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our love story: laura & daniel

November 23rd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (14)

We love getting a sneak peak of our future brides and grooms before they tie the knot – seeing them looking so happy in their engagement photographs makes us really look forward to the occasion of their wedding, when we get to pour over yet more delicious images as they begin their married life together.

Today’s gorgeous couple, Laura and Daniel, visited the windswept Thurstaston Common on the Wirral Peninsula for their engagement shoot, where they strolled hand in hand through the rich colours of the heathland and romance was definitely the order of the day. Over to you, Laura…

With images by Jessica Stott Photography.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (30)

laura says: Daniel and I met in January 2013 when I started my teaching career. I was covering a maternity post at the school Daniel worked at, also as a teacher. For our first date, we went to a lovely tapas bar in Liverpool called Schmooze.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (4)

We got engaged at The Red Fox in Thornton Hough on 16th July 2017. It was a complete surprise! My whole family and best friends knew, as Daniel had asked my dad’s permission on Father’s Day.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (6)

I knew Daniel was the one after our first holiday to Milan; it was so amazing and then we started saving for our beautiful house and, with all the excitement, I knew!

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (18)

We decided to have an engagement shoot because Jess, who shot it, will be taking our wedding photos, so it was a great opportunity to be photographed and see what her pictures of us will be like (they are fantastic!)

The shoot took place at Thurstaston Common, which we chose for the lovely views of the Wirral looking out across to Wales. We loved the session and are going to frame some of the photographs. It has made us so excited for the wedding and to see our wedding photos already!

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gorgeous gentry: a high society styled wedding shoot at adlington hall

November 22nd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (15)

Downton Abbey may no longer keep us warm on a Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped daydreaming about slipping into one of Lady Mary’s elegant gowns and gliding down the wide staircase to be greeted at the bottom by an eligible suitor and served an endless feast of delectable delights from silver platters. So, when we read the brief for a ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ styled shoot, we had no trouble at all finding ourselves right there in the moment

Coordinated by accessory designer Heidi Reid of Glorious Tiaras, who won The Wedding Industry Awards Best Bridal Accessory Designer in the North West award in 2016 and 2017, and who supplied the hair accessories for the shoot, enjoy a little escapism as we take you back to the turn of the 20th century and to one of the most beautiful, privately owned country homes in Cheshire.

With images by Zapimage.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (26)

heidi says: Our working title for this shoot was ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ luxe bridal inspiration. The history of the shoot’s venue, Adlington Hall, as a hunting lodge frequented by the region’s landed gentry inspired us to plan a shoot that had all the luxe elements you would imagine finding at a society dinner at Adlington Hall at the turn of the 20th century. I wanted the styling to reflect the historic location and picked suppliers I felt had the vision and creativity to understand the brief and the skill to bring that vision to life.

I’ve lived just ten minutes away from Adlington Hall for 20 years and, until recently, had never visited. My first trip to the country house and its gardens blew me away! I couldn’t believe that this hidden gem wasn’t as well-known as other Cheshire stately homes, with its intriguing history (Handel is rumoured to have stayed here and played the 17th century organ in the main hall), its beautiful formal and wild gardens, unique features such as an imposing mythological mural that takes up a full wall, huge marble fireplaces and a panelled ceiling featuring the Coats of Arms of other prominent Cheshire families. I knew that Adlington Hall was licensed for weddings and started to speak to other local wedding suppliers who I knew could use their talents and enthusiasm to develop a styled wedding shoot with me.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (12)

Our aim for this shoot was to showcase Adlington Hall and Hunting Lodge as a unique venue with a rich heritage, whilst offering inspiration to couples wanting to embrace their love of the countryside and the outdoors in a more luxurious, less bohemian way. The rich décor of the interior of Adlington Hall inspired our colour palette of coppers, berries and deep fern-like greens, and featured in everything from the bespoke wedding stationery by Nina Thomas Studio and the Kaye Hannabuss-designed Harris Tweed waistcoat and bow tie, to the bridal make-up by Gemma of Dollface Makeup Studio, the floral arrangements by The Flower House, and our elegant three-tiered wedding cake from For Goodness Cake. Love Lights the Way supplied the beautiful blossom lights.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (17)

