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70s obsession. a retro wedding styled shoot at pimhill barn

May 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Retro Bridal Shoot by Sophie Kerr Photography (51)

We’re turning back the clock today with an uber cool 1970s retro wedding shoot that’s got us falling head over heels for folk-inspired trends.

Floaty wedding gowns and cute floral head crowns are paired with a demure makeup palette and loose waves to create a carefree and youthful bridal look. But it’s the props in this shoot that really bring the era to life. You know that rusty orange shade that’s come to epitomise 70s pop culture? You’ll find pops of this tone on the cake, stationery and vintage crockery – and we have to admit, we just adore the modern take on this 70s hue. And then there’s the Ford Capri – runaway brides at the ready!

Photographer Sophie led on the brief for the shoot and based it around her passion for all things 1970s-related. Here, she tells us more about her fascination with the era and introduces us to the suppliers she collaborated with on the day. So, grab your bean bag, get comfy and read on…

With images by Sophie Kerr Photography.

Models: Elise Lynn and Ella Ruth Copperthwaite.

A Retro Bridal Shoot by Sophie Kerr Photography (95)

sophie says: The title of the shoot is ’70s obsession’, named so because I have, for as long as I can remember, had a strange fascination with that era. My parents married in 1973 so I grew up to a soundtrack of Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, and Led Zeppelin to name but a few. The music and fashion of the past always moved me far more than what my friends were interested in as a teenager, and this passion has heavily influenced my style and tastes ever since. I always try, through my work, to evoke that warmth and charm I feel when I look through old photographs, that kind of hazy rose-tinted innocence of a time gone by that you wish you could have been a part of. I guess that was the key to this shoot; a modern tribute to my lifelong 1970s fantasy world in my head.

I chose Pimhill Barn in Shrewsbury, as the location for the shoot because, having shot many weddings at this venue, I knew it had ample space with many different settings and textures for our backgrounds. It has everything – from formal kept gardens, industrial farm buildings, wild forest wilderness – to rustic old-world wooden beams. I knew it would give us plenty of options to work with should we need a change of scenery, all of which are totally gorgeous. We were all completely blown away on the day when we headed up the drive to the barn through an incredible sea of daffodils!

A Retro Bridal Shoot by Sophie Kerr Photography (66)

Our two bridal styles were based around offshoots of the hippy theme. The first a more ethereal, folklore outfit with a floor length sleeved chiffon gown, flower crown, wild looking bouquet and soft make up. For me that kind of look is synonymous with the very early British 70s, when the English folk revival was in full swing.

The second was a more mainstream pop look, using striking heavy eye makeup, statement jewellery, a double layered lace maxi dress, and long flowing locks as a throwback to those stunning pin-ups of the time.

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Bridal Reloved Rowton, an adorable little shop on a farm opposite the famous Rowton Castle that sell secondhand designer wedding dresses, supplied the gowns for the shoot. I wanted to use Bridal Reloved Rowton for two reasons; the first was I thought with the dresses being ‘re-loved’, there might be more chance of finding something a little more retro to fit the theme, and the second reason was I knew Jenny would put her all into the project and be just as enthusiastic about it as I was.

For the jewellery and headpieces, I used Shropshire-based Julieann Bird, who makes truly unique hand-made wedding accessories that I spotted being used on other styled shoots. I fell in love with her beaded lace brow bands and cuffs because they were perfect for the theme; they are a modern take on a very distinct 60s/70s look.

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Elly at Dolly Rockers Beauty was an obvious choice for the shoot, as she is incredibly skilled and has earned a reputation locally for specialising in vintage makeup. She’s also amazing when it comes to more conventional softer wedding make-up.

To complement the look, mother and daughter team Gill and Molly Smith from Hair at the Coach House styled our models’ hair. Their combined skills and experience were key to creating the retro look we needed, as well as keeping it fresh and modern.

