August 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Sometimes, elegance speaks for itself.
This simple yet glamourous bridal shoot at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue, Denton Hall, was put together by makeup artist Charlotte Hubbard of Leeds and photographer James Mieskowski of Sugarbird Photography, Halifax.
Charlotte says: James and I have collaborated on various fashion photography shoots in the past and wanted to showcase Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside and the skills of our local wedding industry creatives (see the Little White Book for details) in this styled piece with ballerina Steph Elstob.
I wanted to create a natural soft bridal look for our model to compliment the pale floral colours. I used pink and soft beiges with natural effect false lashes by Eyelure to highlight her beautiful eyes. For touch ups and shadows I always rely on YSL’s ‘Touche Èclat to even the skin tone and bring light to the face.
July 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
This afternoon, we’ve a styled shoot with a message. Claire Gould (and you might also know her from English Wedding Blog) of Brides Up North sponsor Calligraphy For Weddings wants you to be bold, and say no bland design. I’ll hand the soap box to her…
With images by Vickerstaff Photography.
Claire says: The inspiration for this shoot came from my secret paper fetish! I wanted to create two styled display areas for brides to recreate: a table with escort cards and cakes, and a ceremony area with a backdrop. The theme of paper and mirrors was inspired by calligraphy and creative wedding photography: I adore images with reflections and I knew the perfect photographer – lovely Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography – to create and capture them. We added mirrors and vintage props, metallics and colours to bring together lots of ideas to share with you.
We had homemade watercolour paper flowers, calligraphy, a fabulous cape made of flowers, brooch bouquets and vintage table decor, and gowns by Sassi Holford and Ritva Westenius. With three wedding cakes and one of my favourite wedding venues (Broadoaks Country House) to play in, the shoot came together beautifully, from a gentle beginning to a bit of a crazy finale…
The day began with a pretty watercolour table display. Homemade crepe paper flowers in mini milk bottles made for a lovely escort card collection (DIY tutorial here for any creative brides!) A delicious-looking cake by lovely Caroline from Caroline’s Cake Company took centre stage, surrounded by vintage props on one of the cute little tables in Broadoaks’s sunny Victorian Orangery. We added candles and mirrors, chair signs and place cards to create a romantic, homemade style with vintage flair. Our gorgeous model Kelsey wore a lace Sassi Holford wedding dress from my favourite Lakes boutique Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, and carried an exquisite pink and yellow peony bouquet by the amazing Brackens of Bowness. With elegant hair styling and a real peony at one side, and natural make up to complement her colouring, Kelsey looked stunning.
Keeping with the soft pastel look, we created a vertical display area outside using a 10ft calligraphy backdrop in pastel pinks. Beautifully Vintage provided antique stepladders decorated with doilies and the most wonderful little clay pots, and we decorated these with love quotes from the fabulous Vintage Twee. Caroline’s watercolour tiered wedding cake was the perfect addition to the setting, with four tiers in pastel shades and the most delicate paper flowers for decoration.
We took some wonderful portraits in the William Morris room at Broadoaks, where lovely Gareth from Aqua The Salon finished Kelsey’s hair with a pretty vintage accessory to complement the amazing brooch bouquet by Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye. Meanwhile, back in the Orangery and outside we were busy creating an altogether more eclectic and crazy display…
Christa from Beautifully Vintage had brought along some wonderful mirrors and picture frames, and she arranged these brilliantly outside with a bolder calligraphy backdrop – another 10ft piece handwritten by me – Claire from Calligraphy for Weddings. This display was bolder, with a smashed mirror and slashed backdrop representing the challenges wedding stationers have faced in recent years. Inside I set up a more alternative wedding display table with bright calligraphy tags and using ribbon garlands as a backdrop. The decorated mirror, love letter and typed quotes added plenty of interest to the table.
Kelsey was transformed by our genius styling team – the absolutely lovely Julia Tasker, Gareth from Aqua, and Definitions’ Helen who created the strikingly beautiful make up. Ripped tulle as an alternative wedding veil looked fabulous, and our creative wedding flower expert Kevin from Brackens of Bowness had created a cascade of silk orchids for Kelsey’s hair accessory. Wearing a glamorous Ritva Westenius couture gown, our bride played the role of wedding creatives fighting back against mass production and bland design!
