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english rose. fine flourishes & blooms for a summer wedding styled shoot

October 11th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (34)

Prepare yourselves for a pretty overload, as today we’re sharing a hugely swoon-worthy summer wedding styled shoot that has more pinks, petals and dreamy dresses than one could ever wish for.

Girly, gorgeous and romantic, this is the collaborative work of a talented group of wedding suppliers who pooled their skills working to a brief of ‘English Rose’ to create something so beautiful, it will blow your lace-trimmed socks off.

We’re totally in love with all the delightful detailing, from the table settings and blooms to the stationery and accessories. Not to mention the incredible dresses or that backdrop – I mean serious horticulture skills on show!

Here to tell us more is the wonderful Julieann Bird, who helped mastermind this piece of art and also supplied those stunning bridal accessories…

With images by Victoria Amrose Photography. Models Lottie Mai and Hannah Williams.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (2)

julieann says: Through the shoot, we wanted to reflect an English garden in high summer, the borders bursting with flowers and the air laden with intoxicating scent – a fairy tale place to dream of weddings! To achieve this, we incorporated soft, classical and romantic fabrics and looks teamed with a feminine blush and pink floral colour scheme.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (30)

The stunning Goldstone Hall Hotel, in Shropshire, with its award-winning gardens provided the beautiful backdrop for the shoot, giving us a picture-perfect setting for our ‘English Rose’ wedding theme.

We were blessed with fabulous summer weather; a gorgeous sunny day and a cloudless bright blue sky with the gentlest of soft breezes.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (3)

The famous gardens are opened during the summer on certain days as part of the National Garden Scheme raising money for charity. The double tiered herbaceous border which backs onto a mellow south facing brick wall, kitchen gardens and herbal walkway were at their height on the day of the shoot.

In terms of the styling, florals in soft pinks with peach accents were the theme running through all the details used on the shoot.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (20)

Stationery designer Jules O’Connor, of Paper Pea, said that when she was approached to design for the English Rose shoot, her mind immediately conjured up beautiful blooms, perfect pink hues and elegant calligraphy. When designing the stationery, she imagined the perfect setting for a romantic summer’s day. Modern, feminine and timeless, her stationery in the shoot oozes delicacy and dreaminess, all presented on a rustic, hammered texture, which gives the suite a soft, yet premium finish.

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girls only: the wedding edit.

October 9th, 2017 | Julia Braime


As bloggers, we’re the first to rave about how useful the internet is in sourcing wedding suppliers and gaining glorious big day ideas. However, we also value the importance of meeting suppliers face to face, hence our epic season of Brides Up North wedding fairs held at some of the finest venues across the North (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our upcoming events here.)

While we’ll be taking a one-weekend break from the wedding fair scene on Sunday 29th October, we have details of a massively swoon-worthy event staged by our fabulous Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique, at gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, Styal Lodge – well we wouldn’t leave your diaries with a gap in now, would we?!

Now in its fourth year, The Wedding Edit is a strictly girls-only event, that unveils LOVE’s latest dress collections providing heaps of heavenly styling inspiration. Furthermore, a hand-picked selection of North West suppliers will be in attendance to showcase their talents, and we hear there are some tasty culinary treats in store too!

Here to give us the full low-down on the event, including details on how to get your hands on tickets (which are free!), is owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique, our mate, Emma Draper…

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.


When is the event taking place and what will it include?

emma says: The Wedding Edit will take place from 12 noon until around 3pm on Sunday 29th October. The main event will be the catwalk show where we are proudly showcasing the latest collections from Sarah Seven, Sassi Holford, Enzoani, and our new collection from Savannah Miller will make its debut.

Brides and their guests will be welcomed with drinks and throughout the course of the event will have the opportunity to chat about all things wedding with some of the very best wedding suppliers in the North West, who will be there to offer their advice, guidance and inspiration.

What suppliers will be involved in the day?

