March 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
We don’t know about you, but us gals here at Brides Up North HQ just couldn’t wait for this year’s Oscars; not only to see if our beloved Leo would finally take home an award, but also to observe just how high the style stakes would be pushed.
And we weren’t disappointed on either account! Luscious Leo was crowned ‘Best Actor’ and the leading ladies brought the glitz and glamour that we desired to the red carpet side of the proceedings.
Stand out looks for us came from Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Brie Larson in Gucci and Margot Robbie in Tom Ford. And then there were those that didn’t quite hit the mark – this year for us being Heidi Klum.
Ordinarily experimental lady gaga would usually fall into the ‘fashion fail’ category for us, and we certainly wouldn’t advise ladies to follow in her faux pas footsteps, but on this occasion the Poker-Face singer smashed it. So much so that we think brides-to-be could take inspiration from her chic Hollywood style.
So today (though we can’t quite believe we’re saying it) we are shining our celebrity spy spotlight on Ms Gaga, giving ideas on how to steal parts of her style for a fashion-forward big day look…
Shocking onlookers for all the right reasons at this year’s Oscars, Lady Gaga emitted elegance, style and grace when she arrived on the red carpet wearing a chic white strapless jumpsuit, complete with long skirt overlay, by Brandon Maxwell.
It instantly hit us that the look, though perfect for LA, would not look out of place on a bride with the likes of Solange Knowles proving that a jumpsuit can make a cool and classy alternative to the traditional dress.
So how to mirror the look? Well it might not be as tricky as you think with some designers, including Stephanie Allin, already putting jump and trouser suits out there as part of their bridal collections. Taking things a step further, London-based House of Ollichon offers a complete dress-less collection for brides, made up of edgy jumpsuits and striking separates.
What’s particularly fitting about Gaga’s getup is the structured skirt overlay which gives a feminine and bridal-like vibe but without the use of tulle or satin. Some similar wedding dress designs feature detachable skirts, which not only gives brides the option of two looks on their big day, but also means they can avoid tripping over their skirt come the reception, leaving them to Just Dance!
An appealing alternative for ladies that have leg hang-ups, the curved sweetheart neckline of the Brandon Maxwell design reveals an acceptable flash of flesh whilst the pins remain under-wraps.
If however the jumpsuit is a style-statement too far, brides can still imitate The Edge of Glory singer’s look by opting for a slim line strapless dress with a striking open skirt overlay.
What else would you choose for the Oscars other than vintage Hollywood waves? Gaga’s hairstyle is glamour to a tee and an easy look for brides to achieve for their big day.
No matter what the length of hair, this is a style that can be worn by all and instantly adds class and sophistication to a bride’s overall appearance.
Thankfully, on this occasion, Gaga left her raw meat headdress at home and kept her accessories simple, letting her classic curls do the talking. Brides however may prefer to add a little extra sparkle with the use vintage headpiece or statement chandelier earrings to enhance the overall look.
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Keeping along the lines of Hollywood glam, Lady Gaga opted for a shimmering metallic eye and perfectly bronzed cheeks. As an alternative to the classic red lip, Gaga toned things down with a rose pink matt lipstick.
Golds, bronze, copper and dark browns on the eyelids like Gaga’s makes a subtle alternative to the popular grey and black smoky eye, which can be a little too harsh on brides. The tones are also particularly well suited to those with fair skin and hair as they add interest and depth without washing out the complexion.
February 24th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Here at Brides Up North we may have mentioned one, or two (hundred) times that we absolutely love the autumn season. As such, when this stunning styled shoot inspired by the time of the year when the days shorten and golden leaves fall from the trees landed in our inbox, we just had to share it with you, our lovely readers.
Providing perfect inspiration for those of you planning an autumnal wedding later this year or next, this shoot, organised by Ilaria of Ilaria Petrucci Photography, features beautiful ideas for décor, floral designs and attire, using warming colours and textures that work in harmony with the season.
