January 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
This morning we are bringing vintage styling up to date with a modern beauty twist as we join a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers for a last wedding breakfast at a Lancashire landmark venue.
Alison McMath will be just one of our fabulous suppliers at our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Bridal Exhibitions in the North West this Spring, make sure to put the date in your diary and pre-register now!
But back to today’s action first. Cat of CT Images says: We are an all female wedding industry team in the Lancashire area and we wanted to play around with concepts of ‘vintage’ and bringing the past up-to-date.
The shoot took place as the last pictures ever to be taken at Pickerings Country Hotel in Garstang, which has been the setting for numerous weddings over the years. The overgrown English country and apple-laden garden became the backdrop for the autumn shoot.
We wanted to demonstrate that contemporary hair and makeup styling can give vintage bridal gowns a new lease of life, freeing them of any constraints. The hairstyles took inspiration from different past eras and were all linked together with a more contemporary and daring bridal makeup style. Definitely more adventurous but still in keeping with beauty and romance, which is what every bride desires on her wedding day.
January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own. All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual. Would I book a boudoir shoot? Absolutely not.
But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot? Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat. Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot? Well, maybe I already have…
That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.
Cat says: Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.
I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.
For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.
I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.
Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.
The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.
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December 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Its a bit of a late running start here at Brides Up North this Monday. I’m taking a little pre-Christmas holiday with my family and baby girl (bliss) and our Wi-Fi coverage seems to be vacationing too (not so much bliss). Just what a blogger loves – a poor internet connection!
Still, I think we’ve more than made up for the delay with this stunning set of images sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Photography By Ally Byrom and a collective of fabulous East Yorkshire wedding industry suppliers. Victoria Farr is another very special lady to grace the Brides Up North Featured Supplier Directory and having seen both her and Harriet Head’s work in person I can vouch for their considerable talents!
So starting late but starting timeless with a beautiful bit of inspiration for your Monday morning. Classic and chic, this is definitely one for all the Audrey’s out there…
Ally says: The common thread or purpose of this styled shoot was to showcase what East Yorkshire has to offer. We firmly believe that there is talent and life beyond the big smoke, hence Brides Up North being our resounding first choice when we decided to share these images, as they were far too good to keep to ourselves!
We are three local suppliers who’ve forged a great bond and work well together. We complement and inspire each other but most importantly we have fun. We had the opportunity to work with a beautiful Hull girl – Laura Peterson – destined for greatness on the silver screen and a beautiful hitherto undiscovered local stately home who have just opened their doors as a venue.
With an opportunity like this we rummaged through the yet to be photographed collections from By Harriet and decided to see how much fun we could have in a day. When classic beauty Laura entered the building, inspiration continued to flow and the shoot grew organically.
The day resulted in beautiful images of three different collections. As an added bonus we even managed to capture a couple of by Harriet’s hats and a sneak peak at the Christobel Circlet from the “Ethereal Dreams” collection, to be photographed soon.
There are those moments in life that prompt you to ask that old question: is this coincidence or is this fate? In the case of these three creative women, if you didn’t believe in fate before, they may just change your mind…
Harriet Head – By Harriet
Harriet is an experienced award winning accessories designer of couture & bespoke hand crafted pieces. She has worked not only brides but also on TV and commercial projects. Her designs are in demand world-wide and not just by brides, they have been worn to three Royal Weddings, Ascot and to many ladies day events. The start of 2014 sees by Harriet as a finalist in both the Wedding Industry Awards (Winner of NE Region for accessories) and the You & Your Wedding Magazine Bridal Retail Awards, both being announced at glittering London events in January, a new top Couture bridal stockist in London, working on a revamped website and two major national exhibitions in February and March.
Ally Byrom – Photography by Ally Byrom
A qualified, professional, award-winning and published photographer, specialising in wedding and commercial photography. We should also mention that Ally is currently offering an incredibly rare opportunity for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography, which you can learn more about by clicking here. But hurry the competition ends soon!!
Victoria Farr – Victoria Farr Make Up and Hair Artist
A much sought after professional in the hair and beauty industry. Victoria’s artistic flair and natural talent has seen her collaborate with leading industry and high fashion brands. A specialist wedding makeup & hairstylist her personal service leads the field in tailoring the perfect look for each client and occasion. With the luxury of being freelance Victoria travels all over the UK providing a personable service on your special day. Victoria also has experience in TV, commercial and camouflage make up.
Laura Peterson is a Hull actress currently studying at a prestigious American drama school founded by Stella Adler, whose past students include Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro. The team managed to prise Laura away from her busy schedule just before she jetted off to New York. Click here to read more.
Saltmarshe Hall is a beautiful, Grade II listed stately home on the River Ouse. With its light and airy rooms and vast, perfectly manicured gardens, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic or dramatic setting. Once inside Saltmarshe Hall, it was clear that the library, the orangery and the portico all had something different to offer and it was too good an opportunity to miss from both a product showcasing and photographic viewpoint.