For the final part of our shoot we explored the wonderful grounds at Broadoaks Country House. The star of the show was our floral stole – a million times better than flower crowns, beautiful to wear and hold and such a talking point on the day! Kelsey played on the swings while Jamie took some of my favourite images from the whole day, and a fascinated group of visiting pensioners looked on!
June 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Have I got some eye candy for you lovely lot today! The lady behind this (fabulous) wedding dress is nothing if not versatile. She’s also extremely talented and a rather lovely person at that. I know. I’ve met her, and see these beauties in real life.
Step forward Kelly Redhead of KMR Bespoke Bridal. One to watch and superstar designer of the future, she’s here to present her 2015 Whiting Collection to Brides Up North. You saw it here first girls (oh, except from on the pages of Vogue Italia – yes, that’s exactly how we roll!).
Images by Folega Photography.
Kelly says: A collaborative literature vintage themed shoot at Cusworth Hall, Doncaster brought together a talented group of suppliers. Cusworth Hall was a fantastic venue to hold the shoot with many of the shots taken in the Library, in keeping with the literary theme.
The little details from the various suppliers involved with the shoot worked perfectly with my designs and the fresh approach of the photography by Sarah really did make this shoot romantic and full of love.
The Whiting Collection is my debut 2015 collection of bridal gowns. The collection is named after my late Grandmother who inspired me from a young age to become a designer. Three of the collections gowns were used in this preview shoot at Cusworth Hall; Grace, Ivy and Annie.
Grace is an elegant floor length bias cut ivory silk crepe and guipure lace gown. A high illusion neckline is finished with bound silk crepe detailing and delicate cap sleeves. A KMR signature of a keyhole back opening paired with a detachable lace train creates a stunning back. The gown is finished with a silver crystal embellished waistband.
Ivy is a stylish ivory embroidered lace and silk crepe backed satin gown. Elegant lace sleeves and a deep V-shaped neckline at the back of the gown are finished with a delicate scallop lace edging. Creating a figure enhancing silhouette the gown has a bias fishtail skirt with a train to add a feminine touch. The gown is finished with delicate covered buttons and rouleau loops down the back.
Annie is a sophisticated strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline. The elegant circle skirt is made up of layers of silk taffeta and silk chiffon with a beautiful train. The bodice is finished with delicate pleated silk taffeta, a plunging back and fastened with rouleau loops and covered buttons. The gown is finished with a stunning silver crystal motif on the waist.
There are three other gowns in KMR’s 2015 bridal collection. As this was a preview shoot of the collection the final three gowns will be revealed soon.
May 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry
I tend to obsess over one particular wedding element at a time, so for a while I couldn’t stop looking at cakes, particularly naked designs with bare sponge and exposed filling. Then I’d swoon over images and shoots featuring stunning bridal hair and make-up before becoming totally enthralled with wedding videos – often needing the same amount of tissues and comfort food to work my way through them as when watching Marley and Me.
Just recently however, it’s been wedding flowers capturing my attention. I literally can’t stop looking at them. From cute button holes and oh-so-pretty bouquets right through to imaginative table decorations and, better still, ethereal style wedding crowns.
I’m particularly taken by natural, gathered arrangements made up of beautiful blooms fitted to the season. So when I came across this stunning shoot organised by the incredibly talented Tracey Campbell of Campbell’s Flowers, I just had to share.
The Sheffield florist is known for vintage inspired, romantic, pretty flowers with that ‘just picked’ look I’m head over heels for. Following a glorious spate of sunshine, this couldn’t come at a better time as it’s a vintage inspired shoot featuring pretty white summer flowers including a personal childhood favourite of mine – daisies!
I’ll hand over to Tracey to explain the thinking behind the pretty…
Tracey says: I gathered together a host of my favourite wedding peeps from the North for this shoot, which took place at the exquisite Losehill House Hotel & Spa, in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District.