To explain why it’s so easy to fall for an autumn wedding, and to fill us in on details of the shoot, we’ll hand over to the lady behind the lens…
With images by Ilaria Petrucci Photography. Model Jessica Van Twuiver.
ilaria says: I love autumn. Perhaps because I was born in October, so I like to think of myself as a fall-child. The light, the colors, the atmosphere, everything about it is absolutely gorgeous!
That said, a lot of people dislike this season as they see it as a dark and grey time of year, when everything is dying back. I don’t see it that way though, instead I see a burst colour and energy, change, new opportunities and growth.
I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of the dark days that come with the season though, and so this was in part the inspiration for the shoot. I wanted to bring softness to slightly dim the strong, bright colours of yellow and red often associated with the season, whilst also brightening up the darkness of the shorter days with light.
February 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
For some couples giving their wedding day a theme makes it feel a little gimmicky, and so they prefer to keep things simple by coordinating the details to a chosen colour scheme instead. But which hues to choose?
Some brides will simply go with their favourite colour(s), while others will pick shades which complement the season of the year in which they will wed. Those needing inspiration meanwhile can always turn to colour experts Pantone, who forecast the top colours each year based on a snapshot of what is taking place in our culture.
For the first time ever, Pantone has introduced two colours for 2016 – rose quartz & serenity – both of which make dreamy wedding colour schemes, either alone or when combined together. So today we’re giving you, our lovely brides-to-be, ideas on how to pull off the perfect Pantone palette for your big day…
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Described as a warm tone that reflects wellness by Pantone, this stunning dusky shade of rose pink is particularly elegant and would suit various styles of weddings, from classic to contemporary.
Sweet and soft in its appearance this shade is the epitome of love and romance and is also gentle on many skin tones, making it an ideal choice for bridesmaids. It’s also an option for brides looking for a subtle alternative to ivory, with a growing number of designers introducing blush gowns to their collections.
Brides sticking to tradition however can still incorporate the rosy hue into their attire through their shoe and accessory choices; whether it be a blush garter, pink pearl necklace or dusky stone drop earrings.
Thankfully when it comes to flowers, there are plenty of pink blooms for brides to choose from, such as peonies, lilies, astilbe and anemones. In addition to bouquets and button holes, such blooms can be incorporated into the décor and even the cake design. It would also be a nice play on the colour scheme to feature roses in the theming, both in terms of the flowers and design of elements like the stationery.
Weddings that are light, soft and delicate in their appearance will work best with this girly hue so just be sure to keep things simple, clean and classy.
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Every bride needs a something blue for her big day, so why not choose Pantone’s serenity for an on-trend and elegant colour scheme.
Described as tranquil and soothing by the colour forecasters, this is an ideal choice for those wanting a laid-back yet loved-up feel for their wedding.
Though not the most popular choice with brides, we have seen an increase in the number of steely blue dress designs hitting the bridal catwalks, notably from top designers such as Ian Stuart and Monique Lhuillier. Brides wanting to play it safe meanwhile could go for the classic something blue in the form of their shoes, adding a pop of colour to their attire.
For bridesmaids the cool tone could be a little tricky to match to varying complexions and so a mix of differing blue tone dresses might work best, whilst also adding depth and interest.
Grooms can also get in on the blue colour scheme for their attire. Though serenity is a mid to lighter shade of blue, which many men might not feel comfortable in, there is the option of a navy suit matched with a tie or dicky bow in a similar shade to serenity, whether it be plain or patterned.
Elsewhere blue can be reflected through flower choices such as hydrangeas, thistles, eucalyptus and iris. Cake designs can also feature the hue, with watercolour, ombre and wedgewood styles lending themselves particularly well.
As to not make the overall look too cold and controlled, try to keep to the powder side of blue and soften décor with the use of pretty petals and bows.
blue & blush
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Finally for a complete colour contrast, couples can fully embrace Pantone’s picks of 2016 by incorporating both blush rose and serenity blue into their big day.
