March 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
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!).
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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.
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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
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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.
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.
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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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.
Little Black Book
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.
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