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style sheet: muted naturals

June 18th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Here at Brides Up North HQ we make no secret of the fact that we love super glam weddings that sparkle and shine. However we’ve found of late that we’re becoming increasingly drawn to an emerging trend at the more relaxed end of the wedding spectrum.

We’re talking about pared back, elegant weddings featuring soft, muted colour palettes. Where once bolder was seen as better, we’re now starting to see weddings returning to a simpler, more stripped back look that creates an overall feel of natural romance.

Pretty pastel colour schemes have remained strong in the industry for the past few years but the muted trend sees shades such as mint green, blush pink and lilac, toned down a level or two. A more neutral colour palette of hues including dove grey, putty and stone, also sits well within the trend, giving couples plenty of choice.

So today we’ve picked out three of our favourite muted naturals to show you how it’s done. Let the inspiration flow…

delicious caramel

caramel

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As tasty as it sounds, this colour palette is warm, elegant and inviting without being at all in your face. People’s opinion on the colour caramel will vary from a light brown to more of a golden tone so we say there’s no harm in picking a few varying shades for depth and interest. This will also save you the added stress of trying match up all wedding elements to just one hue.

So let’s start with styling the wedding party. As we’re seeing more brides step away from classic white and ivory for their dress, blush and caramel tones have become increasingly accepted in the world of weddings, with designers like Mori Lee and Mark Zunino showcasing such shades within their collections. If a bride would rather stick with tradition, it’s best to dress the bridesmaids in a caramel colour instead. Again there’s the choice of a pale brown or a slightly warmer tone so brides should think about their maids’ complexions and pick what will suit best, or alternatively mix and match for a combination.

Flowers tend to look most effective when kept to a neutral palette of soft creams and whites with just the odd caramel toned bloom, such as blousy roses, dotted throughout.

The caramel colour scheme also lends itself well to light textured materials with a ripple effect (like how the running liquid itself pools and puddles). So brides might like a dress featuring soft ruffles or loose pleats and shoes with corsage type detail also work well. In terms of décor, paper pom poms and flowing ribbons can help continue the textured feel.

Thinking outside the box, couples can deliver a muted caramel scheme in more ways than one, through both colour and sweet treats. So how about a salted caramel wedding cake, fudge favours or sweet caramel apple martinis drinks reception. Delicious!

pretty pistachio

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Working our way onto another appetising palette, a pistachio scheme is both a modern and elegant choice within the muted trend. It’s simple and sophisticated appearance is less playful than previously popular mint green, but it is by no means boring.

Similarly to the caramel theme, couples can play on the flavour of pistachio as well as the hue, perhaps opting for a show stopping pistachio layer wedding cake or dainty pistachio macaroon favours.

In terms of flowers, décor and stationery it’s best to keep things clean and simple to achieve the desired level of elegance. So go for uncomplicated table settings with plain pistachio coloured crockery, glassware or linen and natural centrepieces.

Metallics such as gold and silver complement pale green colour schemes well, but to keep on track with the muted theme pick matt rather than glittery options.

Elegant, long, flowing and uncomplicated bridesmaid dress designs work best with the theme and thankfully pistachio is a flattering tone on most complexions so maids should be merry about the choice. Meanwhile the bride can incorporate the hue in her footwear and groomsmen can adopt it for their ties, pocket squares and socks.

putty in your hands

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Just like caramel, putty can be interpreted in several different ways. Though often seen as an off-white or pale grey, others feel it has more of a warm mushroom or pink hue running through it, so again we suggest working several colours of this nature into your muted palette.

This means brides might like to mix up their bridesmaid dress colours rather than putting all their leading ladies in just one shade. But it’s not just the maids that can switch things up, the groomsmen could opt for mix and match trouser, tie and blazer combinations in shades of grey, putty and mushroom for both a stylish and individual look.

For brides an ivory or pale cream dress tends to complement the warm putty tones best but they hints of muted tones can be added in their flower and footwear choices.

Finally, décor should be light and elegant so think pale paper lanterns, dainty flowers in clear vases, simple candle light and polished glass wear. In terms of the cake, pale ombre creations and those with subtle texture are perhaps the most popular to complete the desired look

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style sheet. pretty paper

April 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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When it comes to styling, wedding stationery is a key element that can be used to reflect your chosen theme from beginning to end.

It starts with the all-important save the date or invitation requesting guests’ attendance at your big day and is the first taster of your wedding, so naturally you want to spike their interest with something that beautiful, striking or fabulously different.

On the big day itself pretty paper will often continue in your order of service, table plan, name places, menus and décor. Following on from the wedding there will still be the thank you cards to send out which will complete the package.

In many cases stationery is also something that guests tend to keep hold of as a reminder of the special day.

So as it features quite heavily this is certainly one area you want to get right and should invest some quality time in. Whether you intend to go all Blue Peter and create your own stationery, or will be calling on an expert to supply the goods for you, we have come up with wonderful inspiration to help you curate your perfect paper wedding parcel.

rustic romance

RUSTIC PAPER

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This is a popular theme, particularly with those who choose to wed in the great outdoors.

So if you are saying your ‘I dos’ in a barn, tepee, enchanting woodland or an open field, this could be the perfect theme to adopt for your paper products.

Think brown paper and string, textured card, hessian and bunting. The theme can take on many different looks from playful or stripped back to full on elegance, depending on which suits your personalities, wedding setting and overall styling the best.

If you choose to go down the playful fete route there are super cute design featuring love hearts, bunting and blooms in sweet, sugary tones, such as blush pink and mint. For something more tangible, texture can be added to this style of stationery with adorable buttons and kitsch fabrics.

Alternatively for a more elegant look designs on plain backgrounds bound with brown string and finished with a wooden decoration or dried, pressed flower can look particularly effective.

But if it’s a simplified rustic look you desire you could always go for an uncomplicated print design and leave the detail to the envelopes or why not consider a laidback floral option in subtle pastel shades?

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GLITTER PAPER

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What better way to grab your guests’ attention from the off than by sending them something sparkly through the post?

Brides-to-be (and us girls here at Brides Up North HQ) love glitter as it adds an instant injection of glamour to proceedings.

In terms of stationery picking out save the dates and invitations that have been dusted with dazzle will set the opulence bar high for the event to come. Meanwhile on the big day itself glitter adorned name places and table signage will help to capture and reflect light creating a luxurious atmosphere.

Sparkling décor also helps to add a party element, getting people in the right mood for a celebration.

The only question is what level of glitter to go for? Full on fans of the sparkly stuff may like designs that feature dense glitter backgrounds while those wanting to tone the bling a down little can still get their fix with carefully crafted glitzy-edged designs.

Meanwhile if you’re a lover of metallic shades but would don’t want the razzle dazzle there are some gorgeous gold, silver and rose gold matt paper options which look particularly pretty when teamed with pastels.

The typeface of sparkling stationery tends to be on the glamorous side too with numerous designs featuring fancy lettering that’s bound to make both you and your guests feel the love.

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GRAPHIC PAPER

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This really is an option for all as striking graphic designs can fit in with a wide spectrum of themes, from bold and bright to sophisticated black and white.

This type of stationery has proved particularly popular with Great Gatsby style couples who want art deco inspired stationery to reveal their theme to their guests. Gold, white and black colours feature heavily in the uncomplicated yet luxurious looking designs.

A popular graphic look ideal for couples who are having more of a colour scheme than a set theme, is one that’s more about lettering and less about décor. Such designs often feature just two colours and interest is created with varying fonts and sizing of text. The result is a clean, modern look.

Meanwhile for those who prefer something a little punchier there are some fabulous geometric designs featuring colourful chevrons, stripes and angular shapes.

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style sheet. grey lady

March 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Perhaps the most talked about hue in the world right now following the first film release of E L James’ saucy books. But today ladies we’re keeping things clean and classy (no cable ties here) as we take a look at how different tones of elegant grey can be incorporated into elements of your big day for some seriously swoon-worthy styling.

Grey has long been favoured by brides and grooms, particularly when paired with blush pink for a truly classic colour palette. And while this particular pairing continues to prove popular, we’re pushing the boundaries a little further by focusing on other ways to give the neutral shade a bold boost.

So sit back and let us show you some greys that are equally as irresistible as Jamie Dornan (well, almost!).

glistening greys

Grey - Glistening

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Sprinkling a little sparkle over a grey colour scheme adds instant glamour for those wanting to throw an opulent affair. Glittering greys also work particularly well with crisp winter weddings by emitting a frosty ice like appearance.

Brides who choose to go down this route may well have a tough time deciding on their big day attire with numerous sparkling dresses and accessories available from boutiques and online. Many dress designs feature twinkling detailing in silver sequins and mirrored beads, varying from top-to-toe adornments to just hints of sparkle on sleeves, bodices and belts. But if a bride would rather steer clear from heavy detailing they can still achieve a glistening grey effect by opting for a satin or silk dress design that gleams in the light.

Alternatively brides can leave the full on sparkle to their maids and instead just pick out one or two dazzling accessories to complete their own look, such as a jewel-encrusted headpiece and a pair of head-turning heels (Jimmy Choo and Louboutin being particular experts in this area).

While the groom is unlikely to get in on the glitter it can most certainly be doused over the décor. To set the scene at the reception we advise couples to go for one of two looks; matt grey table dressings finished with twinkling accessories such as glitter edged stationery, antique style tea light holders and metallic spray-painted flowers and foliage, or alternatively switch it round and lay out lavish sequined table cloths or runners, keeping tableware simple in white and silver. Candles and glass touches are particularly good for capturing and reflecting glistening details so be sure to add in such décor for maximum effect.

pastel palette

Grey - Pastels

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Like we said by no means are we against the classic slate grey and pretty pink combo but there are ways in which couples can mix up the look a little to separate themselves from the crowd. So instead of just going for the default duo why not add two, three or even four playful pastels to the palette?

Think baby blue, powder pink, lilac, lemon, peach and mint – so many delicious possibilities!

The mismatched bridesmaid dress trend works a dream in these sweet shades and means maids can pick a hue that suits their hair colour and complexion rather than struggling to come to an agreement on just one colour for all.

Both the bride and groom can incorporate the palette into their chosen outfits too. The Honour dress from Stephanie Allin is a gorgeous option for brides with a pastel scheme as it features a sage green sash and romantic pale pink corsage. Meanwhile to lift their classic grey suit, grooms can add pop of colour in a pastel tie or even a dicky bow.

A pastel scheme lends itself to spring and summer weddings beautifully and is a top choice for those having outdoorsy weddings with celebrations held in barns, marquees and tepees. When decorating such venues we love to see soft and playful additions such as paper pomp poms and lanterns hanging from ceilings, big blousy flowers such as roses and peonies in simple vases and jars and soft organza sashes draped across chair backs.

To put it simply, let the grey act as your base here and then build upon it in pastels to your heart’s content.

shades of grey

Grey - Shades Of

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Struggling to decide on which shade of grey to go for? Then why not use tones from the light to dark end of the spectrum to add interest and depth to the scheme? The result is a clean, crisp and sophisticated look.

For brides wanting to move away from traditional white or ivory for their gown, grey is an ideal option as it doesn’t force ladies to step too far out of the comfort zone. As well as ethereal princess style designs with voluminous tulle skirts there are elegant slim-line designs with dainty detailing, providing options for all shapes, sizes and tastes.

Another option is to dress the bridesmaids in varying tones of grey and possibly also in different dress designs to suit their individual figures. Think of mixing up asymmetrical gowns with strapless and capped sleeve designs in dove, stone, slate shades for the desired effect.

Again this is a look the groom and his men can adopt too, either by mismatching their trousers, suit jackets and ties or selecting one shade for the groom and another for the groomsmen to make it easy to differentiate between the two.

Elsewhere different tones can be used in the cake design (we heart ombre culinary creations), in the tableware and centrepieces and also the stationery to give the scheme consistency from beginning to end.

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Fallen Apples. A Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot In The Lake District

December 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jo Bradbury

This morning we join photographer Jo Bradbury for a beautiful wedding inspiration shoot in an outdoor setting.  If you are planning a vintage wedding, consider adding natural elements alongside your precious pieces to freshen the look and bring the styling up to date. 

Be inspired!

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Jo Bradbury

Jo says:  This project was the culmination of a couple of ideas I had and carried out at my parents farm.  I wanted the theme to be ‘Old English’ and so included the vintage crockery and old brooches, bone handled cutlery, old lace and vintage books. The farm has a beautiful old apple tree and because it was late Autumn, most of the apples had fallen to the ground and formed a green carpet.

Jo Bradbury

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This was a great opportunity to test out some ideas, you see so many beautiful and creative details when photographing weddings and so much inspiration, that its nice to take a more leisurely approach to a shoot without the usual time pressure of a wedding. A huge thank you must go to the lovely couple Tara and Adam who travelled all the way from Warwickshire for the shoot.

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Jo Bradbury

The flowers were by the very talented Teresa at Wild Orchid, Buxton who after listening to my ramblings came up with the perfect bouquets and buttonholes.

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Little Black Book

Images: Jo Bradbury

Location: Cragg Farm, South Lakes, Cumbria

Wedding Dress:  Maggie Sottero 

Bridesmaid’s Dress:  Monsoon

Flowers:  Wild Orchid

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White On White. A Winter Woodland Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Cheshire

December 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Amanda Balmain

Can you believe its Advent already?  I’ve so much gorgeous Real Wedding content to share with you between now and when that New Year’s ball drops that I thought I’d sneak in a pretty Sunday post to welcome the season.

If you’re planning a winter wedding – or just thinking about decorating your home for the holidays – there’s nothing chicer than layering white on white, as this lovely little decor and details inspiration shoot from North West photographer Amanda Balmain and floral designer Sharon Saberi at Aphrodite Flowers shows.  Be inspired to create something lovely this Christmas. 

Amanda Balmain

Amanda says:  Sharon and I actually put together this simple shoot earlier this year, but the ideas would work equally well for a beautiful winter wedding breakfast.  We would both love to work on an outdoor wedding and we thought this gorgeous tree in the pretty woodland setting was just perfect. We had such fun decorating the tree and it looked so pretty that we both thought we would like to get married again right there (although we’d have to wrap up warm)!  On the day the light was just perfect to give a warm glow to our all white winter floral colour palette. 

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