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vintage rose. a styled boho bridal shoot

June 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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We’ve a very pretty treat for you this afternoon!  Sent to us by Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, this boho bridal shoot was inspired by vintage roses, working with a palette of soft pinks, peaches, cream and ivory and involved a network of talented Yorkshire based bridal suppliers and creatives.

kelly says: The soft romantic images and artwork were created by Angus Macdonald. Julia Jeckell Hair and Make-up Artist created beautiful make-up and hair to reflect the vintage rose theme and I supplied accessories and garments which complimented the look perfectly. All accessories and garments are handmade in my Sheffield based studio. Amanda from Amanda Moon Headwear supplied floral headpieces used in the shoot. Each look in the shoot features various pieces from KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer and Amanda Moon showing brides how they can emulate this vintage inspired look on their wedding day.

To create the look for the shoot, Julia Jeckell Hair and Make-up Artist created a flawless ivory base on model Tayla using Airbase Airbrush make-up. The eyes were enhanced using a palette of soft matt pink and peach eyeshadows, followed by eyelash curlers and black mascara to define the lashes. A soft pink cream blush was used to add a subtle wash of colour alongside lips in ‘Ample pink’ by Mac. Hair was styled with large barrel tongs to create soft ‘boho’ waves for a relaxed and romantic feel.

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Look one (above) features KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer’s ‘Viola’ jacket which is from our 2015 Whiting Collection. This jacket is a perfect cover up for brides-to-be on their wedding day. It can be worn with many styles of gowns and is perfect for a boho bride. The jacket can even be worn after the big day to compliment any dress. To complete the look Amanda from Amanda Moon headwear created the delicate headpiece with bespoke roses and a hydrangea headband.

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Look two (above and below) also features KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer’s ‘Viola’ jacket and Amanda from Amanda Moon headwear’s bespoke rose and hydrangea headband but is styled with a KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer veil. The ‘Amy’ veil is a plain edge drop veil which works perfectly with Amanda’s headpiece which has the flexibility to be worn alone or works beautifully with a veil.

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dainty daisies. a spring wedding styled shoot in liverpool

April 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Luxury wedding florists Katey and Edward Burke’s vision was to create a luxury one-stop-wedding-shop with like-minded and quality, high-end wedding suppliers all in one place.  At The Blue Orchid Wedding Boutique couples can relax in the knowledge that their suppliers know each other and work well together, offering quality products and services, coordinating their wedding seamlessly between them.

This, their first styled shoot took place at the very popular 30 James St – Home of the Titanic in Liverpool and was inspired by The Blue Orchid Boutique’s in-house stationer Cheryl of Pink Sherbet Stationery and her pretty ‘Ava’ collection in coral and ivory with touches of navy.

We think it’s perfectly pretty!

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cheryl says: My ‘Ava’ stationery collection is perfect for the spring season with it’s dainty daisy like floral pattern and contrasting bold stripes.  As soon as the team had chosen this design they went to work, each of us creating their own contribution and interpretation of the theme.

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Our boutique’s resident florist Katey put together a handheld posy of coral ‘Miss Piggy’ roses with lisianthus to highlight the colours of the design, and selected bouvardia, coral santini and wax flower to match the lovely little daisy flower shapes in the pattern work.

Katey created a beautiful tall table centre display and framed my luxury pearl embellished seating plan with floral loveliness!  Fresh flower framed seating plans are becoming a very popular wedding centrepiece; they really do have the wow factor!

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Katey is also lucky enough to have a very photogenic daughter who was more than willing to model a beautiful origami head circlet and flower girl posy by our talented in-house origamist Anne.  Again matching the colours beautifully and hand-finished with pearl and diamante embellishments, which made an appearance on everything from the stationery, cake, table centrepiece, bridal bouquet and the origami work.

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The exceptionally talented Sue from Bella’s Cake Pantry worked her magic with an outstanding coral cake with flowers to match the stationery design cascading down the tiers, also picking up the stripes with beautiful grosgrain ribbon as a way of adding some subtle navy detail.

The boutique’s venue dresser Melanie of Elegant Twist ensured the table and chairs were dressed to perfection with coral and ivory sashes and cute satin ribbon bows around the napkins to match the binding on the bridal bouquet.

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It is clear from the photographs that the team is passionate about attention to detail.  We believe it’s the finishing touches that make a wedding special and totally unique.  It’s the little details that photographers love to capture and who better to photograph them for the photo shoot than the wonderful husband and wife team Sandy and Dave of Pixsmiths Creative Photography!  They captured the beauty of the theme and grandeur of the venue with absolute perfection.

