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the big debate. wedding day beauty: all out effort or keep it natural?

April 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today on Brides Up North its all about the aesthetics, as we argue the case for keeping things natural or giving the beauty gods a helping hand. We ask: wedding day beauty – what to do?  No added effort or bring in the experts?

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rachel says: keep it natural

While I do enjoy a good Mac makeover now and again I have to say I’m more a fan of the au natural look than I am an obvious made up look, especially when it comes to weddings.

I’ve first-hand double-taken brides arriving on the aisle, not because I’m dazzled by their radiance but because I barely recognise them. Who is this Barbie-like bride and what have you done with my friend?

Many ladies can think they have to look a certain way for their big day, often adding false nails, eyelashes and fake tan to their pre-wedding beauty regime that they wouldn’t usually entertain. But to me the most important thing is to look like you – a flippin’ good version of you, but you all the same.

I’m pretty certain the majority of grooms out there would also much rather lift a veil to find a bride that they actually recognise rather than someone who could give Amy Childs a run for her money at the cosmetics counter.

And that’s not the only problem, if you go for an on-trend fashionable look chances are you will regret it when look back on your wedding photos, perhaps within a few months, never mind years.

So I say keep it natural ladies, just like our celebrity bride yesterday, Ms Palermo. This doesn’t mean you can’t enhance your makeup a little by adding a bolder lip colour or subtle, smoky eyes but just be sure not to go OTT, which should result in a look that’s more wowie than it is TOWIE.

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julia says: go all-out

Ooh, I love a good makeover.

Girls, hear me! This is your wedding day for crissakes. If there was ever a time to step it up, that time is now.

Yes, he loves you just as you are, and yes, you don’t want him to wonder who the make-up caked stranger advancing down the aisle might be, but really – he bought you a diamond – an all-out effort on the most important day of your life really is the least you can do.

First and foremost, when will you get the chance for such unashamed pampering again? Take it from this working mum, not when you’re changing nappies at 5am or catching up on emails at midnight. If I were you, I’d revel in the chance for a bit of spa-time and shopping. Full body massages, regular manicures, raiding the Charlotte Tilbury counter of a Saturday afternoon – the wedding budget can cover that!

Secondly, upping the beauty ante prior to the big day shouldn’t leave you looking like Franken-bride – just choose carefully. In the weeks pre-wedding, I’d leave the chemical peel and spray tan appointments free, but carefully placed individual eyelashes or pretty highlights and even a light swoosh of airbrush makeup will leave you looking flawless and fresh.

Often, the cheapest changes are the most effective. Prior to my own wedding way back in 2010 (when we barely even knew what a wedding blog was), I upped the ante on my regular runs, pencilled in lots more shut eye, ditched the vino and glugged lots of water instead. I treated myself to lots of lovely beauty products and more regular trims to keep my crowning glory in ship-shape. On the day itself, I brought in the experts: my nails were buffed and polished to perfection, hair casually coiffed and make-up beautifully done. The result: tons of confidence and a set of wedding pictures that I’m really proud of.

Did I still look like myself?

Nope. I looked better.

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what you said

Kim: “I definitely plan to go glam on my wedding day, this is my chance to look like a princess and I fully intend to make the most of it!”

Melissa: “I’m keeping things natural.  My partner hates heavy make up and  I don’t want to scare him off!”

Julie: “I’ve heard horror stories about fake tan going wrong, so I plan to let my natural beauty shine through.”

Kate: “Part of my hen party involves a spa day so the bridesmaid and I are going to do lots of pre-wedding pampering!”

We’d love to hear what you’re planning for your big day beauty look?

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Delicate Treasures. Supplier Showcase: Ophelia May PLUS Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

February 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

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I’m starting the week with something simply gorgeous (hey, isn’t that how we always start the week here at Brides Up North) and introducing another of my super creative Featured Suppliers – Jenny of bespoke accessories brand Ophelia May.  I’ve had the privilege of seeing and trying Jenny’s beautiful collection at one of our Brides Up North luxury events and let me tell you, these pieces are even more delicate and delectable in real life than on these pretty pages. 

And the cherry on top?  Ophelia May is also offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive 15% discount on all orders placed by midnight on 16th March 2014 using the code BUNweb15.  If I were you, I’d hightailing it over to Jenny’s online shop right now, before the rest get there first.

In the meantime, let’s say hello…

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May 

Roselyn

Tell us about Ophelia May and how it all began? 

Ophelia May offers beautiful vintage inspired bridal accessories and hair adornments. Each piece is individually handcrafted, with delicate embroidery and embellished with scatterings of Swarovski crystals, tiny pearls and seed beads. The collections are designed using beautiful silks, Scottish lace and vintage bits, to produce a unique selection of intricate head pieces and bridal sashes.