So what brought Harriet, Ally and Victoria together? Where does fate fit into all of this? Well, they’re all professionals in the wedding industry who just happen to live within a 10 mile radius of each other in East Yorkshire and, unbelievably, never realised it and never met.
Thankfully (via social networking – thank you Facebook!), they finally did and, as you can imagine, when you combine their extensive credentials and experience, something spectacular is surely just around the corner.
And there’s no reason your wedding can’t resemble these beautiful images, so for more information or to make a booking with either Harriet, Ally or Victoria just follow the links to their web sites.
Little Black Book
Images – Photography By Ally Byrom
Hats and headpieces – By Harriet
Make up and hair – Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist
Venue – Saltmarshe Hall
Wedding Car – Silver Lane Wedding Cars
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December 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we welcome Brides Up North Featured Supplier Claire Hartley Make Up Artist to the blog. Claire shares my passion for the Northern Revolution and is encouraging all her clients to think local when planning their big day. Today, we find out how she can help to make your big day beautiful.
How and when did you become a make up artist?
I have been in the cosmetics industry for many years working as an Account Manager for top make up and skincare houses Clarins, Clinique and Estee Lauder. I have been trained to the highest standards with all of these brands and achieved Accredited Consultant status with Clinique. Most recently I have been professionally trained by ‘Airbase’ using their High Definition Airbrush Make Up and I am fully appointed in the theory and practical application of Airbase make up. I have also completed a BABTEC and Beauty Guild accredited course in Advanced Make Up Techniques as well as accredited courses in Threading, Facial Therapy, a party Lashes and Spray Tanning. I am committed to continually updating my knowledge and skills to provide an exceptional service to all of my clients.
What service do you offer for brides to be?
I offer a full bridal package that is inclusive of a full consultation, a trial 4 -6 weeks before the big day, skin prep and make up application on the day. Every bride is different and I work closely with them to create the perfect look that is unique to them, reflects their personality and ties in perfectly with the theme of the wedding, the dress, hair and accessories. I build a relationship with the bride that will give her confidence, keep her relaxed and feel comfortable having me there on the morning of the wedding. I can adapt my services to match exactly what the bride would like whether it may be several trials, a make up lesson teaching her skills for future use or even teaching her how to apply her own wedding day make up. I also offer beauty services to my brides and can provide bespoke packages that include monthly facials, spray tanning, threading and more.
Why should a bride have her make up professionally applied?
I think having your wedding make up professionally applied takes away a lot of stress and worry on the day. Bridal preparations are an amazing part of your wedding day and to relax and enjoy them without any pressure makes them even more special.
Professionally applied make up will look flawless, will last all day and enhance your natural beauty. Professionals use their knowledge and skills to create a perfect look that looks amazing on camera as well as in ‘real life’.
Do you do a make up trial? Why would you recommend this?
Yes, I include a make up trial in all my bridal and wedding make up services. This is an opportunity to get to know the bride and her bridal party and to find out about the wedding from the dress and colour theme to flowers and accessories and the timings of the day.
It gives me us the opportunity to create the perfect look, match the perfect colours and to choose the perfect products!
It also gives the opportunity to find out about the clients skin type and ensure the correct products are used for each individual. Any allergies can be taken into account and a make up plan is prepared for use on the day.
November 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Today I’m proud to introduce you to a Brides Up North Featured Supplier who I can personally vouch has creativity and enthusiasm by the bucket load. I was Art & Design classmates with AJ Edgar Make Up Artist back in the day and let me tell you, you should have see the size and scale (and talent behind) her fine art coursework. We could barely fit it into the art room. Getting the girl to double maths was another story…
I have no doubt that Alexandra will put her absolute all into making your wedding day both fun and beautiful. Sign her up, girls.
How and when did you become a Make Up Artist?
Having worked in the cosmetics Industry for over a decade, I have spent the last six years based in a prestigious, multi- brand boutique in Newcastle City Centre. I have met and gained extensive training from the industry’s most talented names. I frequently travel to London and Edinburgh to remain avant garde with all the latest products and trends.
I love to paint and consider make up artistry as portraiture! With my skill base and a love for design, AJ Edgar Make Up Artist was born. I can now reach all of you brides to be and fulfil your wishes in creating a unique portrait of you, lit from within. I can’t wait to meet you all!
What service do you offer Brides to Be?
My service to you is to create the very finest portrait of you and your bridal party. You will look and feel extra special and photograph beautifully.
Why should a Bride to Be have her make up professionally applied?
With my experience I am well equipped at dealing with the fun, hustle and bustle of your wedding morning. I am an artist who understands light and shadow. I create a special, unique, classic and timeless look for your special day.