We wanted to use elements that gave a nod to a turn of the 20th century, Agatha Christie-esque gathering of Cheshire’s landed gentry. To achieve this, we used coloured Edwardian glassware and vintage gold-plated cutlery supplied and styled by Maud and Mabel’s, a show-stopping copper candelabra festooned with a floral arrangement of pheasant feathers, fragrant roses, berry-toned hellebores and plum-coloured peonies to create the feel of a society gathering designed to impress. The feathers, the tweed, gundogs Fern and Elisa, and Secret, the beautiful Welsh Cob, were a must for our high society & countryside pursuits theme, and we absolutely loved involving these adorable animals in our shoot. We couldn’t quite believe what patient, willing models they were! Special thanks must go to Kim Wardle-Payler for bringing her horse and Labrador along for the day.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (5)

Working with Helen of 7th Heaven Bridal we chose a luxe Charmeuse silk Justin Alexander gown, with flutter sleeves and a low back that we felt epitomised understated period glamour. Makeup artist Gemma worked to our palette of berries and coppers, opting for a strong lip colour to complement warm copper tones on the bride’s eyes. The hair was styled by Amy at Hushlounge with a deep side parting and elegant waves to give the look of understated glamour a lá 1940’s movie stars, like Ava Gardner.

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sail away with me. catherine deane for a vintage inspired wedding in liverpool – aimee & chris

November 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (46)

With a penchant for all things history-related, it’s no surprise that today’s gorgeous bride, Aimee ended up marrying fiancé, Chris at the home of Titanic in Liverpool, with their vintage glamour theme tying in just perfectly.

Aimee’s fabulous Catherine Deane lace gown is the epitome of period elegance and we just love her vintage-inspired hair and makeup, beautifully completing her bridal day look. Donning an air force blue suit and grey tartan waistcoat, Chris was very much in keeping with the retro vibes, too…we feel like we’re swooning over a wedding from yesteryear, not one from earlier this summer!

Throw in some rather stunning wild and natural bouquets and the most beautiful floral arrangements for their ceremony space, not to mention Pimms, a harpist and an indulgent red velvet and champagne cream cake, and you’ll start to get a flavour of what to expect from the couple’s truly exquisite day.

With images by Robert Leons Photography.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (27)

aimee says: We got engaged on a trip to Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, on 9th August 2014. I have a history degree and I love visiting historic places across the country. Chris planned a surprise trip to my favourite stately home and proposed in the gardens.

Our wedding date was 12th August 2017. We wanted a summer wedding, and Chris is a teacher so it made sense to have it over the summer holidays. We had three years between our engagement and our wedding because we wanted to save up so that the day could be everything we dreamed of.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (44)

We got married at 30 James Street, Home of the Titanic, in Liverpool. Both the ceremony and reception were held here. I studied the building as part of my degree. It was the White Star Line headquarters where the Titanic was registered. Liverpool is also the city where we met. We fell in love with the venue immediately and didn’t even consider another.

The theme was ‘vintage glamour’, as the building itself was built in 1898 and my dress was inspired by that era. We were aiming for a ‘summer’s garden’ look, which we felt would complement the vintage theme. As such, there was no specific colour scheme, but the tones and details all matched our idea of what this should look like. The inside of the building was gold and vintage looking, so we matched our stationery to this.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (32)

I’ve always known that I didn’t want a traditional white dress. I started searching for a dress designer that created gowns reminiscent of a bygone era and I hoped that I would find one with golden tones. This search led me to Catherine Deane and I made an appointment with a shop that was listed as a stockist. I visited Agapé Bridal Boutique in Altrincham and immediately found ‘the one’. The Lita gown was everything that I had dreamt of. It was practical and comfortable but also glamorous and elegant. The staff at Agapé provided a warm and friendly experience and ensured that each of my visits felt special. I wore a matching veil by Catherine Deane but replaced this with a Debbie Carlisle headpiece (Sylvie) during the evening reception. The shoes I wore were Anastasia Gold by Charlotte Mills and I finished my outfit with a simple gold bracelet by Emmy London.

A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Liverpool (c) Robert Leons Photography (12)

Chris wore a tailor-made, three-piece suit in air force blue with brown brogues. He wore this with a grey tartan waistcost, blue and white polka dot tie with a silver tie pin, and finished with a pocket watch and chain. This was all bought from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow.