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sugar rush. a contemporary wedding at de vere cranage estate, cheshire – hannah & anthony

May 26th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (49)

Today’s wedding in Cheshire is perfect for brides and grooms who have a penchant for all things sweet – we’re talking dolly mixtures for favours, a scrumptious chocolate orange, lemon drizzle and white chocolate and raspberry cake and, to round it all off, an ice cream cart. Sugary treats aside, there are plenty of other delectable details to swoon over, too.

Our couple, Hannah and Anthony, exchanged vows at De Verve Cranage Estate – a stunning Grade II listed country house in rural Cheshire. As you might expect from such an impressive venue, there are photo opportunities galore within its magnificent grounds.

Pair this backdrop with their romantic dusky pink and ivory colour scheme, complemented by dreamy candles and pastel bouquets, and you’ve got one super pretty wedding day!

With images by James Andrew Photography.

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (46)

hannah says: We got engaged on Good Friday 2015, at 30 James Street, Home of the Titanic’. After a stressful time at work, Anthony surprised me with a night away at this beautiful Titanic themed hotel in Liverpool as I love the film and the love story between Jack and Rose; I’m a complete hopeless romantic! He had booked us a couple’s massage and we enjoyed some time in the spa. Afternoon tea followed and we then watched a wedding happen in the hotel, with me all googly eyed wishing it was me! We finally made our way back to our room where a bottle of Prosecco was waiting for us, and a hot tub to enjoy it in!

Anthony conveniently ‘forgot’ the Prosecco so hopped out to get it. He returned, and demanded I get out of the hot tub as he needed to talk to me – the next five minutes were a complete blur, with him ending up on one knee and me in floods of tears (of joy I should add!). He presented me with a beautiful diamond and the rest, as they say, is history!

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (32)

We got married on 26th August 2016. The date didn’t really hold any significance and we never actually planned on getting married during the summer months, but we fell lucky with the venue and everything just seemed to fall into place! This date now holds a special place in our hearts and means we always get to enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

We got married at De Vere Cranage Estate in Cheshire. On our one-year anniversary we stayed over here to celebrate. Ten years later we got married at the same place; it seemed fitting.

There was no particular theme, I wanted it to be romantic with lots of candles and lace, and we complemented this with a dusky pink and ivory colour scheme.

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (50)

Ever since I was a little girl, I’d dreamt of being a princess for the day, but when I finally got the chance to get my dream dress, I ended up choosing something that was completely different to what I thought I’d like! I went for a strapless fishtail style dress with beading detail from Blue by Enzoani. I fell completely in love with it when I tried it on at the bridal boutique, Puure Bridal in Lymm, Cheshire.

Anthony wore a Ted Baker suit with tails and an ivory cravat and handkerchief. He got his suit – and the ushers, best man and fathers of the bride and groom’s suits – from Moss Bros.

I purchased my bridesmaids’ dresses from ASOS. They were dusky pink multi-way dresses, so each bridesmaid could wear theirs differently to suit their shape. We also had a little flower girl and page boy who wore mini versions of the big suits and dresses.

A Contemporary Wedding in Cheshire (c) James Andrew Photography (64)

Our photographer was James Andrew. We found James via a recommendation due to our original photographer cancelling on us two weeks before the wedding (yes, I did have a mini melt down!). Luckily, James was free on our date and we met before the big day to have a chat and do some engagement shots. He made us feel so at ease and comfortable in front of the camera, at times we forgot he was even there. James has a real love of the outdoors, which really suited us so we captured some beautiful shots amongst the trees!

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love, lights, action. a rose gold plus size bridal styled shoot in the north west

May 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (25)

Ready for something super, duper pretty? Well surely it doesn’t get much prettier than a styled shoot inspired by every girl’s current favourite colour, rose gold?!

Glamorous, feminine and fun, what’s not to love about this on-trend hue, which is making a stylish statement on the wedding scene right now.

Led by Rebecca Lord-Lyon, a fellow rose-gold lover and owner of Cheshire’s award-winning plus size bridal boutique, Edith & Winston Bridalwear, this shoot demonstrates beautifully how to incorporate this magical metal tone into various elements of your big day.

Offering ideas on everything from the dress to the details, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to Rebecca so that she can explain how she and her talented North West industry friends pulled the whole shoot together…

With images by Teresa C Photography. Model: Georgina Horne.