We, LOVE Bridal Boutique will be hosting the event at Styal Lodge and will be joined by Jonny Draper Photography; The Flower Lounge and The Soiree Stylists, who will dressing the event; The Switch Entertainment, featuring Ellie Sax, Laserboy Wonder and Sash Sings; Flossy and Leigh, who will be styling our models and will be on hand to talk bridal hair and makeup; Pink Pepper, who will be providing stunning edible treats – and we will have a little surprise for our guests too! Other suppliers include Cakes by Yolk, Whitfield and Ward, Adam Wing Films, Lucy Wright Events, The Word is Love, Hipswing and Eleventh Heaven by Ann McAvney, plus shoes from Harriet Wilde and Charlotte Mills will feature on the catwalk.


What can brides-to-be planning their wedding get out of the event?

Strictly a girls-only event, brides-to-be and their guest will have the opportunity to see all of the brand-new collections that have only just arrived in store.

They will be able to take inspiration on how dresses can be styled, looking at accessories, hair and makeup as well as get a real sense of how the dresses move and fit, off the hanger.

My team and I will be on hand to chat about the dresses and the process/timescales involved in buying a wedding dress as well as the opportunity to book an exclusive appointment.

Will there be any special treats in store?

Cocktails on tap, goody bags for our brides, treats to sample, heaps of inspiration and plenty of selfie opportunities – a definite Instagrammable event!


What are you looking forward to most about the event?

Seeing the look on our guests faces when we unveil our new collections! Now in its fourth year, we still can’t get enough of the vibe and eager anticipation as everyone takes their seats for the catwalk show.


How do brides register for the event?

Email to reserve a space on our guest list. Limited number of places available so be quick!

For more brides can also visit our website or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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up on the roof. a cool city wedding at oh me oh my, liverpool – lindsey & andrew

October 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Bobtale Photography (50)

Kicking off your week in style, we’re showcasing a stunning wedding in the heart of Liverpool – proof, if any was needed, that an urban backdrop can provide the most beautiful of settings for your special day.

Our couple, Lindsey and Andrew, tied the knot earlier this summer. Hosting their celebrations at the truly mesmerising Oh Me Oh My venue, dubbed a ‘secret space’ in the city – the newlyweds opted for a rustic vintage theme. We’re talking a VW campervan, pretty foliage and floral arrangements, miniature chalkboards and pegs, and the most divine naked wedding cake.

We just love the combination of an impressive rooftop garden, sparklers and an enviable view over the city – perfect for couples seeking something a little bit alternative.

With images by Bobtale Photography.

A City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Bobtale Photography (5)

lindsey says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2014, in London, on the River Thames, as Big Ben struck midnight and the fireworks went off.

We tied the knot on 15th July 2017, at St George’s Hall Liverpool as we wanted a civil ceremony. We then hosted our celebrations at Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool – I absolutely fell in love with this venue the first time I saw it. I love its vintage quirkiness and city centre location.

A City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Bobtale Photography (29)

The wedding had a rustic vintage theme which went perfectly with the venue. I wasn’t too hung up on colour schemes – I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses and we took it from there.

A City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Bobtale Photography (56)

I knew I wanted a lace wedding dress but still tried on lots of different styles. I got my dress from Jules Bridal in Wigan, and knew from the minute I put it on that it was the one.

A City Wedding in Liverpool (c) Bobtale Photography (31)

Andrew wore a grey three-piece suit from Greenwoods Menswear in Wigan. The groomsmen also wore grey three-piece suits from Greenwoods.

The bridesmaid dresses were purchased from Monsoon and Debenhams. The adults wore grey while the flower girls donned pale pink.

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tiaras at the ready: you’re invited to capesthorne hall

October 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime


Always a very special date in the Brides Up North diary, we’ll be at the absolutely splendiferous Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, this Sunday 8th October 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY to bring our lovely Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.

Brace yourselves for the beautiful!

