Brides Up North

a wedding alphabet. f is for flowers

November 11th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Source sarahwaggoner.com, photo Sarah Waggon, flowers butterfly petals

Image via sarahwaggoner.com, photo by Sarah Waggon

I’ve talked about my obsession with wedding flowers quite a few times on the blog before. To me beautiful blooms are central to reflecting a chosen colour scheme or theme and can even help set the mood of the big day itself.

Just like most other elements of a wedding these days, suppliers and couples are getting much more innovative with the ways in which they incorporate flowers into weddings. Beyond bouquets and button holes, flowers are being used to decorate venues, though arrangements and displays are less formal and more adventurous than what’s gone before, encouraging couples to be thoughtful and free in their choices.

Source ruffledblog.com, photo Ellie Gillard, flowers Battersea Flower Station

Image via ruffledblog.com, photo by Ellie Gillard

We’ve seen pretty petals scattered up the aisle, arrangements in lace adorned jam jars and simple clear bottles as well as hand-tied bundles effortlessly hung upon pew ends and pretty flower heads placed within small glass balls and suspended from the ceiling.

Rather than just one or two arrangements, it seems a ‘the more the merrier’ approach has been adopted by many brides and grooms with blooms flourishing in all areas of the celebration, including decorative floral cakes and hair crowns.

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Image via theeverylastdetail.com

However far you choose to take floral additions on your big day, here are some top tips to help you during the picking process:

do your research

It’s helpful to have in your mind the type of flowers you want before choosing/visiting a florist. Think about your venue and styling as flowers really help to set the scene or mood. Do you want rustic, vintage, sophisticated, modern, minimalist or romantic? Also are there any blooms you want to incorporate for sentimental reasons or to fit in with the season in which you marry? From there you can figure out the types of flowers you would like and can collect images from magazines, or build up a mood board of images online, which will give your florist inspiration and direction to create something specific to you.

find a florist

Different florists may do a particular style of flowers better than another (e.g. use beautiful English flowers to create ‘just-picked’ style arrangements) so ask around for word of mouth recommendations, check out real wedding blog posts online and/or ask your chosen venue for suggested suppliers. Once you’ve drawn-up a short list of possible florists arrange a meeting with them to discuss prices/budget, look through portfolios and to see how they connect with your ideas or if you are struggling for ideas yourself, ask them for suggestions.

Source onehitchedlane.com

Image via onehitchedlane.com

build up a relationship

Once you have chosen your florist meeting with them regularly not only builds up trust but it also gives your chosen supplier the chance to get to know you as individuals – your likes, dislikes and  styles preferences. It also gives you the opportunity to update your florist on other areas of the big day – the venue, dress, theme, style of the ceremony – to help them create designs that are unique to you and your wedding whilst still ringing true to the original brief.

Source modernwedding.com.au, photo Milque Photography, flowers Karen Tran Florals and Events

Image via modernwedding.com.au, photo by Milque Photography

prepare to be flexible

At one point a couple’s wedding flower choices were dictated by which season they were tying the knot in and what flowers were available at that time. However, many florists now buy in blooms from overseas, expanding couple’s options and giving them the opportunity to source more unusual types to push design boundaries. However there may still be times at when you need to be flexible either due to availability of the blooms, colour restrictions or due to your budget – be prepared to comprise and listen to a florist’s alternatives.

don’t forget the small things

The appearance of flowers can change through the budding process so you might want to discuss this with your florist to ensure they order in your choices at the right time ahead of the wedding. Upon request some florists will give couples samples to take away so they can see how they develop over time. They can then pick at which stage through the blooming process they would like the flowers to appear on their wedding day. So while some might like tight bud roses that are just beginning to open, others might prefer them mostly open or even big and blousy.

Source whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com, photo  Campbell Photography, flowers The Wild Bunch

Image via whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com, photo by Campbell Photography

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full bloom! supplier showcase: red floral architecture

September 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (20)

This afternoon I’m very proud to welcome the fabulous Mat Hepplestone of Red Floral Architecture to the Brides Up North stage. I’m very privileged to be working with Mat on a special project this week and am ready to be lost in the scent and sensation of his amazing blossom masterpieces.  A true architect, this man makes cathedrals and castles from roses and peonies, and we love him here at Brides Up North HQ.

With images by Mick Cookson Photography, or otherwise provided by Red Floral.