I really wanted to do a shoot during the better weather featuring real vintage dresses from the 70′s with a slightly hippy, soft relaxed vibe and use lots and lots of daisies and simple white flowers. Styling needed to be natural to echo our very ‘just picked’ vintage look flowers, but brought up to date – no pastiche or fancy dress for us, so we kept it really simple letting the gowns and the flowers doing the talking.
I’ve worked with photographer Jess Petrie and hair and make-up artist Jenn Edwards quite a few times on ‘real’ weddings and shoots so it was natural they would be our first port of call. I love the really soft, ethereal quality to Jess’s photography.
Relaxed, soft and pretty but just a bit edgy were the requirements for hair and make-up which Jenn delivered perfectly. I particularly loved the models’ amazing lower lashes, messy fishtail plaits and soft romantic up-dos.
Hayley Neil at Glory Days Vintage supplied the stunning dresses for the shoot – I had a very hard time only choosing two gowns per model! Talented fashion designer Lauren Armstrong also created three incredible dress designs for our models which drew on 70′s influences whilst remaining bang up-to-date. She styled our lovely male model too.
To complete the look, crochet whizz Amy Worthington of Minniecrafts created some beautifully intricate stockings as the prettiest ‘something blue’ you ever did see.
The styling for the shoot was a combination of myself and Julia Harrison from Go Glorious, who hires great props and provides a host of lovely styling. Accessories were provided by Karen Kench from Kettle of Fish, whose hand-crafted creations included bouquet brooches, chair backs, ring boxes and place settings.
Finally, we just needed a cake. Claire Kemp worked her magic here to produce a soft and pretty, yet architectural and graphic design, incorporating the main theme of daises into both the motifs and colours – beautiful!
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Photographer: Jess Petrie
Floral Design and Concept: Campbell’s Flowers
Venue: Losehill House Hotel & Spa
Hair and Make Up: Jenn Edwards
Accessories: Karen Kench, Kettle of Fish
Styling: Julia Harrison, Go Glorious
Vintage Dresses: Hayley Neil, Glory Days Vintage
Dress Designer & Male Model Stylist: Lauren Armstrong
Blue Stockings: Amy Worthington of Minniecrafts
Cake: Claire Kemp Studio
Models: Izzy Lindley, Kate Waters, Georgia Symonds & Alex Davies
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May 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s nearly home time and I’m finishing off your Tuesday with a burst of lovely from a very talented collection of wedding industry suppliers over North West way.
Showcasing the butterfly inspired rare but beautiful colour combination of pale blues and rose gold and with gorgeously understated yet frightfully glam styling from friend of the wedding blog Boris & Betty, in these stunning shots from North Wales Wedding Photographer of the Year, Celynnen Photography, we’re going for gold!
Get ready to flutter! See our Little Black Book for stockists.
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Planning & Styling: Boris & Betty
Images: Celynnen Photography
Wedding Dresses: Charlotte Balbier
Wedding Dresses: Amanda Wyatt
Bridal Accessories: Vintage Styler
Shoes: Aruna Seth
Hair & Makeup: Artiste Creative
“Big Heart” Prop: Typical Type
Wedding Cakes: Cakes by Andrea Lee
Butterfly Garland: Flutter Designs
Sequin Backdrop & Cloth: Pudding Bridge
Art Deco China: Pretty Little Trio
Model – Abigail Tara-Lilly, CAST Models, Liverpool
Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Celynnen Photography
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April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Maggie Sottero, Anoushka G, Claire Pettibone… I think I’ve died and gone to wedding dress heaven. Brides Up North HQ is currently full of tulle and sequins, glitter and sparkle, as we prepare for a very special Brides Up North shoot – on location – tomorrow.
When we do things at Brides Up North, we don’t like to do them by halves. That’s why I’ve pulled together the most fabulous team of wedding industry professionals to concoct a contemporary and glamorous peep behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, with fantastical frocks, beautiful blooms, sensational styling elements and ideas that you will be able to borrow for your very own wedding day.
With creative assistance and input from the likes of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers and friends Cat Hepple Photography, Leafy Couture, JB Creatives, Silver Sixpence Films, Flutter, Victoria Farr, Pamella Dunn, The White Room Sheffield, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Dine, Marie Antoinette Cakes and more, I’m raring to get started and SO ready for my close up.