Not only have we 30 of the region’s very best wedding suppliers in attendance, with every detail covered from delicious desserts to dream dresses (seriously, you should see these dresses), via vintage motors, shooting star photographers, fabulous florals, love lights, diamonds and much more.  Oooh yes… there’ll be diamonds (we insist upon it)!

Venue already sorted?  No worries! We cover every detail, so if you’ve wedmin to get done, we’d like to see you there!


bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North, as well as the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine.  As an extra treat, each Media Pack comes with a complimentary invitation for two to The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central, worth a cool £40! As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.



Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful, family-owned stately home which can be yours exclusively for your dream wedding day. Set in 100 acres of the beautiful picturesque Cheshire countryside, this truly unique venue overlooks three lakes and stunning formal gardens. Capesthorne’s grounds and elegant rooms make it a perfect venue for your dream wedding at any time of the year.

The Hall and Lakeside Wing (both available to view this Sunday) are offered on an exclusive basis giving you your own stately home for the day.

The Drawing Room with its magnificent chandeliers and Italian paintings is used for Civil Ceremonies. The Queen Anne room, with its ornate fireplace, is used for Wedding Breakfasts and the Saloon is a beautiful room for drinks receptions and leads out onto the Terrace and West Lawn.

To find out more, enquire with the Capesthorne Hall team this Sunday!


want to exhibit?

Please click here to view our schedule for 2017.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.

Discounts are available for block bookings.

Email us at for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.

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exclusively yours. an elegant wedding at colshaw hall – dawn & jayson

October 5th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

An Elegant Wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (61)

This morning on the blog, we’re heading to the enchanting Colshaw Hall in Cheshire for Dawn and Jayson’s special day, which took place in August of this year.

Following a surprise engagement, the couple fell in love with this exquisite venue – and we can see why. Adorning the backdrop with a pretty palette of purple, lime green and pink, together with beautiful candles and petals – Colshaw Hall was every bit the romantic backdrop that the couple hoped it would be.

From a special reading from their daughter to a balloon release and a rather unique speech from the bridesmaids – they had every detail covered, and then some. We should also mention that we have a serious dose of cake envy – just look at their elegant four-tiered masterpiece.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (62)

dawn says: We got engaged in October 2015, in The Restaurant Bar and Grill in Liverpool. It was a complete surprise to me. Generally, I can sense when there is something going on, but this was a random night out, planned at the last minute – or so I thought. Strangely enough, we were looking at an auction site on the train there and this really ugly ring with a marquise diamond popped up and I said that it wasn’t very nice, little did I know that Jayson had a marquise diamond in his pocket! Afterwards Jayson said I really didn’t make it easy for him. We had a lovely meal and Jayson said, “you know I love you” and I said, “yes of course”, then he responded with “here goes” and got on two knees (not one) and pulled out my nana’s ring box. He then asked me to marry him. I was so overwhelmed and surprised. I loved the simplicity of his proposal, and said yes immediately. Jayson had been to the jewellery quarter in Birmingham and picked the diamond and the setting, designing the ring himself, I was completely blown away.

An Elegant Wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (66)

Our wedding date – 6th August 2017 – chose us, once we had found the venue. We knew that we would prefer August as we wanted to make sure that our children could be part of our special day. Colshaw Hall didn’t have any Saturdays available so we decided on a Sunday instead.

We had both our ceremony and reception at Colshaw Hall, as the venue has its own chapel called The Stables. We had looked at so many other venues, and even considered going abroad, however we kept coming back to Colshaw Hall, so we made an appointment to view it. We were shown around by the owner, David Irlam, and his passion and attention to detail sold it to us. Colshaw Hall is absolutely beautiful and completely unique to anything else we had seen. A venue that is exclusively yours for the day; you actually feel like it’s your home.

An Elegant Wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (64)

We discussed themes for quite some time, and originally we were going to have a Mediterranean theme, but as time passed, we decided to just go with vibrant colours and places in the world we would like to see over our life time together.