I have always had a particular interest in bygone eras and find that this often translates into my work sometimes even unintentionally. I am forever collecting vintage fabrics, jewellery, beads and pearls as well as fragments of antique lace. Not only do these inspire me to create beautiful pieces but they can also be incorporated into the designs, ensuring no two pieces will ever be quite the same.

Following my degree in Textile Crafts, where I specialised in Embroidery, I did a placement with a bridal designer in London. I then went on to work in the fashion industry as a designer but I always missed the creativity of designing for the bridal market so I jumped at the chance to set up my own company. I hope brides will get as much pleasure wearing my pieces as I get from creating them!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Adelaide

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Alice

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Annalise

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What bridal accessories are available to buy at Ophelia May? 

Beautiful hair adornments, wrist corsages and stunning bridal sashes are available in the current collection. I am also currently designing a range of bridal veils and garters, which will be introduced in future collections.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Christina

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I find inspiration in so many things – film, nature, vintage magazines and fashion, both modern and historical. I love seeing the latest collections from bridal gown designers and making pieces that compliment their designs.

Also, my inspiration often comes from the materials I use, whether it’s a vintage brooch or a delicate fragment of lace from a vintage dress. I love to look around charity shops, vintage fairs and antique markets. London’s Portobello Road is a great place to delve into, as it is full of bric-a-brac, antiques and beautiful vintage finds, perfect for sparking ideas.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Clementine

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

The vintage trend remained popular throughout 2013, particularly the Twenties and Thirties, with the release of period dramas in film and television such as The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey and I think this will continue into 2014. Headbands and smaller hair adornments will continue to emerge, with intricate embellishments, lace and plenty of sparkle to reflect the decadence of the Jazz Age.

There is also an emphasis on Nature in the 2014 trends, with floral details and embroidery appearing on headpieces and bridal sashes. Oversized silk flowers and hints of colour will add a dramatic statement for any bride wanting to create the perfect boho look.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Daisy

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

I am very passionate about every piece I make. All the designs are individually and completely handmade in the studio. Each petal is hand cut and shaped, all embellishments and embroidery are delicately done by hand and all elements are carefully hand-sewn together to produce a truly unique product of the highest quality for every bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Elizabeth

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Erin

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Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Evelyn

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What is your current favourite piece and why?

I love all the pieces in the collection, but the Annalise lace bridal halo is a personal favourite as it’s so versatile. It can be worn across the forehead, as a normal headband and it looks stunning worn at the back to compliment a gorgeous up-do. With its intricate array of crystals and beading, it will add a touch of sparkly vintage glamour to your special day!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Annalise

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service is for those brides looking for the perfect accessory to complete their bridal outfit but who can’t find seem to find it. Every piece can be fully customised to suit each bride. If you love an existing design and would like something similar, then fabric, accents and colours can be altered. Or maybe you would like a combination of two designs?

I can also create something completely new and unique, handmade just for you to match your theme or your dress. Any cut offs or spare lace from your wedding dress can be used for a bridal sash or even incorporated into a hair accessory.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isabella

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isla

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Madeleine

Do you make pieces that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

Several of the smaller pieces would be perfect for bridesmaids, such as the Rose hair clip or the Nellie hair pins. These can be made in a variety of colours to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Melody

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Yes, absolutely. Family heirlooms or treasured jewellery can be incorporated into your design, creating a unique keepsake for future generations. I love to create pieces this way, as these special objects have a history of their own and have the ability to evoke strong emotional sentiments, making them truly personal to the bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Nellie

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Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Tell us about your personalised embroidery?

Items can be delicately hand embroidered with names, dates or a significant quote, for that extra special touch. This can be applied to anything from a bridal sash to a cherished handkerchief.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Rose

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Willow

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 How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

Brides Up North readers can contact me via my website or email me at info@opheliamay.com. They can also join me on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news!

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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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Friday Fabulous!

October 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Fearne Comb by Coast

 

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do

I’m half crazy, oh for the love of you. 

It won’t be a stylish marriage,

I can’t afford a carriage,

But you’ll look sweet, on the seat

Of a bicycle made for two. 

 

Fearne Comb by Coast £28

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Rain Won’t Stop Play! Pom Poms &Tutus: A Real Garden Party Wedding In Yorkshire – Samantha & Paul

August 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Sunday Brides Up North.  I thought I’d spoil you today with a beautiful Summer garden party wedding (the gorgeousness of which the rain couldn’t even spoil) in East Yorkshire.  When my friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Guy Make Up Artist – the lady responsible tor this bride’s fabulous wedding day look – told me all about Samantha and Paul’s beautiful marquee wedding at home in their lovely garden I couldn’t wait to share it with you here. 

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With images by Stephen Quinn Photography and words by real bride Samantha, have a stunning Sunday!