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (24)

rebecca says: The shoot was inspired by a new product created by Stacy from Love Lights The Way – a beautiful rose gold, light-up love heart called ‘Lola’. The unique, light-up prop quickly became a massive hit with brides and after seeing Lola for myself at a wedding fair, I also fell head over heels for her and so spoke to Stacy about collaborating on a special photoshoot.

Rose gold has become a very popular colour – it’s everywhere this spring; interiors, fashion and it’s a growing trend in weddings too. We therefore wanted to create a shoot together that would show our brides how to use this pretty colour for their big day.

Stacy decided that the shoot was the perfect opportunity to introduce some more unique, rose gold pieces to her collection and so we used the shoot to launch these products alongside our brand new bridal accessories by Richard Designs.

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (29)

I knew that Teresa, of Teresa C Photography, had to be our photographer. Having worked with her before, we knew she could capture the plus size model beautifully. Teresa is an amazing photographer and has worked at so many of the North West’s wedding venues. For this shoot she suggested Liverpool’s incredible The Venue at the Royal Liver Building, as our location. We trusted her instinct and she wasn’t wrong; the venue has clean lines, pure white walls and perfect lighting.

And so, on the windiest day of the year, our team of fabulous handpicked wedding suppliers, came together to pool their skills – even Storm Doris couldn’t get in the way of this photoshoot!

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (15)

Precious Things were simply given the colour scheme brief of rose gold and ivory, and then we let their imaginations run free. As event stylists, they teamed up with Stacy to create the most incredible setting for our shoot, which even included a metallic rose gold tropical flower tree!

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (33)

The aim was to create a look that was eye-catching and elegant as well as relaxed. They coupled rose gold sequinned table cloths with bespoke ivory frothed chair covers and handmade the copper-coloured paper flowers that were on each place setting.

For the bouquets, they used Tulips, Roses, Scabiosa Seed Pods, Broom ‘Genista’, Asparagus Fern, Berried Eucalyptus, Sweet Avalanche Roses and Success Hanoi Ranunculous.

The trees were made to be multifunctional: the smaller of the two was the perfect spring centrepiece for the decadent sequinned guest table. The larger was a fabulous backdrop. The bark of each tree was sprayed rose gold to glam up the loose yet pretty arrangement at the top. Additional flowers used in the trees were Snapdragons and Broom.

The backdrop structure was dressed with ivory voile and an abundance of foliage and flowers, which could either be used as an arch to say ‘I do’ or a photo backdrop to rival any photobooth.

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bronzed beauty. phase eight for a summer wedding in manchester – alex & pete

May 23rd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Editor’s note: We were saddened to wake up this morning to the horrific news of the Manchester arena attack.  Our thoughts are with the victims and their families on this dreadful day.  We hope that our readers – no matter where you live – all draw your loved ones close for an extra kiss or hug this evening. Love always x 

A Summer Wedding in Manchester (c) ER Photography (24)

It’s always refreshing to see a bride and groom do things a little differently on their special day. And today’s couple, Alex and Pete, did exactly that.

Firstly, let’s talk about the dress. Forget your classic white, ivory, champagne or cream tones – instead, Alex plumped for a gorgeous bronze gown that perfectly complemented their navy and blush daytime colour scheme.

Gone too were the traditional favours and cake, instead our couple served up a scrumptious selection of desserts and a Mexican themed reception complete with a tasty buffet. But, as Alex reveals, there are a few nods to all things traditional, too – including a vintage convertible car which, we have to confess, has got us dreaming of driving off into the sunset with our veil blowing in the breeze…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, ER Photography.

A Summer Wedding in Manchester (c) ER Photography (1)

alex says: We got engaged in December 2014 in Edinburgh. We went to a cosy whisky bar to escape the rain when Pete surprised me with a beautiful ring!

A Summer Wedding in Manchester (c) ER Photography (42)

We got married on 6th August. The 7th was the day we met and sits right between our birthdays so this had always been a special weekend for us.