My favourite colour is purple, however we didn’t want to have typical wedding flowers so we opted for a colour scheme made up of purple, pink, lime greens and white.

Pinterest was an amazing help to build a picture of the wedding we wanted before I visited Qube Events and Productions in Bury. Qube provided our venue dressing and flowers, and surpassed all of my expectations.

An Elegant Wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (81)

I knew almost straight away what type of dress I wanted: Spanish looking, fitted, lace with detail and a full bottom with a dramatic train.

I visited a number of bridal shops and found nothing unique at all. So I did more research and found Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne. The boutiques that they have looked beautiful and they had a number of designers that I had never seen before so decided to book an appointment. I was welcomed by Kay and she instinctively knew what I wanted and pulled out a number of dresses. As soon as I saw the Enzoani dress I knew it was everything I wanted, and when I tried it on, I knew it was the one.

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forget me not. a pretty & personal wedding at brownsholme hall – emma & simon

October 2nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Sunny Wedding at Brownsholme Hall (c) Pixies In The Cellar (34)

Bright and beautiful are two words that could easily be used to sum up today’s super-lovely real wedding.

Rather than simply picking her favourite colours and flowers to style the day, bride Emma put personal reasons behind her choices, picking yellow and sunflowers in memory of her late-grandad, and blue and forget-me-nots as a nod to her grandma, who wasn’t able to attend the wedding due to being in a nursing home.

These gorgeous blooms and hues added to the happy and joyful vibes of Emma and Simon’s rural style wedding, which also featured delicious food, fun transport and one rocking party.

With images by Pixies in the Cellar.

A Sunny Wedding at Brownsholme Hall (c) Pixies In The Cellar (30)

emma says: We had been together 12 years when we got engaged. We were in South Africa for an old friend of Simon’s wedding and decided to take a trip to Zimbabwe. It was at Victoria Falls on a day trip that he got down on one knee. I honestly couldn’t believe it and had the ring on so quickly I forgot to say yes. We celebrated that night by going to a traditional Zimbabwean barbecue.

A Sunny Wedding at Brownsholme Hall (c) Pixies In The Cellar (36)

Our wedding was on the 8th July 2017. We got married at St Helen’s Church in Waddington, and had our reception at Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn in Clitheroe, Lancashire. We had wanted a Yorkshire wedding, which is where we had met and gone to uni, but couldn’t find anything with the rustic feel that we were after. The minute we walked into the barn at Browsholme we fell in love, it was perfect. It was close to where I had grown up and spent time in the Trough of Bowland, my dad had also played cricket in Waddington close to the church.

A Sunny Wedding at Brownsholme Hall (c) Pixies In The Cellar (9)

We wanted a simple and rustic for our theme; lots of wood slices, lace, hessian, nothing too fancy. The venue didn’t need anything fancy as the beautiful stone spoke volumes.

The colour scheme went back to my childhood, we had yellow as a main colour. I lost my grandad when I was 21 and he had been a huge part of my life we always used to grow sunflowers and see how tall we were next to them, we used to pick sweet peas and daisies also. My grandma unfortunately has dementia and is a nursing home so we had forget-me-nots included in the wedding also. These were built around the navy suits for the boys and navy dresses for the bridesmaids. We facetimed my grandma in her nursing home from church and apparently when I said “hi” to her there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

A Sunny Wedding at Brownsholme Hall (c) Pixies In The Cellar (13)

I thought I wanted a vintage lace dress for the day but once I started trying dresses on it was clear that I wanted something a bit simpler. I had lost quite a bit of weight prior to the dress fitting and once I tried the dress on I knew it was the one, I felt like a bride. I got my dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, who were fantastic from start to finish.

Simon wore a suit from TM Lewin, he wanted to be different from the groomsmen and have something he could keep. The suit was navy and had a faint lighter blue check through it, he had brown shoes from River Island and tie and pocket square in sunflower gold to tie in with the colour scheme of the flowers.

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