May 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If you’re currently on the venue hunt for a setting that has both beauty and character, this afternoon’s blog post could just signal the end of your search. As the styled shoot that we’re sharing today opens up the doors to one of the oldest buildings in Manchester’s centre, which also happens to be one of the newest venues to join the city’s splendid wedding offering.
Dating back to 1421, Chetham’s is a unique setting that boasts beautiful old sandstone walls and magical medieval features. Keen to show off its potential to brides and grooms-to-be, wedding photographer Stephen McGowan got together with a group of fellow North West suppliers to help inspire couples who are currently on the venue search.
The result is a wonderful set of images with gorgeous blooms, styling and lighting, which showcases both the building and the team’s skills beautifully. To tell us how it all came together, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to photographer Stephen…
With images by our lovely Brides Up North Sponsor Stephen McGowan Photography.
stephen says: Chetham’s is a new and exciting venue available to brides and grooms looking to get married in a gorgeous medieval Manchester city centre setting.
Our overall aim was to complement the medieval ambiance and architecture of this unique wedding venue and so I chose to photograph using natural light inside the main hall as I absolutely loved how the light fell on the models’ faces through the large gothic windows in the Baronial Hall.
In terms of styling we wanted to keep things simple and fresh with undertones of 1920s and 30s bridal styling. The models were therefore dressed in stunning Charlotte Balbier gowns supplied by 7th Heaven Bridalwear. We picked designs that we felt worked well with the historic setting and stuck to fresh, natural makeup looks created by makeup artist Emma Culbert, that didn’t detract from the dresses or surroundings. Hairdresser Jessica Shelley then styled the models’ hair to complement our 1920s theme.
Verdure Floral Design were brilliant and let us have a choice of three bouquets, along with floral headpiece and table centrepiece, to use in the shoot. We wanted the floral colours to subtly complement our look but not to overpower and Verdure Floral Design fully understood the brief and pulled this off perfectly.
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April 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
The stunning styled shoot that we’re sharing with you today offers inspiration for all with urban, vintage, rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary influences playing a part,.
Shot at a cool, new venue to the wedding scene, The West Mill in Derby, the talented suppliers behind this striking shoot picked styling and decorative elements that would contrast beautifully with the converted cotton mill’s raw and stripped back interiors.
The result is a highly stylish and fresh set of images which provide fabulous ideas for everything from table settings and décor to beauty and attire. To explain more about the creative thought behind the shoot, we’ll hand over the blog to florist Nadia, who planned all the magic along with her business partner Penny and photographer Ben from HBA Photography.
With images by HBA Photography. Models Hannah Bartter-Clamp, Sophie Brentnall and Martyna Morkuniene.
nadia says: Several members of the team on this shoot had worked together previously, and created some really beautiful images in the past that were soft, romantic and very feminine. This time however, they were really keen to style a shoot loosely based on the prohibition era of the 1920’s, adding in a modern, slightly darker twist. Sultry brides and rock and roll grooms was what we were looking for!
The West Mill venue has so many quirky, intrinsically unique features that they were keen to highlight the style of the venue as well as playing with a more edgy, masculine vibe. Most shoots are very much geared towards the bride so they wanted to create something that grooms could connect with too.
When it came to the styling, the team wanted to work with the raw, urban nature of The West Mill, with its exposed brick work, rusted ceilings and slate floors, so used accessories such as copper lanterns and handmade cement table numbers to really tie in with this.
April 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We’re getting Monday off to an incredibly pretty start with this stunning Cheshire real wedding.
As huge fans of pastels so we’re totally in love with all the sweet & sugary tones incorporated into the décor, blooms and attire.
The bride and groom certainly steal the show (as they should!) with Jonathan opting for an alternative light blue suit and peach tie, while Nicola looks every inch the model bride in a fitted fishtail gown #hot!
With images by Steve Grogan Photography.
nicola says: We got engaged at home in June 2014. The proposal came just before we were leaving for the airport to go on holiday to Egypt.
We set the date for 15th August 2015 as it would fall in the school holidays. We were also hoping that we would be in with a chance of sunshine at that time of year and we were keen to go on honeymoon in September.
Our venue was The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We really liked the style, size and location of the building. The wedding planner there was also amazing from start to finish.