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Samantha says:  Paul proposed in a remote castle in Spain in October 2009 and we tied the knot on Sunday 3rd June 2012.  We got married in our garden and under English law that is not ‘official’ so we ‘officially’ got married at the registry office in our normal everyday clothes on Friday 1st June with just with our children and parents and we then had a celebrant perform a really personal ceremony with our own witty vows on the Sunday. 

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We chose to get married at home for several reasons. Firstly, I have an autistic son who would struggle at an unfamiliar venue with lots of people and he is comfortable at home and secondly, we renovated a derelict pub into a house which had been really hard work and we had come through it as a family and wanted to celebrate there. 

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We went for a Summer Garden Party theme with a few hints of vintage thrown in.  We used dusky pinks for the bridesmaids and flowers but anything pastel went and I had a variety of colours in my poms poms and bunting.

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Garden party wedding by Stephen Quinn Photography

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I wore a Maggie Sottero fitted dress, which was beautiful but that I bought two years earlier as we were planning having the wedding earlier and due to our house renovation the date got later and later… I really struggled to get into it! Ha ha!

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Our tiaras and headpieces were stunning. They were made by hand by Crystal Tiaras in Hull along with my simple jewellery. They really were beautiful. I ordered my shoes from Spain… well the final pair as I bought about three other pairs before them!

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Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress by Stephen Quinn Photography

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The little bridesmaids ones wore gorgeous ‘tutu’ dresses from Angel’s Face with little bolero cardigans from Monsoon and Monsoon ballerina slippers.

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The groom and best man had a dark navy suit made with a taupe coloured tie and handkerchief and it all matched beautifully… I certainly didn’t get a say in what they were wearing as they refused to do the typical ‘wedding suits’. 

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I had my make up and hair done by Helen Guy Make Up Artist who was amazing and she even fastened me into my dress!

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Marquee wedding by Stephen Quinn Photography

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I had an amazing mix of flowers from amnesia roses to peonies and astranthia and some bits I cant even remember the name of!  The little bridesmaids had dark pink gypsophelia balls and the chief bridesmaid had a corsage on her wrist so she could carry the all important sparkly handbag with lipstick and lipgloss hidden inside it. 

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We had a acoustic guitarist, Daniel Spooner, who sang when I came in and whilst signing our ‘mock’ register and he sang us out too.  We had modern soft music like… “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz, “Hey Soul Sister” and “Chasing Cars”.  My niece and chief bridesmaid sung a very touching “Nothing’s Real But Love’ by Rebecca Ferguson during the ceremony whilst being accompanied by Daniel on the guitar..

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The ceremony was definitely my favourite part of the day as as it was so light hearted and personal and funny and emotional all at the same time and that really is supposed to be the main part of a wedding but it’s usually the bit that everyone wants to get out of the way. The ceremony was Paul’s favourite bit too. 

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I travelled from my Mum’s house in a Rolls Royce Phantom and then Paul and I went out for a little spin in it too after the ceremony to have five minutes to ourselves. We were going to have photo’s taken elsewhere but it was throwing it down!

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Wedding pom poms by Stephen Quinn Photography

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We had a magician going round tables whilst we were eating that went down VERY well… he was called Russ Appleby. He even stayed to do a bit on the night around the bar and it was a great talking point.

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Sweetie wedding favours by Stephen Quinn Photography

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Our cake was amazing!  We had a vanilla sponge and a lemon sponge but also got a small fruit cake for people that like it. The bottom tier was an actual cake box and the two top ones were decorated to look like coordinating cake boxes. 

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We had a jazz band in the afternoon with a party band in the evening. The girls had practised a dance on the hen weekend as one of our friends is a dancer so she choreographed it for us (very simply may I add) to “The Boy Does Nothing” to dedicate to Paul as he is useless in the kitchen and anything domestic and we performed it to open the evening ceremony… that was very funny!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Hong Kong and Thailand.

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I have a few tips for other Brides Up North!  Just try to take it all in because at the end of it it all seems like a blur. Try take some time to sit down throughout and look around you at all your friends and family that have come to celebrate with you from a distance as you will be pulled from pillar to post and you hardly spend anytime together throughout the day.

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Try and remember the whole point of the day… to get married… not to throw the best and most perfect party in the world.  Don’t stress as if it ‘s out of your control there is nothing you can do about it anyway and if something isn’t going to plan, no-one other than you will know.

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We had glorious weather in the build up to our wedding and on the day it absolutely chucked it down and we were having everything in the garden. Most plans were for outside the marquee so I calmly sat and did a wet weather plan and got my Dad to drop it off with Paul so it took all the outdoor activities inside and the bouncy castle for the kids didn’t even get blown up!  The only disappointing thing for me was having all the photos done inside but it didn’t change the outcome… we were still married!

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Congratulations Samantha & Paul!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Stephen Quinn Photography

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Friday Fabulous!

May 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Monsoon

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For a pretty bridal up-do, just add some flower power.

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Crochet Flower Bando by Monsoon £10

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