Vintage

Photography: Andy Gaines Photography

Accessories: Alison Barrett, Vintage Bridal Millinery

Venue: 1331 Bar, York

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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet Of Peonies, Lavender & Stocks For May

May 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Sarah Burnhardt Peonies

Pink Ranunculus

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Viburnum Opulus

Memory Lane Roses

Lilac Stocks

Scented Eucalyptus

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It’s been a full 12 months since my friend and Featured Supplier Sarah of Yorkshire Florist Leafy Couture started sending flowers to my inbox every month, and this afternoon we conclude our Year In Bloom feature with the prettiest bouquet of them all.  A heady combination of summery scents in pretty pastel shades.  As usual, it’s bloomin’ gorgeous!

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Sarah and the Leafy Couture girls will be back to launch another regular feature here on these swirly silver pages shortly, but for now, enjoy the view!

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Sarah says:  May’s bouquet is a fabulous combination of spring and early summer flowers. The scent is gorgeous from the stocks, peonies and lavender. Scent is such a powerful thing, it can calm the nerves of a excited bride and also bring back wonderful memories of your special day.  The blooms are all billowing, perfect for a English country style wedding.

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In this bouquet we have gone for a textured, relaxed feel. A more "just picked" look with less uniformity. It would work really well with a lace dress or long elegant dress with few embellishments. It would also look great with floral bridesmaids dresses.

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Catch up on the entire Year In Bloom series by clicking here.

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On Ilkley Moor: A Custom Made Gown & Beautiful Blooms For A Real Wedding At Denton Hall – Meredith & Leigh

April 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Did you catch this morning’s cute and quirky stop motion film from today’s Real Wedding?  Go catch up first by clicking here.  This afternoon we join Meredith and Leigh for the main event and full wedding feature, coordinated by Andrea of Fabulous Day and including a whole host of talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers.  Enjoy this perfect and personal Yorkshire celebration. 

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Meredith says:  We’ve been together over 11 years and we knew we’d eventually get married – we just had to get the timing right! Last January while on holiday in Sri Lanka we went to a jeweller I had wanted to visit. While we were designing a ring for me Leigh asked, ‘Do you have any wedding-like bands that will match it?’ He then looked at me and said, ‘Well, might as well get the engagement ring and the wedding band together!’ So, not an official on- the-knee-will-you-marry-me proposal, but we were both over the moon none the less! We were officially engaged!

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We were married on March 2nd 2013 at Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire.  We fell in love with Denton Hall instantly and knew our guests would, too! Aside from its obvious beauty and gorgeous grounds, it was ideal as we could hold the ceremony and reception all onsite – not to mention it provided enough accommodation for all of our family and friends! It was exclusively ours for the weekend and we could relax and entertain our family and friends hassle free. It was perfect.

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We tried to keep in mind ‘elegant, relaxed, and fun’ when planning the wedding weekend. Friday night we had a BBQ catered by Box Tree Events for all the guests as well as a ceilidh band – it set the perfect relaxed atmosphere for everyone to get to know each other as half of our guests were from the UK and the other half flew in from America. By Saturday, everyone was mingling and dancing away like they were old friends!

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For Friday night we went with colourful spring flowers, and for the actual wedding on Saturday in an attempt to pay homage to Denton Hall we chose a Georgian scheme of burgundy, light sage, charcoal, and ivory.

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I had my gown custom-made for me by Bridal Apparel in Rawdon. I live in Singapore and was having trouble finding a dress that I actually liked and would fit me. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted (ivory, v-neck, ruching, no bling) and it was proving fruitless in Singapore. When visiting the UK last April for one of our best men’s wedding his bride suggested Bridal Apparel as that was where she got her gown and it fit her beautifully.

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I went there the next day and I’m so happy I did. Susan and Jodie completely understood what I wanted, and even more importantly understood my shape and what would be most flattering. So, we designed my gown one afternoon and then I flew back to Singapore not to return the UK until December for a brief visit. That meant that they’d have from May to December to make my gown, I’d try it on in December, then I’d be back less than a week before my wedding for final alterations. Because I completely trusted Susan I knew the gown would be great and I wasn’t worried at all. Sure enough, it was everything I had envisioned and was hand delivered to the Bridal Suite at Denton Hall Friday night. I also got my shoes from them: simple satin pleated courts –perfect for the gown, and hired my stunning side tiara from them!

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I also had a reception dress that I changed into after the first dance; I wanted something fun and completely different from my gown! It was a white strapless chiffon short/long dress I found while visiting California in November. I wore 6 inch platforms with crystals with this dress (well, the platforms lasted about 20 minutes then I was rocking out barefoot!).

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Sarah from Leafy Couture is the flower whisperer! I told her I wanted ‘Simple, white, not too big, stems showing.’ She made me exactly that: a beautiful white ranunculus bouquet hand tied with ivory satin and a few accent crystals.

