April 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime
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?
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.
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.
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?
December 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Merry Christmas! Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break for the festive season, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.
Usual service will recommence on Monday 5th January 2015 (with some big news!) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks for 2014.
Turns out that our talented Brides Up North Sponsors make the very prettiest of brides. Today’s absolutely beautiful wedding at Eshott Hall, starring our own Natalie Power, is a lovely lesson in romantic pastels and pretty detailing. I’ve saved this to share with you for a special start to the week, Pinterest fingers at the ready…
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in November 2008, it was my birthday and Warren had surprised me with a trip to Barcelona. If that wasn’t surprise enough, he proposed, I could not believe it, it was so unexpected but perfect!
We were married on Saturday 31st May 2014, at Eshott Hall, Northumberland.
After looking at other possible venues we were becoming a little disheartened but then we arrived at Eshott Hall and as soon as we drove up the tree lined gravel driveway and past the manicured lawns we both knew this would be the venue. We wanted to have exclusive use of the venue for the weekend, stunning scenery and not be constrained by minimum numbers: Eshott Hall ticked all those boxes.
We didn’t have a ‘theme’ as such, we just felt everything fell into place; it was little mix of modern classic with a country edge. We chose a soft colour scheme of creams, pinks and peaches. We wanted to keep things pretty neutral and unstructured.
I wore a fitted Vera Wang wedding dress, which is completely the opposite of what I thought I wanted when I started looking. I had been pinning like crazy on the best wedding tool ever and had my heart set on a Jenny Packham dress. After trying it on I was very disappointed, it just didn’t feel like it was my ‘wedding’ dress so I was back to square one. It wasn’t until my Mum suggested I try on something completely different that I came across the dress, I tried it on once and fell in love. To complete the look I wore Jimmy Choo Crown heels in Nude, a gift from my husband
Make-up was provided by Jo Leversuch of Make-up by Jo, she did a super job and was even able to fit in an extra person on the day – nothing was too much for her, I would definitely recommend Jo. She was able to create a look for each of the bridesmaid that was unique to them, not a carbon copy of one another.
Warren wore a navy double-breasted jacket from Hugo Boss with a crisp white shirt from The Kooples. His cream trousers were also from Hugo Boss and completed his look with a set of braces from Bromleys. His shoes were brown double monk straps from Magnanni.
My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses, style no. 2909 in Cameo to compliment the soft neutral colouring.
The groomsmen wore their own suits in navy to tie in with the Groom’s suit jacket; they all wore matching pink bowties and pocket squares from Etsy.
My bouquet was a selection of garden roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, soft grey foliage and brunia berries – all very loose and effortless. All of the flowers throughout the day were in the same style as my bouquet, provided by Helen of Bels Flowers. She is fabulous and I would highly recommend her.
Helen Russell was our photographer, we would definitely recommend Helen, she is so lovely and captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly.
As well as creating my own wedding invitations (my daytime job – see Natalie Power’s website) I also made the signage, table numbers and seating plan. Of course, my husband was on hand with his trusty saw and drill.
The food and drink was provided by Eshott Hall, it was beautifully presented and tasted just as good, everyone commented on how tasty it was.
We had a selection of cakes, a dessert table provided by the amazingly talented Bernadette of Dreamworld Cakes. The wedding cake itself was chocolate baileys flavour, victoria sponge cupcakes, mini cakes were chocolate orange flavour, macaroons in both rose and pistachio flavours, cake pops and artisan meringues.
During the ceremony, canapés and wedding breakfast the wonderful Aurora Strings entertained us; they played a selection of classical and pop music, which was perfect.
Our evening entertainment was provided by an amazingly talented band, The Noise, that I found through Warble Entertainment. They did an amazing job and were very enthusiastic, I highly recommend them.
We would highly recommend Eshott Hall. The venue itself is perfect if you are looking for somewhere you can use exclusively, it has beautifully manicured grounds to compliment your photography and décor that will not dictate your colour scheme.
For our honeymoon we decided on a US adventure taking in as many locations as we could. Our first stop was San Diego, from there we moved onto Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Carmel, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley before our last stop in Las Vegas. There were so many highlights from the trip from whale watching in Morro Bay, the tour in San Francisco, a Grand Canyon helicopter flight and watching Cirque Du Soleil ‘O’, it was all amazing! We loved the fact that we got to explore so many different places along with amazing weather and ever changing scenery.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be when things get on top of you or don’t go to plan remember the reason you’re doing this. To marry the love of your life, that’s what’s important, everything else will fall into place.
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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.
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