Your bridal party will compliment you beautifully and the ladies wearing hats will be seen, not cast in shadow.
Do you do a trial? Why would you recommend this?
Contact me to arrange your trial. Reassure yourself that you and your bridal party will look picture perfect. At this stage we can establish any skincare concerns and ensure your skin looks radiant. A bridal trial costs £30 (£20 for other members of the bridal party). This is exclusive of travelling costs.
Then relax, leave the rest to me!
What sets your business apart from your competitors?
I remain current with all the most innovative, leading brands.
I insist on using the finest products allowing me to create the most natural, glowing, polished portrait of you.
I endeavour to enhance your natural beauty and that of your bridal party.
I create classic, stunning and timeless make up looks.
I work to your requirements and style. I never want your photographs to date.
I am truly passionate about my artistry and service to you. I just love a wedding morning!
What have been your professional highlights?
A real highlight was flying back to my old home The Bahamas to be bridesmaid for my dear friend Stephanie. She had arranged for a make up artist to fly in from Miami.
Imagine my excitement, what a treat; I was getting my make up professionally applied. As it transpired the other bridesmaids and I were horrified with the results. The thick mask of foundation did none of us any justice at all and was melting rapidly in the humidity.
Fortunately, I was doing Christine, the mother of the bride’s make up. I had a small amount of kit with me, so, after making Christine picture perfect I then turned my attention to us. The highlight was being told I “Saved the Day”, all the while keeping the bride separate from our concerns.
We ended up all comfortable in our own skin and ready to rock the aisle and support Stephanie in her chic “Colonial Bahamian” Wedding Day.
In July this year I received an email from British Vogue. I was invited to feature in the September Issue under ‘Vogue’s Wedding Wishlist’. They said they really liked my website and beautiful wedding make up. I was absolutely honoured as you can imagine. So as of now you will find me recommended by Vogue!
What are your favourite Wedding Make Up Looks?
I personally need all the help I can get to bring my face to life. Thank you make up, I quite love you. I strongly recommend a classic, timeless and elegant look on your wedding day. That doesn’t mean no colour. Colour is good, done tastefully is what I’m talking about.
What would be your Top 5 Make Up tips for a Bride to Be?
Less is More.
Embrace a good cleansing routine. I recommend the Eve Lom Cleanser regarded by Vogue as “ Probably the Best Cleanser in the world”.
Leave false lash application to me on the day. I would hate for the adhesive to be visible.
Have a professional eyebrow shape. It will open up the eyes and for a more mature lady; it will create a lift to the face.
Relax, have fun, it’s your wedding day! You have put a lot of work into your big day so enjoy every minute of it!
What would be your Top 5 Wedding Make Up No No’s?
Embrace your pallor! Don’t get spray tans or apply fake tan prior to your big day if you’re not accustomed to it.
Don’t do anything drastic under the doctors’ needle.
Do not get sunburnt! I recommend Instituit Esthederm sun care.
Do not use any harsh, abrasive products that could potentially redden the skin or exasperate rsacea or sensitivity.
Don’t go changing too much; you are loved as you are!
Who would be your dream client and why?
Andy Warhol: “If everyone’s not a beauty then no one is”.
Are there any really memorable weddings you have worked on?
Every wedding morning is beautifully memorable, such a wonderful atmosphere, the time flies and it’s amazing to see my clients picture perfect in their dress.
A particular stand out memory was when I was asked to cover a huge bruise on the forehead of a bride’s father. He was extremely conscious of the shiner ruining his daughters’ photographs. As simple as a good mattifying primer and a slither of concealer and the gentleman was good to go. Oh, no one would ever know!
Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?
On appointment AJ Edgar Make Up Artist will Invoice you a “Save The Date” deposit of £30. Thereafter I charge £100 for bridal wedding make up and £50 for each member of the bridal party.
Where are you located and will you travel?
You will find me in the City Centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne where we can arrange a trial, alternatively I will travel to you. I will then travel to you on the morning of your wedding day.
Why do you read and like the Brides Up North blog?
I have read the blog for a long time and seen many familiar faces on their wedding day. Julia and I are classmates from our school days and it was lovely to see her artistic skills come to life and create such a beautiful blog. A client of mine described it as “the go to blog for Brides Up North” so I am very excited to be a Featured Supplier.
How can Brides Up North see examples of your work and find out more about you?
You will find photographs and testimonials of my work and can contact me at www.ajedgar-mua.com
Like my my Facebook page or follow AJ Edgar Make Up Artist on Twitter, this will allow you to learn pro tips and tricks and I will keep you updated with all the latest in skincare, hair care and the finest cosmetic innovations and the magical goings on in the art market.
You can contact me through the website or telephone me on 0753 007 5279 or alternatively email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am truly excited to hearing from you and creating the most beautiful Brides Up North.
November 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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