We chose a vintage theme for the wedding in line with the stunning venue and incorporated lots of flowers into the décor. Our colour scheme was pastels of peach, mint, powder blue and blush pink, which again went nice with the venue and also suited the time of year.
April 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re so excited to introduce another event in our so-far so-fabulous autumn 2016 calendar! *Does dance* The finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our Luxury Wedding Exhibition at this unique & authentic vintage venue next Sunday 17th April 2016!
This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor. Dancing shoes at the ready! If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day.
We’ve added the very best wedding planners, floral designers, beauty specialists, bridal ateliers, vintage cars and caravans, venue stylists, photographers, videographers, live music, photo booths, cakes, favours (and more!) that the area has to offer, to make sure that every detail of your big day is covered with style.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…
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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition
The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
Sunday 17th April 2016
11am till 3pm
bride to be?
We’re giving away up to 150 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 register.
While stocks last only.
wedding industry professional?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.
Click here to view the full schedule.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Email Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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March 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon we’re transporting you to a world of dreamy botanical romance as we share this gorgeous styled shoot captured in my home city of Sheffield.
Lady behind the lens Chloe Grayson makes up one half of Leeds-based wedding photography and design brand Fox & Owl, which she runs with her business and life partner Martyn Roper. Keen to provide inspiration for those planning an elegant, natural and folksy wedding, creative Chloe came up with the concept for an ethereal, vintage and botanical shoot captured at none other than Sheffield’s leafy Botanical Gardens.
We just love the soft muted tones, elegant styling and stunning surroundings! To fill you in on all the little details, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to Chloe…
chloe says: The shoot was a collection of styled bridal portraits and detail shots portraying simple, elegant, natural and folky wedding inspiration.
Ever since my childhood, nature has played a prodigious part in my work and has forever influenced my style. It was therefore only a matter of time before a styled wedding shoot should be exposed to that same treatment.
The intention was to create a collection of photographs with a sense of timelessness and a feeling of otherworldliness. Inspired by the universal theme of romance and looking to decades past, this series was curated to bring out the reminiscer and the dreamer in us all.
The shoot took place at the charming Botanical Gardens in the handsome Steel City of Sheffield. Both the glass pavilions and the Victorian lawns were used. Dense greenery and botanicals are set to be very popular in styling this year and there seems to be a distinctive increase in outdoorsy, travel-themed locations for weddings.
Perfectly imperfect, loose organic florals made up the bouquet. The wildly romantic, less structured floral design allowed elegance to be juxtaposed with unfussiness. Both the bouquet and buttonholes were arranged and handmade by myself, using a mixture of locally sourced flowers.
March 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
For those of you planning a vintage wedding, this morning’s bride Amy has lots of lovely inspiration to share.
Having set her heart on a vintage style dress and venue, Amy found exactly what she was looking for in Jenny Packham’s Damask gown and beautiful The Bowdon Rooms located in Altrincham, Cheshire.
From there an elegant colour scheme of blue followed (we just adore Amy’s blue shoes and nails) and she also incorporated a subtle music theme as a nod to one of her and Rob’s favourite pastimes.
For those that like the look and sound of The Bowdon Rooms, why not come along and see the stunning venue for yourself on Sunday 17th April during our Luxury Wedding Exhibition, which will feature the area’s top suppliers too!
With images by Let Love Flourish.
amy says: Our engagement story isn’t the most romantic. Rob had been thinking about proposing for a while but instead of picking the right moment and setting, he got down on one knee whilst we stumbled home drunkenly from a party in the early hours. He did propose again in the morning though, just to make sure I remembered!
We set the date for 28th August 2015. We chose to have the wedding on a Friday at the start of the Bank Holiday so we could carry on the celebrations into the long weekend.
We had our ceremony at Manchester Town Hall, which we always knew we wanted as we both love the architecture. We then chose The Bowdon Rooms for the reception as we wanted somewhere that would complement the town hall with a vintage feel.
Our theme for the wedding was vintage and music. Our relationship blossomed from our love of the same kind of bands and going to gigs so we thought this would be fitting. The colour scheme was pastel blue, mainly because it’s my favourite colour, but also as it works with the ‘something blue’ tradition in weddings.
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