Image supplied by Red Floral Architecture  (3)

Mat says: My interest in the industry started from a very early age when my family moved house and the new next door neighbours had a local florist shop. I was asked to help out over busy periods and at weekends. At the age of fourteen I ran my own dried flower business from the cellar of the house, going doing dried flower parties in the evenings and selling my wares to the school teachers.

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (18)

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (5)

Image supplied by Red Floral Architecture  (5)

Where do you get your inspiration for flower design?

I am very much inspired by fashion. Looking at the season’s catwalk trends leads to the colour choices I produce for the annual season. The American luxury style is what appeals to me and I research the trends across the world to keep the Red Floral style innovative and at the forefront of design.

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (9)

Describe some of the most recent weddings you have been working on?

Red Floral are lucky enough to house a team of designers who can create an eclectic mix of designs suitable for any venue. Recently we created traditional grandeur at The Monastery in Manchester and a life-size enchanted forest over in Liverpool. The more outrageous the request the more of a buzz we get here at Red.

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (3)

What advice can you give to a bride when working with a florist?

Be aware that your wedding florist is the person who is solely responsible for creating the desired look for your wedding and stamping the luxury throughout the day. Make sure you select a florist who can communicate your vision, likes and dislikes. Red Floral wants to make your wedding absolutely breath taking so you need to relax and put your trust in your vendors. Brides often book the florist last which is a mistake because you need to get an idea of what everything costs and your budget. It’s good to look at your florist’s portfolio and tons of pictures to help what you’d like your floral design to look like. Also pick a florist with a massive portfolio of weddings as they’re more likely to help you.

Facebook and Pinterest are great tools for gathering together your dreams but please make sure when you go to your florist that the work they show you is actually created by their own fair hands and not just whipped off the internet. Believe me I have seen and heard the horror stories first hand. The common problem at the moment is that many of the ‘floral designers’ out there have little experience within the industry and with the ‘trend’ for messy vintage style arrangements created in jam jars it is very easy for someone to label themselves a florist.

Make sure you know the background of your chosen designer, someone who knows the technical stuff and is savvy enough to know what they are talking about and offer expert advice and alternatives.

Image supplied by Red Floral Architecture  (9)

Image supplied by Red Floral Architecture  (8)

Image supplied by Red Floral Architecture  (7)

What about the timescales for wedding planning and arranging?

Flowers are ordered from all over the world, from South America, Holland and beyond. We need the plan for the wedding to be finalised at least four weeks ahead of the wedding in order to satisfy the wedding demands. What goes on behind the scenes in the world of floral design is crazy in delivering your product on the day.

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (10)

Any secret tips?

Brides are often scared off by the more expensive flowers like phaleonopsis orchids and peonies. These flowers albeit more expensive are striking in minimal numbers and are guaranteed to scream luxury at any wedding regardless of volume.

Image supplied by Red Floral Architecture  (12)

And what about some advice on picking colours?

So you have set the colour scheme for your wedding, let’s say for example you have chosen purple and ivory. That is a starting point, but please don’t think that everything has to be the exact colours. There is nothing worse than walking into a venue and it looking like an advert for Silk Cut cigarettes. Speak to your florist about tones and contrasts, introducing paler of darker shades from the same palette will give the wedding flowers impact and interest and stop the whole look becoming predictable, tired and dated. A bride’s bouquet created in strong colours will always become the dominant factor in a photograph, so if you want your dress to shine and be the centre of attention, then work the bouquet so it enhances the colours of the bridal gown.

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (19)

Can you give us a brief outline of flower seasons?

Certain blooms such as roses and carnations are inexpensive flowers and are available all year around. Other flowers may fluctuate in price depending on the season. Daffodils and tulips are available in the spring-time and are a great way of creating some amazing springtime looks. If you have your heart set on peonies then be looking at May or June for your wedding date. I do have brides who set the date in these months especially to have peonies as the focal flower.

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (6)

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (8)

What about the timescales for wedding planning and arranging?

Flowers are ordered from all over the world, from South America, Holland and beyond. We need the plan for the wedding to be finalised at least four weeks ahead of the wedding in order to satisfy the wedding demands. What goes on behind the scenes in the world of floral design is crazy in delivering your product on the day.

Can you tell us about your favourite season?