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It’s undeniable that having a group of suppliers who work so well together is invaluable when it comes to planning a wedding, especially if you want to ensure every aspect fits together seamlessly!  We are excited to share more themed photo shoots over the coming months.

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To book The Blue Orchid Boutique suppliers for your wedding visit www.blue-orchid.co.uk.

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decadence. a styled bridal accessory shoot by gypsy rose vintage

April 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon, its all about the accessories.  And here at Brides Up North, you know that we LOVE accessories.

Gypsy Rose Vintage is a Cheshire based brand established in 2012, boasting a unique and quirky vintage inspired range of hair accessories and bridal belts, each piece is lovingly hand crafted in Britain by owner and founder Rebecca Kwiatkowski.  

Born out of a love for bohemian styling Gypsy Rose Vintage fuses together retro influences with contemporary elements to create truly beautiful and individual one off pieces perfect for any bohemian bride.  From delicate gypsophila garlands to stunning statement peonies Gypsy Rose Vintage caters for brides and bridesmaids and wedding guests alike.  

Lets get stuck in to the pretty…

Images by Teresa C Photography.

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rebecca says: For Spring Summer 2015 Gypsy Rose Vintage proudly introduce our two brand new collections, “The Meadow Collection” for free spirited brides on their big day.  This Collection has a very bohemian vibe inspired by the great British countryside, featuring sweet peas and wild blooms, the perfect finishing touch for a rustic wedding day.

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If you are looking for a hint of vintage glamour to finish off your look, “The Decadence Collection” offers a wide range of premium bridal hair accessories with an Art Deco feel.  Inspired by The Great Gatsby, this collection features crystal embellishments and luxurious silk flowers, each piece is handmade and are all limited edition.

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We also offer a bespoke service, individually tailored to meet any brides needs and budget.

The collections were photographed at the beautiful Dunwood Hall, a grade 2 listed country house based in Staffordshire, with stunning gothic revival architecture.

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Modelled by Bethany Cammack and Elisha Carter

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through the looking glass: an alice in wonderland wedding shoot

April 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of one of my all-time favourite fairy tales – Lewis Carrolls’ alice in wonderland.

The weird and wonderful story featuring a talking White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and feisty Queen of Hearts is so far off the wall some questioned whether Carroll was actually high when he put pen to paper. I just like to think he had an amazing imagination and in doing so gave us a magical tale that will live on for many more years to come.

My fascination with Alice makes it easy to understand why I immediately fell head over heels myself (narrowly avoiding the rabbit hole) when this captivating styled shoot landed in the Brides Up North inbox.

Put together by a talented Yorkshire collective of wedding industry suppliers and shot by our fabulous blog sponsor Sarah of Sarah Beth Photography, this Alice in Wonderland wedding shoot combines enchanting blooms, whimsical styling and gorgeous rustic décor to create one marvellous tea party.

So let’s pull up a pew and join Sarah as she takes us through the looking glass…

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sarah says: I first met Shannon of Evelyn Taylor Bridal, based in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, in 2013 when I photographed her wedding to husband James. Ever since that point we have stayed friends and now work closely together on various projects, which includes organising a photo shoot every season to produce new imagery for her bridal shop – and also to work with new and exciting local suppliers.

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Shannon approached me this time with the idea of a tea party themed shoot as she wanted to celebrate the first birthday of the opening of Evelyn Taylor Bridal. Our inspiration was taken from the classic fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. We wanted to set the shoot in a forest or woodland area imaging Alice was lost, looking for the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

We were inspired by rustic styling influenced by nature and old antique curios. We used two girls in our shoot wearing two dresses both available to buy at Evelyn Taylor Bridal, which sells beautiful off the peg dresses from many well-known designers and also has a large choice of bridal accessories, including stunning headpieces from Ophelia May. Shannon works closely with her in-house seamstress to ensure a bride’s chosen dress fits perfectly.

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The styling for our shoot was supplied by Sophie Bennett of Weddings by Sophie, who organises weddings at Oaklands, a unique wedding venue set in the largest woodland in East Yorkshire. Here Sophie works alongside couples to create entirely bespoke, beautiful weddings individual to them, from festival celebrations to Moroccan feasts, she ensures the venue is dressed to perfection.