Focusing on gender equality, Pantone points out that bringing the two shades together creates something of a gender blur, though for weddings it could be seen as both a reflection of the bride and groom through both a feminine and masculine colour combination.
Working in perfect harmony Rose Quartz and Serenity are particularly appealing for those wanting a sweet, surgery and elegant look to their wedding.
Bridesmaids can be mixed and matched in the two colours, or alternatively kept in one shade for their dresses and then have the contrasting colour for either their bouquets and/or heels.
In terms of décor, coordinating and contrasting blooms and vases, jars or bottles work well, as do pretty paper pompoms or lanterns in the two shades. Crockery and glassware can also be mismatched to reflect the scheme, and in pastel shades can work particularly well with vintage and afternoon tea style settings.
October 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime
The next few weeks at Brides Up North HQ are amongst our busiest ever (hey, what changes?) as we gear up to deliver a serious helping of wedding inspiration to brides and grooms right across Yorkshire. The schedule is packed, and the schedule is pretty, as we visit four of the most gorgeous wedding venues in this beautiful county, filling each with an entirely handpicked selection of wedding suppliers for you to choose from.
Whether you are still looking for your venue (and oh my goodness these are stunners) or the few final touches (we’ve got those expertly covered too), these events are a must visit. Each event is completely bespoke and so perfectly put together, so we’d love for you to take your pick and come along to whichever takes your fancy! We’ve also made each event so unique that all four could fit neatly into a bride to be’s diary should the opportunity arise – just make sure you’ve a plan in place for handling a grumpy groom! Top tip: bring him to one, enlist the bridesmaids for the others!
We’re so very excited about what we’ve got planned for our readers – yes, that’s you! -for the next month! Bringing our inspirational pages to life is what we think we do best, and we can’t wait to share the events that we have been so meticulously working on for months behind the scenes. All we’ll say is that if you think these pages are lovely… you ain’t seen nothing yet! Grab the wedding folder, it’s time to tick off some wedmin…
Coming right up:
The Mansion, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2HH
Sunday 11th October 2015, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry
One for the fashionistas, this boutique, exclusive use wedding venue in Roundhay park is super chic. Add 35 of the area’s finest wedding industry suppliers and our bridal event equals absolute wedding planning perfection!
We’d love to help you get your glam on!
Denton Hall, Denton Rd, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0HH
Sunday 18th October 2015, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry
Get ready to be Lords & Ladies of the Manor at this stunning Yorkshire country pile.
We’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors to help make your day even more perfect.
Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S62 7TQ
Sunday 18th October 2014, 12pm till 4pm
£5 per bride (towards restoration fund)– other guests FREE
It’s big and it’s beautiful. With it’s newly granted Civil Licence the marbled halls of stately giant Wentworth Woodhouse can be exclusively yours for a very special day.
We’re excited to be working at this brand new Brides Up North venue for autumn 2015 and will be inviting the region’s very best exhibitors to join us for a day of delight and inspiration.
Allerton Castle, Allerton Mauleverer, Knaresborough, HG5 0SE
Sunday 25th October 2015, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry
This one has the WOW factor! The former residence of the Grand Old Duke of York is a real life fairy tale castle with the luxury of a boutique hotel, and it’s yours exclusively for the whole day.
We’ve filled the Great Hall and Ballroom with our selection (over 40) of the region’s best wedding industry suppliers, waiting to turn your dreams into reality.
bride to be? register now
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) at all or any of the events, simply follow the link below and select the venue of your choice. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
are you a wedding industry professional?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2015/16. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.
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. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Please email email@example.com ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
September 22nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry
image by Emm & Clau Photography
Here at Brides Up North we’ve noticed that waterside weddings are proving rather popular with our couples; be it a lakeside celebration in Bowness, a seaside wedding in Scarborough or a Tyneside ceremony in Newcastle.
Though the British weather is unpredictable, the various waterside options show that there are many more possibilities beyond the beach, and that getting wed by the water doesn’t have to mean taking the ceremony outdoors.
Some couples opt for venues that have spectacular views of a particular lake or river, while others choose to pitch up a marquee close the water’s edge so they can enjoy the pretty whilst still being protected.
Another idea we’ve seen played out by our brides and grooms, is to incorporate the setting into part of their plans for the day. So for example, they might organise an open-air bus ride down the sea front, book a traditional river boat cruise or take advantage of fab photo opportunities on iconic bridges.
Of course another way to tie in the setting is through the styling a décor of the day, whether couples choose to go all out with an obvious theme or simply opt for a complementary colour palette.
With this in mind, we’re sharing some of our favourite water styling options. So come, sail away with us…
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We love this theme, not only because of its soft, dreamy and modern appearance, but also because you don’t need to be getting hitched waterside to choose it. Basically it’s all about fluidity and beautifully blended, washed out colours.
Couples can choose to stick with just one hue, or instead pick a mixture of two or more shades. Elegant pastels such as baby pink, powder blue and lilac work particularly well, but so too do more punchy colours, such as magenta and tangerine.
Stationery is particularly helpful in getting the theme across to guests, with save the dates and invitations in pretty washed ink designs. The look can then be continued on the day with correlating name places, table numbers and menus.
Additional décor looks effective in delicate paper pompoms, watercolour patterned crockery and tie-dyed like fabrics in table runners, serviettes and bunting.
Flower choices should tally with the colour palette and mirror the gentleness of the theme, so think big, blousy blooms with lots of light petals as well as flowers peppered with tiny buds.
Picking the cake shouldn’t be too hard either as hand painted designs, particularly those of watercolour effect, are a current trend, giving couples plenty of options.
With so many opportunities to project the theme through the above, it’s not necessary for it to be extended to the wedding party’s attire though there are some truly stunning washed out, coloured designs available for both brides and their maids.
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A classic, though there is a fine line between tacky and tasteful on this one. The key is to add subtle nautical nods throughout the styling rather than making it look like a seaside town has quite literally exploded all over your big day.
The look should be clean rather than cluttered and the colour theme mainly blue and white. Couples can go for either a deep traditional blue or a lighter, elegant tone. For a softer nautical look, we also like the idea of also adding a pastel shade to the palette, such as peach, diversifying slightly from what’s been seen before.
Décor for this one can be a lot of fun with the opportunity to incorporate shells, sand, anchors, sailing rope, boats and compasses, to help set the scene. Just take care not to overdo it.
Stripes are also associated with the theme and so can be added in fabric choices, cake designs and even attire. Perhaps the groom could wear a striped tie or dicky bow and the bride could slip on some nautical footwear, which might also provide her something blue.
In terms of flowers, most brides opting for this theme tend to stick to fresh white hues bound with stripped ribbon.
deep blue ocean
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Perfect for those who like to keep things simple, this look is based on bringing different colours of the ocean together.
While a plain blue palette can fall flat, this theme enables couples to add interest with varying shades such as turquoise, sky blue and royal blue as well as adding hints of greens and greys. The result should be fresh, relaxed and classy.
To play on the ocean theme couples can add small influences from the themes above, if they so wish. So water coloured style stationery would work well as would small decorative details, such as shells, driftwood and sailing rope knots.
Patterns in decoration can also help to add further interest and ombre details can easily be added to the theme as the varying shades appear to wash in and out of each other, just like waves.
While blue wedding gowns are growing in popularity, the theme can easily be reflected in other areas of the wedding party’s attire, so the bride can remain in traditional white or ivory. Rather than just picking one tone of blue for the groomsmen’s bow ties and pocket squares or the maids’ dresses, different ocean shades can be mixed and matched for a real aqua appearance.
June 18th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
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…
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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!
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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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