We tied the knot at St Mary’s Church in Davyhulme, only a two-minute walk from our house. The church is beautiful and we wanted to keep the ceremony as close to home as we could.

A Summer Wedding in Manchester (c) ER Photography (32)

We chose a traditional ceremony with a Mexican fiesta theme for our reception. We didn’t want a typical ‘out of the box’ wedding and the theme suited us perfectly – our aim was for everyone to have a great time and celebrate with us. We were imagining a Mexican cantina on a hot summer’s night!

We had our reception at The Grill at 27 in Urmston. Martin and the team were more than accommodating and enthusiastic about letting us decorate the venue whichever way we wanted. The food was fab and the drink was flowing! We can’t thank them enough!

A Summer Wedding in Manchester (c) ER Photography (27)

We decided on navy, bronze and blush colours for the daytime part of the wedding, and then bright colours for the evening. We wanted a classic colour scheme that could translate to the evening. The metallic and navy sat great alongside our Mexican theme, too.

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all of me. jesus peiro for an elegant wedding at mottram hall – sarah & tom

May 22nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (80)

If we were to describe today’s gorgeous real wedding, we’d go for ‘classic with a twist’. Maybe it’s the Spanish design of bride Sarah’s Jesus Peiro gown, or perhaps the sherbet colour pop of her lemon and pink bouquet, but this is English elegance with an extra oomph.

Mottram Hall provided a timeless backdrop with exquisite gardens and the venue was dressed with candelabras and roses, roses and more roses.

But despite their fine surroundings and sophisticated styling, today’s couple knew how to get their party on – just take a look at those dance floor photos!

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown.

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (55)

sarah says: We got engaged in May 2015 in our hotel room overlooking Lake Windermere. Tom got down on one knee as we were getting ready for dinner.

Our wedding date was fixed for 25th March 2017 – we’d always wanted a spring wedding.

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (98)

We decided to host our wedding at Mottram Hall for both the ceremony and the reception. Tom is local to Cheshire and the hotel is in such a wonderful setting. In fact, we knew as soon as we arrived to view it that it was ‘the one’. Tom is a keen golfer so the prospect of a pre-wedding game on the Friday was an added bonus!

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (69)

Our theme was classic and elegant with plenty of roses to match the beauty of Mottram.

Colour-wise, we went with mostly pink. We picked the bridesmaids dresses first and everything else followed.

An Elegant Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (67)

My dress was a Jesus Peiro in white lace with sleeves from The White Closet in Didsbury. I loved the intricate lace and always wanted a wedding dress with sleeves. The White Closet had lots of beautiful dresses but I couldn’t stop thinking about the Jesus Peiro, so I knew it was the one! Boutique Alterations in Bramhall did a great job making sure it fit perfectly.

Our three bridesmaids wore floral dresses from Coast.

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hey north west? its wedstival’17 (yay)

May 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime


The wait is OVER! #WEDSTIVAL’17 is FINALLY here!

wedstival17: a brides up north wedding festival

Capesthorne Hall, Congelton Road, Macclesfield
Sunday 21st May 2017, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.



Brides Up North in association with Shades, Big Chief Tipis, Capesthorne Hall, UNVEILED Magazine and the North West’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s original and finest dedicated festival wedding fairs in 2017.

We’ve just celebrated two absolutely EPIC weekends on the trot at Stockeld Park and Ormesby Hall (photos coming very soon!) but we’re not ready to hang up our flower crowns yet… oh no! The WEDFEST’17 TOUR continues!

With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 21st May 2017 Capesthorne Hall will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (19)

There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, vintage MASH tent, a blow up pub (yes really!), a honeymoon bell tent, Pimms, prosecco, street food – and drink, LOTS of drink! – vendors (so stay for lunch and a tipple or ten!), a cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion – including a brilliant designer dress sale and a pop up boutique with gowns starting at just a fraction of the original price! – and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures and the grand building itself, come rain or shine (we know you love a bit of drizzle and we come prepared!), we’ve got your inspiration sorted.

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (5)

Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTIVAL17‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (12)

Images from previous events by Peace Wedding Photography and Jonny Draper Photography.

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