Watch these (soon to be even prettier) pages for the results soon.
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March 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
I’m putting this feature together late on Mothering Sunday after a blissful day full of cuddles, friends, family, flowers, roast dinners and blackberry crumble. Baby in bed and fire on, I’m curled up in a snug corner at my own Mum’s house with my laptop, and getting ready for the week ahead.
Sunday nights are usually reserved for a steaming bath and a good book, but busy schedules always call for a bit of a catch up and putting today’s post together has been just lovely. These beautiful, creative images sent to me by friend of the wedding blog Abi from Wooden Hill Images are more like editorial art than your typical styled bridal shoot, and curating this selection has been like stepping into the pages of a Bronte favourite.
Abi says: Since much of my work draws inspiration from literature, I decided for my annual bridal inspiration shoot to choose one of my favourite books, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, a classic love story.
The aim was to inspire a bride to expand their ideas and be creative. I wanted to create a shoot that told a story that would do this and allow a viewer lose themselves in another world for a time, drawing loosely from the book to capture the essence of the character of Cathy and portray the eerie and yet quintessentially beautiful atmosphere.
I initially approached Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design who immediately understood and loved the idea. Not long after Bex Brides, Love Hair and Beauty Boutique and MacVean Videography came on board and through the means of a highly useful Pinterest board everyone was able to gather exactly what the feel of the shoot would be…
The shoot was going to take place on a misty, atmospheric sunrise in the heart of the Yorkshire Moors but as the day approached we realised we had chosen the sunniest day of the year so far! So we abandoned until sunset, meaning there was no hurry with the hair and makeup – and we all got a lie in!
Love Hair & Beauty fulfilled the brief perfectly. Makeup for an English beauty with a beautiful weathered look, rosy cheeks and tumbling locks and unkempt styling. Lindsey our model isn’t a professional model, as I like to ask ‘real women’ to model where I can and as soon as I saw her I knew she had exactly the look that we were after.
The outfit was actually a few different looks, Victoriana blouses, a hessian belt with a vintage cameo and the bespoke skirt which I made with a thousand pins, metres of different muslins and nets and Jane kindly stitched was testament that sometimes you can create something totally unique yet beautiful. The cape, again from Bex Brides brought the outfit alive, and I’m definitely hoping to see more brides with cloaks and capes!
For the brides out there reading this – a bride doesn’t always HAVE to wear a white dress! Look to the past, draw influence from things that mean something to you, be individual.
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Photography and styling – Abi Whitmarsh – Wooden Hill images
Flowers and headresses – Wedding and Events Floral Design
Hair and Makeup – Love Hair and Beauty Boutique
Outfit – BexBrides
Video – MacVean Videography
Props – Homemade and Vintage
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March 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Happy Friday! Let’s get the first real weekend of spring off to a beautiful start, with this graceful styled bridal shoot from my friends at Belle Bridal Magazine, captured by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Scullion, with Wild Brides At Heart dresses (all Ian Stuart), shot on location at the beautiful “French chateau” that is The Bowes Museum, where room hire starts from £850.
Teri at Belle Bridal Magazine says: The combination of amazing dresses by Ian Stuart with the unique wedding location of the Bowes Museum was just something we had to capture with help from Lee Scullion. You will even see that the iconic Silver Swan at Bowes Museum makes an appearance in the shoot.
Teri says: We have a make-up masterclass by Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo and hair by James Reid, plus an all-day bridal gown parade. We will also be showcasing two tipis in the grounds of the museum, courtesy of TipiChic.
Little Black Book
Photography - Lee Scullion
Hair & Make Up - Julie Ann Pattinson
Accessories - Wild Brides at Heart Sunderland
Model - Charlotte Lockwood, Tyne Tees Models
Venue - Shot on location at The Bowes Museum
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March 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we are getting lovely in Liverpool as we share this pretty styled shoot sent to me by Emma of Glorybox Photography & Creative Imaging and her team of talented local industry suppliers. Isn’t it dreamy?
Now I’ve just got to figure out how I can incorporate a wall of hearts into my interior decorating…
Emma says: This wedding inspiration shoot was put together by The Wedding Collective, a group of independent business women in Liverpool.