Along with styling by Sophie, we also handmade some of the items, such as the wooden signpost. We used old glass bottles and moss to decorate our table along with old curios, such as antique pocket watches. The Oaklands, which is spread over 200 acres of grass glades and lakes, was the ideal location for the theme of our shoot with its surrounding woodland proving a wonderful backdrop that complemented our vision perfectly.

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Oliver from Oliver James Sugar Craft Creations made a selection of sweet treats to adorn the table including flapjack, cupcakes and shortbread along with a chocolate cake coated with ganache to give a bark like finish to fit in with the woodland rustic theme. Based in Holmfirth, Oliver specialises in bespoke wedding cakes designed and created to suit the bride and groom’s dream cake for their big day. Oliver prides himself on the taste of his hand-baked cakes as well as a flawless finish – which is clearly demonstrated in the shoot.

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Amy and her assistant Unity from Bows salon based in Anlaby, Hull, created a whimsical look for our models with pretty undone hair and subtle make-up, including smouldering eyes and lips to suit the girls’ colours and complexions. Bows is a young vibrant company specialising in hair and beauty for any occasion, creating on-trend and inspiring looks. We were certainly pleased with their work on the day.

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The wonderful flowers were provided by Stems Design who specialise in wedding floristry and offer a bespoke service to make a wedding truly magical. Stems pride themselves on a friendly and professional service designed specifically around the individual.

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The girls wore dresses from Evelyn Taylor bridal. Our model Casey wore the short blush pink dress by House of Mooshki and Sarah modelled a beautiful lace gown by Intuzuri. Their shoes are by Custom Kicks Shoe Design. Originally based in the UK and now Western Australia, Custom Kicks believe every girl deserves a unique pair of ‘kicks’ for any occasion. They hand design all shoes in any design a girl desires!

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We weren’t blessed with the best weather on the shoot, fluctuating between snow and sun throughout the cold March day. Our models however were very brave and withstood the cold! We had planned for more elaborate styling for our shoot but unfortunately the fluctuating weather conditions affected the amount of styling we could do outdoors.

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That said, we are really happy with the outcome of our shoot. The aim was to have fun and create some interesting imagery to accompany the first anniversary of Evelyn Taylor, which I think it’s safe to say we achieved. It was an absolute joy working with all the suppliers involved and I’m sure there will be more to come.

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Sarah of Sarah Beth Photography is based in Hull, East Yorkshire, and specialises in alternative and natural wedding photography. She aims to document a couple’s big day exactly as it happens creating beautiful natural imagery for brides and grooms to remember and treasure for years to come.

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Sarah will be attending the Brides Up North luxury wedding fair this Sunday at Nostell Priory and will be offering 15 discount vouchers  on the day entitling recipients to a massive £100 off her wedding photography services.

Evelyn Taylor Bridal will also be attending our Nostell Priory event, which will be held between 11am and 3pm. Click here to register.

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luscious. the rustic kraft & calligraphy collection by Calligraphy For Weddings

March 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This bijou and beautiful styled bridal shoot shows off the latest collection by talented Brides Up North Sponsor, Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings.  Now, we know our Featured Suppliers are the very best that this lovely industry has to offer (and believe us when we say we see a lot of beautiful on a daily basis), but even we were wowed when this one landed in our inbox.  We are absolutely in love with the styling concept and stationery shown off in this feature.

Girls, it’s time to go au naturelle.

With images by Theresa Furey Photography.

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claire says: Rustic styling is one of my favourite things and I find it really exciting to see modern calligraphy set against a rustic backdrop. My latest calligraphy collection was designed for this style of wedding, and the kraft colour card works beautifully with other colour accents.

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The stationery combines simple, modern lettering with quirky printed fonts, and invitations start from just £2. The entire collection is for sale in my Etsy shop and includes invites, printed menus, place names and tags.

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I adore the styling of this shoot with its luscious greens and almost a Sicilian feel – it’s charming and creative and easy to recreate with a little expert help! The flowers are fabulous; the cakes look divine. As barn weddings become more and more popular it’s wonderful to see styling which is just a little different – and this shoot totally nails it!

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The calligraphy and kraft stationery is the perfect finishing touch for a rustic wedding style, and it’s really affordable too.  Visit Claire’s Calligraphy For Weddings website or her Etsy store to find out more.

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Stationery: Calligraphy for Weddings

Styling & Decor: Lauradana Day by Wedding Creations UK

Assistant Stylist: Yolanda Day

Candelabras & Glassware: The Vintage Hire Company

Linen: Table to Dine For

Florist: Garden and Wild

Cake: The Vanilla Pod Bakery Cheltenham

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