The groomsmen hired suits to match Chris in air force blue with brown brogues, again from Whitfield & Ward. Their waistcoats were the same colour as the suit, and they had a plain navy tie. This matched them to the groom, but at the same time allowed the groom to stand out.

The bridesmaids wore blush, lace gowns from Coast. These were chosen as the lace nicely replicated the lace on my wedding dress.

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forget black friday, its a white sunday: LOVE bridal boutique sample sale!

November 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Is there anything more perfect than bagging your dream dress at a fabulously discounted price? We think not!! And so we’re delighted to be brining you news of an exclusive autumn sample sale set to take place at Brides Up North Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire, later this month.

Owner Emma Draper and her team will be hosting the event on Sunday 26th November 2017, that will see a selection of the gorgeous boutique’s designer gowns available at unbelievable prices – we’re talking dresses from as little as £200 ladies, meaning you’ll be able to afford those dream designer heels after all!

But this is a one-day, appointment-only event, so you’ve got to be quick off the mark to secure yourself an appointment, which could result in you being the proud owner of one of the stunning gowns featured in this post!

So, prepare to take note, as the lovely Emma is here with the all-important deets!

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emma says: The sample sale will take place between 9.30am and 5pm on Sunday 26th November, with 45-minute appointments available.

The event will be an exciting opportunity to get your hands on the last few dresses I have from previous collections (including 2017 styles) to make way in the boutique for brand new arrivals.

There will be gorgeous gowns from Stewart Parvin, Sarah Seven, Raimon Bundo, Alan Hannah, Enzoani, Terry Fox and Heritage Bridal – at prices starting from just £200!

Because we only have one of each of these samples available to buy, we are selling these beautiful gowns at a reduced price and, for those brides who have done their research, we can promise these are deals you won’t want to miss.

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Sample sales are ideal for brides who yearn for a designer dress, but whose budget won’t quite stretch, for brides with less than six-months to go before their big day (so no time to order new) or for brides who know exactly what style and fit of dress suits them.

All the dresses on display are for sale ‘off the peg,’ available to take home with you on the day, and must be paid for in full, so we encourage bringing someone with you who is both honest and decisive!

The gowns included in this event generally range from a bridal size 10 to a size 12, but most can be taken in by up a couple of dress sizes too.

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Don’t miss your chance to snap up your dream gown at a phenomenally lower price – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

To secure an appointment, email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk, or call 0161 941 6446, but be quick! First come, first served!

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gangster glamour. a peaky blinders inspired styled shoot at arley hall & gardens

November 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Peaky Blinders Styled Weddimg Shoot (c) Amy Faith Photography (56)

For this afternoon’s post we’re remining at the same venue as our featured real wedding – the stunning Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire, which is famed for more than just its glorious big day offering.

Having formed the backdrop to many a television programme and film set, you’re probably more familiar with this fine country house than you realise; especially if, (like us) you’re a Peaky Blinders super-fan. The BBC 2 hit series, which returned to our screens for its fourth series this week, used the grand Hall as the home of main character Tommy Shelby, who also happened to marry his now late-wife Grace at the premises.

In a nod to this link, fellow Peaky Blinders fan, Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Creative, came up with the concept of a gorgeous 1920/30s casual glamour shoot at Arley Hall, which she styled to perfection with the help of a talented team of North West suppliers.

And, just like the programme, the end images are nothing thought of gripping! We can’t get enough of the grand backdrops, splendid table setting and stylish attire, not to mention that bouquet!

One of the main reasons we’re so addicted to Peaky (other than a rather HUGE crush on lead actor Cillian Murphy) is the amazing outfits that are generally opulent yet understated for the females and incredibly dapper and sharp for the males – who would have thought a bearded guy wearing a baker boy’s cap could make us go so weak at the knees!

So, ladies, it’s time to embrace you’re inner Polly or Ada as stylist Rebecca takes over the blog to explain how she and the team achieved this deliciously decadent look…

With images by Amy Faith Photography.

Models, Rob Hunter and Stacey Taylor.

A Peaky Blinders Styled Weddimg Shoot (c) Amy Faith Photography (44)

[jennaopne]rebecca says: Our inspiration for the shoot was casual 1920/30s glamour, with a bit of edge, influenced by the bad boy done good story of the cult TV series Peaky Blinders. We shot in late September as autumn was just starting to drift into the landscape.