The summer season is the season that really does it for me in the flower world because I am a huge fan of blousy fragrant blooms. Summer time is the perfect opportunity to get creative with some exquisite English blooms and the sunshine brings out masses of flowers. The vibrancy of dahlias, the aroma of sweet peas and of course the beauty and colour range delphiniums and peonies make for some show stopping designs. With so many flower choices, Red Floral can create lavish wedding displays that are so sought after. Blush pink flowers, lilacs and lavenders with hints of nude and peach are available widely and produce stunning loose ethereal designs…

Red Floral Architecture by Mick Cookson Photography (17)

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Tea For Two. A 1940s Wedding Inspiration Shoot At Denton Hall, Ilkley

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Its a pretty pop of nostalgia and romance at one of my very favourite venues this afternoon on the blog.

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture got in touch to tell me about an authentic little bridal shoot that took place earlier this summer at Denton Hall in Ilkley.  With original 1940s bridal attire and military uniforms, a stunning setting and some carefully classic styling, I couldn’t help but share.

With images by Suzy Mitchell Photography.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Suzy says: Quite some time ago make up artist  Annabel Bailey and I discussed collaborating on a styled shoot – our ideas went through different incarnations but in the end, after a trip to Glory Days Vintage in York and chatting to Hayley the owner, we decided upon a late 1940′s bridal shoot. 

We certainly had some fun with it, not least because Annabel’s Grandfather had fought in the Second World War and she had access to the collection of his uniforms!

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Denton Hall was the perfect choice as a backdrop to our shoot. It is a fabulous example of Georgian architecture, set in 2,500 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens. All of us have come to know Hannah Bairstow at Denton Hall over the years and she so kindly facilitated our use of the Hall, helping everything to run smoothly.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

The lace wedding dress, veil and pink dress all came from Glory Days Vintage in York; Annabel and I drove over to York on a hot sunny day in June and had the best time with Hayley choosing props and clothing for the shoot. Her boutique is full of vintage finds and so worth a visit if you are looking for a vintage wedding dress.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our friend Sarah Richardson of Leafy Couture in Otley produced a delicate bouquet with a flavour of the era and table arrangements to match the style of the shoot.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our great friends at Iain Henderson Designs, makers of bespoke handmade engagement and wedding rings supplied the wedding rings and Barry Nuttall of Classic Wedding Car Hire in Skipton had just the perfect car.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Beth, owner of By Betty, provided fabulous hats to match the vintage dresses for the tea party which took place inside the Hall (as opposed to on the lawn as planned) due to the inclement weather. The dresses and hats complimented each other so well.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

You might have thought that early June would have brought beautiful sunny weather! It was sun all the way in the early morning but by the time shooting began we were soaked! The rain meant that we couldn’t shoot as extensively as we would have wished but the light was fantastic. A special thanks to Nicole and Alex our models and also to my dear friend Andrea Pickering for her invaluable assistance in getting through the shots in a short space of time due to the antics of the weather.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Suzy Mitchell Photography

Venue: Denton Hall

Gowns: Glory Days Vintage

Hats: By Betty

Wedding Rings: Iain Henderson Designs

Styling & Props: Rose Pink Vintage

Bouquet: Leafy Couture

Stationery & Calligraphy: Claire Gould at The English Wedding Blog

Hair: Hannah D’Ath

Make Up: Annabel Bailey

Car: Classic Wedding Car Hire Skipton

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Suzy Mitchell Photography

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Daisy Chains. A Summer Of Love Styled Bridal Shoot In Sheffield

May 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Summer of love

I tend to obsess over one particular wedding element at a time, so for a while I couldn’t stop looking at cakes, particularly naked designs with bare sponge and exposed filling. Then I’d swoon over images and shoots featuring stunning bridal hair and make-up before becoming totally enthralled with wedding videos – often needing the same amount of tissues and comfort food to work my way through them as when watching Marley and Me.

Just recently however, it’s been wedding flowers capturing my attention. I literally can’t stop looking at them. From cute button holes and oh-so-pretty bouquets right through to imaginative table decorations and, better still, ethereal style wedding crowns.

I’m particularly taken by natural, gathered arrangements made up of beautiful blooms fitted to the season. So when I came across this stunning shoot organised by the incredibly talented Tracey Campbell of Campbell’s Flowers, I just had to share.