I worked with owner of Craft Creative, Becky Christian, and bespoke fashion designer, Kirsty Doyle to bring together some of Liverpool’s most talented and respected wedding industry entrepreneurs. The idea was to not only contribute to an editorial shoot but to create new relationships with go-getters in the city and beyond. We looked at it as a chance to encourage diversity and collaboration in our work and most importantly use each other’s talents and contacts to generate business in the future. We are now one of the city’s go-to services for wedding curation. We have all bases covered when it comes to planning your big day.
The shoot was fantastic. The sky was a magnificent clear blue and the sun was really warm even though the air itself carried a chill. Our models Carly and Jakob had never met each other before so being put on the spot really helped them break the ice. We managed to have loads of fun throughout the day and even into the night when we made use of The Isla Gladstone’s band stand with our 3ft light up letters and a few long exposures.
Becky from Craft Creative, a craft based events, workshop and design company was the driving force behind the shoot and she wowed everybody with her hand made props and wedding decorations. Her altar which was made from logs was adorned with a pretty love heart tassel curtain and her light up love letters really made the night time shine.
Kirsty Doyle designed and produced a range of bridal one offs especially for the shoot. Kirsty always works in 3D, and each garment is toiled and worked into on the mannequin. This allows each dress to be completely unique. The inspiration is always classic tailoring with contemporary finish and fabrics. Kirsty didn’t want the gowns to be traditional, but also wanted to create a collection for any style of wedding, from the country to town halls!
Enola Rose was our milliner. A Liverpool favourite, she created one off works of head-wearable art to compliment Kirsty’s dress designs.
Gieves & Hawkes, The Met Quarter, Liverpool were kind enough to dress our groom and we think you’ll agree, he looked dashing.
Hannah from Hannah Loves Cake offered up a gorgeous Love Heart inspired tiered wedding cake which was the most gorgeous looking thing we had ever seen and our lovely confectioners at The Albion Bakehouse brought along all things sugar coated. They really did taste as good as they looked!
One of Liverpool’s most knowledgeable and talented florists Heather from Flower Fashion set down some stunning table designs, bouquets and button holes which really brought the day to life.
Lili Bizarre, Little Hardman Street, Liverpool supplied us with a beautiful pink love heart balloon which really complimented our chosen colour palette of pinks, reds and ivory with a splash of gold.
The award winning hair and make up beauty queens from So Coco Rouge worked their magic with a modest palette of nudes proving that less really is more.
The images were shot and edited by the team at Glorybox Photography & Creative Imaging. Glorybox are a creative photography company based in Liverpool and operating country wide.
With big thanks to The Isla Gladstone, Stanley Park, Liverpool for giving us access to the space for the day. An amazing venue with boundless potential, the most stunning natural light and a gorgeous summery vibe, even in the middle of winter.
For more information on any of the suppliers featured, quotes and availability you can contact Emma on 07917655513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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February 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
On Monday I featured an ethereal and romantic styled shoot showing off the gorgeous designs of Claire Pettibone at The Alnwick Garden (want to see? Click here to catch up). Now it seems that the team involved are so skilled that they had time to turn the day on it’s head and produce a second shoot – something completely different – to show off Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma Bunting’s skills (she makes beautiful bunting, like her name suggests)!
Bright, bold, a little whimsical and a lot of colourful. I talk about talent all the time here at Brides Up North, but it just goes to show that whatever your style, these wedding professionals have it covered.
Let’s infuse this Friday morning with rainbows!
Emma says: I was given permission to use The Alnwick Garden whilst it was closed to the public to shoot Emma Bunting’s new Rainbow range. I wanted a fun and slightly offbeat look for a relaxed bride and groom – I think we achieved that with the look of our models and the quirky style.
I hope you like our colourful creations and pick up some bright and beautiful ideas for your own big day.
Emma Bunting and her team will be exhibiting at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 18th May 2014. A beautiful, excusive event in an extraordinary setting. Closing our spring season for 2014, it’s set to be a magical day. Be inspired! Click here to register for FREE ENTRY and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag.