December 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
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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Images: Jo Bradbury
Location: Cragg Farm, South Lakes, Cumbria
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid’s Dress: Monsoon
Flowers: Wild Orchid
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December 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime
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 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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September 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
I’ve something lovely to round off another pretty Monday on these pages, with this stunning styled shoot sent to me by Stephanie of SB events and showing off the work of a very talented collective of Yorkshire wedding suppliers. Girls, if you want your wedding day style to be whiter than white, look no further.
With images by Todd & Moore Photography.
Stephanie says: Whilst at a site-visit at Scampston Hall, near Malton, I was blown away by the Palladian Bridge in the grounds. Louise Legard (Wedding co-ordinator and sister of the owners at Scampston) mentioned that they were in the process of acquiring a wedding licence so that couples could get married on the bridge. This gave me the perfect opportunity to showcase the bridge on a styled shoot with local suppliers.
I have always had a love for ancient Greece and the Palladian bridge had the perfect backdrop. The Grecian wedding theme is as vintage as you can get. The colours used were ivory, gold and green and the colours complemented the theme and can be seen throughout from the cake to the flowers.
I called on friends and wonderful photographers Jill Moore and Julia Todd from Todd & Moore Photography, whose fine art and eclectic style were the perfect choice.
I wanted the shoot to have a natural yet glamorous feel. The first look, was a relaxed ceremonial style where the bride had her hair down with a floral crown. The second style was more formal which included our model’s hair in classic Grecian braids and really showed off Enzoani’s Harmony dress.
Flowers were designed by Flowers By Joanna Keely. The bridal bouquet included soft avalanche roses, spray roses, poppies, eucalyptus and eryngium.
The beautiful wedding gowns are from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. The two dresses showcased in the shoot were Mia Mia’s Summer and Enzoani’s Harmony.
Props were supplied by venue decor stylists Catching Your Dreams. Decorations included gorgeous white candelabras, ivy garlands, birdcages and urns.
The collaboration was a huge success and everybody involved had a fantastic time and the images captured the glamorous Grecian theme beautifully. The Palladian Bridge will have a wedding licence from January 2014 and the images will be featured in their wedding brochure.
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Design & Co-ordination: SB events
Venue: Scampston Hall
Photography: Todd & Moore Photography
Flowers: Flowers by Joanna Keely
Hair & make-up: Beauty Call
Bridal Wear: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Grooms Wear: Humphrey & Tilly
Venue Decor: Catching Your Dreams
Cake: Babycakes York
Ceremony Chairs: YF Events
Rings: Iain Henderson Designs
Models: Celia Legard & Mungo Fawcett
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September 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Well would’ya look at that – this weekend Brides Up North doesn’t have a bridal event planned for you lot! It’s a very rare weekend off for me and the Brides Up North team and I’ll be spending it celebrating my best friend’s wedding. Yes, on my days off: I go to weddings. It figures, doesn’t it?
As I perform my bridesmaid duties for bride to be Victoria (Hello Vic!) – and party up a storm on the dance floor – I didn’t want to leave you high and dry, so I thought I’d pop by this afternoon to tell you about where you can get your wedding planning kicks this weekend.
Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friends at Dandy Events are hosting another of their fabulous weekend showcase events at their premises on Scotswood Road in Newcastle. Join Denise and her team of wedding design consultants to see how they can make your styling dreams come true. Take it from me, I’m not talking about chair covers here – these guys are seriously good.
There’s free bucks fizz, canapés, fantastic discounts and exclusive decor ideas to be had, plus one lucky bride will dinner for two at The Biscuit Factory.
Be there – 10am till 5pm, both Saturday and Sunday, this weekend. No appointment necessary.
May 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime
1. Johanna Hehir ‘Lila’ 2. Delicate Floral Wedding Cake 3. Floral Hanging Birdcages 4. ‘April’ Floral Hair Wreath 5. Jennifer Behr Halo 6. Floral Tablescape 7. Purple Stalacite Necklace 8. Agnes & Norman ‘Audrey’ Heels 9. Polka Dot Cutlery Case 10. Mismatched Bridesmaids
All good things must come to an end, and today is our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next’s last post here on these swirly silver pages for a while. Katy’s been creating beautiful mood boards for us for over a year and in this time has seriously seen her business take off. We’ll be sad to see her go! Whilst Katy’s busy making pretty things, we are introducing some brand new regular features to the site, so watch this space – news soon. In the meantime, it’s over to Katy…
Katy says: I don’t often get excited when I hear lilac as the main colour scheme for a wedding – with images of girly pastels all over the internet for inspiration. Even bride Rachel wasn’t sure about incorporating her favourite colour into her big day. The lovely bride to be who marries late next spring, asked for my help with an inspiration board full of beautiful floral displays, an outdoorsy rustic vibe and of course… lilac!
I’ve blended lilac into the colour palette with mismatched bridesmaids, whoSE dresses were all handmade by the bride and her mother! Of course if you don’t moonlight as the mice from Cinderella, try Dessy or twobirds bridesmaid for similar styles. You could even take pictures to a local dressmaker for a quote? The beautiful drape in the dresses are perfect for a boho feel – to be teamed with pretty flip flops, loose waves and fresh flowers. I adore the purple stalactite necklace from Etsy.com shop FriedaSophie. The unique pendant is perfect as a gift to your maids.
The bridal gown is ‘Lila’ (not lilac!) and is one of many gorgeous dresses from Johanna Hehir. Her designs are perfect for an outdoor affair – the fabric of this particular design will look spectacular floating in the breeze. The shoes are from Rachel Simpson’s new Agnes & Norman range – i absolutely love brides in a coloured shoe and this tone is breath-taking.
Not all venues are suitable for this look but if you’re a lover of spacious, neat tablescapes then the beautiful hanging birdcage displays could be perfect in place of centrepieces, the colours can be reflected on the table with mismatched vintage crockery or kept crisp white and clean with colourful place cards – or cute cutlery pouches like the polkadot package which doubles as a place setting (bottom, centre). If you’d rather go all out on an extravagant centrepiece, I love the huge rustic crate full of beautiful florals in all shades of purple – including lilac!
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