The Sheffield florist is known for vintage inspired, romantic, pretty flowers with that ‘just picked’ look I’m head over heels for. Following a glorious spate of sunshine, this couldn’t come at a better time as it’s a vintage inspired shoot featuring pretty white summer flowers including a personal childhood favourite of mine – daisies!

Summer of love

I’ll hand over to Tracey to explain the thinking behind the pretty…

Tracey says: I gathered together a host of my favourite wedding peeps from the North for this shoot, which took place at the exquisite Losehill House Hotel & Spa, in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District.

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Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

I really wanted to do a shoot during the better weather featuring real vintage dresses from the 70′s with a slightly hippy, soft relaxed vibe and use lots and lots of daisies and simple white flowers. Styling needed to be natural to echo our very ‘just picked’ vintage look flowers, but brought up to date – no pastiche or fancy dress for us, so we kept it really simple letting the gowns and the flowers doing the talking.

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Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

I’ve worked with photographer Jess Petrie and hair and make-up artist Jenn Edwards quite a few times on ‘real’ weddings and shoots so it was natural they would be our first port of call.  I love the really soft, ethereal quality to Jess’s photography.

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Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Relaxed, soft and pretty but just a bit edgy were the requirements for hair and make-up which Jenn delivered perfectly. I particularly loved the models’ amazing lower lashes, messy fishtail plaits and soft romantic up-dos.

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Hayley Neil at Glory Days Vintage supplied the stunning dresses for the shoot – I had a very hard time only choosing two gowns per model! Talented fashion designer Lauren Armstrong also created three incredible dress designs for our models which drew on 70′s influences whilst remaining bang up-to-date. She styled our lovely male model too.

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Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

To complete the look, crochet whizz Amy Worthington of Minniecrafts created some beautifully intricate stockings as the prettiest ‘something blue’ you ever did see.

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

Summer of love

The styling for the shoot was a combination of myself and Julia Harrison from Go Glorious, who hires great props and provides a host of lovely styling. Accessories were provided by Karen Kench from Kettle of Fish, whose hand-crafted creations included bouquet brooches, chair backs, ring boxes and place settings.

Summer of love

Finally, we just needed a cake. Claire Kemp worked her magic here to produce a soft and pretty, yet architectural and graphic design, incorporating the main theme of daises into both the motifs and colours – beautiful!

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Photographer: Jess Petrie

Floral Design and Concept: Campbell’s Flowers

Venue: Losehill House Hotel & Spa

Hair and Make Up: Jenn Edwards

Accessories: Karen Kench, Kettle of Fish

Styling: Julia Harrison, Go Glorious

Vintage Dresses: Hayley Neil, Glory Days Vintage

Dress Designer & Male Model Stylist: Lauren Armstrong

Blue Stockings: Amy Worthington of Minniecrafts

Cake: Claire Kemp Studio

Models: Izzy Lindley, Kate Waters, Georgia Symonds & Alex Davies

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Spring Fiesta! A Real Wedding At Denton Hall – Francine & Harry

May 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Richard Wynn Davies

This afternoon it’s off to sunny Ilkley for a Yorkshire wedding with Latin sprit! Francine and Harry used their favourite elements from their two cultures to create a unique and beautiful celebration which stayed true to both their roots.  One thing’s for sure, those Brazilians Yorkshire folk know how to party!

With images by Richard Wynn Davies.

Richard Wynn Davies

Francine says: We got engaged on a trip to Paris just before Christmas 2012. Harry and I took my parents for a trip and Harry asked my dad for permission to marry me.  A few moments after that, Harry proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower. We then headed to London to celebrate Christmas with Harry’s family for the first time. It was a special few days!

We had an engagement party in April 2013 in my hometown of São Paulo. All my close family and friends were invited, along with Harry’s parents

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

We got married in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The ceremony was held at St. Helen’s Chapel, Denton and the reception was at Denton Hall.

We knew we wanted something very personal to us. We weighed up the pros and cons of having a wedding in Brazil, but because we wanted to be very involved in the preparation of the wedding, we decided it would have to be in Yorkshire, where Harry grew up.

Richard Wynn Davies

We looked at lots of different wedding venues in Yorkshire. Denton Hall was the most immaculate estate house we visited. Nicely painted walls, good quality furniture, oh, and that staircase! Its grounds are breath-taking! The guest rooms are also beautifully decorated and good value for money. The landscape around Ilkley is so beautiful and the town is so welcoming so we thought that it would also be a very pleasant stay for our guests coming from all over the world.

I always dreamed of a church wedding, so having a little chapel only five minutes away was the icing on the cake. We felt very welcome when we started participating in the church sessions there.

We felt a very positive vibe when we had our first meeting with Hannah from Denton Hall and Michelle from Box Tree Events. We felt confident that they would help us to deliver the most beautiful and intimate wedding. They are exceptional hospitality professionals!

Richard Wynn Davies

I chose a Pronovias lace, strapless, mermaid silhouette dress covered by a tulle over skirt with Chantilly lace appliqués. For the church I had a lace bolero on and a short veil, all also from Pronovias. I wore champagne coloured shoes from Jimmy Choo.

I had the names of my single friends attached to the inside hem of my dress. The tradition says that if you are single and looking for love, having your name attached to the bride’s dress gives you good luck in love.

I wore my mum’s diamond and platinum earrings, my make up was by Annabel Bailey and hair by No. 1 Hair & Beauty in Ilkley.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

My sister wore a long light pink dress she bought in New York and my other two bridesmaids who live in London wore long dresses in mint green from Coast.

The groomsmen wore Ted Baker  light grey morning suits, hired from Moss Bros. The groomsmen had matching waistcoats and Harry wore a silvery waistcoat to contrast.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Our flowers were by Leafy Couture. I carried a loose bouquet of succulents, David Austin Pale pink roses, sweet avalanche roses, ranunculus, viburnum opulus, muscari, gyp, camomile with lace binding the stems, but keeping it visible.

All my bridesmaids carried a smaller version of my bouquet in different colours. The chief bridesmaid had white flowers to compliment her pink dress and the other two had pinks to complement the green dresses. They were all bound in mint green ribbon.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

The original idea was to walk to the church, since the church was only five minutes away, however, because it was a bit windy, my mum convinced me to take a lift with Harry’s big sister and her husband in their car.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

My favourite part of the day was the church ceremony, entering the church with my dad and finding the church completely full with our families and close friends.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

We wanted to be true to the place we chose to marry, our identities and our history together. So everything was themed around the places that we are from. Having the wedding in Yorkshire played a big part in this.

I also introduced some of my Brazilian traditions into the wedding, such as the little cakes filled with dulce de leche called “bem casados” (well married cakes), which were given as favours to the guests. The tradition says it brings good luck and happiness to the couple in their marriage. To complement this, we also offered a little jar of honey from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, where Harry grew up.

All table names were places in Brazil which we visited together, along with a photo of both of us.

Richard Wynn Davies

We designed our own invitations with my watercolour on the front cover. Then we used the same design to plan our seating names, order of services and table names. Sending to print online cost us a fraction of the price that it would cost to ask someone else to design it for us.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

We chose a three tiered cake with two types of chocolate and one lemon cake by Patisserie Viennoise in Otley. 

Richard Wynn Davies

We had a crèche from Perfectly Practical Parties to entertain our little guests while the parents were having dinner and this was very appreciated by the parents. It was a very successful alternative to having to change wedding venue because of the dining room capacity after we had fallen in love with Denton Hall. At the start of our research for wedding venues we were struggling to find the right place to get married. We didn’t want to have to leave people out of our day, or choose another venue so, we arranged a crèche for four hours. The children were very well looked after and by the end of the meal we had a children’s parade, showcasing their carnival masks they made in the crèche and were reunited with parents.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

The band was also our little surprise for the guests – nobody knew we would bring a full drumming carnival Brazilian band until they started playing a bossa nova song for our first dance. After that, no more quiet music!  As soon as the drums started, we put our carnival masks on. Carnival masks and garlands, and funky glasses were also distributed to the guests to join the dance floor.

Our band was Multi Bloco by Alive Network.

Richard Wynn Davies

Richard Wynn Davies

For our honeymoon we jetted off to Thailand for two weeks. 

Richard Wynn Davies

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you want to give a personal touch to your day and make things yourself, – go for it, but be realistic! There are things we still wouldn’t compromise such as venue, catering, a good photographer, flowers and a good entertainment.

Richard Wynn Davies

Congratulations Francine & Harry!

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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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Brides Up North UK Wedding  Blog – Images © 2014 as tagged, James Melia. Ann-Katrin Koch, Mark Dolby, Laura Calderwood

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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

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 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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