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I didn’t have any bridesmaids, but Leigh had two best men and two ushers. They all wore traditional morning suits that we hired from Bridal Apparel as well. They all looked so dapper and handsome!

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Our reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton, which is about dinosaurs. While getting ready in the Bridal Suite I was surprised to find a couple of dinosaurs –how did they mysteriously get there? After the ceremony I learned that my friend that did the reading snuck them in there as a surprise. I love that they made it into the photographs!

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I seriously couldn’t have planned and executed the wedding without Andrea Swift from Fabulous Day wedding planning. I always had complete confidence in her throughout the entire process. I even felt guilty at times as though she was doing all the work and all Leigh and I had to do was show up to a fantastic wedding!

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Box Tree Events took care of all the food and everyone was completely blown away not only by the quality and deliciousness of the food, but also it’s presentation as well as the professionalism of their staff. Rena and Simon Gueller and Michelle Hudson are certainly the best at what they do: Box Tree Events and Denton Hall are a match made in heaven.

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Steve and Hannah at Denton Hall were so accommodating and really made us feel at home for the weekend. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

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Gary Micklethwaite was our photographer. Gary and Heidi were so much fun! We love the way they were able to capture the weekend in such a natural way. We never even knew they were there –they were ninja photographers! We were amazed when we saw how gorgeous the photos turned out.

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Cornerstone Cinema looked after the videography of ceremony and speeches and stop motion of Friday night and all of Saturday. Wow, wow, wow! Gary told us about Cornerstone Cinema wanting to do a stop motion piece of a wedding and asked if we would be interested as it would be their first official stop motion piece (though they have done tons of traditional videography). As Gary was describing stop motion we grew more and more excited and exclaimed, ‘Where do we sign?!’ Needless to say, we are beyond ecstatic with the results. It really captures the love, energy, and fun of the day and we feel like we’re reliving it everything we watch it.  Click here to see the finished film.

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Because we had a number of guests flying in from overseas, we wanted to put together a welcome bag with local stuff for that was waiting for them in their rooms when they checked in. In a heart covered hessian bag from British Heart Foundation we included handmade chocolates from Patisserie Viennoise, Yorkshire Crisps, English Heritage Hangover Drops, a Yorkshire-English dictionary, bottled water, and umbrellas. We had the most incredible weather that weekend so they never even needed the umbrellas!

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Ambience Venue Styling provided the burgundy chair sashes for the ceremony and the runners for the dining room, the adorable wedding post box with our names on it, and the bay trees.

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Leafy Couture made my flower dreams come true. Sarah provided the most beautiful flowers and centrepieces. I was sorry that I couldn’t take any home with me on Sunday but our guests that did said they were still looking great a week later!

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Patisserie Viennoise in Otley made us the most scrumptious cake ever. It was vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and raspberry, and a vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake was so moist and the buttercream was so creamy! Naturally we served it Saturday night, but we also provided slices in takeaway boxes to guests as they checked out on Sunday. We also got out favours from them: handmade chocolate truffles!

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Hipswing provided The Sturdy Beggars, the ceilidh band Friday night, John King, the guitarist who played during the ceremony and drinks reception, DJ Craig for dancing the night away, the sparkling LED dance floor, and the lighting. We couldn’t have been more pleased with everything they provided and would use them again in a heartbeat.

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In the evening, we also had a caricaturist – Mick Hollinworth. We had a comfort break after dinner in the bar for about an hour and a half, and Mick was drawing caricatures of our guests the entire time. I don’t think the poor guy stopped for a single minute. He was great!

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Leigh says he doesn’t like to dance so we agreed not to do a first dance. The music had just started and my girlfriends and I were dancing. All of a sudden the DJ said something towards the extent of, ‘…the bride has no idea…’ and the next thing I knew, the floor cleared and Leigh surprised me with our first dance! Yippee!

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I have a few favourite parts of the day!  When I entered the ceremony and saw everyone’s smiling faces then I saw Leigh’s smiling face at the end of the aisle, having the dining room filled with laughter during the speeches, our first dance to ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness, waking up Sunday morning in the Bridal Suite as husband and wife and munching on the wedding cake Andrea had left us as a surprise (we didn’t notice it on Saturday night when we got to the room)!

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After the wedding we spent a few days up in the Lake District, and then went to Tuscany for a week.

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North. The first is to hire a professional planner that you have complete confidence in, and the second is don’t forget what the whole wedding thing is about. Because of Andrea the entire wedding from planning to Sunday morning was completely stress-free and relaxed.

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I never put pressure on myself expecting the wedding weekend to be perfect without any hiccups. I adopted the mind-set of, ‘If we have family and friends, booze, food, and a registrar to marry us, nothing else matters.’ And, it’s completely true! Ironically, the weekend ended up being perfect. It was the best weekend ever and I married the love of my life. 

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Congratulations Meredith & Leigh!

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