A Peaky Blinders Styled Weddimg Shoot (c) Amy Faith Photography (24)

The shoot was captured by Amy Faith Photography, who I love working with. She’s so good at conveying authenticity, beauty and edginess in her images. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, you really need to look at Amy’s beautiful work.

A Peaky Blinders Styled Weddimg Shoot (c) Amy Faith Photography (17)

Our venue for the shoot, Arley Hall and Gardens, is a gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, totally steeped in history and home to lots of different TV and film sets, including Peaky Blinders. I’m a huge fan of the TV series, so when the chance to do a shoot at Arley Hall came along, I knew it had to be our inspiration. With our own peaky blinder bad boy groom and his stunning bride.

In the last series, Arley Hall was the stately home of the main character Tommy Shelby, played by the gorgeous Cillian Murphy. It depicts a time where he’s made his ill-gotten fortune on the betting circuits at the horses (and general dodgy dealings!) and it’s where he marries Grace.

A Peaky Blinders Styled Weddimg Shoot (c) Amy Faith Photography (49)

Although Peaky Blinders is really quite dark at times, there is an incredible love story within, kind of against the odds. It’s that feel we were looking to create, with a nod to the era, beautiful imagery, bridal inspiration and to capture the romance of the two main characters, Tommy and Grace.

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from arley hall with love: bond girl glamour for an opulent north west wedding – arlene & simon

November 16th, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

An Opulent Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Cris Matthews (25)

Yes, we have a dress crush. Today’s bride Arlene wanted to look like a Bond girl on her big day and we reckon she absolutely nailed it in a gorgeous, backless Rosa Clará number with a graceful silhouette and divine vintage detailing on the shoulders and down the back. We also have garden envy, because the grounds at today’s venue, Arley Hall, would give any National Trust property a run for its money: deep borders bursting with colour and texture are juxtaposed with crisp topiary and rich red brickwork. The photographs offer up a visual feast.

In a colour scheme of navy and dusky pink, Arlene and Simon went for an elegant, regal feel with a touch of femininity to complement the glorious Elizabethan-style Victorian country house. With its opulent interiors, who could fail to feel a little bit Bond-esque?

With images by Cris Matthews Photography.

An Opulent Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Cris Matthews (6)

arlene says: Simon proposed to me at home on August bank holiday in 2015, after more than six years together with bubbles, Bob Marley playing and a display of photographs of us on our fabulous holidays. We then went to Gaucho in Manchester for steak dinner and he had organised a surprise party with our close friends at Epernay. The next day I was whisked off to Moddershall Oaks for an overnight spa break.

An Opulent Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Cris Matthews (20)

We got married on Saturday 29th July 2017. We wanted a summer day and a weekend, as we have a lot of teacher friends. My dad flew over from Panama to walk me down the aisle and the date also worked well for my 11-year-old stepsister and her school holidays in Panama.

Our chosen venue was Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire. We had our ceremony in the drawing room, the wedding breakfast in the gallery and the reception at Olympia Barn on site. I visited the venue one afternoon with some friends, as it’s open to visitors. I fell in love instantly – butterflies! Simon loved it as much as I did. Arlene driving up Arley Road to marry at Arley Hall – it was meant to be!

We also liked the venue as it was local and had a good mix of rooms to use and stunning gardens. Plus, I liked the idea of having a more informal area for the evening guests to party.

An Opulent Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Cris Matthews (29)

I wanted a fairly simple, elegant, classy style for the day. The venue is so opulent that I didn’t want to take away from/spoil its beauty. We would definitely recommend the venue: as well as it being utterly gorgeous, the staff were professional and friendly and we felt reassured the day would run smoothly.

An Opulent Wedding at Arley Hall (c) Cris Matthews (34)

My gown was from Knutsford Wedding Gallery. I am quite particular with my style and wanted a unique dress. After searching bridal websites and magazines, I decided I liked Rosa Clará gowns and booked an appointment as I knew they were stocked there. I was very keen on a backless, slinky dress. My spec was I wanted to look and feel like a Bond girl! When I tried it on first I knew it was the one, but that didn’t stop me from trying on 29 more dresses. Milking the moment!

My hair and makeup artist was Make-up By Sophie, based in Oldham. She followed my Bond girl spec –my bridesmaids and I felt very glam.

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